Monthly Archive:: July 2011

Well played Australia Humble pie, why must you taste so bitter? The Springboks have always struggled in Australia in the Tri-Nations and to expect a victory from this inexperienced team was a tad unrealistic. I did however expect to see more from the Bok ‘B’ side. I was disappointed by the lack of intensity, creativity and skill levels shown by the majority of the team. The Bokke missed far too many one on one tackles and allowed the Wallaby half backs too much space. We lost the breakdown battle and were effectively out muscled by a very good Wallaby pack of forwards. All is, however not lost (as some in the media will have you believe). Let’s not panic, fellow Bok fans. If memory serves and thanks to the stats online, it does, in 2007 the Bokke lost at home to the All Blacks (with their full strength team) and then to Australia and the All Blacks away. Come September and John Smit was drinking beer out of the RWC trophy. Onto this week though and an incredibly tough assignment for the Bokke. An interesting aspect of this game will be how Alain Rolland refs the breakdown. Last year his [&hellip

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Should there be a Tri-Nations in a Rugby World Cup year? Do the Bokke have any chance on Saturday? Will it be embarrassing for the Wallabies to lose to a Bok team without over 20 of their first choice players? Probably not, of course they do and abso(bloody)lutely, mate. Sending a young, up and coming squad overseas is a win win situation and is a wise decision by Pieter de Villiers. That’s right, I used the words ‘wise decision’ and ‘Pieter de Villiers’ in the same sentence. The Bokke have a piss-poor record on the overseas leg of the competition, having only won 3 times in Australia and never in Sydney. If they win, it is a massive psychological boost and shows the incredible depth and talent we have in the country. If we lose (like everyone is expecting) then at least we have blooded the form players of Super Rugby tournament, had a chance to see how they compete at the highest level and have given them invaluable experience. The Wallabies lost to Samoa last week (smile to face). Robbie Deans rested 7 of his first choice players and the back up players were found wanting albeit against a [&hellip

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Well done everyone! We have arrived at the end of what has been a Supe Rugby marathon. We have survived months of waking up early on Saturdays and getting shitake faced from 9am. It has been a long, tiring journey, filled with highs and lows, ups and up ‘n’ unders and good ol fashioned rugby awesomeness. I feel exhausted just thinking about it. Cyber 5! The question is, was the extended Super Rugby better than in previous years? Did adding another Aussie team make this year better than before? Sure it was fun reading about Boozer Cipriani’s shenanigans but the Rebels were mostly hammered in their games. Only time will tell whether the additional derby games will keep people interested in the long run but let’s leave debatable topics for another day and concentrate on this Saturday. Large manly congrats to the Reds and Crusaders for making the finals. Maverick effort guys! Only one last game to go, so let’s have a gander at which team will be getting smashed in the changing room after the game. Well probably both but who will enjoy it more… Reds vs Crusaders The Crusaders are in another Super Rugby final by once again [&hellip

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Two quality games ahead this Saturday and with respect to Quade’s mum’s opinion, the real mouth-watering clash is the Stormers vs the Crusaders. Last week we had the play-off games with the Crusaders destroying an error riddled, travel fatigued Sharks outfit and the Blues doing pretty much the same to the Waratahs. It will always be very tricky for the bottom placed teams in the play-offs to win these games because of the travel factor and you have to question whether this extra game is worth it. Either way we are now into legend creating territory. Buckle up strap on in and let’s get involved… Reds vs Blues The Reds won the first clash against the Blues with relative ease, although the Blues did manage a late surge which made the game look closer than it was. The Reds have been excellent this season and expect a number of this team to make the Wallaby squad for the Tri-Nations and RWC2011. They are coming off a bye and welcome back Digby man mountain Ioane, Beau Robinson (Beau… really?) and Anthony Faingaa from injury. The backline of the Reds is key and they will have the measure of the Blues backline [&hellip

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