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Highs and lows of 2012 ~ in pictures

December 12, 2012 in Cricket, Currie Cup, International, International, London 2012, Other sports, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

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…

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Pressure mounting on Heyneke

October 21, 2012 in Currie Cup, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

With Johan Goosen out for the season, and based on his Rugby Championship selections, Meyer has only two options left at flyhalf for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere tour: Elton Jantjies and Morne Steyn.

After his form left alot to be desired during the RC, Morne was left to rest and refocus, while Goosen and Jantjies took up the reigns at flyhalf.  Last week Morne showed some good form, but last night again, his team’s lack of ability to dominate left him with very little chance to get into any sort of rhythm.

Elton Jantjies’ performance with the boot last night was not enough to give anyone comfort that he will have what it takes on the big stage. Given that it was a crunch game, his lack of conversions shows on a lack of BMT on his part, something that’s been questioned in the past.

So, despite the apparent wealth of flyhalves we thought we had in South Africa, we have an off form player in desperate need of rest and re-focus, an injury prone, talented youngster who is on crutches until next year, and an inexperienced, talented youngster who seems to freeze on the big stage. Read the rest of this entry →

Currie Cup still top TV dog | Front Row Grunt

July 24, 2012 in Currie Cup, Rugby, Super Rugby

Currie Cup still top TV dog

July 24, 2012 by Tank | 4 Comments

There has been much talk about the demise of the Currie Cup due to the new Super Rugby tournament structure, but it seems that the grand old dame of South African rugby is made of sterner stuff! Below a look at the TV numbers of all this year’s rugby tournament in comparison with last year’s Currie Cup numbers:

One obviously needs to take cognisance of the amount of Super Rugby being played, and that a large number of those games shown on TV would be between two teams from either Australia or New Zealand, or between an SA side and one of our SANZAR partners (and thus only attracting one fan base), but to see the average viewership per Currie Cup game subtantially bigger than Super Rugby is an indication of the strngth of local rugby in South Africa. Read the rest of this entry →