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Springbok Terminator Bakkies Botha - "I'll Be Back" - After 9 Weeks

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Springbok hard man Bakkies 'Terminator' Botha has copped a 9 week ban from the SANZAR judiciary for his reverse head butt on All Black Jimmy Cowan early in yesterdays 32-12 loss to the All Blacks.

Like all hard men he has apologised that the cameras caught his act of retribution for Jimmy tugging on his shirt to stop him chasing the ball. Totally justified. Nobody tugs the big guys shirt, especially not some annoying little half back from New Zealand. SANZAR might have completed their hearing and delivered their verdict ending Bakkies Tri-Nations involvement but the jury is still out on whether Bakkies has terminated his career as well.

When his rap sheet includes a long list of repeat offences such as dangerous tackles, punching, spitting, eye gouging and biting  (and that's just the stuff he got caught for) he must be rapidly approaching the point of no return with SARFU.

At the age of 31 he is in his prime for an international lock with the golden opportunity to finish his career for the Springboks with a record 3rd World Cup title for South Africa. The problem for Bakkies though is that Andries Bekker is a taller, younger, alternative option and a lot less prone to headline grabbing for all the wrong reasons (as long as we don't include his unusual training regime with Alet Strydom).

It was a big call for Peter de Villiers to include Botha in this latest test line-up when he had been out with injury. The inclusion of two old warhorses in the second row is probably not going to be a viable option for the Rugby World Cup in 2011 with the faster more open game that is being played under these latest rule interpretations.

Still there is plenty of time for the English Rugby Union to choke on their gin and tonics, realising that the rugby being played in 2010 does not suit their teams style at all and there is an urgent need to 'reinterpret' again and slow the game down before 2011 rolls around. Either way Bakkies might well be watching it all at home on the TV.

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