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Matfield & Eales the best locks ever

November 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

Victor Matfield adn John Eales are the best locks ever; that is according to bloggers vote so far. Matfield was lineout specialist and decoding oppositions lineout was in a class of his own. He also had the ability to score tries from his own chip kicks etc. Eales was unique. The difference between these two was proably showed by Matfields’ attempt to convert a try in last Saturday’s  Baabaas game. Eales won a Bledisloe cup with his goalkicking skills.

Although I can not argue against these two as world greats; however, I would not pick both. They are too similiar and both number 5 locks. I believe you need and ‘tighter’ enforcing lock. You need a Bakkies Botha, Frik du Preez, Colin Meads or a Martin Johnson.

If you disagree, vote. Poll will run till tomorrow.

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All time best Rugby XV: Pick you locks

November 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Now that Mr Victor Matfield retired on a rather comical note with his conversion attempt, I decided to finish a blog that a started many moons ago.

 

Mission: Pick an All time best Rugby XV to represent Planet Earth vs the Aliens.

I know some might argue that it is impossible to compare amatuers vs professionals and yes, they have a point. It is however, not impossible to think how good some of those players might have been if playing rugby was the only thing they did. Anyhow, play selector on what you have seen, heard, read and imagine the best ever players.

Die slot posisie is seker die posisie wat die meeste verander het oor die dekades. Springers kan nou ondersteun word en slotte is ook aansienlik langer. Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Bekker, John Eales, Ian Jones, Martin Johnson was almal 2 meter en langer. Baie kenners se beste slotte Frik du Preez (1,88m) en Colin Meads (1,92m) was dus meer die lengte van toekantflanke of selfs sommige oopkantflanke (Richie McCaw is 1,89m) vandag.

Goeie slotpare het meestal ‘n ‘meanie/enforcer’ (gewoonlik no 4) en ‘n meer atletiese (gewoonlik no 5) gehad. Bakkies Botha en Victor Matfield word deur baie as die beste slot paar ooit beskou, maar Martin Johnson, Frik du Preez, Mark Andrews, Colin Mead, Paul O’Connell en Brad Thorne sou nie terugstaan vir Bakkies nie. Ian Jones, Mark Andrews en John Eales is ook in dieselfde klas as Matfield as lynstaan spesialis.

 

Eales, are rated by many not just best lock ever, but, best rugby player. Nicknamed ‘nobody’ because ‘nobody is perfect, Eales was the total athlete. He was like Frik du Preez someone who could kick to posts with grat success.

 

Vote on poll for your best locks ever. (see right for poll)

Die spanne sover is:

  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 Fourie du Preez
8 Hennie Muller Wayne Shalford Mervyn Davies Zinzan Brooke
7 Bob Skinstad Richard Hill Zinzan Brooke Andre Venter
6 Richie McCaw Michael Jones Fergus Slattery Richie McCaw
5 Victor Matfield Colin Meads Frik du Preez ?
4 Colin Meads Frik du Preez Colin Meads ?
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Adi Jacobs, welcome home brother!

November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Adi Jacobs will be a great asset to the Stormers next season if he gets a contract. Depth is very much needed to win the most difficult provincial/state/franchise rugby tournament in the world. With the Stormers already losing out on Johan Sadie (Bulls) and Tim Whitehead (Sharks), Jacobs will be quite handy, as Jacques Fourie will still be ‘eating rice’ when the tournament starts end of February.

Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh will be the Stormers best centre pairing up to the point when Fourie comes back, but, de Villiers (all players should be rotate) should not play in every game. Jacobs played his best tests (34 caps) when he ‘ran off’ de Villiers’ shoulder. Jacobs made played his debut test vs Italy in 2001; played a few more in 2002 and was not selected till 2008 again. In 2008 he started in 11/13 tests that year with de Villiers on the inside. Obiviously Jake ‘the Snake’ White, did not believe in smaller attacking backline players like Jacobs and Brent Russell; left Jacobs in the dark during 2004-07. White had no idea of rugby as a 15-man game with carrying the ball; he believed in old fashion amatuer Bok-style rugby.

 

Jacobs scored 7 test tries and is under rated by many. Yes, his defense is sometimes questionable, so is Jean de Villiers’; but Jacobs brings natural flair, great anticipation and natural running lines/angles as a big part of his armour. He will fit in well with the Stormers style of play!

 

Although Juan de Jongh reckons he is and inside centre, I don’t agree at all; however, it will give the Stormers various options:

1: de Villiers & Fourie

2: de Villiers & de Jongh

3: de Villiers & Jacobs

4: de Jongh & Jacobs

5: de Jongh & Fourie

6: Jacobs (played a couple of tests at inside) & Fourie

7: Jacobs & de Jongh

 

I say; “sign the man from Scottsdene immediately Mr Coetzee!”

 

IRB 7′s Gold Coast:

The Gold Coast 7′s kicks off today. I’m for obiviously very glad that the tournament has moved from Adelaide (asshole of Aus) to the Gold Coast. The problem I think, however, is the timing. The Adelaide 7′s use to be over Easter. The Gold Coast, like all of Queensland, is tropical, thus warm and humid. That means you end up with thunderstorms in the afternoons due to the humidity. Imagine playing 7′s now in Durban…ridiculous! How do these ‘decisionmakers’ get the IRB jobs?

 

The main games amongst very other clashes today, Samoa vs Tonga, England vs Wales will be NZ vs Fiji and SA vs Aus (13h30 SA time)! I will be there dressed in my Green & Gold, next to my misses who will be dressed in ‘canary yellow & green’! Bring it on!

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Legend Matfield to lead Baabaas vs Wallabies!

November 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

Victor Matfield, the best lock ever, will lace up his boots for the last time, against the team that ended his international test career last month, at Twickenham on Saturday. Yes, the incredible Matfeld will captain the Baabaas vs the Wallabies in a game which promise to deliver some exciting running rugby.

  

Matfield played in 110 tests for the Green & Gold. Joint with George Smith (Aus), in the 8th position of all time. George Gregan (139), Brian O’Driscoll (123), Jason Leonard (119), Fabien Pelous (118), Ronan O’Gara (118), Phillipe Sella (111) and John Smit (111) are all ahead of Matfield. Matfield scored seven tries for the Boks!

 

Victor Matfield het sy Curriebekerrugby eers by die Griekwas begin en ook sy SupeRugby debuut by die Cats gemaak voordat hy na Madeliefieland terug geskuif het om nie net in ander Blou Bul legendes se voetspore te loop nie, maar sy eie groot spore te los!

 

Victor is beslis nes, Frik du Preez, Ray Mordt, Moaner van Heerden, Louis Moolman, Johan Heunis, Uli Schmidt, Fourie du Preez, Joost van der Westhuizen en Naas Botha nie net Bul-legendes nie, maar Bok grotes!

  

Matfield was die eerste toetskaptein sedert Martin Johnson in 2003, om ‘n span te lei wat die All Blacks in Nieu Zeeland kon klop. Pieter de Villiers sal vir altyd moet pa staan waarom hy nie vir Matfield gekies het as sy Wêreldbeker kaptein nie.

 

Voorts het hy drie maal glorie in Curriebeker eindstryde (2002, ’04 & ’09) behaal; 3keer getriomfeer in SupeRugby (2007, ’09 ’10); twee maal uit die Drienasiebeker gedrink (2004 & 2009) en dan ook die ‘holy grail’ gelig in 2007!

In 2005 was hy een van die benomdes van die IRR se Wêreld Spelers van die Jaar. In 2008 was hy ingesluit in die Tukkies ‘Hall of Fame’!

 

In die woorde van Zandberg Jansen: “Victor, nag ou grote!”

 

Die Wallabies is nie op volle sterkte nie, maar dit gee Robbie Deans die geleentheid om dalk met die super James O’Connor op losskakel te eksperimenteer.

The Barbarians :
Isaia Toeva, Sam Tomkins, Robbie Fruean, Stirling Mortlock, Bryan Habana, Danny Cipriani, Peter Stringer, Adam Thomson, Mauro Bergamasco, Jerome Kaino, Victor Matfield (k), Simon Shaw, Sylvain Marconnet, Keven Mealamu, Eusebio Guinazu

 

Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Salvatore Perugini, Jason White, Marco Bortolami, Nemia Kenatale, Richard Kahui, Seru Rabeni

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Mickey Arthur to coach Aussies!

November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to Mickey Arthur in becoming the first foreigner to coach the Australian cricket team. Mickey was the Proteas’ coach when they won the series against the ‘baggey greens’ in 2008 and that must surely have helped in his appointment. Mickey was already coaching in Perth so the move to Sydney won’t be the foreign to him.

South Africa has slipped down one position to number three on the ICC’s test rankings. England is still number 1, followed by India. The Aussies are fourth.

It will be interesting to see how the Aussie-players react to this. Most of the Aussies I spoke to don’t have a problem with a foreigner to coach their teams. Robbie Deans, is already coaching the Wallabies, so they believe that it is a profesional enviroment and want the best for their teams.

If only SARU could get rid of the old fashion conservative outlook and do the same. John Mitchell would be perfect for the job. Politics, however, might still be a huge factor for anyone taking the Springbok coaching job.

South Africans have been involved with overseas teams for years now. Dr Sherylle Calder, help the World Champions Aussie cricket team of 2003 and the England World Champion rugby team in the same year. Gert Smal was the assistant Ireland coach in this year’s RWC, Braam van Straten the Wallabies kicking consultant, Allan Donald the Kiwis bowling coach at the CWC and not to forget that Eric Simons and Gary Kirsten won the cricket ‘holy grail’ with India this year. 

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Time for Kallis and Boucher to go?

November 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Jacques Kallis, it is time to go! What, was is 2 runs of 19 balls? How many wickets did Kallis take in this series?

 

Kallis, ‘n klassieke toetskolwer van Suid Afrika en ook Suid Afrika se voorste toetslopiemaker kon nie sy stempel teen die Aussies afdruk nie. Om eerlik te wees, Suid Afrikaanse krieket het ‘n langpad voor as hul ooit nommer een in die wereld wil wees.

 

Hierdie was seker die swakste Aussiekrieketspan ooit in die Republiek! Tog het hul die toetsreeks gedeel met die Proteas! Ja, ek weet Bill Lawry se span het 4-0 verloor, maar daai Springbokkrieketspan het menere Graeme en Peter Pollock, Ali Bacher, Eddie Barlow, Mike Procter en Barry Richards ingehad. Hierdie Aussiekrieketspan se held was ‘n 18 jarige, Patrick Cummings. Michael Clarke is klas, maar die briljante Ricky Ponting en Mike Hussey is op die afdraende pad. Die ander is almal ‘flavours fo the month’ spelers. Mickey Arthur is glo in die binnebaan om die Aussies af te rig (meester besluit), maar hy het ‘n nog groter berg om uit te klim.

Gary Kirsten sal binnekort moeilike besluite moet neem. Die weglating van Jacques Kallis en Mark Boucher sal deel van daai kritiese besluite moet wees. Jacques Kallis is een van die beste veelsydige krieketspelers wat ooit die spel gespeel het, as statistieke die maatstaf is. Persoonlik glo ek dat hy nie BMT het nie. Hy kon nog nooit gereeld die boulers domineer nie. Hy kon nog nooit ‘n Wereldbeker oordonder nie! Hy kolf vir sy eie stats en met sy selfsugtige houding het hy ala Kepler Wessels, die ander kolwers onder druk geplaas. Kallis was dalk ‘n goeie toetsbouler, maar selfs Premier klubspelers sal nou sy boulwerk met gemak kan trotseer. Gaan hy nou die John Smit van SA krieket word? Ja, ek weet hy is nie die kaptein nie, maar is deel van die ‘mafia’ en speel op sy statistieke reputasie en roem!

Ditto vir Mark Boucher. Boucher is die mees suskesvolste paaltjiewagter ooit. Ek was ‘n groot fan van Boucher, want hy was ‘gutsy’ en het ‘n ‘never say die’ houding gehad. Die tyd het aangebreek of is baie naby vir Kirsten om te begin bou vir die volgende KrieketWereldbeker!

Suid Afrika kon nie een van sy laaste vier toetsreekse wen nie. Drie gelykop en een verloor, beteken dat nog meer nuwe bloed ingebring moet word. Gaan kry jongmanne wat die talent en houding het vir toetskrieket en gee hul dieselfde geleenthede as wat Jacques Kallis en Hasim Amla gegun was.

 

Congrats to Vernon Philander. What a good test debut, this series!

My Top 10 SA toetskolwers:

1: Graeme Pollock

2: Barry Richards

3: AB  de Villiers

4: Pieter Kirsten

5: Jacques Kallis

6: Graeme Smith

7: Hasim Amla

8: Alan Lamb (indien hy SA krieket sou gespeel het)

9: Darryl Cullinan 

10:Hansie Cronje 

My Top 10 toetskolwers van alle lande

1: Donald Bradman

2: Sachin Tendulkar

3: Brian Lara

4: Graeme Pollock

5: Barry Richards

6: Ricky Ponting 

7: Steve Waugh

8: Adam Gilchrist

9: Viv Richards

 10:Garfield Sobers  

Gevolg deur Matthew Hayden, Clive Lloyd en Jacques Kallis.

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Showpony captain! It’s all down hill for the Bulls!

November 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

What a ridiculous decision to make the over rated Pierre Showpony Spies, the Bulls captain for the Super 15 rugby season of 2012! The wheels have been coming off rapidly from the ‘ossewa,’ ala Bulls & Blue Bulls, the last two years and this will have them without real Bulls pulling the ‘ossewa’! These Bulls will be cows and will be slaughtered in next years SupeRugby competition!

Chilliboy Ralapele, should have been the captain or even Dewald Potgieter would have been a far better choice! Ralapele has now officially become the biggest quota and politcial pawn of SA Rugby. Ralapele was the first black Springbok captain. For years there were rumours that he is moulded to become the Springbok captain. Now the can’t even captain the Bulls permanently. i guess the one good thing from this, is that it must dent his asprirations of becoming the Springboks captian next year?

Vote on poll who you think should be the next Bok captain!

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When is young, old enough? Remember this name!

November 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

Kota Kagasaki; remember this name. Kota is only 15 years young and a student at the College I’m working at. Kota, at 13 was privilege to play with Tiger Woods and apparently beat him on one hole. This week Kota became the youngest ever Japanese professional golfer. He will compete in his first professional tournament on the weekend in Sydney. Is this young man too young to compete against older players?

  

In spansporte soos rugby en kieket is dit nie vreemd as spelers hul buiging op 18 of 19jarige ouderdom maak nie. James O’Connor, Frans Steyn, Patrick Lambie bevoorbeeld was almal melkbaarde, en die vorige jaar nog op skoolbanke, toe hul die internasionale verhoog betree het. Patrick Cummins, 18 jaar, en is dalk in die beginspan vir die Aussies komende kriekettoets. Die briljante Herchelle Gibbs maar 16 toe hy WP op die senior krieketvlak verteenwoordig het. Die ‘meester’ Sachin Tendulkar was 15 toe hy sy buiging vir Indie gemaak het.

Ek was ook bevoorreg om Trevor Immelman in Matriek vir Bedryfsekonomie te gehad he;, wel die 12 dae wat hy daardie jaar by die skool was. Ek het hom toe gevra hoekom hy nie al toe professioneel was nie. Hy het genoem dat hy eers nog ‘n jaar of wat amateur wou wees en veral ook eers in VSA wou gaan speel om homself te slyp vir die taai arena van ‘n professionele gholfspeler.

In Suid Afrika is afrigters te geneig om briljante spelers eers in ‘watte toe te wil draai’! I believe that if you are good enough, you are old enough!

Should age matter in professional sport?

Which famous person was at school/work with you?

 

What sport does your kids play?

 

Is rugby too dangerous and that’s why mothers let their kids rather play gholf, tennis etc?

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Solly Tyibilika murdered! TIA

November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to South Africa. South Africa is postcard beautiful, however, unfortunately we don’t live in a postcard world. South Africa is still a mess when it comes to freedom! When will this kak stop? To live with high barbwired walls, burglar bars, alarms, +2 dogs, security systems…. is not what living should be about!

Solly Tyibilika, a former Springbok rugby player was murdered. Another sad day on our planet; just another day in South Africa. TIA, This Is Africa!

http://www.dieburger.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Bok-sterf-na-skote-in-taverne-20111114

On the positive, Table Mountain was named as one of the new ‘seven wonders of nature’.  Rightly so! I love Cape Town and Table Mountain is one of my all time favourite places:

 

WHY? click on link below.

http://blogs.dieburger.com/KevinD26/tafelberg-een-van-die-nuwe-seven-wonders-of-the-world

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It’s all to play for! Go …..

November 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Blommetjies bounced back brilliantly and bowled out this weak Aussie team for only 47! Well done Vernon Philander! It’s all up there for the taking, however, cricket is a funny old game. Anything can still happen…..

The Blommetjies must still score another 155 runs (3 days to do it) with 9 wickets in hand! The Blommetjies should win this as they are the more experienced. Batsmen like Smith, Amla, Kallis, de Villiers, Prince and Boucher have all been there before. This type of chase or survival chase, will suit Kallis as there are no pressure of a run chase.

 

The Blommetjies should win, yes, however, will I put money on it? No!

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