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Rassie’s high praise for Jean

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 19 May 2008 at 06:54

On Saturday evening, Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus made special mention of Jean de Villiers’s excellent captaincy in this year’s Super14 rugby series.

“Jean is the only player that played every minute of every game…without being injured. That is positive and I hope he can now do the same for the Boks,” said Erasmus.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that De Villiers has been very unlucky with injuries in the past. He missed the 2003 World Cup tournament because of injury, and in last year’s RWC tournament he tore an arm muscle in South Africa’s first match against Samoa.

While he could not share in the joy of South Africa’s victory in the final as a player, he played an extremely important part in the Stormers’ largely impressive Super 14 campaign this year.

In the process he showed that he can still make his mark in a big way in Springbok rugby. On Saturday evening he was one of 12 Cape players to be included in Bok coach Peter de Villiers’s training squad.

Bright future

The others are his centre partner Gcobani Bobo, Tonderai Chavhanga (wing), Isma-eel Dollie (flyhalf), Peter Grant (flyhalf), Ricky Januarie (scrumhalf), Conrad Jantjes (fullback), Andries Bekker (lock), Schalk Brits (hooker), Schalk Burger (flank), Brian Mujati (tighthead prop) and Luke Watson (eighthman).

Dollie played only in the Vodacom Cup series this year, and his inclusion in the Bok squad is probably due to the fact that the Sharks have gone through to the semi-final round of the Super14 series and that players like Ruan Pienaar and Frans Steyn have, therefore, not been considered at this early stage.

Nevertheless, his selection of Dollie is an indication that the Bok coach foresees a bright future for him.

That Jean de Villiers will be a senior player can surely be assumed to be a formality following his superb performances in the Super 14.

No one would argue against the inclusion of Watson, who was controversially added last year. He thoroughly deserves his place, as does Brits, who was also overlooked under Jake White’s coaching.

Bekker also had an excellent Super14, but could report at the the Bok training camp with an ankle injury on Wednesday.


  • I’m not sold on Dollie yet. I have seen some very good things from him in u/19 etc. But he weighs about as much as a small bag of sugar.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.08 08:30:31 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • Feeling a bit hurt after the Stormers exit , but still cant help feeling proud of the players and supporters effort in 2008. We may missed the semis by a ball hair I think Rassie and Jean should feel proud in their repair job after the first three games losses. The Stormers supporters still are nr1 when it come to attending matches this year and cant wait for the future. My Stormers player of 2008 is Chavanga and if he wasnt injured we would have a home semi by now. Hope he keep his S14 form for the Bokke.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.08 08:43:45 by PaarlBok Reply
  • PB- hard luck for the Stormers…they came really close there…and if they maintain this standard they’ll cartainly do better next year.

    Luke Watson played really well on Saturday… 😐

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.08 08:50:34 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply
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  • Think the Stormers or WP add a different ingredent to the Bokke meal. Was like that for many years. Listen to Schalk Burger speech after the WC locally he felt a bit lonesome as the only WP Bok player. This year he wont be alone anymore because there is some spice coming through.

    Will be interesting to see WP follow this success up in the CC. I have no doubt Rassie should feel very happy the way his team went in the S14 and the WP Vodacup side.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.08 08:57:51 by PaarlBok Reply
  • happy for the sharks, of course, would have loved the stormers to be there too though, as long as they were the sharks 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.08 09:02:54 by knersboy Reply
  • It shouldn’t just be Rassie sining Jean’s praises. It should be ALL of us.

    There were some calls for him to be gone from the Boks last year. After this S14 performance those will ALL be silinced.

    Okay there will be a luntaic idiot somewhere saying Steyn should play ahead of him……….(won’t be me though) 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.08 09:04:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Nah no worries broer. I knew the key was 4 tries. Hats off to the Lions, they keep us out but we cant blame the players. They gave it their all and a supporter cant ask for more. Think the ref also try and keep us in with that yellows he dish out to the Lions.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.08 09:06:58 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : I agree. He has really impressed me this season. Add Jaque Fourie’s return into the mix and things look really good.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.08 09:07:07 by racheltjiedebeer Reply
  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 8) :


    Who is going to stop THAT combo??????

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.08 09:08:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sorry KSA I am a biased Jean de Villiers fan. Since he was in subA in this parts we knew he will be a Bok. The match battle between him and Mossie was great. Also good to see young Venter playing with a lot of guts for the Lions.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.08 09:10:04 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 10) :

    No reason to apologise. 😉 On current form he is the #1 12 in SA.

    IMO anyway.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.08 09:13:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • But did anyone see Fourie clean the snot out of Bobo 😯

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.08 09:18:57 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 12) :
    YES :mrgreen:

    did you see the clean out on Januraie that he didn’t take so kindly to? 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.08 09:22:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • PJLD that one surely cost us a try. Cant remember who made the clean break, Jantjes?, should have go himself.

    Mossie is the best 13 in the business and prove himself once again. He need no game to be at his best.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.08 09:23:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I know its not on the game thread and dont want to read through all the posts. Think the Lineout was our farce that cost us the game. But once again the Lions played with a lot of agrresion. Where was it in the past games? They are no wooden spooners by a mile. Think this game was played at such a pace from both teams, for me it was breathtaking to say the least. I drank half a bottle of KWV to keep up with the pace. 💡

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.08 09:27:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) : Presies. Lets hope they stay injury free.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.08 09:32:03 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) :

    @PaarlBok (Comment 15) :
    Yes bru,i was going crazy for our lineouts,it was almost non existant,did we even win one of our throws cleanly?
    All credit to JoevN he was all over the place,boy got FAT but was everywhere.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.08 09:33:00 by PJLD Reply
  • Oh yes it was Jantjies

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.08 09:33:50 by PJLD Reply
  • massive game by Big Joe…

    Would be interesting to see the exact stats on those lineouts…the Lions were grabbing everything…

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.08 09:38:38 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • The ref wasn’t very kind to us, penalty count something like 20-3 for the visvoete..I’m not convinced that that was fair.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.08 09:58:12 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • IS Ashfak Mohamed DRUNK??????????

    This has just been posted on IOL
    Jean’s ‘tough challenge’

    May 19 2008 at 09:00AM

    By Ashfak Mohamed

    Stormers captain Jean de Villiers says there will be “more jokes than chirps” when he faces regular Springbok team-mate Jaque Fourie in Tuesday’s crucial Super 14 match against the Lions at Ellis Park.

    De Villiers said he was going to “throw a few chirps” at Waratahs youngster Rob Horne last week, and the strategy seemed to work as De Villiers turned Horne inside out to set up Sireli Naqelevuki’s try after just nine minutes.

    “I reckon there will be a couple of chirps, but more jokes than chirps! We’ve played together a lot, but it will be a tough challenge,” he said.

    “For me, it will be about getting the upperhand on him. That will be the big thing. If every player can do that, then we should get a good result. He won’t give in and I won’t give in. So that’s what rugby is all about.”

    De Villiers said Fourie’s mere presence on the field will inspire the Lions. “He is an all-round quality centre. He runs good lines and can organise a defensive system.”

    Also, if we can keep the ball for most of the game, we can nullify him.”

    De Villiers put in a few telling runs against the Waratahs and has been in fine form this season alongside reliable midfield partner Gcobani Bobo. They will face Fourie and another youngster, Walter Venter, who has had a good debut season in the Super 14.

    “It is a challenging competition and you get to play against some of the best players in world rugby,” said De Villiers. “And this week will be nothing easier. He (Fourie) is a quality player. Even though he has only played one game with Walter Venter, I thought they did well last weekend.

    “I think that was one of the reasons they beat the Chiefs as well. So it will be tough, but we are concentrating on my combination with Gcobani. It has been going well. I’d like to end off the last of the round-robin stages with a good performance.”

    The fooking match is long gone history. Is this the guy who got klapped in the toilet by Jakes “bodygaurd”? Maybe he bumped his head again. 🙄

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.08 10:57:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Tuesday? Fantastic! So we get another crack at the Lions. That Rassie is a miracle worker. Hope we score 4 tries this time. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.05.08 11:00:33 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • 😯 What a joke? Which planet did he post this from?

    You reckon the Stormers will get the 4 tries on Tuesday?

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.05.08 11:02:21 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • We get a rematch???SWEEET!

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.05.08 11:07:01 by PJLD Reply
  • Tell Brits to throw better on Tuesday… 😐

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.05.08 11:08:27 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @Walter van die Vaal:
    Agree 100%. Thought that yellows was unecessary. Jonker havent had the best of matches but still years ahead of Willie Doos. 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.05.08 13:23:00 by PaarlBok Reply

  • I always thought Tank Lenning was a plonker now I KNOW it.

    surely it would have made more sense to SA Rugby (and South African rugby) to let the Stormers score that fourth try rather than see the wooden spoonists get a consolation try!


    I know this is controversial, and based on a vote we had on Sport24 last week, it is something 90% of you would disagree with, but I am a believer in local sides throwing games at the business end of a tournament in order to see better placed sides prosper. So I would have wanted the Lions to throw this game and concede four tries in order to guarantee a semi-final for the Stormers!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.05.08 13:35:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • but I am a believer in local sides throwing games at the business end of a tournament in order to see better placed sides prosper 😳 😯 👿

    Are we sure this guy was a sportsman before trying his hand at journalism?

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.05.08 13:36:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : That is astonishingly stupid from Tank.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.05.08 13:38:42 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 26) :

    That Schalk incident still with you Paarl? 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.05.08 13:38:46 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • A small part of me also had that thought,but thats because i was getting desperate at the end but also know that it is a BS thought,going through would have a bit of a shitty taste knowing that the oppo team had thrown the game.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.08 13:49:29 by PJLD Reply
  • Any chance we can get Lenning reported for promoting match fixing? 😉

    Maybe send him to Gat sonder water as punishment.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.08 13:57:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Worse is his asinine suggestion could have resulted in the Sharks not making the Semi-final depending on the winning margin 👿

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.05.08 14:00:51 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 33) :

    Or rather having lost the potential to host a final…whatever way you look at it, it is absolute rubbish, image how we would feel if the Aussies or Kiwis tried to pull a stunt like that.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.08 14:06:04 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Quite frankly that is shocking.

    Personally I’ll never support a team perpertuating, condonign or being involved in throwing matches. I find it simply disgusting. How would Lanning feel if that was done to his side and they lsot out because of it?

    There’s surely a reason, and this might possibly be it, why Tank Lanning is not a household name.


  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.08 14:07:37 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Ashfak & Tank was probably in the same ‘special’ class at school.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.08 14:08:45 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • was = were. 😳

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.08 14:09:57 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Tenses always costed me some points during exam time.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.08 14:10:51 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • Sad indictment on a so called sports journalist. What should we be teaching our youngsters? Take the undederved, unearned glory and to hell with sportmanship and ethics. Disgusting.

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.05.08 14:15:24 by yossarian Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 38) :

    The teacher always acosted you for using that word 😳

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.05.08 14:16:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • undederved->undeserved 😳

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.05.08 14:16:36 by yossarian Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 32) :
    KSA I think the Reds throw the match. If they klapped the “tahs’ on Saturday there would have been no Ausie team in the Semi’s. ❓

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.05.08 14:19:46 by Reds Reply

  • Call it what you want – I call it cheating.

    Shocking that a supposed sports jounro is allowed to publich articles on a main-stream news website that advocates cheating.

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.05.08 14:20:33 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Reds (Comment 42) :

    Ja but the Reds are also terrible…

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.05.08 14:21:00 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 43) : He’s just an idiot.

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.05.08 14:24:38 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 44) :
    Have a look at Saturdays game and see..the Tahs was not that hot and the Reds was all over them. The last few games the Reds did not play that badly.. (I’m not saying this because of my nick :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.05.08 14:27:08 by Reds Reply

  • @Reds (Comment 42) :

    I don’t know so much. The thought did cross my mind that they may do it, but i think there is to much pride in Aus Rugby for that to have been arranged.

    The Reds have won three games all season and two of those were more shocking to them than to us. 😉

    It was a case of Top Aus team v Bottom Aus team and bottom saw their “bottom” 😉

  • Comment 47, posted at 19.05.08 14:28:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Didn’t he play for wp 😳

    Where is PB now,i heard a story that he cried during his initiation…the dude was a prop. 😯

  • Comment 48, posted at 19.05.08 14:30:40 by PJLD Reply
  • I can’t believe that this nonsense was even put up…

    REDS- I think the Reds might have done the Tahs one or two favours there. I mean, there was a point in the second half where they should’ve scored at least 2 tries but they just gifted the ball back to the Tahs.

    Anyway…if we are trying to say that the Reds went easy on the Tahs…we should prove it by beating the hell out of them on sat.

  • Comment 49, posted at 19.05.08 14:30:54 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • Why did he cry? Was he physically hurt, or just hurt his feelings?

  • Comment 50, posted at 19.05.08 14:33:11 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 48) :

    Yeah he played Tighthead prop. Obviously tooo tight and the circulation is not all getting to the brain.

  • Comment 51, posted at 19.05.08 14:34:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 49) : My point exactly :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 19.05.08 14:34:31 by Reds Reply

  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 49) :

    that’s why I put it up as a comment and not a thread. i wouldn’t give it the light of day as an article.

  • Comment 53, posted at 19.05.08 14:35:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 53) :

    I meant the original source 😉

  • Comment 54, posted at 19.05.08 14:38:10 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 12) : No but I did see Jean making Mossie his bitch twice on Saturday!!!

  • Comment 55, posted at 19.05.08 14:48:39 by MorneN Reply
  • I know many have commented on Lanning’s article already, but:

    It’s a poorly reasoned argument (at best) to think that throwing matches could in any way be positive for SA rugby as a whole.

    It WOULD have been nice to see more than 1 local team qualify for the semi-finals, but to do so on the back of a compromised victory would be the worst possible outcome both for the advancing team’s morale as well as the perceived integrity of the SA game.

    To even suggest such an idea as more than a wistful Stormers supporter’s daydream is extremely irresponsible, and should be roundly condemned as such.

  • Comment 56, posted at 19.05.08 14:53:36 by Waz Reply

  • the difference between PRIDE and STRESS :

    Pride if your son becomes the Stormers Hooker
    Stress if your daughter becomes the Stormers Hooker

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.05.08 14:58:50 by barend Reply

  • @barend (Comment 57) :

    daughter or son?

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.05.08 14:59:50 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • @barend (Comment 57) :

    Are you sure it’s not the other way around?

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.05.08 15:00:52 by blackshark N.R.N.S! Reply

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  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 59) :


  • Comment 60, posted at 19.05.08 15:02:20 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 55) :
    Jean has been sidestepping his moer off hey,fokkit,nice change up from the stampkaar kak hes been trying for a while.

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.05.08 15:03:54 by PJLD Reply
  • @blackshark N.R.N.S! (Comment 54) :

    oh okay 😆

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.05.08 15:25:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @barend (Comment 57) :

    You mean (AND MORE LIKELY)

    Stress if your son becomes the Stormers Hooker, in the Daughter way. 😳

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.05.08 15:27:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hate even thinking about throwing games. 😈 Dont want more then earning a semi place and working hard for it. The Stormers knew what they had to do and failed scoring that last try. Hats off to the Lions and Stormers to gave it their all and having even Jonker trying his best in giving us the oppertunity via two yellows.

    @PJLD I know nothing about Tank Lanning

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.05.08 15:41:46 by PaarlBok Reply


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