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Weekend Rugby Predictions – EOYT Week 2

November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The End Of Year Tours kicked off last week with three matches when the All Blacks thumped the Brave Blossoms, the Maori All Blacks thumped Canada and the ref thumped the Aussies.

This weekend the EOYTs start in earnest ranging from some big match ups between the Boks vs Wales and the All Blacks vs Les Bleus, some lesser match ups between England and the Pumas, Ireland vs Manu Samoa and Italy vs the Aussies, down to a number of “who cares” match ups.

Sat 9 Nov

GEORGIA v CANADA: Dinamo Arena – TBILISI, GEORGIA SAST 12:00

Canada, the game against the Maoris didn’t affect their 14th ranking, takes on the 16th ranked Georgia. My thumb suck goes to Canada.

Canada by 9

ITALY v AUSTRALIA: Stadio Olimpico – ROME, ITALY SAST 15:00

Surely the Wobblies game haven’t regressed so far that they are in danger on losing to the Azzuri? But then Italy’s forward pack isn’t half bad while the Oz pack is. Anyway, I’d still go with the Wobblies to record one of their rare wins this year.

Australia by 18

ENGLAND v ARGENTINA: Twickenham Stadium – LONDON, ENGLAND SAST 16:30

Last week England got by with a little help from some friends but they should be able to scrape another win this weekend considering that, as bad as they are this year, the Wobblies still beat the Pumas twice during the Rugby Championship.

England by 7

SCOTLAND v JAPAN: Murrayfield – EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: SAST 16:30

The Blossoms versus the Thistles, the game you probably won’t watch as the England Pumas game is on at the same time.

Scotland by 18

PORTUGAL v FIJI: Estádio Universitário de Lisboa – LISBON, PORTUGAL SAST 17:00

I’d love for Portugal to do the impossible but it’s not going to happen.

Fiji by 15

WALES v SOUTH AFRICA: Millennium Stadium – CARDIFF, WALES SAST 19:30

The Boks should play their best side against a B&I Lions loaded Welsh team in a game that could be affected by whether the Welsh leave the roof open or close it – wet field or dry field. The Welsh will hope to record one of their rare victories over the Boks but that won’t happen unless the Boks completely fail to gel. Should still be a tight game though.

South Africa by 5

ROMANIA v TONGA: Arcul de Triumf – BUCHAREST, ROMANIA SAST 19:30

Another thumb suck prediction on a game that I wouldn’t have thought about if it wasn’t part of the Superbru game.

Tonga by 9

IRELAND v SAMOA: Aviva Stadium – DUBLIN, IRELAND SAST 19:45

Last year Samoa surprised Wales at home but I’m sure the Irish will not be caught offsides this year. A tough physical game but the Irish should get enough penalties to make sure they win.

Ireland by 9

FRANCE v NEW ZEALAND: Stade de France – PARIS, FRANCE SAST 21:00

Les Bleus tend to surprise the All Blacks during the World Cups but seldom outside that. We all know that the French can be great the one week and dire the next and from a Bok perspective one would hope they are great this weekend and beat the Kiwis but I won’t bet on it.

New Zealand by 8

Sun 10 Nov
USA v NEW ZEALAND MAORI: L Park – CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA SAST 03:30

The Maoris beat Canada, Canada is a better side than the Eagles. Ergo, the Maoris to win comfortably.

New Zealand Maori by 30

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The Springbok EOYT Squad

October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Instead of building a Springbok squad coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to apply some white wash and Polyfilla over the cracks as he “builds” for the 2015 RWC. A few more geriatrics from 2007/2011 who ply their trade in the overseas money markets have been pulled into the EOYT squad.

And with a third of the players playing overseas the message Meyer is sending cannot be clearer.

Is this an indication that Meyer doesn’t plan on renewing his coaching contract past the 2015 RWC, leaving his successor with a massive problem?

Not everyone will agree with me I’m sure but with two years to go until the RWC the time is to build not to plaster over the cracks.

The Springbok EOYT Squad:

Name Position Test Caps Age Team
Gio Aplon Fullback / Wing 17 31 WP
Willem Alberts Loose forward 27 28 Sharks
Bakkies Botha Lock 76 34 Overseas
Marcell Coetzee Loose forward 14 22 Sharks
Jean de Villiers (captain) Centre 93 32 WP
Bismarck du Plessis Hooker 54 29 Sharks
Jannie du Plessis Prop 51 30 Sharks
Fourie du Preez Scrumhalf 65 31 Overseas
Pieter-Steph du Toit Lock 0 21 Sharks
JJ Engelbrecht Centre / Wing 10 24 Blue Bulls
Eben Etzebeth Lock 20 22 WP
Jaque Fourie Centre 69 32 Overseas
Johan Goosen Flyhalf 4 21 Cheetahs
Bryan Habana Wing 92 30 Overseas
Zane Kirchner Fullback 28 29 Overseas
Siya Kolisi Loose forward 8 22 WP
Pat Lambie Flyhalf / Fullback 29 23 Sharks
Willie le Roux Fullback / Wing 9 24 Cheetahs
Francois Louw Loose forward 25 28 Overseas
Frans Malherbe Prop 0 22 WP
Tendai Mtawarira Prop 50 28 Sharks
Scarra Ntubeni Hooker 0 22 WP
Coenie Oosthuizen Prop 11 24 Cheetahs
Ruan Pienaar Scrumhalf 71 29 Overseas
JP Pietersen Wing 48 27 Overseas
Louis Schreuder Scrumhalf 0 23 WP
Jan Serfontein Centre 9 20 Blue Bulls
Gurthrö Steenkamp Prop 46 32 Overseas
Morné Steyn Flyhalf 51 29 Overseas
Adriaan Strauss Hooker 30 27 Cheetahs
Flip van der Merwe Lock 31 28 Blue Bulls
Duane Vermeulen No 8 13 27 WP
Ave Age 26.59

 

Per Team:

Overseas 10
WP 8
Sharks 7
Cheetahs 4
Blue Bulls 3

 

Heyneke Meyer’s projected 2015 RWC team:

15 Zane Kirchner 31
14 JP Pietersen 29
13 Jaque Fourie 34
12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 34
11 Bryan Habana 32
10 Morné Steyn 31
9 Fourie du Preez 33
8 Pierre Spies 30
7 Willem Alberts 30
6 Francois Louw 30
5 Flip van der Merwe 30
4 Bakkies Botha 36
3 Jannie du Plessis 32
2 Bismarck du Plessis 31
1 Tendai Mtawarira 30
16 Adriaan Strauss 29
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 34
18 Coenie Oosthuizen 26
19 Eben Etzebeth 24
20 Duane Vermeulen 29
21 Ruan Pienaar 31
22 Johan Goosen 23
23 Jaco Taute 24
Ave Age 30.13
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Springbok squad for the EOYT

October 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

Heyneke Meyer announced his EOYT squad with the only real surprise maybe being that he isn’t giving any of the overplayed and out of form Boks a break.

He largely stuck to his old squad and I suppose that was expected as the end of December is D-Day for the team rankings will determine the draw for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and Meyer couldn’t be too experimental with his squad.

However, some of the Boks really looked tired in recent weeks. Beast, Doc Jannie, Alberts, Hougaard, JdV and Mornetjie can all do with a good rest before Super Rugby starts in earnest and we have more than capable replacements available, except maybe for Jean at number 12.

It is also a pity that he didn’t see his way open to select the form loosehead, JC Janse van Rensburg, and rather went with Guthro Steenkamp.

It will be interesting to see whether he plays Jaco Taute at fullback after the youngster publicly stated that that is his preferred position and whether he now sees Lambie as a flyhalf or still as fullback.

Raymond Rhule has forced his way into the squad with great performances this year and hopefully this youngster will make the step up to Bok rugby but there must be a number of players who would feel that they have done enough but were left out – Deon Fourie, Tim Whitehead and Robert Ebersohn to name a few.

Fullback:
Zane Kirchner, Jaco Taute

Wing:
JP Pietersen, Lwazi Mvovo, Raymond Rhule

Centre:
Jean de Villiers (captain), Juan de Jongh, Lionel Mapoe

Flyhalf:
Morné Steyn, Elton Jantjies, Pat Lambie,

Scrumhalf:
Ruan Pienaar, Francois Hougaard, Jano Vermaak

Eighthman:
Duane Vermeulen

Flank:
Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Francois Louw, Arno Botha

Lock:
Eben Etzebeth, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Franco van der Merwe

Prop:
Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira, Pat Cilliers, Gurthrö Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde

Hooker:
Adriaan Strauss, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Schalk Brits

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The Bok u/24 EOYT Squad

October 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

With every young player who can hold a rugby ball being punted as a candidate for the EOYT I put together a list of the most popular suggestions (and added a few where the positions were a bit short on numbers) ignoring current injuries.

We are a bit heavy on centres and light on loosies, locks and hookers.

Many of these players could form the core of a Bok 2015 World Cup squad but would a team made up only of these players be able to win three from three on the EOYT?

BTW, it seems Elton Jantjies made his decision on where he will play next year but his agent must now finalise negotiations and the decision will only be announced once the deal is done. Wouldn’t want to do it Kings style and have to back track. :)

Player Position Date of Birth Age Caps Province
Jaco Taute Centre 21-Mar-91 21 2 Lions
Robert Ebersohn Centre 23-Feb-89 23 0 Cheetahs
Juan de Jongh Centre 15-Apr-88 24 10 Stormers
Tim Whitehead Centre 30-May-88 24 0 Sharks
Paul Jordaan Centre 04-Jan-92 20 0 Sharks
Jan Serfontein Centre 15-Apr-93 19 0 Bulls
Francois Venter Centre 19-Apr-91 21 0 Bulls
Johann Sadie Centre 23-Jan-89 23 0 Cheetahs
Marcell Coetzee Flanker 08-May-91 21 6 Sharks
Arno Botha Flanker 26-Oct-91 21 0 Bulls
Pieter-Steph du Toit Flanker 20-Aug-92 20 0 Sharks
Siya Kolisi Flanker 16-Jun-91 21 0 Stormers
Elton Jantjies Fly-half 01-Aug-90 22 2 Lions
Handre Pollard Fly-half 11-Mar-94 18 0 Stormers
Patrick Lambie Fullback 17-Oct-90 22 14 Sharks
Willie le Roux Fullback 18-Aug-89 23 0 Griquas
Andries Coetzee Fullback 01-Mar-90 22 0 Lions
Malcolm Marx Hooker 13-Jul-94 18 0 Lions
Mark Pretorius Hooker 09-Jun-92 20 0 Lions
Siyabonga Ntubeni Hooker 18-Feb-91 21 0 Stormers
Eben Etzebeth Lock 29-Oct-91 21 6 Stormers
Anton Bresler Lock 16-Feb-88 24 0 Sharks
Ruan Botha Lock 10-Jan-92 20 0 Stormers
Reinhardt Elstadt Lock 20-Dec-89 23 0 Stormers
Steven Kitshoff Prop 10-Feb-92 20 0 Stormers
Frans Malherbe Prop 14-Mar-91 21 0 Stormers
Coenie Oosthuizen Prop 22-Mar-89 23 2 Cheetahs
Marcel van der Merwe Prop 24-Oct-90 22 0 Bulls
Cobus Reinach Scrum-half 07-Feb-90 22 0 Sharks
Piet van Zyl Scrum-half 14-Sep-89 21 0 Cheetahs
Francois Hougaard Scrum-half 06-Apr-88 24 21 Bulls
Raymond Rhule Wing 06-Nov-92 20 0 Cheetahs
Lionel Mapoe Wing 13-Jul-88 24 0 Lions
JJ Engelbrecht Wing 22-Feb-89 23 1 Bulls