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JUST NOT TOO MANY SHARKS AND BULLS SUPPORTERS PLEASE
It will take a while to get used to this new forum but I like what I see so far. Very similar to LD but waaaaaaaaay better than 24 c–p. That site pissed me off to much.
I look forward to hooking up with all the old LD okes and maybe even Kitch. I’ve missed the old fart.
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I find this hard to believe
This stat from my sport24 blog:
11% of your traffic is currently from mobile users.
You’ve had 831608 desktop hits and 108588 mobile hits in the last 15 months.
But it has made me think more about what I write and say on social media.
Dirty play or “over robust” or “not playing tiddlywinks” kind of rugby.
There are many instances where foul play or suspected foul play is accepted by the winners and decried by the losers depending on who you support. Referees get vilified by a fan base that is biased by whether they are losers or winners of the game or incident. There are very few unbiased fans —– Fan is an abbreviation of fanatic
an enthusiastic devotee, follower, or admirer of a sport, pastime, celebrity, etc
1885–90, Americanism; short for fanatic
supporter, enthusiast, partisan, booster, addict.
I clipped these cuttings from newspapers on my reader today
From what I can gather, back in the days of Danie Craven, visiting international rugby teams were on the receiving end of more than a few dubious decisions by South African referees, which made it almost impossible to win in South Africa. Even after 1994 and readmission, some New Zealanders still believe that their players were poisoned before the 1995 World Cup final.
What I do know is that Louis Luyt, at the official dinner for the Springboks and the New Zealand All Blacks, following the Bok’s narrow victory over the All Blacks in the final, in a speech described by the New Zealand media as “boorish”, he declared that if they had played, South Africa would have won the previous two Rugby World Cups including the 1987 tournament won by the All Blacks.
In response, the All Blacks walked out of the dinner.
What we say can have repercussions
or be candid without being slanderous
Why for example did Terry Willis (from Australia) adjudicate Bismarck’s red card? Should it not have been a neutral official given the context of The Rugby Championships? Why did the citing commission not cite Nonu whose tackle on Jean De Villiers made Bismark’s Messam incident look like a friendly cuddle?
“It doesn’t matter what happens afterwards. If you’re a player, you want the card or the penalty there and then so you can translate that to points. With two assistant referees on the side of the field and the benefit of slow motion replays and the TMO up in the stands, there is no reason why an official should make a hasty decision on the field and what was inexcusable was that he [Walsh] didn’t ask for an opinion from the TMO.”
Mallett said the laws were too complicated for one man to be making all the crucial decisions, saying that referees were under tremendous pressure and were influenced by home crowds. The games had too much at stake for officials to be making mistakes, Mallett said.
“A player gets dropped, he loses his contract, a coach gets fired, a referee is policed by other referees, but players’ futures and careers are on the line, therefore you have to get decisions right,” he said.
Mallett said that he would like to see a challenge system similar to that used in cricket whereby captains could ask for the TMO to be consulted.
Social media is “social” and by design, open to all and sundry. Kids, adults, fans and trolls are free to browse through good and garbage. I don’t know about you guys but I watch my language around my family and friends as well as on my blogs, merely because that is the way I was brought up. I respect others and all I ask is for that respect to be reciprocated. We are responsible for our actions and what we say and can or should be held accountable.
Is it just me or is the hill the Boks have to climb to win the championship a bit too steep to climb?
ABs on 18 + 5 = 23 They are expected to get full points here
Boks 14 + 4 = 18 I doubt that we’ll get 4 tries again this time around against Oz
We will then have to beat the ABs with 4 tries and have the a better points difference to win.
NOT ACCORDING TO THE FANS
Exoniration after the fact is like saying sorry to someone after they’ve been hanged.
Mistakes happen and we have to move on.
I hope this isn’t allowed to unduly influence their preparation for the next two games
The judicial hearing was held via teleconference on Monday.
Willis granted an application made by Gerrie Swart who appeared on behalf of Du Plessis, for an expedited hearing. The hearing was originally fixed for the Tuesday. At the hearing, Willis was assisted by former professional player David Croft from Australia.
Submissions were made on behalf of the player and the video footage was reviewed. Willis found that the decision made by referee Romain Poite to issue a yellow card as a result of the tackle by Du Plessis on Dan Carter was wrong, as it was within the laws of the game.
Carter to his credit said he had no problem with the tackle.
No further sanction was imposed on Du Plessis, however the second yellow card remains on his record for the remainder of the Rugby Championship.
When their opponents in lily-white rugby teams start calling the black Hoërskool Ben Vorster players “kaffirs” during matches, their response is always the same: “Just look at the scoreboard.”
The scoreboard will invariably say that the Ben Vorster boys are winning. They’re not winning because they are black tokens in the sport or because someone felt sorry for them. They’re winning because they’re talented and because they sweated for it. They’re winning because they deserve it.
This is the story of a school in the remote citrus-farming valley of Tzaneen in Limpopo: nine out of the starting 15 first-team rugby players at this traditionally white, Afrikaans school are black and, when they run on to the field at some of their matches, they are called “dogs”.
But these boys and their coach are undeterred by these comments — in fact, their iron-hard will, discipline and sights set on bright futures won them the revered schoolboy rugby title of Under-18 Beeld Trophy 2013 champions last month, an accolade fought for by high schools in six provinces.
Coach Andre Hay says he tells his “bulle” (bulls): “Play the ball, not the player. If you get into a fight with that player, you’ll come off with nothing, but if you focus on the game, you will probably come off with a win.”
Gareth Rosslee – Why wouldn’t you want to pick overseas players!
There are a lot of ‘conventional wisdoms’ in South African rugby that get rehashed to death and carted out at every opportunity.
Here’s the one I’m talking about: “Picking overseas Springboks devalues the jersey, weakens our rugby etc etc.”
If Bounce doesn’t revert to the Straw Man Argument (I won’t mention any shit movies like Anchorman here… Oh no, I’m losing the popular vote already!) or personal attacks (who the hell is Gareth Rosslee, well I’m glad you asked…) then I’m interested to see how anyone who doesn’t sit in the SuperSport / SARU / SANZAR office could argue that players going overseas is a bad thing.
We export our products to foreign lands where they are paid huge amounts of money, use the best facilities, coached by state of the art teams, wrapped in cotton wool and compete in leagues filled with star players.
Take the Heineken Cup final last year. 50 000 fans at the AVIVA Stadium in Ireland.
On the field: Byrne, Sivivatu, Nalanga, Bonnaire, Hines, Armitage, Wulf, Bastareaud, Wilkinson, Giteau, Fernandez-Lobbe, Maso, Hayman, Sheridan…
Now tell me that Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Joe van Niekerk would rather be running out against the Rebels in Melbourne in front of three people and two dogs.
We will have to wait and see but this is his time to shine and prove himself.
Cape Town – Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is confident that new Western Province lock Taz Fuzani will be able to hold his own when he makes his Currie Cup debut against the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt 5. De Kock Steenkamp (captain), 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Michael van der Spuy