When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks?

When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks? Was the defining moment the disallowed try by England wing Mark Cueto? Was it Percy Montgomery’s soaring penalty goals or even that long-range effort by Frans Steyn before half time?

It was many things. But what if I suggested that the first major step to the title came the year before in the less than salubrious surrounds of the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg? And that quite possibly the biggest hero in the road to glory was (forgotten) Andre Pretorius?

Lest we forget … The year was 2006 and Jake White and John Smit’s Springboks had lost five matches in a row, including a humiliating 0-49 disaster against the Wallabies in Brisbane.

The week prior to Rustenburg, the All Blacks had put 45 points past the Boks at Loftus Versfeld and there were rumblings from all over South Africa, including the South African Rugby Union, that a sixth consecutive defeat would mean the sacking of White, which almost certainly would have meant a change of captain as well. There would have been an “ambulance job” appointment of a new coach and the Boks would have been overhauled.

In those days, the visiting Tri-Nations teams played back-to-back Tests, so it was the All Blacks once more in Rustenburg for a game that had massive consequences riding on it for White and Smit. Maybe it was the unglamorous setting, maybe it was the desperation of the Boks, but that game became a throwback to the amateur era in terms of the players belting the hell out of each other, and to heck with the TV cameras. It was a streetfight.

It came down to a moment late in the game when All Blacks No 8 Rodney So’oialo blatantly went offside at a ruck and English referee Chris White blew a penalty for the Boks, who were trailing 18-20.

It was not an easy kick, and 26000 South African fans at that rustic ground, and 22 Springbok players, held their breath and watched exultantly as Pretorius calmly guided the ball between the uprights.

The Boks won 21-20. A tearful John Smit almost suffocated Pretorius with gratitude, and the day was saved. The Bok celebrations that night at Sun City were epic. An All Blacks team that had won 15 Tests in a row had been beaten and the heat was (temporarily) off White and Smit. They lived to fight another day.

A year later they were holding aloft the Webb Ellis Cup at the Stade de France but what might have transpired had Pretorius missed that kick in Rustenburg?

White was on very thin ice and almost certainly would have been sacked had the Boks lost. Let’s not also forget that despite that reprieve in Rustenburg, White later that year was recalled from the Bok end-of-year tour to face a Saru enquiry after the Boks had lost their opening two tour games, to Ireland and England.

White rejoined the tour and the final match (for some reason) was a second Test against England, which the Boks won 25-14, again after a rallying ‘do-or-die’ speech from Smit.

It was a psychological turning point for Smit’s Boks. England visited South Africa in 2007 and got two 50-point hidings, in Bloemfontein and Pretoria, and the next occasion the countries met was in Paris at the World Cup. The Boks won that Pool game 36-0, and then, of course, the final.

All magnificent Springbok history … But would there have been a very different and quite forgettable tale of the Springboks at the 2007 Rugby World Cup had Pretorius missed that kick in the bundus of the highveld, and White and Smit lost their jobs?

Footnote

I was at the game with the writer Mike Greenaway (and he was not working ) and our gang of friends .The party after the game was off the chart at Traders in Sun City.I was a upset to put it mildly the All blacks lost and i paid the price

What great memories from an epic WEEKEND

BY Mike Greenaway

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

Hitting the High Notes with Hotstix and Riaan | SAMA 18

 

 

 

 

Sun City is an Electro-Indie-Pop duo from the sunshine capital of the world…Perth, Western A ustralia

My great friend Dave Thompson sent me this biog and song to play on our mesport show on the taxi between 2 and 3pm on Thurs which we will do ..Please log onto www.thetaxi.co.za , Tell us what you think, is the music better than the Western Force play rugby?

Sun City is an Electro-Indie-Pop duo from the sunshine capital of the world…Perth, Western Australia. Their sound blends classic analogue synth hooks with pumping baselines and dynamic vocals; resulting in energetic anthems that tell stories typical of the coming of age experiences of young Australians.

The duo consists of Daniel Mackey (22) and Tobias John (21) who are both multi-instrumental musicians. The pair met in high school where they both shared classical music scholarships and played and performed in a range of orchestras and ensembles together.

In January 2011, Sun City began recording and producing their songs with Andrew Wright (Gold Dust Construction studios, Perth). Within three weeks of releasing their first two tracks ‘City Lights’ and ‘The Escape’ to the public, Sun City placed both songs in the triple J unearthed (99.3 FM) national top 25 Indie chart and Overall Top 100 chart.

It is early days for Sun City, but they have already proved that they are capable of gaining the attention of the right people in the right places. With several large scale festival gigs on the immediate horizon, they are sure to be creating some much anticipated hype over the coming weeks and months.

Stay tuned and be part of the adventure.

E: suncitytheband

W: www.livefromsuncity.blogspot.com

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