Waylon is ready

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 Feb 2008 at 17:43
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“It’s time to step up or get stepped on.”

That is how Springbok centre Waylon Murray succinctly described the up-coming Super 14 encounter against the Western Force on Friday night at the Absa Stadium (kick-off at 7pm). This article by Zayn Nabbi on IOL.

The season opener is shaping up to be a cracker and Murray is just one of 30 players fizzing to get out on to the park.

“Failure is not an option for us this season we want to go all the way,” said the 21-year-old, who has forged arguably the most potent midfield combination in the southern hemisphere with Brad Barritt.

“I’m a lot more confident this year. It is going to be my third Super rugby campaign and for a lot of us we are more settled having been around for a while. You get used to handling the pressure and to trust your God-given talent.”

Murray knows about taking opportunities and making the most of them. Coming from Sydenham, Murray is never one to back down from a challenge and is the man you’d want to play with rather than against. He’s also not a bloke who talks much, so when he speaks you listen.

“Simply put, this season is about stepping up or being stepped on. It’s time to step up and to be counted,” he continued. “Our preparation has been good. The guys are working well and getting used to playing together.”

Murray admitted that it didn’t get harder than playing the Force, who was Australia’s top franchise in the Super 14 last year.

“I think what they’ve achieved in two years is phenomenal,” he said. “They’ve got good coaching structures which are the tools for a successful team.”

Murray said that the Force’s fulcrum would be Wallaby sensation Matt Giteau and points machine Cameron Sheppard.

“Those two are definitely the danger men,” he said. “But in terms of the main playmaker and the general of the Force backline, that would be Matt. He’s a great player and makes things happen. He is one creative player and has the ability to open the game up.”

Murray along with French international flyhalf Frederic Michalak did not train on Monday night.

The duo were nursing niggles with Murray’s hamstring being tight after an early morning session, while Michalak had a knock to his calf.

Meanwhile, the Western Force are dealing with yet another maelstrom in their camp. This time an unnamed Force player has apparently broken a team-mate’s jaw.

The incident came on the eve of the Perth-based franchises three week tour to South Africa and management said the matter is being dealt with internally.

The altercation is believed to have been between scrumhalf Matt Henjak and winger Haig Sare, with the later suffering from a suspected broken jaw.

Late last year forwards Scott Fava and Richard Brown were found guilty of mistreating small Australian animals (quokkas) on a team building camp.

Previously, Fava had been suspended by coach John Mitchell while touring SA in 2007 for failing a breathalyser test.


  • Coming from Sydenham, Murray is never one to back down from a challenge

    Is this a nice way of saying he’s a genstuh? 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.02.08 18:21:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • He was probably a regular a Jonny’s for the Rotti. 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.02.08 18:39:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • was????????? i meant IS.

    21 and in his 3rd S14 campaign. impressive stuff

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.02.08 18:40:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I like this chap almost as much as Fish does 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.02.08 18:42:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • i very much agree with what JP said, but he did step up in the RWC, now just need to be consistent. I think Waylon has phenomenal speed and strength, but definitely does need to step up this S14.
    Very promising. wpw, not in JdV or JF’s league yet, but could be, needs to show it.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.02.08 18:43:11 by cab Reply

  • “Failure is not an option for us this season we want to go all the way,” said the 21-year-old,

    fine line between arrogance and self belief.

    Hope he is on the right side of the line

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.02.08 18:43:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • excuse my ignorance.

    What did JP say?

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.02.08 18:47:22 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good thing Zayn is a journalist cos his maths sucks. the sharks super 14 squad is 40 not 30.i am sure the 10 he left out would also love to hit the park.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.02.08 19:00:09 by try time Reply

  • TT 🙂

    I was of the impression that the squads had to be 30, maybe that is for tours only.

    I suppose limiting the number of players while at home is a bit of an excercise in futility. So many ways around it.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.02.08 19:09:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • cab, were you drunk when you posted that???

    wpw? JP?

    😆 😯 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.02.08 09:34:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Hehe… I is struggling to understand that CAb-quip too…

    Waylon… let’s show them this season savage (just pencilled him into my FL team for a lowly $800k)…

    Come onnnnnn!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.02.08 09:49:46 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • cab clearly needs to find love.

    And by that i don’t mean the ‘stormers’ way


  • Comment 12, posted at 13.02.08 10:00:12 by wpw Reply
  • 8 tries for Waylon this season. You read it here first.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.02.08 10:50:19 by robdylan Reply
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