Monthly Archive:: April 2012

Ahhh Thursday before a long weekend… today you are like a Friday and everyone knows that on Fridays, the best policy is to ease back on the throttle, slip into cruise control, open some random spreadsheet in case peeps walk by and casually look at celebrity nipple slips interesting things online. Glorious! In the latest Bok news, Heyneke Meyer has had to change his initial thinking with regards to the Springbok side to face England in June. He (wisely) initially planned to stick to a core group of experienced players and bring in a couple of rookies as he needed to, but injuries and player unavailability (Jaque Fourie, Danie Rossouw and Fourie Du Preez) has forced his hand somewhat. Word on the 22 is that he may well hand caps to Eben Etzebeth and Marcel Coetzee and is still undecided or reluctant to announce the new Bok captain. We will keep you in the loop/circle of trust as and when we hear more. Interesting times ahead and no mistake. Onto the next three Super Rugby games though and more chances for players to put up their hands for Bok selection. Super Rugby 2012 round 10 Sat 28th April Force vs [&hellip

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If this doesn’t make you heart bulge, your ambitions soar and your thoughts blaze, then you’re doing it wrong. [thanks Aletta] Go see the world! Magic captured by Dana Saint of Gnarly Bay Productions and related by Castulo Guerra

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It is nearly May already. What the FiretrUCK? Maybe it is due to age but it definitely feels like the year is flying by, that and the fact that I very seldom remember my Friday and Saturday nights… We have 9 rounds of Super Rugby left before the knock-out rounds so still plenty of games to go as teams vie for the all important 6 top places. Technically, all of the sides can still make the play-offs but in reality the Blues, Lions, Rebels and Force have no hope, not so much due to the mathematical improbability but more the fact that they have mostly sucked massive ass this year. The teams that impressed last week:  The Crusaders, who are looking very good and worringly, still not back to their best; the Chiefs, who have now won 7 in a row and the Stormers, who keep winning despite an ever-increasing injury toll. Special mention to the Highlanders, who did very well to beat an improved Blues side and the Bulls, who looked in fine form for 60mins but then basically stopped playing, which allowed the plucky Brumbies to come back into the game and in the process deny me a [&hellip

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Will he or won’t he? Will Matfield come out of retirement to play for and probably captain the Springboks? At the moment he is unsure but is definitely thinking about it. It is not like he has not being keeping fit either. He recently had this to say ” “I’ve taken up cycling as a sport and I’m using it to keep fit,” he added. “My wife and I have been riding together, which has been great fun.” Er… cycling with your wife? Maybe you should be klapping gym, boet. If Matfield is seriously thinking about it he should be smashing weights and eating steaks. Standard fare for a Bok captain. I am sceptical about him making a comeback and I think it is far more likely that Fourie Du Preez will come back and captain the side. I guess we need to wait and see but I am mostly sure that coach Meyer knows what he is doing… mostly. For now though, let’s head into the next three Super Rugby games and klap some predictions and then later, eat some steak, Bok captain styles. Super Rugby Round 9, Sat 21 April 2012 Waratahs vs Rebels The Rebels looked okay [&hellip

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This week, new Bok coach, Heyneke Meyer announced his management team and (as many have long suspected) the important roles are filled with (future ex) Bulls coaches. Johan van Graan is the new forwards and attack coach, Ricardo Loubscher is back line coach, John McFarland is the defensive coach and Bazil Carsils is the conditioning coach. All in all a quality back up staff. Some may fear that this will lead to a Bulls style of play by the Springboks and it certainly looks like it will. My question to you, fellow Bok fans, is this such a bad thing? The Bulls play Test Match type rugby, they respect territory and possession, are relentless on defense and punish teams with accurate kicking. They are not too shabby at smashing teams with well crafted tries but appreciate the right to play wide after multi-phase play. A big problem with Pieter de Villier’s tenure as coach was the inability of his back-up staff to buy into one style of play. Dick Muir pushed for a run at all costs, game, Gary Gold favoured the more traditional forward based game and of course PdV basically did what the senior players and the horoscopes [&hellip

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Last week, I tried my hardest to take some interest in the Reds vs Brumbies match and found myself supporting the Brumbies because of my SuperBru prediction. Supporting Aussie teams sucks. I very nearly got up off the couch to find something else to do (which I try to avoid) when things spiced right up, prop on prop style. Check out this bout of heavyweight handbags. I like the way Dan Palmer gets in a gut shot and the Ben Daley replies with about 7 attempted head shots only to miss almost all of them. My advice…aim for the stomach buddy, bigger target. Onto the next 3 games and another Aussie derby starring Dan Palmer, round 2 perhaps? Super Rugby Round 8, Sat 14th Brumbies vs Rebels The Rebels have improved dramatically and are coming off a historic victory over the Blues. They are very competitive in the set pieces and this is allowing their back line to prosper. Danny Boozer Cipriani is having a solid season and with able Wallaby younglings, James Bieber O’Connor and Kurtley Tache Beale in tow, this side is looking far from the bankable 5 pointer from previous years

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