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PRIME CIRCLE, take a bow!

April 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

HI Kevin
Last week a good friend, Clint Coetzee, lost his battle to cancer.

One of his last wishes was to see Prime Circle play live. After a Facebook request the manager of Prime Circle agreed to come to the Blouberg Netcare hospital to play for him. With him passing last week we all thought it was very noble of Prime Circle to agree to the private show and that it was unfortunate that Clint could not see them play.

His funeral was Saturday and to our surprise Prime Circle arrived. They sat throughout the service and played a song in memory of his life.

Prime Circle didn’t know Clint Coetzee. They didn’t need to come anymore as it was too late. But they did! No photo’s, no press just Prime Circle paying their respect to a fan.

After the service they didn’t hang around “to be seen” they left to go to K-Day.

I would like to thank Prime Circle! I have so much respect for them for what they did. Clint’s wife and family could celebrate his life in the most fitting manner!

Prime Circle arrived unnoticed but I would like everyone to know what they did.

Thank you Prime Circle! You have gained a fan for life.”

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Bring back the Sheriff and the Prince!

March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

I get it; sometimes average coaches can look good because of the cattle they have; and great coaches records might look poor as they have to train donkeys to win the July. However; when the team you have been coaching has not improved in all areas and lose 5/6 games, it is time to fire the lot! Allister Coetzee has done well for a few seasons. The Stormers won the SA franchise trophy in 2012, a few super semis and WP won the Currie Cup as well in 2012. Since then it has been going downhill….

Injuries will sink the ship, for sure and when others decided to go and earn their pension overseas, it needs great forward thinking and strategic planning to make sure you stay competitive. Adries Bekker, Francois Louw, Jacques Fourie, Bryan Habana, Gerhard van den Heever, Schalk Brits, Joe Pietersen to mention a few all left the Mother City while Peter Grant was on the sushi train for heaps of games. Now Gio Aplon is leaving for’ frog legs and snails’ after this season.

Add to that all the injuries of Rynardt Elstadt, Pat Cilliers, Tiaan Liebenberg, Michael Rhodes, Scarra Ntubeni, Eben Etsebeth, Schalk Burger, Jaco Taute, De Kock Steenkamp, Juan de Jongh….then it would be difficult for any team when starting off with a tour of hell! Losing against the Lions was a shock; however, those cats are out to prove this year that there is some bite to their roar!

On Saturday I was concentrating ‘away’ from the ball and there were some basic coaching errors to add to all the silly mistakes made by the Stormers on this tour! On numerous occasions the Stormers wingers were out of position. When it is the opponents ball from a lineout in their 22 meter area, you have to stand back and cover the line as the chances are very good that the opponents will clear for touch. The problem was that both wingers positioned themselves on the opponents 10 m line which meant that they had to turn around as every kick went over their heads. Rather stand in your own half and approach the ball by running towards it while you maintain vision on the opponents chasing! Basic coaching.

Another blunder; 22 m kick-in for the Stormers while the game was close and tight, they kicked short to try and retain possession. It is a 50-50 ball and they transgressed and gave away 3 points. On a wet field surface, kick deep and apply pressure with the chase or just kick it over the 22m line to an ‘open’ team mate. Add to that stupid chip kicks, not doting the ball down or not kicking the ball out, shocking line out throws and losing ball in the contact and to top it off by stupid game plan of just kicking every ball away….fired the lot!

Why were players like Willie le Roux, Josh Strauss, Pieter Steph-du Toit  and Francois Hougaard to mention a few, not made permanent Capies when WPRU had the chance? Why did they not sign Piet van Zyl at the end of last year? Why let Timo Swiel go to the Sharks and buy back Demitri Catrikilis? Why is Louis Schreuder still in the squad? Really? So many questions….

What has Robbie Fleck coached the Stormers backline in 5 years? If a SA team get’s scrummed by Aussie teams, then fire the forward coach. Gert Smal has never coached a forward pack that went backwards! Let Gert take the reins, yes, let the Sheriff call  and fire the shots and bring the Prince of Wings with him. Let the Capies play attacking try scoring, but, most of all winning rugby again!

PS: sign Johan Goosen and get Piet van Zyl or Sarel Pretorius to follow him!

PS2: it will take balls, but, in the interest of SA rugby, Jean de Villiers and Duane Vermeulen must take a break after the Waratahs game.

 

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Stormers’ luck to change!

March 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s raining, it’s pouring! Yes, they predict another 100 ml of rain tonight in Brisvegas! This whole week has had some terrible weather, just like the Stormers’ season so far; however, with this Cape Town weather it must give the Stormers a big shot to win back to back at the Reds’ fortress.

Quade ‘super ‘Cooper and Will Genia will not be the magicians in this type of weather and even with it clearing up on Saturday (yours truely hope so as the beer will not go down smoothly at the game with this torrential rain). As long as Peter Grant can ‘bash’ over the game line and convert shots at goal, the Stormers will win!

PS: questions must still be asked why Damian de Allende is not kept at 12 with these conditions. I’m not a fan nor convinced about De Allende’s potential, however, on wet fields he should be a better option than Juan de Jongh. I would prefer de Jongh on any dry day ahead of de Allende, but, not in a “mud wrestling contest’!

PS2: Johan Goosen comes off contract the end of this season. Please Mr Gert Smal, if you get the WP top job, sign him! He will fit into the old style WP running rugby, the days of the genius Michael du Plessis!

DHL Stormers team: Gio Aplon, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (captain), Sailosi Tagicakibau, Peter Grant, Louis Schreuder, Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Michael Rhodes, Jurie van Vuuren, Frans Malherbe, Deon Fourie, Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: Stephan Coetzee, Oliver Kebble, Brok Harris, Tazz Fuzani, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Nic Groom, Demetri Catrakilis, Jaco Taute.

Put your balls on the guillotine: my picks in bold.

Crusaders vs Hurricanes

Rebels vs Brumbies

Blues vs Highlanders

Reds vs Stormers

Bulls vs Chiefs

Sharks vs Warathas

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Steyn at 12 and de Villiers at 13 for Boks!

March 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Stormers again shot themselves in the foot. While Damian de Allende killed the Stormers’ fight back against the Chiefs with a stupid chip kick, the youngster Kobus van Wyk messed it up this time. Yes, the initial idea of falling on the ball had merit as the opponent are not allowed to fall on you/tackle you. However, just booting the ball in to touch in a pressure situation like that would have been the better and correct option even if that meant a Brumbies lineout 5 meters from the try line!

Die Haaie se tande is ook maklik getrek deur die Bulle in die ‘fortress’; net weer ‘n bewys dat die Sharks dalk nie so goed is soos almal wil voorgee nie. Dit was hul eerste wegwedstryd en toe vat hul pak. Of was dit alweer Snake White wat se mond te groot was voor die tyd? Was puik om te sien dat jonge Timo Swiel sy buiging  gemaak het. Die Haaie was maar net in die prentjie gehou met Frans Steyn se ernome kanonvoet strafskoppe.

Juis om daardie rede dat Frans Steyn die nommer 12 Boktrui moet dra. Nee, hy is nie die beste binnesenter in die republiek nie, ene Jean de Villiers is! Maar die Bokleier is net so gevaarlik in die buitekanaal. Maar dit is daai enrome Steyn strafskoope wat jy benodig om die magtige All Blacks te klop!

My Bokspan tans:

14: JP Pietersen  15: Willie le Roux  11: Bryan Habana

13: Jean de Villiers  12: Frans Steyn

10: Johan Goosen  9: Fourie du Preez

7: Schalk Burger  8: Duane Vermeulen  6: Francois Louw

5: Andries Bekker  4:Flip vd Merwe (Eben Etsebeth is beseer)

3: Jannie du Plessis   2: Bismarck du Plessis  1: Beast Mtwarira

Plaasvervangers:

Patrick Lambie / Francois Hougaard / Juan de Jongh / Adriaan Strauss / Willem Alberts / Coenie Oosthuizen / Lourens Adriaanse / Victor Matfield

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De Allende = doppie!

March 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

You never give a chip kick (high risk and if it goes wrong you give away possession with a little meters gained) in your own 22m! The Stormers were outplayed for about 75 minutes, but, manage to fight back to 20-24. All looked possible until Damian de Allende tried to chip kick in his own 22m. Gave possession away, he missed his tackle and it was all over!

Nizaam Carr showed why Tim Lane rated him as the best school boy player he has ever been involved with; however, who has to stand back? It will be good for the Stormers to give Duane Vermeulen maybe a game rest and start Carr vs the high tempo Brumbies next week?

 

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Schalla pure Bok!

March 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Close, but, no cigar was the Stormers brave effort in Christchurch. No SA team has ever beaten the Crusaders on the South Island and the Stormers came close, maybe even ‘lost’ it themselves?

Nic Groom was very good and should definitely start ahead of the overrated and one-dimensional Louis Schreuder. Damian de Allende was awesome and I’m not a fan of him, however, can start to see why he is rated amongst a few. Fast, big and strong, but, I’m not convinced he is a Bok potential  yet.

Jaco Taute came to the mother city with big wraps on him and yours truly are also a fan of him; however, he cost the Stormers a vital try, to be honest at that stage of the game it would have been a winning try by being selfish and not passing to an open player on his outside. Top players don’t make those mistakes.

Demetri Catrikilis is the weak link. Peter Grant must now start. Catrikilis kicking out of hand was shocking! Go back to the Varisty cup! And to think WPRU let Timo Swiel go to buy the latter back again!

Great news: Schalk ‘the machine’ Burger is back!!!!! He is a force again and Willem Alberts’ position is in jeopardy if the ‘machine’ keeps on playing like this. Alberts is a great ball carrier and defender (on most occasions – he still miss tackles due to poor technique). Burger’s workrate and flair to go with his ‘body on the line’ approach will make him a certainty in the Bok set up, especially now that he plays no.7. A loose trio of Burger, Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen could dominate world rugby!

Jean de Villiers is the best Bok inside center of all time. If it wasn’t for ‘die doring of Despatch’, de Villiers would have been the Bok’s best outside center as well. Good news now that de Villiers is playing in the 13 jersey, is that Frans Steyn and de Villiers could be the Bok center combo as Mr Meyer, just as Jake White, believes in size!

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Sharks it? SA bowlers are softies!

February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

It will be very difficult for any SA team, maybe except for the Sharks (as they have a better draw), to lift the Super15 trophy. The Sharks look like the team with the most lethal bite. The Stormers might surprise and make the playoffs, however, will have to win this Saturday by beating the kings of the jungle in the crime capital.
Honestly, the Bulls and Lions are making up numbers and the Cheetahs had their ‘surprise, Christmas coming early’ season last year. They won’t make the finals! SA teams must ‘work’ together and beat their opponents down under to make it easier for the Sharks and Stormers to advance.
The Stormers’ ‘(lack of )-brainstrust’ missed out on crucial opportunities again when you look at their ‘shopping list’. Pieter-Steph du Toit, boerseun from Malmesbury, Piet van Zyl and the exciting X-factor Willie le Roux (another ex-Capie), were all up for sale. However, they are not pulling on a Stormers’ jersey on this season. Timo Swiel, was also not give opportunities at the Stormers (while quite a few ex-scholars from last year were given a go against Boland) and he will become a international player; either in Green & Gold or for the Poms!
The Stormers again will not have a crucial 9/10 combo to win the Super 15, however, with Peter ‘Bash’ Grant coming back they at least will have a playoff shot if they start of with victories against the Lions and Hurricanes. They will then go on the ‘tour of hell’: Crusaders, Chiefs, Brumbies and Reds (all title winners before) away. Sometimes it might be better to play all these top dogs away and then have easier must win home fixtures?
Krieket: Nes in rugby word spelers op skolevlak veral in SA te konserwatief afgerig. As jy die slag ‘n laaitie kry wat blits vining boul, word hy eerder aangeraai om stadiger te boul en te konsentreer op lyn en lengte! Spanne wat jare lank gedomineer het, het altyd ‘n ‘destroyer’ gehad. West Indies, man sommer al hul boulers in die tagtigs. Aus het Lillee, Thompson, Lee en nou Mitchell gehad. SA het laas in Donald ‘n vreesaanjaende bouler gehad. Hoekom skop hy nie vir Morkel en Steyn onder die gat en bevel hul om die ‘k*k’ uit die Aussies te boul nie?
Put your balls on the guillotine: Mine in Bold
Crusaders vs Chiefs
Cheetahs vs  Bulls
Highlanders vs Blues
Brumbies vs Reds
Sharks vs Hurricanes
Lions vs Stormers
Warathas vs Force
PS:  Mickey Arthur is now involved in luring young  rugby talent to PerthFontein to strengthen the depth of the Western Force and ultimate to find future Wallabies. Maybe he should talk to Timo Swiel!
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Cheetahs & Sharks bites will be lethal!

February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Let’s play ball! Super15, although this ridiculous format is still existing, starts again and with the Aussies currently giving the Proteas some food for thought after two days of play in cricket, it is a welcome sight to see the oval shape ball game kicking off this weekend.

Two SA derbies, which on paper looks easy to predict. Home teams to win;

Cheetahs will win the cat fight in Bloemfontein and the Sharks will have the sharpest teeth in the ‘tank’.

Come join my Super Rugby prediction game on SuperBru! It’s free and loads of fun. Just click here:

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Pool code: rudespud 

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Mr Meyer stop the excuses!

November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Firstly, well done to Mr Meyer and the Boks for a successful Xmas expedition! Won all their games, so job done and most of the time done well.

What bothers yours truly is Mr Meyer’s excuse not to pick Pieter Steph-du Toit starting at no.5. Flip vd Merwe did well, however, he is a number 4 lock. The Boks did well in 2009 because they had Victor Matfield demolishing opposition’s lineouts. His presence made opponents panic. VD Merwe will not be that factor.  To use the fact that no.5 MUST make the lineout calls is rubbish! Just because Matfield did it well, it is not set in stone that it has to be done by all teams.

Mr Meyer, wingers (when they threw into the lineouts), hookers, captains (Morne du Plessis did this) and scrumhalves all did this for various teams. Personally, I believe the scrumhalf is the best suited for this job. The little generals are normally more intelligent than forwards and are the link with the backline. The flyhalf or inside centre is best suited to call starter moves and where and how quickly the ball is won from first phase is crucial.

So if the backline (flyhalf) directs, the scrumhalf could then make a more appropriate call from where or to whom the lineout throw should go! Use ir or don’t!  But, don’t use that as an excuse to not pick Steph-du Toit. On the up, Andries Bekker will be available in 2015 and he has presence in line-outs. Now before bloggers bash my choice (you are free to do), yours truly told you many moons ago that Pierre Spies is a show pony and Vermeulen a much better test no.8 as well as for the overrrated Heinrcih Brussow, where Francois Louw has semented his place now. Ditto for Zane Kirchner vs Willie le Roux or Patrick Lambie.

 

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France = expect the unexpected!

November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

Les Blues, the most unpredictable side in the world, or so it use to be. Frankly, they were always seen to have the most flair due to their counter attacking skills, but, lets be honest, under Phillippe Saint-Andre, they are not so unpredictable anymore. Honestly, the All Blacks and even the Wallabies, when they get it right, has more flair than today’s cockerels!

The Green and Gold and Les Blues have clashed 38 times before since 1913. The Boks won 21, the French 11 and 6 ended up ‘kissing your sister’.  Of those 11 victories for the Frenchies, 6 was in the Republic. The Boks lost the last 4 outings in France and last time the Boks plucked the cockerels’ feathers in France, le moniseur Mallet was the puppet master with a brilliant 52-10 win! Pieter Rossouw scored 4 tries that day and was for still unknown reason substituted. He could have set a new Bok record at the time if he played on and scored again. Stefan Terblanche scored 5 in 1999 vs Italy and Tonderai Chavhanga scored 6 in 2005 vs Uruguay, are the current leaders for the Boks in tests.

Like many Bok supporters I believe the Boks should win this one; however, I won’t put any money on it, nor my balls under the guillotine!

Springboks:

Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Morné Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira.

Bench:: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Lourens Adriaanse, Bakkies Botha, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Pat Lambie.

 

PS: Barbarians vs Fidji

Interesting how coach Steve Hansen didn’t select his ‘top All Blacks’ for this exciting game with a +60 000 crowd expected at Twickenham. Rest for his players has more value than our players playing another game instead of well needed rest! Yes, the All Blacks have played more tests on their Xmas tour; however, they were rotated better during the season.

Barbarians squad

Backs: Willie le Roux (RSA), Santiago Cordero (ARG), Charles Piutau (NZL), Frank Halai (NZL), Jean de Villiers (RSA), Gavin Williams (SAM), Patrick Lambie (RSA), Tom Taylor (NZL), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (ARG)

Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZL), Bismarck du Plessis (RSA), Tendai Mtawarira (RSA), Guillermo Roan (ARG), Coenie Oosthuizen (RSA), Matias Diaz (ARG), Eben Etzebeth (RSA), Dominic Bird (NZL), Manuel Carizza (ARG), Steven Luatua (NZL), Luke Whitelock (NZL), Schalk Burger (RSA), Duane Vermeulen (RSA)

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