Highs and lows of 2012 ~ in pictures
As we come to the final few weeks of the year, and with absolutely buggerall to watch anymore, except for some Heineken Cup, where you can see old Southern Hemisphere has-beens in action against the best of Europe, it’s perhaps a time to reflect on the year which is past…a year that flew by quicker than Rickie Ponting’s last test innings…
Prospects for Next year
The Southern Kings will be a total embarassment for SA Rugby and it will be up to the Stormers and Sharks to defend SA’s honour in the Super Rugby.
The Proteas will continue their dominance of test cricket and continue to fail in unimportant tournaments such as the Champions ODI trophy, the T20 World Cup and the piss the furtherest contest.
The AFCON cup hosted by South Africa will be a roaring success with Bafana Bafana this time marginally losing out on winning a single pool game.
The Springboks will be better than this year. Heyneke is showing signs of getting wiser and improving on his selections, changing his initial thoughts of picking only blue bulls. His attacking mindset, however, will still be a problem, and not losing will be more important to him than winning.
Stuart Broad will come out of the closet and Brendon McCullum will be the fourth National Test Cricket captain slayed by Graeme Smith. Richie McCaw will be at the centre of a match fixing scandal involving IRB match officials and Bryce Lawrence will write a book named “Clueless” which will only be bought by the New Zealanders who picked him as Ref of the year 2011.
Various politicians will again say the Springboks and SA Rugby is too white and that by changing the Springbok to a Hippo will encourage black players to take up the sport. The ANC governed SABC once again declined to contribute to SA Rugby to enable citizens from all communities to watch the Springboks play at the highest level to so broaden the interest in the game and enable further development of black players.
Makaya Ntini will be the first cricket player to win a Rugby trophy in a soccer team…and Freddy Flintoff will be the first cricket player to beat a Rugby player in a boxing match.
Have a festive Christmas people, and remember to buckle up, drive safely and don’t drink and drive.