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Cheers Tahir!

November 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

I am glad Tahir has been exposed, he was very lucky to start his short international career at the same time that Philander burst onto the test scene.

 Philander took wickets and contained batsman, this allowed Tahir to get away with his pies and then come in to pick up 1 or 2 tail enders.

  Notably in the past Harris did the containing job in the team.

 So with Philander not having  a great 1st test in Aus and not playing in the 2nd test there was no one to tie up an end and build pressure. The result ….. Tahir recorded the worst bowling figures in the history of test cricket…… no really I am serious.

 His idiotic wicket celebrations have been cringe worthy and I will not miss him at all.

 I don’t know what SA was thinking investing time and money in a 30+ spinner.

 Were we so desperate to have a leggie in our team we convinced ourselves he was better than he is…?

 I believe that the Proteas play better and function better with the spinner doing a holding job and building pressure while the 3 (or 4) quicks attack form the other end.

My personal preference would have been Johan Botha but for some reason he is not seen as a test option by SA cricket.

In any event he has now committed to South Australia so I think we have seen the last of him in SA colours.

 So with Botha being unavailable and Tahir exposed, Robin has to be the man.

So what if he does not “rip” the ball, that is not the type of spinner the typical South African test team needs.

 

 As for Fridays team selection:

 I reckon they might play 4 quicks, and Robin.

Kallis to play as a batter only and Rudolph to make way for Kleinveldt.

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T20 Meltdown:

October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

So it happened again, we exited another ICC event prematurely after much hype an anticipation.

Some diehard fans claim that we did not choke…well maybe not against Australia but how on earth did we lose against Pakistan and last night against India for that matter.

Facts are, we seem to choke in tournament cricket. We can put it together when playing the best teams in the world, home or away. But when it comes to a Cup style tournament we tend to underperform.

Anyway it’s done know. Here are a few things that concerned /irritated me.

Our persistent opening with Levi, unfortunately he does appear to be a flat track bully that can only cane medium pacers. Really fast or slow bowling gets him tied in knots. I like the lad, but he got a few too many chances for my liking.

During our defeat to Aus on Sunday I saw a tweet from Graeme Smith, he was at the beach with his family…having g a great day….my day sucked after our performance, thanks for asking Graeme.

Our batting order never seemed settled, to much shifting about for my liking.

Amla and Kallis our two best players did not fire with the bat. This was a pity but they have been outstanding for us in the past and surely we can’t always rely on them. They did not make runs but that’s why you have 6/7 batsmen, and in a 20 over game surely some other batters can pick up the slack.

Our spinners bowled well but they were not well managed by AB, who’s captaincy left a lot to be desired.

Our death bowling remains a problem, after bowling so well in the last IPL Morne Morkel struggled to find the block hole. How does this happen , did the stint of test cricket, where you bowl line and length, harm is limited over bowling? …I don’t know.

In the Super Sport studio on Sunday HD Ackerman was defending the cricketers saying that they have been away from home for so long… bla…bla , shamepies…yet I don’t see any players turning down IPL contracts when it involves extensive traveling. That is no excuse HD, they get paid VERY good money to do their job, and missing mommy is now excuse for piss poor cricket.

 Very disappointing from the Proteas.

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Transformation and the Kings:

August 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

Below a pic of Ezee Fana… a legend of EP Rugby….he is it at ALL EP’s games and is very vocal at live games….mush like that Bushy bullet from Griquas.

You will al see a lot of him in 2013 I trust ;-)

 

 There has been more than a few bloggers that feel that if the Kings strengthen their Super rugby side by buying players it is contradicting the Kings Transformation Goals;

 My comment in a Met Uysh post was that:

 “I agree to an extent that “transformation” has been used as a bit of a tool to get the Kings in.

But it’s not just lip service.

 their view is clear,

they are not going to use the Super rugby or CC teams to force transformation issues.


The Super rugby exposure will attract lots of Money, this will be used in the Schools in the EC and the Kings Academies that have recently been established,

In these junior ranks the focus will be on transformation (amongst other things) and in so doing the graduation of black player to the senior teams will be a natural progression.

 We now have a something to offer the Siya Kollisis (an EC boy) of the future to stop then form going to other unions and keep them in the EC.

It will also force other unions to really transform their union and province and not just buy talented black players from the EC. (Siya, Mvovo, Ndungane brother etc etc)”

 

In addition a bit of clarification what is expected by the Kings from SARU on www.rugby365.com

I copied pasted it below, feel free to comment….

The Southern Kings will not have any special conditions of selection, but they are expected to boost transformation in South African rugby.

Although at the expense of the Lions, the region of the Eastern Cape has finally been granted the Super Rugby franchise that they were first promised back in 2005, and along with that is the expectation that they will develop a high number of black players.

SARU chairman Oregan Hoskins explained: “One of the reasons that we decided to give a franchise to the Eastern Cape was that historically it has been the place where a large majority of the black players and coloured players come from and we sincerely believe that this will inspire a lot of the youngsters that are there to want to play for their franchise so that is one of the cardinal reasons why we fought so hard to get this franchise going.

“That is why we aspired to form a franchise there – to really get our transformational imperatives to where they should be. That is really the historical black rugby area where people have played rugby for more than a century so they need to get their act together quickly,” he said.

There is a concern that the Kings will import the bulk of their squad for their debut Super Rugby season next year in a bid to keep their spot in the competition, but Hoskins is confident that they will come to the transformation party.

“I think they will come to the party eventually because they have got to take account their own constituents, and the players that are there are going to want to play for their franchise and I think they will be under pressure to prepare those players.

“Together with their leadership we talk about it regularly and I have had regular chats with the President of the Eastern Province Rugby Union and he has assured me that he is dealing with it and that he is actually talking to his coaches regularly,” he said.

Hoskins made it clear that the Kings will not operate by different rules to the other South African franchises, but explained that they have a better opportunity to contribute to transformation than other areas and will be expected to take advantage of that.

“I don’t think we as South African rugby would ever attach conditions to them that are not attached to the other franchises, that would be grossly unfair.

“We are not going to say that they are going to have x number of black players more than any other franchise, what we are saying is that given their situation they need to be looking at it much more than the other franchises.

“To specifically label them with conditions would be totally unfair, we are certainly not going to be there to set them up to fail, in fact it is going to be in South African rugby’s best interests that the Kings succeed because ultimately it is an area that produces future black stars,” he said.

SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said that having relooked at their transformation charter SARU will commit to the Kings by engaging with the people in the area and setting up structures to enable them to stimulate transformation.

“We have always had a tranformation charter, I think what we have lacked is a transformation plan and an operational plan.

“We have just gone through the process of approving a strategic plan and adopting the transformation charter into a plan and also a very implementable operational plan, and we are taking that to each and every region.

“We are not only meeting with the leadership, we are meeting with the coaches and the people who are actually doing the work on the ground to explain to them how we want them to assist us in delivering on this plan and how we are going to implement it,” he explained.

The Kings might be expected to boost transformation in South African rugby, but the pressure to perform to keep their place may prevent them from living up to that expectation which would leave both them and SARU in something of an awkward position

By Michael de Vries

 

http://www.rugby365.com/article/49178-kings-of-transformation

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EP Kings Update, Other Rugby, Cricket and Twitter Justice:

August 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

Morning All

 EP Kings Update:

The EP Kings thumped the defending champion Boland Kavaliers 57-19 to move seven points clear at the top of the first division log.

The Kings were ruthless in their demolition of the Kavaliers in Port Elizabeth on Friday and maintained their unbeaten record in the competition this year.

The EP Kings celebrated their inclusion in Super Rugby with a crushing victory over the Boland Kavaliers at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

The unbeaten Kings, who after nine months of speculation were voted into next years Super tournament, shed the shackles of uncertainty and ran the ball whenever the opportunity presented itself. They scored eight tries to Bolands three and thereby increased their unbeaten streak to eight games.

They helped themselves to five first-half tries and secured the bonus-point score through flyhalf Wesley Dunlop as early as the 24th minute. The Kings first got onto the scoreboard in the ninth minute when captain and No.8 Luke Watson crashed over from a maul which rolled all of 20 metres.

Five minutes later, prop Clint Newland scored his teams second from more driving play by his fellow forwards. Centre Tiger Mangweni collected a pass from Samoan wing Paul Perez to score the third try midway through the first half.

After Dunlop had made it 26-0 with his try which he converted himself, fullback SP Marais intercepted the ball close to his own tryline and ran the length of the field to score under the posts.

Dunlop slotted the easy conversion and kicked another penalty but not before Boland opened their account with try by flank Philip van Zyl.

Watson thereafter got his second try of the match shortly after the restart to rub further salt in the wounds and ensure that the Kings established themselves, if they had not already done so, as odds-on favourites for the title.

The scorers:

For the EP Kings:
Tries: Van der Walt, Dunlop, Mangweni, Marais, Watson 2, Du Preez, Newland
Cons: Dunlop 6, Whitehead
Pen: Dunlop

For the Kavaliers:
Tries: Van der Merwe, Van Zyl, Clark
Cons: Zana, Jansen.

http://www.rugby365.com/article/49176-ep-kings-break-clear

In other news:

The Currie Cup continuous to soldier on, but I must say on the back of Marathon Super rugby campaign it does get a bit much, and  my interest levels are at a all time low.

The gripping test match at Lords provided better viewing.

Regardless….,  a good win for the Shark over the defending champs, the Lions.

Also the Cheetahs earned a well earned victory against a Bulls team that will have to do a bit of reflecting as Pine Pienaar and his men continue to disappointed in the CC level,  considering the recourses (player and money)at their disposal.

The same can be said about WP after the narrow win against the hard as nails Griekwas team, that have managed to assemble a very good team for this year. I was rooting for the lads from Kimberley.

As for the Bokke game, my view is that it was adequate, without being special, I see a bit too much running at the man and making contact for my liking.

The current game plan seems overly dependent on Albers and Frans Steyn “hitting” it up.

Can this approach beat the Aussies…, I think so…, But the All blacks…I don’t know.

On the cricket front, the Proteas continues to impress under Gary Kirsten. With this series a great advertisement for Test cricket.

Great batting by Amla and what a wonderfully opening spell by Vernon yesterday afternoon.

Oh and I see that idiot that abused Mark Boucher has run for the hills and deleted his twitter account . After Mark retweeted the insult the cricket community (especially J Kallis) called on twitter that he should be exposed, within a  few hours his name and home town in the UK was known., As stated he then subsequently deleted his twitter account. (his name was allegedly Michael Debeve from Middleborough (as per a Ryk Neetling tweet)

 Cheerio

 

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Olympics 2012 – SASCOC sold out…

July 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

So today is the big day.

The 2012 Summer Olympics officially kicks off today with  (what is sure to be) a show stopping opening ceremony in London.

As soon as tomorrow one of our serious medal hopefuls , Chad Le Gloss, will be in action. Good luck to him.

A few pictures of the SA athletes have started to surface , and to be honest their outfits are embarrassing.

The athletes can’t be blamed for this, as SASCOC somehow decided to sign a sponsorship deal the Chinese based sport brand named “Elke”

Like most imported goods from China these products are cheap and compete by simply flooding foreign markets.

Needless to say most counties can’t compete, South Africa’s and so many other countries textile industries have been driven to extinction by this practice.

This was an ideal opportunity by SASCOC to team up with a local, or even a  international brand that has a strong SA presence by virtue of local retailers or distributes and in many cases even limited production. All practices that create employment in SA.

Even more ironic is that the SA mascot, a Rhino, is on the brink of extinction in great part due to illegal trade for traditional Chinese medicine.

Some reactions after the announcement of the  four-year, $4m sponsorship agreement with Erke — a $250m annual turnover Chinese sportswear group.

from: http://www.businessday.co.za/articles/Content.aspx?id=169299

“Immediately, the Congress of South African Trade Unions expressed outrage at the licensing agreement, which conflicts with the Local Procurement Accord, and called for the agreement to be voided. Proudly South African also expressed dismay, given Sascoc’s undertakings that member bodies would support local sourcing. “

“Social media erupted. Those who chose a rhino mascot are incensed at Sascoc’s unethical decision, especially given that they believed their votes would highlight awareness of the “bloody” plight of our rhinos — threatened by illegal trade for traditional Chinese medicine — via global media at such a significant, world event. “

“Whilst Erke has no liability whatsoever for the poaching scourge, our well-known, national outrage at China’s proven lack of proper law enforcement against illicit rhino-horn trade has been utterly lost in Sascoc’s drive to maximise royalties. “

As usual the public criticism fell on deaf ears and our athletes are prancing around in Chinese imports on the biggest stage of them all.

 

This is also posted on my Word Press blog:  http://huffingandpuffing17.wordpress.com/

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Coca Cola Craven Week – Day 1

July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 So the annual Coca Cola Craven Week competition kicked off in the Friendly city yesterday,

The weather here was good yesterday and will be good today, but from tomorrow cold and rainy weather is expected, so brace yourselves lads.

 With the games being played at the new built Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth (a wonderfully modern facility) the boys are poised for a great week. Fitting really that this week is held at the home of South Africa’s newest Super Rugby Franchise, The Southern Kings.

The biggest upset of day 1 has to be huge loss suffered by the Free State boys (read Grey Bloem) against the Sharks U18 team. (48-24). Home team EP then produced a fine performance to beat a spirited Valke team 41-17.

 The biggest game today will be the clash between old rivals WP and Blue Bulls at 15.30.

 TUESDAY’S FIXTURES – DAY 2:

09h30 – Zimbabwe vs Border CD
11h00 – Griquas CD vs EP CD
12h30 – SWD vs Limpopo
14h00 – Pumas vs Griffons
15h30 – WP vs Blue Bulls

MONDAY’S RESULTS – DAY 1:

Leopards (12) 36 – Tries: Willem Herbst, Iniel Schoenfeld, Francwa Ueckermann. Conversions: Matthys Venter (3). Penalties: Venter (5).
Namibia (17) 29 – Tries: Daniel Arries, Ethan Beukes, Jean-Claude Winkler, Leon Feris. Conversions: Arries (3). Penalty: Arries.

Boland (6) 16 – Try: Chad Kleinsmidt. Conversion: Kleinsmidt. Penalties: Schalk Hugo (3).
Griquas (9) 12 – Penalties: Granville Adams (4).

Lions (16) 29 – Tries: Jaco van der Walt, Frans van Wyk, Christiaan Massyn. Conversion: Van der Walt. Penalties: Van der Walt (3), Sibongumusa Radebe.
Border (14) 14 – Try: Lilitha Jonas. Penalties: Akhona Sihunu (3).

Free State (3) 24 – Tries: Othello Sebotsa, EW Viljoen, Edward Schmidt. Conversions: Pieter Jordaan (3). Penalty: Jordaan.
KZN (36) 48 – Tries: Bruce Arnott (2), Cornelis Vermaak, Daniel du Preez, Jesse Kriel (2), Justin Moberly. Conversions: Robert Anderson (5). Penalty: Anderson.

EP (24) 41 – Tries: Sergeal Petersen (2), Aidon Davis, Selvyn Davids, Matthew Moore. Conversions: Ernst Stapelberg (5). Penalties: Stapelberg (2).
Valke (10) 17 – Tries: Johan Oosthuizen, Leon Potgieter. Conversions: Ruan Potgieter (2). Penalty: Potgieter

 This is also posted on my Word Press blog:  http://huffingandpuffing17.wordpress.com/

http://www.supersport.com/rugby/juniors/news/120709/Big_wins_for_EP_KZN_at_Craven_Week

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CC – First Division and the EP Kings.

July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The first division competition of the Currie Cup kicked off last weekend.

 The 2012 season will see the competition expanded from six to eight teams, leaving  the Premier division with only 6 teams. The Leopards and Pumas thus join the first division in this year’s competition.

With the pending inclusion in the 2013 Super 15, it is important for the EP Kings to do well  this year and take that momentum into the 2013 campaign.

 EP won the first division 2010 and lost in the final in 2011.

 In a replay of last year’s final EP Kings faced Boland in Wellington in Week 1.

 After dominating the first 40 with superb territorial  play the EP Kings took the foot of the pedal and allowed Boland back into the game in the second 40. The Kings held on for a 25-20 win with tries from George Whitehead, Cornell du Preez, and SP Marais to the two tries scored by Jacquin Jansen for Boland.

 This weekend the Kings will play fellow Sothern Kings Franchise partners SWD. By all accounts this is a game the Kings should take easily.

 In the other matches Border take in the Valke at home, and it could go either way, if I had to choose I’ll go with Valke. Pumas take on Boland, I expect they will pip the defending champs and I expect the Leopards will win against the underperforming Griffons.

Spare a thought for Kurt Coleman now playing for SWD after being part of the Stormers team for 2 seasons, how cruel the game can be.

In other exciting news local boy Michael Killian returns to EP after a number of years with the Lions.

 Come on Kings!

 This weekend’s fixtures – Round 2:

EP Kings vs. SWD Eagles
Date: Friday, 6 July
Kickoff: 19:00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Rasta Rashivenga
Assistants: Lusanda Jam, Linston Manuels
TMO: Johan Greeff
Last meeting: 26 August 2011 in George: EP won 60-24.

Border Bulldogs vs. Valke
Date: Friday, 6 July
Kickoff: 19:00
Venue: Buffalo City Municipal Stadium, East London
Referee: Jason Jaftha
Assistants: Christie du Preez, Loyiso Bosman
Last meeting: 30 September 2011 in East London: Valke won 34-31.

Pumas vs. Boland Kavaliers
Date: Saturday, 7 July
Kickoff: 15:00
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistants: Marius van der Westhuizen, Pieter de Villiers
Last meeting: 25 March 2011 in Witbank (Vodacom Cup): Pumas won 26-17.

Griffons vs. Platinum Leopards
Date: Saturday, 7 July
Kickoff: 15:00
Venue: North West Stadium, Welkom
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistants: Pieter Janse van Vuuren, Francois de Bruin
Last meeting: 26 March 2010 in Potchefstroom (Vodacom Cup): Leopards won 43-13.

Last week’s results – Round 1:

Boland Kavaliers 20-25 EP Kings
SWD 46-8 Border Bulldogs
Platinum Leopards 32-23 Pumas
Valke 27-37 Griffons

 This is also posted on my Word Press blog:  http://huffingandpuffing17.wordpress.com/

 source:

http://www.worldcupweb.com/rugby/news/viewarticle.asp?id=35784

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US OPEN

June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

So the US Open started last night. It’s my 3rd favorite Major behind The Masters and the British Open, but it is still an exciting time if you are a golf lover.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy is a real contended as is Tiger Woods, who appears to be turning the corner, his game is becoming more consistent and his putting better.

Other contenders are the 3 Englishman Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Luke Donald, the young SA guns Oosthuizen and Schwartzel as well as a slew of young US players that appear to be making their mark in world golf (Dustin, Bubba, Kutchar, Watney etc)

Also Adam Scot, McDowell and Kaymer should do well.

It’s a very “open” Open with the seasoned players like, Mickelson, Furyk, Ernie and Cabrera all able to claim the top prize.

This year the US Open is being held at the Olympic Club (established 1860) in San Francisco California.

Below the previous winners since 2000 the US Open first played in 1895:

YEAR

Champion

Country

Venue

USD

2011

Rory McIlroy

 Northern Ireland

Congressional Country Club, Blue Course

1,440,000

2010

Graeme McDowell

 Northern Ireland

Pebble Beach Golf Links

1,350,000

2009

Lucas Glover

 United States

Bethpage State Park, Black Course

1,350,000

2008

Tiger Woods (3)

 United States

Torrey Pines Golf Course, South Course

1,350,000

2007

Ángel Cabrera

 Argentina

Oakmont Country Club

1,260,000

2006

Geoff Ogilvy

 Australia

Winged Foot Golf Club, West Course

1,225,000

2005

Michael Campbell

 New Zealand

Pinehurst Resort, Course No. 2

1,170,000

2004

Retief Goosen (2)

 South Africa

Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

1,125,000

2003

Jim Furyk

 United States

Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course

1,080,000

2002

Tiger Woods (2)

 United States

Bethpage State Park, Black Course

1,000,000

2001

Retief Goosen

 South Africa

Southern Hills Country Club

900,000

2000

Tiger Woods

 United States

Pebble Beach Golf Links

800,000

Update after Day 1

Little known American, Thompson heads the field at 4 under with Tiger looking very good in second place with McDowell, Rose, Watney and Toms at 1 under.

Furyk, Kuchar and Poulter are also very placed at even par after the first round.

Brendan Grace is the best placed South African at 1 over, Schwartzel had a slow start and is at 3 over, with Ernie, Retief, Oosthuizen, Immelman and Clark all well of the pace, with the latter 3 looking like they will miss the cut.

World number one Luke Donald shot a disappointing 79 (9 over) and Rory is at 7 over.

Enjoy the Golf

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Baby Boks to make wholesale changes:

June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

After a very disappointing opening match against Ireland, the U20 Bok team will have different look when they take on Italy tonight.

To have any change to advance they need beat Italy and England with bonus points,

As has been mentioned before, the game plan attempted by the U20 team on Monday night appears to be in line with what Meyers wants to see this Saturday vs. England from the senior team.

However as was evidenced on Monday night, if you don’t win the collision and get our box kicks spot on, this tactic can unravel and leave you looking a bit silly.

So much for Bok rugby moving forward after the World cup…

Anyway here is the likely team for tonight’s match. (only 3 of the forwards that played in the opening game remain)

PE boy Jason Thomas gets a start at hooker, good on him!

Below the team likely to start tonight:

15 – Marias Schmidt        

14 – Tshotsho Mbovane

13 – William Small –Smith

12 – Jan Serfontein

11 – Travis Ismaiel

10 – Handre Pollard

9 – Vian van der Watt

8 – Braam Steyn

7 – Wiaan Liebenberg (c)

6 – Khaya Majola

5 – Ruan Botha

4 – Paul Willemse

3 – Oliver Kebble

2 – Jason Thomas

1 – Steven Kitshoff

Oh , and go Bokke!

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