Sharks 'beware' of Goosen

2011-10-19 07:31

Cape Town - Former Bok pivot, Louis Koen, has warned the Sharks that Free State's new flyhalf sensation, Johan Goosen, could pose a serious threat in their Currie Cup semi-final clash in Durban this weekend.

The 19-year old has cemented himself as the No 1 pivot in the Free State this season and despite being injured for the last two weeks, should be ready for action in the Shark Tank on Saturday.

Apart from having a deadly kicking-boot, Goosen also boasts a dangerous side-step, is solid on defence and spreads the ball well - all aspects which Koen believes makes him almost the complete flyhalf.

Goosen is expected to come up against Sharks flyhalf, Frederic Michalak, and Koen feels Goosen brings a lot more to the table than the Frenchman.

"Johan Goosen is a much more complete player than Frederic Michalak. He (Goosen) has all the weapons a flyhalf needs in his armoury. He is an upcoming rugby star who will make big strides in South African rugby," Koen told the Volksblad newspaper.

Koen believes Goosen's ability to slot long-range goals could damage the Sharks.

"The Sharks will need to be aware of Goosen's kicking boot and not concede penalties in their own territory. They'll need to pin Free State down in its own half and even be aware (of conceding penalties) there as well. If they underestimate his kicking boot, he will punish them badly," said Koen.

Koen does, however, believe Michalak's experience might enable him to get one over the youngster.

"I think Michalak might be a little bit less nervous than Goosen."


  • msimangamuzi - 2011-10-19 08:44

    @Danny Goosen turned down the bulls twice boet in grade 10 and this year its not about the money he wants game time he is going nowhere he has signed a two year deal with the cheetahs. In my honest opinion goosen will be a bok next year.

      Peter - 2011-10-19 09:57

      I hope you are right. Boy is a certainty for the next RWC. If he get game time and nurtured now.

  • Manus - 2011-10-19 08:44

    Goosen can really play, allright. I just fear that somewhere along the line some coach will decide that his brilliance should be held in check and that that will be the end of him.

  • Andrew - 2011-10-19 08:48

    Sharks buy Goosen!!

      Warren - 2011-10-19 22:34

      Why should the Sharks buy Goosen, it's high time the Sharks stop pillaging the Cheetahs every time they have a problem. Besides, there has been plenty of talk that Toyota is pushing some serious cash into Cheetahs rugby. Heinrich Broussow remaining in Bloemfontein is a case in point.

  • Barry - 2011-10-19 08:51

    I watched Goosen when he played for Grey College against Glenwood last year - awsome - what a side step he has scored the only try and he can kick too - this guy will be a springbok in a year or 2

  • Pierre - 2011-10-19 09:21

    This kid is amazing!! Only flyhalf currently that can attack the gameline and has a deadly accurate kick boot. I think his kicking % this year is over 90%. I will defiantely start giving this kid a chance with the Springboks. e have four years to build to the next world cup!! So I think we start building now!! Goodluck to him

      Dirk - 2011-10-19 10:20

      Not only can he kick- he has some serious distance.Last yr, for Grey, he put over two penalties from almost his own 25- around 79 mtrs, in the match vs Paul Roos

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-19 10:47

      I think he’s missed two kicks this season and one of them was a long range kick on a muddy field.

  • linceley.koopman - 2011-10-19 09:21

    WP must sign Goosen, and not wait until he is 30years old, like they did with Willem de Waal

  • colin85 - 2011-10-19 09:31

    Could be better than Dan Carter and have a 12 year, 3 World Cup Bok stint! :P Maybe the most talented 10 ever? I know I know, how can I say that already... just from what I have seen, there is a chance this happens. He must stay injury free though. He has such a great head on his shoulders, but he must learn from Carter, be a bit softer, he hits rucks too hard and is too aggressive... the thing is, he must stay fit, that is more important. He is a 10, not a flank

  • Rene - 2011-10-19 10:13

    what the hell has Louis Koen been smoking to even compare Goosen with Michelak. michelak is years aheas od Goosen. Goosen has yet to be tested. Come Louis. Wake up, your coffee is cold. Rene';

      Antony - 2011-10-19 10:24

      You are in for a rude awakening Rene, this boy is phenomenal, Michalak is at the tailend of a good career. Louis Koen is seeing what many others are too: here is the best young flyhalf to come out of SA in 30 years. He is already the real deal and will only get better! Watch and appreciate a genius taking the rugby world by storm!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-19 10:44

      In my opinion Michelak is over rated. How many times have we seen him kick the ball away when he’s in the opposition 22 with guys like Deysel just dying to crash it over the line? Sure sometimes it pays off and Freddie looks like a hero but most of the time it’s 50/50 ball and results in a 22 drop out and it’s good attacking ball wasted. As a Sharks supporter I’d take Goosen any day over Freddie.

      Robs - 2011-10-19 11:32

      I copy/paste this comment for Monday next week.

  • Lee - 2011-10-19 10:37

    GO SHARSK!!!!!!!! Don't let Goosen worry you.........................just worry about moving forward. Can't wait for Saturday.

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-19 10:50

    goosen must be in the SB squad. he has some amazing talent. he is the full package dare i say he is the next dan carter. the scary part is he is only 19. if sa rugby play there cards right they will draft him into the squad and in the next year or so he can be our first choice starter. we need to start our next patch of player young so that we can blood them early in readiness for the nexr RWC. he has to be there. i am very exited to see this type of talent. he needs to be developed and moved smartly

  • Staalbal - 2011-10-19 11:45

    This guy should be the the Bok nr.10

  • jacques.ackermann - 2011-10-19 14:58

    just hope SARU picks this guy and gives him a shot at no 10. with him franna steyn lambie and co out future bok backline looks amazing. hope the sharks sign him hahaha. come on sharks get your deals out.

  • Anneleen - 2011-10-19 19:49

    beware of the them or fear them.

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