What a day! What a weekend! What an event! What a crowd! What an atmosphere!
On an emotionally charged weekend, how fitting was it for the very first International sporting event to be held on South African soil after the death of Nelson Mandela to be held in the stadium that bears his name?
16 teams, 45 games, an extravaganza of rugby if ever there was one!
It’s fair to say that we probably spent more time in the bar / lounge during the day on Saturday then in the stand (except of course when the Blitzbokke were playing) it is after all a day of preliminary group stages where the minnows get the chance to play against the big guns but today (Sunday) was the main event, and what an event it was.
The beauty of this format is that it splits into 4 competitions during the course of the final day (Shield, Bowl, Plate and Cup) with all teams having a chance of gaining a medal and silverware as late as the mid-afternoon!
We got the dream final we wanted. The Blitzbokke cruised through their quarter and semi finals as did the All (cough) (splutter) Blacks.
I’ve written elsewhere that I thought that the Ref had a couple of ‘Mandela moments’ during the final but who cares? Final score Blitzbokke 17 – AB’s 14 (3 tries to 2)
A win, a glorious end to a brilliant weekend Read more…
IT’S GO TIME!
We might just find the time to watch a bit of 7′s rugby while we’re there
I’m one who prefers a minute’s applause to a minute’s silence, would rather celebrate a life than mourn one, today I’ll reflect on the life of Madiba.
There’s probably not much in this year that has angered me as this has.
Ha ha, on the left you see the launch of the new Bulls super rugby home kit for the 2014 season, maintaining the traditional blue albeit with a few splashes of colour for effect, on the right you see the new away kit! The Bulls had a poor season this year, here’s hoping that they can see one another on the pitch in that camo shirt or things are going to get worse!
On the bright side, I’ve had a sneak preview of the cheerleaders outfits ….. Read more…
Mom’s untimely call bags burglar
LAKE WORTH, Florida: A burglar who left his phone behind was rumbled when his mum rang just as police officers arrived at the house he’d just robbed.
Derek Codd, 19, left his cellphone on the kitchen sideboard after he and sidekick Kristen Rynearson stole jewellery from a house in Palm Beach County.
When an investigators were called to the house, the discarded phone rang, the officer picked it up and saw “Mom” lit up on the screen.
The policeman asked the woman on the other end who the phone belonged to, and she said it was her son’s.
Codd, of Lake Worth, had stolen the victim’s cellphone and a shotgun. His female companion had 49 pieces of jewellery belonging to the victim’s wife in her purse.
Both were arrested and face multiple charges, including burglary and larceny. – orange news
Here’s an interesting article from this morning’s weekend read…
AN INCREASE in snake sightings around Port Elizabeth has prompted experts to issue a warning as summer heats up, with residents cautioned against confronting the reptiles when they come across them.
Snake catcher and Sandula Conservation director Mark Marshall said he had received about 150 calls this month, averaging about five calls a day.
Snakes that have been caught in recent months include puff adders, cobras and boomslangs.
“Boomslangs have been reported in Pari Park and Bushy Park, puff adders in Sardinia Bay, Summerstrand and Walmer, while both cobras and puff adders are in Westering and surrounding areas,” Marshall said.
“There are very various contributing factors. Developments in residential areas have seen snakes seek refuge in other gardens and areas. Another major problem is illegal dumping of rubble and garbage which is where snakes hide and seek refuge.
“This is what keeps snakes in the area,” he said. Read more…
It was always he that stirred us into to casting our minds back and thinking of those who fell during the many conflicts, in many different parts of the world for far too long.
I was pleased to see the Springboks with the poppy on our shirt during the destruction of the Welsh in Cardiff yesterday. In remembrance of Toc and the millions of others, I’ve changed mine.
Here’s a fun challenge for cherished colleagues. While watching a recent NFL game (that’s American Football to some or Gridiron to others) the production team came up with a couple of humorous takes on movie titles …
SILENCE OF THE RAMS
The St Louis Rams are having a bit of a tough time of their opening fixtures this season and this title is more than appropriate Read more…