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Todd questions Brits selection

2011-06-30 21:59

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder on Wednesday questioned the ethics of the Stormers' decision to call Schalk Brits into their squad ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final at Newlands.

"It's something SANZAR decides on, but it boils down to a marquee player coming in at the business end of the season," said Blackadder.

"I don't want to get into it too much because I want to focus on what we are going to do. SANZAR will probably close the loophole at the end of the season. It's a decision the Stormers made and we can't do anything about it. We will just focus on putting in a good performance.

"The Stormers got dispensation and clearly there weren't any other loose forwards in the Cape."

The Stormers' decision to pull in Brits came after South Africa under-20 loose forward Siya Kolisi was mugged on Friday night.

SANZAR confirmed earlier this week that they had received injury reports on Kolisi, Pieter Louw and Duane Vermeulen.

While the governing body approved Brits's participation, it's on the condition that he is not picked as a hooker ahead of Tiaan Liebenberg or Deon Fourie.

Meanwhile, Blackadder has included fit-again All Black captain Richie McCaw in his starting line-up. He replaces Matt Todd as openside flank in the only change to the side that beat the Sharks 36-8 in their quarter-final in Nelson.

The Crusaders are also taking confidence from the previous encounter between the teams in May, which the Kiwis won 20-14.

"Everyone was proud of that performance and we know that we can win here, but last year the Stormers gave us 40 points," said Blackadder.

"This is a semi-final and the approach is different. It's a must-win.

"I think we are bringing a stronger team to Cape Town this week. Last time we did not have Richie, Dan Carter, Brad Thorn or Sam Whitelock available. We also picked up a lot of injuries in the game."

All Black hooker Corey Flynn will be playing his 100th game for the Crusaders and that will provide further motivation for the Kiwis.

The return of McCaw means that every single member of the Crusaders' pack has Test experience. Behind them there is a halfback pairing of Andy Ellis and Dan Carter, and a midfield of Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean.

"We have picked our strongest possible side. Richie's return gives us another world class player," said Blackadder.

"He has recovered from his foot injury and to be able to include him at this stage of the season is fantastic for us. Richie can play for 80 minutes and is psychologically strong. The team selection is quite predictable."

Blackadder believes the Crusaders are in a much better space than last year when they lost to the Bulls in the semi-final.

"Last year we limped into the semi-final, but this season things are very different. We have built for three years and the team is mentally strong."

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Schalk Brits, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Johann Sadie

Crusaders:
15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Kahn Foutali'i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty
 

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Comments
  • Splash D - 2011-06-30 22:17

    Are you scared Mr. Blackadder? Sure does sound like it...

      Francois - 2011-06-30 22:35

      I am more concerned about Todd's selective application of ethics. Why did he choose Sonny Bill for rugby when the man should be either in Hollywood performing or not playing because he is a cheat, but then again selective application of ethics is a thing that is rive in NZ, or is it not mrs McCaw and Blackadder?

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-30 22:54

      @Francois - you arent making sense boet. What is rive?? What are you on about Hollywood?? What are you trying to say about McCaw and Blackadder?? LAY OF THE METHS!!!

      Francois - 2011-06-30 23:41

      I say that they will cheat to win when they get the chance to. Thank you for the spell check - it porbably should have been rife. You are either honest and then you are honest in all aspects. Since Sonny Bill cheated with that gallant fall of his that should win him the Academy Award for best actor (maybe after Fourie du Preez), Blackadder should have said to him: "I am an honest man and you cheat, you are not part of my team anymore." Same goes for McCaw, Lawrence etc. Clear to you now, GraemeBB? Once again thanks for the spell check, right now I am going for my sanity cheque.

      Paddy - 2011-06-30 23:43

      So this is your best cheapshot Toddy?Shame man at least the capies will support you.No bigger CHEATERS in WRugby than the AB's and more specific Mrs McCaw!

      Warslat - 2011-07-01 03:46

      Crusaders are just pissed that Bryce Lawrence can't make the team in Cape Town like he did last week against the Sharks in Nelson

      Damian@bulls - 2011-07-01 06:25

      @Paddy for once i agree with you. Good luck to your side, the true gentleman of the game will support you guys saturday , as a bull supporter good luck

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 07:01

      Todd had no problems pulling Reuben Thorne who plays in Japan into the Saders squad earlier in the season? (Same as in Brit's case with the UK the season in Japan was over) I am certain there is another player in the Sader squad who was called in from outside the franchise. If Todd wanted the experienced Reuben Thorne in lieu of a youngster from their 'academy'.....In all honesty - SANZAR have created this 'gap' - and teams have used it - quite a few teams. The only way of solving this issue, is to force all franchises to name a 50 man squad pre-season, because with this format, injuries are a given. (PS: who in any event could have predicted that the Stormers would use 5 flyhalves, 4 scrumhalves, and end up with 5 injuries to loose forwards?)

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-01 07:05

      Stormers by 9!!!!!!!!!!! Stormers 25 - Crusaders 16!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dwarslat - 2011-07-01 08:01

      The Crusaders are the rugby criminals of the modern game and Mr Blackadder is the pirate in charge. No gives a damn about your views Mr Todd Blackadder.

      jk - 2011-07-01 08:52

      francois- bill williams will push the bar as far as any great player woul(mccaw, neill back, krige), and the fact that the ladies like him is good for the sport, at least hes more entertaining than the bulls put together or brad thorn, the list can go on

      Marx - 2011-07-01 08:57

      He does make a valid point, SANZAR will have to start drawing the line, and on that front, the refs getting away with murder all the time needs urgent attention !!! I just wonder how many bad calls will affect the game this weekend??

      RL - 2011-07-01 09:14

      As francois said the silver ferns are very selective and smart about their complaints, perfectly willing to stand behind the ref when the call goes in their favour and nod in approval when sanzar suspends sa players for half the season, even the hurricanes skipper had to enquire whether they were actually allowed to tackle cupcake carter. get the kleenex out todd and get on with it.

      OttoDietrich - 2011-07-01 10:10

      Oh hell gents, this an 8 time Super Rugby winning team. They are not "scraed" or "cheating" - they're simply asking questions most South African rugby supporters should be asking. Why are we "developing" youngsters but not bringing them through the system. Instead we go overseas to bring back a 30 year old hooker who left for greener pastures adn the big bucks. What message are we sending to our talented youngsters? That said, Sarel Pretorious just signed for the Waratahs because he simply is not afforded appurtunities in this country after a blinder of a season. Once again - reputation being selected over form. So please gents, try to be objective - patriosm will only get you so far

      Dwarslat - 2011-07-01 10:59

      Dear Otto .... I assume you missed the Sharks/Crusaders game and in fact most of the other Crusader games. If you get the opportunity, watch a reply of the Sharks/Crusaders game and look specifically at SBW. .....Crusaders not cheating you say? .............they are criminals!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-01 11:25

      Well said Otto.

      ZACommentator - 2011-07-01 18:45

      Crusaders, kiwis and ethics? Ha ha ha try another one with you and McCheat and the ref in your pocket.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-30 22:19

    Well, the Sharks brought that french guy Michelak into their squad in their last pool game, and the Bulls never complained. But old Blackadder has a point. I hope the Stormers are ready, it is going to be one brutal game, and it sounds to me that both teams want it that way. Cant it be Saturday already! Good Luck Stormers.

      Steyts - 2011-07-01 01:09

      What a man!! One of the few blue bulls I've seen on news24 who is actually supporting the stormers on saturday!! Oh well, we will definitely need everything we can get come saturday! It is going to be HUGE!!!

      Damian@bulls - 2011-07-01 06:24

      @ greame BB As a big blulls supporter like yourself i also want the stormers to win . Blackadder must stop crying. Good luck kapies, may the force be with you!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-01 07:04

      It doesn't matter Mr Blackadder. Tomorrow we'll GRIND your BOYS. Go Stormers Go, make us Prooooooooooooooud!!!!! Stormers jou LEKKA DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Frik - 2011-07-01 09:50

      Dis tipies die onetiese gedrag van die stoffers wat mens net oorlaat om te se.... GO SAders!!!

      chriscpt15 - 2011-07-01 13:43

      Who gives a Frik :) I was the 10th one to dislike your comment :p GOOOOOO STORRRMMMMEEERRRSSSS!!!!

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-01 14:18

      Kan nie glo dat ek die keer die WPBliksem ondersteun en ook die Stormers ondersteun nie.... al is dit net 'n paar weke...... BULLS FOREVER>>>>>>>>>>>

  • cocopops - 2011-06-30 22:22

    Todd has the right to question the decision, the way Stephen brings it across its almost like he is throwing the toys out of the cot. As for Richie's foot being 100% I doubt it as I saw them train this morning and immediately afterwards he removed his boot, walking gingerly to the team bus. Stormers, make us proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Anchorman - 2011-07-01 07:47

      think the real reason why they named mrs mcCaw in the squad is to scare the STORMERS but dont think its gonna work its gonna back fire on them and there go his worldcup with yet another broken foot

      thumper - 2011-07-01 08:52

      Quite honestly, I think the Stormers are hoping Richie plays. He is going to be their weak link if he does!

      Maori - 2011-07-01 11:24

      Anchorman, why do you think Sir Richie is playing? Be honest with yourself. He is a clever (some will say cheat) player, ruling the breakdown points and play in your face. Come now, admit he is a good player. Love him or hate him, he plays good footy. He might be rusty on his return, but the presence he brings to the game cannot be underestimated. The Stormers will nail him (as they should), try and neutralise his influence and throw their hands in the air everytime Richie is approaching the contact points. Semi-finals are about executing a game plan. No room for errors. Be clinical. Discipline. Focus.

      Marlon - 2011-07-01 12:00

      IRB Player of the year 2004 Schalk Burger ( South Africa) Serge Betsen Ireland Gordon D'Arcy Matt Giteau Marius Joubert 2005 Daniel Carter ( New Zealand) Bryan Habana Victor Matfield Richie McCaw Tana Umaga 2006 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Daniel Carter Chris Latham Ireland Paul O'Connell Fourie du Preez 2007 Bryan Habana ( South Africa) Felipe Contepomi Juan M. Hernández Yannick Jauzion Richie McCaw 2008 Shane Williams ( Wales) Mike Blair Daniel Carter Ryan Jones Sergio Parisse 2009 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Ireland Jamie Heaslip Ireland Brian O'Driscoll Fourie du Preez Francois Steyn Matt Giteau Tom Croft 2010 Richie McCaw ( New Zealand) Mils Muliaina Victor Matfield Imanol Harinordoquy David Pocock Kurtley Beale

      Frik - 2011-07-01 16:01

      @Marlon Baie mooi more is dit die netbalspelers se beurt

  • Neilson - 2011-06-30 22:35

    Whatever... moaning about Brits a hooker coming in as a loose forward after playing in a little English league sound to me like a old women with wet pants. Looks like he is looking for excuses already. However, the Stormers will have to blow a bit Harder if they were to take this one.

      Mikus - 2011-07-01 07:32

      On paper you would have to give the nod to the Crusaders however.......Newlands on Saturday will definitely not be paper. Stormers, bring your "A" game manne - we need this win!!! Storm saaaaaaaaaaaam!!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-06-30 22:39

    If Mr. Blackadder could have called upon the services of Schalk Brits he would have had no qualms about it. The move was sactioned by the governing body, so why does he cry so much? Seems to me he is not quite so sure that his team has the upperhand over the Stormers. Perhaps it is just finding an excuse for loosing beforehand? I sincerely hope the Stormers will trounce them good and solid. On the other hand, should they be victorious, I will be the first man too acknowledge they are the better team. Until then, I choose to believe my team is the very best of the best and that we will go all the way and bring the cup home.

      Oukoos - 2011-07-01 07:38

      Blackadder se moer!

      BCC - 2011-07-01 10:23

      Brits wouldn't make the 22 for the Crusaders.

  • AA - 2011-06-30 22:56

    Typical Sharks and Stormers, can't win without "Imports" Yes he is an "Import". Bunch of cowards.

      Lean - 2011-06-30 23:11

      Cowards hey? You do realize where Schalk Brits was born, and played most of his rugby right? I Would hardly call that an import. Now if he was An actual English International or something, maybe. But he is a Stormer more than anything else. And not to mention he is a hooker, not a loose forward. So go QQ somewhere else. To afraid to post your real name, troll!

      Danie - 2011-07-01 06:48

      Hope you are not a BB surporter.. They now the best @importing players from everywhere in Southern Africa. This is a professional sport and that is what happens in this day and age. Stormers probably had to pay for Schalk`s Services, and by the way he was born in that region if i`m not mistaken

      sharks4playoffs - 2011-07-01 10:08

      Ja, rugby is becoming more and more professional every year, take a look at the English premier League. Do you hear people saying, "Typical Man Utd, cant win without imports." No one says that because pro sport is a business, this isnt primary school rugby... its super rugby!!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-01 10:49

      The problem I have with "imports" - which Britz is not, he is South African: we will become like England soccer - best S15 teams, but the national squad will be weak!! I love the Bokke, and call me old school or whatever you like, I have the best interest of the Boks at heart! Sharks must stop hunting overseas players. I have no problem if they want to buy locals though.

      CarlCK - 2011-07-01 18:35

      He's from Stellenbosch; retard

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-06-30 23:33

    Don't worry, Todd, apparently he isn't good enough to play for the Boks.

      Francois - 2011-06-30 23:49

      Keep to cricket Staal and welcome back. How was your holiday with Greame Smith? Since you are his last fan, did he at least invite you to the stripshow of his fiance with the rest of the Proteas, except Herbal Gibbs, to slowly get him into the right mindset of having a big score around the corner?

      StaalBurgher - 2011-07-01 13:26

      Hey, Fran, thanks for welcoming me back. It was a good get away. I am not his last fan by the way. Schalk and Jean are huge fans of his as well. Professional respect and all that.

      Francois - 2011-07-01 14:35

      So you missed the strip show?

  • Rawter - 2011-06-30 23:35

    In a way I disagree with what Blackadder said mainly because he is originally from the Western Cape and that he is not playing in his favoured position, he is also benching and not actually starting the game for the Stormers. I was actually feeling very confident over the Stormers winning on Sat but I think the rain will play in favour of the Saders, having said that I still think the Stormers will win it. It will most probably be a low scoring game and KICKING will be the final decider of the match...good time to have Grant! I predict the score will be something like 16-9 to the Stormers.

  • Dips - 2011-07-01 00:15

    I quite agree with Blackadder, I would say that the only players that are allowed to play in the semi and finals must have played at least 2 of the normal games.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-01 07:00

      I think the law actually says 4 regular games.

  • John - 2011-07-01 00:21

    The Crusader storm is about to break The Crusader storm waxes fiercer We shall stand fearless We shall stand exalted in spirit We shall climb to the heavens We shall attain the zenith the utmost heights Sonny Bill imbube! Sonny Bill imbube! Sonny Bill imbube!

      John.L - 2011-07-01 03:14

      Huh????

      burtfred - 2011-07-01 04:51

      @John What a tosser. This is rugby dude, not Hogwarts

      Maarten - 2011-07-01 07:28

      @John, WOW! You not only manage to fit Redundancy AND Tautology into one sentence, but you squeeze a Spoonerism in there as well!!!! You deserve a prize for that! So take your Dunce Cap and go sit in the corner!

      BlouBos - 2011-07-01 08:34

      What are you saying John? Sony Bull@%$# Williams is a brain dead boxer like Mohamed Ali trying to play rugby like Wahl Bartman. The only thing that makes him good is his repetition, but when it come’s to talent rather bring Earle Rose back from the wilderness.

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-07-01 09:53

      @Bloubos, did you mean "reputation"?

      HanHan - 2011-07-01 10:00

      I hope you know how to come down [in time] and that none of you are scared of heights. Sounds like diving into an empty pool!

      GraemeBB - 2011-07-01 10:52

      Good grief, this is crazy stuff!! John, please post your pic! I gotta see this!

  • slg - 2011-07-01 00:55

    Todd Blackadder is hardly a standard-bearer for ethics

  • SirPlod - 2011-07-01 01:11

    Before the lynch mob hangs Blackadder - read his comments again - nowhere was he spitting venom - his statements on the matter look like the question was asked by a journalist and he was simply replying. His comments make sense to me - he's saying it's not really something he's going to focus on, and if it's an un-ethical move, then SANZAR will probably close the loophole. The title of the article is misleading.

      BCC - 2011-07-01 10:20

      Well said SirPlod. Every idiot wants to jump on Todd as some sort of whinger. Everyone in world rugby knows that whinging is for South Africans. Blackadder thinks it is a little dodgy to bring in a marque player for a semi final. If this is what is considered acceptable then just wait to see what talent the Crusaders can import at the drop of a hat.

  • Marcell - 2011-07-01 01:24

    The Chokers are desperate, period! Crusaders by 9.

      gooinat - 2011-07-01 07:21

      Have you got your period again????

      thumper - 2011-07-01 08:55

      There goes Marcell... "spitting" again. The "period" thing is even more cause for concern now?

      pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-07-01 09:11

      Ons het die allemintige "skalla" en Bryan "slip n slide" Habana, ons het vir Jean (al het hy so stadig soos n kruiwa teen n opdraand geword) - one het vir die vlugvoetige Gio ... al weeg hy net 46 kg [met die pen in sy sak!] ons het vir "Brokkie" en Vicus (al kan hulle nie n duik in n marshmellow skrum nie) - ons het vir lang Andries ... wat enige man op wat staan op n bankie in die parkie loodreg in die oe kyk en sommer gou gou die mede briesies wat akkies maak sal reg vloek ... ons het vir Flo - wat meer bekend is as n kleinkind van wyle Jan Pickard ... as oor sy steeds "verborge" rugby talent ........... dan hmm en haa jy nog Todd Swartadder .... besef jy nie ons briesies gaan more weer wen nie .... al is dit net in ons verbeelding!!

      Hennie Kotze - 2011-07-01 10:19

      that time of the month again marcell?

      vallemj@24.com - 2011-07-01 10:46

      Marcell, tell the wife to stop rotating on the Bulls horns , you might need those in a couple of decades.

      Carl Muller - 2011-07-01 14:25

      I do hope you are not a South African....every one of us should be behind the Stormers on Saturday.............. Bulls forever.....

      CarlCK - 2011-07-01 18:41

      Chokers is a cricket term, applied to the Proteas. Please get original or shut your hole Marcell, you are boring.

  • MJ - 2011-07-01 01:39

    What a sensationalist headline by a one eyed journalist. Blackadder isn't spitting venom, he's simply observing something that's plainly fishy in a very neutral way. It's the retards on this site who are spitting venom - slightly understandable given the Stormers are in for an inevitable beating.

      Donald.P.Muller - 2011-07-01 08:50

      MJ what are you doing on the Internet so early in the morning? Cruising the porn sites while your wife's sleeping in the bedroom, I bet. Stay with the porn sites bud, you know nothing about rugby!

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-07-01 09:59

      @MJ, I don't see much sensationalism in saying that Blackadder is questioning it. As you say, he's pointing out a 'loophole' in SANZAR's policies, but in the build-up to this massive match, he's trying to create a stir by implying that the Stormers are unethically resorting to loopholes, but would he not do the same thing if he was in the same situation?

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-07-01 02:41

    Well, typical Stormer, nothing new. Unethical, ignorant, arrogant, extremely low IQ'd. What an embarrassment to world rugby

      FearoPhobia - 2011-07-01 06:27

      Sorry I think you're confusing the Stormers with Bulls fans

      MrG - 2011-07-01 07:46

      Ek is Mike. Ek ry my trike.

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-01 08:21

      Mike u are the inspiration for single beds.......on yer bike mike!

      vallemj@24.com - 2011-07-01 10:48

      Actually Mike we cant have a lesser IQ, Pretoria have way more Afrikaaner's than we do.

  • Kevan - 2011-07-01 03:19

    LEAN, where is Brits born.

      neville.vlok - 2011-07-01 07:16

      You tell us Kevan!!!

  • Bazzpete - 2011-07-01 05:57

    There must be some grumpy loose forwards in the Cape that aren't seen to be as good as a retreaded hooker! No Maties or Ikey loosies good enough? I watched the Varsity Cup and thought there were a couple of very good ones on show.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-01 07:02

      They only brag about their depth when it suits them.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 07:39

      Kolisi injured. Nazaam Carr was still in Italy with the Baby Boks when Kolisi (who has just flown from Italy to join the Stormers was mugged). Wimpie vd Walt injured. Lobberts injured. The only fit loose forward in CT is Yaya Hartzenberg, who has been struggling with form. Now tell me what you chaps would have done? Whats the issue? Brits knows the structures, the team and has played at loosie for the Stormers and WP before..... @Bulldozer - depth mate? We have used 6 flyhalves, 5 scrumhalves and more 10 and 20 year old players than the rest of the country bar the Cheetahs combined. If that isn't depth I dunno what is? Fact is, this is a semi-final, NOT a round robin match against the Rebels......

      jk - 2011-07-01 08:32

      saffa cat-wimpie not injured spoke to him 2 days ago-and maties played a month ago, so he cant be injured. Anyway there isnt one loosie at moment with the dimensions that brits can offer us

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 08:39

      @jk - The union reported Wimpie was struggling with an injury - apologies if I was mistaken.

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-01 09:57

      @jk: "wimpie not injured spoke to him 2 days ago" - I'm sure injured players can speak unless they have a broken jaw.

  • flat bier - 2011-07-01 06:16

    Maybe Blackadder has a point or maybe not, who cares what this NZ tosser thinks. My only question is will SANZAR have the balls to slap him (blackadder) across the fingers for questioning their decisions? The Stormers went through the right channels and it was cleared, so up yours.

  • Hennie - 2011-07-01 06:31

    Rather worry about the integrity of you players blackadder

      Joe Soap - 2011-07-01 07:50

      How will it look if SBW ( or anyone wearing Red ) takes another dive this weekend, Mr Funnyadder?

  • montecristo - 2011-07-01 06:44

    I'm a Stormers supporter, but I have to agree with Todd - I bet if the Crusaders had done something like this we'd be whinging big time. However, seeing as though it's basically an All Black team, I don't suppose there is anybody they'd like to call in ... :)

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 07:41

      They did call an experienced player in...Reuben Thorne. As soon as his season in Japan was over, he was given special dispensation to play for the saders earlier in the season due to their injuries....ditto for Brent Ward.

      jk - 2011-07-01 08:34

      saffa- thorne did not make an impact on a semi. im the biggest supporter of wp rugby and if brits do something amazing tom i will be the first to jump up and down

      Pooh-Bear - 2011-07-01 10:09

      We probably would be whinging, but in fairness, it should be directed at SANZAR who make the rules, rather than at the team who are working within the rules

      Met Uysh! - 2011-07-01 11:21

      I don't see the difference between playing such a player in a semi or during the season. There is a big difference between getting into the semi with your own structures and depth, and getting into the semi because of buying in outside players.

  • gsaker1 - 2011-07-01 06:48

    Francois you have a short memory pal...Brian Habanna pulled off exactly the same stunt against the Chiefs a couple of seasons ago when he tried to chip through...the fact is bothe the linesman and the ref thought it was a foul and the commentators didn't say it wasn't a possible foul they said that SB just milked it and got up smiling just as Habanna did when he did it - so get over it - Or do u want me to start talking about guys who head but players and get banned for nine games or cricket captains that admit to match fixing...ring any bells dude????????

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-01 07:07

      Thanks for reminding them gsaker.

  • ilollipop - 2011-07-01 06:55

    I would like to point out that against the Sharks... and in fact all season long... at every double tackle situation one Crusader tackler is rolling around and lying where the attacking scrumhalf would like to put his feet. Sure he can still pass, but it's far from ideal.

  • Jou Ma - 2011-07-01 07:17

    Scared Todd? From a Blue Bull and South African supporter!

  • Kevan - 2011-07-01 07:31

    Hey Neville Vlok, whats up. He is born and learnt his Rugby in Empangeni, hope that is the way you spell it

  • JJRR - 2011-07-01 07:54

    Week vir week moet ek hierdie Wie Pie julle is die beste van alle tye (sonder n beker let wel) lees. Niemand se monde is so groot soos julle Wie Pie supporters s'n nie. Weet julle dat daar NIKS ,nie eers n currykoppie in die kas vir....... jare nou al in die kas staan nie, maar julle sal dit goeddink om spanne wat hierdie land darm al kon verteenwoordig en die beker wen, let wel wen soos die Bulle (Super 14) en TVL (Super 10) uittemaak as sleg, pateties, commin ens ens ens. Mens moet julle jammer kry. Hoop regtig dat wanneer maandag kom ek nie hoef na hierdie patetiese commin arogante en windgat comments te lees nie en dat julle seisoen net soos die ander voor dit KLAAR gaan wees. Julle maak die support revelry wat tussen SA spanne bestaan(wat altyd nog fun was) kk middel a!! DIT IS HOEKOM ONS JULLE NIE SAL SUPPORT NIE, SAL LIEWER N OORSEE SE SPAN SUPPORT AS JULLE, net soos julle supporters in die kaap wat die AllBlacks en Crusaders saterdag gaan support.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 08:41

      Support who you want. I promise you your support will not make or break the Stormers team.

      thumper - 2011-07-01 09:12

      Ai JJRR, jy kort sielkundige hulp. Depressie is 'n lelike ding en ek sien hierdie seisoen het sy tol ge-eis op jou. Ek stel voor dat jy nie hierdie naweek die televisie aanskakel nie, tensy jy net Noot vir Noot wil sien. Dinge gaan net erger raak vir jou. Saffa is reg - jy beteken niks vir die Stormers se kanse nie. Dis mense soos jy wat hierdie land so haatvol maak soos wat dit is.

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-07-01 16:38

      JJRR - I have an idea. instead of commenting on this rugby game, why don't you rather watch the Royal wedding... then you don't have to feel all bitter and twisted that your beloved team only managed to end 7th out of 15... Maybe it will be exciting - she may do the runaway bride! But please stop your stupid comments on here - it is abou the Sormers, and Stormer supporters will give their support to their team. Just as you did on your team when they still played rugby. en jy is verkeerd - ons het die beker omdat ons die konferensie gewen het in ons trofee kas. julle is die span met die lee kas....As jy die kommentaar lees is dit die Bull ondersteuners wat die stormers sleg se...

  • MB1810 - 2011-07-01 07:56

    This is just some media mud slinging to get under the opposition's skin. I think it is a fair decision by SANZAR that Brits is allowed to play as a loosie, they clearly stipulated that as long as he does not get picked ahead of Liebenberg or Fourie at hooker it is okay and I agree.

  • Frans - 2011-07-01 08:00

    Good Morning. Some of your logic and arguments are close to the riduculous. Open your eyes and smell the roses. Ruben Rhorne was mentioned as a comparison. Please! Ruben Thorne is a retired ex All Black playing or has played, for a club somehere in Japan. He is far from a marquee player. The reasoning behind Todd Blackadder's arguement being top notch players from outside the super 15 being drafted in at the knock out stages of the competition. Look what the Waratahs did with drafting obscured club players for their game against the Blues rather than to force the issue. Point is, stop tryng to force the issue and tap your own resources.

  • Gazza69 - 2011-07-01 08:18

    What a chop! Brits inclusion has been approved by SANZAR......Rather concentrate on Silly Boy Williams' forward pass off-loads!! I hope the Stormers put 40 past you again Blackadder!! Moron....

  • Makutu - 2011-07-01 08:25

    Brits is an increddible player. MY WORD!

  • Herman Nel - 2011-07-01 08:31

    Don't care what Psycho bable these guys come up with all I know is tomorrow I'm shouting Stormers and I hope the Stormers thump them! - Yes I'm a Shark but foremost a South African, BRING ON THE WORLD CUP!

  • thumper - 2011-07-01 08:51

    Todd is actuall spelt T-O-S-S. What an idiot! As if the Stormers are the first team to bring in an outside player because of injuries. At least we brought in a South african and ex Stormer. Nobody complained when the Sharks brought Frenchie in? Is it because the Crusaders fear Mr. Brits? In that case, he doesn't even have to go onto the field, the psychological battle is won for the Stormers already. As long as things go the way of NZ and Aus, there are no problems!!!!

  • Shawn - 2011-07-01 09:04

    Stormers gaan K@k...

  • Shawn - 2011-07-01 09:05

    Stormers gaan hulle gat weersien!!!

  • D-Man - 2011-07-01 09:08

    Todd, YOU SCARED!!! they say in afrikaans "hy het hom wit geskrik" .... the hairdo is certainly testament to that! :P

  • Matador - 2011-07-01 09:34

    Stormers, the players watch out for is obviously SWB, Mc Caw, Crockett and Carter. Keep the ball in hand and don't just kick possesion away. It WILL COST YOU THE GAME.

  • Grey B - 2011-07-01 10:08

    Totally agree with Adder, but then ALL teams must follow the same rules. Glad Schalk is in our team though Stoooooooomeeeeeeers

  • BCC - 2011-07-01 10:13

    Stormers supporters are pathetic if they believe this dribble. Blackadder is not a stirrer and has had selective comments posted by this website. Read the NZ Herald article which is a lot more accurate. NZ'ers aren't into these pathetic mind games, we rely on talent or lack of it if the opposition is better. Can't wait to read the posts after the Stormers lose in Cape Town to Canterbury for a second time this season.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-01 11:37

      Can't wait for October to read your comments.

  • Lebo - 2011-07-01 10:33

    "Jou Ma se Crusader" !!! Stoooooooooomers!!!

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-07-01 11:01

    Whine whine whine....

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-07-01 11:55

    Bla bla bla bla... Surely one player that is not familiar with the pattern of this year Super rugby play can make much of a difference. Rather say thank you because this move favours your team.

  • Rumbler - 2011-07-01 12:15

    Yeah Todd! The All Blacks do everything that they can to recruit the good big Islanders to play for "New Zealand"! I have often heard of the ABs being called "The South Seas Barbarians"! I think that your comments are just trying to score a psychological advantage over the Stormers.

  • Mark - 2011-07-01 13:36

    Why the Lions dont get Brits back is a Question that needs to be asked!!!!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-01 14:16

    On the day the Stormers can do it...... Go for it Stormers.................. Bulls forever...

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-07-01 14:26

    Hey - why did they change the title of the article? I thought it was brilliant - 'Blackadder spits venom over Brits'... come on, it was a classic, in the good old style of newspaper reporting....

  • Mr Green - 2011-07-02 16:38

    its true, everyone Fears Chuck Norris aka Brits, even Blackadder fears him.

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-07-02 19:12

    don't worry toddy boy, you crushed these bunch of poofters anyway!!! and brits was hands on by far the best player on the field

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