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Rugby Championship Fantasy League Final Standings

October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Rugby Championship has come to an end and so too the Sploggers Rugby Championship fantasy league and Superbru.

Congratulations to Pieter Engelbrecht (oulappe) for winning the Sploggers Rugby Championship fantasy league with 1710 points. A final round of 356 points jumped him into the lead past Joseph Fourie (JJF) and Jandre Schutte (jdscharpshooters).

Congratulations too to RG for winning the Sploggers Superbru with almost a 2 point margin.

As prize I give them:

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 Fantasy League Top 10 results:

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 Superbru Top 10 results:

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 4,5,6 October

October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Boks lost, the Lions lost, a sad day in the Baylion house. Congratulations to the All Blacks for taking the Rugby Championship – again.

In the Currie Cup the top two spots are decided but undecided. The Sharks WP game next week will decide. The next two semi final spots are virtually decided but still undecided as the Blue Bulls and Griquas can still upset the apple cart if they beat the Cheetahs and the Lions.

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
(For some reason I didn’t make a pick for the Cheetahs game and SB defaulted to a Griquas win)
Overall: 14/27
Success rate: 51.85%

Currie Cup:

Blue Bulls vs Sharks:

Only a penalty near the end pulled it through for the Seas Shells in a bashing boring game, which resulted in the now predictable ref bashing from the Shelly fans, but a win is a win and the top of the log spot is still up for grabs next week.

Griquas vs FS Cheetahs:

Didn’t watch the game but maybe I should have rather having a near heart attack during the WP Lions game.

Western Province vs Golden Lions:

WP at their best this season, the Lions at their worst. Out played up front and unable to get their backline working the Lions went for their regular 20 minute siesta just before half time. Waking refreshed they tried to pull it back but too little too late.

Match Review: WP Outclass Lions at Newlands

Rugby Championship:

South Africa vs New Zealand:

It was a case of one team (Boks) changing their game and the other (All Blacks) playing their normal game. Despite pre-match protestation that they weren’t going to chase four tries they probably played into the All Blacks hands by changing to a game plan that’s more familiar to the Kiwis than the Boks. Still, it was an exciting match and the two loosie breaks that lead to Habana’s tries were a pleaure to watch.

Argentina vs Australia:

Didn’t watch but it seems the Wobblies got their sh!t together for a change.

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Weekend Rugby Previews & Predictions – 4,5,6 October

October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Crucial times this weekend my friends, some real serious rugby on the cards.

The Boks are going out for 4 tries, against the All Black no less, and the ABs want to try and win at the Lions Den for a change, something they’ve only been able to do once in a blue moon.

In the Currie Cup it’s “reg of weg” for the Blou Boelies and the Griquas are staring relegation in the face while the Lions want to show they can defend even though they will be playing with a “lap en pas” backline.

I wonder what the odds are on WP scoring four tries, must be worth while putting a few bucks on that. Not that they will, but if they did I could retire.

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 12/24
Success rate: 50.00%

Currie Cup:

Friday, October 04 2013:
19:10 – Blue Bulls vs Sharks: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

The restaurants in Pretoria will be serving veal this weekend the way the Sharks have been playing the last two weeks. What’s that? The Blue Calves wiped Griquas? You mean that team in the Groot Gat that is down to playing club players due to injuries and whose coach did a Jake White on them? In the words of Shania Twain: “That don’t impress me much.”

Sharks by 15

Saturday, October 05 2013:
14:00 – Griquas vs FS Cheetahs: GWK Park, Kimberley

Cheetahs by 25

Sorry Griquas but the Cheetahs will finally win a game again.

14:00 – Western Province vs Golden Lions: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

I’ll be at Newlands to watch the Lions take on WP with a patched up backline where CJ van der Linde is going to teach whoever scrums at #3 a lesson but the Lions will get no reward for dominating up front, again. Jaco Kriel is going to score a try, again. WP won’t score four tries, again. The Lions are going to lose, again. Sorry, but with no midfield to speak of and Franco carrying tackle bags at the Boks, the only thing the Lions are going to dominate are the scrums but the scoreboard will be in WP’s favour.

WP by 5

Match Review on Lions Pride

Rugby Championship:

Saturday, October 05 2013:
17:00 – South Africa vs New Zealand: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

This test match can go four ways
- the Boks can win far with a bonus point. But that won’t happen.
- the Boks can win close without a bonus point. That might happen
- the All Blacks will win

OK, three ways. But the way I see it, the Boks will go all out for tries but the gaps will open and they will start to concede tries too, then they will go more defensive trying to save the match and …

In the end I think the Boks will take it, close and without a bonus point.

Boks by 6

Sunday, October 06 2013
00:40 – Argentina vs Australia: Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario

I’m not going to stay up for this one but will be rooting for the Pumas to win.

Pumas by 5

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Lwazi Mvovo, Cheslin Kolbe, SP Marais, Gio Aplon
Centres: Johann Sadie, Damian de Allende, Francois Venter, Heimar Williams, Robert Ebersohn
Flyhalves: Fred Zeilinga*, Marnitz Boshoff*, Riaan Smit*, Kurt Coleman*, Elgar Watts
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Nic Groom, Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach, Rudy Paige
Loose forwards: Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie, Boom Prinsloo, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel
Locks: Paul Willemse, Michael Rhodes, de Kock Steenkamp, Edwin Hewitt, Peet Marais
Front rows: Ruan Dreyer, Kyle Cooper, Wian Herbst, Jacques van Rooyen, Pat Cilliers

Top 10 try scorers:

Anthony Volmink – 5
Jaco Kriel – 5
Derick Minnie – 4
Lwazi Mvovo – 4
SP Marais – 4
Elgar Watts – 3
Boom Prinsloo – 3
Cheslin Kolbe – 3
Francois Venter – 3
Gio Aplon – 3

Top 10 point scorers:

Fred Zeilinga – 73
Kurt Coleman – 69
Riaan Smit – 68
Marnitz Boshoff – 62
Elton Jantjies – 56
Nico Scheepers – 51
Francois Brummer – 38
Butch James – 37
Elgar Watts – 35
Handre Pollard – 32

UDT Rugby Championship Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Ben Smith, Willie le Roux, Julian Savea, Israel Dagg, Bryan Habana
Centres: Conrad Smith, Christian Lealiifano*, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers, Ma’a Nonu
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn*, Aaron Cruden*, Nicholas Sanchez*, Beauden Barrett*, Felipe Contepomi*
Scrumhalves: Aaron Smith, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Martin Landajo
Loose forwards: Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Juan Leguizamon, Duane Vermeulen, Steven Luatua
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Eben Etzebeth, Sam Whitelock, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe
Front rows: Adriaan Straus, Bismarck du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Charlie Fuamuina, Owen Franks

Top 10 try scorers:

Ben R Smith – 7
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 3
Aaron Smith – 2
Adriaan Strauss – 2
Bismarck du Plessis – 2
Israel Folau – 2
Jean de Villiers – 2
Julian Savea – 2
Kieran Read – 2
Sam Cane – 2

Top 10 point scorers:

Morné Steyn – 81
Christian Lealiifano – 54
Ben R Smith – 35
Aaron Cruden – 31
Nicolas Sanchez – 28
Felipe Contepomi – 20
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 15
Tom Taylor – 14
Beauden Barrett – 14
Dan Carter – 12

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 27/28 September

September 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nothing much happened this weekend, the Lions conceded soft tries to lose, the Cheetahs managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the Wobblies were dire, the All Blacks were good.

The only sort of a surprise was the extent to which the Griquas crumbled in Kimberley.

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 12/24
Success rate: 50.00%

Currie Cup:

FS Cheetahs vs Western Province:

Cheetahs had all but won the game by the 55th minute when they let WP back in to eventually scrape through on a Greek drop goal. For all their running WP still struggle to score tries and the Cheetahs to win matches with the result that the unbeaten WP is lying second on the log instead of first and the Cheaters are suddenly only one point ahead of the Blou Boelies.

Golden Lions vs Sharks:

miserable-lionsThe Lions Sharks game delivered the nerve wracking excitement it promised pre-match and must easily rate as one of the most watchable matches of the season. But every week it’s the same old story with the Lions, poor defensive structures at crucial times letting in soft tries. Instead of 8 from 8 they’re 3 1/2 from 8 and 3 losing bonus points and 4 try bonus points is all that is keeping them in the hunt. The Sharks deserved their win, they kept their focus when things were going south for them. On top of that, they’ve started to play some good rugby with young Zeilinga growing with each match.

Griquas vs Blue Bulls:

I didn’t watch the game. Were the Blue Boelies good or was Griquas Super Bad? Anyway, the Bulls are suddenly threatening the Cheetahs for the fourth semi-final spot.

Remaining regular season games:

Sharks to play Blue Bulls (a) and WP (h)
WP to play Lions (h) and Sharks (a)
Lions to play WP (a) and Griquas (h)
Cheetahs to play Griquas (a) and Blue Bulls (h)
Blue Bulls to play Sharks (h) and Cheetahs (a)
Griquas to play Cheetahs (h) and Lions (a)
Rugby Championship:

South Africa vs Australia:

When “at least they prevented the Boks from getting a 4th try for a bonus point” is the best thing you can say about a team then you know that team was cr@p. Yes, the Wobblies are in serious doo-doos. With Australian rugby in serious financial troubles too it doesn’t help that their national side has lost the plot. Meanwhile the Boks will feel they’ve lost out on an opportunity but at least it isn’t all over yet and a bonus point win could still do the trick for the Boks this weekend, as unlikely as that may be. The test at the Lions Den against the All Blacks should be a scrap to remember.

Argentina vs New Zealand:

Ben Smith is on a hot streak with seven tries in five matches (4 tries in his previous 15 tests) and the All Blacks look in unbeatable form. And they managed a 4-try bonus point to make it a bit tougher for the Boks on Saturday. Meanwhile the Pumas will be targeting the Wallabies, aka Wobblies, for a win.

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Weekend Rugby Preview and Predictions – 27/28 September

September 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last week the Sharks finally played some decent rugby while the Cheetahs fell apart. WP still stumbles along unbeaten with the Lions trying to figure out how to stop conceding soft tries.

The national teams, who took a break before the final two matches in the Rugby Championship, are back in action this weekend.

Superbru:
(At least it is improving every week)

Currie Cup:
Last week: 3/3
Overall: 11/21
Success rate: 52.38%

Friday, September 27 2013
17:05 – FS Cheetahs vs Western Province: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Once again WP will try to look like an attacking side with only Gio Aplon and Cheslin Kolbe showing anything related to flair. They will depend on their defence to keep the Cheetahs at bay. The Cheetahs, on the other hand, are trying to figure out where their Super Rugby form disappeared to and how to get their forward pack to man up scrum time. Hard times in Blommetjiesfontein once again.

WP by 6

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Josh Katzen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Demetri Catrakilis.

19:10 – Golden Lions vs Sharks: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

The Sharks lost their two best players of last weekend to the Boks before their Groot Trek to Joburg where they last won in April 2010 (August 2009 in the Currie Cup). Meanwhile the Lions are getting stronger, getting some players back from injury, while players like Marnitz Boshoff and Jaco Kriel have hit a purple patch. If the Sharks play like last week this could be a high scoring game that will come down to one or two crucial defensive errors that let in a try or two to many. An exciting game is on the cards, not good for the nerves of either teams’ supporters.

Lions by 9

Saturday, September 28 2013
14:00 – Griquas vs Blue Bulls: GWK Park, Kimberley

The Wooden Spoon match of the weekend with Griquas praying they don’t suffer another bonus point loss and the Blue Bulls praying for a miracle.

Griquas by 7

Rugby Championship:

Saturday, September 28 2013
17:00 – South Africa vs Australia: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Given the Wobblies recent test record and the fact they scraped a win against the Pumas at home not many would give them a chance of beating the Boks at Newlands. Well, I don’t either. Through ice, snow, sleet and rain, or the currently elusive Cape Town sunshine, the Boks will only lose this match if they lose their way to the stadium.

Boks by 9

Sunday, September 29 2013
00:40 – Argentina vs New Zealand: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, La Plata

Apart from their first match the Pumas have manned up well in the competition this year and came close to upsetting the Wobblies down under. Unfortunately they are not going to win this one either and will have to wait for another crack at the Aussies to hopefully win their first game of the Championship but they should give the All Blacks a good go up front.

All Blacks by 12

Argentina: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Juan Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Julio Farias Cabello, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Benjamín Macome, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Felipe Contepomi, 23 Horacio Agulla.

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Nico Scheepers*, Jurgen Visser, Lwazi Mvovo, Deon Helberg
Centres: Francois Venter, Robert Ebersohn, Johann Sadie, Louis Ludik, PJ Vermeulen
Flyhalves: Marnitz Boshoff*, Butch James*, Riaan Smit*, Elgar Watts*, Elton Jantjies*
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Charl McLeod, Jacques Coetzee, Tian Meyer, Cobus Reinach
Loose forwards: Willie Britz, Jacques Botes, Deon Fourie, Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie
Locks: Michael Rhodes, Marco Wentzel, de Kock Steenkamp, Lood de Jager, Hilton Lobberts
Front rows: Ruan Dreyer, Tiaan Liebenberg, Rayno Gerber, Hercu Liebenberg, Dale Chadwick

Top 10 try scorers:

Anthony Volmink – 5
Jaco Kriel – 4
Lwazi Mvovo – 4
Elgar Watts – 3
Boom Prinsloo – 3
Derick Minnie – 3
Francois Venter – 3
Gio Aplon – 3
Heimar Williams – 3
Jacques Botes – 3

Top 10 point scorers:

Marnitz Boshoff – 62
Riaan Smit – 61
Kurt Coleman – 58
Fred Zeilinga – 52
Nico Scheepers – 51
Elton Jantjies – 46
Francois Brummer – 38
Butch James – 37
Handre Pollard – 32
Elgar Watts – 30
UDT Rugby Championship Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Ben Smith, Willie le Roux, Bryan Habana, Israel Dagg, Julian Savea
Centres: Jean de Villiers, Conrad Smith, JJ Engelbrecht, Christian Lealiifano*, Jan Serfontein
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn*, Aaron Cruden*, Felipe Contepomi*, Pat Lambie*, Beauden Barrett*
Scrumhalves: Aaron Smith, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Will Genia
Loose forwards: Duane Vermeulen, Juan Leguizamon, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Richie McCaw
Locks: Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock
Front rows: Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Straus, Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira

Top 10 try scorers:

Ben R Smith – 5
Aaron Smith – 2
Bismarck du Plessis – 2
Jean de Villiers – 2
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 2
Kieran Read – 2
Aaron Cruden – 1
Felipe Contepomi – 1
Adriaan Strauss – 1
Bjorn Basson – 1

Top 10 point scorers:

Morné Steyn – 68
Christian Lealiifano – 42
Ben R Smith – 25
Aaron Cruden – 20
Felipe Contepomi – 20
Tom Taylor – 14
Beauden Barrett – 12
Dan Carter – 12
Aaron Smith – 10
Bismarck du Plessis – 10

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Weekend Rugby Reviews and Impressions – 13/14 September

September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Another weekend of rugby where the BIG talking point is not the quality of the rugby played but the quality of the officials, specifically one Monsieur Poite (pronounced Pwat as in Twat) who decided that a legitimate tackle by Bizzie deserve a yellow card, which was later converted into a red.

And up at Loftus Michael Rhodes once again used the wrong side of his brain when he decided to used the boot to get rid of Jono Ross’s hold but connected with his face instead in a no-look stomp.

I get the impression that the quality of refereeing has gone down since the new TMO protocols came in and the duties of the TMO were expanded.

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
Overall: 8/18
Success rate: 44.44%

Rugby Championship:
Last week: 1/2
Overall: 6/8
Success rate: 75.00%

Currie Cup: 

Cheetahs v Golden Lions: 26-23

I am not going to complain about Elton Jantjies’s ridiculous penalty/yellow card, nor am I going to complain about the Cheetahs’ retreating scrums not being penalised even once for scrumming in, standing up, not staying bound. I’m not, I promise. No, the Lions made enough mistakes all on their own in the first 50 minutes to be the architects of their loss without needing the help of the ref. And he did overrule the TMO on Volmink’s try otherwise we would have had another TMO decision gone wrong.

Griquas v Sharks: 24-25

Can anyone tell me when the Sharks are going to start playing some decent rugby again? Yes, they won but only due to a try in the dying minutes after a Griquas yellow card. The Sharks’ high school coaches are just not getting it right. But a win is a win and it leaves Griquas at the bottom of the log and out of the contest.

Blue Bulls v Western Province: 18-29

Even after Rhodes’s brain fart and WP left to play most of the match one man short the Blue Calves still couldn’t mount a decent enough offence although they did “win” the second half 12-9 and two tries to zip. Meanwhile WP stays unbeaten even though they just cannot build a gap between them and the log jam below them on the log.

Next matches:

Friday, September 20 2013
19:10 – Western Province vs Griquas: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Saturday, September 21 2013
15:00 – Sharks vs FS Cheetahs: Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban

17:05 – Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Rugby Championship:

New Zealand v South Africa: 29-15

I don’t think the Boks would have won if Bismarck hadn’t been yellow/red carded but we’ll never know. Does Monsieur Twat’s mistake warrant another anti-ref Facebook petition? I don’t think so but others with more time on their hands seem to think so. Anyway, Ellis Park is sold out for the return bout and the Bokke need to sort out some serious issues, including playing a scrummie that don’t suck.

Australia v Argentina: 14-13

OK, it’s official. The Wobblies stink and the Argies are on the rise and they will hope to get their first win in the Rugby Championship when the face the Aussies in the return bout.

Next matches:

Saturday, September 28 2013
17:00 – South Africa vs Australia: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

Sunday, September 29 2013
00:40 – Argentina vs New Zealand: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, La Plata

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Weekend Rugby Previews and Predictions – 13/14 September

September 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

So, are the Wobblies worse than we thought or the Boks better? The Pumas are fighting a good fight after that first weekend’s disaster and the Kiwis are in cruise control.

And on the domestic scene nothing has been settled yet except that the Cheetahs and the Sharks keep finding new ways to shoot themselves in the foot and to disappoint their supporters while the Lions had some call going their way for the second week running.

Anyway, an exciting weekend’s rugby ahead and the way my predictions have gone so far you would do well to go in the opposite direction.

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 6/15
Success rate: 40.00%

Rugby Championship:
Last week: 1/2
Overall: 5/6
Success rate: 83.33%

Currie Cup

Fri, 13 September
FS Cheetahs v Golden Lions: SAST 19h10 – Bloemfontein

The games between the Cheetahs and the Lions tend to go with the home team, except when they don’t once in a while, and they’re either close affairs or they’re not. The Cheetahs are blowing hot and cold and are without some key players while the Lions bonded on their mini tour to Bloem and selected to shaved headed fatties in Bees and CJ in the front row. If the Lions can tighten up their defence a bit while scoring tries they can take this.

Lions by 6

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (c), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian Du Preez, 18 Freddy Ngoza, 19 Tertius Daniller, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie Du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque

Lions: 15. Marnitz Boshoff, 14. Andries Coetzee, 13. Robert De Bruyn, 12. Dylan Des Fountain, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Willie Britz, 7. Derek Minnie (c), 6. Warwick Tecklenberg, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Ruan Venter, 3. Bees Roux, 2. Willie Wepener, 1. CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Jacques v Rooyen, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. Jaco Kriel, 20. Ross Cronje, 21. Deon Helberg, 22. Ruhan Nel

Sat, 14 September
Griquas v Sharks: SAST 15h00 – Kimberley

Griquas were unlucky that the result wasn’t closer last week while the Sharks were lucky to get a losing bonus point. Who will Lady Luck favour this week? Griquas will give a solid performance but the Sharks should come through.

Sharks by 7

Griquas: 15. PJ Vermeulen, 14. Nico Scheepers, 13. JP Nel, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Marnus Hugo, 8. Carel Greeff, 7. Burger Schoeman, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Victor Kruger, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Ryno Barnes (c), 1. Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. Patrick O’Brien, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Jacques Coetzee, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Gouws Prinsloo

Sharks: TBA

Blue Bulls v Western Province: SAST 17h05 – Pretoria

Yes, the Kalfies trampled the Cheetahs but then, so did WP the Sharks, even though they still don’t know what to do in the second half. There is just too much fire power in the WP side and the youngster Cheslin Kolbe is just too exciting a rookie to go against them, even at Loftus.

WP by 5

Blue Bulls: 15. Jürgen Visser, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. Ulrich Beyers, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Akona Ndungane, 10. Handré Pollard, 9. Rudy Paige, 8. Jono Ross (c), 7. Jacques du Plessis, 6. Wiaan Liebenberg, 5. Grant Hattingh, 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Frik Kirsten, 2. Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1. Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Dean Greyling, 18. David Bullbring, 19. Jacques Engelbrecht, 20. Lohan Jacobs, 21. Waylon Murray, 22. Clayton Blommetjies.

WP: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. De Kock Steenkamp (c), 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff:.
Replacements: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Michael van der Spuy

Rugby Championship

Sat, 14 September
New Zealand v South Africa: SAST 09h35 – Eden Park, Auckland

The Kiwis are cruising along without being spectacular and I still don’t know what to make of the Boks Wobblies test as, apart from the few minutes of the try blitz the game was fairly close. There are few people alive who actually saw the last test the Boks won at Eden Park some 76 years ago and, TBH, I don’t think that’s going to change on Saturday.

All Blacks by 6

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss , 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Australia v Argentina: SAST 12h05 – Patersons Stadium, Perth

All the pressure are on the Wobblies to turn their recent test record around and the Pumas will feel thay have a good chance to upset the Aussies even further, definitely not the position the people from Oz expected when they fired Deans and appointed MacKenzie. I think things will get worse before they get better as the Pumas have recovered well from their hiding in South Africa.

Argentina by 5

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

Argentina: TBA

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Nico Scheepers*, Deon Helberg, Lwazi Mvovo, Cheslin Kolbe
Centres: Robert Ebersohn, Johann Sadie, PJ Vermeulen, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh
Flyhalves: Marnitz Boshoff*, Elton Jantjies*, Elgar Watts*, Riaan Smit*, Fred Zeilinga*
Scrumhalves: Tian Meyer, Sarel Pretorius, Nic Groom, Charl McLeod, Jacques Coetzee
Loose forwards: Jacques Botes, Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie, Willie Britz, Boom Prinsloo
Locks: Franco van der Merwe, Marco Wentzel, Michael Rhodes, Paul Willemse, de Lood de Jager, Kock Steenkamp
Front rows: Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, Kyle Cooper, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Rayno Gerber

Top 10 try scorers:

Anthony Volmink – 4
Elgar Watts – 3
Boom Prinsloo – 3
Derick Minnie – 3
Jaco Kriel – 3
Jacques Botes – 3
Riaan Smit – 2
Elton Jantjies – 2
Akona Ndungane – 2
Carel Greeff – 2

Top 10 point scorers

Marnitz Boshoff – 54
Nico Scheepers – 44
Kurt Coleman – 34
Fred Zeilinga – 31
Elgar Watts – 30
Riaan Smit – 29
Butch James – 28
Elton Jantjies – 26
Handre Pollard – 24
Tony Jantjies – 23

UDT Rugby Championship Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Ben Smith, Willie le Roux, Bryan Habana, Israel Dagg, Julian Savea
Centres: Jean de Villiers, Conrad Smith, JJ Engelbrecht, Christian Lealiifano*, Jan Serfontein
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn*, Aaron Cruden*, Felipe Contepomi*, Pat Lambie*, Beauden Barrett*
Scrumhalves: Aaron Smith, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Will Genia
Loose forwards: Duane Vermeulen, Juan Leguizamon, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Richie McCaw
Locks: Eben Etzebeth, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock
Front rows: Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Adriaan Straus, Jannie du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira

Top 10 try scorers:

Ben Smith – 5
Aaron Smith – 2
Jean de Villiers – 2
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 2
Aaron Cruden – 1
Felipe Contepomi – 1
Adriaan Strauss – 1
Bismarck du Plessis – 1
Bjorn Basson – 1
Bryan Habana – 1

Top 10 Point Scorers

Morné Steyn – 63
Christian Lealiifano – 42
Ben R Smith – 25
Aaron Cruden – 20
Felipe Contepomi – 20
Tom Taylor – 14
Aaron Smith – 10
Jean de Villiers – 10
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 10
Dan Carter – 10

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Impressions of the weekend’s rugby

September 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

Another weekend of surprise results, wrong predictions and the now familiar ref/TMO ballsups. In the Currie Cup the Cheetahs stopped playing rugby while WP managed another 40 minutes of good rugby before nearly letting another win slip through their fingers.

The Boks surprised quite a few people, myself included, but not only winning in Oz but by trampling the Wallabies while the All Blacks cruised to another win, no surprise there.

Superbru:

Another poor week. Fortunately this is not how I earn my income.

Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 6/15
Success rate: 40.00%

Rugby Championship:
Last week: 1/2
Overall: 5/6
Success rate: 83.33%

Currie Cup:

Griquas v Golden Lions:

Griquas fought hard while the Lions did their best to see how many tries they can let in and still win. A blind assistent ref gifted the Lions a try but they immediately returned the favour by allowing PJ Vermeulen to go and score unimpeded from the kick-off return. A game that mixed magic with mediocrity on both sides.

Blue Bulls v Cheetahs :

The Cheetahs really want to prove that Currie Cup performances have nothing to do with Super Rugby performances even when you play the same players. I really don’t know what goes on with the Manne from Blommetjiesfontein but I know my brother in law is ready to disown, murder or otherwise disfigure his favourite Cheetahs jersey.

Western Province v Sharks:

Fortunately for WP the Sharks had no clue hat they were doing otherwise another draw was on the cards. After leading comfortably during the first half WP once again managed to allow their opponents back into the game in the second. Fortunately for them the two shorties at the back, Aplon and Kolbe had other ideas.

Rugby Championship:

Australia v South Africa:

It’s official. The Wobblies are as back as everyone suspected. Either that or the Boks are much better than everyone thought. Anyway, a good win for the Boks with people still complaining than the ever popular Zane brings nothing to the table except a solid, safe game. Not sure about you, but I prefer my team’s last line of defence to be solid and safe.

New Zealand v Argentina:

Probably the only game that went just as everyone expected – a good solid win for the All Blacks. After this performance the Pumas must really rate their chances against the Wobblies this weekend.

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Weekend Rugby Preview and Predictions – 7 September

September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

What an exciting weekend we had but mostly for the wrong reasons as ref and TMO decisions once again overshadowed the rugby that was played. The Cheetahs decided to play some rugby, the Sharks kicked on in the second half and the TMO decisions of the Lions WP game became the talking point of the week. I wonder what’s in store for us this week.

The Rugby Championship restarts after a week break, for some of the Boks players at least, with both the Boks and Pumas touring down under. Will the French Boks’ European side trip affect the Boks’ game?

Superbru:

Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
Overall: 5/12
Success rate: 41.47%

Rugby Championship:
Overall: 4/4
Success rate: 100%

Currie Cup

Sat, 7 September:

Griquas v Golden Lions: GWK Park, Kimberley – SAST 15h00

Griquas seem to have burnt themselves out with their first week win against the Sharks and to add to their problems, they are struggling with injuries amongst the forwards. The Lions need to get off to better starts in their matches and they have often stumbled against Griquas in recent years but they ought to win this match comfortably.

Lions by 15

Blue Bulls v Cheetahs : Loftus, Pretoria – SAST 17h05

It seems the Blue Calves cannot put more than 50 minutes of competitive rugby together these days and the Cheetahs fot their mojo back and will be comfotable winners at Loftus

Cheetahs by 12
Western Province v Sharks: Newlands, Cape Town – SAST 19h10

Tough game to call. WP is still unbeaten but with two draws and two one point wins it is only a matter of time before they lose and it could be this weekend against a Sharks side that is slowly bringing it all together on the park.

Sharks by 5

Rugby Championship:

Sat, 7 September:

Australia v South Africa: Suncorp Stadium, BRISBANE – SAST 12:05

The problem with this match is that one don’t really know how good the Boks are. They had a great first match, probably more due to the Pumas falling apart if the match in Mendoza is anything to go by, but have been playing the weakest team in the competition. Australia, on the other hand, have played the All Blacks and although they lost those both matches at home they will be a threat for the Boks and I’m not convinced that the Boks have their ducks in a row.

Australia by 7

South Africa: 15-Zane Kirchner, 14-Willie le Roux, 13-JJ Engelbrecht, 12-Jean de Villiers (captain), 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Ruan Pienaar, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 7-Willem Alberts, 6-Francois Louw, 5-Flip van der Merwe, 4-Eben Etzebeth, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16-Adriaan Strauss, 17-Gurthro Steenkamp, 18-Coenie Oosthuizen, 19-Juandre Kruger, 20-Siya Kolisi, 21-Jano Vermaak, 22-Pat Lambie, 23-Jan Serfontein.

New Zealand v Argentina: Waikato Stadium, HAMILTON – SAST 09:35

Although the Pumas showed in Mendoza they are quite capable of being competitive they are still not in a position to beat the All Blacks at home and the Kiwis should run in comfortable winners.

New Zealand by 18
UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Nico Scheepers*, Jurgen Visser, Lwazi Mvovo, Deon Helberg
Centres: Francois Venter, Robert Ebersohn, Johann Sadie, Louis Ludik, PJ Vermeulen
Flyhalves: Marnitz Boshoff*, Butch James*, Riaan Smit*, Elgar Watts*, Elton Jantjies*
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Charl McLeod, Jacques Coetzee, Tian Meyer, Cobus Reinach
Loose forwards: Willie Britz, Jacques Botes, Deon Fourie, Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie
Locks: Michael Rhodes, Marco Wentzel, de Kock Steenkamp, Lood de Jager, Hilton Lobberts
Front rows: Ruan Dreyer, Tiaan Liebenberg, Rayno Gerber, Hercu Liebenberg, Dale Chadwick

Top 10 try scorers:

Anthony Volmink – 3
Deon Fourie – 2
Derick Minnie – 2
Francois Venter – 2
Jaco Kriel – 2
Jacques Botes – 2
Willie Britz – 2
Jurgen Visser – 1
Riaan Smit – 1
Elton Jantjies – 1

Top 10 point scorers

Marnitz Boshoff – 36
Nico Scheepers – 34
Butch James – 28
Tony Jantjies – 23
Jurgen Visser – 19
Riaan Smit – 17
Anthony Volmink – 15
Elton Jantjies – 15
Gary Van Aswegen – 14
Fred Zeilinga – 13

UDT Rugby Championship Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Ben Smith, Bryan Habana, Israel Dagg, Bjorn Basson, Willie le Roux
Centres: Conrad Smith, Christian Lealiifano, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers, Marcello Bosch
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn, Aaron Cruden, Felipe Contepomi, Tom Taylor, Pat Lambie
Scrumhalves: Fourie du Preez, Aaron Smith, Ruan Pienaar, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Will Genia
Loose forwards: Duane Vermeulen, Richie McCaw, Willem Alberts, Steven Luatua, Francois Louw
Locks: Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth, Brodie Retallick, Flip van der Merwe, Sam Whitelock
Front rows: Adriaan Straus, Bismarck du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks

Top 10 try scorers:

Ben Smith 5
Aaron Cruden 1
Felipe Contepomi 1
Adriaan Strauss 1
Bismarck du Plessis 1
Bryan Habana 1
Conrad Smith 1
Duane Vermeulen 1
Fourie du Preez 1
Israel Folau 1

Top 10 Point Scorers

Christian Lealiifano – 30
Morné Steyn – 28
Ben Smith – 25
Aaron Cruden – 20
Tom Taylor – 14
Felipe Contepomi – 13
Adriaan Strauss – 5
Bismarck du Plessis – 5
Bryan Habana – 5
Conrad Smith – 5

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Weekend rugby impressions

August 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

A weekend of mixed fortunes, surprise results and disappointment for some, jubilation for others. I didn’t watch all the games that won’t stop me from making a few comments. :)

My Superbru:

Currie Cup: 2/3 (bloody Cheetahs)
Rugby Championship: 2/2

Cheetahs vs Sharks

One of the matches I didn’t watch. The Sharks have managed to scrape through their matches so far with two wins and a loss but it’s the Cheetahs that must be worried as they find that winning on grass a lot tougher than winning on paper.

Griquas vs WP

A stop-start affair but that could have been due to the poor livestream feed I had. It looks like the trip to Durbs have taken the toll on Griquas but they seem to have achieved what they planned for this year.

flatbullBlue Bulls vs Golden Lions

A game that was heading in the same direction as the previous two Lions games until Morne Mellet got carded and the Lions took control, a control the never again relinguished while running in 42 unanswered points. For their performance the Blue Bulls deserve the Blue Cow Ice Cream Award for their melt down.

Full match review: http://lionspride.co.za/blue-bulls-vs-golden-lions-sweet-revenge

If you didn’t watch the game you can get the full episode of the Blue Bulls’ humiliation here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ra6JFV6RcOY&feature=c4-overview&list=UU4WLUAZBAN7d_6o97sNb7xw

All Black vs Wallabies

I didn’t watch the match but Aussie rugby is in real trouble.

Pumas vs Springboks

Well done to the Pumas for a great come back after last week but Sjoe Bokke! Daai was close!