Monthly Archive:: February 2013

Before we crack on to the Super Rugby games this Saturday, let’s take a few minutes to reflect on the quality of rugga on show last week in the Highlanders vs Chiefs game. I have already said in Part 1 that the Chiefs were my team of the week last week and one of the reasons for this and indeed their success last year is their willingness to keep the ball alive. Check out this little gem of fried gold rugby awesome. [thanks Arnie] Super Rugby round 3, Saturday 2nd March 2013 Chiefs vs Cheetahs The Cheetahs have brought in scrumhalf Sarel Pretorious for this game but are still without powerhouse Heinrich Broussouw. Prop Coennie Oosthuizen continues his slow recovery back to full match fitness off the bench and may well add some needed grunt in the second half. The Cheetahs showed once again how dangerous they can be in coming back from 21 points down to finish within 7 and nearly snatch an unlikely victory from the Sharks. Underestimate them at your peril but score against them you will… as Rugby Yoda would say

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Bit of a mixed bag of matches last week, from the “Great game, very entertaining, well done lads” Chiefs vs Highlanders, to the “Holy ball SHITtake this is boring, yawnfest!” Bulls vs Stormers and finally the “Can they? I think they may… yes they did. Well played guys” Kings vs Force game. My team of the week is the defending champ Chiefs, who showed the loss of Sonny boxer Williams is no big deal, bro. Special mention goes to the Kings, who performed admirably in front of a passionate crowd. If only the Lions could get such support at Ellis Park… It is easy to read too much into the first proper round of Super Rugby and it must be said that most of the SA sides looked rusty in their first hit outs, particularly the Stormers. No need to panic though I say, we have a long way to go yet and as I always once said Superbru is not won in February. Looking ahead to this weekend and we have 2 potentially awesome derby games, with the resurgent Blues taking on the Crusaders at home on Friday morning and a re-match of the semi-final last year between the [&hellip

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Looooads of games coming at ya fast and true this Saturday and in fact every Saturday for quite a while. I hope no-one has planned a wedding or special event on a Saturday for the next 8 months or so because that’s ‘drinking beer on a couch’ time. Don’t forget to get massively involved in Superbru once again. It looks like you can now join as many pools as possible, which is great news. Be sure to join our Bowlphilosophy prediction pool. If you feel you are up to it, that is!! (Smirk) Damn why aren’t there emoticons on this blog? I feel naked without them (naked). Anyhoot, 4 games to preview, let’s get to it! Super Rugby round 2, Saturday 23rd of Feb 2013 Hurricanes vs Blues The Blues had a horrific 2012 and have dumped coach Pat Lam in favour of John Kirwan and roped in Graeme Henry as an advisor. The team is led by Ali Williams and boasts the experience of Piri I ate all the pies Weepu, who is playing in his 100th Super Rugby game. Nicely done sir! (on the 100th game not on all the pie eating, you really should hit the treadmill [&hellip

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So technically Super Rugby 2013 started last week and I suppose I should have posted a preview for Round 1 but it only involved four Aussie teams. I tried to preview but come on…two Aussie derbies…Rebels vs Force…I am only human. GOSH. The ARU asked SANZAR if they could start a week early so that they have more time to prepare for the mid year British and Irish Lions tour and fair play to them. As much as I am not a fan of Aussie Rugby, having the English press bleat on for 4 years about a famous B&I series victory would be too much to bear. Back to Super Rugby though and it all kicks off good n’ proper this weekend with 7 games involving all 3 countries and some mouth-watering clashes on the cards to boot. Let’s dive in for the first second round of Super Rugby action. Super Rugby round 2, Friday 22nd Feb 2013 Highlanders vs Chiefs The Highlanders started off last season guns blazing, both barrels firing but ran out of bullets quality players in the second half and ended up not making the play-offs. Their playing style was lauded however and having kept the [&hellip

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Before we dive balls deep into part 2 of the Super Rugby Preview, lets take some time to reflect on two recent rugby related events. First up, massive maverick thumbs up to the Blitzbokke’s cup win in Las Vegas. Not only did the Springbok sevens side beat New Zealand, they did it in fine style winning 40-21. At one stage leading 35-0. Delicious. Secondly, it is with a heavy heart that all rugby fans the world over say so long, farewell and well-played bru, to Juan blood diamond Smith. After being out of the game for nearly two years the Free State and Bok legend has been forced to retire after tweaking the same Achilles that has kept him out of the game for so long, in a warm up game against the Bulls. Juan played 69 Tests for the Springboks and was part of the team that won the RWC in 2007,  Tri-Nations in 2009 and beat the British & Irish Lions in 2009. He was the work horse in the side, considered one of the best loose forwards to have played for the Bokke and one of the hardest guys to have ever played the game. At provincial [&hellip

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“Suuuuuper Rugby… saaaaay it with me” “No more waiiiting” “Hallelujah” “Enough with the singing already Gosh!” Good stuff. Well played, now hit the showers. This year Super Rugby starts even earlier but at least for the time being still only involves 15 teams. Whether or not and indeed when that will change is a matter for another day, for now let’s get into the swing of things with a casual glance at the South African conference to see who the favourites and not-so favourites are and why. The Kings Told late they are in Super Rugby,  only given one year to get it right and only allowed two foreign players in their squad.  Well done SARU, massive fail on all fronts. Monkeys could do your jobs, not even highly skilled monkeys, just ones trained not to throw poop at the journalists in media briefings. Do the Kings have a chance at not finishing at the bottom of the SA log? No. Are they capable of an upset at home against the Force? Maaaybe. Will at least half the teams in the tournament put over 50 points on them? Definitely

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I recently purchased a Gunslinger skateboard and have been using it to casually carve around the neighbourhood and get milk from the shops. Coolest way to buy milk everrr. When I bought it the salesman asked how much sliding I would be doing and how often I will go over 50km/h. I acted cool as a cucumber and LOL’ed in his face and said, hopefully not much and never. Not so for this cray cray skater bombing it down Kloof Nek and setting off the speeding camera… awesome. [Thanks Phil] rennton

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