October 25, 2012 in sport
Off to frail care soon I think. I hope there’s supersport and an internet connection so I can still give you all a hard time
I have been in hospital with fractured spine. Will post and comment when I feel stronger
On that day the visitors were well beaten in a top-of-the-log fixture in which players were aquaplaning in the large puddles of water that made the Mr Price Kings Park surface resemble a paddy field.
So frustrated did WP become that by the end of the match they had completely lost their rag, with two red cards being issued for punching and a third player yellow carded for a dangerous tackle, reducing Province to 12 men at the final whistle.
After producing an excellent kicking game in the first half that kept the Sharks checked, WP fell away badly in the second and ultimately were guilty of not adapting to the conditions as well as their opponents had.
With the SARU ruling that the EP Kings will replace the Lions in next years 2013 SuperRugby Championship, there has been much rumour and speculation about which Lions players are going where. Judging by the ‘unnoficial’ reports, it looks like the bulk of the Lions players will be going to the Stormers and the Sharks. If these reports are to be believed, I feel it is only right for these Unions to incorporate the Lions colours and logo into their 2013 SuperRugby jerseys.
Let me tell you now, what we saw at Soccer City yesterday was appalling. We sat in the row right behind the row of disabled/wheelchair seating.
After halftime two young men, wearing Castle Lager shirts and big green HULK hands drinking beer came past us and was probably too drunk to get to their chairs they decided the chairs in the disabled seating was better seating and just sat down. Firstly we did not see what happened but as the people in the wheelchairs returned an augment ensued.
As we started listening in it appeared that the person in the wheelchair asked them to vacate the seats as they paid for it just as them, they refused and used the worst language to tell the person in the wheelchair off. In the mean time 3 other people in wheelchairs could not watch the game because of these men.
These two men showed what I would consider the worst side of human behavior and after 10 min of fighting finally we as the crowed jumped in and found the rest of their group they were with and they were told to leave to make space for the other people in the wheelchairs. Then we inquired about the group they were in and was told they won some form of fan prize and was hosted by Castle all day, given copious amounts of free alcohol, let onto the field half time and all this done in the name of Castle. I hope you guys are proud of your “ambassadors”. Absolutely despicable!
I took two photos of the people in question during the argument that shows the two drunkards and the person in the wheelchair.
WHO IS THE NEXT BOK CAPTAIN?
ANY SUGGESTIONS – Who is there to pick when Jean gets injured or steps down?
Who do you think could do the job?
Go and read David Moseley says.
Replacing a talismanic leader like John Smit will be no easy task for Springbok management in the years (months, perhaps?) to come. Right now centre Jean de Villiers is doing a fine job with his losing speeches and applauding of the crowd for their fervent support. But the 31-year-old is unlikely to make another Rugby World Cup. Who, then, to lead the Boks into the future?
John Smit left some mighty captaincy boots to fill. Say what you like about his playing ability towards the end of his career, but there’s no denying that the man was the greatest Springbok captain of all time, a leader whose talents may only be fully appreciated as time goes by.
I have written screeds of posts on this topic and it is rearing its ugly head once again.
CENTRAL CONTRACTS are a must in order to maintain the freshness and fitness levels of our International players by not allowing them to be abused by the S15 and CC stake holders. Players’ bodies and mental fitness is brought under close scrutiny when it gets to this time of the year. The Boks look jaded and after a long long season, are due for some mental and physical R&R., but that is not to be, with provinces already requiring their services for the CC final stages. The only teams who could afford to rest their Boks would be Sharks and Lions with the latter probably opting to play them because of their lack of playing time in the green and gold.
I for one can see the need by WP to play all their Springboks this weekend in order to avoid the unthinkable of having to play a promotion relegation match, but I can also see the merit of resting deVilliers and Habanna and maybe even Bekker and Etsebeth. The SA system is flawed and needs to be revised which I think has been mentioned as one of Rassie Erasmus’ main functions. This must happen sooner rather than later.
“While Meyer wants to let the newcomers gain experience and the combinations to grow on the tour, he has no guarantee that those players will be available when the tour departure arrives.
It was understood until last week that the 30 players who served under Meyer during the home leg of the Championship would be ruled out of the remaining phase of the Currie Cup, but there appears to have been an about-turn, with the provinces being allowed to call up their Boks for the domestic competition.
It appears the provinces have enforced their right to field the players that they employ, and it is the fault of the South African system rather than the individual unions that it should be allowed to happen.”
CENTRAL CONTRACTS are a must!
YIS! It’s performances like this and something similar on Friday evening that drive the average rugby fan to drink. Bokke show moments of what they are capable of, then slip up on defence out wide. I don’t want all fingers to point at Taute because Habana and Jantjies were also found wanting. I tend to agree with the TV presenter pundits when they question the coaching of the defensive coach. Granted, he has only had a short while for the products of 5 different defensive coaches to learn his structures and only a couple of weeks with two of them but at this level that is par for the course.
For me the turning point in the game was leaving an obviously struggling Goosen on the field for too long. Bad coaching choice and it was partially because of this that the defence crumbled and allowed the ABs to score. Another simple mistake was the poor defence or acceptance of the ball at kick off. Rookie lapses like these put us on the back foot and the newer players started to panic and mke bad decisions at times.
A player like Coenie Oosthuizen has got a whole lot to learn about being a tighthead and I’m not convinced that this is the right move by the coaches. Penalty counts by this player must also be reduced by good coaching.
I see no reason to make knee jerk reaction changes to this squad and they should be allowed to gain more experience on the year end tour.
“In the end though the reality check came and it was brutal. If there ever was a concern about how far behind the All Blacks the Boks have fallen, then this was it. There is a fallacy about South African rugby that we are the best in the world. But while the Boks can produce flashes of brilliance at times, they also can produce moments of immense lows to follow those highs. The All Blacks, on the other hand, are magnificent in their consistency and possess a killer instinct that few other teams in the world can match.
The Boks were handed a massive lesson on Saturday night, one that they will carry along with them forever. It wasn’t that they didn’t create enough opportunities, nor that they didn’t rattle the All Blacks at times during the game. Once again there were too many points left on the board, too many opportunities missed. Twelve points with the boot and at least two try-scoring opportunities.
But that was the attack. Where the Boks really lost the game was on defence, and at least two of the tries were simple basic defensive errors and when they needed to up the ante, they simply couldn’t hold out against the best attacking team in the world.”
Interesting for me is that while Carter is consistent between conversions and penalties, Steyn kick over 3% more conversions. Goosen kick over 1% more penalties than conversions.
Senior Rugby Correspondent Brenden Nel breaks down the statistics ahead of Saturday’s massive Castle Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and All Blacks.
There is no doubt the Soweto showdown will be a massive game. It has all the characteristics of a classic, with Bok expectation pitted against All Black consistency as the world’s top two sides battle for a season-defining victory.
That last point may be scoffed at a bit, especially as the Boks have had a rough ride while the All Blacks have swept all before them on their way to 15 consecutive victories and within touching range of their own world record of 17, but for both the Boks and the rest of the world, there is a glimmer of hope that the World Champions can be challenged, even if it has to be in the corner of Soweto at altitude and in front of a massively partisan home crowd.
KICKING STATS OF BOTH TEAMS’ KICKERS (including those out of the match-day 22)
Morne Steyn 73% (108 from 147) – Conversions 45/60, Penalties 63/87 (Could miss 2 from 8)
Frans Steyn 38% (3 from 8) – Con 0/2, Pen 3/6 (Could miss 5 from 8)
Johan Goosen 82% (49 from 60) – Con 17/21, Pen 32/39 (Could miss 1 from 8)
Ruan Pienaar 43% (3 from 7) – Con 3/5 Pen 0/2 (Could miss 4 from 8)
SEEMS THAT THE GOOSE IS THE REAL DEAL
Dan Carter 73% (66 from 90) – Con 30/41, Pen 36/49
Aaron Cruden 75% (105 from 140) – Con 49/61, Pen 56/79
Beauden Barrett 72% (78 from 108) – Cons 38/57, Pen 40/51
Israel Dagg 50% (1 from 2) – Con 1/2, Pen 0/0
You do feel some sympathy for the Wallabies, as their injury toll this season has been horrendous. So far this season, they have selected 38 players for 10 internationals. That includes five fullbacks, seven wingers and six different centre combinations. There has also been six back-row and five front-row combinations. Some of the changes have been due to form – as the Wallabies have had some miserable moments – but the bulk is due to mangled bodies.
Some of the blame has to be directed towards the game’s administrators, including those at the ARU and SANZAR who have contributed to making the season’s itinerary so cluttered and overloaded with high-intensity fixtures.
Not surprisingly, the debate over player welfare has intensified after Australia’s leading performers found themselves subjected to endless months of high-intensity football, with virtually no reprieve. While the Super Rugby competition has been dramatically extended, and the demands on each Australian province deepened due to the pressure to remain financially buoyant, every gap in the season is taken up with Test matches. So from February to December, there is hardly time for a player to rest. Instead they must develop into marathon men.
ARE SARU GREEDY?
THE Springboks will meet the All Blacks at the FNB Stadium for the second time in three years, but this time the match is hosted by the South African Rugby Union and not the Golden Lions Rugby Union.
Test matches are usually “sold” to a union for a fee of R9-million by Saru and the union then takes all the profits, if any.
But tomorrow’s (SAT) final Four Nations match is the first under a new model the national union is trying to implement.
This time Saru is hosting and therefore accepting all the costs and expenses associated with the event.
The South African Rugby Union (Saru) said in a statement that 61 000 tickets would go on sale for October’s showdown between South Africa and New Zealand, priced at R450 each. They will be available from all Computicket outlets at Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home stores as part of a three-tier pricing structure.
Almost 7 000 tickets will go on sale exclusively in Soweto at R250 each. Details of the issue of these tickets will follow at a later stage.
A further 11 000 premium priced tickets at R600 will also go on general sale.
Cheapest ticket is R250.
AfricaCup of Nations
TICKET PRICES: Ticket prices will range between R50 and R200.
Category 1: R70
Category 2: R60
Category 3: R50
Opening Game: R50 to R200
Quarter-finals: R70 to R100
Semi-finals: R80 to R100
Final: R100 to R200
CHEAPEST TICKET IS R50.00
Tickets for the Soccer final are less than HALF the price. Crowd volumes are going to shrink from year to year unless SARU realise that they can fill the stadiums with lower prices instead of having half filled stadiums at high prices. According to my math they will still make the same money.
I will miss the stadium vibe but I cannot afford those kind of prices to watch rugby.
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