Monthly Archive:: April 2011

Huge games this Saturday.Massive. Suuuuupe Rugby at its very best. I may or may not be aroused right now. Today is the Royal Wedding. My interest in this is tiny to say the least but well done to Prince William on marrying Kate Middleton. Niiiice. Interesting side note: After the two of them have the wedding ceremony they go back to their room for a 4 hour ‘rest’. It is a tradition stemming from back in the day, when people would have watched them consummate the marriage to make it official. 4 hours? Really? It’s not easy being king. Western Force vs Crusaders For some reason the Crusaders seem to struggle against the Force. The Force beat them last year, drew in 2009 and narrowly lost in 2008. Of course they got smashed in their collective faces in 2007, so perhaps we should not read too much into history. The Force did well to come back against the Bulls but it is hard to judge their performance because of how SHITake woeful the Bulls have been recently. The Crusaders are coming off a loss to the Highlanders but do have Ritchie Captain Charming McCaw back, although starting at No 8. [&hellip

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We have now passed the midway point of the season. A time when squad depth and management make all the difference. A time when John Mitchell has finally asked for new players. A time when the Bulls will hopefully realise that their play is out dated, badly executed and downright not good enough. In other news, congrats to Jake White, who will take over the Brumbies coaching role in July. He has been given a 4 year contract and should make a big difference to the struggling franchise. Whether or not his more pragmatic, defensive orientated approach will work with the historically attacking team, only time will tell. I will say this though, good luck living in Australia. I have heard it is chock-a-block filled with Aussies. Just saying. Onto Supe Rugby. Best thing about this week… Lions get 4 points. BOOM. Highlanders vs Blues The Highlanders upset the proverbial apple cart last week when they beat the mighty Crusaders. They were without Jimmy Cowan and Adam Thompson who are back this week and will be looking to beat the table topping Blues at home to edge closer to the top of the table. The Blues are playing good rugby [&hellip

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As the majority of South African’s are celebrating freedom day by unshackling themselves from their work stations, most of us will miss Google’s shout out to South Africa’s Freedom Day, here’s to remembering the 1994, first non-racial democratic elections in South Africa, cheers Google. Happy Freedom Day South Africa!

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Ahh holidays. I love them. Happy Easter everyone, may your eggs be bountiful or whatever the appropriate saying is. And some girls say we don’t post enough for the ladies! Force vs  Bulls PdV has come out in support of the senior players in the Bulls side. He argues that although they need to improve their work rate, according to stats, they are not playing that badly. Hard to believe, really. He says Pierre Spies will improve when Gurthro Steenkamp comes back as he will be part of a stronger scrum. This may be true but the big concern surely must be the man giant’s inability to catch the ball and keep it in the tackle. His defense has looked shoddy and along with Matfield and Olivier, looks way out of form. The Force managed a surprise win last week, thereby ballsing up my Superbru predictions. Thanks guys. They finally managed to maintain possession and to play most of the game in the Brumbies half. With O’Connor still leading the way they will not be an easy assignment for a Bulls team who absolutely must win to keep their play-off chances alive. This result may well decide if the Bulls [&hellip

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This week that much-loved, mustachioed, barrel of quotes, Springbok coach, Pieter de Villiers, announced the 51 players who are to attend a 2-day planning session. The idea is that any of these players, should they be called upon, should at least be on the same page with regards to calls, Bok culture and playing strategy, if there are injuries to the main squad of players before the RWC2011. Unfortunately he has included players like Ricky I ate all the burgers Januarie and Adi even I don’t know why I have been picked Jacobs. It is incredible that these players are even considered when they cannot make the starting line ups in the Currie Cup, let alone Super Rugby. At least he has finally recognised Duane Vermeulen and Sarel Pretorious. Watch this space for the whittled down squad and captain announcement. Do you agree with these 51 players of justice? Let us know. Onto Super Rugby… Blues vs Rebels The Blues are looking good at this stage and with returning All blacks, Ali Williams, Tony WoodCOCK and Benson Stanley, they will be even stronger on Saturday. Luke McAllister has been benched but the Blues should have the measure of an up [&hellip

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Gilbert has released the new official Rugby world Cup 2011 ball. It is called the Gilbert Virtuo! dum dum duuuum. The design on the Virtuo is a stylistic interpretation of the hammerhead shark (mangopare) and the fern shoot (koru). Or as the rest of the world will call them “Cool Moari designs”. The new ball has already received glowing praise from Percy Montgomery and Braam Van Straaten, who flew to Newlands to test it. “The ball travels perfectly through the air. It’s aerodynamic and with the adaptation Gilbert has made to both the strength and the bladder it is a pleasure to kick,” said Van Straaten. “I think we will see that the players get more distance on their kicks and the dimples on the ball will make handling easier in the wet,” said Montgomery. I don’t know too much about rugby balls but anything with a big bladder that is a pleasure to kick is a win in my book. On to Saturday’s games. Lions vs Stormers The Lions lost to the Sharks last week in a game where the Sharks basically just fed off their mistakes. In the first half alone the Lions kicked 3 penalties to within [&hellip

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Rugby brings people to together and not just in the scrums. Whether it is a bunch of strangers from different backgrounds and cultures at a braai who all say that the Bulls brand of rugby is out of date and ineffectual or whether it is a group of other people, standing nearby, who agree. This week we welcome fellow rugby fans from Guatemala, who found our site through the Super 14  Cheerleaders of the year. Welcome to the trust tree, rugby (cheerleader) fans. Enjoy.   Chiefs vs Crusaders The Chiefs have only had 2 wins so far this year and will be glad to have captain Mils Muliaina back in the line up. He had a glorious year last year and brings not only his vast experience to the team but will be looking to spark the, as yet lifeless, Chiefs back into winning ways. Unfortunately it is easier said than done against the Saders. This Crusaders side looks unstoppable. They destroyed the Bulls last week but truth be told seemed to have a bit of an off day. With the way the Bulls were playing, they could well have beaten them by 50 points. Carter is still injured but [&hellip

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