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Boks: Lets avoid a mudbath


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 5 Nov 2008 at 07:20

The Springboks want to avoid a war of attrition in a mudbath and have therefore requested the Welsh Rugby Union to close the roof of the Millennium Stadium for Saturday’s rugby test.

Liam Del Carme writes for Beeld that the ultra-modern stadium seats 74 000 spectators and has a roof that can be left open or closed. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers would prefer to remove the weather conditions from the equation.

Importantly, the match will then be played on a dry field.

There has, however, been a steady drizzle for the past few days.

“We asked for the roof to be closed. It now depends on Warren Gatland (Wales’s coach) whether he would like the roof closed. He may decide differently and then their board will take a decision,” said De Villiers.

Springbok captain John Smit is not bothered whether the roof will be open or closed.

“It makes no difference to me. It’s one of those topics people enjoy making a fuss over. Both teams have to play in the conditions,” said Smit.

Meanwhile, Wales have included two uncapped players in their line-up. Leigh Halfpenny and Andy Powell will debut at right wing and No 8 respectively.

“Leigh is only 19 and our message to him is to go out and enjoy it. He should not worry about his direct opponent. He should relax and play without fear,” said Gatland.

Powell’s inclusion means that skipper Ryan Jones has to move to the flank.

“That tells you something about Andy’s ability,” said Gatland.

In a surprise move, Gareth Cooper got the nod over Dwayne Peel at scrumhalf. Peel’s form has not been impressive of late.

The experienced Stephen Jones is included at flyhalf, with James Hook backing him up off the bench.

The Welsh team: Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny, Jamie Roberts, Gavin Henson, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Gareth Cooper, Andy Powell, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones (captain), Ian Evans, Alun-Wyn Jones, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins.

Substitutes: Richard Hibbard, Duncan Jones, Ian Gough, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, James Hook, Tom Shanklin.



28 Comments

  • “We asked for the roof to be closed. It now depends on Warren Gatland (Wales’s coach) whether he would like the roof closed. He may decide differently and then their board will take a decision,” said De Villiers.

    Effectively the decision belongs to Gatland. I can’t see a National board going against the wishes of their coach.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.11.08 07:23:18 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Bring it on wet or dry… GO BOKKE !!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.11.08 07:34:44 by Charlie Reply
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  • Irrespective we should beat them. Wet or Dry. The IRB must end these pathetic debates and a decision must be provided to the visiting team by the Monday prior to the test. End of story. Dragons go down.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.11.08 08:41:42 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 3) :
    You’re right…they shouldn’t leave it till this late to make the decision.

    Either way we’ll stuff them…

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.11.08 09:06:15 by chernaya akula - B.O.! Reply

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  • This roof business is nonsense. It’s just something Wales use to try and unsettle the opposition. Like when they told the All Blacks to perform their dance before the anthems. As is their right of course.

    PdV is much like a 17 year old during election year regarding this. Everybody asks your opinion but your vote doesn’t count. Also a lot like being a married man. :wink: But that’s another topic.

    When asked whether we prefer the roof open or closed, we should just say we don’t care, and are not interested in entertaining any discussion about it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.11.08 10:52:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • “Boks: Lets avoid a mudbath”
    So are they saying no to Staaldraad II then?

    @Charlie (Comment 2) :
    Not very romantic, are you Charles?

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.11.08 08:12:10 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : You’re lost boet, rugby has got nothing to do with romance, sort of a forbidden word in that area… :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.11.08 09:01:54 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 7) :

    I find Rugby romantic… :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.11.08 09:11:01 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 8) : Try and tell this to Bakkies or Beast :twisted:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.11.08 09:39:23 by Charlie Reply

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  • I wonder what the reason for building a stadium with a roof that can open and close would be if not to keep the wet weather out? :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.11.08 09:44:33 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 9) :

    well you see now Charles, I hardly find bakkies attractive…so I dont look at him in a romatic way anyway..as for Beast…he’s a Shark…I’ll let him take me to dinner.. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.11.08 09:44:48 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) :

    Ditto… :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.11.08 09:45:17 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 12) :
    We are only South Africans, what do we know?

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.11.08 09:54:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) :

    Sammy, being a very practical South African at that..it really does not make sense…you think its “because they can”?? :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.08 10:01:21 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Hey Ice, apparently we are the only 2 members on line.
    As die kat weg is……………………..

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.11.08 10:02:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 15) :

    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :cool:

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.11.08 10:05:38 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 14) :
    I think they built it as a bargaining tool. They already have Tom Jones that they let loose on the opposition during game time. You’d think that, and the male voice choir, would be enough of an advantage.

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.11.08 10:06:50 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 17) :

    Hey! Whats wrong with Tom Jones, you know, you sexy thing, it’s not unusual! :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.11.08 10:08:19 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 16) :
    Pity about those guests that are sussing things out. Would’nt be surprised if one of them isnt the headmaster using an unregistered computer.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.11.08 10:10:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 19) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: i see Robs is around… :roll: better behave! :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.11.08 10:11:44 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 20) : Ye Baby, Ye… :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.11.08 10:15:37 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 18) :
    Actually Tom Jones and especially the male voice choir are essentially Welsh and make the whole experience special in world rugby terms. So that only leaves the roof.
    @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 20) :
    You see things that I cant – Siener Uys.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.11.08 10:22:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) :

    Eks met die helmet gebore.. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.11.08 10:23:43 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • i see on rugby365, that Willie Rickards, supposed Lions signing of New Zealand has declined the offer… Nice trick lions, first trompie, now Willie… the lions must wait for confirmation from the player, before publishing the signings!

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.11.08 10:26:19 by VanWilder Reply

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  • If I was a woman I’d drop my panties for the beast in a heartbeat. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.11.08 10:50:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) : oookay then.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.11.08 10:53:06 by PJLD Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 25) :
    :shock:

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.11.08 10:53:24 by Big Fish Reply
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  • :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.11.08 10:54:20 by Big Fish Reply
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