Ricki’s Bok chances at risk

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Cheetahs, In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 16 Apr 2009 at 08:09
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Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie’s chances of facing the British and Irish Lions in a three-Test series in June have been dealt a hammer blow.

The hero at the House of Pain in Dunedin last year when he scored THAT try to secure a first victory for the Springboks at Carisbrook against New Zealand, has lost his place in the Stormers team ahead of their Vodacom Super 14 match against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.

Januarie’s inconsistent form behind the pack this season has resulted in Rassie Erasmus turning to Dewaldt Duvenhage to start and relegating Januarie to the bench.

While Erasmus will argue he’s resting Januarie or rotating his players, the fact is Januarie would still be in the starting line-up if he were in top form.

It is a decision which will not sit well with the Bok No9 as he will be fully aware he needs as much game-time as possible to regain his best form and secure his place in Peter de Villiers’ squad for the Lions series.

He will also know that with Fourie du Preez back to his best at the Bulls and the likely first choice against the Lions, his position as back-up will be under threat – more so now that he’ll be sitting on the sidelines.

The Sharks’ Rory Kockott has again been in good form this year and he, like Januarie, would offer the Boks something different to Du Preez.

Kockott is exactly what his surname suggests – a cocky player with real attitude – and he also has the ability to make sniping breaks around the fringes of the scrum and ruck. His added bonus is that he’s also a very accurate goalkicker.

But while Januarie may be a little concerned about his Bok place, De Villiers yesterday told the Cape Times that current individual – and team – form would not influence any individual’s chances of making the Bok side this year.

“Show me which of those (11th-placed Stormers) players that started for the Boks last year have been playing badly?” De Villiers asked. “The team isn’t playing well, but I think the Boks are not doing badly as individuals. So I am not too worried about those players, even if the Stormers are not doing well.”

In other Stormers team news, Hilton Lobberts gets a rare start in the second row, while Tiaan Liebenberg replaces Schalk Brits at hooker.

Meanwhile, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has kept the same squad who chocked the Sharks last week for their clash with Chiefs in Kimberley on Saturday.

And in Australia, the Lions will be without star centre Jaque Fourie (eye) and Cobus Grobbelaar (ankle) for their clash with the Reds on Saturday.

Stormers: Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage; Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger; Adriaan Fondse, Hilton Lobberts, Brian Mujati/Wicus Blaauw, Tiaan Liebenberg, JD Moller. Replacements: Schalk Brits, Brok Harris, AJ Venter, Pieter Louw, Ricky Januarie, Willem de Waal, Dylan Des Fountain

Cheetahs: Hennie Daniller; Bjorn Basson, Corné Uys, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Hendro Scholtz, Juan Smith (capt), Heinrich Brüssow; David de Villiers, Wayne van Heerden, Kobus Calldo, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez. Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Bees Roux, Nico Breedt, Kabamba Floors, Sarel Pretorius, Piet van Zyl, Fabian Juries.
This article was originally published on page 17 of The Star on April 16, 2009


  • “Show me which of those (11th-placed Stormers) players that started for the Boks last year have been playing badly?” De Villiers asked. “The team isn’t playing well, but I think the Boks are not doing badly as individuals. So I am not too worried about those players, even if the Stormers are not doing well.”

    I can name you a few Piet.

    Schalk Burger
    Ricki Januarie
    Schalk Brits (although he doesn;t deserve to be a Bok imo)
    Andries Bekker
    Conrad Jantjes

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.04.09 08:15:55 by wpw Reply
  • ““Show me which of those (11th-placed Stormers) players that started for the Boks last year have been playing badly?””

    Yawn… says it all about Snor…

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.04.09 08:21:41 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) : @wpw (Comment 1) : is this consensus? 😯 :mrgreen:


  • Comment 3, posted at 16.04.09 08:30:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Remember this day! Mark it on your calendar. 😆

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.04.09 08:34:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    It might be.

    I still think Ricki should be on the bench against the British Lions though.

    He must just clean up his act and lose a few kilos and lay off the Spur burgers!! 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.04.09 08:43:39 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    Lose a few kilo’s is a must I agree, but will he be able to recover so soon after liposuction?

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.04.09 08:55:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.04.09 08:59:20 by wpw Reply
  • is Kockott’s current form putting any pressure on him, though?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.04.09 09:27:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Kockott is good but he is not THAT good. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.04.09 09:32:21 by wpw Reply
  • What’s with all the kumbaya going on here? :mrgreen:

    But honestly, a shocking statement from PdV there…
    Bring on Luke Watson !!!

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.04.09 09:33:24 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 9) :

    But can Ricki even bend to pick up the ball…with that extra ball he’s hiding under his shirt?

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.04.09 09:34:34 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 10) :

    Ja, Lukas can play 8th man, scrumhalf and flyhalf all at the same time!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.04.09 09:36:36 by wpw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : i don’t think so.

    I would be very surprised if PdV calls for any newbies for lions

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.04.09 09:38:58 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : together with brits who will do hooker and both wings

    and bekker will play lock and provide cover for flyhalf :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.04.09 09:40:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • De Villiers yesterday told the Cape Times that current individual – and team – form would not influence any individual’s chances of making the Bok side this year.

    WHAT? That is possibly the worst statement that a Bok coach could ever make. Somebody get this guy a media liaison, and fast… he’s making himself look silly again.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.04.09 09:40:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 14) : Brits is a centre bru, get you facts straight.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.04.09 09:45:41 by Claytie Reply
  • @rekinek (Comment 14) :

    and Ricki will cover scrumhalf and prop…

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.04.09 09:49:32 by blackshark - YNWA Reply

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  • @blackshark – YNWA (Comment 17) :

    I bet you won’t tell him that to his face!!! 😕

    I’ve seen Ricki bliksem a guy while chowing down a streetwise 2 at the same time.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.04.09 10:08:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : Nou raak julle dam lelik… 😯

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.04.09 10:20:06 by Charlie Reply

  • Morning peeps. Just letting you know that Debs is flat on her back in bed with a slipped disk. She claims it was from just getting out of bed wrong but I have my suspicions. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.04.09 10:24:10 by klempie Reply

  • Hello all of you. Stay away a bit to let all the Tjarkies get over their sorrow. Our lot is use to this so hope you lot get over it as quick as two ticks.

    Myself have qouted here a few times Dewaldt and Hoffmann will overtake Bolla and Ricky if getting the change. Change my mind about Conrad after watching him in the WeePee Vodacup side two weeks back.

    Rassie should have gave Dewaldt his big change three weeks back because he sure was performing better then Ricky since he played from the bench.

    Sure this will be his big change and I for one will hold tumbs he get past this match with flying colours. If he can handle the Canes lot at home, it will set him up for big things.

    Now I do know Ricky have it on the top level, he should go back to the basics of scrummy and clean out quick before running like a headless chicken around. We need our skollie in top form but I maybe wrong but this just maybe his last change to be our first pick scrummy.

    Good luck Dewaldt, I know you can do it.

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.04.09 10:27:13 by PaarlBok Reply

  • A blonde gets home early from shopping and hears strange noises coming from the bedroom.
    She rushes upstairs to find her husband naked on the bed, sweating and panting. What’s up?’ she asks.

    ‘I’m having a heart attack,’ cries the husband.

    The blonde rushes downstairs to grab the phone, but just as she’s dialing, her four-year-old son come s up and says, ‘Mommy! Mommy! Aunt Shirley is hiding in your closet, and she’s got no clothes on!’

    The blonde slams the phone down and storms upstairs Into the bedroom, right past her husband, and rips open the closet door. Sure enough, there is her sister, totally naked and cowering on the closet floor.

    ‘You rotten bitch’, she screams.

    ‘My husband’s having a heart attack, and you’re running around naked scaring the kids!!’

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.04.09 10:27:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 21) : he impressed the crap out of me playing for Boland in the CC last year. Good player.

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.04.09 10:34:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 21) : Dewald must stop his inside pop pass to nobody before I really rate him.he does have all the hallmarks of a decent scrummy though.

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.04.09 10:44:37 by Claytie Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 24) : that’s a Butch James move…

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.04.09 10:50:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : From the base ❓

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.04.09 10:55:37 by Claytie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Except 9 times out of 10 he got it right. 😎

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.04.09 11:15:14 by klempie Reply

  • @Claytie (Comment 26) :


  • Comment 28, posted at 16.04.09 11:17:09 by wpw Reply
  • @Claytie (Comment 24) : Yep Luke moet wakker wees. 😉

    Dewaldt have the head and heart to get it right. At least he have a pass on him.

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.04.09 11:32:27 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 29) :

    And this has nothing to do with him being from Paarl?? 😈

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.04.09 11:56:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 30) :
    😆 Sure I know him from prymary school days. Played for NoordEind and GrootGim and stays in Paarl North.

    By the way I saw Gim has lost to the Klofies over the weekend and Boishaai going great guns, beating Monnas. Saw Heinke’s dad , Oupa van der Merwe coaching Monnas moered the ref. 😆

    Look at this
    Results from the Easter Tournaments
    FNB St John’s Easter Festival

    Day 1

    Affies vs FNB Invitation, 45-8
    Glenwood vs Jeppe, 55-11
    Hoërskool Outeniqua vs Maritzburg College, 43-3
    Monument vs Helpmekaar, 34-8
    Paarl Boys’ High vs St John’s, 46-13
    Paul Roos vs Golden Lions Invitation XV, 39-6

    Day 2

    Affies vs Paul Roos, 25-22
    Golden Lions vs FNB Invitation, 22-21
    Maritzburg College vs Jeppe, 16-5
    Outeniqua vs Glenwood, 22-20
    Paarl Boys’ High vs Monument, 23-15
    This game cause quite a stir. Heinke van der Merwes dad Oupa coach of Monnas chasing the ref around after the loss.
    http://www.suparugby.co.za/pages/Defaul … ectionID=1

    St John’s vs Helpmekaar, 16-12

    Day 3

    Maritzburg College vs FNB Invitation, 53-3
    Golden Lions vs Jeppe, 21-16
    Glenwood vs Helpmekaar, 52-0
    Outeniqua vs St John’s, 55-9
    Affies vs Paarl Boys’ High, 30-15
    Paul Roos vs Monument, 8-6

    FNB St Stithians Easter Festival

    Day 1

    Bishops vs FNB Invitation, 50-6
    Boland Landbou vs Parktown, 27-14
    St Andrew’s vs St David’s, 38-5
    St Stithians vs St Charles, 20-20
    Wynberg vs St Alban’s, 21-5

    Day 2

    Bishops vs St Alban’s 33-3
    Boland Landbou vs St Charles, 32-7
    FNB Invitation vs St David’s, 32-12
    St Andrew’s vs St Stithians, 23-12
    Wynberg vs Parktown, 17-13

    Day 3

    Bishops vs St Stithians, 26-3
    FNB Invitation vs St Alban’s 30-14
    Parktown vs St Charles, 22-14
    St Andrew’s vs Boland Landbou, 9-7
    Wynberg vs St David’s, 40-3

    FNB King Edward VII School Easter Festival

    Day 1

    Eldoraigne vs Pretoria Boys High, 19-12
    Florida vs Rob Ferreira , 40-17
    Hudson Park vs FNB Invitation, 17-13
    King Edward VII School vs Marlow, 20-19
    Muir vs Trinityhouse, 31-24
    Rondebosch vs Westville, 15-11
    St Benedict’s vs Union High, 18-13

    Day 2

    Eldoraigne vs Rob Ferreira, 21-3
    Hudson Park vs Union High, 24-14
    King Edward VII School vs Rondebosch, 24-15
    Marlow vs Florida, 45-3
    St Benedict’s vs Muir, 18-13
    Trinityhouse vs FNB Invitation XV, 20-11
    Westville vs Pretoria Boys, 17-6

    Day 3

    Florida vs Eldoraigne, 25-22
    FNB Invitation XV vs Muir, 35-22
    King Edward VII School vs Hudson Park, 36-6
    Marlow vs Westville, 36-12
    Rondebosch vs Pretoria Boys High, 22-18
    St Benedict’s vs Rob Ferreira, 20-12
    Trinityhouse vs Union High, 26-0

    FNB Potchefstroom Boys’ High Easter Festival
    Day 1

    HTS Potchefstroom vs St Dominic’s College, 26-8
    Hans Moore vs Sand du Plessis, 17-8
    Hoërskool Welkom vs Carleton Jones, 19-12
    Kokstad College vs Potchefstroom Boys’ High, 18-12
    Port Natal vs Hennenman, 34-5

    Day 2

    Hennenman vs Hans Moore, 29-0
    Hoërskool Welkom vs Kokstad College, 17-12
    Port Natal vs Potchefstroom Boys High, 34-0
    St Dominic’s vs Carleton Jones, 12-5
    Sand du Plessis vs HTS Potchefstroom, 10-7

    Day 3

    Hans Moore vs Carleton Jones, 36-0
    Hennenman vs HTS Potchefstroom, 13-12
    Kokstad College vs St Dominic’s, 12-5
    Potchefstroom Boys High vs Hoërskool Welkom, 31-5
    Port Natal vs Sand du Plessis, 11-0

    Kearsney College Easter Festival

    Day 1

    Dale vs EG Jansen, 33-22
    Durban High School vs KZN Development XV, 27-0
    Kearsney vs Upington, 19-6
    Queen’s vs Marais Viljoen, 50-7
    Selborne vs HTS Middelburg, 18-0

    Day 2

    EG Jansen vs Durban High School, 29-12
    HTS Middelburg vs Kearsney, 27-16
    Queen’s vs KZN Development XV, 39-3
    Selborne vs Marais Viljoen, 23-13
    Upington vs Dale, 18-13

    Day 3

    HTS Middelburg vs Dale, 27-21
    Kearsney vs Marais Viljoen, 3-0
    Queen’s vs Durban High School, 17-7
    Selborne vs EG Jansen, 20-20
    Upington vs KZN Development XV, 31-0

    Waterkloof Sportfess

    Day 1

    Garsfontein vs HTS Tom Naudé, 48-12
    Kasselsvlei vs King Edward School, 50-7
    Overkruin vs Oosterland, 54-5
    Paarl Gim vs Kemptonpark, 20-12
    Transvalia vs HTS Windhoek, 70-7
    Waterkloof vs Hereford College, 69-5
    Wesvalia vs Waterkloof XV, 29-19
    Windhoek HS vs Merensky, 40-7

    Day 2

    Garsfontein vs Wesvalia, 28-6
    HTS Tom Naudé vs HTS Windhoek, 12-7
    Kemptonpark vs Kasselsvlei, 63-0
    Merensky vs Hereford College, 65-16
    Oosterland vs King Edward School, 29-8
    Transvalia vs Waterkloof XV, 18-12
    Waterkloof vs Paarl Gim, 17-12
    Windhoek HS vs Overkruin, 29-10

    Day 3

    Hereford College vs Kasselsvlei, 36-21
    Kemptonpark vs Garsfontein, 24-16
    Overkruin vs Wesvalia, 36-19
    Oosterland vs HTS Windhoek, 27-17
    Paarl Gim vs Merensky, 20-17
    Transvalia vs King Edward School, 77-3
    Waterkloof vs Windhoek HS, 52-9
    Waterkloof XV vs HTS Tom Naudé, 66-14

    Time for Rob to give me a thread about schoolboy rugby!

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.04.09 12:08:11 by PaarlBok Reply

  • what the hell has happened to Boys High? We shouldn’t be losing to Eldoraigne and Rondebosch…

    PB, you wanna write something? I’ll happily put it up.

    I want to know about the three youngsters that were given Sharks Academy contracts after the Kearnsey festival.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.04.09 12:14:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lost to THE BOSCH ❓ 😯 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.04.09 12:19:20 by Claytie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) :
    I post the schoolboy stuff all over the show, so will do it with pleasure if you guys want to see them. Just give the orders.

    Interesting both Grey Bloem and Gim took a beating over the Easter.

    OK that link is making me angry now, I’ll rather post the Qoute
    Dis nie ‘n Van der Merwe-grap! – André Bester << Back 2009-4-15 Die oud-Leeu-vaskop en later Cravenweekafrigter Oupa van der Merwe is in die sop nadat hy ‘n skeidsregter Saterdag by St. John’s na bewering aangerand het. Van der Merwe, die afrigter van Monument Hoërskool se eerste span, het die skeidsregter, Quinten Immelman, na die wedstryd tussen Monnas en Paarl Boishaai na bewering met sy skouer en hande van agter geloop. Volgens André Watson, die baas van SA se skeidsregters, is al die verslae omtrent ingesamel en dan sal Van der Merwe amptelik aangekla en voor ‘n tugkomitee gedaag word. Al wat tans nie seker is nie, is of Van der Merwe, die pa van die Springbokstut Heinke van der Merwe, deur die Leeus of Saru verhoor sal word. Dit is nie in Van der Merwe se aard om handgemeen te raak nie en hy is ‘n rugbyman in murg en been en sy optrede is nie deel van sy karakter nie. Indien hy skuldig bevind word kan dit die einde van sy rugbypaadjie beteken en kan hy dalk lank geskors word. Aanrandings op skeidsregters word in ‘n baie ernstige lig gesien. Immelman word baie hoog aangeslaan en is een van die top jong skeidsregters in die land.

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.04.09 12:25:29 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 35) : Andre Bester? Hmmmm….

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.04.09 12:28:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • ok – so somebody tell me about Morne Stassen from EG Jansen…

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.04.09 12:28:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Was looking all over the place to see where Paarl Gim has been but then I found out they were at Waterkloof, usually our lot go to Kes but this year they accomodate our hockey and netball teams.

    I find this one and man its bloody interesting to see Willem Strauss nou invest into schoolboy sport.

    Just look at this

    Our schoolboy sport is climbing and this sure is encouraging because thats where our strength is as a rugby nation.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.04.09 12:33:13 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :

    Rob you’ll find more detail reports at superschools and rugby365 from these matches.

    Also can google the schools and may find more. EG Jansen, did they play in the festivals?

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.04.09 12:36:47 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : Ja that happen, some of Walters posters attend that game but hell he should rather have moered the Galpille. 😆

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.04.09 12:39:52 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Go Paarl Boys High!!! (just to piss PB off) 😈

  • Comment 41, posted at 16.04.09 12:59:53 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 41) : Thought we are on the same side Boet? 🙄 Dont know that name anyway, Boishaai the closest I can get to it. 😎

  • Comment 42, posted at 16.04.09 13:19:48 by PaarlBok Reply

  • No Boishaai is tjap, I know Elmo Wolvaart personally. Gim is going to drop long tears letting him slip back to his alma mater. Gim’s current successe he sure play a huge role when he was sport organiser at KleinGim. Outstanding coach and it wont take long before he and Richard Visagie will set the record straight again.

    They have quite a talented 10 this year, already have a Crusaders contract in his bag.

  • Comment 43, posted at 16.04.09 13:23:27 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 39) : they played at Kearnsey

    @PaarlBok (Comment 40) : I tend to be skeptical of stuff that Bester writes…

  • Comment 44, posted at 16.04.09 13:49:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 43) : NO! Really? What’s his name?

  • Comment 45, posted at 16.04.09 13:50:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Comment 46, posted at 16.04.09 14:06:48 by Claytie Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 45) :
    Gavin Hauptfleish, was the top point scorer in the Grant Khomo week.

    @Claytie (Comment 46) :
    Boet here you have the Galpille, they mean business, steeling all the souties from Slaapstad
    A host of former players and coaches will form part of the formidable coaching staff of Boys High this year and none more so than former Springbok Carel du Plessis, former Blue Bulls coach Mike Bailey and ex player Elmo Wolfaardt.

    Together with these big names Phil du Plessis (former Matie club coach) will also lend his assistance while dr Kobus Uys, (Orthopaedic Surgeon/Spinal) and Jacques Snyman (sport scientist) will be attending to the medical and physical preparations of the boys.

    The Under 19A side is a good combination of experience and talented youths looking forward to a great season under the direct coaching of Wolfaardt, who will lead the coaching of the First XV. Talk on the field is positive and enthusiastic – the boys are enjoying the great game of RUGBY!

  • Comment 47, posted at 16.04.09 15:19:23 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 47) : Jeez bru that is a setup of note.

  • Comment 48, posted at 16.04.09 15:31:07 by Claytie Reply
  • Ja and we sitting with a coach Momsem diagnosed with blood cancer. Dunno how long Nico will keep going. Also WeePee Craven Week coach but we got Gimmie Guts bru!

  • Comment 49, posted at 16.04.09 15:52:21 by PaarlBok Reply


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