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Sharks turn on the charm in second-half blitz


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 6 Feb 2017 at 09:51
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It was messy for large parts, but Rob du Preez’s hodge-podge pre-season Sharks selection made a decent fist of downing the Cheetahs in Umlazi on Friday evening, turning in a four-try second-half showing to run out 35-7 winners

The team took a while to get into their stride and the despite glimpses of what the Shark were hoping to achieve with ball in hand, the first half was largely a write-off from their perspective, with handling errors in the slippery conditions adding to disciplinary woes that hampered any real progress. Defence, for the most part, held firm, but when first Philip van der Walt (playing on the ground) and then Keegan Daniel (elbow fend) being shown yellow cards within minutes of one another, the Sharks eventually ran out of numbers to concede the first try, which went to Cheetahs centre Nico Lee.

Trailing 0-7 after half an hour, the Sharks suffered a further setback, as Daniel was taken off not long after his return to the field, with what appeared to be a serious arm injury. Replacement Jacques Vermeulen dove straight into the action, taking the ball up strongly before feeding Jean-Luc du Preez who came within metres of the line. The ball was well recycled, going out to Etienne Oosthuizen on the left, who found namesake Coenie with an audacious inside flip for the big prop to barrel over under the posts. Pat Lambie’s conversion saw the sides locked at 7-all after forty minutes.

The teams traded blows for much of the third quarter, with the Sharks gaining the upper hand through a well-finished Kobus van Wyk try. The big winger received the ball around five out and darted and spun his way through a number of tackles to notch a maiden five-pointer for his new side; Lambie again converted for a seven-point lead.

As the replacement started to filter on, the floodgates opened – perhaps an indication that the Sharks’ earlier hard work had done the necessary “softening”, or perhaps more of an indication in the superior depth available to du Preez. Jeremy Ward scored with his first touch in a Sharks jersey, taking a hard, flat pass from Cobus Reinach to run in untouched after a good lineout. Lambie’s third conversion would be his final act on the day. The fourth try was perhaps the best of the lot, with Tera Mtembu showing his skills by putting through a clever cross kick, pounced on by Reinach himself to cap a satisfactory return to rugby after nine months out. Benhard Janse van Rensburg (or “Ben 10″ to his teammates) added the conversion and did so again on full time after young lock Jean Droste had snuck over for the fifth try.

Earlier in the day, the Sharks’ reserve selection has recorded a 14-0 victory over their Cheetah opposition in a scrappy 60-minute warm-up game.

Shakrs (35): Tries Coenie Oosthuizen, Kobus van Wyk, Jeremy Ward, Cobus Reinach, Jean Droste. Conversions Pat Lambie (3), Benhard Janse van Rensburg (2)
Cheetahs (7): Try Nico Lee. Conversion Neil Marais.



60 Comments

  • Wasn’t it deysel who scored from the lineout? I only saw the second half, and our defence looked solid which was nice to see for a preseason game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.02.17 09:55:58 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : Commentator kept calling him Deysel – but it was definitely Ward

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.02.17 10:00:47 by Shakes34 Reply

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  • @Dragnipur (Comment 1) : definitely ward. Commentators lost their minds when players they didn’t recognise came onto the field.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.02.17 10:02:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good start from the Sharks and im sure RDP will be pleased with how much the game flowed and allowed the players to really get some match practice. Sharks were pretty solid in the set piece apart from the few leg spinners that Chilliboy decided to throw into the lineout, dunno what he was doing there. Slight concern was that in the first half with the Cheetahs defending fairly well we didnt really seem to have much of an idea how to penetrate them. 2nd half was a lot slower and the game opened up and we had the players able to exploit that.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.02.17 10:08:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Missed the game. How did Phillip go at openside (aside from the yellow card)?

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.02.17 10:11:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • die jaar van die Haai. Cant wait!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.02.17 10:15:58 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 5) : Considering the Sharks didnt really lose any balls at the rucks id say him and JL Dup did well. They both didnt carry the ball as much as normal but did solid work in the tight and allowed the no.8s in Daniel and then Mthembu to run free. So whilst not being amazing i think he was very solid and a good start

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.02.17 10:19:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Shakes34 (Comment 2) : Although Andy Cap and A.J would strugle to find a brain cell between them, the numbers and the names they were given were mixed upl and like most of us they weren’t that familiar with visuallly identifying the new players ,so they did what most of us would do refer to the information they had been given

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.02.17 10:24:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : i thought Jean Luc took very good line out ball on more than one occasion,

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.02.17 10:25:37 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 9) : I thought in general our scrums and lineouts worked very well, apart from those couple spinners Chilliboy threw. Our scrumming looked good and i liked the combo of 2 hardworking guys at 6 and 7 with more of a free linking player at 8.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.02.17 10:29:32 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 10) : Who is the Steyn who played 6 for Italy yesterday he was magnificent

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.02.17 10:34:07 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : Braam Steyn – played for us as an under 20

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.02.17 10:37:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : @robdylan (Comment 12) : Yeh he was good, was average in Sa and also has been average for Italy but apparently Connor OShea said to him that he needs to show some more aggression if he wants to keep his spot and well you saw the result

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.02.17 10:41:55 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : Thought so,shit you could put together a serious Bok /6 nations loose trio.,Steyn/Stander /Straus

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.02.17 10:43:21 by The hound Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 7) : Thanks. Wonder whether RdP will continue selecting him at 6? I guess it does solve some selection headaches at 8 once Dan is back (allowing Dan and Tera to rotate) but wouldn’t want him selected there solely to accommodate another player.

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.02.17 10:44:14 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 15) : I hope he does continue at 6. For his own aspirations i think the Bok 6 slot is very open at the moment so he has that chance if he plays well.

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.02.17 10:47:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 14) : I wonder how much more of a team you could put together

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.02.17 10:49:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I was mostly happy but damn was Chilli poor with his line outs. Hope it was a very very off day as you’d expect to see a solid display considering he’s been doing pre-season practice since November. My other concern was Coenie didn’t look all that solid in the scrum and felt that Adriaanse made a huge difference when he cam on. I saw a few people saying Coenie did well so not sure if I missed some illegal scrummaging or was just being to harsh.

    I’ve not been fan of moving van der Walt to 6 but he played well and paired with Mthembu thought the Jean-Luc, van der Walt, Mthembu combo looked exciting and tough.

    Still think Sithole looks like he needs to be in the team more. He is so strong in contact. Mvovo didn’t overly impress me. van Wyk on the other hand played wonderfully and excited to see what he does this season.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.02.17 10:51:59 by Hulk Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 17) : Scottish props,WP Nell and Alan Dell,Straus Irish hooker,Kockert French 9,Barrit England 12/13,think there is an Italian lock Geldenhuis,Wynand Claassens son plays 6 for France,

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.02.17 10:53:35 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 19) : Spedding French 15.

  • Comment 20, posted at 06.02.17 11:03:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 16) : Good point.

    @Hulk (Comment 18) : Shovel of salt applies here obviously but Tank Lanning was quite impressed with Coenie’s scrumming on Twitter. He was suggesting that Coenie’s opposite number was actively trying to unsettle Coenie in the scrums and that Coenie was handling it well. Something to that effect at least. I was trying to find score updates on the game on Twitter and scrolled past it fairly quickly.

  • Comment 21, posted at 06.02.17 11:05:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Hulk (Comment 18) : Yeh think you a bit hard on Coenie in the scrum as the Cheetahs guy was scrumming in and falling in basically every scrum so tough for Coenie as the Cheetahs guy should have been penalised every scrum. When Ox Nche replaced him then Adriaanse could scrum against someone at least scrumming straight and staying up.

  • Comment 22, posted at 06.02.17 11:05:33 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Ah. Only heard the try didn’t see it. Well done ward!

  • Comment 23, posted at 06.02.17 11:43:28 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Anyone have details of the next Sharks warmup game vs the Bulls XV? Apparently its in Durban?

  • Comment 24, posted at 06.02.17 11:47:47 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : very true! Must say whom ever it was (Ward or Deysel) had a good game an impressed me a lot!

  • Comment 25, posted at 06.02.17 11:59:00 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : Fair enough. I’ve got to start looking at the opposite man from Coenie as I’m so sure he’s not the real deal at 3 I just take it for granted that he’s being bossed and not someone else doing something illegal. I shall put mt Coenie opinion on ice until I see him play a little bit more.

  • Comment 26, posted at 06.02.17 11:59:49 by Hulk Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 26) : Yeh look Coenie’s biggest issue is his concentration levels. He has all the attributes to be good at 3 but he needs to concentrate on every scrum with his setup as he often loses concentration and gets in a horrible position before engagement. He is looking more trim this year and was good to see him get more involved in open play, i think his scrumming improves when he is more involved in general play. If we go with Beast and Thomas at 1 and Coenie and Adriaanse at 3 id be happy

  • Comment 27, posted at 06.02.17 12:03:28 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Hulk (Comment 18) : @SheldonK (Comment 22) : only watched second half so did not see a whole lot of Coenie but at one scrum the Cheetah prop nearly scrumed at a 90° angle into him and was penalised. Going on looks Coenie seems lean and ready to play!

  • Comment 28, posted at 06.02.17 12:03:49 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 24) : ja, it’s at Crusaders. But no details yet. Bliksem, it can be hard to get confirmed info out of these people

  • Comment 29, posted at 06.02.17 12:08:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 29) : Ah yes i knew i had been told where it was but couldnt remember. Its this weekend if memory serves me right. Not sure if its Fri or Sat though.

  • Comment 30, posted at 06.02.17 12:12:48 by SheldonK Reply

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  • How was the attendance overall? I heard the stadium was pretty empty.

  • Comment 31, posted at 06.02.17 12:42:52 by KimFurber Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 30) : What is wrong with Thomas and how long before he is fit.

  • Comment 32, posted at 06.02.17 12:49:23 by The hound Reply
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  • @KimFurber (Comment 31) : Yeh very empty. Would be surprised if was more than say 500

  • Comment 33, posted at 06.02.17 12:54:19 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : As far as i know he is fit but has just returned from Ireland so is doing a bit on conditioning as they reckon he has enough match practice. Well least thats as far as i know

  • Comment 34, posted at 06.02.17 12:54:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 33) : I see what they are trying to achieve with games in Umlazi and such but its not really working. If they want to bring the game to the people as they like to say, they should take it out of town completely. Imagine what an exciting event it would be for a town like Empangeni, R/Bay, Newcastle or even Margate to host the Sharks.

  • Comment 35, posted at 06.02.17 13:02:41 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 35) : Look with the minimal notice and advertising the crowds wouldnt be much bigger in those other places than it was on Fri. However, with decent notice and some advertising i think attendance would be very good. Fri was more about gaining good graces with the Municipality- i dont think they ever expected a big crowd to be honest. Speaking to my mate though the post match function at Max’s Lifestyle showed that there is a big interest in the Sharks as people were queuing for photos and autographs with the players and even the refs funny enough. Once off games are not going to maintain the interest no matter which ‘small’ place you play them so it needs to be a repetitive effort with good advertising in order to really gain value.

  • Comment 36, posted at 06.02.17 13:10:14 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 36) : That’s good to hear at least. I agree there was never going to be a huge crowd for a pre-season game with late notice but I hope this doesn’t discourage the Sharks from hosting similar games in the future. The branch of the municipality that I think the Sharks are dealing with is Durban Tourism who have their hearts in the right places but are terrible event organisers.

  • Comment 37, posted at 06.02.17 13:19:15 by KimFurber Reply

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  • @KimFurber (Comment 31) : About 2 bus fulls of spectators. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 06.02.17 13:20:25 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Anybody have the game recorded and uploaded?

  • Comment 39, posted at 06.02.17 19:57:41 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 32) : I was mistaken. Judging by Steve Haags photos Thomas is injured and is training with the physio. Seems to be a knee injury and he does seem to be carrying quite a bit of weight so could be some time before we see him play

  • Comment 40, posted at 08.02.17 07:46:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 40) : What is it with this kids who grew up in the Western Province in the last 4 years,Thomas the du Toit brothers,Pollard,they are always injured.
    These are young guys who haven’t the excuse of years of excessive wear and tear on their bodies

  • Comment 41, posted at 08.02.17 08:32:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @West Indies Cricket Board (Comment 35) : @SheldonK (Comment 36) : I’m pretty sure that Newcastle would have had a decent crowd. About 5 years ago the Sharks Vodacom cup side played a warm-up here and the place was packed. I only knew about 6 of the players at that game.

  • Comment 42, posted at 08.02.17 08:34:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 41) : Interesting point. Perhaps pushed too hard at school and have been carrying knocks that weakened their bodies that are now being exposed at senior rugby

  • Comment 43, posted at 08.02.17 08:44:04 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 42) : With some decent notice and advertising im sure it would have been packed. The general public only found out about this game at the last minute- and thats those with access to daily internet etc. I can imagine many in Umlazi only knew thee was a game when the stadium lights went on.

  • Comment 44, posted at 08.02.17 08:45:51 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 44) : it’s obvious that the game was about the coaches and the players, on both sides , and the public were an irritating after thought.
    There is an ugly short sighted attitude developing at the Sharks towards the faithful who made this team great.
    Quite stupid really, because the Sharks had a home fan base the envy of many sports teams.

  • Comment 45, posted at 08.02.17 09:12:08 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 45) : I really do think the aim of the game being played in Umlazi was to gain the good graces of the Municipality more than anything else. I think they saw it as a good chance to start the year on a good footing with them. I dont think their intention was to disadvantage its home support base as they did provide transport for home fans. The other side of the coin is that the home fans havnt exactly been out in numbers to support the Sharks at home of late. I mean not even Bok games get a full stadium at Kings park.

  • Comment 46, posted at 08.02.17 09:21:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 46) : Seeing as our first home game is on the 10th of March,you would have thought that they would of gone out of their way to use these warm up games to fan the flames and grow the fever for the season.
    Instead its a huge fuck you to the home fans, once again if I wasn’t on this site I would have absolutely no knowledge of the game at Crusaders.
    Absolutely no communication from the Sharks.
    It’s 2017 and they still haven’t realized that they have a data base of season ticket holders.Use it to sell the teammate every opportunity

  • Comment 47, posted at 08.02.17 11:15:05 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 47) : Yeh look i do get your point. I have heard that the main field at KP isnt ready yet so perhaps thats also a factor. But agree that communication should be better

  • Comment 48, posted at 08.02.17 12:01:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 48) : Well anything is better than non existent,

  • Comment 49, posted at 08.02.17 13:15:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 49) : This is true. Which Sharks player did u get on the phone to renew your season ticket?

  • Comment 50, posted at 08.02.17 13:22:56 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 40) : @The hound (Comment 41) : if that’s the case then there was no use letting him go up north except forna holiday as he’s injured amd out of shape!!! Would have been better to let him practice in Durbs under the watchful eyes of RdP Snr!!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 08.02.17 13:26:31 by JD Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : probably one of the “flasher girls” as up to November he was still saying he’s not going to renew ;-)

  • Comment 52, posted at 08.02.17 13:29:31 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 52) : That must have been an interesting phone call :mrgreen:

  • Comment 53, posted at 08.02.17 13:50:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 51) : Yeh look im just going on the photos i saw but he does look to be very heavy and have a heavily strapped knee. He doesnt look well conditioned at all, especially if i compare to Coenie for example

  • Comment 54, posted at 08.02.17 13:53:39 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 50) : I heard about Michael Claassens circumstances and felt so sorry for him, that I did it to contribute to keeping him in a job.
    If you haven’t heard, he and his wife have a son, twins a year later and are expecting another set of twins.
    They will have five children under the age of three, facing the All Blacks will be a walking the park compared to that.

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.02.17 14:07:25 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 55) : Yeh i believe so. Seems he is creating his own 7s team. Good luck to him…and guess he will keep playing till he is 50 as school fees arent cheap

  • Comment 56, posted at 08.02.17 14:23:17 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 56) : School fees are the furthest thing from his mind all he can see, and will see for the unforeseable future is nappies

  • Comment 57, posted at 08.02.17 14:29:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 57) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 58, posted at 08.02.17 14:39:13 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 57) : @SheldonK (Comment 58) : a shit load full of nappies!!!

  • Comment 59, posted at 08.02.17 23:02:22 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 55) : hahaha will have to change doctors so his dad can help him buy nappies!

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