Thorn banned, Brits in the air

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations on 6 Jul 2008 at 11:37
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Two very small snippets of news from Long White Cloud land.

All Black lock Brad Thorn has been banned for a week following his “spear tackle” on John Smit this weekend. Stu Dickenson seemingly didn’t think the transgression warranted anything more serious than a penalty. The citing commission felt differently and the ban is a tacit admission that Thorn should have been carded during the game. Would this have changed the complexion, or the result? We’ll never know.

Smittie seems to be in some doubt for the second test, though, which would be a huge blow. WP hooker Schalk Brits has been called up as cover and is on his way to join the squad in Dunedin. Should Smit be ruled out, Bismarck du Plessis would start, with Brits providing cover from the bench. Let’s just hope that sanity will prevail and someone other than Victor Matfield would assume the Bok captaincy in this most horrific of scenarios.


  • For my money I think Jean de Villiers should assume the captaincy.

    I can’t believe I just said that. It says volumes for his form this season as I didn’t even want him in a bok jersey at times last year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.07.08 12:56:02 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • GOOD!!! BUT I think 1 week is pathetic…still 😡 about that one.

    @VinChainSaw (Comment 1) : Anyone BUT Matfield….he and Bakkies looked as though they were along for the ride & the money!!! 😯 & 🙁
    Smith or de Villiers, my choices & please can we give “Beast” a go ❓ I feel he is much better than his “homeboy”!

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.07.08 14:20:47 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Jean 4 Captain! if John cant do it…
    Kankowski 4 number 8!
    Nd steyn nd biss should most def hav mre play time! Instead of laughing at the players fighting(no matter how awsme it is!)

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.08 07:03:05 by FrmFaAway Reply

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  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.08 08:27:33 by walter van Reply

    walter van Lions World

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