Mamma’s little boys!

June 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

Sometimes, it’s better to just laugh at something rather than to get upset.  I read this morning in the paper the IRB has sent an instruction list for the IRB JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPS FINAL between the Young Boks and the All Blacks.

Awwwwwwhhhh sweet, look, the IRB is looking after his pretty little babies again!

Basically the terms and conditions is as follows:

1.  The Baby Boks may not have a maskot of a Springbok at Newlands on Friday evening.  They feel a man dressed as a Springbok would give unfair advantage to the Boks.

2.  The All Blacks however is free to do the Haka.

3.  During the Haka, the Boks will not be allowed to go futher than the halfway line

Failure to comply, will result in heavy fines!

1995 was true competing in my view – now we are forced to “obey” and sit and

watch the Kiwi’s do their little dance!

You know what is my suggestion to the Baby Boks come Friday.  When the All Blacks are midway through the Haka, turn your backs and RUN!!! Run scared, run wild, untill you reach your own goal posts and there you stand and wait for it to finish.  I wonder if the IRB would frown on such disobedience!?

Look who I found at Edgars

June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

I was totally over the moon yesterday while shopping in Durban’s little “India” Mall.  He and his new wife was doing some shopping and I’m such a big fan that I followed them around for a while.  After three hours I got bored with them as they only stopped at Verimark stores and Mr Price Sport.

So I headed to Edgars to go and buy myself some new jeans (the real reason I went to the Mall).  So I took the jeans and went over to the counter to pay for them and who was standing there with the exact same pair of jean….the man himself, Graeme Smith!  Now I can proudly say that I have the same pants as our test cricket captain….

Heyneke, make up your mind – does size matter or not???

June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

After last weeks squad announcement I heard all the sides of the story from the blogs and newspapers and laid my mind to rest that Heyneke likes his rugby players big and therefor guys like Gio Aplon won’t really feature in his plans.

That was the biggest reason why I convinced myself that a guy like Brussouw probably isn’t all “that” anymore and why a guy like Sarel Pretorius would never put on the “green and gold”.  That is also most probably why Wynand Olivier/JJ Engelbrecht got the nod ahead of Juan de Jongh.  I honestly decided I will not fight the system and I will support this notion of his and not question it at all.  I don’t want to be left behind in the OLD South Africa where you have flair and speed spoil the good old rugby of brunt and muscle!

But now….Zane gets injured and Heyneke calls up Gio Aplon.

HUH?!?!?

I’m back to square one with some of the selections now.  DON’T GET ME WRONG.  The team won and did great on Saturday, but I would still love to get inside the head of Heyneke and know how he thinks.

BIG v SMALL – what is his real preference now?!?

KINGS PLEASE COME SAVE THE LIONS REPUTATION

May 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

I don’t care what anyone says, after this performance from the Lions, the Kings will do them a huge favour if they kicked them out of Super Rugby.  I have never seen this amount of shit dished out on a rugby field.  Poor John Mitchell, you can’t coach these idiots if they can’t catch a ball or throw a pass!

The Peter de Villiers story – helium is sold seperately!

May 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

There was talk of this earlier the week and what do you know…the autobiography of Divvy is here, well, almost!

You can pre order the book for only R200 on kalahari.com

I would love to know from you….what is the one thing, chapter that would like to read most? 

For one, I would love to read about how the team dynamics worked inside the Springbok camp.  Everyone always claimed the team was coached by the senior players, but I dont really buy it.  Hopefully the book will shed some light.

What are you looking forward to most to find out?

When you combine a Lion and a Cheetah, do you get a CAT?

May 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

After reading Baylion’s post earlier this morning about the possible 6th franchise, I got wondering. What would a 2013 CATS side look like should SARU decide to put together the Lions and Cheetahs for the 2013 Super Rugby competition?

I have to say, I put this together in 10 seconds and it doesn’t look like a half bad side!?

 

CATS

1

Coenie Oosthuizen

2

Adriaan Strauss

3

Patric Cilliers

4

George Earle

5

Izak van der Westhuizen

6

Heinrich Brüssow

7

Juan Smith (captain)

8

Josh Strauss

9

Michael Bondesio

10

Johan Goosen

11

Willie le Roux

12

Doppies la Grange

13

Robert Ebersohn

14

Deon van Rensburg

15

Jaco Taute

Reserves

16

Bandise Maku

17

WP Nel

18

Franco van der Merwe

19

Ashley Johnson

20

Tewis de Bruyn

21

Elton Jantjies

22

Lionel Mapoe

 

Would the possibility of the Cats in the 2013 be such a big train smash seeing as both teams are have been struggling to be competitive in the past, sjoeg, 10 years?!?!

 

Pos

2007

P

W

D

L

Pts

11

Cheetahs

13

4

1

8

22

12

Lions

13

5

0

8

22

13

Waratahs

13

3

1

9

21

14

Reds

13

2

0

11

11

Pos

2008

P

W

D

L

Pts

13

Cheetahs

13

1

0

12

13

14

Lions

13

2

1

10

12

Pos

2009

P

W

D

L

Pts

12

Lions

13

4

0

9

25

13

Reds

13

3

0

10

19

14

Cheetahs

13

2

0

11

12

Pos

2010

P

W

D

L

Pts

10

Cheetahs

13

5

1

7

26

11

Chiefs

13

4

1

8

26

12

Highlanders

13

3

0

10

19

13

Force

13

4

0

9

19

14

Lions

13

0

0

13

5

Pos

2011

P

W

D

L

Pts

11

Cheetahs

16

5

0

11

40

12

Force

16

5

2

9

37

13

Brumbies

16

4

1

11

33

14

Lions

16

3

1

12

29

15

Rebels

16

3

0

13

24

Pos

2012

P

W

D

L

Pts

11

Cheetahs

10

4

0

6

26

12

Rebels

9

2

0

7

20

13

Force

10

2

0

8

18

14

Lions

9

1

0

8

14

15

Blues

10

1

0

9

12

 

Apart from financial risks involved for being joint hosts and splitting home game between Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, I really think they will have more to offer as a side if they would be combined. I mean face it, since whenever they haven’t brought much to the party anyway.

Here we go again…cry babies!

April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Ag jitte tog! For 4 years the rugby public, from all parts of South Africa, were crying about having a Springbok coach they never wanted. HEYNEKE, HEYNEKE, HEYNEKE we all cried. WHY DON’T YOU GIVE US OUR HEYNEKE, now we are stuck with a clown that knows nothing of rugby. It was headlines all over the place.

So then after the world cup last year, we all got what we wanted in the first place – Heyneke Meyer, the new Springbok coach! But, did the crying stop? Nope, never, won’t happen!  

Too much Bulls support staff, no Victor Matfield, why bring back Fourie du Preez, what if the whole Bulls team is selected etc etc etc.

Looking at the list of coaches we’ve had since 1994, its actually the first time we have a full blooded Blue Bulls coaches isn’t it? The others look pretty much a WP/Sharks/Lions mix to me.

Coach                         Year                Winning %   

Kitch Christie              1994–1996        100%

Andre Markgraaff       1996                    61%

Carel du Plessis         1997                    37%

Nick Mallett                1997–2000          71%

Harry Viljoen              2000–2002          53%

Rudolph Straeuli         2002–2003         52%

Jake White                  2004–2007         67%

Peter de Villiers          2008–2011          62%

Heyneke Meyer           2012–

I’m saying stop the crying and give the man his chance. Give the Bulls supporters their time in the sun with a coach coming out of their neighbourhood. If he wants to bring back Anton Leonard, Victor Matfield, Pedrie Wannenburg and who ever else then its his choice.

This is the thing I don’t understand. We trusted Heynecke to be THE ONE before he became coach and now that he IS COACH, we suddenly don’t trust him anymore! Now we doubt his moves, his beliefs, his strategies etc.  I have never come across a person that gets the best job on earth and then his first thought is: “I wonder how I can piss off the Stormers folks” or “I wonder how I can screw this up for myself”.  Meyer knows what he is doing, he wants to make a success and he sure as hell won’t be as k@k as some of the guys in that list on top!

For once just stop crying and give the guy his full go and doing it on his own terms!

SUPER 5 day RUGBY

March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

Much has been written in the first few weeks of Super Rugby about the referee’s and local derbies destroying rugby as we know it. I have to admit I am no Met Uysh, Rugby Guru or Rassie Erasmus when it comes to analysing the finer points of rugby, but what I can tell you is that I have watched 95% of all Super rugby games since 2006 as I have to do it for my job.

Never in the 6 years that I have been doing this, have I been as frustrated as I am in these first few weeks. I have to say at this stage I am not referring to the quality of rugby of the amount of handling mistakes. I am not referring to the way referee’s are blowing the breakdown laws, nor am i blasting the tactics of kick and chase.

I’m talking of the mindset of our players that takes in these local derbies week after week since the expanded Super 15 began.

 

My comments on it are as follows:

1. As a rugby fan, supporter and follower, I have now reached the point where it does not interest me to see the Bulls take on the Stormers anymore, as in a few weeks I will see it yet again, and in a few weeks after that I will see it yet again. Matching up the RSA teams up with each other week after week after week takes away all the glamour of what a local derby used to have for me.

2. Games are getting slow paced and boring. Since the start of all these local derbies, the pace of the games has changed dramatically. It feels like watching a 5 day cricket game. Nobody cares to watch the first 4 days as the real good stuff only happens in the final day (final 10 minutes in rugby terms). Try to watch all 4 games in a row on Saturday and you will see the same thing repeat itself:

First 20 mins – low or no scores at all…a try in this period is either against the run of play or an intercept/charge down. Average score after this period Team A 6 – 3 Team B

Second 20 mins – the most boring of the lot. This is the part where handling mistakes start to make the rugby a dull affair. Most of the rugby is being played between the 10 yard lines. Average score after this period Team A 10 – 9 Team B

Third 20 mins – Subs will start to come into play and yet again makes for a slow paced game. Teams will ALWAYS opt for kicking to the post when winning a penalty. Average score after this period Team A 15 – 12 Team B

Fourth 20 mins – It is at this point where you get one of two things. You either end up with the most boring rugby game ever (in most cases the Aussie derbies), or you will end up with a very close finish, but yet again the winner is determined by a penalty kick at goal. On two odd occasions this year, we saw on team over powering the other in this final 20 mins which lead to a try scoring exciting final 20 mins. Average score after this period Team A 21 – 20 Team B

 

3. There are just so much stats that one can look up and dish up at this stage to see if it’s just my imagination and if there is more truth to my frustrating Saturdays in front of the television. You can go and have a look at the amount of penalties, tries, points scored etc and compare the various seasons of Super Rugby from then to now. Here is just one comparison I made which indicates lower match total since the start of the expanded Super 15 compared to the old version of Super 14.

2012 – SUPER 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011 – SUPER 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 – SUPER 14

P

PF

BP

TOT

P

PF

BP

TOT

P

PF

BP

TOT

3

89

1

13

3

71

0

12

3

149

3

15

3

72

1

13

3

68

0

12

3

114

2

14

2

40

0

8

2

54

0

8

3

128

2

14

3

91

2

10

2

43

0

8

3

87

2

10

3

77

1

9

3

92

2

10

3

70

1

9

3

77

1

9

3

72

2

10

3

66

1

9

3

58

0

8

3

102

1

9

3

75

0

8

3

55

1

7

3

73

3

7

3

87

2

6

3

77

3

7

3

57

3

7

3

63

1

5

2

9

1

3

3

62

2

6

3

83

1

5

3

61

1

5

3

61

1

5

3

74

1

5

2

32

1

1

3

75

1

5

3

96

2

2

3

35

0

4

2

25

1

1

3

44

2

2

3

68

3

3

3

67

2

2

3

56

0

0

3

47

2

2

3

56

1

1

 

 

 

 

Totals after Round 3

Totals after Round 3

Totals after Round 3

42

888

18

102

42

978

19

103

42

1192

20

104

AVE

21.14

0.4

2.43

AVE

23.29

0.5

2.45

AVE

28.38

0.5

2.48

Points per match per side have dropped by 7 points after Round 3 from 2010 to this season.

My conclusion is this: Local derbies are awesome if you get it in small quantities during the year. Once or twice during Currie Cup seasons is just the correct amount to keep it spicy. The pace of the game gets dramatically reduced to almost the same as a test match, not even talking about the intensity of the game. The endings are almost always nail biting close, BUT my question is this: Is it worth it watching 70 mins of boring, stale rugby just to end up with 10 mins of fun right at the end??

oh HAPPY day…..

February 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

First up, I have no clue what is required from a person when it comes to running a sport channel like Supersport, but I do find it interesting that a guy coming from the banking industry is given the role here in South Africa.  In fact, not even from the banking industry.  The oke started as a marketer for Unilever (much respect for working his way up the ranks) and has a degree in ARTS! Interesting mix of credentials.

I guess one should be too negative about his appointment, as rumours have done the rounds that Supersport was in talks with several ex Springboks (Victor Matfield, Kobus Wiese etc) for this job.  They wanted to continue on the policy of hiring ex rugby players and expand the policy for executive jobs and not only commentary.

Some background:  Happy Ntshingila is an Executive Director of Marketing and Communication for Absa Group Limited. He is also one of the founders of HerdBuoys. He previously served as Manager of Public Relations for Tiger Oats Limited.

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperSport-appoint-new-CEO-20120201

Happy Ntshingila will start his new role as CEO of Supersport on 1st of April and I hear he LOOOOVES his local soccer, so yes, I guess this year we will see 1 out of the 4 Currie Cup games live on Supersport over the weekend and the rest you will have to watch the 10 minute highlights package on Supersport Blitz.

Pathetic…talking about disgracing yourself and your sport

January 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

I honestly didn’t know how to react to this…..

http://www.sport24.co.za/Galleries/Video/Top%20Videos/Shameful%20AFCON%20fake%20injury/81344c388d33482297626e63a70ff10f/Shameful-AFCON-fake-injury

Pathetic, hope he gets fined, suspended and likewise for the coaching staff who clearly condones this type of nonsense.  If I was the coach and saw that, I would have walked onto the pitch myself and kicked his ass back up off the ground!

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