Friday, May 29, 2009
Leading by example? I think so…
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
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?
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
If you have problems and can't play this game due to exam commitments or having to go to Joburg on 'business' for the 5th time this year, or having someone from Joburg coming down to Cape Town on 'business' for the 4th time this year, please let us know ASAP.
The Businessman (centre) formally known as The Weatherman being welcomed at Cape Town International Airport by Stefan and Raubs after returning from a weekend business trip to Johannesberg and then joining up with The Cobras for their tour of P.E.
Everywhere you go...
Always take your business with you...
Oh so brave.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Ubumbo 12 - 05 Spanners
Turtles 05 - 10 Clarendon
Cobras 28 - 07 Wildboys
Kopano 03 - 00 College
Barbarians 12 - 07 Shebeen Boys
University House 00 - 17 Smuts
Nadoes 28 - 07 Panthers
As you can see The Cobras are lying top of their group after the first two games, with two solid performances so early on in the season. The league takes a break this week as there are UCT home fixtures on Wednesday vs. NNK.
There will be touch on Friday 4pm and Sunday 4pm in preperation for our final game of this term vs. College House next Wed. It is important that we bag the full points and remain top of our log going into Round 2 of the competition and another step closer to Cup glory for the 2nd year.
Get down to touch for those starting positions for next week.
Oh so brave
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Their rivals, the Wild Boys, comprising of many a foe on the field and a friend off, simply could not pose a big enough threat to the rampant Cobra’s who were out to prove a point, playing against arguably the toughest team in the pool. The Wild Boys had the wind at their backs in the first half, but failed to turn such an advantage in points. The Cobra’s who were defensively sound throughout the match, were camped deep in their half for the opening quarter of the match. Battling to gain the ascendancy, the Cobra’s men eventually managed to bash their way in the oppositions half, and a subsequent penalty being awarded for offside play, the Cobra’s, off a tap penalty, formally punched their way through the scattered Wild Boys defence, through the form of wing/come flank Brendan Raubenhiemer, conversion successful, 7-zipp to the title holders. Ten minutes later fullback stalwart Dean ‘Stefan Terblanche’ Smorrie unleashed his pace to score a scintillating 60-meter breakaway try! With the conversion a mere formality, the Cobra’s took to the break with a 14- nil lead. The second stanza, beginning rather uncharacteristically with the newly wind-favoured team holding the lead, took another turn for the bizarre. A slight lapse in concentration saw the Cobra’s line breached for the first time in the internal league since the semi-final stages of 2008. The Cobra’s soon rectified matters, however, with tight head prop Shane Swanich dotting over for his madden Cobra’s try, the conversion was duly, well, converted. As the match began to close out, with the win simply not being enough, the Cobra’s strung together one last surge in the quest for that fourth bonus point try. And soon enough, with the man only recognised these days by the yellow backwards cap that he dons so often, Nico Loizedes crossed over. Replacement fly half Richard Morris, calmly struck over the conversion.
And to the change room they trudged!
Final score, Cobra’s Men 28, Wild Boys 5!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
One feels that this will be the hardest game in our pool for round 1 of the competition, so a win against the Wild Boys tomorrow night will keep the Cobras top of log. The two teams have only met once in the past with a fearce battle at the breakdown the Cobras came away with 26-14 victory. It is going to be a much harder game than last week with the Wild Boys having a decent sized and mobile pack, the key to victory this week has to be winning the ball at the breakdown in order to unleash the dangerous Cobras backs.
The highlight game of this week will be the Cobra’s taking on the Wildboys. The Cobra’s are fresh off of their thrashing of Kopano Res last week where they dominated physically from the outset. They’ll be hoping to do more of the same against the Wildboys in order to nullify there strong loose trio. Whilst the Wildboys have a strong history in the UCT League, rumours abound about the loss of key personnel effecting their chances of putting up any sort of strong opposition to the professional looking Cobra’s outfit. If the Wildboys can play with the same energy and panache as characterized their rugby last year then we should see an exciting fixture though it is hard to see how this squad will put to the sword the match fit Cobra’s.
Read the rest here: http://www.uctrfc.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11392:internal-league-preview-for-week-three&catid=41:internal-league&Itemid=74
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
On defence the Cobra’s dominated at the tackle point in the early stages of the game and on attack they let the ball do the work for them as they brushed off Kopanos challenge early on in the game. Kopano had some decent runs but too often their outside centres were guilty of not getting the final pass away on an overlap and preferring to take contact instead. The fault is not all theirs though as the Cobra’s defence was superb at rushing up quickly and putting pressure on the opposition midfield, sometimes at the extent of the offside line which the referee was perhaps guilty of ignoring a little.
read more here : http://www.uctrfc.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11380:all-the-exciting-action-of-round-two&catid=41:internal-league&Itemid=74
Friday, May 08, 2009
On defence the Cobra’s dominated at the tackle point and were structurally sound through most stages of the game and on attack they let the ball do the work for them as they brushed off Kopanos attempted defensive challenges from the outset, despite a few missed opportunities, which could have seen the score board tick over a lot higher in favour of the champions.
The Cobra's grabbed the maximum 5 points by scoring the allotted 4 tries, not before running in one more seconds before time.
For the first run out of the season, the Cobra’s certainly looked worthy of upholding their Internal League Champions status. But with a little fine-tuning one can only sense that there is plenty more to come…
Final score Cobra’s 33- Kopano 0
Purple Cobra, Nicholas Ackerman, has embarked on what some have dubbed the trip of a lifetime. Korn, as his is known by his fellow Cobras, has packed his Land Rover Defender 90 and headed to Cairo.
Now some of you might know that the Landie mentioned afore is not exactly his, due to a little “rock and roll” that took place in Hermanus, but nevertheless the man has found himself a “wingman” for the trip, enter Adam Pickard.
Now both of these two astute gentlemen have graced the rugby field in their day, but Korn took his Bishops and Academia rugby experience and unselfishly spoilt the Cobras with his unmatched brute strength at tight head prop. It’s generally well known that Korn was a popular wing and 2nd five eight during broken play, and hated a pick and drive in the tight.
Korn, more famous for the guy who invented crash ball in touch, is also not one to shy away from a quiet ale, whiskey or a gin and tonic for that matter. And was an integral part of the early change room fines meetings. He is said to be the reason behind Phillip Voget’s infamous birthday celebration in 2006.
Korn is known to be quite the ladies man and it has been said that he has received his fair amount of marriage proposals from women all across the globe. He can be seen rehearsing paragraphs from Niell Strauss’ “The Game” on the Tiger dance floor with a double Bells on the rocks in the one hand and a young lass on the other.
Korn and Adam’s trip takes them across the continent starting in Cairo and ending up in Cape Town. They shipped the car up to Cairo. Along the way the two will be cracking ales in countries like Sudan, Ethiopia and Namibia, no doubt celebrating small successes in true Cobra fashion along the way.
Their trip can be followed on http://c2c2009.blog.com*. When Korn is not sharing tales of his dramatic victories on the green mile with local custom officials he will be giving updates of his adventures of swimming in the Nile and crossing the Dunes of the Sahara.
The estimated time of arrival back in Cape Town is the 16 of July and it will most definitely be a skop of almighty proportions.
A big good luck goes to Adam and Korn. In the mean time your spot in the change room will be waiting.
* The blog has temporarily been postponed, but will be up and running soon.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
This weeks headline fixture would have to be surprise giant killers Leo Marquad against Nadoes in what should be an epic encounter. Since the leagues inception at UCT the Nadoes have been the team to beat, with their awesome aura of invincibility doing more damage to opposing teams that their rugby.
Marquad, however, are fresh off their surprise win against Panthers, the side that lost narrowly to Nadoes in the semi-final of last years tournament, and will not lie down to the Nadoes brand. Marquad have proved in their first game that they have the players and the determination to beat any team on the night and they should prove a sterner test to the Nadoes mettle than Ikhaya house did last week. Provided they don’t let the prospect of playing the Nadoes daunt them, I see no reason why the ‘Kings of Lower Campus’ couldn’t pull off another surprise victory.
Also in action this week are incumbent champions, the Cobras. It is fair to say that this year, fresh off of the Varsity Cup Koshuis Competition; the Cobra’s are approaching the tournament with a very professional air and a massive squad. The Cobra’s will be playing Kopano in both sides first match of the season.
Kopano, once the top Residence side on campus, have had a torrid time in recent years and the 2009 squad will be looking to turn things around, perhaps by pulling off their own David and Goliath style killing a’la Leo Marquad in the first match. Kopano are as yet an unknown quantity this year though, as we saw with Smuts and Marquad, the Residence sides are not prepared to lie down for the sake of a few teams reputations.
If Kopano can play with determination and focus on their shifting defence, we may see them nullify the Cobra’s potent backs leaving room for them to exploit the Cobras forwards who, last year, were perceived the weakest point in the team. The fixture should make for another exciting game though, if only for the fact that it will allow the teams to get a measure of the Cobra’s yardstick to see how the top teams are panning out this year.
Cobra’s vs Kopano
Wildboys vs College
Nadoes vs Marquad
Panthers vs Ikhaya
Ubumbo vs Turtles
Spanners vs Clarendon
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
So it's been a while hey? Yes indeed. My absence has been due, in part, to the hecticnessnessness of my final year of study. Just a lot of reading and writing, so when it comes to my free time, my special time, my fuzzy tingle time, I shy away from picking up the proverbial 'pen'. So here we are. On the eve of our title defending season. Things are looking set for an absolute cracker of a year. The boys have been down at practice, tossing the ball around with a style and flair that can only be likened to that of gazelles running in open plains. Gazelles? Not really our vibe down here in Southern Africa. Should have said something like a Kudu or whatever. Gazelle? Very American. Quite cliche'. Not really my style. I apologise. Profusely. I'm sorry dear readers. Enough of my bullshit.
|Forecast: Wednesday, 29 October 2008|
|Discomfort Index: 25°C|
|Weather:||Partly cloudy, morning fog patches|
Daar sy. My intuition tells me that tomorrow's weather is going to be as good if not better than yesterday's. Just a funny feeling. Look set for awesome conditions to watch running Cobras rugga.
A fresh Westerly you say? mmm. Delicious. It sounds good. Sunset at 19:11, perfect for the ladies watching the boys in action under the comfort of the Bang Bang shading. You may wanna pop your head out for a sec, maybe you'll see some pink streaks in the sky, and shit.
So that's it from me. Didn't get time to do an interview. Although next week I'll be sitting down with none other than Brendan 'I'm in Fishoek and can't make it' Raubenheimer, he has a few tales to tell us. So to the boys playing tomorrow night, here's a lovely little toast to get you chaps a little fired up. It's my 'original' Plett Rage cheers vibe and it goes a little something like this:
Here's to the heat, no the heat that ignites and burns sown shanties, bu the hea that ignites and brings down panties.
Until next time....
Always take the weather with you...
Monday, May 04, 2009
The two teams have only met once in the past with the Cobras edging out Kopano 14-7 in the driving rain on a flooded green mile back in the winter of 2006, the year the Cobras were formed.
Let's hope for better weather this time round in order for the Cobras to express themselves on the Green Mile this Wednesday at 17:30 on UCTRFC Field B.
Cian Van Der Wyfer