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Boland-WP match moved again


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, Other SA Teams, WP on 27 Sep 2008 at 06:54
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Yesterday afternoon during the Bulls vs. Griquas match we heard that SARU had decided to change the Venue of the much talked about mud wrestling match between Boland and WP to Newlands. Now SARU have announced that the venue has been changed again.

PJLD drew our attention to the SARU decision to change the venue and we posted this article from Rugby 365.

It seems though that not all the concerned parties were in agreement and the match has now been moved back to Boland Stadium in Wellington. Or was it ever actually moved?

The SARU Website has the following statement:
Please be advised that the Boland Cavaliers v Vodacom Western Province Absa Currie Cup match remains as scheduled to take place at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on Saturday (kickoff 3pm) and not at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

Match referee Christie du Preez will inspect the field at 11am at which point a decision will be taken on whether the game can go ahead.

That is the statement in full. They don’t go into any detail as to whether it was moved and then moved back or whether someone jumped the gun with the initial press release.

Did someone with a little too much influence change the venue without getting full agreement from the necessary people or has there been a change of heart somewhere? Either way these guys need to start getting their act together.



84 Comments

  • This is soooooooooo unfair. Had the change not been announced then the Cheetahs would not have pummled the Valke so heavily, knowing that WP wouldn’t score the BP anyway.

    Now because of the Cheetahs’ desperation to ensure they make the play-offs I have been robbed of a SB margin point.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.09.08 06:57:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • This is what Superrugby have on the statement.

    Boland-Province venue changed again
    26 September 2008 (17:15)

    SA Rugby announced late on Friday that the Currie Cup match between the Boland Kavaliers and Western Province will go ahead at Boland Park in Wellington as initially scheduled and not at Newlands as announced earlier on Friday.

    Match referee Christie du Preez will inspect the field at 11am on Saturday when a decision will be taken on whether the game can go ahead.

    There is no clarity what the alternative is if he decides that the field is dangerous or not suitable for play. It seems that the two sides will then have to agree on an alternative date.

    It was announced earlier on Friday that the match would be played at Newlands because of the waterlogged state of Boland Park, which has been a contentious venue throughout the latter part of this season because of its underfoot conditions.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.09.08 07:05:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I guess it won’t be fair to play it at Newlands, as that would give WP two home games against Boland for the season. A neutral venue would be more fair?

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.09.08 07:37:54 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 3) :

    I agree, at least Paarl Stadium would be more neutral than Newlands, but it could be an issue of infrastructure to televise the match that is preventing Paarl from being used.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.09.08 07:42:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Either way the viewing figures for this match will be SKYYYYYYYYYYYY high if it is played at Boland

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.09.08 07:42:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • From Keo.

    According to a report in Die Burger of this morning the Boland informed WP on Friday that the field is unplayable and the 2 unions then agreed to play the match at Newlands. The Free State however complained about the fact that the game will be played at Newlands and SARFU than decided that the game must be moved back to Wellington as the rules stipulated that 30 days notice must be given before a game can be moved. It therefore appears as if they are now going to try and play the match at an surface that the Boland themselves declared as unplayable but that the referee will have to make the final call.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.09.08 07:43:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Well, that’s just the thing, isn’t it…WP needs to beat Boland by 30 points today to leapfrog FS on the log, in Wellington they will struggle to achieve this, but at Newlands probably a walk in the park. What’s fair is fair.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.09.08 07:47:51 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
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  • someone’s been trying to get WP through to the semis by hook or by crook, i’m glad this is not happening as it definitely wouldnt have been fair on the Lions or Cheetahs….

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.09.08 07:49:43 by spykerbaard Reply
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  • morning manne. for me the problem with this venue change is that wp and boland are too closely linked to one another. i mean, would they have changed the venue if it were the lions or the cheetahs? i doubt. I am sure they sweetened the idea by offering boland the gate, which would be bigger at newlands. in my view it smacks of underhandedness.

    today i have a huge conundrum. go and watch maties ikeys live at coetzenburg or watch the sharks lions game on tv. i dont have a pvr so i cant record the sharks lions game. eish, i dunno what to do. i am leaving stellenbosch at the end of the year for greener (in terms of money) pastures and i dunno when i will get to watch rugby at coetzenburg again. maybe i should flip a coin.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.09.08 07:59:49 by knersboy Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 7) :

    Not just that.

    WP have to beat Boland by 30 points AND build up enough of a buffer to ensure that the Cheetahs can’t wipe it out against Boland next week.

    The Cheetahs only need to overhaul WP in two steps not one. The WP winning Margin (if they win at all) over the Lions will be a LOT smaller than the Cheetahs’ margin over Boland.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.09.08 07:59:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • u know, i like province, while i dont support them i dont hate them either, but maybe this year, for the boks sake, i dont want them to make the semis. i can just see jdv and schalk getting injured before the eoy tour because they had to play 6 currie cup games in a row.

    the sharks and the bulls have managed their boks quite well cos they didn’t need to play catch up.

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.09.08 08:07:48 by knersboy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    There is no clarity what the alternative is if he decides that the field is dangerous or not suitable for play. It seems that the two sides will then have to agree on an alternative date.

    If that should happen they have 7 days to get the match played and that will only help the Lions big time if WP have no time to rest before their game next weekend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.09.08 08:14:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I guess they’ll be playing at Newlands tomorrow instead of today then. :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.09.08 08:25:30 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :

    I was personally hoping it’d be Wednesday. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.09.08 08:41:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Somebody messed up imo. Surely both unions must be aware of the protocols involved in moving a match. :evil:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.09.08 08:47:18 by McLovin Reply
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  • Hey everyone I am new to this site :grin: :cool:

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.08 08:57:23 by sharkbite Reply
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  • @sharkbite (Comment 16) : Morning. :grin:

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.08 09:04:14 by McLovin Reply
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  • @sharkbite (Comment 16) :

    Hey SharkBite. Welcome.

    Where are you based?

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.08 09:04:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I received this email at 23:36 last night.

    Saturday’s Vodacom WP vs Boland Cavaliers game moved to Newlands

    As a result of the Wellington field being unplayable due to the excessive amount of rain, a decision has been made to move Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match between Vodacom WP and the Boland Cavaliers to Newlands Rugby Stadium.

    The game will take place at 15h00 at Newlands Rugby Stadium, with gates opening at 13h00.

    Tickets purchased for the original Wellington fixture will be valid at Newlands. Tickets will also be on sale at the Newlands Box office from 10h00. Price is R30 and all tickets are unreserved.

    Private suite and WP Rugby season tickets are valid.

    There are going to be a few dissapointed fans at Newlands today.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.08 09:06:01 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 19) : Last sentence is mine and not part of the email.

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.08 09:06:55 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) :

    I hope PJLD comes online before going. He was also keen last night. :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.08 09:09:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @sharkbite (Comment 16) : Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Buenvenido!

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.08 09:12:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : This is really poor from both WP & Boland. Who’s responsible? My guess is we will never know. Probably a big bonus & promotion for the clowns who are responsible. :evil:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.09.08 09:14:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Hallo there, I am in Australia, but still support the SHARKS, where are you guys from? Am I the only lady here?

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.09.08 09:17:32 by sharkbite Reply

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  • This whole palawa leaves a bad taste in the mouth. WP should play the cards they are dealt. Bit like moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

    After losing to the Valke & Kwasse they have only themselves to blame & don’t really deserve to be in the semi’s.

    But I will be absolutely stoked should they by some miracle make it. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.09.08 09:19:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @sharkbite (Comment 24) :

    No we have quite a few regular lady posters.

    We are from all over. UK, Iraq, KSA, USA and even a few in RSA :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.09.08 09:20:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :

    I can also see why the Cheetahs would complain (IF they did complain).

    They only managed to get a 4 point win with a margin of 5 in their game at Wellington. So I can’t see why WP should be given a chance to get more points when the other team(s) have had to endure the conditions.

    The Strength of the WP media has been proven again.

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.09.08 09:23:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Bit of a leap blaming the Cape media. :smile:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.09.08 09:28:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : I blame the officials involved. Seems Boland might have been lead by WP.

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.09.08 09:29:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • SARU is to be blamed, I was astonished to read about the slogans on the rugby jerseys for the duration of the season :shock:

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.09.08 09:32:56 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 28) :

    No I mean that everyone has had the same conditions to play in yet it has only become an issue that needs attention as opposed to just being an issue for a couple of months once the cape media started writing about it. :smile:

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.09.08 09:34:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @sharkbite (Comment 30) :

    :?: Are they wearing slogans indicating which is the deep end and which is the shallow end? :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.09.08 09:35:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) : ha ha ha,,, nice try,,, fortunately the Shark’s union where the only union not to allow that :grin:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.09.08 09:37:47 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @sharkbite (Comment 33) : :smile:

    I think it was only for the one match though not the remainder of the season.

    Either that or I have gotten used to the logo on the chest and didn’t notice them yesterday.

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.09.08 09:41:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Morning all!!
    been aweay from the blog for a while…pressure of work & no PC @ weekends!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.09.08 09:41:29 by Me2 Reply

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  • Interupted again!!! Hope you are all well & Welcome Sharkbite….do we know u from the old Sharks blog? :wink:

    This thing about changing venues is a load of rubbish…how can they play TWO HOME games in a season? :shock:

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.09.08 09:45:27 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 35) :

    Hi Me2.

    Welcome back.

    Sharkbite. Here is one of the many other ladies on the blog.

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.09.08 09:46:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 34) : you may be right, I can’t watch the games here and find it difficult to follow the games on the internet :sad:

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.09.08 09:46:41 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Rob..you showing off again :smile:

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.09.08 09:47:51 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 36) : Thanx Me2, nope I am totally new to blogging,,, so if you guys and girls can bear with me, i’ll try to keep up,,, I miss rugby.

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.09.08 09:48:28 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : Thanks!!!
    Trying to catch up on the threads I haven’t read…be back just now :grin:

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.09.08 09:49:54 by Me2 Reply

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  • Hello Sharkbite. Do you ever go to the Sharks games when they play in OZ?

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.09.08 09:50:50 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @sharkbite (Comment 38) :

    Well you have found the right place for following on the internet.

    We VERY seldom miss commentary for a game here and our updates are faster than anyone else’s. :wink:

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.09.08 09:54:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 42) : yeah, we are about 40km from Subiaco! So I am ashamed to say I even attended a Bulls vs Force game :lol:

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.09.08 09:55:29 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) : woooohoooooo finally, so glad to read that. :wink:

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.09.08 09:57:07 by sharkbite Reply

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  • Is there any truth in the Rumour that WP are trying to get permission to get Ryk Neetling and Roland Schoeman into their squad? :roll:

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.09.08 09:58:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) : heheheheheheheeeee!!!

    I’m back….see u were giving old Walter a bit of a ragging yesterday…sorry I missed it :grin:

    @sharkbite (Comment 45) : The commentary here is really good & so are some of the comments!! If I am watching a game @ home, I always rush to the PC @ half time to catch up on what they guys & gals have been saying!
    KSA is great @ helping explain the laws/rules if you get confused. Ex ref you see :grin:

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.09.08 10:11:45 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 47) : Thanx 4 da info, I am sure I will get the hang of things. I need to run almost dinner time,,,, will pop back later, sure sounds like I am going to enjoy it here, thank you all :smile:

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.09.08 10:16:51 by sharkbite Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 47) :

    not so much of the EX please :wink:

  • Comment 49, posted at 27.09.08 10:17:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 49) : Sorry…you reffing in the desert?

  • Comment 50, posted at 27.09.08 10:21:59 by Me2 Reply

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  • @sharkbite (Comment 48) : Maybe catch you at 1/2 time!

  • Comment 51, posted at 27.09.08 10:22:49 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 50) :

    Yeah we have a very active Arabian gulf league over here.

    http://www.agrfu.com

  • Comment 52, posted at 27.09.08 10:31:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) : Thanks! Will check it out.

  • Comment 53, posted at 27.09.08 10:47:52 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 47) :

    I also missed it and I was here…I thought it was just friendly chat!

  • Comment 54, posted at 27.09.08 10:59:46 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 54) : “ragging” as in friendly “banter” as in friendly chat :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 27.09.08 11:02:54 by Me2 Reply

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  • This is good news. It will not help WP’s cause for scoring lots of points! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 27.09.08 11:05:35 by klempie Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 54) :

    We obviously disguised it well. :wink:

  • Comment 57, posted at 27.09.08 11:06:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’m leaving for the coke tin in about 2 hours, I think it’s going to be a great day….

  • Comment 58, posted at 27.09.08 11:06:23 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 58) : I’ll be there at 4. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 27.09.08 11:09:17 by klempie Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 58) :

    I think it will be a humdinger of a match, regardless of the outcome.

    I have ONE big fear though. The two Tjs are newbies and am concerned that they will get involved where they shouldn’t and have an influence on the outcome of the game.

  • Comment 60, posted at 27.09.08 11:11:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • We’ve got a big day planned, the match is “bysaak”…LOL! We start with a braai at 13:30, then I’ve nagged the union to “lend” me a suite for a day, and they’ve finally given in, so at 15:00 40 of us are invading the suite…then at 17:00 I will attempt to do my normal match comments from the media centre, and then we head back to the suite, hopefully to celebrate!

  • Comment 61, posted at 27.09.08 11:13:24 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 60) : Assistant Referees KSA!! :roll:

  • Comment 62, posted at 27.09.08 11:13:31 by klempie Reply

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  • be sure to watch the u21s, guys… I want to know how Mike Rhodes plays

  • Comment 63, posted at 27.09.08 11:16:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • And I forgot to add that one of the regulars on my forum had golf shirts made with my website address on, so we are all going to be kitted out in the same shirts as well

  • Comment 64, posted at 27.09.08 11:17:04 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 64) :

    great stuff.

  • Comment 65, posted at 27.09.08 11:19:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 61) : Sounds like great fun! Enjoy your day…no matter what the outcome…it’s going to be a great game!

  • Comment 66, posted at 27.09.08 11:20:05 by Me2 Reply

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  • Surely if the game is to be moved then the venue would still have to be in the Boland in order for it to be a home game for the Bolanders. I wonder if they even considered Boland Park in Worcester, a venue that has hosted international teams before and is only an hours drive from Cape Town.

  • Comment 67, posted at 27.09.08 11:23:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • I wonder how the pitch inspection at 11:00 went?

  • Comment 68, posted at 27.09.08 11:28:12 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • Hey does anyone know if they sell wors rolls at the Coke Can? Last week at the Valke, Spur were completely useless. They were out of wors rolls, and then when I got two burgers both of them were raw inside.

  • Comment 69, posted at 27.09.08 11:32:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 69) :

    Off course they do…

  • Comment 70, posted at 27.09.08 11:36:29 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 70) : Good.

  • Comment 71, posted at 27.09.08 11:42:11 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 69) : nooit!

  • Comment 72, posted at 27.09.08 11:44:08 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 72) : A real tragedy.

  • Comment 73, posted at 27.09.08 11:49:46 by klempie Reply

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  • Gavin Rich ellaborates in the Argus on the behind the scenes action that took place to get us where we are now.

    Pitch worry for Province ahead of vital clash
    Gavin Rich – September 27 2008 at 10:14AM

    The South African rugby administration sunk to new levels of ineptitude last night as it sent out mixed messages to the public about the venue for Saturday’s Currie Cup derby between Western Province and Boland.

    Just after 3pm yesterday SA Rugby sent out a press release announcing that the game had been moved from Wellington to Newlands because of the water-logged field at the Boland Stadium.

    But just over five hours later, with many Capetonians having rescheduled their Saturday afternoon so that they could go to Newlands, out came another announcement – the match is to be played in Wellington after all!

    This was after South African Rugby Union officials sought the intervention of match referee Christie du Preez to make a ruling that would save them from a possible legal action. The Cheetahs, after hearing of the decision to move the venue for the match, had consulted lawyers, and amidst fears of legal action being filed against them at the end of the Currie Cup season, the administration reverted to the regulations that should have been followed in the first instance.

    As Cheetahs president Harold Verster pointed out, according to Saru regulations, the referee was the man who had to decide whether the Boland Stadium field was suitable for play, and he had not been consulted. So Du Preez, who lives in George, was asked to drive to Wellington, where he arrived at nightfall to inspect the pitch.

    Verster scolded SA Rugby for releasing news of a venue change when the proper procedures had not been followed. The Cheetahs are the team most likely to lose out if WP win by a big score today, as the two teams are involved in a tight tussle for a semi-final spot which may be determined by points difference.

    “It is a totally laughable decision as it goes against all the rules and regulations that the participating unions agreed to, and this decision was clearly not taken after a proper consultation across all the levels and structure,” said Verster.

    “The only guy who can make a decision is the referee, and that decision has to be taken after a field inspection on the morning of the match, when he can decide to postpone the game to a later date.

    “We were a in a similar position when we played Boland earlier in the season. There had been 10 days of rain, and we were concerned about the conditions.

    “The same referee who was involved then, Christie du Preez, is involved in this situation, so I hope he has thought very hard about it if he is part of this decision. We also complained on the Friday evening, and were told nothing could be done at that stage.”

    Verster said that the manager of the Free State Academy, Peet Kleynhans, was in the Cape, and he had gone to Boland Stadium to make an inspection, as he did before the Cheetahs played there.

    “He has reported back to us that the field is in a better condition than it was the night before we played there,” said Verster.

    The initial decision to move the venue was made by the two provinces involved in the game, but the legal threat made it almost impossible for Du Preez to rule last night that the game could not be played at Boland Stadium.

    This situation is an insult to rugby supporters, but WP fans will be hoping all this confusion has not had an impact on the preparations of their team.

    WP need to win by a big score and grab the four-try bonus point if they want to maintain their challenge for a place in the semi-finals.

    Their task was made more difficult last night when the Cheetahs moved above them into fourth place courtesy of a big 78-7 win over the Valke in Brakpan.

    Before the game WP had a points for advantage against the Cheetahs of 42, but after their victory, it left Province points 29 points adrift, with a today’s game in hand.

    That increases the need for WP to win by a big score today, something they are going to have to wipe out of their minds if they hope to be successful after all the confusion of late yesterday, when they were confronted with the possibility that they were going to be playing at a myriad different venues. Apart from Newlands, Worcester and the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch were the other venues suggested as alternatives.

    But WP have to start today’s game pretending that it is only another match that they have to win. There were occasionally signs of panic as the clock ticked away in the Griquas match with that fourth try still proving elusive, and coach Allister Coetzee admitted afterwards that his team may have been guilty of chasing the bonus point too early.

    “To get a fourth try you have to make sure that you get a first try and a second try,” was the canny way he summed up the situation.

    Were we able to place a microphone on the wall of the WP team-room this afternoon to pick up what Coetzee has to say to his players immediately prior to the match, it would be a good bet that he would invoke all sorts of images about carts being put before horses.

    To ignore this advice could be fatal to WP’s chances, and would mean a repeat of their mistake in the final match of the Super 14 season, where they failed in their task of scoring the four tries against the Lions at Ellis Park that they needed to book themselves a semi-final place. It was a failure that was chiefly down to their lack of control in a rushed start where their quest for tries neglected the basics and structures that had been the key to that success up to then. n The referee is due to make a final pitch inspection at 11am today.

  • Comment 74, posted at 27.09.08 12:11:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Die wedstryd gaan voort op Wellington.
    So, nou het al julle anti-WP’s en Harold Verster n nuwe bekommernis……
    O, voor ek vergeet, vreet hulle Sharks !
    Go WP, Go Sharks !

  • Comment 75, posted at 27.09.08 12:12:16 by Pietman Reply

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  • When does the Province game kick off?

  • Comment 76, posted at 27.09.08 12:15:51 by klempie Reply

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  • There were occasionally signs of panic as the clock ticked away in the Griquas match with that fourth try still proving elusive, and coach Allister Coetzee admitted afterwards that his team may have been guilty of chasing the bonus point too early

    Same as in last years final S14 match against the Lions.

    What the Sharks do is not choking. THAT is chocking. :razz:

  • Comment 77, posted at 27.09.08 12:17:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 76) :

    15:00 SA time. thread is up already.

  • Comment 78, posted at 27.09.08 12:18:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 77) : If you say so KSA. Finishing top of the log and losing in injury time in a final. To me that’s a WAY bigger choke.

  • Comment 79, posted at 27.09.08 12:19:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 78) : Cool thanks.

  • Comment 80, posted at 27.09.08 12:19:32 by klempie Reply

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  • I hope WP take this one with a great margin. It would be better to know that the four top teams made it through to the finals. :smile:

  • Comment 81, posted at 27.09.08 12:41:41 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 81) :

    You are just scared of your wife giving you a slap if you pick the Sharks to win over the Cheetahs in SB for the Semi’s :wink:

  • Comment 82, posted at 27.09.08 12:45:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 82) : Hehehehe!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 83, posted at 27.09.08 12:49:43 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • Sharks Under 19s vs Lions Under 19s now on SS1

  • Comment 84, posted at 27.09.08 13:06:22 by Baldrick Reply

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