Sadie didn't like Bulls' style

2012-07-24 20:16

Johannesburg - Bulls midfielder Johann Sadie is so desperate to play top level rugby on a regular basis that he was willing to give up his lucrative contract with the Bulls for a move to the Cheetahs next season, reports

Sadie signed a two year deal with the Cheetahs on Tuesday, ending speculation about his future after he asked the Bulls to release him from his contract for a move elsewhere, just six months into his deal with the Pretoria union.

After falling out of favour and struggling to make the starting line-up, Sadie was left out of the match 22 a few weeks back before injury ended his Super Rugby season.

And while he will see out this season with the Bulls in the Currie Cup, Sadie has made the choice to move to Bloemfontein in the new year and fight for a starting spot in the Cheetahs' Super Rugby side next year.

The Bulls have released midfielder Wynand Olivier for a sabattical in Japan in the meantime, but the blond midfielder will be back for Super Rugby action, while the fight for the other midfield position next year will be between rising stars JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Venter and IRB Junior Player of the Year Jan Serfontein.

“It was a horrible decision to make,” he said. “Just as it was last year. Every time it is a career move that I’m making and it's not an easy one. I’ve had to make the decision for the good of my rugby and hopefully Free State is the answer.”

But Sadie hinted that while injuries have hampered him, he simply felt he would fit more into an open game plan than the Bulls style of rugby.

“Injuries really hit me this year, I hurt my shoulder in the first game and then tore my ankle ligaments. But to be honest I’m looking forward to playing in the Free State, they play my type of game. Unfortunately it seems the Bulls style didn’t compliment my game. Perhaps I’m being too hasty, but I seriously want to play and next year is a big year for me. I want the ball in my hands. That’s one of the big reasons why I left.”

Sadie admits it was tough seeing his room-mate and friend Engelbrecht make the Bok team while he struggled with his luck, but it has only served to motivate him to work harder on his game.

“It’s one of those things,” he says, “We’re still big mates and there isn’t bad feelings. That’s how rugby is. The same goes for the Bulls, it is an unbelievable professional environment and the players there are world class. I really feel bad but I made the decision to see I’ve got the ball in my hands.

While nothing has been promised in terms of game time, Sadie says his goal is to establish himself in Bloemfontein for the next few years.

“I really want to establish myself in the starting line-up, and that’s important, but not as important to me as being stable at a union. After all, this is my third one in two years and I want it to be a big move.”

Sadie confirmed there was an approach to play Sevens, but he chose to stick to the fifteen man game because he still dreams of becoming a Bok one day.

“I did think about it, but in the end I want to play for the Boks, its still a dream of mine and one I have to give my all to try and achieve.”

At the Cheetahs Sadie will compete with Robert Ebersohn for a starting berth, while Andries Strauss is the other regular midfielder in the team.


  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-24 20:31

    Hahaha Excuses... Never Hear of Habana said one bad world of the Bulls... Because the play like that or what ever... Take it on the chin buddy you just didn't made the squad... That is all... Sad to loose you though but take it like a man and move on pls....

      Taurus.Blue1 - 2012-07-24 20:56

      @Charlie, agree. Sadie is (was) a great player but he should learn to 'leave the back door open' and stop these silly comments, first it was Bulls are the best thing since sliced bread blah blah blah. He should stop feeling sorry for himself and move on. JJ anyway, imho, was the better player between the two. I'm sorry things did not work out for him at the Bulls but he another opportunity at the Cheetahs and I hope it works out for him.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-25 00:55

      TaurusBlue.At this stage even every Bulls supporter in his/her right mind will make a dash for it.

      petercarvell - 2012-07-25 03:17

      Haven’t seen him play much so don’t know how good he really is but I would have stayed put in the same way Morne did. Morne could have left the Bulls on many accessions when Liefling was no: 1 but he stayed and it worked our pretty well for him. I don’t see him get much time in the FS either with the current two centers there who are pretty good as well.

      Ettiene - 2012-07-25 08:21

      Agree, he just know the upcoming starts are way better than him. Enjoy the cheetahs

      hanno.uys.5 - 2012-07-25 08:57

      Lol! And where is mister "never been so strong and fit in my life" going now? A sore rib and ankle and now he runs away? Didn't he know, like the rest of the country, that direct, impact rugby, is what the BUlls play? And suddenly it dawns on him it is "not his style"? Good luck Naka dealing with this primadonna!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-07-24 20:49

    His ancestors were too scared/lazy to take part in the Groot Trek, so what did you expect?

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-24 23:49

      Why are you guys trekking back now? Turned out to be a bad move didn't it? Hehehehe...

      joneethling - 2012-07-26 01:53

      What groot trek? Oh yes, the groot trek of youngsters out of WP to the Bulls every year? May be an easy way to get a cheap Meyerbok blazer, but no cups for them this year.

  • maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-07-24 21:05

    I was really exited when I heard that he was comming up to the Bulls. We desperatly need decent players in Midfield. For what ever reason it turned out to be a bitter disapointment. Young Mr. Sadie just never delivered. Let us hope he does better at the Cheetas. Looking forward to seeing Venter and Serfontein have a run.

  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-07-24 22:37

    Crash ball skop lineout,crash ball skop lineout.zzZzzzzzzzzzzz

      WernerZA - 2012-07-25 03:57

      Yup, stormer gameplan is a bore...

      paul.malherbe.7 - 2012-07-25 08:13

      aag ou wernieZA,'n goeie begryper het 'n halwe woord nodig, wat pierre eintlik bedoel is dat geskiedenis ons wys(en geskiedenis LIEG nooit) is dat die nulle se algemene game al die jare maar net dit is: Crash ball skop lineout,crash ball skop lineout.zzZzzzzzzzzzzz en dat Stormers/WP al die jare 'n oop expansive hardloop game speel. Nou dat AC vir die afgelope 1 of 2 jaar 'n defensive game speel wat terloops werk vir hulle, nou is poppe soos jou op hule kys.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 09:09

      Very few people have noticed that the Stormers are now playing Bulls rugby of old and scorring very few tries. No wonder the Stormers took over a good chaser from the Bulls (Habana). Defensive rugby wins matches most of the times unless you get too much possession and don't know how to attack anymore.

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 11:59

      paul. wat drink jy? Of was jy die laaste 10 jaar in n grot toegesluit?

  • tom.tardis - 2012-07-24 22:50

    bulls didnt like his style and he is ugly

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-25 00:46

      Now tell us guy.Were you an only child?

      michael.f.cooper.37 - 2012-07-25 06:45

      Tell us then Tom.. Which rugby player do you see as pretty then, if he is so ugly?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:09

      u okes didnt get the internet memo did u?

      Stormkaap - 2012-07-25 09:33

      He is a Pierre Spies groupie.. Keeps on telling us about his girlfriend and how ugly others girlfriends are, meanwhile he is a stern trawler

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 01:53

    I hope he did not forget to play rugby since his move to the Bulls. Hopefully he won't need to learn what rugby is, all over again. I can just hope he watched some Stormers, Sharks and Cheetah games during the season to keep some level of rugby knowledge.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-25 02:23

      face to foot style

      WernerZA - 2012-07-25 03:56

      Yes, those stormers are the poster children for carrying the ball and scoring tries. Fantastic attacking team!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:09

      its not rocket science to see that the internet memo never got to austria

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:19

      @WernerZA. Those Stormers are the poster boys for winning rugby.

  • WernerZA - 2012-07-25 05:20

    The bulls' style lead them to a playoff game in a rebuilding year... Sadie was supposed to be part of that. In this year, they ran the ball and also kicked, passed and tackled (not fantastically). Doing so, they scored more tries than anyone, and even being outclassed by the crusaders, they managed more tries than the stormer average... Don't tell me the Bulls play boring rugby... Do not tell me you never get a chance to run with the ball... BS. The S15 top try scorer is in this team and he is on the WING. Sadie, you were hampered by injuries and you were thus left behind. Good luck at the Cheetahs, but @ the bulls, you were found lacking... Hopefully your game will pick up again and then we will see you in the bok group soon.

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 12:02

      Daar slaan jy die spyker op die kop... Jy kon dit nie beter sê nie Werner...

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:21

      @WernerZA. I almost thought you said "rebuilding". I know you probably meant "re-buying". A typo I guess, but don't let me be like other turdises on here and point out your typing/spelling errors.

  • pomene.stormer - 2012-07-25 06:40

    Not so long ago the headlines were "Sadie say he is much stronger and more focussed since moving to the Bulls " - I said from day one he was a flash in the pan and unfortunately for the Bulls they slipped on this one - do not buy a player once he performed in a decent way in one or two games !!!!! Gaan terug huis toe jongman en gaan speel decent rugby of het jy dalk daai brug ook gebrand - kyk mooi Handre Pollard dis wat gebeur as jy windgat raak en geld jaag - kyk mooi !!!!!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-25 06:57

      I think you nailed it there with most of your comment.I also believe that maybe he was promised a starting spot and it went sour. Like I said yesterday Sadie,you gotta crawl befor you walk.

  • boereroo.jackman - 2012-07-25 07:01

    Who does??

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:11

      internet memo?

  • agri.implements - 2012-07-25 07:32

    Sadie you knew what style of rugby the Bulls played before signing the big money contract. You ignored all other factors and went North and could not deliver. Do you remember in January telling the world how happy you are in Pretoria and basically turning your back on the Stormers. The Stormers suited your style of play but you were not prepared to wait your time. - well the bottom line is that once youve cocked your chance up at the Cheetahs I suppose your next move will be the EP Kings and then the UK or France

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-07-25 07:46

    haha sadie is a loser just like the cheetahs.. every year they fail to do anything significant.. even with him there it wont help. goosen will prob leave after next season super 15

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:11

      is your name really de croes? really though?

  • danie.vanvuuren.75 - 2012-07-25 07:53

    I don,t thimk you will make their side ether, You must be the worst buy the Bulls have ever done

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-25 08:11

      i think the worst thing they ever spent money on was the pink clothes

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-07-25 08:13

    Demanded a starting 15 spot from Stormers, and for them to match the R1mil per year. We let him go (senior players had a big input, because of his attitude). Then at Bulls he is faster/stronger than ever, only to lose his starting spot that they promised. Now for Cheetahs. Come back to ground Sadie, you only had 2 good games for Stormers, and none for Bulls. For once, fight for your place!

  • Tian - 2012-07-25 08:19

    I see all the commentators have much to say, have you any background or experience in professional rugby??? Sadie is a class player,he is young will make mistakes on and off the pitch. Form we all know is temporary, class permanent. Cheetahs will bring the best out of him. Good luck young man.

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 12:05

      tian, a player that really believes that will not run away once things gets tough. He will work harder and prove himself. Sadie is running for cover because he himself doesn't believe that he will make the squad. Doesn't say much about him as a person/player.

  • Tian - 2012-07-25 08:27

    Easy to comment from the armchair. Sadie good luck at the Cheetahs.

  • reyn.dewet - 2012-07-25 08:47

    I'm a big Cheetah supporter and I would like to make the statement that Sadie will play for the Springboks because of this move. He will get more game time, his confidence will go up and we will see the player that everybody knows he is. And when he hits his form again, he will show these naysayers what a top class centre is !! Good luck Johan, we at the Cheetahs welcome you to the greatest rugby factory in the country.

  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-07-25 08:50

    Suppose if your no 9 kicks 33% of the ball, your flyhalf 33% and then your inside centre doesn't pass the other 33% you cannot really "play your game" with the remaining 1%. Next to go will be Bjorn...

      WernerZA - 2012-07-25 17:55

      Why would the S15 top try scorer leave??? For what team? Good grief, such a simple minded comment.

  • Jakkelsmit - 2012-07-25 08:51

    He will be playing for the sharks next as most cheetah players...

  • mvw74 - 2012-07-25 09:00

    Don't blame him at all the Bulls are going under with their boring rugby...shame!!

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 12:08

      Really..??? Are you and Riaan Cruywagen related by any chance? He is also stuck in 1980

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:25

      @mvw74. Agreed, stampkar rugby is so last decade. SA Rugby need clever rugby players in the Bok team. That will mean that not a lot of Bulls players will make it.

  • dustin.dewet - 2012-07-25 09:07

    Although very talented he might lack the mental toughness needed. Injuries are part of the game and any pro sports person has to be able to deal with that. He can't expect the Bulls to drop a player like JJ, who started to show some really good signs of things to come, every time he recovers from an injury. And the BS about not fitting into the Bulls style of play does not bode well for his chances of making a Bok team. Internationals more often than not are won upfront and tend to be rather tight affairs. If he can't adopt to the Bulls way of playing how will he adopt to playing an even tighter more structured game with the Bokke? What is he going to do if Drotske doesn't pick him? Will he runaway to another union or will he grow up and start making use of every opportunity he gets to show the coaching staff he belongs in the starting lineup.

  • johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2012-07-25 09:14

    One year with Cheetahs, then he gets a big contract from Durban. Disappointed with the Sharks, he'll move to Joburg. When Lions get replaced by Kings, he moves to PE. Not happy with the Baai culture, he'll play out his career in Kimberley!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-25 10:19

    ek hoor DSTV gaan nou die Bloubul games uitsaai op Fashion TV, ek verstaan heeltemal hoekom die arme man die Bulls wil verlaat, wie neem hom kwalik? hehehehehe

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 12:09

      Verstaan jy rerig Eddie..??? Ek sal graag wil hoor wat jy verstaan?

      jovan.daniels.7 - 2012-07-25 14:41

      Nakkie nie om lelik te wees nie maar die man het gese hy verstaan hoekom Sadie die Bulls verlaat het, hier kyk weer "ek verstaan heeltemal hoekom die arme man die Bulls wil verlaat". Maar as jy dit wil 'hoor' dan gaan jy maar dierek moet kontak maak. Verstaan???:)

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:26

      @Nakkie. Is dit so moeilik om dinge te verstaan? Is jy 'n Bulls supporter of wat? Moet Eddie prentjies teken?

  • jwdupreez - 2012-07-25 10:22

    Stormers to Bulls to Cheetahs. us when you are ready to join Banana-Bananna. I believe they are looking for a ballboy!

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-07-25 10:42

    I don't blame him, you must know as a outside centre playing for the bulls means very limited touches of the ball seeing that the ball rarely moves past Morne and Wynand. This is just they're style and it works for them.

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 12:11

      Mmmm, dis dan baie vreemd dat Bjorn Basson die meeste drieë gedruk het in hierdie jaar se Super reeks..?? Hoe verklaar jy dit ?? . . (they walk among us)

  • enrico.oosthuizen - 2012-07-25 10:52

    This is a start of a trend. Everyone made a huge thing when he signed for Bulls. How could WP let a future Springbok go bla bla bla... I'm afraid the same will happen with Pollard. He'll just get remodelled into a robot.

  • marius.debeer.359 - 2012-07-25 11:35

    Player with hugh potential pity he couldn"t crack at the Bulls, injury problems did not help either !!!!Playing outside Morne Steyn did not help either .................. Springboks will be in huge trouble if Steyn plays in the Rugby Championship, he is lacking form, confidence and everything else that goes with it, ag AB and Walliebies he will have nowhere to hide.The problem is that Frans , Jean , Bryan & JP who is all in the form of their lives will not benefit from Morne playing inside them he is playing miles behind the gainline and lacks creativity. Short term solution Peter Grant, he plays flat , defence solid and he will not missing anything within 40yards ( long term Goosen) and Pienaar to be his scrumhalf (Hougaard to bence where his versatility will benefit the Boks) , u still have Frans Steyn to take the real long kicks. Morne Steyn to regain confidence in Currie Cup or what about a Japanse stint with Fourie Du Preez as his scrummie !!

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-07-25 12:33

    Nakkie, bly jy kyk Fashion TV, want dis definitef vir jou. Nakkie, waar sit 'n vis se p@es?

      pomene.stormer - 2012-07-25 12:51

      Kyk tussen jou oe my maat - dis swak dat jy die forum gebruik om jou mond uit te spoel - praat rugby of verdwyn !!

      Nakkie69 - 2012-07-25 14:03

      Dankie Eddie, ek glo nie ek hoef enige iets meer te sê nie. Ek sal my kommentaar hou vir die intellektuele lesers.

      ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-25 23:29

      @Nakkie. Jy moet eers deel raak van die groepie intellektuele lesers voordat jy jou kommentaar vir hulle kan lewer.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-26 04:30

      Sies Eddie,jou vuilbek! Dan ook weer,wat is intellek?...smeer jy dit op jou brood?

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