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Heyneke taking “ugly” too far?

November 25, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks

It was a tough year for the Springboks. Something that the results of 7 wins from 12 can confirm.  The 7 wins include 3 wins over England, 1 win over Australia, 1 win over Argentina and a win against each of Ireland and Scotland.

Having drawn the third test against an injury depleted England side in June, flying over now with our own spate of injuries and unsatisfactory Rugby Championship results, I’ll admit, I didn’t think we’d win even 1 match on tour.  But the Springboks pulled it through and comes home with a clean slate on the tour of the UK.  I’d guess congratulations is in order.

But none of the wins, save for the win against Australia at Loftus, was really something to get excited about.  Uninspiring backline play with a lack of oomph! and creative skills was an earmark of this year’s campaign.

But a win is a win, be that by 1 point or by 20.  In fact, the win results this year averages on a scoreline of 24-14. What Heyneke Meyer said earlier this year is that he’d rather take an ugly win over a pretty loss.

Considering the way the Springboks were playing this season though, focussing on forward dominance with the forwards hogging more than half the ball between them and the scrumhalf, is Heyneke not perhaps taking this “ugly win” thing a bit too far?

Jean still not rested

November 14, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

It seems as if Heyneke announced the squad with only two changes from the side that beat Ireland.

Battered, bruised, but still going on…

While I am happy that De Jongh comes into the outside centre role and that Gurthro Steenkamp comes on as loosehead, I am a little bit concerned for Jean who seems to have been struggling with injury and still not being rested. Read the rest of this entry →

SARU at centre of Bok inexperience

November 12, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Springboks are still being haunted by SARU’s inability to create stability and consistency within the Springbok Management ranks.

This is what one can conclude when looking at the current lack of depth available in the Springbok squad as compared to arch rivals, New Zealand.

Lack of experience was the major excuse ringing in our ears like a broken record when Meyer’s troops failed to deliver during the Rugby Championship, and New Zealand who seemed to have lost lots of experience too in some key positions stormed to an undefeated victory of the Rugby Championship, winning all their matches. Read the rest of this entry →

Why should Mujati get a passport?

November 9, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Guys, wanna catch a Mujati Beer?

I haven’t blogged for a while. Been quite busy (yes, I actually DO have a job!) and nothing really inspired me to write something…until now.

I will say from the onset that I have always been pro-Mujati coming back to SA for the Springboks. He is a great talent and it was a wry pity that he left and the circumstances under which he left was just as pitiful. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

Ba(c)kkies to the future!

September 10, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

It seems to me like Heyneke Meyer just cannot do anything right at the moment.  No really. He can’t. First the game plan is flawed with kicking away good possession; the back-line seems as impotent as an 108 year old monk with a prostate the size of a pineapple, he persists with Up & Under Sideshow “Squarewheels” Zane at Full Back (he just keeps on accumulating nick names!) and then he persists with a clearly out of form Morne Steyn at flyhalf, trying desperately to coach him back to his best against the strongest Rugby teams in the world.

Now he goes and gets Bakkies Botha back after Eben Etzebeth got, rather harshly, suspended for two weeks after what seemed to be a neck spasm making his hair touch Nathan Sharpe’s elaborate chin.

Why Bakkies? Oh, wait, before Heyneke answers that question let me take a wild guess: Read the rest of this entry →

Running into spaces, not faces.

August 29, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

“Rugby is not a contact sport. It’s a collision sport.” That is one of Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s quotes, and by now you will have seen that he is hell bound to stick with his philosophy of creating “collisions”.

It’s been a disastrous start for Heyneke Meyer’s reign as Springbok coach. One that he would not have wished on his worst enemies perhaps and made the Springboks the laughing stock of World Rugby this past weekend.

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Does Caster have an unfair advantage?

August 8, 2012 in London 2012

With SA’s flag bearer in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games, Caster Semenya, competing in the 800m for women tonight, I thought I’d revisit an old post of mine.

In 2009 Caster Semenya was cast into much controversy when rumours emerged during the World Championship in Berlin, that she was in fact a man. Well, the athletes that talked to her and probably spent time with her could not be blamed for being suspicious. However, the major issue was that such a big issue was made of it in the media before her final event, that it seemed as if someone was out to hope she fails. Read the rest of this entry →

#300

July 23, 2012 in Cricket, Humour

Via Twitter….

 

Give Morne a break!

June 26, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

Very few will like it less than me to have lost against the Poms on Saturday. Ok yes, it was a draw but everyone knows, a draw at home is as good as a victory for the visitors, and although the record books will show it as a draw, it was the English who walked off the park feeling they deserved a victory, not the Springboks. Read the rest of this entry →

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