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Beeno1

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Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 28, 2012, 09:16:14

I have also thhought h ewa san excellent player and a future bok star. However it seems he fell foul of the sharks managment.

A relative unknown to Top 14 rugby before his arrival at Castres, South African scrumhalf Rory Kockott has been one of the season's sensations.

Currently top scorer in the top flight with an average of 15 points per match, the 26-year-old joined the three-time French champions as a replacement for Thierry Lacrampe 18 months ago.

And this term he has racked up 196 points, including five tries, in 13 matches, to lead the scoring charts ahead of Toulon's English star Jonny Wilkinson.

Kockott spent five seasons with the Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup competition and did not initially find the cultural switch from South Africa to France a smooth one, as coaching duo Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit soon discovered.

"He had trouble following instructions," admitted Labit.

When Kockott quit the Sharks, where he was understudy to Springbok international Ruan Pienaar, who has since moved to Ulster, adapting to life in France hit the obvious language barrier which he now seems to have mastered.

Kockott also admitted he "needed to put order in his life, both sportingly and personally" before he could move on.

The decision to join Castres was also influenced by the strong contingent of Springbok players at the club that include Jannie Bornman, Michael Coetzee, Antonie Classon and Pedrie Wannenburg.

A rugged and skillful player who likes to hover close to the forwards, his kicking game is also attracting attention and although he has nailed down a place in the starting line-up at Castres, he has yet to win his first international cap. (France could grab this guy!!)

"He is a robust defender and gifted with a kicking game that allows him to be dangerous with both feet," said Labit.

Undeterred about mixing it up with the opposition and even the larger forwards, he was once sent off and suspended for punching Otago Highlanders back row forward Andrew Thomson while with the Sharks.

The son of a farmer from south-eastern South Africa, he has now found the French lifestyle to his liking and has since settled down in the region - although his remarkable progress has attracted the attention of other European clubs.

"I'm just thinking about the next match and finishing the season," said Kockott who is under contract until 2014 but must surely have the Castres management thinking about extending that deal.

But the immediate task in hand is turning out for Castres, currently joint third in the table, when they entertain defending champions Toulouse on Sunday

Given his understanding of conditions etc will Meyer pick him for next years NH tour? To me he had the potential to be an excellent scrummie and appears to have now sorted himself out on a personal level.  One wonders whether he will ever become a Bok.


jauzy19.

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 28, 2012, 14:23:16

He's in superb form indeed. He said yesterday in a french newspaper that he wanted to leave Castres at the end of this season, his priority is to come back in SA but he could still go in another european club.


Beeno1

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 28, 2012, 14:39:53

Well he may be wiser to stay in France and earn some big bucks. If he does come home I hope the Stormers snap him up.

Any chance of him playing for France?


Saffex

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 28, 2012, 15:44:49

Yep he always looked Bok material but got a raw deal at the Sharks, Plumtree has a history of this


clevermike

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 29, 2012, 03:34:05

He had good games for the Sharks - but I think he got on their wrong side as a result of a number of poor games as well.   Cockott was always on the bench when Pienaar played for the Sharks at scrummie - and then left for the Lions and afterwards for Europe.   Based on the fact that he basically was a bench player most of the time - it is hard to say that he in fact was Springbok material.

Also had some disciplinary deficiencies and I can remember that he got red-carded for slapping a player.

Was a food goalkicker though.


Saffex

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 29, 2012, 19:06:22

 Typical bullshit again Mike, you will find that Kockott started many games when he first broke onto the scene at it was then that he emerged as a Bok candidate. By all accounts he lacked discipline on and off the field which got in the way of his progress. A good manager should have managed that - Plumtree failed.

Kockott was def Bok material


Boklogic

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 30, 2012, 02:06:20

 As an avid Sharks supporter who still lived in Durban in the Kockett days, I can assure you that he started more than enough games to be considered Bok material. At one stage, he was making the 9 jersey his own through good play. I do not agree with Saffex re. Plumtree managing him. Its not up to a coach to "run after" a professional sportsmen that has oodles of talent and should have his eye on the prize. He should be professional enough to know what he needs to do to get to the top and Kockett just did not know how to control himself. 

I knew of a girl who was dating a fringe Sharks player who is now applying his trade for the Pumas franchise that lived with Rory Kockett and a few others in a flat share situation in Durban. At their home was just tons of bottles of expensive champagne with labels of the date, game played (eg Sharks vs Waratahs) and man of the match that Kockett brought home. Plenty bottles which was testament to the player he was but unfortunately, his personality was very strong and he didnt take orders or direction too well. No coach can change that in a person. Its a personality flaw! His coaches in France are experiencing the same problems apparently.


Arthur John

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 30, 2012, 15:02:16

 He did play some excellent games for the Sharks. Won quite a few for them as well with the boot.

Must say I/we were surprised to see him dropped and replaced by McLeod.

He also shined at the Lions when he played for them.

He always impressed our circle of rugby fans (here in Vancouver) with his play and we wish him all the best for his career.

Not surprised with his performance thus far in France. He wil only go from strength to strength.

Go Rory go!!!!.


Beeno1

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 31, 2012, 09:20:45

"Kockott also admitted he "needed to put order in his life, both sportingly and personally" before he could move on".

He was obvioulsy a difficult player to manage who did himself no favours. H e seems though to now have righted th e ship and is playing very well.

Meyer shuld keep an eye on him.

 


Denny

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 31, 2012, 11:47:57

He's my kind of scrummie, faced with a choice between Ruan or Rory, I'd choose the latter. That said, after all these years I still don't see anything special in Pienaar.


Arthur John

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 31, 2012, 15:56:29

 Hoor, Hoor!!!!


Saffex

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
December 31, 2012, 20:45:03

Denny, for once we are on the same page. Give me Kockott over Pienaar anyday. I rate Pienaar, but the likes of Kockott and Hougaard have real clout


Arthur John

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RE: Rory Kockott making waves at Castres
January 02, 2013, 16:33:22

 Also very impressed with the youngest playing at #9 for the Sharks presently. Can't recall his name.

Great distribution of the ball, eye for the gap and his kicking and tackling play is refreshing to watch.

Most importanlty is that he is young, agressive and focused.

Simply a great asset for the Sharks and SA rugby.

 


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