Plonker of the Month
Plonker of the Month - August
2008-09-10 10:43:16 AM
It's time to have some fun at our own expense, and not take life too seriously. As such Sport24 will be putting together our Plonker of the Year - and we want YOU to be involved please! Each month the editorial team will nominate up to five candidates for you to choose from, with the monthly readers choice becoming one of the 12 finalists from which we will choose our overall 'Plonker' come the end of the year.
August's candidates are:
CJ van der Linde
What was the tighthead prop thinking (and Tank Lanning will vehemently protest that tightheads DO think) by cleaning out Sam Cordingley with his forehead in the Durban Tri-Nations Test? More likely, he wasn’t thinking at all, and the citing committee took a predictably dim view of his transgression with a suspension which allowed Brian Mujati to enhance his Bok No 3 claims at Coca-Cola Park.
The 83-all-out Proteas
Most of the ODI series in England was a horror show for South Africa, but Trent Bridge was truly X-rated. All out in 23 overs for their second worst total ever in one-dayers, the Proteas were beaten before they even warmed up the Nottingham lights. An angry crowd let them know how they felt about their dosh being so poorly spent, despite delight at England’s humiliating mastery of proceedings. How KP must have basked in it, to make things even worse …
Olympics Team SA
Team? Even that notion came under deep scrutiny as South Africa, who marched at the opening ceremony in Crocs and then seemed to do most of their various sporting disciplines in them as well, amassed the less-than-giddy sum of one silver medal in Beijing. Rumours of ill-discipline, internal bickering and disagreements with incompetent management abounded. Maybe they need jukskei on the 2012 menu for South Africa to annex gold. For we’d do that, even in slipslops.
If the acting Springbok skipper did one thing over the past few weeks, it was remind everyone of just how sorely John Smit’s leadership is missed. Matfield appeared only to rile referees with his indelicate querying of decisions against the Boks in the several games they lost, while his ability to knit the troops into a cohesive unit came into question too. Worst of all, though, the ace lineout banker’s own game suffered greatly until he got it together -- after the proverbial Lord Mayor’s Show, it is true – in the 53-8 Wallaby massacre.
You could give it to the rookie Proteas all-rounder on the grounds of his daftly frenetic, open-mouthed gum-chewing alone, couldn’t you? But it goes a little deeper than that, alas. His butter fingers earned him English crowd ridicule at times in the ODI series fiasco, and let’s just say that the youngster isn’t the leanest 23-year-old ever to don the green shirt, either.