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What’s going to happen to Habana ?

May 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

Brian Habana left out in the Dark ?

In 2005 BryanHabana made his Test Debut against Uruguay, scoring two tries in the Springboks 134-3 thrashing performance against the Uruguayans. He then went on two play two tests against France in succession scoring two tries in both tests. Habana also jointly holds the South African record for the most tries scored on 38 with Joost van der Westhuizen, needing just one more try to break the record which he has failed to do so, so far. He has scored 190 points for his country in his career as a Springbok and who can forget the heartbreak in Durban when he stole a lost minute try against the Sharks to clinch the Super 14 for the first time ever for the Bulls or any South African team. Brian Habana is truly a great Servant to South African Rugby, or was at least, but what happens to him now?

Habana has slumped to his worst form since possibly 2005 when the winger made his debut, his move to the Stormers has not seen him light up the scene yet as most fans would have expected. With the 2011 Tri Nations and the World Cup in New Zealand later this year one must feel that Bryan Habana’s once solid place in the Springbok XV is under threat and rightly so. It must be noted though that experience plays a massive role when it comes to teams going into a World Cup, Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has done what most Bok coaches in the past have failed to do, retaining his experienced players for the World Cup such as Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez, Jean de Villiers, Victor Matfield and of course Springbok Captain John Smit. But surely your wings need to be world class and up to form and standard to compete in a World Cup, one mistake, one missed opportunity or one hesitation could be the difference between Trophy or no Trophy.

Let’s not also forget the quality wings South Africa currently boasts with the likes of Bulls mastermind Bjorn Basson setting the stage alight for the loftus faithful and Lwazi Mvovo with his excelling pace and deceptive side step. Both these players have been a revolution for their provinces although it must be said Mvovo has had some difficulty adapting to Super Rugby but can’t be blamed as he has been playing off the bench for some time. What about the Ndungane brothers ? and the possibility of the outstanding Gio Aplon ? Then of course there is JP Peterson who is probably on current form the best wing in the country having an outstanding Super Rugby season so far for the Sharks even though it has been short due to injury.

After looking at all this where does this leave Bryan Habana ? Where ?

Lambie, Peterson the Glue at the Sharks

May 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Much has been said about the Sharks centre’s Stephan Terblanche and Meyer Bosman, they have been criticised throughout the Super Rugby tournament and rightfully so, they have even been dubbed the worst centre pair in the competition (but when you think of it this surely can’t be true?)

 

Saturdays performance against the Waratahs bought plenty positives but a few negatives too, the 26-21 victory had me in my seat the entire match, The Brand of rugby the Sharks are playing at the moment is scary to say the least and Sharks supporters all over the country are surely feeling uneasy about their teams future in this year’s competition. Yes they are in 5th position at the moment but anything can happen with this Sharks Team. . . .

Negatives that have come from the Sharks the past few games :

Catch-up Rugby – yes the Stormers did it successfully against the Blues, The Bulls did a good job against the Chiefs and The Springbok 7’s showed us how catch-up rugby is played but honestly that’s not the way a champion team should be playing rugby, it’s not always going to work as we saw with the Sharks/Bulls game, and The Sharks have been guilty of this type of rugby throughout the season, conceding early try’s and penalties, forcing themselves on the back foot and having to fight for their lives to win the game. They really need to improve their game on the first 25/30 minutes. Defence is key.

Centre Dilemma – By now the weakness has been exposed and you can bet your bottom dollar Terblanche and Bosman have already realized that the public views them as one of the Sharks main weaknesses. I have always been a fan of Terblanche but unfortunately his time has come to step down from Super Rugby level and continue in the Currie Cup team as a leader and player. Bosman is as average as a centre gets and is just not making the cut at this level. What Plumtree and Co need to do is go and find themselves two more Patrick Lambie’s and their Centre woes will be solved. Lambie needs world class Centres on his side, he’s just that type of player.

Handling errors and missed opportunities – Man oh Man can the sharks frustrate me sometimes! This is an area of their game which has cost them opportunities by the buckets, the Bulls game is a fine example of a Sharks team playing with a bar of soap. This really needs to improve, we saw it again against the Tah’s where the Sharks should of scored a try but instead the ball was turned over and a try was scored by the opposition

Jean Deysel – WWF, enough said, absolutely shocking stuff by Deysel he deserves at least a 2/3 week ban for that headlock move, The Sharks have their own Bakkies Botha it seems. shocking

Positives that have come from the Sharks the past few games :

Patrick Lambie – This guy must be the most praised player in SA rugby at the moment, The child prodigy of SA rugby, the Sharks Superstar. Lambie is a class act and proved so again on Saturday, his ability to spot gaps and weaknesses in the oppositions defensive line is truly unique and at the tender age of 20 I truly believe this young man is going to be a legend for Springbok Rugby one day, a record breaker if there ever was one. Look after him sharks, these players don’t come around very often

JP you beauty! – A few people have been saying the Sharks-Tahs game was rather boring to watch, that may be true but watching JP Peterson run around like a man possessed was truly entertaining, if he remains on form through to the world cup he will be one of our most valuable keys in retaining the world cup.

BMT and motivation – no one can accuse the Sharks of lacking motivation, this team has it and for that Sharks supporters can be proud

Will The Sharks come to the party ?

May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Frustration always seems to get the better of good teams, the expectations are high and the support base is massive, as soon as something goes wrong with one of our top provincial team, pressure is mounted on the coach, players and management and a plan is set to dig themselves out of the hole in which they find themselves in. Unfortunately that plan doesn’t always work and sometimes even backfires.

 

The Lions are a perfect example of a team whose plan backfired when something went wrong, very wrong. The Lions were at one stage the top SA team in Currie Cup and Super Rugby but for the past decade or so have slumped down to be known as now the worst team in South Africa. How in the world does this happen? How does a once mighty kingdom fall into the very pits of hell ?

 

Another example of a failed plan is the Bulls this season, although they are indeed getting back on track and digging themselves out of their hole, one must still feel they are in a rather uncomfortable place at the moment, the signs were clear in the Currie Cup when they were beaten by much weaker sides due to their style of play. I won’t judge the Bulls style of play yet as it has seen them lift the Super Rugby trophy a few times already.

 

The Sharks for me must be the most frustrated team at the moment, having done excellently in the Currie Cup last year, they were miles ahead of any other team in the Currie Cup, they annihilated the very team they’ve lost to twice now this season 30-10 in the Currie Cup final, the Stormers (known as WP in the national competition of course) The Sharks could not have started the Super Rugby season any better than they did, running in 4 straight wins in a row including two bonus point victories against the Force and the Rebels and putting away the Cheetahs and Blues with ease. Things were looking good until we were beaten 3 games in a row including a humiliating loss to New Zealand’s big boys, the Crusaders. Since then The Sharks have one three games (all with bonus points) and lost two. The Problem? Local Derbies, that’s right, The Sharks have been excellent against the international sides but have lost twice to the Stormers and once to the Bulls, two home games and two South African sides. That’s at least 8 points lost at home. Forget their centre problem, The Sharks are a solid unit and could have won both those games. But can the Sharks come to the party? Can they win all their remaining fixtures? Maybe but they need to start with the Waratahs first tomorrow.

 

 

As I mentioned yesterday, The Sharks have been disappointingly inconsistent with their captaincy and leadership. Terblanche is no were close to John Smit when it comes to leadership qualities and inspiring and motivating a group of men. It’s good to see Smit is back as captain but bloody frustrating to see him at prop, what in the world is Plumtree smoking? It’s ridiculous to say the least.

 

If the Sharks are to win this there are a few key Tah’s players that need to be shut out including Kurtley Beale, Berrick Barnes, Luke Burgess and Lachie Turner, then of course Al Baxter is on the bench at he can be pretty dangerous too. Coming to the Shark, A massive feature in this game is going to be the pairing of Deysel, Daniel and Botes, if these three click with Lambie at flyhalf, The Tah’s are going to have a tough time keeping the Sharks at bay. The Sharks need to win this game, once they accomplish that they can turn their attention to Bloem. For now it’s a must win match tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 Two men key to Sharks success ?

 

 

 

 

 

Teams :

 

 

Sharks:
15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. John Smit (captain)

Substitutes: 16. Tendai Mtawarira, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Gerhard Mostert, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Riaan Swanepoel

Waratahs:

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachie Turner, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Sosene Anesi, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Dean Mumm (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.

Substitutes: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Al Baxter, 18 Pat O’Connor, 19 Hugh Perrett, 20 Brendan McKibbin, 21 Daniel Halangahu, 22 Atieli Pakalani

It’s a Centre thing. . . .

May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

There is one thing that every supporter will tell you, They hate it when their team loses, yes that’s obvious but watching your team lose because of silly mistakes is gut wrenching stuff. As a Sharks supporter I haven’t had much to complain about over the past few years, winning two Currie Cups in 3 years is a great achievement but not the ultimate prize of southern hemisphere supremacy and dominance. Yes I’m talking about Super Rugby, the tournament where the Sharks don’t normally do so well in. . . . .basically they’ve never won the darn thing.

I have identified two major problems and concerns in the Shark Camp, let’s call them weaknesses if you will.

  1. Our Centres are useless compared to other top teams.
  2. Inconstant captaincy has been a norm for the Sharks this season.

First off, I’m sorry to say this but Terblanche should not play at Super Rugby level anymore, Currie Cup is fine but no more SR. If I were coach Plumtree I would have tried Lambie at Centre and JLP at flyhalf for some of the easier games just to see how it would go, Lambie would be brilliant at Centre. Either way the Sharks need new exciting Centres to compete against the world’s best.

The Sharks need a Consistent captain they have the world’s best rugby captain at their disposal and yet they stuff him around from one end to the other. . . .

Just my 2 cents

Hangover

May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

oh no, it’s to bad to speak about. …  . . .noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Super 15 Complete predictions, Stormers to get close

May 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Predictions for rugby are always tough, in fact predicting the result for any sports has its challenges.

Super Rugby is no different and it has been a bumpy ride for me this season on Superbru, having been crowned champion for the past two years in my group this season has seen the downfall of a once prediction machine. My total correct prediction percentage sits at 64.13% now when it comes to super Rugby anything above 65% is reasonable and anything above 70% is brilliant. It’s no surprise that the new format would mess around with players success rate in Superbru and I suppose we can only get better next year.

 

Having said that though, I’ve decided to do extensive research in predicting the overall outcome of the Super Rugby tournament as well as all the remaining fixtures, when I say “extensive research” what I’m really saying is that I’ve gone through stats in SA, AUS and NZ as well as history, I have also considered current form and injuries as well as current standings and points difference, So here it goes. . . . .

 

There are four rounds left before the play offs, I’ve underlined and put the log points I predict each team will receive per game in brackets. Here are the fixtures and the predictions:

Round 15:

Hurricanes Vs Force – Hurricanes by 6    (4 points for Canes, 1 point for Force)

Highlanders Vs Lions – Highlanders by 10 (5 Points for highlanders, 0 points for Lions)

Brumbies Vs Stormers – Brumbies by 5 (4 points for Brumbies, 1 point for Stormers)

Sharks Vs Waratahs – Sharks by 3 (5 points for Sharks, 2 points for Tahs)

Bulls Vs Cheetahs – Bulls by 9 (5 points for Bulls, 1 point for Cheetahs)

Reds Vs Crusaders – Crusaders by 12 (5 points for saders, 0 points for Reds)

Round 16:

Highlanders Vs Force – Force 15 (5 points for Force, 0 points for highlanders)

Rebels Vs Stormers – Stormers by 21 (5 points for Stormers, 0 points for Rebels)

Bulls Vs Waratahs – Bulls by 9 (4 points for Bulls, 0 points for Tahs)

Hurricanes Vs Lions – Canes by 12 (5 points for Canes, 1 point for Lions)

Blues Vs Chiefs – Blues by 19 (5 points for blues, 0 points for Chiefs)

Reds Vs Brumbies – Brumbies by 3 (4 points to Brumbies, 0 points to Reds)

Cheetahs Vs Sharks – Sharks by 12 (4 points to Sharks, 0 points to cheetahs)

Round 17:

Chiefs Vs Hurricanes – Chiefs by 6 (4 points for Chiefs, 0 points for Canes)

Brumbies Vs Rebels – Brumbies by 12 (5 points for Brumbies, 0 points for Rebels)

Crusaders Vs Blues – Crusaders by 9 (5 points for Crusaders, 1 point for Blues)

Warahtahs Vs Highlanders – Waratahs by 11 (4 points for Tahs, 0 points for Highlanders)

Force Vs Reds – Reds by 23 (5 points for Reds, 0 points for force)

Lions Vs Sharks – Sharks by 10 (5 points for Sharks, 1 points for Lions)

Stormers Vs Bulls – Stormers by 6 (4 points for Stormers, 1 point for Bulls)

Round 18 :

Blues Vs Highlanders – Blues by 12 (4 points for Blues, 0 points for Highlanders)

Rebels Vs Force – Force by 3 (4 points for Force, 0 points for Rebels)

Chiefs Vs Reds – Chiefs by 6 (4 points for Chiefs, 0 points for Reds)

Crusaders Vs Hurricanes – Crusaders by 23 (5 points for Saders, 0 points for Canes)

Waratahs Vs Brumbies – Waratahs by 9 ( 4 points for Tahs, 0 points for Brumbies)

Bulls Vs Sharks – Bulls by 5 (4 points for Bulls, 1 point for Sharks)

Cheetahs Vs Stormers – Cheetahs by 4 (4 points for cheetahs, 1 pointy for Stormers)

 

 

 

So according to the results above the teams who will pick up the most points in the remaining rounds are (in order) :

 

Crusaders: 15

Sharks: 15

Bulls: 14

Brumbies: 13

Stormers: 11

Blues: 10

Force: 10

Waratahs: 10

Hurricanes: 9

Chiefs: 8

Reds: 5

Cheetahs: 5

Highlanders: 5

Lions: 2

Rebels: 0

Not so farfetched is it? Bulls and Sharks fans will be happy, Reds fans will be wondering what went wrong, and I feel Stormers fans will be OK. But who will make it to the Semi’s? Well this is how the Top 6 will look :

  1. Crusaders (NZ 1st)
  2. Blues
  3. Reds (Aus 1st)
  4. Stormers (SA 1st)
  5. Sharks
  6. Waratahs

Sorry Bulls supporters, but this is only my prediction I could be wrong, so its perfectly balanced between the three nations. Here is how the knock out games will look and my predictions (home team first):

 

Qualifying:

Reds Vs Waratahs – Reds by 6

Stormers Vs Sharks – Stormers by 5

 

Semi Finals:

Crusaders Vs Stormers – Crusaders by 7

Blues Vs Reds – Reds by 3

 

Final:

Crusaders Vs Reds – Crusaders by 10

 

 

As I said before this is just my prediction and I could be wrong but this gives you an Idea that only the very top teams will make it in this competition, hopefully the form of the Sharks, Bulls and Stormers peak during the end and my predictions are wrong. . . .Hopefully

Please share your thoughts.

Sharks, Bulls not pleased by sex toys

May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hahaha,

check this out :

before I paste this article, let me be very clear that I am in fact not the original authour and the original source in fact comes from here :

http://www.iol.co.za/news/back-page/teams-not-pleasured-by-sex-toys-1.1073193

Back to the story :

Vibrating pleasure rings bearing branding similar to two provincial rugby teams are causing a stir.

The cheeky items, created by STA Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Engineering, feature either a blue bull or a shark on the packaging. They went on sale ahead of Saturday’s match.

However, Sean Armstrong, who is behind the concept, said the product was designed with tongue firmly in cheek.

“Some will laugh and some will take it the wrong way. It’s more about the novelty of the item than its actual use as a pleasure ring.”

 

On a possible trademark infringement, he said he hoped rugby bosses would see the humour in the rings, but his company was prepared for a legal battle if it boiled down to it.

After the much-publicised Tiger Woods sex scandal, Armstrong and his team capitalised on the hype by launching the Tiger’s Wood Pack, which contains condoms and sex enhancements.

“We had a legal battle then with Tiger’s law firm and if we have a similar situation with the rugby bosses, then we are prepared for that.”

Armstrong said sales had exceeded expectations and the first batch of Blouhoring and Shark Attack pleasure rings had sold out.

 

Sharks chief executive Brian van Zyl said that although he had not seen the items, he disapproved of them.

“All our licences are approved by Signet (licensing and marketing agent). But we would never, ever want the Sharks brand to be associated with something like that,” he said.

Blue Bulls chief executive Barend van Graan agreed, saying he would not want the franchise brand linked to pleasure rings.

“I don’t know anything about it yet, but I will look into it. We have got an agreement with Signet, who handle the licensing of our merchandise.”

Van Graan said all items representing the Bulls brand had to be cleared by the management. – Daily News

Master Stoke and Super 15

May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

First of all, I must congratulate Inlahnzi (2nd coming) for pulling a masterstroke on the Sport24 blogs, brilliant indeed. I never really paid much attention to the whole May 21st thing but I know a lot of bloggers did and it became a consistant talking point around these parts.

Whats up with Super 15? At the beginning of the season I was rather confident about the new format and thought I would enjoy watching all these local derbies and thought I would find the new tri-conference format interesting. Turns out I don’t and would love for the old format to be reintroduced next year, keep the 15 teams in but just change the format to how it was.

The Sharks I think must be the most disappointing SA side at the moment considering what a strong side they are, they now find themselves in a do or die situation and with games against the Cheetahs, Lions and Bulls all away from home and the Tah’s at home, Plumtree and his men are going to need to pull magic out of the hat, either way me doubts the Sharks will have a home knockout game.

The Charming Cheetahs have impressed me towards the end of the season but Although the Lost Lions managed to beat the Brumbies, I still think they need a bit more experience in their side, I’m sure they will make the playoffs in this year’s Currie cup.

The Battling Bulls have enjoyed a spirited fight back but they need to face the stunning Stormers in Cape Town, a game they surely must win to make the playoffs. Me thinks it might be a bit too late to win it, Oh how different things would have looked for them had they had won those to early home games.

I still think the two SA sides going into the playoffs will be Sharks and Stormers, if Bulls manage to beat the Stormers in Cape Town then we all know the Blue machine is back

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May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

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