Whitehead left WP frustrated

2011-11-28 21:36

Durban - Former Western Province centre Tim Whitehead says he joined the Sharks largely due to his desire to join a union "that's doing well and playing good rugby."

Whitehead told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, that his 2011 season at Western Province and the Stormers was a bittersweet one and admits it was more frustration than elation.

“During the Vodacom Cup tournament, it was crunch time for the Varsity Cup and the guys asked me if I was interested in playing. Not having won the tournament before, I was quite keen to get a title under my belt, so I gave it a crack and we did pretty well, winning.

“Then I continued with Vodacom Cup and that’s when I got a bit frustrated because I wasn’t getting any chances at Super Rugby level which is obviously the important rugby competition to play. I had a pretty good first half of the Currie Cup before getting a bit of a niggle in my knee and then when the Boks came back, pretty much most of the Province backline sat out the rest of the tournament.

"You can’t have any niggles at all or you get shunted around a bit and from a decision-making point of view, it’s been a good one because it’s reinforced my decision to move to the Sharks.”

Whitehead also said his decision to move to Durban was based on a number of factors, but his desire to play for a successful team with an expansive playing style made the decision easier.

"I quite enjoy the style of rugby the Sharks play, keeping the ball alive and running it from all over the place when there is the opportunity, offloading in the tackle, backing your decision to have a crack when the option is there - I’m a big fan of that.

“That was pretty much the main thing that influenced my decision to come. They are a winning team, Durban’s great and it’s a place I haven’t visited much aside from the odd game, so not having experienced it much at all, there are a lot of new things to see and do. I love the beach and the coast so the Sharks was really the only other union I was interested in, in South Africa.”


  • Jack - 2011-11-28 21:52

    Call a spade a spade, well said Tim.

      John - 2011-11-29 08:29

      I think the oke is getting a bit ahead of himself. Varsity rugby too Vodacom cup and next thing he's bitching because he is not picked for the Stormers. He was just not good enough to replace JDV, Fourie, Sadie or De Jong end of story.

      adrian.bruwer - 2011-11-30 08:22

      Call a spade a spade: Here goes. The coaching staff of Stormers are loosing all their star youngsters to Bulls and Sharks just to cling on to their has-beens. And now buying another has-been that the Sharks don't want. How much sense does that make? The Bulls will do well in 2012 - with Johan Sadie(Stormers) and JJ Engelbrecht(Stormers) and we will not. Look at our useless backline. This year we hardly scored any tries. Our gameplan is to line up 15 players in a line and tackle our @sses off. There's no imagination or vision. They're my team, but I will not waste my time watching the Stormers in 2012 or thereafter until useless Alistair Coetzee is FIRED - along with Rassie Erasmus. They are the cause of the frustration of the youngsters and supporters.

      Peter - 2011-12-02 14:38

      Well spoken, never come to w.p. for sport they are a lot of wankers,,,

  • John - 2011-11-28 22:00

    Adi for Tim? Good one Sharks :D

      Steenbra - 2011-12-02 12:05

      John.. Tim is mainly a 12 whereas Ad will a stop gap 13..

  • Pieter - 2011-11-28 22:47

    Well, after a decade of patheticness, who's not frustrated with WP WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-29 07:29

      @ Jed , jy raak vervelig, jy sê altyd presies dieselde. Is jy nie jk nie? hy kon ook nooit iets nuuts uitdink nie

      Jed - 2011-11-29 07:57

      BlouMasjien, Yep Pieter does the same thing, If i think about thats all the Bulls can say isnt it? Decade - 10 years yada yada. As long as Bulls supporters keep on repeating themselves so will I.

      Kosie - 2011-11-29 08:01

      @ blou masjien: jy en pieter se ook altyd dieselfde stront oor en oor.

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-29 08:11

      Tim Whitehead says he joined the Sharks largely due to his desire to join a union "that's doing well and playing good rugby." As jed,kosie,stormers en die res van die wp narre maar net Tim se wysheid gehad het.

      Lionel - 2011-11-29 08:18

      He wants to join a side thats doing well....hahahahahaah,they did not make the playoffs in Super rugby this year and they got a snot klap in the CC final,that says a lot!!!!!Blou Masjien,remember the year when the Bulls lost all there games in the Super 12,you can be lucky it was not the Super 15 then,that would have been even more embarrasing!!!!!!!!

      Blou-Daan - 2011-11-29 08:35

      @Lionel At least the Bulls have up's & downs with some great Cups to show, Stormers have more downs than ups and NO cups to show. Eish, it must be a bad feeling...!!!

      Lionel - 2011-11-29 08:53

      What ever makes you happy Daan!!!!!The Bulls will still have that tag that they went through an entire Super season without winning a game,lekker daggie vir jou!!!!!!!!!

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-29 08:57

      @lionel, Dieselde span het 6 maande later die Curriebeker gewen. 4 Curriebekers en 3 Superbekers later en wepe het nog niks gewen nie

  • david.sportsman - 2011-11-28 22:48

    He has talent, but to make those statements while he has not been around too much is rather arrogant I would say...Good luck to him anyways..! AD Jacobs - please go play for Boland - I beg you...??

  • Jonathan - 2011-11-28 23:34

    Sounds like Tim Bighead to me

  • Leon - 2011-11-29 07:15

    In comparison with the Springbok centres Tim is average. He has a better chance to get play time at the Sharks. Pieter you are boring.

  • BlouMasjien - 2011-11-29 07:23

    Give That Man A Bells , of nee wag, maak dit n Johnny Walker blue label. Hierdie jong man is oopkop! Ek wil Tim namens SA rugby geluk wens met sy nugter en volwase besluit, nie net vir jou toekoms nie maar ook die toekoms van SA rugby. Dieselfde geld vir Sadie,JJ en Cronje.

  • Stormers - 2011-11-29 07:49

    Ag shame, die bloufetterjoelpil masjien kerm weer vanmore dat die biesies bewe. Jou bek is permanent opgeblaas oor die WP. Daai chip op jou skouer pla verskriklik. Maar moenie stres nie. Een van die dae is liefling terug dan kan julle weer glimlag en mekaar drukkies gee op Loftus. Mens kan absoluut sien jy's n floubul supporter, jy praat nooit rugby nie (sker omdat jy niks weet daarvan nie), jy sit net en persoonlik raak met almal wat nie saam jou stem nie. Jy's pateties man. Gaan le voor n trok!

      rondee.scherman - 2011-11-29 14:36

      Bloumasjiien: Jy is seker volgende seisoen n Leeu ondersteuner as jy net dink aan sukses en die seisoen daarna Sharks.Is jy Tim se tweelinsussie wat shom so goed ken? Julle het waar in die Curriebeker geiendig en Super 15? Nerense. Pasop vir die wiel wat draai!

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-29 14:59

      @ rondee, Nee ek sal altyd n Bul bly tot die dood ons skei. Soos jy se^ die wiel draai ,en die Bulle gaan weer die Superbeker en Curriebeker vat. Die probleem met wp is dat hulle wiele lankal afgekom het, nou is daar nie meer n wiel wat kan draai nie!

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-30 08:11

      As ek die wp/stormers ondersteun het, sou ek lankal voor n trok gele^ het

  • Grant - 2011-11-29 07:50

    never a need to burn bridges.....tone it down a bit Tim.

  • Vic - 2011-11-29 14:28

    I fully agree with Tim Whitehead---he DID get stuffed around here by WP/Stormers & IS a talented player. Good for him. going off to the Sharks, my No.2 team.! I really don't think Jacobs will have much of a look-in here---he must either retire or see if any overseas clubs/teams want him---doubt it tho'.!! I don't suppose it harms anyone, if he simply trains with the guys here.

  • Oukoos - 2011-11-29 15:14

    Ek hou ook nie van die windgat wyse waarop Tim aan die WP totsiens sê nie. Maar kom ons WP ondersteuners wees ‘n slag eerlik met mekaar. Die wyse waarop die WP rugbyunie sy jong talent bestuur is power om die minste te sê. As ons net na die verlore jong talent kyk wat in 2012 vir ander provinsies gaan speel, is dit duidelik dat ons getroue ondersteuners nog donners lank gaan wag vir silwerware in die kas. Die vraag is: Hoe lank moet ons ondersteuners nog tevrede wees met ‘n bestuur wat klaarblyklik nie WP rugby se belange op die hart dra nie?

      Pieter - 2011-11-30 05:25

      @Oukoos Ek dink ten minste nog 'n dekade, m.a.w 20 jaar sonder 'n koppie om die draai

      Chris - 2011-12-02 16:30

      Ek se hulle moet so gou as moontlik hul tassies pak en gaan! Hoekom moet ons die gebroedsels se vet salarisse betaal?!!!! Hulle is besig om WP-rugby die verderf in te stuur!!! Kom ons almal se genoeg is genoeg!!!! 'n Lee Nuweland sal hul dalk die boodskap gee.

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