Monthly Archives: October 2015

Unbeaten run

Twickenham was blessed with blue skies, sunshine and barely a cloud in sight.

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What better way to enjoy two of the best teams in the World slug it out in the Rugby World Cup final.

The All Blacks made no changes to the team that beat The Springboks a week ago, hoping their tried and tested formula would get them over the hurdle to become the first team to defend the title.

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A powerful image of the All Black Haka, Richie McCaw leading from the front.

Richie McCaw:
148 Test matches
131 Wins
89% Win Rate

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The first-half was an intense physical battle, both teams putting in some big hits. Australia and New Zealand came into this game on an unbeaten run so whoever won tonight truly deserve the title World Champions.

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Carter and Foley were both on point with the boot but it was  Milner-Skudder who broke the try deadlock in the 40th minute after a blunder by the referee clearly missing a forward pass call by the All Blacks. Half-Time score 16 – 3, New Zealand were in the lead.

A brilliant off-load pass by super sub Sonny Bill Wlliams and a superb individual effort by Nonu to score the second try of the night. The score at 21 – 3 it looked like game over for Australia but this is a final and anything can happen. A yellow card in the 53rd minute for Smith gave Australia the silver lining they needed, they took the opportunity with both hands scoring 14 points in 10 minutes to set up an epic close to the final.

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This man can do no wrong and with a Man of the Match display stopped the hopes of an Austalian comeback dead in its tracks. A daring drop goal in the 70th minute, 17 – 24 to New Zealand.

Beauden Barret ran the final nail in the coffin to score the 3rd try for New Zealand in the 80th minute, the fans and All Black team were ecstatic, successfully defending their title and winning The Rugby World Cup for the 3rd time.

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Rugby World Cup Champions 2015: NEW ZEALAND

It was a great tournament Rugby won in the end – See you in Japan 2019.

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SO NEAR, YET SO FAR

After a dreadful start to the tournament a few weeks ago The Springboks managed to silence the critics (not totally) and secured a spot in the bronze medal play-off against Argentina.

Victor Matfield captained South Africa for his final swansong with 127 caps he is a true Springbok legend….

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….some might argue we look abit alike (just kidding thats all in my head).

The game was not really anything to talk about, a rather dull affair, 3rd place can be a demotivator I guess – I mean you came so close yet you have to settle for third best.

Argentina had a great World Cup campaign making the semi-finals for a second time, the Rugby Championship has really improved their Rugby.

It was Habana’s missed chance of breaking Lomu’s try record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries which probably sums up the game…

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SO NEAR, YET SO FAR
Habana and Lomu both on 15 World Cup tries and  Australia’s Drew Mitchell one behind them.

South Africa did however finish the game as winners with a scoreline of 24 – 13 – Argentina scoring a consolation try in the last play of the game.

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Welldone Bokke.

Africa’s First Bar Show

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What: MUDL Live – Africa’s first Bar Show
When: 29 – 31 October 2015
Where: Cape Town International Convention Centre

The MUDL Live LIQUID LIFESTYLE Showcase is set to become the first exhibition of its kind in the country –a forum in which the drinks world comes together to show South Africa what they’ve got.

This is a 3 day extravaganza that will tantalize all your senses, you’ll be able to taste, touch and experience some of the most interesting spirits brands the world has to offer. Do not worry you won’t miss the Rugby World Cup final as SAB have taken quite a big space and will be screening the final live.

There will be a number of exciting zones in which to sip, savour and explore premium products, some of which have never before been available in South Africa. For the first time, top quality brands from all the major spirit categories, as well as wine and beer, will come together under one roof.

Tickets priced at R150 and available at Computicket,
http://online.computicket.com/web/event mudl_live_liquid_lifestyle/924825969/0/66122393
..this will allow you to engage with like minded people who love quality products and  excited to experience something new. You might even get a chance to taste James Bond’s martini prepared by an industry professional – shaken not stirred.

From high profile brands to international products still looking to stamp their footprint on the South African market and various small batch rums, you will be spoilt for choice. Add to that a host of craft beer and high-end South African wines, and the MUDL Live LIQUID LIFESTYLE Showcase is the perfect place to discover new brands, learn about premium liquor and have a whole lot of fun.

For those of you who love Rum, MUDL is excited to announce that one of the foremost rum experts in the world, owner of the UK Rumfest, Ian Burrell will be on hand in the Rum Zone to take you on a journey of island discovery like no other.

There’ll also be various seminars and Master Classes if you interested in expanding your knowledge on the liquid lifestyle.

http://www.mudlbarshow.com/

Get your ticket now to be part of Africa’s First Bar Show  experience.

What lies beneath…

Have you ever wondered what lies beneath our city? Did you know that under Cape Town a whole new world is ready to be explored….

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Tunnel Adventures Cape Town gives you the opportunity to discover the Secret Tunnels below the City of Cape Town.
Parts of the underground Canals and Rivers date back to 1652.

Wait just read that again…1652 hmmm this could mean that their is treasure right!!…or it could mean…

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Yip you might find the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – with Halloween around the corner a special tour is arranged to uncover the mystery that lies beneath our city. We don’t need to call the Ghostbusters or that lady from Resident Evil..we need YOU to help us uncover if the tunnels are haunted or infested with Zombies…

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To blend in dress up as a Zombie, Ninja Turtle or come as yourself, just make sure you wearing comfortable non-slip shoes and clothing. A headlamp or torch and batteries. (or R80 to buy a kit.) You are also required to sign an indemnity form (nothing major just fine print).

Date: Saturday 31 October 2015
Time: 10:00 – 12:30
Venue: Castle of GoodHope parking lot.
Location: Parking lot (the entrance is from Darling street side)
Price: R200pp children under 16 to R350 Adults

Please do secure spot with payment in advance as space is limited.

Email: mattweisse@mweb.co.za
www.goodhopeadvetures.com
Contact no. – 0824824006

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WARNING: This educational and
historic tour will inspire your
imagination. A thrilling experience….and you will have FUN.

Down Under

New Zealand already securing their place in the final of the Rugby World Cup 2015, it was up to Australia and Argentina to battle it out for the chance to face them.

Fans from all over the world filled Twickenham Stadium, some from far and some could probably have walked to the stadium. Diego Maradona and Prince Harry were also in attendance.

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This was Michael Hooper’s 50th cap for Australia, it took hime 3 years, 4 months and 21 days to achieve this – thats 1238 Days!….Australia didn’t have to wait long for their first try in this match though, lock Rob Simmons was Gone in 68 seconds to score the fastest try of Rugby World Cup 2015.

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From the kick-off Australia were too strong for their opponents and crossed the try line fours times, Adam-Ashley Cooper becoming the first Australian player to score two career Rugby World Cup hat-tricks.

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On a positive note for Argentina, they used every ounce of muscle and sinew for a place in the Final, 10 minutes remaining they were still in with a chance at 15-22.

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Argentinian fly-half Sanchez became the highest points scorer with 80 points in the tournament so far but this was not enough to trump the Australians as they kept their unbeaten run at Twickenham and in the World Cup to beat Argentina 29 – 15.

New Zealand and Australia will play in a Rugby World Cup final for the first time next Saturday….Who will lift the trophy? One more hurdle and we’ll find out.

Warme Bande

Racers are you ready?….spectators are you ready?…I know you ready..

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Killarney Race Track was a hub of activity with a variety of races happening. My first time at the track and yeah I was expecting a scene out of Fast and Furious Race Wars, unfortunately their were no Drag races for pinks slips today.

I did get to see this beast speed its way around the track flaming from the exhaust, 0 – 100 faster than The Stig can blink his eyes.

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A Dodge Viper, Audi’s, Ford GT40 and Porche’s were all sped around the track making beautiful noise, as they came past at high speed my neck muscles got a workout  – I guess that is where the term breakneck speed comes from.
           

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There were also car clubs on display – Hondaboyz, Toyboyz…
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Donkey boys and Supabru’s oh wait it’s Subaru.

I’m more of a classic man myself so these caught my eye…beside the Pit girls ofcourse.
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Model planes and an opportunity to test your skill around a track on Forza 5 or maybe drift around a miniture track…
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..there was something to keep everyone entertained.

I am no petrol kop but I do appreciate the speed and sound of a fast car….soma lus en warm my tyres en doen ‘n paar donuts

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Vroom Vroooooooom.

*the kwaai pictures courtesy of Roger Lakay.

Bokbefok

With the tension mounting in the week, this game was like a pre-final. Two rugby rivals meeting on the biggest stage of them all  the semi-final of Rugby World Cup 2015….with Western Province  losing to the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup final I was ready to go..

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The singing of the South African anthem was intense hearing the Twickenham crowd get behind our boys in green and gold even the All Blacks felt the pressure as the Haka had some extra ferocity in it…no one pulling faces.

It was the Springboks who put the first points on the board through a penalty from Pollard but the All Blacks got the real points in the 7th minute with a try.

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Carter got a second chance to add the extra 2 points…dunno what happened but a bok was in a rush on the first attempt.

“Breek sy fokken nek of iets” – Wait what?…haha these fans are intense in South Africa or I’m in the wrong bar.

The Bokke were on point in the first half causing turnovers and some great lineouts even though the All Blacks dominated territorial possession it was the Bokke who came out top in the first 20 minutes, 9 – 7 to the Bokke.

Jp Petersen almost had a chance to sprint for the try line through an interception but was called back….I don’t know why though, probably because I was too busy downing a castle draught.

Half-time score 12 – 7….Pollard’s kicking boots on point.

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We had the belief going into half-time that we could do this.

“Last round at the bar” – huh nee fok man daar nog 40 minute oor.

Yeah the game of rugby is something else in a country like South Africa we tend to get excited before the time and emotions will run high in a game against the All Blacks.

In the 46th minute out of nowhere Carter plants a drop goal to reduce the deficit by 2 points, this guy is pure magic.

Another try in the 51st minute by the All Blacks and my head just dropped 17 – 12…heartbreaking but we were still in it.

The Bokke never looked like they were going to score a try so the points were all from the boot of Pollard and Lambie who had an excellent kicking game but this was not enough to triumph over the Mighty All Blacks.

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The smile says it all, what a tough game. Welldone to the All Blacks 20 – 18 final score, the Bokke  gave them one helluva battle.

Will New Zealand become the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup?

Colourful Kickstart

Still feeling the joy from The Color Run this past weekend in Cape Town?

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You’ll be be pleased to know that through your participation The Color Run and Capitec brought happiness to Atlantis.

The Cape Town leg of The Color Run series held this past weekend, dubbed The happiest 5K on the planet brought joy to the participants but most importantly it brings new opportunities and hopes for better education to the learners at Atlantis High School.

Headline sponsor Capitec Bank, shares The Color Run’s passion for social upliftment and will donate R 10 from each ticket sold to the school for much-needed resources. For Cape Town, the funds raised will be used to assist with educator development and school based support in mathematics, science and business studies.

Says Capitec Bank spokesperson Charl Nel: “We chose the Atlantis High School from the list of schools provided by the Adopt-A-School foundation. Their need for educator development and school based support in mathematics, science and business studies are in line with what Capitec works to achieve through their CSI. They believe that this will lead to an improved matric pass rate, and in turn, job creation and economic growth, as a result supporting communities in which we serve. Capitec and The Color Run were able to raise R 100 000 for Atlantis High School.”

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Atlantis High School caters for 1600 children from the surrounding communities. The learners generally come from impoverished backgrounds and need a lot of support. “We have a wonderful teaching complement of passionate and hardworking educators. The support from Adopt-a-School Foundation and other partners is so important – as it provides us with the critical resources to give our learners a proper education in an environment that is conducive to excellent teaching and learning”, says Principal Charles Marthinussen.

To add an extra fun element and raise awareness for the partnership a giant tackie sculpture, built out of 100% recyclable mild steel, was created by well-known Durban artist Andries Botha.  250 colourful soccer balls were displayed inside and participants were allowed to engage and take pictures with the shoe and freestyle ball kickers provided entertainment with their excellent skill.

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These balls will be distributed between all the recipient schools after the completion of The Color Run series.

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The Color Run is the largest 5km event series in the world. During 2014, it hosted more than 300 events in over 50 countries.

Registration for Pretoria is now open! Charity and school fundraising form a major part of The Color Run. Register your school or charity on the Fun Raiser program and raise R20 for every ticket sold with your unique Fun Raiser code. To give back, contact The Color Run on hello@thecolorrun.co.za.

Get your tickets and find out which town is up next on The Color Run website.
www.thecolorrun.co.za

For further information on Capitec Bank visit www.capitecbank.co.za

For more information on the Adopt-a-School Foundation, please contact:

Nicola Brown

Communications and Fundraising Manager

Adopt-a-School Foundation

E: nbrown@adoptaschool.co.za

T: +27 11 305 8934 / 71 883 5584

Unpredictable

Another epic day of quarter-final rugby…this Rugby World Cup has been the most unpredictable, with every team giving it their all till the last minute.

It was North vs South, 2 southern hemisphere teams already in the semi-finals. Australia and Argentina were looking to make this a Rugby Championship Final.

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First up was Argentina against Ireland, the Irish coming into this game after a win against France, I thought the luck was with them. I almost missed the game with the time changes – why did no one inform me kick-off was at 2pm SA time tsk tsk tsk.

The Puma’s showed that competing in the Rugby Championship against 3 top sides (Australia, South Africa and New Zealand), has its advantages as they showed great skill and flair in the first 20 minutes scoring 2 tries.

Even a pack advantage in the scrum could not help the Irish.

The luck of the Irish turned in  the 20th minute when Argentina went down to 14 men, the Irish began to settle and pushed back to reduce the Argentinian advantage, the half-time score 20 – 10 to the Puma’s.

The second half started with much of the same fierce rugby, end to end stuff definitely superb running rugby.

Ireland were still in it until the 64th minute, the score 20 – 26 to Argentina. I was hoping the Irish saw the pot of gold, Leprechaun and found a four leaf clover but it was the Puma’s who ran in another 2 tries in the last 20 minutes to secure their place in the semi-finals.

Final score 43 – 20 to Argentina.

The last quarter-final spot up for grabs were contested between Australia and Scotland. To be honest I never watched this game as I kinda thought Australia would win anyway.

Just like the me, the Australians under-estimated their opponents.

Scotland took a 1 point lead into the break setting up a massive last 40 minutes.

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It seemed like Scotland were going to be the only Northern hemisphere side represented in the semi-finals as both teams were seperated by only one point with 20 minutes left in the game.

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I don’t know what happened in the last few minutes of the game but a penalty awarded to Australia had fans on twitter going crazy, the referee coming under fire…some saying he was faster than Usain Bolt after he blew the final whistle.

The final score ended 35 – 34 to Australia, changing this from a Rugby World Cup to a Rugby Championship.

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Southern hemisphere semi-final. Who will be in the Finals?

Worlds Apart

We’ve reached the knock-out stage of Rugby World Cup 2015…each game is a do or die encounter. You lose, you out – as simple as that.

The first of the four quarter-final matches was the Springboks up against Wales at Twickenham.

This was the 31st match-up and only the 2nd in a Rugby World, the last meeting at a World Cup was in New Zealand where SA won by 1 point. 17-16 to South Africa.

With those stats we were in for a tightly contested affair, both teams not wanting to lose. It was Wales who had the upper hand in the first half as they scored a try and a drop goal in the last few seconds of the first half  secured a 13 – 12 lead.

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There were rumours of Eddie Jones giving the Welsh Dragons tips on how to beat the Springboks, with their defensive efforts they certainly gave the Bokke a run for their money.

In the 68th minute the Welsh defence made100 more tackles  than SA.

Pollard changed his boots in the second have think it was abit to small, I’m sure he needed Biggar boots because his kicking in the second half was lacking – maybe he could do with some moves like Biggar too :-D.

The Bokke were giving us in South Africa a mini heart attack with their no game-plan rugby – van wane af skop Schalk, hy moet net sy kop neer sak of pass man.

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It took a super cool move from the scrum in the 75th minute for Du Preez to dive over the line and become not only Captain Fantastic but also a Dragonslayer – Absa Boktown in the Waterfront went wild when the final whistle was blown.

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Final score 23 – 19 the Bokke are in the Semi-Finals!!!

The next game felt like I was watching or rather listening to schoolboy rugby – The mighty All Blacks handing out a beating to the French – The french have definitely lost their flair.

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I had to listen to the game on the radio, once again our local TV Station do not like the All Blacks…- I realised its hard to listen to Rugby if you not really sure who plays for what team, it was like there was only one player on the field – ek hoor net Parra die en Parra daai en toe aan die einde hoor ek ‘n Kockett but I mistook that for a swear word as New Zealand went over for their 9th Try.

Savea, a hat-trick hero but an all round massive performamce from the All Blacks players , even a prop can give a Sonny Bill Williams offload…this team always seems to amaze me.

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Final score 62 – 13…New Zealand will meet The Bokke in the semi-finals, after todays matches it seems these two teams are Worlds Apart.

Who will be triumphant and make it into the Finals of Rugby World Cup 2015?