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Boks on the brink of clean sweep

CAPE TOWN, August 8 – South Africa aim for a home clean-sweep when they tackle Australia in the Tri-Nations on Saturday having comfortably disposed of the All Blacks with back-to-back wins.WALLABIES_TRAINING_But the world champions know that Robbie Deans’ side, with fly-half Matt Giteau in prime form, will pose more challenges than New Zealand.

South Africa have leapt to the top of the Tri-Nations table after recording successive wins against the All Blacks, while Australia will go into the game having last played three weeks ago.

On that occasion the Wallabies suffered a 22-16 defeat to New Zealand.

Deans’s men will, however, be well-rested this weekend, while the Boks are coming off not only two gruelling battles with their fiercest rivals, but also a three-Test series with the British and Irish Lions, which they won 2-1.

Both starting teams are unchanged from their last matches, with the only newcomers to the sides taking up places on the replacement benches.

For the Boks, fit-again Ruan Pienaar replaces Wynand Olivier, while Peter Hynes comes in for veteran loose forward Phil Waugh on the Wallaby side.

A win for the Boks on Saturday would set them up for the away leg of the competition, and a possible third Tri-Nations title to go with the ones captured in 1998 and 2004.

Springboks coach Peter de Villiers, however, was reluctant to look too far ahead this week.

"We’ve got four matches to go, three of those away from home so it’s not going to be easy," said De Villiers.

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"A lot can still happen and on Saturday we face an Australia team who play with a lot of structure and who like holding onto the ball for long periods.

"They like putting phases together and will certainly ask a lot of questions in the lineouts."

De Villiers added: "On top of that they have a genius in Matt Giteau, so we’re in for a tough Test."

The Wallabies will, indeed, look to fly-half Giteau to dictate matters, but it is up front where Deans’s men will have to find a solution to thwarting the Boks pack.

De Villiers’s forwards, led superbly by captain John Smit, with Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Bismarck du Plessis and Pierre Spies not far behind, must now rank as the best assembled pack in world rugby following their dominant display against the All Blacks.

And in flanker Heinrich Brussow, the Boks have unearthed a player who got the better of All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.

He will again be key on Saturday as he comes up against George Smith, widely regarded the best openside alongside McCaw.

Their individual battle for possession on the ground will go a long way in determining who comes out on top.

Deans said he could not wait for the clash.

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"It’s a fantastic task coming up against the world’s best team. This is a big opportunity for all of us," he said.

He added he wasn’t expecting anything new from the Boks.

"They’ve got a good kicking game, and it worked well for them against New Zealand. I’m sure they’re going to play similarly against us."

The Boks may play straight-forward rugby, but it’s effective and in new fly-half Morne Steyn they have a goal-kicker who will punish any Wallaby mistakes.

Australia haven’t won in Cape Town against the Boks since 1992 and if they are to change that statistic, Deans’s team will have to produce a far better performance than the one they dished up in Auckland three weeks ago.

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  1. Tom Mutua

    December 28, 2012 at 7:23 am

    true that…… indeed

  2. Kwessi Pratt

    December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am

    A child dropped and picked up from school has very limited wisdom and moreso, when brought up in state house. I guess, thats why Uhuru Kenyatta has been incriminating himself over and over! Even when international diplomats answered highly pointed questions, he would still see it necessary to “warn” foreigners to keep off Kenyan affairs! Obviously, when you are an ICC suspect with even a confirmed case to boot, thats clearly not the language you resort to. There are too many instances which suggest that Uhuru and his running mate are guilty as charged. Infact, their body language singlary betrays them! There is certainly an aspect of desperation marked by shocking bitterness on their part. That alone disqualifies them from running for presidency. Infact, it raises questions about their real intentions. Their cases are too grave that require totally different approach. However, its quite clear the fellows have been on warpath ever since they were named as suspects. They have displayed conmen traits that border on “come what may!” That in law is called self-incrimination! Innocent people act innocently pals. They dont stir up everything that comes their way!!!!

    The ICC cases Uhuru and Ruto are facing are too weighty to be exposed to the kind of contemptuous attitude they have been showing. And winning election on basis of tribal numbers will only cost Kenyans more. The uncertainty and darkness that would evelope the country once they win will unleash numerous chain reactions that would swiftly sweep them aside. First, suit to throw them out of power, given that they dont meet integrity test, will be filed. Then impeachment motion would crop up in parliament. And in the midst of all this, ICC trial date would have checked in. Once they go to ICC for hearing of their cases, they WILL BE DETAINED FOR THREATENING STABILITY AND PEACE IN KENYA! Kenyans then will embark on extra expense of arranging for another presidential election. All these crippling circles would have been precipitated by thoughtless school boys imagining that a huge killer tsunami is no more than normal waves!!!!

    • Willy

      December 28, 2012 at 10:41 am

      You can go jump into the lake.if you dnt support a certain candidate keep it to urself and u come out with your vote on March 4th. Numbers will speak then.

      • Kwessi Pratt

        December 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

        @Willy: First, you havent addressed any of the issues I raised. You just bursted in to tribal anger that cant help us at all. I would have happily supported Uhuru if he was not stuck in his own selfish mix. However, I could not have done that merely on tribal lines. Or worse, by merely turning in to a thoughtless scavenger! There are many grey areas in his candidacy. And believe you me, with his limited capacity to discern things, he is certainly going to self-drown. Tribal numbers as I said earlier, are no cure to the roadblocks facing our village boy. Those numbers at some point, either on March 4,2013 or slightly there after, will turn in to a nightmare. Just be careful you dont end up committing suicide when those communal numbers dont amount to much! Have you ever tried to imagine what would happen if other communities literally rebel against that tribal hegemony? Somebody told us that late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta was leader of darkness. May be he saw beyond the grand old man!!!!

    • Njuguna Ndungu

      December 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

      Luckily for them their biggest competition is the unelectable RAO.

      • Kwessi Pratt

        December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

        @Njuguna Ndungu: We were told exactly the same thing in run up 2007 elections. But guess what happened? We had to resort to faking numbers! Actually, thats how brother Kalonzo Musyoka became a VP. We had to borrow his numbers in the crudest way possible! By the way, what was that infamous “tallying” at KICC? Was it a clear switching of Kalonzo’s numbers to us? What was this matter of Kalonzo “giving” his votes to president Kibaki? Do I need to go further? I guess, you dont know what you are saying. Your tribal “insideness” surely cant allow you to see the big picture!!!!

        • Njuguna Ndungu

          December 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

          Unlike you, I do not have a single ethnic-tribal bone in my body.

          Unlike you, I look at life from a balanced view, for instance, I acknowledge that Kibaki’s voters were padded in KICC, I also do not fail to notice that Raila’s votes were padded in the polling stations. Remember PNU agents being denied access to the polling stations?

          Unlike you, I acknowledge that Kreigler’s team could not conclusively decide who won the elections. Anyone claiming Kibaki or Raila without hard arithmetic facts is just spitting out empty rhetoric.

          • Kwessi Pratt

            December 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

            @Njuguna Ndungu: Thats what you are saying pal, but whats the truth? The fact that you misdirected yourself on me says alot about you! After all, you dont know anything about me apart from my posts! And justice Kreigler was NEVER EVER an authority at all. He just relied on what was fed on me! Am sure you do know those who had a point to prove are the only ones who appeared before him. His report was thus NEVER EVER reflective of the REAL TRUTH! But there was this naked truth about ballot switching which changed the results. Am glad, though you are not very elaborative, you are agreeing with me on that one! The 6million dollar question is: if things were blatantly that clear, who really was supposed to run away with the trophy?

  3. jane

    December 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Being born in state house has nothing to do with our choosing Uhuru to be our next president. No body chooses where to be born and if we were to be given a choice, I’m sure most of us would choose State house. So, please give the guy a break. We love him and will vote for him regardless of the cases, the place of birth, the ethnicity, the ????? what was it again????? yeah that???? we really don’t care.

    • Kwessi Pratt

      December 29, 2012 at 7:10 am

      @Jane: You are utterly missing the point Madam! When we refer to being born in state house, we mean the lack of wisdom displayed thus far. We mean perhaps, the very presence there never offered enough exposure! For instance, how would you explain one’s utterances to the effect that two communities are going to bring “peace” in the country? And is there absence of peace anyway? And these same communities are the same ones supposed to have fought for election results in 2007/8! Is someone thoughtlessly confirming those charges? If you are accused by ICC of pepetrating violence and you are talking like that, what are you really saying? Only hopelessly confused people self-incriminate themselves while shouting their purported innocence on rooftops!!!!

    • benQ

      December 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Jane, i think in life. you take things so lightly without examining the past, reflecting on today and acting on the future. Do not blindly follow a Uhuru or a Raila because you were raised to believe in a particular community or ethnicity, you have to look at Ramifications and objectivity. You can’t carry a broken Jembe to a Shamba thinking that you will be able to do the amount of work you anticipate to do with it on that particular day. You have to leave the Jembe and carry a suitable one to facilitate the work to be done progressively on that day. Take time to carefully repair the Jembe before working with it, Once it is repaired and sharpened enough, then you will achive it’s full potential. Uhuru and Ruto are a lot that are tied to a heavy burden of the ICC. Right now, they cannot be suitable candidates for the presidency, as much as you don’t want to believe the sober voices around you, there comes a time that regrets come. Kibaki has done good so far, let us not destroy what he has strived to build. have you looked at questions like how will the country be governed?, how will mps stay objective to the people of Kenya?, Will there be a threat of an uprising against their leadership after the elections? Will the URP/TNA unity hold? Will the economy remain viable and sustainable? will there be sanctions impossed? Over the years, governments of the day have never been able to satisfy all of our needs let alone even satisfy half of what we want. What makes you sure that the indicted individuals will fair better that the previous? Those are the real issues you should consider and not Tribal agendas for vendetta.

  4. Ben Chege Ngumi

    December 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    the truth of the matter is WHENEVER KALENJINS AND KYUKS are in opposing camps – violence always breaks out (2007 was the 3rd time it happened). As exemplified by the 2002 elections, when the two work together – regardless of whether they win or lose – there is peace!

    • Kwessi Pratt

      December 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

      @Ben Chege Ngumi: Why? And are we a war? I thought we are pretty peaceful! Whats this making peace brother Uhuru is talking about? He is talking like Ocampo, the former ICC prosecutor! Talk of someone unwittingly confirming charges….!!!!

  5. chizi

    January 4, 2013 at 9:41 am

    wengine wamelipwa kupigia cord campaign……uhuru pamoja ata mpost nini!

    • Kwessi Pratt

      January 5, 2013 at 8:55 am

      @Chizi: I dont remember any other party being said to have paid someone mind boggling 7billion to someone to accept number 2 slot! My investigations reveal that the guys shouting most in jubilee alliance are bought items that cant be of any help to the country at all. They are like dogs barking to impress the master. And they will only serve that master! Kenya cant surely benefit from that one sided master/servant relationship! Am sure Kenyans wont agree to be conned by characters using ill-gotten wealth to overlord them! Leadership CANT be bought and those attempting to do so will end up very disappointed indeed!

      Actually, we need to think carefully before we surrender to hopeless con merchants. Brothers Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto are certainly intent on using Kenyans to attempt guard their selfish interests. Their venture is a clear case of trying to use Kenyans as human shield. Otherwise, what else would push them to pair for elections when they are faced with cases of such magnitude? Of course, they imagine that once they are elected they would enjoy international immunity. What they fail to understand is that since those cases surfaced while they were not enjoying such immunity, it wont be forth coming at all! Infact, when ICC prosecutor and judges said that the cases had nothing to do with “coming elections in Kenya,” they were alluding to that clear-cut position. Thats why it never mattered to ICC whether the pair ran for elections or not, – for it changed nothing anyway! However, that coated diplomatic language seems to have sent wrong signal to our folks! Infact, when ICC said they were free to run for election as long as they adhered to its conditions, our comically crazy lot took that as a seal of approval! Its utterly further from reality and truth!!!!

  6. Natty Dread

    October 4, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Ngunjiri Wamnbugu put all his money on a crippled mule and lost. I wonder how he feels about the Uhuru/Ruto alliance today.

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