Luke hails courageous Mitchell

2010-10-11 14:04

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - Former Springbok Luke Watson has tweeted that John Mitchell's response to his stabbing has been "courageous and brilliant".

Watson, writing on his social networking Twitter page on Monday morning, tweeted: Just heard the news about John Mitchell... Prayers go out to him and his family! I hope he is not too seriously injured. God be with you! 

Following Mitchell's release from hospital and a trauma counselling session, the former All Blacks coach turned up for work at Coca-Cola Park on Monday, prompting Watson to tweet: So impressed with John Mitchell. His response to this attack has been courageous and brilliant! I wish him and the Lions all the best!

Mitchell was stabbed in the thigh and upper arm after two robbers broke into the Johannesburg apartment he shares with Golden Lions Rugby Union conditioning coach Wayne Taylor in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was taken to hospital in Sandton where he received stitches before being released.

Mitchell was quick to confirm he was still committed to his new job as Lions coach.

"I am still very committed to the Lions. This is a beautiful country and I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work here. I won't let this deter my commitment or passion for the team, but I need to make sure that I am totally secure in where I live, as it is not at all nice waking up and having to defend your life.

Watson, whose English club Bath suffered defeat in Round One of this season's Heineken Cup, going down 12-11 to French outfit Biarritz on Sunday, was in the news last week when he apologised for mistakes he made while still in South Africa and suggested he'd like to return to the country to make a “constructive contribution” and be a “good role model” for young rugby players.


  • Tsotsi - 2010-10-11 14:13

    We are still not interested in anything you say or do LUKE! Go cry a fountain or something over your side that has lost with one point.

  • Bulls supporter - 2010-10-11 14:14

    Ja ja Watson,,, you hinting for a Lions spot???

  • Wonder Maar Net - 2010-10-11 14:14

    Iemand soek 'n plek by die Lions? (Crime tackle selfs die 'grotes' deesdae') Toe is dit nou nie so fantasties in Engeland nie? Die weer is seker darem dieselfde as jou persoonlikheid???

  • bloed is blou - 2010-10-11 14:24


  • Qminati - 2010-10-11 14:29

    Hehehehe...looks to me that Luke Watson has a greater following than in SA rugby circles than the media would let us believe. Go's your right to say what you believe through whatever means you choose.

  • TGO - 2010-10-11 14:38

    I have forgiven Luke unconditionally, in the same way that other people have forgiven me in the past for hurtful and wrong things that I have done and said. Let's all just carry on with our lifes.

  • Pukemaster - 2010-10-11 14:42

    Go PUKE! somewhere else Puke Watson #%@$#@

  • LDT - 2010-10-11 14:45

    Why is Luke Watson's opinion on the matter news?

  • WP Jou Lekka Ding!!! - 2010-10-11 14:46

    Nice to see Luke is still interested in SA rugby, can't wait for his return, just hope he'll still play for WP - he is a true sportsman!

  • Morne - 2010-10-11 14:47

    Garrin, suggest you go and apply for a job at "Die Son" newspaper, where you can report on sighting of Tokoloshes. Who really cares what Luke thinks on most subjects, you are just looking for sensationalist responses, for which the boys in blue always fall for the bait.

  • BS - 2010-10-11 14:47

    Who cares what Puke Watson thinks!!!

  • Ho Hum - 2010-10-11 14:47

    Why do we even bother to report on anything this hopeless individual has to say? And who cares to read his Twitter page?? C'mon - there must be better news about......

  • Cece - 2010-10-11 14:47

    Luke, ek was nog altyd 'n jarelange, lojale ondersteuner van die LIONs, wen of verloor. Een ding verseker, as jy vir hulle begin speel gaan ek en nog vele ander maar liewer vir 'n ander span speel. Gaan kruip in na waarheen jy weggehardloop het toe ons land nie goed genoeg was nie. Nou is die gras nie meer so groen nie en wil jy stert tussen die bene terugkruip. Luke, daar is 'n briljante gesegde waar in diep en ernstig glo: 'MOENIE DIE BRUE AGTER JOU BRAND NIE"

  • LookItsLuke - 2010-10-11 14:48

    Luke, The Lions don't need or want you. Stay there

  • BladeRunner - 2010-10-11 14:48

    Shut your trap pukie

  • Steve - 2010-10-11 14:49

    We are grateful that John Mitchell is okay and can return to work, he is one tough guy, that is how to lead by example. Luke could learn a few things from him - like commitment to your team and country. I hope we don`t see Luke at the Lions.........

  • Gustav - 2010-10-11 14:50

    Luke, do me, and MANY other S Africans a favour, and shut the hell up!!!! HOU OP GATKRUIP!!!!! En bly waar jy is, dodo!!!

  • George - 2010-10-11 14:51

    Now the Lions owe Mitchell two medallions. One for getting them out of the turmoil and one for staying committed in a country where cities are war zones!!

  • @Tsotsi - 2010-10-11 14:59

    You are an idiot, if you were not interested then why did you read the article and then post a comment? What we should be focusing on here is no Luke, but why foreign coaches living here are not even safe in their own homes????? Disgusting!!!!!

  • orion - 2010-10-11 15:02

    Shame, Luke Watson, Kry jy so min aandag dat jy SA nou maar eenmaal nie kan uitlos nie. Vir ingeval jy nie weet nie, ons kom heeltemal goed sonder jou klaar. Jou soort het ons nie nodig om ons land te bou nie.

  • Stryder - 2010-10-11 15:04

    I pity this was not being said after the next world cup. So transparent.

  • Mo Stormer - 2010-10-11 15:13

    Clearly there are a few people who cares what he thinks - else you wouldnt have commented on this story. I for one am a fan of the man.

  • Jennyo1 - 2010-10-11 15:31

    What is it with you people-Gustav, Tsotsi & Pukemaster. I think it is about time you give Luke Watson a chance he does'nt want to play for the Lions or the Bulls so do everyone a favour and shut your big traps. If you do not know the guy then PLEASE STOP PLAYING GOD and judging him. I think it's about time you all read your Bibles (IF you possess one) - Judge not lest ye be judged.

  • Martin - 2010-10-11 15:34

    Thanks TGO! Stop throwing stones if you live in a glass house!

  • johann - 2010-10-11 15:35

    life is cruel pukky! you can never unsay something.

  • johann - 2010-10-11 15:36

    life is cruel pukky! you can never unsay something.

  • Dutchman - 2010-10-11 15:36

    What is the media hang-up with Luke? Pelae do not do that ABSA nonsense and betray us again.

  • rooies - 2010-10-11 15:41

    almal lewer komentaar oor twee mes steek wonde. niemand se egter veel oor die suid afrikaanse meisie wat haar heil in nieu-zeeland gaan soek het en vermoor is en liggams dele afgesny is nie

  • Lion - 2010-10-11 15:46

    Luke jy word nou net soos earl rose, jyt jou eie bed opgemaak so jy moet nou daar in slaap.

  • Luke the Best - 2010-10-11 15:48

    To all the ANTI Luke Watson Fans. You will never be able to enter Heaven one day if you are not prepared to forgive someone. As a Christian you must learn to forgive, and don't be like your forefathers who imposed APARTHEID and OPPRESSED others. They will pay the price oneday, so watch out.

  • Stan - 2010-10-11 15:48

    I consulted SARS to see what category of employment HOUSE INVADERS fell under. Perhaps it is a newly created ANC comrades category! It almost gives them an air of credibility, but then I suppose that the invaders do not necessarily puke on the beloved Springbok Jersey!

  • Pierre - 2010-10-11 15:49

    Sounds to me like someone is eyeing a position in the government

  • Paulie - 2010-10-11 15:50

    I don't know Luke Watson from a bar of soap, but surely he has as much right to comment on Mitchell's stabbing as anyone on this blog? Why the venom? And to those who accuse him of running away overseas, what about the hordes of SA players earning good money there? Come on chaps, fairplay has always been a commendable South African trait. When he says he is sorry about the stabbing, why call it gatkruip? Isn't that extremely ungenerous? I also feel terrible about the stabbing but although I'm a Lions supporter, this is definitely no gatkruipery. I was as incensed as most South Africans when Luke made the silly puking comment. But damn it, he's apologised. Publically. Who am I, or anyone else with their twopence worth of comment, to tell him (or anyone else) to pipe down? I doubt whether he "gatkruips" to play for the Lions, but should that ever be the case I will still support the Lions, as I have done through all the shit years as well. He is as much a South African as any of us. What arrogance to tell him to stay in England! If he wants to come back and ply his trade here (like Jean de Villiers), he will be more than welcome. Incidentally, I can't see him displacing any of our present loosies. But that's besides the point.

  • cock - 2010-10-11 15:52

    Guy's, when you insult someone in writing, at least get the spelling and grammar correct.

  • Dena - 2010-10-11 15:54

    Luke Watson come back and lead the Boks. We need people of your character in SA rugby...

  • paul_za - 2010-10-11 15:55

    All Luke has done is extend his well wishes and you guys crucify him - I thought afrikaans speaking people were supposed to be devout christians, you certainly aren't showing that at all.

  • john - 2010-10-11 15:55

    Who is Luke Watson??? Is he a rugby player?? Never heard of him....

  • Warwick - 2010-10-11 16:00

    Maybe Mitchell needs outsurance 'cos he aint no Habana/Spies! Here on the Cape Flats the minimum requirement to rob someone in a 9mmP or 357-otherwise you're getting nothing!

  • @ Steve - 2010-10-11 16:02

    "Luke could learn a few things from him - like commitment to your team and country" Steve. How is Mitchell loyal to his country??? He is a kiwi, pouring all his hard earned knowledge into a South African team. We are grateful, but please think before you write such garbage. To all the Watson haters... you would be lucky to get a player of the calibre of Watson back here in SA. The man has had such abuse from the morons of our nation, you can only thank your lucky stars that he still calls SA home.

  • Emanuel Marule - 2010-10-11 16:11

    Haters you know why you hate Luke because he uncovered the truths about South African rugby/// by the way we are still waiting for you to close your absa accounts losers

  • Gail - 2010-10-11 16:13

    I am so surprise at people's small mindedness and mean spirit. Luke Watson is a wonderful rugby player and we all make mistakes. The mere fact that some of you is still keeping grudges, just says a lot about our south african spirit. This comes from a cape coloured south african girl. When all is said and done we are all south africans and we can learn a lot from our former president, Mr Nelson Mandela, who knew how to forgive and forget. Take care all of you rugby fans.

  • Johan - 2010-10-11 16:14

    So the two robbers entered Mitchells house. Mitchell saw them and asked: "Hey, what are you two doing here?" The one said: "We have come to take you stuff man, so give me your wallet." After a few seconds of thinking, Mitchell answered: "Agh man, I know your lion right?"

  • Afrikanerbul - 2010-10-11 16:16

    Luke, do you still think of Afrikaners in derogatory terms? Your apolgy in this regrd is deafening.

  • Jabu - 2010-10-11 16:18

    I think Luke is an awesome player....You Cum back and you Do Our nation Proud.....Welldone...!!!!

  • eye witness - 2010-10-11 16:21

    Dear Luke Watson pukaholics. The obsession of people to hate this one man is beyond belief. Judging by your comments I assume you all are having nightmares from his time in South Africa. Long may it continue!!! By the time his comment was reported, he moved on with his life.

  • Margaret M - 2010-10-11 16:22

    I'm glad Luke verbalised what many of us were thinking. Get off Luke's back some of you, and if he wants to say something, he has every right to do so. I'm so proud of John Mitchell.He is setting a great example and I admire his courage and commitment.What I can't understand is why people read things that people say, if all they want to do is making a horrid comment. Some people have no grace at all.The person we should be focusing on is John Mitchell, and he is a hero in my eyes!

  • Cheap Sensation - 2010-10-11 16:24

    If it was not for the media, not one of you whould have known about Luke's tweet, accept if one of you are luke followers on twitter, which I doubt (just looking at al the negative comments). Look at the reaction after the first comeback article on Luke last week.. now the media is writing about him tweeting, and look at the reaction! who gives a damn... if you want to read his tweets follow him on twitter. Please continue commenting, because it makes great reading..

  • Willie - 2010-10-11 16:35

    Hi, ooi julle ouens. Luke Watson is die beste losvoorspeler! Die Lions het iemand van sy kaliber brood nodig!

  • john - 2010-10-11 16:39

    Luke will be back in SA Rugby soon and will play for the Lions and be chosen to play for the Boks at next years World Cup, in fact I predict that he will lead the Boks and the Lions next year and well deserved too. He was thrown out of our country and Rugby unnecessarily and was used by the politicians. Viva Luke, come lead our poor performing Boks and give the Lions the leadership they need under coaches Pieter Div and John Mitchell. You are the best captain this country could wish for!!!!!

  • Lemming1 - 2010-10-11 16:47

    Why is Luke getting so involved in SA rugby and its ups and downs again??Is he perhaps baked out in Europe and now looking for a way in by sweet talking John Mitchell> I am a proud South African and take great proud and joy in what the local boys achieve. Both black and white players are all contributing significantly. Look at this past weekends game between the Stormers and the Sharks. Well done to all of them. Luke should stay away as he has denounced his country when he went to play overseas. Any player turning tail should stay away, and I mean any player. Once youve left stay the hell away as the ones who chose to stay in SA and stick out the crime, corruption etc are the true South Africans.