Hertford Highlander

Brits’ inclusion an absolute disgrace


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 1 Jul 2011 at 01:19
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Have I missed something here with the Brits inclusion in the Stormers 22 man squad for the biggest game of the season to date?

This controversy started when the Stormers lost loose forwards Duane Vermeulen and Pieter Louw with injury and South African under-20 player Siya Kolisi (who was apparently injured when mugged near his Cape Town home last weekend). I can here Pat Lam saying ‘So what’! – sit down Pat and tell Mr Hickey to calm down as well…..and Pat can you answer that phone it’s Ewen, tell him to get in line I’m busy at the minute.

Firstly, well done to Mr Coetzee for coming up with such a ridiculous request that if it had come across my desk or just about any other desk in world rugby it would have been laughed out of the office – and quickly followed up with a swift ‘Don’t be so cheeky’ email and a stern phone call – but not our brothers at SANZAR, somehow they have aloud this sham to happen – and as I hear the laughter in the air and the typewriters blazing away – I know we haven’t heard the end of it.

SANZAR rubber stamped Brits’ inclusion on the proviso that he doesn’t play hooker and that he can only be employed as a loose forward – which again seems absolutely bizarre.

My biggest concern is not with Brits scoring the winning try in extra time against the Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday and then repeating the feat the following week up in Brisbane. Or Brits holding SANZAR’s new trophy above is head, for me that just makes good copy and I say well done to him and the Stormers management.

My real concern is the confidence of the other 14 Super rugby franchises in SANZAR being totally lost. They (SANZAR) have left the door wide open by setting this precedent. If I was Pat Lam, Chris Hickey or Ewen McKenzie I would be spitting sparks at this decision. All season they have been ravaged by injury in key positions and have somewhat blindly been forced to dig within their squads, wider training groups, club rugby and just about anywhere inside their franchise to find replacements. They have been very creative and self-sufficient and must be applauded for these efforts.

This weekend the sight of seventh choice lock Chris Lowrey in the Blues scrum on Saturday night in the other semi-final should have the SANZAR rubber stamp brigade squirming in their comfy chairs.

Chris Hickey must also look back and think ‘What was I thinking’? as he reflects on the efforts of John Ulugia last weekend in the play-offs when he could not hit a barn door while he contemplated if to bring on Elvis Taione who had never played any Super rugby to oppose Keven Mealamu.

In short Schalk Brits has no place in this year’s 2011 Superugby competition. He turned his back on this competition as soon as he headed off for the bright lights of Southsafricarcens sorry Saracens several seasons back.

While it’s neither his fault nor the fault of the Stormers team or Stormers administration, SANZAR have made an absolute fool of themselves with this decision and could end up with egg on their face – if not this weekend or next, then maybe next season.

SANZAR do have a difficult job administering a competition between three different countries, countries that all have their own agendas and reasons for doing things. However they have got this one horribly wrong and I do feel sorry for all those coaches and administrators that have been misled this season into thinking that they couldn’t bring in ‘Ring-In’s’ – seemed all they had to do was ask.



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  • I hear what you are saying, however he has been selected out of position. It has been stipulated that he may not play hooker, unless I suppose the 2x selected were injured and that prevented uncontested scrums. So seeing the Blues are short of locks they coulp probably consider getting Hayman to return to fill the gap?? :lol: So there is probably a precedent :mrgreen: being created, but I don’t see that Brits can bring anything extra to this game playing at flank. However I can still be proved wrong. I see Toddy is having a rant on The Stuff website! Maybe you compared notes?

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.11 04:19:01 by Dynamite Reply
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  • It does reek but SANZAR has failed in all departments. Non-neutral refereeing, conference system, citing process etc. Am I mistaken or was there no punishment for throwing punches this year?

    SANZAR = circus clowns.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.11 05:16:09 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • @King Shark – Kanko at 12! (Comment 2) :

    I have just been looking at the officials for the Stormers v Saders match, in such important fixtures they are just setting themselves up! IMHO, imagine if McCaw gets a RED inside the first minute. :oops:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.11 05:22:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Flip HH where were you when I needed you. I was waging a lone battle on this a few nights ago.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.11 05:56:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : And before everyone tells me “This is the same as Michalak being allowed to play for the Sharks”

    NO it is not.

    Michalak played 3 pool games before playing in the play-off and is on a 1year contract with the Sharks.

    Brits is a ringer brought in JUST for the play-offs who will then be on his merry way back to the mud island as soon as the Stormers are knocked out.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.07.11 06:04:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : Sorry Andre I sort of missed it really have been too busy trying to get my head around this ITM Cup Draw coming up….a lot of games in a short space of time.

    Re Brits …. yeah this could get messy a bit like these SANZAR official appointments ….. could it all just set up a great battle in the RWC semi final :lol:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.07.11 06:06:10 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    I don’t think this will be allowed to happen again… surely! :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.11 06:07:40 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) : I think they gave Bryce the SR final because they are hoping he won’t be allowed to ref the RWC final. :wink:

    As it turns out, he may well be a neutral ref for the final. :razz: I hope not though.

    Go the Blues. Put one over the shackle draggers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.07.11 06:12:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 7) : They have sort of set a precedent by allowing it to happen though.

    What will SANZAR do if he DOES play hooker?
    Give the result to the Saders? won’t happen.
    Fine the Stormers? A fine is easy to deal with if the trophy will still have their name on it.

    Is the ref going to be told to police this? :lol:

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.07.11 06:18:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :

    Actually you ref’s are not as stupid as we all think.

    He will be neutral, won’t he!

    Can’t see the Blues getting anywhere near the shackle draggers. :cry:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.07.11 06:18:21 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    I have been thinking that, they won’t be able to take the result away from them – docking them 12 points for next season would work. :twisted:

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.07.11 06:20:20 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • IMO it is silly of Stormers – guy who has not played with team for the long time , now coming into unfamiliar position – weird :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.07.11 07:04:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • Professional sport is a dog eat dog world, the men from the mountain saw a gap, and took it faster than they would have taken Brad Pitt had he dropped the soap in the shower (gee, these “all Stormers are gay” jokes just don’t get old, do they? :mrgreen: ). So kudos to the Stormers for manipulating the system to their advantage.

    Personally I don’t think what they did is right or honourable, but I guess it’s a case of hate the game, not the player. After all, I’m not at all convinced I would have felt as outraged had the Sharks pulled a similar move and loaned Ruan Pienaar for one game.

    SANZAR has dropped the ball though, and unless they act decisively in future could have a big ol’ can of worms on their hands.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.11 07:35:01 by Culling Song Reply
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  • If the Super Rugby rules don’t stop this, it is totally fair. Well done Stormers. SA tournaments limit players that can play in the playoffs. If the Aussies forgot to do this in their competition, then well done Stormers for spotting this and using it. It will be changed by next season though, the Aussies and Kiwis hate being outsmarted by Africans. :LOL:

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.07.11 07:51:28 by waje Reply

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  • Lets be fair, this new Super Rugby format only benefitted one country, so hats off to the Stormers for finding ways to make it suit them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.07.11 07:53:01 by waje Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    I must say the older you get the more bitter you’re becoming.

    Whether the Sharks signed Michalak for 3 years or ten means nothing.

    The Sharks signed him as their THIRD CHOICE scrumhalf and he didn’t play one game there. All of a sudden he is starting ahead of their first choice flyhalf. What a joke!!

    The Stormers made a wise decision considering all the injuries to our loose forwards.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.07.11 08:06:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) :

    He actually played loose forward for us quite a few times in the recent past. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.07.11 08:07:46 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) :

    Good luck for the weekend! ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.07.11 08:11:06 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Look there are a lot of arguments for players needing to play a certain number of Pool games to qualify for Playoff games and the argument that the youngsters in the frnachise are being overlooked etc. At the end of the day the sport is professional and the business should be allowed to use which ever employees it has a contract with and are able to play. Simple as that. If other teams dont like it, go play club rugby where it is amateur.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.11 08:13:15 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 14) : The tournament does not allow players who have not played 4 pool games to play in the play-offs.

    The Stormers asked for special dispensation and it was given.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.07.11 08:18:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Exactly the same as the Sharks signing the frog I’m afraid.

    Just because one had been signed for a longer time period makes no difference.

    Both players were brought into the comp under the same SANZAR ruling. :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.07.11 08:20:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • Well its very unlikely that a player from the bench will swing the entire game on his own while not having played with the team for some years. Having said that, what are they thinking?

    I can understand using a player from your native country as a replacement that has played in the alternative competitions in said country. But allowing a player that is not even playing in the same hemisphere is rediculous. Also he is on loan for the two games only! Many would say the same can be said for Freddy playing for the sharks but at least he has been contracted to the squad not only for the remainder of the super rugby comp but also the remainder of the year. A true replacement in the squad.

    Brits has no business playing for the stormers this weekend, BUT I hope he scores a hat trick of tries and wins both the semi and final for the Stormers. Maybe SANZAR will wake up then and you will hear the ausies and NZ complaining about it for years to come.

    HAHAHAHAHAH :twisted:

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.07.11 08:20:39 by Viking Reply
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  • Honestly – would such an outcry be made if the ‘Saders had done this…Todd is just bitter because he thought he was being sneaky in the way he managed his “marquee” player Richie Maccaw to come in on the “business end” of the tournament, and now Allistar has out foxed him. No doubt SANZAR will close this loop hole now. Congrats to the Stormers for being the ones to take advantage of it.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.07.11 08:22:29 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Then if there is a loop hole use it. I am sure other teams would have if they had thought of it. I still think it is fair. If they broke the tournament rules then other teams could feel aggrieved, but there is nothing wrong here. I don’t see that rule being in place next year though.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.07.11 08:25:20 by waje Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 16) :
    Have that cup of coffee and then comeback.

    The Sharks would have been negotiating with Michalak for a period before he joined and it is a long term contract. We did not try and sneak the guy in for the play-offs, it is as clear as daylight that The Sharks’ motives weren’t anything underhanded.

    As for the stormers it’s as clear as daylight that theirs are.
    Can Hilton Lobberts who has plenty of Superrugby experience not be used? No let’s bring in a ringer.

    Please show me somewhere where the Sharks said they signed him as a scrumhalf, let alone a 3rd choice scrumhalf?

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.07.11 08:26:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 23) : We always complain about being hard done by SANZAR when it comes to citings and rulings. I guess this is one for the SA side. Possibly the first one :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.07.11 08:26:50 by Viking Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : 3 or 4 times, 3 years ago qualifies as unfimiliar to me.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.07.11 08:28:34 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Nothing stopping the Reds using it next week, if they make the final. The Reds have some serious holes that need filling.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.07.11 08:28:47 by waje Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Freddy was allowed to play based on being the backup scrum half. Or at least that is how I understood it. That does not mean that we had to put him on the bench. It only means that we have to use him if Charl got injured. But I fully agree with what you say.

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.07.11 08:29:33 by Viking Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) : Sharks & Stormers motives were exactly the same. Sign the best player you can.

    Were there no other fly/scrumhalves left in KZN? Surely there must be a club player or youngster they could have used?

    What’s good for the goose…. :smile:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.07.11 08:30:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 23) : Yeah!!! damn sneaky Crusaders, making McCaw undergo surgery on his foot as part of ellaborate plan to rest him for later in the season.

    kick them out of the tournament I say.

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.07.11 08:32:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 26) : Exactly – so we should enjoy it whilst we can, as I dont think it will happen in again in a hurry :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.07.11 08:33:02 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : Maccaw was fit to play weeks agao….

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.07.11 08:34:11 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 32) : I think we were allowed one for the year and it hasn’t been used yet. Call it the SA Conference Mulligan :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 01.07.11 08:35:18 by Viking Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 30) : :) except we wanted to sign ours for purposes other than getting through the play-offs and we wanted to sign him almost a month before we even knew we were in the play-offs.

    The Stormers on the otherhand needed a ringer and rang Brits.

    May he get a red card as he makes his 1st tackle.

  • Comment 35, posted at 01.07.11 08:37:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Dude, lets escelate the situation. May he rather score the winning try!!!! :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 01.07.11 08:39:56 by Viking Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) : It’s horrible I know but if you look at the Sharks vs Saders match there were 4 NZ refs as well and Brycie didn’t help the case either. They should really get back to completely neutral refs in future.

  • Comment 37, posted at 01.07.11 08:43:35 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 36) : :mrgreen: and then get red carded for punching a player who dived on him after he scored the try.

  • Comment 38, posted at 01.07.11 08:43:50 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • :roll:

  • Comment 39, posted at 01.07.11 08:47:49 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 35) : Sharks signed a high profile player to join them at the back-end of the tournament. Just because it happened a month earlier makes no difference.

    A ringer would have been a high profile loose forward picked to start the match. Not a hooker picked on the bench to provide loose forward cover.

    Or signing a high profile flyhalf to play flyhalf for you, say like Michalak perhaps? Now that’s a ringer. :twisted:

  • Comment 40, posted at 01.07.11 08:50:39 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : Nou praat jy my taal :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 01.07.11 08:51:00 by Viking Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : you make it sound like the Stormers were kind of forced to pick up whatever bargain basement hooker they could find out there on the open market and force him to play loosie…

    I think we all know that the reasoning behind picking Brits specifically over the myriad of loose forwards already in the Cape is somewhat different.

  • Comment 42, posted at 01.07.11 08:56:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : I think the difference is that we actually signed Michalak to play for his and he’ll be back in the S15 next year. Brits is a loaner from a northern hemisphere club for a position which isn’t exactly his.

  • Comment 43, posted at 01.07.11 08:56:12 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 40) : The only reason there is a kerfuffle here is because Brits is actually a blimmin good player, no one cared about the frog because he isn’t really that good :twisted:

  • Comment 44, posted at 01.07.11 08:56:49 by molly Reply
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  • And the fact that Plumtree negotiated with the frog long ago just shows the level of premeditation that was involved in this devious act of theirs.

    If true they must have been planning to bring in their ringer for months. Poor form.

    At least Stormers can say their hand was forced.

    Their admin & coaching staff should appluaded for their efficiency in getting their go-ahead from SANZAR and Brits to SA so quickly. ;-)

  • Comment 45, posted at 01.07.11 08:57:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : My point is it’s the same reasoning that brought Michalak to Durban.

  • Comment 46, posted at 01.07.11 08:59:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 45) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 47, posted at 01.07.11 09:01:33 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 45) : So you’re adopting an us and them mentality. Nice ;-)

  • Comment 48, posted at 01.07.11 09:02:06 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 44) : :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 49, posted at 01.07.11 09:03:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 17) : come to think of it – he also played a wing for you guys :mrgreen:

    on a serious note : I know he played there but when last time and when last with Stormers. Surely it takes a bit of time to slot back and is it the risk coaches would like to take in a knock-out game – just my thinking .

  • Comment 50, posted at 01.07.11 09:03:17 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 25) :

    Lobberts is injured. :roll:

    And so too is Wimpie vd Walt who was also in our pre-season squad.

  • Comment 51, posted at 01.07.11 09:03:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 48) : No idea what you’re talking about. :?:

  • Comment 52, posted at 01.07.11 09:04:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 46) : I don’t think so. I think our reasoning is we have discovered we will not have adecent flyhalf for the CC so we decided to get Michalak and have his as added depth for the 2012 SR season.

    The Stormers’ reason. Well we all know what their reason is. :razz:

  • Comment 53, posted at 01.07.11 09:04:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 45) : nah – that’s baseless.

    I have it on good authority that they only picked up the phone to Fred when Hoffmann got injured.

  • Comment 54, posted at 01.07.11 09:05:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 44) : we were just showing a concern in disrupting your structures :roll: no need to get personal (but we’ll see in CC how much support there in CT for the frog – you like foreign down there :lol:

  • Comment 55, posted at 01.07.11 09:06:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 51) : A lot of loose forwards are mysteriously/conveniently injured right now. Rassie walking around late at night with a baseball bat? :)

  • Comment 56, posted at 01.07.11 09:07:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) : :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 01.07.11 09:07:34 by Viking Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 55) : win :)

  • Comment 58, posted at 01.07.11 09:07:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : just tell him that Freddie must have been nagging Plum for the last two years to come back – he just loved it in Durbs so much :mrgreen:

  • Comment 59, posted at 01.07.11 09:08:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • man, I’d be mega nervous if I were a Stormers supporter today…

    I’d also be quietly chuffed at all the furore around Brits… means fans of other teams think he’s going to have a big impact.

  • Comment 60, posted at 01.07.11 09:09:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Baseless indeed. Also tongue firmly in cheek.

    As is just about everything said about the Brits affair. :twisted:

    In as far as the Super rugby tournament is concerned, imo there is no difference in bringing in a high- profile player from a foreign club for 2 matches or two months or two years. :smile:

  • Comment 61, posted at 01.07.11 09:11:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • So who’s on the cover of You this week? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 62, posted at 01.07.11 09:13:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : Very nervous, to the point of being slightly nauseous.

    Like before an important exam. Just want to get it over with now. Good or bad. :smile:

  • Comment 63, posted at 01.07.11 09:15:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 61) : in your opinion :)

  • Comment 64, posted at 01.07.11 09:15:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 64) : Exactly, same as everyone else. ;-)

  • Comment 65, posted at 01.07.11 09:19:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : calm down. if conrad hoffman didn’t get injured i bet you the sharks would’ve found a way to field michalak. it is just a coonvinien excuse to say “michalak played 3 round robin games” the fact is the SANZA RULES say a player needs to play a minimun of 4 games so the sharks wangled that one too! they even tried to get special dispensation for riaan swanepoel too but sanzar said ‘no, you have your kak meyer bosman and he ain’t injured, so stick with him’.

    i don’t remember anyone moaning when the crusaders got reuben thorn – japan & brent ward – uk(i think) to supplement their teams when they were ravaged by injury.

    that said, recruiting a marquee player like schalk brits is a bit unsporting in my book.

  • Comment 66, posted at 01.07.11 09:23:01 by Megatron Reply

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  • So, any news yet on our new! improved! exciting! signing that was supposed to be made public today? Anyone?

  • Comment 67, posted at 01.07.11 09:25:14 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 66) : Sweet mother of science, I’m with you on this one! :shock: As I said earlier, I don’t think what the Stormers did was particularly honourable, but had we, the Sharks, signed Ruan Pienaar for two games, this site would have been awash with excitement and congratulatory messages to Sharks management for the coup…

  • Comment 68, posted at 01.07.11 09:28:00 by Culling Song Reply
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  • SANZAR special dispensation centers around two things.

    Any team may apply for special dispensation in a play-off situation to have a player included in the squad or match-day 22 (That has not played 4 league games) if special circumstances exist.

    SANZAR reviews each application on a case-by-case basis, and makes a decision.

    That is really as simple as it gets.

    So what special circumstances exists in the Stormers setup?

    * In the beginning of the season they lose Pieter Louw to injury.
    * During the course of the competition, Pieter Myburgh is released to the Cheetahs (who had an injury crisis) and he was included in a match-day 22 (making him ineligeble to play for any other Super Rugby franchise)
    * In the last league match, the Stormers lose Duane Vermeulen to injury.
    * A week before the play-off’s, the player called up for cover, is mugged and injured.

    The Stormers is then left, one week before the semi-final having to include or call up their 7th or 8th choice loose-forward (who by the way would have to been cleared by SANZAR in any event since whoever was selected, would not have played 4 league games).

    To further complicate matters for the Stormers, Vodacom Cup loosies Wimpie van der Walt, and Hilton Lobberts, are also, both injured.

    If you are keeping count we are looking at calling up the 10th or so loosie ‘next in line’.

    The next in line if you will, would have been Yaya Hartzenberg who is according to information, struggling with form in club rugby!

    Of course, the Stormers could well have called upon the other loosie who was playing for the Baby Boks, Nazeem Carr, but since this guy is yet to play a senior professional game, it would have been one hell of a call.

    This brings us back to the Stormers decision then.

    Firstly, you can only call up who is available to you – obviously this means guys in your own structures and in the Stormers case, this would have meant the 10th guy in line…

    Or, if a club outside your structures releases a player to you, as was the case with Saracens who has had a mutually beneficial relationship with the Stormers for years now (remember the warm-up games they played here 2 years ago?).

    So the Stormers management sat with 2 choices.

    Call up a player struggling at club level, a youngster yet to play a senior professional game, or an experienced player who has not only played for them before, but played loose-forward for them before?

    The Stormers said publicly they wanted someone on the bench that could replace Nick Koster – a multi-skilled impact player who can cover many positions, even backline positions if there is a crisis (we all know Koster’s skills and that he played wing before even).

    If you have not seen it yet, go watch the highlights package on rugbydump on Brits in the Aviva final – as Coetzee said, he might have thrown in at the line-out’s, but his role at Saracens is that of a loose forward in open play.

    The selection is not only logical, it is bloody obvious.

    As far as Hicky and Lam goes, I revert to my point above…

    If an experienced player is AVAILABLE to you, he will be selected. So is the fact that they played rookies a decision to invest in their structures? Please, pull the other one… They did not have a choice, the Stormers (Sharks and Crusaders) had.

    When the injury paw-paw struck the Crusaders earlier this season – who did they call up?

    Did they revert to their junior, youth or academy structures they are so proud of?

    Nope – they called up Ward and Thorne, 40 and 100+ Super Rugby capped players WHO WERE AVAILABLE to them to select.

    Why did the Sharks call up Michalak? Why did they not bring back Monty Dumond who ‘knows the structures and has Super Rugby experience’? Or why not dig into their Vodacom Cup ranks or academy for players – surely there was one or two guys available and fit?

    Again, quite simple…

    Michalak WAS AVAILABLE to them and comes with loads of Heinken Cup, Super rugby, and even test experience…

    This is a none issue if ever there was one.

  • Comment 69, posted at 01.07.11 09:29:19 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : Didnt Andre say differently on the other thread?

  • Comment 70, posted at 01.07.11 09:30:39 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • “The Sharks would have been negotiating with Michalak for a period before he joined “

  • Comment 71, posted at 01.07.11 09:31:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 45) : i won’t say the Stormers hand was forced because when they submitted Louis Shreuder & Earl Rose’s request for exemption to Sanzar last week tuesday, they HELD BACK siya kolisi’s request – WHY?. on friday he gets “mugged” and is concussed, emotional and traumatised, on sunday Brits’ application is at Sanzar promptly and Bang he’s training with the team on monday…

    kinda dodge to me :???:

  • Comment 72, posted at 01.07.11 09:31:48 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 70) : I’m not sure where Andre’s info comes from, but I know where mine does :)

  • Comment 73, posted at 01.07.11 09:34:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 69) :

    ‘This is a none issue if ever there was one.’ hahahaha

    I think the point is it is the Semi Final and he does not qualify.

    Bring in anyone you want four games before the playoffs if you want them to be playing finals football.

  • Comment 74, posted at 01.07.11 09:35:33 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 69) :

    Brits’ inclusion is wrong and you know it! ;-)

  • Comment 75, posted at 01.07.11 09:38:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 72) : The Brits paperwork went to SANZAR so quickly because their hand was forced and time was of the essence. :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 76, posted at 01.07.11 09:40:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 69) : Well said. :smile:

  • Comment 77, posted at 01.07.11 09:41:13 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 74) :

    I doubt we would have called up Brits if Vermeulen was available this week.

    Remember Nick Koster is on the bench as cover and he has been making an impact off the bench.

    We called up Brits because of our injury crisis!! FACT!

  • Comment 78, posted at 01.07.11 09:43:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 74) :

    Mate you cannot decide when your players gets injured or not.

  • Comment 79, posted at 01.07.11 09:44:59 by Morné Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 74) : righteous indignation from our Kiwi mate :)

    Tell Bryce we say hi!

  • Comment 80, posted at 01.07.11 09:45:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 79) : unless you’re Rassie Erasmus…#baseballbatconspiracy :)

  • Comment 81, posted at 01.07.11 09:46:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 81) :

    :twisted:

  • Comment 82, posted at 01.07.11 09:47:07 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 81) :

    This is why I was wishing you won’t get knocked out last week.

    Since there is nothing to write about all the conspiracy theories comes out!

    Hell even JJ Harmse now has time to write about the Currie Cup and his concerns over it! :lol:

  • Comment 83, posted at 01.07.11 09:48:17 by Morné Reply
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  • Okay so who is this new Sharks signing?

  • Comment 84, posted at 01.07.11 09:55:38 by Morné Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 76) : i read somewhere that Matt Proudfoot admitted that Brits was on their minds from the time Vermuelen got crocked. so to me they were deliberately stalling the Kolisi’s paperwork!

  • Comment 85, posted at 01.07.11 09:58:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • I love hearing hearing kiwi’s whine. It takes me back to the Michalak forward pass. Pure music to my ears. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 86, posted at 01.07.11 10:00:06 by waje Reply

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  • @Morné (Comment 84) : Frans Steyn.

  • Comment 87, posted at 01.07.11 10:00:47 by waje Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 21) : @molly (Comment 44) :
    Hey we have been through this before. Fred is a Frenchman, not a frog. Show some respect. If you want to be derissional, do it to your own – there are more than enough candidates for name calling amongst them. Show some respect. :twisted:

  • Comment 88, posted at 01.07.11 10:03:11 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • I just hope pint size scores the winning try I need the stormers to win for my FL chances, which are looking slim! :oops:

  • Comment 89, posted at 01.07.11 10:06:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 79) :

    ;-) Good luck on the weekend, going to the game :?:

  • Comment 90, posted at 01.07.11 10:07:53 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 90) :

    Yeah mate I will be there, picked the Blues by 6, Stormers by 4…

    Best of luck to you too!

  • Comment 91, posted at 01.07.11 10:09:02 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 80) :

    I just hope the 4 South African officials can get the Stormers home somehow :cool:

  • Comment 92, posted at 01.07.11 10:09:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 91) :

    Yeah thanks we were knocked out weeks ago! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 93, posted at 01.07.11 10:10:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 75) :
    Of course its wrong (unethical really) but SANZAR sanctioned it so its not wrong anymore (remains unethical though)

  • Comment 94, posted at 01.07.11 10:10:59 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 93) :

    But surely you are leaning to NZ team wins this weekend???

  • Comment 95, posted at 01.07.11 10:11:40 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 84) : there is no new signing.

    All they’ve done is rebranded the sodding mascot.

  • Comment 96, posted at 01.07.11 10:12:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 92) : easy peasy… Bryce has shown us the blueprint :)

  • Comment 97, posted at 01.07.11 10:13:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 96) :

    You are shitting me…

  • Comment 98, posted at 01.07.11 10:13:15 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 91) :

    I can’t see the Blues getting anywhere near the Reds, unless these guys coming back are off the pace.

    And the Saders well last time they won there they had heaps of injuries during the game, Dagg, Whitelock and maitland and McCaw, Carter, Thorn and Whitelock were not playing – they will be tough to roll.

    But I think you will get home….just! Good Luck ;-)

  • Comment 99, posted at 01.07.11 10:13:16 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 98) : I wish I were, mate… I wish I were.

    The journos that have been summoned to KP for the “big announcement” are vacillating between bemused and downright pissed off.

  • Comment 100, posted at 01.07.11 10:14:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 99) :

    You are not giving the Blues enough credit, most of their losses came through them falling asleep every game for 20 minutes.

    I believe Reds were exposed against the Force. Looking at both team sheets I think the Blues will smack them.

  • Comment 101, posted at 01.07.11 10:14:32 by Morné Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 96) :

    You are joking….your article Rob, don’t hold back! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 102, posted at 01.07.11 10:14:54 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 88) : maybe u should educate us, I thought that “frog” is a nickname for French sportsman…
    How is it disrespecting?

  • Comment 103, posted at 01.07.11 10:15:35 by franshark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 100) :

    I can imagine!

    Wow…

    It would have been kak funny if not so sad…

  • Comment 104, posted at 01.07.11 10:15:37 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 101) :

    Nah it won’t happen I agree they do fall asleep.

    …and the Blues do look good on paper up front in comparison.

    …but I think they are a bit flakey in the halves Mathewson, Brett, McAlister, just all over the place.

    Genia, Cooper and the no nonsense Tuapai just too composed.

    Blues in for a drubbing…. and it’s over due!

    I see they (Blues) have the inside running for SBW as well for next year! :shock:
    Nonu and him an interesting combo :cool:

  • Comment 105, posted at 01.07.11 10:19:36 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 96) : bwaahahahahahahahaha :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 106, posted at 01.07.11 10:19:55 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 85) : Calm down. ;-) :mrgreen:

  • Comment 107, posted at 01.07.11 10:28:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 96) :

    All that fuss about fookall! Ja nee dis kak funny!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 108, posted at 01.07.11 10:29:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 103) : No ways am I going into that again, but the next time you see Michalak call him a Frog and see if he is one of those that dont mind it or if it bugs him.

  • Comment 109, posted at 01.07.11 10:34:35 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • I’m not going to write angry cos it will come back to bite me.

    And I can’t find a way to not be angry about this, so I’ll rather not write it at all.

  • Comment 110, posted at 01.07.11 10:36:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 110) :

    It’s a stupid looking Shark(mascot) in any case. Very friendly and cuddly. No bloody aggression whatsoever!

  • Comment 111, posted at 01.07.11 10:41:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 103) : Those frogs are a sensitive lot. Name calling really hurts their feelings. ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 112, posted at 01.07.11 10:42:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 110) : @Pokkel (Comment 111) : Where can we see prentjies?

  • Comment 113, posted at 01.07.11 10:44:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 107) : you calm down :razz:

  • Comment 114, posted at 01.07.11 10:44:15 by Megatron Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 113) : I some on twitter.

    http://t.co/a6CqxGh

  • Comment 115, posted at 01.07.11 10:47:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 115) : Thanks.

  • Comment 116, posted at 01.07.11 10:48:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 110) : Its funny.

  • Comment 117, posted at 01.07.11 10:48:36 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 111) : Looks like a ‘special’ Shark to me. :twisted:

  • Comment 118, posted at 01.07.11 10:49:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 117) : I guess it is

  • Comment 119, posted at 01.07.11 10:56:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 69) :
    Me likey.

  • Comment 120, posted at 01.07.11 10:59:46 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Blackadder seems to be upset over the fact that the player has only been signed for a possible once-off match,maybe two at the “business end of the competition”.

  • Comment 121, posted at 01.07.11 12:06:24 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 57) : hard aan die werk…?!

  • Comment 122, posted at 01.07.11 12:37:09 by King Shark - Kanko at 12! Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 87) : Be still me beating heart…I WISH!

  • Comment 123, posted at 01.07.11 13:36:17 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 75) : HH..it is impossible to be cross or upset with you….even when you are on the “wrong” side…you still manage to be the nice guy..I bet you can get your wife to do anything for you… :razz:

  • Comment 124, posted at 01.07.11 13:41:20 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : For the Stormers sake I am hoping that the Blues win although I don’t see it happening.

    The Stormers took the opportunity so well done to them. SANZAR are spinless clowns once again, although you have got to admit that if they rejected Schalk Brits’ inclusion the lot of you would have said that they are against South Africa and want the Crusaders to win! ;-)

  • Comment 125, posted at 01.07.11 17:57:50 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
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  • *spineless :oops:

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  • @McLovin (Comment 107) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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