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Look, we are Springboks – Smit


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Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 21 Nov 2008 at 08:11
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A major theme of the week in the build-up to the Springboks’ final Test match of the year against England at Twickenham on Saturday has been their alleged fatigue and demotivation, but at Thursday’s team announcement press conference, captain John Smit described this as “stuff and nonsense” and kicked it all into touch.

“There are a thousand excuses for losing rugby matches, and if it does not go well on Saturday, we will wheel them out for you,” Smit smiled before turning deadly serious.

“Look, we are Springboks. This is what we do for a living. We get to play for our country at the highest level and we get paid for it as well, so our responsibility is not to ourselves,” Smit said.

“There is no question of any player not being in the right frame of mind for this Test. To have one foot on the plane would mean opening the door to somebody else to take away your dream.”

Speaking of planes, there was shock when it was announced that Juan Smith would be flying home on Friday, along with Fourie du Preez.

Mike Greenaway reports for The Mercury that the latter was known to be fighting a losing battle with a quadricep injury, but it was a well-kept secret that Smith was suffering from concussion.

“It is Juan’s fourth concussion of the year, so we are putting the person before the rugby player and sending him home,” coach Peter de Villiers said.

Danie Rossouw replaces Smith, the man of the match against Scotland, on the blindside flank, which means young Cheetahs sensation Heinrich Brussouw is on the bench and in line for his first cap.

As expected, Jannie du Plessis comes straight into the team at tighthead prop, with John Smit reverting to hooker and Tendai “Beast” Mtawriria completing the front row.

Chiliboy Ralepelle is the other newcomer to the bench.

Du Plessis’s selection means he has leapfrogged Brian Mujati into the starting line-up, but a rather jumpy De Villiers quickly pointed out that Mujati had a sore shoulder. “We don’t want to chuck Brian into the deep end when he took a knock against Scotland, so he will play off the bench,” the coach said.

Smit said too much had been made of this match being the last of the year for the Boks.

“We are past the stage of talking about rugby in years, the rugby just keeps going with the games offloading in different times of the 11-month season,” he said.

“The biggest factor for us this week, the thing that has motivated us since we arrived from Edinburgh, is that this is an opportunity to beat one of our biggest rivals at Twickenham, the home of rugby.”

Many of the senior Boks were rested when Jake White brought an under-strength team to play two Tests in London in 2006, the second of which was won by the Boks, with that defeat precipitating the axing of England coach Andy Robinson.

“Guys like Bakkies Botha, Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger have never won a Test match at Twickenham, and have lost quite a few, so it is very much a box they would like to tick,” Smit said.

The Boks, of course, have held sway over England in recent years, with victories in France and South Africa.

“We were discussing it on the way home from training today,” Smit said. “We have won five in a row, but I quickly reminded the guys that before this run, we lost seven in a row to England, so we have two more wins to go before we make amends for that unfortunate sequence.”

Smit said that when his team looked back over 2008, the biggest disappointment was the fact that the Boks were no longer the No 1-ranked team in the world.

“This was always going to be a tough year for us after winning the World Cup last year. It is hard to maintain standards, and then there is the adjustment required when you get a new management team,” Smit said.

“Before you know it New Zealand are ahead of you on the rankings. We are very keen to reclaim that spot, and our fight to get it back would be greatly assisted by a win at Twickenham tomorrow.”



73 Comments

  • “There are a thousand excuses for losing rugby matches, and if it does not go well on Saturday, we will wheel them out for you,” Smit

    :lol: :lol:

    This guy just rocks as a Captain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.11.08 08:25:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Yeah – he’s a natural… :smile:

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.11.08 08:33:21 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    To the manor born.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.11.08 08:38:13 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Juan’s fourth concussion of the year :shock:

    Not good.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.11.08 09:29:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Its a classic

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.11.08 09:46:13 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Agreed.

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.11.08 10:12:24 by billy Reply

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  • I beg to differ, they are Springflowers. :twisted:

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.11.08 10:15:10 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I am curious which of the 1000 excuses the POMS will be using tomorrow night. :razz:

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.11.08 10:17:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :
    Almost thought you were wrong…but it IS tomorrow night. :mrgreen:

    I thought Tuesday was Thursday…now I think Friday is Thursday. :???: :sad:

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.08 10:20:45 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : None, I do not think we will win this one. :sad:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.11.08 10:22:11 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • I’m with Silvy on this one… I think we gonna lose… :oops:

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.11.08 10:23:01 by wpw Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) :

    @wpw (Comment 11) :

    One of you is old, the other is a spring chicken……………. What do you guys know? :razz:

    BOKKE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.11.08 10:27:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Go sniff some desert sand. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.11.08 10:32:04 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) :

    With the “old” he could have meant WPW, but now u have given yourself away… :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.11.08 10:34:59 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 13) :

    :razz:

    @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.11.08 10:37:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 14) : Who said I reacted on the ‘old’ blondie? :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.11.08 10:39:13 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 16) :

    Well…I’d rather let people know I am old than stupid… :twisted: or wait a minute…would I?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.11.08 10:40:56 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 17) : Hey, you love your angles. :roll:

    Before you have to ask :roll: ,pretty picture. :grin:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.11.08 10:43:58 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 18) :

    Angels or angles?? :twisted:

    Thank you!!, Was just about to ask what do you think of the pic.. :lol: :wink:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.11.08 10:47:16 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 14) :

    I’m only 32. :shock:

    Which means, Robdylan must call me Uncle Wes!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.11.08 10:49:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) :

    Me too, then!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.11.08 10:51:47 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 20) : are you really older than me, Wesali? Didn’t realise that…

    Not by much, anyway.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.11.08 10:57:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    Ja, I think Morne is also a year older than you. Blerrie laaities!!! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.11.08 11:01:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : YNWA! Who are we beating this weekend?

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.11.08 11:05:23 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 24) :

    Unfortunately for them, Fulham.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.11.08 11:07:36 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) : as long as we don’t play Spurs again anytime soon.

    Geez, Liverpool REALLY annoy me. And they call the Sharks chokers…

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.11.08 11:09:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 25) :
    :razz: 2-0 will be enough for those.
    Is Danny Murphy still with them?

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.11.08 11:11:52 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 24) :

    A list of our upcoming fixtures in the Premier League:

    Fulham
    WestHam
    Blackburn
    Hull
    Arsenal
    Bolton
    Newcastle

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.11.08 11:12:05 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : I hate :mad: that we lost the Premiership game to Spurs- couldn’t care less about the Carling Cup though :roll:

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.11.08 11:13:54 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    The Spurs loss in the league was very unlucky Rob. We missed loads of chances and they won in the last 5 minutes.

    The league cup loss was not NB. Spurs played their strongest side whereas we played our youngsters.

    League Cup is crap anyway.

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.11.08 11:14:01 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : true… PJLD is definitely younger, though… an 80s child! Now that’s a REAL laaitie :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.11.08 11:14:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 27) : He might still be…

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.11.08 11:14:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 28) : Not a bad run at all…

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.11.08 11:15:38 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 30) : but Pool were actually looking like something in the league, not so? And then the Spurs loss knocked them right back into the chasing pack.

    Maybe I need to start watching footie again, come to think of it

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.11.08 11:16:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Rob

    One cannot compare Liverpool and the Sharks.

    Liverpool’s history and tradition is unrivaled…

    The Sharks, well… lets see… CC B Section for nearly 100 years!!! :mrgreen:

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist… lol

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.11.08 11:16:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Have you slapped a Pom today? :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.11.08 11:17:09 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : Dude, we are still top of the log.

    Well, joint top cos Chelsea has a better goal difference.

    We beat our top two challengers in the league which NEVER happens and we are winning games we would normally have lost of drawn.

    We are in a good position…

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.11.08 11:18:38 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : True- that loss was a bit of a setback…and you must watch Liverpool games man!

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.11.08 11:19:37 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 23) :
    Balies the lot of you! :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.11.08 11:19:43 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 37) : Yeah..good for us that we’ve beaten Manure and Chelsea…now we have to do the same to Arsenal…and then sit back and watch them beating each other. :cool:

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.11.08 11:21:10 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 27) : Murphy was a king – goal-poacher of note. Always seemed to score absolutely crucial goals at just the right time.

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.11.08 11:21:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) : :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.11.08 11:21:56 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @blckshrk – BOKKE (Comment 36) : apropos of? :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.11.08 11:22:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) : oh look – if it isn’t the child prodigy! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.11.08 11:23:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : Yeah – I was backing Fulham to escape relegation just for his sake. He served us well.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.11.08 11:23:21 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) : On second thoughts…Bakkies will do that for all of us…

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.11.08 11:27:21 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 39) :

    “I” better not be part of the “YOU”… :evil:

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.11.08 11:43:47 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 44) :
    Ooooh – the claws are out today.

    Have a bad Salusa 45 trip did we? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.11.08 11:46:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : You called

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.11.08 11:49:56 by PJLD Reply
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  • where everyone they did gone?

  • Comment 50, posted at 21.11.08 11:51:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 50) :

    Come again… :?: :???:

  • Comment 51, posted at 21.11.08 11:53:04 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 49) : how’s the head? I saw you posted something on a hangover cure blog! :)

  • Comment 52, posted at 21.11.08 11:53:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 51) : I need a rest first :)

  • Comment 53, posted at 21.11.08 11:53:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 54, posted at 21.11.08 11:56:48 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • Right… lunch time for me… see you later!!!

    much later… :oops:

  • Comment 55, posted at 21.11.08 12:09:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 55) : lunch is a big thing for you…? :)

  • Comment 56, posted at 21.11.08 12:14:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) :

    For (uncle) Wes,…Lunch, she is BEEEEEGGGGG :twisted:

  • Comment 57, posted at 21.11.08 12:20:18 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 57) :

    GGGGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR :evil:

  • Comment 58, posted at 21.11.08 12:32:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 52) : You stalking me Rob!

  • Comment 59, posted at 21.11.08 12:34:18 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 58) :

    Geez…was your lucnh not enough!? Now you wanna eat us too?? :shock: :twisted:

  • Comment 60, posted at 21.11.08 12:44:41 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • OK… I are back… 2 hot dogs later!!! :roll:

  • Comment 61, posted at 21.11.08 12:50:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 60) : I think it be best if I don’t answer that question… might get me in to trouble… :oops:

  • Comment 62, posted at 21.11.08 12:50:58 by wpw Reply
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  • Jean Div & Matfield on the Rugby Club saying they feel good. No tiredness.

  • Comment 63, posted at 21.11.08 12:52:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • Schalk says his summer holiday won’t be that good if we lose to Eng.

  • Comment 64, posted at 21.11.08 12:53:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 59) : hehe… thanks to that, we got a hit :)

  • Comment 65, posted at 21.11.08 12:53:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 63) : Dude, can’t u see we is talking about food??? :wink:

  • Comment 66, posted at 21.11.08 12:53:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 64) : go check the article I’ve just written

  • Comment 67, posted at 21.11.08 12:54:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 66) : Sorry. I’ll try and stick to the topic. :lol:

  • Comment 68, posted at 21.11.08 12:54:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 62) :

    Well, you supporting WP..I guess your anwer would have been for Rob anyway… :twisted:

  • Comment 69, posted at 21.11.08 12:56:33 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 68) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 70, posted at 21.11.08 12:57:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 69) : wow! I am actually speechless

  • Comment 71, posted at 21.11.08 13:05:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 69) : hahahaha

    NOT!!!

  • Comment 72, posted at 21.11.08 13:07:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 71) :

    Why?? :roll:

    He started… :sad: :wink:

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