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Breaking news: Sharks-Cheetahs desert fling cancelled


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 13 Jan 2009 at 11:47
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Due to the withdrawal of the main sponsor of the event, the Sharks-Cheetahs warmup game in Abu Dhabi has been called off. The match was to have taken place at the Abu Dhabi Harlequins club on 24 January.

Apparently, in these times of financial turmoil, the sponsor cannot justify spending over a Million Rand on sponsoring a rugby fixture after having to lay off 10% of their workforce this month. Can’t say I blame them, really.

No details are forthcoming at this stage as to whether the match will go ahead anywhere else in South Africa.

More details as we get them.



93 Comments

  • so much for that, then…

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.01.09 11:53:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • who’s the sponsors?

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.01.09 11:56:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • Good Day, Ladies.. :wink:

    Ag no man… :sad:

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.01.09 11:56:35 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I’m not sure… trying to find out. This sets an interesting precedent…

    @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 3) : not again…! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.01.09 11:58:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 3) : Aloha!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.01.09 11:58:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • Surprising really. Banks are sacking thousands yet still sponsor major events.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.01.09 12:00:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • Whindy won’t be a happy chap.

    this game was going to be in his backyard.

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.01.09 12:01:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • What’s wrong with watching a little rugby after sacking your staff? :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.01.09 12:01:24 by klempie Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    Nobody. :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.01.09 12:01:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 8) :

    Ja. use it as a going away function for them. :oops:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.01.09 12:02:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Can a main sponsor sommer withdraw without any penalties? Bit strange.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.01.09 12:03:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Who WAS the sponsor then minora? :razz:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.01.09 12:03:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • you guys are more than a little insensitive… this thing will come to SA as well. It will just take a little longer to get down there.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.01.09 12:05:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 8) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Sies julle twee!! :evil: :twisted: @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.01.09 12:05:27 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Yeh exactly.

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.01.09 12:05:28 by klempie Reply

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  • minora?? :mrgreen:

    bwahahahahaa

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.01.09 12:06:20 by wpw Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 14) : Wat’s die probleem bokdrol? Ons is mos net een van die meisies. :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.01.09 12:06:32 by klempie Reply

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  • So looks like it will be Sharks v Cheetahs at ABSA as we are going to Bloem in the S14.

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.01.09 12:07:24 by klempie Reply

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  • Hi all!!!
    Just NOT good news…was looking forward to some REAL rugby for a change….but maybe the game will be at ABSA…then I will be really happy :grin:

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.01.09 12:07:55 by Me2 Reply

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  • Raining again! :mrgreen: I am enjoying this week’s weather.

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.01.09 12:08:47 by klempie Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    In the Middle East ANYTHING is possible mate. :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.01.09 12:09:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    Minora!!!!!!! :shock:

    Not sure if you are saying I’m sharp or insulting me? :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.01.09 12:10:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Just remember we are a DEVELOPING economy!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.01.09 12:10:11 by Me2 Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 3) :

    What colour is your pajamas?

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.01.09 12:11:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : The sharp thing of course. :wink:

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.01.09 12:12:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • What a bummer, here I was getting all excited, now I have to go and watch Trevor Immelman win the Abu Dhabi Open

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.01.09 12:17:08 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 26) : What’s wrong with that?

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.01.09 12:21:20 by klempie Reply

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  • Ah…this is not cool…but I guess they have a good reason…

    Bring it to ABSA Kings Park! :grin:

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.01.09 12:21:29 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 26) :

    :smile:

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.01.09 12:25:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • (Comment 27) Just would have prefered the rugby, we are spoilt up here, just a pity the sponsor pulled out

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.01.09 12:25:52 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) :

    What pajamas?? :twisted:

    JK!! Why??? :shock:

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.01.09 12:29:30 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 31) :

    Okay I am not taking this conversation any further. :oops:

  • Comment 32, posted at 13.01.09 12:31:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 23) : ummm… there’s a GLOBAL recession happening?

  • Comment 33, posted at 13.01.09 12:31:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where did the pajamas come in? :???: :?:

  • Comment 34, posted at 13.01.09 12:32:49 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : All i know is petrol is freakin cheap these days

  • Comment 35, posted at 13.01.09 12:36:25 by PJLD Reply
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  • Why is diesel more expensive than petrol? Used to be the other way around.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.01.09 12:39:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 34) :

    Ice called us Ladies.

    The only time I don’t mind being called a lady is if I am going to be invited to a pillow fight in pajamas with ladies. :wink:

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.01.09 12:40:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 34) : KSA is proving what we all (girls that is) know…men cannot multi task :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.01.09 12:40:24 by Me2 Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 35) :

    I know exactly what you mean, I am paying 80c/liter for 91 and ZAR1,20/liter for 95. :smile:

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.01.09 12:42:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Me2 (Comment 38) :

    Hehehhehee

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.01.09 12:42:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) : @Me2 (Comment 38) : I see. I think…

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.01.09 12:43:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • (Comment 29)KSA ja :grin:

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.01.09 12:45:02 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 37) :

    Ahhhh! on the slow side again today… :oops: where’s those minora’s – need to sharpen up!! :grin:

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.01.09 12:45:59 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 39) : $#$^^ $%#^#$%^%#$ $%^#$%^ %#$^ :evil: #$^% $%^#$%^%$

    #$%#$%^ ^%$$^$% *(&^*^$# ^ ^%$& %^*%^*%^ :evil:

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.01.09 12:46:35 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 35) : same here… it’s actually lekker

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.01.09 12:47:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : Didn’t you hear? :razz:

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.01.09 12:53:19 by klempie Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 36) : That’s what *I* want to know! :evil: It’s less refined so it SHOULD be cheaper and I can’t see how demand would have changed much. Thieving bastards. :evil:

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.01.09 12:54:57 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 47) : Indeed. :evil:

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.01.09 12:56:58 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 48) : I can’t complain though I guess. I still get 900km to 50 litres which still works out cheaper.

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.01.09 12:59:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 49) : 900km. City or open road?

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.01.09 13:01:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 49) :

    I only get 700kms to a tank and that is on the open road. And my tank is 135Liters. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.01.09 13:03:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : Slow down… :wink:

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.01.09 13:04:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) : At least we now know who’s to blame for global warming. :razz:

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.01.09 13:05:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 50) : Both. I live in Midrand and work in Pretoria.

  • Comment 54, posted at 13.01.09 13:07:46 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 51) :

    is your vehicle a Camel by any chance?? :twisted:

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.01.09 13:08:19 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 55) : Of course not. Everyone knows camels are one of the most efficient users of water on the planet. :roll:

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.01.09 13:12:48 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 56) :

    Ja – but maybe this one has a blown gasket.. :???: :mrgreen: It has to take the weight, you know! :twisted:

  • Comment 57, posted at 13.01.09 13:26:37 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 57) :
    Sjoe! Everyone duck for cover! There is going be a girl fight anytime soon! Maybe with pillows!

  • Comment 58, posted at 13.01.09 13:37:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 58) :

    KSA in his purple jammies?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 13.01.09 13:43:53 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 59) :

    Hehehhehehe

    @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 55) :

    Toyota Land Cruiser

  • Comment 60, posted at 13.01.09 13:45:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 58) :

    i got distracted by damn work and some emails.

  • Comment 61, posted at 13.01.09 13:46:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 59) : X-rated stuff that!

  • Comment 62, posted at 13.01.09 13:46:18 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 62) :

    You’ve SEEN it?? :shock: :shock: :twisted:

  • Comment 63, posted at 13.01.09 13:51:43 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 62) :

    @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 63) :

    It’s only X-Rated when i wear it with a G-String in the Summer months. :razz:

  • Comment 64, posted at 13.01.09 13:56:02 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 63) : You’re the one who said they were purple! :roll:

  • Comment 65, posted at 13.01.09 13:57:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) :

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    @klempie (Comment 65) :

    Shhhhh!!! Kette gave me some inside info! :cool: :twisted:

  • Comment 66, posted at 13.01.09 13:59:12 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) :

    puke!! bad visuals! puke AGAIN!!! :shock:

  • Comment 67, posted at 13.01.09 14:05:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 64) : I take it, it’s not ‘langmou’ pajamas. :wink:

  • Comment 68, posted at 13.01.09 14:10:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 68) :

    :lol:

    @wpw (Comment 67) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 69, posted at 13.01.09 14:15:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seems there never was a sponsor… :roll:

  • Comment 70, posted at 13.01.09 14:29:14 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 70) :

    :?:

  • Comment 71, posted at 13.01.09 14:48:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : I are confused. Just ignore me.. :neutral:

  • Comment 72, posted at 13.01.09 14:50:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 72) : :smile:

    Maybe I am just naturally suspicious but I have that same niggling thought.

    There has been no announcment of who the sponsor is/was even on the Abu Dhabi Rugby clubs website who were going to host the event.

  • Comment 73, posted at 13.01.09 14:53:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 71) : Read another report saying the promoters couldn’t get a sponsor. But this one says otherwise. :???:

  • Comment 74, posted at 13.01.09 14:54:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • I also find it strange that the letter from the Chariman of the club doesn’t mention who the sponsor is who pulled out??????

    It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of our inability to host next weeks proposed fixture in Abu Dhabi

    The problem around this first surfaced on Thursday afternoon when the main sponsor for the event notified me of their intention to withdraw

    The reasoning is that in these times of financial crisis they could not reconcile spending the equivalent of R1.54 Million on a rugby game while laying off 10,8% of their work force effective 15 January 2009

    Since then I have worked on finding a replacement sponsor but have been unable to find one at such short notice so have been left with no alternative to make this decision.

    I’d also like to apologies to Willem Strauss and Darryl Weir for any embarrassment that this situation might cause but as I’m sure you will all appreciate, it would be irresponsible of me to lead my club down a pathway with that kind of debt at the end of it

    My thanks and apologies also to the SA referees and Craig Joubert in particular who the regions ref’s would have benefitted from having a session with.

    As a passionate rugby man, and a passionate South African, I am devastated that I have had to make this decision.I realise that the loss of this fixture may have a bearing on both teams performances in the early part of the season and can only hope that it doesn’t

    Please feel free to contact me to discuss this should you so wish

    My sincere apologies once again

    Regards

    Richard

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  • Comment 75, posted at 13.01.09 14:57:38 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 75) : “Devastated”? Bit over the top isn’t it?

  • Comment 76, posted at 13.01.09 15:08:10 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 76) : I’m sure he’ll get over it.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 77, posted at 13.01.09 15:12:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • Courtesy of my mate Arch.

    Two Australians are busy fitting out a new shop and they decide to take a break. As they sit down between the empty shelves one says to the other, “I wonder how long it will take for some idiot to ask us what we are selling”. No sooner had he finished, than there was a South African banging on the window shouting “What you selling?” – One of the Aussies piped up “Arseholes”. The Saffer responded quick as a flash, “Well you must be doing a roaring trade because looks like you only have 2 left”.

    HAHAHAHA

  • Comment 78, posted at 13.01.09 15:16:27 by klempie Reply

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  • didn’t Richard Harris die some years ago? It was after he played Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter movie…

    Wait a minute. I smell a plot.

    KSA, can you try get to the bottom of this? I reckon Voldy is involved…

  • Comment 79, posted at 13.01.09 15:18:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 79) : Are you talking about He Who’s Name We Do Not Speak?

    Geez. I can’t believe I even know that! Thanks Mom! :roll:

  • Comment 80, posted at 13.01.09 15:23:04 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 78) : :lol:

  • Comment 81, posted at 13.01.09 15:28:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Mense wat is die vertaling van “Pokkel”?

  • Comment 82, posted at 13.01.09 15:51:53 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 82) : short & fat? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 83, posted at 13.01.09 15:53:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 83) : I thought it was a term of endearment?

  • Comment 84, posted at 13.01.09 15:58:15 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 82) :

    fatso’tjie?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 13.01.09 15:58:29 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 82) :

    I think it is “F%$^k All”

  • Comment 86, posted at 13.01.09 15:58:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 85) : Something like Butterball?

  • Comment 87, posted at 13.01.09 16:01:06 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 84) : It is. My translation isn’t. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 88, posted at 13.01.09 16:13:06 by McLovin Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 87) : That sounds about right.

  • Comment 89, posted at 13.01.09 16:13:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • Guys – and this a bad thing? How? Sounded like a waste of money to me in the first place? Whats the attraction of playing Sharks vs Cheetahs in the Gulf? Neither team will take it seriously so effectively you are watching the sharks practice (cant you do that at the B field?) – Organise a game against a non SA club if its not gonna be in SA. Just my opinion..

  • Comment 90, posted at 13.01.09 17:58:50 by Rugby Guru Reply

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  • seems the Cheetahs have opted to rather have an internal practice match next Saturday. I guess this mean the game won’t be rescheduled.

    Leaves the Sharks with only one warm-up, against the Bulls.

    That spells disaster

  • Comment 91, posted at 13.01.09 19:11:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 91) :

    Please, not a disaster…we are also playing one warm up game against the Bulls….

  • Comment 92, posted at 13.01.09 19:22:47 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 92) : I think for us, it will be a disaster… too much aggro

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