Even the wishes of an ant reach heaven. ~ Japanese Proverb.
I wrote an article on Friday, listing ten rugby wishes for the weekend. Let’s have a look at the results…
1) Waylon Murray must score a try. Any try. Just one. It doesn’t need to be a superb, long-range effort that demonstrates his dazzling arsenal of skills and pace. No, even if he just bashes over from 3m out, or flops over on the end of a Keegan Daniel pass, it really doesn’t matter. Just one little try from a man whose 2008 season is going from bad to worse.
Well – we didn’t quite get this one, although I did think Waylon had a far better game. We’ll have to hold on another few weeks for this one. On a side-note, wasn’t it great to see JP Pietersen break his duck in such dramatic style? (0/1)
2) The Sharks must see off the Valke, with a bonus point, without at any stage looking like they’re going to lose the game. The time for excuses is over and it’s time for class to show through.
It wasn’t as emphatic as I would have liked and it took them far too long to score the fourth try, but at the end of the day, they ticked the important boxes. And I NEVER thought they would lose, regardless of how excited the idiot commentators got. (1/2)
3) I would really like Johann Muller to play a proper captain’s innings tonight. The Sharks skipper is a far better player than he looks at the moment and I would like to see him spur his team on to an emphatic victory. Man of the match would be nice.
Done and done. He wasn’t man of the match, but it didn’t matter, because he was a huge presence in the game and lead the team with aplomb. (2/3)
4) One more for the Sharks, because I’m greedy: I’d like Chris Jordaan and Wes Bodmer to play like the Natal wings of old. Show us pace, show us guile and show us that absolute certainty that you’re going to beat your man and score. You know, the sort we haven’t seen since the days of James Small. A little bit of much-vaunted Michalak Magic in the second half would also go down a treat.
Both Jordaan and (especially) Bodmer had superb games and introduced that excitement that we haven’t seen in a long time. Fred also did some superb things, particularly in the build-up to Keegan Daniel’s try. (3/4)
5) I’d like Griquas to, if not beat Province, then at least give them a good fright. The men from Kimberly have been on the verge of showing, for some time now, that they have a legitimate right to be counted among the “big six” in SA Rugby. Their performance this season have been awful, though and the Currie Cup is the poorer for that.
Griquas are back! 21-20… sorry Province. (4/5)
6) Free State, please just stuff the Bulls, ok? Just for the sheer “lekkerkry” thereof.
Erm, oops. Well done Bulls. You bunch of planks. (4/6)
7) I wish that Peter de Villiers would just stop talking. Nobody in the world is more behind this guy than I am; he’s the right man at the right time for the most difficult job in rugby. He’s not making it any easier on himself, though and he’s making himself sound stupid. Please, Pete, just stop saying the things you’re saying already. Even better, get a media liaison on board and fast?
Well, hard to judge this one. Let’s just say that Div and his boys did their talking on the field this week and count it as a wish granted? (5/7)
8) I would like Victor Matfield to stand up and show us that he has even a little bit of the character, passion and charisma of the great Bok captains of old. Just a little something, please Vic, to show us that you deserve this great honour, cos right now, I ain’t seen shit!
Opinions will differ on Matfield’s game and the yellow card offence was silly. That said, he was superb in the lineouts and huge on defence, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. Firts Bok skipper to win in New Zealand since Teichmann. (6/8)
9) Bismarck du Plessis needs to finally take the step up in the way we all know he’s capable of taking it. Bissie, keep your cool, find your jumpers and score a try, just to put those All Blacks bastards back in their place.
He may not have scored a try, but he came damn close and put in an all-round great performance, one to rival Smit at his best. His lineouts were superb, he was huge on the drive and tireless on defence. Bissie, along with Schalk Burger, wass my man of the match. (7/9)
10) Would a first-ever Bok win at Carisbrook really be pushing it?
Apparently not! Go Bokke, you beauties! (8/10)
Well, there we have it, guys. Not a bad return, eh? Time to start thinking up some wishes for this weekend.Tweet