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Crusaders Bulk up, Bulls wait

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 18 May 2009 at 06:41
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While the Bulls await the outcome of the two judicial hearings against centre JP Nel and lock Bakkies Botha on Monday and are holding thumbs that star centre Wynand Olivier will be fit for Saturday’s Super 14 semifinal clash against the Crusaders, the New Zealanders have added three fit-again players to their squad for the trip to Pretoria.

SAPA reports that utility back Colin Slade, prop Ben Franks and lock Brad Thorn are among the 24-man Crusaders squad that departed for South Africa on Sunday, while prop Bronson Murray of the match-22 that beat the Blues on Saturday has been left at home.

The inclusion of the trio will add considerable experience and quality to the defending champions.

Franks has recovered from foot surgery – and has not played since March 7, which could be a risk in the light of match fitness, especially with the match at altitude.

Thorn didn’t play this weekend because of a tight hamstring, but has been recovering well and will be fit for the semi-final. Slade has recovered from an ankle ligament injury.

The Crusaders, who departed for South Africa on Sunday, didn’t suffer any major injuries against the Blues.

Crusaders squad: (24 players)
Wyatt Crockett, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Jason Macdonald, Daniel Perrin, Brad Thorn, Isaac Ross, Michael Paterson, Ross Filipo, Kieran Read, Thomas Waldrom, Richie McCaw, George Whitelock, Andy Ellis, Kahn Fotuali’i, Stephen Brett, Colin Slade, Hamish Gard, Ryan Crotty, Tim Bateman, Sean Maitland, Leon MacDonald, Jared Payne, Adam Whitelock.

Sharksworld Note: The Judicial hearings will be held in Pretoria today.


  • Personally I think if Bakkies gets a suspensions then SA must stop moaning about the foreigners screwing us, because we will be screwing ourselves.

    No way he deserves a suspension for that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.05.09 06:48:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : on the fact that he has priors in this comp. and rory’s wasn’t any worse (and he was red carded), he should get at least two weeks. it would be just. favouritism will be called if he doesn’t.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.05.09 07:17:16 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply
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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 2) :

    Rory’s was no worse????????

    I don’t agree, Rory’s was a solid swinging KLAP to the nose, Bakkies’ was nothing more than a shove to the face.

    I agree his suspension earlier in the season may bite him in the arse but hope it doesn’t. He shouldn’t have been cited in the first place IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.05.09 07:25:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : look at the size difference between bakkies and rory. a full chuck norris round house kick by rory is the equivalent of a leg flex by bakkies. so force wise bakkies was the equivalent of rory’s.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.05.09 07:29:29 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply
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  • @try time (history forgets losers) (Comment 4) : :smile:

    then if we Compare the reaction of the players who were shoved / klapped that Kankowski must be a MONSTER of a man for hardly reacting, Either that or Thompson must be a girl for falling flat on his arse. :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.05.09 07:35:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : yeah, thompson is a kiwi, they are a bunch of drama queens. :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.05.09 07:37:50 by try time (history forgets losers) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Thompson, milked that klap big time I had a look at the you tube again, although young Rory did not exactly hit him from the front either. It warrants at least an Oscar nomination though :grin:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.05.09 08:36:20 by Whindy Reply
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  • I hope Bakkies is not suspended – for the goof of SA and also cos it wasn’t worth a lay-off.

    My beef is with Joubert, and his scandalised tone with the Rory smack and mere penalty in this match.

    Consistency, wanker!

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.05.09 08:48:30 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 8) : I still reckon that Joubert did not see that Rory had his hand open, because he said it was a vicious punch, which it never was, just a clap, that looked a lot worse because he took a swing and Thompson dived backwards, he should have got a yellow for diving :mad:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.05.09 08:53:49 by Whindy Reply
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  • @Whindy (Comment 9) :

    had it been the olympics he may have got a gold for diving. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.05.09 08:55:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Doesn’t Bakkies ever learn? He has just come back from suspension for slapping Waugh, and what does he do? repeats offence. I think the fact that he is know as a repeat offender will get him.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.05.09 08:56:12 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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