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Cheetahs name final 30


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 14 Feb 2012 at 12:48
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Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has named his final 30-man Super Rugby squad, although changes should still be expected as the likes of Juan Smith and Coenie Oosthuizen become available later in the season.

Oosthuizen is expected back in time for the overseas tour, which starts in round 3, while Smith is pencilled in for a return once the ream returns after round 6.

Despite the involvement of a good number of Griquas players during the pre-season phase, Drotske has gone with mostly Bloemfontein-based lads for his final squad, with only 5 of the 30 contracted to Griquas. Amongst the forwards, prop Lourens Adriaanse and former Sharks flank Justin Downey have made the grade, while wings Rocco Jansen and Dusty Noble and fullback Willie le Roux are ncluded amongst the backs.

Cheetahs squad
Forwards: Trevor Nyakane, Marcel van der Merwe, WP Nel, Lourens Adriaanse, Adriaan Strauss, Hercu Liebenberg, Andries Ferreira, Francois Uys, Izak van der Westhuizen, George Earle, Heinrich Brüssow, Justin Downey, Ashley Johnson, Lappies Labuschagne, Davon Raubenheimer, Philip van der Walt.
Backs: Pieter van Zyl, Tewis de Bruyn, Sias Ebersohn, Johan Goosen, Philip Snyman, Andries Strauss, Robert Ebersohn, Barry Geel, Rocco Jansen, Cameron Jacobs, Rayno Benjamin, Dusty Noble, Hennie Danniller, Willie le Roux.



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  • scared of Goosen

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.12 12:52:54 by jako Reply
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  • Well done Willie le Roux. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.12 13:02:31 by Ben Reply
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  • @jako (Comment 1) : first wan’t too see him perform on this stage, his handling and passing was shocking when the bulls put pressure on him.

    He has a huge boot but his handling and distribution looked shacky when he was under a bit of pressure.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.12 13:04:35 by berroos Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 2) : Looks like a promising player

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.12 13:05:45 by berroos Reply

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  • @jako (Comment 1) :

    Rocco Jansen as well, he has blistering pace. He will have to work on other aspects of his game to become a complete winger but given any space and he could be devastating.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.12 13:15:35 by Pat Reply

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  • @berroos (Comment 3) :

    1 game… that shouldn’t undo an excellent CC campaign, should it?

    Haven’t felt as good about a flyhalf prospect… ever.

    Has superstar written all over him… soon to be shot down by Rob & co who will tell me he’s done nothing :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.12 13:33:18 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Pat (Comment 5) :

    Been a bit of a long journey for him to get here hey!

    Remember seeing his name for Bulls teams a few years ago, but then he fell away.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.12 13:35:02 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) : What has he done to prove his worth? 1 Decent CC season doesnt make you a superstar. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.12 13:38:38 by Ben Reply
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  • What happened to that wing nokwe..wasn’t he one of the cheetahs star players?

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.12 13:46:29 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Hope Rocco Jansen does well,with him being an old Queenian and all,Alma Mater loyalty kicking in

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.12 13:49:42 by Ludz Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 8) :

    Yes, but what more could he have done?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.12 13:50:04 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 9) : He went overseas if i’m not mistaken.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.12 13:55:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) :

    You’re thinking Chavhanga.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.02.12 13:57:41 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 11) : No sense of humor today? I’m yanking your chain! He could have won his side the CC? Instead he choked in the semi.

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.02.12 13:57:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) : Where is Nokwe then?

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.02.12 14:00:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) : he’s done nothing.

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.02.12 14:01:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 14) :

    :mrgreen: Fair enough.

    He could have, but the Cheetahs choked, not Goosen. Missed just the one penalty I think?

    They looked to have it in the bag before a second half comeback by the Sharks.

    I’ll admit he doesn’t look 100% comfortable in general play, but it won’t take him long to adjust.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.02.12 14:02:27 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 9) : Nokwe’s injured at the moment. He’s with the Kings now I think.

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.02.12 14:04:53 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 17) : No I meant he choked. He might not have had his worst game but he certainly wasn’t up to the standards he set for himself in the previous games.

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.02.12 14:05:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) :
    @Ben (Comment 15) :

    Nokwe signed for the Kings at the end of last year…

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.02.12 14:05:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Rob:

    Where is Trompie Nontshinga and what’s happened to Marius Delport? They both seem to have disappeared from the face of SA rugby and both were being mooted as Boks only a few years ago.

    Also wondering where Pieter Louw is.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.02.12 14:07:04 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 15) :

    I’m not sure… Griffons I think

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.02.12 14:07:37 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : Thanks Rich.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.02.12 14:07:58 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) :

    Okey dokey. Cheers.

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.02.12 14:08:01 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 22) : He’s with the Kings but he’s injured

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.02.12 14:09:14 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 19) :

    Meh, can only play as well as the opposition, and your own team allow you to.

    He’s in for a big SR season.

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.02.12 14:09:19 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) :

    Also remembering that the semi-final was played in Durban.

    Never easy having to travel for a play-off game, especially against a team that had Springboks (and a French international) throughout their team.

    9/10 the home team wins.

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.02.12 14:11:52 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) : I hope so. I want Morne Steyn far from the Bok setup.

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.02.12 14:12:28 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : We can only hope!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.02.12 14:14:12 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) :

    Morne will be the incumbent. It’s a done deal.

    I’m not as worried about it as some though. Reckon he can add value.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.02.12 14:14:18 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) : Only if he reverts to his running game. He used to run a lot when Derek Hougaard was still around.

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.02.12 14:17:14 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 21) :

    If I remember correctly, Trompie was last seen in KZN club scene, Rover if I am not mistaken..

    No idea about the other two, Delport was last spotted in a Lions jersey, Pieter Louw still shows as a Stormers contracted player

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.02.12 14:19:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) : Like he did in the World Cup?

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.02.12 14:19:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 32) : Thanks Richard. Very surprising that Trompie isn’t going for Vodacom Cup trials at the very least. He was touted by Jake White as a possible Bok wing if I remember correctly!

    Strange how these young guys just drop off of the map!

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.02.12 14:21:19 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 31) :

    I don’t think it’ll make a difference in him being selected.

    Morne, I thought, did a reasonably good job in that quarter-final against OZ, and the couple of games before that, of getting flatter and spreading the ball around a bit.

    They definitely need work on what to do – making the correct decisions – from 3rd phase, 4th phase, 5th phase… Looked a little clueless at times when they got into opposition territory, particularly against Australia.

    I think in about 7 months time, everyone will be praising Heyneke for turning Morne’s career around.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.02.12 14:21:22 by hendrikp Reply

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  • I’m surprised to not see the name of Ryno Barnes. He must be injured

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.02.12 14:23:26 by beet Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 35) : FIRST! He needs to stop being a wuss and start making tackles!

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.02.12 14:24:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 33) :

    Irrelevant. He was taken out of the game by poor refereeing.

    I’m not one to blame the Boks when they did all they could do, but the laws of the game weren’t enforced properly.

    1 penalty… just 1 is all we probably needed to seal that game.

    Yet every time we got near the Australian tryline, Pocock did whatever he liked, and Lawrence let it go.

    One of the most pathetic performances from a referee you could ever wish to see. The prick deserves every bit of abuse he’s getting. He’s got no integrity.

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.02.12 14:25:22 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 35) : I reckon he will definitely make the team. I meant that I won’t mind him being in the side if he reverts to his running game and works on his defence. His kicking (for poles and ot of hand) is very good and he can become a complete player.

    I’d also like Lambie to get a run. Wish we had a proper A Team that competed at the Churchill Cup so that the guys who don’t make the Boks can still get international experience and get accustomed to Heyneke’s gameplans. It’d make the transition to the senior Bok side easier and build depth.

    The Nations Cup team was always a sham side!!

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.02.12 14:25:42 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 37) :

    He’s no Butch… but I wouldn’t call him a wuss.

    Quade Cooper… wuss.

    Danny Cipriani… wuss.

    Morne is targeted, and was specifically targeted by Jamie Roberts, but heck, his defence isn’t half as bad as people make out.

    And he brings the attributes that Heyneke will be wanting. It’s a done deal :mrgreen:

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.02.12 14:27:37 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 39) : Goosen and Jantjes are brilliant players and need international exposure to keep developing their games.

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.02.12 14:28:05 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 39) :

    Chris, I’m slightly concerned with Lambie.

    Not that I don’t think he’s an excellent player… I do, he is brilliant.

    But history will repeat itself. SA won’t go forward with a flyhalf who can’t kick the ball a mile.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.02.12 14:29:10 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 36) : If you find out about Rayno Barnes please let me know. I was also wondering.

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.02.12 14:29:16 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 42) : I think that he can work on it. He’s young and can develop his kicking skills. Having Frans Steyn at 12 will also nullify that weakness.

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.02.12 14:30:36 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 41) :

    Naww, Jantjies will be found out soon.

    Doubt he’d be able to adapt outside the Lions structures.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.02.12 14:30:51 by hendrikp Reply

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  • The Johan Goosen debate is fairly simple. He is not the saviour of Bok rugby, well not yet thats for sure. But he is also not crap. He has loads of talent as do a lot of youngsters, but the diff between age group rugby and seniors nevermind internationals is the pace and pressure you are put under. Now im not saying he crumbles under pressure, but he has shown to struggle a bit when quality flanks are after him. So lets reserve judgement on him and the other kids that are meant to save the world until after this Super Rugby season at least.

  • Comment 46, posted at 14.02.12 14:31:05 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @beet (Comment 36) :

    I’m surprised that PW van Vuuren has dropped so far.

    During the CC Liebenberg appeared to be a last resort.

  • Comment 47, posted at 14.02.12 14:32:21 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 45) : Well I’d like to see him play for an SA A Team so that we can judge him properly alongside top quality players. Having world class players around you allows you more tie and helps you raise your game. Morne Steyn was always way better playing alongside Fourie Du Preez.

  • Comment 48, posted at 14.02.12 14:33:27 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 40) : I call him a wuss. He NEVER goes into a tackle with his shoulder 1st. He always grabs the guys by the jersey and drag them down like that. That’s if he can get them down at all. He looks like a ballet dancer who accidently bumps into one of his/her dance mates.

  • Comment 49, posted at 14.02.12 14:33:45 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 47) : He must have impressed during the trials.

  • Comment 50, posted at 14.02.12 14:34:17 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 49) :

    If I were his size or build, and playing at that level, I wouldn’t either.

    Actually I am about Morne’s size, and how I got taught was to drag players who are significantly bigger then yourself over your shoulder. That, or literally drop as low as you can, and try for the ankles. Otherwise you’ve got no hope.

  • Comment 51, posted at 14.02.12 14:39:22 by hendrikp Reply

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  • How did Naka miss Rudi Voght ( spelling? ) ?

  • Comment 52, posted at 14.02.12 14:43:21 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 42) : Ol HM going to have FdP whispering in his ear -Choose Morne oom.

    It wont be Lambie sadly. Morne Steyns selection at 10 won’t be on merit although Meyer will claim it is.

  • Comment 53, posted at 14.02.12 14:44:08 by Talent Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 51) : Stop making excuses for the fool please.

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.02.12 14:44:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 51) : Lambie cuts them down at the ankles everytime. He’s got an amazing technique. Same goes for Peter Grant! He’s also an option for the Boks at 10 and 12.

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.02.12 14:44:45 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 51) : Butch James begs to differ .

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.02.12 14:45:05 by Talent Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 52) : I was wondering about Vogt too! He was good last year!!

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.02.12 14:45:23 by ChrisS Reply
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  • @Talent (Comment 56) :

    And you think Morne & Butch are built the same?

    Morne brings something else… there are things he does better then Butch… just realize that.

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.02.12 15:02:37 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @ChrisS (Comment 55) :

    Grant not an option.

    His goalkicking is spot on, but if you can find a worse tactical kicker, I’d be surprised.

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.02.12 15:03:21 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 27) : jeez boet… your bike has more reverse gears than forward ones…

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.02.12 15:07:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 51) : I’d love to facing you 5m from the tryline then. :razz:

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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) : :lol:

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 58) : such as? …oh kicking from inside his own half ,and every other aspect of fh play ???

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.02.12 15:14:37 by Talent Reply
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  • @berroos (Comment 3) :

    SOMEBODY WHO SEES MY POINT HAHAH YEAY !!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 14.02.12 15:15:06 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 6) :

    Watered down cc… remember that fact ALWAYS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 65, posted at 14.02.12 15:15:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 60) :

    What you got stuck up your behind.

    @Zibbie (Comment 65) :

    I will! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 66, posted at 14.02.12 15:51:07 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 26) :

    so your hoping he will have a better game against the Crusaders then against the Bulls … good luck with that ..

  • Comment 67, posted at 14.02.12 16:10:19 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 45) :

    So why is it that Jantjies won’t but goosen will [email protected] into other structures …

    Is it cause he is smaller and been in the sun too much … :cool:

    Unreal !

    Lets see what the season brings …

  • Comment 68, posted at 14.02.12 17:44:14 by csb Reply

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  • @hendrikp (Comment 45) :

    Dude .. Goosen cant even adapt IN the cheetas structures .. never mind outside …

  • Comment 69, posted at 14.02.12 17:58:24 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 30) : @hendrikp (Comment 58) : @hendrikp (Comment 51) : @hendrikp (Comment 42) : OK. I’m coming out of semi retirement to step up and tell you, dearest Hendrikp, that you are talking nonsense. I have spoken to Mr Meyer personally and the selection of Springbok flyhalf is FAR from a done deal. Morne, like everyone else, has got to prove himself on CURRENT performance, not what he’s done in the past. And I can happily place my delicate but tanned neck on the line and carefully manicured fingertips across my heart and say Morne Steyn’s days are numbered. Unless SuperPat’s legs fall off.
    And Goosen does not have a hope in hell of making a Bok debut at flyhalf. There is a reason Mr Lambie has been moved back to his rightful position, and it’s not because I’ve been sending Plum copies of my “Shark Wars” series… It’s because that’s where Pat’s future lies. Not because he can kick a mile but because he’s the most intelligent and gifted flyhalf this country has YET produced. He is a game-maker. An X-factor player without match. And a general without compare. And barring acts of God and bastards with steel toecaps in their boots, this year will see our SuperPat rightfully attain his pre-destined berth in the Springbok 10. Mark my words. I have seen the future. And it is bright and shiny. And full of silverware. :cool:

  • Comment 70, posted at 15.02.12 07:03:04 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @ChrisS (Comment 41) : No. Goosen and Jantjies are talented players. Not brilliant. There’s a huge difference. Both have to step up in SupeRugby if they want to show any potential of turning that talent into something more. Lambie has nothing to prove.

  • Comment 71, posted at 15.02.12 07:06:48 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 51) : For the record, HP, Pat is smaller than Morne and is a tackling machine. When will you men realise that it’s not the size of the pistol that counts, but the power of the shot? :roll:

  • Comment 72, posted at 15.02.12 07:09:09 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • OK. Now I’ve dished out the morning castigations I will return to my formerly semi-retired state. Be warned, Lambie bashers, I will be watching…. :evil:

  • Comment 73, posted at 15.02.12 07:15:51 by SharonvanWyk Reply
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  • you have been served ..

  • Comment 74, posted at 15.02.12 08:17:49 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @SharonvanWyk (Comment 71) :

    I agree that Both Jantjies and Goosen has a lot to Prove (Goosen more than Elton)

    But surely saying Lambie has nothing to prove is a bit over the top . Frans Steyn has nothing to prove . But then again he has a world cup winners medal .

    Lambie needs to show he can destroy world class opposition . Something that IMHO he has not done yet at international level.

    Even a Super Rugby Title might help a bit .

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