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Brad may miss Boland visit


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Sharks on 24 Jun 2008 at 09:57

College Rovers flyhalf Andrew Borgen could be a new cap in the Sharks team team to play Boland in an Absa Currie Cup game in Durban on Friday night.

Mike Greenaway writes for www.iol.co.za.

The 23-year-old ran in the No 10 position in the shadow team at Monday’s training session, and opposite him in the defending combination was another flyhalf newcomer, Monty Dumond, who is back from a stint in Europe. He played a few Currie Cup games for the Sharks at fullback last year.

But coach John Plumtree says Borgen has the inside track to replace Bradley Barritt should he not recover from a variety of ailments.

“It was something of a miracle that Brad made kick-off against Western Province. He had a shocker of a week. He had bad flu and picked up two injuries as well (back and quadricep), one of them the day before the game,” Plumtree said. “He may still make it this week, but we won’t push him.”

The 23-year-old Borgen is the son of seventies Natal scrumhalf Brian Borgen.

Plumtree said he wanted to have another look at Steven Sykes at blind-side flank.

“His intensity at the breakdown is useful to us, as is his physical size,” Plumtree said of the young lock.

“We are working on changing his awareness of his new role at the breakdowns because he is tending to hit the rucks like a lock, when a loose forward needs to be aware that sometimes he should not commit himself to the ruck.”

The use of Sykes on the flank is also necessary because Plumtree is still missing Jean Deysel (broken hand), who would be the first choice in the position vacated by A J Venter. Nikolai Blignaut is back from injury, though, and is an option in this position.

Plumtree said the Sharks would show Boland the respect they deserved.

“We treat minor and major unions exactly the same way,” he said. “In any case, we have had some tight games with Boland in recent years, especially in Wellington. But even when they come to Durban they always give it a full go, and they relish being underdogs. They are a very attacking team.”

The Bolanders have been strengthened by the return of a number of players from the Emerging Springboks, and from the SA Sevens squad.



29 Comments

  • I’m also fixin to miss the Boland visit. Will be on a plane at the time :(

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.08 10:25:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is College Rovers the Maties of Durban?

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.08 10:30:03 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 2) : in what sense? They are probably the top club…

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.08 10:33:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • Everyone who plays for WP plays for Maties.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.08 10:43:32 by PJLD Reply
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  • Boland is currently the top CC team….the team to beat….

    Hope Double U P manage to hold them out this year…

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.08 10:52:12 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 4) : oh, I see what you mean. And Maties is actually in the Boland ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.08 10:52:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • As Grey Bloem is actually in …Bloem.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.08 10:59:55 by PJLD Reply
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  • “Brad may miss Boland visit”-on saturday various players went to the stables winery to taste their wines. brad however seemed to favour the fermented grape and was a little under the weather. john plumtree is worried what might happen if brad is taken to the heart of the wine country. to stop brad being tempted he has decided to leave brad behind. brad is still whining about the decision, but john is standing strong on this issue as he doesn’t wanting any more bad press travelling down the grapevine.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.08 11:07:20 by try time Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 7) : well done!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.08 11:12:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 8) : nice idea, but Boland are visiting us, not the other way round ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.08 11:12:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • i see there is an advert above saying “i am a childsafe advocate”. i thought this was illegal. social welfare already has me in the spotlight for locking my son in the cupboard. imagine the sh.t i would be in if i locked him in a safe.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.08 11:13:11 by try time Reply

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  • Boland is not a rugby union… just like Free State is a feeder union to the Sharks… so too Boland is a feeder union to the MIGHTY WP. :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.08 11:13:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : i know that. but my drivel was a twist on the title not linked to fact at all.

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.08 11:14:40 by try time Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    I will also miss this match and not be near a TV. :sad:

    COZ I WILL BE AT THE STADIUM :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.08 11:24:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    But they did better against Double U P last year than Double U P did against them…

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.08 11:28:53 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : I actually hate you just a little bit.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.08 11:30:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • The good folk of the Boland are renowned for their hospitality and Ive heard that the Natal team in the B section days were very appreciative of that hospitality.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.06.08 11:41:11 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) : do tell more

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.06.08 11:45:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lets just say that that team were renowned party animals and on one of their away games against Boland they were WINED and dined the night before the game to such an extent that they were non existant on the rugby field the next day and were well beaten.

    Amateurs.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.06.08 12:16:44 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) : good form :mrgreen:

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.06.08 12:18:19 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    hehehe

    It seems that some UNIONS- needs to be spOOn-fed, in order to win some bling!

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.06.08 12:33:57 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • Testing 1 2 3… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.06.08 12:38:18 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) :

    Reminds me of a trip to Greytown for a social game of rugby in the 90′s.

    We met the guys at the country club and had a few beers with them as they were also having a few beers. We then left to go to the field together, only to find they had been shitting us and weren’t the guys we were playing against. :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.06.08 12:38:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) :

    Gee KSA your going to be at the Stadium AND miss the match?….watch that heavy drinking when you get back to SA ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.06.08 12:39:36 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.06.08 12:41:03 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : :razz: BRILLIANT!

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.06.08 12:41:26 by PJLD Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 24) : :mrgreen:

    No will miss it on TV. :lol: unless there is a re-broadcast on Sunday Am.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.06.08 12:46:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 24.06.08 13:26:08 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I look forward to seeing Borgen given a chance. Let’s hope he is up to it and grabs his opportunity with both hands.

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.06.08 14:26:34 by Villie Reply
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