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Ebersohn: PE could suit SA

2011-12-08 07:48

Cape Town - Robert Ebersohn, who's back in Super Rugby training, believes home ground advantage could be vital for the Blitzbokke this weekend when the Sevens World Series visits Port Elizabeth.

Ebersohn played for South Africa in Australia and Dubai over the past two weeks but has since returned, as planned, to join the Cheetahs in their 2012 Super Rugby preparations.

Despite their below-par effort over the last fortnight - they claimed third spot at the Gold Coast in Australia and lost in the Plate final in Dubai - Ebersohn believes the current format could suit South Africa as most of the top teams are now on tour for a third week in a row.

"It's definitely a weapon that we have in PE (Port Elizabeth). All the players were really excited when I left and it is the first time that we will be playing in PE," he told the Volksblad newspaper.

"It's also the first time that there are three tournaments at the beginning of the series.

"All the other big teams, bar Australia, are on tour for a third week in a row now and that's tough.

"Our guys are playing at home and I hope and believe they can use it to their advantage.

"The encouragement that the Blitzbokke have to play in a final in front of their home crowd is enough to perform well," said Ebersohn.

Sport24

Comments
  • Lionel - 2011-12-08 07:53

    "All the guys were excited when I left", says a lot about you,hey Ebersohn:):):) Good Luck Bokke and PE,keep the flag flying high!!!!!!!!!

      peter.britz1 - 2011-12-08 07:57

      Man you have issues! Ebersohn is a brilliant player. At 22 he has had exposure and is highly regarded in both Sevens, and 15's. In the whole article, that is what you pick out. Get help! How negatively inclined can one be?

      Lionel - 2011-12-08 08:25

      Take a chill pill ou boet,look at my smileys after my comment,its a joke!!!!!!

      The-third - 2011-12-08 08:58

      "look at my smilies". hehehe

      Lionel - 2011-12-08 09:10

      Nice fish Darryl,thats not a Galjoen is it??????

  • Andre - 2011-12-08 09:02

    Ebersohn should start delivering. There such a big fuss about him but yet he cannot deliver!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-12-08 09:21

    Yes, PE. Where no one lives. Cape Town would be a better option, or at altitude to drive home the advantage. But no, let's go to the end of the world for political points.

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2011-12-08 17:21

      Give everything to the big unions and let the poor unions suffer. PE's bid was 10 times better than CT's CT's was actually quite digracefull I hear This has nothing to do with politics it's about developing a brand in a place which is hungry for sport. PE want to take this on and make it their own and something to look forward to each year. They dont have Super Rugby like the bigger unions Most people who seem to write comments seem to have major issues themselves And just want to be heard Try being positive, my cup is deffinately half full and not half empty like yours is I am sure As the saying goes, empty barrells make the most noise

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-08 17:56

      No politics? Really? Are you involved with any of the unions, do you know this for sure?

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2011-12-08 19:05

      When anything happens in the EC good or bad it seems that politics is brought up. Rugby in SA is all politics and full of people trying to abuse what power they have or think they have. Lets keep it out of rugby and stop referencing it and be positive. Did you watch the SA vs AB's game back in August in PE? nobody lives there??? Lets watch on Saturday to see if PE support and if they deserved to be given the opportunity

      Stacey - 2011-12-09 14:26

      PE's world cup stadium has been the most profitable and successful since the world cup ended. They support they have received during all big matches and events since July 2010 has been amazing. Why should CT get everything...far too much politics happening here...look at what happened with the Saracens match? PE is a gorgeous place and the people are super friendly. They are keen and hungry for these kind of events so that PE can be "put on the map" then hopefully people like you can stop having this kind of negative attitude

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