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Watson: One of the leaders


Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Admin on 30 Jan 2009 at 09:13

“One of the leaders in our squad … Luke Watson.”

Stephen Nell reports for Die Burger that is how Stormers captain Jean de Villiers introduced Watson to a cheering crowd at the Cape Super14 team’s kick-off party at Newlands.

Not a single boo was heard and the only player that received a bigger cheer than Watson was veteran fullback Percy Montgomery.

Watson was also a popular choice among fans posing for photographs with their favourite players.

He was jeered by a section of the crowd in Sunday’s match against English club side Saracens at Newlands. That followed on last year’s remarks at a rugby festival where he said he had to keep himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey.

His coach, Rassie Erasmus, said after Sunday’s game that true supporters would support the teams he picked.

Watson was delighted on with the reception he and the team got at their party.

“It was wonderful. It was very encouraging after the slight situation on Sunday,” said Watson.

“I did not know what to expect, but the crowd endorsed me as a person. It shows they are Stormers supporters through and through.”

Western Province president Tobie Titus was glad about the positive reception Watson received.

“It was encouraging and I hope it’s a sign that the storm is over,” said Titus.



20 Comments

  • Well let’s hope this issue can be put behind us now. I’m with Rassie on this one all the way.

    His coach, Rassie Erasmus, said after Sunday’s game that true supporters would support the teams he picked.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.01.09 09:17:50 by wpw Reply
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  • “the crowd endorsed me as a person.”

    “It shows they are Stormers supporters through and through.”

    Flippen arrogant that – nobody made you the benchmark of fan loyalty boyo.

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.01.09 09:24:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • hope it’s a sign that the storm is over,” said Titus

    Yeah…I guess the storm is over…unfortunately so are the Stormers…

    …for different reasons off course… :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.01.09 09:36:56 by blckshrk - Go Serena! Reply

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  • I did not know what to expect, but the crowd endorsed me as a person

    Nah dude jy het die kat aan die gat beet. They endorsed you as an acceptable member of the squad.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.01.09 10:00:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : +1

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.01.09 10:14:32 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Well they can boo him as much as they want. Hy het ‘n lat vir sy eie gat geswaai. Just look at the damage he have done to the Stormers Team. Vrekken sure all the SA franchises will stick a poster of this kakhuis on their cloakroom wall to motivate themself.

    Cant wait to hear his reception at the Bull Ring in a few weeks time.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.01.09 10:17:59 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • Are we gonna hear the finalised squad at any stage? or is Luke more important?

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.01.09 10:19:31 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 7) : sorry, that was aimed at stormers/news people, not Sharksworld.

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.01.09 10:19:59 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 8) : Nice one. :grin: Last time I heard Rassie will wait till the last minute, 6 Feb I think.

    Myself think the squad wont differ much with the team that plays vs Boland plus the bench and Schalk + Jantjes.

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.01.09 10:35:51 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • In my mind this piece is pure propaganda. It was posted after 10pm which seems quite desperate to me. I don’t think this article has any merit.

    Personally, I don’t think the rest of the squad deserve this. It is not a good thing for the team. And some are already back to calling him the best 6 in the country? Ugh!

    Ironically, if they had ignored it it would have gone away. Now it is on top the agenda again – is anyone going to learn?

    Personally, I can’t think of a bigger motivation for a team than aiming to pulverise and embarrass Puke Watson, and any team that is gallant enough to start him.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.01.09 10:37:17 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 10) :

    Let the other teams focus on ‘taking Luke out’

    We will take advantage of this and it will allow our game breaker to take it to the opposition… JDV, Kallie Voekie, Ricki, Brits, Jantjes, etc… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.01.09 10:39:31 by wpw Reply
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  • @Frisbee (Comment 10) : You never know what6 happens at the bottom of rucks…the game against the Bulls should be highly entertaining. :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.01.09 10:39:45 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 7) : Rassie will wait till hte last minute

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.01.09 10:44:38 by PJLD Reply
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  • @PJLD (Comment 13) : so they’re having kick off parties announcing some members of the team, but they haven’t announced the squad.

    These Luke articles are starting to get to me. Can we not focus on how the Stormers are going to absolutely thump the Sharks in the opening match?

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.01.09 10:46:32 by molly Reply
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  • All that nonsense talk about taking Luke out will come to nothing, Luke for all his [email protected] put Wikus van Heerden on his gat on Sunday.

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.01.09 10:46:41 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : LOL! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    These Stormers are far cleverer than I give them credit for! That is pure genius.

    *Goes to remove all Watson posters from the changerooms.*

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.01.09 11:03:30 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 15) : Yeah I actually think all the booing could be pretty big motivation. Wouldn’t you want to play good rugby just to spite them? To prove them wrong?

    There are some interesting angles here. For me, the best thing would just be for EVERYBODY to just ignore him. Let the stormers get on with it and don’t pay him any notice – he isn’t worth it.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.01.09 11:05:53 by Frisbee Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 14) :

    If we focused on that there wouldn’t be any articles to post, besides we are a more of a reality type site than a fiction tipe.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.01.09 11:38:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Frisbee (Comment 17) :

    Look, don’t get me wrong… I think Luke is an arrogant twit but he is still a fine rugby player.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.01.09 11:59:41 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : hmmm….

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.01.09 12:04:15 by robdylan Reply
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