Here we go folks! Our very first rugby quiz evening!
First rule; HAVE FUN! Grab a glass (or bottle) of your favourite drink – get some peanuts, popcorn or crisps and sit down and relax while you join some friends online to have a bit of rugby fun and banter!
Hell given this is one for the whole family, have your wife and kids on stand-by to help you with some questions or some research!
Apart from just having fun, we will ship a case of Perdeberg’s finest to the winner of tonight’s quiz! While on the subject, thanks to the folks of Perdeberg Winery for an awesome prize! Also, if you want to promote your company, product or brand for this weekly feature, drop me an email and we will slap your logo’s on the site as the sponsor for the quiz!
Now, just a quick reminder of how this works:
- I will post 10 rugby-related questions (below). Some will be of historical significance, some will be current, and some will be general knowledge.
- Each question will be worth 1 to 5 points based on the question and answer. In other words, by getting part of a question right you might still get a point or two (as I doubt some will get the whole question right).
- At 21:00 I will call time on the quiz, after which I will tally the results.
- The person that scores the highest, wins! Simple as that. If there is a tie, the person who answered first with the most correct answers, will win.
- Your answers will only be considered if given in a single post, meaning I am not going to scroll through 100 posts to find where you answered question 1 and then question 7, 9 posts later. Your LAST post in the official format will be considered – so don’t come back to me later and say but my post 20 minutes back was more right so take that one!
- The format of answer in a single post is simple:
1. Luke Watson
2. Kamp Staaldraad
- If a question has more than one answer, just separate it with a comma.
- Okay and there is only ONE other rule – Rugby Journo’s are not allowed to take part because you will have access to most of these answers in a flash! And I will know if you are one – I still have to send the wine to you!
Here are those questions!
- The Currie Cup is the oldest and most sacred of provincial competitions in the world. In what year, and to which team was the title of ‘Currie Cup winners’ first awarded which counts to their titles tally? (2 points)
- Staying with the Currie Cup, as many of you will know the first Currie Cup ‘Final’ was played in 1939. Since then, 10 players have captained their teams 3 or more times in a final. Naas Botha holds the record for captaining his side 7 times winning 71% of those. Name the only two players to have captained their team 3 or more times in a Currie Cup final having won all those finals or a 100% win record! (2 points)
- Okay here is an easy one for you folks; Name the SA Women’s rugby coach? (1 point)
- We all know yellow and red cards are awarded for foul play (or for the scholars, law 10 in the IRB laws manual dealing with all forms of ‘Foul Play’). Name the other law for which a card may be issued by the match officials? (1 point)
- Sticking with laws, under which circumstances, according to the IRB laws is an ‘automatic’/’straight’ red card issued? (2 points)
- Here is one you guys can google again. Which South African team/franchise has the best average log position in Super Rugby from 1996 to 2011? (1 point)
- The Pampas from Argentina won the 2011 Vodacom Cup sweeping all before them culminating in a victory in the final over the Blue Bulls. Get those googling fingers working again and name their captain for the 2011 campaign. (1 point)
- They say your rugby can only be strong if your youth structures are strong. Applying those same principles let me test your knowledge of our youth rugby. Name a) the top points scorer in the ABSA Under 19 competition of 2011 and b) the top try scorer(s) from the same competition? (3 points)
- Back to the Currie Cup. Of the 14 unions that currently exist in the premier and first division, which union is the ‘youngest’ in terms of when it was founded? (1 point)
- Here is our last question for this, our maiden edition of the ‘Almost Impossible’ Rugby Quiz! We move to the heartbeat of rugby in our country, club rugby! UJ came agonizingly close to winning the final in 2011 where Pukke walked away with the spoils winning 14-19! When was the last time (year) UJ last won the Club Championship? (1 point)
Answer: Teams first played for the Currie Cup trophy in 1892, which was won by Western Province. But the South African Rugby Board (SARB) title as is acknowledged in their records the first awarded the title of ‘Currie Cup Winners’ in 1889 to Western Province – a title which counts towards the official number of 32 under their name.
Answer: The only two players to have a 100% win record for 3 or more Currie Cup finals is Thys Lourens (4 out of 4) and Divan Serfontein (3 out of 3). For captains that played in 3 or more finals only Jannie Breedt is the unfortunate soul to have a 0% win record(0 out of 4).
Answer: Denver Wannies
Answer: Law 4.5 (c) If, at an inspection before the match, the referee or a touch judge tells a player that an item banned under this Law is being worn, and the player is subsequently found to be wearing that item on the playing area, that player is sent off for misconduct.
Answer: The simple answer is that the only reference to an ‘automatic’ Red Card being issued according to the laws is where a second yellow card is issued (constitutes automatic red). There is no other law reference or instance which specifically states for a straight red to be issued as this is left up to the discretion of the referee and his assistants.
Answer: Sharks. The Sharks have a narrow lead over the Bulls with an average log position of 6.38 to the Bulls 6.63. The Stormers are not far off with an average log position of 6.80. No surprise, the Crusaders are way ahead of any other team with an average log position of 3.63
Answer: Miguel de Achaval
Answer: Top Point Scorer: A Jantjies (Blue Bulls), 224 points
Top Try Scorer(s): Q Norris (Border), 9 tries & TK Ismaiel (Blue Bulls) 9 tries
Answer: Mpumalanga Pumas (Witbank), previously South Eastern Transvaal – founded in 1969
Answer: 1992 where they beat Harlequins 40-22
Total points on offer: 14