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Blaauw falls for Rassie’s Stats

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 25 Mar 2009 at 07:00
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Stormers loosehead prop forward, Wicus Blaauw, says the perception that the Cape franchise has a weak tight five is a myth.

Adnaan Mohamed writes for Son newspaper that since the injury to the regular Stormers loosehead, JD Moller, Blaauw has risen to the challenge and now wants to make the number one jersey his own.

The Stormers come up against the defending champions, the Crusaders, in a crucial Super14 clash in New Zealand on Saturday.

“I think our tight forwards have held their own against every side we have come up against thus far in the competition. There has always been a perception that the Stormers achilles heal is their tight five, but the statistics prove the contrary,” the 22-year old said from his hotel room in Christchurch on Monday.

Last year Blaauw was part of the Stormers squad that toured Australasia, but he did not earn a cap.

With JD Moller out injured, Blaauw has stepped up to the challenge and aims to make the position his own. Even though Moller has recovered from his injury, Blaauw has done well and he should get the nod ahead of his more experienced team-mate.

“Even though I did not get any game time on tour last year, it was nevertheless a great learning experience for me. Now I know exactly what to expect,”’ Blaauw said confidently.

According to the prop who is 1.86 meter tall and tips the scales at 120 kg, he will have to work even harder to hold on to his spot in the team. Moller is an experience prop who has played 54 matches for Western Province and already has 36 Super 14 caps under his belt.

“I know JD and I are competing for the same position, we are great buddies off the field. . We have a great team spirit going. Competition is always healthy and it will just encourage everyone to lift their game,” added Blaauw.


  • This guy has a lot of potential.

    Much better talent than the overrated JD Moller.

    I wonder how these guys get contracts at WP.

    JD, Schalk Ferreira and Brok Harris are so out of their depth and yet they have been playing for WP and the Stormers year in and year out.

    I wish Rassie would buy some decent props.

    JC Kritzinger and Blaauw look like they have bright futures but we need a few more experienced props.

    Why not sign Heinke or CJ??? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.03.09 07:27:55 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    I agree, he is certainly a LOT better than Moller, he won’t have to work toooooooo hard to claim the Jersey as his own.

    But he seems a little on the “prop” side when it comes to intelligence. Why has he gone and used Rassie’s “our Stats are good” line? :???:

    Either NOT to bright or paid to say that. :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.03.09 07:34:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • This guys grandpa, Bokkie, used to lecture me at maties and was also know to speak a lot of sh#t. Must be the weakest frontrow they have ever had. I admire Rassie in his forward thinking, but it all starts in the frontrow and always will, no ball no points!! If he sorts that out, he will have a good team, but he has yet to work that one out

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.03.09 07:36:01 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :

    Rassie thinks he is still in the lovely OFS where props and other peoples wives throw themsleves at you :wink:

    He hasn’t realised that in CT you have to BUY props they don’t just appear around everycorner..

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.03.09 07:46:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    maybe he is just sucking up to Rassie in order to get selected?? :wink:

    I don’t know why these guys say such stupid things… it must be the influence of the Media Manager.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.03.09 07:51:10 by wpw Reply
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  • Wicus has either missed all the after game video sessions or the Stormers management uses photo shop to make it look as if their scrum is actually going forward.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.03.09 07:58:47 by Loosehead Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    Who also happens to be an Erasmus. :wink:

    I HAD to laugh out loud at this little piece in the Volksblad. :lol:

    Gaan dit regtig so sleg met VS-rugby?

    Hendrik Cronjé

    Bloemfontein. – Ja, die Vodacom-Cheetahs se vertonings in die Super 14-reeks is nie na wense nie. Maar dit is ook nie veel slegter as wat die geval die vorige drie jare was nie.

    Want die Cheetahs kon ook nie vir twee seisoene onder Rassie Erasmus (almal weet hoe goeie afrigter hy is) ‘n sege oorsee behaal nie.

    Ja, daar is sekere dinge wat Naka Drotské sal moet regstel. Soos byvoorbeeld sy span se taktiese skopwerk. Volgens my is dit die grootste enkele rede waarom die Cheetahs nie vanjaar ‘n sege kon behaal nie.

    En natuurlik bly ek by my standpunt dat ons agterlangs te min spelbrekers van Super 14-gehalte het. Ek sê daarmee nie ons het swak agterspelers nie. Maar ons het nie spelbrekers soos die meerderheid ander spanne het nie.

    Hier en daar was daar ‘n probleem met dissipline. En hier en daar is daar swak verdedig en was die afronding nie altyd na wense nie. Maar enige span ondervind soms probleme met afronding, verdediging en dissipline – dit is nie dat daar ‘n krisis daaroor bestaan nie.

    Gaan dit daarom regtig so sleg met Vrystaat-rugby?

    My antwoord is nee – of kan ek dalk oor die volgende twee dae verkeerd bewys word. Ek sou wel sê dat daar nou sekere foute reggestel moet word. Maar daar is nog baie hoop vir die toekoms.

    Redes waarom ek sê dit gaan nie so sleg nie, is:

    * Omdat die Vrystaat-Cheetahs skaars 6 maande gelede nog in die halfeindstryd van die Curriebeker gespeel het - dit nadat ons ‘n tweede uittog van spelers gehad het en aan drie 18-jariges blootstelling teen die hardebaarde gegee het.

    * Die Vrystaatse Vodacombeker-span het in die eindstryd gespeel en is daar deur Jenny Bentel as ‘n televisieskeidsregter beroof.

    * Die Vrystaatse o.21-span het naelskraap in die eindstryd van die nasionale o.21-liga verloor.

    * Vrystaat het in die nie-amptelike eindstryd van die Cravenweek gespeel.

    * En Vrystaat se o.19-span was ook in 2008 se uitkloprondes betrokke.

    So gaan dit regtig so sleg? Ja, daar moet sekere dinge in die Super 14-reeks aangespreek word. Maar alles is nie nou verkeerd nie.

    Ek meen die mense dink te veel met emosie. Spreek die dinge aan wat verkeerd is en stel dit reg. Want dit bly steeds totaal onaanvaarbaar dat ons nog nie oorsee kon wen nie. Maar behou perspektief.

    * Dit is belangrik om altyd albei kante van ‘n saak aan te hoor. Harold Verster kry vanaand kans om sy kant van die saak te stel – ons gaan dan al jul harde vrae reguit aan hom stel. Ons gaan ook môre met Naka Drotské praat om eerstehands te verduidelik waarom ons nog segeloos in die Super 14-is.

    Eers dan kan ons ‘n werklike objektiewe besluit neem oor hoe groot die fout in Vrystaat-rugby is. Miskien is dit groter as wat ‘n mens dink – of hopelik is dit iets wat betyds reggestel kan word.

    Iemand het ‘n baie interessante opmerking op Womf gemaak. Dit is of die spelers die afrigter maak? En of die afrigter die spelers maak? Dit is nogal ‘n goeie opmerking – veral in Frans Ludeke se geval.

    Hy is deur die Lions weggejaag omdat hy nie goed genoeg was nie. Nou is hy uiters suksesvol by die Bulls en Ludeke se span is nog onoorwonne in die Super 14.

    Kyk selfs na Rassie Erasmus. As afrigter van die Cheetahs kon hy geen Super 14-wedstryd oorsee wen nie. Toe gaan Rassie Stormers toe en hy wen verlede jaar verskeie wedstryde op ‘n streep as Stormer-afrigter. Hoe verduidelik ‘n mens dit? Dit laat ‘n mens wonder oor bogenoemde twee vrae…..

    Kom ons besluit daarom eers na vandag en môre se onderhoude hoe groot die fout werklik is.


    I have bolded the sections where I realised that this was intended to be a humourous piece. :roll:

    The rest of the Country is realising Rassie is a fraud and the OFS boys still think he is a great coach.

    Then he goes on to say things are not really that bad!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?! And Why does he believe that? oh well because it WAS reasonable a few months ago????????? Dude Wake up. Your Rugby is suffering BIG time and to say it WAS okay 6 months ago only makes us realise that the OFS IS a historic village.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.03.09 07:59:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark (Comment 4) Province still live in a dream world, they are so far behind the Sharks and Bulls, in terms of development and attracting talent. Everybody knew in the old days that if you wanted to become a Bok, the easiest path was via Maties, but Doc Craven no longer rules Rugby, so there are other options and they no longer get the cream of the crop, but sometimes I think they still need to find this out :grin:

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.03.09 08:01:27 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) : :smile:

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.03.09 08:03:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) :

    I think the comment he made about Rassie being a great coach might just be sarcasm.

    To me it seems as if they are still bitter towards Rassie for leaving his hometown in order to coach the enemy.

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.03.09 08:10:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 8) :

    And this coming from a Lions supporter. :shock: :wink:

    I reckon we have enough talent here in CT, i just think the selectors and coaches pick players based on family connections, etc.

    How many players have played for WP if their uncle’s or fathers played for the union???

    While this is taking place we are losing all our talented youngsters to the Bulls and other provinces. :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.03.09 08:11:59 by wpw Reply
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  • Yes Blaauw… your tight 4 has not done badly against the rest of team’s tight 5…

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.03.09 08:20:03 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Stormers T5 hasn’t done great, but they have improved a tad.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.09 08:32:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) : Wes, you probably watched one game all season.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.09 08:47:08 by Claytie Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) :

    A compliment from BF. :shock:

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.09 08:48:04 by wpw Reply
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  • @Claytie (Comment 14) :

    What are you talking about bru??? :???:

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.09 08:49:24 by wpw Reply
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  • Why don’t they have a nice hot cup of STFU and win some games. Don’t tell me your stats are good or you can bench 200 gazillion grams – win the freeking game. Its the scoreboard Rassie, the scoreboard. That counts.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.03.09 08:51:40 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 17) : +1

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.03.09 08:54:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • It is common in SA Rugby when coaches or players are on the defensive, they refer to stats – everyone does this.

    Stats will show the Bulls do not play ‘boring’ rugby because they score as many tries as the next team.

    Stats will show the Lions are not that bad as a lot of games is lost by one moment of stupidity or a mistake or a bad ref call.

    Stats will show that the Sharks are the best Super rugby team yet they have never won the title.

    Stats will show the Stormers tight 5 is actually on par with any other team yet they never win crucial battles and games up-front and always end up mid-table.

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.03.09 09:03:33 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) :

    Stats will show that the Sharks are the best Super rugby team yet they have never won the title.


  • Comment 20, posted at 25.03.09 09:10:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) : And those who believe and quote them should have to buy the rounds :grin:

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.03.09 09:19:14 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 21) :

    Absolutely! ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.03.09 09:37:18 by Morné Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 21) : @Morné (Comment 22) : blerrie one-track minded Capies :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.03.09 10:01:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 19) :

    Stats will show the Bulls do not play ‘boring’ rugby because they score as many tries as the next team.

    Only for the first two games. :wink: Thereafter they have scored 1 try per game :sad:

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.03.09 10:25:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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