Tight­heads & Loose Balls

Sunday Times - - Sport Rugby -

● Lions coach Swys de Bruin this week got all philo­soph­i­cal when asked about the games his team let slip this sea­son. “It’s sport. Roger Fed­erer is a star and he has just lost. Croa­tia went through (in the World Cup) and Eng­land isn’t sud­denly a ter­ri­ble soc­cer team. When you lose you’re not sud­denly a bad team. On Face­book you’re sud­denly a bad team and you must get fired along with the captain.”

● De Bruin clearly has a beef with Mark Zucker­berg’s so­cial me­dia plat­form. It re­ally raises his ire. “I’m a per­son of the heart,” he said. “My wife would say to me ‘don’t read Face­book, I’ll fil­ter it’. Then she only reads me the good things. Then I feel bet­ter,” De Bruin joked. “When I get mad is when peo­ple at­tack play­ers who don’t de­serve it. Then I steam. I get mad when play­ers are tagged and are taken out when they don’t de­serve it.”

● Hav­ing watched a fair bit of Craven Week this week Tight­heads was left won­der­ing why acts of foul play carry dif­fer­ent con­se­quences at that level com­pared to Su­per Rugby. The school­boys, it seems, are at each other’s throats with im­punity.

● With the league stages of Su­per Rugby wrap­ping up this week­end, we thought it ap­pro­pri­ate to name our team of the tour­na­ment thus far. Our Su­per Rugby team of the league stages — Is­rael Fo­lau (Waratahs); Ben Lam (Hur­ri­canes), Rieko Ioane (Blues), Ngani Laumape (Hur­ri­canes), Taqele Nai­yar­a­voro (Waratahs); Beau­den Bar­rett (Hur­ri­canes), Aaron Smith (High­landers); Akira Ioane (Blues), David Po­cock (Brumbies), Scott Bar­rett (Cru­saders); Franco Mostert (Lions), Sam White­lock (Cru­saders); Taniela Tupou (Reds), Malcolm Marx (Lions), Steven Kit­shoff (Storm­ers).

Sub­sti­tutes: Emil­iano Bof­felli (Jaguares), Kurt­ley Beale (Waratahs), Will Ge­nia (Rebels); Pablo Mat­era (Jaguares), RG Sny­man (Bulls), Michael Alaala­toa (Cru­saders), Akker van der Merwe (Sharks), Joe Moody (Cru­saders).

Honourable men­tion: Solomon Alaimalo (Chiefs), Jessie Kriel (Bulls), Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de Al­lende (Storm­ers), Damian McKen­zie (Chiefs), Michael Lit­tle (Sun­wolves), Bern­hard Fo­ley (Waratahs), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Matt Todd (Cru­saders), Lood de Jager (Bulls), Izaak Rodda (Reds), Wilco Louw (Storm­ers), Agustin Creevy (Jaguares).

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