Gig of the week – Sunday 11 October at 6pm

At Kaleidoscope Café 56 Main Road Claremont (–the home to Glenn Robertson Jazz band)

The Show features the Cape Horns with Didier Richards, Heinrich Isaacs and Don Vino

Tickets R120.00 phone 021 674 5761

The Boks are starting to look ominously dangerous

South Africa (20) 34

Scotland (3) 16

Mike Greenaway at St James’ Park

Sometimes arrogance and confidence can be confused and eyebrows were raised when Heyneke Meyer said midweek that that he was convinced his plan that had long ago been conceived for the World Cup was going to come together against the Scots and propel the team into the quarter-finals and beyond.

But Meyer is a passionate man and he truly believed that his brigade of old hands was coming into form and that with their injuries behind them, the team is not far off peaking at the right time.

Let’s give Meyer credit where it is due. The Boks are starting to look ominously dangerous and the other leading contenders for the Webb Ellis Cup will be looking over their shoulders at the rapidly improving Boks.

The difference Fourie du Preez has made since starting his first Test of the year last week against Samoa has been phenomenal. Meyer has never ceased telling us that Du Preez is key to the Boks’ campaign, and never were truer words said. His influence on the players around him cannot be understated, with Handre Pollard, for one, growing in confidence almost every minute he plays with the cool scrumhalf next to him.

Other key figures are also playing exceptional rugby – Bismarck du Plessis was immense, as was Duane Vermeulen and the evergreen Schalk Burger, but at the heart of the mighty Bok effort up front was the exuberant second row pairing of Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager. It is hard to imagine even Victor Matfield forcing his back in ahead of De Jager, the Man of the Match.

A blight on the Boks’ otherwise efficient performance was the old problem of discipline. They had spoken long and hard about it during the week after conceding 15 penalties against Samoa, with the goal being to bring it down to 10 or less, but we had the unfortunate sight of Jannie du Plessis being yellow carded for charging shoulder first into the side of a ruck.

Crazy stuff, especially after he was guilty of the same offence in the match against the World XV at Newlands earlier this season when he charged illegally into Bakkies Botha.

There was an inevitability about the Springboks’ opening score after relentlessly efficient phase play inched them ever closer to the line and eventually a barrage of Boks bustled over, with the try being awarded to Bismarck du Plessis.

The Boks had been superior in the early exchanges imposing themselves in the set pieces, stealing two lineout throws, dominating the set scrums and twice turning ball over at the rucks. The lineout drive was the next arrow taken out of the Springbok quiver and a 20m drive was rewarded with a penalty for Pollard to goal, extending the lead to 10 points after 17 minutes.

The confidence in the Boks was reflected in them taking a kick to the corner as early as the 23 minutes, although it also brought the Boks’ first lineout loss of the tournament, and when another penalty came their way in the 25th minute, right in front of the posts, captain Du Preez opted for the three points.

The Boks’ second try was an absolute gem and came timeously, on the stroke of half time. Even though a man short, the Boks drove resolutely from a lineout to within sniffing distance of the line and then Du Preez neatly popped a short pass out to JP Pietersen, who had come in off his wing, and there was no stopping the big fellow from such close quarters.

The hue contingent of Scots found their voice early in the second half when their team had a purple patch on the scoreboard. Greig Laidlaw added to his first half penalty and then there was an effective 14-point turnaround when Duncan Weir intercepted on his 22 with the Boks’ back line in full flight, and wing Tommy Seymour ended up scoring at the other end of the field.

It was suddenly 20-13 but Pollard steadied the ship with a coolly taken drop goal and the Boks were 10 points clear again at 23-13.

And then the last thing the Scots needed was for captain and scrumhalf Laidlaw to be binned for tackling Bryan Habana without the ball. In that time, Weir kicked two penalties and Pollard his third and fourth.

As was the case last week against Samoa, veteran win Habana had the final say, forcing his way over for his 61st Test try.


Springboks: Tries: Bismarck du Plessis, JP Pietersen, Bryan Habana. Conversions: Handre Pollard (2). Penalties; Pollard (4). Drop goal: Pollard

Scotland: Try: Tommy Seymour. Penalties Greg Laidlaw (2), Duncan Weir (2). Conversions: Laidlaw

About the World Rugby Hall of Fame:

The Hall of Fame was launched in 2006 with the induction of Rugby School and William Webb Ellis (England).

Since then the following legends have been inducted:
Baron Pierre de Coubertin (France), Danie Craven (South Africa), Wilson Whineray (New Zealand), Gareth Edwards (Wales), John Eales (Australia), the 1888 Natives team and Joseph Warbrick (New Zealand), Ned Haig and the Melrose Club (Scotland), Jack Kyle (Ireland), Philippe Sella (France), Hugo Porta (Argentina), William Maclagan (England), Barry Heatlie (South Africa), Benjamin Osler (South Africa), Cliff Morgan (Wales), Anthony O’Reilly (Ireland), Frik du Preez (South Africa), Syd Millar (Ireland), Willie John McBride (Ireland), Ian McGeechan (Scotland), Jean Prat (France), Andre and Guy Boniface (France), Lucien Mias (France), Serge Blanco (France), Harry Vassall and Alan Rotherham (England), Cardiff RFC and Frank Hancock (Wales), David Gallagher (New Zealand), Barbarian FC and William Carpmael (England), Mike Gibson (Ireland), Ian Roger Vanderfield (Australia), Richard Littlejohn (New Zealand), Nicholas Shehadie (Australia), John Kendall-Carpenter (England), David Kirk (New Zealand), Brian Lochore (New Zealand), Nick Farr-Jones (Australia), Bob Dwyer (Australia), Francois Pienaar (South Africa), George Christie (South Africa), Rod Macqueen (Australia), Gareth Rees (Canada), Clive Woodward (England), Jonah Lomu (New Zealand), Jake White (South Africa), Brian Lima (Samoa), Agustín Pichot (Argentina), Martin Johnson (England), John Smit (South Africa), Gordon Tietjens (New Zealand), Ian and Donald Campbell (Chile), Yoshihiro Sakata (Japan), the 1924 Romanian Olympic team, the gold medal-winning USA Olympic team of 1920 and 1924, Richard and Kennedy Tsimba (Zimbabwe), Alfred St George Hamersley (England), Vladimir Ilyushin (Russia), Waisale Serevi (Fiji), Gavin Hastings (Scotland), Ronnie Dawson (Ireland), David Bedell-Sivright, Bleddyn Williams (Wales), David Bedell-Sivright (Scotland), Robert Seddon and the 1888 British team, John Thornett (Australia), George Gregan (Australia), Mark Ella (Australia), Ken Catchpole (Australia), David Campese (Australia), Thomas Lawton (Australia), Colin Meads (New Zealand), George Nepia (New Zealand), Don Clarke (New Zealand), Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand), Michael Jones (New Zealand), Ian Kirkpatrick (New Zealand), John Kirwan (New Zealand), Fred Allen (New Zealand), Grant Fox (New Zealand), Grant Fox (New Zealand), Terry McLean (New Zealand), Graham Mourie (New Zealand), Nathalie Amiel (France), Gill Burns (England), Patty Jervey (USA), Carol Isherwood (England), Anna Richards (New Zealand), Farah Palmer (New Zealand), Keith Rowlands (Wales), Jim Greenwood (Scotland), JPR Williams (Wales), Michael Lynagh (Australia), Jo Maso (France), Keith Wood (Ireland), Ieuan Evans (Wales), Jason Leonard (England), Bill Beaumont (England), Gwyn Nicholls (Wales), Basil Maclear (Ireland), John Lewis Williams (Wales), Thomas Richards (Australia), Edgar Mobbs (England), Marcel Communeau (France), Ronald Poulton-Palmer (England), William Wavell Wakefield (England), Hennie Muller (South Africa), Bill McLaren (Scotland), Carwyn James (Wales), Tom Kiernan (Ireland), Barry John (Wales), Gerald Davies (Wales), Mervyn Davies (Wales), Gordon Brown (Scotland), Phil Bennett (Wales), Fergus Slattery (Ireland), Morne du Plessis (South Africa), Jean-Pierre Rives (France), Andy Irvine (Scotland), Naas Botha (South Africa), Danie Gerber (South Africa), Tim Horan (Australia) and Joost van der Westhuizen (South Africa).

Nelson Mandela inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame

World Rugby announced on Saturday that former South African state president, Nelson Mandela, had been posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The special ceremony took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday, before the Springboks’ match against Scotland during Rugby World Cup 2015.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset presented the coveted Hall of Fame cap to the Hon Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Gert C Oosthuizen MP and Francois Pienaar, captain of the South Africa team that won Rugby World Cup 1995 on home soil.

Lapasset said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game.

“Mandela certainly fits in that category. He was instrumental in turning Rugby World Cup 1995 into a momentous occasion that united the South African nation through the power of sport.

“By supporting the Springboks so passionately and publicly on their way to victory, Mandela helped to change attitudes, soften hearts and convince minds of the right course of history for his country to take and, in the process, became a wonderful example to us all.

“Now, 20 years on from that historic tournament, we are delighted to induct the former president into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. It is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for his country and our sport.”

South African Rugby Union President and World Rugby Vice-Chairman Oregan Hoskins said: “Madiba was a great man of vision, determination and integrity who performed a miracle that amazed the world as much as it amazed his fellow countrymen.

“His name will rank among the greatest humanitarians and this induction reflects rugby’s ever-lasting friendship and appreciation for a great man.”

For more information on the Hall of Fame visit,

HEART TOP 40 – 03 October 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 03 October 2015
1 The Weeknd Can’t Feel My Face NC 1 1 (2) 6 Last Week’s #1
2 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em Up 1 3 2 24
3 Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Omen Up 9 12 3 4
4 Silento Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Down 2 2 1 (3) 5
5 Shekhina feat. Kyle Deutsch Back To The Beach Down 1 4 4 9
6 Flo Rida feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White I Don’t Like It, I Love It Down 1 5 2 13
7 Jess Glynne Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself Down 1 6 4 10
8 Deorro feat. Chris Brown Five More Hours Up 5 13 8 11
9 Nick Jonas Levels Down 2 7 7 3
10 OMI Cheerleader Down 2 8 1 (2) 14
11 R.City feat. Adam Levine Locked Away Up 14 25 11 3 Highest Climber
12 Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend Like I’m Gonna Lose You Down 3 9 1 (3) 18
13 Calvin Harris & Disciples feat. Ina Wroldsen How Deep Is Your Love Down 3 10 9 7
14 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. Mo Lean On Down 3 11 7 13
15 Jidenna feat. Roman Gian Arthur Classic Man Down 1 14 13 4
16 Shout Smile Up 5 21 16 3
17 Trey Songz Change Your Mind Down 2 15 14 6
18 Adam Lambert Ghost Town Down 1 17 2 11
19 Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor Marvin Gaye Down 1 18 4 12
20 Maroon 5 This Summer Down 1 19 2 13
21 Ciara Dance Like We’re Making Love Down 1 20 17 5
22 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean Up 8 30 22 2
23 DJ Micks feat. Lebohang Hamba Down 1 22 8 17
24 Jess Glynne Ain’t Got Far To Go New 24 1
25 Awa Obvious Down 1 24 13 10
26 Rita Ora feat. Chris Brown Body On Me NC 26 26 2
27 Cee-Lo Green Robin Williams New 27 1
28 Pitbull feat. Chris Brown Fun Down 1 27 2 17
29 Janet Jackson feat. J. Cole No Sleeep Up 5 34 29 3
30 Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar Bad Blood Down 2 28 22 6
31 Smile feat. Mariechan Last Summer Down 2 29 24 10
32 Dbn Nyts feat. Zinhle Ngidi & Trade Mark Shumaya New 32 1
33 Little Mix Black Magic Down 2 31 15 15
34 Tori Kelly Nobody Love Down 1 33 13 19
35 Jamie Foxx feat. Kid Ink Baby’s In Love Up 1 36 25 15
36 MKTO Bad Girls New 36 1
37 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Down 21 16 1 28 Biggest Faller & Longest Running Song
38 Timo ODV feat. Sarah Jackson Save Me NC 38 3 16
39 Empire Cast feat. Estelle & Jussie Smollett Conquerer NC 39 28 8
40 Tinie Tempah feat. Jess Glynne Not Letting Go NC 40 22 14

Steve Hansen rebukes comments All Blacks under performing at Rugby World Cup

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defends his team’s performance against Georgia in pool play at the Rugby World Cup.

Steve Hansen has called for some perspective after the All Blacks eased into the quarterfinals at the Rugby World Cup with a scratchy 43-10 win over Georgia.

By the time the All Blacks coach had made his way underneath the hulking Millennium Stadium he was already aware of the general view that his side had not been impressive during their third pool match.

And after a couple of suggestive questions from the media pack, Hansen decided to cut in and give his view.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on the pitch perimeter at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

“Look, at the moment you are trying to qualify for a quarterfinal and you are trying to do things with a purpose,” Hansen said.

“Not necessarily are you trying to do everything, but you are trying to work on parts of your game – and that’s the attitude we’ve taken into this tournament.

“There are a lot of things we could have done better, yeah for sure. Our skill execution wasn’t great, but if there was one problem I’d say was easy to fix in this team it would be skill execution because we have plenty of talent.

The All Blacks manage a scrappy 43-10 bonus point win over Georgia at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

“But at the moment we are working on a few other things and the things we were working on tonight went pretty good. Would you say our game was great, no, but it doesn’t have to be yet.

“You don’t get gold medals for winning these games, you just get to qualify and I think we did that tonight.”

In other words, the All Blacks are slowly, but steadily putting together pieces of a puzzle they’re not keen to reveal to the world. And while they do it their game, as a whole, might not look quite as complete as people would like.

Hansen said the second tier nations had closed the gap on the rest of the world considerably since the 2011 World Cup and were now presenting a genuine contest. And he was adamant that would be a good thing for the All Blacks as they moved toward the knockout stages.

“At the start of this tournament everyone thought it was going to be easy and we wouldn’t get the problems we’d have to face later in the tournament. What I’ve found and what we’ve found so far is we’ve had little bits of problem solving we’ve had to do.

“Another one tonight was the shooter coming out, the sole defence coming out and that’s something we have to get better and better at. It’s nice to be put under that pressure.

“It would be great if we were winning by more points, but it doesn’t do anything for us. What we are getting at the moment is great. It’s making us go away and think about our game and work on various parts of it and getting them better.”

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw shared a similar view. Though he was still not happy with the team’s handling, he believed they had lifted a notch in the physicality stakes against a big Georgian pack.

“They are big boys who hoe in and it was pretty physical out there.. I thought for a lot of the game, especially up front and defensively we took a step up.

“If you look at the game as a whole it was a little disappointing some of the errors we made, but that’s an easy thing to fix.

“We are under no illusions it wasn’t perfect out there, but some of the intensity in the contact areas was definitely a step up.”

McCaw said he’d left the field with a sore quadricep, but was not in any doubt for next week’s match against Tonga and would have stayed on had his coaches subbed him.

– Stuff

BOKS IN BULLISH MOOD for Scotland today

Last week Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wore the look of a condemned man awaiting his date with the gallows but in the space of a week he is back to his bullish best, predicting that at a win over Scotland today will announce the Boks as firm contenders for the Webb Ellis Cup.

Perhaps it was the relief of pressure brought about by the impressive 46-6 win over a Samoan team that tackled savagely that has resulted in the usually cautious coach talking confidently about his World Cup plan coming together at the right time.

“Senior players that were injured for so long this year have returned and are building towards their best form and I really feel that if we can get past the Scotland game, the way the team is developing is going to make us very hard to beat,” Meyer said. “I think the World Cup is going to start talking about the Boks with a lot of respect because they know that when we play to our strengths and have our best players back, we are extremely dangerous. I would go so far as to say that when we peak, which has always been the plan for the latter games of the Pool phase, we will be almost impossible to beat.

Cocky words indeed for a coach that has lost his captain and vice captain to injury although the loss of Jean de Villiers has given the Boks the form centre pairing of Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel and with Victor Matfield hamstrung, few Bok supporters are complaining about Lood de Jager teaming up with Eben Etzebeth in a second row that is the envy of the rugby world.

Those injuries have also given Meyer the opportunity to hand the captaincy reins to a player that is like an extension of Meyer’s right hand. Meyer has been coaching Fourie du Preez since the 33-year-old was 19 and they are on exactly the same page when it comes to how the Springboks should play.

“We have the right mix and if each guy plays for the guy next to him and we play like South Africans can, then I don’t think anyone can beat us,” said Meyer.

The big carrot for the Boks, many of them still bruised from the Battle of Birmingham, is that most of them will be rewarded with a week off, with a B team sure to start against the USA in Wednesday’s game in London.

Speaking of B teams, the Scots seem to have one eye on their game next week against Samoa and have raised eyebrows by benching some of their regular starters.

But captain Greig Laidlaw disputes the allegation.

“I think that’s a little disrespectful to the players who have been selected,” the scrumhalf said. “We knew coming into this World Cup that it was going to be a 31-man effort and you need your squad. I think people must wait and see our performance rather than pre-judge.”

And miffed coach Vern Cotter added: “It’s a team that’s been selected to compete with South Africa (he has brought in some of his bigger players). This is our third game in 10 days, we’ve taken that into account but these players will be giving 100 percent of themselves. And it’s a team that will be competitive. We said we would need to use everyone and that’s the case now. It’s just time to step up.”

Cotter said that the critics of his selection could say what they liked and denied that he was looking ahead to Samoa, a side the Scots would be more confident of beating (they need to win one of their last two games to secure a quarter-final spot.

“We’re not looking at the Samoa game, that’s next week,” he said. “We’re concentrating on this game and we’re looking to put in a big performance, to have a real crack at these guys. If we get it right, we know where that takes us.

“Everybody saw that the Boks lifted the intensity both in attack and defence against Samoa,” Cotter continued. “They went back to a game that they’ve been playing over the past two years, which is about getting over the advantage line and then piling on pressure. They’ve got big powerful players as we know, and we are looking to counter that.”

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (c), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Richie Vernon, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Duncan Weir, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Dave Denton, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Josh Strauss, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid.

Subs: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Ryan Wilson, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Sean Lamont.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Leighton Hodges (Wales)

TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Mike Greenaway in Newcastle


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