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No Vic for Bulls clash


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 3 Jul 2012 at 09:20
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The Sharks are going to be up against it at Kings Park on Friday night, with no fewer than three key forwards understood to be in doubt for the game. Most crucial among those, though, is Willem “Big Vic” Alberts, who appears to still be struggling with the knee injury he picked up on Bok duty.

Causing further concern will be the loss of Steven Sykes, who underwent a minor knee procedure after the last Super Rugby game a month ago but might not quite make it in time for Friday, while veteran Jacques Botes has also been in good form, but is unlikely to play due to a shoulder injury. Coach Plumtree could bring in Jandre Marais for Sykes, but looks likely to instead back young Pieter-Steph du Toit to start his first Super Rugby game, in combination with Anton Bresler. It’s going to be a hell of a challenge for that young pairing up against the Bok combo of Juandre Kruger and Flip van der Merwe.

Marcell Coetzee and Jean Deysel will no doubt be the flanks this week, with Keegan Daniel and Ryan Kankowski the options at number 8. Assuming Daniel won’t lose the captaincy, it looks like Hoff will ride the bench for a week or two ahead of his departure for Japan.

The news is better amongst the backs, although (as Gavin Rich writes for Supersport) Paul Jordaan won’t play. The young centre has not yet recovered from the hamstring injury he picked up in the Junior World Championship, but with Frans Steyn and Tim Whitehead set to play together in midfield, the Sharks will be just fine there. Pat Lambie also seems fit, so it remains to be seen whether Plumtree opts for him at flyhalf, or rather backs Fred Michalak who always seems to play extra-well against the Bulls.

Possible Sharks team:
1 Mtawarira, 2 B du Plessis, 3 J du Plessis, 4 Bresler, 5 du Toit, 6 Coetzee, 7 Deysel, 8 Daniel (capt), 9 McLeod, 10 Michalak, 11 Mvovo, 12 Steyn, 13 Whitehead, 14 Pietersen, 15 Lambie
16 Burden, 17 Herbst, 18 Marais, 19 Kankowski, 20 Bosman, 21 Ndungane, 22 Ludik/Viljoen



74 Comments

  • I can’t wait to see a combo of Frans and Tim.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.07.12 09:36:23 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : let’s hope they get some ball

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.07.12 09:40:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • This seems like a competent team. They should win. They have to. 5 wins and they win the trophy. Reds and Highlanders still have to tussle, the loser dropping out the race. Chiefs beat Hurricanes in the final game, they drop out. And a 6th place for the Sharks sets them up nicely for the playoffs. With an “easier” start against the Brumbies, then they are positioned perfectly to go to their semi, be it SA or NZ. The Sharks can do it. Lets back them. If they lose to the Bulls, then demote Plumtree to forwards coach position (which he is excellent at) and get a competent Head Coach. And get rid of Hugh Reece ad move Bashford to development. Its win-win for the fans.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.07.12 09:41:16 by waje Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Ja as long as the forwards pitch up for the game. Luckily we have flyhalves that actually pass the ball :mrgreen: Frans to punch holes and Tim feeding off him and with his straight and hard running style could cause some serious headaches for the opposition

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.07.12 09:42:42 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 3) :

    That the hell happened to you??? Positive?? :shock:

    Call an ambulance quick! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.07.12 09:44:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I hope he backs PS du Toit. i realy rate the guy and he needs the experience at super level.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.07.12 09:44:43 by Viking Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 3) : I also don’t think it is impossoble, the Sharks have shown time and time again that they can string together an imressive run of victories, especially if their backs are against the wall

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.07.12 09:45:03 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • Also remember if Sharks only get 4 points Saturday and Reds lose, Sharks move to 6th as they will be equal on wins with the Hurricanes but better pd.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.07.12 09:45:13 by waje Reply

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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : LIKE!

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.07.12 09:45:38 by Viking Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : I save my optimism for special occasions.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.07.12 09:46:54 by waje Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 8) : Possible. The highlanders has the goods to upset the reds but my money will still be on the reds to pull it off.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.07.12 09:47:31 by Viking Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 8) : where are the Reds playing the Highlanders? It’s in Brisbane, right?

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.07.12 09:48:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • What does Rob Sneider say in that movie 50 First Dates? A Shark only bite when you touch it’s private parts :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.07.12 09:48:49 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Don’t worry, Morné is playing for the opposing team on Friday. ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.07.12 09:50:14 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Does it matter? A team can win wherever if it wants to.

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.07.12 09:50:17 by waje Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : 10-4

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.07.12 09:52:52 by Viking Reply
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  • I would prefer Lambie at 10, and Ludik at 15. Michalak on the bench

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.07.12 09:55:34 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : me too

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.07.12 09:57:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 15) : that was remarkably obtuse, even for you :)

    Have you heard that teams are more likely to win at home than away?

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.07.12 09:58:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 16) : there’s no way the Highlanders are beating the Reds in Brisbane. Best we can do is hope for no bonus point.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.07.12 09:59:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : Me too, Lamie 10, Steyn and Tim in the midfield, JP and TurboVovo on the wings with Ludick at 15. Viljoen and Freddie on the bench

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.07.12 10:00:26 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 17) : me too, although i would go for Viljoen at the back, he showed some great skills against the barmy team the other night and could just be getting some form back

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.07.12 10:01:41 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I cant wait to see JOrdaan with Steyn and lambie at 10

    the speed of Jordaan feeding off little passes into gaps from steyn could cause havock

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.07.12 10:02:48 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • 6. Daniel
    7. Coetzee
    8. Kankowski

    and Lambie @10 Ludik @15

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.07.12 10:03:46 by pienaar111 Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 10) : :lol: :lol: You sure do!

    I’m leaning towards 2 embarrassing losses and new coaching staff for 2013. :twisted:

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.07.12 10:04:03 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Read this in the papers yesterday, so not surprised. Huge loss to lose Alberts and Sykes, though with Deysel we will be covered. PSDT too was top class for the Junior Boks think he will do well at lock. Just with Sykes we have experience.

    Great that we have Fransie, damn how we need him for this game now that Jordaan is injured. See the more top class players we have in all positions the better.

    Will be a massive game this so hoping no injuries.

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.07.12 10:10:30 by Puma Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 23) : Jeez they gonna cause havoc next year…hehe.

    Pity Jordaan picked up that hammie injury.

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.07.12 10:12:50 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : The Highlanders have been really stingy defensively. They only conceded more than 3 tries once against the Crusaders. It is unlikely that the Reds will manage to do that

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.07.12 10:13:10 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 28) : Well when the Chiefs played Reds in Brisbane I expected Chiefs to win that game. They lost hopelessly. So Reds could pick up the bonus point, won’t surprise me.

    Canes too have a bye this week and then play Chiefs the following. Reds will know the score get the win and bonus and they almost through. They only have Tahs to play next. We let ourselves down losing to the Lions. We should not have been in this mess really. Also should have won the game against the Tahs and probably against Stormers at Newlands.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.07.12 10:18:38 by Puma Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Not as obtuse as blaming Todd Blackadder for the Sharks predicament.

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.07.12 10:22:04 by waje Reply

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  • @Puma (Comment 29) : The Reds did not look all that flash against the Rebels. I expect the Reds to win, but unlikely to get a bonus point.

    However I do not expect the Sharks to make the playoffs

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.07.12 10:26:29 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : As far as I know Plumtree has one more year on his contract. Why pay him out, when you can use him as an effective structures coach, and get a coach that is better at managing players?

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.07.12 10:26:36 by waje Reply

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  • 4.Bresler 5.PSdT 6.Keegan 7.Marcel 8.The Hof 9.Michalak/McLeod 10.Lambie 11.F/FMvovo 12.F.Steyn 13.Timmy boy 14.JPP 15.LUDIK

    Guys I don’t wanna see defile the Sharks jersey for the rest of the season: Marius Joubert and Riaan Vuiljoen :twisted:

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.07.12 10:27:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 32) :

    I can handle that if Plum can handle not being head coach!

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.07.12 10:29:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I would be tempted to play 6.Coetzee 7.Deysel 8.Daniel. I think PSDT and Bresler will be a great combination.

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.07.12 10:30:43 by Talent Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 22) : really? I though Viljoen was shocking in that game!

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.07.12 10:44:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 30) : you clearly suffer from a distinct lack of irony… perhaps you are anaemic? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.07.12 10:46:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • FFS can Ndungane please retire already!
    Or could the Sharks top brass please have the balls to drop him.

    Surely Mjekevu and/or Sithole are worth a shot off the bench.

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.07.12 10:59:14 by John Galt Reply

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  • @John Galt (Comment 38) : Second that they should get a chance. Oddie is not a bad backup though – covers 11,14,15.

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.07.12 11:13:22 by King Shark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : i didnt watch the whole match boet, maybe i only got to see where he did some good things lol

    I like ludick, my only problem is he hits the line yet never seems to beable to break a tackle???

    would i worry if he plays 15?? no

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.07.12 11:14:53 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • I’d like to see Ludik at 15. He’s been playing really well. Very committed. As always, I also want Lambie at 10. To me the Lambie/Steyn/Whitehead or Jordaan combo will be awesome.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.07.12 11:23:06 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Me three!!! :grin:

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.07.12 11:25:21 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Me too!

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.07.12 11:29:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • Lets throw the cats amongst the pigeons here, maybe this loose trio could work too wtih the injuries we have

    8 Coetzee
    7 PSDT
    6 Deysel

    play kanko and daniel off the bench, that would beef the scrumm up and maybe the lineouts too

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.07.12 11:30:11 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • Rob, you suffering from a sever bout of pms? You’ve been bitchy all week. As the blog moderator, you should be promoting a healthy discussion, not attacking all those that have supported your site. I don’t mind the odd bit of abuse as I dish my fairshare out. But for someone that cannot use spellcheck, changes tack every two days and really doesn’t offer much support for a team that the website promotes, you are quick to turn on little mistakes of other posters.

    Maybe you should re-evaluate if this site is really what you want to be doing. Maybe you should become like Gavin Rich and Keo, and call the site Robsworld and talk about how great you are everyday. Then we can all take your opinion for what it actually is, self righteous babble.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.07.12 11:44:20 by waje Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 41) : Yeah, now that is a tasty backline!

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.07.12 11:48:06 by King Shark Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 45) : Two stars and you already know everything there is to know about this site and its moderators :roll:

    Ease up “friend”…the week has got some distance to go yet. ;-)

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.07.12 11:49:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Hope I’m not disappointed with the Sharks this weekend!!!
    Looking forward to a Michalak, Steyn and Whitehead combo, sure well see Lambie moving into 10 in the second 40

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.07.12 11:54:10 by pierre_mackie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) : I don’t always feel the need to babble shit. That is why I have two stars. I have been around long enough to know the rabble from the righteous. KSA and Pokkel I have time for and a good few others, but a fair few deserve a robsworld site.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.07.12 11:56:02 by waje Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 49) : Judging by your comments thus far… :roll:

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.07.12 11:58:12 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 45) : All this due to your own sense of humour failure? :roll:

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.07.12 12:02:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 50) : Yeah I’ll add one more, loser doesn’t have 2 o’s.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.07.12 12:02:16 by waje Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 45) : maybe you should re-evaluate whether this site is where you really want to be posting, because I’m about to remove you.

    I don’t get up at 4 every morning for this shit.

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.07.12 12:08:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @waje (Comment 52) : Not?! :shock:

    Well I never…

    What a revelation – you, sir, are a genius. :roll:

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.07.12 12:09:03 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Right. That feels better.

    Who’s next?

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.07.12 12:09:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • :mrgreen: Vat jou goed en trek Ferreira, vat jou goed en trek. Some of the little songs we sing at Loftus is just so apt for many a circumstance, not so? ;-)

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.07.12 12:11:27 by diablo Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 55) : Aaaahh, I was starting to enjoy him :mrgreen:

    Now you have to break it to Pokkel and KSA that you booted one of their fans :lol:

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.07.12 12:12:16 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Urm quick question: Isn`t the term ” Big Vic ” reserved for Victor Matfield? :mrgreen:

    On a different note, I agree with the backlines proposed by you guys.
    And I`m quite positive as well.
    If we manage to scrape through against the bulls I`ll have bragging rights again.
    If we don`t we will see a change in coach.
    ” Everyone`s a Winner at the Cotton Club! ” :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.07.12 12:14:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Spellcheck? Now I am in deep doodoo. Ek is tog immers ‘n boertjie. May I still comment if I has make spelling wrong?

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.07.12 12:17:56 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 59) : Just don’t call this place “Rob’s World” – you’ll get booted for sure :mrgreen:

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.07.12 12:19:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 57) :

    I’ve seen quite a few people come and go over the years….including you!

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.07.12 12:19:55 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 59) : As long as you write Daniel and not Daniels the rest wont matter ;)

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.07.12 12:20:21 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 61) : But I tend to come back after I’ve gone – and I go before I get booted :lol:

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.07.12 12:22:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 62) : It’s “won’t” ;-) :twisted:

  • Comment 64, posted at 03.07.12 12:23:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 64) : :evil: :lol:

  • Comment 65, posted at 03.07.12 12:25:42 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @ the dudette – I hope Keegan DanielS is on the bench this week, would love to see Kanko @ 8 with Deysel and Coetzee starting. Bissie as captain. But it won’t happen. Mind you I remember Keegan DanielS playing some realy good games agains the Bloues.

  • Comment 66, posted at 03.07.12 12:34:18 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 66) :

    Ice gaan vir jou moer!! :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 67, posted at 03.07.12 13:00:25 by wpw Reply
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  • Why? What I say?

  • Comment 68, posted at 03.07.12 15:21:33 by Bite me Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 68) :

    Daniel(s) :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 69, posted at 03.07.12 15:54:10 by wpw Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 66) : I see you like living on the precarious side ;)

  • Comment 70, posted at 03.07.12 20:24:50 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • Just reading Rugby365 and they say Lambie is in doubt for this week? From what I read yesterday he is as good to go. So have no idea now. For what it is worth rather rest Lambie for selection in the Bok squad. No use playing him now and jeopardize his chances of playing in the RC. Really doubt we will make the play offs. Even if we did the travel would be a monster. Hardly think we will make it past the quarter or the semi, so not worth it really.

  • Comment 71, posted at 03.07.12 20:51:13 by Puma Reply

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  • Reading SharksRugby site and there they too say that Lambie and Alberts are still struggling. So it seems that Lambie might still be not 100% over that ankle strain. Well then we should rest him and rather not jeopardize his Bok selection by playing him and making that ankle any worse.

  • Comment 72, posted at 03.07.12 21:06:23 by Puma Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 68) : ????? Bite me? Check ME have a bite at YOU! :lol:

  • Comment 73, posted at 03.07.12 21:08:35 by Ice Reply
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  • @ Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette – As I stated in a previous comment, I are Afrikaans and for sure do not understand what “precarious” means. Just kidding on Keegan

  • Comment 74, posted at 04.07.12 11:38:45 by Bite me Reply

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