If you haven’t got wine – GETWINE

This happens to be the slogan of our sponsor for the Moonstone/GETWINE Rugby Championship competition, which will obviously focus on the major rugby event of 2014.

The competition takes place over six weekends, kicking off on 16 August, and concluding on 4 September.

We created a Moonstone/GETWINE Superbru pool to make sure all is fair in love and war – no hometown referees or Bryce Lawrences to favour anyone.

All Moonstone subscribers are welcome to enter the competition. It is interesting to note that, at the conclusion of the Super 15 series, two of the top three were non-Moonstone Brus, and included one Sista, Inge Aucamp. In total, there were three ladies in the top 10, and four none-Moonstone staff members, despite being outnumbered in the group.

Why should you join?

GETWINE will deliver a mixed hamper of six wines every week to the weekly winners (a total of 36 bottles), and the overall winner will receive a further six bottles of specially selected wines at the end of the competition.

Those who know how Superbru works will remember that all participants have an equal chance of winning every week. Even if you favourite team loses, you can still be a winner.

We aim to cap the number of participants to 100, so please enter NOW.

Please do not enter more than once under a pseudonym – you may be red-carded.

Click on the link below to join:

Pool name: Moonstone/Get Wine Rugby Champ

Pool code: feeddour

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Currie Cup kicks off this Weekend

There are mixed views on this competition which was once held in very high regard when it was all we had to look forward to in the days of sport isolation.

Sceptics see it as just another meal on the already bloated menu known as the rugby calendar, while optimists view it as a great opportunity to nurture and develop new talent. I tend to side with the latter, possibly because I still have very fond memories of the days when provincialism was much stronger, and still suffer from this malady.

The extended format, which now includes eight teams, rather than six, is great news for teams like the Pumas, Griquas and EP Kings. At the risk of sounding ever so slightly biased, just look at the number of quality players who cut their teeth at Boland. Players like Francois Hougaard, Jean de Villiers, Schalk Burger, JP Petersen, Andries Bekker, Juan de Jongh, Gurthro Steenkamp, Gio Aplon, Cornal Hendricks, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Willie le Roux all spent some time here, and bear testimony to the fact that the smaller unions are doing great work in developing the cream of tomorrow’s crop of superstars.

While this exposure of the new generation will no doubt lead to the talent scouts from the richer unions acting like predators during the sardine run, it will be great to relive the provincialism of the good old bad old days.

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