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  1. Hawk_Eye

    Springboks 2018

    The second try, three young Springboks mistackled the Pom. Not acceptable at this level. Cape Town - His stirring try, crucial to another necessary Springbok comeback initiative, said so much about Duane Vermeulen’s general imperiousness again in the second, series-sealing Test against England at Bloemfontein on Saturday. South Africa were under the cosh for a second week on the trot during the first quarter, and 0-12 down when the powerhouse eighth-man began a fierce charge just inside the English 22-metre line. First he burst clear, then disdainfully handed off visiting muscleman Maro Itoje - sending him sprawling to the deck - broke a tackle through sheer leg strength, and finally wrestled his way over the line with a couple of defenders clinging to him like hapless passengers on a sinking vessel. It was just the sort of gee-up the Boks needed. For a redeveloping side, the way they gradually transformed the match, in almost a carbon copy of the first encounter, was a reflection of amazing maturity, skill and collective resolve. Vermeulen was again at the fulcrum of things both on attack and defence, this time finally earning the official player-of-the-match award after this writer had also felt he warranted it by a short head from gritty scrumhalf Faf de Klerk (who got it) in Johannesburg. England, after 12 points in the first 12 minutes, were not allowed the liberty of a single extra one for the remainder of the Test as Siya Kolisi’s Boks sent the crowd into raptures with a thoroughly deserved 23-12 outcome, ensuring a dead rubber at Newlands next week. “I don’t know why we start so slowly,” afterwards said one of the younger, emerging members of the current team, right wing S’bu Nkosi, “but when the boys do wake up the vibe is amazing.” Few Bok supporters would disagree on that point … Here’s how I rated the Boks in Bloemfontein: Willie le Roux: 7 Lost his first aerial contest … but that was about it for noticeable blemishes, really. His hands only got more secure as the game developed, and positional play was usually sound even if he didn’t float lethally into attacks to the extent of last week. S’bu Nkosi: 7 Penalised for blocking in one contest for a high ball, and failed to stop Jonny May en route to his try after coming across from the opposite side to aid a stretched defence. But also made some committed tackles, chased kicks stealthily and showed strong leg drive. Lukhanyo Am: 5.5 No train-smash, but again couldn’t really stamp his mark to the extent he would have liked. Ran one smart inside line, and brought a couple of England runners down at the ankles. Pinged for offside once. Damian de Allende: 6.5 Needs a bit of technical work to stop the habit of having the ball stripped in promising situations. But also worked his socks off much of the time, including some firm hits, a thrilling breakout from deep after intercepting, and deft changes of pace and angles. Aphiwe Dyantyi: 6.5 As with Johannesburg, a constant willingness to get involved, even if space seldom presented itself for him to get to full pace. Won a welcome breakdown penalty. Handre Pollard: 7 A solid general at flyhalf, where he easily eclipsed erratic opposite number George Ford. Policed his channel well, and kicked almost flawlessly at posts, including a sweetly-struck long-range monster. Faf de Klerk: 7 Less flawless than in first Test, including one or two wasted passes to nobody in particular. But once again you could not fault his plucky commitment, including eye-opening physical desire for so diminutive a player. His decisive left-footed clearances or tactical kicks were an important contributor to the win. Duane Vermeulen: 8 Near-sensational for a second week on the trot, and in a second high-altitude game, which only underlined that the gnarly veteran still has the stamina and competitive juices (and then some) for Test rugby. Superb, supplementary leadership figure, devastating ball-carrier and earnest breakdown scrapper. Wasn’t going to retreat one inch when argy-bargy broke out, either … Pieter-Steph du Toit: 7.5 Grew into the game tremendously, including seamless shift to second row when RG Snyman was subbed after 56 minutes. One of the Bok hard guys in uncompromising, sometimes fractious tussle. Huge hit on Mako Vunipola (who also should have seen yellow card when he blatantly slapped Du Toit in face once), and his tackle count just mounted and mounted. Siya Kolisi: 7 The birthday boy once again led with calm efficiency and assuredness - certainly overshadowing sometimes hot-headed rival skipper Owen Farrell. Won a breakdown penalty, and was consistently closer to the ball, I felt, and more industrious than we’ve seen for some weeks from him. Franco Mostert: 7 Played the full match, which was at least partly a tribute to his legendary durability. Does the not-so-flash stuff admirably, and contributed to broadly dominant tight five. Secure at kick-offs, and vitally dislodged a ball once to help deny Brad Shields a try. RG Snyman: 6.5 Dream debut in first Test, so something of a come-down in “Bloem” was almost inevitable. Still pulled his weight determinedly for almost an hour, mind you. Frans Malherbe: 5 Badly undercooked in high-level game time, so let’s not be too quick to write the tighthead off. But he did seem off the pace for Test rugby in his 44 minutes, including conceding a very rapid penalty at scrum-time. No 3 berth stays fluid for Boks. Bongi Mbonambi: 7 Coming on in leaps and bounds at this premier tier, enough for Boks not to be missing big Malcolm Marx too much. Secured breakdown penalty, had one fine rampage, and showed clever maul management as well. Tendai Mtawarira: 7 Was yanked off pretty early in second half, but perhaps not worst call by Bok coaches given the emotional burden/distraction of his 100th cap. Nevertheless, lively, robust display in the time he was on, including terrific charge moments before Vermeulen’s try. Standout substitute: Akker van der Merwe: 6.5 A lineout went awry with him the thrower, but otherwise the “Angry Warthog” scuttled around with typical relish for half an hour, making tackles and generally being quick to heat-laden areas. Co-front row subs Steven Kitshoff and Thomas du Toit were good as well.
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    FUNNIES

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    Springboks 2018

    We went off the grid at 17h00 but I had the genny at a ready and while the UPS was still working the gen was activated and a seamless problem solving strategy kicked in. I hate looters and rioters with a new passion every day. This country can do without all this shit.
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    Springboks 2018

    Yet, we should guard against celebrating mediocrity. The Poms are not the worlds best at the moment, as a matter of fact they are kak. We miss too many tackles. Some individual players are getting better (sharper) with every game. All in all a nice performance which had many a supporter on his nerves again because of the poor start.
  5. One of my main regrets in life is giving considerable thought to inconsiderate people.       There are the same number of people on Facebook today as there were people in the whole world in 1804.       Wees goed vir jou kinders. Hulle kies eendag jou ouetehuis.       Psychology claims that If two past lovers can remain just friends, its either they are still in love, or never were.       4th law of thermodynamics: If you accidentally make a fart sound w/ your chair in a crowded room it's impossible to recreate that sound.       MEN: If your wife mutters "why do I even speak / bother?", DO NOT REPLY "I have no idea either"
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    Other Rugby Related News and Trivia

    Eish,,, Dean Greyling... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RANsgqeU9_o Video does not embed..
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    Other Rugby Related News and Trivia

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/naas-botha-faces-bankruptcy-2018139 Pretoria - Rugby legend Naas Botha’s estate was provisionally sequestrated by the high court in Pretoria on Thursday, after a bank claimed he owed it more than R1.1 million on a mortgage bond for a property in Mooikloof, east of the city. Hendrik Egnatius Botha – popularly known as Naas – was not at court, nor did he oppose the provisional sequestration application, although the papers were served on him by the sheriff. He also did not submit an affidavit to the court setting out his possible defence. Judge Peter Mabuse gave the retired Springbok fly-half until June 15, to oppose the application and give reasons as to why he should not be finally sequestrated. Botha, a four-time Rugby Player of the Year winner, has been involved in a six-year financial battle with Nedbank. In December 2009, the bank turned to court for the first time to demand that Botha and his wife, Karen, pay back the money they owed in terms of the mortgage. His wife had obtained a bond from Nedbank in January 2006 to buy the property, and Botha signed surety for it. As the couple defended the bank’s action, Nedbank decided to settle after the Bothas undertook to make certain payments. Dana van Zyl, a legal adviser for Nedbank, said in court documents, that shortly after the settlement, Karen sold the property for an amount which was not enough to repay the full loan amount. The couple also failed to make regular monthly instalments to the bank, as agreed. At that time, the couple owed the bank R1 357 474 and was due to pay back R17 000 a month over seven years. A new agreement was then signed, in terms of which Nedbank agreed to reduce the monthly instalments to R8 500 a month. Van Zyl said the couple once again fell in arrears and a third agreement was entered into last year. By then the amount owed was about R1.1m. Van Zyl said the couple failed to pay the debt in March, June and July last year. The bank then decided to withdraw the agreement. Last August, the court ordered the couple to pay the more than R1.1m, and a month later an order was issued that their movable property could be sold on execution to recover the money. The sheriff went to the couple’s Lynnwood Park home to serve the warrant of execution. The sheriff said he gave the notice to Botha, who said he did not have money nor disposable assets. The sheriff, having returned empty-handed, said in a statement: “No disposable assets were either pointed out to me or could be found after a diligent search.” Van Zyl said it would be to the advantage of the creditors if the estate could be sequestrated and a trustee appointed to investigate Botha’s financial affairs. He questioned Botha’s reported lack of funds and said the legend was a well-known television presenter, who provided commentary on rugby games, and represented the Springboks as fly-half from 1980 to 1992. “He lives in an upmarket residential area and his income is likely to be higher than average.” Van Zyl submitted that Botha also stated on his online profile that he “drives a Toyota Prado… his favourite holiday is visiting Mickey and Minnie at Disney World and his hobby is golf, golf and more golf…” Botha was in the past or still is a director of 42 corporate entities, he added. According to Van Zyl, Botha had in September 2011 issued a statement to the bank reflecting his assets were valued at R16.4m. “It is strange that all these assets could have dissipated in a period of five years,” Van Zyl said. Nedbank said it had no knowledge of his income, assets and whether Karen was gainfully employed. It said that a trustee should investigate these issues. Karen was earlier declared insolvent by the court, after she could not repay the property debt to Nedbank.
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    FUNNIES

    By n wedding in Brakpan fluister ek vir die ou langs my "Is die bruid nie hond lelik nie"? "Hoorie, dis my dogter van wie jy nou praat". "Ek is jammer, ek het nie geweet jy is haar pa nie". "Ek is nie....Ek is haar fokken Ma jou moer".
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    Springboks 2018

    Cape Town - Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira will make his 100th Test appearance for South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday in the second Test against England, becoming only the sixth Springbok to reach this special milestone. Kick-off at the Toyota Stadium is at 17:05. The 32-year-old Mtawarira is the first Springbok prop to reach a century of Test caps and he joins an elite group of only seven props who have made 100 or more Test appearances. Mtawarira will anchor the Springbok scrum in his milestone Test alongside hooker Bongi Mbonambi and Frans Malherbe, who makes a return to the front row after a lengthy absence due to injury. Malherbe’s inclusion is one of only two changes in the starting team that beat England 42-39 last weekend in Johannesburg. He replaces his Stormers team mate Wilco Louw. The other change sees Pieter-Steph du Toit returning to the starting fifteen in the No 7 jersey, with Jean-Luc du Preez moving to the bench. Mtawarira made his Springbok debut exactly 10 years against Wales, on June 14, 2008 in Pretoria at the age of 22. The following year he was an instrumental figure in the Springbok tight five as he helped to steer the South Africans to a memorable 2-1 series win over the British & Irish Lions. Since then, the soft-spoken front rower has established himself as a mainstay for the Sharks - he has 146 Super Rugby caps to his name - and the Springboks. Apart from his 99 Tests, Mtawarira has also played in three tour matches for the Springboks to date, with two Test tries to his name. Rassie Erasmus, the SA Rugby Director of Rugby, paid tribute to Mtawarira, whom he described as a great servant to Springbok rugby and a very good professional. “Much like a typical front rower, ‘Beast’ is not someone who likes the spotlight,” said Erasmus. “However, his contribution to Springbok rugby during the past decade has been enormous and I want to congratulate him on reaching 100 Test caps for South Africa. “It is a special achievement and while he deserves the accolades, I know he will be totally focussed on the most important job, and that is to face an extremely determined England side on Saturday in Bloem.” Erasmus added that an improved performance will be needed from the Springboks when the two sides meet again at the Toyota Stadium. “England is a powerful side and I know Eddie Jones will have his team super prepared for Saturday,” said Erasmus. “They will no doubt want to bounce back to level the series, so it’s going to be another huge Test of our resolve and character.” Teams: South Africa 15 Willie le Roux, 14 S'bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Warrick Gelant England 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jonny May, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Mike Brown, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Mark Wilson, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Denny Solomona
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    FUNNIES

    Van der Merwe loop dominee raak in Pick n pay en vra dominee vir raad oor sy vrou wat slaap in kerk. Dominee se hy sal knik ini kerk as hy vraag vra en dan moet Van der Merwe haar steek met ñ speld. Die volgende sondag ini kerk is dit sulke tyd en die dominee vra wie het vir ons sondes gesterf het en knik. Van der Merwe se vrou spring op en skree "Jesus!" Mooi seg dominee. Sy raak weer ani slaap en dominee vra wie is die skepper en knik en sy spring op en skree " Onse vader". Mooi seg dominee. Dominee vra toe wat se Eva vir Adam na die 9de kind se geboorte en knik. Van der Merwe se vrou spring op en skree "As jy my nog een keer steek bliksem ek jou!" "Amen!" se ali anner vrouens ini gemeente...🤣🙈
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    Happy birthday WeDaFaKaWe

    Have a Lekker day, may there be many more..
  12. Hawk_Eye

    Springboks 2018

    We (SA) need a fit and psyched-up Eben, there is no doubt that when on form his experience and sheer presence will do much to enhance the team. I said it before and I will say it again; Eben suffered a lapse in form before his injury, maybe the burden of being captain restricted the mongrel in him. We are very lucky to have a whole host of very good locks.... Not Marvin though..
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    Springboks 2018

    @vlagman says this is the motto for this thread...
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    Armchair selectors & SPRINGBOK News

    http://filegooi.co.za/get2/fdab1a204359b5c2fe5178241d0d2e6c/Rugbystorie.mp4
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    Armchair selectors & SPRINGBOK News

    He may even have another role - we can then call him the holy trinity of rugby. Seriously, I agree with one of our community who said that Rassie is currently just a mentor to Stick who will be taking over eventually.
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    Armchair selectors & SPRINGBOK News

    #Gatkruip Cape Town - Springbok assistant coach Matthew Proudfoot says he is enjoying the learning experience under new coach Rassie Erasmus. Proudfoot is the only survivor from the Allister Coetzee era, having retained his role as forwards coach after Pieter de Villiers parted ways with SA Rugby earlier this year. Proudfoot addressed reporters in Bloemfontein on Tuesday as the Springboks prepared for this weekend’s second Test against England. The Boks won only 11 out of 25 Tests under Coetzee’s tutelage and Proudfoot knows they are under pressure to improve. According to Proudfoot, concerns over job security comes with the territory. “As a coach it is part and parcel of your job. The job is about performance. We are the custodians of a very special brand. We have a lot of talent and we must make sure that talent performs at the highest level,” Proudfoot said on Tuesday, as quoted by TimesLIVE. The forwards guru is confident that the team’s performance will improve under Erasmus but was diplomatic when asked how different the job was under Coetzee. “The two men are two very dynamic human beings. Allister and Rassie,” Proudfoot said. "Rassie is the master tactician. He leaves nothing to chance. It is a learning experience. I’m enjoying it. Allister had a different focus, it was also a good focus. He’s a very good man. They are both strong coaches. We need more of our head coaches in this country to be strong people.” Erasmus will name his match-day 23 on Thursday. The Boks have a 1-0 lead in the three-game series, having won the first Test at Ellis Park 42-39.
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    Springboks 2018

    Clever move if he is to be used as an expert tutor / coach for the hookers.
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    Springboks 2018

    Senior players lend a helping hand in the comeback for the Bokke... https://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/Springboks/kolisis-message-to-the-boks-after-horror-start-20180611
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    Blitzbokke

    Show me the one fan / supporter / poster who has not made an incorrect call. I would rather be wrong in a positive way than pumping a team to high heaven and they lose. It must be acknowledged that the Blitzbokke had a lot of luck, they could just as easily have lost it if Fiji or England were 100% on their game. But, a win is a win and I am sure we'll all take it.
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    Springboks 2018

    See what I said earlier. Maybe if he is left to play his natural game and the coach utilises the talent then we will see the real Eben. He remains a very big guy with loads of speed. Kitzhoff is getting better with every game. I am not too happy with the 12 & 13 but time will tell.
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    Springboks 2018

    I think a fit and committed Eben will be a positive addition to the Boks. It may just be that the extra burden of Captaincy does not enhance his performance. The current two together with Eben and Lood could be good for the team. As I have said before, PSdT is a very handy impact player in the loose. Can either Snyman or Eben play 5? They would make a cool pair, but currently both play 4 lock.
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    Springboks 2018

    Nope, I tend to think that Rassie has an agenda to fill the balance first and then worry about the rest. As for the du Preez saga - Rassie and Robert used to be drinking buddies.. We clearly have better loosies than du Preez X2 - that much is clear. Brawn helps squat if you cannot balance it with brain and in all three of the brothers the balance and synergy between brain and brawn is clearly distorted.
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