Luke wants to lead WP

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Springboks, WP on 14 May 2009 at 07:39
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Luke Watson is interested in extending his contract with Western Province and is open to the idea of captaining the team in this year’s Currie Cup.

Stephen Nell reports for sport24.co.za

The Stormers’ acting captain on Wednesday spoke to Sport24 about his passion for the Cape-based rugby union as well as his ambitions for the future.

There has been speculation that Watson will move to the Eastern Cape to lead the Southern Kings.

“My contract runs out at the end of this year. I am very interested in staying at WP,” said Watson.

“There are offers all over the world for players at present, but I’m very passionate about the Stormers and WP. If they’d like to discuss a new contract with me, I’d be eager to listen.”

Watson was jeered at Newlands earlier this year in the wake of his controversial comment that he had to keep himself from vomiting on the Springbok jersey.

Public sentiment was so loaded against him, that it was difficult to see how he could have a future in South African rugby.

However, his form has been so impressive that he has regained a lot of respect among rugby supporters.

He would justify a place in the Springbok squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions. Watson has stated previously that he views the separate use of the Springbok en Protea emblems as politically acceptable and is therefore available.

However, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers may or may not share the view about Watson’s form and will consider the issue of team dynamics.

But even if Watson does not become a Bok again this year, he may be asked to lead WP in the Currie Cup.

“I think that is something that should be discussed nearer the time, but if the request comes, I’ll do it,” Watson said of the WP captaincy.

Watson was appointed WP captain in 2006 and led the Stormers in 2007.

Rassie Erasmus decided after his appointment as Stormers coach to replace Watson as skipper with Jean de Villiers.

De Villiers did an excellent job, but like Schalk Burger will not be available for many games in the Currie Cup because of international duty.

“I have completed many full circles in life,” Watson said of the captaincy.

“I enjoy the excitement and intensity. However, I’m only doing what is being asked of me and most other players would do the same.”

Watson has tons of respect for Cheetahs fetcher Heinrich Brüssow, but does not view Saturday’s clash in Bloemfontein as a one-on-one battle.

“The way in which rugby works means you are not in a battle with one player,” he said.

“Heinrich is currently in the saddle with the Boks and is playing very well. Like George Smith, David Pocock, Phil Waugh, Richie McCaw and other very good fetchers, we’ll give him special attention.

“He is a threat, but our entire game won’t revolve around him.”

Meanwhile, Erasmus has confirmed that Springbok hooker Schalk Brits and tighthead prop Brian Mujati will play their last games for the Stormers on Saturday.

“It will be Schalk’s last game before he goes to Saracens. Brian will only leave us after the Currie Cup (for Northampton),” he said.


  • mmmmmmmmmmm…… 🙄

    I STILL dont like him, but he has played some good rugby this year and pitching for games surrounded by yeering people and doing a good job is defnitely stepping up to the challenge in my books..

    Did “I” just say THAT???? 😯 😳 ”GEEEOOOORRRGGGEEE”” 😳

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.05.09 08:06:22 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 1) :

    Just admit that you LOVE Lukas. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.05.09 08:16:35 by wpw Reply
  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 1) : prof Ice, don’t you think that that has been his motivating factor, proving the boere wrong, still can’t stand him, he is a hypocrite, surely if you hate a racist symbol you will not compromise until its removed now that its on the right that’s okay, do me a favour!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.05.09 08:22:51 by Whindy Reply
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  • Just when the guy starts to impress by playing rugby and keeping his mouth shut in the press, he suddenly celebrates his good season by opening his mouth in the press. 😳

    First an article praising Rassie and dissing the players, then a “I want to be captain” one. 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.09 08:25:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :

    i am talking purely on his playing abilities… 🙄

    @wpw (Comment 2) :

    i will love you before I love Look…and that already will be a long shot.. 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.09 08:28:52 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    What if he was interviewed???

    Should he have said ‘no comment’ ❓ 🙄

    He was obviously asked the question and he answered it. What’s wrong with that???

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.09 08:30:42 by wpw Reply
  • GO FOR IT L 😯 😯 K… YOU CAN DO IT !!! 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.09 08:33:28 by Charlie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Have to agree with him about how KAK the stormers players have been 😀

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.09 08:36:49 by Whindy Reply
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  • “I have completed many full circles in life,” Watson said of the captaincy.

    L 😯 😯 K’s defenitely out of the ordinary 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.09 08:38:29 by Charlie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : where’s the article?

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.09 08:44:30 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) :

    Luke: Rassie not to blame
    2009-05-11 11:05Email | Print

    Gavin Rich

    Vodacom Stormers stand-in skipper Luke Watson mounted a spirited defence of his coach Rassie Erasmus following the 25-24 win over the Force at Newlands.
    The unexpected victory was only the fourth scored by the Stormers during a poor season, and although it ensured that at least the home part of the competition was ended on a rousing note, the Lions’ win over the Highlanders at the weekend saw the Stormers drop to 12th on the standings.

    Erasmus, responsible for guiding the Stormers to the cusp of Super 14 semi-final qualification last year, has taken a lot of heat from the Cape media and supporters, but Saturday showed that the Stormers were on the right track – they just needed to get their execution right.

    Many have accused the Stormers of kicking too much, but that is the way the game is going under the ELVs, and the Cape team’s statistics show that the teams that have beaten them this year have invariably kicked the ball more than they have. The constant refrain of the Stormers coaching staff this year has been that they need to get the balance between kicking and running right, and that greater attention needed to be paid to where on the field it was prudent to attack from.

    Watson appears to back this up, and on Saturday night Watson said that the real culprits were the players, who had failed to execute the game-plan properly and had played “like idiots” at times.

    “It is difficult for us as players because we sit there and he (Erasmus) takes the heat in the media and we know that it is actually us that are stuffing up,” said Watson.

    “We did not use any tactics in this game that we did not employ in the other games. Our approach has been the same the whole season. Rassie hasn’t coached differently. He has been consistent in his attitude and approach to the players.

    “Rassie has had the utmost integrity and honour towards the players, and it if I may say so, it is we who stuff up because at times we play like idiots.”

    It is not rocket science to figure out where the Stormers got it right against the Force, and Watson agreed that this was just the match where the Stormers were at their best tactically all season.

    “The Force have a very good kicking game, one of the best kicking games in the competition with Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau. The way the boys kept just kep t us int he game. We just took the correct options at the correct times.”

    Erasmus spoke last week of the suicide of running the ball from inside your own half under the ELVs, and this was one of those games where the Stormers tactics were spot-on, as indeed they were two weeks ago against the Highlanders. Field kicking also played a massive role in the big win over the Lions.

    By ensuring that all the attacking rugby is played in the opposition half, the team conserves energy and becomes more effective on attack. Of course, against the Force there were also signs of greater innovation at the back too, and the selection of Joe Pietersen at fullback proved a revelation as he was a constant thorn to the Force defence and scored two great tries.

    The last try though did look like it profited from blatant obstruction, something Force coach John Mitchell unsurprisingly pointed out afterwards. Maybe the Force were a bit unlucky, but then maybe it is also time the Stormers, who had three tries disallowed, profited from a bit of luck in a season where there has been little of that.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.09 09:05:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    While what he said MAY be true, but you just don’t go around saying things like that about your team mates.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.05.09 09:06:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Depends if he includes himself in that.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.05.09 09:10:38 by Ollie Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :

    Didn’t he include himself??

    Dude I don’t get it. He admitted that the players were not playing as well as they could and he is one of them.

    Nothing wrong with that… 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.05.09 09:13:22 by wpw Reply
  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    Even if he DID include himself in that, I am sure his team “mates” would have taken offence and I am also sure that his comments would have done NOTHING to improve team unity.

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.05.09 09:15:16 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ollie (Comment 13) :

    snap!! 😎

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.05.09 09:15:19 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 14) :

    Then say, “I” played like an idiot, don’t publicly dis your team mates.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.05.09 09:16:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    But then again when has Luke ever had the team unity at heart?

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.05.09 09:18:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) :

    Maybe him and Frans Verstaan should start a team… 😈

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.05.09 09:21:25 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Well just yesterday Jean was also contemplating the captaincy……Stormers and Boks, seems as if Luke is not as ambitious, WP will do for him. Jean thinks Boks and Stormers.

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.05.09 09:22:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) :

    Depends on what he had already said to his team mates and what their reaction was.

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.05.09 09:30:32 by Ollie Reply

  • @Whindy (Comment 3) :
    A few years ago when the Cheetahs were given the Super 14 spot ahead of the Eastern Cape Luke was asked for his opinion. He had lots to say about how it was the wrong decision based on the history and rugby culture amongst all the EC inhabitants and how he had a passion for EC rugby.
    I wondered then that if that passion was so great why he didnt play his rugby there. Now that he is almost out of contract and the reality of the EC franchise is upon us I wonder even more why he wouldnt welcome a move to PE with open arms.

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.05.09 10:09:55 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Luke deserves a Bok call-up, and with the Boks out he is the most logical choice for captain for WP if he is not called up.

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.05.09 10:18:06 by Morné Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 22) :

    That might fit in well with how the Cheeky’s run things…pappa is die baas en boetman hardloop voor…omdat pappa so se!! 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.05.09 10:23:34 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Comment 25, posted at 14.05.09 10:26:24 by klempie Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 24) : Ja nee, Baas & Klein Baas 😈

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.05.09 10:43:37 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 26) :

    Lekker lag ek nou, ou Charlie!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.05.09 10:51:58 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 27) : Pasop net dat die valstande nie uitval nie hoor 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.05.09 10:58:48 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 28) :

    :mrgreen: nee, ou Charles, met my happers is nog nikds fout nie!! 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.05.09 11:38:43 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : Mooi meisie :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.05.09 11:43:49 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 9) : hahahaha.. as opposed to half circles? maybe its a typo and should read fool circles?

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.05.09 11:46:13 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 31) : F 😯 😯 L :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.05.09 13:16:03 by Charlie Reply

  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) :
    …..met my happers is nog nikds fout nie!!…dith net die tong wath nou en dan thleeep.

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.05.09 13:35:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 33) : Try French Kiss 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.05.09 13:58:06 by Charlie Reply

  • I think he is a plonker, but he deserves his call up, and note that he included himself in the criticism.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.05.09 15:17:01 by Big Fish Reply
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