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Rain threatens players’ safety


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams, WP on 24 Sep 2008 at 06:51

The Cape’s dams may be full, but the longer it continues raining the better the chances that Western Province will spend yet another season without the Currie Cup in their trophy cabinet.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that all indications on Tuesday were that the mother of all mud baths will be awaiting Province in Saturday’s rugby match against Boland in Wellington.

“It’s wet here,” said Boland CEO Piet Bergh on Tuesday. We’ve already undertaken to call in experts at the end of the season to advise us on how to improve drainage in the Boland Stadium. This week we’ll try and get some help in removing most of the water. We want to ensure that the match does actually take place.”

Rain is expected in Wellington every day this week, except on Thursday.

With WP under pressure to boost their points difference and keep their nose in front of the Cheetahs in the Currie Cup race by running in a good number of tries, this is bad news.

It will ultimately depend on the referee on the day, Christie du Preez, whether the match can continue, but it is highly unlikely that it will be postponed.

“The referee must decide whether players’ safety is being threatened. This could be the case, for example, if a player could drown in a loose scrum or as a result of a tackle,” South Africa’s leading referee, Jonathan Kaplan, said on Tuesday.

Vented his strong displeasure

“It very seldom happens that a rugby match is cancelled. It is left to the referee’s judgement and there are no real criteria.”

Kaplan was the referee when the Sharks met Boland in wet conditions earlier this year. Despite the conditions the Sharks won 41-7.

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské vented his strong displeasure about the condition of the field after his team’s 15-10 win at the Boland Stadium.

“I think Saru must do something about it and perhaps reject the field as a venue if it rains and perhaps move the game to Paarl,” Drotské told Pieter Jordaan.

“The spectators suffer. We don’t mind playing at a wet Loftus Versfeld or Newlands, because you can at least still run with the ball. But in the Boland Stadium your whole foot sinks into the mud and you can’t run.”

The wet conditions have been described by some observers as Boland’s “16th man”, but Bergh says it’s nonsense to think that Boland see it as advantageous. “It isn’t good for the union. We don’t want it to be like this,” he said.

But for now it looks as if WP’s Bok-breakers will have to make peace with the fact of having to dig five points out of the mud on Saturday.



17 Comments

  • Bring in the supersopper from Newlands. :oops:

    Spend heritage day sopping up the water.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.09.08 06:57:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Boland 9 – 9 Griquas (0 + 0 = 0 tries)

    Boland 10 – 26 Blue Bulls (1 + 4 = 5 tries)

    Boland 10 – 15 Cheetahs (1 + 2 = 3 tries)

    Boland 31 – 29 Valke (5 + 5 = 10 tries)

    Boland 7 – 41 Sharks (1 + 6 = 7 tries)

    Boland 10 – 31 Lions (2 + 4 = 6 tries)

    Doesn’t seem to be a shortage of tries being scored IMO. I don’t see any reason why WP could or should use this as an excuse to not score the BP try needed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.09.08 07:24:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • And now we cry about wet fields… :roll:

    That said, why don’t they put roofs over all off the stadiums in the world. That way we can always see nice running rugby.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.09.08 07:26:31 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Do send this to Stephen Nell…. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.09.08 07:28:13 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 4) :

    I am not sure about the Bulls and Griquas matches but the others were all played in wet conditions.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.09.08 07:53:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think Saru must do something about it and perhaps reject the field as a venue if it rains and perhaps move the game to Paarl,” Drotské told Pieter Jordaan.

    Now if only Naka had thought this comment through first. :???:

    Doesn’t Paarl fall OUTSIDE of the Boland union region and INSIDE the WP region?

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.09.08 07:55:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Here is an interesting little bit of info that makes me curious.

    Phil Pretorius has withdrawn from two possible positions outside South Western Districts.

    He has confirmed that he notified the Griffons that he is no longer interested in their coaching job, while he is also no longer in the running for the CEO job at Griquas.

    Pretorius has applied for the Griffons job as coach Harry Pienaar’s contract expires at the end of October.

    He is also one of 60 applicants for the Griquas position.

    I wonder why he has withdrawn and WHERE he is going?

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.09.08 08:28:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Overseas, I’ll bet

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.09.08 08:38:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : I would be keen to see what is announced in the future.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.09.08 08:47:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : 60 applicants for the Griquas position? :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.09.08 09:10:52 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) : maybe it comes with free seat on the gravy train…?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.09.08 09:24:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) :

    yeah that bit bowled me over as well. :shock:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.09.08 09:25:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I wouldn’t be surprised if about 57 of those 60 applicants are nowhere near qualified for the job they applied for. :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.09.08 09:43:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • markgraaf has many many many buddies, they all applied.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.09.08 10:17:34 by knersboy Reply

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  • @knersboy (Comment 14) : was thinking something similar

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.09.08 11:12:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is it really that bad? And has anyone ever in all the world in the history of rugby ever drowned on a rugby field? :roll:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.09.08 11:21:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Seems maybe to Stellenbosch.

    Pretorius takes ‘time out’ after axing
    Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:22

    Phil Pretorius, who was recently told that his contract as South Western Districts coach would not be renewed, has now also withdrawn from two possible positions that was available to him for next year.

    He has confirmed that he notified the Griffons that he is no longer interested in their coaching job, while he is also no longer in the running for the CEO job at Griquas.

    Pretorius has applied for the Griffons job as coach Harry Pienaar’s contract expires at the end of October.

    He is also one of 60 applicants for the Griquas position.

    “No, I’m no longer interested,” Pretorius said.

    “I made the decisions because of family reasons.

    “I need to settle down with my children who were never keen on Kimberley or Welkom.

    “I will therefore stay in the Cape and possibly move back to Stellenbosch.

    “There is also a possibility of starting a business at Citrusdal,” Pretorius said.

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.09.08 11:56:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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