Monthly Archive:: May 2012

Much to look forward to this Saturday with what should be two cracking SA derbies and the SA squad announcement. Recently Nick Mallet, now doing a sterling job on Super Sport as an analyst, predicted that England may well be tougher than most are expecting and said he would not be surprised if they won at least one Test. Now usually we hammer the Northern Hemisphere sides when they tour mid year but the Bok coach usually has more than 1 week to prepare his side and usually the players have not just come off 15 rounds of Super Rugby, so perhaps Nick has a point. I still think we will win the series 3-0 but it will be close, especially the first Test. Man I love seeing the English lose. Back to this weekend’s action adventures and specifically the Bulls vs Stormers. Huuuuge game for both sides. A win for the Stormers and they will feel they can win the SA conference, with fairly breezy games to follow but a loss allows the Bulls and Sharks to catch up to them, which would certainly make for an exciting enough last few rounds. Let’s delve deeper. Super Rugby Round 15, [&hellip

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So here we are, fellow Super Rugby fans of justice, the final week of rugga before the break for the incoming tours. This is of course the first year that we have had a mid tournament break and we will have to wait until they get back to suss out the effects this whave on momentum and form, although I am sure most sides will be keen on the break. On Saturday after the last game we find out who Bok coach, Heyneke Meyer has chosen for his 32 man squad and indeed who he has chosen as his short-term captain. It seems done and dusted that it will be Fourie du Preez and although he is not everyone’s pint of lager, he certainly knows Meyer’s prefered style of play and will bring invaluable experience to the side. Not to mention that he is apparently playing some of his best rugby at the moment, if Eddie jones is to be believed. Back to Super Rugby though and some quality games last week, barring the Force vs Lions crapfest. Things are heating up and no mistake, with the Sharks finally pulling off the kind of game they have been hinting at [&hellip

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Last Saturday I went with a bunch of mates to Newlands for the Stormers vs Waratahs game. It was a great night out, although more because of the talking of the toot, atmosphere and drinking of the tasty beers than the actual rugga on display. You can’t drink in the stands at Newlands which inevitably means you smash a couple of beers before the game kicks off, miss the last minutes of the first half as you scamper to the bar. Down a few beers at half time and then make your way back to the stands to find you have missed the first 10 mins of the second half. All this downing of beers can get the better of some fans, either that or this guy really did find the rugby that boring. Good times from last week aside, let’s smash some predictions in our faces, half time at Newlands style, as we look at the next four games. Super Rugby 2012 round 14, Sat 24 May Brumbies vs Reds The Reds welcomed back Quade burglar Cooper to the side last week against the Lions as they picked up the expected 4 try bonus point win. Quade lasted for [&hellip

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Only five more rounds of the round robin stage of the tournament to go and nine sides can still technically make the play-off stages. Exciting times ahead and no mistake! Ok, realistically it will take some very specific results and situations for the Hurricanes and Reds to make the top 6 but the Reds actually have a better chance of finishing 3rd given the already complained about ‘one team from each conference must be in the top 3′ rule. They play in a crunch match this week against the Brumbies, which they absolutely have to win to stand any chance of finishing as the top Aussie side but more on that later. Onto matters that are far more interesting now as we look ahead to whether the Bulls can beat the Chiefs to go top of the log and heap some pink pressure on the Stormers. Let’s have a closer look at the first 3 games. Super Rugby 2012 round 14, Friday 25th May Chiefs vs Bulls This game is critical for the Bulls for a few reasons. Firstly, a win here will boost them to the top of the log (although possibly only until Saturday), secondly, it give them [&hellip

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It seems good ol’ Jay Z can’t get through the week without someone taking the piss out of him. Love him or hate him, one quality Zuma definitely lacks is the ability to laugh at himself. This time he has turned to the courts, to get artist Brett Murray’s ‘The Spear‘ painting removed from the Goodman Gallery, because of what he has described as an attack on his dignity. Check out Zapiro’s take on the “The Spear” painting controversy. For more Zapiro cartoons, check out the Times Live website. rennton &nbsp

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It may or may not be obvious that I am not a huge soccer on TV, fan. I do sometimes enjoy soccer live but enjoy playing it even more, in fact our side of 30 somethings recently won gold in our Action Soccer league. Pretty sweet eh? Hell yeah it was! But I just can’t get into watching a full season of the English Premiership. The diving and then rolling around irritates me and the lack of goals frustrates me but more than anything, I can’t stand the way players can swear and remonstrate with the ref like little douchebags. This season though, I definitely got wrapped up in the last few rounds of the Premier League, especially when it looked like it was going to come down to the last day of the season. In case you don’t follow or care about this, move right along to the predictions but if you do, you probably heard about or watched the Man city vs QPR game. Basically they needed to win the game to win the league. They were 2-1 down into injury time and it looked like Man United would once again lift the trophy but then Man City [&hellip

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Only a few more rounds to go until the mid-season break, which I am sure injury hit sides, like the Lions and Highlanders, are massively looking forward to. If only they got points for the  four weeks of not playing like they do in the bye weeks… It looks more and more likely that the Cats option will not happen and even more likely that the Lions will be making way for the Kings. I have many issues with this whole fiasco but something that I read recently, makes no sense at all and that is that SARU have announced that will only guarantee the Kings one season in Super Rugby. In 2014, The Kings the bottom side will have to play a relegation game against the Lions side knocked out. Huh? The whole point of pushing the Kings into Super Rugby was to develop the game in the Eastern Cape, bring in some much-needed income and get the many players, who played school boy rugga in the area and then left, an incentive to return, to play top-level rugby. How the FiretrUCK does SARU expect them to do all of this in one season?  What if half their side [&hellip

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Back at work after an awesome day off. I feel refreshed and relaxed. I reckon we should all have a midweek break from work. It .. it just feels right. I will write it a letter to parliament to see what I can do. Speaking of letters to people who only have their own interests at heart, I see SARU have still not got back to me about the Kings issue, damnit! It looks more and more likely that the Cheetahs and Lions will be given the option to merge back to the Cats for next season. Now this may not be ideal for either side but is better than the alternative of dropping out altogether. At least if the merge did happen, the Cats would have ample squad depth for next season. Of course the logistical stumbling block of playing half the games in Joburg and half in Bloem plus the question of whether both unions would be keen to share the spoils could well lead to some unhappiness and probable legal battle shenanigans. Would be nice of SARU to finally come to some decision either way though, GOSH. Back to Super Rugby played this year though as we [&hellip

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I am off Wednesday to spend time with an old friend of mine, we plan on surfing, drinking and then drinking some more. Glorious times ahead! It is for this reason that this post is going to be a wee bit condensed as I try to squeeze it in to what is becoming a fairly substantial SHITake pile of work that I need to finish in the next hour or so. I am typing this on Tuesday but it will only be published on Wednesday. Yes, we can do that, amazing I know… it’s science. Unfortunately I have no knowledge of the team sheets, so if I comment on a particular player and he does not end up playing, I apologise in advance but if you are really bleak about it, please call our complaints hotline, it is 0860gofiretruckyourself. Did anyone else notice the 7 out of 7 correct predictions that I made last week? You’re welcome. Ignoring the fact that I got the margins wrong and that it took me 11 rounds to achieve this small feat, let’s move swiftly along to the first 3 games. Super Rugby 2012 round 12, Friday 11 May Blues vs Lions Usually I [&hellip

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