October 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
Well, I was hoping that my entry today would have been about how the Boks kept the Ellis Park hoodoo in place for the All Blacks. But it was not to be… Firstly, well done to the New Zealanders on winning such a great rugby match. A lot of running and enterprising rugby gave supporters what they wanted to see. Unfortunately the tackles missed were quite shocking. Perhaps that is what happens when one starts to shy away from a game plan that works for you and try something a little out of the comfort zone! Overall, every Bok fan in my opinion can take a lot of heart from Saturday. I saw the danger that this Bok team have on the attack and they just need to tighten up the defense more.
You could see that players like Bismarck and Eben didn’t go all out in the physical area and i think it was mainly to prevent any disciplinary action against the Boks! The problem with that was that they didn’t have the impact they always have. To add to all the drama, I was worried when I heard the call about the no. 16 not being on the team sheet for the AB’s. My first immediate thought was, “ag hell no”, another clash between the world’s top rugby playing nations marred by controversy! The team management (I presume) came out and that they claimed it was due to a typo. JdV agreed and Mr. Owens said that they accept the reason and I think the rest of the world had a sigh of relief knowing that this issue isn’t really a issue at all, I know I did. All that aside, the Boks are looking better but they will need to improve if they want to challenge the AB’s at their own game! My opinion is that they should just stick to their own game plan and with that they should be quite alright going forward! Do I still believe that Heyneke Meyer is the man for the job? Yes I do!
My weekend already started off badly on Friday evening when the Blue Bulls lost a interesting match against the Sharks at Loftus. This young team started their campaign off not too badly and then all of a sudden things just went downhill. No rhythm, no pride, no belief was the body language I saw in this Bulls squad. There was a new found energy against the Griquas in Kimberley last week and the attitude of the team looked a whole lot better. Going into the Sharks game, I think everyone thought and knew that the Sharks were favorites to take this one. The men in blue certainly surprised friend and foe with their gutsy performance and a 50/50 breakdown call ultimately determined the outcome of the match. The problem for the Pretoria based side is that these last two weeks’ performances were too little too late.
For me the problem doesn’t just lie with the squad of players, I mean, their young and have a lot too learn. To help them they need a coach who has vision and knows how to make youngsters excel at the highest level. Look at what Heyneke did with the Bulls, John Mitchell at the Lions, John Plumtree made the Sharks a dominant force, continuously reaching finals and as much as I hate to admit it, Alistair Coetzee is doing a fine job at Province. But Pine Pienaar is not a coach for this level of rugby. He has no idea what he wants and if you watch him during matches you’ll find an expression of not really knowing where he is! I am worried as a supporter and it’s kind of sad to think that a union as big and successful as the BBRU have now came to this! The Blue Bulls will seriously need to address this issue and after this season they’ll need to “maak ‘n plan”, because the fans are growing tired of sub par performances!
Not Good Enough, BBRU needs to replace him
At least I had a one positive result out of a possible three. Manchester United overcame a 1-0 deficit at halftime to beat Sunderland 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League. This is a much needed win for United who made the worst start to the season in many a years! A lot of speculation about certain players’ futures at the club, which has finally been put to bed and also a change of manager for the first time in 26 years has brought the club under a little more pressure than their used to. David Moyes has signed with a club that always has to meet some expectation. No disrespect to Everton, but with them there was no pressure regarding the MUST win of the BPL and contenders for the UCL every season. Moyes is now under fire and will need the support of his players and support staff to turn the season around. United haven’t looked too bad in the Champions League but they need to get results in the domestic competition! I am very happy that Rooney and Moyes buried the hatchet. Rooney has put in some of his greatest ever performances on a football pitch the last couple of weeks! The other players could really draw on the experienced Englishman’s energy and start playing as a unit.
I honestly believe that Moyes is still the right man for the job and two or three more results in the BPL could really give the man a lot of confidence. Granted United didn’t have the easiest fixtures to start the season they now have three consecutive home matches (two in the Premier League, one in UCL), and then an away game in the Premier league. The opposition in the three Premier League matches are Southampton, Stoke City and Fulham respectively. It’s a good chance to turn the domestic season around and start contending to retain the crown!
I still have faith in the Chosen One
So the weekend ended in only one of my teams winning. But, the Boks are still a positive talking point, the Bulls need to find a coach and Man Utd is on the brink of turning around their season! Gotta have faith!