Bobby writes; A ”grand final” is how Australia’s Mike Hussey described the deciding ODI this Friday; the 3rd and final match of the ODI series between the Proteas and The Foe.
As honours are even and arguably a fair reflection of the series so far, both sides will want to bring their A game to the “final”. The Proteas stand-in captain, Hasim Amla, will be hoping to announce his arrival in the series as he has spent little time at the crease so far. Getting the wickets of Ponting and Clarke is still central to the cause for SA, and Steyn & co will want to strike early on the Kingsmead wicket, which traditionally serves the quick bowlers well.
The weather however might have the final say as heavy rain is predicted for Durban tomorrow afternoon and evening. A rain affected game rarely gives a just result – unless it goes your way of course!
The previous Duckworth-Lewis determination did not work in our favour. Let’s hope it will not be necessary tomorrow.
Another weekend, another final
John Plumtree, Sharks coach, sounded more like the curator of the Bulls when he said that on Saturday, it is his team against the rest of South Africa.
I think he is right. It is not a case of many Sharks supporters outside of KZN suddenly disliking them; it is more a case of appreciation and admiration for what John Mitchell and his side managed to do in a relatively short space of time, and without buying expensive mercenaries to help them achieve this.
At most sporting venues, including Wimbledon, the underdog often generates a lot of support from the crowd, and Saturday’s venue will host a sell-out crowd for the first time in many years. There will no doubt be many Sharks supporters, but they are likely to be vastly outnumbered by Lions supporters.
Ironically, this could be an obstacle for John Mitchell’s young and inexperienced troops; living up to the expectations of so many fans. Whatever the outcome, there are two worthy teams playing in a competition which refuses to allow bigger tournaments to detract from its status as a proud rugby nation’s premier internal event. May this remain forever so.
Ou Manie glo dis Joshua Strauss, met sy volbaard en al, wat sy volk gaan lei na die beloofde land. Hy hoop net hulle kan hul man staan teen die Haaie se Sringbok pak, anders is dit straks eerder ‘n kwessie van ‘n Geknelde Land.
Lekker kyk, ou grote.
Kallie wins Moonstone’s Rugby World Cup crown!
Kallie Brőcker from Fin-Q Financial Services is the Moonstone pool Rugby World Cup SuperBru champion! Hosted by SuperBru, a social sports prediction game, Kallie emerged victorious in a closely contested battle as the top five was split within 0.75 of a point of each other. The Moonstone pool, consisting of 72 participants, concluded on Sunday with the eventual winning points total on 58.00. Wel gedaan Kallie! The prize, a Magnum of one of the Cape’s finest Reds in a wooden display container will be hand delivered next week.
The final standings:
- KALLIE BRŐCKER – Kallie* 58.00
- Andre Knobel – Andre* 57.50
- Oliver Bekker – TeRRiBle* 57.50
- Romé Joubert – bubbles* 57.25
- Rikus Lemmer – kwikfit* 57.25
*SuperBru screen names.