Meyer Cheapening Bok jersey?

September 4, 2014 in Rugby, Rugby Championship

Bok FanWith 31 new test caps in 29 tests since his tennure started, one has to start wondering if Meyer knows what he is doing.

It’s become concerning to me that the number of debutants under Meyer seems to be increasing virtually with every match, yet, we keep on hearing people say he sticks with too many old players.

Factually, I cannot agree too much with the latter sentiment. The only “old” players in terms of age is Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers, whilst, to be honest, there is not too much we can replace them with at this stage. Perhaps too late even if one looks into the preparations for the World Cup next year.

Perhaps the sentiment should rather be that Meyer is sticking with too many players who are not performing well, instead of looking at age but then we can also say that he doesn’t stick long enough with new players before he tries someone else…

Some people have expressed concern that there are too few new players coming through, and that Meyer is not identifying new talent. The former sentiment is totally untrue. Under Heyneke Meyer, as of today, 31 Springboks have made their debut. Between the 31 players, they average 6.8 caps per player since debut, while Eben Etzebeth is the most capped at 25 test caps. If Warren Whitely runs out onto the park on Saturday, he would become debutant number 32.

But somehow when we look at the current squad at the Rugby Championship, which is around 30 players big, we seem unable to recognise those 32 debutants.

That is because several of them have come and gone. Only 9 of those 31 debutants are in Saturday’s squad, while a further 3 players are in the extended squad. So, 12 out of the 31 debutants are still playing . And that is why one would never tell that 31 players have made their debuts under Heyneke Meyer. Twenty players (consider this 3 players short of a full match day squad) have dropped off.

For more and the complete list of players and how New Zealand stack up, visit SportChat.co.za

 

Lambie is the best flyhalf in the country

February 17, 2014 in Rugby, Super Rugby

No golden eggs for this Goose! Just laying!

No golden eggs for this Goose! Just laying!

The Lions upset the Cheetahs and the Sharks put the Bulls to bed. Yes folks, that was the first round of Super Rugby 2014 and my,how short was it? Almost as short as Tjokkie Norris’….uhm….oh wait, this is a family site…

 

So looking back over the past weekend, here’s a few things we can take away and look forward to (and not to) for the coming marathon of week in and week out Rugby. Yes ladies, your husbands are now officially back to the couch  on Saturdays and to the local pub on Friday evenings. Oh don’t complain so much, ladies, we moved the entire SuperRugby schedule a day forward so we could be with you on Valentines day!  Be grateful.

So here’s what we learned (and confirmed) ?

  • Welcome back to a much slimmer and fitter looking Frans Steyn.  Jean de Villiers suddenly has competition on inside centre.  He was solid on defense, carried well and cleaned up some spills nicely.  Also, that deft little kick for Odwa’s try was brilliant! Something he must have picked up in France.
  • Goosen is a walking injury. Ok we already knew that, but what we learned about Goosen is that he is not ready for SuperRugby. Nothing wrong with the boy’s style of play and talent, but his body is just not up to the challenge.  Take a year off totally and condition your body properly. But it’s like these coaches, they play the guys 4 weeks before they are recovered then stuff them up for life. I shouldn’t dare say it, but hell, I hope Goosen isn’t a story of what could have been had he not got a career ending injury.

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Lambie now fullback?

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

jaquejeanHeyneke Meyer has selected Springbok squad that many tout as the “Strongest Bok squad of the year”.  With several British and Irish Lions players back for Wales, one could not blame him too much for not experimenting a lot with a few second stringers.

In essence the pack of forwards have remained the same, save Frans Malherbe stepping in for Doc Jannie who deserves a weall earned break.

Eben Etzebeth will partner with Flip van den Merwe in what is seen as a brutal lock combination, while the loose trio remains big and bulky with Duane, Willem and the ever improving Francois Louw.

 

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This Blog has moved

September 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Leaving on a jet planeWe’ve created a new site where I will be posting in future.  Thanks to all who subscribed and read on this platform.  For more, visit www.sportchat.co.za

Are Bok fans “Haters”

September 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

piet van zylIt’s never a good idea for a Sports Star to take on the public on a social media platform.  News recently broke about Liam Messam saying on his twitter account: “Thanks for the hate coming out of SA, it is what it is, Lesson learnt tackle low.”  The tweet was apparently deleted subsequently, but it didn’t escape the prying eyes of the Sports News, and the tweet was displayed on the SuperSport Blitz bulletin the same day.

Sport24 wrote an article about the tweet, and it opened the door for more criticism towards Messam.  I’m not sure what criticism, or hate, was launched towards Messam to make him take to twitter to address it, but I do believe that the “hate” was uncalled for.  However, he opened himself up to further criticism by “thanking” the haters, and took even further flak.  So much so that he again address the SA Fans, this time saying:

“Dear SA supporters I understand your frustrations and I agree that the big man was hard done by, he’s a awesome player and one of the best” Read the rest of this entry →

The Awesome 4Some!

September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

LieschenEverybody knows that picking on Superbru is the hardest part of the week, work challenges and even our wives…or husbands seem easier to handle than the unpredictability of sport.

So here we decided to help ease the burden on our readers when it comes to picking those important matches with our thoughts. O, and just to be clear, we will not be held responsible for any loss or babelas caused by using our advice.

Grab a coffee or if you are lucky enough, grab a beer, and see if you agree…

 

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Australia game plan aided Boks

September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

We all love a good open game of rugby.  The gracious wings with the wind blowing gloriously through their hair as they speed down the touchline and dot it down right in the corner… that magical off load that puts the support player over for a seemingly easy try… the centre’s running deceptive lines and changing direction in a split second to leave the defense baffled.  We love that. We love the backs doing what they do and doing it well.

I saw lots of that on Friday night when the Pumas played the Leopards at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit.  It was really great to watch. Despite the poor defense, just watching some free flowing open rugby was great entertainment!

In the week running up to the Springbok’s test against Australia, Meyer came under criticism for selecting Zane Kirchner at full back, thereby showing that a one dimensional, “safe” game can be expected.  The greatest criticism of Kirchner is that he seems unimaginative when he fields a deep kick, and all he does is put the ball to foot and give it back to the opposition.  Counter Attack is not high on his agenda.

 

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Fighting fire with….uhm……a hairdryer?

September 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ok, so when Jake White was summarily dismissed because he didn’t include Lucky Luke in the side…amongst other reasons, many people touted Heineken as the brew of choice for the Bok side.  But SARU decided to go proudly SA and went for the drink of choice, although a tad too bitter, but still gets you to some sort of uninhibited action, Castle Milk Stout.

Now after so long, Heineken is the brew of choice cause let’s face it, although it has it’s place in the liquor store, milk stout is an acquired taste….and you need lots to swallow it down with.

I admit. I was relatively happy with what we had in the Incoming Tours and the two tests against Argentina.  But this weekend, the string of changes to the side on the back of a team that needs to get gelling after a rather unconvincing edging of Argentina yet again in Mendoza, a name that will become synonymous with Tucuman in time to come, has left me with more than my quota of Milk Stout. 

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Captain and Coach on the same page?

August 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

So, I finally managed to figure out how to transmit wireless signal from my tablet to my PC. Thank goodness! Typing a short tweet or facebook status on that thing is nothing, but try and do a blog post? Neck spasmic, migraine inducing stuff I tell you!

My excitement is hardly containable for this weekend’s Test Rugby! Talking of which, I hope all of you have entered your sides in our pool on Testrugby.com. Here are the actual team lineups for this weekend to help you guys pick your sides!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Australia v New Zealand, Sydney – 12:05

Australia:

15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rod Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Scott Fardy, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 even Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty

South Africa v Argentina, Soweto – 17:00

South Africa:

15. Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 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 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

Argentina:

15. Juan Martin Hernandez, 14. Gonzalo Camacho, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Martin Landajo, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Patricio Albacete, 4. Manuel Carizza, 3. Matias Diaz, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 1. Juan Figallo

Substitutes: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Nahuel Lobo, 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Julio Farias Cabello, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Santiago Fernandez, 23. Horacio Agulla

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Problem with the Superugby revealed

August 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

So,having upgraded my data contract, I decided to get myself a deal wich included a tablet.  I also wanted to be like Dutchman and REM, walking around with this nifty little tool, and be able to watch Sport on a larger device than my 3″ walka….  I got myself the Sony Xperia 10.1 Z tablet.  must say,its prettyndecent, with an impressive display and neat functions.  the deal breakerd for me, compared to the iPad and the Samsung was the fact that the Sony is waterproof, dustproof and scratch proof. And the fact that you can add external memory! Read the rest of this entry →

Ai, Dewie….Ai…..

July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

DewaldPotgieter110806InactionG300On Saturday night, we again, as so many times in the past, seen poor decision making cost a team a game.  Look, the stadium was empty and one has to wonder how the Crusaders defeat at the hands of the Chiefs impacted on the Bulls, knowing they would not host the final, but in the end, it’s the decisions you make on the field that determines your fate.  It makes me wonder sometimes, how, if we at home can see what is going wrong, how can the guys that are physically there, at the game, who get paid millions to do that job, get it wrong so badly? Ja, I am no expert. But Naas and Nick are, and they confirmed what we said at home watching, while even the commentators, for some reason, cannot say what they see.

Joubert was shockingly poor. When Kuridrani off loaded for the Brumbies first try, I immediately said its forward. Joubert didn’t think it was remotely close to being forward, neither did the touch judge. So, maybe I was wrong. Oh no, there’s the replaym, yes it was forward. But the commentators aren’t saying anything about it? Maybe I am wrong. Nope, there it is again! Forward! Nope. commentators remain silent, no TMO called in. Try allowed. Points to the Brumbies.  Yes, Basson was out of position on defense, but a forward pass should not result in a try. It did. How Joubert missed that one, but saw a pass backwards from Morne Steyn to JJ Engelbrecht as forward, losing the Bulls posession on the Brumbies 22, only Joubert knows. How he missed all the scrum penalties of the Brumbies’ illegal binding, but kept on penalising the Bulls, only he knows. I thought I was wrong, because no one else said anything, but then, at least, Mallet and Botha agreed with me. Phew! I’m not so dumb after all! Joubert was pathetic, inconsistent and played a huge part in the Brumbies victory. Well done Craig! Read the rest of this entry →

Super Rugby anticlimax

July 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

Is it just me or is the Super Rugby turning a bit stale after the recent June internationals? This format is just killing the enjoyment of the game for me. I guess the only guys who are still really interested are the fans whose teams are still in with a chance for the top 6.

I mean, the only thing in the SA Conference that can happen now is for the non-contenders to scramble the top 6 around and do more harm to a conference sides chances than good.  Take the Stormers defeat of the Cheetahs for example.  All it did is make the Cheetahs chances less. Best case scenario they might end up having to play a knock out game against the Bulls, which will not help SA’s chances too much of winning the thing.

But really, is all this rugby necessary? JA, its been talked of at length and it will still be discussed until the cows come home, but the format just sucks.  Not to even talk of the spate of injuries occurring on both sides of the Pacific, not only weakening the competition, but also impacting on the coming Rugby Championship. Read the rest of this entry →

Bad omen for Bokke

June 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Let me start off by saying what a great time we had at the MOB2013 event in Nelspruit (yes, people, it is legally still Nelspruit!) at the beautiful and picturesque Mbombela Stadium! Thanks for all the guys who were there, it was a blast!

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The game wasn’t all that great.  But the company was, so it made up for the poor performance against the Scots.  It was clear from the stands who the stand out players were and a couple of things that really bothered me was the amount of times the backline players, this time not only Bryan Habana ( I can’t recall that he even did once), came off the defensive line and created space for the sans British & Irish Lions Scotland side to gain acres of territorial advantage.

Alas, thanks to a brilliant try from Jan Serfontein (really, I think I am starting to like the guy a lot, I mean, to score a try with two tacklers on your??!!) to seal the deal, we won, but a lot was left on the field to ponder about.

One of my favorite players since I saw him play for the under 20′s, Siya Kolisi, was man of the match! Well deserved! It’s a real pity about Arno getting injured.  I would have liked to see him at 8, with Kolisi at 7 and Flouw at 6. Alas, had Alberts not get injured, then Arno would have been on the bench, and then Kolisi would probably never have got his chance.

So I am quite disappointed seeing that Alberts is, according to some just stepping into his rightful place, In my opinion he should earn his way back into the squad.  Just like anytime when you are injured and you are dropped, and the player who replaced you is doing a great job, you first have to wait your chance to get in again.  I guess Meyer doesn’t buy into that philosophy. Read the rest of this entry →

Get your Braai On!

June 6, 2013 in Rugby

Check out these awesome Braai’s from Kalahari!  I mean, you’ve painted your Land Cruiser Blue, you hanged those Blue balls on the back, you got your Blue Bulls flags all over, and imagine the awe and amazement when you park near Loftus, and take this beauty, rugby ball shaped, all Bulls braai off the back to braai your lekker Blue Bulls steak!  The envy of everyone in Pretoria!

 

Blue Bulls Charcoal Braai

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Lambie to warm bench again

June 5, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

It was only last year when one of the most talented Rugby players in South Africa was benched for all but 55 minutes of the entire Rugby Championship tournament.  An out of form Morne Steyn was given ample opportunity, in fact, 291 minutes during the Rugby Championship tests to regain his form, to no avail, and it was up to Lambie to take his chances during the Northern Hemisphere tour, when Steyn was rested, and Goosen was injured.

Zane Kirchner was preferred ahead of Lambie at full back.  The reasons for this is still unclear, but some have said that in 2012 Lambie didn’t play enough at flyhalf to warrant flyhalf selection, while some suggested he is actually a flyhalf therefore Meyer does not want to play him at full back.

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