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Make or break for Fatahefi


Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 30 Jan 2009 at 10:48

This weekend’s friendly game against the Boland Kavaliers at Wellington could be make or break for big Tongan utility back Alipate Fatafehi.

Fatafehi is on trial with the Vodacom Stormers and if he does enough at Boland Stadium on Saturday he might just land himself a contract with the Cape’s Super 14 franchise. He had a run off the substitutes’ bench against Saracens at Newlands last Sunday but didn’t get enough of a chance to show his value.

Coach Rassie Erasmus said the brains trust wants to see more of Fataheti. “No contract has been signed yet. Since he has been in the mix we have been trying to give him as much game time as we can to see if if he can make it. And this weekend he is getting another chance.”

Referring to last weekend, the coach said: “Well, in the 20 minute he didn’t get the ball once. So we decided to get him into the structures. If you think of Sireli (Naqelevuki), in the beginning it is a different culture and it takes some time before you understand everything, especially the way those boys play over there.

“So I would like to give him a fair chance and making sure he knows the defence patterns and how our kicking game work and then decide on him. But there is no worry with that. He doesn’t have to be in the squad that we will be announcing. He can stay here and the moment you pick him you have to register him as part of the squad.”

Turning to team selection, Erasmus said there were a number of reasons why he made wholesale changes to the side that tackled Saracens.

“It is a combination of things. Some guys needs match practice, while some guys are coming back from injuries. A guy like Brian Mujati is coming back from injury. Some guys have injuries – Francois Louw went over his ankle, Schalk Burger’s cut went open on his ankle and we know what kind of a player he is.

“And some guys are just on form and we don’t think they need game time. So out of those 29 guys it is not to say all of the reserves will play.”

Louw, who looked in great early-season form against Saracens, would not be out for too long, added Erasmus. “Nowadays you go for scans and you would be out for three or four weeks. But in his case it is nothing too serious. He should be fit for the Sharks match, but definitely not for this one (Boland).

“Schalk just had a small procedure on his ankle and everything is fixed. So just the cut went open, and we just need to make sure he is 100% before we take a chance with him.

“He actually practiced on Monday and that is were he opened the cut. So we just need to make sure he is fit and that he must be able to play the whole 80 minutes against the Sharks.”

Erasmus also said former Lions prop Bertus Smit has joined the Stormers. He doesn’t have a contract but if he does enough to prove he deserves one, the big front-ranker could earn a contract.

www.thestormers.co.za



43 Comments

  • From what I hear this oke is not very keen on tackling. :neutral:

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.01.09 11:05:57 by McLovin Reply
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  • Claytie? Credit the source?

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.01.09 11:17:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oopsy!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.01.09 11:35:17 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 3) : thanks maatjie

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.09 11:42:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :

    He missed one tackle and one cannot really call PJLD a source.

    :twisted:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.09 11:43:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : His last coach said he cant tackle for shyte

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.09 12:01:23 by PJLD Reply
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  • Boland team announced
    Boland Kavaliers 15-1: Justin Peach, Deon Scholtz, Hein Myburgh, Dewey Swartbooi, Cornel Hendricks, Elgar Watts, Marnus Hugo, David Hendricks, Conrad Burke (capt), Zolani Mofu, Rito Hlungwane, Nico Esterhuyse, Jacobie Adriaanse, Clemen Lewis, Harry Vermaas.
    Reserves: Janro van Niekerk, Ivann Espag, Frikkie Spies, Smit Janse van Rensburg, Andre du Toit, Danie van der Merwe, Lionel Cornelius, Alvin Hugo, Godwin Damon.

    Think some was wandering about Hlungwane, well here he is , in Boland colours.

    This looks more then a Boland A team to the Sarries game

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.09 14:16:17 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Wot’s this guys surname? Fatafehi, Fatahefi or Fataheti? 3 diff’s in 1 article:-) Maybe he should be Fata-tackle

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.09 15:52:56 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 8) : Fatafluffie?

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.09 15:58:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Vathomflulffy!

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.09 16:07:15 by PJLD Reply
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  • Well it would appear wet roads do make a difference as I just put in an 8:52, 15 seconds quicker than yesterday. :grin: It really didn’t feel that fast though. My legs were crying the whole way. Thought I’d slowed down to compensate.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.01.09 16:32:24 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) : 13 seconds. :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.01.09 16:32:59 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 11) :

    Cool, was it wet yesterday or today :?:

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.01.09 18:03:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Yesterday was wet and I could only do a 9:05.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.01.09 18:22:12 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 14) : dude… why do you only run 1.7km?

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.01.09 18:31:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 14) :

    Ah okay that makes sense, i thought maybe you ran faster in the wet today :?:

    @robdylan (Comment 15) : My thoughts exactly. :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.01.09 18:33:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Cos I’m just starting… :roll: The plan is to go up to 3.4 once I am feelinf comfortable at the end of 1.7.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.01.09 18:36:33 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    He is STILL on 1,7??? :shock: :shock: :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.01.09 18:38:01 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 18) : En die FOK bedoel jy DAARMEE? :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.01.09 18:40:18 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 19) :

    You missed out the “wat”…Mr Language.. :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.01.09 18:53:10 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • @klempie (Comment 17) : I keep telling you… distance/endurance FIRST… speed SECOND

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.01.09 18:53:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Catfight!! Catfight!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.01.09 18:55:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 20) : :razz:

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.01.09 18:56:50 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : I’m doing sub 9 minuters on the 1.7km for two weeks and then I’ll start stretching it out.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.01.09 18:58:27 by klempie Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 22) : More like “Catfight!! Bitchfight!!” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.01.09 18:59:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 25) :

    Beauty In Total Control of herself??

    Klemp wth is minuters???

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.01.09 19:05:37 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • play nicely, kids… Language, Klempie…

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.01.09 19:05:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 26) : It’s runners’ slang bokdrol. You wouldn’t understand. :wink:

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.01.09 19:07:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : :oops:

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.01.09 19:08:24 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 28) :

    Ohhhhhhh!! Sorry Mr Olympics… :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.01.09 19:15:41 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • HA! Petrol to go up 61c next month and diesel to go DOWN 7c. Finally some freaking justice! :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 30.01.09 19:17:38 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 28) :

    So..just to be clear…you can claim to be a “runner” when you do 1,7km in sub 9 minutes?? For weeks on end?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 30.01.09 19:19:14 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • As it turns out the Dolphins are playing the Cobras…Cobras made 119 for 8 from their 20…

  • Comment 33, posted at 30.01.09 19:26:08 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 32) : How many k’s did you do today drol?

  • Comment 34, posted at 30.01.09 19:27:36 by klempie Reply

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  • @blckshrk – Go Serena! (Comment 33) : But it’s T20. :???:

  • Comment 35, posted at 30.01.09 19:28:20 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 34)

    30….in my car.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 36, posted at 30.01.09 19:30:36 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Right I’m going to find a DVD. Dark Knight sounds like a winner. See ya.

  • Comment 37, posted at 30.01.09 19:32:22 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 34) :

    Can I Play?

    I did 3ks and then 20ks and then 3ks. :wink:

  • Comment 38, posted at 30.01.09 19:35:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ice (you can leave your hat on!) (Comment 36) :

    make that 60… :oops: i did come back home too.. :wink:

  • Comment 39, posted at 30.01.09 19:41:21 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • i have runner’s knee, so I can’t run

  • Comment 40, posted at 30.01.09 19:56:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Im gonna braai 2 snoeks now!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 30.01.09 20:03:10 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 41) :

    Enjoy!! :grin:

  • Comment 42, posted at 30.01.09 20:10:42 by Ice (you can leave your hat on!) Reply
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  • Fatafehi – poor defender, handling sucks, I think it’s already broken :roll:

  • Comment 43, posted at 31.01.09 09:51:02 by Charlie Reply

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