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Bok Team for Ireland

Team to take on Ireland

 

 

15. Zane Kirchner (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 21caps
14. JP Pietersen (The Sharks) 45 caps
13. Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions) 2 caps
12.Jean de Villiers (captain)    DHL Western Province 81 caps
11. Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 24 caps
10. Pat Lambie (The Sharks)    17 caps
9. Ruan Pienaar (Ulster, N-Ireland) 60 caps
8. Duane Vermeulen (DHL Western Province) 4 caps
7. Willem Alberts (The Sharks) 17 caps
6. Francois Louw (Bath, England) 14 caps
5. Juandré Kruger (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 5 caps
4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Western Province) 8 caps
3. Jannie du Plessis (The Sharks) 39 caps
2. Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain, Toyota FS Cheetahs) 18 caps
1. Tendai Mtawarira (The Sharks) 41 caps

 
Replacements
16. Schalk Brits (Saracens, England) 3 caps
17. CJ van der Linde (MTN Golden Lions) 73 caps
18. Pat Cilliers (MTN Golden Lions) 4 caps <br>
19. Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 20 caps
20. Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks) 9 caps
21. Morné Steyn (Vodacom Blue Bulls) 41 caps
22. Juan de Jongh (DHL Western Province) 12 caps
23. Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) 7 caps

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Graeme Smith Already a Legend

I have often been criticized for being too “Pro-Graeme Smith” for perhaps praising him a bit to much when he might sometimes not deserve it (or at least some

Plenty more of this for Smith

think he does not deserve it) Often, around braai’s or during a general discussion the moment I bring up Graeme Smith people tend to look down and frown upon me. The reason for this is simple, you see South Africans just don’t appreciate the man as much as much as he should be appreciated and that’s a fact. I

could also go as far as saying a country like England appreciates Smith more than we do – another fact. Graeme Smith’s early days as captain really screwed him, they called him arrogant, selfish and bossy, perhaps true at the time, but the Graeme Smith you see walking onto the field these days is South Africa’s and the worlds most astute captain the cricketing world has ever seen and for that credit must and shall be given.

 

 

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Sportbud’s Springbok Team

We have decided to put together a team which we think should play for the Boks for the next year or two, this team is based on our opinions only and Injuries were not put into consideration. Some may feel that we have left out a few players who should be there well you right we have, there are only 22 possible

Pat Lambie was a no brainier for the Bok number 10.

positions and a hell of a lot of talent in South Africa. we did our best.

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Sharks Looking to win Super Rugby Trophy

Having reached three consecutive finals ( 2 Currie Cups and 1 Super Rugby Final) but failing in all three of the show pieces one feels that the Sharks will need to brake the shackles soon and what better stage to do it than the Southern Hemisphere Super Rugby Event. According to the

Time for the Sharks to start lifting the Trophy’s

Sharks website, The Sharks do not feel as if they have been successful and want to win the finals they play in

It has been a roller-coaster of a year as The Sharks pulled off the almost unthinkable to reach the Vodacom Super Rugby Final after playing two away knock-out matches, and then getting their Absa Currie Cup campaign off to a winning start when the team had lost so many players.

However, the youngsters have delivered all season and on them, plenty of praise is heaped.

“It’s been a great group of players to lead,” Keegan Daniel said after the Absa Currie Cup Final at Mr Price KINGS PARK on Saturday.

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Aus Vs SA – Another Cracker

From the 9th of November to the 4thof December one of the most eagerly awaited battles begins in the cricketing world. It’s the Test series between Australia and South Africa. Earlier this year South Africa put in a sublime and thrilling performance to down the Poms 2-0 in their own back yard and claimed stake to the Test mace and became the best Test side on the planet.

Michael Clarke and Graeme Smith

Smith, the most experienced test captain will be up against the newly appointed Australian captain Michael Clarke

Australia on the other hand last played test cricket during the Month of April where they too beat their hosts, West Indies 2-0 in a three match series. The Proteas however cannot afford to relax as their number one status is on the line against the Aussies, as South Africa did to England Australia will now try to do to the Proteas. The winner of the series will walk away the number 1 Test side. It’s an enthralling battle, one which advertises why Test cricket is the pinnacle format of the sport.

South Africa are a team in form, ESPNcricinfo describes them as “Road Warriors” simply because they have not lost an away Test series in 6 years,  a proud record which they will want to still have in place by the time they leave Australian shores. Their “big 5” batsmen seem to be in form presently with perhaps only AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis not quite getting it right in England, Smith scored a century in his 100th and chipped in two 50’s against England and who can forget Amla’s triple and Alviro’s century?  There are still questions on whether AB will keep or not and if not then the Proteas might find themselves one batsmen short as Thami Tsolekile would come in and is not know for his Test batting abilities.

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