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Boks take first steps on Mbombela soil

Written by Gerhard van der Westhuizen (G West)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 12 Jun 2013 at 09:19
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Earlier today the Springboks had an open training session at the Mbombela Stadium, in preparation for their match against Scotland this coming Saturday. I was lucky enough to be on the pitch the whole time while they where doing their drills and even managed to capture a few nice photos.

The big news from the training session is that Lwazi Mvovo and Willem Alberts did not take any part in any of the training, Mvovo had a taped-up finger and Albers is still recovering from his abdominal strain. Otherwise the team looked in very good shape apart from Morné Steyn spotting a nice shiner after last weekends game against Italy. A noticeable inclusion to the training squad was Zane Kirchner who took part in the whole training session, as well as Piet van Zyl who has been called up after the Springboks lost Jano Vermaak.

Bismarck du Plessis was in good spirits the whole time and looks as fit and healthy as he was just before his injury that sidelined him for almost a year now, which means there is a chance that he will be making his long awaited comeback to rugby this weekend. I am also happy to report that Patrick Lambie was running at 10 the whole training session and it does not seem that he will be used at 15 like people feared; it is still a mystery whether or not Lambie will start on Saturday against the Scots though.

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For the most part it was a wonderful experience and a rather healthy crowd showed their faces and voiced their support for the boys. If today was anything to go by I expect a full house at Mbombela Stadium this coming weekend.

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  • You certainly know how to use a camera

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.06.13 09:27:07 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • It’s strange how all these players are called “Gerhard v.d. Westhuizen” 😈

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.06.13 09:32:11 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Nice work!

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.06.13 09:36:53 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I can’t wait the hear the roar and applause from people when Bissie jogs onto the field

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.06.13 09:57:38 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Awesome photos

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.06.13 10:02:32 by Ludz Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 1) : @Big Fish (Comment 3) : @Ludz (Comment 5) : Thanks guys, been practicing a lot haha!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.06.13 10:33:41 by G West Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 2) : Lol, rules are rules! And SARU has some hectic ones.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.06.13 10:34:29 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 7) : tell me more?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.06.13 10:42:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : Well the basics are that you as photographer have the right to use the photos for editorial or news purposes, but you are not allowed to sell the photo or market the photo for your own gain. No logos are allowed to accompany the photo except the photographers name (watermarked) so that nobody else can use the photo(s) for their own gain.

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.06.13 10:53:52 by G West Reply
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  • Lekker! Thanks for sharing Gerhard.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.06.13 11:28:45 by King Shark Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 9) : Very nice pics!

    I don’t understand why you have to watermark them like that. I have never seen a rugby pic in any newspaper with a watermark all over it.

    Are these new SA Rugby rules?

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.06.13 15:11:41 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 11) : because you can’t easily grab a pic out of a newspaper and pass it off as your own.

    It’s about image rights…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.06.13 15:14:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : I know it’s about image rights, but I could simply crop his name out of any of them and use them, if I was so inclined.

    Newspapers, in digital form, also don’t have watermarks on the images in them.

    What I’m trying to say is he owns the rights anyway. Watermarks aren’t necessary.

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.06.13 15:17:54 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 13) : I felt it to be the best way to do it. Since i am also a person still finding my feet in the photography world, it’s nice to have your name boldly displayed on your images. I didn’t have to make it so big at all, there is no rule that states that it must be a specific size, it’s just my way of getting my name out there and trying to make it as hard as possible for people to copy my images.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.06.13 16:13:44 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 14) : well, for what it’s worth, I think your pictures are great, with or without watermarks, and I really appreciate your taking the time out of your day to take them and share them with us.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.06.13 16:25:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Thank you, and no problemo. I love the fact that i am able to share it with you guys, and it is a great privilege to be able to do these things even thou i don’t always have the time to do it. And i feel it necessary to share with those that don’t get the opportunities i do.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.06.13 16:38:58 by G West Reply
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  • @G West (Comment 14) : Aha, nou verstaan ek! 😉

    Jy het goeie rede om trots op jou fotos te wees!

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.06.13 16:39:16 by rhineshark Reply
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