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Mealamu 'still loves SA'

2012-03-14 14:05

Cape Town - Blues captain Keven Mealamu believes Newlands will be free of the sort of spectator controversy that characterised their Super Rugby victory over the Bulls at Loftus last weekend.

VIDEO: Keven Mealamu gets hit by a bottle at Loftus Versfeld

The veteran All Black hooker was struck by a bottle thrown by pitch invader Johannes Nel, a 54-year-old boilermaker, at the end of the match and there was an altercation between the two before Nel was pulled away from him.

Friday sees the Blues take on the unbeaten Stormers in a Newlands encounter likely to feature an even bigger crowd than the one on the Highveld, when the visitors won 29-23.

But Mealamu, asked at a media briefing here on Wednesday whether he expected any further “surprise visitors” to the pitch this time, replied confidently : “I can guarantee it won’t happen this weekend,” adding that he considered it an isolated incident.

“We’ve had this sort of thing in New Zealand as well ... I still love the place (South Africa). The incident caught me by surprise; that’s (all).”

Meanwhile Gavin Lewis, WP Rugby general manager (marketing and events), told Sport24 that they had “noted the incident at Loftus, as did our security company and advisors”.

He said: “Safety and security is a priority at Newlands and as with every match staged here, there is a comprehensive plan that is (implemented) on match day.

“We always plan an event from a  worst-case scenario; nothing is left to chance.

“While an incident like this serves to highlight possibilities, we are confident that the approved measures in place are adequate.

“Rule 6 of our stadium rules clearly forbids such access to the pitch: ‘In the stadium no unauthorised person is permitted on the playing or performance area’.

“Any person attempting to do so will unfortunately face the full consequences of the law.”

He said they expected another big crowd and advised fans to leave enough time to get to the ground.

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Comments
  • Bootman - 2012-03-14 14:27

    Dont worry Keven. Cape Town is at sea level which means we get enough oxygen to our brains. When our forefathers moved up to Tswane, they fortunately took the tappit gene with them. You and your team can feel safe and secure and enjoy the many splendours of our beautiful city and recover from your visit to SA's butt crack.

      Maarten - 2012-03-14 15:23

      Only one thing to say to you Bootman.... Bring on Global Warming!

      S - 2012-03-14 15:35

      @ Dieter - "vloek sy ma se epos"... only the dyslexic haasbekkies doing that. By the way, have you heard your mother and girlfriend on the Nel Incident video? No dyslexia there, I'm afraid!

      Alan - 2012-03-15 08:42

      To tell the truth as I see it - I think that in general, the Newlands spectators are the worst behaved in the country. Sure - I understand that there is a lot of 'almost fanatical support' there (which is good), but it often borders on poor sportsmanship. For the record, I think that Johannes Nel should be banned from all stadiums - we don't need this behaviour in SA.

      seanmornebrown - 2012-03-15 13:03

      Is it Buttman

  • jacquesalthea.knotter - 2012-03-14 14:37

    Well spoken by a good player

  • Theprodigy - 2012-03-14 14:51

    don't worry Keven we are not all like that neanderthal Johannes Nel idiot or like the NZ supporters, for that matter.

  • Sgora Njiva - 2012-03-14 14:56

    Patriotism, that's a good sportsmanship, bafana players should learn from this

  • Saffa - 2012-03-14 15:09

    Don't be too sure Mealamu, the biggest lot of white trash are waiting for you at Newlands

      Johannes Goeda - 2012-03-14 15:25

      dont worrie mealamu cape town his your home

      Jason - 2012-03-14 15:35

      Oh god its woken up!

      Charl - 2012-03-14 15:36

      white trash.... cape town??? im not a stormer supporter but really, bull supporters are the worst there is.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 15:55

      Afternoon flakey fakey. No ops scheduled for today - AGAIN? So I guess that means decent folk on these forums will have to put up with the following: 1)You threatening to PK someone 2)You mentioning your mansion and 'superior' vehicles 3)You spitting out a personal attack on anyone who does not 'hou by die blou' 4)You informing us of how intelligent, educated, wealthy and fortunate you are 5)You refreshing the page 100 times in order to give your own comments 500 thumbs ups Oh well, such is the 'exciting life' of an international man of mystery I suppose....... I just wonder why an 'esteemed, wealthy and popular' chap like yourself would spend his EVERY waking moment on an internet forum? - it kind of contradicts the 'million dollar' lifestyle you have been portraying here?

      Charl - 2012-03-14 15:58

      i support ppl who can actually play rugby. NEW ZEALAND

      Charl - 2012-03-14 16:04

      dont give a Fk what you say.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:15

      @fake Saffa Quickly answer me before you run out of internet time: Am I guilty of "malpractice" now? BWA HA HA

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:17

      @Fakey flakey - I reckon you are guilty of some sort of medical muck up/c**k up everytime you touch a patient......Stellenbosch Uni must be so proud of you.....

      S - 2012-03-14 16:26

      @ Real Saffa - Dr Death is probably the guy who did his doctoral thesis at Fort Hare on why more women than men get cervical cancer (I'm not shi++ing you, it actually happened!)

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:27

      fake Saffa, HA HA HA HA You really hit your name with a plank when u brought up the "malpractice" thing, and it wasn't just me laughing! My advice to you is to stick to something/posts you actually know something about. It is still O.K if you know that you don't know, then you prepared to do something about it, unfortunately you are one of those opinionated (previously scarred) who don't know that they don't know, which is a problem. Go dust off your cook books and start enjoying kitchen again.

      Ross - 2012-03-14 16:38

      Saffa, you are the ultimate troller- love it! This forum would be dull and boring without you stirring the pot. Keep up the good work.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:41

      @Stirrer I also proved why there is a higher incidence and prevalence of prostate cancer in men than woman. fake Saffa's prostate migrated to the space between her ears and the hypertrophy of it is causing brain hypoxia

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:48

      @Stirrer - well we know for a fact 'it' didn't do much study in the field of orthopedics......(it it had, it's patient reviews would have been a touch better than what I read) @Fakey - whatever floats your boat pilgrim. You entertain me, and for that I thank you. Now tell us about your house and cars again please - you haven't metioned your little treasures today?

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 16:59

      @fake Saffa Little sensitive now? Why don't you tell us about the "malpractice" case you filing against me? I give you permission to copy-paste those patient reviews and let everybody read them. Something like 90% positive last time I checked. Not that what a patient post on the way you said good-morning to him has necessarily a direct correlation with your surgical skills. But I thought 90% was allright.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 17:00

      @Stirrer The man who thinks he's so funny on here, you average over 30min on your comeback posts, pretty dissapointing man. Like your teams' performance over the last 11 years. Haven't mentioned that in at least 2h, so there you go

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 17:07

      @Fakey - well I can only imagine the way you said good morning to the poor sod. It probably went something like this: "Jy het die IK van 'n tuin implement, jou heup is gef#k, en ek gaan jou 'n PK gee terywl ek myself in 'n koma in lag. Did you know that I have a home as large as Kansas, 7 vehicles, and I support the Bulls and the Stormers suck - all you have is a stuffed up hip - nou f#kkof." You surprised by the low rating? Have a splendid evening old chap - peace.

      S - 2012-03-14 17:10

      @ Fake Saffa - I don't have to reply to you, I OWN you. FOCUS.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 17:27

      Oh no fake Saffa, you out of internet already? Can I send u a computer for your home? And once again you avoid the "malpractice" topic, you worse than a politician. But then again, I'd also be very shy if I came up with total rediculous crap like that. @Stirrer Boring, I'm gonna talk to someone else

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 17:44

      @Saffa "malpractice" For the 10th time please

  • Chris - 2012-03-14 15:10

    Yster!!! dis mos hoe n kaptein moet optree

  • Maarten - 2012-03-14 15:24

    This is a true gentleman. I wish he had given that old piece of Biltong a PK. In fact, most true Bulls supporters would have!

  • Cindy - 2012-03-14 15:49

    Typical of a common blue bull trailor trash supporter.

      Saffa - 2012-03-14 17:06

      @Cindy Shame, no wonder you single

  • Champ - 2012-03-14 15:52

    What Nel did was WRONG: but also watch http://www.beeld.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Loftus-bottelgooiery-so-het-dit-gebeur-20120314

  • George - 2012-03-14 16:32

    what he is really saying saying is "I love this place because we always go home with log points"

  • Willem - 2012-03-14 17:24

    Loftus Versfeld...the only place in the world where a All Black lose face.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-15 08:49

      And Bulls Supporters alike

      Willem - 2012-03-15 15:27

      @hvanderlinde I'm actually a sharkfan. I am just refering to the amount of incidents that took place, like Mehrtens showing the loftus crowd the two finger salute, Fitzpatrick really taking it from the crowd when the Blues lost against the then struggling Bulls, McCaw losing it in 2010 when the Bulls scored the winning try in the dying seconds of what was a forward pass(or so the Crusaders claimed) and now Mealamu

  • Willem - 2012-03-14 17:27

    Anyway, yes it was despical behaviour by JGN and any player would have reacted like that. Well done to Mealamu for putiing it behind him.

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-15 07:01

    Here's an example of another "Good ol' Kiwi". SOME of the savage Rugby supporters in RSA could learn many lesons from this inferior episode.

  • Robert - 2012-03-15 07:52

    phil after a few beers i think he considers moving here ,weve got women, not sheep.....

      Phil - 2012-03-15 13:23

      Robert , at least if he is interested in sheep ....he is not bothering the babies.

  • Louis - 2012-03-15 08:59

    Ja Kevin, Newlands is so bietjie beter as Loftus maar nie veel nie, pasop die ondersteuners is maar net so commen, veral as hulle ook begin verloor, so pasop net hierdie keer vir n lee wynbottel...

  • Ken - 2012-03-15 11:04

    It won't happen at Newlands because you can't throw a papsak as far as a plastic water bottle!!

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