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In an ideal world we could tear up the script for the Springboks’ 2016 season and push the restart button, with a host of new protagonists on centre stage.
But it is not going to happen and Allister Coetzee and his inexperienced support staff will beat on against the tide, labouring ever more into the eye of the storm.
The question is this. What can the South African Rugby Union do to at least make the passage to the next World Cup steadier, and what can Coetzee himself do, selection-wise, to right the listing ship?
Coetzee said after the weekend’s catastrophe in Christchurch that certain players had not risen to the occasion after a series of opportunities, against Ireland, Argentina, Australia and now New Zealand.
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That is surely the death knell for Elton Jantjies and while Morne Steyn is next in line at flyhalf for the Loftus Versfeld Test against Australia, Coetzee will be tempted to fast-track Patrick Lambie into the squad, at least for a bench spot. It is a just a pity that the Sharks have a bye this weekend, preventing Lambie from building on his comeback against Eastern Province at the weekend after three months of concussion.
Coetzee is faced with a number of selection conundrums as the pressure cooker starts to whistle a haunting tune. Three wins and four losses from seven Tests is a living nightmare for a Springbok coach in the first year of the job.
Considering that he is now picking overseas players with impunity – the call-up of veteran Willem Alberts from France remains a mystery given that South Africa is never short of loose forwards – why not now go the whole hog and refloat Battleship Bismarck?
If Coetzee is looking for a quick fix to get immediate results then he might as well abandon the pretext of leaning towards home-based players, and recall South Africa’s most combative forward, who is setting French rugby on fire at Montpellier.
And Frans Steyn could accompany Du Plessis on the journey from Montpellier. The former Sharks centre (and the youngest ever winner of a World Cup gold medal, at 19, in 2007), is another former Bok in superb form, and heavens knows that No 12 is proving troublesome for Coetzee.
Damian de Allande and latterly Juan de Jongh have both struggled in the vital, play-making position, although to be fair to them, their causes have not been helped by Jantjies being sadly out of form.
In short, if Coetzee is going to select overseas-based players, then go the whole hog and select the best possible team to beat the Wallabies and the All Blacks in the remaining Rugby Championship games. The can of worms is already open; no good shutting the gate now, the Brumbies have already bolted …
At the moment, Coetzee’s selection policy is neither here nor there, pretty much reflecting the Boks’ game plan, But that is a story for another day.
Personally, this writer agrees with what Jake White first said when overseas-based players were first picked by Meyer some years ago: “South African rugby is making a rod for its own back by going this route,” White said. “The Currie Cup and Super Rugby teams will weaken as a result and thus also the base from which the Springbok coach must pick (the majority) of his players.”
Bismarck is world class and would give the Bok pack a physical edge. He would be arguably a short-term fix, as would Steyn, who has rejuvenated his career under White at Montpellier, but at this stage surely any fix will do for the Boks?
As for the Bok coaching staff, if Saru is to continue with Coetzee as coach, and they will, then they need to eat some humble pie and admit that he requires assistance. There is enough of it around. Proud South African rugby men such as Brendan Venter, Nick Mallett, White, Peter de Villiers and Heyneke Meyer would not resist a tug at their patriotic heart-strings if asked to consult to the Boks.
South Africa also has some of the best defence coaches in world rugby. Even bearing in mind how good the All Blacks are on attack, some of the tries conceded by the Boks came down to amateurish defence. Substitute scrumhalf TJ Perenara’s saunter to the Springbok line off the back of a set scrum springs to mind. What about a call to Omar Mouneimne, who sorted out the Sharks’ Super Rugby defence in a jiffy?
Coetzee as head coach is only as good as his backroom staff, and right now Coetzee appears to be a man lost at sea. Saru must wake up and throw him some lifebuoys.
By Mike Greenaway
September 15, 2016 Leave a comment
Academy of Sound Engineering will be hosting their next open day this Saturday, 17th September, from 09h00 till 17h00.
If Sound Engineering and Music Production is on your radar, this is not to be missed!
They will kick-start the day with presentations at 09h00 or 14h30, followed by a tour of the Campus and the opportunity for an application interview (Gr 12 or out of school may apply – please bring latest results). You can schedule an application interview if you would like to enrol for studies in 2017 on the day, or arrange for the following week.
Situated at 15 Wicht Crescent (De Roos Street) in Zonnebloem, they are on the MyCiti bus route and 5 minutes walk from the train station. Contact their Cape Town student advisor Brett Stone on bretts or 076 821 3664 (also via WhatsApp) for more info and to book.
The All Blacks side has been named to play South Africa at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, on Saturday 17 September 2016.
September 15, 2016 Leave a comment
The All Blacks side has been named to play South Africa in the Investec Rugby Championship at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, on Saturday 17 September 2016.
The matchday 23 is (with Test caps in brackets):
1. Joe Moody (16)
2. Dane Coles (42)
3. Owen Franks (83)
4. Brodie Retallick (53)
5. Samuel Whitelock (78)
6. Jerome Kaino (72)
7. Ardie Savea (5)
8. Kieran Read – captain (90)
9. Aaron Smith (53)
10. Beauden Barrett (42)
11. Julian Savea (46)
12. Ryan Crotty (20)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (18)
14. Israel Dagg (54)
15. Ben Smith (54)
16. Codie Taylor (6)
17. Wyatt Crockett (51)
18. Charlie Faumuina (39)
19. Luke Romano (25)
20. Matt Todd (3)
21. TJ Perenara (22)
22. Lima Sopoaga (2)
23. Anton Lienert-Brown (2)
The matchday 23 features just two changes from the team that played Argentina last weekend: Ardie Savea comes in for the injured Sam Cane in the starting 7 jersey, with Matt Todd coming into the 23 as loose forward cover; while Lima Sopoaga comes into the matchday 23, replacing Aaron Cruden, who has a groin strain.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “We’re really looking forward to Saturday’s encounter, as South Africa is one of our traditional foes. We have built up a great relationship over the last few years and respect the South Africans immensely.”
“We know they’ll be hurting and desperate to get a result after their loss on the weekend. Therefore, our personal preparation this week will have to be at the highest level — bone deep with real clarity,” he added.
“We’ve worked hard this week on improving in the areas we felt weren’t good enough last weekend. We’re confident that those areas have been addressed and our performance will be improved.
“Whilst we have been reasonably happy with our three games to date in the Investec Rugby Championship, we are always striving for improvement and with South Africa having their backs to the wall, we know nothing but our best will be good enough. Accuracy with intensity will be paramount.”
All Blacks v South Africa – key facts
• The All Blacks and South Africa have a history dating back to 1921 when the first Test between the sides was played at Carisbrook, Dunedin. The All Blacks won 13-5 that day.
• Since that day, the sides have played each other 91 times, with 53 wins to the All Blacks, 35 to South Africa and three draws. The most recent match was the 20-18 RWC semifinal last year. The All Blacks 58 percent winning record against South Africa is the lowest of all the team’s traditional rivals.
• All Blacks Captain Kieran Read has now won his first 15 Tests as captain, taking over the world record from All Blacks legend Sir Brian Lochore.
• Beauden Barrett has scored 303 points in first-class rugby already this year, including
• 80 points for the All Blacks. He has scored a total of 225 points in Test matches, which is tenth on the All Blacks list.
• Israel Dagg’s booming penalty goal last weekend was his second for the All Blacks and he is now on 98 points for the All Blacks.
September 1, 2016 Leave a comment
Adriaan Strauss to retire from Test rugby at the end of 2016
Adriaan Strauss will retire from Test rugby at the end of the 2016 season.
Strauss, who became the 57th Springbok captain against Ireland in June, said he had been contemplating retirement at the end of the season since late in 2015, and that he had informed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee of his thinking on his appointment earlier this year.
“When Coach Allister approached me to lead the team, I was both humbled and honoured,” Strauss said. “The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can and take things week by week, but back then I already told him that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
“I’ve always accepted the pressure and the challenge of playing for and captaining the Springboks, I feel it’s the right time to let my team-mates and our supporters know of the decision I made, with a greater plan in mind.”
Coetzee lauded Strauss for the role he is playing in empowering a new generation of Springbok players and developing a new team culture.
“I’ve known since day one that Adriaan was planning to retire at the end of 2016, but he is a vital component in our team and his role has been part of our succession planning in any case,” said Coetzee.
“He is a magnificent servant of the game in South Africa and doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. At a time when most players of his generation decided to move abroad, Adriaan chose to remain here, ploughing back into the game.
“Adriaan has captained the team with great courage in the past few months, often rallying the players on the field when real leadership was needed. He has also led by example during the week leading up to our Tests – none of which the public sees.
“I’ve come to know Adriaan as a player who only wants what is best for the team, so he will help the younger players and leaders come through the system, knowing they will need to get game time and exposure at Test level.”
Strauss said he had been stimulated by the challenge of being actively involved as captain at the start of a new era in Springbok rugby.
“I knew my role was going to extend beyond what happens on the field on a Saturday and that we were starting a building process of something special with a new group of players, many of whom will become Springbok greats,” he said.
“This is a young team and I’ve been honoured to work with a very talented group of players and leaders in establishing a new team culture. I believe the time is right to start giving more opportunities to this new generation and I’m happy to be used in any way the coach sees fit.
“It has never been about me. My point of view was always to do what is best for the team and I believe I’ve succeeded in making a contribution to the Springboks and South African rugby, which were two major reasons for me to retire.
“Every older player has this voice in the back of his head that he’d like to retire on his own terms, and I believe that is what I am doing.
“I’m very grateful for my Springbok career and to all coaches and team-mates who have played a role in my development as a player and as a human being. The last few months have been especially enjoyable, as well as massively challenging. My decision make it official is so that the coach and his management staff will have sufficient time to do their succession planning.
“The Springboks are lucky to have a massively passionate base of supporters, who are very critical of many aspects of the game. I would like to urge them to keep the faith and remain positive, because we’re on an exciting journey and this team will keep on working as hard as possible to make our supporters proud.”
Mini-biography for Adriaan Strauss – Springbok #800
Date and place of birth: 18 November 1985, Bloemfontein
Physical: 1.84m, 112kg
Education: Grey College, Bloemfontein; University of Pretoria
Springbok Test debut: SA vs Australia in Perth, 2008
Springbok Test caps and points: 59; 30 pts (6 tries)
Became the 57th Springbok captain in June 2016
Vodacom Super Rugby teams: Toyota Cheetahs, Vodacom Bulls (captained both teams)
Vodacom Super Rugby appearances: 132 (Toyota Cheetahs 97, a franchise record; Vodacom Bulls 35)
Vodacom Super Rugby points: 70 (14 tries)
Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year in 2013
Other teams: SA Schools (2003), SA U19 (2004), SA U21 (2005-06), British Barbarians (2011)
Issued by SA Rugby Communications
Now in its sixth year, Music Exchange (MEX16), a gathering of the entertainment industry’s b iggest strategists, marketers and musicians, will return to Cape Town on 8 and 9 September.
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Now in its sixth year, Music Exchange (MEX16), a gathering of the entertainment industry’s biggest strategists, marketers and musicians, will return to Cape Town on 8 and 9 September. Michael Bratt spoke to the event’s founder, Martin Myers, to find out more.
If you want to rub shoulders with entertainment industry players then MEX16 is for you. The gathering brings together industry experts, including both local and international thought leaders, intellectual capital and raw talent and offers artists, bands, actors and really anyone else the chance to amplify their intellectual capital.
The keynote speaker for this year’s event is legendary South African musician Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, who is also celebrating his golden anniversary. Others include Arthur Goldstuck, Mike Joubert, Samm Marshall, Sophia Foster, Lukas De Beer, Nick Matzukis, Siphokazi Jonas, Mornay Hoofmeyster, Steve Harris, Brian Mawdsley, Brandon Bakshi (BMI London), John Fishlock, Miles Keylock and many more.
“MEX16is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation,” Myers explains. “We’re extremely proud to be able to return for a sixth consecutive year, with some of the most important names and talents actively invested in music and film today.”
There are several objectives that Music Exchange hopes to achieve. These include advancing the betterment of the South African music, film and entertainment industry; providing training and skills development for music artists; celebrating and proliferating South African artists and fostering economic sustainability; offering a platform to connect brands with music performers and artists; and offering community artist management and PR social media mentorship.
MEX16is focused on excellence, storytelling, and journeys, and each of speakers will not only promote, but also punctuate the power of aural dictation
Over the two days, delegates will get to share and engage in lectures and collaborative breakout sessions, all geared to empower, edify and entertain. A wide range of topics, covering every aspect of the African and global entertainment economy will be explored. This includes the importance of arts and culture, insights into international trends, working in Africa, marketing, multi-media distribution mechanisms, and rights protection and how to be seen and heard in a local and global market both cluttered with more noise than harmony.
Since its inception Music Exchange has celebrated a number of successes. These include Evolver One completing their 3rd album and being invited to showcase at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Hollywood in 2011; Goodluck launching their debut album using principles learnt at the conference; a debate arising around the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening concert, that saw organisers respond by including more South African acts; award-winning actor Jeremy Crutchley attending and as a result, completing his debut album; Shannon Hope creating an iTunes contract and touring nationally to get brand exposure as a result of the digital platform talks held at the 2010 Conference; and international EDM music producer Charles Webster remixing and remaking material he heard at Music Exchange, just to name a few.
The event is taking place at Sun International’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World. Limited tickets are now on sale through Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets countrywide, online at Computicket. , or by calling 0861 915 8000. The price is only R200 for both days.
Music Exchange, is a non-profit organisation founded in 2009. It is a South African music, film and entertainment digital exchange network that leads to an annual three-day International music conference, master classes, workshops and showcase.