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Adi gives Springboks a fright

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 28 May 2008 at 06:46

The Springbok rugby squad had a rare injury-free day on Tuesday but Sharks centre Adrian Jacobs caused a major fright among members of the management team.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that Jacobs was sent for a scan immediately after picking up a hamstring problem only 20 minutes after the start of the morning’s training session at Stellenbosch.

“The result is positive but we decided he should not train in the afternoon,” Bok spokesperson Chris Hewitt said.

With Jaque Fourie and Meyer Bosman already injured, the available depth at centre has caused concern, so the reaction to Jacobs’s injury was understandable.

Hewitt added that hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle had been sent for a knee scan. “He can take contact but we’ll be conservative in the way we use him.”

The national team’s coach, Peter de Villiers, will announce a squad of 30 players on Wednesday afternoon to prepare for the two Test matches against Wales and one against Italy.

Jacobs should be one of the centres but Ralepelle will probably struggle to get into the squad. Springbok captain John Smit, Bismarck du Plessis and Schalk Brits are the leading candidates for the hooker position.

Hewitt revealed that the 30 had already been selected earlier on Tuesday. Any further consultation among the selectors would be done telephonically, he added.

One of the talking points may be the form of World Cup heroes JP Pietersen and Danie Rossouw.

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Pietersen and Rossouw have not been at their best for the Sharks and the Bulls respectively but their experience will be taken into account.

Pietersen scored good tries on the wing during the 2007 season and Rossouw was one of the best No 8s at the World Cup tournament.

However, Rossouw will battle to keep Ryan Kankowski and Pierre Spies out of the Springbok squad.

With Schalk Burger and Wikus van Heerden also injured, Luke Watson could be selected as the only fetcher among the loose forwards.

Springboks Percy Montgomery (fullback) and Butch James (flyhalf) joined the training squad on Tuesday.

Victor Matfield was the only remaining absentee at the afternoon session but Hewitt said the Springbok lock would arrive at the squad’s hotel in Somerset West during the evening.

De Villiers had given the overseas-based players until Wednesday to join the training squad. It is clear, therefore, that Smit, Montgomery and James are part of his plans.

Smit arrived on Monday and his strong leadership was immediately obvious.

“John is unbelievable,” Hewitt said. “He takes charge in providing tactical input. He talks to the players as his equals and has already done much for their motivation. His positive impact could be felt immediately.

SA Rugby announced on Tuesday that Andy Marinos, manager of national teams, and Ann-Lee Murray had been added to the Springbok team’s management staff.

Murray will take care of administrative matters on a permanent basis and Marinos has been seconded to the management in a short-term move.

Murray was a valuable member of former Springbok coach Jake White’s management team and Marinos played a deciding role in negotiations to have Smit released from his contract with French club Clermont

A possible Springbok squad:
Backs: Percy Montgomery, Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavhanga, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Akona Ndungane, Adrian Jacobs, Frans Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Peter Grant, Butch James, Ruan Pienaar, Bolla Conradie, Ricky Januarie.

Forwards: Ryan Kankowski, Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Hilton Lobberts, Luke Watson, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker, Johann Muller, Brian Mujati, CJ van der Linde, John Smit (capt), Bismarck du Plessis, Schalk Brits, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Heinke van der Merwe


  • A possible Springbok squad…………….

    Well we’ll know for sure at midday today. 😎

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.05.08 06:47:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Luckily is was just a hamstring strain… 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.05.08 08:02:14 by Charlie Reply
  • Morning Charlie.

    I’ve been waiting for you. 😉

    Jacobs was sent for a scan immediately after picking up a hamstring problem only 20 minutes after the start of the morning’s training session

    You SEE, he is best suited for 20min supersub sessions at the end of a game. 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.05.08 08:06:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Is lobberts really going to make the 30? Can’t figure out why

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.05.08 08:06:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    Maybe because Botes and Baywatch aren’t available for the 30. 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.05.08 08:12:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • i suppose each coach should be allowed his favourites/bolter, in this case lobberts. sometikes it pays off and the coach sees something we do not which come to the fore.

    sometimes not though…

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.05.08 08:34:32 by knersboy Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    lol KSA, that’s funny, perhaps not for Adi tho… i wouldnt be surprised if PdV uses Bobo or Steyn before Adi, the poor guy spends his life being overlooked

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.05.08 08:37:38 by spykerbaard Reply

  • i dont think Lobberts will be in the 30 man Bok squad…. definitely in the emerging Boks, if they emerge

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.05.08 08:41:09 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 8) :

    I tend to agree with that.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.05.08 08:46:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @spykerbaard (Comment 7) :

    I actually think if the team is chosen on CURRENT form then it will be JdV and Adi.


    I hope that it is.

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.05.08 08:46:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • if its all about combinations, then it will be Bobo and Jean as the favourites, Adi will be used as a super sub again

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.05.08 08:53:26 by spykerbaard Reply

  • @spykerbaard (Comment 11) :

    I have no problem with either of them being the chosen one, but feel that Bobo’s performances have gone down towards the end of the S14 where Jacobs’ ones have gone up.

    If the test was 4 weeks ago I would have prefered Bobo.

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.05.08 09:03:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • How many more years is Lobberts going to be ’emerging’… he still can’t make his provincial first side… was shown-up for the Bok’s in a ridiculous selection and waste of 2 test caps… and he is still ’emerging’ go figure!

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.05.08 09:11:43 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 13) : Agree. I just don’t get it with him

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.05.08 09:26:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • De Villiers had given the overseas-based players until Wednesday to join the training squad. It is clear, therefore, that Smit, Montgomery and James are part of his plans.

    By last night there was still no sign of Matfield.

    He and Butch both played on Friday. Howcome Butch could get a seat (albeit economy) and make it in time and Vic is still not here?

  • Comment 15, posted at 28.05.08 09:39:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Such a pity that Duane Vermeulen is injured. Would LOVE to have seen him given a run against the Welsh!

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.05.08 09:40:06 by Villie Reply
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  • Lobberts has been stuck on the Bulls bench forever… he had what it takes in the under21’s, i can understand why PdV wants to see him with the emerging boks

  • Comment 17, posted at 28.05.08 09:43:31 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Conradie..seriously 🙄 Favourite or not he does not deserve to be there..

    As for Lobberts I really hope PDV manages to tap into the dudes potential and he becomes our very own Jerry the ballwrecker..in saying that he still needs to get some calves though..

  • Comment 18, posted at 28.05.08 09:45:57 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • Lobberts would have been a star by now, unfortunately he plays in the wrong setup where dirty play had become a trade… 👿

  • Comment 19, posted at 28.05.08 10:10:21 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 19) : that’s actually a good point. Just look at his role models…

  • Comment 20, posted at 28.05.08 10:11:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • All of them are addicted to a “stywe arm”… 🙄

  • Comment 21, posted at 28.05.08 10:12:39 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 19) :

    hey i don’t know so much hey, he seems pretty prone to going of pop himself from time to time.

  • Comment 22, posted at 28.05.08 10:22:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 21) :

    It started from when they were young and had to dance like that and now it has progressed to their rugby 🙄

  • Comment 23, posted at 28.05.08 10:22:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ksa shark , jacobs on form???? maybe against weak teams but in a physical incounter ie waratahs and all blacks/wallabies to come he is way out of his depth im afraid

  • Comment 24, posted at 28.05.08 10:32:09 by jjj1 Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : The Bulls…new form of “Sakkie Sakkie”… 😯

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.05.08 10:39:01 by Charlie Reply

  • @jjj1 (Comment 24) : oh shit… 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.05.08 10:47:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : ‘when they were young’? I’ll bet good money they still langarm/stywearm/sokkie on a regular basis. Also, I bet you’ll easily find sokkiejol treffers volume 1 thru 30 in the Bulls changing room. 😀

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.05.08 10:51:15 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @jjj1 (Comment 24) : So Adi was the only one not having a good game against the Warrathas ❓

  • Comment 28, posted at 28.05.08 10:52:22 by Charlie Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 27) :


    langarm/stywearm/sokkie …………..you forgot WINDSURF 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 28.05.08 10:53:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Has Lobberts been fitted for his “Bulls Forearm Guard” yet?

  • Comment 30, posted at 28.05.08 10:56:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 28) :

    And someone else takes the obvious bait 🙁

  • Comment 31, posted at 28.05.08 10:57:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • no not the only one but fine enjoy watching jacobs play centre against the all blacks he will be incredible def the best choice nothing to do with politics

  • Comment 32, posted at 28.05.08 11:00:01 by jjj1 Reply

  • @jjj1 (Comment 32) : Good, cos we don’t discuss politics here 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 28.05.08 11:01:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • oh dear 😐

  • Comment 34, posted at 28.05.08 11:22:41 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply


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