February 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
Well we’re in the month of Feb which means.. Love & romance and valentines…
Ah screw it!! SUPER RUGBY IS ALMOST HERE BABY!!! So with that I decided to share with you my Super Rugby Wish list:
A nr. 5 lock please
Victor and Bakkies left 4 huge boots to be filled but in a country where we thrive or don’t shy away from the physical aspects of rugby, I have to say that finding a new Vic is a bit more important than finding a new Bak.. kies Yes, we do have Andries Bekker, who if fit, can walk into the Springbok lineup but that ‘if fit’ part is a big if. I would love to see Alistair Hargreaves stepping up this season. I’ve been having my eye on this guy ever since he captained the Boks U/19’s to a world cup title years ago and still believe he’s got something to offer the Springboks.
A settled Pat Lambie
This really is wishful thinking especially with Sharks loving to test their backline players’ versatility and teams will probably use a rotation programmes with this being the longest ever super rugby competition and all. So I can’t see Lambie settling in at 10, 12 or 15. I just don’t want to see another Ruan Pienaar in the making coz they screwed that guy over almost as worse as Bryce did us. (couldn’t help myself)
A new man in the middle appears
Springbok incumbents Jaque Fourie is strutting his stuff in Japan and Jean de Villiers is a couple of weeks away from being on the wrong side of 30. Time to move on right? I still believe Jean has something to offer and while this could be the year where Juan de Jongh cements his place in the Bok starting lineup, we’re in desperate need of a centre (preferably an inside one) to step forward. The Sharks are busy experimenting with JP at 13 (see, I wasn’t kidding about the Sharks earlier) and that could be very interesting to see. I would love to see if Francois Venter has the marbles for Super rugby because he certainly caught my eye last year in the Junior RWC and Currie cup.
* Side note: The emergence of a scrummy wouldn’t hurt either
Anyone but an Ozzie team wins the title
I’m sorry but I don’t like any Australian sports team. Sue me!!
Goosen lighting it up
Every year we find a special reason why we’re the envy of the rugby world when it comes to young rugby talent and last year was no exception when the Cheetahs gave Baby Bok sensation Johan Goosen a shot to show what he can do. What impressed me was that they did this in the latter stages of the Currie Cup including starting him in the semis against the Sharks and what’s even more impressive is that they picked him over Sias Ebersohn who had a brilliant super rugby campaign (5th leading point scorer) and currie cup competition. The question now is will the Cheetahs continue with placing their fate in the young pivot and how will he progress? We saw how Elton Jantjies struggled in his first super rugby season after having a brilliant domestic season the previous year. With Springbok interest at heart, let’s touch wood and hope the same doesn’t happen to Goosen.
Ps: Cheetahs, if you guys don’t want Sias anymore, we’ll take him. Him and his bro, Luke & Dukey!!
Brussow dominates the breakdown
Conspiracy theory nr. 19: The IRB didn’t want to see Brussow make any flanker his bitch again like he did in 2009 so they “tweeked” the laws a bit in 2010. Even though we didn’t see much of the Freestate flanker since then due to injuries, when he did play, he showed that he hasn’t lost any of his magic pouching skills. Well, the IRB has again decided to do some tweaking by ordering refs to be stricter at the breakdowns this season so lets hope this plays perfectly into Brussow’s valuable hands.
And the most important one on my wish list:
Stormers win it all
Damn, it’s been over a decade already and now with the Lions winning some silverware last season, we’re the only SA super team who haven’t won a championship over the last decade (and some change). Look I’m positive that every one involved with the Stormers want to win it all just as bad as we do and even more so but conference titles, appearing in semis and a one-time final just isn’t enough and no one will be satisfied until we win that bluddy elusive silverware.
- Sonny Bill suffers from second season blues
- The captaincy motivates Pierre Spies to actually use that physical body of his and gets.. well.. physical
- Piet Van Zyl flies to Australasia and sack Bryce
- Bryan Habana finishes among the leading try scorers
- Darren Scott comes back to Supersport & Boots & All
- Coenie Oosthuizen does his side steps this year
- No SA team finishes lower than 12th on the log
- An unbiased ozzy commentator