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by Kevin D

Bravo Wallabies and Sharks!

October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

Eish WP, bravo Wallabies en goed is die Boktoerspan.

 

Baie geluk aan die Sharks en hul ondersteuners. Hul het welverdiend en maklik gewen! Geen verskonings nie!

Keagan Daniels, Bismarck du Plessis en Andries Strauss was puik!

 

Patrick Lambie, jy gaan een van die GROOTSTE BOKKE van ALLE TYE word! Snor, maak nie saak of jy hom, heelagter of selfs losskakel, kies nie! Kies hom nou want hy is die nommer 1 in albei daai posisies, no questions asked! Hy is die toekoms van Bokrugby en die X-faktor wat die Bokke gaan benodig vir volgende jaar se Wereldbeker!

Vir die WP, die beste nuus is dat Generaal De Waal nie volgende jaar daar gaan wees nie. Dank Vader hy het nooit ‘n Boktrui gedra nie! Die jonge heer Lambie het vir hom ‘n rugbyles geleer!

 

Die WP se lynstane was vrot en so ook hul hantering met +13 foute daar. Schalk moes met 30-20 minute oor pale toe geskop het met die telling 23-10. Die WP het te gou ‘catch up rugby’ probeer speel!

 

Die Sharks was eenvoudig Witdood-gediertes en die WP spelers is seer gemaak. Die Kaap is vandag seker vol papsnoeke?

 

Die WP/Stormers seisoen was toe nie ‘n sprokiesverhaal nie, maar wel ‘n riller waarop hulself kan terugkyk met trots en volgende jaar maar kan Weer Probeer.

 

Bring on the World Cup! If you have the balls, take a calculated risk and put your money on the Wallabies to become the first team ever to win the William Webb Ellis thrice! Die Wallabies het gewys dat in vandag se rugby jy nogsteeds vanaf eerstefase besit, vyfpunters kan behaal. Hul het ook bewys dat die All blacks se lynstane nogsteeds kwesbaar is. Hul het ook bewys dat Carter en McCaw hul sleutels tot suskes is.

 

Vir Sonny Bill Williams sal daar moet plek gemaak word. Waar, in Keino se plek!

 

Vir Springbok ondersteuners beteken dit seker meer dat die All Blacks nou nie Lithuania’s se wereldrekord van 18 toets oorwinnings in ‘n ry, kan breek met hul VK toer nie! 

  

PS: Die ‘boekies’ het tans die All Blacks as gunsteling teen $2:1.

Gevolg deur die Wallabies $4:1 en die Bokke $5,7:1

 

Die grootste skande van die baie goeie Boktoerspan, is dat die puik en die beste no.8 in SA, Duane Vermeulen, weereens uitgemis het! Hoe de fok kan Puffer Skouponie alias Pierre Spies, die groep haal! Dit is tyd dat Ian McIntosh (daai suurknol Shark-konneksie) moet waai, of Duane moet Sharks toe skuif om gekies te word.

 

Wat kwellend is van die Bokgroep is dat slegs 2 uit-en-uit senters gekies is, De Jongh en De Villiers. Vier vleuels, Habana, Aplon (laasgenoemde, Patrick Lambie of Ruan Pienaar, sal teen die Iere 15 speel want Frans Steyn is nie beskikbaar vir daai toets nie?), Mvovo en Basson. Sou eerder vir Adi Jacobs of Andries Strauss, in Mvovo of Elton Jantjes se plek gekies het, tensy Frans Steyn ook as senter oorweeg gaan word?

 

Wat dink jul van die CB finaal, die Wallabies se wen en die Bokgroep (stem op Peiling)?

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by Kevin D

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!

October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

Bring on the World Cup! If you have the balls, take a calculated risk and put your money on the Wallabies to become the first team ever to win the William Webb Ellis thrice!

Wallabies broke the All Blacks’ back and now the All Blacks can’t beat the Luthuania’s world record of 18 consecutive test victories!

 

Wallabies 26 All Blacks 24

 

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi!

 

PS: Die ‘boekies’ het tans die All Blacks as gunsteling teen $2,7:1.

Gevolg deur die Wallabies $4:1 en die Bokke $5,7:1

 

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by Kevin D

Come on, put your $ where your pie hole is?

October 29, 2010 in Uncategorized

Hier kom ‘n ding. ‘n Lekka, lekka WP ding!   

You can analyse all you want on why and who will win. Which team’s game plan is better etc. In the end, the scoreboard determines the winner.

 

So, put your money where you mouth is! I’m open for any bets with bloggers for a drink etc. I will be in the Cape Town area during Dec/Jan and will be at the RWC in Sept 2011, for you to honour the bet.

 

I did the ‘aussie thing’, gambling last night and put $10 @ $2:1 on WP. The Sharks are $1,78:1 favourites.

 

According to the poll that I run the last two weeks: WP to win!

WP

223

82.59%

 

Sharks

47

17.41%

 

 

Die WP en Sharks/Natal het nog slegs 4 maal kragte gemeet in die Curriebeker-finaal; 1983 (WP), 1995 (Sharks), 2000 & 2001 (WP). Die WP het 3 uit die 4 keer gewen en een was ook in die Haaitenk.

Team

Number of wins

Notes

Most recent

Western Province

32

Four shared

2001

Northern Transvaal/Blue Bulls

23

Four shared

2009

Transvaal/Gauteng Lions/Golden Lions

9

One shared

1999

Natal Sharks

5

 

2008

Orange Free State/Free State Cheetahs

4

One shared

2007

Griqualand West/Griquas

3

 

1970

Border/Border Bulldogs

2

Two shared

1934

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currie_Cup

WP menu for Saturday:

Brekky: Bananas and also toast with ‘fish paste’

Lunch: Tuna/Shark salad

Dinner: Shark fin soup and anything they can drink out of the Currie Cup!

 

Die WP sal, soos die All Blacks en Bulle die afgelope paar seisoene, die druk in die eerste 20 minute, absorbeer. Hul moet egter hou by hul aanvallende ‘bal-in-hand’ benadering want dit is hier waar die WP die groot arsenaal vuurwerke, die ‘living daylights’ uit die Groot Witdood kan blaas. Motivering help slegs die eerste 15-20 minute. Daarna gaan dit oor klas, wedstrydplan en minimum foute begaan. Generaal de Waal vs Lambie se skopvoet kan die finaal beklink.

 

Gaan Craig Joubert weereens die WP, soos wat hy die Stormers vroeer vanjaar, uit die wedstryd blaas? Hy het die Stormers genadeloos en soms belaglik, uit die Super14 finaal geblaas in daai eerste 30 minute, terwyl hy die Bulle ‘afgerig’ het. Hopelik sal hy ook geleer het uit sy foute?

This is Sunday’s Rapport front page picture!

OK, any bets big shots?

Just in case you wonder. I do pay mine. This was the last bet I lost. I had to apologise to the Bulls fans by standing at the centre point of Surfers Paradise dress like that! Humiliating!

PS: To the Blue Bulls supporters! Some Xmas ideas to buy!

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by Kevin D

Go the All Blacks!

October 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

No I’m not jumping ship. The Wallabies will be my other team after the Springboks, BUT!

In general, I don’t support the All Blacks. I have the same feeling for the All Blacks as for the Blue Bulls. Love to hate them! Probably, it has to do with their success; however, when it comes to the Bulls, it is more a dislike of the ‘Dutchmen of Loftus culture’.

I want the All Blacks to beat the Wallabies in Hong Kong on Saturday. Yes, I know it would be great for the Wallabies confidence, who suffered 10 losses in a row against the mighty All Blacks, to beat them, but I take rugby seriously, and with Luthuania (who?) holding the world record, that doesn’t sit good with me. It is like someone scoring the most points for his province but the majority points were scored in the Vodacom Cup or ‘weakened’ Currie Cup. I want the All Blacks to break that record. They deserve it!

 

In 1998 Mallett and new captain Gary Teichmann tied the then-existing record of the 1965–69 All Blacks for longest Test winning streak, winning 17 consecutive Tests, including the 1998 Tri-Nations.

Lithuania’s 18th consecutive test win surpassed the international rugby record held by New Zealand and South Africa.

Lithuania beat Serbia 77-5, for its 18th straight victory since May 2006, including a dozen different countries in Europe’s fourth tier.

http://www.crashtacklerugbygame.co.za/rugby-union-news/993-lithuania-now-hold-record-consecutive-test-rugby-wins

New Zealand’s All Blacks won 17 tests from September 1965 to June 1969, and they were matched by South Africa’s Springboks from August 1997 to November 1998.

New Zealand are unique by being the only international team to have a winning record against every nation they have played. They have won 350 of their 467 matches – 75%, and have lost at home only 37 times. Since World Rankings were introduced by the IRB in October 2003, New Zealand occupied the number one ranking the majority of the time.

In the decade from 2000–2009, New Zealand won 100 Tests (82% winning percentage). They won 15 consecutive Tests at one point and recorded a world record 30 straight wins at home.Their all-time points difference for Tests (and international level matches) stands at 11,938 to 5,890 (as at 11 September 2010). Many national teams’ worst defeat was against New Zealand — the national teams of France, Ireland, Argentina, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Japan, and Portugal all suffered a record loss to New Zealand. Only five of the top twenty test rugby nations have ever beaten New Zealand; even traditional home nations such as Ireland and Scotland.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_national_rugby_union_team

The All Blacks are currently on 15 consecutive victories. By beating the Wallabies, their only real threat, they will achieve it with their UK tour.  After the Wallabies test, they play England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. They will have to beat Ireland for the record if they win every test in between. Or will they choke again?

 

Who do you support or want to win on Saturday?

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The perfect rugby snacks for Saturday?

October 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

I’m very excited about this Saturday’s rugby. I’m 40 days from landing in my beloved Cape Town and to catch some SA ‘gees’ for Saturday’s Currie Cup final, I need your help.

The Wallabie vs All Blacks, Hong Kong expedition, will ‘force’ us to do a bbq, with a snag and some beers. However, what would I need for late Saturday night when my Prooovince win the Currie Cup? Biltong and beer? What else?

I can get SA products, but, what am I willing to pay? What are you willing to pay for you favourite SA treat? 

(A$ vs Rand  +- A$6.80:R1)

Springbok Foods sell the following:

Boerewors (A$11.50 = R78 p/kg)   Biltong (+A$50 = R340 p/kg)

Droëwors (A$40 = R272 p/kg)   Samoosas (A$11.50 = R78.20 p/dosyn)

Koeksisters (A$10 = R68 p/dosyn)

Can: Stoney Ginger Beer, Iron Brew ens (A$2.10 = R14.28)

Can Appletiser(A$2.40 =R16.32)

Pronutro en Jungle Oats 500g (A$6.50 = R44.20)

Aromat 75g (A$2.70 = R18.36)   Marina Braaisout 400g (A$ 5 = R34)

All Gold 750g (A$5 = R34)   Mrs Balls (A$5 = R34)

Cross & Blackwell Mayo 750g (A$7.90 = R53.72)

Eat Sum Mor (A$3.15 = R21.42)   Ouma Biskuit (A$5.30 = R36.05)

Tassenberg (A$8 = R54.40) Eish!    JC le Roux (A$14 = R95.20)

Castle Lager (A$57 = R387.60) Hunters & Savannahs ens (A$48 = R326.40)

Amarula Cream (A$30 = R204)   Klipdrift (A$40 = R272) en

WellingtonVO wragtig duurder (A$43 = R292.20) party sal seker stem dit bly ‘n bargain?!

 

En dan natuurlik die ‘groot wenner’ om die JC le Roux se nagevolge pak te gee die volgende oggend:

Grand Pa Poeiers: 38 pak (A$13 = R88.40)

 

In Sydney kan jy ‘n Spur Cheddamelt Burger teen $17 (R115.60) pakgee.

 

 

 

What do these products currently cost in SA?

 

If you live in another country, what treat do you miss from you country?

 

 For more info go to www.springbokfoods.com

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by Kevin D

Matfield vs Burger

October 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

Victor Matfield will lead the World Champions on their Grand Slam quest. Pieter de Villiers, stated that speculation can stop as Matfield will be the captain. Deservedly so, as I think Matfield should be the Bok captain through to next year’s ‘holy grail’ as well.

 

Interesting to see that according to the poll that I ran, Schalk ‘the machine’ Burger is easily the bloggers first choice. My question, however, is;

would Schalk have been captain of the Stormers/WP is Luke Watson and Jean de Villiers didn’t go overseas?

 

Schalk Burger 109 42.41%  
Juan Smith 56 21.79%  
Jean de Villiers 44 17.12%  
Victor Matfield 42 16.34%  
Another 6 2.33%
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One year till All Blacks win the Webb Ellis!

October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

Today in 365 days, we will all get ready for the World Cup final. As always, the All Blacks are outright favourites. They are currently number 1 in the world, rightly so, as they are the best.

Will they win the World Cup next year?

 

Before you say no; lets analyse why the Boks must change their players and game plan, to have an outside chance of becoming the first champion ever, to defend its title successfully.

 

Trinations statistics this year has shown tremendous changes, mainly due to the offside ruling for when a player is in front of his kicking team mate and the interpretation of the existing breakdown law.

 

Trinations 2010:

93% more tries were scored. 52 in total at an average of 6 per game. Average points per game increased form 45-55, an increase of 22%. There were 35% more passes and 43% more rucks and mauls. The Springboks, old Blue Bulls game plan, came short as both the Wallabies (3 – Mitchell, Beale and O’Connor) and All Blacks (2- Mills and Jane) picked fullbacks, expecting the kicks and then due to the offside ruling attacked, by running back at them. Kicking out of hand dropped by 45%.

 

How will the Boks stand a change game plan wise? They will have to adopt a more flexible game plan.

They will have to pick younger, fitter and more mobile players to be able to play what they see in front of them and if the situation is there, run from their own 22m.

 

Speed on the wings are not as important as footwork, high ball skills and work rate.
The ‘fetcher’ is also not that important as the attacking team is favoured. Cleaning out or ‘blow over’ as what the All Blacks call it, is now far more important. It takes away the 50-50 calls as they are not contesting the ball as such, but, rather slowing it down or winning it by counter rucking over the ball.

 

This would be my Bok squad:

 

BOK A TEAM

Span

BOK B TEAM

Span

15

Frans Steyn

Overseas

Patrick Lambie

Sharks

14

Gio Aplon

WP

JP Petersen

Sharks

13

Jacques Fourie

WP

Adrian Jacobs

Sharks

12

Jean de Villiers

WP

Juan de Jongh

WP

11

Bryan Habana

WP

Conrad Jantjes

WP

10

Morne Steyn

Bulle

Peter Grant

WP

9

F du Preez

Bulle

F Hougaard

Bulle

8

D Vermeulen

WP

Ryan Kankowski

Sharks

7

Juan Smith

Cheetahs

Willem Alberts

Sharks

6

Schalk Burger

WP

Flo Louw

WP

5

Victor Matfield

Bulle

Danie Rossouw

Bulle

4

Andries Bekker

WP

Bakkies Botha

Bulle

3

J du Plessis

Sharks

BJ Botha

Overseas

2

B du Plessis

Sharks

Schalk Brits

Overseas

1

G Steenkamp

Bulle

Beast Mtawarira

Sharks

 

Bulle

4

Bulle

3

 

Cheetahs

1

Cheetahs

0

 

Sharks

2

Sharks

6

 

Leeus

0

Leeus

0

 

WP

7

WP

4

 

Overseas

1

Overseas

2

With Bekker and Matfield, the Boks will have the best lineout jumpers and mobile locks in the world. Bismarck is the world’s best and Schalk Brits will be awesome the last 20 or if it goes in to extra time. Jantjes I pick ahead of speedster wingers because of the explanation as above. Frans Steyn I pick not because I think he is a better player than Lambie, but, his long range boot could kick those incredible 60 meter penalties and drop goals. Remember drop goals win tight finals.

 

Do I think the Boks will win? With the above squad, they have a good chance. The problem, however, is that the Boks (pool D) will probably play the loser of Ireland Wallaby pool (C) in the quaters and then face the All Blacks in the semis. Unless the Frogs beat the Kiwis in their pool (A) game and end top of pool A.

 

After all this, I think the All Blacks will win next year playing the Wallabies in the final.

 

Why? HOMEGROUND ADVANTAGE!

 

Remember the All Blacks have never lost a World Cup game in NZ!

 

PS: who do you think will play in the finals and why?

 

Vote on poll who you think will win?

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David Poccock is the BEST!

October 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

David Poccock just won the supporters Wallabies Player of the Year at the annual ARU John Eales awards evening.

 

The John Eales medal, the players Player of the Year, went to…. yes, to

 

DAVID POCCOCK!

 

Poccock played Australian schools and captained Australian under 20. His schoolboy heroes were Bob Skinstad and George Smith.

 

Well done Zimbabwe!

 

To pick the best scrumhalf of ‘all time’, go to:

 

http://blogs.sport24.co.za/wallabokiwi/no-debate-gareth-edwars-is-the-best-no9-ever

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No debate – Gareth Edwards IS the best no.9 ever!

October 21, 2010 in Uncategorized

Gareth Edwards is the best scrumhalf of all time! No debate, no wasting time on this topic. He is probably the best rugby player of all time as well.

 

My Top 5 scrumhalves:

1: Gareth Edwards

2: Joost van der Westuizen

3: Fourie du Preez

4: Byron Kelleher

5: Justin Marshall

 

List me your Top 5.

 

Team thusfar:

Position

Kevin D

Martin Johnson

Bill McClaren

Bloggers

15

Christian Cullen

Serge Blanco

Andy Irvine

Christian Cullen

14

David Campese

Joe Roff

Gerald Davies

David Campese

13

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

12

Tim Horan

Phillippe Sela

Mike Gibson

Jean de Villiers

11

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

David Campese

Jonah Lomu

10

Phil Bennett

Jonny Wilkinson

Rob Andrew

Jonny Wilkinson

9

Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards

?

 

 

Results – best no 10:

   

Johnny Wilkinson

14

25%

 

Naas Botha

13

23.21%

 

Daniel Carter

8

14.29%

 

Stephen Larkham

4

7.14%

 

Hugo Porta

4

7.14%

 

Henry Honniball

3

5.36%

 

Andrew Merthens

3

5.36%

 

Phil Bennett

2

3.57%

 

Other answer…

2

3.57%

 

Mark Ella

1

1.79%

 

Barry John

1

1.79%

 

Michael Lynagh

1

1.79%

 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

Vote for your ‘no.9’ of All Time. (If you disagree, you can add your best no.9 by typing in his name at ‘other’.)

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World XV: best ‘general’ of all time?

October 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

OK, probably the most difficult one to do? I know, some believe that the tighthead prop is the most valuable player, however, I believe the flyhalf is crucial. Pick your ‘general’ for our Ultimate Rugby XV of All Time.

 

The flyhalf is the primary plan- and decision maker; the one who is creating opportunities and with great distribution skills. He had to direct play and read the opposition. Kicking is very essential and with both feet, ala Johnny Wilkinson, makes him to me the best ever. Who will forget how Johnny, predominantly a left footer, sank the Wallabies in the World Cup final 2003, with a match winning right foot drop. Johnny has everything, but most of all, his defense, is rock solid.

 

I was a huge fan of running flyhalves, ala Michael du Plessis (although he played only provincial rugby there due to Naas Botha) and Stephen Larkham. Both were in a class of their own. Geniuses!

 

I will, however, pick Phil Bennett, by a whisker, for two reasons. 1: his attacking abilities and flair (admittedly in the 70’s defense was not as structured, ala rugby league, as today) and 2: to form a partnership with the best scrumhalf (next blog) of all time.

 

Other world class No.10’s: Barry John, Mark Ella, Henry Honniball, Stephen Larkham, Grant Fox, Naas Botha, Andrew Merthens, Daniel Carter, Matt Giteau, Ollie Campbell, Piet Visagie, Michael Lynagh, Hugo Porta.

 

Teams so far:

Position

Kevin D

Martin Johnson

Bill McClaren

Bloggers

15

Christian Cullen

Serge Blanco

Andy Irvine

Christian Cullen

14

David Campese

Joe Roff

Gerald Davies

David Campese

13

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

Danie Gerber

12

Tim Horan

Phillippe Sela

Mike Gibson

Jean de Villiers

11

Jonah Lomu

Jonah Lomu

David Campese

Jonah Lomu

10

Phil Bennett

Jonny Wilkinson

Rob Andrew

?

What was Bill thinking?

 

Results of Best inside centre:

Jean de Villiers

62

26.27%

 

Tim Horan

61

25.85%

 

Brian O’Driscoll

43

18.22%

 

Phillippe Sela

24

10.17%

 

Michael du Plessis

20

8.47%

 

Walter Little

10

4.24%

 

Peter Whipp

10

4.24%

 

Other answer…

3

1.27%

 

Mike Gibson

2

0.85%

 

John Gainsford

1

0.42%

 

Matt Giteau

0

0%

 

For sure, I also rate Jean as probably the Springboks best inside center of all time, but, surely he ‘won’ due to the fact that the majority bloggers are SAFFAS?

Vote for your ‘General’ of All Time. (You can also add a player by typing in a name at other.)

 

The British and Irish Lions will play a game vs the Barbarians in Hong Kong on there way to Australia for the 2013 tour. Andy Irvine will be the manager.

 

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