Sharks tour report 2015 -Oops what a tour !

There was an almost comical moment in the 69th minute of the Sharks’ 21-14 victory over the Reds on Friday which both summed up their season and also what needed to happen for them to snap out of a six-match losing streak.

There was scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer limping near the Reds line in clear discomfort and wanting to leave the field after the ball had been cleared from a ruck, when suddenly the ball screwed laterally from the boot of James O’Connor, who was attempting a regulation clearance, straight into the gut of Ungerer. In golf terms it was a shank, and for Ungerer, It was like one of those slip catches in cricket that either stick or they don’t, and the former SA Under 20 scrumhalf literally staggered three metres over the line for a freak try, and then off the field with a yet to be disclosed injury.

Despite yet another injury, finally the Sharks had had the bounce of the ball, the rub of the green, call it what you like, because O’Connor has probably never made a howler of that nature before and is unlikely to repeat it.

Earlier the Sharks had seen lock Stefan Lewies carted off with a dislocated knee cap, centre Francois Steyn leave the field midway through the second half with what looked like a pectoral injury after having been an influential presence, and replacement prop Dale Chadwick go off in considerable pain not long after replacing the Beast.

The Sharks had led from the third minute but looked to be out on their feet as the match entered the final quarter, and the momentum was with the Queenslanders, who then conspired to give the Sharks mental boosts to hang on for the win. There was O’Connor’s fluffed kick and not long after Reds centre Samu Kerevi had blasted clean through, with only Lwazi Mvovo at the back to beat, when he inexplicably kicked ahead instead of passing inside to his supporters. Mvovo caught and marked the ball and a certain seven-pointer was averted.

It is true that the rugby gods have been looking every which way but at the Sharks throughout their campaign – it seems a season ago that in a third-round match against the Bulls at Loftus a series of poor decisions by referee Johan Greeff possibly cost them the result – and injuries have mounted after each game. They also had “Mr Bean”, alias Rohan Hoffman, last week in Sydney.

But let’s not gloss over the Sharks’ self-created deficiencies this season. They have been their own worst enemies as far as discipline and defence are concerned, and in some games it has seemed that some big names have been cruising while others have been busting a gut.

Week in week out we have seen loose forwards Marcell Coetzee and Renaldo Bothma standing out for unstinting effort, and veteran lock Marco Wentzel has won much respect since taking over the captaincy from Bismarck du Plessis.

But you need the whole pack to fire at the same time if you are to win the close games. That is when you start getting the rub of the green …

Outside centre JP Pietersen, having been dormant for so long, was another who burst into life with a huge performance, particularly on defence.

On their opening game on tour, the Sharks were terrible against the Highlanders in Dunedin but as a team they then started fighting, and there were disheartening losses to the Hurricanes and Waratahs, who could easily have lost those games had the Sharks not been inconsistent on defence, missing 30 tackles in each of those games against leading teams in the competition.

Perhaps the best thing to come out of the face-saving win against the Reds was the tenacity of the team. As early as the fifth-minute of the second half, Wentzel told the referee that his players were struggling because most of them were “walking wounded’, and they needed more time at stoppages to get medical attention.

Hooker Bismarck du Plessis was immense in setting the example that he failed to do when he was captain and then suspended for four weeks. He was at his belligerent best and on tour has shown the form required to reinstate him as No 1 Springbok hooker ahead of Adriaan Strauss.

The tour also unveiled new backline players that injury to stars otherwise would have kept unearthed.

Scrumhalf Ungerer comes home injured but with a reputation he did not have a month ago having been third choice behind Cobus Reinach, who was injured after the Highlanders game, and Conrad Hoffman, whom he has outplayed.

Similarly, flyhalf Lionel Cronje has taken his chances while the same possibly cannot be said for Fred Zeilinga, who was the second-choice behind Patrick Lambie at the start of the season.

Cronje and Ungerer have been the 9-10 combination for the last three games.

The Sharks won ugly against the Reds, let’s not fool ourselves, with guts and good fortune winning the day. The challenge now is to use the victory to polish up their game to beat the Rebels this week and the Stormers next week, both games being at Kings Park, and then we can truly speak about pride and respect being restored.

by Mike Greenaway

HEART TOP 40 – 23 MAY 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 23 MAY 2015
1 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me NC 1 1 (2) 5 Last Week’s #1
2 Nick Jonas Jealous Up 4 6 2 11
3 Iggy Azalea feat. Jennifer Hudson Trouble Down 1 2 1 7
4 Ariana Grande One Last time Down 1 3 2 7
5 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Down 1 4 4 5
6 Selena Gomez The Heart Want What It Wants Down 1 5 1 (4) 11
7 Sam Smith feat. John Legend Lay Me Down Up 14 21 7 2
8 Gracetown Kristan Wood Up 2 10 7 15
9 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Down 2 7 7 11 SA Top 10 #1
10 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband Down 2 8 4 11
11 Clean Bandit feat. Alex Newell, Sean Bass & Olly Alexander Stronger Down 2 9 9 5
12 Four7 feat. Tiffany J’Adore Down 1 11 2 7
13 Dionne Warwick feat. Cee-Lo Green Feels So Good Up 7 20 4 12
14 Maroon 5 Sugar Down 2 12 1 (2) 14
15 Charlie Wilson feat. Snoop Dogg Infectious Up 17 32 15 1 Highest Climber
16 Boyz II Men Losing Sleep Down 3 13 13 11
17 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do Down 3 14 1 (3) 11
18 Taylor Swift Blank Space Down 3 15 3 15
19 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Down 3 16 16 8
20 Taylor Swift Style Up 10 30 20 2
21 Simply Red Shine On (Max Bidda Radio Mix) Up 1 22 21 3
22 Toya Delazy feat. Cassper Nyovest My City Down 5 17 12 3 Joint Biggest Faller
23 Omarion feat. Chris Brown Post To Be Down 5 18 15 4 Joint Biggest Faller
24 Magic! No Way No Down 5 19 16 8 Joint Biggest Faller
25 Mary J Blige Right Now Up 6 31 5 17
26 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Down 3 23 2 16
27 Can Skylark Timebomb Down 3 24 7 17
28 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em Down 3 25 22 4
29 Sia You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile Down 3 26 17 10
30 Mi Casa Bora Viver Down 3 27 23 6
31 Ciara I Bet Down 3 28 24 5
32 Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Love Me Harder Down 3 29 10 11
33 The Weeknd Earned It NC 33 25 9
34 One Direction Steal My Girl NC 34 2 10
35 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk NC 35 1 (6) 24 Longest Running Song
36 Sam Smith Like I Can NC 36 15 11
37 Ed Sheeran Runaway NC 37 21 10
38 David Guetta feat. Sam Martin Dangerous NC 38 6 14
39 Muzart Oh Yeah NC 39 7 18
40 Eryn Laguma You Are So Beautiful NC 40 31 6

The 100 greatest South African Songs as rated by the Sunday Times

The full 100

Here they are, in chronological order, chosen by a 20-strong panel of LS writers using three criteria: 1) musical brilliance; 2) popular success; 3) impact on the national mind. Some tracks aced one category and flunked the other two, but plenty ticked all three boxes. Which immortal hits have we missed? Tune us the odds at lifestyle

1. Phalafala Dolly Rathebe and the Elite Swingsters (1964)

2. Pata Pata Miriam Makeba (written in 1957 with Dorothy Masuka, but a global hit in 1967)

3. Master Jack Four Jacks And A Jill (1968)

4. Yakhal’ Inkomo Winston “Mankunku” Ngozi (1968)

5. For your Precious Love The Flames (1968)

6. The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson Des and Dawn Lindberg (1971)

7. Nomathemba Letta Mbulu (1973)

8. Mama Tembu’s Wedding Margaret Singana (1973)

9. Stimela Hugh Masekela (1974)

10. Mannenberg Abdullah Ibrahim (1974)

11. Charlie Rabbitt (1975)

12. Blues For a Hip King Abdullah Ibrahim (1975)

13. Marabi Malombo (1976)

14. Chocolate Toffee Saitana (1976)

15. Substitute Clout (1978)

16. Universal Men Juluka (1979)

17. ZX Dan The Radio Rats (1979)

18. Jo Bangles Baxtop (1979)

19. Paradise Road Joy (1980)

20. Party Harari (1981)

21. Man on the Moon Ballyhoo (1981)

22. Impi Juluka (1981)

23. The Bushman Steve Kekana (1982)

24. Isiphiwo Soul Brothers (1982)

25. Hey Boy Via Afrika (1983)

26. Shadows éVoid (1983)

27. Weekend Special Brenda Fassie (1983)

28. Shot Down The Cherry Faced Lurchers (1983)

29. See Yourself (Clowns) Ella Mental (1984)

30. Burnout Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse (1984)

31. Is it an Ism or is it Art? Niki Daly (1984)

32. Jabulani Hotline featuring PJ Powers (1984)

33. I’m in Love with a DJ Yvonne Chaka Chaka (1985)

34. Stimela sazeZola – Mbongeni Ngema (1985)

35. Reggae Vibes is Cool Bernoldus Niemand (1985)

36. This Boy Sweatband (1986)

37. National Madness The Aeroplanes (1986)

38. Change is Pain Mzwakhe Mbuli (1986)

39. Homeless Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1986)

40. Johnny Calls the Chemist Falling Mirror (1986)

41. Now or Never Sankomota (1987)

42. Ten Ten Special African Jazz Pioneers (1987)

43. Scatterlings of Africa Johnny Clegg and Savuka (1987)

44. Weeping Bright Blue (1987)

45. Hillbrow Johannes Kerkorrel (1988)

46. Quick Quick Marcalex (1989)

47. Slave Lucky Dube (1990)

48. Shake Tananas (1990)

49. Special Star Mango Groove (1990)

50. Tomorrow Nation O’Yaba (1991)

51. I’m in Love with a Rastaman Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens (1991)

52. Sarafina! Hugh Masekela (1992)

53. It’s About Time Boom Shaka (1993)

54. The Crossing Johnny Clegg (1993)

55. Mmalo-We Bayete (1994)

56. Never Again Prophets of Da City (1994)

57. When You Come Back Vusi Mahlasela (1994)

58. Waar Was Jy? Skeem (1994)

59. Sea Level Urban Creep (1995)

60. The Child Inside Qkumba Zoo (1995)

61. Kaffir Arthur Mafokate (1995)

62. African Dream Vicky Sampson (1996)

63. Kiss the Machine Battery 9 (1996)

64. Magasman Trompies (1997)

65. Stand in your Way Just Jinger (1997)

66. Fords Nissans Toys en Beetles Brasse vannie Kaap (1997)

67. Shibobo TKZee (1998)

68. Vul’indlela Brenda Fassie (1998)

69. Yehlisan’ Umoya Busi Mhlongo (1998)

70. Sondela Ringo Madlingozi (1999)

71. Thathi Sgubu Bongo Maffin (1999)

72. Blue Eyes Springbok Nude Girls (1999)

73. Genes & Spirits Moses Molelekwa (2000)

74. Born in a Taxi Blk Sonshine (2000)

75. Nkalakatha Mandoza (2000)

76. Afrikaners is Plesierig Karen Zoid (2001)

77. Meisie Meisie Kurt Darren (2001)

78. Ghetto Fabulous Zola & Kaybee (2002)

79. Ndihamba Nawe Mafikizolo (2002)

80. Ayelekile Amasango Ismael (2002)

81. Picture Perfect Perez (2002)

82. Midnight 340ml (2003)

83. Umoya Skwatta Kamp (2003)

84. Nomvula (After the Rain) Freshlyground 2003

85. Destiny Malaika (2004)

86. Nizalwa Ngobani Thandiswa Mazwai (2004)

87. Matofotofo Pitch Black Afro (2004)

88. Akekh’ uGogo Mzekezeke (2005)

89. Whistling in Tongues Felix Laband (2005)

90. De La Rey Bok van Blerk (2006)

91. Sister Bethina Mgarimbe (2006)

92. Feel Good Lira (2007)

93. Bantu Biko Street Simphiwe Dana (2007)

94. Show Dem (Make the Circle Bigger) JR feat Hip-Hop Pantsula (2009)

95. Cooler as Ekke Jack Parow (2010)

96. Enter the Ninja Die Antwoord (2010)

97. Fairytale Liquideep (2010)

98. Tot Die Son Uitkom Van Coke Cartel (2011)

99. Loliwe Zahara (2011)

100. Hosanna The Brother Moves on (2013)

Crusaders team to play the Waratahs in must win clash

The Crusaders head to Sydney this evening to prepare for their clash with the Waratahs on Saturday night. Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made five changes to the side that beat the Reds two weeks ago.

Keeping the number 1 jersey this week is prop Wyatt Crockett, who will become the most capped Crusader ever as he plays his 152nd game and surpasses Corey Flynn’s record. There are changes in the other front row positions though, with hookers Ben Funnell and Codie Taylor rotating again so that Funnell takes the starting spot on Saturday night, and prop Owen Franks returning to the starting fifteen. Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala will provide prop cover from the bench.

Luke Romano returns at lock and Richie McCaw is back at 7, with Matt Todd taking a place in the reserves.

The only change in the backline is at halfback, with Mitchell Drummond rotating into the starting spot and Andy Ellis providing cover from the bench.

Israel Dagg will make his return from injury off the bench, having recovered from a calf strain.

Kick off is at 9:40pm (NZT) on Saturday night.

Crusaders team to play the Waratahs:

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

Springbok lock Pieter-Steph-du Toit says no to Stormers

There was a strong ray of sunshine for the Sharks yesterday when Springbok lock Pieter-Steph-du Toit lit up the Super Rugby gloom by re-committing himself to the Durban franchise, despite massive interest from the Stormers, the franchise of the 22-year-year old’s birth and upbringing.

Du Toit, who is from a farm in the Swartland in the Western Cape, was talented-spotted by the Sharks Academy when he was at an unfashionable school near his family’s olive oil farm, and despite recent efforts from the Cape to reclaim him, Du Toit yesterday said his future was with the Sharks.

He also has a younger brother who has been playing for the Sharks XV, also at lock, in the Vodacom Cup.

“Frankly I do not know what all the fuss is about me joining the Stormers,” Du Toit said. “I have heard the rumours, but the truth is I am a Shark and, never mind anything else, I have a debt to pay to a franchise that welcomed me with open arms when I was a nobody out of school, and then have stuck by me for two years when I was mostly injured. I need to honour that debt, and I want to.”

Du Toit played three Super Rugby games for the Sharks in 2014 because of a knee injury and this year, just four, before being cruelly struck down by a similar injury to the same knee in the match against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

It was initially feared that he would not play again this year and it is nothing short of remarkable that the Sharks medical staff have him on track for the World Cup.

“I am in Durban doing my rehab and have been blessed that the injury is not as bad as it was last year, and there is a lifeline for me to the Springboks,” Du Toit said. “And that will be with the Sharks in the early rounds of the Currie Cup, and the plan is that I will play for a Bok team against a World XV/baa baas on June 11.

“In the meantime, I owe the Sharks for loyally sticking by me through my injuries, and Durban is where I see my future in 2016 and beyond,” the humble lock said.

This will come as a disappointment to a Stormers coaching staff that would have envisaged a dream second-row team of Eben Etsebeth and Du Toit, the pair clearly being the future lock combination of Springbok rugby.

But the Sharks also have a team to rebuild and they see Du Toit as one of their foundation stones. They are inevitably going to lose players after the World Cup in September, Willem Alberts being the first confirmed casualty to the French club system. And nobody will raise any eyebrows that French club Montpellier, coached by former Sharks coach Jake White, has said through the French media that Bismarck and Jannie du Plesiss will be their new signings.

The Sharks did not comment on this yesterday, just as they have not done over the last five years that French clubs have made similar announcements. The Du Plessis brothers have been going to France for years … and never end up going because they want to be near their terminally ill father, on the family farm in Bethlehem.

But back to the here and now and Du Toit.

“My plan is to play for the Sharks,” he said. “They are a great union and it is the great unions that rebound from difficult seasons. I have watched my team with my head in my hands the whole season – when it is not going for you, you can just about forget it until the next game.

“And then you start again. No Sharks player has given anything less of his best,” he said. “And this week will be no different and no less tougher. The Reds are coming together after a difficult season, and our guys have had enough of losing, so this amounts to an absolute cracker. My hands will be on my head again!”

The Sharks return home on Sunday and Du Toit will not be involved in their two remaining Super Rugby games, at home to the Rebels and then to the Stormers.

By Mike Greenaway

2 weeks at number 1 for RJ BENJAMIN AND PROVERB- HEART 104.9FM SA TOP 10 – 14 MAY 2015

SA TOP 10 – 14 MAY 2015
1 RJ Benjamin feat. Proverb All Falls Down NC 1 1 (2) 3 Last Week’s #1
2 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) NC 2 2 11 Longest Running Song
3 Four7 feat. Tiffany J’Adore Up 1 4 1 (3) 8
4 Mi Casa Bora Viver Up 1 5 3 6
5 Toya Delazy feat. Cassper Nyovest My City Down 2 3 1 7 Biggest Faller
6 Dolcevita Nobody Up 2 8 6 2 Highest Climber
7 Tellaman feat. Lastee Intoxicated NC 7 3 9
8 Lloyd Cele Best I Ever had New 8 1
9 Panache Boyz feat. Crystyle Peter Angel NC 9 8 3
10 Eryn Laguma You Are So Beautiful NC 10 7 7

HEART 104.9fm TOP 40 – 9 May 2015

HEART TOP 40 – 9 MAY 2015
1 Iggy Azalea feat. Jennifer Hudson Trouble Up 2 3 1 6
2 Ariana Grande One Last time NC 2 2 6
3 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me Up 18 21 3 4 Highest Climber
4 Selena Gomez The Heart Want What It Wants Down 3 1 1 (4) 10 Last Week’s #1
5 Nick Jonas Jealous Down 1 4 4 10
6 Meghan Trainor Dear Future Husband Down 1 5 4 10
7 Gracetown Kristan Wood Up 3 10 7 14
8 Jess Glynne Hold My Hand Down 2 6 6 4
9 Four7 feat. Tiffany J’Adore Down 2 7 2 6
10 Maroon 5 Sugar Down 2 8 1 (2) 13
11 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do Down 2 9 1 (3) 10
12 Clean Bandit feat. Alex Newell, Sean Bass & Olly Alexander Stronger Up 2 14 12 4
13 Taylor Swift Blank Space Down 2 11 3 14
14 Toya Delazy feat. Cassper Nyovest My City Down 2 12 12 2
15 Omarion feat. Chris Brown Post To Be Up 13 28 15 3
16 Magic! No Way No Up 16 32 16 7
17 Dionne Warwick feat. Cee-Lo Green Feels So Good Down 4 13 4 11
18 Natalie La Rose feat. Jeremih Somebody Up 4 22 18 7
19 Beatenberg Beauty Like A Tightened Bow (Chris Sen Remix) Down 4 15 11 10
20 Jimmy Nevis 7764 Down 3 17 2 15
21 Can Skylark Timebomb Down 3 18 7 16
22 Jeremih feat. YG Don’t Tell ‘Em Up 5 27 22 3
23 Sia You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile Up 7 30 17 9
24 Simply Red Shine On (Max Bidda Radio Mix) Up 7 31 24 2
25 Sam Smith feat. John Legend Lay Me Down New 25 1
26 Ciara I Bet Down 2 24 24 4
27 Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Love Me Harder Down 8 19 10 10
28 Mary J Blige Right Now Down 8 20 5 16
29 Boyz II Men Losing Sleep NC 29 26 10
30 The Weeknd Earned It Up 5 35 25 8
31 One Direction Steal My Girl Down 15 16 2 9 Biggest Faller
32 Mi Casa Bora Viver Down 9 23 23 5
33 Taylor Swift Style New 33 1
34 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Down 9 25 1 (6) 23 Longest Running Song
35 Sam Smith Like I Can Down 9 26 15 10
36 Ed Sheeran Runaway Up 2 38 21 9
37 David Guetta feat. Sam Martin Dangerous Down 4 33 6 13
38 Muzart Oh Yeah Down 4 34 7 17
39 Eryn Laguma You Are So Beautiful Down 2 37 31 5
40 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Real Love Down 1 39 6 21

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