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Myburgh set to mark ‘Baywatch’


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 13 May 2008 at 11:01

The Stormers may try to counter the “awesome” Lions at the breakdowns by starting with specialist openside flank Pieter Myburgh in Saturday’s final Super 14 league match at Ellis Park

Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus described the Lions’ breakdown skills as “awesome” at the weekend. And after his team were outplayed in that area by the Waratahs last week, Erasmus may look to shore up his team’s shortcomings by bringing in Myburgh to attack the breakdowns.

Although the Stormers camp did not speak to the media yesterday, it seems as if Myburgh may start in place of Robbie Diack, which would result in Luke Watson moving back to No 8. Myburgh did start against the Crusaders in the Stormers’ third match and has featured as a substitute in a few other games.

Myburgh was part of the “probables” team at training in Durbanville on Monday, while Wylie Human and Brok Harris also took a full part after being cleared from their respective rib and shoulder injuries.

Veteran prop Ollie le Roux was at training and completed the full session. He seemed to be a popular figure among his new team-mates and looked in good shape. Le Roux is likely to start at loosehead prop in place of Brian Mujati, who is set to move to tighthead for Harris.

Diack has not been able to make a telling contribution, particularly on attack, in the Stormers’ last two matches against the Brumbies and Waratahs after coming in for the injured Schalk Burger.

Watson has not featured as strongly in the last two games as he did earlier in the season, but he has not been helped by the fact that his role in the loose trio has not been clearly defined. Instead of playing to the ball, Watson seems to have been used in a free role, and this has not helped the team at the breakdowns. The Stormers have also fanned out on defence too much instead of committing more players to the tackle area.

Myburgh is more likely to focus on the breakdowns. Lions captain and openside flank Cobus “Baywatch” Grobbelaar has had a superb season and is a menace in that area, so the Stormers will have to counter him in that area.

The Stormers practised with real purpose on Monday, with an emphasis on spreading the ball wide and playing a quick tempo game. There was greater intensity and sharpness than has been seen for a while at a Stormers practice.

The players were clinical in what they were doing and were concentrating hard on perfecting their execution.

The atmosphere was professional but still relaxed in what is a very important week for the Stormers. They have to score four tries and get as many points as possible, as they are in a tight scramble for a semi-final berth with five other teams.

Stormers media manager Frikkie Erasmus said on Monday that Rassie Erasmus, the assistant coaches and players were not available to speak to the media on Monday to comment on Myburgh and Le Roux’s possible involvement in the Lions match because the coach needed to plan for Saturday’s game.

“There are a lot of things Rassie needs to deal with,” he said. “They first have to decide whether they will be using Ollie le Roux. We are awaiting calls from SA Rugby with regards to that ruling.

“It is not certain whether Ollie will play against the Lions. The other issues are around planning for the semifinals if we make it.

“Work that Rassie would have done next week may have to be done this week because there could possibly be a lot of travelling involved in next week’s schedule,” said Frikkie Erasmus.

“The guys also have to pack for three weeks now, because if we reach the semi-finals and have to go to Australia or New Zealand, we will fly direct from Johannesburg after the Lions game. There may also be an away final. So Rassie really cannot speak to the media today. He may be available tomorrow.”

Frikkie Erasmus said that Tonderai Chavhanga, who did take part in the first half of the session, will not be considered for the Lions match.

“Tondie started running last week and is just building himself up. We are being very careful with his injury, as it is a hamstring,” he said.

“We will only play him once he is 100 percent. However, he should be ready to play in the semi-final if we get there.”

By Ashfak Mohamed for IOL



68 Comments

  • I hope we klap these pretenders :smile:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.05.08 11:22:13 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 1) : I’m in two minds, to be honest.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.05.08 11:30:07 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I dont really think Rassie should eb trying to counter the Lions strengths… surely it should be the other way around? They should be chasing the stormers?

    Dont think it’ll matter in the end though anyway… stormers by 20.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.08 11:33:13 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 3) : But do the Stormers have strengths? Since losing Schalk and JD, they’ve looked decidedly average up front…

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.05.08 11:35:30 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I guess with Ollie at LH and Mujati at TH they will be better.

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.05.08 11:48:06 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 5) : Yes, they will be.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.05.08 11:52:27 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • I really dont like the idea of bringing in total outsiders to help a team to get a step further in a competition that they themselves will not be able to take part in at a later stage. Who nows what it can lead to in future – guest appearances for 2 weeks by Dan Carter for the Sharks….nah, not good.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.05.08 11:56:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hey Walter
    I smmak your namesake’s (Walter Venter) attitude and graft – he has caught the eye the whole season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.05.08 11:58:31 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) :

    i would not mind that as an exception to the rule… :wink:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.05.08 12:01:02 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • #8 He’s been the only back that’s been able to break the line for us this year.

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.05.08 12:01:24 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • This is the right pick. Pieter should have played vs the Tahs. Diack & Luke disappear when the going gets tough and no better player then Myburgh.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.05.08 12:04:50 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 10) : And then he passes to Benjamin, who drops the ball :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.05.08 12:16:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 7) :

    I have the same thoughts.

    I see that the Stormers will put their request for Ollie to play in the semi (if they make it) in writing to SANZAR.

    I have a problem with that. If it was a letter to justify Human playing in the Semi or another Vodacom prop to play in the semi then i would have no problem. But for a “foreigner” it is not acceptable IMO.

    Any chance of us getting Butch in becasue we need a flyhalf? :roll: At least he played for us when in Sa not some OTHER team. :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.05.08 12:21:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “The guys also have to pack for three weeks now, because if we reach the semi-finals and have to go to Australia or New Zealand, we will fly direct from Johannesburg after the Lions game. There may also be an away final”

    Sounds like they think they’ve already beaten us before the match…that’s the right attitude to bring to EPS on Saturday…LOL!

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.05.08 12:22:54 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • i think its a good move by rassie, myburg is v good and will play his heart out. Baywatch is for me the most underrated player in SA. I’d love to see him behind a great tight 5 and next to Juan.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.05.08 12:26:32 by cab Reply

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  • walter,
    also get that feeling…wonder if there might be a little upset on the cards. lions are quite capable of beating the current stormers side imo.

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.05.08 12:28:18 by cab Reply

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  • Walter think one win doing wonders for your team. :roll: Look like you want them to get back to Slaapstad and then again back to Bobbejaansberg.

    Hope you get more bums on EPS seats. Its disturbing to play in front of a empty stadium.

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.05.08 12:28:34 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • There will be good match ups. I am eager to see the Big Joe vs Francois Louw one. Also the midfield battle will be good. Walter (always rated this Monnas kid)/Mossie vs Bobo/Jean. We have to be very carefull for the Earl factor. :wink: He usually play his best ones vs WP/Stormers.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.05.08 12:31:54 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • And hopefully Heinke vs Mujati if Mujati is at TH…

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.05.08 12:35:54 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 14) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    that’s the stuff.

    Go Lions!!!!!!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.05.08 12:41:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark: Go Chiefs!!!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.05.08 12:52:44 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • I think the Chiefs are going to struggle to put a team together…Hooker injured, Prop suspended, Number eight and wing also injured. Sharkies MUST take this one.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.05.08 12:58:57 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 21) :

    Dude!!!!!!!!!!!!! they ain’t even a Saffa side :wink:

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.05.08 13:00:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • As I posted yesterday, this could be the derby of the year considering these 2 teams recent history.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.05.08 13:01:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : Fair’s fair… if we lose, it will help the Stormers.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.05.08 13:03:29 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    Surely if you just dont have an uninjured prop that’s up for the task then you need to employ another one?

    This is just sour grapes from a lot of you. If you lost your first choice player you’d jump at the opportunity to contrcat another.

    And its not as if Ollie le Roux is Carl Hayman FFS.

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.05.08 13:08:03 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 4) :

    Have a look in the left hand margin rob. There’s a log there bud…

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.05.08 13:09:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @cab (Comment 16) :

    Quite possible.
    I wouldnt bet the house on it but its totally on.

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.05.08 13:10:45 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 25) :

    Yip but if the other results go as expected (not as we want them to) then there will only be place for one of Either the Stormers or the Sharks.

    I am pretty sure who i would prefer in there.

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.05.08 13:10:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 27) : Touché ;)

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.05.08 13:11:51 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • KSA… you not lookig at the bigger picture then? ;)

    I mean, who has a better chance of winning the thing – the tjarks or the stormers?

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.05.08 13:12:40 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • I wonder how fit Ollie is…he looked very out of shape last year.

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.05.08 13:13:21 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 30) :

    I’ll never forget getting chriped by a Tahs fan two or three seaosns ago.
    We were going mad and shouting and screaming as we were obviously dominaitng but not winning the game.

    We were hurling all sorts of funny abuse and comments his way and outnumbered the two Ozzies by about 10 to 1.

    His only comment was a quiet “look at the score board boys”…

    We shut up after that.

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.05.08 13:14:39 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 32) :

    Lasted 80 minutes in the Irish final last week.
    Thats more than cna be said about most SA props.

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.05.08 13:15:31 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 8) :

    That is why I could not care two ticks when Thabang was all retreating…

    Walter played better in the few chances he got even from behind Thabang from the bench…

    But even though Thabang was still selected ahead of him in the CC and the S14 he never piss3d his pants and still grafted…and put in the great performances with very limited opportunaty…(he had a great deal to do with the LIONS making the CC finals…Robd and myslef spoke about that back then…)
    That is why he is deserved of his place…and 12 in the LIONS backline is HIS…

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.05.08 13:16:57 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 34) :

    That still doen’t mean he is fit enough to last in a Super 14 match.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.05.08 13:18:20 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 31) :

    I suspect you ain’t gonna like my answer to that one…………… :razz:

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.05.08 13:23:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 36) :

    Are you joking?

    EDIT: Reason for my question is that the NH game is as fast and furious as the s14 at the moment.
    Especially with the influx of foreign players.
    This belief that the s14 is somehow superior is laughable at the moment.
    The only s14 team that woudl undoubtedly dominate in the NH would eb the crusaders. The rest are all on par IMHO.

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.05.08 13:23:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) :

    lol. Nah I didnt think I would! Little worm there… well spotted.

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.05.08 13:27:35 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 36) :

    Very valid point, S14 is already faster than Beer cup Rugby and then the ELV have virtually turned it into Rugby on Roids. The Beer Cup boys would battle in the S14.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.05.08 13:28:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :shock:
    38 and 40 say virtually the exact opposite :shock:

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.05.08 13:29:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Its anyway irrelevant KSA. Most SA props get subbed by the 60th minute anyway.

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.05.08 13:30:17 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 41) :

    Wil jy boks ou?

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.05.08 13:30:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Vinnie the game you refer to wasn’t a final – it was simply the game that clinched the Magners League for Leinster, as the win gave them an unassailable lead. They played Welsh minnows, Newport.

    Ollie did play the full 80 min but I suspect it was more cause it was his final game, and the fact that Leinster were so far ahead.

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.05.08 13:33:48 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • #43.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.05.08 13:34:16 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • I haven’t seen Ollie play since he left SA, but if he hasn’t dropped about 30kg’s I don’t think he is going to amount to much on Saturday. Our two young tightheads aren’t bad either, and thye will only get better with time.

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.05.08 13:36:34 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 44) :

    In fairness I didnt watch it.

    The recent games I;ve watched, especially the HC semis, were fast and furious, as were the premiership games over the weekend.

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.05.08 13:36:41 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Did you know Ollie was SA squash champion at the beginning of his career?

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.05.08 13:38:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 43) :

    Ag nee wat, jy bly op die Modder eiland en my idee van boks in die Modder is gewoonlik met imenand van die ander geslag :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.05.08 13:40:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) :

    lol. Fair enough Mr. Shark.

    Bit disappointed that you’re only prepared to fight with girls… ;)

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.05.08 13:41:43 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 48) :

    He was probably also about 100kgs lighter at the beginning of his career..LOL

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.05.08 13:46:22 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) : :lol: :oops: :lol:

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.05.08 13:50:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 48) : No.
    I heard he was Free State squash player as well as a water polo player but not SA squash champ. Later on in life he also liked to give the impression that he was a surfer.

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.05.08 13:54:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 51) :

    Thats fair. Was before he became the Spur Burger poster boy!

    I once read a quote attributed to Ollie where he said he was happy put in the extra training in order to allow him to eat an extra burger!

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.05.08 14:00:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 53) :

    I really struggle to imagine a 135 kg man surfing… do they make special boards for them?

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.05.08 14:01:50 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) :

    Thoguth you’d enjoy that one… couldn’t help myself!

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.05.08 14:02:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 55) : I dont know, I imagine that they raid the nearest surfing museums for those 50′s longboard reliccs that were moreakin to a barge than a surfboard.

    Like him or loath him you cant accuse Oliie of not being a charachter.

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.05.08 14:19:02 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Salmo,

    I’m actually a very big Ollie fan to be honest.

    He’s been a remarkable servant to rugby in general and SA rugby in particular.

    Along with Os he was largely responsible for winning the CC a few seasons ago and thoroughly deserved the cigar he was shown smoking on the front page of every newspaper in the country’s front page.

    He is a wonderful competitor and with 100 odd super rugby caps and 15 years of top-flight experience it’s surely better to have him around than not.

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.05.08 14:27:20 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Ok, OK , I’ll come out to say I just want one SA team at least in the semis, if its the Sharks I’ll be happy , if both make it I’ll be in the clouds. Cant expect the Vaalpense to give us anything and rightly so, but its getting on my nerves if Sjarkties try to be Leeus. No ways. :lol: dont work like that. KSA!

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.05.08 14:44:30 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 59) :

    Everybody becomes a LION eventually….

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.05.08 14:50:16 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 59) :

    Well i could support you guys until Saturday and then when the other results go the wrong way (as i know they will) and then suddenly to a flip flop and support the Lions. :wink: AIN’T Gonna Happen.

    I mean I have a choice
    Support a team playing in Ferrari Red and White
    Or a team in S14 Bull Blue and White.

    It is an easy choice now that i actually think about it. :wink:

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.05.08 15:04:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Come to think of it.

    paarlbok looks better in Red than Blue. :lol:

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.05.08 15:05:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 58) : No he’s not. He’s a f*cking vindictive snake.

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.05.08 15:06:41 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Sharks Forever!) (Comment 63) :

    Well feel free to elaborate after breaking down the man…

    When you’ve played top flight rugby for so long you are entitled to an opinion and his vindictive attitude is no worse than yours or mine.

  • Comment 64, posted at 13.05.08 15:21:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Or a team in S14 Bull Blue and White.

    Comment 61, posted at 13.05.08 15:04:39 by KSA Shark © Edit

    Jy tender vir gips ou.

  • Comment 65, posted at 13.05.08 15:22:06 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Wonder where is PJLD. Me and VCS need some help here. KSA you right there with the red broer. It fits my profile. :wink:

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.05.08 15:32:45 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Had major work to do PB

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.05.08 16:32:19 by Slayton Caville Reply
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  • @Hmmm (Comment 35) :

    Walter and JFourie can become a great centre pairing…

    Walter was a solo standout in the LIONS backline on many occasions…and JFourie took that lime light from him…

    I bet after a few games together they will stand against many a great centre pairings…

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.05.08 16:35:37 by Hmmm Reply

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