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The great SA Super 14 conspiracy

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 12 May 2010 at 04:39
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There is a story told of Bakkies Botha playing against the Lions in the Vodacom Super 14 or the Absa Currie Cup a few seasons back. As the game approached the 60th minute, one of the Lions decided to chirp Botha: “Hey Bakkies, don’t you normally get replaced around about now? Isn’t it time for you to take a rest?”

Botha simply smiled: “The coach likes me to play 80 minutes against the smaller teams.”

Kevin McCallum writes for IOL that Botha has been included to play in a second-string Bulls team against the Stormers in the final round of the Super 14 this weekend as the defending champions seek to give their players a break before they play their semifinal at Orlando Stadium. He would have been interested to read a missive from across the water in Australia that suggested that he was part of a sinister plot to deny the Australians and New Zealanders a home semifinal.

At 4.52am on Tuesday morning, the whining began nine time zones away. An email arrived in inboxes from the Sydney Morning Herald with the headline: “Blow to Waratahs as Bulls set to rest stars in South African stitch-up.”

The stitch-up? Well, having already secured for themselves the number one spot in the league, the Bulls are considering giving Victor Matfield, Fourie du Preez, Gurthro Steenkamp et al a rest ahead of the semifinal. Not an entirely unreasonable move, you might say. Not across the water, however.

“It reeks of a South African stitch-up in the Super 14,” reads the report. “With one round to go, the integrity of rugby’s premier provincial competition could be compromised with tournament leaders, the Bulls, set to field a second-string team against the Stormers in the top-of-the-table clash in Cape Town.”

Hold on there. “Integrity”? “Compromised”? Are they accusing the Bulls of cheating? Are they suggesting the Bulls would chuck a game just so the Stormers could also play a semifinal at home? Have they not been watching South African rugby for the last, oh, 100 years and more? Apparently not.

“The Stormers need only to beat the Bulls to secure a home semifinal, denying the NSW Waratahs a chance of hosting the financially lucrative game,” the Herald’s rugby writers continue.

“The Waratahs, currently third on the ladder with 38 points and one point behind the Stormers, will get to play a semifinal at the Sydney Football Stadium if they beat the Hurricanes on Friday night and the Stormers lose to the Bulls. Such a game could boost the Waratahs’s coffers by several hundred thousand dollars.”

Ah, so it’s about money then. The Bulls aren’t fielding Botha and their reserves just to make sure their new best friends from Cape Town “yes, that even includes you Bryan Habana” don’t have to get on a jet plane for Sydney or Christchurch, but to steal money from the Waratahs, to impoverish the union and the players and forcing the children of the players to have to beg on street corners to make ends meet.

“The odds of the Stormers hosting a semifinal in Cape Town will be shortened if the Bulls field a weakened team. Such a result would be unfair to teams such as the Waratahs and the Crusaders from Christchurch who are both seeking a home semifinal and have both lost to full-strength Bulls teams this season.”

Good heavens. I…I…I’m shock. This can’t be. South Africans are being unfair to Australians and them Kiwi fellas. They’re going to lose and lose on purpose. All the South African teams are in on it.

The Lions have been chucking games all season to give the rest of the competition a sense of over-confidence; the Cheetahs only started playing well at the end after they had done their job of losing loads; and as for the Sharks, well… er, oh yeah, the Sharks.

They almost beat the Bulls at Loftus, but then faded in the Highveld air. Then they went and beat the Stormers by mistake in Durban last week. Didn’t the Sharks read the script? Didn’t they get the memo?

Did no one see Mark Lawrence trying to give the Stormers the match, starting at the toss of the coin? Schalk Burger called, John Smit won and Lawrence still asked Burger what he wanted to do. Burger laughed and said “Barney” had won, and Smit said they would “bowl or bat” first as he had won. Then they laughed, smiled and shook hands, and then the Sharks accidentally won. What a fix, or non fix.

On the Herald website 4305 people had voted on the question: “Should the Bulls be allowed to rest their players against the Stormers?” Fifty-one percent said “yes”, 49 percent said “no”.

In the comments section, some Waratahs fans spat the dummy and complained, but others were, unlike the story, a little bit more understanding with Damo from Brisbane, a Reds fan no doubt, suggest that “maybe the Waratahs should have won some more games earlier so they didn’t put themselves in that position”.



  • Trust the Aussies to have a good whinge. 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.10 04:52:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 😆 😆

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : what would we do without them :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.10 07:14:42 by rekinek Reply
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  • Shouldn’t they wait till they have actually made the semi before they moan. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.05.10 07:19:19 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : of course not ! what would they achieve then :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.05.10 07:23:31 by rekinek Reply
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  • Go Hurricanes! 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.05.10 07:24:59 by McLovin Reply

  • Stormers v Bulls will be on Sky. 😯 😎 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.05.10 07:28:50 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    + 1000 :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.05.10 07:35:32 by wpw Reply
  • Its funny – the comments by the fans on the orginal article slate the journo for being a plonker.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.05.10 09:02:31 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • Did no one see Mark Lawrence trying to give the Stormers the match, starting at the toss of the coin? Schalk Burger called, John Smit won and Lawrence still asked Burger what he wanted to do. Burger laughed and said “Barney” had won, and Smit said they would “bowl or bat” first as he had won. Then they laughed, smiled and shook hands, and then the Sharks accidentally won. What a fix, or non fix.

    It was Stu Dickinson. And if he reffed according to SMH’s desires, the Stormers would have won.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.05.10 09:12:30 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) : heheheh well spotted

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.05.10 09:16:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • really great read ksa!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.05.10 09:24:22 by ruggabugga Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 9) : who’s SMH?? 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.05.10 09:25:30 by rekinek Reply
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  • Tahs warn Bulls not to bench stars

    The Waratahs claim the Bulls’ move to bench up to 13 first-choice players is against the spirit of rugby.

    The Bulls are expected to rest a number of senior players like Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez this week, as they have already secured first-place on the Super 14 log. The Tahs, however, are hoping the Bulls will field their strongest side against the Stormers. The Cape side would find it more difficult securing a home semi-final against the Bulls’ best.

    It’s possible that the Stormers could record a bonus-point win against a weakened Bulls’s side, and in that event, the Tahs would be denied any chance of hosting a play-off and profiting by up to A$600 000 from the occasion. NSWRU chief executive director Jim L’Estrange said the Tahs would act if the Bulls selected their second-string.

    ‘If we think there is a cause to raise concern we will certainly be raising it with Sanzar,’ L’Estrange told the Sydney Morning Herald. ‘It’s not about sitting back and just letting this happen. You just want to make sure things are done correctly and also that the best is done by the competition.

    ‘I certainly understand there will be a few players after a long and torrid season who have a few niggles. But one would think 13 [players] is a little overdone. Right now we are sitting, watching and waiting to see exactly what team comes out. And we hope it is the best team the Bulls can put forward.

    ‘I would be incredibly surprised if the Bulls took the risk of resting so many players for what’s an important game. I am sure it is not in the spirit of the rugby. I am not quite sure it is actually in the spirit of Sanzar. The spirit of Sanzar is to make sure you put the best team on you possibly can.’

    There is no Sanzar law preventing a team from resting players.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.05.10 10:45:48 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 13) : don’t you worry – I’m sure O’Neil is busy drafting the amendments :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.05.10 10:53:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 12) : Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.05.10 12:48:46 by lostfish Reply
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  • Bulls team: The team (with Super Caps) is:Tiger Mangweni (9), Jaco van der Westhuyzen (51), Stephan Dippenaar (11), De Wet Barry (78), Deon Helberg* (0), Jacques-Louis Potgieter (29), Heini Adams (35), Pedrie Wannenburg (110), Gerrit-Jan van Velze(0)*, Derick Kuün (53), Bakkies Botha (85, c), Flip van der Merwe (16), Bees Roux (28), Bandise Maku (18), Jaco Engels (39). Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle (18), Dean Greyling (2), Fudge Mabeta (1), Okkie Kruger (0)*, Ruan Snyman (0)*, Francois Brummer (0)*, Stefan Watermeyer (0)*. *First Super 14 match. 😉 Bakkies cappie ❓ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.05.10 13:17:45 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 16) :

    Now the Aussies are gonna be seriously peeved off!! 😈 😯

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.05.10 13:23:27 by wpw Reply
  • Well if the Sharks were in the lucky position that the Bulls are in right now I probably would`ve defended their decision.
    However these are the Bulls we`re talking about here so Waratah`s . . . LET RIP!
    Maybe you can ask that they be suspended from next years competition :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.05.10 14:24:10 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Yes well, I’m not really surprised – complaining is what the Aussies seem to do best.

    I think the Bulls are justified in thier decision to rest a couple of players because they have the top spot secure and why on earth would they want to risk injury to anyone of those guys right before the semi final in a nothing game. I think were the Waratahs in the same position they would do the same – it just makes good rugby sense.

    Tommorrow the headlines in their papers will probably call for an audit of the Bulls for alledgedly accepting large sums of money from the Stormers – lol.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.10 15:28:36 by MB1810 Reply

  • Won’t it be hilarious if the Tahs don’t make the Semis anyway????????? 😛

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.10 15:32:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @ KSA Shark (Comment 20)

    Yes it would be great. I hope the Hurricanes klap them leka!! That would really be justice to them.

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.10 15:49:52 by Uli Reply
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  • A home semi would yield a much-needed windfall for the NSWRU, which has reported a loss of $459 248 for 2009. The Waratahs would stand to make up to $600 000 should they host a Super 14 semi-final.

    ”It’s a very worthwhile and valuable game in terms of money we put back into the game,” NSWRU chief executive director Jim L’Estrange said of a possible home semi-final last night.

    L’Estrange added that the Waratahs would monitor the situation in Pretoria and act if the Bulls named a severely depleted team for their final-round clash with the Stormers.

    Of which you will get ZERO cents if you don’t make the semis. 😛

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.10 17:46:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • ‘L’Estrange added that the Waratahs would monitor the situation in Pretoria and act if the Bulls named a severely depleted team for their final-round clash with the Stormers.

    I’m guessing they’ll act against themselves and the Saders for enabling the Nulle to send a depleted side to the Cape, seeing as they lost to them. Shouldn’t have lost to the Nulle.

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.10 17:54:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) : 😛

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.10 18:04:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 24) : GO ‘CANES ❗ ❗ ❗

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.10 18:17:04 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • its really simple, dont let the sa teams get so far ahead in the first place. and the tahs could lose on friday night… or is there another conspiracy there?

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.10 18:19:49 by Rahul Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 16) : Sis on YOUR team for purposely sending a team just to lose to the Streamers and conspiring against the kiwis and ozzies, we all know how much money YOUR Nulle stand to earn from a Newlands semi. 🙄 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.10 18:21:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 26) : Maybe the ‘Canes will be sending a b-side to oz. We all know how those two countries love conspiring against us SA-ians :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.05.10 18:23:01 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 27) : :mrgreen: Enige iets vir “volk & vaderland” :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.05.10 18:24:32 by diablo Reply

  • @diablo (Comment 29) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.05.10 18:27:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • If the Crusaders beat the Bulls on Sat then the Bulls would have had to win their last game for a home semi and final…the waratahs would have done the same thing. To tell you the truth in actual fact the Bulls don’t even need to show up for the game…unless there’s some kind of rule that states that you have to play every team, but really they could just tell everyone that they would like to rest their players and since there is nothing to play for, for them in this game they forfeit their points in this game…

    …how angry would the Waratahs have been then? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 13.05.10 07:41:50 by Letgo Reply
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