Muscle Mvovo vs Agile Aplon

2010-10-26 04:14

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Gio Aplon’s fleetness of foot will be measured against the brute strength of Lwazi Mvovo in a terrific wing battle in Saturday’s Currie Cup final in the Absa Stadium in Durban.

Mvovo (24) was rewarded for his excellent form this season with inclusion in the preliminary Springbok training squad, with Aplon. The Sharks flyer’s 12 tries in this year’s Currie Cup is second only to the 21 of Bjorn Basson.

Aplon scored 9 tries, but did not play as many games as Mvovo due to international commitments.

“Mvovo is an excellent player. His inclusion in the Bok squad is proof of his quality and shows what he’s capable of. It’s going to be a tough match. He’s in form and it’s in their back yard,” Aplon said of Saturday’s final.

Mvovo’s deceptive pace and strength is a threat to WP. With JP Pietersen injured, the Sharks are set to pick Odwa Ndungane on the other wing, which shows the depth at their disposal.

Even so, if  WP coach Allister Coetzee took stock, he would have no reason to be jealous.

Aplon is among the nominees for South Africa’s rugby player of the year award, while Bryan Habana was the International Rugby Board’s player of the year in 2007.

Aplon’s x-factor is often decisive for WP in crucial matches, while the last two games also suggests that Habana’s form is improving.

Talented under-21 players like JJ Engelbrecht and Danie Poolman are knocking on the door.

“Bryan makes a big difference with his experience and energy, but don’t forget about JJ and the other guys,” said Aplon.

Conrad Jantjes is finding the form that made him one of South Africa’s best fullbacks prior to last year’s horror leg-break.

“Conrad is now showing what he’s capable of. He has shown that he is world class,” said Aplon.

It is Aplon’s second final this year, the other being the disappointing defeat in Soweto.

“You have to learn and gain wisdom from disappointment,” he said.

“It’s difficult to think that you put in 14 or 15 hard weeks and then everything is all over in 80 minutes. The important thing is to learn from the experience. It was a difficult road to the final. We want to put everything into it and hopefully the result goes our way this time.”


  • Alex - 2010-10-26 05:45

    Both great players who will hopefully have a fantastic game on Saturday. Before anyone can say JJ is knocking on the door he really needs to learn how to defend! Haven't seen him make a tackle yet? Just my 2 cents..

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-26 06:34

    This is OUR(WP's) year!!! No one will stop us from bringing that cup back to where it belong. Having said this, I absolutely RESPECT the sharks. It will be a great game, but I back my BOYS!!! WP by 3-5 points... WP is EK, en EK is WP!!!!

  • Steevo - 2010-10-26 07:18

    Going to be a good battle, I'd say both of them quick enough to catch each other on the defence...Power might be the diference in this encounter! Go Sharks!!!

  • Piet Parow - 2010-10-26 07:22

    Rather focus your energy on Habana vs Ndungane? Or Juan DJ against Oupa? Mvovo is great, but he is not better than Aplon!

  • Laeveld Stormer - 2010-10-26 07:42

    Aplon to run circles around Mvovo! He wasn't even able to catch de Villiers! PROOOVIIIINCE!!! This is going to be epic!

  • SVW - 2010-10-26 07:49

    I think that Aplon proofed himself to tackle the biggest of bullies but I wonder if Mvovo could catch this slippery fella.

  • Louw - 2010-10-26 07:50

    Met die twee spanne kan daar n baie goeie Bokke span gekies word met baie jong talent wat volgende jaar in die WC kan gaan speel. Voorste drie van die Sharks net so , dan is daar 3 slotte. 6 lostrio ,Sharks skakelpaar WP senters, 4 vleuels kort net n heelagter.

  • Mvovo by a mile - 2010-10-26 07:53

    Aplon is too small and can't tackle, also a dirty player. I will take Mvovo any day of the week!

  • @Mvovo by a mile - 2010-10-26 08:56

    Ai, when will people learn?what rugby are you watching, saying aplon is a dirty player is just plain stupid man, as for his defensive abilities, this boy has proven that he can tackle, and that he punches way above his weight, why dont u grow some brains man?

  • @Mvovo by a mile - 2010-10-26 09:02

    I don't see you playing in the Currie Cup so I guess you can't tackle and you can't run.

  • OOM Koos - 2010-10-26 09:16

    Unfortunatly I will have to give it to Aplon. The reason being that Mvovo lacks a bit of confidance the moment he gets the ball. You can allmost see him pause, however in open play he will out shine Aplon. A key bonus for Aplon & Habana will be that Jaques Fourie is not there so they will be getting alot more ball. I just hope that SNOR is watching so that he can make the correct decisions for the Bokke. The wing pairing should be Mvovo and Basson with Habana and Aplon comming on in the last 20 as impact players.

  • weZo - 2010-10-26 09:21

    Two of SA's great future STARS!!!! I LOVE RUGBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BOKKE/PROTEAS/WEEPEEE/BAFANA!!!!!!

  • Thabiso - 2010-10-26 09:23


  • Stormerfan4eva - 2010-10-26 09:23

    @ "Mvovo by a mile" Aplon can most definitely tackle the biggest of the big clearly dont watch much WP rugby.Mvovo is good, but Aplon is GREAT ! Go Stormers...and may the force blend these two talented teams to form th ALMIIGHTY BOKKE !

  • Dr Wee Pee - 2010-10-26 10:09

    The Guppies should be greatfull that we actually lowering our standards to put our feet in your fish bowl. Come Saturday you will witness real greatness, Die WP. 2010 is the Start of WP rule and it wont be long before the koeksusters of PTA will be nothing more than a distant memory of an itch you had in your crotch as a teenager.

  • Jay - 2010-10-26 10:20

    Aplon is a more rounded player, and incredibly well balanced when running. he takes it, Rugby Fact!!!!!

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-10-26 10:24

    Mvovo is completely overrated. Even Van den Heever of the Bulls is a better prospect. Aplon is the best wing in the country by far and he will once again display his value on Saturday.

  • @Thabiso - 2010-10-26 10:32

    Please stick to the topic. Nobody was going on about colour in this article!!!

  • London Shark - 2010-10-26 10:39

    Great point Thabiso. Well put.

  • Aplon - 2010-10-26 10:44

    Aplon will smoke Mvovo.Aplon is pure class.

  • klein balsakkie - 2010-10-26 10:45

    Gio gaan oor Mvovo hardloop, nie om hom nie.Dit gaan die strategie wees want Mvovo gaan dink hy gaan ge sidestep word.Die WP het hul huiswerk gedoen.Check maar! My bloed is vol kaapse wyn, WP jou lekker ding!

  • SB - 2010-10-26 10:49

    @Thabiso, You're correct.. both are great players. You're wrong...whites don't say rugby is only for whites, we say let the best be in the team regardless of colour, BUT NO TOKENISM, you pr#@k!

  • jacobus - 2010-10-26 10:51

    +1 on Laeveld Stormer's statement. mvovo couldn't even catch jean de villiers, how on earth will he keep up with aplon.

  • fikkie-STORMERS SUPPORTER - 2010-10-26 10:59

    CONRAD JANTIES!!!! all the way he really has been improving had such a great game in the semi's and is well on his way to the top again...WP sure did miss him alot.aplon is by far more agile than mvovo his weight may be an issue for some1 but the gus great and proving all critics wrong

  • Vaste 6 - 2010-10-26 11:08

    @ Thabiso: And as always, someone have to make some racist remark. Rather shut your trap, this is about rugby, not race. I think Aplon's experience will win the day although he should not give Mvovo much space.

  • Mr B - 2010-10-26 11:27

    @Thabiso - dude, no one mentioned what colour they were. the fact is they are two of the best players (they could both be lime green for all I care) at the disposal of the Springboks. In my pick for an SA backline I'd have both these guys in the side, but Aplon at 15. Sure he's a bit short, but he's got the heart of a lion and regardless of what anyone says, he has the physical capability to play at any level. He's South Africa's Christian Cullen and the way Mvovo gets through tackles with that incredible leg drive, he's the closest winger we've probably ever had to a Jonah Lomu. Playing off a backline of du Preez, Lambie, de Villiers (Jean), Fourie, Habana (back to his hungry best) and these two rising stars, we can match the AB's all the way to the Webb Ellis trophy.

  • Bill - 2010-10-26 11:47

    Stupid dumb WP supporters. Mvovo can't catch de Villiers!! Habana wouldn't even catch de Villiers if he had to give a way a few meters, then turn around and have to chase him!! They say WP supporters have no brains and this confirms it.

  • Graeme the Blue Bull - 2010-10-26 12:12

    @Thabiso - see, this is what happens when you go to Malema rallies too often - you become stupid, and that you are. Us white rugby supporters are saying that we want a team chosen on merit. I see no one wrote any racial base comment, except you. Well done brother, you are the winner. As for the actual content of the article, I have faith that Aplon will win the battle, but that only time will tell. Even though I am a Bull, I am looking forward to a great final. Good luck men.

  • Thabiso - 2010-10-26 12:16


  • Bloubull_zn - 2010-10-26 12:52

    With all these Weer Probeer players catching each other are any of them actually playing rugby or are they same kind like the pansies from Durbs. They run in a pack and do it from the back. All Jokes aside. These two gents deserve the limelight they getting. They are the reasons why Quota's must stay banned as their skill is what SA needs not their BEE status. Treated well these two boys can be the best in the world by the time they recover. So here is a big plead to OU Snor. Moet nie kak aan jaag nie en ons twee sterre op F..K soos Ruan en Steyn.

  • roddo - 2010-10-26 12:53

    habana was something with the bulls, his downfall is the wp..........go sharks!!!!!

  • GW @ Thabiso - 2010-10-26 12:53

    My fellow brother, please dont use the colour issue here. If you have a issue with your colour then please go and see a shrink. Nobodys comments refer to colour. You so heel bent about colour and it will always dominate your life. Go Province

  • @Roddo - 2010-10-26 13:25

    Habana moved to the Cape to ensure a slot in the Currie Cup finals. He guessed that by staying with the Bulls, his change to play the CC finals = 0%. And how right he was!

  • GW @ Thabiso - 2010-10-26 13:38

    And your point is? Who is hamilton,williams,woods,eto and the list goes on??? I cant remember any of them playing rugby. How about the following Richard Branson,Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Rupert Murdoch,Raymond Ackerman,Mark Shuttleworth and the list goes on, and lets not forget Nelson Mandela (ha ha). Get a life you. Go Province

  • GH - 2010-10-26 13:54

    @Thabiso I think you are a troll my friend. Go troll somewhere else, your stirring isn't even remotely intelligent.

  • The Enlightened One - 2010-10-26 14:23

    @Greame the Blue Bull. Very pleasing to read a classy comment from a Bulls fan. It seems that this blog has a majority of dodgy characters from the Cape making comments. It is also pleasing to note that most WP supporters believe that they can write their name on the trophy already... very presumptuous to say the least. It evokes echoes of the AB's sauntering into WC's and slinking out with their tails firmly ensconced and bisecting their gluteous maximus. Like the AB's I am sure that all WP supporters - the one's on this site at least - will have an excuse when the Sharks claim their 2nd title in 3 years. When last did WP win a title? Can anyone remember that far back?

  • mike - 2010-10-26 14:58


  • Doc In Bahrain - 2010-10-26 20:19

    I think it was Matt Busby (famous coach of Manchester United's "Busby Babes - Google it) who said a " good big un will always beat a good smallun"

  • Ekskuus tog!? - 2010-10-26 21:55

    Wat soek julle spul kommin BB ondersteuners hier/Jul ou spannetjie is mos uit man!Get on with it!Al verloor WP het ons steeds beter as jul "when we" plonkers gedoen hierdie jaar.F@k aan Hatfield toe julle is irriterend.Hou op in die verlede leef julle vlakbarbers,suurgat,grootpens,klein tilletjies/groot bek brandewynsuipende insekte!Bye-bye die FLOUBULLE...S14 Champs....hehehehehehehe!

  • Zee - 2010-10-27 10:11

    I'm sorry b ut there's actually no comparison whatsoever - Aplon is streaks ahead of Mvovo.. he couldn't catch JdV, how on earth is he gonna get close to Aplon, especially with those magical little steps and intense acceleration that Aplon has! To the person that said Aplon is a dirty player, please explain? That's absolute donkeydust!

  • Farmer - 2010-10-27 21:11

    @Ekskuus tog My span (die Bulls) is uit en ek dink WP gaan die keer wen. Hulle speel nou awesome rugby. As hulle nou net supporters met meer klas kan kry sal dit dalk nie so verleendheid wees om hulle te support Saterdag nie. As ek so deur al die kommentaar lees lyk dit vir my jy is by verre die komminste ou hier.

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