Welford Road swansong for Botes

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 4 Nov 2014 at 10:05
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The Barbarians take on the Leicester Tigers in an untelevised match tonight, with Sharks veteran Jacques Botes set to play his last game before retirement, starting in the number 8 jersey.

Botes packs down with Mike Rhodes (7) and Heinrich Brussow (6) in an all-South African back row; fellow Sharks players Thomas du Toit and Lourens Adriaanse will start in the front row, with Matt Stevens set to replace one of them off the bench.

Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, who scored a great try against Australia on Saturday off the bench, will start this week, with Western Province centre Juan de Jongh completing the South African contigent from the number 13 jersey.

15. Tevita Li (Blues)
14. Frank Halai (Blues and New Zealand)
13. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province and South Africa)
12. Francis Saili (Blues and New Zealand)
11. Nick Cummins (Coca-Cola West Red Sparks and Australia)
10. Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions and South Africa)
9. Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders and Japan)
8. Jacques Botes (Sharks)
7. Heinrich Brussow (Cheetahs and South Africa)
6. Michael Rhodes (DHL Western Province)
5. Alastair Kellock (Glasgow and Scotland – captain)
4. Dominic Bird (Canterbury and New Zealand)
3. Lourens Adriaanse (Sharks and South Africa)
2. Mahonri Schwalger (Chiefs and Samoa)
1. Thomas du Toit (Sharks)

Replacements (from):
Niall Annett (Worcester Warriors)
Jason Marshall (Hawke’s Bay and Canada)
Matt Stevens (Sharks and England)
Angus Ta’avao (Blues)
Steven Luatua (Blues and New Zealand)
Matt Todd (Crusaders and New Zealand)
Adam Thomson (Canon Eagles and New Zealand)
Sarel Pretorius (Cheetahs)
Sean Duke (UVIC and Canada)
Tom English (Rebels)


  • Have a blast Boots.

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.11.14 10:19:10 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Coca-Cola West Red Sparks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.11.14 10:20:06 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Damn wish this was televised! Congrats boots on an epic career!

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.11.14 10:52:30 by PTAShark Reply
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  • Good luck to Jcques and all the Sharks boys, enjoy.

    On another matter entirely, I watched a rerun of the All Blacks – US Eagles game last night:
    a)So great to see 60,000 people pack out the stadium on Chicago to watch a game of rugby,
    b) the american commentators were classic, never watched a game of rugga and heard the word ‘rumble’ used so many times. Was a gas.

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.11.14 11:52:12 by stevovo Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 2) : who the hell is the Coca-Cola West Red Sparks?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.11.14 13:29:37 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : I dont know, but I see Nick Cummins plays for them so I presume that he made up the name when they were compiling the programme.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.11.14 13:38:18 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • They’re a Japanese Rugby Team ???? So disappointed this is not televised as I enjoy watching Leicester lose ????

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.11.14 15:04:24 by SharkyTaylor Reply

  • My ‘smily faces’ have changed to?????? Weird

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.11.14 15:07:41 by SharkyTaylor Reply

  • @SharkyTaylor (Comment 8) : you using the app?

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.11.14 15:12:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @SharkyTaylor (Comment 7) : why you smiling because they’re Japanese? 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.11.14 15:36:36 by JD Reply
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  • Legend

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.11.14 08:14:28 by Bokhoring Reply
  • BaaBaas won 59-26

    Jacques scored the last try and converted it.

    His other conversion attempt was a bit wonky 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.11.14 08:43:49 by Baylion Reply

  • Highlights:

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.11.14 23:47:59 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 13) : Pity they didn’t show du Toit’s try. Loved the “Everyone pretend to have the ball” move. And flipping fantastic to see JdJ pass the ball to Botes to finish off his his career in style!

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.11.14 12:32:54 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 12) : Great clips…

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.11.14 13:31:31 by pastorshark Reply
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