Richard Ferguson

Brussow starts, Whiteley on the bench


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 22 Jul 2015 at 11:43
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The Springbok team to face the All Blacks has been announced with Heinrich Brussow starting his first match since the 2011 World Cup.

Schalk Burger captains the side from the back of the scrum, forming a loose trio partnership with Francois Louw and Brussow, three men that will work hard on the ground. Couple those three with Bismarck du Plessis and we have no excuses for conceding turnovers at the breakdown.

The only other change to the starting team is in the second row where Lood de Jager starts for the injured Victor Matfield.

The bench is heavily changed with Trevor Nyakane and Vincent Koch replacing Frans Malherbe and Heinke van der Merwe, Flip van der Merwe coming onto the bench with Lood starting. Warren Whiteley will get his chance from the bench, replacing Oupa Mohoje. Lastly, Cornal Hendricks is in jersey 23 in place of Lwazi Mvovo.

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Cornal Hendricks



146 Comments

  • ai …

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.15 11:45:26 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Lions fans, may I offer some cheese? :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.15 11:45:31 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Sigh, not surprised yet still disappointed. At least Frans Malherbe and Heinke van der Merwe are gone.

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.15 11:45:58 by Seth101 Reply
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  • All Blacks by …?

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.15 11:46:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Wow, so mvovo got 15 minutes of tackle practice? And did saru offer flip a contract as he demanded?

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.15 11:47:22 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • how the hell does Mvovo get dropped? I mean, really? Blamed for not scoring a 100m intercept try in the 4 minutes he spent on the field?

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.15 11:47:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • AB’ s by too many

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.15 11:48:15 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • #StartLambie trending yet?

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.15 11:48:37 by Another Nick Reply

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  • How does Pollard get another chance? He has been nothing less thank shocking.

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.15 11:49:30 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 5) :

    Apparantly the whole Flip incident had little to do about a contract and was more a miscommunication than anything else.

    How true that is, nobody knows. But it is good to have him back..

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.15 11:49:49 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 4) : @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 7) : By 10. At least.

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.15 11:50:54 by Ben Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Meyer logic. Will continue to the death with sub-par players, then drop someone after 4 mins for no reason at all. Must be a blast living in fools paradise..

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.15 11:50:56 by Another Nick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I was just going to ask that?

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.15 11:53:04 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Well c’mon. If he’s not going to do it in 4 minutes it’ll probably never happen #themeyerhasspoken

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.15 11:53:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Good side still but a few interesting points. It seems Meyer is not too keen to trial anyone else at 15- seems like Lambie will deputise if needs be. Also no centre on the bench so either JPP or Lambie to play there. I just wonder if Brussouw fully fit- he has been out for a number of months with zero game time.

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.15 11:54:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : can we not rather get a hug .. i need a hug . this makes me feel sad … very sad …

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.15 11:57:03 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 15) : He already said he will play Lambie at 15.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.15 11:57:45 by Seth101 Reply
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  • I’m glad Brussouw is getting a shot. Hope he has a blinder.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.15 12:05:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 16) : I can commiserate so have as many hugs as you can handle #iwannawatchthemvovoexpress

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.15 12:06:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : Because picking a player who hasn’t played in ages and hoping he plays well, over inform players makes sense…

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.15 12:07:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • #stophashtagging

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.15 12:08:51 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : #butthebosssaysitmakesyoucool

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.15 12:10:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 22) : #hashtagsareannoying :)

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.15 12:11:46 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 23) : Agreed. I’ve had my fill. I’m switching back to regular old sarcasm

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.15 12:13:15 by vanmartin Reply
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  • #banhashtagsplease :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.15 12:13:23 by Ben Reply
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  • You have to ask yourself what Lambie maybe asks himself: “what do I have to do? !”. It’s Meyer’s barbecue but I don’t why he selects the chop at 10?

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.15 12:14:22 by SeanJeff Reply
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  • #andremovetwitterfromexistancewhileyou’reatit ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.15 12:14:51 by Ben Reply
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  • It’s becoming more and more difficult to support the boks with meyer there…

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.15 12:17:11 by HeinF Reply

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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 26) : Change his name, or join the bulls, or both.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.07.15 12:26:46 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Hopefully Heinki Meyers last year boys please

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.07.15 12:28:50 by duncanbetteridge Reply

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  • Brussouw a hard man? lol.

    Maybe in the midget WWE.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.15 12:29:38 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @SeanJeff (Comment 26) :

    Needs gametime and this is anyway a good thing. What do you think will happen to his place in the pecking order if he starts on Saturday and has a mare? And if the Boks have a mare, the flyhalf is bound to have one.
    He’ll then give Meyer and his Blouballe minions all the ammo in the world to relegate him behind Pollard permanently, probably behind Steyn too.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.07.15 12:31:25 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 29) : Can see the headlines already: “Exciting new prospect, Pieter Lamprecht, joins Bulls in 2016″,”Pieter Lamprect on bench for Boks!”,”Amazing Piet Lamprecht stars in Bok victory!”… Etc Etc

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.07.15 12:32:08 by Another Nick Reply

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  • I stand to be corrected but I remember reading somewhere that Brussouw has never lost against the AB’s?

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.07.15 12:32:17 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) :

    That means FA, unless you believe in superstition.

    Butch had never won a trophy until 2007.

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.07.15 12:33:54 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) : Indeed, which is probably exactly why Meyer selected him. Idiot :roll:

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.07.15 12:35:53 by Ben Reply
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  • @duncanbetteridge (Comment 30) : Everything I have heard, says that his contract will be renewed regardless of world cup result.

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.07.15 12:36:33 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 35) : Meyer probably checks his horoscope every day too. :roll:

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.15 12:37:07 by Ben Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 35) : Not the type to read anything into that but would honestly be a pity if he loses that bragging right this weekend.

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.15 12:38:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 34) :

    Neither has Whiteley…

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.15 12:39:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 37) : I bloody hope not. :twisted:

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.15 12:39:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : O me to!!!!

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.07.15 12:40:49 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) :

    Lol.

    Or Koch.

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.07.15 12:41:02 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) :

    Yeah i know.

    Sadly, it wouldn’t surprise me if Meyer does believe in that nonsense.

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.07.15 12:42:05 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : Maybe I need to reconsider hashtags

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.07.15 12:42:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 43) :

    In fact, neither have I, but you won’t see my ass on the rugby field..

    Those stats always make me nervous, they count for nothing..

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.07.15 12:42:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 45) :

    I get you, no need to go the hashtag route again.. Promise

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.07.15 12:43:14 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 43) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 40) : Don’t forget about Jesse.

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.07.15 12:43:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 48) :

    True that!

    But then lets start a list of kiwis that have never lost to saffas…
    Gonna be a slightly longer list i suspect.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.07.15 12:45:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Rich,

    I still cant believe you called the chimney sweep a “hard man”.

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.07.15 12:46:42 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 47) : I was bluffing anyway. Hashtags trigger my ‘incorrect capitalisation’ OCD. I start feeling seriously guilty the more I use them. You offend the grammar gods at your own peril.

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.07.15 12:49:40 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Brussow is an interesting choice – HM going with two “fetchers” in the loose trio again. Hopefully he is match fit.

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.07.15 12:49:58 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 52) : I don’t think it’s the worst of strategies against teams who can punish you on quick ball but if Pollard can engineer a steal I’m pretty sure that Whitely will catch on quickly too. He strikes me as one of the smarter loose forwards :)

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.07.15 12:52:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) :

    Where exactly did I say he was a “hard man”?

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.07.15 13:01:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 50) :
    @Richard Ferguson (Comment 54) :

    Oh, in the other article..

    Yes, noted – I will go wash my mouth out with soap..

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.07.15 13:02:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 55) :

    Lol.

    Dont worry, i was just pulling your leg. I know it was extreme hyperbole.

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.07.15 13:06:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 31) :
    CLASSIC! :lol:

    Boks to lose by 10+

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.07.15 13:09:07 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 57) :

    Yeah, I also reckon its gonna be a hiding.
    I like our new midfield, but their defensive frailties will be exposed as they are cut to threads.

    Think line-outs might also be a problem and we’ll be punished badly if Pollard’s kicking is again wayward.

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.07.15 13:16:05 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Here’s just a general question,of all the players in the match 23,how many can most of us agree are the very best we have to in their position, to be on the field at the end of a winning World Cup final.

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.07.15 13:34:35 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 59) :

    2. Bismarck
    4. Eben
    6. Louw

    9. Pienaar (To a certain extent, we all know I don’t like him)

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.07.15 13:37:21 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) :@The hound (Comment 59) : I know he isn’t in the 23 but Marcell should be there.

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.07.15 13:41:08 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) : Not sure about Louw. Marcell outplayed him on the ground from blindside flank.

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.07.15 13:41:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) : I would argue Beast is the best. The rest I agree with.

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.07.15 13:45:46 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I would say dropped for being too short – All Blacks have a better kicking game than Oz

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.07.15 13:49:59 by byron Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) : Do we have anyone better than Willie at 15? (keeping in mind we can’t pick Lambie or Kriel in two positions)

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.07.15 13:54:32 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @byron (Comment 64) : They also have a better running game and Hendricks can’t tackle. :shock:

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.07.15 13:58:02 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 66) : Touché

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.07.15 13:58:54 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 65) : Kriel at FB, Willie at wing, Lambie at FH. Mapoe/ du Jongh at center.

    I will probably get a million disagrees, but I would and Frans Steyn in my starting 15, at center or FB.

  • Comment 68, posted at 22.07.15 14:01:02 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 65) : I’m a big Willie le Roux fan. Have been since I saw him play for the first time for Boland (I think). Hope he can fix the basics and keep his flair.

  • Comment 69, posted at 22.07.15 14:10:40 by Ben Reply
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  • Has the New Zealand team been announced yet?

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.07.15 14:20:34 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 60) :Forget Pienaar but I agree with the rest.
    And we are 2 games away from the World Cup,bet the AB starting XV is pretty close to the one that will play their last game at the World Cup,same with that Aussies.

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.07.15 14:20:56 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 65) :

    You have me thinking here..

    You have to look at the question – do you want that player on the field at the World Cup final – And I don’t think I want Willie there if he is going to do what he did against the Aussies.

    That said, who do you then look to at fullback – difficult one. I really think Kriel is a better fullback than he is a centre. But is he better than Willie? Cannot say for sure, they are two different types of players. I would like Willie in my team against the Barbarians or against a World XV, where there is space and he can run and be merry, but against Australia or New Zealand in a crunch game, he is good and bad in equal parts.

    I honestly don’t think we have a proper fullback in the country right now. I would love to see Kriel after another season or two at fullback, but if he is the future, then go with him and give him the experience now, so that at the next World Cup, he is a 50 test veteran. That is what we are doing with Pollard now anyway..

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.07.15 14:23:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 71) :

    Who would you have over Pienaar? Bear in mind, the World Cup is being played in England on turf that Pienaar has been playing on for years now.

    I really don’t think Reinach has the current form to be number one. And I don’t have any faith in Fourie du Preez. Who else is there?

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.07.15 14:24:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 70) :

    Not yet..

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  • @The hound (Comment 71) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 73) : I agree with Pienaar being there. H is used to Europe and has done very well there. He may not be amazing but I can’t think of anyone better then him.

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.07.15 14:31:53 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 73) : The Lions supporters will say Faf. But I agree with you. There is no one else.

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.07.15 14:34:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 72) : has His Majesty given up on the 215 WC so he is aiming for the next one in 2019 ?

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.07.15 14:35:29 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 76) : nah wont pick faf yet . doesnt really fit into the game plan

  • Comment 78, posted at 22.07.15 14:36:11 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 78) : This. No doubt he is good, but he just doesn’t come with that same Northern hemisphere experience or really fit the game plan.

  • Comment 79, posted at 22.07.15 14:37:36 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 78) : I would be interested to hear if you’d pick Elton over Pollard? I have no opinion because I honestly did not watch Elton play at all this year.

  • Comment 80, posted at 22.07.15 14:38:29 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 79) : jip … dont want EVERY lions player to be in the bok squad . i just wish they would get a fair shot .

  • Comment 81, posted at 22.07.15 14:38:47 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 74) : How does the rugby championship work this year? Do we play the Argies twice and New Zealand and Australia play each other twice? That’s the way Supersport has it, but I’ve learnt a long time ago not to take what they say as gospel.

  • Comment 82, posted at 22.07.15 14:39:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 78) : :shock: ;)

  • Comment 83, posted at 22.07.15 14:39:52 by Ben Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 80) : elton was good this year for the Lions . but i think he falls in the same category as Faf . Although Pollard is just being useless . so who knows ..

  • Comment 84, posted at 22.07.15 14:40:38 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 83) : sorry . ment dont :P finger mistake

  • Comment 85, posted at 22.07.15 14:41:10 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 81) : :lol: I mean realistically. If Elton is better (which I can’t judge) I would have Elton at FH and Pat at FB with Willie on the wing.

  • Comment 86, posted at 22.07.15 14:41:18 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 82) : seems we play each team once . and then a none competition round against the argies

  • Comment 87, posted at 22.07.15 14:42:13 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 86) : i would have Elton above HP if JA was bok coach . Elton played a big part in the Lions success this season . But it seems to me that HM has no confidence in Lions players . so i dont expect them to perform well

  • Comment 88, posted at 22.07.15 14:45:34 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 73) : This is a very sad scenario because the guy who should be playing there is Kockert,but because of Meyer’s tunnel vision he will be playing for France.
    Saying that Pienaar should get the nod because he is playing over there,is like making a case for Sideshow Bob to get the nod at 15 because he has also been over there for some time.
    Still think if Meyer has his way Houghaardt will be back in the mix.

  • Comment 89, posted at 22.07.15 14:47:47 by The hound Reply
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  • If Lambie can’t be at 10 I’d prefer him at 12 with deAllende at 13 and Kriel at fb. Willie on bench for final 20 at fh. We seriously lack bite in the last quarter.

  • Comment 90, posted at 22.07.15 14:49:28 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 88) : I think he just doesn’t have confidence in bringing in new players in general (unless they are bulls) 90% of his selections are the same old same old. The unfortunate thing for the Lions they have only recently improved and so non of their players are part of the same old.

  • Comment 91, posted at 22.07.15 14:50:25 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 89) : Difference is Pienaar has won player of the year up there. Who would be your personal pick over him? Obviously it can’t be Kockott.

    @Blue Centurion (Comment 90) : I am very against playing players in positions they have little to no experienced, I don’t think Lambie is the best possible 12, so would not pick him there.

  • Comment 92, posted at 22.07.15 14:53:43 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 91) : yea look . why was whitley not given a (fair) shot last year already ? after one game Jessie kriel has more minutes in a bok jersey then whitley does . makes me a bit angrey . but thats how it goes ..

  • Comment 93, posted at 22.07.15 14:54:37 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 93) : Jessie plays for the Bulls.

  • Comment 94, posted at 22.07.15 14:57:50 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 94) : haha . there you go .

  • Comment 95, posted at 22.07.15 14:59:07 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 82) :

    Each team plays each other once for the Rugby Championship.

    After that, the teams chose to play another test that doesn’t count towards anything, simply an International. I know we play Argentina in Argentina, I wasn’t aware of the All Blacks and the Aussies doing the same thing.

    It does seem a waste to go all the way to Argentina to play a one off nothing test. If you were going to spend that type of money, rather go test yourself against the best and play NZ in NZ..

  • Comment 96, posted at 22.07.15 14:59:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 89) :

    There is a case for Kirchner, you are right. I have heard good things of his play lately, almost as if the Bulls plan has finally been knocked out of him. Whether that makes him a better option than Willie remains to be seen. He should have gotten some game time now, but we won’t know the Meyer thinking until after the World Cup and he brings out his autobiography..

  • Comment 97, posted at 22.07.15 15:01:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 92) : He did have success in the past for the Sharks at 12, but the need for a 10 was greater.
    And if you look at 95 and 07 we won with a guy at 12 who could also play 10.

  • Comment 98, posted at 22.07.15 15:08:44 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Zibbie (Comment 87) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 96) : Thanks gents.

  • Comment 99, posted at 22.07.15 15:08:59 by Ben Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 98) : Frans Steyn can play 10? :lol:

  • Comment 100, posted at 22.07.15 15:10:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 98) : I’m not saying he can’t play there or is not good even, I am saying he is not the best in that position.

  • Comment 101, posted at 22.07.15 15:10:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 93) : I feel Jaco Kriel should have been given a shot in Marcell’s place instead of Brussow. He was the stand out this year. What did Brussow do in the last odd couple of years compared to Whitely or Kriel?

  • Comment 102, posted at 22.07.15 15:11:48 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 97) : I just watched to the 2012 test at Twickenham. I have to say, Kirchner was superb and very safe under the high ball, he made some other mistakes, but in that area he was, and I believe remains excellent. I know he cops it a lot here on Sharksworld, but he would be a safe choice in my opinion at 15.

  • Comment 103, posted at 22.07.15 15:14:29 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 90) : Because 13 is a specialist defence position I’m not convinced that de Allende is the man for the job. Other than that I’d love to see that team play with a 9 that is under the impression that a box kick is your boot making sharp and unexpected contact with the backside of person that hails from the dodgiest parts of the East Rand.

  • Comment 104, posted at 22.07.15 15:19:34 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 103) : Pity that we need to choose between either a safe or an exciting fullback at this point in time.

  • Comment 105, posted at 22.07.15 15:22:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 103) : Hell noooooooo,just now somebody is going to make a case for Greyling.
    Willie is an outstanding player,maybe he had a bad game last week,he has huge BMT and his combination with Kriel could be the best thing to happen to the Boks in years.
    Meyer keeps Lambie in the mix because he also has BMT and he is his safety card,it is almost as if he resents him shining,but wants him there to bail him out of the shite.
    Pollard is another good one,but he is only as good as his 9,and Pienaar does nothing for him.
    I would love to see Pollard with Faf.

  • Comment 106, posted at 22.07.15 15:24:26 by The hound Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 105) : Pity we don’t have someone who is both.

  • Comment 107, posted at 22.07.15 15:24:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 105) : Just a thought, perhaps safe is the right call in a RWC. Points come at a premium in the RWC, defence is king in the RWC. Maybe bring on exciting if we are behind and need an injection of points.

  • Comment 108, posted at 22.07.15 15:25:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 106) : I literally disagree with that whole comment.

  • Comment 109, posted at 22.07.15 15:25:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 106) : I’m also keen to see what Faf can do.

  • Comment 110, posted at 22.07.15 15:28:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 9) : He starts cause HM policy of being fair and giving everyone a chance is very selective. Same goes for starting mvovo Hendricks is way worse at defense and slower. Pollard is utter mediocrity packaged in one hyped up dream. But don’t tell that to the folks quoting the pundits who say pollard is the future. Yes the future of performing in one game then missing the boat in the next four, then blaming his performance on every team member but him. No one gets away with murder like he does. My prediction, about wings gonna run the backline through like swiss cheese. Pollard will never get the backline going and also concede some really amateur blunders once the pressure builds. Then Willie will try save the day but being under so much undue pressure will be seen as the cause of all our problems. Saw this happen last year with exactly the same guy Pollard. Will happen again.

  • Comment 111, posted at 22.07.15 15:30:49 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 111) : +1

  • Comment 112, posted at 22.07.15 15:32:31 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 102) : Me too besides which Brussouw is specialist fetcher only. Plan must be to sub him for schalk once defenses get overrun a bit too often then bring in Whiteley at 8. My question is why not plan for success? Lou and burger at flank and Whiteley at 8 from the start? Is it not the plan to get an understudy for Duane? Then why is the understudy being the understudy for the stopgap, Schalk?

  • Comment 113, posted at 22.07.15 15:34:27 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 90) : Don’t take it as gospel but the man raises some points worth pondering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xREBz76fx0A&feature=youtu.be

  • Comment 114, posted at 22.07.15 15:36:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 104) : Wishful thinking indeed. This is SA. No scrumhalf may set foot on the field if he can’t box kick. Sadly.

  • Comment 115, posted at 22.07.15 15:36:50 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • HM = BB – NOT LAMBIE. HOPE THIS IS HIS LAST YEAR!

  • Comment 116, posted at 22.07.15 15:40:49 by Den Reply

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  • Guys do any of you suspect HM is hoping against hope that Pollard will have another great day against the allblacks? He does realise the team who played that day already won the series and didn’t really commit also the team playing now os one year downtrack refining rebuilding and improving, while we sadly seem to be at exactly the same place we were one year ago bar the center pair and missing Duane vermeulen?

  • Comment 117, posted at 22.07.15 15:41:46 by coolfusion Reply

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  • So why did HM start Lambie on the end of year tour last year?

  • Comment 118, posted at 22.07.15 15:44:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 118) : Appease the fans.

  • Comment 119, posted at 22.07.15 15:47:24 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 114) : holy hell…. it’s damning, isn’t it?

  • Comment 120, posted at 22.07.15 15:49:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 119) : It makes no sense that was the only opportunity for our starting FH in the RWC to experience the conditions the RWC will be played in.

  • Comment 121, posted at 22.07.15 15:53:56 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 121) : You expect sense to be used in HM’s selections? :lol:

  • Comment 122, posted at 22.07.15 15:57:12 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 120) : I was constantly frustrated that the Aussies seemed to conjure up space out of nowhere but because I wasn’t watching the game too closely I assumed it was down to Kriel’s inexperience. Now it seems that on at least some of the occasions he was left scrambling because of poor defence at 12. The AB’s must be licking their chops. :sad:

  • Comment 123, posted at 22.07.15 16:06:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 114) : That is a brilliant piece of analysis,love to see Mallett defend that he has been on a personal crusade to talk up de Allende at every opportunity,only problem is that this opens up the door for old slow brittle,de Villiers,and I personally would rather see deafened in that shirt.

  • Comment 124, posted at 22.07.15 16:15:27 by The hound Reply
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  • deafened is prescriptive text for de Allende

  • Comment 125, posted at 22.07.15 16:16:44 by The hound Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 119) : For sure. Definitely not with a plan to give lambie exposure the we have two great flyhalfs in lambie and Pollard and HM know what lambie offers argument is just blowing smoke up u r a$$. Even if you know what a player offers he STILL has to get ample airtime else how will you know if he is on the same form you last bench marked him also how will you know if he can be a better option with your new center combo that the current encumbent if you never properly test him too? Smacks of a coach who has already made up his mind forgoing current evidence or future proof. And come hell or high water he will make the square peg fit in the round hole.

  • Comment 126, posted at 22.07.15 16:19:09 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 124) : Frans Steyn?

  • Comment 127, posted at 22.07.15 16:42:13 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 107) : I reckon the last time we had that was André Joubert.

  • Comment 128, posted at 22.07.15 17:42:33 by Ben Reply
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  • JPP injured, out of the squad. Hendricks starting and Mapoe on the bench!!! I can’t imagine what Mvovo must feel like.

    @Ben (Comment 128) : Percy?

  • Comment 129, posted at 22.07.15 18:57:06 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @Seth101 (Comment 129) : Flair? Not so much.

  • Comment 130, posted at 22.07.15 19:13:19 by Ben Reply
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  • glad to see trevor ane vincent back, def a rotation policy in terms or back up props, but our first choose front row of all sharks should be giving the arg’s game off, cant play them into the ground b4 WC.

    I would have picked flip and lood and even oupa ahead of matfield in the first place, only in sa do u have young bucks eager to play and then we pick a corpse

    we had 4 year to plan, the oldests player in our match 23 for the world cup should have been burger as his still decent

    if we’d planned correctly and giving promising players game time we could have confidently put out a team of trevor, bissy, frans, lood, eben, kriel, oupa/marcell, whitely, cobus/hougard, lambie/pollard, habana, damian, kriel, hendricks, willie

    bench:strauss, beast/kitshoff, vincent, flip, burger, faf, jantjies, mvovo

    i knw a lot of the guys i hav are in the team rite now, but wud they be if everyone was fit

    everyone fit HM would hav jannie, jdv, and matfield in their in a blink of an eye

  • Comment 131, posted at 22.07.15 19:29:11 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 130) : 893 points for the boks…..Sure factor in kicking but damnnnn.

  • Comment 132, posted at 22.07.15 19:37:44 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 114) : Well that completely answers the question I was going to pose… Unfortunately I don’t think the Bok strategists will see it that way.

    My question: If we accept it as a given that De Villiers will start… Would you play him at 12 and start Kriel at 13, or would you play De Villiers at 13 and start De Allende at 12?

  • Comment 133, posted at 22.07.15 19:45:28 by CS Reply

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  • Before this year’s Bok season started I was regretfully supporting the De Villiers at 13 scenario… But I think Jessie has been a revelation, and I would therefore choose him over De Allende, thereby meaning De Villiers could start at 12… Which I think is a better place for him to be as Captain etc… It also means we have more experience next to Pollard… Whom we also have to accept is definitely going to start at 10

  • Comment 134, posted at 22.07.15 19:52:00 by CS Reply

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  • I have a theory as to why HM is choosing Pollard over Lambie… HM is pinning is whole World Cup strategy on have Fourie DuPreez at 9… He therefore believes that Pollard will be a better fit at 10 outside Fourie than Lambie… And I tend to agree.

    Even though I think Lambie is actually the better 10

  • Comment 135, posted at 22.07.15 19:58:54 by CS Reply

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  • Some goodies this year. Count the South African tries.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KleaWCx2d7Y

  • Comment 136, posted at 22.07.15 20:13:14 by Ben Reply
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  • @CS (Comment 135) : HM has pinned his whole Springbok coaching career on players like FdP, Matfield, Jaque Fourie, he just about begged Bakkies to come back…if I was HM, I ‘d be super worried

  • Comment 137, posted at 22.07.15 20:15:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 133) : If those were my only choices then de Villiers at 12 and Kriel at 13.

  • Comment 138, posted at 22.07.15 21:06:11 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Must say I like the team!! Not to bad and glad to see he’s continuing with the mobile loose trio!!!!

  • Comment 139, posted at 22.07.15 22:28:15 by JD Reply
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  • A lot of negativity here, that bench is much better than last weeks. We stand a good chance this week. Don’t be surprised if the Bokke win this one..

  • Comment 140, posted at 23.07.15 03:30:22 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 103) :

    I saw him play in the Barbarians match against the Irish, scored a brilliant individual try and was solid the entire game. He seems to have lost all the funny side steps and stupid chip kicks, and just gets the job done.

  • Comment 141, posted at 23.07.15 07:05:24 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • So Hendricks in for JP and Lwazi gets no space? I am already losing interest in boks the coach is a liar. He is not cycling in other players we are almost back to last year’s lineup in their third outing.

  • Comment 142, posted at 23.07.15 07:30:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 142) :

    Yes, you can see the announcement on the article I did:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2015/07/23/pietersen-injured-mapoe-gets-bench-time/

  • Comment 143, posted at 23.07.15 07:33:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I would say de Villiers at 12 Kriel on 13. I still have some doubts about de Allende defense.

  • Comment 144, posted at 23.07.15 07:48:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 97) : @Dancing Bear (Comment 103) : ja must say he was a good player before he played for the Bulls.

  • Comment 145, posted at 23.07.15 07:53:26 by JD Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 140) : O I will be. Very surprised.

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