BOKS LOSE AGAINST AUUSTRAILIA
Azee and Seth ,when your father speaks to you..listen. Iphoned Azee on Saturday. He started citing injuries and a depleted Bok squad for the defeat.
Wing Bryan Habana pre-empted any criticism from afar on Saturday when he magnaminously took the blame for the Springboks' failure to score a try in their 16-9 defeat to the Wallabies in Perth.
Calling all Springbok supporters! Send us your Fan pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and win great prizes from Sony and Sony Ericsson! Habana is at ease with the fact that supporters back home expect him to score every time he gets the ball within sight of the tryline, even if the rest of the Springbok attack was missing a few prongs on Saturday.
With the second half drawing to a furious conclusion, Habana could have really ruffled the Aussies if he had squeezed in at the left corner for a try that would have levelled the game if converted.
He seemed to have enough space for the try to be a certainty, but replacement centre Ryan Cross, on for injured captain Stirling Mortlock, pulled off a great tackle and Habana dropped the ball on the line. After consultation with television match official Glenn Newman, the try was quite rightly disallowed. It summed up a match in which the Springboks paid for a lack of attention to detail in their finishing.
Habana later called it a situation in which he would have expected to score.
"By my standards, in that situation I would back myself to convert so I feel that I let the team down and myself. We pride ourselves on our execution, but I wasn't able to finish the job off," Habana said without a hint of affectation.
Habana said the near miss had brought home to him the importance of taking every chance that came his way.
"At this level you don't get many opportunities. Things didn't go as planned for us today, we had a couple of chances that we didn't take and that cost us the game," he said.
There promises to be a nervous wait for the Springboks to see how serious Habana's shoulder injury, which forced him off after 66 minutes, is.
Schalk Burger, who as usual had the fur flying in the loose exchanges, went off with a neck injury after 49 minutes. No one is daring to contemplate that it might be a recurrence of the injury that kept him out of most of the 2006 season.
Burger hid a cracked vertebra remarkably well in completing a 29-15 win over Scotland in Port Elizabeth but then had to have an operation and there were serious doubts that he would ever be seen on a rugby field again.
It does not bear thinking about that a similar sort of injury could see the son going down on a glorious career.
TEST SERIES:ENGLAND VS SA
I pit stopped at Riyad Loonat on Friday evening. I went to deliver his fantasy trophies. We were watching the close of play and the AMLA vs Vaughn Catching incident, that sparked alot of controversy. obviously Hash being the man that he is began walking and in my opinion not doubting the England Captain Vaughn. Though replays clearly showed that Hash was not Out. Smith and Arthur ordered Hash back. The incident wasnt made easier after AB'S catching incident with Straus. It was good to see the doc getting all emotional out there with Smith, enhancing his passion to the cause.
In my opinion f#4k the English...Has showed sportsmanship, It was Vaughn thats was the MUGG. But England are reeling with two days to play
KAISER CHIEFS 1 MAN UTD 1
According to the theory of the presenter during Italia 90.
Chelsea drew with Man Utd. Man Utd drew with Chiefs ,therefore Chiefs are on par with Chelsea and better than liverpool
Obviously it was a game where the MANCS were not going to go all out and I was surprised that they had so many first teamers on hand. Maybe Ferguson was afraid of Cape Town after his incident from the last time. So he couldnt express himself and his tactics.
The draw obviously didnt stop the Liverpool fans from having a go at teh MANCS. Drawing against f#4ken Kaiser Chiefs.
But when I always talk about that Man Utd p#$@ mentality. We could see it on Wayne Rooney, going in recklessly and getting carded in a friendly.
Apart from that, lets see the bucanners, and what they can do come the week