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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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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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Breaking News: Pieter de Villiers has been appointed the new Springbok scrum coach. “Whaaaat?!?!!” I hear you say as you spray your coffee all over your screen. It’s cool guys calm down, I am talking of the ex French international prop, Pieter de Villiers. Pieter will be the new Bok scrum coach and with a wealth of experience of specifically, northern hemisphere conditions, his appointment will only add value to our current scrum situation. He only has a week to work with the Boks, before the first England Test so don’t expect too many immediate changes but I reckon with him on board our scrum will become one of, if not the strongest in all the lands. Anyhoot, we have 4 more games this weekend, so let’s get involved in a massive way. Super Rugby round 11, Sat 4th of May 2012 Brumbies vs Waratahs The Waratahs did well to only lose by 4 points against the Crusaders last Sunday in Sydney and are hitting some good form at the right time. They have a very good tactical kicker in Berrick Barnes and have the powerful Rocky Elsom and attacking Saffa Sarel Pretorius on the bench so will be keen [&hellip

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Ahh Monday and back to work. Wait…wait…. Wednesday, I mean Wednesday and back to work. Not a great week on SuperBru for me with the Blues failing to win at home and the Crusaders beating the Waratahs by only 4 points. I am not sure why I keep backing the Blues, as they clearly do suck but it must be said that the Reds looked very good and may well still have a shot at making the play-offs. In other games this week, we had a shankopotamus of epic proportions as Sias Ebersohn missed a kick from right in front of the poles to clinch a win for the Cheetahs, only for the Highlanders to land a far harder and longer attempt to steal the victory. Sias had earlier converted a try by flyhalf, Johan Goosen (who injured his shoulder in the process) from the touchline and will be having sleepless nights for a while over the shambles he made of the easy penalty. When asked for comment he had this to say “Laces out!!!”. The Chiefs and Stormers are once again the teams of the week, with the Crusaders, Reds, Brumbies and Highlanders all picking up valuable away wins. [&hellip

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