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Tongan star impresses


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 20 Jan 2009 at 07:17
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“Give him space and he will score!”

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that that was the verdict on Monday by Alan Zondagh after he saw Tongan star Alipate Fatafehi in action at his rugby academy in Riebeeck West on Saturday.

Fatafehi, who weighs in at 112kg, was on the left wing in a closed training session by the Stormers against the University of Cape Town.

“He’s a hell of a big boy. He scored a try in the little bit of time he was on the field. The islanders sometimes appear a little lazy and then suddenly they explode,” said Zondagh.

Fatafehi injured his ankle during the session, but according to Stormers spokesperson Frikkie Erasmus he should be able to train again on Wednesday.

The original plan with Fatafehi was to leave South Africa this past Sunday, but he will now stay for at least another week. That could mean he features in the Stormers squad for Sunday’s game against Saracens at Newlands.

“I’m not against using overseas players, as long as it is not at the expense of your own players,” said Zondagh.

“They probably feel there are weaknesses that should be addressed. It’s not something we can stop. Robert Jones, Laurent Cabannes and Fabien Galthie all played under me when I coached Western Province.”

Zondagh believes there is some merit in the experiment with Nick Koster on the wing, but believes he will be better as a loose forward in the long term.

“Nick is so talented and did a few good things. If he can reach a certain standard on the wing, Rassie Erasmus (Stormers coach) may have options for his substitutes’ bench,” said Zondagh.

“I think his best place in the future will be No 8. He has not played much at wing. It will be interesting to see how he goes when he comes up against a top wing.”

It’s not out of the question that Koster can be utilised as a wing against Saracens.

While Fatafehi and Koster can both be placed in the category of big wings, Zondagh made mention of the fact that the best “try” on Saturday was scored by the “smallest guy” – Joe Pietersen.

“He got the ball in his own half and beat about eight or nine players. It was a magnificent try. He really used his pace and skill,” said Zondagh.



36 Comments

  • Well if he is as good as Zondagh says he is then maybe we should offer him a contract. :?: :?:

    I still can’t believe Wylie Human is on our books. :cry:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.01.09 07:54:35 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Agree 100%. Good to see Joe impressed. Fester waste a year of his rugby time but surely he is a goodie, even in 10. You get many that can cover 10, 15 & wing.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.01.09 08:07:34 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • This guy certainly sounds like he has the skills.

    I hope to see him in a S14 jersey and have a real look at his skills.

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.01.09 08:16:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Cant remember the year , maybe 2 years back, he played 15 on tour and looked pretty nippy to me. For some reason Fester did not like him and he sort of end up playing at Coetzenburg rugby. Sure has the talent and in 10 quite a eye opener for myself last year.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.01.09 08:24:12 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 4) : Correct PB, Joe looked good at 15 about 2 years ago but then took one helluva knock to the head and that was that for his season.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.01.09 08:29:17 by PJLD Reply
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  • “The islanders sometimes appear a little lazy and then suddenly they explode”.

    Very patronising and stereotypical statement to make it public – these guys should really know better by now.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.01.09 08:30:18 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Geez one thing about the Stormers. A lot of different cultures into one pot but surely this year we will brew a nice bredie of running rugby.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.01.09 08:32:29 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • I have yet to see a pacific islander play for a South African team in the Super 14 and impress. Please man, it’s just another one of those pre-season smoke-it-up articles.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.01.09 09:28:27 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Grow your local talent, Zondagh and stop messing around. The Western Cape has the best schools and universities, surely there’s a wing, er, waiting in the wings…

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.01.09 09:30:55 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 8) :

    The Fijian was quite good during last year’s S14. :roll:

    Before he went AWOL of course.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.01.09 10:03:30 by wpw Reply
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  • I’ll take the wait and see route.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.01.09 10:15:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • I was very sceptical at first as to why he was not given an Otago contract. But then he has already played for Tonga. So no use to NZ then.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.01.09 10:17:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • Im looking forward to seeing him play on Sunday.

    Newlands here I come!!!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.01.09 10:18:25 by PJLD Reply
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  • Against who did he make this impression?

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.01.09 10:19:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) :

    UCT = University of Cape Town :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.01.09 10:28:52 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 15) : I see. Their 1st XV?

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.01.09 11:18:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : And Joe Pietersen was their best player on the day…. :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.01.09 11:27:57 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 17) : He is very fleet of foot, but not the biggest player to ever take the field.

    Maybe they were playing the under 19′s.

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.01.09 11:31:40 by McLovin Reply

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  • 24 more sleeps. :roll:

    At least the warm uop games start this weekend.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.01.09 12:13:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • “Give him space and he will score!”
    :roll:

    My granny would score if she was given space as well…

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.01.09 12:29:42 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 19) :

    Yeah I am only going to miss two of the opening weekend’s matches.

    The Saturday morning ones. :sad: No Saffa teams involved so no MAJOR train smash.

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.01.09 12:39:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • “The original plan with Fatafehi was to leave South Africa this past Sunday, but he will now stay for at least another week. That could mean he features in the Stormers squad for Sunday’s game against Saracens at Newlands.”

    From the above it sounds as if he will not be sticking around for much longer, if so what is the use of him taking up practice space of someone that will be available for the S14 campaign.

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.01.09 12:42:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : Can’t wait. Only the second season in 10 that Ill have ‘access’ to all the live matches and not have to rely only on Sky for coverage or download a day or so after each match. :cool: :cool:

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.01.09 12:44:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) :

    Guess who’s been roped in as assistant commentator this season. :?: :razz:

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.01.09 12:48:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 15) :
    You rolling your eyes a lot today.

    Did watching Liverpool play hurt them?

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.01.09 12:50:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : I’ll do my best. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.01.09 12:51:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 23) : Just glad I won’t miss any Sharks games… :cool:

    @Big Fish (Comment 25) : Shut up! :evil:

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.01.09 12:51:42 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 26) : You’ve been informed well in advance…enough time to practice… we want to feel like we’re at the game… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.01.09 12:53:47 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 25) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.01.09 12:56:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :smile:

    You’ll
    Never
    Win
    Anything

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.01.09 12:57:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 27) :
    @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :
    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.01.09 13:00:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • You
    Need to google
    neW dry jokes
    oubAas :mad:

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.01.09 13:01:22 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 32) : :smile:

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.01.09 13:06:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    The title is not won in January bru. Let’s talk again during the month of May. :roll: (that one was for you BF)

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.01.09 13:11:45 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 34) :
    :lol:

    The tite may not be won in January, but it looks like it has been lost in January.

    Dont worry – maybe 2010 will be better.

    @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 32) :
    Touch a nerve huh? :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.01.09 13:39:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.01.09 13:42:03 by PJLD Reply
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