REM SS

Coming Home


Written by Randall Myburgh (REM SS)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 19 May 2011 at 17:31
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HI

My name is REM and I am a Shark.  I have been a supporter for over twenty years and I don’t regret my choice for one minute.  The biggest problem I have is my distance, yet so far from my favorite rugby franchise who I have been supporting a long time.

Capetonians don’t understand.  Why would I support a team based over 1000km’s away? 

I am a rugby fanatic.  I love it, absolutely do.  I have visited Loftus in 2004 when the Blue Bulls hosted Western Province in the Currie Cup.  I have visited Newlands every time the Sharks turn out there and even went to a few Test at Coca Cola Park but never in my life have I watched a game at the Shark Tank.

Pathetic some may say, well whenever I am in Durban, the season is finished and holiday is all on one’s mind.  I came close a few years back by travelling to Durbs for work purposes and a delay or two caused me to miss them when they went on their overseas tour.

This year however I will be there.  I will be there for the Bulls game this coming weekend and I am feeling rather upbeat but nervous at the same time, not for the experience but for a opposing team that has found a good slice of form in recent weeks.  No doubt that our stand out players from last year’s Currie Cup semi need to stand up.  I cannot emphasise the fact more that just as much as the Bulls are handling every game as a must win, so must we.

The Stormers backline are currently struggling a bit and the Blues are not the NZ conference leaders for no reason so we have a pretty good chance of going top of the SA conference should a victory surface and a defeat for the Stormers.

SO REM will be in Durban this weekend and I can’t wait.  Will be staying near the stadium so I dunno what to do yet, or rather say I have not figured out what to do in what order, but will try and figure it out tomorrow as we go along.  If only I could see the captain’s run….maybe meet one or two of the guys, just for photo time, but only time will tell.


62 Comments

  • Enjoy it man!!!
    You’ll never want to watch a game at a different stadium after this!

    Sadly… I’m also about 850km from my beloved….

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.05.11 17:46:13 by SharksRTB Reply
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  • REM – hope you have LOADS of fun and that your first (and hopefully not last) visit to our beloved KP turns out to be a awsome win!! (Okay – that wish is a bit of a selfish one – but nevertheless!) 😉

    Sadly I am also now living in GP…so a frequent visit to KP is not on cards… 😥

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.05.11 18:37:02 by Ice Reply
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  • Been to Newlands as I am also CT-based, but KP is loads better!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.05.11 19:52:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • You will love man enjoy

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.05.11 20:19:29 by Poisy Reply
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  • great stuff 😀
    fortunately for me joburg a bit closer to DB than CT 😛

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.05.11 20:50:20 by rekinek Reply
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  • Twickenham is closer to me than KP 🙁 Embarrassed to say my last match I saw at KP was 1975 (Natal vs Transvaal). Tommy Bedford announced his retirement before the match, and Natal went on to upset the more fancied Transvaal team. Bedford was so happy he decided not to retire and play on for two more years.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.05.11 21:00:43 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 6) : Oh wait a minute, I lied, I also went to see the Boks play the All Blacks in KP in 1976.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.05.11 21:01:26 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 7) : and I wouldn’t be born for another 3 years!
    😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.05.11 21:15:19 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 8) : hahahaha, I was 14! 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.05.11 21:19:06 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 2) : atleast you nearer then me…but lets be selfish and hope for our win 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.05.11 21:39:59 by REM SS Reply

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  • @Poisy (Comment 4) : will do and thnx.got goosebumps thinking bout it :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.05.11 21:41:10 by REM SS Reply

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  • Uncle DB!

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.05.11 21:41:37 by Ben Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : many have told me this mate.will surely not be the last

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.05.11 21:42:11 by REM SS Reply

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  • @REM SS (Comment 10) : Well written article REM, enjoyed reading it. Enjoy your weekend and the match!

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.05.11 21:43:55 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 12) : Howzit Ben

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.05.11 21:44:23 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 15) : Great and you? Just checking if you’re still here.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.05.11 21:46:00 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 16) : Still here for a little bit. Doing well here, looking forward to the match this weekend, but disappointed in the team selection.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.05.11 21:47:48 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 17) : That makes 2 of us! Is Plum trying to piss us off on purpose?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.05.11 21:50:33 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : I think so, since I think we would both like to see similar changes, although I think you want to see Mvovo and I want to stick with Odders. I would have liked Stef to move to 15, rest Ludik and give Adi a start at 13 with either Bosman or JLP inside him.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.05.11 21:52:04 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 18) : But it’s all good Ben, we must stop thinking about the Sharks on Saturday and start worrying about Armageddon and the Rapture. Supposed to happen this Saturday according to some. :mrgreen: 😈

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.05.11 21:53:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 19) : Yip I want to see Mvovo play. He’s an out and out finisher. Got a lot of gas and that x factor that the backline needs so desperately.

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.05.11 21:54:36 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : I agree on Mvovo, but he still rarely comes off his wing to look for work, Odders is all over the field most of the time.

    Odders has been good for the Boks when he comes off his wing and sets up the other wing, he has always done this well. Makes me wonder if he would not be a bad 13 at this stage in his career.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.05.11 21:56:53 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 20) : If the Sharks plan on losing I hope Armageddon happens before kickoff! 🙄 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.05.11 21:57:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 23) : Plan on doing some looting so you can furnish the mansion you’re going to be squatting in after the rapture. 😆

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.05.11 21:59:39 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 22) : Yeah would like to see Odwa be given a go at 13. Sooner rather than later. Don’t want another has been converted to 13 in a couple of years. If you catch my drift.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.05.11 22:00:18 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 25) : I do Ben, Odders has been successful when used at 15, I’m sure he would be excellent at 13 as well. The reason I choose him over Mvovo is that he works so hard, and I just don’t think the Sharks can afford to not have such a hard working player on the pitch. He works harder than the rest of the backs combined (except for Adi). We need that kind of effort for every match.

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.05.11 22:02:33 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • By the way REM, hope you have a great time at KP on Saturday! Sharks forever!

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.05.11 22:03:21 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 26) : Guess its a choice between someone who does the basics well(Odwa) and someone who can be extraordinary on the day(Mvovo).

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.05.11 22:05:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Just wanna jump in here and say: I will be there too :), 350km away but tomorrow we take the road down under to the top of the world 🙂 or something like that.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.05.11 22:07:51 by franshark Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : Personally I would like to see both on the pitch, but not at the expense of JPP who is world class. This is why I would like to see Odders tried at 13.

    Please don’t think that I don’t think highly of Stef, I do, but he has been less than spectacular this season (2011) and I think that we need more from a 13 at SupeRugby level. Stef could still lead us to one or two more CCs though.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.05.11 22:08:10 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 28) : Any way you look at it Ben, the Sharks are lucky enough to have 4 Bok wings in the squad. I think that Mvovo, JPP and Odders are all capable of playing very well at the international level. Once again, I just wish that Plum would do better rotating these three players and giving them all starting game time. Rotating three wings means that each player can start a string of matches, each will get more game time than bench time.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.05.11 22:11:02 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 30) : Don’t worry DB I think we understand eachother. Know you have nothing against Stef and I hope you know I have nothing against him. Compared some stats this morning and according to that both Stef and Bosman have been pretty awfull.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.05.11 22:11:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @franshark (Comment 29) : Hope you guys have a great time Franna!

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.05.11 22:12:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 32) : I’m afraid our centre pairing has just not clicked this season. I will never take anything away from Stef and all he has done for KZN Rugby, as I know you will not either, but we all get older, weaker and slower as time goes on. Stef has had a fantastic career, has been a great servant to the sport, but I’m afraid this is his career twilight.

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.05.11 22:14:03 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 34) : Couldn’t agree more.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.05.11 22:16:08 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 34) : What’s your take on Charl McLeod? I think he needs a reality check. He has started to fray away from what made him so good. Which was his quick crisp service. He has started to focus too much on other stuff.

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.05.11 22:22:39 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : Sorry for the delayed response, just had a short meeting to go to. I watched McLeod very carefully the past two matches. What I noticed is that he has gotten into a bad habit of taking two or three steps toward his first receiver before passing the ball. I also watched other SupeRugby matches, and to be honest, every SA scrumhalf takes steps before passing, even Sarel Pretorius. Last year, McLeod was always quick to the breakdown and just snapped the pass from the base without stepping. Perhaps McLeod played very conservatively last season, being his first season as a first class starter, and this season he has been willing to run with the ball more and kick some. I think he gets the ball and takes a couple of steps while he decides whether he will run, pass or kick. I wish he would get back to just snapping the pass from the base. In addition, he has been so slow to the breakdown this year, last year he was incredibly fast to the breakdown. Not sure why he is slower this year, but last year it was very rare to have someone have to fill in at scrumhalf, while this season, it seems that 30% of the breakdowns have someone other than McLeod clearing the ball.

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.05.11 22:58:42 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 37) : Good analysis. Will try and watch him closely on Saturday.

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.05.11 23:02:05 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 37) : There were times I was screaming at the television for McLeod to pass the ball while he was stepping toward Lambie. If he is going to do that, he might as well run right up to Lambie and hand him the ball, less chance of the pass going astray. 😉

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.05.11 23:03:07 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • If I were coaching McLeod, I would tell him to concentrate on getting to the breakdown quickly and just making a snappy pass to first receiver from the base. Stop worrying about running and kicking, get back to the basics and get them working perfectly again. Once he does that perhaps he can work on varying his game a little bit. Just my opinion.

  • Comment 40, posted at 19.05.11 23:05:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 39) : Its a bit of a problem I have. I don’t tend to look at Sharks games technically the first time I watch it. To much other stuff going threw my head then! 😉

  • Comment 41, posted at 19.05.11 23:05:56 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 36) : I think you’re spot on there Ben, he needs to focus on what he does so well and not worry so much about the variation.

  • Comment 42, posted at 19.05.11 23:06:17 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 41) : I know what you mean Ben, the excitement of the event is not really conducive to analyzing the match. Ideally, I would like to watch a match 15 times and follow a single player each time I watch.

  • Comment 43, posted at 19.05.11 23:08:08 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • OK, time for me to go home, I’m sure my dog is crossing his legs by now. 😆 Cheers Ben.

  • Comment 44, posted at 19.05.11 23:08:50 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 44) : Cheers David. Thanks for the chat. 🙂

  • Comment 45, posted at 19.05.11 23:13:51 by Ben Reply
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  • @Dancing Bear (Comment 43) : That would be ideal. So little time though.

  • Comment 46, posted at 19.05.11 23:15:52 by Ben Reply
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  • Gulp! Victor Matfield said on twitter that tomorrows game might be his most important in his career!

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.05.11 07:24:22 by Mocho Reply

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  • Hey REM. You must enjoy the weekend. I have also never seen the Sharks at KP and envy you for going to watch your first encounter with the Sharks at KP. This weeks game against the Bulls is going to be huge and couldn’t think of a better one to go and watch at the moment. Pack in a BEEEEEAAAASSSSTTTTTTT for me as well. 😀

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.05.11 07:30:53 by Viking Reply
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  • @Mocho (Comment 47) : That seems like a short memory for Vic. Almost like a gold fishy…

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.05.11 07:31:48 by Viking Reply
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  • Ok here is your itinery.
    Wake up an hour or two earlier as the sun rises this side of Africa.

    Head off to uShaka and enjoy the experience, leave early afternoon so you catch a little zzzz.

    Head down to the ground 4ish and catch a quick ride on the sky car at Moses Mabhida, and get to see Kings Park from a height.

    Then head to the ground and catch some of the vibe on the outer fields.

    Then Game on.

    Head to the supporters club in the NE corner and hopefully you can catch some of the players after the game.

    Sunday morning, head off to Suncoast and enjoy a nice breakfast and then take a walk along the beachfront. And take a swim in the sea, it is warmer than yours is in December.

  • Comment 50, posted at 20.05.11 08:08:11 by waje Reply

     
  • what about stormers game thread ??

  • Comment 51, posted at 20.05.11 08:12:01 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 51) : Stormers who? 😉

  • Comment 52, posted at 20.05.11 08:13:07 by Ben Reply
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  • This from sarugby.co.za

    Sharks to equal Bulls’ home record

    The Sharks will have the chance of equalling the Vodacom Bulls’ record of 61 home victories in Vodacom Super Rugby when they host the defending champions at Mr Price Kings Park at 19h10 on Saturday.

    The Durbanites, who are aiming for their eighth win of 2011, are currently one point behind the South African conference leading DHL Stormers. Apart from possibly overtaking the team from Cape Town on the log, victory in Durban will allow The Sharks to share the bragging rights as the most dominant South African team in home matches.

    The Sharks have achieved 60 home victories thus far – 25 against New Zealand opposition and 17 wins against Australian Vodacom Super Rugby franchises. Against local teams, the Durban outfit have managed to win 18 matches.

    The Vodacom Bulls are on 61, made up of 27 victories over NZ opposition, 18 over the Aussies and 16 over their fellow South Africans.

    The Sharks have enjoyed a successful run against the MTN Lions, who they have managed to beat on eight occasions, followed by the DHL Stormers who they have defeats five times. The KwaZulu-Natalians have recorded two victories against the Toyota Cheetahs, and have managed to claim three victories against their opponents for Saturday.

    The Sharks have already defeated the MTN Lions and the Toyota Cheetahs in Durban this season, but were beaten by the DHL Stormers in their only home defeat thus far in 2011.

    Vodacom Bulls’ happy hunting ground

    The Vodacom Bulls are returning to one of their favourite hunting grounds in South Africa, Mr Price Kings Park, when they take on The Sharks in an eagerly awaited Vodacom Super Rugby match at 19h10 on Saturday.

    Mr Price Kings Park was the stadium where the Pretoria team earned their very first Vodacom Super Rugby title, when Bryan Habana scored a last minute try as the Vodacom Bulls defeated the Sharks 20-19 in the final of the Vodacom Super 14 back in 2007.

    Many Vodacom Bulls players who were part of the celebrations on that momentous afternoon in Durban in 2007, could be back to face the Sharks on Saturday. Of their current crop of players, captain and lock Victor Matfield, hooker Gary Botha, lock Bakkies Botha, utility forward Danie Rossouw, flanker Derick Kuün, No.8 Pierre Spies, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, flyhalf Morné Steyn, centre Wynand Olivier, wing Akona Ndungane and fullback Jaco van der Westhuyzen were all members of the successful 2007 team.

    Overall, the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champions have only lost three games from their eight visits to Durban. The first game between the two sides at Mr Price Kings Park ended in a 27-27 draw between the former Natal and Northern Transvaal in 1997.

    The Pretoria team suffered two defeats since then, when they went down 29-0 in 1999 and 30-17 in 2001.

    However, since 2003 the Vodacom Bulls have lost only once in Durban – in the first round of the Vodacom Super 14 in 2007, when The Sharks beat then by 17-3.

    During their last visit to Mr Price Kings Park, in 2009, the Vodacom Bulls won a nail-biter by 27-26, adding to their away victories of The Sharks in the 2003 (24-26) and 2005 (23-17).

  • Comment 53, posted at 20.05.11 08:16:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @rekinek (Comment 51) : ask and it shall be given unto you. Seek and ye shall find 🙂

  • Comment 54, posted at 20.05.11 08:36:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 53) : Eish those Bulls stats are scary….time to even them up a bit!

  • Comment 55, posted at 20.05.11 08:37:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 55) : Quite surprising really.

    Sharks almost do better at Loftus than KP. 🙂

  • Comment 56, posted at 20.05.11 08:40:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • @waje (Comment 50) : I wanted to give him te number to phone the supporters club – but I only see 5 supporters clubs details on SR – was wondering if it still excist!

  • Comment 57, posted at 20.05.11 08:54:43 by Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) : 😛 LMS no 3 😉

  • Comment 58, posted at 20.05.11 09:00:36 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 58) : :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 59, posted at 20.05.11 09:14:08 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 57) : It is very much alive and well ! Speak to George Laas , have contact details if you need , he is current chairman .

  • Comment 60, posted at 20.05.11 09:19:29 by King Deysel Reply
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  • @King Deysel (Comment 60) : I have met George once before – and he’s ALWAYS on TV LOL – however dont have his contact details – perhaps you could give to REM as well to see if they are having a thing with the boys afterwards! Please mail it to me for when I do go down next time please? [email protected]

    😀

  • Comment 61, posted at 20.05.11 09:37:09 by Ice Reply
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  • Since you down here; why dont u do a double header… Go to the Amazulu vs Chiefs game, sit at dros after, then go to the rugby in the evening.!!

  • Comment 62, posted at 20.05.11 10:26:47 by Jeremiser Reply
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