With the Cricket World Cup getting into full swing it would be remiss of me not to put in a couple of World Cup videos. Today we see the South Africans give the World Cup to the Aussies.
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We give umpires a hard time and most of the time they deserve what they get. However, here is a superb umpiring decision from the South Africa v India series. Don’t think billy Bowden would have got this one.
The South African rugby team has played down suggestions that their poor performance in the opening game of the 2010 Tri Nations was due to a lack of vuvuzelas in the crowd. However, reports coming from inside the camp were that many players found it hard to adjust the quiet nature of New Zealand and this affected their on field performance.
With most of the team only arriving in the country five days before kick off they didn’t leave themselves a lot of time to audiotise to local conditions and this surely played into the All Blacks hands. Coming from South Africa were there is that constant buzzing 24 hours a day is a stark contrast to the calmness of New Zealand. It was clear that a number of players looked confused out on the field.
When asked after the game if the lack of an annoying buzzing noise was a problem for the team, Captain John Smit was reserved.
“Yes, the lack of a constant buzzing drone has been hard for the boys but it is no excuse. We have to learn to play in a variety of conditions and we didn’t adjust well today. Really only a couple of the older players have stood up this week and hopefully a few more can do more to help out the younger ones before the 2nd Test in Wellington.”
Smit was obviously talking about Victor Matfield who during the week tried an innovative technique to overcome the lack of vuvuzela noise. Matfield bought out his 1980’s getto-blaster in the last training run and played ‘Vuvuzela’s Greatest Hits’ on repeat for the entire 2hour session in an effort to replicate conditions back home. This seemed to inspire the lads until the batteries ran low and instead of the sound of 10million buzzy bees the noise resembled a dying goat. In was seen as no surprise that once the noise changed the training session quickly lost its shape.
It is hard to say if the lack of vuvzela’s warrants a 20 point victory to the All Black. However, you can bet your bottom dollar that South Africa will be stronger next week in Wellington. They will have had time to get use to our conditions and rumours that a large group of South African supporters has arrived with 450 vuvuzelas has boosted the confidence in the South African camp.