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Cheetahs in Oupa U-turn


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Super Rugby on 11 Mar 2015 at 12:10
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Well, resting of Bok players is seemingly important, but not if you’re the Cheetahs…

Naka Drotske will have earned a big tick from SARU yesterday when he revealed that he’ll be resting Bok loose forward Oupa Mohoje for this week’s clash against the Sharks, only to change his mind on that less than 24 hours later and put the player right back into his starting team.

Apparently Tienie Burger is injured, necessitating a reshuffle. Call me crazy, but with Heinrich Brussow already in the squad (named on the bench) surely the Cheetahs could have come up with some plan for this weekend that didn’t involve reneging on the commitment that ALL the franchises signed up to?

Or will it be a case of “ag shame, they don’t have enough players because of poaching, so we’ll let this one slip”….



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  • This is only their fourth game of the season. They don’t ‘have’ to rest him in this game. Don’t see what all the fuss is about?

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.15 12:27:32 by Ben Reply
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  • :grin: enjoyed that!
    Ive never felt sorry for Cheetahs union or fans for the poaching. Who’s fault is it they play in unmarketable strip in an empty stadium?

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.15 12:29:52 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • WOW so on the very first opportunity to fulfill the contract/agreement they break the deal? Funny how everyone was so up in arms when Jake did not rest his boks, he is still being criticized for that and that was not even a official agreement. What are the repercussions of breaking the agreement? If nothing then why would anyone care to honor it?

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.15 12:39:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Are they counting the warmups games as well or just SR games for this resting deal?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.15 12:41:15 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 3) : Am I missing something here? What agreement is being broken?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.15 12:42:04 by Ben Reply
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  • I would play Brussouw anyways, you want to counter an obviously physically dominant loosie threat with an agile and experienced fetcher don’t you?

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.15 12:43:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 5) : To rest the bok contracted players on every 5th game. But to be honest I haven’t been counting how many games Mohoje has played. My remark is just in general on those who would try to break the agreement.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.15 12:45:18 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Well actually Naka is not breaking any agreement yet. Oupa has not yet played 5 games in a row – this will only be his 4th game.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.15 12:45:41 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 8) : Too late. :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.15 12:46:33 by Ben Reply
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  • You are correct this is only game 4 for them this week, unless the friendlies counted as well?

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.15 12:47:28 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : As far as I know, the warm up games don’t count. This will be his fourth game.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.03.15 12:47:44 by Ben Reply
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  • And I was just about to get my pitchfork to go sort out the oath breaker…..

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.03.15 12:48:58 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 7) : He is also not a contracted Bok, but I am not sure who exactly this agreement will affect:
    - contracted Boks
    - contracted Boks plus extras in the squad who went to NH last year
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  • Comment 13, posted at 11.03.15 12:50:56 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • As some have pointed out, the Cheetahs have not yet broken any agreements. They have only played 3 games and have already gad a bye, so Naka still has plenty of time to rest his Boks. He also has less of them, so no real problem for him…

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.03.15 12:53:29 by pastorshark Reply
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  • being a Lions supporter is awesome …

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.03.15 12:55:06 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 14) : I don’t think a bye counts as a rest week for a Bok. They are not allowed to play more than five games in a row, even if there was a bye in the middle.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.03.15 12:57:23 by Ben Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.03.15 12:59:29 by Ben Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 15) :

    Because you haven’t produced a Bok since Francois Pienaar?

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.03.15 13:05:48 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : I don’t think so…at least I read a writeup that said byes count…but I won’t put money on that…

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.03.15 13:13:04 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Where did you find more detail on this agreement?

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.03.15 13:15:31 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 19) : Aha…just googled it…I stand corrected…

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.03.15 13:15:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • http://www.sarugbymag.co.za/blog/details/key-boks-to-be-managed

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.03.15 13:16:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 21) : I did read a writeup though that obviously got it wrong…

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.03.15 13:17:24 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.03.15 13:22:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 22) : Couple of points which are not very clear:
    1) “key” Springboks – who counts as key?

    2) “key players’ game time will exclude any matches in the Super Rugby Finals series as well as the bye weeks, while it was also agreed that no player will play more than five consecutive weeks”

    I assume that key Boks cannot be excluded from playoffs even if they break the 5 game rule. They mention byes excluded but then talk about five consecutive weeks – not games.

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.03.15 13:23:30 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • point is, having decided to rest him (regardless of how many games he’s played) they should have followed through with that decision.

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.03.15 13:24:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 18) :

    yes exactly !! :sad:

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.03.15 13:30:48 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) :

    Pray tell – why, exactly?

  • Comment 28, posted at 11.03.15 13:42:12 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 28) : because otherwise, why bother at all?

  • Comment 29, posted at 11.03.15 13:43:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) :

    Circumstances changes and decisions change along with it.

    Dont see your issue, except that you might be annoyed you have to play against Oupa?

    He’ll still get a rest – just not this week.

  • Comment 30, posted at 11.03.15 13:44:34 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 30) : I’m just taking the opportunity to write an angry post directed at someone other than the Sharks :)

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.03.15 13:57:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    Hehe. Fair enough!
    Hasnt been the best start to the year, eh.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.03.15 14:15:30 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 32) : eh. No. Not the best.

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.03.15 14:20:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.03.15 14:20:15 by Ben Reply
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  • What about Kriel, Whiteley, Redelinghhuys? Arent these lions players affected by the Bok rest rule?

  • Comment 35, posted at 11.03.15 14:41:32 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Mahoje is a good solid player…nothing spectacular but grafts hard in Super rugby- sometimes more so than when playing for the Boks. He is good around the fringes and at lineout time. Id def prefer if he was rested. Sharks need to scrap a win here by any means…even if it requires an 80m frans steyn penalty.

  • Comment 36, posted at 11.03.15 14:44:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : forget scraping. We got 0 points in last 2 games. We need four tries!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 11.03.15 14:53:30 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 35) :

    I dont believe those three have bok contrcats anyway.

    And this is only game 4 for them

  • Comment 38, posted at 11.03.15 14:55:07 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : Agreed. Storm in a tea cup. Sharks shouldn’t be put out by Cheetahs selections. Rather focus on getting things on track again.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.03.15 14:55:44 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 3) : Big difference beyween overplaying players. This is still early season, and Oupa is still in the infancy of his career. Really, as Ben says, I don’t see the fuss.

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.03.15 14:57:03 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : Agreed, we should be focusing on what we can control.

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.03.15 15:04:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 37) : hahaha mayb if this was Jonah Lomu rugby on Playstation….any win is key here. Dont expect us to run it much.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.03.15 15:17:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : I don’t think they even know where the tracks are!?!?!?! ;-)

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.03.15 16:40:49 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : ok now that you put it that way…… ;-)

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.03.15 16:42:53 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 39) : So, you boys looking forward to booking another 4 log points? :|

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.03.15 20:41:24 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : 5 they playing in Bloem.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.03.15 20:51:23 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 46) : Easy 5 for the Tsietas :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.03.15 21:34:21 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 43) : They know! Its the bounce of the ball, the rub of the green, and tough calls. Been there often enough. They will be back in the reckoning soon.
    @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : Dunno, tough one, Sharks have looked good in patches, just a matter of time before it all clicks. Cheetahs and Sharks like changing wins lol.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.03.15 00:06:59 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : Which isn’t a hell of a lot at the moment…

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.03.15 08:14:04 by Pokkel Reply
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