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Brendan Venter’s non-interview

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :In the news on 13 Dec 2010 at 09:18
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Brendan Venter, known for his sometimes controversial post-match interviews, has done himself proud with a virtual non-interview on Saturday.

Venter, who is stepping down as director of rugby at Saracens, was being interviewed by Sky Sport’s Mark Gillingham following his club’s 24-21 defeat to French club Racing Metro in Europe’s Heineken Cup.

Last month, he was fined £22 000 (R237 000) for comments he made criticising referees. This was how the interview went:

Sky: How disappointed are you?

BV: Ja, very disappointed.

Sky: What went wrong because you got off to a wonderful start?

BV: Ja, interesting. I wonder what went wrong. I have to look, think about it deeply.

Sky: Did it hang on a bit of genius from Sereli Bobo?

BV: Bit of genius… bit of magic… Sereli Bobo… very interesting, very good ja, very good. Three cheers for Sereli Bobo.

Sky: What were you happy with about your side?

BV: Happy, happy… Everything, everything. Very happy with my team.

Sky: But you didn’t win, did you Brendan?

BV: That’s a very good question. It’s important to win. We must try harder, absolutely, ja.

Sky: So you think it’s lack of effort?

BV: Lack of effort? Can’t think it’s lack of effort.

Sky: So what is it Brendan?

BV: Let me think… eh, I can’t… I am not sure. I have to think about that one… think about it deeply.

Sky: Thank you, Brendan.

BV: Thank you very much.

Recently Venter said he was returning to South Africa for family reasons. His 16-month spell at the English club has at times been controversial. He was handed a suspended four-week match-day ban after criticising a referee in a defeat to Leicester in January, and a further 14-week ban on May 8.

Article courtesy of IOL


  • LOL, actually you have to watch the video on youtube to appreciate it fully. I think he actually frustrated the press with that. They always looking for something that they can hang him for. And he gave them zip. Kudos Brendan.

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.12.10 09:34:03 by JustPlainSHARK Reply
  • Here is the youtube video link:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.12.10 10:08:07 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Was an awesome interview. Was a way of sticking to the powers that be. ‘If I can’t be honest in how I feel, I just won’t say anything constructive.’

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.12.10 10:32:35 by Butchie34 Reply
  • Love it!

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.12.10 10:39:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I thought this was awesome!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.12.10 10:45:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Any chance of him taking over from Coetzee at WP WHEN Allister becomes Bok coach??

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.12.10 11:17:23 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    Hell – I’d say make him BOK coach! He makes PDiv look like an allstar! 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.12.10 11:22:19 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • Fantastic stuff Brendan 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.12.10 15:07:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Am I the only one who didn’t think it was big or clever?

    Made him look rather silly imo. 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.12.10 15:43:51 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    He looked high or drunk..

    But I think the mesage was clear, if he isn’t allowed to speak freely, he will say nothing!

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.12.10 15:51:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    Nope – I am with you…

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.12.10 15:55:04 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : Not sure what he’s hoping to achieve. Who cares whether he speaks to the press or not?

    Massively overinflated ego imo.

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.12.10 16:01:21 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : I think it was a well planned ‘up yours’ without having to pay a fine.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.12.10 16:01:53 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 11) : Fanks. 😎

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.12.10 16:02:16 by McLovin Reply

  • Good for him, but he did sound a bit clueless 😈

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.12.10 16:10:06 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : I must have missed something. To me it looks like a petulant child who couldn’t get his own way and is now dikbek. 🙂

    Like I said to Dickey above, who cares whether he speaks to the press or not. But that’s just me. 😈

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.12.10 16:10:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 16) :

    Dickey?! Thanx.. 😉

  • Comment 17, posted at 13.12.10 16:17:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I just wonder what he was trying to achieve… except a bit of publicity..

  • Comment 18, posted at 13.12.10 16:52:43 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 15) : 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.12.10 16:53:26 by rekinek Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : I’m with you. Pretty bloody bizarre and he looked totally out of it. All I could think was WTF???

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.12.10 17:32:38 by rhineshark Reply
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  • He reminded me of rainman during that interview. He is not doing himself any favours by acting like an idiot.

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.12.10 18:50:10 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    He looks and sounds a bit like a brain dead boxer. 😳

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.12.10 19:04:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    Nope I’m 100% with you.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.12.10 19:18:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 12) :

    Ex Cheetah. What else can we expect.

  • Comment 24, posted at 13.12.10 19:20:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) :

    He could have at least tried not to portray himself as being retarded.

  • Comment 25, posted at 13.12.10 19:23:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • well i read it and 2 me is 🙄 he has no words boring really no words and that is bad 👿
    himself and PDV must really be in contact i think they make a pair of CLOWNS in the RUGBY circus 😎

  • Comment 26, posted at 13.12.10 20:57:42 by chaz Reply

  • @Butchie34 (Comment 3) : 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 13.12.10 20:58:29 by chaz Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 13.12.10 20:59:27 by chaz Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : true but this made him look very nt good at all 😕

  • Comment 29, posted at 13.12.10 21:00:53 by chaz Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 13) : eish my friend u are spot on :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 13.12.10 21:02:45 by chaz Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 6) : Cheers to That! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.12.10 19:19:13 by Original Champion Reply
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