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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

Click on the image to order yours now! Read the rest of this entry →

Sharks: Plumtree panicking?

April 24, 2013 in Rugby, Super Rugby

"Keegan, Marcell, Kanko, F*k off!"

“Keegan, Marcell, Kanko, F*k off!”

Yes, the Sharks are in a spot of bother.  They started off extremely well, winning several tough encounters, and when the flood gates opened on the Rebels, one would have not been blamed fo thinking they may have finally stepped up a gear.

Follow a rather dismal loss to the Stormers, and an uninspiring performance against the Cheetahs, not to even mention, but I will, the plethora of Injuries, and the Sharks are suddenly in a spot of bother to get their initial promising campaign back on track.

Then, Plum goes and as if saying the Cheetahs didn’t play Rugby, (yet still beat the Sharks), wasn’t bad enough, he now goes and throws all his toys out of the cot, and includes the gravity hungry Frans Steyn at Outside Centre with the injury to Jordaan, drops Keegan Daniel and Marcell Coetzee to the bench and includes Derick Minnie from the Lions instead, with Mtembu at number 8. Read the rest of this entry →

Not so Happy New Year

January 9, 2013 in Cricket, International, London 2012, Other sports

It’s challenging to wish everyone a Happy New Year when struck with the news of deaths to Sport stars so early in the year.  First it was Tony Greig who already passed away late December 2012, still in the old year but just on the brink of the new year.  He reportedly died of a heart attack after battling lung cancer for some time. He was aged 66, and tributes have poured in for the former cricketing legend who graced us with his deligthful commentary and insight in all things cricket. He will be sorely missed.

Little that we know that dreadful news would hit us as the year kicked-off.  Olympic Mountain Biker, Burry Stander,who we all cheered on as he took part in the final of the men’s cross-country mountain bike event in London last year, and narrowly missed out on a medal, was reportedly struck and killed by a taxi whilst training in Shelly Beach, KzN.  Memorial rides were arranged almost immediately with a Ghost Bike mounted at the place he was killed.  A young star, 25 years old, killed way before his time.

His death sparked outrage in the cycling community, as dozens of cyclists are killed annually on the roads. On the 31st December another cyclist ended up in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle and not long after Burry’s death, it was reported that in Richards Bay a female cyclists was the victim of a reckless driver and ended up in critical condition in the hospital. Whether she survived is not known.

Alas, the bad news wasn’t over yet.  John E Commins, ex- WP Spin bowler was reportedly murdered in his home on the 2nd January. He played 10 matches for the WPCU between 1961 and 1968 and as a leg-spinner, he took 27 first-class wickets at an average of 27.77 with a best bowling performance of 5-32. He was 71 years old at the time of his death.

Commins was the youngest brother of former WP CEO Kevin Commins and uncle of John Commins who represented the Proteas in the 1990s.

And as if that wasn’t enough to start the year of in grim fashion, it was then reported a few days later that the former South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 81.  Cricket South Africa said that Adcock died on Sunday after contracting pneumonia.  He played 26 tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962 and was chosen by the respected Wisden Cricket Almanack as one of its five cricketers of the year in 1961 following his 26 wickets at 22.52 during South Africa’s series in England in 1960.

CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul paid tribute to Adcock as “one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling” and said he formed “South Africa’s first great new ball attack” with the late Peter Heine.

Adcock took 104 career wickets at an average of 21.10.

It’s been a very sad note to the start of 2013. If one was superstitious, one could deem the entire 2013 like a Friday the 13th…unlucky for some.  Well, the start of the year would most certainly convince those superstitious ones that it is indeed gonna be a year of bad luck.

But as South Africans, I think we’ve learned how to be forever hopeful for things to get better while faced with dispair. We don’t give up. We don’t lie down. We don’t back down.  And as long as we have hope, we have a chance.

With this bad start to the new year, all I can really says is that I wish you all a year in which you will be safe and healthy.  Look after yourslves and each other.

 

Springbok’s forward approach smothering the game?

November 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks

 

20 more phases then Ruan will pass the ball to us….

Heyneke Meyer has done very little this year to confirm the belief the Springbok supporters had in him, when he was announced to take over from Peter de Villiers as Springbok coach.

The record shows that to date, the Springboks won 6 matches from the 11 tests to date, a success rate of 54.5%.  It seems quite average, in fact, poor, for someone who stated publicly that he believes in only one kind of Rugby: Winning Rugby. Read the rest of this entry →

Why Zane is favoured over Lambie

October 10, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

With Ruan Pienaar saying Lambie should decide where he wants to play, I again wondered about the argument between who is better for the Bok side, Lambie or Kirchner.

To the naked eye, Lambie is clearly the better player, being able to play at flyhalf, inside centre and full back. Many say this is his downfall, the fact that he is so versatile, yet to me that is actually a strength.  Players like Stephen Larkham, Berrick Barnes, Matt Giteau, Stirling Mortlock and even Dan Carter have played in various positions throughout their careers and it made them better players overall. Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t Panic…

September 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

I have been very critical of Heyneke Meyer since the draw against Argentina in a match which was perhaps the worst I’ve seen from the Boks.

I thought we would be able to beat a pretty weak Australia though, hoping that the Springboks have learned a few things from the Mendoza abortion.  It actually seemed we did, although the game plan in the second half was not adequate to adapt to Australia who changed their game.

I was, nevertheless, still pissed off that the Springboks didn’t pull off the win. I thought they could have and should have, but they didn’t. Read the rest of this entry →

The 80 minute “South African” Rugby game

September 13, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

This clip can be view on the SuperSport website , just click on the Image below.

 

Interview with Morne Steyn

It’s not just any interview though. What I found interesting in this interview was not what Morne was saying…it was how he said it. 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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The beauty of the Olympics…

August 3, 2012 in Babes, London 2012

 

So, when the SA swimming team have wrapped up all their events soon and with the Super Rugby drawing to and end, you might soon be out in the wilderness in terms of where to get your thrill fix.

Perhaps you are tired of watching gorilla-like, bearded women lifting weights, heavier than your mother in law and her chihuahua named squirt, over their heads?

Or tired of hoping for some eye candy in the women’s swimming events and then get put off by those huge, masculine shoulders and tiny boobs? Read the rest of this entry →

Stormers must win, for SA’s own good! « For the love of it!

July 23, 2012 in Rugby, Super Rugby

First and foremost well done to the Sharks for a brilliant performance this weekend against the Reds. It was delightful to watch a match where a South African team played rugby with such fluency and flair that it seemed like a Mozart composition being enacted by 15 men in black. Simply stupendous!

But as the final whistle went, my provincial bias and competitiveness got the best of me, and as strongly as I supported the Sharks in the game, so strongly am I now against them. I am a Stormer, after all, and until next weekend, we’re enemies!

No doubt the Sharks are currently the form team in SA rugby and their supporters and all South Africans can be proud and excited about the manner in which they are playing as a unit. This is one team that’s not bother about running over the opposition, but rather making the ball do the work! Read the rest of this entry →

Are the Bulls ready for the Championship?

July 23, 2012 in International, Rugby, Springboks, Super Rugby

The Super Rugby 2012 competition is all but done and dusted, and thanks to a stunning performance by the Sharks on the weekend, South Africa is certain to have a team in the final for the third time in four years!

The Bulls were incredibly disappointing but did not fail to meet my expectation of the loss margin. How bad they would play though, I don’t think anyone expected. Read the rest of this entry →

Super Rugby 2012 a success?

July 16, 2012 in Rugby, Super Rugby

So we were left with the last round of the 2012 Super Rugby season to see who the Top 6 would be! The top 2 were basically already established, with the Crusaders also confirmed as finalists, but the Hurricanes, Brumbies, Reds, Bulls and Sharks all had chances to make the finals.

And up to the last game of the last weekend, the final spots have not yet been confirmed. Read the rest of this entry →

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