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Sharkbok

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Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 18, 2013, 20:56:46

Ebersohn heads to Montpellier

by Brenden Nel 18 July 2013, 12:00

 

The news that Robert Ebersohn has taken up an offer with French club Montpellier after the Absa Currie Cup season, could not have come at a worse time for Toyota Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske.

 

Drotske, who is currently preparing his side in Sydney for their Vodacom Super Rugby Finals Series match against the Brumbies, would have been looking for as quiet a preparation as possible, and this was one of the bigger reasons for choosing the Coogee Beach base rather than preparing in the Brumbies' backyard in Canberra.

 

But now, with Ebersohn’s departure a fait accompli, the Cheetahs are likely to face a number of questions regarding the make-up of their squad for the future, a week after they secured the signatures of Willie le Roux and Trevor Nyakane away from poaching provinces.

 

The midfielder was first approached by Montpellier to join them at the end of Super Rugby, but was not released by the Cheetahs at the time, and also chose to try and make the Springbok side in the process.

 

Ebersohn was selected for the Springbok group, but didn’t play a test and seems to have fallen behind Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht and Juan de Jongh in the pecking order. Barring injury, he is unlikely to play in the November tour of Europe.

 

It is unclear whether Montpellier’s threat of legal action – and a possible fine – after Ebersohn rejected their initial offer, had anything to do with the decision, but Ebersohn's chances of Springbok selection certainly did.

 

Montpellier apparently approached Ebersohn a second time with an offer, and despite Ebersohn wanting to apparently keep it quiet until after the playoff rounds, his picture and profile appeared on Montpellier’s website on Wednesday which prompted the news becoming public.

 

At Montpellier, Ebersohn will join the likes of Rene Ranger and Wynand Olivier in a powerful midfield, as the French club has ambitious hopes for their future in the top 14.


Sharkbok

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 18, 2013, 21:00:37
One of the most intelligent centers in South Africa at present.

He is able to create tries and space for those on his outside and not just a creatine crash-ball with blinkers on looking for the most traffic.

He can play outside center and inside center equally well.

It is a shame to see him go. The Cheetas will miss him allot. Without Goosen(when injured), Willie and Ebersohn were the brains of the operation.


Saffex

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 18, 2013, 23:21:27
Good player but not physical enough for test rugby just like de Jongh is not. At least the Cheetahs have gained Piet Lindeque from the Sharks.....but they will miss the creativity of Ebersohn. Sadie and Lindeque are both 13's so not too sure how they will work that one.


canrugby

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 18, 2013, 23:32:40

Slowly but surely Rugby evolves into truely what pro sports is today. Players taking advantage of a free market.

 

Good for Ebersohn.


Boklogic

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 04:29:07

Would Andries Strauss consider a return home? He was schooled in the Free State.

 

I hear the Kings have a mass exodus and players who have not signed on. Where are they all going or was that just a hyped up write up with only a handful of players leaving?

 

Maybe Bosman can return home. He is not fitting into the Sharks plans. I would like to see the Sharks, for the 1st time in years, actually spend money on a world class centre.


clevermike

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 07:00:21
Sharkbok

Interesting scenario - both Ranger and Ebersohn is heading to Montpellier and it would really be interesting to see what those two produce for that team.

Bosman is also on the way overseas and he is out too. I do not think Strauss fits into the Cheetahs game plan and e is unlikely to return to the Cheetahs. Drotske is astute though and they will definitely be on the look-out for a player to fill the vacancy. What about De Allende - he is notused properly by the Stormers and I believe is one of the players of the future. Lets wait and se what the Cheetahs comes up with next year.


CleanCut

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 07:48:49

 

He's not the biggest boy around but by no means a defensive liability, so I cannot relate to the "not physical enough" comment from Dave. There's more to inside center play than crashball running.

 

He's had a cracker of a season and the Cheetahs have benefitted from his creativity at 12. He should have been played at 12 a long time ago. Certainly comes natural to him.

 

What I also enjoyed about him is his ability to be a second fetcher on the park.

 

Rate him far above De Jongh.

 

Very annoyed that he's leaving our shores.

 

Another big loss to SA rugby.


clevermike

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 08:10:05
Cleancut

Meyer could have avoided this departure if he had Ebersohn ahead of te useless De Jongh in his Bok squad for the past series - but he remains a bloody idiot that way. Sorry about losing him as well.

You can always find out who are the better player options - when you look at player offers from overseas. No overseas clubs would ever offer a contract to players like Jantjies and De Jongh - because they do not rate players like that - but Meyer apparently rate them and that causes more departures.

Le Roux was also on his way out - but fortunately he remained here because Meyers favourite full back Kirchner - was not available for the recent test series. Despite his lack of ball sense - Kirchner did get an offer from France - so hopefully he stays there in future. The Bullshave a better option in Visser in any event.


CleanCut

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 08:23:10

Good point there Mike  -

 

"You can always find out who are the better player options - when you look at player offers from overseas. No overseas clubs would ever offer a contract to players like Jantjies and De Jongh - because they do not rate players like that"

 

They see our talent while our coach sees only players clad in blue ... infuriating!!!!

 

I also hope Kirchner stays there. Absolute useless piece of shit.

 

I need to go look for the neighbours cat so that I can kick it!!!

 

 

 

 

 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 09:03:55

u cant say ebherson isnt physical enough for the Boks when he never got a chance to play for them, in spXV he rose up to the challenge and then some, add to that he was an extremely creative and intelligent player and u have a player who is veru unlucky to not have represented his country.
what does soften the blow for a Boks point of view is the momentum behind serfonteins rise at the moment, but the cheetahs have lost an importnat cog in the cheetahs machine.

IMO leilafano and ebherson would of had to have been the most consistent 12s in the 2013 spXV.


ntanga

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 10:45:13
Oh boy, the bad news keep coming! The Lad is not capped, and he could end up playing for France, Pants.


ntanga

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 19, 2013, 10:52:56
Hey Mike, I think Kirchner is heading to Leinster (Ireland) at the end of the season. There has been a lot of talks about his arrival, they think he (Kirchner) wasn't utilised to his full potential, meaning he wasn't allowed to play free or his own style in the Boks team. So, he'll take up Isa Nasewa's role as a winger at Leinster.


blittze

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 20, 2013, 18:28:37

http://youtu.be/NUriKDLOqmI Cool tribute here for Ebersohn 


cheetahsfan13

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 20, 2013, 22:17:25
a man who states that ebersohn is not physical; enough for the centre berth whilst singing the praises of someone like jj engelbrecht who constantly slips off tackles is a man who does not watch much rugby.


clevermike

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 00:01:09
Cheetahfan 13

Welcome to this asylum - I hope you have fun here. You must never take Saffex seriously - he pretends that he is the only person on this site who knows rugby - and consequently makes the silliest statements imaginable and think everyone must swallow it. If anyone then reacts to a lot of garbage spouted - Saffex calls such a person stupid and idiotic Not an easy baby that one.

So its best to accept good advice - don't be cowed by the so-called experts whpo trie to rum this site and believe they do - and provide your inputs honestly and fearlessly.


Blikkies

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 01:31:39

Ebersohn also had one of the highest number of missed tackles in the S15 this year. I'm sure Naka will find a suitable replacement.


Denny

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 08:07:49

"....I think Kirchner is heading to Leinster (Ireland) at the end of the season."

 

Good, I hope they bolt the door as soon as he leaves.


Beeno1

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 08:49:34

 Lots of confusion here. Firstly ou maaaikie in knee jerk fashion blames Meyer for selecting de jongh but also acknowledges the race based quota system exists!

Then we have the statement that overseason clubs dont select rubbish player. Kirchener is apparently useless but is going overseas. Why because he is NOT as rubbish as some make out.  

Yes a warm welcome to the board Cheetahsfan13

Ebersohn is a loss for the Cheetahs but I suspect he is not quite Bok standard. I see at last a hue and cry is finally going up re players. When done to John Smit for his comments re length of Bok contracts. Some plan must be made. 

 


cheetahsfan13

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 17:45:49
thanks for the warm welcome manne, while I acknowledge the fact that Robbie tops the missed tackles count in super rugby this season, one cannot dismiss the fact that the only reason this is so is because of the amount of tackles that he has had to make in the inside centre channel. he features in the top 10 of both the most tackles and most pilfers this season and his work on the ground, acting as a second fetcher would make him an invaluable asset to any international side, great loss for sa and free state rugby indeed.


clevermike

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RE: Ebersohn and his brain heads to Montpellier
July 21, 2013, 18:37:28
Beeno

Beause of your latest comments and those of some others - I temporarily changed my avatar. Read carefully what it says in wiring.

My comment is in general correct - an established Springbok like Kirchner may get an offer merely because the Coaches were blind enough to keep them in the team. De Jongh and Jantjies will never get offers - unless it is from some obscure clubs overseas. The top ones will not go that low.

Meyer is a fool and that foolishness is bound to be back for the RC. We will soon enough see what he produces - but I expect that he would foul up his selections again.


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