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The Greek and the Lamb

October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s finally here! The Currie Cup final for 2013 is at Newlands, the Home of Rugby and quite rightly, the two top teams earned their right to compete for the most coveted trophy in World Domestic Rugby.  Rugby players from across the globe have yearned to play in this most fierce competition, and this weekend, it will be decided which team will have the honor to lift it high as the Currie Cup champions.

As with last year, the Sharks will have their Springbok laden side take on the current champions with their handful of Boks.  WP with Deon Fourie, who inspired them to victory in 2012 after losing the best wing in world rugby in Habana, will be keen to keep the trophy in the Western Cape to prove that last year was no fluke. They are still to be defeated this year, and will be determined to keep it that way this weekend.

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Snub us some more

October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

Wisden, the wankers in charge of Cricket’s Almanack, also, referred to as “The Bible of Cricket” recently published their best Test XI. Surprisingly, they forgot to include any South Africans.

Don Bradman was named captain of a team that consist of greats in the game from years gone by. Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar are the only players from the modern age and even though this is a very compelling and good team, whatever happened to the greats South Africa has produced? Or are we not just not good enough? Here is the team with their Test stats:

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The Springbok Experience

September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

One of the most important holidays for us as South Africans.  It illustrates the diversity we as a country displays.  Two years ago, SARU set out on the task of creating a museum for one of the most powerful and popular sporting brands in the world.  After consulting, and visiting various museums of different sporting types, including Wimbledon Tennis Museum, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea museums and other big clubs, SARU had an idea and left the idea to their planning staff

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Young Team, old excuse

September 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Written by one of our newest recruits, Sarel van die Plaas.

Fuck these Blue Bull supporters are irritating me, but more than them, are these Radio Stations based in the Capital City reaching and searching for excuses for the poor form their team is in.

 

Look, as a Cheetah supporter I am far from saying that my team is in the form of their lives, but at least we don’t reach for excuses like “You don’t replace a Matfield overnight” or the old favourite used by many a Lions and most recently Sharks management, “This team is still young and will learn”.

Kak man! When was the last time Matfield, Steyn and even Hougaard played Currie Cup in the regular season. These players have been playing rugby all their lives, and have come through the systems put in place by their respective unions especially to prepare players for the step up.

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Unleash the Tank

September 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

There has sort of been a sight of relief after Bismarck Du Plessis’ red card was overturned by a SANZAR judicial panel yesterday.  News out of the Bok Camp today is that Du Plessis, who was influential during his time on the park and the week prior in Australia will likely have to play from the bench.

According to reports here Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer already spoke to both players.  I can understand that Strauss has had a very impressive season thus far, and is one of the best Hookers in World Rugby.  His leadership is exemplary and he is physical.  Du Plessis though also brings a fetcher mentality to the game, very strong at the breakdown and good on defence.  The question we all need to ask ourselves is whether we want to win this game with a Bonus Point.  Yes we can smash the Wallabies, but we need to win with a Bonus Point, and also need to get of to a explosive start.

 

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The Man who sold the world

September 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

The most iconic rivalry in rugby.  That is all you need when trying to promote a game between the Springboks and the All Blacks.  Both teams having always been at the pinnacle of World Rugby and dominance.  Saturday, the reputation that game had, took a knock that could see the game be viewed from then on as a grudge match, surely October 5 springs to mind.

“The Man who sold the world”, great rock song originally done by David Bowie and redone and mastered by Nirvana springs to mind.  In my opinion, the Man in question here should be Romain Poitte.  And since Saturday, social media has been buzzing for the IRB to ban him from being in charge of another game.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has come out in defense of Mr Poitte by saying that the second yellow Du Plessis received when his elbow made contact with Liam Messam should have been a automatic red.  Mr Hansen, I ain’t no coach, but rugby if I remember correctly is still a contact sport.  There was no malicious intent on behalf of Du Plessis and should Sanzar impose any sort of ban on him, could see widespread criticism coming from all parts of the world.  The late great Doc Craven is fuming and turning in his grave now.

 

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Who and what do I believe?

September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Prior to the Australia vs. South Africa game, I had my reservations about the team our beloved leader chose. His reasoning has always been my problems, treating people like we don’t know what we are talking about.

I received some flack on my blog, but decided to ignore it, and stick with my gut. After Zane scored and proved once again that he does score tries, but only finishes it off, I am still not convinced that he should make the cut. I don’t care if he scored 50 tries for the Bulls; there are some underlying issues that we just cannot ignore. 

At the beginning of the year, Heyneke Meyer told our press that he would not consider overseas based players, thus stemming from the worrying fact that more and more players were now leaving our shores in search of a bigger payday and a much less demanding season. We already had enough players overseas to full up two teams that could take on our locally based players. 

 

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Ek is gatvol

September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

While at Loftus Versfeldt, Zane Kirchner won the man of the match award against Griquas in the Currie Cup.  He received a pass from Ulrich Beyers who broke the line and let Zane in for his 1st try of the season, a walk over.  Zane was the hero because he tried to side step and didn’t fall over his own feet.

I woke up from my nightmare, poured me a whiskey and prayed that I never dream of Zane ever again.

Any man with logic, could have told Heyneke Meyer that there would be a fair amount of criticism coming his way.  Forget for one second that he tasted Super Rugby success, and think of this within the national context.  This is my LOGIC!!

1.  If Zane was selected to field the Australian team’s up and under’s, something that would come mostly from their flyhalf, did you see Ewan selected Quade?  Quade cannot kick high balls, he places balls strategically.

2.  Why would you pick someone that last played for the Bulls, but bring on Lambie at Fullback everytime?

3.  Talking about Lambie, first you tell him to play more like Morne (which he cannot do because he is natural in attacking), then use him as a fullback replacement for a few minutes a week, and now tell the world that he will be used as a flyhalf and centre cover?

FUCK!!

Sorry blog ed, I cannot contain myself.  Livid?  Yes.  Sad?  Yes.

Why?

Livid because by the time the World Cup comes, we will have the best bench warmer in Patrick Lambie.  Might sound strange but I know that the only reason Morne is still there is because we all know HM gets his pants wet for Johan Goosen (a great player but one that should be wrapped in Vaseline because he breaks too quick).

Sad because logic and common sense is missing from Springbok rugby.  In 2007, Jake White could win the World Cup because the laws of the game at the time could see him play players like Danie Rossouw, big ball carriers, and scavengers like Juan and Schalk.  We could play with tactical know how because Jake and Rassie figured out where our opponents was weak, and have players like Fourie Du Preez exploit said weakness.

5 years later and even after the laws has changed, we still try and depend on our kicking game, instead of expanding and letting players run.  I am not saying don’t kick the ball.  I am saying that the tendency we as Saffas have is that we kick when we are supposed to run and run when we are supposed to kick.  Wrong choices and coaching, that starts at school level.  Even the levels at which our players come through is not up to standard.  How can the All Blacks win with their 3rd choice flyhalf but we stick with Morne?  I will get many that may not agree with my statements but I believe in them!

Heyneke, die PT onnie, ek is gatvol van jou kak.

For one, I do believe that Lambie is way better.  And please don’t tell me that he cannot play or is not as efficient as Zane.  Die man hardloop in mure vas in plaas van om die fokkin muur te hardloop.

PS:  And btw, Willie Le Roux may play kwai on the wing for Cheetahs, but the Cheetahs and the Springboks do not employ the same game plan.  If you really want to see creativity on the wing, then use Cheslin Kolbe on Wing, dai laatjie kan vlieg.

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Patriotism

August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Patriotism-Devoted love, support, and defence of one’s country; national loyalty.

Patriotism indeed has a lot to do with the teams we as rugby loving individuals support.  Through thick and thin I have supported, defended and criticized my country.  As a couch coach, I have asked myself why our coach would select certain players, why we would persist with the same daft game plans and why we as supporters, who pay thousands of rands per year not just to watch our team play, but also buy their supporters gear and replica’s have to sit and watch us dish out the same crap.

Last week, there was a sense of pride.  The Springboks put 9 tries past the Pumas, and it was even suggested on viewing of the Australian game that we would decide the Championship at home against the All Blacks.  This weekend past however I cannot sit and ponder that same thoughts.  We were lucky to say the best to come away with the points.  Last year, the Pumas played to a 16 all draw against the Springboks at the same venue.  The lost by 4 points against the Wallabies but got a 39 point drubbing by champions New Zealand.

Now it may be premature to suggest that the same will happen, one gets the feeling that this title may as well be handed to the All Blacks.  No I am not being negative, we just have to realize and see the facts.  For the first time in RC championships, we have a positive points difference.  That still doesn’t account for our position on the table.  We may be undefeated, but we face a stern test against Australia next weekend.  One thing counting against us is the fact that Heyneke persist on using overseas based players and with six of those that played in Mendoza away for club duties in France, the amount of fatigue, travelling through 3 continents in such a short amount of time can only see them tired when the game starts.

We may live in the age of the professional but we have to realize that players are only human.  What if Bryan and Morne are injured this weekend?  Will we finally see Meyer giving Lambie a run at flyhalf.  I don’t care what you tell me, he was the one that told Lambie to play more like Morne and when he did he gives him 20 or less minute a week to show his worth?

If second guessing our ability when it comes to rugby is happening to Sa Rugby, then I don’t want to see what the All Blacks will do to us.  We struggle to win in New Zealand, but yet they find it easy to win in South Africa.  We need to wake up and smell the roses, we will not find it easy against a team that we will hand possession to.  Bjorn Basson may be good in the air with the Bulls but he has done nothing to suggest that he should be in the Bok team.

Patriotism is indeed what is keeping me from jumping ship and starting to support the All Blacks.  What many don’t realise is that those who choose to support them in our country have done it exactly for the reason why I am contemplating it.  Had it not been for Patriotism….

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Los my net uit!

August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

I for one am a keen believer in sticking to your word.  Like so many people before him that has made promises and not delivered, Heyneke Meyer was faced with the task of putting together a team that could challenge for the Rugby Championship.

http://ewn.co.za/2013/03/06/Overseas-Boks-not-out-of-the-running

This article was written a few months ago and shows HM giving preference to locally based players.  Now when it came out, and with so many players leaving our shores, I knew that contradiction would eventually rear it’s ugly head.  Once again, and this is no direct attack on a certain union, have players especially players that once wore the light blue of NTvl been given preference.

And while we have a talented crop of players plying their trade overseas, I cannot for the life of me see why we cannot start building a team around the players we have in the country.

South African squad: Willem Alberts (loose forward), Bjorn Basson (wing), Marcell Coetzee (loose forward), Juan de Jongh (centre), Jean de Villiers (captain, centre), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker), Jannie du Plessis (prop), Fourie du Preez (scrumhalf), JJ Engelbrecht (centre/wing), Eben Etzebeth (lock), Bryan Habana (wing), Zane Kirchner (fullback), Siya Kolisi (loose forward), Juandré Kruger (lock), Pat Lambie (flyhalf/fullback), Willie le Roux (fullback/wing), Francois Louw (loose forward), Tendai Mtawarira (prop), Trevor Nyakane (prop), Coenie Oosthuizen (prop), Ruan Pienaar (scrumhalf), Chiliboy Ralepelle (hooker), Jan Serfontein (centre), Gurthrö Steenkamp (prop), Morné Steyn (flyhalf), Adriaan Strauss (hooker), Flip van der Merwe (lock), Franco van der Merwe (lock), Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf), Duane Vermeulen (No 8).

The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Fourie Du Preez.  And even though I don’t doubt his credentials, I do doubt whether he will be up to task physically.  Since he left, South Africa has seen the rise (and fall) of Hougaard, the sudden burst of Cobus Reinach and the emergence of Piet V Zyl.  Too be honest this is one inclusion I would not have bothered with.  Aren’t we trying to build a team for 2015?  Or are we trying to create a Old Boys Club, where players are only chosen because of their name and who they used to be.

We also like always have players chosen that simply doesn’t belong.  Bjorn Basson, as fast and dangerous as he is in the AIR, we need players with the hands and skills to make something out of nothing, where is Lwazi Mvovo or Gio Aplon, who until two years ago was a fan and player favourite?  Suddenly when Morne signed a overseas contract, Heyneke had to change his word, forgetting that players like Pat and Elton are waiting in the ranks, like Pat who have had to change his entire style of play to suite the national coach, only to play second fiddle to a player that has decided to go earn big bucks in Europe.

Look, I am not against choosing overseas based players.  There is certain exceptions to the rule.  I would have included Steenkamp ages ago as he remains a world class player.  But I would not have included Fourie, Steyn, Kirchner, Basson and Kruger.  Instead I would have opted for Jantjies, Van Zyl, Ludik, Aplon and Franco (to the starting side) and bring in someone like Deysel as cover.

One problem we will always have is the coach not picking to his strengths but instead to his favourites.  And if this is the case where we will stick with the one dimensional play, then we will get hammered in the RC.