Monthly Archive:: July 2012

Ahhh the semi-finals, a wonderful, joyous time. A time for giving, sharing and all day drinking. Some people say that it is disrespectful not to drink heavily all day on semi-final days and those people are right. Last week, the Bulls disappointed, the Sharks pleasantly surprised, the Proteas face-smashed England in the first Test and Ernie Els won The Open. All in all a great weekend. So here are, down to the last 4 teams in the tournament, two from SA and two from New Zealand, put that in your mouth and chew on it… delicious. The Bulls were average at best last Saturday and it should be worrying to Bok coach Heyneke Meyer that the players in the 8, 9 and 10 positions for the Bulls (and Boks) were so dire. Morne Steyn in particular had a nightmare game and looks shockingly far from his best. The Reds were basically blown away by the Sharks in the first 20 mins and never recovered. They missed captain James Horwill and playmaker and chilled out entertainer Quade burglar Cooper and after losing replacement flyhalf, Ben Lucas to injury were never going to win with Will Genia shifted to 10. Still, nice [&hellip

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So it must be said, massive congratulations to the Proteas for one of if not the most comprehensive victories over England in England everrrr. A superb performance by all and sundry but extra special maverick respect to Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla in particular. These senior players all played exceptionally well and none more so than that bearded maestro, Hashim. [thanks Charlie] Sheesh, this soon to be cricketing legend is incredible. He ended on 311 not out, the first South African to amass over 300 runs to put the Proteas in what turned out to be a unassailabe posish. The Proteas are now 1-0 up in the three Test series and well on their way to over taking England to become the number 1 Test side in the world. Glorious. For the full stats, quality opinion and insightful commentary, visit cricinfo.com An excellent cricket site worth bookmarking for those day when you are stuck at work with no way to watch the cricket. Hashim, we salute you! rennton

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So here we are, play-offs time. Well done everyone on getting here! I personally know binge drinking every Saturday has not been easy and can you believe we have already managed over 100 Super Rugby games so far… whaaat?? I know right! Crazy, awesome and exciting , like Juliette Lewis in a bikini, holding some fruit. hmmmm, melons. Last week I said there would be one Aussie, three Saffa and two Kiwi sides left in the tournament but I did not reckon the Brumbies would fail so miserably at the last hurdle, lose to the Blues without a bonus point and let the Reds sneak in. Embarrassing!!! Still, credit to Jake White and his team for making it so far and special mention to the Hurricanes for beating the Chiefs and giving themselves one last chance to qualify (and guaranteeing the Stormers top spot at the same time). Nicely done. The Stormers were fairly average last week and made heavy work of the Rebels at home. It is quite incredible that they have not scored four tries this year but still managed to finish at the top of the overall log. Efficient but fairly dull rugga it must be said. [&hellip

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Man I have been looking forward to this series for a while now. It is not often that the two top sides in Test cricket go head to head with the winner of the series being declared the top dog; Numero Uno; best team in the world; current kings of Test cricket… you get the idea. It is always enjoyable watching England lose but watching them lose to the Proteas in their own backyard is sheer fried awesome. Will they lose though? They are the current number one ranked Test side and have not lost a home series since they lost to the Proteas in 2008. They recently dominated West Indies at home and have a settled and experienced squad with all-rounder Ravi Bopara coming in to strengthen their side. The Proteas on the other hand have had little Test cricket recently and have only played two rain delayed warm up games. They did thankfully attend a 3 day team building exercise in the Swiss Alps though so at least we know their yodeling will be tip-top

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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good bye To all the sides who are not back next weeeek You tried your best but did not make the play-offs Not to mention the Lions who may not be back at all… I…I’m sorry…I can’t finish I am a little choked up…talk amongst yourselves, here look at this picture of Mila Kunis for a while. * wipes away tear * Ok, back to me. I have already given my final log standing predictions but hey, I have been wrong before, just ask my bookies but let’s put massive outstanding debts aside and take a gander at the final four games before the play-offs. Super Rugby round 18, Sat 14 July 2012 Reds vs Waratahs The Waratahs have not won in ages and will be desperate to finish the season on a high and knock the Reds out in the process. Congrats to wing, Drew Mitchell who will play in his 100th Super Rugby game. Drew will be keen to impress Robbie Deans in his last game before the Castle Championships and if the Tahs forwards can give the backs good front foot ball, it could open up chances for the former Wallaby. This [&hellip

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Permutations, permutations, permutations. Great word! Wonder what it means? Just joshing, I am fairly certain it has something to do with hairstyles gone crazy… Boom! Perm mutations? Sort of funny? No… sheesh, tough crowd. There is much that can happen in the final week of regular Super Rugby action with eight sides still in with a shout of making the play-offs but I reckon the final conference log positions will remain unchanged. On Saturday night after the last game there will be two Kiwi sides, three Saffa sides and one Aussie side in the six team play-offs with the Chiefs and Stormers finishing at the top followed by the Brumbies, Crusaders, Bulls and Sharks. A bold prediction perhaps but that is why they pay me the big bucks in food coupons and moderate praise. There are some interesting situations awaiting the top sides as far as who will face whom, who needs what and you guessed it… permutations, so let’s get in close, uncomfortably close as we look ahead to the first three games. Super Rugby round 18, Fri 13 July 2012 Hurricanes vs Chiefs The Hurricanes have had a surprisingly good season given the loss of key players at [&hellip

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First up, I would like to give Oscar Pistorius a big Maverick thumbs up on making the SA Olympic team for the London Olympics 2012. Massive respect. Pistorius, also known as ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘the fastest man with no legs’ failed to qualify for the individual 400m but managed to make it into the 4 x 400m relay squad. After the Olympics, he will again compete at the Paralympics, where he will defend the gold medals he won in the 100m, 200m and 400m (T44) events in Beijing 2008. Good luck, sir! Back to Super Rugby now and four games on Saturday. Set activity levels to ‘couch’. Super Rugby round 17, Sat 7 July 2012 Blues vs Force Blues coach, Pat Lam has brought back All Blacks, Piri mmh pies, delicious Weepu and Kevin Mealamu into the starting line up for this ho-hum game but is without locks Ali Williams and Anthony Boric. The Blues have only pride to play for but Ma’a dreadlocks Nonu, Rene Ranger and the Braid brothers will be keen to use what little game time they have left to force their way back into the All Black side

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Two more rounds before the play-offs and still nine teams in with a shout of qualifying for the top six. Exciting times ahead and no mistake. Last week the Chiefs, Hurricanes and Bulls (at least for the first 60mins) were the most impressive sides on display. The Stormers did not have a great game but did enough to secure the win over the Lions and the Reds kept their play-off chances alive with a solid win over the Rebels. The big surprise of the round was the Crusaders going down to the Hurricanes at home, which not only makes it impossible for them to top the Kiwi conference but heaps the pressure on as they now cannot afford to lose another game. It must be said that the Hurricanes were a wee bit assisted by some sketchy officiating by the New Zealand ref of the year 2011, Bryce douchebag Lawrence. Slow clap Bryce, way to not improve. The Hurricanes now find themselves in a three-way tie at 6th on the log but are smiling as they have a bye this week. When asked for comment, captain Conrad Smith had this to say “It’s okay, if it’s in a three-way”. Hard [&hellip

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