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Toulon – it’s on!


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 1 Dec 2014 at 10:28
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The Sharks will face French champions RC Toulon in an exhibition match in February next year, after the club’s enigmatic owner, Mourad Boudjellal accepted John Smit’s Twitter challenge.

Taking a bit of a punt last week, Smit issued the challenge last week, prompting some anxious moments as Toulon player Drew Mitchell initially rebuffed the advance, shooting Smit down in style by pointing out that Toulon already had their hands full with playing the actual Super Rugby champions, the Waratahs.

Mitchell’s boss, though, appeared not to share his player’s view and rose to the bait just as Smit (seemingly) knew he would. Claiming that the Sharks “don’t scare him” and he’d gladly play them anywhere at any time, the date has been set for 5 February 2015 at the Stade Mayol in Toulon.

With Saracens having opted to play against the Bulls next year, rather than reprising the successful 2014 outing against the Sharks, Smit has acted quickly to plug the gap and ensure a quality Northern hit-out for his men ahead of Super Rugby.



48 Comments

  • Booked my flights last night.

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.12.14 10:35:33 by durbsguy Reply
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  • Cool, this should be fun. Hopefully our top guys can go. This is the perfect warm-up if you take it seriously.

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.12.14 10:41:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • This is going to be a great game!

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.12.14 10:42:33 by PTAShark Reply
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  • I liked the light-hearted banter between Smit and Toulon; all in good spirit. Should be a cracker of a game though! I suspect we will be a bit rusty, but well up for the challenge and should give Toulon a good run for their money.

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.12.14 10:45:07 by Another Nick Reply

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  • So Smittie had the last laugh :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.12.14 10:59:08 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • With the international talent at Toulon’s disposal… I think the Sharks are going to take a beating, especially as it is in NH conditions, with what I assume will be a NH ref and taking place in the Shark’s pre-season.

    A good warm up game for Superrugby no doubt… just John’s going to have to be ready to eat humble pie.

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.12.14 11:01:51 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 6) : perfect excuse to invite them back for a rematch.

    Smit is winding Mourad up nicely here…. the real carrot is a juicy Kings Park fixture and he’ll have the frenchman dancing to his tune

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.12.14 11:06:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • “don’t scare him” and he’d gladly play them anywhere at any time” – so why is this game going to be played in France then – play it in Durban.

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.12.14 11:10:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Dear Trolls,

    This is how you bait someone.

    Yours sincerely,

    John Smit
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  • Comment 9, posted at 01.12.14 11:13:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.12.14 11:14:28 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.12.14 11:37:39 by Another Nick Reply

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  • Nice! :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.12.14 12:36:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I really want to go to the game. Toulon is just under an hour away from me. I hope it’s an early game…

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.12.14 12:39:34 by lostfish Reply
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  • Who is coming to France?

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.12.14 12:40:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 14) : Depends… do you have a spare room available? ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.12.14 12:57:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 13) : I’d love to go, but it’s not a cheap place to get to from here.

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.12.14 13:08:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : I do…

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.12.14 13:09:39 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Have a look at Marseille airport. If people come over I can drive down there and leave hubby with the kids for the day :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.12.14 13:10:30 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 18) : Hmmm….. Using Avios, wife and I could both come over for £70.

    Need to figure out where the hell to stay, though.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.12.14 13:19:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 16) : Have a look at Gatwick to Marseille on easyjet, a lot of the time you can fly return for less than 80 quid.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.12.14 13:19:56 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I have a spare room

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.12.14 13:20:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : If the kids were a little older I’d seriously have considered imposing. I’d score serious brownie points if I took my wife to France, even if it was to watch rugby.

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.12.14 13:27:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 21) : you are too kind.

    Let me run this by Leigh this evening. Major sticking point would be what to do with the kids.

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.12.14 13:30:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : I bought tickets to Nice and then drive down from there make a short holiday off it.

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.12.14 13:45:11 by durbsguy Reply

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  • crap, one slight fly in the ointment is that I may possibly have a meeting in Redwood Shores that week.

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.12.14 13:56:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • @durbsguy (Comment 24) : what’s the drive like from Nice Cote D’Azur?

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.12.14 14:04:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : brutally honest I have no idea. Normally head east to Antibes or Cannes. The French roads are all brilliant.

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.12.14 16:47:17 by durbsguy Reply

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  • @durbsguy (Comment 27) : looks like it’s about 90 minutes or so.

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.12.14 17:05:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think I’ll just ask Bakkies if I can crash on his sofa. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 01.12.14 17:52:32 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • crap on a stick. Looks like my team meeting is going to clash with this :( :( :cry:

  • Comment 30, posted at 01.12.14 18:35:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : That sucks but CA isn’t too shabby ;)

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.12.14 21:30:48 by lostfish Reply
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  • @durbsguy (Comment 27) : The French roads are ok, the autoroute is rather expensive. Where do you live?

  • Comment 32, posted at 01.12.14 21:42:28 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 31) : haven’t given up hope yet…. will wait for confirmation

  • Comment 33, posted at 01.12.14 23:59:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • Enjoy it hope all of you cqn go and represent us!!!!!! Go Sharks!!!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.12.14 00:39:15 by JD Reply
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  • Enough with these Bok Plonkers
    Roll On Super Rugby!

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.12.14 08:30:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 35) : My sentiments as well

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.12.14 10:41:28 by benji Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 35) :

    Go Lions :P

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.12.14 13:09:30 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Good for him…

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.12.14 22:27:19 by pastorshark Reply
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  • *sigh* I wish I could go…

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.12.14 22:30:38 by pastorshark Reply
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  • ha, my team meeting has been pushed out by a week. Looks like we’re back on track :)

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.12.14 10:14:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well done John Smit! We need more exposure like this game. Any know if other pre season matches planned?

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.12.14 11:38:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • BOOKED and BOOKED!

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.12.14 12:46:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 37) : where? Nobody wants them ;-)

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.12.14 16:28:01 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) : :cool:

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.12.14 19:16:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Im up for this – Rob gimme ring sometime.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.12.14 20:00:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 45) : oh sweet!

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.12.14 20:47:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 45) : you must antwoord your phone!

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.12.14 20:52:42 by robdylan Reply
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  • Exciting encounter this is in theory. But we need to be realistic. The two teams won’t be on the same level Psychologically because one will be in pre-season.

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.12.14 20:05:31 by AP8 Reply

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