Richard Ferguson

Wednesday News wrap

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :2017 Lions Tour, All Blacks, Cheetahs, Lions, Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Apr 2017 at 10:11
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There seems to be a fair bit of news around, but nothing really that warrants an entire write-up. So here follows a summary of whats happening out there.

Starting with the biggest rugby news, the British and Irish Lions squad announcement takes place today around 13h30. A Lions tour doesn’t happen every year, and when it comes to touring New Zealand, you can be sure it will be a brilliant series.

In local news, Lions flank Jaco Kriel’s citing has been brushed aside with the commissioner having found that the player did not intentionally tackle the player late, as he was in the process of an attempted charge down. In short, Kriel is free to play against the Jaguares on Friday night.

Over at the Cheetahs, they are sweating over the fitness of star winger Sergeal Petersen. Petersen only returned from injury last week, and it seems he was brought back a bit too soon, the very same injury still giving him problems. Petersen is not the only injury concern, Oupa Mohoje, Niel Marais and Ox Nche have to prove fitness before the weekend match against the Bulls. On the positive side, there is the possibility of a return for Uzair Cassiem, who was injured in the first round of the Super Rugby season.

Lastly, in an opinion piece over on Sport24, the always vocal Mark Keohane has made fresh calls on who he thinks should lead the Springboks against France later in the year. Interestingly, he has stuck to his guns in calling for Duane Vermeulen to lead the team. He did back up this call with a local player, should the ruling be that there should be a local captain appointed. This is what caught my attention: He has called for Jaco Kriel in this instance. His reasoning being that he is the form player in his position and should be a certain starter. If this is the general feeling, I am happy for Kriel to finally get a run in the Bok team, but I can’t say I agree about him being captain. Your thoughts?


  • But if Kriel is captain, I won’t get to see my dream backrow of Chris Cloete, JL du Preez and Duane Vermuelen?

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.17 10:17:45 by josefgremlin Reply
  • @josefgremlin (Comment 1) : I’ll eat my unwashed onderbroek if Cloete gets even close to Bok selection.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.17 10:20:46 by McLovin Reply
  • Kriel got away with it? Is there no justice in the world? 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.04.17 10:21:46 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : I know, and Kriel is probably a good replacement for him. So Kriel, Duane and JLdP?
    I really do think Cloete is good enough though, and would enjoy seeing him sign for a franchise that could see him kick on to the next level.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.04.17 10:28:04 by josefgremlin Reply
  • @josefgremlin (Comment 4) : I am willing to bet Cloete goes the same way as Spies, and Arno Botha when some one twigs on and takes his Popeye Spinach pills away.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.04.17 10:34:24 by The hound Reply
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  • I think the Stormers back row of Koilisi,Carr and Nothshe have the inside track ,all the pity ,my preference would be a combination of MarcelL,the Twins and RUan Ackerman

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.04.17 10:38:02 by The hound Reply
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  • The twins? 🙄 Heaven help us. They need to learn how to catch a ball first.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.04.17 10:50:13 by McLovin Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 5) : my first reaction to this is that is quite an accusation to make. My second reaction is that, actually, it makes a lot of sense.
    @The hound (Comment 6) :
    Marcell is injured, unfortunately, and will miss the 30 test threshold after June. After last years results though, I firmly believe we need some big units in our pack to play against the top international sides. I’ve gone a bit Heyneke, I’m afraid, except I’d still play a genuine fetcher like Brussouw. Kolisi, Carr and Notshe are fine, skillful players, but I just don’t think we can accommodate players who are smaller unless we make up for it somewhere else.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.04.17 11:00:29 by josefgremlin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : the Sharks used to have a huge problem with making 2 or 3 metres after contact, and then losing the ball. Our loosies were particularly guilty of it. But I think they have improved their skills this season and I’ve seen less of it. Perhaps Zondagh has made the difference?

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.04.17 11:04:38 by josefgremlin Reply

  • Brave call on Kriel but it’ll probably be Kolisi if the captaincy needs to stay local.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.04.17 11:46:58 by vanmartin Reply
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  • What about Whiteley?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.04.17 11:51:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : @McLovin (Comment 11) : He is probably the best leader but I’m not convinced he is the best 8 in the country. Must say Notshe has really impressed.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.04.17 12:02:48 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : Its all in the surname. 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.04.17 12:05:13 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.04.17 12:09:14 by The hound Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Maybe.

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.04.17 12:19:28 by McLovin Reply

  • This weekend Warren Whiteley showed why he is the best local captain. He kept his team composed and at the crucial moments he made the right calls as a captain. This weekend Kolisi showed us why he is not even in the league of Whiteley. Kolisi lost his cool more than once and was a thug during the whole game with his off the ball stuff and trying to intimidate the Lions. @The hound (Comment 6) : To say Springbok and Reverse Carr in the same sentence is an insult to the Springbok name. He is not even close to Cloete, or Kriel.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.04.17 12:20:37 by Mutley Reply
  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 13) : Subtle

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.04.17 12:21:36 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Mutley (Comment 16) : Kriel definitely, but Cloete? 😆 Cloete might make it as a Baywatch extra, but that’s about it I reckon.

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.04.17 12:25:51 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 18) : Cloete can join “Baywatch”, Kriel can join “The Incredibles” and Kolisi can be “The Expendable”

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.04.17 12:28:31 by Mutley Reply
  • So Warburton is captain then. Not exactly a surprise.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.04.17 12:37:47 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : I was also wondering how he got away with it. The response was that it was not in purpose, but I though this year intent had no effect on the verdict? I have no problem with him not being guilt, but once again, where is the consistency…

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.04.17 12:43:30 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 21) : Not sure I’m going to live long enough to witness consistent penalties accross the board.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.04.17 12:57:38 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : We could always hope :mrgreen: at least in this case I actually agree that no more thatn a yellow card was needed

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.04.17 13:02:23 by HeinF Reply

  • @HeinF (Comment 23) : Agree. 🙂

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.04.17 13:03:18 by McLovin Reply

  • Jan Serfontein also off to greener pastures. Turned down a Bok and Bulls contract according to SARU.

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.04.17 15:03:48 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 25) : That is amazing he is only 24,and he feels his career is over in South Africa,even with Brendan Venter and Rassie coming into the mix.
    I personally think this is bullshit as he could be an amazing player in the right environment

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.04.17 15:09:50 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : He probably will be, whilst earning a lot more than in SA.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.04.17 15:14:32 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 27) : Too fucken true

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.04.17 15:18:57 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : Seems the Bok jersey doesn’t provide a compelling reason to stay for a lot of players.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.04.17 15:47:39 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 26) : You get players that are willing to work hard for their spot, then you get those who went for the quick cash thrown out by the bulls…. Serfontein was one of the many age group players who dropped trowsers when bulls “made it rain”.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.04.17 15:54:06 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Can’t blame a player for going for the cash. They have short careers and need to maximise their earnings. Just like everyone else.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.04.17 16:22:52 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 31) : Problem with the bulls recruitment model, they throw a wide cash net, ‘roid and bulk-up the players, and hope 5 of the 150 yearly recruits miraculously turn into Bok quality. They are all expendable and replaceable. A guy like Stephan Lewies wouldn’t have played CC rugby for the bulls, simply due to their recruitment system.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.04.17 16:55:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • love the summary of recent events article RF

    lots to debate

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.04.17 17:25:50 by revolverocelot Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 32) : They should recruit some coaches. 😈

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.04.17 17:53:13 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 34) : Who needs coaches….More roids, more pumping iron – when they’re done with Nollis, they’ll probably offer the current Tuks coach the position as SR head coach.

    Interesting to note, the three competitive SR teams are coached by guys that served as assistant coaches during SR campaigns. The bulls and tsietas: fast tracked Varsity Cup coaches – failure written all over it.

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.04.17 18:03:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 34) : Or more match officials…

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.04.17 19:49:28 by coolfusion Reply

  • Etzebeth is captain on Saturday. 😯 PSdT on the flank. 🙄 Not sure how I feel about this. Was never expecting a win, but might get ugly now. In more ways than one. 😐

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.04.17 07:23:05 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : I wanted to comment on how Effy-beth was at least there to win the fight, but other than making crazy eyes, he’s been mostly outgunned even on that front.

    He really has taken the Spies-award for being utterly overrated.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.04.17 07:38:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 37) : PSDT is a strange kettle of fish, truly great talent, excellent when the team are winning but tends to fall apart very quickly when things go wrong.
    I always thought he would have made great 8 in the Morne du Plessis mould.
    He is one of those players that when he is playing for you you only see his good points, when he’s on the other side you can spot his weakness.
    Still would love him to have stayed at the Sharks.

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.04.17 07:42:33 by The hound Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 38) : Agreed but at least Spies didn’t look for kak with everybody and then try and beat them with crazy eyes.

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.04.17 07:43:29 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 38) : Not allowed to fight. So a lot of conflict in his brain and he can’t quite compute how to react. And I think that affects his general play. Genuinely think he can actually play, just needs to forget about the ‘intimidation’. Just looks silly anyway.

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.04.17 08:03:10 by McLovin Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : One day he’s going to get that Jedi mind trick right. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.04.17 08:04:48 by McLovin Reply

  • This enforcer bullshit also belongs to a bygone era. No place for it anymore. Intimidate with skill. Just have a look at the All Black locks for instance.

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.04.17 08:07:18 by McLovin Reply

  • And don’t get me started on that Elstadt character. On thin ice and jumping up and down. Fortunately not playing at the moment, but going to cost them a match I reckon. Probably a play-off or some do or die match. 👿

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.04.17 08:09:42 by McLovin Reply

  • Off to the salt mines.

    Catch up later.

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.04.17 08:10:15 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 43) : Great point.
    @McLovin (Comment 44) : I don’t even like hearing or seeing his name.

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.04.17 09:42:55 by Quintin Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 40) : The more I see of Effy-beth, the greater my disdain grows.

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.04.17 10:12:46 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 41) : He needs to decide: rugby or MMA.

    You can’t play rugby in the octagon, and you can’t fight on the rugby field.

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.04.17 10:15:53 by FireTheLooser Reply


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