Saracens game called off

The Heineken Cup rugby match between Saracens and Biarritz has apparently been cancelled, according to reports.

Accoring to Eyewitness News reporter, Jean Smyth, the game – scheduled to be played in Cape Town on 14 January – has been cancelled.

“BREAKING NEWS: Saracens v Biarritz in Cape Town has been cancelled,” Smyth posted on Twitter.

It is believed the conflict between the Cape Town City Council and the Western Province Rugby has prompted the cancellation of the game.

The European Cup pool game was initially due to be played at the Cape Town Stadium. However, the Western Province Rugby Union was unhappy with the decision and earlier this week announced it would attempt to move the game to Newlands.

“After a recent meeting by the Western Province Rugby Football Union Executive Committee, the request by Saracens to host the match at Cape Town Stadium was considered. However, the Executive Committee decided that the home of rugby, Newlands, would stage this historic match,” the WPRFU commented earlier in the week.

Saracens released the following statement on their website:

Now that all discussions between various stakeholders have been concluded, Saracens has decided the Heineken Cup match against Biarritz on Saturday January 14th will be played not in Cape Town, but in London.

The innovative English champion club was eager to host the first Heineken Cup match ever played outside Europe, to stage a special, spectacular rugby event and to project brilliant images of Cape Town and European rugby around the world. However, we have no wish to be a catalyst for conflict between the City of Cape Town and the Western Province Rugby Union.

Saracens looks forward to playing a competitive match in Cape Town as soon as local circumstances allow.

Supporters who have bought tickets in South Africa will be fully refunded by Computicket, and Saracens will engage with UK-based supporters who have already booked air tickets and accommodation, and ensure they are appropriately compensated.

76 Comments on Saracens game called off

  1. As die WP en of Stormers onder die huidige bestuur geen game wen nie, sal dit te veel wees!

    FOPPEN IDIOTE

    en hulle verdien alles wat na hulle kant toe kom!!

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  2. Don’t agree there,Kingpaul,
    saracens don’t need the shit,
    if wp and ctc can’t sort it out between
    themselves
    they take that money elsewhere.
    lesson learnt?
    No point in dealing with idiots.

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  3. Mokken Foffies!!

    Ek sal hulle nooi weer kan ondersteun nie.

    Hierdie was n Stad Kaapstad – Saracens inisiatief….

    WP was maar – by the way n deel van die situasie en probeer toe rang trek.

    Stad Kaapstad en Saracens het met mekaar onderhandel – en deal was gedoen.
    Goeie blootstelling vir Kaap ens ens.

    WP moes net afteken – maar besluit toe – om dit te probeer kaap….en toe fok hulle hulself!!

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  4. Ek weet waaragtig nie hoe julle WP ondersteuners dit uithou met so ‘n Bestuur by julle unie nie. Hulle laat Malema soos Einstein lyk.

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  5. Reply to Kat @ 8:36 pm:

    I said it last night – perhaps now ‘fans’, ‘season ticket holders’, ‘suite owners’ (you know – all the people WP Rugby cares so much about when you read their press releases) realise for once how bloody incompetent they are.

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  6. Ek neem Sarries gladnie kwalik nie … en noudat Titus hulle vroeër die week ‘n JMSM gegee het is daai verhouding daarmee heen. Is Titus op Tik of wat?

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  7. LOL! Volgens die “reëls” ja …

    Dis so pateties hierdie dat daar regtig nie ‘n eers woorde is om te bekryf hoe de moerin ek is nie.

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  8. Reply to Kat @ 8:45 pm:

    Ek is actually glad nie die moer in nie – in fact, fokken bly!

    Want miskien vir eens in die lewe gaan mense besef dat die kak met WP rugby is nie die coaches, spelers of handlangers nie – dis die ouens in die baadjies van wie jy nooit lees nie.

    Word wakker makker.

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  9. Wat my ook moerig maak is daar SARU weereens nie ingegryp het nie. Seker maar omdat hulle ook lekker cosy is daarby Nuweland. Manne kuier lekker saam.

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  10. Feit bly staan:
    Saracens moes van beter geweet het as om
    oor die WP se kop te gaan.

    Niemand gaan in my huis vir my kom sê
    hoe hard ek mag poep nie.

    WP hou die jurisdiksie oor wie die kat in
    die Kaap n@@i.

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  11. Nou-ja, ten minste weet WP ondersteuners nou waarom die trofeekas al so lank nie iets van formaat bevat nie … net soos die WPRU raadsaal.

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  12. WPRU het ‘n mandaat gevat en dit in ‘n wandaad omgesit. En glo my, die Stad en die DA gaan dinge nou warm maak. De Lille en Zille is nie katte wat gaan toelaat dat die WPRU hulle rondneuk nie. Die regering is al klaar goed gatvol vir WP oor hulle houding jeens die stadion. As jy so baie op jou eie stoep kak gaan die plaaslike owerheid hul mandaat gebruik om jou huis te sloop.

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  13. Kyk ook so daarna:

    Mag WP toelaat dat ‘n buitelandse klub
    en ‘n stadsraad hom dikteer?
    Wat sou die seisoenkaartjiehouers en die
    losie eienaars gesê het as WP toegegee het?

    Dis nie altyd so eenvoudig nie.

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  14. Feit is dit lyk of hier groter dinge
    in die spel is.
    Hoekom het WP nie ‘n toets vir 2012
    gekry nie, maar die OP wel?
    Omdat hulle ‘n beter stadion het?
    Om die politici daar te paai omdat daar
    GEEN fkn manier is wat die Kings Super
    Rugby gaan speel nie?

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  15. Aag Kat, hoekom fokof jy nie ook maar nie! Net omdat jy paar randjies wou maak, is almal by WP nou idiote! Wie de f@k dink Griffiths is hy, dat hy WP rugby wil kom rondfok? Hy weet presies wat die reels is (was baie jare intens betrokke by SARU), en wou met scaly dealings ‘n ekstra paar bugs maak TEN KOSTE van WP. As jy wil hol gooi vir die UK, doe zo voort, maar moenie ander blameer wat hulle man staan nie!

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  16. Reply to Bekke @ 9:22 pm:

    tipies broederbond mentaliteit. dink jy le nog in die trenches maar die oorlog is lankal verby.

    Lekker WP. Daar glip nog so paar miljoen uit die hande saam die sevens miljoene – en nog `n geleentheid om `n toekomstige Sadie te behou is moertoe.

    Kan jy glo die vermetelheid van Saracens om nie in die ou kakhuis wat Nuweland genoem word te wil speel nie.

    Die stouterts.

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  17. Reply to Boertjie @ 9:08 pm:

    boer kan dit dalk wees dat Nuweland eenvoudig netnie meer wereld gehalte is as stadion nie?

    Jy kan nie verwag om `n toets te kry net omdat Calla Scholts in 1988 `n moerse up en under raakgevang het op daardie veld nie.

    Genoeg toilette, bars, kos stalletjies, parkering, stuff om te doen buite stadion ens tel deesdae meer as herinerigne uit die 1980’s?

    Weereens as wp al sy games daar wil speel dan is dit fine want hulle fans voel die plek is hulle huis. Maar hoekom moet WP rugby vir MY as vrystater voorskryf dat ek `n toets waarvoor en duisende rande betaal moet kyk in `n toilet as daar `n moerse nice stadion `n paar kilos weg leegstaan?

    Dink dan mos eerder aan wat die beste is vir die Bokke en die land?

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  18. ek vind dit snaaks dat die sharks nie lyne uitgooi om die toets te behou nie. John Smit Saracens sal baie baie voete trek.

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  19. Ek het nog nooit gesê die WP het die
    regte besluit geneem nie – net dat hy
    die reg het om te besluit.

    Lees gerus ook my #19 hierbo. Wil hoor wat
    jy daarvan dink.

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  20. Reply to Boertjie @ 9:06 pm:

    Wel wat gaan die seisoen kaartjies houers en losie eienaars nou seg?

    Waar daar iets kon wees is daar nou fokkol?

    WP rugby weet al van Junie maand af al van die game – tot en met 2 dae terug het hulle fokol gedoen van hulle kant af om iets vir hulle seisoen kaartjie houers of losie eienaars te doen nie.

    Toe die armsalige fokkers eintlik wakker skrik toe gooi hulle mooi reels in die gesig van Kaapstad munisipaliteit en Saracens – en wat is die uiteinde? Almal fokken verloor.

    Kom ons gooi ‘n moerse HORAAAH vir WP Rugby wat hul regte en reels tot die uiterste gebruik het vir hulle ‘fans, seisoen kaartjie houers en losie eienaars’ (soos hulle persvarklaring lui natuurlik) wat nou mooi fokol kry nie.

    Nou hierdie is mos die mense wie ek wil he Kaapse rugby moet lei! Fok hulle is absolute geniee! Leiers van hulle generasie!

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  21. Okay I am done with sarcasm and shit.

    Said what I wanted to say about this last night – nothing more to add.

    Check you all tomorrow folks – have a safe night.

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  22. ek verstaan jou punt boer maar kyk die uitslag?

    hoekom het WP nie probeer met Kaapstad negotiate vir `n lekker vet pakket al word die game in CT Stadion gespeel nie?

    Hoekom soos `n vetkat ANC lid instorm en kom ‘demands’ maak net omdat jy kan?

    As ek Kaapstad is sue ek WP vir loss of income van miljoene a.g.v kortsigtigheid.

    Het WP rerig gedink hulle het `n keuse? Dis so goed U2 kom SA toe maar Zuma dring aan hulle speel in Nkandla omdat daar `n wet is wat se hy kan? Dis moronies?

    Die WP bestuur het pas vir WP rugby `n paar miljoen verloor. Ek sal rerig wil weet wat die ‘seisoenkaartjie houers’ daarvan dink?

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  23. Reply to Morné @ 9:53 pm:

    jay morne has emotion!

    maar te reg. daar is nou niks waar daar IETS kon wees. In die privaat sektor sou die hele board moes resign as jy so baie geld op een slag vir jou company (wat van die stad) verloor. Maar old boys club sal mekaar beskerm. Basies presies soos die ANC spul vetkatte.

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  24. Reply to Morné @ 10:02 pm:

    well it goes without saying. all the players. all the resources. no trophies.

    but wp fans are like anc supporters. Loyalty trumps common sense – and thus is WP rugby administrators seemingly mandated to be average for the foreseeable future.

    until fans vote with their feet.

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  25. Reply to Boertjie @ 10:11 pm:

    Gee vir elke losie eienaar sy kaartjies verniet?

    Rig VIP tente buite op waar losie eienaars kon kuier in styl voor en na die game?

    shit boer ek kan aan 100 idees dink.

    In my opinie is dit nie `n wp game nie. Wp speel nie. Dit het eintlik fokkol met WP uit te waai.

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  26. Shieldsie,

    “Maar old boys club sal mekaar beskerm. Basies presies soos die ANC spul vetkatte.”

    like everybody.Friendlies first.

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  27. Brenden jy kan nou maar na gisteraand ook jou Broederbond aanmerkings in jou gat druk en begin grootword. Dit het ook fokkol met Calla Scholtz in 1988 te make nie dit het met harde koue fokken realiteit van rande en sente in 2011 te make

    Bekke en Boertjie is 100% reg.

    In dieselfde posisie sou ek presies dieselfde as WPRU gedoen het.

    Money talks and bullshit walks en Griffiths en Venter as oud Kapenare betrokke by WP en SARU behoort defnitief van fokken beter geweet het.

    Saracens are frigging childish to now take this attitude.

    Sonder die game sou die stakeholders fokkol geld gemaak het. By Nuweland sou hulle geld genry het, by Groenpunt niks, en nou in Londen ook niks. No skin off their noses.

    Kaapstad en ‘n klomp misleide fans is befok in hulle koppe om so groot bohaai oor ‘n fokken storm in a teacup te maak.

    Die keuse was

    Greenpoint = fokkol geld
    Nuweland = geld
    London = fokkol

    Saracens het die keuse om in een van die ccolste en mees beroemde stadions te speel en kies om eerder dikbek huis te bly…

    Wie’s die insular Broederbonders nou? Veel eerder Edward Griffiths met sy Baas Anton Rupert en sy Louis Luyt connections wat hom die joppie georganize het…

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  28. Reply to Boertjie @ 10:11 pm:

    meeste wp fans kyk nie eers rugby as wp nie speel nie. Ek twyfel meeste van hulle weet Biarritz is `n rugby club?

    meeste van julle spul visvoete dink Tiaan Strauss en Fafa Knoetze moet nog vir bokke speel.

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  29. Reply to DavidS @ 10:15 pm:

    shit nog `n rugby ‘event’ en weer is ek reg en jy verkeerd.

    2011 is vir jou `n kak jaar.

    So jy reken uit Groenpunt sou geen geld gemaak word nie? Belaglik. Lees patricia se briefie. WP sou die game host in CT stadion and baie pitte maak. Hoeveel sou die stad van Kaapstad en SA on maak?

    Kortsigtigheid is nie `n kopiereg van die boeremag nie. Maar WP met die game en sevens bewys dat daar nie baie gedink word daar by nuweland nie.

    Seker omdat almal van hulle heeldag sit en ou WP games kyk en dan trane pik as Morne Dup die beler lig.

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  30. Reply to Boertjie @ 10:20 pm:

    en CT stadion sal nog meer he. Die wp fans like rugby kyk – selfs al wen hulle nie bekers nie.

    Maar CT stadion kan die unie `n groot speler maak as die mentaliteit van die administrateurs nie erens in Volkskas in 1989 vasgehaak het nie.

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  31. Miskien wou die Stad Kaapstad en Saracens
    ook vir Bryce Lawrence gekry het om te
    blaas – duisende ekstra gatte op sitplekke.

    En dan het almal op Sanzar geskyt omdat hy
    nie die man se lewe hier wou waag nie.

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  32. Reply to Boertjie @ 10:17 pm:

    ek dink oom dink nou conspiracy teoriee uit.

    niemand twyfel dat wp rugby die game daar hanteer nie. Maar hemel daar moet seker common sense ook wees?

    Saracens wou in CT stadion speel. Dis so maklik soos dit?

    Dit gaan oor Saracens VS Biarritz. Dit gaan tweedens oor toerisme in Kaapstad. Dit gaan derdens oor 20 000 engelse fans wat tyd in SA spandeer.

    WP rugby is net die middelman met die lelike ou das wat `n paar rand kon skep, maar toe kleinmannetjie sindroom kry en die hele ding opfok om te wys wie is baas.

    Hartseer.

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  33. Sover ek weet is die huur van die stadion
    ‘n minimum R1 miljoen.
    Dis hoekom een of ander ANC geneuk toe hul
    show vir 5000 mense in Athlone gaan hou het.

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  34. punt is, wp rugby wat bestaan uit `n spul klubs wat meestal gerun word deur ou oomies en kombuistannies – het suid afrika pas `n lekker 20 miljoen of so verloor.

    thanks boys.

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  35. ek weetnie hoe tobie daar gekom het nie maar ek neem aan hy is maar net `n figuur onder beheer van baie groter spelers (10/1 ou gaarde en bietjie nuwe geld)

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  36. oh well dis tipies suid afrikaners om hulself in die voet te skiet met kak politieke besluite so kom ons vat die oukie ook maar

    ‘on the chin’.

    ons wil mos lankal al nie meer die beste in enigeiets wees nie en ons begin dit nou mooi regkry. Ook half jammer dat `n “wit” organisasie sulke banana republic belsuite neem en alles opfok. Of dalk nie so jammer nie. Ons is almal afrikane en almal seker maar ewe deur die kak.

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  37. Hilarious reading some of these comments translated into English through Google Chrome… it’s actually easier for me to read them in Afrikaans…

    Back to topic… how many spectators would actually have gone to this… how many of those moaning on the blogs… how many tickets were already sold?

    IMo this would have been another event at CT worn by the city… however a good start for future games/comps…

    Why didn’t they just take the game to Durban… Smittie’s last game in Durban would have been a draw-card in itself…

    If WP fans are really as peeved off as they appear to be with their management… why don’t they do something about it and flood social media sites… why don’t they boycott the first Super Rugby game… or even worse for the union the Argie test?

    Mere ranting IMO…

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  38. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:10 am: Bryce is correct. Time for the whinging to stop and too take action.

    You can run on the field with a banner…

    You protest outside the stadium with a banner…

    Or the best dont give them money.

    This hurts.
    Me I ditched WP after many many years of loyal support. Got the striped jumper, Stormers jumper, went to Newlands and watched the Stormers play in Sydney etc..Now no more Newlands, no Stormers, no more S15, no more RWC’s.

    Something is wrong in WP. I have no idea but the rot started at least 10 years ago.

    You might say that I am fickle and a bad supporter but hey next year when you are here crying about S15’s shit reffing, tri-nations farce and when France gets to win the next RWC, I say you desreve it dumb sheeple.

    What will I do with all that the free time besides having to got to events with my wife? Hunting fucking Bryce :Morne:

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  39. Reply to Kevin_rack @ 5:44 am:

    Or you could attend some Shute games… the quality can be at the same level as the CC (without the Boks)… still has that real ‘love of rugby, community feel’…

    Major rugby and 7’s initiative starts on the GC next week for 7 days for schools to amateur internationals and culminating in the top 7’s teams… going to be a blast with Aus/RSA the opening game…

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  40. Reply to Boertjie @ 8:54 pm: Stem WP en SA Rugby het reels wie de##$%$k dink Saracens is hulle dat hulle bo ons reels kan wees.

    Ek dink terug so paar jaar gelede toe van ons spelers geweir is om vir die Bokke te speel omdat die Clubs hulle nie wou release nie…….

    Hoe voel dit om in die gat gebyt te word deur reels…..

    Hoekom moet ons altyd buk vir ander Lande en hulle maak wat hulle wil met hulle reels.

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  41. Reply to its a 15 man game – embrace it! @ 10:21 pm:

    Ag kry ‘n fokken lewe

    Jy’s erger as Julius Fokken Malema en sy maatjies… nie alles is as gevolg van ‘n fokken apartheid plot van die “third force” Boeremag Broederbond nie …

    Daai enetjie is nou fokken holrug gery deur mense van ‘n ander gelaatstrek en as jy nou dieselfde deuntjie gaan sing moet eerder ook begin om elke sin te begin met “eeee….” en eindig met “eish”

    Kan jy fokken lees?

    Nuweland dan kry WP al die geld van almal af

    Ksd Stadion dan kry hulle van die geld

    Wat is so fokken mnoeilik om te verstaan?

    Niks polities nie… niks fokken apartheid nie (miskien moet jy vir Wembly ook vetel hulle praktiseer apartheid en word bestuur deur Broederbonders omdat hulle nie rugby games toelaat nie)… net plain damn rande en sente.

    Hou op om so fokken kortsigtig te wees.

    Die baddies hier is Griffiths en Rupert…

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  42. Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 5:10 am:

    Added to which I am mystified about the ranting to be honest… and some of the accusation of 1980’s and apartheid management are such a joke only an adherent to the Malema School of Political Sciences could have invented that kak.

    Kevin.

    In this situation your union was 100% on the money and correct.

    Your hunting remark does scare me a bit though…

    Maybe that’s why Bryce wants to stay away from South Africa and he will obviously go to a Sydney bar and brag about how he “screwed yarpies” where Kev is having a drink… he should be careful… there are huge numbers of expats in Aus and NZ…

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  43. Reply to DavidS @ 10:25 am:

    what the fuck are you on bru?

    WP lost this game and in the process lost SA millions of rands.

    And you are happy about it?

    So the next time the ANC loses SA money with stupid decisions will you back them?

    Please explain why Griffiths is the bad guy here? Its like saying Walmart is the bad guy?

    OK I wont mention apartheid or broederbond anymore seeing as Dawie obviously has a soft spot for the broeders, but this was

    ARCHAIC INSOLENT THINKING by WP management. If you want to associate it with the broederbond then its your problem

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  44. Nope Brenden

    Blaming the secret brotherhood of Boere and the BGB is insular ancient thinking…

    Go toyi toyi with Comradyde Julias and blame the Boere for all your wrongs

    Bulala Amabunu Bulala!

    You’re right

    Just like the Zionists there is a secret Boere elite that meets at the NG Kerk in secret every Sunday and rules South Africa… especially WPRU

    Don’t deny you fear us…

    We could refuse your Free State cash at any time you know…

    WPRU following basic market capitalist thoughts is not insular or archaic

    Thinking that it is is infantile liberalistic onsense… something that fucknut cab would come up with…

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  45. Reply to DavidS @ 11:36 am:

    We could refuse your freestate cash?

    So you a spokesperson for WP now?

    What a funny piece of work you are David. Love you and all, but fokkit ou maat you have issues.

    Oh and by the bye, Capitalism is also dead. Long live common sense.

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  46. I am signing off on this now. From where I sit its just good old WP rugby once more losing when it matters – and a cacophony of supporters ready to defend their mediocrity.

    onto the next one.

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  47. I mean Griffiths says

    “I spoke to everyone”

    Tobie Titus says:

    “No you didn’t otherwise we would have told you what to do earlier.”

    But somehow Tobie Titus is the liar because he’s an amateur…

    Or maybe you know it’s just that Strandloper bloed hey Brenden…

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  48. Hoessit, Tjops.

    Atta, I see it’s on like Donkey Kong on this thread! :handbag:
    …’n Man moet net koes vir die lipstiek en tampons wat uit die handsakke val soos hulle rondgeswaai word en nog intussen mooi trap om nie te val oor al die speelgoed wat uit die kotte gesmyt word nie! :weed:

    Pretty relevant issue, not sure where I’m at…guess I’m a bit of a draadsitter for this one.

    WP has the right to dictate rugby matters in their Province and someone has to do it, else there will be chaos – agreed.
    WP wants a slice of the pie (doesn’t everybody) and are concerned about their suite holders – this is where I lose it a little. How is this game relevant to S15, CC, VC or tests even and what obligation would they therefore have towards suit holders?

    I’m a little disappointed that the game will not be in SA anymore, although it won’t really make that much difference ’cause I only heard about it this week. Not like I’ve been planning to go there for months now. So from a fan’s perspective not really the end of anything, nevermind the world. :roll:

    From a broader rugby and professional perspective though the whole shebang leaves a sour taste in the mouth, right from Venter & Griffith seemingly not involving WP from the start to De Lille’s appeal and WP’s continued stubbornness.

    Maar ja, ons arme siele aand hierdie kant weet ook maar net helfte van die storie en onthou wat ons en ons eige argumente pas, die maklikste né!

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  49. All I can still say is that these
    kind of stories makes RW come alive
    when it’s cucumber time on the rugby
    front.

    Keep them coming!

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  50. Not sure if it’s been mentioned before but mo’ bro, recent papa and winner of the Stormers Oakleys – Methos – has his birthday today – baie geluk!

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