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Am returns at last


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 12 Oct 2017 at 10:19
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Rob du Preez has made just one change to his run-on team, with Lukhyano Am returning from injury to replace Tristan Blewett at outside centre for Saturday’s clash against Western Province in Durban.

Du Preez has otherwise kept faith with the starting team that dispatched the Lions comfortably in their last outing. Thomas du Toit, Ross Geldenhuys and Franco Marais comprise the front row, with Tyler Paul and captain Ruan Botha a settled second-row combination. Daniel du Preez continues at number 8, with Keegan Daniel and Jaqcues Vermeulen the flanks.

Michael Claassens and Curwin Bosch are at halfback, with Marius Louw partnering Am in midfield. Odwa Ndungane retains his starting position at right win in his 249th professional appearance for the province. Sbu Nkosi and Garth April complete the line up.

Du Preez has made use of returning Springbok players to bolster his bench. Jean-Luc du Preez replaces Tera Mtembu as the loose forward replacement and Chliboy Ralepelle comes in for Akker van der Merwe, while Louis Schrueder comes in for Cameron Wright as scrumhalf cover. Kobus van Wyk and Tristan Blewett are the other backline replacements, with Inny Radebe and Rhyno Smith missing out.

Juan Schoeman and Jean Droste retain their places on the bench.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Classens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Kobus van Wyk.



74 Comments

  • Hope he gives the returning reserves (both from injury and bok duty) a good run in the second half.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.10.17 10:28:05 by MysticShark Reply
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  • Only no brainers are Chilli in for Akker,,Claassens ahead of Schreuder and April instead of Smith who doesn’t even make the bench.
    We are going to loose Smith,he is going to become a Ross Cronje/Warren Whitely at some other province.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.10.17 10:37:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 2) : I tend to agree about Smith. Really a steady, solid player with a bit of flair. I’d pick him ahead of April on any given day.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.10.17 10:48:13 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I like the look of this team and glad they have not tinkered with it too much.

    I do feel however for Akkers as well as Smith who have both being playing well when called upon.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.10.17 10:50:24 by stevovo Reply
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  • Overall a pretty good team this, especially for a CC game. Province tend to be tricky to beat- should be a good game..weather permitting.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.10.17 10:52:54 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @MysticShark (Comment 1) : pretty sure he will

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.10.17 10:57:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SheldonK (Comment 5) : When is the last time province Stormers beat us

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.10.17 10:58:09 by The hound Reply
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  • just to put a little perspective on Odwa’s career this is Sharks team that played Stormers on 4 MAY 2006, .

    Team: Sharks v Stormers (Super 14) at Absa Stadium, Durban 5pm on Saturday: Brent Russell, Odwa Ndungane, Andries Strauss, Bradley Barritt, Adrian Jacobs, Percy Montgomery, Ruan Pienaar, AJ Venter, Jacques Botes, Warren Britz, Johann Muller, Johan Ackermann, BJ Botha, John Smit (captain), Deon Carstens.

    Substitutes: Bismarck du Plessis, Heinke van der Merwe, Albert van den Berg, Keegan Daniels, Scott Mathie, Waylon Murray, JP Pietersen. -

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.10.17 11:05:41 by The hound Reply
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  • Would’ve like both Akker and Smith on the bench especially Smith, I feel he deserves a good shot at the staring line-up. Understand Chilli’s inclusion but Akker from the bench is a ball of energy that lifts those around him. WP will be highly motivated to get a win here and we all know we aren’t all that great after a bye but we have a stronger team, should be an interesting match.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.10.17 11:30:22 by Quintin Reply

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  • I assume the plan is to end the second half with the team that will start in the semis. We need to use this game to get our Boks and players returning from injury comfortable into the Sharks team structures again.

    I don’t think the other teams in the semis will be the easy-beats that the log suggests.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.10.17 11:48:11 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : Really not sure. They are always a tricky game though. They have good backs which could hurt us but i dont rate their forwards

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.10.17 11:55:26 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 11) : They can’t make use of Kolisi, Etzebeth and PSDT

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.10.17 11:58:17 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 12) : Is Kitshoff available? Mbonambi?

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.10.17 12:00:46 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Yes not perfect but I really like this team!!! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.10.17 12:03:01 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 7) : Never mind the last time, worry about the next time. :mrgreen:

    Although I doubt it will happen in 2017. :|

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.10.17 12:05:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 8) : any idea who won that game? On another point there’s still a couple of those guys playing around the world!!! And we forget how long Keegan has been around!!! Not that far behind Odwa with 238 games (and 2 Sharks Invitational games) if we can believe Wiki!

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.10.17 12:13:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : My point was that Odwa made it into that phenomenal team ahead of J.P and Waylon

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.10.17 12:26:53 by The hound Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 16) : Sharks 24 Stormers17

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.10.17 12:33:18 by The hound Reply
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  • Province cannot use Bongi, Kitshoff, EE, PSDT, Kolisi or de Allende. All contracted.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.10.17 12:34:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : No de Allende? Suppose every cloud….. :twisted:

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.10.17 12:39:55 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) : Doesn’t Kitshoof play for Bordeaux,He hasn’t played for Stormers/WP since 2015

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.10.17 12:47:54 by The hound Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : Me too…

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.10.17 12:51:43 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 20) : :mrgreen: I see what you did there… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.10.17 12:54:56 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Good team…Rob has done pretty much what I expected in terms of phasing guys back in…

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.10.17 12:57:25 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : Im sure Kitshoff played super rugby this year for the Stormers in a few games

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.10.17 13:01:34 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @pastorshark (Comment 23) : Province to get spanked. Won’t even make the final.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.10.17 13:07:48 by McLovin Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 25) : He re-joined Stormers / WP at the end of June, but he does not seem to be on the team list in the play-off against the Chiefs

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.10.17 13:53:25 by Bokhoring Reply

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  • @Bokhoring (Comment 27) : I dont think he played enough games to qualify for the playoff game

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.10.17 13:55:12 by SheldonK Reply

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  • I am really looking forward to the battle between Thomas and Wilco. My money on the Tank, but should be interesting to watch!

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.10.17 14:11:17 by HeinF Reply

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  • @The hound (Comment 21) : no – he’s return to WP.

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.10.17 14:16:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 17) : yes he was awesome and personally I think he’s still better than some of the youngsters just a bit slower!!! Whilst talking about JP hard to believe he’s still only 31!!!

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.10.17 16:52:51 by JD Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 18) : thanks. Hope this Sharks team can do it again!

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.10.17 16:54:04 by JD Reply
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  • Is de Allende a contracted bok ?!?

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.10.17 18:52:37 by John Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 32) : They will. This is the part where we stand behind them and believe. I wish there was a way we could let them know.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.10.17 19:31:07 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 34) : 100% behind them and the only way to show them is to be at the game dressed in black & white!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.10.17 20:59:00 by JD Reply
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  • Howzit fellow Sharks family! Will the game definitely go ahead given the circumstances in Durban?

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.10.17 22:32:21 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • I know his is probably early to think about but do we know of anyone leaving the Sharks at the end of this year? besides Odwa retiring. Ive head of a few guys coming in like RDP Jnr, Mapimpi, Zas…any forwards?

  • Comment 37, posted at 13.10.17 09:01:22 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 36) : You mean the flooding situation? I’m guessing at worst they’ll maybe move to Woodburn

  • Comment 38, posted at 13.10.17 11:33:40 by Karl Reply

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  • It’s the boss-man’s birthday today boys and girls. Happy birthday Rob!

  • Comment 39, posted at 13.10.17 13:45:46 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 35) : @Karl (Comment 38) : There was talk on last nights rugby show that heavy rains are expected and that there might have to be a postponement. They can always move the game to the Boland , the weathers great at the moment.

  • Comment 40, posted at 13.10.17 14:29:05 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 39) : Happy Birthday Roberto lol

  • Comment 41, posted at 13.10.17 16:20:13 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 36) : Sheesh things are bad weather wise, not too long ago there was a draught in kzn and now flooding, extreme weather conditions resultant from all that CO2 we keep pumping into the atmosphere IMHO

  • Comment 42, posted at 13.10.17 16:22:29 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 37) : Good Question, not too mention many of the recruits have yet too be officially confirmed.

    although rob did give us the thumbs up on mapimpi (awesome recruit)

    Im also eager too see how the cheetahs and kings progress after CC wraps up.

    Kings struggling as I expected but they will find their way im sure.

    Cheetahs need Fred and Marais back as their replacements are promising but green.

    exciting week of sport starts tonight.

  • Comment 43, posted at 13.10.17 16:26:38 by revolverocelot Reply

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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 40) : Welkom is also available and the last time they played here they won by plenty!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 44, posted at 13.10.17 16:50:42 by JD Reply
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  • Can play it at Sevenoaks Rugby Club – can easily handle the number of spectators that tend to pitch at Kings Park

  • Comment 45, posted at 13.10.17 17:26:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • With the current attendance figures they can play at any school field.

  • Comment 46, posted at 13.10.17 17:40:08 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 46) : But seriously does anyone know what condition the field and the general area is in?

  • Comment 47, posted at 13.10.17 17:41:56 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Happy b day Rob. Any idea who the cheetahs will field?

  • Comment 48, posted at 13.10.17 17:48:29 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : I hear they’re playing Rhule at fullback… Solid defence for the win!

  • Comment 49, posted at 13.10.17 17:54:11 by Karl Reply

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  • I hear the lions will def retain Mostert till end of SR next year.

  • Comment 50, posted at 13.10.17 17:58:36 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 50) : Xerox Golden Lions: Andries Coetzee, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco van der Walt, Ross Cronje, Kwagga Smith, Cyle Brink, Len Massyn, Marvin Orie, Andries Ferreira, Jacobie Adriaanse, Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen.

    Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Dylan Smith, Rhyno Herbst, Robert Kruger/Hacjivah Dayimani, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Ashlon Davids, Sylvian Mahuza.

  • Comment 51, posted at 13.10.17 18:01:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 49) : Yeah I would like to see how that turns out.

  • Comment 52, posted at 13.10.17 18:29:38 by Quintin Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : full strength Pro14 team.

  • Comment 53, posted at 13.10.17 21:50:42 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 43) : Fred is back at training. The young FH are green, but no need to rush Fred back. Stapelberg has shown great maturity. He is the leading points scorer in the Pro14. He is accurate off the tee, happily takes the ball to the line, and distributes well.
    He can only get better! Petzer still away to go, but also doing very well.
    Hard to believe Stapelberg only played one CC game before the Pro14 debut.

  • Comment 54, posted at 14.10.17 05:34:42 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @Karl (Comment 49) : Rhule sucked at defence in the Bok game yes. But he was good vs Aus making some try saving tackles. The flip side is Rhule getting a ball with space to run from FB! He is a deadly finisher given a bit of space. So movk him at your peril. Its not as if the golden boys at the Sharks are such dynamic defenders :evil:
    April and Bosch

  • Comment 55, posted at 14.10.17 05:38:24 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 55) : I don’t agree about Bosch…especially not in the flyhalf channel… Although he is not as bulky he manages to make the tackles or stops

  • Comment 56, posted at 14.10.17 08:40:40 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 53) : I’m sure they will have som of the other guys in. Anyone have the team sheet for cheetahs today?

  • Comment 57, posted at 14.10.17 09:36:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 57) : With pleasure Bud.
    Charles Marais, Torsten, Aranos Coetzee, Justin Bassin, Reniel Hugo, Tier Schoeman, Henco Venter, Mohoje, Tian Meyer, Stapelberg, Mapimpi, Small-Smith, Nico Lee, Speckman, Rhule
    Bench: Nche, du Toit, Bernardo, Pokomela, Shaun Venter, Ali Mgijima, Obi

    Lions: Van Rooyen, Coetzee, Adriaanse, Ferreira, Orie, Len Massyn, Cyle Brink, Kwagga, Ross, Jaco vd Walt, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Vorster, Rohan, Skosan, Coetzee
    Bench: Dylan Smith, Marx, Rhyno Herbst, Robert Kruger/ Dayimani, Marco JvV, Davids, Mahuza

  • Comment 58, posted at 14.10.17 09:49:41 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 58) : Sharks game will be less tough than the lions cheetahs game. Both have some big guns back both have a point to prove.

  • Comment 59, posted at 14.10.17 10:01:47 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Weather forecast doesn’t look good for sharks.

  • Comment 60, posted at 14.10.17 10:17:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 54) : I like Petzer. Reminds me of Frans Steyn

  • Comment 61, posted at 14.10.17 11:07:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Still worried abt weather any insights?

  • Comment 62, posted at 14.10.17 11:16:57 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 60) : which forecast did you use? All the ones I checked has the rain coming only after the game.

  • Comment 63, posted at 14.10.17 11:26:04 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 63) : Doesn’t say much just temp and very high chance of thunderstorms and heavy rain. Which is why I’m asking.

  • Comment 64, posted at 14.10.17 11:27:12 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 59) : Yes it will be a titanic clash! To add intrigue, there are other nuances at play. Depending on the Kings Pond result. If WP get no points, then both Lions and Cheetahs can leapfrog the WP
    Cheetahs needn’t necessarily win, a loss with two BP will see them progress. A draw with BP’s for both teams can also upset the applecart, in the above scenario.

  • Comment 65, posted at 14.10.17 12:37:41 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) : Yes he certainly plays that way. Just not as big as Fransie. Both him and Stapelberg are making it very difficult to leave out. Fred will have to play out of his skin, to get his place back.

  • Comment 66, posted at 14.10.17 12:39:37 by KingCheetah Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 64) : hopefully only after the game then!

  • Comment 67, posted at 14.10.17 12:43:51 by HeinF Reply

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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 65) : I think they will be focusing on this one only. I can’t wait to see an epic clash.

  • Comment 68, posted at 14.10.17 13:01:25 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 67) : Yes please.

  • Comment 69, posted at 14.10.17 13:01:48 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 67) : Should be fine…bit of a chance of rain late this evening…game is at 3…

  • Comment 70, posted at 14.10.17 13:07:48 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 48) : Happy birthday for yesterday, Rob. Sorry for the late message. Been too much of hectic!

  • Comment 71, posted at 14.10.17 13:12:27 by pastorshark Reply
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  • Hope we can build the deficit so Blewitt and van wyk gets time. I would have liked to see Rhyno Smit on the field I still think he has best of all world’s above April.

  • Comment 72, posted at 14.10.17 13:33:52 by coolfusion Reply

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  • I also hope we are fortunate enough to see van wyk am ward smit bosch on at same time this season. What a destructive force!

  • Comment 73, posted at 14.10.17 13:36:55 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 73) : And Nkosi.

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