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Live Match Centre – Saturday

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It was an exciting Friday night matches and plenty of surprises coming as well. We had wins from the Cheetahs, Benetton, Ulster, Glasgow and a good Currie Cup win for the Free State over the Pumas.

We have a great line-up on Saturday for you to keep you glued to your TV Screens.

Saturday Matches:

Currie Cup: 

Sharks v Blue Bulls

Western Province v Griquas

PRO14:

Connacht v Cardiff

Kings v Zebre

Scarlets v Edinburgh

Currie Cup

Result

18

 

5

   

 

Scorers:

Sharks: Tries – Nkosi

Blue Bulls:  

Result

55

 

27

   

 

PRO14

 

Result

15

 

17

   

 

 

Result

17

 

43

   

 

 

Result

28

 

8

   

 

 

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  1. FFS

    Nkosi acores a try against possibly the kakkest Bulls side ever…

    He’s a Springbok …

    And the coaches

    Ruhle can’t tackle

    Call up Leyds…

    Sweet mother of heavenly wrongness…

    Let’s call up the one guy who s on a par with kak tackling with Ruhle

  2. Bliksem – these stats are bad! One thing that impresses me from Northern rugby: their error rate is just MILES lower than our teams. Watching Cheetahs last weekend was so frustrating – pathetic mistakes by same players week after week…..

  3. @Bekke: I think we need to admit we do not have back three that can tackle for shit

    This is SR stats sure it is diffeent at Int level but our defence have been crap for years now

  4. Have you got the tackle stats for Nkosi bunny. From his super rugby and Currie cup stats I saw two weeks ago, his defense is actually very good. A bit young still though, but the pickings at wing is low

  5. @DavidS: The Bulls are so poor, I did not even get excited at how bad we played these last couple of weeks. We were especially poor at adapting to the conditions Saturday. A laugh a minute to be honest.

  6. Combrink- tested under the high-ball at top level, immediate impact at Bok level, capped, much needed exit-kicking and back-up goal-kicking.

    There is zero reason (other than politics) that any other wing in South Africa should have leap-frogged him… no matter their CC form.

    All the other positions from Cassiem at to Steyn not being included to shore up Jantjies… done to death.

    There is a very real chance the Boks will not win another game besides Italy this year… and then what?

    Best they cut their losses this very weekend if the Wallabies `upset` them at home.

  7. @bryce_in_oz:

    Oh stop talking such utter crap, Allister!! It’s stupid utterances like these that get so totally up my nose, it’s an insult to the supporters.

    Perhaps you could answer this question, why then did you select Handre Pollard, perhaps you could inform us all what game time he has had to convince you of his form.

    Rather just keep your trap closed, your brains are falling out.

  8. Been hearing Combricnk is a real doos as a person….Started even at WP where he and his dad wanted to dictate how they would treat him.

    He apparently does not listen to any coaches will do what he feels when he feels like it.

    Even Swys has spoken how difficult he is as a person to work with.

    Also stories going around that he told Bok coaches that he does not need extra coaching.

    I did not know this…..

  9. So in every sector of society, whether it be health care or garbage collection, you’re going to have your idiots, that’s life. Good people management is about managing those types and bringing their strengths to the foreground.

    Funny how Johan Ackerman was able to work with Combrinck for the past 5 or so seasons, and got the lad to perform like a champion for the Lions.

    This personality stuff is a load of crap, I heard that Joost was also a shit in his rugby days, as was Matfield, but FFS, they were good enough to have their attitudes.

  10. @Welshbok die Brandwag: Also thought so but heard this from what I recon reliable sources from SARU and Lions and WP.

    Agree we need to manage these type of players but you do not need another Puke Watson in team.

    At the end of the day the best players must play and if a player have an ego sort it out or make it public why he is not in your team

  11. https://www.supersport.com/rugby/insider/news/160624/Insider_Ruan_Combrinck

    To understand why it has taken him so long to feel at home in the Green and Gold you need to understand Combrinck as a person. While many players are simply in the mould of following orders and hoping the game plan works, the Lions utility back is the complete opposite.

    He questions, he chats and, when he has made up his mind, he goes 100 miles an hour to accomplish what he wants. Lions backline coach Swys de Bruin remembers how he was initially irritated by Combrinck’s approach when he arrived in Johannesburg.

    “He just wouldn’t keep quiet on the training field,” De Bruin laughs, “So the one day I went up to him and said ‘I think your best position would be right back’. He looked puzzled and repeated ‘right back?’. ‘Right back in the changeroom’ I answered.

    “It kept him quiet for a week or so, but soon he was back to himself again.”

    And once Combrinck is understood, it is easy to see why he is such a popular guy with his peers. They talk about his character, his different way of seeing things. The questions he asks…

    “One thing about Ruan is that he will always be the guy in a team session that will come up with the most interesting question,” Lions coach Johan Ackermann recalls.

    “It will be a question that is both deep and serious, but also sometimes totally out of context and at a strange moment and would make the team laugh.

    “That’s him, it’s his character, he is a very interesting person who will always challenge you with a question, but will also make a statement with a question that you won’t expect. It shows how seriously he takes the game.”

    That questioning started a long time ago, back in the early days of his childhood on the family farm in Vryheid, where he spent hours honing his skills in a makeshift field in the sheep paddock where his father Cobus had erected rugby poles for him.

    “He was a typical farmboy,” Cobus remembers. “But he always had ball sense. I remember when he was two years old I threw a ball for him to hit and he missed. He missed around 10 times, but after that he never missed.

    “I thought that was normal for kids, but it was clear he had ball sense way back then.”

    His keen eye for detail saw him quickly help around the farm as a child.

    “He always had a keen eye for detail,” Cobus adds. “He would always point out something as we drove on the farm – a sheep or cow that needed attention, or would always be the first to pick up something on the floor. If we drove at night, he would always see the animals first. It filtered through to his game. It never took him more than five minutes to sum up the opposition at school, their weaknesses and strengths.”

    His junior days were not the best, with his inquisitive nature often getting him on the wrong side of coaches. Disillusioned and down he considered giving up the game before a call came in from Nico Serfontein, one of the best spotters of junior talent who works at SA Rugby. Serfontein wanted to know if he was interested in going to the Lions, and, as his family remembers, Combrinck was so excited he couldn’t sit still.

    His start at the Lions was difficult, and Combrinck struggled initially with life in Johannesburg and the new surroundings. He survived two near-death experiences, as he wrote off two cars in accidents a few months apart. On both occasions the results could have been very different and he was lucky.

    And then a change came, noticeable to his team-mates, as Combrinck upped the ante and committed himself to his rugby. Suddenly the focus was more intense, more apparent as he set himself new targets and changed his mind-set, and honed his focus.

    One of the first to notice it was his fellow Natalian Warren Whiteley, who laughs when he calls Combrinck “a unique character”.

    “We all know him as a massive character, that is for sure. He is definitely an individual,” Whiteley laughs.

    “We say he is very special, he is one of the special kids in our squad, he is really unique.

    “The biggest thing with Ruan is that he made a massive mindshift probably about two years ago and became the ultimate athlete. You could see his intensity and training intent just started changing. He started getting really professional. He started working really hard in everything he did, his video work, his analysis.

    “He is a massive character within our side and definitely one of those guys who has been through a lot. He has been through a lot of adversity, started in Natal, went to Cape Town and had some tough times there.

    “He came back to the Lions, went through some tough times, I know he was in some major car accidents as well and had to battle his way through. He could easily have lost his life. That was quite tough and he managed to get through that.”

    Combrinck’s uniqueness at the Lions is nowhere more apparent than his gym regime, where he trains apart from his team-mates by choice.

    “He likes to gym by himself, which is quite funny. He waits until all of us are out of the gym in the afternoon and he will gym for an hour-and-a-half, two hours, by himself. He follows his own programme, but works extremely hard,” Whiteley explains, echoing sentiments of the coaching staff and team-mates who remarked on the same.

  12. Sorry Jacques, it’s poor coaching, nothing ells. To drop a youngster with phenomenal talent, commitment and ability because you are incapable of managing his uniqueness is once again a clear pointer that Allister is out of his depth.

    Puke Watson was a political manipulator who brought division in the team, no comparison to an inquisitive kid who is keen to learn and apply himself.

  13. @Jacques:

    Yet for all his purported `individualism` he fits into the Lions backline with ease and there is no more important cog in their machine. What rubbish mate… he sounds nothing like Luke Watson who was never the best player in his position.

    Which is more disconcerting to the team… having a brilliant player, with a few quirks `off the field`, that you cannot do without. Or carrying quota`s every match, that are your Achilles heel… and would not make a single top tier test team? Pretty obvious.

    @Welshbok die Brandwag:

    Years of being held unaccountable from Boks, through to Stormers and back to the Boks… has lead him to have a superiority complex. The guy is clearly so far out of his depth, cannot see it and thinks all fans, peers and rugby experts are stupid and that he knows better.

    Read what he said above about having to have game-time, being in form (even if overseas because he apparently keeps an eye on all of them) et al and the following shows what a con artist the guy is.

    Frans Steyn, BDP, Willie Le Roux have been more in form than anyone playing in RSA.

    Rhule has been woefully flawed for two seasons.

    DDA has been woefully out of form for two seasons for both the Stormers and the Boks and is not a `utility` player.

    Trevor has never had even a decent season at tight-head, even Dreyer has leap-frogged him despite him being on the bench every game.

    Bongi did not have a better season than at least three other hookers.

    Ralepelle has never had an above average season.

    There were far more form loose-forwards than Cassiem who has shown he is just another Mahoje at test level.

    Lood De Jager has been crap at every level for two seasons.

    The list goes on and on… last year he was blaming the players… this year he simply sees nothing wrong and comes up with the above bollocks. You are correct he should rather just STFU than spout the above bollocks in the media.

    A home loss against a struggling Wallabies and the impending loss at home to the ABs and the guy needs to be kicked into touch to give Rassie and Nienaber at least a few EOY games to try and stop the rot.

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