Monthly Archive:: March 2012

Referees are often the talking points of games and sometimes have big influences on results which can be FiretrUCKING fairly frustrating. More frustrating is when there seems to be no repercussions after terrible reffing performances, or worse when Paddy O’ Douche publicly backs a SHITake performance, like he did after Bryce Lawrence’s shocker in the RWC2011 quarter-final. Well good news everyone… Paddy O’ Brian has been shunted off to look after the Sevens refs and Bryce has been dropped from the elite referee panel. Yesss. This has got to be good for the game and was a long time coming. For more insight into Bryce’s thought pattern during the game, let’s re-visit his decision flow chart. Quality! Back to the Super Rugby action and 4 more games this Saturday, let’s delve, balls deep. Super Rugby Round 6, 31 Mar 2012 Brumbies vs Sharks At the start of the season I would have said that the Sharks would take this game at a canter but now I am not so sure. The Brumbies recently beat the as then, undefeated Highlanders and are looking better and better. They do not have any major injury concerns and are building in confidence game by [&hellip

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It is hard to believe that we have already had 5 glorious rounds of Super Rugby this year, time certainly flies when you are drinking all day Friday and Saturday. So far the SA and Kiwi sides have been setting the early pace. The defending champion Reds side has been dick punched by injuries but the Brumbies have made a big step up for the Aussie sides and surprised many with their quality play under Jake White this season. Some teams (the Reds, Waratahs, Lions and Highlanders) have been further hit by injuries and must be praying for an injury free game this week. Some however, have the luxury of welcoming back experienced internationals, with Dan the man Carter coming back for the Crusaders and Jean Deysel and JP Pietersen returning for the Sharks. Speaking of the Sharks, newby flank Marcel Coetzee recently got a nose to the ground lesson in how not to tackle a rampaging lock, courtesy of a Dean Mumm hand sandwich of awesome proportions. You may have seen this already but it is worth another look… Boooom! Onto this week’s match ups with some tricky predictions all over the place, let’s get involved. Super Rugby Round [&hellip

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Well done to Wales for winning the 6 Nations. They were unbeaten this year and look the best northern hemisphere side by quite a margin at the moment. England have improved under new coach Stuart Lancaster but it looks like Nick Mallet may still be favourite to take over later in the year. All in all this means a very interesting mid year as England tour SA, Wales tour Australia and Ireland tour NZ. Bring. The. Noise. Back to this Saturday though, which requires your full undivided attention to, so get those chores in early, move the fridge to the lounge, start that braai, keep it burning all day and enjoy! Super Rugby Round 5, Sat 24th Mar 2012 Crusaders vs Cheetahs The Cheetahs were rewarded for going for the try after the hooter and cyber thumbs up to them for their win. Quality shown. They will be far more confident heading into this game, after their first win overseas and may even be happy with being written off by pretty much everyone for this game but don’t forget, they did beat the Crusaders last year

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Great week for SA teams! Great week. All of the sides who played, won and the others scored the rather lame but still around this year, 4 points for a bye. Nice one guys, turtle high-five! Last week I rambled on about how great the kiwi sides were looking and perhaps just maybe the SA sides read the post and were like “whatever bru, check this rugby awesomeness out”. After the improvement in performance shown, no other conclusion is more likely. The Stormers started off the weekend with another strong forward showing in beating the Blues, followed by the Sharks come from behind victory over champs, the Reds and topped off in fine style by a last-minute try to the never say die Cheetahs against the Rebels. Glorious scenes all round and a slow climb up the SuperBru ladder to boot. Unfortunately the SA sides’ unbeaten run will come to an abrupt end this week with the Cheetahs facing the Crusaders an expected mouth watering Lions vs Stormers game. Let’s have a closer look at the first 3 games of the weekend. Super Rugby Round 5, 23rd March 2012 Blues vs Hurricanes The Blues are without flank Luke Braid for [&hellip

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It has only been 3 rounds of Super Rugby and yet some teams are already very happy to have a bye this week. One particular team is the Lions, who have been face smashed by injuries to key players, including 3 of their props, their first choice flyhalf, inside centre, outside centre and locks. Other teams hit hard by injuries are the Waratahs, Chiefs and Blues. One thing is sure, squad depth will be tested to the max this year… To. The. Max! In other news Fourie Du Preez says he has not completely ruled out returning to play for the Bokke, should he be wanted. He claims the RWC2011 quarter-final exit was one of the worst memories he has on a rugby field and would not turn down another chance to represent the Springboks. Interesting stuff but would Heyneke Meyer want him? Has he not passed his best, don’t forget he only turns 30 this year. Who do you guys think the Bok scrumhalf should be? Anyone keen for a poll? Sure, why not I hear you say… Glorious. [polldaddy poll=6038465] Onto the next 3 Super Rugby games now, with one that should be a cracker at the Shark [&hellip

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After watching all the games this weekend (bar the Sat morning 6:35am Brumbies vs Cheetahs game) it looks like that the kiwi sides are currently leading the way both with early form and the style of rugby on display. The Crusaders have historically been slow starters in the competition but could well have had a 3 from 3 record at the moment, such was the toitness of their derby games. As it stands the Highlanders and Chiefs are the teams to beat, with the Crusaders closely behind. The Hurricanes managed 2 out of 3 on their away trip and the Blues bounced back to beat the highly fancied Bulls at Loftus. Worrying times you say… probably… but fear not, it is early days, we have got to keep calm, keep our composure, there is no need to storm the field and throw bottles at heads! We still have much rugby to be played, much beer to be consumed and maybe later in the season, some good old-fashioned streaking. The performances of the officials are once again talking points with SANZAR ref boss, Lyndon Bray saying that Keith Brown ballsed up the scrums in the Brumbies vs Cheetahs game, Steve boozer [&hellip

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Remember how England’s RWC2011 campaign went terribly pear-shaped off (and on) the field with certain players getting drunk and dwarf tossing, others getting drunk and harassing hotel staff and the balance getting drunk and jumping off ferries? How funny was that SHITake?! I  was hoping for similar stories to come out during this year’s 6 Nations but it seems like new caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster has put a stop to those kinds of shenanigans. Although certain players can’t seem to kick the ol habit, take for instance Danny Care… The English scrumhalf was arrested recently for a 3rd drink related offence in as many months. We can confirm that none of those was for having sex with a rugby ball. Apparently this time, it was for urinating in front of a building. Quality! Lancastar had actually dropped him from the squad after his previous drink driving arrest and plans to chat to him about his behaviour. His chat will more than likely go like this. “Next time you get wasted out on the piss, urinate in an alleyway like the rest of us do, gosh!” Let’s focus on more important events though, like this Saturday’s quartet of rugby awesomeness. Super [&hellip

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