Monthly Archive:: August 2012

Great times last Saturday at Newlands, great times! I did not realise until we got to our seats that we were sitting in the front row on the 22. Well done Warren for organising tickets. Like a Sir! The Springboks won the Test easily and although missing out on the fourth try will be mostly happy with their performance. They will get better and specifically their attacking play should improve this week. The bummer of the day was of course the loss Bismark du Plessis in the first 5 mins and sadly for the player and Bok fans everywhere it looks like he will be out for at least 7 months. Bleak times and no mistake but let’s wipe away the tears, down our drinks and focus on the historic game ahead. Los Pumas vs Springboks Pumas coach Santiago Phelan originally made only one change to the starting line up by bringing in Martin Rodriguez at fullback but on Tuesday star flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez tore a leg muscle in training and will not recover in time for the Mendoza clash. A replacement has yet to be decided but the loss of Hernandez is a crrritical blow to their chances [&hellip

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Before I drop kick off proceedings, I would like to say a big well done to Graeme Smith and the Proteas for winning the recent series against England and in so doing becoming the number 1 Test side in the world. Booom. Put that in your mouth and chew on it… delicious. Back to the rugby now and no surprises in the first week of the Rugby Champs, with the All Blacks extending their recent dominance over the Wallabies and the Springboks maintaining their unbeaten run against the Pumas. Neither side managed a 4 try bonus point but both beat their opposition by more than 7 to deny them losing bonus points. Good times indeed. Will the Wallabies win for the first time 26 years at Eden Park? Will the All Blacks take them for granted and repeat their stuttering performance against Ireland in the 2nd mid year Test? I doubt it and don’t bet on it but regardless, take a seat, loosen your pants, have a drink and smoke if you got ‘em as we delve deeper for a more intimate inspection. All Blacks vs Wallabies The Wallabies have been dick punched in the face by a season ending [&hellip

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You know what’s great about watching the Springboks play live?…….. Everything! I am going to be there, with bells on baby! You know it! Newlands is a fantastic place to watch rugby because of the setting, how close the fans are to the field, the train station at the ground and of course the fantastic tradition of the ground but I will say this, the fact that you are not allowed to drink beer on the stands is a terrible glaring flaw. Trying to get as many beers as you can into your face before the game and at half time with 30,000 other thirsty fans is SHITake to the max. Just saying. Moving along to the actual game though and what a breath of fresh air to be able to welcome the Pumas to the old Tri-Nations. They are a bit of an unknown quantity but players like Frans Steyn have played with and against a bunch of them in France. The Pumas do love their scrumming, that much is known and the Bokke will need to be accurate in the set phases and uncompromising in the rucks and mauls. Exciting times ahead and no mistake, let’s get involved [&hellip

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Firstly I would like to say massive maverick thumbs up to all the athletes who competed in the London Olympic Games 2012.  Not to mention extra special cyber fives to the people of London for doing a superb job hosting the sports extravaganza. Sheer awesome peeps, jolly good show and all that. Onto rugby now and specifically, the Rugby Championships. This year, with extra Spanish flavour! It is fantastic for booby admirers world rugby that the Pumas finally get a chance to compete in a yearly tournament. They have historically done very well if you consider how little international rugby they have played and can only benefit from the experience of playing the Rugby Championship, although to be honest they will more than likely not win a game this year. Still you can’t conquer Rome in one day with all your cooks in one basket, as I always say. More on the Pumas later, as we now lean all the way in for a view of the first Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup game between the Wallabies and the All Blacks. Rugby Championship, Sat 18 2012 Wallabies vs All Blacks Wiley Wallaby coach, Robbie Deans has made a few changes [&hellip

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‘The Beauty of the Irrational’ is a film by the African Attachment, championing the adage: “Bad decisions make good stories.” This short film celebrates fulfilment through sense of self, beautifully. I found that quite emotional. 84km in 6hrs 57mins…. through a canyon. Boom! Ryan Sandes has breathed new life into trail running, particularly for South Africans who now have an international inspiration quick stepping the globe. A phenomenal athlete with a wonderful attitude. arnie

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Before I get crazily involved in this prediction, let me say a  massive congrats to Cameron Van Der Burgh and Chad Le Clos for winning gold at London 2012. Sheer fried awesome guys, maverick thumbs up. Back to the rugga now and Super Rugby Finals time!!! Heeeeyoooooo. Well done to both the Chiefs and Sharks for making it this far, slow clap building to a standing ovation guys, nicely done. Neither side have had the honour of lifting the trophy, which means a new name will be added to the illustrious and surprisingly short list of winners (only 6 sides have ever won it since the start in 1996). Of course the Sharks thought they had won in 2007 only for the Bulls to say “Firetruck that with a slice of cheese” as they then stole the title and trophy with a last-minute Bryan Habana try and Derick Hougaard conversion. Sad times for many as thousands of Sharks fans failed to get corks back into champagne bottles. Onto this year and indeed this Saturday morning as we kick-start finals day off with a boozy breakfast. Alcohol at this ridiculously early Saturday hour??… you know it!! Super Rugby Final, Sat 4th [&hellip

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