Monthly Archive:: August 2010

After last Saturday’s heart breaking, final minute (kick in the jollies) loss to the All Blacks, the Springboks have another chance at winning a Tri-Nations Test, this time against the Wallabies. Can the Springboks break their current losing streak? Will Victor Matfield celebrate his 100th Test at his home ground with a glorious victory? Will Habana finally break the record for the most tries he currently shares with Joost Van Der Westhuizen? Will any Wallabies be sent home for public drunkenness after getting into fights outside nightclubs on Saturday night? Only one more sleep and we will know the answers to these rugby mysteries. I for one think that, they can, he will, he will and of course they will. Well done to Victor Matfield. A legend in his own time. Praised by team mates, coaches and opposition players alike. The man has single-handedly changed the way line outs are thought about and implemented and through his intense studying of opposition line outs has had more steals than Quade Cooper has had nights in jail. Congrats big man, you embody what being a Springbok is all about

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For many the idea of working from home seems like the perfect solution to the bump, grind, stress and strain of office life, no commutes or defined hours and no bosses barking retarded orders that make you feel like sticking two pencils up your nose and headbutting a desk. While much of this is true, and you can, for example, wander off to a park a 10am on a Wednesday morning, get drunk and roll around without a care in the world, there is also a darker side to working from home. The side which makes you feel like one of the hobbits that never left the Shire, hunkering down in your burrow while your mates were wandering off to Mordor, doing mad-crazy-adventure stuff. The Oatmeal succinctly illustrates why working from home is both awesome and horrible: [Thanks Longshanks

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Yesterday the South African Women’s rugby team recorded their first World Cup victory with a hard-fought, gutsy 15-10 win over Wales, in Guildford, England. No. 8 Namhla Siyolo became the first try scorer for her country in the World Cup when she scored the first try of the game after 30 min. Left wing Charmaine Kayser (Deon Kayser’s niece) then scored a try just before halftime from a good-looking back line movement to take the score to 10-0. Super fast Zandile Nojoko dotted down for an excellent try midway through the second half to make it 15-0, stepping brilliantly past the cover defence to score in the corner after being put into the gap by outside centre Lorinda Brown. Wales converted a penalty after phase after phase of attacking play but the defence was solid and it was not until the last few minutes that the Welsh broke through to score a try, only for the women’s team to hold firm until the final whistle and record a historic victory. The team now faces Australia on Saturday with an outside chance of still making the semis. Well done ladies, we salute you!

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A wet Cape winter’s day didn’t deter truck loads of people from grinding much of the M3 and De Waal Drive to a stand still as Athlone’s twin towers vanished in a plume of smoke. No doubt a few spectators hoping to capture the event missed the abrupt demolition thanks to some over exuberance, and ultimate disobedience to African time, by some chap with an itchy trigger finger hitting the big red button a couple of minutes early

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After a week of reflection and some classic Currie Cup games, not to mention a superb victory by an up and coming Lions side, the Tri-Nations is back with the two best teams in the world squaring off once again, this time in Soweto, who could ask for anything more. Feel it, it is here and far better than soccer. The Springboks are looking to re-gain some lost pride after an epic FAIL in the away games and the All Blacks are just one point away from clinching this years Tri-Nations with three games still to play. With all the talk of ‘cheating’ and being favoured by refs aside, this All Black side has outplayed both the Springboks and Wallabies by some margin this year and full credit to them. The pace, skill and accuracy which is now a trademark of this All Black side is unmatched and truth be told they do indeed adapt far better to referees than any other team. Slightly worrying is that with a year to go until the RWC2011, this side can and will still improve, at least that is the opinion coming from the All Black camp

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Served with a subtle twist of irony, Roger Federer emulates fellow Switzerlander William Tell during a Gillette shoot. The (wikipedia) legend of William Tell recounts how “Albrecht (or Hermann) Gessler, the newly appointed Austrian Vogt of Altdorf, raised a pole in the village’s central square, hung his hat on top of it, demanding that all the townsfolk bow before the hat. When Tell passed by the hat without bowing to it, he was arrested. As punishment, he was forced to shoot an apple off the head of his son, Walter. Otherwise, both would be executed. Tell was promised freedom if he successfully made the shot. On 18 November 1307, Tell split the apple with a bolt from his crossbow. When Gessler queried him about the purpose of a second bolt in his quiver, Tell answered that if he had killed his son, he would have turned the crossbow on Gessler himself. Gessler was angered, and had Tell bound. He was brought to Gessler’s ship to be taken to his castle at Küssnacht. A storm broke on Lake Lucerne, and Tell managed to escape. He went by land to Küssnacht, and when Gessler arrived, Tell shot him. Tell’s defiance sparked a [&hellip

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Francois Hougaard and Flip vd Merwe have both been included in the team to face the All Blacks on Saturday at FNB Stadium in Soweto. These will be their first Test starts having both played off the bench up until now. With Ruan Pienaar injured and Ricky McDonald’s burger Januarie in poor form, Hougaard has the chance to establish himself as the incumbent scrumhalf. Until Fourie Du Preez gets back that is

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Recently the Bok management team requested that the defensive coach from Western Province Rugby, Jacques Nienaber join the Springboks to have a ‘bit of a chat’ about the defensive pattern of the Springbok team. After an afternoon with Nienaber they then asked if he would be able to assist them by taking on a consulting role with the Springboks, apparently pretty impressed by what he had to say. Western Province Rugby had other ideas and have since said that they cannot let him do this as he is still under contract, that it would be impossible as they are in the middle of the current Currie Cup season and that the disruption would be too big. A fair comment but are Western Province Rugby putting their own interests ahead of the Springboks? Jacques Nienaber started out for the Cheetahs as a physio and then fitness advisor before moving on to become one of the best defensive coaches in South Africa. He followed Rassie Erasmus to Western Province and has since taken on the defensive coach position with great results. In the Super 14 the Stormers had the best defensive record throughout the competition and this year in the Currie Cup, [&hellip

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It has been confirmed that Frans Steyn will miss the August 21 Tri-Nations Test against the All blacks due to injury. He has been advised not to train until Wednesday next week in order to recover from a quad injury that he sustained in a warm up game for his French club, Racing Metro, last week. SARU’s manager of national teams, Andy Marinos has said that they will be looking to have him in the squad for the two games against the Wallabies. The Springbok management no doubt looking for that extra attacking option with Steyn at the back not to mention his ability to donkey boot drop-kicks over from 60 metres out. It looks like Gio Aplon may play at fullback against the All Blacks after Zane Kirchener was released to play for the Bulls this Saturday although wily Pieter de Villiers was quick to point out that all of the initial 29 players selected for the training squad still has a chance of making the matchday 22. Let’s hope (sacrifice small children, pray, wish upon stars) the Springboks can make a better showing of themselves against a very impressive looking All Black side

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