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  • #2
    Manawatu Boars News and Team Selection (Round 1)

    I took charge of the Boars during Season 10, when they were known as the Bloemfontein Gorillas.

    Season 10 - League 2 3rd (beaten in the playoff final). Promising first season.

    Season 11 - League 2 5th.

    Season 12 - League 2 3rd (playoff final drawn)

    Season 13 - League 2 2nd (beaten in the playoff final)

    Season 14 - League 1 7th. A solid first season amongst the elite.

    No new signings during the off-season, but winger, Mozart Stroebel (27 years old with OVR 96), left to join up with fellow League 1 side, the Durban Sharks, for a fee of $280k.
    We are wanting to trim our squad a little so that we can manage financially, and as we have three other useful wingers, Stroebel was the one listed.

    In Season 15, our goal is survival in League 1, without getting into a financial hole.

    We start the season with a game away to the newly promoted Bulawayo Butchers.


    Jon Hernandez takes over the left wing position in place of Mozart Stroebel, while the loose forward trio has been re-arranged due to Keegan Schoemann's retirement.
    Rhys Baker debuts at number 6, with Klippies van Dam moving to number 8.

    Code:
    Bulawayo Butchers v Manawatu Boars
    
    1 Kadoefie Ooshuizen
    2 Laurent Gaston
    3 Jordan Cesnauskis (ex youth)
    4 Fudge van der Merwe
    5 Jason O'Brien (captain)
    6 Rhys Baker (ex Bangor Raptors)
    7 Dawie Chadwick
    8 Klippies van Dam (ex Hamburg Hornets)
    9 Bob Todd
    10 Pericles Vougdis
    11 Pedro Manchest
    12 Gavyn Lousi (ex London Force)
    13 Caleb Daley
    14 Jon Hernandez (ex ?)
    15 Peter Leppan
    Last edited by GrahamNZ; 08-27-2020, 07:56 AM.

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    • GrahamNZ
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      Should be a good game, Van.
      All the best!

  • #3
    Round 1 Team News and Match Reports

    The Giants added two players to our roster in the off-season, promising rookie winger Genaro Vasquez and 21 year old flanker Marco Baker who we picked up as a free agent. Patrick Pollard was the only player who announced his retirement which is a blow for us but also a relief that not more players will be retiring considering some of their ages.

    The Giants had the whole squad to pick from, as there are currently no injuries, to face Cape Town Blitz - a team we have struggled to best over seasons past. We opted for the more tried and tested team, with the only notable absence being that of Akker Brits at hooker who retired at the end of last season.

    The Blitz wasted no time getting on the points board, when Brian "Dogman" Griffin went over in the right hand corner which was a beautiful wingers try. Kade Wade made no mistake and slotted the conversion dead centre. This was followed by a period where the Giants pegged the Blitz back in their own half by running back countless kicks the Blitz aimed at their outside backs. The damwall finally broke in the 20th minute when Giants fullback Sergeal Simelane stepped Griffin on his outside and found a speeding Faf Vermaak to his left who ran the distance to score in the left corner. Pollards conversion attempt was wide.

    The Giants were looking deadly on attack and quite a few opportunities were squandered by a bad case of butterfingers. The Blitz responded by showing how it's done and left winger Kini Van Velze went over for a try in a left hand corner which the Blitz made look mighty easy. This time Wade was wide with his attempt as well. Not long after the Blitz try the Giants responded again - this time JP Leyds held on to the ball while stepping and weaving his way to the Blitz defense, scoring a stupendous try from his own 10 metre line. Pollard, who was heaving an all round forgettable afternoon, pulled it left. Scores were now 10 - 12 to the Blitz after 39 minutes and one would have thought the Giants could have kept the lid on proceedings until half time, but Van Velze and the Blitz had other ideas. Van Velze received the ball on the Giants' 22 metre line and made a huge step inside to wrong foot two Giants defenders. Half time score 10 - 19 to the visitors.

    The Blitz were on the attack inside the Giants 22 when Faf Vermaak intercepted a Matt Paulo pass and almost ran the entire length of the field before being brought to ground by Caumartin. The ball was recycled quickly and fed to Andre de Allende, who bulldosed over one defender before off-loading to Tyson Shaw who thought it wise to pass to Leyds out wide even though he could have probably scored himself. Leyds dotted down in the corner again and Pollard unsurprisingly missed again. 15 - 19 to the Blitz.

    The next while the two teams went hard at each other, trying to assert dominance and once again the Giants' handling let them down again. Finally in the 76th minute, de Allende found himself unchecked inside the Blitz 22 and ran in for a surprisingly easy try considering how staunchly the visitors were defending all day. Finally Pollard converted - 22 - 19 with 1 minute left to play. Again the Giants failed to wind the clock down and decided to spread the ball wide again with time almost up. The Blitz made a great turnover just outside of their 22 and worked their way up the field through a couple of phases. Finally they found a gap, when Dylan Taylor made a sneaky offload to Jeff Nelson who quickly popped the ball to the blitzing Paulo who hared toward the try-line for a very dramatic and anti-climactic finish to the game (if you're a Giants fan). Paulo only needed to score the try to win the game for his team but for some reason he aimed closer to the uprights and he mustn't have seen Neo Delasau tracking him all the way. Delasau made a last ditch effort and tackled Paulo as he went over the line and this time it was the Blitz who spilled the pill in contact. Drama, drama, drama! Final score 22 - 19 to the Giants!

    Upon inspection, the Giants made 12 handling errors all game long, while the Blitz only made 3 - one of them proving most costly indeed! Bad luck Dan, I really feel for you as this is probably the worst way to lose a match. It's a pity there had to be a loser because the two teams weighed up brilliantly against each other. Good luck with the rest of your season!



    Last edited by VanHunks; 08-30-2020, 11:21 AM.

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    • GrahamNZ
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      Yeah - that final moment was cruelty at its worst!

  • #4
    Bulawayo Butchers v Manawatu Boars (Round 1)

    The Butchers almost opened the scoring in the 17th minute, but winger, Ben Christie, was smashed over the sideline in the dead ball area by a desperate double tackle.

    Instead, it was Manawatu's veteran flyhalf, Pericles Vougdis, who potted a fine field goal from 40 metres out in front.
    3-0 to Manawatu after 19 minutes.

    And when outside centre, Caleb Daley, crossed for a try just minutes later, it was looking good for the Boars.
    The Boars turned possession over inside the Bulawayo 22, and two phases of play later, Daleb scythed through on an angle to score beside the posts.
    Vougdis had an easy conversion.
    10-0 to Manawatu after 24 minutes.

    It didn't take the visitors long to strike back though, with a lovely try to fullback, Sean Kilmore.
    A long run from flanker, Isaac Cooper, took him from just inside his own half to just outside the enemy 22.
    From the back of the ruck that formed, number 8, Jesse Harris, passed to lock, M Louw, who in turn passed to flanker, J Torres. A sweet offload inside to Kilmore, who had space in front of him and ran 20 metres to score.
    Flyhalf, David Williams, converted from an awkward angle.
    10-7 to Manawatu after 27 minutes.

    Another drop goal, this time by inside centre, Gavyn Lousi, from 30 metres in front, extended the Manawatu lead.
    13-7 to Manawatu after 31 minutes.

    But the Butchers went ahead with a wonderful try in the 35th minute.
    A searing run from Williams took play from behind his own 10 metre mark to just before the Manawatu 10 metre mark.
    From the ruck, the ball went quickly via two long passes, to lock, B Winters, on the right wing.
    When he was nailed 32 metres out from the tryline, he passed inside to his hooker, Ferrugio Bergumasco, who quickly passed to winger, Mario Miles, who was on his outside, and went the rest of the way.
    Williams added the conversion.
    14-13 to Bulawayo after 36 minutes.

    Then the home crowd were on their feet. as the Butchers scored straight from the kickoff!
    Catching the kickoff well inside the 22, Christie sidestepped a tackler and ran through the narrowest of gaps for 25 metres.
    As the defenders closed in on him, he passed to Harris on his outside.
    Harris crashed through a tackle just before his own 10 metre line before running 62 metres to score wide out.
    Kilmore converted from 7 metres in.
    21-13 to Bulawayo after 38 minutes.

    The Boars responded in the best way possible, scoring themselves soon the kickoff.
    Winger, Pedro Manchest, took a clearing kick just inside the Butchers half, before passing to fullback, Peter Leppan, who then put scrumhalf, Bob Todd into space.
    Todd took play to just outside the 22, where a ruck formed.
    Some fine interplay between backs and forwards took play inside the 22, where from the ruck, Daley ran before passing out to winger, Jon Hernandez.
    The young winger was stopped just centimetres from scoring, but from the breakdown, the ball went straight to rampaging lock, Fudge van der Merwe, who wasn't going to be stopped.
    Vougdis converted from wide out.

    Halftime Score: Bulawayo Butchers - 21, Manawatu Boars - 20

    The Boars started the second half strongly, but spurned a couple of gilt-edged opportunities with handling errors.

    And they were made to pay, after the Butchers scored following a penalty lineout in the 54th minute.
    After two phases of play, Bergumasco received the ball 10 metres out, and barged his way through to score beside the posts.
    Williams added the extra two points.
    28-20 to Bulawayo.

    Leppan limped off the field, to be replaced by Josh Mullaney.

    The home crowd erupted in the 60th minute, as their side scored a fifth try to put them within sight of victory.
    From a lineout on the Manawatu 22, play went through a further two phases before Cooper was given the ball 15 metres out.
    He sidestepped his marker and charged in to score.
    Williams slid his conversion attempt across the face of the posts.
    33-20 to Bulawayo.

    The Boars had several more attacking opportunities, but handling errors, a poor lineout near the Bulawayo line, and brutal tackling saw them amount to nothing.
    And then just to rub salt into the wound. Christie scored a breakaway tries for the Butchers, crashing through one tackler and outpacing the other defendersWilliams failed with the conversion attempt, but it didn't seem to matter too much, as it was highly unlikely that the Boars would score three tries in the last 8 minutes.
    38-20 to Bulawayo after 72 minutes.

    Mullaney almost scored for the Boars shortly afterwards, but a defender beat him to his grubber kick towards the line.
    However, Mullaney did score in the 75th minute following a fine attacking lead-up.
    He crashed through one defender and went away from others to dot down.
    Vougdis converted from an easy angle.
    38-27 to Bulawayo.

    But with 2 minutes to play, the Boars went in for their bonus point try, with Hernandez putting a little kick behind the line and getting there first to ground the ball.
    The conversion attempt from wide out was missed by Vougdis, but the Boars could incredibly, still steal victory.
    38-32 to Bulawayo after 78 minutes.

    But there was to be no miracle for the visitors, as the Butchers held on to take a well-deserved win.

    Final Score: Bulawayo Butchers - 38, Manawatu Boars - 32

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    • GrahamNZ
      GrahamNZ commented
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      Well done, Van.

    • VanHunks
      VanHunks commented
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      Thank you Graham and tough luck! I thought we attacked very well but our defense needs a lot of work if we are going to be taken seriously in league 1 company. We played well but a lot of things went our way and on another day it wouldn't be so 'easy'. Good luck with the rest of the season!

  • #5
    Manawatu Boars News and Team Selection (Round 2)

    During the week, Bradley Moore (23 year old lock with OVR 82). was signed by the London Silverbacks for $142k.

    After our disappointing loss against the Bulawayo Butchers, we now face the other promoted side, the Rosario Rockets.
    This is a game that we really need to win, as this season's League 1 is the strongest since I started 5 seasons ago.

    A casualty from last week's game was fullback, Peter Leppan, who will be out for three games.
    Therefore, there is one (forced) change to our playing fifteen, with Josh Mullaney joining the back three.
    We've made one other change, with Pumlani Francis replacing Rhys Baker in the loose forward trio.

    Code:
    Rosario Rockets v Manawatu Boars
    
    1 Kadoefie Ooshuizen
    2 Laurent Gaston
    3 Jordan Cesnauskis
    4 Fudge van der Merwe
    5 Jason O'Brien (captain)
    6 Pumlani Francis
    7 Dawie Chadwick
    8 Klippies van Dam
    9 Bob Todd
    10 Pericles Vougdis
    11 Pedro Manchest
    12 Gavyn Lousi
    13 Caleb Daley
    14 Jon Hernandez
    15 Josh Mullaney
    Last edited by GrahamNZ; 09-10-2020, 06:37 AM.

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    • VanHunks
      VanHunks commented
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      Good luck Graham! Mullaney is a very exciting youngster and he was dangerous when he came on as Leppan's replacement. You should have a good chance in winning this game!

    • GrahamNZ
      GrahamNZ commented
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      Thanks, Van.
      Yes - there was a good reason why I kept Mullaney ahead of Bondesio and Adriaanse.

  • #6
    Round 2 Team News:

    The Giants are starting to prepare for life after Pollard, as Chris Read is set to get some much needed game time. We'll be squaring off against the Durban Sharks, last season's surprise package, and hoping we can get revenge for upstaging us last season. The Sharks have shown in their round 1 clash with the Bulls that they are no one season wonder and they will be hard to beat.

    1) J. Butler
    2) B. Marx
    3) J. Vito
    4) D. de Lange
    5) T. Shaw (c)
    6) A. Ryan
    7) K. Kriel
    8) M. Louw

    9) F. Vermaak
    10) C. Read
    11) J. Leyds
    12) A. de Allende
    13) J. Allen
    14) N. Delasau
    15) S. Simelane

    Good luck Sharky!
    Last edited by VanHunks; 09-03-2020, 07:07 AM.

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    • GrahamNZ
      GrahamNZ commented
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      All the best, Van.
      Should be an interesting clash.

  • #7
    Round 2 Team News:

    The Butchers started their league 1 career off in solid fashion by beating the Manawatu Boars 38 - 32. This round however, we face the current champions and league 1 heavyweights the Springfield Spartans. The Butchers have always been a good attacking team but we will have to step up our defensive effort a couple of notches if we are to trouble the Spartans - a team characterised by fortress like defenses. We have given Domingo Estevez a go in place of Michael Louw in the second row (that rhymes unintentionally) to hopefully give our line out some parity even though we'll sacrifice some scrumming and attacking abilities. Jimmy Barnes also reclaims his number 1 shirt and Ben Robinson drops to the bench.

    1) J. Barnes
    2) F. Bergamasco
    3) J. Tokuda
    4) B. Winters (c)
    5) D. Estevez
    6) J. Torres
    7) I. Cooper
    8) J. Harris

    9) O. Petit
    10) D. Williams
    11) B. Christie
    12) T. Francis
    13) G. Petric
    14) M. Miles
    15) S. Kilmore

    Good luck James! I hope the Butchers can put up a decent fight, but I expect the Butchers to get a proper introduction to the big leagues this round.

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    • GrahamNZ
      GrahamNZ commented
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      All the best, Van.
      In my opinion, the Spartans are by far and away the best team at present.

    • zagrijs
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      They are definitely the best team around at the moment.

    • James
      James commented
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      All the best Van! I rate the Butchers as a very good team with a very good coach. There is a very good chance that we might lose this one. We have struggled to score tries in our last 4 matches with not 1 game having scored more than 3 tries. In the end winning is all that matters and it is good to see that teams can win big matches with defense. Gabe deserves a lot of credit for this. In the past it was all about attack. The Butchers have no attacking problems and will pose a big threat. Looking forward to this game Van. Good luck!

  • #8
    Rosario Rockets v Manawatu Boars (Round 2)

    Last time we played the Rockets, they had beaten us decisively, so we were looking to do better this time.

    We got off to the worst possible start.
    We went straight onto the attack, but a pass went loose inside the Rosario 22,

    The loose ball was picked up by Rockets scrumhalf, A Adanet, who ran down the flank vacated by Boars right winger, who was moving the other way at the time of the errant pass.
    Adanet ran almost to the Boars 10 metre line, before passing inside to right winger, Regan Roberts, who was able to outpace the chasing defenders and score a try.
    Flyhalf, Danny Perry, converted the try.
    7-0 to Rosario after 3 minutes.

    The Rockets went further ahead in the 10th minute, with a nice try finished off by flanker, Toby Davis.
    Following a lineout near the Boars 10 metre line. there were nine phases of play before hooker, Ben Strokosch, slipped a pass across to Davis, as he was being held in a tackle.
    Davis ran 15 metres on the outside angle to score.
    Perry had no problems converting.
    14-0 to Rosario.

    Boars outside centre, Caleb Daley, left the field in the 12th minute after being injured. Jesse Serfontein came on as his replacement.

    When Boars fullback, Josh Mullaney, hoisted a high kick in the 20th minute, it was taken after it bounced in the 22 by Rockets fullback, Blake Roy.
    However, Manawatu players were next to arrive, and gained a hands in the ruck penalty.
    Flyhalf, Pericles Vougdis, kicked a penalty goal from 18 metres out and to the right of the posts.
    14-3 to Rosario after 21 minutes.

    In the 27th minute, the Boars pack put the big push on the Rosario scrum, and gained the penalty.
    Vougdis stepped up again to land the penalty goal from 48 metres out and midway between the sideline and posts. A big kick!
    14-6 to Rosario.

    The Manawatu comeback was made more difficult though, when the Rockets crossed for their third try, in the 32nd minute.
    There was a nice build-up before the ball was moved out to the right wing. Roberts looked as though he'd be stopped short, but his strength and momentum, aided by some late assistance, took him over in the corner.
    A magnificent sideline conversion from Perry put the icing on the cake.
    21-6 to Rosario.

    Shortly after the kickoff, a Rosario pass went astray inside their own 22. Roberts managed to recover the loose ball, but was quickly gobbled up by the Manawatu forwards, who turned the ball over just metres from the tryline.
    The ball was quickly shifted along from the ruck, from prop, Jordan Cesnauskis, to Vougdis, to Mullaney, to scrumhalf, Bob Todd, and finally to flanker, Dawie Chadwick, who dived in underneath the posts for the try.
    An easy conversion for Vougdis.
    21-13 to Roasario after 36 minutes.

    The Rockets responded in style though.
    Following a lineout near the Boars 10 metre line, play moved through a further two phases before the ball was moved swiftly out to Roberts, who had space ahead of him.
    The speedy winger needed no second invitation, and off he sped to score his hat-trick.
    Perry's conversion attempt from wide out didn't curl around enough to sneak inside the near post.
    26-13 to Rosario after 38 minutes.

    Halftime Score: Rosario Rockets - 26, Manawatu Boars - 13

    Rockets outside centre, Ben Kaluznic, had been instrumental in most of their attacks, and it was a surging run from him that took play up to the Boars 22, before play from a further ruck saw Davis running 18 metres through a gap to score the bonus point try.
    Perry's conversion attempt from midway between the posts and sideline was successful.
    33-13 to Rosario after 42 minutes.

    But the Boars have been strengthened by League 1 experience, plus some useful signings since the sides last met, and they were not going to lie down like lambs to the slaughter.
    In the 44th minute, a ruck formed just inside the Rosario half.
    After a further ruck, Boars right winger, Pedro Manchest received the ball. As defenders were trying to bundle him into touch near the 22, he put a pass inside to lock, Fudge van der Merwe, who was running into a gap and went 22 metres to score.
    Vougdis converted from an awkward angle.
    33-20 to Rosario.

    The ball went over the top from a Rosario lineout 30 metres from their own line, and Manchest got there first.
    After seven further phases, the ball went to hooker, Laurent Gaston, to flanker, Pumlani Francis, and then back to Gaston, who charged 10 metres before passing to Todd, who crossed to score.
    Vougdis added a good conversion.
    33-27 to Rosario after 54 minutes and there was nervousness amongst the home crowd.

    A Boars line-kick went out on the full and play was brought back to their own 22.
    From the lineout, play went for four phases, and then Stokosch bullocked his way across the line from close range.
    Perry landed a nice conversion from wide out.
    40-27 to Rosario after 57 minutes.

    The Boars turned over possession at a breakdown just outside the Rockets 22.
    There were eight phases of play, but number 8, Klippies van Dam, was tackled into touch 18 metres from the tryline.
    The Rosario lineout is normally one of their strengths, but Boars lock and captain, Jason O'Brien, stole the take.
    The ball was immediately shifted along the line until Vougdis put Serfontein into a gap 10 metres out, and the replacement outside centre ran to score betwen the posts.
    Vougdis added the extra two points.
    40-34 to Rosario after 64 minutes and this was turning into a real thriller!

    Rosario then scored again.
    From a lineout near halfway, there were two further phases before the ball was spread wide, where left winger, Jean Baptiste Baile had a 30 matre run o the overlap to score out wide.
    Perry converted from a difficult angle.
    47-34 to Rosario after 67 minutes.

    A dropped pass from a Rosario player just outside his own 22 saw Vougdis claim possession.
    After four hit-ups, the ball was moved across the backline, with Mullaney's inclusion allowing a pass to O'Brien who was in space with 8 metres to go.
    The Boars captain went over in a tackle just beside the posts.
    Vougdis had no problems converting.
    47-41 to Rosario after 70 minutes.

    Having played catch-up all game, the Boars stunned the crowd when they scored again, in the 76th minute, with van Dam charging in following a long build-up.
    Vougdis converted to give his side a late lead.
    48-47 to Manawatu with just minutes to play!

    13 seconds left on the clock when Rosario turn possession over just outside their own 22.
    The ball is moved quickly out to the left, where prop, M Bosc, draws the last defender before passing to Baile, who has the overlap with 70 metres to go.
    Nobody is able to catch him, and he breaks Manawatu hearts by scoring out wide.
    Perry misses a difficult version, but it matters little, as time is up.

    Final Score: Rosario Rockets - 52, Manawatu Boars - 48

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    • GrahamNZ
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      Not again! Oh well.

  • #9
    ohh man, don't really want it

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    • #10
      Manawatu Boars News and Team Selection (Round 3)

      No players leaving or joining this week.

      After two narrow defeats away from home, we have our first home game this weekend, with the Cape Town Blitz visiting.

      Two players are unavailable through injury - fullback, Peter Leppan, and outside centre, Caleb Daley.
      Josh Mullaney stays at fullback, while Jesse Serfontein comes in for Daley.

      Code:
      Manawatu Boars v Cape Town Blitz
      
      1 Kadoefie Ooshuizen
      2 Laurent Gaston
      3 Jordan Cesnauskis
      4 Fudge van der Merwe
      5 Jason O'Brien (captain)
      6 Pumlani Francis
      7 Dawie Chadwick
      8 Klippies van Dam
      9 Bob Todd
      10 Pericles Vougdis
      11 Pedro Manchest
      12 Gavyn Lousi
      13 Jesse Serfontein
      14 Jon Hernandez
      15 Josh Mullaney

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      • GrahamNZ
        GrahamNZ commented
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        Good luck, Daniel.
        Hoping for a great game!

      • VanHunks
        VanHunks commented
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        I guess its about time the Boars get on the winning path but it's going to be a tough ask against the two time champs! Good luck Graham!

      • GrahamNZ
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        Might be a tough season!

    • #11
      Round Three Team News:

      The Giants made one injury enforced change and two rotations to the team to take on the Bucharest Bombers at home. The exciting Lance Elima comes in at scrum half for the injured Faf Vermaak while Pat Pollard takes back his flyhalf spot from Chris Read. Gio Kolbe is given a go in the 15 shirt while Simelane drops out of the match day 22.

      1) J. Butler
      2) B. Marx
      3) J. Vito
      4) D. de Lange
      5) T. Shaw (c)
      6) A. Ryan
      7) K. Kriel
      8) M. Louw

      9) L. Elima
      10) P. Pollard
      11) J. Leyds
      12) A. de Allende
      13) J. Allen
      14) N. Delasau
      15) G. Kolbe

      Good luck Scorchio!

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      • #12
        Round Three Teams News:

        The Butchers host arch rivals Rosario Rockets in what promises to be another epic encounter. Both teams have accounted for the Manawatu Boars but both teams have also suffered heavy losses against league 1 heavy weights so far this season. The Butchers tried hard an played good rugby last weekend but the Spartans were just brutal in their execution, while the League one newbies squandered countless opportunities. Michael Louw comes in at 5 to beef up the pack a little.

        1) J. Barnes
        2) F. Bergamasco
        3) J. Tokuda
        4) B. Winters (c)
        5) M. Louw
        6) J. Torres
        7) I. Cooper
        8) J. Harris

        9) O. Petit
        10) D. Williams
        11) B. Christie
        12) T. Francis
        13) G. Petric
        14) M. Miles
        15) S. Kilmore

        Good luck Scorchio x 2!

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        • GrahamNZ
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          Go the Butchers!

      • #13
        The Bulls are facing their long time rivals the Spartans this weekend, after a horrible performance against the Bombers last weekend. The Spartans are on a roll with an undefeated streak going back to the start of last season, and the Bulls will need to be at their best to compete. The Bulls does have a full squad to pick from while the Spartans have injuries to Terror Terblanche and Billy Blazer. Terror in particular have often been the difference between the two teams, making this the best chance the Bulls have of an upset in a long time.

        The game is significant for the Bulls to try and stay in the playoff hunt, and financially with tough games all round another loss could see the crowd start to watch the games from home, still this didn't stop the coach from continuing to give a run to lower experienced players, this time regular wing Gerbrand Grobler makes way for Oscar Hatira. There are further rumours that some established stallwarts are playing for their future at the club this weekend...

        Good luck James, it is always a highlight fixture to face the Spartans!

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        • GrahamNZ
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          Good luck Zagrijs.
          Will watch this one with interest.

      • #14
        Games should be available now. Good luck!

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        • #15
          Spartans vs Bulls Spoiler
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          The Bulls visited Springfield to take on the mighty Spartans with a lot of pressure on the boys to deliver. The Bulls looked focus from the start and keen to use the ball, early on sending the ball wide to Oscar Hatira who progressed into the Spartans 22 before being turned over. It didn't take the Bulls long to capitalise with good interplay between forwards and backs creating a gap for Hannes Venter to go over.

          From the kickoff the Spartans got possession and territory inside the Bulls half but got pushed back with good defense, before Yster Swart showed his class, working from a standing start and breaking 3 or 4 tackles to score for the Spartans.

          The Spartans got onto the attack again but Bulls tighthead prop read a flat cut out pass to intercept and regain the lead for the Bulls. Shortly after the kickoff the Spartans had a lineout inside the Bulls half but a dropped pass was pounced on by Bulls wing Emmett and he ran away for another try against the run of play, to extend the lead to 19 - 7. In a few moments a close game had become the Bulls game to lose due to a couple of poor moments from the Spartans, showing how small the margins are at this level.

          The Spartans continued attacking but struggled to gain a lot of momentum, and when the Bulls got some possession, they made it count with good interplay sending Danie Rossouw over for the bonus point try and extending the lead to 26 - 7. The Spartans wouldn't give up though and gave themselves a chance with a scintillating try from just outside their own 22, Michael Du Plessis breaking the line, sending it of to Jorrie Jordaan to beat another defender and Jordaan taking out the cover defense with a pinpoint pass long-range pass to a speeding Tiger van Tonder to go into the break at 26 - 14.

          The second half saw the Bulls gain early momentum and after continued attacks, the gap opened for the 5th try. The Spartans hit back immediately, after Jorrie Jordaan chased a defensive kick and a mistake by the Bulls were exploited. The remainder of the second half saw the Bulls dominated with possession and territory and rewarded with a few more tries, but the Spartans secured the bonus point try at the death. Final score 54 - 26.

          Sorry James, the injuries to your fullback and replacement was deadly, and the Spartans just weren't as clinical as we are all used to, while the Bulls had a performance for the ages. You really have terrible luck with double injuries in the same position. The Spartans won't give another performance like this.

          As for the Bulls, it got us back into the playoff race, and was a far cry from what we produced a week ago.

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          • zagrijs
            zagrijs commented
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            Thanks James, the Spartans will be back and the game against the Giants will be a great matchup. I'm sure the Spartans will be back to their best very soon!

          • GrahamNZ
            GrahamNZ commented
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            Congratulations, Zagrijs. Great win!
            Very un-Spartan like performance, but you didn't really give them a chance to play.
            The early, costly errors plus the injuries didn't help the Springfield cause, but can happen to any team.

          • zagrijs
            zagrijs commented
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            Thanks Graham, I don't read too much into the Spartans performance, playing with a 3rd choice number 8 and most of the game with a centre at fullback, in my opinion, the most important positions in forwards and backline, would cripple most teams, if the Bulls just have to move down to 2nd choice fullback I won't give them any chance against the Spartans.
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