Richard Ferguson

Steyn out, Smit to be considered


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 15 Aug 2011 at 14:36
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Francois Steyn will not take part in Saturday’s Tri Nations encounter against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth following an injury he sustained against the Wallabies in Durban this past weekend.

Steyn injured his hamstring in the loss to Australia and will not take part in the final game before the World Cup kicks off in less than a month. He will remain with the squad to do his rehabilitation.

In other news, John Smit sat out training this morning as a result of the flu, and it has been confirmed that his elbow injury is not serious. Both Smit and Bakkies Botha are struggling with some flu, but will be ready for the match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.



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  • I wonder who they will play at 15. I hope Pat gets a chance, but if not I really hope its not Morne steyn again :|

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.11 14:42:08 by Viking Reply
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  • How bad was Aplon when he came on? Looked pretty average to me. Danie Rossouw also had a shocker.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.11 14:48:42 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Aplon is out of his depth at 15. The only guy I would play there at the moment is Lambie. I am just glad old Snorre didn’t give Zane a call…

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.11 14:51:04 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 3) : Yeah Zane is a one dimensional player.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.11 14:54:04 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 4) : Don’t give him too much credit ;-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.11 14:55:44 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) :

    I didn’t think he was that bad.

    I think I’d also prefer Lambie though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.11 14:56:49 by wpw Reply
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  • Its too bad that Steyn is injured. I believe he is the right choice for 15 but he needs game time to get to the right level. Next game will be WC and it may be too late.

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.11 14:57:25 by Viking Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Aplon or Danie? :evil: ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.11 14:59:17 by Ben Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Drop Hahahabana and play Gio on the wing. It suits his game much better.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.11 15:00:08 by Viking Reply
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  • I wonder if Smit didn’t ”fake” the elbow injury as he knew he was getting hammered while playing prop and tried to help his team by going off and let a real prop on. He seems like the kinda man that will sacrifice anything for the good of the team

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.11 15:00:15 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Funny thing happened on saturday, just as Rossouw received that last pass, I shouted that he is going to drop the pass. When he dropped it the whole pub broke out laughing.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.11 15:02:39 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 10) : Smit had a good game at 2, but just when you think he plays well Bissie comes on with an awesome performance. I am glad I don’t have to pick the team.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.11 15:04:32 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 9) : Comment of the day.

    Aplon on the wing and Lambie at 15 with Butch at 10.

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.11 15:04:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : Any predictions for this coming weekend KingNostradamus ?

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.11 15:05:42 by Viking Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Now that I would pay to see :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.11 15:06:42 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 14) : Haha no Nostradamus, Danie is just so predictable, he tucks the top part of the ball under his arm and goes in high into the tackle, the slightest pressure lets the ball to pop out. You will think that after all his years playing top flight rugby that some coach would’ve helped him to correct it by now.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.11 15:09:23 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • I hate to say this but Habana was good on Saturday. He is still very good on defense.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.11 15:09:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 16) : I hate to say it but I don’t think you were the only person to have seen it before it happened :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.11 15:11:12 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 8) :

    Aplon.

    Danie was absolutely CRAP! :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.11 15:12:44 by wpw Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : He was better on Saturday but he still not the best player available. Would you not rather have Hougaard, Aplon or Mvovo on the wing?

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.11 15:13:18 by Viking Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) :

    I agree.

    He was one of if not our best backline player.

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.11 15:14:34 by wpw Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 18) : Yeah I know, sad thing is, he is a great player, but his hands has cost the Bulls and Boks some valuable momentum on so many occasions. In my opinion he is really better suited to playing lock than flank. He just doesn’t seem to have the skill set required to play regularly at flank. He is a good stop gap, so his versatility in that sense makes him a valuable prospect on the bench. But we have so many good flanks in this country (Except of course Stegmann!!! :evil: ) that we don’t need a stopgap.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.11 15:15:58 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 19) : :lol: Aplon just seemed to do almost nothing right. Dropped quite a few balls out of the air. Just looked uncomfortable to me at the back.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.11 15:16:55 by Ben Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 22) : I Agree with you. What makes him great is that he can cover 4 to 8 on the bench but I would not start him. He has played well for the Bulls this year when he came from the bench and he can still be a valuable player for us in the WC. I am just scared that he starting to loose form, judging by his last 2 games.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.08.11 15:18:47 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 24) : But don’t forget, if you are superstitious, we need a lock at eightman in the world cup final. Worked for us in 1995 and 2007 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.08.11 15:21:00 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Habana played damned well on Saturday, lets give credit where its due.My only concern is that he still has that habit of shooting off of his wing.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.08.11 15:21:13 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 23) : Didn’t he just drop the one?

  • Comment 27, posted at 15.08.11 15:22:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 20) : Of those choices maybe only Hougaard

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.08.11 15:23:40 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 25) : But then we also need a 10 from Maritsburg. Someone call Peter Grant quick :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.08.11 15:24:57 by Viking Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 26) : Yeah Habana played well but sone of the big boys need to smack him everytime he shoot out of the line. Once in a blue moon is fine, but not in every game. Clever teams like the Aussies wait for it and exploits it then. Look how awesome Cooper timed his pass behind Habana’s back.

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.08.11 15:25:24 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 28) : Any other choices you would like to offer? Also, is this judging from this weekend only or Habana’s performance over the last, say, 12 months?

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.08.11 15:27:00 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 29) : Nope, we have Butch for that.

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.08.11 15:27:04 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 20) : I think it’s too late to change it now before the WC. Habana is a great defender (as long as he doesn’t go for the intercept too often) I think he will lift his game for the WC.

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.08.11 15:27:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 30) : Cooper read that beautifully. Just wonder if it was skill from Coopers side or predictability of Habana?

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.08.11 15:28:15 by Viking Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 30) : Yeah he does it so often the opposition work it into their gameplan to exploit it.Hell it isn’t even that hard, just hold onto the pill a second longer and Habana will shoot out then send the pass.Try time.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.08.11 15:28:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 27) : One forward and two backwards if I’m not mistaken.

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.08.11 15:29:04 by Ben Reply

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  • Habana had a good game, and if he playes like that again on saturday he would be my first choice, Aplon can carry drinks… Lambi has to be the man to do the job at FB,

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.08.11 15:29:19 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : I wish the oke can just get the bloody elusive try for the record and start playing like we all know he can. Who knows maybe this weekend he can get lucky.

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.08.11 15:29:39 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 34) : Maybe a bit of both I think

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.08.11 15:30:15 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Only one reason I would not choose Lambi on FB,
    I’d choose him to play FH

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.08.11 15:31:16 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 31) :

    Trust me when I say this, we have been watching Habana’s performances closely since last year and he has improved over the course of the year.

    I don’t think there’s another winger that is in such great form to replace him at the moment. Aplon is better on the right wing and i think as an impact player if the game eventually ‘opens up’

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.08.11 15:31:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 31) : I’d stick to my comment, Habs because hes been there hes had his break from the game and now should do it and Hougaard because that mulleted chap has attitude by the boatload.

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.08.11 15:31:37 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • How awesome was Brussouw? Snor shouldn’t have replaced him with Deysel, rather Deysel should have replaced Danie. I know every one thinks we lost the game when JC went to prop, but I think it was when Brussouw went off.

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.08.11 15:32:49 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : Aaah ok.The one coming forward was a bit tricky but an international 15 should take those.

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.08.11 15:32:55 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 43) : Brussouw was never going to stay on the field, I think he wasn’t even supposed to run out for the second half.Losing him to injury would be a disaster because as you say he was awesome.

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.08.11 15:34:34 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 41) : @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 42) : Lets hope he can do it for us this weekend. Otherwise we might have to schedule a game against Namibia before the WC so that habana can score that try :mrgreen:

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.08.11 15:35:06 by Viking Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 44) : By losing the ball backwards you put pressure on yourself to get the clearance kick away.

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.08.11 15:35:34 by Ben Reply

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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 45) : Yeah makes sense. I would like to see a loose trio of (8) Burger (7) Alberts/Deysel (6) Brussouw.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.08.11 15:36:21 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 43) : Brussouw had a great game. Its been a while since the boks poached so many balls from the opposition. Lets hope he stays away from the injuries so that he can win us some penalties at the WC.

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.08.11 15:36:55 by Viking Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 47) : Definitely, i just forgot about those 2 drops.

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.08.11 15:39:09 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • On another note, how disgusting was all those NZ fans at the airport in P.E? Hell man, maybe I’m just too much of a one eyed fan, but sheesh.

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.08.11 15:39:46 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Viking (Comment 46) : Maybe get Uruguay in the mix again :twisted:

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  • Brussouw is the only player this country has that can come even close to comparing with McCaw and Pocock

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.08.11 15:40:30 by Ben Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 51) : I’m driving up on Friday, not looking forward to being in the stands with “them”

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.08.11 15:41:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Steyn is no loss, the guy is too FAT! 110kg? :shock:

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.08.11 15:47:16 by Megatron Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 51) : what was disgusting about it Riaan huh? were you disgusted with the Springboks when only some could play for them? cos if you open your eyes you will realise that is where the problem stems from!

    rob you can delete this post if you like but the truth has to be said!

    go bokke!

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.08.11 15:49:35 by Megatron Reply

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  • Mega I agree with you irt Fransie but on Saturday sitting at Kings park and watching Steyn I was really shocke at how fat he is! No wonder he pulled a hammy lugging that weight around!

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 51) : I wonder if Luke was one of them.

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.08.11 15:56:28 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 56) :
    Thats crap. I hear what you are saying and the reasoning would be sound if it was not for the fact that New Zealnd rugby was the biggest supporter of South African rugby in those days. Its a weak excuse and a cop out.

    Sorry Rob.

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.08.11 16:00:57 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • Where, in life’s rulebook, does it say you have to support the team of the country you were born in?

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.08.11 16:01:41 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 60) : No where – i just think it’s a ‘patriot’-thing…you know going with the ‘norm”. But ja – you can support whoever you want!

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.08.11 16:06:38 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 61) : Well that’s blerry good, coz there’s no way in hell I’d ever support England!

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 62) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.08.11 16:11:57 by Ice Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 11) : Same thing happened here. Danie is the king of spillage.

  • Comment 64, posted at 15.08.11 16:12:00 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 55) : Ja, I think the last pie he picked up on Friday night caused the injury and the game just aggravated it.

    I said to my wife he’s developed a bit of a pot belly and she replied ‘Stuff the pot belly, look at those flabby thighs’.

  • Comment 65, posted at 15.08.11 16:13:39 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • Ok we’ve moved on.Sweet.

  • Comment 66, posted at 15.08.11 16:13:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 61) : You looking forward to the brekky! Should have extended my stay in Durbs and come too! Too much work! Too little time… :lol:

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 67) : Deffo! cant wait! :grin:

    (I thought you might have been there though?)

  • Comment 68, posted at 15.08.11 16:15:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 67) : Liar!! Its just coz lambie’s not there! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 69, posted at 15.08.11 16:15:58 by Ice Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 62) : hey baby :razz:

  • Comment 70, posted at 15.08.11 16:18:14 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 65) : LOL

  • Comment 71, posted at 15.08.11 16:19:16 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 65) : Definitely a contender for Ricky January’s vacant “Mr King Pie 2011″ title… or we could coin a new, French one… (cue roll of drums and blast of trumpets… Monsieur Patisserie! :mrgreen:
    But in all honesty, the hair sends me. I love long hair on a man, and his is looking absolutely breathtaking when it’s clean and dry… He absolutely mustn’t cut it… it’s his single saving grace. :smile:

  • Comment 72, posted at 15.08.11 16:19:43 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 69) : :lol: you’re such a clever chick!

  • Comment 73, posted at 15.08.11 16:19:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • Any citings?

  • Comment 74, posted at 15.08.11 16:21:04 by bergshark Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 72) : I dont know what the obsession with his hair is..I dont think it’s that bad – perhaps some envy from a few baldy’s on site?? :lol:

  • Comment 75, posted at 15.08.11 16:22:34 by Ice Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 56) : Look no use to get into an argument about that here, but one question, if the Boks were currently ranked number 1 and beating all left right and center, would there still have been so many fans waiting at the airport dressed in black? I think it doesn’t have so much to do with history as it has to do with fair-weather fans. And there is no problem supporting any other team, I mean I myself like to support the French, but I can’t stand fair weather fans, that’s what I find disgusting.

  • Comment 76, posted at 15.08.11 16:24:52 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Ice (Comment 75) : this is SA, home of the conservative man, percy got booed @ loftus some years back because he was considered too metrosexual.

  • Comment 77, posted at 15.08.11 16:24:59 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 73) : :roll: You guys! :evil:
    Fair to say I am very tied up with the Boks at the moment (and not just one of them… :roll: ) coz of work and that rather large rugby tournament next month… Grump… :evil:

  • Comment 78, posted at 15.08.11 16:25:13 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @sharonvanwyk:lol yes,some girls also I know also thought he looked “so hot” :-|
    Put in one good tackle on elsom and that tackle on beale almost on tryline right at the end of first half was crucial.does he weigh 110kg now?perfect for inside centre ;-)

  • Comment 79, posted at 15.08.11 16:25:13 by bergshark Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 72) : Frans Steyn

    Hair by Sebastian Chabal

    Body by Ricky Januarie

  • Comment 80, posted at 15.08.11 16:27:23 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 77) : I think Percy was booed cos he was Percy and not because he was metrosexual. :twisted:

  • Comment 81, posted at 15.08.11 16:29:35 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 77) : They need to have memories longer than the hair in question – Cabous had hair way past his shoulders. They were more against Percy’s highlights than the length of his hair…! And I don’t think metrosexual and Frans Steyn belong in context… :razz:

  • Comment 82, posted at 15.08.11 16:29:46 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @butchie34: lol :-D

  • Comment 83, posted at 15.08.11 16:32:07 by bergshark Reply

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  • As a schoolboy I used to direct the parking on the outer fields at Girls High next to Loftus. The one guy kept calling me Percy (cos I was English, not my hair) so I had other cars park him in. :evil:

  • Comment 84, posted at 15.08.11 16:32:18 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 79) : If he shaved it would look a lot better. He’s actually not bad looking and I saw some of the pics taken at the Bok media day where he looked stunning. But it needs an IQ and a personality to top it off, even with the new, chunkier look… and sadly that’s not something that any stylist can arrange! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 85, posted at 15.08.11 16:32:36 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 82) : Yup Frans Steyn and gay is putting it far more simple. :lol:

  • Comment 86, posted at 15.08.11 16:34:21 by Ben Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 86) : Perhaps he’s dating a Parisian patisserie maker?

  • Comment 87, posted at 15.08.11 16:36:45 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 87) : His rugby salary is going to have to cover a lot of the poor patisserie maker’s losses due to stock losses

  • Comment 88, posted at 15.08.11 16:38:15 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 76) : you are deluded, some of the people there were weaned on stories of the last Test the All Blacks played here in PE 40 years ago.

    i also didn’t understand it at first because at my house my dad never supported the ABs even though he wasnt allowed to play for the Boks, it’s always been SA first no matter the condition.

    these guys despise the Bok emblem and they think Mandela sold-out for letting it stay. get closer to the action before you spout judgemental drivel.

  • Comment 89, posted at 15.08.11 16:38:23 by Megatron Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 79) : fransie was 100/101kg @ 2007 RWC now he is 10kgs heavier and it is definitely not muscle!

  • Comment 90, posted at 15.08.11 16:40:47 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 89) : @KingRiaan (Comment 76) : OK guys. Can we agree to differ on this point? Let’s keep the politics out of it, please, before this degenerates into something altogether less nice? :cool: OK? :razz:

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 84) : :lol: :mrgreen: funny guy

  • Comment 92, posted at 15.08.11 16:42:10 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 90) : Yip, that’s pure blubber

  • Comment 93, posted at 15.08.11 16:42:11 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 90) : Maybe he got bigger all over? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 94, posted at 15.08.11 16:43:44 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 91) : fine babe, just don’t get the callous judgemental attitude.

  • Comment 95, posted at 15.08.11 16:44:28 by Megatron Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 94) : don’t need to know that bit :D

  • Comment 96, posted at 15.08.11 16:44:58 by Megatron Reply

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  • Seems like the All Blacks are reaping the benefits by gaining the support of South Africans who have an axe to grind with the old era as well as with the new era of SA rugby.
    Weird.

  • Comment 97, posted at 15.08.11 16:45:33 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • Would like to see fransie get a shot at 12 jersey.tackling is still very strong.jean div?I’m not sure of him..:-|

  • Comment 98, posted at 15.08.11 16:46:49 by bergshark Reply

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  • Ok everyones had their say so lets get back to how fat Frans got.

  • Comment 99, posted at 15.08.11 16:48:47 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 95) : It’s not for me to judge anything or anyone, just asking you both to change the subject… Now then. How ARE you? Long time no speak? You going to the test on Saturday? :razz:

  • Comment 100, posted at 15.08.11 16:48:52 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 97) : OK. Enough already. Frans the fatman… True? False? Care to comment?

  • Comment 101, posted at 15.08.11 16:50:05 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 98) : Strange you should say that. I had mixed feelings about JdV on Saturday too. Fourie looked good though. And was impressed with how well Du Preez played after almost a two-year absence! Kind of makes you realise how true the saying about class being permanent and form temporary. :grin:

  • Comment 102, posted at 15.08.11 16:51:35 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 101) : hey I’m not Fat :)

  • Comment 103, posted at 15.08.11 16:52:42 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 103) : Hahaha! DUDE! Classic! :razz:

  • Comment 104, posted at 15.08.11 16:53:58 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 96) : ;-) :razz:

  • Comment 105, posted at 15.08.11 16:54:31 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 100) : yep most definitely, i wouldn’t miss it for anything…

    i even got to meet graham henry & wayne smith yesterday @ the gym…they arrived here in PE midday and when i got to the gym @ arround 2 they were there working out hecticly.

    took pics with them, nice blokes :grin:

  • Comment 106, posted at 15.08.11 16:55:54 by Megatron Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 101) :Thats a no brainer, he is FAT.

    What did you think of Plums decision to play Pat at centre and Fred at flyhalf last Saturday?

  • Comment 107, posted at 15.08.11 16:56:36 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 106) : Cool. I was coming down but couldn’t find accommodation. Bit of a bummer coz I’ve got a feeling it’s going to be one helluva match on Saturday. Am busy with the World Cup special edition so am strapped to my desk. Met Nathan Sharpe on Saturday – he’s also a nice bloke. In fact, rugger is filled with really nice, genuine blokes!

  • Comment 108, posted at 15.08.11 16:59:46 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @sharonvanwyk: you must obviously then still meet quade cooper:-|

  • Comment 109, posted at 15.08.11 17:02:55 by bergshark Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 108) : you should’ve said something…mi casa su casa babe :smile:

  • Comment 110, posted at 15.08.11 17:03:50 by Megatron Reply

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  • Were there no citings??

  • Comment 111, posted at 15.08.11 17:07:12 by bergshark Reply

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  • The All Blacks arrived in Port Elizabeth to a rapturous welcome – mobbed by fans at the airport, hotel and training ground as they started preparations to play the Springboks this weekend.

    The All Blacks haven’t played in “The Friendly City” since a midweek match in 1996 and last played a test against the Boks there 41 years ago. The locals showed how much they had been waiting for their return as they tracked the squad’s every move on a sunny afternoon.

    Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Province is a breeding ground of black and coloured rugby talent who have long had an affinity with the All Blacks. They certainly showed that yesterday.

    Sonny Bill Williams, Piri Weepu, Ma’a Nonu and Ali Williams were obvious favourites but the warmth of the welcome wasn’t lost on any of the All Blacks.

    “It was pretty cool. That channel that we were walking through got tighter and tighter as we got closer to the bus and people were trying to reach out and touch you. It was very special,” Cory Jane said of the airport scenes.

    “You get that in Upper Hutt at the Pak ‘N’ Save where they stand around and welcome you in,” he added with his trademark humour.

    “But seriously, that’s good support. Let’s hope lots of people turn out at the game this weekend and kind of make it into our home game.”

    Lock Sam Whitelock described the welcome as “awesome”.

    “It’s pretty humbling to see what the black jersey means to them and the way they were chanting “All Blacks” was pretty cool.”
    A large police presence accompanied the team’s every move. They kept the crowd at bay at the airport, guarded the seaside hotel and a cavalcade of eight police vehicles guided the team bus to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s rugby ground where the squad trained in the afternoon.

    The players worked the travel out of their systems with a light-hearted session watched by about 300 locals. The All Blacks treated them to a lengthy autograph session.
    There were New Zealand flags, All Blacks banners and enough All Blacks jerseys to warm the heart of an adidas worker

    “It’s great to get up close to the All Blacks,” said Willie Morkel, beaming with his t-shirt covered in autographs.

    “My father saw them play in 1970 and our family have always been big fans. Bryan Williams was my father’s hero but I like Ma’a Nonu. I think they are playing the best rugby at the moment. They will beat the Boks and I think they are going to win the World Cup, too. I certainly hope so.”

  • Comment 112, posted at 15.08.11 17:07:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 107) : Well. You know my feelings regarding Pat at FH. And I have expressed my fears regarding him being moved around in the long term. But in the short term the bottom line is that Michalak is on fire and Pat being back was temporary, so where they played him had to serve the best interests of the team.
    In all honesty, I truly believe that Pat’s future lays at 10, even though he is excellent at FB and can hold his own at 12. I still harbour reservations as to what will happen post World Cup, because I have no doubt whatsoever that Pat will go to New Zealand. My biggest reservations lie in what happens at the start of next year’s SupeRugby as that, for me, will be the crunch time for the No 10 position.
    Pat honestly is happy wherever he is played and because of this, and the fact that he is such a team player, I get the feeling that Michalak will likely hang on to the No 10 shirt until he goes back to France. Which is no bad thing when it comes to defending the Currie Cup.
    I believe Plum has a plan. And likely a good one too. So I must be a good girl and support faithfully! :grin:

  • Comment 113, posted at 15.08.11 17:10:00 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 110) : Thanks babe! Appreciated! :razz:

  • Comment 114, posted at 15.08.11 17:11:02 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • I thought spies was really poor on defence vs aussies.some good ball carries,but slipped some tackles.

  • Comment 115, posted at 15.08.11 17:11:37 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 115) : How good was Beast though? I told him afterwards that if he keeps up with those breakaway sprints he’ll find himself in the backline before long!

  • Comment 116, posted at 15.08.11 17:14:24 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 115) : :mrgreen: Who cares buddy so was brussouw on defence Spies was damn good Beast is greedy he cost us two tries.
    It was the 2007 Pierre Spies handing off people like nobodys beez neez :mrgreen: Genia…Scott got the special slap hahahaha

  • Comment 117, posted at 15.08.11 17:15:17 by Muzi Reply

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  • Hope lambie saw the value of the dropgoal.been saying he needs to work on it(he obviously doesn’t read my comments,it seems :-D ).but hopefully standing next to freddie michalak on friday night,showed him the value of the 3 pointer from open play.

  • Comment 118, posted at 15.08.11 17:15:24 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 115) : Bismarck was also outstanding. What a boytjie! :lol:

  • Comment 119, posted at 15.08.11 17:15:53 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 116) : Yea he cost us like two tries thanks beast that was greedy.

  • Comment 120, posted at 15.08.11 17:16:03 by Muzi Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 113) : Fred is here for the Super 15 next year as well. I cant see him making way for Pat at 10 then either. Pat is still young though and will still make the jersey his own.

    I think he is a must to go to NZ, Im not so sure the Bok management feel the same though.

  • Comment 121, posted at 15.08.11 17:16:04 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 121) : Yea it serves JLP right :lol:

  • Comment 122, posted at 15.08.11 17:16:58 by Muzi Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 118) : I agree 100%. If Pat can become master of the drop goal (which I am sure he is more than capable of) he will reign supreme for a long time to come. Drop goals win matches. And World Cups. :razz:

  • Comment 123, posted at 15.08.11 17:17:40 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 116) : no Shazzie, beast butchered two tries because he pins his ears down abd DOESN’T look around him, he had four Boks screaming for the ball when he went and cluttered into o’connor for no bloody reason!

  • Comment 124, posted at 15.08.11 17:19:13 by Megatron Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 123) : Just hope Pat does not get infatuated with drop goals like naas and morne steyn ;-) It can become highly addictive skop en jaag is a pain to watch.

  • Comment 125, posted at 15.08.11 17:19:35 by Muzi Reply

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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 123) : You sound like someone from the Northern Transvaal area :mrgreen:

  • Comment 126, posted at 15.08.11 17:20:18 by beet Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 124) : Beast is greedy he had pierre..habana..jean tjoe on his inside

  • Comment 127, posted at 15.08.11 17:21:01 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 121) : That’s why I have reservations… But Pat being Pat, it won’t matter where he plays. But remember that it’s not up to Fred to make way for Pat, it’s up to Plum, Bash and Reece.
    Pat will go to New Zealand. Mark my words. :cool:

  • Comment 128, posted at 15.08.11 17:21:24 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 124) : Blame shark tank when the crowd goes beeeeaaaaaaaaasssstttt he NEVER passes.

  • Comment 129, posted at 15.08.11 17:22:21 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Muzi: the first time,if he passed inside boks wouldve most probably scored(first half).
    In the second half,I actually think they had the player outside him(jean div?)covered.
    @muzi: handing off tacklers don’t count for much if you get shrugged of without much effort by opponents.

  • Comment 130, posted at 15.08.11 17:23:56 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Muzi: the first time,if he passed inside boks wouldve most probably scored(first half).
    In the second half,I actually think they had the player outside him(jean div?)covered.
    @muzi: handing off tacklers don’t count for much if you get shrugged off without much effort by opponents.

  • Comment 131, posted at 15.08.11 17:24:51 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 124) : There were more than two tries butchered out there boys. And the clinching Wallaby try came as a direct result of Frans Steyn being a show-off and punting a freaking awful ball over the halfway line, giving possession away at a crucial time leading to McCabe putting one over…

  • Comment 132, posted at 15.08.11 17:25:38 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • The drop goal ,when executed properly,is a massive attacking weapon in any team’s attack.

  • Comment 133, posted at 15.08.11 17:27:24 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 133) :D oes pat know how to drop goal ?

  • Comment 134, posted at 15.08.11 17:30:35 by Muzi Reply

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  • What did moore do to be named motm?? If beast passed inside in the first half,guess he’d be close to motm.seemed all over the field.not just handling the ball.

  • Comment 135, posted at 15.08.11 17:32:36 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Muzi (Comment 134) : Is that a rhetorical question? :shock:

  • Comment 136, posted at 15.08.11 17:32:58 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @Muzi: dunno..never seen him try it.anyone else see him drop goal (at senior level,ie cc ,sr and test)?

  • Comment 137, posted at 15.08.11 17:34:45 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 137) : Same i mean we all know he can kick he must go have a word with naas hahahaha the dude was a drop goal machine wow and those clean shorts priceless.

  • Comment 138, posted at 15.08.11 17:38:34 by Muzi Reply

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  • Naas actually missed quite a few attempts at dg,if memory serves me right.but he also nailed some crucial ones.would like to know his stats ,ie attempts and converted ,for dg.de wet ras could also kick a few dropgoals-once kicked 4 for natal vs weepee back in 1979.

  • Comment 139, posted at 15.08.11 17:47:43 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Muzi: :-D

  • Comment 140, posted at 15.08.11 17:49:30 by bergshark Reply

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  • @bergshark (Comment 139) : Wow did de Wet Ras play for the Banana Boys once upon a time?

    Back in the old days (the mid 80′s) when you had to get up at 4am to watch a New Zealand test match, I remember watching the French flyhalf Jean-Patrick Lescarboura miss 4 drops goals and he started crying after he’d missed the 4th one. Drop goals were really important back then.

  • Comment 141, posted at 15.08.11 18:12:49 by beet Reply

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  • One season(in 1979).
    Wow was dubbed monsieur le drop?pierre albaladejo or didier cambaraberra?french have always had a thing for the dropgoal it seems.

  • Comment 142, posted at 15.08.11 18:23:47 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet: think the story goes that de wet ras’s fiancee didn’t enjoy durban,so he went back to bloem.

  • Comment 143, posted at 15.08.11 18:26:33 by bergshark Reply

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  • @beet: pierre albaladejo was known as monsieur le drop( seems as if he was dubbed this by the nz media after scoring 2 dropgoals against them in ’61).scored 12 dg in 30tests,including a hat-trick vs ireland in’60.
    Naas botha also dropped 3 goals against the irish back in ’81 in dbn.

  • Comment 144, posted at 15.08.11 21:33:08 by bergshark Reply

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  • Remember Janie the (england)dropper…..

  • Comment 145, posted at 15.08.11 21:50:41 by Franshark Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 118) : If Lambie can keep on doing what he did to Burger in the CC final he doesn’t need to know how to drop goal. :lol:

  • Comment 146, posted at 15.08.11 22:35:10 by Ben Reply

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