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Valke make some changes


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Other SA Teams on 21 Aug 2008 at 09:38
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Valke coach Rudy Joubert has re-jigged his team for the crucial away clash against Griquas this weekend.

The unfancied East Rand side started the season like a house on fire, narrowly losing to Boland before recording upset wins over Griquas and Western Province. Their fortunes haven’t been so good in th last few rounds, though, conceding a bonus point to the Sharks (after controlling much of the game) before conceding 50 points to the Cheetahs and Bulls on successive weekends. Another narrow loss against Boland last week saw them lose further ground, although a win over Griqaus could, somewhat surprisingly, propel them into 5th spot, above WP!

Whatever the case, the Valke have won many fans this season with the entertaining, high tempo brand of rugby they’ve been playing.

Former Sharks age-group flanker Reg Muller has been a star for the Red Devils, but he is forced to sit out this week as a result of a hamstring injury. His place will go to on-loan Bulls player Emile Verster. The pack looks strong, with former Sharks Jody Jennker and Wouter Moore (also now with the Bulls and on loan) fixtures in the tight five. Reg Perkins is on the other flank, having recovered from a slight injury sustained during a post-practice punch-up. You just can’t beat the East Rand! Sean Plaatjes, still going strong at 50, will provide go forward (coupled with much profanity) from number 8, as he as all season long.

Scrumhalf Poerie van Rooyen and mercurial flyhalf Len Olivier will take over at halfback this week. I’m not sure exactly what van Rooyen did wrong to end up with that nickname, but if he can supply enough good, quick ball to Olivier, expect the Valke to run riot. Centres Hanno Coetzee and Ruan Cloete have looked one of the more settled partnerships in this years competition and there is the ever-present threat of Bulls battering ram Dewald Pretorius on the wing. Speedster Nicky Kritzinger takes over from the injured Johan Jackson at fullback.

Valke: Nicky Kritzinger; Dewald Pretorius, Rouan Cloete, Hanno Coetzee (capt), Ernie Kruger; Len Olivier, Poerie van Rooyen; Sean Plaatjies, Emile Verster, Warren Perkins, Marius Coetzer, Wouter Moore, Nico Pretorius, Jody Jeneker, Rassie van Vuuren. Reserwes: Frik Venter, Rayno Barnes, Ruhan van Jaarsveld, Doepie du Preez, Dean Okkers, Gerrie Odendaal, Mpho Matsaung.



20 Comments

  • “Sean Plaatjes, still going strong at 50″ :lol: Funny man.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.08 10:21:58 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 1) : I try to keep everyone entertained. Seriously, thogh – he looks closer to 100

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.08 10:31:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • post-practice punch-up :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.08 11:28:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : otherwise known as a bar fight. :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.08 11:29:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : exactly ;)

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.08 11:35:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sean does sport a quality boep hey!

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.08 11:41:14 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • Plaatjies is proof that it’s possible to be fat & fit.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.08 11:43:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • he’s a king amongst men, that. Still reckon he’d be useful at keeping the Lauaki’s and Collinses of the world occupied.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.08 11:46:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Him and the about half the people who took part in the Cape Odyssey

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.08 11:47:05 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 9) : ?

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.08 11:59:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Trail running version of the Cape Epic, moooooost hectic but the amount of blimpies that run it is scary
    http://www.cape-odyssey.com/

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.08 12:12:10 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 11) : ah – thanks. I am most ill-educated ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.08.08 12:13:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 6) :

    And his face seems to have had a hard time growing up :wink:

    I have picked the Griquas on SB but am hoping for a Valke victory

    Griquas are fighting to get away from those two promotion / relegation spots.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.08.08 18:12:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have proudly picked the Valke. With soon-to-be-Shark Len at flyhalf, they’ll kill the Quas!

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.08.08 18:42:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : BTW, tack a smiley on there, because Len joining the Sharks is nothing but an unsubstantiated rumour at this point. :) :) :) :)

    Mr Beeeeeeessssteeeeeeeerrrr!!!?????

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.08.08 18:45:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Now if you have confirmed that and kept it to yourself… :evil:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.08.08 18:45:44 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 16) : see above. I would like to reiterate, it is only a rumour and there is currently no substance to it.

    I’m just wishing it was so.

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.08.08 18:46:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) : Blame me for split seconds….

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.08.08 18:48:55 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) :

    So is he going to be happy sitting on the bench behind Peter Grant? :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.08.08 18:50:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : oh you old optimist ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.08.08 18:55:23 by robdylan Reply
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