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
Frans Steyn Archive
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
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
Played two, lost two. Springbok Rugby in crisis? Not really, although a massive improvement on Saturday is a must. After being comprehensively face smashed in both away games and the South African public getting more and more impatient and anxious as the RWC2011 looms large, only 27 days away. The Bokke need a victory… a victory a victory is what they neeeed. Hey hey. As expected Pieter de Villiers and Co. have brought back their ‘A’-team, making a total of 14 changes. Breakdown battle extraordinaire, Heinrich pop-eye arms Brussouw and scrumhalf legend Fourie Du Preez come back into the side for the first time since 2009 and everyone, coaches, players and fans alike will be hoping they can replicate the magic that made them world-class nearly 2 years ago. John Smit and Danie Russouw are the only players to retain their starting spots, with Gerhard Mostert, Jean Deysel and Morne Steyn on the bench. Gio Aplon starts off the bench after recovering from the injury that kept him out of the last game and was actually one of the few players who played in Australasia who can hold their heads up high. In other changes, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, the [&hellip
I stumbled across this while reading through the usual pile of rants from the axe grinding readers on Rugby365, a diamond in the rough one might say. One might also say dogs can sense evil, but this would be completely unrelated, it’s true though, they can. Frans starts at 13 this weekend Firetruck me I’m happy to see him in green and gold!
It has been confirmed that Frans Steyn will miss the August 21 Tri-Nations Test against the All blacks due to injury. He has been advised not to train until Wednesday next week in order to recover from a quad injury that he sustained in a warm up game for his French club, Racing Metro, last week. SARU’s manager of national teams, Andy Marinos has said that they will be looking to have him in the squad for the two games against the Wallabies. The Springbok management no doubt looking for that extra attacking option with Steyn at the back not to mention his ability to donkey boot drop-kicks over from 60 metres out. It looks like Gio Aplon may play at fullback against the All Blacks after Zane Kirchener was released to play for the Bulls this Saturday although wily Pieter de Villiers was quick to point out that all of the initial 29 players selected for the training squad still has a chance of making the matchday 22. Let’s hope (sacrifice small children, pray, wish upon stars) the Springboks can make a better showing of themselves against a very impressive looking All Black side