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The duel of the speedsters


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 28 May 2008 at 06:57
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The possibility of a duel between Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga and Shane Williams of Wales is creating excitement even before the selection of the South African squad for the two-Test series.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Williams has scored 41 tries in 56 internationals for the Welsh, who will arrive in South Africa as Six Nations champions later this week.

Chavhanga has scored six tries in his two Test appearances. He was in outstanding form for the Stormers before tearing a hamstring in the Super 14 match against the Hurricanes.

He is expected to be in the squad to be announced by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Wednesday.

If form is the yardstick for selection, Chavhanga must have a good chance of being on the right wing when the Springboks meet Wales in Bloemfontein next week.

He has recovered from the injury and does not foresee a problem to regain his Super 14 form.

“I really enjoyed my rugby until I was injured,” he said on Tuesday. “I don’t believe my form will be negatively influenced by the fact that I’ve been out for a few weeks.”

Chavhanga is not taking selection for granted, though. “I’d love to be in the team, of course, but we have good wings in South Africa. If I’m given the opportunity, I’ll play as if it’s my last game.”

The speedster played well when he was a member of the Emerging Springboks team that De Villiers coached at the Nations Cup tournament in Romania last year.

On Tuesday, he also expressed his gratitude for the guidance he had received from the Stormers’ coaching staff.

“I have grown a lot as a player under the guidance of Rassie Erasmus, Allister Coetzee and Brendan Venter. They really helped me with things that I had previously neglected.

“I played better in every match and gained much confidence from the fact that the coaches believed in me,” Chavhanga said.



24 Comments

  • In the last two days i have noticed something very interesting.

    It is not S14 or CC rivalry that divides the SA public it is the selection of the Springbok team that does.

    So in that vain…………

    The possibility of a duel between Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga and Shane Williams of Wales is creating excitement even before the selection of the South African squad……

    It does??????

    Where???????????

    In CT?????????

    :wink: :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.05.08 07:00:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • :mrgreen: I haven’t been having sleepless nights over it…

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.05.08 08:20:03 by blackshark Reply
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  • Hadn’t really given it a thought

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.05.08 09:11:58 by PJLD Reply
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  • Either way I hope he remains uninjured definitely one of the form wings this S14… and we need that gas…

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.05.08 09:18:03 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 4) :

    As i said yesterday, He and Habana will have most opposition quivering in their boots.

    Ain’t no substitute for outright pace.

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.05.08 09:22:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Didn’t you know? The Cape press have special powers. They can influence Springbok selection & make other SA sides play badly. :wink: :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.05.08 09:51:15 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 6) :

    Well in this case they don’t need to create the hype, Tondie :roll: (who came up with such a PANTS nickname) will make it on his own steam.

    Or is there an award in the CT media for the writer who claims to have got the most guys into the team :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.05.08 09:55:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.05.08 10:04:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Tondie…sounds like he should be in the SA cricket squad.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.05.08 11:10:45 by PJLD Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    Outright pace is good…….outright pace plus size is better

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.05.08 11:23:35 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) :

    he is not much smaller if ANY than Habana though?

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.05.08 11:24:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Have we got any stats on his and Habana’s size? Interested to see? I always had the impression he is not as big as JP for example.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.05.08 11:32:14 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 12) :

    Am looking at the mo.

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.05.08 11:34:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Full Name Bryan Gary
    Nick Name Dash
    Surname Habana
    Height 179cm
    Weight 94kg
    Birth Date 12 June 1983

    Full Name Tonderai
    Surname Chavhanga
    Height 184cm
    Weight 86kg
    Birth Date 24 December 1983

    Taller but a little lighter.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.05.08 11:36:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    Thanks for that KSA….can I be a pain and ask for JPs?…..pity they don’t give out speeds over 40m and 100m….

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.05.08 11:38:00 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Dash? is that not one of Santa’s reindeer?

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.05.08 11:45:51 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 15) :

    It is not fast celtic dwarves like Williams that are the real test of Bok wings but fast giant Polynesian imports in the NZ and Aussie teams…

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.05.08 11:49:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 10) :

    We don’t have that in RSA…

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.05.08 12:06:09 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • 94kg is very heavy for a dude who’s the same height as me…

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.05.08 12:14:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • He has a real lower centre of gravity with broad shoulders… ask Paul Sackey…

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.05.08 12:16:38 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 20) : I also have a low centre of gravity ;)

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.05.08 12:22:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think it’s safe to say Williams won

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.06.08 18:03:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    yeah you seem to have a point

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.06.08 20:44:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : It happens every once in a while :-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.06.08 21:00:12 by robdylan Reply
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