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Saracens to play Stormers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 10 Dec 2008 at 10:42
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The organisers of the friendly between the Boland Cavaliers and top English Premier outfit, Saracens, early next year will not be able to host the match at the originally planned venue.

Die Burger reports that Boland Rugby Union CEO Piet Bergh said that one of the two matches will now be played at Wellington, and the other at Newlands.

Originally, the matches were scheduled to be played at Worcester, Robertson or elsewhere on the West Coast in order for the union to take the game to the people, but these rugby fields don’t have proper stands.

Saracens, where former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones is the director, were scheduled to be in the Cape in January for two friendlies against Boland, but they will now tackle the Stormers at Newlands on January 24 before taking on the Cavaliers at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on either January 27 or 28.

“Saracens will be here only for 10 days to take part in a training camp. They’ll bring their strongest team and it will obviously be excellent pre-season preparation for us and the Stormers. It can become scorchingly hot that time of year and they probably won’t be used to the torrid heat. But for us as the Boland Rugby Union no costs will be involved and I am confident that there will definitely be a lot of interest in these matches.” said Bergh.

Apart from players such as the fiery All Black lock Chris Jack, former English Rugby League captain Andy Farrell and Scottish flyhalf Gordon Ross, Saracens also boast some seasoned South African Springboks. Cobus Visagie (tighthead prop), Wikus van Heerden (loose forward), Neil de Kock (scrumhalf), and the talented centre Brad Barritt are all members of the Saracens group.

Loss of stalwarts

Bergh said the Cavaliers will have to get along without many of their stalwarts such as Henley du Plessis (eighth man), John Daniels (wing) and the experienced Piet van Zyl (centre). Van Zyl entered into a contract with the Cheetahs. The young front row players Jean Botha as well as WP Nel are also moving to Bloemfontein. Cavaliers lock and eighth man Dries van Schalkwyk concluded a contract with the Blue Bulls.

The Cavaliers latest acquisition from the Falcons, Luvo Sogidashe, will probably be tried on the wing against Saracens. Nico du Plessis and Rito Hlungwane, both of whom had contracts with Western Province this year, will be the Cavaliers’ locks next year.


  • Just glad it’s not me that has to play rugby in Wellington, or Newlands for that matter, during Jan. 😕

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.12.08 10:46:34 by McLovin Reply
  • Stormers muscle in on Boland action YET again.

    Stormers steal Boland match

    Man there are so many other good headline I could have chosen. Why did I have to go with the original? 😛

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.12.08 10:47:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Will they be selling tickets or will it be for free?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.12.08 10:58:27 by McLovin Reply
  • Hope 2 see a jdv vs barritt-but u cant really judge from a friendly

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.12.08 11:59:20 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply
  • Cant wait to see the Stormers squad. 14 age group players included and a very good sign from Rassie. Look like he will brew some more Bokke in due time from the best schoolboy platform in the world. Wish to know which 14 it is but sure look like Koster, Stokkies Hanekom, JC Kritzinger, JP Vermeulen and the likes. Also a few Bolanders.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.12.08 07:31:40 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 5) :

    I hope Kritzinger will be given a chance now that Brok(en) Harris has proved he is not good enough at this level.

    Schalk Ferreira is also out of his depth. Bring in the youngsters I say.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.12.08 07:37:54 by wpw Reply
  • Our first line of fatties has left for the Cheaters, WP & Botha. Boland have a lot like Human, Jacobie Adriaanse and Bennie Botes. Know Botes quite well being matrix in the same year as my oldest son and he took a break last year due to his studies at Maties. Will be back in full force this year for Boland and also a x Craven Week Gimmie. Still missing Carlo Prinsloo’s name. Dont know where he is being hiding and one hell of a fatty prospect in his schoolboy days. Look like the sins of Maties caught up to the strong laaitie.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.12.08 08:44:08 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 5) : Rassie only anouncing his squad in January.

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.12.08 08:51:30 by PJLD Reply
  • Look like the sins of Maties caught up to the strong laaitie


  • Comment 9, posted at 11.12.08 08:52:08 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 9) : They called him Biscuit, crunch every fatty in his way when he played for Gimmies in matrix in 2005. Strong like a ox BUT when they go to Maties they learn the trade of lippe lees and Tassies. 🙄

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.12.08 09:10:35 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 10) :

    lippe lees???

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.12.08 09:17:07 by wpw Reply
  • lippe lees :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.12.08 09:44:08 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 12) : he he… yellow pages stuff?

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.12.08 10:38:24 by robdylan Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 12) :
    Thats why they dont wear mini rokke in Worcester. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.12.08 12:18:16 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 14) : wow… going to have to slap an “R” rating on this post soon :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.12.08 12:23:09 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    PB is with leave at the moment and you welcome to ban him to the new year. Please not the week before the Stormers have to play the Sharks in the S14 opener!. 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.12.08 12:36:34 by PaarlBok Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 16) :


    Don’t worry boet. Before Rob can ban anyone he needs to first consult wiff me. 🙄

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.12.08 13:12:17 by wpw Reply

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