I have a solution for SANZAR (and SA Rugby)!
Since SA Rugby still haven’t found a way to fit 6 into 5 and the Aussie conference being so kak, why not have South Africa include all 6 their franchises but have the Cheetahs based in Australia in place of the Rabbles because they sure as hell know how to win there!
How’s them apples huh? Three from four on tour with Bloemfontein no doubt still drunk from the weekend’s match and their team’s tour result. Awesome stuff Cheetahs! Guts, bloody-mindedness and some awesome rugby in-between from our most fearless team. The fear still exist that the Cheetahs will fade away in the second half of the competition but for now, let’s celebrate with the boys from Bloem on a fabulous tour which surely no-one thought possible after the pasting they got at the hands of the Chiefs in their first match down-under!
With the good comes the bad so moving swiftly along to the Kings who somehow managed to keep the score line under 50 points against New Zealand’s most successful team in Super Rugby history. Look they were never in this game and although I can keep on repeating that they are brave and never give up, I think we would all love to see them stop losing bravely, and start winning at any cost. It is not easy for them, but then again, Super Rugby is not meant to be easy.
Speaking about things being easy – how easy is it for a referee to screw up what potentially could have been a great game? Look make no mistake, those Bulls that took the field on Saturday did themselves no favours by kicking any half decent ball away all the bloody time but gaizus, SANZAR needs to do something about bloody incompetent refs. Bulls never deserved to win this with the rubbish they dished up and my advice to them would be to revert to pink jerseys if they are that keen to be bitch-slapped on the rugby field.
Staying on the slapping theme, a lot of that went down in Durban on Saturday! First the Sharks dished out some proper PK’s absolutely destroying the Rebels and if that wasn’t enough, some of the Rebels players continued to klap each other late into the night resulting in two of them being sent home like naughty school bullies. What fascinates me is that the guy who did the slapping is recovering from a hand injury and did not even play on Saturday? However – back to the Sharks… it is difficult to figure out how good a performance this was from them given the score line but hell one can never complain about an Aussie team getting 60+ points put past them and being utterly humiliated. So thank you, Sharks!
To top things off the Stormers then came out and smacked the only unbeaten team in the competition before this weekend, the Brumbies, and did so scoring 4 tries!!! Now for me this was at the end of a 12-hour day of basically uninterrupted rugby but I am almost sure I saw Gerhard van den Heever make more meters with the ball in hand in one day than he did in all the matches combined since joining the Stormers. If that was not enough, Andries Bekker got the MOTM award for actually doing some lock shit even scoring a try from a maul which is no doubt a new experience to him.
Nice way to shut-up a very cocky Jake White who was promising all kinds of kak before the game boys but in his defense, he apparently had no problem in eating the humble pie afterwards.
Players that impressed
The whole Sharks team! Yes, I cannot single anyone out although Frans Steyn makes it difficult to see anyone on the park except him but luckily he was only enticed off the bench with a KFC drumstick once the damage was done.
Adriaan Strauss (captain courageous and keeping his troops focused)
Lappies LabuSkaknie (I think we found our answer for the number 7 Bok jersey if he keeps this up)
Riaan Smit (was a bit worried after Goosen’s injury, but the lad stepped in and controlled matters beautifully)
Robert Ebersohn (clearly the leader in the backline and directing matters and players very well)
Willie le Roux (does the impossible every time)
Gio Aplon (not only is his stepping awesome, he celebrated earth-hour IN A GAME when he went lights out – awesome!)
Elton Jantjies (nice to see you finally arrived)
Duane Vermeulen (getting there slowly but strong performance)
And no, not one single Bulls or Kings player impressed me, however Dewald Potgieter’s tackle on Ioane was a thing of beauty.
Till next week folks…