Sunday, September 27, 2009

What it all means

The following words come courtesy of Xhanti Nesi aka Nessi aka Cobra till I die aka Club Captain aka Mayor of P.EEEEEEEEEEE. Truly inspirational....

Cobras Till I Die........

Gentle men of the Purple Cobras, it is a pleasure to write to you. It has been awhile since I have had the opportunity to address you. I am in no position to be offering solace for the dubious happenings of the internal league, but I can say that the emotional turmoil and frustration that plagues you is a familiar feeling to me as well. It’s often said that the measure of a man is not the amount of victories he has achieved but rather how well he handles defeat. 

I have often asked myself what are the Purple Cobras. Is it merely a rugby team? Perhaps a group of friends that get together to jol some rugga or opportunity to showcase some sublime ball skills? The answer to all the above is NO. 

Purple Cobras is not just a rugby team, it is not just a group of friends and it is not merely a classy side with slick handling ability. Gentle- to me the words Purple Cobras have come to mean so much more than all the above. Purple Cobras is Brotherhood. It encamps so much more than rugby. Our starting point admittedly is rugby but this team far exceeds what goes on between the four white lines. 

When I joined the Cobras I was welcomed with a cold beer, big smiles and an amazing song. I have gone on to share some of my fondest UCT memories with you gentlemen. I know that this year I was not part of the team but that was because of Club Captain duties. Without delving into too much explanation, as Exco we wanted to retain most of the residence players that stopped playing after their U/20 season when they moved into digs. My role is to work with the Marquard boys that I lived with and start and Old Marquard Boys team to retain all these players that fall through the system. I hope you will reach your satisfaction. 

I hope that you have enjoyed this season and reached the markers that you set out for yourselves. It is an absolute pleasure to be associated with you and my chest swells with pride at the mention of Purple Cobras. I have come to accept that I will never attend another fines meeting like yours and I am glad that I am always welcome to join you. 

In closing. The next time you look at a Cobras badge. Look not at the symmetry of the lines or the colors that it comprises off. Look deeper and think of all that it means to you. The friends, the big tackles, the nights at Tiger Tiger, the line-breaking runs, the massive PE Bus Jol, the anticipation before a game, the bail-outs, the fines meeting, the guest list at bang bang and most importantly the relationships we have come to have with one another- That is the Purple Cobras.   

I’m a COBRA Till I DIE........

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One last hurrah!

Tomorrow sees the Cobras men fight it out against the Wild Boys for the 3rd place spot in the 2009 UCT internal league. Many are predicting tomorrow curtain raiser to be the match of the night...

so catch the 2008 champions in their last showing of the season tomorrow at 19:30!

Wednesday 23rd
Purple Cobras vs Wild Boys
curtain raisor to the final
on Rugby A

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not to be...

The Green Mile turned from friend to foe for the Purple Cobras last night, producing the biggest upset of the season. Things on the Groote Schuur strip weren't quite right, actually they were very off-ish. There was not a breath of wind, the evening was actually rather pleasant as opposed to usual bitter bite in the air, all culminating in, well, the Cobra's first loss in 11 internal league fixtures after going to down 14-5 to Ubombo last year! The opponents this time round were Ikaya! The only other meeting between the two sides came back in 2007, which saw the Cobras taking the spoils in a comprehensive 65-0 win! This time round however the outcome was to be vastly different. Ikaya, controversially packed with a number of Villagers first and second team players(but thats a story for another day), came out with more of a purpose catching the 2008 champions a bit off guard. There was nothing much between the sides seeing the game locked scoreless for quite some time. Ikaya grabbed onto everything they got and pounced onto two ultimately fatal mistakes by the Cobras resulting in two converted tries. The Cobras simply could not shift out of first gear and as the time started to slip away the side found themselves playing scatter rugby, frantically trying to breach the Ikaya defence. In a position very unfamiliar to the Cobras men, they were playing catch up rugby and could not seem to put any phases together. The death rattle of the whistle drew the game to an end, with Ikaya edging out slender 14-8 victors.

An unfortunate at the helm for the mighty Cobras, it just proved purhaps that even the UCT Purple Cobras are human and capable of mishap?

Despite the loss, the atmosphere in the change room was more electric than ever, proving that there is more to Cobras rugby then titles and silverware!!

The season is not over however, the Cobras will be playing for the third place title next week!

Cobras rugby is still very much alive, with a record of 34 matches, 28 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, they very possibly hold the best win record in UCT internal league history...


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It is our time...

After starting touch sessions 8 months ago, we are down to the last two fixtures of the long season. Tonight The Cobras take on Ikhaya in the Internal League Cup Semi-Final, kick off 18:30. All the hours out on the touch field, all the blood and sweat on the Green Mile every Wednesday night, it all boils down to this fixture to send us through to our 3rd final in as many years, and then ultimately keeping our Cup which we won last year.
We have the passion, we have the pride, we have the class, we have the skill, and most importantly, we have the belief. This is our time's going to be one helluva great ride.
The Cobras vs. Ikhaya
Kick off: 18:30 UCTRFC Field-C
Meet 17:30 below Cecil
Oh so brave

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The final stretch...

The following itinery is COMPULSORY if you wish to be apart of the final two games of the season:

Touch: Friday 11 Sep 4pm
Touch: Sunday 13 Sep 4pm
Semi-Final: The Cobras vs. Ikhaya 18:30 UCT C-Field
Touch: Friday 18 Sep 4pm
Touch: Sunday 20 Sep 4pm
Final Day: Wednesday 23rd Sep

Oh so brave

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Transfer news...

UCT Ikey Tigers hero and winger Justin Bijl seen above showing what he will do to play for the purple and white at last years formal He has set his eyes on playing for The Cobras in the 2010 competition. Local media reports have surfaced that Bijl will be signing with The Cobras on a 3 year contract starting in February '10 to add even more value to an already established Cobras centre pairing and loose forward combination, he was quoted as saying "I just can't resist the urge to play for such a team as The Cobras any longer, I was born for it."
If all goes to plan Bijl will be joining up with the squad in February 2010.
Oh so brave

The road taken...

The road to the semi's...

Cobras 33 - 0 Kopano
Cobras 28 - 5 Wild Boys
Cobras 24 - 0 College
Cobras 0 - 0 Barbarians (Cobras get 5 points)
Cobras 62 -0 Panthers
Cobras 31 - 13 Clarendon

Cobras 40 - 15 Kopano

Points for: 218
Points against: 33

Played 7 Won 7 Lost 0 Draw 0

Oh so brave

Sunday, September 06, 2009

And then there were 4...

The UCT Purple Cobras cantered, albeit a bit shakily, into the semi- finals of the koshuis internal league last Wednesday night. The game got off to an uncustomary start, which saw the current champions trailing at the half time break. Perhaps it was the ever present head strong wind, which haunts the green mile, the fact that half the Cobras side played earlier in the day in an old boys game, or and most likely, it was due to the fiery performance which the opponents, res side Kopano, put on display. After some swift words by captain Greame 'stumpie' Steen at the interval accompanied with the added wind advantage, the Cobras men took the game to their opponents who by this stage of the match offered very little in return.

Soon it was back to characteristic Cobras running rugby. Seeing the Cobras men run in 4 unanswered tries, taking the score from 12-15 down (the half time score) to the end result, 40-15. Aided by the Cobras elusive winger JP Van Huffel who ran in an amzing 4 out of the Cobras 6 tries! Our opponents just can't seem to keep this man at bay! Another stella performance from stand in flyhalf Richard Morris, marshalling his back line and slotting over 4 conversions from his 5 attempts, according to sources thats his first 80% effort in any sphere of life. The forwards too stood up to the challange!

A couple of new caps were earned on Wednesday night, non over then Bishops 2nd XV number 8 and brother of na na na Nico, Dino Lozides, drinking on a school night, nice!

The Cobras, as do the rest of the league, have an deserved 2 week break from Wednesday night action, before the heading into the semi's!

Final score Cobras 40- Kopano 15.


Thursday, September 03, 2009

Another victory...

The Cobras kept their unbeaten record intact for 2009 as they brushed aside an extremely motivated Kopano side who gave it their all to knock the defending Champions out of the competition, however this wasn't the case as The Cobras scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to make the win an easy one, final score 40-15 to the Cobras.

Match report to follow.

Oh so brave

Monday, August 31, 2009

Everywhere you go...

Sawatdee Khrab!

Ya basically that's Thai for hello. No I did not type it into a free translation program found on Google. I'm a very well travelled and cultured young man if you must know. But aren't we all at the Cobras. Aren't we all just so fantastic? The answer: You bet your fucking life we are!

So it's Monday. Blue Monday. Not quite. There's that classic line from Office Space- does someone have a case on the Mondays? It really irritates the main character (Peter), I told you before I'm cultured, and it certainly irritates me. It grates me. It grates my tits. Oh, just punch me in the.... tits! Two myprodols and a couple of Heinekens are making this incredibly interesting. Back to Monday, the day before Tuesday and the day following Sunday. I'm sure you all knew that. Except for maybe Fetish. Don't think fetish knew that. So it's Monday and it's dark and wintery and windy outside my window. Very bleak. Not me, I'm happy (I told you I just popped two myprodols and some Heineken). It's just that the weather is bleak. Na mean? Alright. So Wednesday and the quarter finals are only days away (Fetish Wednesday follows Tuesday). The Cobras are reaching the business end of the season and it looks set to be a cracker jack finish. I, unfortunately, will not be present this Wednesday. Business you see. No no no, not in Joburg. In Zimbabwe believe it or not. Meeting some important clients. Taking off a few days of Varsity to wine and dine this lot. Big spenders you see. 

So here is the weather report for Wednesday. 

There's a maximum of 30 degrees.
Minimum- 13 degrees.

30% showers with strong South Westerly winds. 

I'm expecting harsh winds up on the green mile. Powerful gusts that will make the high ball an impossible task. Impossible for a human perhaps, but when you have the likes of Stefan Terblanche at number 15, there's nothing really to worry about. I mean the man's hands are as safe as houses. To think that he's not playing for the Bokke. How lucky we are at the Cobras to rub shoulders with such amazing players. Just think of the confidence he inspires. The sheer determination of the players around him just to share a brief moment at the break down. Maybe even cop a feel and pass it off as general buggerness. Got to love the buggerness. 

So here goes. This week's interview features none other than Stefan Terblanche himself, aka Dean Smorenburg, aka the Snake, aka Starvin Marvin.

Bug: Deano, what a pleasure having you with me today. (Incidentally Dean did not opt for the myprodol/heineken concoction I'm going for). How's things? How are those shin splints?

Deano: Ya Bug (incredibly deep voice, perhaps what God sounded like when he said- let there be light), I'm all good hey. I've been holding off on a couple of squash games and some trail running to give them a rest. I mean there's no point risking it when games such as Wednesday's are on the line. How's your shoulder?

B: Hey thanks Deano. It's not often the interviewees start asking about my well being. That oke Nessi was so rude you know. Always talking about himself. Always referring to himself in the third person. Bit arrogant if I may say so myself. Good riddance I say. But Deano. There's that great quote from last year, not the security quote you did for that ou who called you Deon, but rather the one when an opposition player likened you to a well bred race horse. On steroids. How do you plead?

D: Guilty.

B: I thought so. This man is on roids people!

D: No no Bug, I meant I somewhat like a race horse.

B: Ah I see. What feature of your anatomy would you say is most like that of a race horse? huh? Hey? Ya?

(Quickly, I just figured out how to add images to this thing. Two years and I work it out right now. In honour of this moment, I'd like to honour another moment.) Pause.

COME ON! We are doing that again! It is going to happen!

D: Should I leave?

B: No, sorry Dean I just got carried away there. In the moment you see. Living in the moment. What a feeling. Can you see me in there? Tongue out. Enjoying myself. Immensely. 

D: Sick vibe. 

B: Very very very very sick vibe.

D: My legs.

B: Your legs.

D: Yes, my legs.

B: Legs


B: Are?

D: My most similar feature to that of a race horse! Idiot. That's the question you asked me before you went mad and started ranting. 

B: I... I...

D: Save it. Leave it. Move on.

B: Ok. Sorry. Well we're done.

D: What do you mean we're DONE?! What a waste of time. 

B: Bleak. Like emotionally bleak, not in the sense that the weather is bleak.

D: Fuck off. 

B: Where to?

D: Somewhere far.

B: Like Zimbabwe?

D: Yes. 

B: Cool

So there you have it gents. Another enlightening and eventful conversation with another enlightening and eventful Cobras character. Best of luck for Wednesday my friends. May it be a boringly easy. Until next time...

Always take the weather with you!

Knock out stages...

UCT Internal League quaterfinal:
Wednesday 2nd of September
The Cobras vs. Kopano
Kick off 20:30
Meet 19:30 below Cecil
We have finally reached the knock out stages of the competition, we know what is required from here on in...
Oh so brave

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Taken in their stride…

Running down to the game late yesterday, from writing a test in Jameson Hall, I did manage to punish down a bit of babble however in order to leave early, no harm no foul, right? Only to grab the first glance of Wednesday night internal league fever and caught the sight of a successful Cobras backline move resulting in (yet another) a five pointer, skilful centre Dev dotting down. A great way to start the evening, right Clarendon? The half time whistle sounded soon after, with the Cobras holding on to a slender 17-13 lead. Despite the bitterly cold evening on Groote Schuur’s glorious green mile, Cobras now with the wind at their backs, the men began to pull away from their opponents, ever so slightly, eventually reaching an unassailable lead, taking the game 31-13. Clarendon had no answer in the second spell, much to the credit of JD Van Huffels (donning the #15 jumper last night) and Jason Scott to name a few. The forwards producing a stella performance once again, with Phil ‘the drill’ Rogers proving to be quite a pivot in the line outs these days! No flashy drop goals and 60 yard run ins this time around, just classic classy clinical rugby, characteristic of a champion side.

Hats off to you boys!

Final score 31-13 to the Cobras men.
Full house once again!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Important fixture...

The Cobras vs. Clarendon
Wednesday 25th of August
Kick off 17:30 UCTRFC B Field
Meet 16:30 below Cecil
Important game, a win will see us finish top of our pool going into the playoff's...
Oh so brare

The Beauty of Facebook

"click to enlarge"

Thursday, August 20, 2009

A rugby extravaganza…

Last night, Wednesday the 19th, saw the Cobras take to the field against the highly rated Panthers who had been hitting some good form of late. Due to a bye last week and a for fitted fixture prior to that, the Cobras had not had a run on the green mile in three weeks since there last fixture against College House. With this in mind, coupled with the prospect of coming up against an equally matched Panthers side eager for a win against the defending champions, the Cobras took to the paddock with a rather cautious approach. This approach was short lived however! Immediately from the kick off, with the Cobras receiving the ball deep behind their 22 yard line, the Cobras spread the ball wide putting explosive centre Cian Van Der Vyver through a half gap, setting the foundations for the Cobras first try, which followed soon after. More was to come from the Cobras backs who produced, as many a Cobra said last night, the performance of the year, the words ‘stella performance’ and ‘u-n-b-e-l-i-e-v-a-b-l-e’ were thrown around at will. Two early tries were run in by Cobras utility back and Bishops enthusiast Mike Vermeulen, with two more from the Cobras men following suit, all before the half time break. Half time score 26-0. Bonus point before half time? You bet!

With the boys running the ball from all areas, from the front row to the back three, everyone was having a run! With what was most definitely the Cobras’ most cohesive performance in months! Playing as a unit was the order of the day!started off just as the first had finished, with the boys not missing a beat. Passes going to hand at will, and phase after phase the Cobras controlled possession with the Panthers not having an answer what so ever! They simply had nothing to offer!

The ball was run from all corners, seeing some dazzling 90 yard run ins, non-more impressive then from man of the match Cian Van Der Vyver, who quite frankly looked like he was playing in a age group far beneath him! It was an evening of festival rugby, with all involved having a laugh and partaking in the action in every which way! Capping off what came across, as an effortless outing for the Cobras men was the drop goal conversion taken by dynamic winger Mano Ghioules, some 20 yards in from touch, taken simply in his stride.

It is never fair to pin point a few individuals after a team performance such as last night, with everyone pulling their weight and having, well, blinders! However, a few mentions must go out to Trent ‘the marine’ Paton, Mike ‘night fever’ Vermeulen, Cian ‘no name’ Van Der Vyver for producing some spectacular passages of play. And as I am a forward and think that the men in the engine room never receive enough praise for providing the ‘go forward’ ball, a mention must be made of the whole forward pack!

To some up one can only bask in the absolutely outstanding performance that was last night! Re- fuelling that Cobras gees and making all proud to be involved!

Well done lads, well done!!

Now on to the cup…

Final score 62 zip…

Cobras down Panthers...

The Cobras were in a rampant mood last night as they put 62 unanswered points against the Panthers in a display of running rugby that many haven't seen on the Green Mile in a very long time.

Cobras 62 - 0 Panthers

Match report to follow...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Everywhere you go...


So it's Wednesday afternoon. Quite late to be providing a weather report. Just haven't felt myself lately. Maybe that's down to the fact that we haven't played in almost three weeks, maybe it's down to the fact that only a few hours ago I saw Swali Philanderer walking hand in hand with a Mauritian girl from Parrow. I am not fucking with you. After an absolute humdinger out in woodstock, of all places, swarls barkely decides that he hasn't got quite enough out of the evening. Off he heads to the ever reliable, ever accepting Tiger Tiger. Of course he came prepared with slick black shoes and, swept back hair and a lovely lumber jack like shirt. Pretty cool if you ask me. So there's army in Tiger and he comes across a past love of his (the mauritian girl from Parrow). She is mauritian in descent but her accent is like the dark love child of a fisherman from mauritius (french) and a secretary in a car shop in parrow. Unattractive is the best way to describe it. So in he strolls with this 'lady of the night'. Firstly, hawski and myself asked (best poker faces on); Are you a prostitute? She answered yes, much to army's dismay. But I do believe she was having us on, which I was quite impressed by. Almost turned on at this stage. There's a potential four way here I'm thinking. The thought quickly leaves my mind as I picture swali giving her a foot massage. After a brief lapse in conversation (brought on by the convulsing noises coming from DILLON MCEVOY! passed out in his own chunder on the kitchen floor) the young 'lady' tells us about how she and old armo met. Basically they met when he was 19, a little wet behind the ears. She was 23. Yes, if she was 23 then, she must be ...... now. So she tells us how he comes up to her and just gives it a full go. She resists his attempts to be carnal and makes to walk away. Armo, undeterred, asks for her number. She obliges. Over the next couple of years their relationship evolved via cheeky one liners from the man himself. Eventually it culminated in their coming together one night last year. How wonderful. How very wonderful. But the thing we all need to take out of this is Army's foresight. The man, realising that he was perhaps a little too young for this girl though forward a couple of years. He realised that maybe in two years time the sparks could light the bonfire so to speak. So, while playing the field in more appropriate age groups he constantly kept in touch, kept the ball rolling, kept stoking the fire, kept winding the clock. Let's face it. That's real skill. The man has got skills. True skills. I'm impressed. I mean what's one sms every few months. "Hey babe, it's your toy boy here. Just checking up on you sweet thing." Just a bit of love, everyone needs a bit of love, especially this young lady. He played that perfectly. We all know how good Army is at spotting a gap or taking an angle.


Here follows today's weather report. This will be far more accurate than previous as today I have the advantage of being able to check the weather in real time. Perhaps we could use this opportunity to assess the reliability of the South African weather service. Maybe it's time to change our weather provider. Every cloud hey guys.... 

So here it is:
Temp. Hi-LoWind Speed (km/ph) Humidity Comfort LevelUV Index24hr. Precip. TotalProb of rain

numerous showers. Decreasing Cloudiness. cool.  13 | 10°C 37-SW  72%  10°C  minimal  8.4mm  77% 

Numerous showers? I mean really. It's been rather infrequent if you ask me. I have only been awake for about two hours today anyway. Ya it's been pretty chilly but 13? Come on. surely not. 

Comfort level- 10? No ways could you be comfortable at that temperature. Unless of course you were having a cheeky spoon. Who enjoys a cheeky spoon? You all do. i knew it. Put your hands down now. It's ok. 

So I'm on my way out. (Aren't we all said Jack Nicholson to the 'IRA bastard' from The Departed). Before I go though I'd like to share some of my more favoured quotes from Kyle Rennie in an interview regarding the build up of today's big game.

B: Hey Mr Rennie, so how things? Can I steal a smoke from you? Please.

K: Hey bug! Sure no problem you can have one. It would be my pleasure. I'm good as well. Just cruising along at a pace that is very misleading. You don't realise what power and acceleration I have on the back burner.

B: I know Kyle, and thanks for the cigi. Much appreciated. Tell me, Kyle, you started your professional career quite a bit before the rest of us. Is that something you enjoy or feel has been a better move career wise? I've got to tell you, I'm not exactly motivated to go to varsity in the morning.

K: Well, actually Bug I balance botha professional working life as well as a studying one. I basically do it all. This way I get the holidays and the money to travel during said holidays.

B: Genius. Never thought of that.

K: You'd be surprised at how many people don't. 

B: Really?

K: Really.

B: Sweet. So, Mr Rennie. What are your predictions for tonight's game? 

K: Well I expect a fierce battle in the forwards. I don't expect these guys to have too much fire power but we can't afford to be too cocky about this whole thing. They've got some good players and we should expect a very tough game.

B: Your prediction then?

K: 24- 12 to the COBRAS. Obviously. 

B: Mr Rennie, thank you for your time and best of luck for tonight's game.

K: Cheers bug.

So there you have it. Kyle Rennie in person, live, on the weather show. How fantastic. What a way to build up to a Cobras game. Lovely chatting, must fly, until next time (as always)...

Always take the weather with you!

Long wait over...

Cobras vs. Panthers
Wednesday 19th of August (tonight)
Kick off 18:30 on UCTRFC B-Field
Meet at 17:30 sharp below Cecil.
It's going to be a big one so let's make sure we arrive.
Oh so brave

Sunday, August 16, 2009

An Ideal World

click image to enlarge..

Friday, August 14, 2009


Check out the Internal League website for results, logs and fixtures:
Click on the Steinhoff Internal League Link
Oh so brave

Monday, August 10, 2009


Thursday, August 06, 2009

Braithwaite stars as Ikeys take Vics...

This from

Like father like son, not sure if this is John or Olly?

UCT last night beat Vics in Stellebosch by 31:20. Vics as always were full of running, but UCT controlled the game well in a much improved performance and flyhalf Ollie Braithwaite's excellent kicking ended up being the deciding factor.

The Ikeys went ahead early, making their domincance and possesion count, with three well taken penalty kicks by Ollie Braithwaite, then it was US Eagles backrower JJ Gagiano that crashed over from a set move to extend the lead to 16:0.

A big well done to Olly for an awesome performance, and also to Justin Bijl who went over for a try.
Oh so brave

Cobras v College House, July 29.

With The Baa Baa's pulling soft on us yesterday, I saw a gap and decided to post last weeks match report. My humblest apologies for the last post, no excuses really, just pure laziness...

The first 'rest' day of this semesters internal league provided the perfect opportunity for the Cobras to play their last semesters postponed match against College House. The game was a 'dead heat' of sorts with the second round draw of pool matches already decided and ultimately leaving not a heck of a lot to play for. Or so we thought. With perhaps Crobras pride fuelling them, the lads came out with a rather spirited first half performance, seeing them take to the half time break, up, two tries to zip! With the wind now at their backs in the second half, the Cobras saw fit to throw the ball around, at times working and frustratingly at times not. With a fully fledged reserve bench, in the region of 12-15 strong, the end of the match drew to a close with an almost entirely new Cobras outfit on the park, or paddock for all you Bob Skintad enthusiasts out there. Characteristically only the front row remaining almost intact. Yet again the Cobras line remained unbreached and although it wasn't all that pretty at times, the four tries were scored, grabbing that somewhat illusive bonus point and keeping their unbeaten streak in the '09 internal league intact!

Final score 24-0 to the Cobras men!

Garage Door Opener

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Who dat?

When looking around old facebook this random guy popped up on my news feed, who I immediately recognised as one of our Stellenbosch Cobras supporters Thomas Bergh, the two pictures are very similiar in what they represent. As the bottom picture shows us, Tom doesn't shy away from a pose.

Random Oke

Thomas Bergh


For directions contact Blake on 0823775233 or Warren 0741182422.
Oh so brave

Game on...

Cobras vs. Barbarians
Tonight 18:30 Kick Off
Meet 17:30 below Cecil
The game is happening regardless of the weather unless further notice given, keep checking this site for updates.
Oh so brave

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Oh My Jungle Hat

imagine running into this at 3 in the morning?

Monday, August 03, 2009

Not your normal Cobras evening....

The Big One...

Cobras vs. Barbarians
Wednesday 18:30
More to come...

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Another win...

Cobras 24 - 0 College House
Touch on Sunday 4pm Sharp!
Next Wed Cobras vs. Barbarians



Monday, July 27, 2009

From Bang Bang Club website...

How it all began...
In 2006, fresh out of school, looking for some Varsity good times a bunch of friends put together a side for the UCT internal league. older guys from school sparked the idea. We named ourselves the Purple Cobras. We got the name from the movie Dodgeball.
We at the Cobras are very intent on having a good time. One might say we play the rugby just for the parties afterwards. But we do play some good rugby at times. In our first year we were knocked out in the semis on a kick- out, in our second year we lost in the final and last year we won the Cup baby. Champions.
Basically we enjoy coming out on Wednesday night, playing some quality rugby and then having a jam just to tie it all together.

Turbo Charged...

dont ask how i found this, i just did..

a pig spurred on for what ever reason?

big game on Wednesday cobrassssssssssssss.

Here we go...

Wednesday 29th of July
Kick off: 19:30
Meet 18:30 sharp below Cecil
Everybody is welcome for a beer after the game, and it will be a special occasion as this fixture falls on Cobras hooker Ryann Dean's birthday, i'm sure he is looking forward to it as much as we are...
Afterparty at Bang Bang, guestlist for all Cobras and friends...
Oh so brave

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


After the first two games of the season The Cobras have scored 61 points and only had 5 put against, that's 9 tries to 1.
Stefan - the man of the moment and leading try scorer for the Cobras
Leading try scorers:

Stefan Terblanche - 3
Brendan Raubs - 1
Jarryd Kennedy - 1
Warren Butler - 1
Nico Loizedes - 1
Leading point scorers:
Warren Butler - 17 (1 try, 6 conversions)
Stefan Terblanche - 15 (3 tries)
There are 2 tries that have not been accounted for, so if you scored one of those please let The Cobras admin know.
The Cobras vs. College House
Wednesday 29th of July
19:30 UCTRFC B-Field
Afterparty at Bang Bang...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cobras new sponsor...

You must be having a lag...

Richard Porris and Haldane Luscombe's brother.


Graeme enjoying it...

Nessi loving it...

Dino pushing it...



Please would you all come down, first game under two weeks away, spread the word.

Oh so brave

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Business end...

The Cobras website will be back up and running shortly...
Fixtures for second half of the season:
Wednesday 29th July
Cobras vs. College House
19:30 Field B
Wednesday 5th August
Cobras vs. Barbarians
18:30 Field B
Wednesday 12th August
Wednesday 19th August
Cobras vs. Panthers
18:30 Field B
Wednesday 26th August
Cobras vs. Clarendon
17:30 Field B

As you can see we play our fixture which was meant to be played on the first Wednesday of the semester. The following week is a massive fixture vs. Barbarians who we haven't played against since our Semi-final in 2006, looks set to be a cracker. We have been placed in a pool with Barbarians, Panthers and Clarendon, this isn't an easy pool so one should begin to understand the importance of Round 2 of the competition, as the more games won, the easier route it is to the playoff's.

It looks set to be an awesome semester of rugby with some big games against some of the bigger teams in the league.
Oh so brave.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Barmy Army!

All Man

On this day in 1815, Napoleon Banoparte suffers defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington, bringing an end to the Napoleonic era of European history. All but 194 years (correct I believe) later a lad resembling Napoleon perhaps only in stature celebrates a defeat, or a victory, which ever way you want to look at it, of a different kind, his 22nd birthday.

Head in the right place

Fitting, as I discovered after a little facebook inspecting that he, or should I say ‘they’ (Swarly & Army), had managed to loose his/ they cell phone after a little premature celebrations taking place last night!

Nevertheless, the Cobra’s family send our finest wishes to the great man, known more for his alter ego then his blistering side step these days, and we wish him all the very best!

All stand & salute!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Days gone by...

Thought I’d leave you with a few departing memories as I’m heading through to Bettie’s Bay/ Hermanus way for the week, what a pleasure (sigh).

The story behind it, just to get if off my chest...
Aigh, now after writing three exams in a row, last Wednesday/ Thursday, at 12:30pm, 5pm and 8am the next morning (affectively 3 in 24 hours, not on, right?) I thought I’d follow that colossal triffecter, with a hat trick of a different nature, a three-day binge! Which I though I was fully entitled too…not so? So upon awakening, rather weak and sore, this morning I thought why not share some pics from the past few days of a few Cobra’s and avid Cobra’s supporters with you all, just for a lag, and to see how the boys are behaving off the paddock too.


Cobra's followers Liam 'Tiger' Bax and Dayne 'Danger' Jans sharing in the festivities.

A founder member from years gone by, Costa, pulling out all the stops!

The birthday boy himself, Mano, pulling the Brad Pitt vibe from Snatch... Not at all bad

Kritz and Cobi, 'the centres', caught on the jol

Anton T and Blake 'call it what you wana call it' Gowar getting stuck in. Not mentioning the spills in Blake's shirt... Spills on Blake's shirt

A quietly stoked Quade Cooper

Happy holidays boys...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Memory lane, Cobras tour of P.E

Hungover breakfast at the hotel...

Stefan caught in the act...angry little kid

Swali packing his bags after a night out...

Rauby Rauby Rauby saying hello to some lady fans outside Cobras hotel...

Spur for the ou's before depature...

Get this man a beer!

Today, Sunday, the day of the Sabbath, it gives us great pleasure in announcing another Cobra’s birthday!

The Quade Cooper, Shane Williams look alike celebrates the 22nd anniversary of his birth!

Whilst he is knee deep in the preverbal June exams, and the celebrations having to be put on hold somewhat, he did leak word a few short days ago, whilst attempting to crib my history notes, that come Thursday he would and I quote, ‘Rip shit up, in a hectic way’!

Dillon caught ‘Ripping shit up, in a hectic way’ with fellow Cobra Stefan Terblanche on the Cobra’s bus in PE. Any time any place, as McEvoy lives up to his reputation!

Please join in, Dillon McEvoy, Dillon McEvoy…

Thursday, June 04, 2009

In the "good" old days...

for those of you that got away with horsing around in Mr JJ Lansers 
classroom, count yourselves lucky he wasn't anything like this teacher. hell. 

village idiot


Nico after his first ever Cobras fines on tour in Port Elizabeth

A big happy birthday to the youngest Cobra and number 13, na na na na Niiiiiico who turns 19 today. One of the finds of the season, he has extended his Cobras contract to another 3 seasons as the man just can't get enough of it, with his younger brother Dino coming throught the ranks at Bishops it won't be long before the two are ripping holes in the Bang Bang dancefloor and the oppositions defence every Wednesday evening.

All too familiar...

Bishops vs. Paarl Boys
Saturday 11h15 on the Piley.
Beat Paarl Gym
Beat Boland Landbou
Beat Paul Roos
Last of the big four to conquer this Saturday.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Keep moving...

Although the rugby for this half of the year is over, it is important that we keep crafting our skeels for the business end of the league, the games that really matter, the games where winning is everything. It is a long break now, but let's keep coming down Fridays and Sundays 4pm at Bishops.
Plenty of rugby to look forward to:
British Lions tour
Currie Cup
Bishops OD's vs. Rondebosch Old Boys
Bishops vs. Rondebosch
For those of you who haven't yet witnessed the class and skills of the 2009 Bishops 1st XV then get down to the Piley Rees this Saturday as Bishops face Paarl Boys, who narrowly beat Rondebosch 18-13 this last weekend while Bishops are coming out of a conivincing 27-15 victory in Stellenbosch against Paul Roos. It looks set to be a great specticle with two of South Africa's top school boy teams going head to head this Saturday, 11h15 on the Piley.
Friday 4pm
Oh so brave

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Little Blake

wonder how many he asked? 

Friday, May 29, 2009

Throwing out a vibe!

Despite the fact that our usual Wednesday evening fixture was moved to this Sunday, a couple of Cobra’s, insistent on keeping Wednesday night and the gees which couples it, alive were captured on the jol. As a picture never lies, or tells a thousand stories, or something to that extent, seen here is Cobra, prop-come- flank Moog and hardy centre Cian, busting out to the closing song at Bang Bang in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Leading by example? I think so…

Everywhere you go...

What. Up? 

So it's been a fair while since my last posting. At least I'm consistent hey? I hear the cries and complaints from you guys on a regular basis. 'Every where you go, always take your business with you...' Fuck off that's just not on, just not viable, just not right, just so wrong. I'm trying here dudes. Trying to make ends meet. Finishing my academic career on a high note. Sacrifices must be made. I'm afraid one of those sacrifices may have to be these lovely articles or posts or reports that I engineer every so often.

Enough of my excuses and rhetoric. Today is a special day. It's a Friday (so let's all go to Forries) and this Friday is marked by the lack of the two day hangover indicative of a Cobras Wednesday night jol. In ever so strange circumstance the Cobras will now be playing their league fixture on a Sunday. A Sunday? Yes, a Sunday. The traditional day of rest. Needless to say there shall be no rest, not for the wicked. I say wicked because the reason we are playing on a wonderful Sunday afternoon is because our Manchester United supporting members insisted that they be allowed to watch their team get thoroughly raped by a slick outfit of greasy Spaniards. What a waste of a Wednesday night. What an utter waste. Bleak. I'm upset. The bangbang opportunity has been wasted and we're forced to motivate ourselves to stop studying and play rugby. I'm less than impressed. I am unhappy. Nonetheless we'll pull the proverbial socks up and have a cracking game on Sunday.


I'm using a slightly different format here;

Max 14C

Min 9C

There's a thirty percent chance of precipitation in the greater Cape Town area. Please keep in mind that things can change and that a weather man, although amazing, can be wrong at times. I am, afterall, slightly human. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


A short clip of the Italian Prime Minister enjoying a typical day in.... probably Italy? I dunno. Couldn't actually care. But, i will say he has the right idea about treeeffic cops. 

"primitivo" - i believe thats Italian for savage

Monday, May 25, 2009

Fixture change..

Our game this week has been moved to Sunday to allow us Manchester United fans the chance to watch them lift the trophey in Rome. The kick off time for this Sunday has been written in pencil for 3pm, it could still change so please keep your eyes on the site.
If you messaged Warren saying that you can't play (the Wednesday fixture) please message him again if you are now available to play this Sunday, 3pm vs. College House.
Oh so brave

The right colours...

Cobras hooker Ryann Dean seen here celebrating on Saturday after the Bulls went on to host their first ever home final. It can be confirmed that Ryann is the only official Bulls supporter in the Cobras, so we will all definately be behind him and the Bulls come kick off of the Super 14 final at 17:00 this Saturday vs. the Chiefs.

Oh so brave

I beg your pardon, Come again?


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Weekend Round Up...

With no game last Wednesday and no subsequent post match report, I decided that after this jam packed weekend of sport I’d post a little weekend sports wrap of sorts.

Unable to watch the super 14 semi-final between the Bulle and the Saders, I had to resort to recording (the pleasures of PVR) it and watching it this morning. Trying my utmost to avoid every radio station, TV screen and newspaper from 3pm onwards yesterday, which I managed to pull off, surprisingly enough! I sat alone cheering and throwing my 2 cents at the television screen pretty much every time Bryce Lawrence opened his gob, this time with my egg, bacon and coffee in hand instead of the preverbal beer and snacks. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when Morne Steyn (Bok # 10 in my mind) dropped his fourth goal and the Bulls were assured a victory and a home final! Now I won’t josh, the Bulls aren’t usually my favoured team; in fact they aren’t really up there for me at all! Being a Capetonian I’m a Stormer through and through, and when our boys (in the shadow of a mountain) aren’t in the mix, I opt for the resilient running rugby of the men from the ‘other way’, Durban! But for the sake of SA rugby I’m most certainly behind the contradictory Christian wife bashers, DIE BLOU BULLE for the super 14 final, and so should you!

Final score yesterday, Bulls 36- Crusaders 23

Now for the readers out there that don’t follow European rugby, well, shame on you..tiss tiss and all that! Because Saturday too saw my beloved side Leicester Tigers unfortunately stumble in their attempt in completing the European double (Heineken and Guinness Premiership tile) this year, after just last week they came up trumps over London Irish by a solitary point to take the UK title! But they sadly could not repeat their fortunes this week! And who could forget the way the Tigers cruised into the final of the Heineken Cup, after beating the Cardiff Blues in a post extra time ‘penalty kick out’, the first in Heineken Cup history!

The final score yesterday Leinster 19- Leicester Tigers 16

'Jose' with the Heineken Cup Trophy at Welford Road, the home of The Leicester Tigers in 2007. (Thought i'd sneak this 1 in for gees, because, well, it is!)

And for those of you who have been following the DLF IPL on TV, or perhaps even on a HD or LCDTV, being broadcast to you by DSTV and not SABC, whilst at a G2G or in the media centre near LS2D at UCT on your way to getting a test for HIV or an STD, okay too much now…LOL…NO, seriously I’m done. Anyways, I have the great pleasure of saying that the Deccan Chargers have made the final and will be playing The Royal Challengers of Bangalore later today! Nothing better than watching a somewhat ‘sober’ OD smash a ball about the park, with the small matter of Adam Gilchrist at the other end!

My prediction (purely because I have been routing for them the whole tournament) is that it will go down to the wire, last over stuff, perhaps even the last ball, but The Chargers will grab the silverware!

Oh and Bishops went down to Wynberg yesterday 21-17, but we don’t need to talk about that, CAPISH?