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It’s Thursday…


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, EP Kings, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 10 Dec 2015 at 10:56
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It’s a hard time of year to keep writing, given that there’s not really much going on in the rugby world (aside from the Kings mess). I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a quick “editorial style” piece to share a few thoughts with all of you. I promise, things will get better in February!

Cheers, Morné and all the best

Bulls prop Morné Mellett has announced his retirement from the game, at just 26 years old. Mellett has been suffering from neck problem on and off for some time now and has not played much rugby at all in the last year or two, after appearing to break through from the Bulls junior ranks and strongly challenge Dean Greyling for the starting loosehead position. On medical advice, Mellett is hanging up his boots with immediate effect in order to prevent further neck damage. Regardless of who he plays for, that’s a hell of a blow for any rugby player and we’d like to wish him well on life after rugby. It takes a brave man to know when the time is right to walk away from the thing he loves.

A sad time for rugby

I’ve not said much about the Kings situation. It’s a polarising concept, I’ve come to realise and there are just too many aspects related to the set-up down there that I can’t really go into in any depth here, should I even want to. I’ll not say much more than this; the way the players contracted to the EP Kings are being treated at the moment does a disservice to the brotherhood of rugby and brings our entire sport into disrepute. Players should not need to be writing desperate posts on Facebook to try and find a way to feed their families. Contracts should be honoured and salaries should be paid, because rugby people are decent people and keeping their word is what decent people do. I’d urge you all, regardless of your views of the Kings as a concept, to keep these players in your thoughts and prayers as they try to struggle through the Christmas season without at least 3 months’ worth of the salary that was promised to them.

Cometh the hour, cometh the men

Pat Lambie and Marcell Coetzee, to me, represent what the Sharks are all about. Honest, down-to-earth, hard-working players who bleed black and white. While I’m sure both have a steep learning curve ahead of them in terms of captaincy of the team, one thing that simply cannot be doubted is the respect that these gentlemen enjoy within both the squad and the management team; they are heroes, they are role models and I’m really excited to see how Pat and Marcell between them start to stamp their authority on a young group of players and build a special team for the future. Congrats men!

I do, however, want to say a word or two about Tera Mtembu. I’m not sure how he must be feeling at this point, as ever since his very encouraging stint as Currie Cup captain in 2014, he’s not really featured again as a leadership candidate. Tera has, of course, battled with injury and I think he’ll concede that getting back to full fitness and forcing a starting position against tough opposition will be a big challenge this Super Rugby season. My wish for Tera is that he ends the Super Rugby season as the undisputed first choice number 8 in Durban and then takes the captaincy reigns for the Currie Cup season to come. Our squad needs all the strong leaders we can get and Tera is a very important part of that leadership corps.

A big step up

Curwin Bosch, who just finished writing matric exams a couple of weeks ago, is in Durban and already training with the Super Rugby squad. That’s a pretty formidable achievement for an 18-year-old we’d like to wish the young man well for the future. Curwin, I know a lot of stuff is happening very fast for you, but stay focused and grounded and you WILL realise your potential. Welcome to the Sharks!

In other news, I head that Jacques Potgieter was in Durban for a bit. Pottie still needs to go back to Japan and finish off the season there before returning to play for the Sharks, but it’s good to know that he did manage to pop in at the tank over December and start to get acquainted with the way things work.



65 Comments

  • I really like Terra and am pretty sure come CC if fit, that he will be back in frame for the captaincy seeing as Pat and Marcell will most likely be with the Boks. Also great to hear that Pottie took the time and made the effort to pop in even if he is still busy with the Japanese season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.12.15 11:03:12 by KingRiaan Reply
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  • Nice little write up Rob. Gotta feel for Morne Mellet…at one stage i thought Coenie oosthuizen was heading that same way. Interesting i watched a piece of the Lions unbeaten CC season and Johan Ackermann referred to his criteria for picking a captain as a guy that put his head down and lead from the front and led an example for others to follow. No mention made of his tactical ability and previous captaining. I think the Sharks have followed in that same approach and good for them. As for Curwin Bosch…hugely talented but i cant help but feel his conditioning doesnt match his talent at the moment. I really hope that the Sharks are using his time in the training squad just to fully assess the quality of the player they have acquired. Rushing him before his body is ready will result in a Johan Goosen sequal.

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.12.15 11:06:53 by SheldonK Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : agree with you re Bosch. I’m also very worried that they’ve given this 18 year old who has never played any senior rugby a frikken Audi.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.12.15 11:11:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great write-up, Rob. Thank you!
    I feel for Morne Mellet! I see it as very courageous of him to take the action that he has taken. It sounds though, that he has made the right decision.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.12.15 11:14:35 by Den Reply

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  • For a minute there I thought you said goodbye to me. Not sure where I was supposed to go…

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.12.15 11:24:10 by Morné Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.12.15 11:26:18 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 5) : I never do anything without reason :) Hope you enjoyed my little jape…

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.12.15 11:29:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : there is no doubt about his talent, I for one am very existed to see him on the field. The manner in which he handled the media re- his Sharks contract amount shows me he has some brains and if you listen to all his interviews it seems as though he really is a down to earth guy.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.12.15 11:30:43 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Nice article Robbo, agree with your sentiments, lets hope the players come to the party and work together and bring back the pride and passion for the Sharks

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.12.15 11:31:12 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • I reckon the Sharks will be ok at 10, Radebe by the sounds of it has matured nicely and Curwin must be handled sensibly .

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.12.15 11:33:07 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 9) : We are starting to get all the right ingredients at the Sharks right now. I don’t see us winning S18 this coming year, but maybe in a year or two we will be playing finals rugby again.

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.12.15 11:35:01 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Yeh fair point. On the positive side the incumbent no.10 is also Sharks captain and a very level headed guy so hopefully that rubs off on Bosch. Rugby life after school is very different so hope him and the others we have signed from school handle it well with all the distractions

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.12.15 11:37:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 11) : Agree, I feel Smitty and co have read and listened to the advice people gave in their feedback to the Sharks.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.12.15 11:42:10 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Thanks for the great read Rob.

    Sad for Morne, he was a very promising player. I’m sure all Bulls’ fans are upset for him and for the fact they’ll be stuck with Dean Greyling.

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.12.15 13:11:44 by StevieS Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 14) : with Nyakane and Gcoboqa there, if the Bulls ever pick Greyling again, then I just don’t know….

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.12.15 13:21:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @StevieS (Comment 14) : no need for worries Caylib is available.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.12.15 13:26:10 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : a bit jealous Rob? Hahaha ja sometimes I just wonder where it all will end.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.12.15 13:28:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : I keep telling myself that I CHOOSE not to drive an expensive car :)

    Audi drivers in this country are all assholes, though,

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.12.15 14:59:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • hate to think of the damage I would have caused had I been given a brand new Audi at the age of 18.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.12.15 14:59:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • I was in the Eastern Cape in July, man do those “well healed” people love their Audis,preferably in black.

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.12.15 15:20:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : @robdylan (Comment 19) : Hahaha ja Rob at 18 all boys are a bit windgat!!!! Luckily I also “chose” a cheap slow car when I was that age! Just hope the young man can handle all the attention and fame!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.12.15 15:32:14 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 21) : I think a tackle from either Marcel Coetzee or Jacques Potgieter would quickly shrink any young kids head…

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.12.15 16:07:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Is there a better flyhalf than Pat for Curwin to be learning from to stay grounded, humble, and composed under pressure?

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.12.15 16:08:58 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Kind of like BMW drivers over here…

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.12.15 16:35:54 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : want him to be humble not dead!!!! ;-P

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.12.15 16:58:24 by JD Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : exactly

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.12.15 17:19:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : It’s not their fault their indicators don’t work :twisted:

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.12.15 17:31:37 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 27) : you would think with all the new stuff like park assistance and rain censoring whipers they could invent turn censoring indicators?!?!?!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.12.15 18:23:20 by JD Reply
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  • Toyota Fortuna drivers are the worst in Gauteng.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.12.15 18:26:19 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    You don’t buy a car, you buy transportation and the wise choice is to buy the most inexpensive transportation that meets your needs.
    Drivers of luxury car’s are often too stupid to grasp this basic concept. They should be pitied.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.12.15 19:07:11 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Those living in South Africa should take note of the ideas of Rene Girard:

    From wikipedia:
    ………desire is mimetic (all of our desires are borrowed from other people), that all conflict originates in mimetic desire (mimetic rivalry),……….

    Driving around SA in a highly desirable luxury car is a bit like waltzing across sniper alley with a target painted on your back.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.12.15 19:32:17 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 30) : I like you :)

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.12.15 20:01:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 27) : Using your indicators just gives the other drivers an unfair advantage!!! :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.12.15 20:17:22 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • So glad we got Curwin Bosch, but I can’t help but feeling that for both himself and a potential Bok future, he chose the wrong team!

    With Pat Lambie captain and firm first choice 10 and Wille likely the first choice 15…barring any injuries (hopefully not!!!) it could be hard for him to get quality super rugby game time. Bulls have Pollard, Lions have Jantjies and Boshoff…. I may be missing someone but who do the Stormers have other than Rob du Preez and Kurt Coleman.

    I just think the Stormers would have been his best chance to break through and become a first choice player in a good super rugby side!

    That being said, delight of course we have him and I’m sure he will get his chance in the future as he is still so young! :grin:

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.12.15 20:36:29 by SeanyJMc Reply

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  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 34) : 18 year olds should consider themselves fortunate if they get 2 minutes off the bench in the odd Super Rugby game when you’re 103-0 up against the Kings. Let him bide his time and learn. On the contrary I only see the positive – he is understudy to Patrick Lambie. He will learn a great deal if he has the right attitude and is willing to complete his apprenticeship.

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.12.15 20:59:19 by Gold_Must_Go Reply

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  • Very nice little write-up, Rob! Thanks…

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.12.15 21:55:36 by pastorshark Reply
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  • “…brings our entire sport into disrepute…” Damn right! And it still gets my blood boiling that the palookas at SARU who run our game are the so heavily involved in the “bringing”…

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.12.15 21:57:33 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Appreciate your writings and thoughts.. its like a minimum dose of my rugby addiction.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.12.15 22:09:23 by Sharkfinn Reply

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  • I have been buying BMW for many years now and was going to buy an Audi. I drove them because the build quality is great the performance is awesome and they come with a carefree motorplan. And I have news for you driving anything in SA is like having a sniper target on your back theft and hijacks are dependent on the demand for illegal parts not the make of the car. A Volkswagen golf is a higher risk than a Volkswagen cc. I now drive another make of luxury SUV I still believe German engineering is the best.

  • Comment 39, posted at 11.12.15 06:48:10 by coolfusion Reply

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  • People find philosophies to help them feel better about their shortcomings. Those who evangelise the the loudest usually try to compensate the most. It’s easy guys….next time a BMW or audi driver is behind you pull out the way in polite but sincere respect and awe of the fact that his vehicle is far superior to your junk heap. …problem solved.

  • Comment 40, posted at 11.12.15 06:53:05 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 24) : @robdylan (Comment 26) : I think the Audi drivers over here have now over taken the BMW drivers – definitely in my neck of the woods….

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.12.15 07:11:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 39) : The good thing about Audi is that it is fully manufactured in Germany, unlike the BMW 3 series, which is assembled in SA…same goes for certain VW models, also assembled in SA.

    As long as you don’t drive a Toyota Anything….you’d have reduced your risk of theft by probably 98% :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.12.15 07:14:33 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 42) : Yup. Those Tunas are really popular with jackers.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.12.15 07:21:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 42) : That’s why I have a Lada. Have not locked my car since I got it a couple of years ago. Almost zero chance of getting hijacked.

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.12.15 08:09:34 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • @Gold_Must_Go (Comment 35) : Crises i agree with you 100% :)

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.12.15 08:29:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I see Rugby365 (that super reliable and accurate site) is again proposing Wayne Smith as a possible Bok coach in contention at today’s General Meeting. Now whilst i think its a bit far fetched and ive always said that i dont think the SA environment is ready for a foreign coach just yet it does bring an interesting thought to mind. A foreign coach would select his team purely on merit without any prejudice as he has not been involved with the history of this country so cannot harbour any grudges or eve any team bias. So that in conjunction with the obvious new rugby approach would be a positive. Its just a pity that SARU have come out and said quite bluntly that selection going forward needs to demographically correct. The other concern i have with a foreign coach such as Wayne Smith is that he has shown that he is a good coach when all he is required to do is coach the best players. With all the other distractions that come with the Bok job i just wonder if that would distract from the time he actually gets to spend just coaching/planning as the Bok coach is more a PR manager than anything.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.12.15 08:58:59 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : Important point you making is “the distractions” that SA coaches have to deal with. Now call me what you like but dammit, us SA people make our lives so hard for our selves.

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.12.15 09:49:11 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 44) : Pity you pity you missed out on the glory days ein East Germany when the wall was up you’d have got a huge hard on for the Trabant ,that car was designed for guys like you.

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.12.15 09:56:57 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : I honestly cant see a foreign coach worth his salt coming anywhere near the Bok or any team that comes with conditions of who he can and cant select. The time will also soon come when South African coaches will have the same reservations about taking the job.

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.12.15 10:10:30 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) : I tend to agree with you yes

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.12.15 10:11:21 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 49) : Couldn’t disagree with you more,a foreign coach like Wayne Smith would arrive totally unencumbered by the provincial prejudice,and cultural baggage of a South African coach no matter what his colour
    imagine a Bok team chosen entirely on merit,meaning the best players in their best positions,not what his colour is,or who his father is,or what school he went to or.what province he was contracted to,and what promise were made with that contract.
    No South African coach can deliver that,but an outsider could.
    South African rugby is on a downward slide,and only a radical shake up can save it.
    We would be so lucky to get Wayne Smith.

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.12.15 10:20:18 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 48) : Ja, Ive seen a few Trabbies in my time. Made of a paper mache like mixture of junk. In really bad years the rats would eat their body panels.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.12.15 10:23:34 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 51) : Look we all know in SA there is a lot more to consider than just picking the best so whether its a local or foreigner that fact remains. What does interest me is that you say a foreigner wont have province bias etc like a local….but then do you also believe that the local NZ coaches also then have bias when picking the All Balcks based on the province they come from and the players fathers and schools they went to? Or do you believe that only SA coaches have those bias?

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.12.15 10:28:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 53) : Yes its a South African trait.Whether you like to admit it or not we are probably more sensitive of our origins,allegiances and blood loyalties than any other nation.It is not only a colour or language thing but it is also a parochial thing.
    If you want proof go to a Lions /Bulls game two teams separated by 20 kms,or think back to the great cooperative spirit that existed when the Lions and the Cheetahs got together to form the Cats,and that social experiment called the Coastal Sharks when some arsehole thought it was a great idea to shoe horn E.P into the Sharks.

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.12.15 10:38:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 54) : Look if we generalise then yes i would agree with you regarding South Africans. I cannot speak for other countries though as i dont know the people that well but i do know they are fiercely committed to their teams and communities..whether that translats to bias in selection i wouldnt know. I think South Africans have a fear of the unknown…hence we stick to what and who we know.

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.12.15 10:42:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • This article is a lie…. it’s Friday :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 11.12.15 10:44:28 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 55) : One man’s fear of the unknown is another man’s prejudice.

  • Comment 57, posted at 11.12.15 10:46:27 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 57) : Bit extreme that but i do get the correlation

  • Comment 58, posted at 11.12.15 10:48:24 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 48) : I love my Niva. A very capable 4×4

  • Comment 59, posted at 11.12.15 11:05:43 by KingRiaan Reply

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  • And in other Friday news it seems Luke Watson hasnt been offered a contract to play for the Kings…im sure dad cant be pleased! haha Also i know many earn more but players are believed to be earning R35k per month…shame poor guys i wonder if they can afford bread and milk

  • Comment 60, posted at 11.12.15 13:25:50 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 60) : on R35k a month? Holy hell, that was a decent wedge when I lived there….

  • Comment 61, posted at 11.12.15 13:41:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Id say probably 80-85% of the SA population earn less than that…but aggh shame

  • Comment 62, posted at 11.12.15 13:46:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 62) : It’s probably a higher percentage that earn less than that…I earn comfortably less than that… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 63, posted at 30.12.15 08:09:57 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 62) : @pastorshark (Comment 63) : Just googled the stats…and actually at the end of 2014 just over 98% of South Africans earned less than R35k per month…

  • Comment 64, posted at 30.12.15 08:16:31 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 64) : ja also think it’s more like 90% that earn less than that. I personally would not mind earning that!!!!

  • Comment 65, posted at 30.12.15 10:38:09 by JD Reply
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