Welcome Kobus

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 9 Jan 2017 at 11:12
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The Sharks returned to the training paddock on Friday last week and welcomed a new arrival in the form of former Stormers three-quarter Kobus van Wyk.

Van Wyk had been with Bordeaux in France (playing alongside a former Sharks in Jandre Marais), but has now finished that short stint (he was there as a medical joker) and is now committed to the Sharks and their 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

You can view images from Friday’s session here, but again, no re-use of the images without Steve Haag’s permission.


  • Welcome addition this. Good luck Kobus!

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.01.17 11:55:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Big backline!

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.01.17 13:07:51 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • If we look at our team we seem to have a great balance between experience and youth.
    1: Thomas
    2: Chiliboy
    3: Adriaanse
    4: Ettas
    5: Lewies
    6: Keegan
    7: JL dup
    8: Dan dup
    9: Reinach
    10: Lambie
    11: Sithole
    12: Esterhuyzen
    13: Jeremy Ward/Lukhanyo Am
    14: Kobus van Wyk
    15: Bosch
    16: Marais
    17: Beast
    18: not many game breakers
    19: Botha
    20: Terra/Kleinhans
    21: Claasens
    22: April
    23: Mvovo

    I reckon this team in top form can do some serious damage. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.01.17 13:40:25 by Fox Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 3) : well we have a great mix like you said. We have a much softer draw than last year and finally a coach who takes no shit…maybe…

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.01.17 14:19:59 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 3) : I like the team

    especially that your starting chilli with marais off the bench at hooker, I would rotate those two through outbtge season and def start chilli should we lack experience in the side duento injuries and suspensions as he was a really good leader when he had the chance in the cc.

    big fan of dan dup and terra, but id start ginger at 8 with dan on the bench. guys like terra, frans and khaya will get a chance as the season progresses as depth is needed.

    it will be interesting to see the philosophy of this coaching staff in relation to rotation of squad

    will they play the best possible team every week and only make changes due to injury or lose of form.

    or will they look to manage both minds and bodies and put faith in a complete squad.

    worth noting I was pleasently surprised at the brief cameo klianhans had in the cc at 8, he could be useful should ginger, terra and dan be out

    our tight head bench options are tank or johan hubert meyer I believe so time will tell how that pans out, oh forgot about counie

    Id either start April or the new frog at fullback or mvovo, with bosch off the bench as he looked good but still too raw for sr during cc having watched him play live twice. although if we do start him then I hope we manage him like the chiefs have managed and coached the smiling assassin Damian McKenzie as their of similar build and both playing 10/15

    kobus could make a good back up 12 should the need arise

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.01.17 17:28:57 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot fully agree with all your comments. We actually have nice depth in the loose trio for a change. Yes apologies I’d also start with ninja and Dan on the bench. Bosch to me looks like he will thrive on the big stage so I would give him a run first up then rotate with Ryno Smith and April. Will also like to see what a 10, 12 combo consisting of April and Lambie can do. Just curious as there are a couple of teams going with 2 playmakers at 10 & 12. I also think that Chilli is over his crap and ready to step up as he has in cc. I am not the biggest Coennie fan as he lacks the basic scrummaging function of a tighthead. And RE Kobus yes he is big, strong and has pretty decent skills to be a good 12 but I feel Esterhuyzen is really getting better and I feel he is going to have a huge year for us.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.01.17 18:12:52 by Fox Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 3) : Coenie…. I have a feeling he’s going to have a big year.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.01.17 18:21:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 6) : agreed Andre the gaint has developed nicely, I just wonder who the replacement is incase he was not available. talk was of Am shifting over, and im completely on board with seeing if that works. although we would have to give the guy a chance as every player is different and brings something else to the table in different positions in relation too their own physical structure and strengths on the field. with andre not so much a play maker more a ball carrier and defensive danger man for the opposition. I was just suggesting that as a option in case of unavailability of andre.

    you dont always need a big guy at 12, timmy whitehead and jordan have played there for us with great effect before injury, you just gotta play these okes to their strengths. cant expect Am to play like andre or the other way around

    counie was a real horror show last year, but il give him a fresh start this year

    for years I loved the idea of moving a flyhalf that could tackle to 12 and running a two play maker system. since I saw it work so well for the saders with carter at 10 and aaron mauger at 12. chikka with oz and larkam with the brumbies have done a similar thing with christain and mat tamoa. now with eddie at england showing peeps how its done now everyone wants to do it, although you can force it, if you dont have the players at your disposal to fit such a system.

    so would love to see if a april and lambie combo would work. or bosch lambie combo. or a lambie frog combo

    side note: that janse van rensberg fh we got recently could be a long term gem, give him time though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.01.17 19:24:09 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Fox (Comment 3) : @revolverocelot (Comment 5) : good to have players like Dan and Ginger Ninja competing for spots in the team! Can only push players to perform even better!

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.01.17 20:25:51 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : hope you’re correct as Sharks needs cover for Adriaanse!

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.01.17 20:26:47 by JD Reply
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  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : I believe the frenchie plays inside center

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.01.17 20:37:32 by byron Reply

  • I would not consider Lambie to play 12 given the concussion and injury problems he’s had. For his own safety and longevity he must only play 10 or 15.

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.01.17 21:41:41 by sudhir Reply

  • @byron (Comment 11) : and 15 if im not mistaken

    @sudhir (Comment 12) : good point

    lets talk about the schedule, yes I feel its less strenuous than last year, but im not ready to discribe it as easy, brumbies and tahs are good and red have rebuild somewhat, force can show up, and rebels are a mixed bag. we still gonna play the arg national team twice, once all the way over there, and the flipping lions twice. so I hope we’re focused

    will be interesting to see the defensive structures with omar gone

    I feel we will get into the play offs this year, I hope we win it all, but my feeling is like the tahs when cheika to over, we will win the whole thing in the second year under new coaches. then again who knows what the structure of the comp will be next year

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.01.17 22:34:01 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : You guys forgetting about Johan Deysel that was also signed as a 12? I woulf definitely have him in my match 23, i think he will be able to cover 12,13 and maybe on a push 10 also

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.01.17 08:44:09 by Henkb Reply
  • @Fox (Comment 6) : Kobus at 12???? Please guys. Stop it. That boy is a wing. One of the best finishers in SA. Let’s keep it that way. Thanks

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.01.17 10:26:32 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 8) : There’s Jean Dysel. Played 12 for Nambia in the RWC against NZ. RDP always wanted him to play for us. Now he has him. AM is a good 13 and seems to have put in the hard yards in the gym, had a very good CC at 13. Let’s give him the jersey for the season and every opportunity to make that jersey his own. Back up flyhalf can only be April, very talented and underrated player that. His natural skills are second to none, you can just see that he hasn’t had the proper coaching a talented player like that needs.

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.01.17 10:34:54 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @sudhir (Comment 12) : Agreed. Even 10 is becoming a high risk for him.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.01.17 10:41:50 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : depth all important

    if I were in durbs id be attending open practice as im still on leave

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.01.17 11:05:21 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 18) : Hehehehe…ya. We all can’t wait to see our boys in action. How do you think not playing NZ sides is going to treat us? Remember Stormers last year? I think it does to a certain extent make your rugby weaker.

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.01.17 12:45:05 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • Any particular reason we are still using BLK training kit?

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.01.17 12:51:56 by PaulyJ Reply

  • @PaulyJ (Comment 20) : also wondering that

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.01.17 12:53:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 16) : Johan Deysel 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.01.17 12:54:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : Thanks. He’s a big boy hey. Was looking at the pics. Kobus seems a bit out of shape?

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.01.17 13:53:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 23) : Deysel? I’ve met him and he doesn’t strike me as all that big.

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.01.17 14:32:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fox (Comment 3) : Brave call picking Dan over Phillip vd Walt, who was by far the Sharks best forward last season. Also Sithole over Mvovo, even though the latter has been below par of late.

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.01.17 14:35:27 by KingCheetah Reply

  • Hello friends and foes of Sharksworld. Hope you will all enjoy an awesome 2017, and I look forward to the banter and debate. Goooo Cheeetahs!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.01.17 14:36:48 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : Happy New Year to one of my favourite “outsiders” 🙂 What’s your take on the Goosen debacle?

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.01.17 15:37:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : and from all us us we wish you the same!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.01.17 16:49:47 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : How great isn’t it to see a good scrummie in Reinach back in training? I truly hope he can get in a full season this year. We missed his presence on the field.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.01.17 16:54:59 by boertjie101 Reply

  • @PaulyJ (Comment 20) : @robdylan (Comment 21) : very good question!? Canterbury already selling home jersey so can only think they do not have practice kit ready for players due to holidays? Maybe @Baylion have some info so maybe worth asking him?

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.01.17 16:58:14 by JD Reply
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  • @boertjie101 (Comment 29) : happy to see Cobus – also very happy to see Rowan Gouws back.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.01.17 17:12:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • I see varsity cup being advertised, I assume they gonna ignore what pukke did and we suppose to pretend nothing happened even though what they did to impi was unforgivable! Why is ouur union taking this lying down exactly? And why is it so hard to just add impi in varsity cup if they don’t wanna punish pukke for what they punished impi for?

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.01.17 19:05:10 by Poisy Reply
  • @KingCheetah (Comment 26) : thanks man, same to you

    you must be excited, coming into the season with great form, tons of quality depth in most positions, please put the stormers to the sword in your group

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.01.17 19:13:43 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 19) : good point, we may run the risk of repeating what happened to the stormers, dominate lesser opposition to the extent that we get a false sense of our ability and at the first chance we meet a NZ team we realise that playing weaker teams did us more harm than good

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.01.17 20:52:47 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 32) : geez still can’t believe how they absolutely screwed the Impi out of Varsity Cup!!! Personally I will not support it until Impi gets the spot they deserve!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.01.17 20:57:23 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Thanks Rob, must say it’s a testimony to you and the guys on here, that I don’t feel like an outsider.
    Regarding Goosen, I am reserving judgement till I have his side of the story.
    On face value, it looks all wrong, I know he was unhappy, but then why sign an extension? Think somewhere there is a kink in the cable.
    He hasn’t struck me as the dubious kind, so I am at a loss to explain it.

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.01.17 21:02:34 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @JD (Comment 28) : Thanks JD, we always have good conversations. I enjoy and value that.

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.01.17 21:04:34 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @revolverocelot (Comment 33) : I am excited, and optimistic, but I have also learnt that every new year has to be started from scratch. So I will wait and see how the season starts.

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.01.17 21:09:25 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 37) : yes must say also like our conversations. Always fun even if we don’t support the same team.

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.01.17 21:54:43 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Oh…that’s not good. Looks butch on the pic’s and his profile has him at 106kg’s. Andre looking slim.

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.01.17 22:19:16 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Hi Rob, can you advise if there are any pre-season friendlies for the Sharks?

  • Comment 41, posted at 11.01.17 09:09:19 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) : Remind us (me) who Rowan Gouws is again?

    @Poisy (Comment 32) : The Impi debacle, one more reason to be thankful for the passing of 2016. What a low that was.

  • Comment 42, posted at 11.01.17 09:20:19 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Poisy (Comment 32) : well, I can’t control what other people do, but I have made a personal commitment not to give any coverage whatsoever to that corrupt competition and I stick by that. You will not read about the Varsity Cup or Shield on these pages, I promise you that.

  • Comment 43, posted at 11.01.17 10:04:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 36) : that’s a sensible approach

  • Comment 44, posted at 11.01.17 10:04:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @GreatSharksays (Comment 40) : 106kg? You’re confusing the Deysels…. you realise there are two of them, right?

  • Comment 45, posted at 11.01.17 10:05:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 41) : still TBC, but I’ve heard they will be played in SA against local opposition. Cheetahs has been rumoured.

  • Comment 46, posted at 11.01.17 10:05:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 42) : young scrumhalf. Looked really good for u21s in 2015, but sat out all of last year with an ACL

  • Comment 47, posted at 11.01.17 10:06:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : I see Wikipedia has him at 106kg, but that’s clearly nonsense. SA Rugby lists a far more believable 92kg.

    Trust me, there is no way Deysel is heavier than Esterhuizen

  • Comment 48, posted at 11.01.17 10:08:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : The “always very reliable news 24” has us playing against the Cheetahs in Durban on 3 February. If true, hope they broadcast on SS

  • Comment 49, posted at 11.01.17 10:14:43 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 49) : I think it’s plausible

  • Comment 50, posted at 11.01.17 10:21:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 47) : Thanks, named sounded familiar but couldn’t place him

  • Comment 51, posted at 11.01.17 10:52:30 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 49) : that game is confirmed. Just awaiting confirmation of the other fixture and I’ll do a post – should be later today.

  • Comment 52, posted at 11.01.17 11:25:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 46) : Warm up game vs the Cheetahs scheduled for 6 Feb in Durban

  • Comment 53, posted at 11.01.17 11:52:30 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 53) : Should be a good game to watch…think the ball could see some air in that game even if very humid

  • Comment 54, posted at 11.01.17 12:33:58 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : I haven’t been to NZ, but from what I hear it gets just as humid there as in dbn, I just dont know how they able to hold onto the ball and the sharks always have a huge issue in that regard beginning of the season. Us touring at the start is probably a very good thing for us.

  • Comment 55, posted at 11.01.17 13:00:25 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 55) : Not sure about humidity in New Zealand but I remember when the Chiefs played the Sharks early in the season in 2012 or 2013 and Sonny Bill in particular (although most of their team) were having a poor time trying to play their brand of rugby because they just seemed unable to control the ball compared to their usual standards and think we won that game because of their errors.
    However on saying all of the above I feel we use the humidity excuse to easily. The season Jake White was in charge we scored 4 tries + in every game early that season at home until Lambie got injured and our attack disappeared.

  • Comment 56, posted at 11.01.17 13:35:11 by Hulk Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 55) : Yeh look i also havnt been to NZ but judging by some of the weather i see i do think it could be quite humid. Durban is closer to the equator though so not sure if that makes a difference. I think we need to come to realise the reality that NZ players are just better than those in SA,nothing sinister about it just a fact. i also think NZ teams perhaps focus more of their training with the ball and SA teams focus more on stuff without the ball. Just an observation

  • Comment 57, posted at 11.01.17 13:42:46 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 56) : @SheldonK (Comment 57) :
    I agree on both accounts, I heard that the humidity is similar to DNB hence me making this point. That said even if it is worst in DNB we should really be taking advantage of this and use it as a weapon.

  • Comment 58, posted at 11.01.17 14:41:59 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 58) : Agree about using the humidity to our advantage in the same way the Boks use the highveld. Unfortunately every year we seem to all jump on the “it’s to humid bandwagon” and accept our inability to master our home conditions. I’d like to see us train in some manner that helps our players master a greasy ball. I know we have trained with wet balls in the past to simulate the humid slippery ball but in my experience a wet ball and greasy ball are different.

  • Comment 59, posted at 11.01.17 15:24:36 by Hulk Reply

  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 58) : How would you take advantage of it game plan wise? Assuming we dont want to ply a kicking game…or do we?

  • Comment 60, posted at 11.01.17 15:26:57 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 60) : I’d say get your basics right. How often have we seen the ball get dropped when a good move is on. The humidity is sapping and foreign teams and players must surely struggle more than us so it’s about wearing your opposition out.

  • Comment 61, posted at 11.01.17 15:33:16 by Hulk Reply

  • @Hulk (Comment 61) : I do agree with you regarding getting basics right…and with the humidity its especially basics right under pressure. I also think being risky in your own 22 is only looking for trouble at that time of year…outside the 22 however they fully welcome to have a crack. And then lastly a rush defense in that heat and humidity would really trouble teams..just a matter of sustaining it

  • Comment 62, posted at 11.01.17 15:46:14 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 60) : Just holding onto the ball would be a huge advantage 😉

  • Comment 63, posted at 11.01.17 16:19:39 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : hahaha and they’re both J Deysel hahaha!!!

  • Comment 64, posted at 11.01.17 18:07:27 by JD Reply
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  • @Uli Boelie (Comment 63) : Based on Sharks handling error rate in previous years im not optimistic but would be a biiig first step

  • Comment 65, posted at 12.01.17 08:07:50 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 54) : Yes. I don’t set much store by warm up matches as the result is rarely replicated when the real stuff starts. But I do think it will be a try fest.

  • Comment 66, posted at 12.01.17 12:00:26 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 66) : Yeh u can probably read more into the US election prediction than you can into Super rugby warm up games. But as you say should be entertaining. Hoping the Sharks try new combos this year as the same old ones will get the same old result…

  • Comment 67, posted at 12.01.17 12:47:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 67) : Yes, think the Sharks are going to surprise. If they can dodge the injury curse, that is.

  • Comment 68, posted at 12.01.17 13:34:25 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 68) : Think thats the same for all SA teams (excluding Kings)…there is a good core group of players but injuries to a few key players could derail any SA side.

  • Comment 69, posted at 12.01.17 14:26:45 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 67) : hahaha well said!!!

  • Comment 70, posted at 12.01.17 16:29:42 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 68) : let’s hope it’s a good and positive surprise!!!

  • Comment 71, posted at 12.01.17 16:30:32 by JD Reply
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  • @KingCheetah (Comment 66) : I like to watch the warm ups to see who looks fit and just to see if I can spot any new skills. Other than that, warm up games are like Barbarian games, teams just trying to play exhibition rugby.

  • Comment 72, posted at 12.01.17 16:31:28 by Hulk Reply

  • When last did the Sharks play a warm up game in Durban.

  • Comment 73, posted at 12.01.17 16:45:52 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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