Thuggery from Andrew Hore overshadowed the 33-10 lesson the All Blacks handed Wales in Cardiff today.

An act of thuggery from Andrew Hore has overshadowed the 33-10 lesson the All Blacks handed injury-ravaged Wales in Cardiff today.

Just like the Adam Thomson saga, Hore is set to become the sideshow that will hover over the final week of the international season in the Northern Hemisphere.

The All Blacks may have turned on an at times a beautiful display of attacking rugby in the three-tires-to-two victory, but there was nothing attractive about Hore’s act.

It’s hard to know what the hooker, who is certain to be cited, was thinking when he collected Welsh lock Bradley Davies from behind with a swinging arm in just the second minute.

Davies was the first of three locals, pivotal second five-eighths Jamie Roberts and prop Aaron Jarvis the others, to depart with injury in the first quarter as the All Blacks’ physicality and superior skills baffled the Welsh in-front of a capacity 72,372 crowd at an electric Millennium Stadium.

Not only did the All Blacks maintain their 59-year stranglehold and inflict a sixth successive defeat on the struggling Six Nations champions, but their unbeaten streak, which dates back to the first match of last year’s World Cup against Tonga, now stands at 20 matches.

In Dan Carter’s absence, Aaron Cruden stepped up to control the game in his 67-minute stint on the back of a superb forward effort. With just two days preparation Cruden ran the cutter, slotted seven flawless goals (18 points) and looked much more assured in general play than in Rome last week. He clearly benefitted from consecutive
test starts.

Israel Dagg also produced a blinder from fullback and Richie McCaw, named man-of-the-match, led the charge up-front.

Warren Gatland was anything but the white knight. His return from British and Irish Lions duties made no difference to a Welsh side that are officially suffering a confidence crisis.

Jonathan Davies added punch to the midfield and captain Sam Warburton toiled away but ill-discipline, poor ball control, and questionable decisions to turn down three kickable penalties in the first-half blighted their work.

Rhys Priestland inexcusably twice kicked dead in a forgettable outing for the first five-eighth.

By half-time, with the All Blacks holding an insurmountable 23-0 lead, this contest was already over.

It’s too bad the IRB announced their try of the year nominations this week; the All Blacks first strike was a memorable 80-metre gem. Dagg and Julian Savea started the counter attack that would become a familiar sight and Liam Messam finished the stunning sweeping movement.

Prop Tony Woodcock scored in a replica move of the sole try in last year’s World Cup final and lock Luke Romano also crashed over in the first spell.

Wales mounted a spirited second-half comeback but their first try to replacement Scott Williams from a 15-man lineout pushover and their second to wing Alex Cuthbert three minutes from full-time merely made the match look closer than it was.

Cory Jane being yellow carded for intentionally knocking the ball down in the 60th minute aided the Welsh cause and forced the All Blacks to defend for large periods of the second half which was split at 10-points each.

While Steve Hansen won’t be impressed with latter stages, the All Blacks coach was still able to empty his bench with comfort, giving playmaker Beauden Barrett and hooker Dane Coles, who is likely to be needed at Twickenham next week, valuable game-time in the intense atmosphere.

Overall, apart from the Hore incident, Hansen will be satisfied.

All Blacks 33 (Liam Messam Tony Woodcock, Luke Romano tries; Aaron Cruden pen 4, con 3) Wales 10 (Scott Williams, Alex Cuthbert tries) HT: 23-0

– © Fairfax NZ News

some facts & Stats about this week’s Top 30 on HEART 104.9FM -24 NOV 2012

This week’s Highest Climber is “NE-YO – LET ME LOVE YOU” (Up 10 Places)
This week’s Biggest Faller is “RIHANNA feat. JAY Z – TALK THAT TALK” (Down 11 Places)
“DRAKE feat. RIHANNA – TAKE CARE” (#23) is the longest running song on the Chart, spending it’s 41st week on the chart.
1 New Entry:
* RIHANNA – DIAMONDS (#21)
3 WEEKS IN A ROW AT #1: “ERIC BENET – HARRIET JONES”
The #1 Song on the SA Top 10 doesn’t feature on the Heart Top 30 (KHAYA – MOVE)
The Heart Top 30 airs every Saturday (9am-12pm)
The SA Top 10 airs every Thursday (8pm-9pm)
HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 24 NOVEMBER 2012
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS
1 ERIC BENET HARRIET JONES NC 1 1 (3) 8
2 WHITNEY HOUSTON & JORDIN SPARKS CELEBRATE NC 2 1 (2) 13
3 JIMMY NEVIS HEART BOXING NC 3 1 (2) 12
4 ANGIE STONE BACK UP PLAN UP 3 7 4 6
5 USHER DIVE DOWN 1 4 4 7
6 FRANK OCEAN SWEET LIFE DOWN 1 5 5 10
7 MIGUEL ADORN UP 8 15 7 5
8 MAROON 5 ONE MORE NIGHT DOWN 2 6 6 10
9 R KELLY FEELIN’ SINGLE DOWN 1 8 1 (4) 21
10 DENICE STONE ALL MINES DOWN 1 9 8 7
11 MI CASA I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU NC 11 5 18
12 ALICIA KEYS GIRL ON FIRE DOWN 2 10 9 9
13 MARY J BLIGE feat. JAY SEAN EACH TEAR UP 7 20 13 11
14 DONALD DENIAL DOWN 2 12 7 15
15 NE-YO LET ME LOVE YOU (UNTIL YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF) UP 10 25 15 2 HC
16 KELLY ROWLAND feat. FUTURE & BEI MAEJOR NEED A REASON DOWN 3 13 1 (3) 16
17 USHER LOOKING FOR MYSELF DOWN 1 16 16 4
18 CHRIS BROWN SWEET LOVE DOWN 1 17 2 24
19 USHER feat. RICK ROSS LEMME SEE DOWN 1 18 3 18
20 D’BANJ OLIVER TWIST DOWN 6 14 1 13
21 RIHANNA DIAMONDS NEW 21 1
22 REBECCA FERGUSON GLITTER & GOLD NC 22 10 21
23 DRAKE feat. RIHANNA TAKE CARE NC 23 2 41
24 TAMIA BEAUTIFUL SURPRISE NC 24 23 10
25 GB COLLECTIVE feat. KABOMO SUNLIGHT UP 4 29 25 3
26 JOHN LEGEND feat. LUDACRIS TONIGHT (BEST YOU EVER HAD) DOWN 5 21 1 (2) 37
27 DONALD I DESERVE DOWN 1 26 1 (2) 22
28 CARLY RAE JEPSEN CALL ME MAYBE DOWN 1 27 9 14
29 MI CASA LA VIDA DOWN 1 28 1 (2) 24
30 RIHANNA feat. JAY Z TALK THAT TALK DOWN 11 19 8 26 BF

Dan Carter has been ruled out of todays test against Wales

Dan Carter has been ruled out of todays test against Wales with an Achilles injury that could also keep him out of next week’s season finale against England at Twickenham.

Aaron Cruden will be at first five eighth at Millennium Stadium , while Beauden Barrett has passed a fitness test on his injured ribs and will take his place in the reserves.

It was a solemn looking Carter who strolled into the test venue today with his teammates after scans revealed swelling in his right Achilles, the damage done when he kicked a ball near the end of training on Thursday.

The good news is the 30-year-old has no prior history to the injury, which is on his right leg, not the left which required surgery in 2009 after a rupture while playing for Perpignan in France.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the 92-test veteran possibly could have played if he’d had to and was hopeful he could finish off the season against England.

“We got him scanned with an ultrasound and an MRI this morning and there is a bit of swelling there so we’ve taken the precaution to withdraw him from the game,” Hansen said.

“It looks like there’s probably a 50-50 or maybe 60-40 chance [he’ll miss the England test] so we’ll just wait and see what happens. If it does [settle down] it does and if not then we won’t again risk it.”

Carter was “disappointed”, particularly after playing so well against Scotland and then missing the Italy test.

But Hansen was adamant the injury would not derail the All Blacks form and said Cruden was fully prepared to start against Wales.

“We’ve been here and done that not too long ago in Hamilton against Ireland and that day didn’t turn out too bad, so hopefully it’s a sign of things to come,” he said in reference to the 60-0 win in June where Cruden and Barrett had shared the dutites at first five eighth after Carter withdrew with a hamstring strain.

“If it was a World Cup final you’d look at it [Carter playing], but it’s not and we have a really capable young man as a back up so it’s just not worth the risk.”

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw had similar thoughts saying it was not a situation the team had not dealt with before.

from Fairfax media .

Dan Carter is in doubt for this weekend’s All Blacks test against Wales

Dan Carter is in doubt for this weekend’s All Blacks test against Wales after pulling up with a leg injury at today’s training session in Cardiff.

After initially downplaying concerns around Carter’s fitness this morning, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen later confirmed his star playmaker felt a twinge in his right leg during training today.

Hansen will assess Carter over the next 24 hours to make a decision on whether he plays, though that appears unlikely.

Two days out from the test at Millennium Stadium, Carter ran for only 20-minutes of the All Blacks’ main team training in cold and wet conditions at University of Glamorgan in Pontypridd, before grimacing after a cross-filed kick.

Carter looked in immediate discomfort. He changed bibs with Aaron Cruden and shuffled out onto the reserve side’s wing with a noticeable limp.

The world’s premier first five-eighth, who sat on the bench but was not required against the Italians last week, did not take any further part in the session which was shortened because of bad weather.

If Carter does not recover and is ruled out, Cruden will start a second consecutive test in his place, but with Beauden Barrett also struggling with a rib injury and unlikely to be available for selection this week Hansen may be short at No 10.

Injuries have hit Carter hard in the past year.

A serious groin injury cruelly ruled him out of the semi-final and final of last year’s World Cup; he sat out the third test against Ireland in Hamilton this year with a hamstring complaint, and a calf injury saw him miss back-to-back tests against Argentina in Wellington, and the Springboks in Dunedin in September.

There was also moderate concern for halfback Aaron Smith, who completed training today, but left with an ice pack on his knee. He suffered the injury in last week’s victory in Rome.

Hansen is well covered at No 9 with Piri Weepu and Tawera Kerr-Barlow in the squad.

Weepu can also step up at first-five if required.

Meanwhile, Adam Thomson will have his IRB judicial appeal tonight in London.

Dan Carter’s growing injury list:

2009

An achilles injury playing for Perpignan in January requires surgery and puts him out of all rugby for around six months.

2011

A groin injury rules him out of the World Cup semi-final and final and requires surgery which includes three months of rehabilitation

2012

June – a hamstring strain sees him pull out of the third test against Ireland

September – a calf strain keeps him out of back to back tests against Argentina and South Africa

November – a leg strain has placed him in doubt for Sunday’s test against Wales


– © Fairfax NZ News

Cape Town’s own Macstanley -playing tonight at “Mercury Live” from 9pm

Cape Town’s own Macstanley [formerly Flat Stanley] has just released their third album Lucid, Alive and Dreaming.

The album, the group’s first in five years, offers the trademark melodic pop songs they are known for, most notably first single ‘Angel‘.

The band has clearly progressed since their last release, and has incorporated some new elements on their edgier, harder rock tracks.

Band members Andy Mac, Clinton and Neil said, “To us the most important thing has always been the song, and to be sure that it’s a good song you need to be able to play it on just a single acoustic guitar. We’ve stuck to this thinking with Lucid, alive & dreaming”.

Lucas Radebe left Kaizer Chiefs to sign for Leeds United Football Club in 1994 we talk to him on HEART 104.9FM On Sat at 8.30am -tune in

Lucas Radebe is indeed a South African of note. He has a remarkable record of sporting achievement as a soccer player in Africa and Europe. In addition he has made and continues to make a major contribution as a leader beyond the soccer field, with major involvement in anti-racism projects, community work and literacy projects.

 

Mr. Radebe grew up in Diepkloof, Soweto, in a rather modest house with his 10 brothers and sisters and mom and dad., during a very difficult time in the history of South Africa. Hi talent for soccer was evident from an early age and to this talent he added commitment that allowed him to scale the sporting heights that he has. A favourite son of Kaizer Chiefs, Leeds United and the South African National Team, he earned international; respect as a great defender and fine athlete. He captained Leeds United in England where he earned huge respect from the football fraternity, led South Africa to the 1998 soccer world cup and by the 2002 World cup (where he once again captained his country) he had earned 69 caps as a member of the South African National Team. Mr. Radebe through his success, has in fact opened up more opportunities for other players from Africa.   

                                                            – University of Cape Town graduation, June 2005

                                               

Regarded almost unanimously as the jewel in the Elland Road crown, Leeds United’s former skipper Lucas Radebe was arguably the best defender to have pulled on a Leeds shirt since the Revie era.

No wonder then, that former boss David O’Leary’s wish list to the board when he succeeded George Graham as manager in October 1998, included as a priority the desire to secure the South African at Elland for the rest of his career. With that in mind, the Irishman was delighted when Lucas agreed a new four year deal in December of the same year.

Radebe’s reading of the game and subsequent frequent last ditch saving tackles, along with his ability to smother opposition danger men as a top class man to man marker distinguish him from run of the mill Premiership defenders.

George Graham, a man not given to gushing praise unless it was thoroughly deserved, said of Lucas when appointing him captain for the 1998/99 season:
“It shows the confidence I have in him and how much I rate him.”

It was also noticeable that of all the players George Graham inherited from Howard Wilkinson the first one given a new long term contract was Lucas, which led to jokes in the dressing room that Lucas was in fact George’s long lost son!!!

Only lengthy injury problems denied him the chance to make his mark in his first two years in England, however thereafter he gave a number of years of impressive performances and finally gained recognition of being as a good a defender as there is in the Premier League.

Having participated in Bafana Bafana’s victory in the African Nations Cup Finals in 1996, Lucas then had the honour to lead his nation into their first ever World Cup finals in 1998.

Despite noises from Italy and leading Premiership clubs Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer of 2000, Radebe pledged to see out his career at Elland Road.

 

David O’Leary said: “Lucas should be set in stone and never allowed to leave!”

The following season was a stop start affair as Radebe struggled with a series of injuries, but the South African was a vital member of the Leeds squad and had a burning desire to lift a trophy in Leeds colours before hanging up his boots.

The 2001/02 season was another nightmare for the likeable South African who failed to make a single appearance, but amazingly it ended with him leading his country in the 2002 World Cup after he proved his fitness at the end of the campaign.

Now the holder of a record number of caps for his nation, he scored in Bafana Bafana’s defeat by Spain and has recently retired from both International and club football to pursue a number of post career options including football development and social responsibility projects.


 

Off the field …

 

Lucas Radebe left the South African football team, Kaizer Chiefs to sign for Leeds United Football Club in 1994 and has never looked back. He is known as the jewel in the crown at Elland Road, and ‘Chief’ amongst his team-mates.  As well as being a distinguished and skilful defender for the Premier League Club, he is South Africa’s most recognised sportsman having had the privilege of leading the South African national team for a number of years including in two World Cup finals (1998 & 2002).

Since joining Leeds United from Kaiser Chiefs in September 1994, Lucas has been the focal point of award winning education and anti-racism schemes that have tackled social inclusion problems in inner city Leeds as well as in his native South Africa.

In South Africa he is a national Hero and many children and families support Leeds United because of his amazing success. Lucas was Captain for Leeds United from 1998 to 2002, a rare honour for a South African footballer to captain a then leading Premiership team. Nelson Mandela visited Leeds a couple of years ago and Lucas attended a welcome lunch. Mr Mandela when speaking of how pleased he was to be in Leeds enthused “It is nice to see my hero again, Lucas Radebe”. Not bad for a lad who grew up in apartheid rule in his hometown of Soweto and originally set his sights on becoming a doctor.

It is this tough background plus a tremendous amount of courage and commitment that has propelled him to become one of the most inspirational and likeable characters you could ever meet.  Lucas’s trademark wherever he goes is his smile, it is truly infectious and children in particular warm to him instantly.  As well as his love of football his greatest love is children.  Lucas recognizes how lucky he is living the life of a professional footballer but not once has he ever taken it for granted.  He gives up his time and support tirelessly for the charity that he wholeheartedly supports, SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa and regularly goes back to visit whenever his schedule permits.

Lucas is also an ardent supporter of the Leeds United Community Programme based at Elland Road and regularly visits projects the club is working on.  In particular he is fantastic in using his own experiences in working with children on the fight against racism within football and society.  Lucas has a knack of getting key important messages across to children and adults and helping to make the world a safer and nicer place for people of all race and cultures to live in.

Lucas being a keen reader himself, has been heavily involved in the Leeds United Book Challenge, launched four years ago, that aimed to use the power of football to encourage children and adults who may not normally be interested in reading to become members of their local library. The campaign was a massive success, winning the Big Issue Difference Award for a medium sized business, and inspired 12,000 people of all ages to read an extra 500,000 books during the project.

 

Last season he continued his support for improving literacy standards by launching the 442 reading clubs, a project run across libraries in Leeds to encourage families to attend a 442 reading club at their local library.  He has since visited one of the clubs set up as a result of that launch at Chapeltown library in Leeds.

Radebe has also played a major role in the Leeds United Against Racism Schools Project that has encouraged children to develop strategies to tackle racism within the classroom, the school and the local community.

Working as South Africa’s ambassador for the FIFA SOS Children’s Villages Campaign, Lucas has dedicated much of his time to hosting development coaching clinics and social responsibility programmes in deprived villages AROUND South Africa. Amongst his numerous appearances for charity, he also has been involved in Starfish, a charity that attempts to tackle the problems of Aids in Southern Africa, as well as The Laureus Sports for Good Foundation where he was recently instilled as a trustee of the Laureus Trust, an organization that uses sport as a rehabilitating mechanism in various community projects around South Africa and the rest of the world.

Again his friendly and positive nature shines through in these visits making the participants feel proud of themselves and that they are making a positive step for their family’s future.

The proudest moment for Lucas, his family and for those who know him was when the Premier League unveiled him as the winner of the 10 Seasons Awards for Contribution to the Community.  The award which is part of the Premier League’s 10 seasons celebrations which look back on the past decade of top-flight English football, recognises the player who has done most to use his position as a professional footballer to make a difference to people’s lives.

 

Dave Richards, the Chairman of the Premier League, who sat on the panel to decide the winner of the 10 seasons of the Premiership award said: “There are many people involved in football who do a tremendous amount for their local community who don’t get the credit they deserve, all those short listed for the award are worthy of praise.

“Lucas Radebe has done ample to deserve this accolade and is an example for us all to follow as someone who has not just worked hard for the people of Leeds, but has also found the time and energy to help the communities of his homeland.

Lucas Radebe said: “I am delighted to be the recipient of this award. It is a great honor for me and my family. I could never have guessed when I arrived in England from South Africa to play for Leeds United back in August 1994 that I would enjoy such a wonderful career at such a great football club. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside the Leeds United community department.

“Professional football is under the microscope for many reasons but few people notice the good work that is being done in education and grass roots football by the kind of community-related activities we have at Leeds United and other clubs. I have been fortunate to be involved with our anti-racism, educational, social and charitable initiatives and this award not only reflects my efforts but those of the many people connected with Leeds United.

“For me Football equals Community. I have seen the way our sport has acted as a vehicle for change. Having achieved a level and status as a professional player in the Premier League and in South Africa, means I have been lucky enough to have been in a position to make a difference”

 

 

Sport figures from around the world have paid tribute to Lucas Radebe’s achievement.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, said: “The following ideals accurately define the values that are to be found in an exemplary football player – Sporting excellence, an outstanding spirit of fair play, dedication and sacrifice in the struggle against all kinds of discrimination, a role model for young people.

“These are only some of the qualities embodied by Lucas Radebe, worthy winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award in 2000 and a shining example of fair play both on and off the field.

“Lucas Radebe, distinguished ambassador for fair play: please accept my sincere congratulations on the 10 Seasons Award for Contribution to the Community and my thanks for your tireless commitment and your invaluable contribution to football.”

Gerhard Aigner, Chief Executive of UEFA, said: “I am delighted to see that the Premier League is not only celebrating its first decade on the pitch, but is also recognising the important role the stars of our game play in using the power of football as a force for good in all of society.

“I would like to congratulate Lucas Radebe on winning the Premier League Award for Contribution to the Community. His efforts in helping local communities in both Leeds and South Africa are a fine example for footballers across Europe to follow.”

Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, said: “”Lucas Radebe has set a shining example for his fellow professionals in the area of community work. His tireless efforts in the last decade and more help to tackle the image of footballers as people whose only focus is on their pay packets and the high life.

“Lucas has worked in some of the toughest areas in this country and the world, making a special connection with people; helping them to have more complete, enjoyable lives. I am delighted to have the chance to congratulate him on this award. He is a worthy winner.”

Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the PFA said: “Football’s high profile gives our top players the opportunity to be role models not only for their local communities but for society as a whole. Lucas Radebe has been that role model and his contribution to the community has been suitably recognised and is deserving of our most sincere congratulations.”

 

A great achievement indeed and one that shows the impact Lucas has had on modern day football and on the lives of the many people he has met.

 

Below are just a few other examples of the projects Lucas has supported and attended both on a personal and a Club level during recent years:-

 

  • Nominated as South Africa’s best player of the Decade
  • Awarded Kick Off magazine footballer of the decade
  • Was an ambassador for South Africa’s 2006 World Cup Bid
  • Is an ambassador for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup
  • Is Leeds United’s representative for the National Literacy Trust Reading Champion
  • Launched the 442 Family Reading Groups and is involved in marketing the project
  • Involved with Reach For a Dream – Making Kids Dreams become reality.
  • Works within the community of Diepkloof, Soweto, where he was raised
  • Takes part in annual Community Roadshows in South Africa where he visits underprivileged areas on behalf of Discovery Health
  • Appointed as an ambassador for the 2003 Cricket World Cup
  • ** – Was the recipient of the 2000/ 2001 FIFA Fair play award for his contribution to the sport, on and off the field of play.
  • ** – Winner of the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards for Contribution to the Community.  The award which is part of the Premier League’s 10 seasons celebrations which look back on the past decade of top-flight English football, recognises the player who has done most to use his position as a professional footballer to make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Recipient of the 2001 Loyalty Award from the Department of Welfare in South Africa in recognition of his work with SOS Children’s Villages and other charitable causes in South Africa.
  • Regular Personal Visits to Children with Cancer at St James’s Hospital, Leeds
  • Stephen Lawrence Awards Schools Presentation
  • Awarded the honour of lighting the Olympic Torch in South Africa in the recent torch marathon around the world prior to the Athens Olympic games
  • Farnley Park School, Leeds – presented Leeds United Against Racism Award,Mount St Mary’s School, Leeds – presented Leeds United Against Racism Award
  • Involved in the Princes Trust Clock Auction
  • Launched the Leeds United Book Challenge
  • Involved In the Leeds Cares Ball
  • Granted a Testimonial season in the UK by Leeds United Football Club for his long standing service to the club
  • Awarded a masters in social science by the University of Cape Town
  • Awarded a masters in social science by Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Was 1 of 8 Players worldwide to conduct the draw for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
  • Awarded SA Sports Personality of the year 2005

3 years today – Gone too soon AZ ABRAHAMS

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