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Du Toit’s loyalty to sway decision?

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 19 May 2015 at 12:02
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According to an interview with the Mercury’s Mike Greenaway, Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit appears to be set on another stint with the Durban union, despite compelling attempts to lure him to Cape Town for next season.

Several factors would weigh in the favour of a move to Western Province, not least of which being closer to family, while the prospect of playing provincial rugby with fellow Bok Eben Etzebeth would surely also be attractive. With the Sharks in somewhat of a transition period, retention of a key talent like du Toit must surely be critical to them; convincing the player, though, to stick around during the turbulent times, when the prospect of a trophy might be greater somewhere else in the short term, is not always an easy thing.

The players own principles, though, look set to come into the equation. Du Toit told Greenaway, “I have a debt to pay to a franchise that welcomed me with open arms when I was a nobody out of school, and then have stuck by me for two years when I was mostly injured.

“I need to honour that debt and I want to,” he adds. I like to think that the way Sharks fans opened their hearts to Pieter-Steph with messages of support and love after his recent injury must surely have played some part in this and I’m incredibly proud that we at Sharksworld have played a role in communicating that support.

All-in-all, the signs are pointing to good news for John Smit and the Sharks in this matter, since it would now be very hard for du Toit to go back on what he’s said and sign with Province anyway. We expect confirmation of a new contract from the Sharks soon.


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