Crusaders Named To Play Sharks – Mighty McCaw on the bench

The Crusaders will play the second game of their South African leg this weekend, against the current South African conference leaders, the Sharks. Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named a team which includes seven changes to the starting line-up that played the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.

Props Wyatt Crockett and Joe Moody have again rotated so that Crockett starts at 1 this week. Nepo Laulala will start on the other side of the scrum, with Owen Franks named in the reserves.

Matt Todd returns to the number 7 jersey this week and Richie McCaw will provide loose forward cover from the bench.

Dan Carter is unavailable to play as he has returned to New Zealand awaiting the birth of his second child, which means Colin Slade moves back into first five. Ryan Crotty shifts to second five and Kieron Fonotia to centre.

David Havili makes his first start for the Crusaders, taking the right wing. Tom Taylor and Nafi Tuitavake will be ready to make an impact in the back line when they come off the bench.

Kick off at Kings Park Stadium in Durban is 2:00am (NZT) this Sunday.

1 Wyatt Crockett
2 Ben Funnell
3 Nepo Laulala
4 Luke Romano
5 Sam Whitelock
6 Jordan Taufua
7 Matt Todd
8 Kieran Read (c)
9 Andy Ellis
10 Colin Slade
11 Nemani Nadolo
12 Ryan Crotty
13 Kieron Fonotia
14 David Havili
15 Israel Dagg
RESERVES
16 Codie Taylor
17 Joe Moody
18 Owen Franks
19 Jimmy Tupou
20 Richie McCaw
21 Mitchell Drummond
22 Tom Taylor
23 Nafi Tuitavake

Arno Carstens solo album ‘Lightening Prevails’ receives a SAMA nomination

Arno Carstens 5th solo album ‘Lightening Prevails’ received a South African Music Awards nomination in the Best Adult Contemporary Album Category earlier this month.

Other nominees in this category are:

BlackByrd – Home

Howie Combrink – Eat it While it’s Hot

Josie Field – S’bongile

Niemand – Back Again

The ceremony takes place on 21st April 2015.

Arno started working with SAMA winning producer Dan Roberts in 2013 with the intention to re-write and record an acoustically driven album to include some orchestral versions of some of his most popular career tracks.

Two months later, they emerged from studio with something completely different.

As Dan says: “Arno would come into the studio and we’d be set up for Another Universe or something and then he’d have this idea from the night before… So we’d digress and by lunchtime have a brand new song going.Arno is an artist in the real sense of the word, prolific, experimental and lyrically very strong.

‘Lightning Prevails’ boasts a seductive departure from the comfortable and familiar Arno Carstens sound. There are the same thought provoking, profound lyrics and melodies that soak into the skin, but this time the marriage of organic sound and electronic beats are made lusher, with a big brass section and the powerful backing vocals of Jamali’s Mariechan.

The album is almost entirely made up of new songs, and completely inspired by my musical history, past and present” says Carstens.

We decided to keep Bubblegum on my Boots on the album, the version we recorded worked very well with the new songs and I added two covers, which are so vastly different from the originals.

ACDC’s Highway to Hell was such a big part of my musical influence growing up and Sam and Dave’s Hold On (I’m Coming) was Dan’s idea and I love where the track took me. When I went into the studio, my intention was to make an album of old hits for the fans that come to my acoustic shows, but what fate had in mind took us all by surprise.”

Arno Carstens is also a celebrated fine artist, who paints in oils on canvas (www.arnocarstensfineart.com). The album cover for ‘Lightning Prevails’ was designed using an original painting done by Arno a few years ago

HEART TOP 40 – 28 MARCH 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 28 MARCH 2015
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do NC 1 1 (2) 4 Last Week’s #1
2 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Up 1 3 2 9 SA Top 10 #1
3 Maroon 5 Sugar Down 1 2 1 (2) 7
4 Taylor Swift Blank Space Up 1 5 3 8
5 Dionne Warwick feat. Cee-Lo Green Feels So Good Down 1 4 4 5
6 Selena Gomez The Heart Want What It Wants Up 5 11 6 4
7 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband Down 1 6 4 4
8 Can Skylark Timebomb Down 1 7 7 10
9 Mary J Blige Right Now Down 1 8 5 10
10 One Direction Steal My Girl Up 5 15 10 3
11 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Up 1 12 1 (6) 17
12 Gracetown Band Kristan Wood Up 26 38 12 8 Highest Climber
13 David Guetta feat. Sam Martin Dangerous Down 3 10 6 7
14 Ed Sheeran Don’t NC 14 8 11
15 Sam Smith Like I Can Up 1 16 15 4
16 Muzart Oh Yeah Up 1 17 7 11
17 Chris Brown Time For Love Up 1 18 2 19
18 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Up 2 20 18 4
19 Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Bang Bang NC 19 13 11
20 Sia You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile Up 5 25 20 3
21 Nick Jonas Jealous Up 12 33 21 4
22 Ed Sheeran Runaway Down 1 21 21 3
23 Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney FourFiveSeconds Up 6 29 23 2
24 Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo Time Of Our Lives Down 1 23 5 15
25 The Weeknd Earned It Up 10 35 25 2
26 Magic! No Way No New - 26 1
27 Chris Brown Add Me In Up 12 39 19 15
28 Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Love Me Harder Up 3 31 25 4
29 Boyz II Men Losing Sleep Down 1 28 28 4
30 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Real Love Down 6 24 6 15
31 Giorgio Moroder feat. Kylie Minogue Right Here, Right Now Down 5 26 26 4
32 Natalie La Rose feat. Jerimih Somebody New - 32 1
33 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud Down 24 9 1 (3) 10 Biggest Faller
34 Taylor Swift Shake It Off Down 7 27 10 13
35 James Newton Howard feat. Jennifer Lawrence The Hanging Tree Down 5 30 24 4
36 Mi Casa Your Body Down 23 13 3 19
37 Ella Henderson Rockets Down 5 32 2 20 Joint Longest Running Song
38 Sam Smith Restart Down 4 34 7 17
39 Meghan Trainor Lips Are Movin’ Down 3 36 3 20 Joint Longest Running Song
40 Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones I Got U Down 18 22 13 14

Crusaders team to play the Bulls with Carter and McCaw in team

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his side to face the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria this Sunday morning at 6:10am (NZT). It includes five changes to the starting line-up that beat the Cheetahs in Christchurch last weekend.

There are two rotations in the front row, with prop Joe Moody and hooker Ben Funnell taking the starting spots this week in place of Wyatt Crockett and Codie Taylor who are both on the bench.

Richie McCaw returns to play this week at 7, while Matt Todd will provide loose forward cover from the bench.

Dan Carter will also play in his traditional number 10 jersey, which sees Tom Taylor move into second five and Colin Slade preparing to make an impact from the reserves.

Crusaders team to play the Bulls:

1 Joe Moody RESERVES
2 Ben Funnell 16 Codie Taylor
3 Owen Franks 17 Wyatt Crockett
4 Luke Romano 18 Nepo Laulala
5 Sam Whitelock 19 Jimmy Tupou
6 Jordan Taufua 20 Matt Todd
7 Richie McCaw 21 Mitchell Drummond
8 Kieran Read (c) 22 Colin Slade
9 Andy Ellis 23 David Havili
10 Dan Carter
11 Nemani Nadolo
12 Tom Taylor
13 Ryan Crotty
14 Kieron Fonotia
15 Israel Dagg

The Sharks will have a new captain on Saturday

The Sharks will have a new captain on Saturday

The Sharks will have a new captain on Saturday for the visit from the Force following the departure from the squad of Bismarck du Plessis (unceremoniously), and Patrick Lambie (enjoying overdue leave arranged for him by the South African Rugby Union, and also because his growing groin strain demands a break).

Leadership has indeed been under the spotlight at the Sharks of late, with the unassuming but quietly calm Lambie showing how it is supposed to be done and the “red mist be danmed!”Bismarck providing a less ideal model.

A captain that twice in three weeks has felt duty-bound to make public apologies for losing his cool has clearly not grasped the essence of his responsibility, and when a four-week ban adds serious consequences to the eruptions, the coach is left wondering how much longer the team can absorb the fall-out. Especially when his diminutive flyhalf shows immense stature and composure in taking over the captaincy and steering a 13-man team home against a Chiefs side that won the title in 2012 and 2013.

But Lambie will quite rightly have his feet up this weekend and Bismarck no doubt has headed for the family’s Free State farm for some introspection on the veld. He will probably be joined there by his brother, another captaincy contender, but Jannie is injured.

Gold’s contenders for the captaincy, with it being a short-term job given that Lambie will return to lead the side in next week’s home game against the Crusaders, amounts to senior players in Ryan Kankowski, Marco Wentzel and stand-in flyhalf Francois Steyn.

The latter leads from the front, is hugely experienced and is not short of battle lust – but then the same can be said for Bismarck, and Steyn himself has twice been carded in three games.

Hot-headed Steyn and red-misted Du Plessis shared an unexpected shower half an hour into the Sharks’ game against the Chiefs … Steyn was later exonerated by a SANZAR judicial hearing for a tackle accusation but, given his short fuse and the fact that he is being moved to a new position, flyhalf, it might not be prudent to encumber him with the responsibility of leading the team.

Wentzel is probably the man for the job. Springbok fans with selectively dim memories of Rudolf Straeuli’s troubled tenure in the early 2000s, might have forgotten that Wentzel was one of Straeuli’s notorious run of one-Bok wonders. Straeuli, having tried everything including forcing the Boks to stand naked in a freezing dam and at gun point to sing “hey diddle, the cat had a fiddle,” then turned his shot gun on the stars and, with eyes closed, implored Danie Craven to drop a Frik du Preez or two out of the star-spangled sky.

With respect to Wentzel, who got his shot under Straeuli in 2002, he has gone on to become a respected ambassador for the South African game, playing more than 10 years in Europe for various Italian and English clubs.

He is exceptional at running the lineout, in the way of Victor Matfield, and with the 35-year-old now having taken over this role from the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit, coach Gary Gold might not want to deflect his focus from this crucial job by giving him the captaincy.

A better bet, given that this is a one-off job, is look to a player such as Kankowski, who has a fairly uncluttered role at No 8. He has played 101 matches at Super Rugby level, is in good form, does not have an undisciplined bone in his body, and will relish the responsibility given to him.

By Martin Myers

HEART 104.9FM SA TOP 10 – 19 March 2015 -RJ BENJAMIN AND ZYON AT 3

RJ Benjamin at Heart 104.9fm talking about the new Single with Zyon -New album coming out on 5 /5/2015

SA TOP 10 – 19 March 2015
POS. ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L.W. PEAK W.O.C. Notes
1 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Up 2 3 1 (2 & 1) 8 Highest Climber
2 Can Skylark Timebomb Down 1 1 1 (2 & 1) 9 Last Week’s #1
3 RJ Benjamin Only Ever Loved You Down 1 2 2 6
4 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Up 1 5 4 3
5 Tellaman feat. Lastee Intoxicated New - 5 1
6 Donald Your Joy NC 6 6 5
7 Tellaman feat. OK Malum Koolkat Drinks And Music Down 3 4 3 10 Biggest Faller
8 Muzart Oh Yeah Down 1 7 1 (4) 13 Longest Running Song
9 Mariechan Live My Life NC 9 9 2
10 Can Skylark Ain’t No Doubt (Diggy Bongz Remix) Down 2 8 5 6
DROPPED OUT THIS WEEK
ARTIST SONG TITLE L.W. PEAK T.W.O.C.
Mi Casa Your Body 10 1 (3) 17

HEART TOP 40 – 21 MARCH 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 21 MARCH 2015
POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES
1 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do Up 1 2 1 3
2 Maroon 5 Sugar Down 1 1 1 (2) 6 Last Week’s #1
3 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Up 4 7 2 8 SA Top 10 #1
4 Dionne Warwick feat. Cee-Lo Green Feels So Good Up 9 13 4 4
5 Taylor Swift Blank Space Down 2 3 3 7
6 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband Down 2 4 4 3
7 Can Skylark Timebomb Up 4 11 7 9
8 Mary J Blige Right Now Down 3 5 5 9
9 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud Down 3 6 1 (3) 9
10 David Guetta feat. Sam Martin Dangerous Down 2 8 6 6
11 Selena Gomez The Heart Want What It Wants Up 5 16 16 3
12 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Down 3 9 1 (6) 16
13 Mi Casa Your Body Down 3 10 3 18
14 Ed Sheeran Don’t Down 2 12 8 10
15 One Direction Steal My Girl NC 15 15 2
16 Sam Smith Like I Can Up 10 26 16 3 Joint Highest Climber
17 Muzart Oh Yeah NC 17 7 10
18 Chris Brown Time For Love NC 18 2 18
19 Jessie J, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Bang Bang Up 10 29 13 10 Joint Highest Climber
20 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Down 1 19 19 3
21 Ed Sheeran Runaway Up 9 30 21 2
22 Duke Dumont feat. Jax Jones I Got U Down 2 20 13 13
23 Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo Time Of Our Lives Down 2 21 5 14
24 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Real Love Down 10 14 6 14
25 Sia You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile Up 9 34 25 2
26 Giorgio Moroder feat. Kylie Minogue Right Here, Right Now Up 9 35 26 3
27 Taylor Swift Shake It Off Down 5 22 10 12
28 Boyz II Men Losing Sleep Up 3 31 28 3
29 Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney FourFiveSeconds New - 29 1
30 James Newton Howard feat. Jennifer Lawrence The Hanging Tree Down 6 24 24 3
31 Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Love Me Harder Down 6 25 25 3
32 Ella Henderson Rockets Down 5 27 2 19 Joint Longest Running Song
33 Nick Jonas Jealous Up 3 36 25 3
34 Sam Smith Restart Down 6 28 7 16
35 The Weeknd Earned It New - 35 1
36 Meghan Trainor Lips Are Movin’ Down 13 23 3 19 Joint Longest Running Song & Biggest Faller
37 Olly Murs feat. Travie McCoy Wrapped Up Down 5 32 14 15
38 Gracetown Band Kristan Wood Down 5 33 20 7
39 Chris Brown Add Me In Down 2 37 19 14
40 Tellaman feat. OK Malum Koolkat Drinks And Music Down 2 38 18 8
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