Bulls ditch Adongo

2012-07-10 15:52

Johannesburg - In one of the most inexplicable moves to come out of Loftus Versfeld for a long time, promising Kenyan forward Daniel Adongo has been released from his contract after just six months at the Blue Bulls.

According to the SuperSport website, Adongo, who at 23 years old is a superb physical specimen, standing 198cm and weighing in at 113kg, will be joining New Zealand province Counties Manakau after being unable to break into the Bulls set-up after some shoddy treatment in his time there.

And it is hard to blame Adongo, who arrived from the Sharks and scored three tries in his first game for the Vodacom Cup team, only to be ignored by the Bulls coaching staff until he was snapped up by former All Black Tana Umaga and offered a contract.

Adongo becomes the second high-profile promising youngster to leave the Bulls – after former SA Schools and SA under-20 captain CJ Stander signed for Munster a few weeks ago.

It seems the lack of game time, and the way Adongo was treated at Loftus were the main reasons for him leaving, after he was specifically recruited by current Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer when he was the Bulls Director of Rugby.

Meyer put in a lot of work to get Adongo to Loftus, and identified him as a future Springbok, especially given his speed, size and explosive power but since Meyer left Loftus Versfeld Adongo has been an afterthought, and was given precious little game time as the coaching staff could not decide whether he was a lock or a flank.

After scoring his hat-trick in his opening game, Adongo was dropped to the bench of the Vodacom Cup team, and then inexplicably sent to Varsity Cup champions Tuks to get game time.

While he excelled when on the field at Tuks, he was used as a substitute and then strangely dropped from the match 22 for the final, apparently because Tuks wanted to include a fetcher on the bench.

Desperate to play, Adongo went back to Nairobi in June to play for the Elgin Warriors against the touring English Counties team, and played so well in the two games that Umaga, who was a spectator at the matches, immediately offered him a two year contract.

It became clear to Adongo that he wasn’t likely to get game time at Loftus Versfeld, especially with the likes of the two Potgieters – Jacques and Dewald – as well as flankers Deon Stegmann, Stander, Warwick Tecklenburg, Jean Cook, Jonno Ross all seemingly ahead of him and the SA under-20 duo of Shaun Adendorff and Wian Liebenberg just behind him.

Meyer’s vision was that Adongo would go on to fulfill the same sort of role that Danie Rossouw did for the Bulls in the recent past, but it seems there were few others in the coaching staff who believed the same.

However, it is hardly understandable how a union who did so much work to lure him from the Sharks, would just turn around and release him so easily, especially as the coaching staff were singing his praises in February.

Adongo has already left for New Zealand and has joined his teammates at Counties Manakau, and will be a part of the side to compete in the ITM Cup – New Zealand’s premier competition and could well turn out for the Chiefs next year in Super Rugby.

“You never want to lose players with that much ability but one can understand that in both cases it is about playing opportunities and the financial benefits for both of them. At the Bulls we have released so many guys in the past and they have come back. We will stay in touch, follow their progress and hopefully they will come back,” coach Frans Ludeke told the Pretoria News of Adongo’s departure.

However, if Adongo does excel in New Zealand it is clear that he will set his sights on an All Black jumper and not a Springbok one, as Meyer had hoped.


  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-10 15:56

    Something fishy going on in Bulls country...

      schalk.j.lubbe - 2012-07-10 16:10

      also realising that Bulls are going down and he's probably leaving the sinking ship just like wynand and cj...

      jacques.otto.50 - 2012-07-10 19:18

      Jap jap jy is n aap. Jammer vir die insult maar hulle laat nie die woord Po3s toe nie.Jy maak my skaam om my wit vel te dra. Jy is die oorsaak van divisie moord en diefstal want jou houding suig. Ek vra omverskoning vir die mense dat jy die sonlig mag deel. Klim terug in jou gat jou lae klas roof

  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 15:58

    Not a good Sign.. Management at the Bulls got to much money of this Springbok deal with HM hence them not doing much...

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-10 16:04

      Something's a miss up there. Hope the groot sakemanne are not about to bring down Heyneke's empire.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-10 16:07

      We will have to see. I really think in employing HM as the Bok coach has hurt the Bulls Big Time...

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-10 16:11

      I think all the wannabe managers have tripped and fallen into the power-vaccume left by the Bulls management exodus. So the groot sakemanne have been left to squabble over positions and that's just hurting the running of the Bulls empire.

  • jason.children - 2012-07-10 15:59

    Its strange that TUKS also benched him and dropped him. maybe there is more to this than just talent! I wish him luck and i hope its just a timing thing and we havent just lost a future Springbok!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 16:04

      how do they comment on his treatment at loftus? where is the evidence of poor treatment? he wasnt good enough so didnt make it. now he is leaving cos he was treated badly? how did they confirm it before writing such tripe?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:57

      Right daspoort very clever, well done, outstanding. Poephol

      Johan - 2012-07-11 04:35

      @Tom Moet jou nie aan Daspoort steur nie, so dom soos modder daai ding. Kyk maar net van waar kom hy dan lag jy saggies uit jou terminale ileum uit.

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-10 16:00

    Geez, really wish he had resigned with the Sharks. Big loss to SA rugby, may very well come back to bite us in Super Rugby, maybe even at Test level.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-10 16:04

      Then you'd have two 'beasts'.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-11 09:03

      Um, I had at least 8 likes yesterday. Now I'm down to 1 with 20 dislikes. Anyone at Sport24 care to explain that??

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-07-10 16:44

    What a los for SA rugby..but this is surely a big gain for him.just hope he return to SA over a few years ''if he play well in Nz''..but I don't see him coming back...not if he could get a change to play for the All Blacks.

  • - 2012-07-10 18:00

    Well the little I saw of him didn't impress me, made now impact coming of the bench, maybe the continues hard word was to much. Also he didn't get any play time at the Sharks. This is a very one sided story Brenden Nel. It's what is in your heart not your muscle that makes you a good player.

  • farai.chimanya.71 - 2012-07-10 20:30

    He was definately going to be a bok but due to discrimination , he just had to jump ship. What a f*en loose.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-10 23:58


  • Jacques Swanepoel - 2012-07-10 20:34

    Please send him to the free state we are without players after this season, Sharks should be very worried as they are sourcing all the free state player

      terry.burne - 2012-07-11 05:37

      @tom.tardis - that is unbelievably puerile and uncalled for. Shame on you!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-10 21:09

    Bulle het te veel geld koop te veel spelers en drop hulle dan hoeveel gekontrakteerde bulle sit by die huis en speel glad nie rugby nie dink sa rugby moet bitjie gaan ondersoek instel want ek sien nie hoe koop jy spelers en dan net so weglaat

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 02:26

      riiight... tell us how many ?

  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-07-10 21:45

    2 thngs - 1.not from pretoria and 2. Pure discrimination, from the blue bulls training squad to the tuks bench, i've played provincial sport and have seen aplenty of these instances - nw heyneke has left the BB leftovers in terms of management show their true colours, ths is a flagship union of SA rugby, one that every champion south african looks up to due to their stellar achievements internationally, 4 it to be run down by biased individuals is jst worrisome -it is a team with proud afrikaans tradition and pretoria heritage that goes without asking - but i do believe its a union that all can be associated with given this day and era - unless if most of us supporters outside those 2 mentioned circles are just naive to think that

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 00:04

      So, like the comrades runner tested for doping this is all cos he is black. So f'ing typical. Seriously, is life so bad for u that u feel so inferior u have to keep playing the race card. If it was a white player then it's ok. F'ing so sick of u lot going on about race this race that. Every team has a roster and if the players don't cut the mustard, they must go. Black white colored Indian Chinese Japanese Jewish whatever. Must be racism of course, must be xenophobiA too. Call Debra patta

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 00:05

      If u have an issue, fetch a tissue

      banks.mokhachane - 2012-07-11 15:24

      @tom, thats an entirely different story alltogether the mamabolo one, and its nt necesarily abwt race u retard, bt being acceptd into an entirely different system, somethng meyer was very keen on making hm feel comfortable with

  • theo.dupreez - 2012-07-10 23:56

    I think the Bulls are on the verge of bankruptcy, not financially but with regards to vision and versatility and unfortunately Heyneke Meyer is bringing that same culture to the Boks. I think , for instance, the Stormers would give a lot for a talent like Odongo. That's just my 20 cents,

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-11 00:08

      Thanks but we don't accept the brown coins, just the silvers so take ur 20c and shove it. One Kenyan gets kicked out the team for reasons unknown to us and now the whole vision of the bulls is going and the versatility is out the window. Melodramatic? Understatement

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-11 02:32

      @theo "I think" ? Your meant to say "I hope" perhaps ?

      Johan - 2012-07-11 04:36

      @theo BWA HA HA, kyk jy is geen Einstein nie

      francel.vaneeden - 2012-07-11 08:35

      @theo. I think you are right as history shows us. Every time anyone thinks he is indestructible and will rule forever they ten to fall. As a Stormer supporter I hope the Bulls stop and start building again. They are a very good team but needs to think about the future. As for tom.tardis and his comments. Same thing. Your comments seems to suggest you are uneducated and with a inferior complex. Easy to bad mouth people. Stand up and be part of a solution for your team. You can not be so stupid as to think you can bad mouth others and really think it makes you stronger. If true however, I feel sorry for the other intelligent and educated Bull supporters to have to put up with you..

      byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-11 09:57

      The Stormers seem to let all their talent leave so doubt they would get in new talent.

  • brett.muller.31 - 2012-07-11 09:44

    big loss for SA rugby.!

  • byron.wright.102 - 2012-07-11 09:53

    Sometimes young players get it wrong when they try to start a career at a major union- He should have gone to the Cheethas or the Lions and had a chance where at the Sharks and Bulls he wasnt given his shot.

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