Other Sport

Is Div November's Plonker?

2010-12-01 09:37
Peter de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - After much debate and head scratching, the Sport24 team have announced their Performers, Plonkers and Pictures of the month for November 2010.

Click HERE to cast your vote - and WIN!

Every month the Sport24 editorial team will announce nominations for a sportsperson or team (people who stole the limelight with a specific performance that month), a plonker (a team or person who has not covered themselves in glory) and a sports photo of the month (the one that makes you go "Ahhh"). You then get a chance to vote for the person, team and picture that best deserves the award...

So without further ado, then, the November nominations are...

PERFORMANCE:

Victor Matfield
It was a stirring month personally for the acting Springbok captain, who led by dynamic example on the Grand Slam tour. The veteran lock set some new standards in lineout play against tough opponents like Ireland and England at either end of the venture, while getting through plenty of honest graft in the tight-loose as well.

AB de Villiers
Say what you like about the Emirates pitches ... 278 not out in a Test match has still got to be done, hasn’t it? De Villiers, 26, rewrote the South African record books with his innings against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, beating his captain Graeme Smith’s seven-year-long national record of 277 against England at Edgbaston.

Willem Alberts
They say the key thing about a substitute in Test rugby these days is to add “impact” and “value” as quickly as possible off the bench. The humungous Sharks loose forward certainly did so on the Grand Slam tour, including the rare feat of tries in three consecutive matches – against Wales, Scotland and England.

Ryan Sandes
The former SACS schoolboy, not yet 30, confirmed beyond dispute that he is South Africa’s top trail/endurance runner with victory this month in the last of four Desert Races in Antarctica, completing a clean sweep of the events for him. The Desert Races have been described as among the top two endurance competitions on the planet. Respect!

Bismarck du Plessis
A wobbly stint of lineout throw-ins against Scotland (where so much more went pear-shaped for the Boks anyway!) was the lone tour low point for the ever-combative hooker, who was otherwise little short of brilliant against the other three Home Unions ... culminating in being judged man-of-the-match by commentator Stuart Barnes against England at Twickenham.

PLONKERS:

Vaughn van Jaarsveld
The Proteas, Dolphins and ex-Lions batsman tested positive this month for a prohibited substance, a weight-loss product prescribed by a doctor, and was provisionally suspended by Cricket South Africa as a result. The ban was subsequently lifted ... but perhaps the good old treadmill and sit-ups is a safer way to “bulk down”, eh Vaughn?

Chiliboy Ralepelle/Bjorn Basson
More problems on the drugs front for South African sport: the Springbok hooker and wing respectively were sent home early from the Grand Slam tour after a much-publicised incident in which both tested positive for a banned stimulant – albeit one found in certain anti-cold medications. Clearly it raised the scent levels of doping bosses: three times as many Boks as Scots were later tested after the Murrayfield game and the matter did provide an unwanted distraction on tour.

Kaizer Chiefs
The Soweto glamour club got a bit blasé ahead of their Telkom Knockout final date by opting to rest a few of their Bafana stars for the supposedly “routine” Premiership home encounter with newcomers Vasco da Gama. The Cape side stunned them 3-2 at Soccer City ... ironically sparked by a former national star of their own in veteran Sibusiso Zuma. 

Victor Matfield
Big Vic finds himself nominated in both categories this month; he earns the less enviable nod for his mini-meltdown against Scotland at Murrayfield, where he seemed to rile and be riled by referee Stu Dickinson (seldom South Africa’s best friend, let’s face it) and the Boks kept on being penalised in the vital closing stages of the only “Slam” game they unexpectedly lost.

Peter de Villiers
In his defence, he made good ones in the final game against England, but the earlier part of the Boks’ Grand Slam tour was marked by some baffling substitutions by the national coach and his lieutenants. The habit very nearly cost the Boks the match against Wales, for instance, where in-form Bismarck du Plessis was called off at a key stage and replacement hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle botched two lineout throws to dramatically add to pressure on the Bok try-line ...

PHOTOS:

In a bid to deservedly salute the photographers doing the hard graft on the sidelines. Sport24 have put together a gallery of the "Best of the Best" pictures of the month of November. They're guaranteed to leave you speechless. Click HERE to view our selection of the: Best of the best pictures

Reader voting

Readers monthly votes will decide the 12 finalists in each category, and it is from those 12 finalists that Sport24 will decide their Star, Plonker and Picture of the Year in December.
 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Oscar's career is 'finished'

2014-10-23 09:12

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

The route of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic has been announced and it promises to be as challenging as ever!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
The most extreme journey ever?
Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.