38 Wednesday, 1 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT LITEAND bitter Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL ranT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite lBEEFEATER (L&B 30/O6) Bravehearts Highland steel will cut through the Swiss Army defence. Murray is in mint condition and the Swiss banker is about to have his Wimbledon account closed! William Wallace, W2 lENGLISH ASH (L&B 30/O6) why should he (Murray) support England you dipstick, the UK is made up of four countries. Support him for Britain not England! Owain lWILLIAM WALLACE (L&B 30/O6) And correspondingly when Laura Robson wins shes British and when she loses shes Engerlish. Ballsy Laddie, N17 lALSO (L&B 30/O6) Boks have never played within the law. They are a disgrace to the game. Tom, EC3 lALSO (L&B 30/O6) ironically there are a large number of Southies coming to play in the Prem next season! So maybe it isnt to be dissed! Brad, WD18 lRE UNDER-21s (L&B 30/O6) England U21s actually win a penalty shoot-out, but English fans are no longer calling them unfair and to be scrapped. Funny that. Tyrone, SW16 lRE HAMMERS (L&B 30/O6) its very silly for West Hams new owner not to sign Tristan, who scored important goals when played and is a top striker! Iliana Robinson, N11 lRE FLINTOFF (L&B 30/O6) no sooner is Freddie Flintoff back in the England fold than hes making headlines for the wrong reasons... again. Grow up Freddie! Macca, N21 Flutey tunes up RIKI FLUTEYS dedication to self-medi- cation could be rewarded with his first Lions Test cap in the third and final game of the series against South Africa in Johannesburg this Saturday. The former Wasps centre, who will ply his trade with French Top 14 outfit Brive next season, has battled his way back from the tour-threatening knee injury and could replace the stricken Brian ODriscoll at Ellis Park. He will gain the rare distinction of playing a Test for the Lions having already played against them -- when he turned out for New Zealand Maori against Sir Clive Woodwards team on the troubled 2005 tour. Flutey played against the Royal XV in the opening tour game six weeks ago and looked in sparkling form. TheformerWellingtonHurricanewas brought back down to earth when he felt a sharp pain behind his knee shortly after the game. The England star was then faced with intensive physiotherapy -- and iced the injury himself with a specialised cold sleeve through the night in his hotel room every two hours for two days. Flutey said: Im 29-years-old and I know my body pretty well. I knew I needed to put in all those hours of treat- ment to have a chance of staying on tour. I remember getting tackled against the Royal XV. I got up and rubbed my leg and didnt think anything of it. I carried on with the game, then got back to my room and got into my shirt and jeans ready to go out with the boys and I felt it stiffening up quite a bit. I decided to stay in and ice it up every two hours. Ive done everything I pos- sibly can, with help from the medical team, to get my knee to 100 per cent. It was quite lonely being in my room just icing it up, but at the end of the day that is what it takes. It was an old car- tilage thing that flared up a little bit. Some fluid in behind my knee got into the joint. His commitment paid off and he started the ill-tempered encounter against the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth before impressing on each of his subsequent midweek outings. But he was unable to force his way into the Test squad, beaten in Durban and Pretoria over the last two Satur- adopted Kiwi may get Test chance at Ellis Park by neal collins ARE WE BEINg UNfAIR ON ThE SpRINgBOkS? yOU TELL US Let me firstly say that I love your newspaper, it is a good source of entertainment and well presented (and free). It is because of this that I am struggling to understand the article in LiteSport on Monday. It affected me so much that I have taken the time to engage you on it. Under the headline DISGRACE, it shows all the injured Lions but is worded in such a way as to make it seem as though the South African team ran on the field with knuckle dusters and clubs and beat up the Lions. Whilst I do accept that the eye- gouging incident is totally out of line, the injuries sustained were purely due to the intensity of the match. Gethin Jenkins and Ronan OGara both sustained their injuries whilst tackling Bryan Habana when they clashed heads. Brian ODriscoll was concussed due to an illegal tackle on Danie Rossouw (who had to be carried off) and Adam Jones shoulder was injured when Bakkies Botha charged into the ruck (still on his feet). As you have probably guessed I am South African. And there are a lot of South African readers in London. I am just having a hard time understanding why LiteSport would use propaganda to vilify the entire Springbok team. There was only one member who seriously transgressed, and every South African supporter will be the first to condemn this kind of action -- the coach is an idiot. As a lover of your paper it is the first time I have found an article to be slanted. Is it a case of sour grapes? So come on London Lite, rugby in the UK is a gentlemans sport, and believe it or not South Africans are gentlemen and good sportsmen too. We take our losses with grace. So for the sake of the game, lets not let this become a bitter rivalry, lets report things as they really happened and not incite hatred on both sides, as that will only damage the sport. lThanks for your letter. It makes a lot of good points -- although I dont agree with all of them. I lived in South Africa for 15 years, and was a 13-year- old in Pretoria when the 1974 Lions came through. I even had a replica Blue Bulls (Blou Bulle) shirt at home! I think its fair to say the headline Disgrace reflected the view of Lions No9 Mike Phillips and was aimed at Schalk Burger and Bakkies Botha (both since banned) plus the South African coach, who has now apologised. But in the interests of fairness, wed like to know what the rest of our readers think. Please email nealcollins@hotmail.com or text us your views on 65400 (50p plus standard network charges). NEAL COLLINS, Sports Editor Truth or propaganda? 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