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Luke beats the boos

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 26 Jan 2009 at 06:51
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Some element of hostility was extremely discernible at times, but if it ruffled Luke Watson then he did anything but show it.

Rob Houwing writes for Sport 24 that indeed, the Stormers No 8 took the opportunity in the first serious run-out of the season to offer strong candidacy for player-of-the-match status, should one have been awarded for the friendly against English Premiership outfit Saracens at Newlands on Sunday.

The home side prevailed satisfactorily enough in a lively toss-around, registering six tries to three en route to a 43-33 score-line before a sun-soaked crowd in excess of 25 000.

Jean de Villiers’ team led 24-16 at the break and an encouraging feature of their otherwise understandably ragged — yet sporadically very thrust-laden — showing was their ability to strike back and retain “daylight” at times when the tourists appeared to be getting dangerous spurts of second wind.

Sarries stayed keenly in the picture from a scoreboard point of view primarily because Glen Jackson’s placekicking was deadeye stuff, the fly-half achieving seven out of seven with four penalties (clearly they had not made the long haul for pure festival purposes!) and three conversions.

Let’s face it, one of the enticing lead-up features of this fixture was the opportunity to gauge just how much crowd affection Watson would have lost after his controversial off-season comments around the Springbok jersey and, apparently, certain sectors of our society.

By Sunday’s evidence, some – but not an awful lot. After all, 30 or 40 people in a specific area of a stadium jeering together with zeal can sound deceptively like thousands at times.

And there was applause aplenty, too, whenever Watson contributed constructively, which was for at least three-quarters of this game until it got truly chaotic and sloppy in the closing minutes.

Eyebrows were raised when Rassie Erasmus, that similarly singular fellow who will not be influenced by peripheral sentiment, named what seemed a slightly bum-about-face starting loose trio with Watson (debatably still best suited to open-sider) at eight, newcomer Duane Vermuelen at seven instead of his own more customary ex-Cheetahs slot of eight, and blindsider Francois Louw at six.

But the coach believes in loose forwards being horses for all courses and Watson grabbed the opportunity to excel in a broad array of facets.

He was responsible for a few turnovers, tackled with the sort of commitment that will come in handy when the Stormers open their Super 14 campaign against the Sharks at the same venue in three weeks, and was a good link-man too, being handily at the shoulder of Ricky Januarie to round off a try-scoring move after the nuggety scrumhalf altered his angle and broke and jinked beautifully from outside the Sarries 22.

Of course room is going to have to be made for Schalk Burger for the cracking coastal derby. On Sunday’s evidence, the first Stormers loose trio for the Super 14 may well be Burger at No 6 and Watson No 8 (normal service from last campaign), with Louw and Vermeulen then fighting it out for the right to the blind-side job.

Whatever your thoughts on Watson, he is a self-motivated individual whose own game may even blossom in the face of the boo-boys’ onslaught.

I suppose the acid test of his ability to live with the knockers will be when the Stormers travel to the highveld, where acceptance may be in altogether shorter supply.

But for the time being only the terminally jaundiced would endeavour to suggest that he didn’t kick off 2009 playing rather good rugby …


  • I think it is despicable that his own supporters are booing him. I wonder what the Aussies and New Zealanders will think of us if this does happen when we play overseas teams at Newlands.

    Luke might be a tool but he is still a good player. I wonder what the reaction would be if he does end up scoring a winning try in an NB game during the course of this season. 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.01.09 07:51:09 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    I think it is cool that the supporters of the team he happens to play for are booing him. He needs to realise that the crap he spews isn’t endearing him to very many people

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.01.09 08:05:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    of course you would…

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.01.09 08:16:37 by wpw Reply
  • I guess it’s Luke 1 – Boo boyz 0

    I’ll be updating the score after the Sharks game ( if he plays)

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.01.09 08:27:32 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • That’s a Province problem, fortunately.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.01.09 08:37:13 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Ag he probably deserved it. If anything it should be motivation for him to up his game and STFU.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.01.09 09:04:26 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 6) :
    True…anyway- enough about Master Frodo…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.01.09 09:06:59 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • http://sport.iafrica.com/news/1472860.htm
    Rassie gets behind Luke

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.01.09 11:18:01 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • Erasmus was adamant that the controversial loose forward does have the support of his team-mates.

    “If there are persons who would like to put their energy into something like that for 13 games, it is up to them,” Erasmus told the media, when questioned about the spectators who jeered Watson.

    “They must know that if we pick somebody inside the team, and he is on the park, then everything has been sorted out and the team is happy. If you are a real supporter, you will support the team and their decisions. I think it will fade away.

    “I can tell you of a few people who have done far worse things than Luke (Watson) and they are in prominent positions in South African Rugby. We are happy with the way the team is performing, all 26 of them,” the coach added.

    Stormers captain Jean de Villiers also supported Watson and said he had the support of the entire team.

    “We were only worried about what was happening on the field. I thought Luke played well,” De Villiers said.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.01.09 13:50:42 by wpw Reply
  • From the above article: some – but not an awful lot. After all, 30 or 40 people in a specific area of a stadium jeering together with zeal can sound deceptively like thousands at times.

    So the Cultural MEC has moaned rassie has defended him etc. etc.

    Why all the whoohaaa? It was only 30 or 40 people. 🙄

    or Did Rob Houwing have blinkers on?

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.01.09 14:04:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • He’s not the first & certainly won’t be the last player to be jeered. At Newlands or anywhere else. It’s a non event.

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.01.09 14:07:31 by McLovin Reply

  • Rob Houwing is seriously taking the piss here.

    If only 30 or 40 people made all that noise WP rugby only need to put posters of faces of people in seasts and not worry about selling 25000+ tickets.

    In addition, Luke had an average game, MOTM my ass.

    He did secure a couple of turn-overs, but then he also lost a few, gave away a few penalties, free kicks etc.

    Players who played well was Brits, Louw, Grant, JDV and Naqelevuki.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.01.09 14:15:18 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 12) :

    Thank goodness it only your opinion, Mr “JDV should play flyhalf”


  • Comment 13, posted at 26.01.09 14:18:44 by wpw Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 12) :

    I read that portion a few times to try and see if I was maybe missing some sarcasm somehwere, but couldn’t find any.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.01.09 14:19:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • Change of subject…doesn’t this Nandos ad crack you up…


  • Comment 15, posted at 26.01.09 14:21:55 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 13) :


  • Comment 16, posted at 26.01.09 14:33:16 by MorneN Reply
  • Well…

    He is not a great enough player for Bok colours…but most def for a fist choice in most S14 teams…

    But he does talk crap…and he needs to understand that it does not male it right cozz it is against Afrikaners…

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.01.09 14:34:56 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 17) : I think someone has stolen Hmmm’s identity… 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.01.09 14:36:45 by blckshrk - PROTEAS Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 15) : This aim @ wpw 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.01.09 14:37:08 by Charlie Reply

  • B 😯 😯 L 😯 😯 K 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.01.09 14:37:51 by Charlie Reply

  • It is distasteful that own crowd boo own spectators…

    But then again the NZ did boo and bomb the “whites only” Bokke…maybe they’ll think this is heroic….

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.01.09 14:40:32 by Hmmm Reply

  • @blckshrk – PROTEAS (Comment 18) :

    Who has….I’ll set KSA on them….

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.01.09 14:44:58 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 22) :

    :grrrr: Someone call? :grrrr:

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.01.09 14:45:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) :

    Stand by…will let you loose now-now…


  • Comment 24, posted at 26.01.09 15:05:20 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 21) :
    😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 26.01.09 15:25:55 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish

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