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Matfield’s Bok role in the spotlight

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 11 Jun 2008 at 20:05

Springbok veteran Victor Matfield should know by Thursday what coach Peter de Villiers has in store for him, when the Springbok team for the second Test against Wales is announced.

Rugby 365 reports that Matfield is the obvious choice to captain the Boks in the Test against Italy, when John Smit will be in France to play for his club French club Clermont.

But if De Villiers overlooks Matfield for Saturday’s starting line-up it is hardly likely that he will be appointed skipper for the next outing a week later.

Matfield captained the Springboks last year and also led the Bulls to the Super 14 title. The other two captaincy candidates are Cheetahs captain Juan Smith and Jean de Villiers of the Stormers.

According to Springbok communication manager Chris Hewitt, Smit – who missed Monday’s training session – will be fit for the Wales Test, as will the other injured players, such as Butch James, CJ can der Linde, Brian Mujati, Danie Rossouw and Tonderai Chavhanga.

Wing Chavangha is still being nursed very carefully after a bump on the same hamstring that saw him miss the last part of the Super 14 competition, but Hewitt is adamant that he will play.

With JP Pietersen now officially part of the Bok squad, he might just get a look-in, albeit from the bench.

De Villiers has indicated that he wants to keep the winning side in the first Test together as far as is possible in order to build for the Tri-Nations. He should therefore not look much further than replacing Mujati with CJ van der Linde.

Even Bolla Conradie, who filled in for the suspended Ricky Januarie in the first Test, after a good performance behind the scrum nay well be retained.

Meanwhile it seems certain that another disappointing crowd will greet the two teams at Loftus on Saturday.

This follows a very poor turnout of around 22,000 spectators in Bloemfontein for the first Test.


  • My team for Sat would as follows







    Steyn ( Can cover Flyhalf and Wing )
    Jantjies ( Fullback)
    Britz ( Kinda look forward to seeing him in the green and gold should be interesting)
    Kanko ( Bring him on early in the 2nd half)

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 20:20:51 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Meanwhile it seems certain that another disappointing crowd will greet the two teams at Loftus on Saturday.

    This follows a very poor turnout of around 22,000 spectators in Bloemfontein for the first Test.

    If this is well the case come Sat then Saru and the Blue Bulls would do well too give the tickets away to underprivileged people in the area and fill the staduim..it would be a wonderful way to get the staduim full and at the same time expose the game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 20:26:01 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • Would be nice if they told us how many tickets had been sold so far

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 20:54:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think JdV will be a better captain in John’s absence.

    Conspiracy theory? Luke will be captain

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 20:56:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Strong possibility that KSA.

    Question is, can he put on the captain’s armband without dropping those damn watermelons?

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 21:01:36 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • probably NOT.

    I still say it should be JdV. He has done well as Stormers captain and Victor Matfield has shown that he is not a Springbok Captain’s arse.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 21:07:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 1) :

    I think Ricky will get his place back straight away, unless of course PdV benches him as an additional portion of his punishment.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 21:09:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • What about Juan as captain?

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.08 21:09:09 by JT Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : Na. The best captains are Sharks. How about Adi?

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.08 21:10:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @JT (Comment 8) :

    That would also be an option.

    How long has he captained the Cheetahs?

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.08 21:12:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) :

    Few seasons now… maybe 3

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.08 21:13:48 by JT Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    That comment shall be treated with the contempt it deserves. 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.08 21:13:56 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JT (Comment 11) :

    And I have just checked he has 43 Bok caps so is one of the senior guys.

    He WOULD be a good option as well.

    He seems like a “hardegat” kind of guy who won’t just “be there” as a captain.

    On to many an occasion the Boks did NOT feature while Matfield was the captain, BUT that can also be seen as the Boks didn’t feature when John WASN’T the captain. (6 of the 1, 1/2 dozen of the other)

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.08 21:17:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ja, Smittie is bloody good as captain! funny it took him a WC and 50 tests as captain for many in SA to admit that 🙄

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.06.08 21:20:09 by JT Reply

  • @JT (Comment 14) :

    Yet something else that Jake said and was only proven AFTER he departed 😀 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.06.08 21:24:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ricky J for captain!

    He will be so eager to give the captain’s (alcoholic) toast that he will ensure that the lads win!

    Wonder what he was like at the awards ceremony:

    Ricky: Hoesit Pieter my bwoe, dis nogals ‘n lekkkkker party ne? Waasie anner ouens? Kom ons kap nog ‘n sakkie! Bolla! Bolla jou naaier! Kom hieso man!

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.06.08 21:29:12 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • You like 7s??
    Austria’s tries in Zagreb v Hungary

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.06.08 21:31:32 by JT Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 16) : :mrgreen:

    Ricky to the press: Hy watdefokkyk djulle??????????/

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.06.08 21:31:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JT (Comment 17) :

    Only two tries? 😉

  • Comment 19, posted at 11.06.08 21:32:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) :

    👿 😳

  • Comment 20, posted at 11.06.08 21:34:39 by JT Reply

  • @JT (Comment 20) :

    Quility not quantity

  • Comment 21, posted at 11.06.08 21:34:57 by JT Reply

  • quality 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 11.06.08 21:35:12 by JT Reply

  • :mrgreen: as long as it ain’t the same quality as your spelling 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 11.06.08 21:37:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ag gaan [email protected] in die mi… sand!

  • Comment 24, posted at 11.06.08 21:39:39 by JT Reply

  • 😛

  • Comment 25, posted at 11.06.08 21:39:57 by JT Reply

  • Was that match at a velodrome?

  • Comment 26, posted at 11.06.08 21:42:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • yes.

  • Comment 27, posted at 11.06.08 21:51:29 by JT Reply

  • LMAO Big Fish.

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.06.08 07:20:14 by wpw Reply

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