So after all my bleating about Johan Goosen he now gets to really show his worth as the starting number 10. This particular blogger is as happy as a pig in poo!
And, as all regular readers will know there is something else I do not generally keep quiet about. There are 8 Grey College Bloemfontein old boys in the match 22, with 5 of those in the starting 15. They are:
Starting: Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Johan Goosen, Jannie Du Plessis, Adrian Strauss
So apparently Peter Grant tops SA’s kicking list and should really be starting for the Boks. That is if the largely Cape based scribes at Sport24 and the way they interpret the data are to be believed. I think there are a lot more things to consider so allow me to touch on a few of them before coming back to the kicking success rates.
I do also want to pay respect to Morne Steyn. Fans are very quick to change their views and turn on someone that has served them well. That is not to say the man should be an automatic selection game after game because of his history (read: John Smit), but it also does not mean the guy deserves malicious treatment. Benefit of the doubt needs to go to him – for a short while at least. Not to mention respect! Read the rest of this entry →
NB! Spoiler Alert! Stop reading if you haven’t seen Dexter season 4, Sopranos season 5 and Boardwalk Empire season 2.
In addition to sport, one of my major hobbies is watching great entertainment whether it be movies or TV shows. The ones I love the most are usually character driven, like the three mentioned above. You have your lead characters (Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson and my favourite, Dexter Morgan).
Then you get the additional headline characters that are a main feature of the show and are perceived to be irreplaceable until the writers and producers decide to ‘shake things up’ a bit.
One of the most gut-wrenching TV moments for me was seeing the brutal murder of Rita, Dexter’s wife, at the hands of the Trinity Killer at the end of season 4 …
I thought to myself, Dexter just won’t be the same without Rita. What will the new dynamic of the show be? Will Dexter become even less human? The show went on though and, in my mind, is still just as entertaining.
As we all know, SARU have decided to ‘off’ one of the Super Rugby characters. Not one of the lead characters, but certainly a main feature of the show. We are still in the dark as to who it will be or how it will work, but the odds seem pretty good that the Lions will be on their way and the speculation of a Cats franchise making a return is highly unlikely.
They key thing here is that whoever moves on will be gut wrenching for those fans, but the competition will go on and so will the Springboks and SA Rugby. For better or worse!
So don’t sweat the small stuff
And just for entertainment value, here are another two examples of writers and producers being ballsy and ending two mainstream characters:
Adrianna getting wacked in series 5 of The Sorpanos because of her FBI connections …
And then, another gut-wrencher, Nucky ‘offs’ Jimmy Darmody in what is actually his first kill. Many viewers probably reminisced of Jimmy saying to Nucky in season 1 “You can’t be half a gangster” …
It’s simple folks … The Super Rugby show will go on!