Megan Thomas: Everyone has heard the eerie legend of the “Jaboolie League”. The legend goes something along the lines of a free roaming Zimbabwean farmer named “Jaboolie”, a derivative of the Shona word for beer, “Chibuli”, who led his soldiers and instilled fear amongst his enemies as well as camaraderie and bravery amongst his soldiers. Though unsure the legend appears in your history books; the evolved “Jaboolie” continues instilling courage in the soldiers (students…) of UCT, through a more liquid form of courage and not originating from a free roaming Zimbabwean farmer.
The Stormers’ Super Rugby campaign has got off to a rather ugly start. Having played four matches, mustering one victory and only scoring five tries at 1.25 tries per match, it does not paint a pretty picture of the Stormers’ season so far. In their last three matches, the Stormers’ first try came at the 77th, 51st and 62nd minute. Stormers also languish in 15th position in the “tries scored” charts. The Stormers were emphatically beaten by the Lions 34-10, which was followed by a narrow 19-18 victory over the Hurricanes at Newlands Stadium. Their tour in New Zealand is also not going too well, after losing narrowly to the Crusaders 13-14 and being steam rolled by the Chiefs. The Stormers’ fan base is frustrated by the lack lustre approach by the Cape side. A Storm is brewing.
Alasdair Fraser: The All Blacks successfully defended their Rugby Championship title with a dominant display against their fiercest rivals to register their 50th victory over the Springboks and showed they deserve to be the world’s number one-ranked team in the world.
It was a match billed as the biggest clash of the year, and like two heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the ring, both teams were brutal in their execution of defence and attack.
Rob Byrne: Another “Explosive Monday” petered out on the High Veld for UCT last night, where they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 by an impressive Tuks side.
With the TV cameras in attendance it was the first chance for players from the University to show their skills on a national stage, albeit on the more obscure SuperSport Select 229.
Megan Kinnaird & Rob Byrne: The time is fast approaching for UCT and Stellenbosch to once again come head-to-head in the competition of competitions – Intervarsity.
The second successive Intervarsity tournament will take place from May 3rd to May 5th, after returning last year following a 19-year hiatus.
Nicholas Walker: Three UCT students had the ultimate honour of representing an SA men’s water polo team in a closely fought tie against the USA Olympic side on Saturday, March 23rd.
Thabang Letheo: Since Gordon Igesund has taken over the reins of Bafana Bafana, there has been a distinct improvement in the side’s playing.
However, with recent reports suggesting that Igesund is already planning to fly to Brazil to inspect the World Cup facilities, is such an early move from our national coach wise? I say yes.
Running. I never used to understand people who wanted to do it for more than ten minutes, let alone five hours. Yet yesterday, amongst the thousands of lubed up, short shorts-wearing nutters, there I was – at the Newlands starting line at 6.30 in the morning, ready to endure 56kms all in the name of, well, fun, I guess.
Megan Kinnaird: Monday night saw the Ikeys get their first, and only, win of the 2013 Varsity Cup season, defeating Wits 50-40 on the Green Mile.
An exhilarating first half saw the Tigers sitting 42 points up by the break, but an ill-disciplined second half showing almost resulted in the win being ripped out of the Ikeys eagerly-awaiting hands.
Rob Byrne: UCT played Oxford University in both 50-over and T20 encounters last week.
UCT recorded a memorable 27-run victory in the 50-over format on Thursday, but lost out in the shorter format, played out at Newlands Stadium on Friday morning.