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SA Teams affected by late withdrawals


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Lions, Original Content, Sharks, Stormers, Super 14 on 29 Feb 2008 at 09:54

The Sharks and Lions have already had to name late changes to their squads as a result of players failing fitness tests. The Stormers may well have to do the same.

It was reported yesterday that Lions centre Jaco Pretorius had been withdrawn from the must-win clash against the Force, having failed to recover from a knock he picked up against the Blues (not sure why… running backwards and clasping at thin air shouldn’t hurt). Pretorius’s position at 13 goes to jack-of-all-trades Jaco van Schalkwyk, with winger Jannie Boshoff coming onto the bench.

News this morning is that Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis will not be risked against the Bulls, giving credence to the story we ran on Monday. Seems that Bissie’s ribs may be more than just bruised and that the official “denial” of his injury on the Sharks site was nothing other than a smokescreen. You didn’t have us fooled, boys!

Rudolph Scheepers Badenhorst comes straight into the number 2 jersey in a straight swap for du Plessis, with retreaded wing/centre Craig Burden remaining on the bench. It’s a big ask for Skipper, who himself has only just come back from a knee injury, but the former Pumas man seems to revel in the atmosphere at Loftus, so here’s hoping he manages to keep the fiery Derick Kuün in check…

The Stormers, already reeling from the suspension of Schalk Burger this week, may also have to do without the services of inspirational loose forward-cum-flyhalf Luke Watson. It appears that SuperLuke is, in fact, susceptible to the common cold just like the rest of us mere mortals and has been feeling decidedly average all week. Should he fail to recover in time, expect to see ex-Natal schoolboy Robbie Diack take his place at the back of the scrum.



50 Comments

  • Rob,

    They surely have fooled the Bulls… :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.02.08 10:05:04 by Charlie Reply
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  • Just wait till skipper starts using Affies slang during the game… they’ll probably pass the ball to him ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.02.08 10:34:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • AG man Luke not playing is probably some scheme by a 3rd force so that they can say that Luke has never played in a Stormers team that lost by more than 40 points at home. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.02.08 10:45:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA I am going to enjoy it if the Stormers get them a good game. Still try to figure out if watson withdrawel is good or bad for my team?

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.02.08 10:49:45 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • It appears that SuperLuke is, in fact, susceptible to the common cold just like the rest of us mere mortals and has been feeling decidedly average all week.
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.02.08 12:00:37 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Justin Melck would probably come into the squad to replace Fluke if he drops out…

    Melck is just as good as Fluke & actually binds (imagine that – a flank binding :shock: ).

    Jury still out on Diack at this level though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.02.08 12:02:14 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • the talk is that they’ll let Brits cover loose forward and bring in a proper hooker to sit on the bench.

    Rassie loves his midgets.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.02.08 12:05:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • Poor Melck…

    I simply cannot see this Brits at loose forward business working against the Crusaders. Oh well, Just feeling very relieved I’m not a Stroppies fan today.

    Just keep the scoreline respectable svp… :roll:

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.02.08 12:08:11 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Seems like Robbie Die-Hak vas opSuper 14 level… :shock:

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.02.08 12:09:28 by Charlie Reply

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  • mooi Charlie ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.02.08 12:20:30 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • KSA

    Luke has never played in a losing Springbok side.

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.02.08 12:23:16 by wpw Reply
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  • Rassie has this one spot on and I will shortly write an article to explain why

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.02.08 12:24:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where’s the cricket thread gents???

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.02.08 12:29:53 by wpw Reply
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  • put it up, you lazy bugger ;)

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.02.08 12:33:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m too busy actually writing about RUGBY to do it ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.02.08 12:33:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • wpw,

    Go 2 Voldy… :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.02.08 12:34:24 by Charlie Reply

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  • Good morning all – glad it is Friday – and we can watch some rugby. The second game is very late tonight?

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.02.08 12:40:39 by Nessa Reply

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  • hi Ness

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.02.08 12:46:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • Hey RD – so tell me, did you have the Canes winning this morning? And by such a big margin?

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.02.08 12:49:16 by Nessa Reply

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  • nope – had them by 3.

    That’ll teach me to be a wuss fence-sitter

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.02.08 12:51:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Still haven’t seen the shaved head and beard yet – other than in the picture. If I remember correctly the Canes also played last Friday morning (while I was at work).

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.02.08 12:54:25 by Nessa Reply

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  • Popping out to get some lunch – back soon.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.02.08 12:56:39 by Nessa Reply

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  • I’m bored :roll:

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.02.08 12:57:31 by wpw Reply
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  • so do some typing wes!

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.02.08 13:00:49 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • shfkjfhihgohohfohkshos;

    shoshskhksdhshsjlsdjsjglsg

    sjhfshshgslhglshslhghghg

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.02.08 13:07:40 by wpw Reply
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  • Aai, too much papsak geuip gisteraand, eisssshhhh! :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.02.08 13:08:48 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • SA 371/0

    Smith 205*

    McKenzie 153*

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.02.08 13:08:48 by wpw Reply
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  • ‘geuip’

    :shock:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.02.08 13:09:26 by wpw Reply
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  • phwooooaaar!

    Smurf’s fourth score of 200+

    SA’s highest 1st wicket partnership.

    And in udder news, Aus require the 19 runs off 18 balls, with 1 wicket in hand…

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.02.08 13:10:18 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • ja wes

    “geuip”

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.02.08 13:10:43 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • I’ve just been called a racist on Voldy.

    bwahahahahahahahaa

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.02.08 13:15:34 by wpw Reply
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  • but you are… aren’t you?

    All this Smurf bashing…

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.02.08 13:17:38 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • um guys… just to temper the rampant enthusiasm…this is Bangladesh we’re playing

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.02.08 13:20:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Nope.

    I have white friends (unfortunately)

    :cool: :cool: :cool:

    Smurf was on Top Billing last night. What a homo!

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.02.08 13:22:17 by wpw Reply
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  • ahahaha

    Tell me more about the Top Billing interview?!

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.02.08 13:23:11 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • We know Rob.

    But Bangladesh beat us in the CWC and also beat India if i’m not mistaken.

    OK, i get your point.

    They’ve apparently lost 80% of their test matches to date.

    :neutral:

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.02.08 13:23:53 by wpw Reply
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  • He played a game of golf with Jeanie D and went kayaking as well. :roll:

    WTF?

    He is clearly not a Capetonian by birth.

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.02.08 13:26:09 by wpw Reply
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  • Jeannie enjoys a day of fun in the sun at Pezula golf estate along with Proteas cricket captain Graeme Smith, golfing, canoeing, running a cricket clinic and enjoying a ‘birdie’s’ eye view of the Pezula estate… before talking about Mrs Right!

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.02.08 13:28:02 by wpw Reply
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  • ag how cute

    Bangladesh also beat Aus in the World Cup…

    and speaking of Aus they have just lost to Sri Lanka in the final over :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.02.08 13:28:28 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • was Minki mentioned…or is that taboo now she’s married to someone else?

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.02.08 13:29:08 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Minki wasn’t mentioned.

    He was a real ‘box’ to mess that up.

    I mean we talking about Minki here.

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.02.08 13:33:36 by wpw Reply
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  • we’re 43 runs behind the record for best opening stand EVER.

    lol, dare I say that Minki was probably the highest level he’ll achieve on that ground…a 275* for him.

    Smurf is a schmuck, but nevertheless a very very good batsman :mrgreen:

    Good to see McKenzie getting a ton, considering he’s not even an opening bat. Tough ask, almost unfair, but who else is there except Gibbs :roll: ?

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.02.08 13:35:58 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • maybe the bangles are a better one-day side…

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.02.08 13:37:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob is really trying hard to ‘talk cricket’ even though he hates it. :mrgreen:

    Puttick ain’t that bad Quinny. I think AB should be moved to openn the order and Duminy can bat at 6 in stead of Mac.

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.02.08 13:43:00 by wpw Reply
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  • Updated:

    SA 405-0

    Smurf – 223*
    McKenzie – 169*

    SA need another 9 runs to break the World Record for best opening stand ever. Irrespective of the opposition, it’s a very fine effort – lets consider that Aus have played the Banglas in test cricket & dailed to achieve that record. Mind you Jason Gillespie did score a double test century against them – his first & only test century… :roll:

    lol, lemme guess Smurf will fall with the score on 412 or something.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.02.08 13:44:56 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • No don’t rate Puttick that much wpw, I reckon he’s a very good domestic cricketer, no more. He failed miserably when he got his chance with the Proteas, granted he didn’t get too much of a run.

    Watch out for Dean Elgar, I think he’s going to make the step up.

    Don’t really know what Alviro Petersen did to deserve a call-up to the ODI squad, he’s hardly been in the greatest nick.

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.02.08 13:47:09 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • QUinny

    Alviro scored a good 100 a week or so ago.

    Besides that, he is there for window dressing.

    You know mos! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.02.08 14:04:17 by wpw Reply
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  • Reason i mentioned Puttick is cos he is a genuine opening batsman and he has can score big tons.

    I also rate Elgar. He will definitely play for the Proteas one day.

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.02.08 14:06:25 by wpw Reply
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  • Oh did Alviro score a ton. Oh well, that sealed it then :mrgreen:

    Ja look, we are scraping the barrel ito openers:
    Smurf – incumbent
    De Villiers – I get the drift he don’t want to open…vulnerable against opening bowlers
    Gibbs – getting on in age, still smoking in ODI’s, foie gras-ing it in tests though :???:
    Duminy – great talent – KEEP HIM IN THE MIDDLE ORDER!
    Bosman – not suited to test cricket, & in the garbage pile after anti-Mickey comments. Inetrantional career OVER
    Petersen – jury out, agressive batsman
    Bodi – ODI opener, but still needs to prove himself at international level
    Boeta – N/A, as he’s thrown in the towel
    Rudolph – N/A, trying to qualify for England…

    Looking at the pretenders:
    Elgar – this guy has class, they need to pick him for SA “A” tours, better suited to longer form at moment
    Puttick – consistent domestically, failed in his international chances, but maybe worth another shot as he’s now pushing 28 & has matured?
    van Wyk – he deserves another chance, but must must take it this time. Can be devestating domestically, but done nothing sepcial in ODI’s. Rate him more as a 1-day player than possible test player.
    Davids – he must be knocking on the door. Still think he throws his wicket away at times…
    Kuhn – batsman in the AB de Villiers mode, right down to wicket-keeping. Has been average this season, but was great in his first 2 seasons…I rate this guy
    Khan – has been picket for SA Sevens & SA A, but hasn’t really scored big runs for the Dolphins this season…
    Cook – has done well this year, but I reckon he will choke at international level, just don’t think he’s good enough yet – but his daddy’s name may work in his favour
    Snijman – about as good as Cook… :roll:

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.02.08 14:20:55 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Haven’t been following the cricket – can’t believe the score! Go Neil. Think he is a great batsman. About time Smithie got some serious score!

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.02.08 14:22:14 by Nessa Reply

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