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Unacceptable


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 15 Apr 2009 at 09:25
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The muck we are seeing dished up by the Stormers this season is just unacceptable. How can a side with the tradition that comes in the form of Western Province, and the so called professionalism that comes with the Stormers have sunk so low?

And while I only got to play about 8 or 9 games for the WP senior side in the early nineties, I write this not only as the editor of the second biggest sport website in the country, but also as a very angry ex-player who could not wait to get that blue and white hooped jersey on every Saturday.

Tank Lanning writes for Sport 24 that his senior team aspirations were cut short by a neck injury when I was 24, but I played for the U19 side at Craven Week, spent 2 seasons playing every U21 game that was scheduled, spent some great years playing for the WP “B” side, did lots of duty on the senior side bench with chief bench-man Freddie Ferreira, and even got a few caps for the now very non-PC WP League side with the likes of Chester Williams and Tinus Linee.

My blood was blue and white as they like to say in the Danie Craven stand these days, and the two biggest thrills of my life were seeing my name in the side published in the Cape Times on a Tuesday morning having survived a Hennie Bekker and Dawie Snyman “Koppestamp” session in Stellenbosch the previous evening, and running out onto a packed Newlands filled with anticipation. It was just awesome, and something I trained for every single day of my life.

So my questions are minimal and simple. Do the players really want to be there? Is the coach doing as much as he possibly can? Are the players and coach getting the necessary backing from the union?

To my mind, the answer to the above three questions, sadly, is an unequivocal “No”!

If Ricky Januarie and Sireli Naqelevuki stood shirtless next to the likes of Rory Kockett and Joe Rokocoko, would they be proud? In a ship clearly taking on water, can Rassie say that he has tried every combination available to him? For example – Why does he continue with these two fellows, who as the Ozzie commentators so rightly pointed out, “Clearly need a little time at Weigh-Less”? Why continue with the same loose trio week in and week out? Why, after seeing the drama that unfolded in the pre-season game against Saracens when Wicus Blaauw came on to replace an injured Brian Mujati on the tighthead, is Blaauw, quite obviously only a loosehead, still the reserve prop? In a province where the lack of depth clearly lies in the tight five, why did the union spend money on the likes of AJ Venter, Willem de Waal and Wylie Human?

And what is the coach’s obsession with keeping the media away from the squad? Does he have something to hide? It just smacks of paranoia. And now being part of the so called 4th estate, and thus having been in both camps, I can say with the greatest certainty, that the Erasmus approach is the wrong one. And I use the surname on purpose, given that it is side-kick, Frikkie Erasmus’ job to keep us “snoops” at bay. Fifteen minutes into practice, the players having hardly raised a sweat, it’s Erasmus number 2’s job to make sure we are all in our cars heading away from Belville. All no doubt aggrieved and thus more inclined to use the poison induced ink in our pens, rather than the patience induced stuff that might have been there had the camp been remotely accommodating …

So many questions … with not enough answers. This at a time that the side is playing the most turgid rugby ever seen. The ELV’s have not helped anyone, and neither did the diabolical weather in Canberra. But as they say in the cliché classics – it was the same for both sides. The Stormers might have the best defensive record in the tournament, but the supporters are not paying top dollar to watch people tackle! Tries, Rassie, is what we are after. And it’s no wonder the crowd attendances and TV viewership is down. I would rather mow the lawn and sandpaper my window frames than watch this muck!

OK, so I hate those “Moaning Minnie’s” who are happy to moan, but not offer a solution. The season is gone, Rassie is rumoured to be packing his bags at the end of it, so the time has come to experiment a little, surely?

Tank’s “To do” list for the Stormers:

** Find a tighthead to back up Brian Mujati. Anywhere! I do not care what it costs, and I do not care if the guy is so unfit that he has to walk from scrum to scrum. You simply cannot play a game of rugby without a tighthead. Make a frigging plan!

** Start with Tiaan Liebenberg, allow the pack to wear down the opposition a little, and then bring on Schalk Brits and his dancing shoes. The Stormers pack needs more “Mongrel”

** Send AJ Venter back to where he came from. Now! Admit the mistake, kiss the money good bye, and make a call to invest in the future and not the pensions of aging ex rugby players.

** Take a gamble and play Hilton Lobberts at lock. A walking yellow card as a loose forward in Pretoria, you made the call to bring him down to the Cape and retread him as a lock. Do it! It will certainly add to the “Mongrel” of the side, and cannot be worse than Venter.

** Drop Schalk Burger! Yes, you heard me. He is having the worst season imaginable, so why carry on playing him? In fact, this bloody obsession with playing your fetcher as a number 8 can come to an end right now as well. You have a top class number 8 in Duane Vermeulen, and you have potentially the best fetcher in the country, Luke Watson, playing some of the best rugby of his career. Vermeulen at 8, Watson to the ball at 6, and one of the Louw’s as a rangy number 7, like Juan Smith does for the Cheetahs. Another, and more risky option, would be to call up the super talented Kyle Brown from the SA sevens side and play him at 7.

** Play anyone but Januarie at scrumhalf at the moment. The man takes a step before passing – at Super14 level!!! And this Dewaldt Duvenage fellow does not look half bad in any case.

** Settle with Peter Grant, Jean de Villers and Gcobani Bobo. None of them speed merchants, but all very good rugby players that will make good decisions.

** Send Januarie and Naqelevuki to the trim track without pay. Surely there must be fitness requirements that come with being a professional rugby player? Suspend their pay until they meet these requirements. When fit, both could be assets to this squad

Bottom line is that as one of the “Big three” given that the Lions and Cheetahs can no longer be considered anything resembling remotely “Big”, and as a franchise with access to such a splendid amount of rugby talent, the Stormers are letting both themselves and the country down. If this does not serve as a wake up call, then the snooze button may as well be permanently engaged …



62 Comments

  • Once you get past Lanning’s CV then he actually makes some pretty good points.

    Will the Erasmi listen though?

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.04.09 09:28:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Tank seems upset.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.04.09 09:36:24 by McLovin Reply
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  • What makes it so infuriating is that what dear Tank is suggesting doesn’t take much brain power to figure out.

    But somehow the Erasmi and/or the administrators can’t/won’t figure it out.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.04.09 09:40:26 by McLovin Reply
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  • ha ha ha… gotta love it.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.04.09 09:42:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : you been on holiday?

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.04.09 09:42:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    Yeah…the CV part was a bit :roll: …but he’s making sense.

    The Stormers have had…and kept…the same problems since their first match…and yet they expect to turn the results around?

    No tight 5, no “ScHULK”, no WINGS… and Ricki is also not on top of his game. All in all, they are not a rugby team…

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.04.09 09:43:01 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • Rocket clearly spends a LOT of time in the gym, though… wouldn’t think his chiselled torso is really a realistic target for the average player to aim at…

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.04.09 09:43:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well said Tank.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.04.09 09:46:59 by Claytie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    He he…Tank went from one extreme to another…but it was effective enough to get his point across…

    Ricki and Kalie Woekie are fat…pass it on! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.04.09 09:48:06 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : I wish. Taken down by a vicious flu bug. :evil:

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.04.09 09:49:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • At least he can’t come in for any form of criticism, he’s played the game at a similar level and now writes about it.

    But big changes are needed down south.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.04.09 09:56:26 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Average?

    What is average about Januarie? He is the current Bok back-up half, you don’t make average players into Springboks.

    In the past we 9some of us) accepted that januarie would start the season off a little overweight and then trim down soon enough. Where is that trimming down this season?

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.04.09 09:57:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Not very nice laughing at the laughing stocks of SA Rugby, Rassie has been found out and again it was a case of him getting a top coaching job before he was ready, yes he has done some unusual things and brought innovation to his teams, but if you don’t know what Dannie Craven said all those years ago (First person you pick is your tight head and the second is the tight head reserve) and don’t heed this advice then the Stormers, are what you get. I am a Lion’s supporter for my sins and the old cliché about people in glass house, rings true, but the lions do not have the talent that the Stormers have and lets hope he does not come up here, when poor old Loffie gets turfed.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.04.09 10:01:52 by Whindy Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    I don’t think he meant average in terms of skill…more like body sculpture. :smile:

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.04.09 10:06:11 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) :
    Don’t worry…he’s going to the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.04.09 10:08:04 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 15) : Good spot for him, he did well there!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.04.09 10:10:20 by Whindy Reply
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  • To all my fellow Stormers supporters out there (read Claytie and McLovin) :???:

    No need to fret.

    Rassie has called up Brok Harris!!! Oh my word I can hardly hide my excitement!! :roll:

    Wellington – Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is waiting to assess the Super 14 match readiness of Brok Harris before finalising his team for Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes in Wellington.

    Harris is still en route to New Zealand to serve as back-up to Springbok Brian Mujati, who remains highly unlikely to play after he was concussed in the match against the Brumbies in Canberra last weekend.

    Harris was due to arrive late on Wednesday NZ time, which would mean Erasmus will only get a chance to judge his readiness for action at training on Thursday.

    According to Stormers media manager Frikkie Erasmus, speaking from Wellington on Wednesday morning, the Stormers management will be releasing a team to fit into the protocols demanded by the Super 14 stipulations, but a final decision on who will take the field will only be made on Thursday.

    Apart from the uncertainty over tighthead, there is also an injury doubt over lock Adriaan Fondse, whose chances or playing are rated as 50/50 three days out from the match.

    However, Erasmus confirmed that there will be a good few changes from the side that lost to the Brumbies, with Hilton Lobberts and Dewald Duvenage getting their first Stormers starts in Wellington, while Tiaan Liebenberg will be wearing the No 2 hooker jersey for the first time this season.

    The news from the Hurricanes camp is that Piri Weepu is expected to return from injury to play flyhalf with loose-forward Scott Waldrom also back in the mix after serving a suspension.

    Probable Stormers starting team:

    Conrad Jantjes, Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Hilton Lobberts, Adriaan Fondse/AJ Venter, Brok Harris/Wicus Blaauw, Tiaan Liebenberg, JD Moller.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.04.09 10:24:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) : Lions at least have a capable scrum. Gert Muller is a pretty handy tighthead and there’s Ross Geldenhuys lurking around somewhere as well

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.04.09 10:31:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : bad to worse.

    You recovered from last night’s game yet?

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.04.09 10:34:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : The Brok is back. All’s well. :mrgreen: :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.04.09 10:35:16 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : and Ricky has been dropped

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.04.09 10:47:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rassie obviously read this article… he has picked Duvenage ahead of Ricky, Lobberts ahead of AJ, Liebenberg ahead of Brits…

    He clearly missed the tighthead part

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.04.09 10:48:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    Of course.

    Thanks for sending me blackshark’s cell no btw!!! :evil:

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.04.09 10:56:01 by wpw Reply
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  • This article by Lanning is mostly correct.
    However, although WP and its tradition when the amateur era prevailed was synonomous with success I think the same cant be said for them as professionals – they just havent been a great professional union.

    I also want to question where Mr Lanning and his fellow journalists have been when the exact points he is bringing up have been raised by countless bloggers for weeks already. One would expect that the ex players would be the first to notice the problems butall that Lanning has written has already been noted by wpw, claytie, mcLovin and countless others.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.04.09 10:59:23 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Manchester United players dominate the nominees to be crowned PFA Players’ Player of the Year, with five of the six contenders hailing from the current Premier League leaders.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.04.09 10:59:51 by Rahul Reply

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  • :oops: wrong thread :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.04.09 11:00:12 by Rahul Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    That is the ‘probable’ team. We all know Rassie loves to surprise everyone, even himself. :wink:

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.04.09 11:01:01 by wpw Reply
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  • Nice article, makes me feel better about being so bitter/angry. The stormers are testing my supportability.

    I’ve read some reports stating that Burger has actually been playing quite decently the last few weeks. Is he really that bad?

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.04.09 11:01:15 by molly Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 13) :
    I predict, and hope, that the Lions supporter base is ready to swell with the type of rugby they are playing and with afew more results going their way.

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  • @Rahul (Comment 25) : @Rahul (Comment 26) :

    :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.04.09 11:03:59 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) :

    Dude, you could’ve aske ME , you know… :twisted:

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.04.09 11:05:13 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 26) :
    Do you want to know what was on MM last night? :wink:

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.04.09 11:05:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : things i hate about you?

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.04.09 11:06:52 by Rahul Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 28) :

    ‘supportability’

    Does that word exist?? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.04.09 11:06:58 by wpw Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 32) : 10 things… damn num lock :oops:

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.04.09 11:07:59 by Rahul Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 31) :

    I only asked last night when the game already started.

    I only have Rob’s number though!! :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.04.09 11:08:13 by wpw Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 28) : Your pic; “2009: Year of the Stormer” is a bit outdated. Shows plenty of promise but a failure to deliver.

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.04.09 11:10:07 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 35) :
    Are you calling me a damn dumb lock? :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.04.09 11:10:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 37) : Well, it was a vision in a storm :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.04.09 11:12:46 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 37) : I was actually about to change it, but I can’t find the original…
    2009: The year the stormers disappointed… AGAIN.

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.04.09 11:15:10 by molly Reply
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  • :mrgreen: @Salmonoid (Comment 38) : Not if you’re really a lock… I look up to locks

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.04.09 11:19:41 by Rahul Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 41) :
    No, Im not a lock, but I used to be one. :smile:

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.04.09 11:24:01 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 42) : Scary enough, Sir :wink:

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.04.09 11:26:58 by Rahul Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Seems he’s being ‘rested’. :roll: :lol:

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.04.09 11:38:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 44) : Must be tiring carrying that boep around. :twisted:

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.04.09 11:39:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : maybe they though it was too simple to be true

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.04.09 11:42:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) :
    That Probable team is close but not spot on.

    Here is the official team.

    Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean De Villiers (captain), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Adriaan Fondse, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brian Mujati/Wicus Blaauw, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller.
    Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Brok Harris, 18 AJ Venter, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Dylan des Fountain

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.04.09 11:45:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : januarie is very inconsistent from absolute horror to some (rather few moments of) brilliance –
    maybe he is not motivated to do well now but will pick up his game for springboks.
    i do not see many motivated stormers players anyway

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.04.09 11:46:28 by rekinek Reply
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  • @strech neck (Comment 46) : Like the Sharks vs cheetahs/reds

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.04.09 11:46:51 by Rahul Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 48) :

    As long as it’s his game that picks up and not his weight. :wink:

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.04.09 11:48:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Rahul (Comment 49) : what did you call me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.04.09 11:52:34 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 50) : maybe the weight would stop hime from making steps before passing :roll:

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.04.09 11:54:03 by rekinek Reply
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  • Burger, Louw, Vermeulen, with Watson from the bench… the only combo to win a game this season…

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.04.09 12:11:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • And no mention of a huge handicap in the season… a 15 that cannot join the line, pass, or kick anything other than his ‘not high enough’ up-n-unders…

    Compare Goose-step to Kirchner and Stefan… how many tries has he set up, how many has he scored… NADA!

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.04.09 12:15:30 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 54) : He has gone the same way as all the lion deserters they shon at the Lions now look at them BIG JOE, BRITZ, MUJATI,JANUARIE AND JANTIES. should have stayed put, but no lets go and have a jawl in CT and the rugby has suffered!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.04.09 12:27:35 by Whindy Reply
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  • Januaries game dropped while at the Lions, Jantjes job at the Lions was to kick the ball as far as possible, his job now is to kick it as high as possible.

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.04.09 12:41:19 by Claytie Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 51) :
    He called me dumb earlier, should we do something about it?

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.04.09 13:03:26 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 55) : its easy to shine in a team of average Joe’s.

    Geez, but do I really hate that old stale argument. What is it again? “Western Province, the place where players go to end their career”

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.04.09 13:25:41 by molly Reply
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  • Tank’s right. As per the other thread: institutionalised thinking!! Thats what Rassie suffers from. He won’t even dream of dropping certaie “TEST” players. Some players become institutions in a team!

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.04.09 13:52:41 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 57) : keep referring to him as a dudette :mrgreen:

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.04.09 14:15:32 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 60) :
    Will do, dude.

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.04.09 15:04:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • bloody useless team cost me a lms life. i hope they finish last. bunch of headless chickens.

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