Thursday, September 23, 2010
I joined this team in 2008 after having spent 2/3 years playing for other franchises in the UCT Internal League. I had no idea that I had just begun a journey with a group of okes that would involve unforgetable moments, mental motivation and uncontrolled madness both on and off the field.
Wednesday mornings I'd wake up thinking about a victory that evening on the Green Mile, nervous but excited. During the day I would visualize Raubs smashing over frightened opposition, Army bringing down giants, Warren B crusing through half-gaps, Kyle Rennie hitting okes back over the advantage line, Smorey carving up backlines, and woogy headbutting nadoes boneheads. Thinking about playing with the Cobras was all I could do.
It is the culture of this team that makes us a hard team to beat. Never did I get the feeling that a cobra wasn't putting every ounce of his purple heart into his performance. When it comes to motivation, what better way to find it than to look into your team mates eyes in the huddle before kick off and know that every oke is itching to do his part. Putting body on the line is never in question.
When you run out against the Nadoes today, be calm. You already know you are champions. I have played with most of you, I have seen the talent, the guts and the fucking glory. Give the cobras name everything you have on that field, because it will give back to you like you cannot imagine. Hit them hard boys, dazzle that crowd, and take home that cup, whatever it takes.
Oh so incredibly brave
Weather for Cape Town, South Africa
19°C | °F
Wind: NW at 26 km/h
Luc Du Plessis
Boys, manne, lads, chaps, buggers, distinguished Gentlemen of the Cobras
It’s unbelievably difficult to fathom the fact that I won’t be joining you in arms tonight on this momentous occasion.
As we speak I am overcome with an overwhelming emotion whilst engrossed in my own misfortunes (fuck flights are expensive) I wish things could be different, donning that no 8. Shirt, one last time, on a night like this.
But yet still in my despair there's an ominous cloud that washes over me, as I'm strangely comforted by the reverberations of immense Cobra's figures, it soothes my pain of missing out (FOMO) when I remember the quality of both the person and player alike – those men who form of part of the Cobras brotherhood and to-day for he who sheds his blood with you, shall be your brother.
I composed this little rhyme here for the boys: Enjoy!
Of what is to come is certainly going to be test
Of mans endeavour, his grit and his desire to be the best
For me it always starts there up front
Poenie and Badr bearing the brunt
Poefies and Jose –
team-players of the highest degree
Poefie the workhorse,
Jose - dangerous if you let him free!
To part of a backrow
Of such great men with heart
Fridge, Fetish and Rennie
They really set us apart
There’s stumpie or armie at halfback –
I know what you're thinking?
The one likes tall chicks,
the other one likes jinking
The men in centre,
I will never forget
For every opposition
they pose a double threat,
Lovely to watch –
they would always bust through
They're Oli, Jussie & Joush.
need-I remind you?
Out wide there’s JP & Coebie
They’re not short of toe
Junks works in Worcester baby
Probably the most hectic oke I know
He is our the talisman,
He was there at the inception
when the Cobra began
He created such a vibe,
so special to us all,
So many a sing-song
That I can recall
He gave us a trip to Arniston,
Which stands clear in mind
Where Morrie and I won the golf
And some okes (Blakie) were fined
The legendary weather man
created a song for me
One which you will hopefully sing
When we drink out that trophy
Great characters, great memories
That I never will forget
This day will go down history
Boys play with no regret
All jokes now aside,
so bleak to miss the game
Lets dominate the Nadoes
and put them to fukin' shame
Draw inspiration from that great song and imagine that I’m the old man (much like Stefan Terblanche) speaking to you the Cobras on your journey to victory...”
“They stopped an old man along the way,
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to them as if to say, Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you.”
(Toto – Africa)
Boys its waiting there, now go win it!
having been lucky enough to play for many different teams and clubs around the world, no other team can even compete with the vibe and sense of brotherhood that the cobras offer. when you play for the cobras you know that everyone is going to look after each other on and off the field, something that not many teams offer. On top of that is what critics call the best fines meeting in world rugby, which puts together a potent mixture! They say that home is where the heart is, and i have no doubt that everyone who has had the privilege of playing in purple will keep and cherish this team for the rest of their lives.
wish i could be with you guys on this special occasion.
Alert, Awake, Alive, enthusiastic out.
oh so brave
Throughout my year of traveling, undoubtedly the one thing I miss most about home is the Purple Cobras. There is just nothing else quite like it.
The first time I arrived on UCT B field at 6.30pm on a Wednesday evening with the wind howling down the Green Mile, I played a bit of touch with the okes to warm up, Stephen (Starven Steven) led the stretching, and I took to the field, full of nerves and hope. On that day I became part of something truly special. I became part of the Cobras. The team synonymous with flashy but fucking hard rugby. And after a night of merrymaking and chanting in the change room, the bond was sealed.
At the time I knew I was part of something great. But only now, being away from it, do I fully realize how extraordinary the vibe is. Now I don’t mean to get soppy and nostalgic, but these really are the days of your life. I’ve finished studying, I’m overseas and am now starting my career, I don’t know if I’ll ever get the opportunity to play for the Cobras again. But looking back on the memories I made and shared with The Cobras on the Green Mile, in change rooms, at the Bishops fields on a Sunday, at Wadda, Bang Bang and Forreys, those really were the best times of my varsity life. I would give anything to get them back, to be there on Thursday.
Lets get that fucking trophy engraved with C.O.B.R.A.S.
2010 – Year of The Cobras.
Oh So Brave boys!!
where else would i have started? if it wasn't for the cobras i wouldn't have got to where i am today. This legendary outfit has created friendships and impressions that will last forever.. WE play great rugby and have awesome jols. You don't just "become" a cobra, its an honour and privilege to call myself a cobra! best of luck boys. know you'll do it.
OH SO BRAVE!
Let's bring it home...
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My time as the resident interviewer this season has taken me too many interesting places. Front passenger seat of Poefie’s old mans Aston, the AG head offices, the dungeons at the UCT library (its a real place), a Greek church (whatever they’re called) but the most far out and broadening of which (in my mind at least) was visiting our engineer friend, Fridge, in Hout Bay. I donned the safety cloves, face mask and crotch protection items all in the name of health and safety, walked through a chaotic and noisy industrial factory with many folk hitting metal and melting what looked like old wheel burrows only to walk into a pristinely cleaned office to find, Fridge sitting in front of a computer playing spider solitaire. ‘Oh hi’ he said. ‘I’ll be right with you, I’m almost finished’. That’s where a four year engineering degree gets you I guess...
Explain the nick name fridge, if you would?
Well, it all started in std 6 back in 1999... our year at school had an indecent obsession with student head shapes, and derived many nick-names from this obsession. So, back when Bobby Skinstad was still the darling of Newlands, and hadn't yet defected to that pack of rats they call the Sharks, i got a bit of a short back and sides hair resembling old bob's. Unfortunately it made my head look completely square - thus the nick name Fridgehead. (other Head nicknames from my year include bushead, lollipop and lippe)
How many and which internal league teams did you play for before seeing the light and becoming Fridgey the Cobras man?
wildboys - 5 years
marquad - 2 years
soco thocos - 1 year
college house - one game.. haha
why does everyone ask me when i'm getting married.. the pressure, gosh!
professional surf/engineer on the weekends
What’s it like representing the Purple and White?
its bloody fucking fantastic.. neither my liver nor i have experienced such a vibe!
How stoked are u about playing in the final on Thursday? Excited sleepless or petrified sleepless nights?
To quote Kearnsy: " this is where the experience comes in".. but a slight mixture between excited and petrified.
How do you rate the Hudson’s burgers?
average.. jokes.. pretty good... is that were we are fueling up on wednesday night?
the reverse cowgirl!.. haha.. flank
Favourite Cobras drinking song?
oooooooooooh wazza's fuckin magic
Cobra till you die?
for sure.. which is probably pretty near for an old boy like me!
Explain in your own words the vibe in the Cobras camp leading up to the all important match on Thursday?
focussed, deadly, unstoppable..oh so brave
Favourite hangout spot?
Nothing beats the old forresters
How many surf boards do/ have you owned?
had 8, currently only have 5.. need some new ones though
What does your match day ritual consist of?
passing the ball around with lusky, until i pass it over the stairs, then joke around with junks for a bit, then stretch!
Is your boss a doos?
nah, he lets me off at lunch time on fridays to go surfing
Drink of choice?
Pint of Castle
Where d you see yourself in 10 years?
Playing for the cobras!
Kings of Leon definitely rock my sock off!
Best Cobras memory thus far?
i would say Luke and Bailo's send off but i cant remember much from that night.. otherwise cobras tour and administering a beat down on stumpi in fight club!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
How long have you been apart of the Cobras?
I've been with the Cobras since the beginning of 2008 so almost three years now hey.
Cobras till you die?
Favourite rugby team (other then the Cobras of course)?
How many cell phones have u lost in the past 2 years?
Got a date for the formal yet?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Seven days to go until the 2010 UCT Internal League Final...
23 September 2010
The Cobras vs. Nadoes
19:30 UCTRFC A-Field
The Road to the Final:
Yes you are!!
Explain, if you would, the story behind the great name ‘Poefies’?
I really wish the story was alot more spicy but unfortunately it's pretty blan; 1st day of boarding school some oke called me "poefter", I haven't looked back since.
When did you earn your first Cobras cap?
My 1st Cobras cap was back in 2006 under the captaincy of one Tom Brukman, hell what a team!
As a slightly older figure in the side, whats your view on the vibe this year in the camp?
I'm really loving the vibe this year, there's a good core group of players that are passionate and committed to the cause. By looking around in the change room before the game you can see that the okes won't settle for anything less than a win and a trophy at the end of the season.
How do you rate our chances in the up and coming final?
I honestly think we can do it. There are some awesome combinations in the side and the guys look like a formidable unit overall. I had the privilege of reffing a cobras game this year and being the closest "spectator" I could see how unstoppable the boys are when they get going. We just need to keep our heads about us and go through the motions the same way we've done all season.
Who’s you rugby idol, is it really Krynauw Otto?
Funnily enough my rugby idol is not the big KO but I prefer to look up to Tiaan Strauss, honestly, block speaking Afrikaans with an Aussie accent!
Beer or spirits? Have you tasted a Castle Light draught?
Tiger or Tin Roof? Tiger
Have u ever taken your Landie off road?
Every Sunday when I park next to Woodlands before touch.
As a man who loves and appreciates the great coastal destination that is Hermanus. Give us a few words about the majestic place incase there are a few out there who aren’t all that familiar with worlds greatest beach dorpie (a proven fact, look it up) Herms?
Hermanus is the best place in the world, fact. It's the perfect distance from Cape Town, world class golf course, awesome beaches and the fish and chips at Hermanus Fisheries is out of this world.
What’s your handicap? 7
What do you do for a little ‘me’ time?
I try to get out on the golf course as much as possible, but nothing beats a jog up to Rhodes Mem.
What makes up your breakfast on match day?
"Oats-so-easy" and a latte from Vida, sensational combo.
What’s it like being a working man and still studying?
It's tough, but I can't just be a student anymore, so I was really keen to do something else while I study. It takes a good balance that I'm still trying to find.
For the okes put there that don’t know, what is it exactly that you do (work wise)?
I'm help run a scuba diving magazine, basically it's a free, high gloss, A3 size magazine. You get it by subscribing online and it comes out 4 times a year. I do everything I can from selling advertising to writing articles, it's a really cool way to learn everything there is to publishing a magazine. We are in the process of launching a wine magazine using the same, successful, media model we use for the dive mag.
What would you do if you didn’t play rugby?
Refing the game is something that I've taken up this year so I would definitely try and give that a good run and see how far I can get.
Any messages you would like to pass on to the new up and coming youngsters in the Cobras ranks?
It's a great vibe to be apart of, there are so many friends to be met and, barring league rugby, there aren't many sports that you can feel part of a team as much as rugby. The Cobra's brand is a proud one and I would like to see the name being carried around UCT for as long as possible.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It's the Dream Final that everybody has been waiting for; Steinhoff Purple Cobras face off against their archrivals Steinhoff Tornadoes for the bragging rights of becoming 2010 champions.
The Steinhoff UCT Internal League Finals will be played on Thursday, 23 September which will see all 16 teams in actions on the night. The league has been divided into two sections, the Championships Section as well as the Cup Winners' section.
Steinhoff Tornadoes, the 2009 champions, will contest the Championships Section against Steinhoff Cobras after reaching the final with a convincing win over the Magic Lions in the semifinals.
Both teams playing a different brand of rugby - the Steinhoff Cobras are well known for their defensive game and quick counters, whilst the Steinhoff Tornadoes are best known for their attack-orientated approach; all of which makes for an interesting 2010 Final.
Although playing for the Championship trophy, these two teams are also playing for the rights to participate in the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championships - which, of course, takes place at the same time as the 2011 Varsity Cup tournament.
Finals: Thursday 23 September 2010 Championship Section
19:30 Steinhoff Tornadoes vs Steinhoff Cobras
A - Field
18:30 Steinhoff Magic Lions vs Steinhoff Ubumbo
B - Field
18:30 Steinhoff Ikhaya vs Steinhoff Wild Boys
C - Field
18:30 Steinhoff Spanners vs Steinhoff Smuts
A - Field
Friday, September 10, 2010
How long have you been a part of the Cobras?
Since first year- 2007.
Is it true that you were conceived whilst your old folks were watching the very popular (at the time), industry defining movie series of ‘Emanuel’? And therefore gave the name ‘Emanuel’.
I’ve avoided asking my parents about the time I was conceived- So maybe...
Are u Greek or Jewish?
Greek, but claim Jewish when I want to come right in the upstairs section of Fez… or get into Fez.
Cobras till you die?
F#cking of course!
Who do you rate is better Ricky January or Bolla Conradie?
Ricky is definitely a better looking terd.
As this is your 4th year with the Cobras what’s it like representing the purple and white?
It’s quite an honour playing outside the likes of Jussy B and Oli. Quite nerve racking as well as I don’t want to let down Oli. But I’m very proud to be a Cobra.
What does your Tuesday evening pre match ritual consist of?
I get to bed early- I know the tomorrow’s a big day. I find it hard to sleep because I’m thinking about tomorrow. I pop a speaker into the ear I’m not sleeping on. Music/playlists/rugby/peace with the inches speech… Hopefully I fall asleep soon, but unlikely- I’m anxious.
Give us some highlights of your Cobras career thus far?
Tour to P.EEEEE. The emergence of photographic evidence of Smorrie and Dugald ripping up that poor bus driver’s son’s clothes after getting kakked out by Dugald sr. Cian yakking on G at our first fines- racist!
Drink of choice?
Castle Lager, but thinking Castle Lite will be the beer for the summer.
Where’s your local hangout?
What u studying at UCT?
Finance and accounting.
Gio Aplon. He plays with a big heart and that’s what we want.
Favourite Cobras chant and or drinking song?
Oh van der Vyfer, you are the love of my life… I want curly hair too!
What do you do to unwind?
Rewatch some British Office, arrange my music collection, touch if its Sunday at 4pm.
What do you want to do when you grow up?
I'll be stoked if I become a CA. That's the plan. Have a big test on Monday, so will keep you updated.
How stoked are u for the final?
Stuart Commins says he is settling into life at Franklin's Gardens and enjoying his time at the Saints.
8Share The 21-year-old scrum-half arrived during the summer after finishing his studies at the University of Cape Town, and after playing in the pre-season friendlies against Bedford and Dax he got his first taste of Aviva Premiership Rugby 'A' League action in the Round One match at Leicester.
And after having dried off from the deluge that hit Welford Road in the second half he took some time to reflect on his first few weeks at the club.
"Settling in has been easy, to be honest," Commins said. "The guys are great, the team spirit's unbelievable, and on and off the field things are going well. People are very friendly and that's the most important part. I've come here and I'm enjoying my rugby, and whether I'm at Franklin's Gardens or outside it's very special."
The trip to Leicester came 24 hours after Commins had experienced his first East Midlands derby from the stands, and he has already got a taste for the passion for rugby that this region of England has.
"You went to the Premiership game last Sunday and you can see the rivalry that exists between the two teams," he added. "There was a bit of banter going on both on and off the field! But it's great to see. The Saints have passionate supporters and it's always special when they get behind the team."
You can see the full interview with Stuart Commins highlighting exclusively at PremiershipRugby.tv
Friday, September 03, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The wing slash fullback Viva JP is the next to give us a few details
First Names: Jean Paul Viva
Last Name: van Huffel
Birth Date: 09/04/1987
Birth Place: Sandton JHB
Country of Birth: South Africa
Height in cm: 180cm
Weight in kilos: 82kg
Preferred position: Wing
Primary School: Usutu Forest Primary School
High School: St Charles College
Tertiary Education: University of Cape Town
Favourite Movie: Law Abiding Citizen
Favourite Music: Dubstep
Favourite Food: Pizza
Favourite Player: Richard Kahui
what do you do before a rugby game: warm up
Favourite playing moment: Scoring a try against the Nadoe's
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Nadoes had an early scare from the Wild Boys as they were held 7 - 7 at half time, then soon showed why they are defending Internal league champions as they put their foot on the gas and rushed to a 21 – 7 lead which was also the final score. Try scorers for the Nadoes are Shafiek Nordien, Theo Von Aspern and Brad VD Westhuizen. The final match between MOB and Smuts was a tight affair as Mob could only manage to win 5 – 3 as Smuts brought the A game on the evening.
The results as they happened:
Steinhoff Spanners 08 – 14 Steinhoff Ubumbo
Steinhoff Cobras 33 – 06 Steinhoff Ikhaya
Steinhoff Nadoes 21 – 07 Steinhoff Wild Boys
Steinhoff MOB 05 – 03 Steinhoff Smuts
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Goooooooood morning gentle friends. It’s roughly 10am and I’m still wiping the sleep out of my eyes. I’m tired. I’m tired because I couldn’t sleep last night and I couldn’t sleep last night, not because I was tired, but because I was jittery with expectation. It’s Wednesday baby and I’m titillated at the thought of watching the Cobras quarter final match. My nipples are erect and goose bumps cover my inner thighs. There’s no place in the world I’d rather be than in Cape Town and with the Cobras. Many are hyping this game up as a re-match of last year’s appalling semi- final which saw the demise of the Cobras and the crowning of the Nadoes once again. We were sad men. Distraught you might say. But like the late, great Rodney Bernhardt said: “the world doesn’t need another sad man, it needs a fucking hero.”
I believe he wasn’t just talking about life as a security officer, he was speaking in broader terms. He was talking to us. He was sending us a message. Today we kill the duck and put the steaming locomotive that is the Purple Cobras Rugby Team back on the tracks to victory. Let’s end this duck boys. Let’s end it like Lusky might end a blind, wing clipped guinea fowl... with four twelve gauge shot guns at close range. The time has come. We need to put behind us the emotional fair wells to the likes of Luke Du Plessis and focus not on their absence but on doing their names proud. It’s the business end of the season and we’ve got plenty of wheeler dealers to get the job done.
With that said I’ like to produce the weather forecast for today. I’m not particularly proud of the fact that this is done by simply looking out the window. But as you know the Green Mile has its’ very own micro climate so here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to give you the weather as it stands right now and tell you what to prepare for for this evening. A lot can change you see.
Weather for Cape Town, South Africa
15°C | °F
Wind: N at 3 km/h
21°C | 12°C
There you have it. Just as I expected. Clear sunny skies for the day with a very light Northerly wind. A high of 15 with a low of 12 tells me that it’s still winter but I bet we were all fairly relieved to wake up to sunshine this morning. That reminds me of a great song.
‘Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone. Ain’t smiles when she’s away. Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone and she’s always gone for far too long...’
You guys know that tune? It’s a ‘killing me softly’ type of vibe by the Fugees. Speaking of the Fugees did anyone else happen to notice that Wyclef Jean is running for president in Haiti? I’ serious. The brother has been parading through streets on the top of armoured vehicles waving to his potential people. He is Haitian but grew up in America where he became a famous singer. It was recently written that he has funded many concerts through his charity which is a little messed up. When asked about the prospect of losing the election: "Even if I lose, I do win," he says. "The world will have known that in history there was a young man from Haiti who felt he wanted to do more than music, to engage in Haitian politics and help move the country forward. So in that sense I feel that even if I am to lose, I am to win." Talking about himself in the third person there. Dubious you might say. Anyway.
So back to the weather. A northerly wind is not too disastrous unless it switches. And switch it will. By 8pm tonight I’m predicting a strong SW wind blowing on the Green Mile. That’s not exactly the devil wind but it will certainly push temperatures down and make goal kickers pick up a few more blades of grass to judge the wind. Personally I feel that Warren Butler shouldn’t have too much trouble with his conversions tonight. It’s always much easier when tries are being run in under the poles. Nuff said.
I would like to round off today’s weather report with an interview I did with one of our Cobras players many months ago. It never went to print due to some software glitches I was experiencing at the time. I would also like to add that in the future all interviews done by myself will be done via the brain mining techniques used in the movie ‘Inception’. I’m going to come clean with you guys because you’re all straight shooters and I consider you my friends. I invented that technology. that movie was, in fact, based on my exploits. I know, it’s all a bit much to take in at this point. Don’t bother asking the producers about me. They’ll deny it you see. I costs someone a lot less when they don’t have to pay property rights to the master mind behind. It’s going to take many years of therapy and many more years of binge drinking to get over this little bump. I am here to ask you to hold my hand through this rocky patch. So what I was trying to say was instead of the usual pre-match interview I’ll be doing a little exploring into the minds and imaginations of your fellow Cobra’s and then describing in detail what I find there. I takes a huge amount of courage to delve into the mind of Ian Armstrong. It takes even more courage to go there when Swali is in town. Can you imagine. Assume we’re walking through Army’s dream land.... Clouds, beers, soccer balls, big boobed bikinied babes, soft pillows, warm duvets, other people’s clothes... Heaven (to some). Then all of a sudden grey clouds move across the sky and the calming music turns to somehting from ACDC (back in black or Highway to Hell). The soft pillows burst into flame, the clothes decay in front of your eyes, the soccer balls pop, the beers go warm and flat and little horned goat men with sharp teeth run amok raping the brilliantly breasted beauties. Can you imagine that shit? I won’t be doing an interview with him anytime soon. Swali sitting on a throne breathing fire with little horns poking through his hair. Fuck me that’s a terrifying thought. Anyway. That’s the deal for the next few interviews. Right now we’ll get stuck into a brief discussion with none other Nic ‘Fridge’ Bailey.
Bug: Nic, you joined the Cobras at the beginning of the year.
Bug: Sorry I wasn’t quite finished there. I was building towards a question. Not the lack of inflection.
Nic: Sorry. Inflection is very interesting isn’t it?
Bug: Do you watch Community?
B: Enough now. So what did you envision when you joined this wonderful family?
N: Well I always knew you guys threw a bit of a vibe from when I played for the Socos many years ago. I hadn’t been enjoying my rugby and I needed a fresh start with an aspiring team. It’s worked out really well.
B: As it has for us Nic. Thank you for your participation. It’s been a great contribution. Tell me... what does Nic Bailey get up to on his weekends when he isn’t playing rugby?
N: Well I’ll probably be watching it. Other than that I’m always making a mission to find some waves around the Cape peninsula. It keeps me going. I recently went on a trip to Indo and that was just mind altering. It was tough to come back and start work again.
B: I know what you mean. Actually I don’t. The real working stage of my life hasn’t quite begun but when it does I’ll be knocking on your door (figuratively speaking of course) for some advice on how to manage the pain. Is that ok?
N: I suppose so.
B: Thanks for your kindness.
B: Do you realise that the letter N (indicating your responses in this interview) and the letter B (indicating my responses) are your initials. Quite a mind fuck. B stands for Bug obviously but were the reader not so intimately familiar with the Cobras and me then they might think you were talking to yourself. Are you talking to yourself Nic?
N: What is going on here?
B: Have you seen Shutter Island?
B: Same sort of vibe.
N: Oh I see.
B: But do you really see....
That’s that and a bag of Fritos. Thank you for your time. Next time we go balls deep into the imagination of Warren Butler. Interesting times ahead.
Always take the weather with you!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This is where the competition really starts, it's time to turn it on...
First Names: Justin Nicolas
Last Name: Bijl
Birth Date: 10/05/87
Birth Place: Cape Town
Country of Birth: South Africa
Height in cm: 183cm
Weight in kilos: 90kg
Preferred position: Centre
Primary School: Western Province Preparatory School (Wetpups)
High School: Diocesan College (Bishops)
Tertiary Education: University of Cape Town (UCT)
Favourite Movie: The Hangover
Favourite Music: Electronic
Favourite Food: Steak, egg and chips
Favourite Player: Heinrich Brussow
What do you do before a rugby game: Eat two chocolates and drink an energade
Favourite playing moment: Beating Maties in u20 to cap off an unbeaten season
Monday, August 23, 2010
Wednesday night will see the entire Steinhoff Internal league battle it out on the Green mile as they try and cement a place for the next round, with the knock out phase now in place teams seriously can’t afford to slip up.
Steinhoff Cobras Vs Steinhoff Ikhaya C - Field 19:30
Steinhoff Nadoes Vs Steinhoff Wild Boys B - Field 19:30
Steinhoff MOB Vs Steinhoff Smuts C - Field 20:30
Cup Winners Section
Steinhoff Kopano Vs Steinhoff Marquard C - Field 17:30
Steinhoff Panthers Vs Steinhoff College House B - Field 18:30
Steinhoff Catsville Vs Steinhoff Shebeen Boys C - Field 18:30
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The two teams have met 3 times in their history:
2006: Cobras 10 - 7 Kopano
2009: Cobras 33 - 0 Kopano
2009 Quaterfinal: 40 - 15 Kopano
It looks set to be a great fixture, with the rain coming down it won't stop The Cobras brand of running rugby.
Monday, August 09, 2010
PLAYER PROFILE - KYLE RENNIE
Written by Clement le Roux
Thursday, 05 August 2010 13:07
First Names: Kyle
Last Name: Rennie
Birth Date: 30/06/1987
Birth Place: Adelaide, Eastern Cape
Country of Birth: South Africa
2010 Internal League Team: Purple Cobras
Height in cm: 1,83m
Weight in kilos: 92kgs
Preferred position: Loose Forward
Primary School: Kokstad Junior School
High School: St Andrew's College
Tertiary Education: UCT
Favourite Movie: Not really a movie but Band of Brothers the series
Favourite Music: Anything old school
Favourite Food: Biltong
Favourite Player: Marty Holah
what do you do before a rugby game: Nothing specific, just focus on whats expected of me for the game
Favourite playing moment: Cobras winning the Internal League
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Thursday, August 05, 2010
1.Some say that you are the old man, the stalwart if you like, of the Cobras setup. Do you think that is because of your resounding resemblance to the great Stefan Terblanche?
I think that there are a few of us in our fifth year of Cobras Rugby now and it really is true that you can't buy experience. I like to think i bring a bit of stabillity to the back like Stefan but truth be told I cannot really see much of a resemblance.
2. Do you even look up to the man? I mean we all do, but you must especially.
I used to think he was a pretty solid fullback with a great up and under but I think it's time for the old man to hang up his boots before people really start taking the piss out of him (and me).
3. As a Cobra co founder what do you think about the vibe in this year’s camp?
I must say there is nothing that gets me more revved up than a game of Rugby on the Green Mile. We have always had a good vibe in the past but I must say that I think this is one of the better vibes we have had. There is a belief amongst the boys that we will win this trophy and that belief and passion is what will take us to the top. From the so called "stalwarts" to the guys in their first year everyone has brought an incredible vibe and I just can't wait to lift that trophy in a couple of months time.
4. What do Wednesday nights on the Green Mile mean to you?
Wednesday nights are what gets me through a kak week at work. It is basically the beginning of the weekend for me.
5. A Sunday with the books in hand and a calculator just to double check, or a Cobras touch session?
I can't even think of something witty to say here...Touch of course.
6. Stellies jol or a Cape Town jol?
I enjoy the odd Stellies jol but I'm a Cape Town person myself and would pick a messy Tiger session over a Filthy Terrace night. Though, as i said, I do also enjoy the odd bit of a Stellies vibe.
7. Any scandal you can reveal to use that you have heard/ learnt during your time thus far at AG?
Not much hey though I do know how much Bishops and all your parents have in reserves.
8. How do you carbo load on a Tuesday before internal league Wednesdays?
Ideally a quiet beer with the boys at Forries is always a good way to get into the vibe otherwise a nice bowl of Spag Bol in front of the fire watching Boots n All with Naas.
9. I hear you’re a big fan of the Sharks. ‘Black and white, nothing else matters’, apparently . Your kinda vibe?
There is nothing that boils my blood more than a guy who lives in Cape Town and supports the Shark. I mean really if you have lived here for more than two years surely you have come to your senses by now...PROOOOOVINCE for life.
10. How do you take your coffee? Black with one sugar, with milk, or do you just crunch on the beans like a real financial advisor?
Don't drink coffee hey it upsets my sleeping patterns.
11. What’s your most cherished gadget?
I would have to say my Nokia cell phone. It's basically a torch with a cellphone attached. They say it's bigger than the Blackberry.
12. What do you do for a bit of ‘me time’?
I like to get out into the mountain - anything from mountain biking and running to Rock climbing.
13. Castle or Black Label, or perhaps a single malt now that you a working man?
I enjoy a whiskey on the rocks whilst playing a game of Poker but nothing beats a draught of Black Label at Forries.
14. Some say that Allan Gray was your grandfather, any truth behind the rumours?
Not that I know of...hopefully he leaves something in his will for me though.
15. Who’s your rugby idol?
My idol would have to be Chris Latham - I think we have the leg drive in common.
16. Any wise, AG inspired, words of wisdom for your fellow Cobras?
This is our fifth year of this unbelievable vibe, let's get out on that field on Wednesday night and show them the type of rugby we play. Let's run them off their feet and play the rugby we enjoy...If we do that we will not lose.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
The next man on the interview list (after a somewhat lengthy break) is our scrummy stalwart Graeme ‘Stumpie’ Steen. The last time is saw this fella he was waste deep in a bucket of Castles at the Crabs Creek jol after the Knysna marathon, which non of us took part in by the way, and he was mumbling something along the lines of, ‘Hey Bra, excuse me but I’m quite sloshed (not sure how cool that word is these days) hey, but I finished exam just yesterday so I reckon you can forgive me.’ He followed up this murmur by falling off his beer stool and onto the floor, wet smelly, beer soaked oyster Knysna Lagoon floor! Not that I judge the man (for drinking or falling), any excuse for a beer right? You’re forgiven pal.
Nevertheless, here are a few words he managed to squeeze out whist reconfiguring his calculator in the Sports Centre parking lot.
Jose: Explain the story behind the name ‘stumpie’ for those who cant figure it out for themselves...
Graeme: As with most of my nicknames, Stumpie is based around my apparent lack of height. My nickname at the time was Gimli (thanks to a Dillon Mcevoy Lord of the Rings reference) until Andre Jacobs decided my height was similar to a cigarette "Stompie". This was Anglicised by the rest of the team to the Stumpie that now follows me around in rugby circles.
What are you currently studying?
PGDA. Not to be confused with the PGA, he tells me.
What does the Cobras brand mean to you?
I think Xhanti Nessi said it best when he spoke of the Cobras as a brotherhood. As we all know, the Cobras are more than just a sports team and I can't imagine what varsity would have been like without it.
What’s your best memory from your four (now 5) years in the Cobras colours?
Winning the cup, there nothing quite like it.
On the lighter side, Phil Vogets birthday celebration indicated the beginning of the ridiculousness that is the Cobras changing room. I think there's a video somewhere on the website.
Tits or ass?
Tits but not in isolation. Nice!
Preferred position, hooker or scrumhalf?
Scrumhalf but I have to respect the men who do all the important work up front.
Beer or spirits?
Beer although I am partial to the occasional whiskey.
Who do you despise more, the Nadoes or the Maties?
Maties by a mile.
Is Stefan really your half brother?
I'll have to chat to my folks and get back to you. Fuck these oke’s never give a straight answer! GADAMMIT!
Is it true that you are a sharks man?
Black and white for life. Did you notice that we beat the Bulls?
Who’s your rugby idol?
There ware rumours that you had a stint as the man in the Ikey Tigers mascot suit, any truth behind this?
I'm afraid not, otherwise you'd have heard some Cobra's changing room classics rippling through the crowd.
With five years experience, how do you think the Cobras are looking this year?
I can safely say that on paper this is the best Cobras side ever. If we click and show the desire to win than we should be unstoppable.
Please tell us the story behind your infamous, ‘I score tall chicks’ drinking song...
Oxbraai 2006, I scored a ridiculously tall female, relative to myself, and in my inebriated state began singing that now famous refrain. Little did I know that i would be hearing it for the next 4 years.
What do you do to psych yourself up before a Wednesday evening on the Mile?
I only finish lectures at six so I tend to use a two hour accounting lecture to get myself into the right state of mind. Back in the day, Warren Butler and I used to exchange sms's to ensure our heads were focussed on the game in the evening,
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
On my Yacht in the Caribbean, hiring Cobras who have come over to do a boat season on their gap year. Aim high.
Many thanks Graeme, what a gent!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Get ready to see teams kick off the second half of the season with some mouth watering fixtures comes Wednesday night.
With a one and a half month break from Internal leagues teams are gearing up to finalize some game tactics before there kick-offs on Wednesday. Expect the Green Mile to be swamped with players for the next two days as players get back into the swing of things.
Top teams such as the Nadoes and Cobras have been seen practicing through out the duration of the Varsity break and other teams only starting today. Never the less the teams will surely show case their best as they try to gain an early advantage in their groups to stake a place in the quarter-finals.
The fixtures are as follows:
17h30 Steinhoff Marquard vs Steinhoff Catsville B-field
17h30 Steinhoff Spanners vs Steinhoff Claredon C-field
18h30 Steinhoff Tornadoes vs Steinhoff Ubumbo B-field
18h30 Steinhoff Turtles vs Steinhoff College House C-field
19h30 Steinhoff Cobras vs Steinhoff Shebeen Boys B-field
19h30 Steinhoff Smuts vs Steinhoff Kopano C-field
Junks Junks baby
If you okes for some reason can't make it on Wednesday or can't get ahold of beer, then make a plan for someone else to cover you. It's not fair on the other okes if you rock up empty handed. And if your name is appearing again, don't be alarmed everyone will be bringing more than once!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday 21st: 4pm UCT B-Field
Friday 23rd: 4pm Bishops
Sunday 25th: 4pm Bishops
Please make sure you get down to these sessions as it is important in order to get your place in the match squad for the first game back of the second semester, it looks set to be a great occasion with a Tour re-union fines to follow after the game...
Oh so brave
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Cobras tour report to follow...
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Shaun Cowell - they don't call him Daddy Cool for nothing...
Jan and Tom (moose) who will be raring to go come Friday evening
So there you have it, the squad for this Fridays match against Bredasdorp...it looks set to be a great occasion.
The captain of Bredasdorp did mention something about a WitBlitz shot before the game for both teams, this will surely set the tone for the remainder of the weekend...
Oh so brave