Haka…Poefterdans

New Haka finish?

New Haka finish?

On a Sunday morning at 00:40 CSAT when only my PVR and a couple of doos dronk or doos dom people will be awake to watch, we have those poefters from the land with the long white cloud doing their choreography after the anthems to scare the wine drinkers from Southern America, now I find myself thinking when was the last time the Haka scared anybody, can you remember? Me neigher.

 

It is like watching those dudes from Step Up 3 in 3D dance and makes you pee your pants at the end… it just doesn’t happen, so why still the Haka before every match?

Find out Sarel’s answer and what he thinks the Springboks should do to retaliate on http://www.sportchat.co.za/haka-poefterdance/

Energy draining stuff

Please no more...

Please no more…

Nobody said being a Superhero was ever going to be easy, but I am sure if you told professional rugby players that they would average around 2320 minutes of rugby each year, most of them would have laughed and said out of the 525600 minutes in a year, that is a drop in the bucket, and for those who are judging rugby players as dumb, that is your mistake to make because they know. You must not forget training every day, gym, running, drills and physical contact all take their toll on your body as well.

Playing in Super Rugby gives you Superhero status and the only stage greater than SR on the Rugby calendar is the Rugby World Cup, so of course you would want to go out and shine every time you touch enter the field, giving it your all, but what happens if you have nothing more to give?

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Thinking, you’re doing it wrong

This is a bit of a belated post I know, I just needed to vent as I don’t know who to be angrier at, the FSRU or SARU for having the genius idea of taking away the first test Bloemfontein would have seen since September 2010.

 

Yes, it is for a good cause, it will be a Ruccer day with Bafana Bafana opening up for the Springboks for the first time ever in honour of 95 year old ex-president Nelson Mandela, a get well soon message if you like from the sporting codes.

 

I just somehow feel enraged at them just upping a test, now according to reports they had to move the first test because of Madiba might not get to see the others, that for me is poor taste if it is true, another assumption is they don’t want to move the All Blacks test to FNB Stadium because of our winning record against them, and the Argentine game should be a sure fire winner.

 

I really don’t care about the reason, I need to know what they were thinking moving a test just over a month before it is supposed to occur, I bought plane tickets for family members and also paid a non-refundable deposit for accommodation in Bloemfontein, how much is irrelevant but it was for 6 rooms and 11 people so it is not just a R100 here. Now I have emailed and tweeted both SARU and the FSRU to ask them who is going to refund me on this or what their plan is because I cannot be the only person who has arranged to make a weekend from the test, but I am yet to get an answer from either party.

 

There are also other question mark that needs answering, why not do the obvious thing and move the Ellis Park or Loftus match to FNB Stadium instead of granting Gauteng infrastructure 3 tests, I cannot help but think about the Guest Houses and Lodges, restaurants etc. in Bloemfontein that are losing money now because of this move.

 

This is clearly another well thought out plan by SARU and I really feel that I deserve answers on my questions.

 

Peace!

Third time lucky?

Many will see a bye weekend as a chance to rest and score some free points while you are doing so, however this year it seems that it was more a curse than a blessing for some teams, one of them of course being the Cheetahs.

 

They lost in a brainfart of a match against the Hurricanes after their first bye and blowing a match they should have won and the second occasion they played and lost thoroughly against the Stormers after the International Window crept in, and now they will play their first playoffs after their allotted second bye.

 

Many will see those two losses as a really bad thing, but you see, I think that the people in charge at the FSRU were thinking ahead and clearly had Mathematics on HG because they worked out that if we had won one more game than we did, we would be preparing to face the Crusaders in Christchurch instead of the Brumbies in Canberra who enjoy a much less home victory margin than the Crusaders.

 

Jake White will definitely have watched the Cheetahs vs. Bulls and Cheetahs vs. Stormers game (the second one) and try and copy what they did with regards to shutting down the Cheetahs’ forwards and taking their backline out of the game, but I also believe the coaching staff for the Bloem based boys would have also taken note of this weakness and try worked out ways to counter it.

 

Alexander vs. Oosthuizen should prove to be the pivotal to both teams success and the prospect of Brussouw vs. Smith come breakdown time, my biggest problem and the part I am most excited about is Mr. le Roux. If he is going to go out and try to score every time or try and do something special every time he gets the ball, like he did against the Stormers and Blues, he is going to get frustrated, have a bad game and cost the Cheetahs momentum on attacking opportunities, which I believe Jake’s team will keep to a minimum, even though not the most attacking or dangerous (Bay) backline, with ball in hand and some space, tries will come into the Cheetahs points column.

 

I hope Naka can keep the boys calm, tell them to go out there and give it their all, leave no Brumbie unturned and enjoy the occasion of their first playoff and not think too much about their trip to Hamilton the next week.

Peace!

Referee vs. the game

 

Having read some articles about coaches commenting on refs, blaming poor decisions and not themselves for losses and costing them a place in the playoffs, you know that we are at the end of the normal season.

 

To start off with, I agree with SANZAR that coaches taking stabs at referees for their team’s short comings will not be without coincidence and nor should it be, it is like blaming the greens when you three put a sitter. Can you imagine if referees were to lash back stating that if your team followed the rules and your forwards listened to my pre-match discussion around scrum time, then you would not have had so many penalties and you could have won, it is a two way street that will see endless traffic coming up and down, with the result nobody is really going anywhere.

 

When I was still a small boy, my dad would discipline me (read Bliksem) for not owning up to my responsibilities and especially for blaming my brothers for something that I had done, this taught me two things, always plan ahead and know what to expect and secondly, don’t make excuses for something that you did wrong and blame others.

 

I thought we were in a world where grown men played contact sports, where there will seldom not be a winner and a loser, where draws are much fun as kissing your sister. Take a win with pride, take a loss as a sign that work is needed, and work on those areas, don’t go crying to mommy saying that the big bad bully with the whistle was unfair.

 

What do you think?

 

Peace!

So here is what can happen

Finally, I will be able to support my team after the regular season of Super Rugby is concluded and the hope that they end outside of the bottom three has also not been missed. All is not yet cast in stone around who will be playing who, with the entire Top 6 not yet certain of their number.

 

The Cheetahs can end on either 6 or 5 and the only sure thing is that their next game, will not be easy, here are this weekend fixtures w.r.t. the top 6:

 

-          Crusaders v Hurricanes

-          Blues v Chiefs

-          Waratahs v Reds

-          Force v Brumbies

-          Stormers v Bulls

 

Here are the possibilities,  hope this makes sense (Log position and Winning and Losing only relevant to the Top 6)

 

Home Team

 

Away Team

Current Position

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Crusaders vs Hurricanes 4 W W L L L L
Blues vs Chiefs 2 W L W L L L
Waratahs vs Reds 5 W L w/o BP L  w/o BP W + BP L  w/o BP L  w/o BP
Force vs Brumbies 3 W L L L W  + BP W w/o BP
Stormers vs Bulls 1 W L L L L L
Cheetahs Vs n/a 6 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Bulls Bulls Chiefs Bulls Brumbies Bulls
Chiefs Chiefs Bulls Chiefs Bulls Brumbies
Brumbies Brumbies Brumbies Brumbies Chiefs Chiefs
Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders Reds Crusaders Crusaders
Reds Cheetahs Cheetahs Crusaders Cheetahs Cheetahs
Cheetahs Reds Reds Cheetahs Reds Reds

 

 

Home Team

 

Away Team

Current Position

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Crusaders vs Hurricanes 4 L W L L L W
Blues vs Chiefs 2 L W W L L L
Waratahs vs Reds 5 L + BP L + BP W W L L
Force vs Brumbies 3 L L L W W L
Stormers vs Bulls 1 W L L L W W
Cheetahs Vs n/a 6 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Bulls Bulls Bulls Chiefs Bulls Chiefs
Brumbies Brumbies Chiefs Bulls Chiefs Bulls
Chiefs Crusaders Brumbies Brumbies Brumbies Brumbies
Crusaders Chiefs Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders
Reds Reds Reds Reds Reds Reds
Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs

 

 

Home Team

 

Away Team

Current Position

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Crusaders vs Hurricanes 4 W W + BP W W L L
Blues vs Chiefs 2 L L L W W L
Waratahs vs Reds 5 L w/o BP L  w/o BP W W W W
Force vs Brumbies 3 W W L L W W
Stormers vs Bulls 1 L L L L L W
Cheetahs Vs n/a 6 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Bulls Bulls Bulls Chiefs Bulls Bulls
Brumbies Brumbies Chiefs Bulls Brumbies Brumbies
Chiefs Crusaders Brumbies Brumbies Chiefs Crusaders
Crusaders Chiefs Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders Chiefs
Cheetahs Cheetahs Reds Reds Cheetahs Cheetahs
Reds Reds Cheetahs Cheetahs Reds Reds

 

Home Team

 

Away Team

Current Position

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Result for Top 6 team

Crusaders vs Hurricanes 4 W W W W W
Blues vs Chiefs 2 L W W W W
Waratahs vs Reds 5 W L W W W
Force vs Brumbies 3 W W L W W + BP
Stormers vs Bulls 1 W W W L L w/o BP
Cheetahs Vs n/a 6 n/a n/a n/a n/a

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Top 6 After Results

Bulls Bulls Bulls Chiefs Chiefs
Brumbies Chiefs Chiefs Bulls Brumbies
Chiefs Brumbies Brumbies Brumbies Bulls
Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders Crusaders
Reds Reds Reds Reds Reds
Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs Cheetahs

 

The only thing certain is the Cheetahs will end on 54 points, the company they keep are all past winners of this tournament and they can face either the Brumbies, Crusaders, Chiefs or even the Bulls. Who does one choose to play against? The Cheetahs have not faced either the Brumbies or the Crusaders this year, well, that could all be until next weekend.

I think the biggest question here is, will the Reds throw the game to play against the Brumbies or beat the Waratahs and prepare to face the Crusaders…

Apologies if the tables don’t display correctly, it looked fine when I typed them.

Here is to some good rugby!

Peace!

The Shopping Centre opens again

Until SARU and the powers that be decide that they will assist with the payment of players to keep them spread out amongst the Super playing unions, bigger unions will headhunt players performing at the smaller unions.

 

The Cheetahs find themselves, for the first time ever, in the hunt for a Super Rugby playoff spot in their most successful season ever, but sadly it seems that with great success will come great disappointment.

 

It is no secret that the central franchise is not the richest of them all and that they lose players every year, but every union loses players so that is not what this post is about, my point is that the Cheetahs owe their success to the same players playing for a couple of consecutive seasons, but sadly this will definitely change after this year’s competition comes to an end.

 

There are rumours amongst rumours flying around and I will not do a whole Baylion which players went where table, but I can almost guarantee that at least one of Piet van Zyl, Willie le Roux, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn, Lappies Labuschagne, Philip vd Walt or Trevor Nyakane will not be pulling a orange and white jersey over their heads next year come Super Rugby time.

I feel the worst for a player like Willie who is contracted to Griquas who have absolutely zero chance of competing against the Bulls, Stormers etc.

It is nothing personal I know, business is business and this is a professional sport, I myself moved to JHB from Bloemfontein for the paycheck, I just can’t see why the Bulls would want to buy a Piet van Zyl just to warm the bench and not give him enough game time to keep his form because he will undoubtedly play second fiddle to Spyder rider.

Which brings me back to my first point, SARU have to step in somewhere and look after the best interest of the Springbok players giving them all ample game time and helping smaller unions hold onto them to do just that.

Peace!

P.S. Hopefully the Cheetahs get through their first Quarter Final of Super Rugby.

MOB Weekend!

So the weekend has finally arrived, all my bags are packed and I am ready to go, well, after my half work day today that is.

 

The weekend could almost not be more perfect for a bunch of sports enthusiasts, with the Proteaboks playing against the Gayle Force Windies today, tomorrow we will be at the Zebra Stripped Mbombela Stadium watching two test matches live and on Sunday Bafana Bafana tackle Ethiopia, it’s like that Castle add, we just don’t have to celebrate everything in one day, but over three days, Castle will be thanking us after their revenue will undoubtedly be a bit bigger with us in Nelspruit.

 

Hope the weather holds up, according to our very reliable weather websites it is sunny and lekker hot up there, nothing more can be asked for.

 

For all those travelling up, travel safe and see you guys there. Good times await.

 

Peace!

SANZAR thinks?

There seems to have been some actual thinking going into this year’s Super Rugby Tournament, it seems that SANZAR has finally sorted out the Conference System and the combined log issues of years gone by.

 

A lot of people have always pointed out the team placed in 4th has more points than the team placed 3rd, which has been the case in the past with the Australian teams having the easier of the three Conferences, so what was their master plan, well, give the Aussie teams one week head start, this seems to have leveled everything out and the table leaders are actually placed in numerical order. (Yes I know it is because of the B&I Lions tour, but it works)

 

I also believe that this weekend’s fixtures were specifically selected ahead of the International Window to allow for the Bulls, Stormers and Sharks an “easy” run into the Springbok season as the bulk of the Springboks will come from these provinces, with the “Need to be match fit seeing as the Captain playes for them” Stormers taking on the “Believed to be a cricket score team in the beginning of the season” Kings taking on each other, and then the “according to some Bulls supporters, the team that just wants to end on top of the Kings, but surprised many” Cheetahs taking on the “HM” Bulls and the Sharks getting a bye after taking on the mighty Bulls the weekend before.

 

Things have changed since this plan has been implemented, with the match between the Cheetahs and Bulls possibly a conference decider and the Kings by no means the push over originally expected. This is why I love this game, any team can win on any day and this being Super Rugby it makes it even better because nothing pleases me more than an underdog beating a NZ and Aus team.

 

P.S. I was watching the classic matches on SS1 with the B&I Lions tours and noticed something I haven’t seen in a while, when was the last time you saw international players swop jerseys after the match?

 

Peace!