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?