Worcestershire Sauce

The year that was

Written by Stu Cooper (Worcestershire Sauce)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 3 Dec 2008 at 11:07
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So the 2008 rugby season comes to a close this evening with what I am sure we are all hoping will be a classic Baa-Baa’s fixture. A lot of the press I have read has insinuated that although the season was fairly good in terms of results, we as fans should be disappointed by the fact we didn’t dominate our Sanzar partners.

It’s been a horrible year off the field with the politico’s contributing to global warming with a lot of hot air, fans showing their true colours at Ellis Park , he who shall not be named making a tit of himself and endearing himself to his closet family while alienating just about everyone else. And let’s not forget a sex scandal (surely a first in SA rugby) in a car park and the tragic end to the life of a young talented writer. But lets leave that as most of it brings a bad taste to one’s mouth.

We played 13 tests this season, won nine. And aside for Italy (played in beastly conditions) and a weakened Argentina side our opposition have been top six bar one or two. We played Australia 3 times – won once and lost two, The Kiwis 3 times – with similar results. But we did something that hasn’t been done for ten years – beat the All Blacks at home. Something that might be useful in the memory banks in 2011.

Now I am loathe to compare apples with rump steak, Two coaches have had to endure the stupidity of an extended Tri-Nations – Div and Jake. Both won two matches – both oversaw some howlers (the 0-19 loss to the All Blacks at Newlands and Jake’s 49-0 loss to the convicts jump to mind) and a few results that could have gone either way – the 16-9 loss to the convicts – we played terribly yet we came so close to winning and Jake’s win over the All blacks in a dead rubber by one point with Rodney So’oialo pretty much winning the game for the Boks – yet the fact that we won the World Cup has been dragged out as an excuse for calling Div’s first season in charge iffy and unsatisfying.

To my mind this is a very shallow view of what has transpired. The hostility towards Div by fans and the media has been pretty negative form the get go. Hoskins didn’t help. And I suspect if one was to scratch the surface and throw in another loss or two, the mumblings would have been a veritable tsunami of criticism and demands for the removal of Div from the hot seat.

Personally I believe this season has been a great success. Div has embarked on something that has always been missing from our game. An attacking edge to go with our traditional power game.

All season we have heard and read reams of drivel about how structure was thrown out of the window for the sake of an all out attacking game. And yes at times that did seem to be the case but I think as the year moved on we started finding a balance between the two with a lot of success.

This year the Boks have scored 47 tries against the top ranked nations and have started showing that despite the world’s view that we are big dumb and capable of only mauling from five metres out , that the Boks can play an attacking game up there with the best of them.

My only hope is that Div is given the time to let this strategy grow to fruition because I think when we get it right and everyone is on the same page we will be unstoppable.

Sauce’s flavours of the year

Ultimate respect reward – John Smit (If he isn’t yet he will always be remembered as a legend of the game – home and abroad)

Palooka of the year – Vic Matfield – All season he has given me the impression he thinks he is bigger than the game while turning in some of his worst performances in a Bok jersey. We also learned that he isn’t a captain. I really expected more from him.

Surprise package and the biggest STFU to his doubters – Adi Jacobs – enough said.

Best Newcomer – Beast. He showed Guthro the door to the bench and never looked back. I look forward to him filling Os Du Randt’s shoes – something he appears to have the potential to do.

Most improved – JP – looks to be quietly growing into a seriously good player, he seems to have cut out the inconsistencies in his game without losing his attacking prowess. He also plays the game with a huge smile and looks like he loves the game like we do.

Return to form – Jean De Villiers. I don’t actually recall him every playing with this freedom under Jake. He has been a revelation at twelve and his current game reminds me of the form that got him selected to 2003 RWC squad before he got injured.

Try of the year – Adi’s try against England

Success story with a great future – Pienaar playing flyhalf for the rest of his career.

Biggest fail of the season – Pierre Spies

Unluckiest player – Kanko – short of walking on water I am not sure what this boy has to do to make the starting fifteen.

Biggest loser – the ELV’s and the amount of aimless kicking it has brought to the game. Some are good and some are bad – hopefully this won’t be the final set of rules. Telling me the ball is in play for an extra 8 minutes is fine but when its kick chase and kick chase – I would rather see a few more scrums personally.

Biggest FU to the fans – you would think ‘he who shall not be named’ is a shoo in, but personally I think it goes to SARU for the price of tickets for the Lions series.

And just a little thank you to finish the year – To Rob for his anorak like devotion to giving us a place to talk rugby and for calling the England result and KSA for his endless posting of news.

Keep it real and remember the drugalysier test in the Western Cape is inadmissible in court.

Safe travels and a good festive season to all.


  • Hear Hear ❗

    By this man a beer.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.12.08 11:23:48 by PJLD Reply
  • “By this man a beer.”
    @PJLD (Comment 1) :
    And buy this man a dictionary. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.12.08 11:36:01 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.12.08 11:39:38 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) : 😳

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.12.08 11:43:00 by PJLD Reply
  • Awesome work, Sauce! Thanks to all of you lot too, because without our horde of writers, commentators and readers, there’d be absolutely no point to keeping this place going at all

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.12.08 11:45:11 by robdylan Reply
  • Keep it real and remember the drugalysier test in the Western Cape is inadmissible in court.

    Wow, great news.

    Is it worth reading the rest of the piece?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.12.08 11:46:36 by MorneN Reply
  • Well written covers exactly how I feel about the season.

    Our games against Aus and Eng this year have been my 2 favourite Bok games.

    The future is bright!

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.12.08 11:46:56 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply
  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 7) :

    Yup, mine too.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.12.08 11:51:38 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 6) : Nah, i got carried away on a tangent about rugby 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.12.08 11:52:23 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Big Fish (Comment 2) :

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.12.08 11:57:43 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I’d like to nominate Ricky’s try against the AB for try of the year. 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.12.08 11:57:44 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : Your nomination is noted. 🙄

    Rob, KSA Shark and myself will revert back to you in due course. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.12.08 12:00:23 by wpw Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) : I don’t think i’ve seen a try that made me go that apeshyte before.

    I really lost the plot that morning.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.12.08 12:02:42 by PJLD Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 11) :

    @PJLD (Comment 13) :

    We may have to break this into sub categories.

    Best looking try – Adi Jacobs
    Most celebrated try – Ricky Januarie

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.12.08 12:05:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @wpw (Comment 12) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Thanks you. 😀

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.12.08 12:06:59 by McLovin Reply
  • Great piece, Sauce.

    To Rob for his anorak like devotion to giving us a place to talk rugby and for calling the England result and KSA for his endless posting of news

    Here’s to it lasting forever

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.12.08 12:07:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @PJLD (Comment 13) : I was so happy I almost cried.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.12.08 12:07:24 by McLovin Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 13) : have you managed to find it since?

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.12.08 12:07:41 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Mind you Adis try against Oz wasn’t half bad hey, i know the defender slipped but it was Adis step that made him go tht way.

    It looked so awesome with that dude falling on his chutney.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.12.08 12:09:32 by PJLD Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : It eludes me still.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.12.08 12:10:38 by PJLD Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 9) :

    Sjoe thanks for the warning mate, I almost went and read it! 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.12.08 12:10:50 by MorneN Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 20) : a common problem 🙂

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.12.08 12:22:18 by robdylan Reply
  • As a newby at Sharksworld I would like to thanks everybody here. It does feel like family here and it’s nice to see the positive side. Rob, I know you need the hits,but I wouldn’t like Sharksworld to get to big like K.. because here you can learn to know your fellow blogger a lot better and it’s nice to have a chat even about nothing sometimes although I still enjoy a good rugby debate the most. I don’t always have much time to chat , but when I’m here it’s really enjoyable….and nice piece Sauce

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.12.08 12:29:38 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Need or not Pokkel, we ain’t going to walk that path brother.

    On a more serious note :


    If you had made a fixed deposit at some of the major banks of R1, 000 one year ago,
    you would have about R49,00 left.

    On JSE (Johannesburg Stock Exchange), you would have R2.50 left of the original R1, 000.

    With Sanlam Offshore investment, you would have less than R15.00 left.

    But, if you had purchased R1, 000 worth of beer one year ago,
    drunk all of it, then turned in the cans for the aluminium recycling refund,
    you would have R214.00 cash.

    Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink a lot so you can recycle.

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.12.08 12:33:46 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 24) : Sage advice.

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.12.08 12:35:32 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @PJLD (Comment 24) : 😯 😯

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.12.08 12:36:04 by wpw Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 24) : Geez and there I was drinking from bottles…and I call myself a Financial advisor 😳

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.12.08 12:37:51 by Pokkel Reply
    Friend of Sharksworld
  • Palooka award-luke puke watson-does he have 2 puke on this site 2 get a accolade,surely u could make up a award 4 butana komphela

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.12.08 12:39:15 by Bok-Clyde-Kiwi Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 23) : Pokkel – realistically, we’ll never be as big as Keo. I don’t believe in using sensationalist political rabble-rousing nonsense to get hits.

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.12.08 13:17:27 by robdylan Reply
  • Awesome piece…my neck is sore from all the nodding… :mrgreen:

    Most celebrated try – tie between
    RICKY/ FRANS STEYN (Sharks) / KEEGAN (Sharks)

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.12.08 13:18:41 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @Bok-Clyde-Kiwi (Comment 28) : or how about we rather just leave both of them be and talk about something else? 🙂

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.12.08 13:19:59 by robdylan Reply
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 30) : I gather you mean Keegan’s try against the Bullies? That one’s got to win hands-down for me, because I KNEW we had won the game then.

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.12.08 13:21:00 by robdylan Reply
  • Didnt have time for more then a potshot at PJLD earlier.

    Great piece Sauce – as usual it has your mixture of the funny and Zen-like objectivity about it.

    It was great to see the Boks run this year, and for that I really thank PDV, as I do for the emergence of Adi and Beast, and the renaissance of Ruan and JPP.

    Although my time has been very limited of late, I still love SW and am really thankful for all the great people I have met here.

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.12.08 13:24:48 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : Indubitably…

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.12.08 13:27:22 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 34) : you been watching Mary Poppins?

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.12.08 13:29:35 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 35) : :mrgreen: it’s been yeeeeeeeaaaarrrrrrssssss!!!

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.12.08 13:36:01 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blckshrk – BUCS (Comment 36) : I watch it OFTEN – my daughter has the DVD. I just remember Bert saying “indubitably”…

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.12.08 13:42:16 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 37) :

    And I have never seen it. 😳

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.12.08 13:50:35 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : what? Goodness me!

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.12.08 13:54:18 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 39) :

    The kids have it but I have never watched it for some strange reason.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.12.08 13:56:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) : well, I reckon it’s worth watching once, even at your advanced age 🙂

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.12.08 13:59:53 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 41) : I wanna watch it again – it was entertaining 20 years ago…

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.12.08 14:02:25 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • You guys are not right.

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.12.08 14:18:41 by PJLD Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 33) : Why thank you Big Fish!!! 🙄

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.12.08 14:22:55 by wpw Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 43) : no – I am kind of centre

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.12.08 14:25:17 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 45) :

    very dry… 🙄

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.12.08 14:32:19 by wpw Reply
  • I just caught wpw on another site having an open well constructed debate ❗

    Was very confusing.

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.12.08 14:33:09 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 47) : 😆

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.12.08 14:49:34 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @PJLD (Comment 47) : 👿 👿

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.12.08 15:13:07 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 44) :
    Great as in really cool – not vrek groot. 😈

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.12.08 19:38:13 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Try of the Year – Ryan Kankowski against the Crusaders. Three players handed-off en-route, including the irrepresible (not that time) Richie McCaw!

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.12.08 19:40:10 by Baldrick Reply
  • Morning Sharksworldians…

    This has been doing the rounds on email- just thought I’d post it here to kick-start the Friday…

    I’m glad 2008 is coming to an end because:

    I’m sad 2008 is coming to an end because:

    One thing I wish I didn’t do in 2008 is:

    One thing I wish I did in 2008 is:

    The greatest moment of 2008 so far:

    The most F-cked up moment:

    The person who’s lucky I didn’t punch them is:

    The best place I went to this year:

    The best movie I saw this year (old or new):

    The worst movie I saw this year:

    The best song I heard this year:

    The worst song I heard this year:

    I laughed hardest this year when:

    Damn I cried when:

    I’m planning to spend the last day of the year with/at:

    RATE THE YEAR on a scale of 1-10 :

  • Comment 52, posted at 05.12.08 09:21:05 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Oh…and this is what people do when they are bored…


  • Comment 53, posted at 05.12.08 09:25:48 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!

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