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Smokin’ Joe out for four months


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 7 Apr 2008 at 14:16
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All Blacks wing Joe Rokocoko is to have surgery on a wrist injury and could be out of action for up to four months, his Super 14 team said on Monday.

Blues team doctor Stephen Kara said Rokocoko was not in pain but had ruptured a ligament, which could cause future long-term problems without surgery, according to a report on News24.

Rokocoko sustained the injury to his right wrist last month in a match against the Western Force.

“We have consulted with the All Black medical staff throughout this process and expect that Joe will most likely be out of rugby for three to four months after his operation, which will be done later this week,” Kara said in a statement on the Blues’ website.

Rokocoko, a likely selection in Graham Henry’s All Blacks squad for Tests against Ireland and England in June, said he was disappointed to have his Super 14 season cut short.

“It’s hard for me to leave the team and not play, especially when my wrist doesn’t really hurt,” he said.

“But I’m in the hands of the medical staff and the risks long-term outweigh any option to keep on playing for the short term.”

The All Blacks meet Ireland in Wellington on June 7, before playing a two-Test series against Rugby World Cup finalists England on June 14 in Auckland and June 21 in Christchurch.

The annual Tri-Nations competition with South Africa and Australia begins on July 5 with the All Blacks hosting the World Cup winning Springboks in Wellington.



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  • had to post this some where: IT ONLY TOOK THEM 8 games to figure it out:

    Breathless Bully Boys
    Super 14 | April 7th, 2008

    A lack of fitness has been a major contributing factor in the Bulls’ poor form this season.

    Statistics reveal that their performances have fell off dramatically in the second half of matches. Of the 29 tries the Bulls have conceded, 17 (56 %) of those have come in the second half. In terms of total points conceded (230), 139 (60%) of those points have come in the second half.

    Some sectors of the media and public have blamed poor defence on their atrocious run of results. While that may be true to some extent you have to look at the root cause of that problem.

    Their defensive structures have remained exactly the same as those that saw them concede the fourth least tries in 2007 tournament. Criticism of defence coach John McFarland is unfounded as well. He is widely regarded as the best defensive coach in South Africa and is highly rated throughout the world.

    Fitness, or a lack thereof, then has to be a major factor in their poor defensive record. An inability to maintain a high level of intensity and accuracy on defence for 80 minutes is going to cost any side, particularly with the introduction of the ELVs. The Bulls have fronted relatively well in the first half of their matches but have fallen apart when it mattered most, with ill-discipline and slipped hits a by-product of fatigue.

    Forwards Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Wikus van Heerden all missed the bulk of the pre-season through injury, and they and Gurthro Steenkamp never had an opportunity to recover sufficiently after a gruelling 2007 season. That’s four of eight players in the pack running on reserve.

    In the backline, Fourie du Preez, Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana and Akona Ndugane were all regular fixtures in the Bulls’ Super 14 winning side, then all travelled to France for the World Cup. Olivier, Botha and Ndungane then joined the Springboks for the year end Test against Wales and the meaningless match against the Barbarians. Add to that mix Pierre Spies, who only returned to competitive action a fortnight ago after an eight month break and the loss of their defensive leader Victor Matfield to Toulon and you have problems.

    Hilton Lobbberts was part of that group as well – meaning that eight of their preferred run-on side (excluding Lobberts) are well below the level of fitness needed to be competitive for a sustained period in Super Rugby matches.

    Former head coach Heyneke Meyer warned SA Rugby that the tour would have an adverse effect on the fitness of all the Springboks, which the franchises could not afford ahead of a Super 14 that would feature laws which would make the game significantly quicker.

    Yet they ignored that warning and eight of the players who were part of the match 22 against Wales either didn’t start the Super 14 (Andre Pretorius and Jaque Fourie still haven’t played), or broke down due to injury during the campaign .

    Lobberts, in particular, suffered, despite not getting game time on that tour. The plan was for him to work on his strength and conditioning with the Bulls in the off season, but he came back from tour with a slight knock, which limited his involvement. During the Bulls’ pre-season fitness tests Lobberts only managed an 11 on the bleep test, which is well below the standard expected of a loose forward.

    While the coaching staff, including head coach Frans Ludeke, must take responsibility for their diabolical form at present, they can be mitigated to a certain extent given that they are dealing with a core group of players still in search of full fitness.

    They won’t improve as the season progresses either. For those players to improve they’ll need to be taken out of competitive action and be placed on a recovery programme designed to improve their strength and conditioning. Until then, expect the Bulls’ form graph to continue to show a gradual downward curve.

    By Ryan Vrede

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.04.08 16:46:35 by barend Reply
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  • not sure that statistic makes any sense in isolation… unless you know what percentage of ALL teams points against were scored in the second half, you can’t make a meaningful comparison.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.04.08 17:30:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Of the 29 tries the Bulls have conceded, 17 (56 %) of those have come in the second half

    Aren’t stats a wonderful thing TO PLAY WITH.

    eg.
    If you remove the three tries we scored against them in the second half because it was due to discipline, then that makes it 26 tries in total against them with 14 being in the second half. Then it is only 54%. I would hardly call such a small percentage a significant figure.

    What the Bulls SHOULD do is see how many tries were scored against them while they were reduced to 14 or in some cases 13 men. And when those figures are revealed then they must say DISCIPLINE is our problem NOT FITNESS.

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.04.08 18:18:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Yellow and Red Stats AFTER this weekend.

    Sanctionary Cards per team

    Blues: Y, Y
    Brumbies: Y, Y, Y
    Bulls: Y, C, 2Y, 2C, R, C, Y, Y, Y
    Cheetahs: Y, Y, Y, Y, Y
    Chiefs: Y, 2Y
    Crusaders:
    Highlanders: Y, C, Y, Y
    Hurricanes: Y, Y, C, Y, Y
    Lions: Y
    Reds: Y, Y, C, Y
    Sharks: Y, R
    Stormers: Y, Y, C, Y, Y
    Waratahs: Y
    Western Force: Y

    Y = Yellow card
    R = Red card
    C = citing with suspension

    If you gave points for such serious offences (1 for a yellow card, 3 for a red card and for a citing with suspension), it would look like this:

    Bulls: 19
    Stormers: 7
    Hurricanes: 7
    Highlanders: 6
    Reds: 6
    Sharks: 5
    Cheetahs: 5
    Brumbies: 3
    Chiefs: 3
    Blues: 2
    Lions: 1
    Waratahs: 1
    Western Force: 1
    Crusaders: 0

    At least the Bulls are way ahead in SOME sort of S14 stat.

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.04.08 18:29:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Those stats are from 365 BTW.

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.04.08 18:31:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Penalties per Team

    Blues: 11+ 6 + 6 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 7 + 8 = 50
    Brumbies: 7 + 6 + 9 + 6 + 4 + 8 + 1 = 41
    Bulls: 9 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 10 + 6 + 6 + 9 = 57
    Cheetahs: 5 + 7 + 4 + 7 + 3 + 12 + 7 + 7 = 52
    Chiefs: 4 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 6 + 2 + 7 = 31
    Crusaders: 3 + 8 + 6 + 5 + 3 + 2 + 13 = 40
    Highlanders: 5 + 7 + 6 + 4 + 2 + 7 + 6 = 37
    Hurricanes: 6 + 4 + 9 + 13 + 6 + 8 + 6 = 52
    Lions: 7 + 5 + 3 + 10 + 7 + 2 + 10 = 44
    Reds: 9 + 5 + 7 + 3 + 7 + 6 + 7 + 2 = 46
    Sharks: 7 + 4 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 11 + 10 = 53
    Stormers: 4 + 12 + 6 + 3 + 9 + 8 + 6 = 48
    Waratahs: 3 + 6 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 3 + 5 = 29
    Western Force: 2 + 5 + 4 + 2 + 4 + 4 + 6 + 6 = 33

    Guess who leads those as well???????????

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.04.08 18:33:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Free kicks conceded per team

    Blues: 9 + 15 + 5 + 3 + 8 + 12 + 8 + 5 = 65
    Brumbies: 6 + 7 + 10 + 7 + 18 + 8 + 5 = 61
    Bulls: 13 + 7 + 7 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 12 + 12 = 81
    Cheetahs: 6 + 6 + 9 + 9 + 9 + 7 + 7+ 7 = 60
    Chiefs: 8 + 10 + 7 + 11 + 12 + 7 + 8 + 9 = 72
    Crusaders: 9 + 6 + 15 + 13 + 8 + 7 + 12 = 70
    Highlanders: 5 + 13 + 12 + 8 + 7 + 5 + 6 = 56
    Hurricanes: 10 + 3 + 10 + 9 + 12 + 12 + 3 = 59
    Lions: 5 + 6 + 15 + 8 + 8 + 4 + 9 = 55
    Reds: 11 + 6 + 10 + 12 + 7 + 9 + 13+ 6 = 74
    Sharks: 9 + 9 + 8 + 10+ 6 + 8 + 8 = 58
    Stormers: 13 + 13 + 10 + 8 + 7 + 11 + 9 = 71
    Waratahs: 11 + 7 + 6 + 10 + 12 + 10 + 10 = 66
    Western Force: 11 + 9 + 11 + 18 + 13 + 7 + 10 + 8 = 87

    and guess who almost leads this stat as well?

    I think they need to look at discipline rather than fitness.

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.04.08 18:35:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I think it’s amazing that the Crusaders haven’t yet received a single card

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.04.08 19:42:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • Amazing CRUsaders :!: :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.04.08 08:58:38 by Cru-El Reply

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