Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 18, Part 1

•June 26, 2013 • Leave a Comment

…aaaand we’re back.¬† Good stuff everyone, solid play shown by all and sundry in the incoming Tests. Special pat on the backs go to the All Blacks and Springboks who went undefeated and pulled off impressive performances along the way, especially the All Blacks in the second Test and the Bokke last week, sheer fried quality with awesome sauce on the side.

Pity about the Wallabies failing to kick on… see what I did there? With the kickers missing kicks at goal… costing them the game… it’s a play on words… no? Fine then. The Lions series continues this Saturday and is a must win for the home team. Will Robbie’s Wallaby crew pull off a win, setting up the third Test decider? It is going to be close but either way it is going to be a cracker not to be missed.

Kurtley Beale slip

Back to Super Rugby now and five games coming up all between Kiwi and Saffa sides and every one hugely important. Set excitement levels to ‘yes please!’.

Super Rugby round 18, Friday 28th of June 2013

Chiefs vs Hurricanes

The Hurricanes recently beat the Crusaders in a friendly and will be keen on riding that momentum into this game. They lost at home early in the season to the Chiefs 17-12 so will be keen on enacting some revenge in cowbell country. In team changes, Matt Proctor and James Marshall come into the side at wing and fullback and Karl Lowe gets a start on the flank.

For the table topping Chiefs, Tim Nanai-Williams returns at centre with Lelia Masaga moving to the wing. In the forwards Ben Afeaki starts at tighthead prop with Ben Tameifuna dropping to the wood. This is the last game at home for the Chiefs (until the play-offs) and they will be keen to win another one in front of their home fans, which I reckon they will accomplish but by a fairly toit margin.

Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Kick-Off: Friday, 9:35am (SA time)

Chiefs vs Hurricanes Prediction: Chiefs by less than 7

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Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate

•June 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Ever wish you could do all those cray cray moves you used to make your toys do?

No, me neither, not recently anyway buuuut as a kid I did wish I could be a ninja and now I am. What the hell does this have to do with Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate? Well have a look-see, the guy basically miniaturised himself so that he could pull off insane bike tricks amongst a kid’s toys! Amazeballs.

Wait, wait..hold up…. word just in is that he is normal size and the ‘bedroom toy’ set he created is just really big. I guess that makes more sense. Either way, the stuff he does blows the mind, in a good way. Check out below.

I love Danny’s surname.

I am going to name my child Rennton Freakingawesomeguy Jr.

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Springboks vs Samoa 2013: Preview and Prediction

•June 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Disappointing. That is the word I would use to describe the Springbok’s performance last week. ‘Shoddy’, ‘Dire’, ‘Awful’ and ‘SHITake’ come to mind but let’s not freak out too much, we still won and it is better to have a poor game now than in the Rugby Championship. We’ve got to keep calm, learn from it and move on.

Thanks Frank, well said.

The Scots did their utmost to disrupt the Bokke and pushed the boundaries as far as possible at the rucks and mauls and credit to them for nearly pulling off an upset win. The officiating was shoddy, it must be said, especially the ‘blind eye’ to players going off their feet and tacklers not rolling away but you need to adapt in these situations and Heyneke Meyer’s men will have worked on this part of the game and should be better for it. Hopefully.

In the other games this past weekend, Samoa continued to impress with a solid victory over Italy, the English dominated the Pumas again and the All Blacks face smashed Les Bleus 30-0. Le ouch. The men in black played an outstanding tactical game and smothered the French with superb defense and then pounced on the counter attack. Pounced. Like mountain lions. Hungry mountain lions..in winter.

This week the ABs welcome back Dan the man Carter, Piri two pies but with a side salad Weepu and Andrew Hore back into the side. Flank Victor Vito and wing Rene Ranger both get starts with Steven Luatua, Tawara Ker-Barlow and Charles Piutau all getting their chances at first caps off the bench. Will they still beat the French? … Do the Proteas choke in knock out games?

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All Blacks vs France Prediction: All Blacks by 15-22.

Onto the Incoming Series Final now and what should be an extremely physical situash on Saturday. Can the Bokke improve on last week’s performance or will Samoa continue to build on their very impressive form? Let’s have a look-see.

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J-Bay Winter Fest 2013 promo is twisted

•June 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

J-bay winter fest 2013 surfing

 

Back To Core – JBay Winter Fest feat. Tanika Hoffman from Silver Bullet Productions on Vimeo.

Yes, yes, that was a pun, thanks to some bastardisation work on a helmet rig for a GoPro. I like it, particularly for the surfing and bits.

With the Billabong Pro giving SA a wide berth this year, the townsfolk of Jeffery’s Bay have decided to carry on regardless and throw some proper coastal gees into a festival featuring a grand spectrum of events from long-boarding and mountain biking to an open surfing event as well as a fins-free frictionless event. It all looks pretty cool, with some big names, Mark Occhilupo, Sean Holmes, Greg Emslie, Ryan Payne, Paul Canning, I AM WOK, Dale Staples, Frankie Oberholzer, Dave Rastovich and Warren Dean competing in the open.

Dates: 6 – 14 July 2013

See ya’ll there yo.

Springboks vs Scotland 2013: Preview and Prediction

•June 13, 2013 • 7 Comments

Man it is good to be able to watch international rugga again. Drinking all day… for the win!

The All Blacks kick started off proceedings with a solid showing against Les Bleus who, it must be said, were far better than everyone I thought they would be. They were doing particularly well in the scrums before their coach strangely decided to sub both props, after which they were basically out scrummed. Good move Phillipe, looks like you got your subs timing from the Pieter de Villiers school of rugby.

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The All Blacks looked rusty and should be better this week but I reckon are simply not as good without Richie captain charming McCaw and Dan the man Carter. Luckily for them and SHITake for the Bokke, Pumas and Wallabies is that both should be back for the Rugby Championship in August. Bleaksville to the max.

The Bokke dominated all but 20 mins of their game against Italy and it will be those 20 mins, at the start of the second half, that will ensure they work even harder in training this week. They started well and the newbies all had solid games but they allowed Italy back into the game and the scrums were sketchy at times. Coach Meyer was (mostly) pleased though and the win allows them to build up momentum for the far tougher games heading their way.

I am a bit short of time and am cray cray busy today, so will only have time to preview the Bok game, although my prediction for the All Blacks vs France: All Blacks by 13-20

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Incoming Tours 2013: Preview and Predictions

•June 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Awww yis! Bring on the international rugga!

This Saturday we have Japan vs Wales, New Zealand vs France, Scotland vs Samoa, South Africa vs Italy, Argentina vs England and USA vs Ireland. Hmmmmm, delicious.

Three words… Bring. On. The. Beers. Please. And. Some. Chips. Thank-you

Oh yes, don’t forget to check out the Reds vs The B&I Lions. The Lions hammered the Force yesterday but will¬† be expecting a far tougher situash tomorrow against a far more impressive and experienced side with Quade Burglar Cooper expected to be named captain. Should be worth a glance or too over breakfast.

Let’s focus on the two big clashes this weekend though as we settle in for a glorious weekend of International rugby action adventures.

All Blacks vs France

All Black fans

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has chosen the majority of the side who struggled in the 6 Nations and has raised the odd eyebrow by naming 24-year-old Camille Lopez at flyhalf in his first ever start for Les Bleus. Maxime Machenaud has been chosen at scrumhalf after Morgan Parra was ruled out of the tour with a thigh injury. Thierry Dusautoir will captain the side while Frederic Michalak will get a chance off the bench. Les Bleus were very average in the 6 nations and finished last. LOL. They will be keen to cause an upset but will more realistically be looking to build towards the next RWC.

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Super Rugby 2013: Preview and Predictions – Round 17

•June 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Teeny tiny Super Rugby round this week. Only two games and both are Aussie derbies.

Aaaaaaaw. I know right?! Not to worry though, plenty of International rugga to keep you entertained, not to mention the B&I Lions against the Reds on Saturday for good measure. I will of course post a preview of the Springboks vs Italy and All Blacks vs France game for your reading pleasure, so come on back tomorrow, you’re always welcome.

Highlanders Ma'a Nonu

I have to say well done to the Highlanders for finally playing the kind of rugby many have been hoping they would play all season in beating the Blues at home. Slow clap guys, nice one. They led 29-0 in the first half and could well be in contention for the play-offs had they managed more of the same in their other games this year but hey-ho. Next season Bro, next season.

My team of the week is the Bulls, who outplayed the Cheetahs in Bloem in a very entertaining situash. The Cheetahs had the upper hand in the scrums and the Bulls dominated the lineouts but it was the accurate kicking game of Morne Steyn that made all the difference. The Cheetahs could not get out of their half but were kept in the game in the first half with a brilliant bit of individual magic by Wille le Roux. In the end the Bulls secured the win and with it the SA conference and now need to clinch a home semi and final by finishing top of the combined log. They still need to play the Kings and Sharks at home and then the Stormers away but trail the Chiefs by only 2 points, so it is a very possible outcome.

On to this week though and a wee bit tricksy to predict given the absence of the Wallabies from each team, so let’s glance on down and casually take an interest, even if it is just for SuperBru.

Super Rugby round 17 preview

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