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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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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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Bok new captain?

June 4, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

A little bit of a connundrum faces Heyneke Meyer as he may be forced to select Jean de Villiers’ replacement captain and centre a bit earlier than he would have hoped.  De Villiers is currently nursing a tight hamstring, and may not be ready for the first test against Italy.

It wouldn’t be something that Meyer has not been thinking about. If he at all knows, like we all do, that Jean’s likelihood of captaining the Boks through the 2015 World Cup is very slim, due to his tendency to get injured pre and during the tournament as proven since 2003, he would have already identified his captain for the 2015 World Cup, or at least have some idea.

It seems to be a two horse race actually, and we once again might sit with what many people struggled to accept when John Smit was captain.  A leader in the side ahead of the perceived better player.  I won’t open the can of worms on John Smit vs Bismarck du Plessis again, but looking at the options available right now to Meyer, it seems to stir up a very similar brew as with the previous,legendary Bok skipper. Read the rest of this entry →

Only 11 days left!

June 4, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

So with only 11 days to go, I cannot contain my excitement for MOB 2013! Last year was epic when we went down to Durban to watch the Sharks beat the Stormers, and met up with Playboy bunnies at Boulevards and just having a lekker jol, this year will be even more epic! Without the Bunnies of course, but this is the Bokke!

Imagine us okes, sitting around the camp fire on Friday night, Dutchman and his wife having a glass or two of Muscadel, Cecil Tires, Jaco and their Castle Lite’s, ‘n vleisie op die vuurtjie… ag lekker!

Then a lekker breakfast at the Spur early the next morning, and in at the stadium gates at 10:00 to start the fires, have our beers, have the best kuier since MOB2012, and then enjoy two Epic test matches, historic test matches being the first ever in Nelspruit, when Samoa do their War dance to the Italians, and we see the hard hitting Samoan’s try and decapitate the Italians.  And then, we see the Springboks take on the Scots, in what will definitely be the best game of this series.  We will listen to “Oh, cloud of Scotland”  being played by the live Scottish band, with hopefullya  few Scots int he stands singing their hearts out (I might actually learn the words just to enjoy the sing along) and then we get the Springboks, the National anthem in a full Mbombela stadium….goosebump stuff. Standing shoulder to shoulder with my best mates, of whom I’ve only met Cecil Tires, hands on our chests, painted in green, with BOKKE painted in yellow on our broad and proud chests! Man, what an occasion it will be!

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Sherriff to sponsor Mbombela test ticket!

June 3, 2013 in Rugby

So, since the disappearance of the man called Sherriff, I have decided that I will, on his behalf, give his ticket away.  I don’t know what happened to him, where he has gone to, what he is up to, why he’s cut off all communications, but it will seem so much of a waste to let a perfectly good ticket with a great bunch of guys go to waste.

So hopefully, wherever he is, he doesn’t mind, cause after all, since he is not communicating now for 2 weeks, all I can assume is he isn’t coming. He paid his ticket and accommodation for 2 nights, so, whoever wins the ticket, will have two nights stay as well.

I am not sure yet what the competition will entail, but I will take time today to consider and will open up the competition tomorrow morning.

Suggestions are welcome.

Good, bad and ugly of the Bok squad

June 2, 2013 in Rugby

Springbok squad:

Forwards (19): Tendai Mtawarira, Lourens Adriaanse, Trevor Nyakane, Jannie du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Adriaan Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Francois Louw, Marcell Coetzee, Willem Alberts, Arno Botha, Lappies Labuschagne, Pierre Spies.

Backs (15): Jano Vermaak, Ruan Pienaar, Francois Hougaard, Pat Lambie, Morné Steyn, Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh, Jan Serfontein, JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo, Bjorn Basson, Gio Aplon, Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux

Overall there probably isn’t any surprises.  A few raised eyebrows maybe, and a few positions that bother me.

But going into the tests against Samoa, Scotland and Italy, it probably will help to get some youngsters into the swing of things.

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Showdown in Bloem!

May 30, 2013 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

ebvserfAn epic battle awaits us this weekend as the two top form South African teams take each other on in Bloemfontein this Saturday.

It will be a battle for top honors in the SA Conference, as the winner of this match will most likely walk away with the top position in the SA log, getting apart from the much forgettable Conference Trophy, a most probably home semi final.

But it is not just the two teams that will battle each other for the SA Conference.  There are also a few mouthwatering personal battles to be fought in lieu of the Springbok side to take on Scotland, Italy and Samoa in June. Players who hope to impress Heyneke Meyer enough to get the nod ahead of their counterpart in the other team. Read the rest of this entry →

Serfontein too good for Baby Boks?

May 29, 2013 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

It’s been reported that Jan Serfontein has withdrawn from the under 20 Junior Springbok side which take part in the IRB Junior World Cup in June.  No reasons for his withdrawal has been given. Read the rest of this entry →

Stormers to get Red Faced…

May 23, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

Red FacedMy weekend predictions:

Chiefs vs Crusaders, Hamilton, Friday, 9:35

Chiefs:
15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Matt Vant Leven, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu

Substitutes: 16 Mahonri Schwalger, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Dan Waenga, 22 Lelia Masaga

Crusaders:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Robbie Fruean, 22 Telusa Vaianu Read the rest of this entry →

Dear Heyneke

May 20, 2013 in Rugby, Springboks

Dear Heyneke

You know when you were named as the chosen one for the Springbok Rugby Coach job, I was very happy. Ja, I felt sorry for ou Divvy, but he was the maker of his own destiny, like Morgan Mandela said in that Invictus Movie.

So, last year, when you started picking Bulls players like Jaques Potgieter and JJ Engelbrecht, and gave them Springbok caps ahead of players who have shown their worth in the past and were much better in their positions, I started wondering what’s in your head. Are you a zombie?  Then we see poor Lambie on the bench every single game, while Zane Kirchner keeps running on as full back. I wondered, is Heyneke the only one who sees value in NikNaks other than Simba?

Last year ended pretty okayish for you, with some nice wins in the Northern Hemisphere. But now, we are in a new year, and as much as we love beating the Brits, we love nothing more than beating the All Blacks and the Aussies. We hate nothing more than losing to Argentina or some other third tier side.  We want you to win. Like that song goes, We wanna win. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t cry “foul” for me, Argentina.

May 20, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

9b1e0a054fe74633a12795e7b5738836When it comes down to a toughly contested game where teams are evenly matched, and in the end the game is decided by a poor referee decision, one can always wonder if the power that be had some sort of hand in the outcome.  Friday’s match between the Stormers and Rebels turned out to have a couple of bad officiating which seemed to have robbed the Stormers of a much needed win, and we can go into the technical discussions later on. Read the rest of this entry →

Go home Stormers…

May 17, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

9b1e0a054fe74633a12795e7b5738836After those two fantastic tries by Schreuder and Habana, the Stormers once again just threw it away.

 

Really. How pathetic do we want to get? The Stormers are now the only SA team to lose against the Rebels!

 

Go home Stormers! Go straight home! Do not pass Begin.  Do not collect R200.  Just go home and stay there.  Your season is dead! The loss is totally unacceptable.

 

And why oh why do Jean keep not taking the points on offer?  I am really losing my faith in him.

 

I don’t even know who to blame for the loss.  It was just pathetic.

 

Disgrace.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

May 16, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

Long has it been known in Rugby circles that Referee’s are the holy cows. The Untouchables. If there were Gupta’s in Rugby, it would be the Referee’s.  They can do as they please and you have hell to pay if you dare question them. Ok, the Gupta’s did get a little red faced, but see if anything comes from the screaming and shouting of the opposition parties. Just like nothing ever comes from the screaming and shouting of rugby commentators when referee’s screw up.

It’s beyond my imagination how Rugby players, from club to the most senior levels, have not learned the hard truth that no referee ever in this history of Rugby, as far as I know or have read at least, has ever changed his mind about his decision after someone told him he is wrong or questioned his decision. I think it’s the ultimate sacrilege. Breaking of the secret Referee’s code: Never admit mistakes during the game. It’s written just above the other sacrilege: Never publicly question a fellow referee.  Not too long ago we saw a referee being sacked because he dared question another referee’s decision on Twitter.  But have we ever seen a Referee sacked for being just pathetic? Nope. We haven’t.  Bryce Lawrence retired. He wasn’t sacked. I am yet to see a Referee being sacked for being too poor. Read the rest of this entry →

Long live the Afrikaner?

May 14, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

emailjokes_co_za_44149_6-image006First there was the ANC. Then there was Luke Watson. And now, Keegan Daniel has reportedly stepped up in the fight against the Afrikaner. 

Sadly, as with all things when it comes to race and ethnicity, if what is reported is true, it will just be overlooked by his employers and life will go on for him, although it will probably under very much the same cloud as Watson’s career has been since his comments about the Dutchmen.  He might come off it less harshly though, since he didn’t say he wanted to vomit ont he Bok emblem or referred to Afrikaners as Dutchmen, and he has been quite a likeable fellow on the field and not at all like the arrogant, “check the melons under my arm pits” Watson. Read the rest of this entry →

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