February 26, 2013 in Rugby
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If by some strange reason you were given a choice which you had to make of choosing Rugby or Cricket what would it be?
It’s harsh question but If you had to chose which sport would you drop? Springboks or Proteas?
Me? I would have to chose cricket, if you had asked me 2 years ago I would have said rugby any day. so whats changed?
I don’t think it’s because we have the best cricket team on the planet no it’s not that,
PS : Seems Biff is becoming so good at destroying opposition captains career’s that Ross Taylor’s been sacked before the series has even started.
November 26, 2012 in Rugby
Baylion – a very Biased man, known for his absolute obsession with Elton Jantjies, in fact the light that shines out of Jantjies arse could not be quite brighter in the eyes of old Baylion, you see he doesn’t like Lambie and try’s to play him down in almost every one of his posts, (go through them if you will) I don’t know what it is? he also has a rather strange disliking towards me, some say he is Lobo, nah Lobo was smarter can’t be him. perhaps Baylions woes are dues to the fact that the insignificant Lions will no longer be taking part in Super Rugby? wh knows, anyway after reading this article on Supersport, I thought I would share it.
The players who changed Heyneke’s mind
The best Springbok coaches have been those that have been prepared to admit their mistakes and who haven’t been weighed down by blind spots, and in that respect Heyneke Meyer has offered plenty of encouragement to those who want to see South Africa rise back to the top of the rugby pile.
Meyer has been forthright in admitting that he has made many errors, and got a few selections wrong on the way through an often turbulent first year at the helm of the Boks. And on Sunday he admitted before returning home to South Africa that there had been several players he had been wrong about and who had surprised him.
Patrick Lambie, after being backed to start at No 10 in every game of the just completed end of year tour, is of course right at the top of the list of players that Meyer may have a lot more faith in now than he had when he started out back in May.
Without quite saying it in as many words, Meyer made it clear that Lambie would be at the top of the flyhalf queue when the international season starts next year. He said Lambie had done all he had been asked to do when he was selected to wear the Bok No 10 jersey, and his praise for what Lambie did on tour has been a far cry from the message he gave the Sharks player when they first met for a one-on-one interview.
Back then Meyer made it clear that he considered Lambie more of a fullback than a flyhalf, and that Lambie was low down on the list of flyhalves but second on the pecking order when it came to fullbacks.
“I did think Pat was mostly a fullback. I had seen him play as a youngster in that one Currie Cup final (Sharks against Western Province in 2010) when I thought he was very tactically astute, but I thought he had lost a lot of that since then,” said Meyer.
“He hasn’t played much as a flyhalf since then, and I felt that there were big improvements he needed to make in his tactical game. But then I started seeing in training that he could play a good tactical game, and against England at Twickenham he really underlined it. I thought he was brilliant in the wet conditions.
“One of the things I really like about him is that he never panics, and he is so level headed. One of the problems before was that he was never one of those guys who boasted an 85% success rate in kicking for goal. I wasn’t sure he could handle the pressure of being the frontline place-kicker in a test match. Remember that Frederic Michalak appeared to end the last Super Rugby season as the frontline kicker for the Sharks.”
Meyer said that as he still rated Morne Steyn’s ability, the decision to select Lambie as the first choice flyhalf on tour had been a huge call for him to make.
“He is not a natural flyhalf, but he is getting there and the more he plays there the better he will get. He is great at seeing space and playing players into it. And his goalkicking on tour was good. He showed me that he can kick under pressure. One of the reasons we won at Twickenham was because for the first time this year we ended with a 100% goalkicking record.”
While Lambie has earned a thumbs up from the coach, and the Sharks’ decision to play him exclusively as a flyhalf next year will certainly help his cause, the man who really shocked and astounded Meyer this year was actually loose-forward Francois Louw.
After starting the year by invoking the ire of many Bok supporters by ignoring the claims of specialist fetcher Heinrich Brussow, Meyer eventually acknowledged that his loose trio lacked balance and an SOS was sent to the former WP player, who has been playing for Bath for the past 15 months.
“Francois was definitely the player who totally blew me away. I think we saw in these tests over here in the northern hemisphere that it is not so much about the battle on the ground. In Super Rugby there was a lot of blowing of players for going off their feet when cleaning at the ruck, but I haven’t seen it once in the November tests this year.
“So I don’t know if you need a specialist openside, but Francois brings so much to our game and he has really been phenomenal for us this year. The good thing is that Marcell Coetzee also appears to be learning from Flo, so we should next season have two players who can both play to the ball and carry when needed to.
“Francois also plays really well with Duane Vermeulen, and he is another guy I have been surprised about. I normally like my openside flank to play to the ball, and the blindside flank to be a carrier, and then the No 8 to be a really pacy guy like Ryan Kankowski or Pierre Spies who can contribute in broken play.
“But although Duane is certainly not the quickest No 8, he brings so many things. He sets the lineout drive so well, and he is a great stealer, and works well in tandem with Flo in that regard. He is the perfect player to have at No 8 in the northern hemisphere conditions.
November 7, 2012 in Rugby
Team to take on Ireland
15. Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 21caps
14. JP Pietersen (The Sharks) 45 caps
13. Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) 2 caps
12.Jean de Villiers (captain) DHL Western Province 81 caps
11. Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 24 caps
10. Pat Lambie (The Sharks) 17 caps
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N-Ireland) 60 caps
8. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) 4 caps
7. Willem Alberts (The Sharks) 17 caps
6. Francois Louw (Bath, England) 14 caps
5. Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 5 caps
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) 8 caps
3. Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) 39 caps
2. Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain, Toyota FS Cheetahs) 18 caps
1. Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) 41 caps
16. Schalk Brits (Saracens, England) 3 caps
17. CJ van der Linde (MTN Golden Lions) 73 caps
18. Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) 4 caps <br>
19. Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 20 caps
20. Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) 9 caps
21. Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 41 caps
22. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) 12 caps
23. Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) 7 caps
November 2, 2012 in Rugby
this is a team I put together which I think should play for the Boks for the next year or two, Injuries were not put into consideration. Some may feel that I have left out a few players who should be there well you right we have, there are only 22 possible positions and a hell of a lot of talent in South Africa. I did my best
1 – Beast Mtawarira
There has been talk that the “Beast” has not been at his might best of late and perhaps there is some truth behind those statements. But he still makes my team by pure muscle and power; expect him to put in some mighty scrimmage performances in November to make up for Last years EOY tour. A freak runner of the ball sometimes too.
2 – Bismarck du Plessis (vc)
Take Nothing Away from Adriaan Strauss, he’s very, very good but Bismarck is another monster altogether and would be any team’s Hooker. He’s mobility, fitness and ability to turn over quality ball at the right times is what makes du Plessis so vital to the Springboks cause. He was missed in the Rugby Championship and will be missed at the EOY tour for sure.
3 – Jannie du Plessis
He has probably had the season of his life and is in great form, he try’s harder and harder every game which is surprising considering no one is quite near him when it comes to the number three jersey.
4 – Eben Etzebeth
The youngster is quickly gaining a name for himself with some even dubbing him the next “Victor Matfield” certainly a brilliant prospect and it’s going to be interesting to see what he does at the EOY tour.
5 – Andries Bekker
Has had an up and down career so far with Western Province as well as the boks, of course injury did not help and neither did his cheating scandal at the beginning of his career. When on for a lineout master, here’s hoping he makes the number 5 his own
6 – Marcell Coetzee
He made a fantastic start to his Springbok career but has since been used as more of an impact player by Bok coach Heynek meyer, He’s big, agile, powerful and can tackle the living daylights out of the oppositions, what’s not to like? He’s my Bok number 6 any day.
7 – Willem Alberts
His move from the Lions to the Sharks proved a master stroke, not only has he excelled for the Sharks but he has been an asset to them as well as the Springboks, has been a bit quiet of late in the green and gold but we’re sure he’ll be back to his very best soon.
8 – Ryan Kankowski
This was a tough one, Spies is out of sorts so I never really considered him for Bok duty; it’s such a shame that Kanko left when he did, the form he was (and still is by the way) was imperious. Duane Vermeulen is a hot candidate for the number 8 but we have benched him. Kanko is returning to the Sharks next season and he’ll be all over the Bok number 8.
9 – Ruann Pienaar
In superb for at the moment but more telling is the fact that there is not really a scrummy in SA who can fight him for the number 9 at the moment, Hougaard maybe but he is seen as a wing and we agree.
10 – Patrick Lambie
This was probably the easiest selection of them all and probably one that most will agree with, funny thing is that our Coach probably won’t. There’s no weakness in this man, his tactical brilliance, his kicking at polls, his attacking flare and his pure X factor is what makes him stand out. Meyer has said Lambie will get his shot at 10 at the EOY tour. I hope he impresses the Bok coach.
11 – Bryan Habana
SA Rugby Player of the year 2012, not more to say is there? Yes there is. Pure pace, x-Factor of note and an ability to spot even the smallest and unlikeliest of opportunities. A pity he is not going to the EOY tour but he sure has a lot to offer Springbok and WP Rugby.
12 – Francois Steyn
Has been quiet of late but showed glimpses of his old self recently, injured at the moment but should stake his claim for the Sharks next season and hopefully my minds claim the bok number 12.
13 – Jean de Villiers (c)
To be honest I would not have de Villers in the team at all, but since he is the captain for now I have put him in, Jean is getting old and with the likes of Tim Whitehead and Paul Jordaan lurking de Villiers days are numbered.
14 – JP Pietersen
Players Player of the year 2012, in sublime for at the moment even after his injury, can play centre but would love to see him on the wing. JP Owns the number 14 Bok jersey at the moment.
15 – Zane Kirchener
Again, not my favorite, we would love to see Louis Ludik there but you just get the feeling that Kirchener is there to stay. Solid enough and does the basics well so can’t complain but not a Percy Montgomery, defiantly not a Monty. But does does Meyer still believe Lambie is a fullback?
the Bench will consist of the following players and yes I have left Morne Steyn out altogether in fact Morne would not even make my initial squad, as far as I am concerned, his Bok days are over. You will notice that Schalk Burger has also been left out, Yes he has.
16 – Lwazi Mvovo
17 – Johan Goosen
18 – Paul Jordaan
19 – Adriaan Strauss
20 – Coenie Oosthuizen
21 – Flip van der Merwe
22 – Duane Vermeulen
August 31, 2012 in Rugby
MTN Golden Lions v.s Griquas – 19:10 Friday Johannesburg
This should seem like a mismatch, a David and goliath affair with the Lions sitting pretty on top of the Absa Currie Cup log and the Griquas, still searching for their first win, plunked right at the bottom but don’t expect this game to be a one sided affair with the Griquas not really letting any team genuinely boss them so far in the season although still losing all 3 of their games so far. The Lions on the other hand have only lost one game, to the Sharks at Mr Price Kingspark in Durban but have looked rather solid at home this season. With Josh Strauss having played well at lock against Province he retains the number 4 jersey. A close game should be on the cars in Joburg.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Joshua Strauss, 3 CJ Van der Linde, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 Deon Helberg.
Griqiuas: 15 Willie le Roux 14 Jannie Boshoff 13 Jean Stemmet 12 Walter Venter 11 Rocco Jansen 10 Francois Brummer 9 Marnus Hugo 8 Leon Karemaker 7 Wesley Wilkins 6 Marnus Schoeman 5 Martin Muller 4 Ligtoring Landman 3 Lourens Adriaanse 2 Ryno Barnes (captain) 1 Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16 Matthew Dobson 7 Ivann Espag 18 Frikkie Spies 19 Justin Downey 20 Jacques Coetzee 21 Marnitz Boshoff 22 Matthew Rosslee
Prediction : Lions by 6
The Sharks vs. Toyota Cheetahs – 17:05 Durban
With Keegan Daniel back, The Sharks will be looking to put the Cheetahs away in Durban with the same attacking flair that saw them progress to the 2012 Super Rugby final but Bok call ups have hurt the Sharks this season, not in their results (they are 2nd on the log only behind the Lions on points difference) but the disruptions the switches and changes have caused. The Cheetahs are a strong team with a good pack of forwards and some dazzling backs. These two teams always throw everything at each other when they meet and Durban is a ground the Cheetahs feel quite confident playing at. Expect this game to be a battle of the forwards, very tough to call.
Sharks: 15.Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Substitutes: 16 Pieter Dixon, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Rosko Specman.
Free State Cheetahs:15 Hennie Daniller 14 Nico Scheepers 13 Robert Ebersohn (Captain) 12 Barry Geel 11 Raymond Rhule 10 Sias Ebersohn 9 Sarel Pretorius 8 Kabamba Floors 7 Pieter “Lappies” Labuschagne 6 Frans Viljoen 5 Izak van der Westhuizen 4 Andries Ferreira 3 Marcel Van Der Merwe 2 Hercu Liebenberg 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett 17 Ross Geldenhuys 18 Waltie Vermeulen 19 Davon Raubenheimer 20 Tewis de Bruyn 21 Philip Snyman 22 Rayno Benjamin
Prediction: Sharks by 10
DHL Western Province v.s Vodacom Bulls – 19:10 Cape Town
It’s all happening in Cape Town with the match of the weekend, Province have made 7 changes to the team that narrowly lost to the Lions last weekend, with their coach Allister Coetzee voicing his frustration of how Springbok call ups have disrupted his teams preparations. WP are in unfamiliar territory sitting second last on the log with 6 points having only won one of their three fixtures and things are not about to get any easier when they host the Blue Bulls at Newlands. Former Western Province Utility back JJ Engelbrecht makes his debut for the Vodacom bulls after being released from the Springbok squad. With all the disruptions in preparation it should be a tough task for Province, however let’s not forget the hiding the Sharks got from the Bulls after half the Bulls team suffered from flu during the build up week
15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Deon Carstens
Substitutes: 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Damian de Allende, 22 Kurt Coleman
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Jürgen Visser
Prediction : Blue Bulls by 12
Enjoy the Rugby!