Jordan Hendrikse should sign for the Sharks to take his career to next level



Lions flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse has a tough call to make when it comes to how best to advance his career in the next few years.

At the Lions, Hendrikse will benefit from being central to the plans of Ivan van Rooyen, but the franchise and union keep bleeding talent at an alarming rate.

The departure of Wandisilie Simalane for the Bulls should underline to Hendrikse that he is unlikely to win much at the Lions.

Jordan Hendrikse should sign for the Sharks

Hendrikse and the rotating cast of halfback partners have regularly been the standouts for the Lions alongside long-suffering loose-forward Jaco Kriel, who deserves a medal for his efforts at Ellis Park.

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Flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images

It would be a huge surprise if both Hendrikse and livewire scrumhalf Morné van den Berg were still at the Lions in 2024.

Hendrikse needs to be playing for one of the big three teams and the franchise that appears to be the best fit for the young 10 is nestled in the bustling city where he learned his rugby.

His brother Jaden is at the Sharks and has been given a platform to shine that has propelled him into the Springbok setup.

The Springboks flyhalf problem needs to be solved and Hendrikse moving to the Sharks might just be what is in the best interests of both the player and the national team.

As things stand the Sharks utilise either Boeta Chamberlain or Curwin Bosch at 10, while Chamberlain has shown promise there is every suggestion that Bosch is better suited to playing at 15.

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Chamberlain can be brilliant at times but like the Stormer’s Manie Libbok he has shown a tendency to short-circuit under pressure placing a question mark on his readiness for Test rugby.

Hendrikse likely wouldn’t get the same kind of guarantees as far as game-time goes were he to make the switch to the Sharks.

However, he is a player whose progress suggests he might be more than capable of commanding the number 10 jersey for any of the four United Rugby Championship teams.

The Sharks wouldn’t be giving up very much defensively by slotting Hendrikse in at ten, and linking up with their brilliant outside backs can only improve his game. 


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