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Boland confident ahead of big double

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Other SA Teams on 28 Jan 2009 at 07:00
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Boland coach Deon Davids is confident that his team will be able to face up to the challenge of competing against two ‘big’ teams in one week.

Rugby 365 reports that Boland face Saracens on Wednesday and then the Stormers just a few days later in Wellington on Saturday.

The Wellington outfit has been boosted by the return of veteran hooker and captain Conrad Burke, but he will lead a very inexperienced side against Eddie Jones’ Saracens.

Except for Burke, centre Dewey Swartbooi, wings Alvin Hugo and Luvo Sogidashe, as well as locks Nico Esterhuyse and Frikkie Spies are the only recognised players in the Boland side.

Sogidashe will make his first appearance for the Cavaliers after representing Eastern Province and the Falcons the last couple of seasons.

Davids has also surprised by selecting Andre du Toit on the flank, despite breaking his nose against the University of Cape Town a week ago.

While this week provides a major challenge for the small union, Davids stressed that it is also a great opportunity for some of the younger fringe players.

“Everybody knows that it is difficult for us to put together two strong squads for these two big games,” Davids told rugby365.com ahead of the Saracens clash.

“We just don’t have the depth to do it in one week.

“But, at the same time, this is also a great opportunity for our younger players to really put their hands up for the upcoming season.”

Davids expects a tough physical onslaught from the English club after witnessing their style of play last Saturday at Newlands against the Stormers.

“I was at Newlands last week and it looks like they have a very forward-orientated gameplan,” Davids revealed.

“I was particularly impressed with their set-pieces..

“They did not lose a single ball in the line-out which says a lot if you consider an opposition jumper like Andries Bekker.”

Boland: 15 Donovan Smith, 14 Alvin Hugo, 13 Godwin Damon, 12 Dewey Swartbooi, 11 Luvo Sogidashe, 10 Jacquin Jansen, 9 Juwell Samuels, 8 Junior Bester, 7 Andre du Toit, 6 Garth Faro, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Ivan Espag, 2 Conrad Burke (c), 1 Christo McNish.
Substitutes – from: Pieter Bruynhardt, Tros Botha, Smit Janse van Rensburg, Quinton de Bruyn, Denzil Willemse, Emile Smith, Lionel Corneliüs, Wendal Wehr, Marcell du Preez, Hendrik van Niekerk.

Saracens: TBA

Date: Wednesday January 28
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 17.30 (15.30 GMT)
Referee: François Veldsman


  • I actually didn’t realise these matches were so close together. 😯

    Certainly going to seperate the men from the boys in the Boland team.

    The Boland Saracens clash will also be a nice gauge of CC strength v GP strength.

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.01.09 07:02:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Rassie to inject new blood for Boland
    Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:40

    Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus is likely to give several fringe players a run when the Stormers play Boland in their second pre-season friendly in Wellington on Saturday.

    After seeing off the challenge of English club side Saracens last Sunday Erasmus could be expecting a much lighter prospect against the Bolanders, who face the Stormers and Saracens within the space of three days.

    Erasmus admitted that he would have liked to see more of Nick Koster – whom he is experimenting with at wing – and Tongan utility back Alipate Fatafehi.

    Fatafehi got a run at wing on Sunday but didn’t get a real opportunity to show his worth with ball in hand.

    The coach is also hoping to have props Brian Mujati and JC Kritzinger back for Saturday’s final warm-up match.

    “For the bulk of the squad we are fairly happy with our depth. AJ [Venter] didn’t play, Conrad Jantjes and Brian didn’t play,” Erasmus said on the Stormers website.

    “There are a lot of guys we wanted to see play. And obviously the last 20 minutes we wanted Nick Koster to get more ball, guys like Alipate to get some ball.

    “Unfortunately the game at that stage – we made ten subs – lost a bit of structure. But hopefully against Boland we will see more of these guys,” he said.

    There’s been a lot of hype around former Cheetahs loose-forward Duane Vermeulen since his arrival in the Cape but Erasmus says that, so far, he has lived up to it.

    “It will take time for him to link up with the other loose-forwards and get used to the running around and get used to our patterns, Jean and the other guys.

    “But for a start I think he did awesome,” the coach enthused.

    Captain Jean de Villiers was also happy with the performance of the Cape franchise in their fist hit-out against proper opposition.

    “It was enjoyable and I can feel the body is sore, but it was good to get 60 minutes behind my back.

    “It was tough out there and we new it was going to be tough, but we stood up well against them and I was quite please with our performance on defence.”

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.01.09 07:09:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • According to Sky Justin Melck has joined Saracens on trial and might be on the bench for them against Boland.

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.01.09 15:21:16 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Yoh, he must like it up there

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.01.09 15:32:59 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) : Must be. I thought he was ‘on loan’ to Munster? Maybe WP forgot about it. Like when your neighbour borrows a tool or something. 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.01.09 15:42:14 by McLovin Reply

  • so it appears the rumours about Lionel Cornelius joining the Sharks were just that…

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.01.09 15:43:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : And it would be WP to forget.

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.01.09 15:52:50 by PJLD Reply

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