Not to be missed!
Especially if you are a proud South African rugby fan!
Saturday March 10: Sharks vs Lions at 17:05
Cape Town – In some quarters it's billed as a rematch of the Currie Cup final of 2011, but the landscape will be quite different when the Sharks host the Lions in the third round of the Super Rugby competition in Durban on Saturday.
Lions coach John Mitchell doesn't think last year's Currie Cup final (when the Lions won 42-16 in Johannesburg) will have any bearing on what happens this weekend. While the Lions have won one and lost one in 2012, the Sharks are still win-less and will be hard-pressed to turn their fortunes around at Kings Park. "Both teams have changed a lot since the Currie Cup. We're certainly not banking on the team coherency that we had back then, because we've got a lot of players out, so we are integrating a lot of new players," said Mitchell.
"To think that we are at full strength or have the same team from last year's Currie Cup final is a misnomer. And it's the same with the Sharks actually – they are probably also not at full strength or with the same team of last year." While the Sharks have been lifted with the inclusion of fit-again Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts, they still realise it won't be an easy outing against the Lions – a team they have never lost to in Super Rugby. In the seven outings between these sides (since 2006, when the former Cats franchise was disbanded), the best performance from the men from Johannesburg, was a 30-30 draw last year. "This is a massive game for us, the next two home games are," said Sharks coach John Plumtree.
"If you want to do well in this competition, you have to do well at home. We've picked up two log points away from home and those could prove to be valuable at the end of the day. But winning at home is vital in this competition. "We'll back ourselves to win away from home as well – we haven't talked about getting bonus points away from home – but we know this game is hugely important for us."
15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Butch James, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Patric Cilliers
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 James Kamana
Saturday March 10: Bulls vs Blues at 19:10
Things to do…
Stellenbosch Estate 2012 Woordfees
Literature meets wine making
Literary art meets wine legends when the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes teams up with the 2012 Stellenbosch University Woordfees (Festival of the Word) for a Word-and-Wine Celebration at participating wine estates on its Greater Simonsberg sub-route from 9 till 11 March.
Friday, 9 March
South Africa's oldest and foremost wine route will add a fresh new chapter to this popular arts festival by sharing the country's best authors and icons in the company of esteemed cellars situated along the foot of the Simonsberg.
This unique Word-and-Wine programme includes exclusive, intimate encounters such as a lunch at Morgenhof Estate with award-winning writer Annelie Botes and an inspirational wine-and-dine date with business mogul Jannie Mouton at Uitkyk to talk about his recently published autobiography. Delheim cellar gems will share the spotlight with the inimitable Riaan Cruywagen while the famous author-brothers, Johan and Christiaan Bakkes, will treat enthusiasts to a ‘snoekbraai and adventure story-telling' at Kanonkop.
Saturday, 10 March
Muratie Estate hauls out the barrels for a harvest festival and families and friends are invited to bring their picnic baskets and claim their spot for a chilled afternoon under the oaks with live music by the Kitchen Jammin Blues Band, grape stomping and estate wines on sale. Entrance fee for the band is R80 per adult. Enthusiasts can also go for an enlightening stroll through the vineyards to learn more about the history of this prominent estate over a glass of fine wine (R30 per head, pre-bookings are essential.)
Sunday, 11 March
The celebration of literature and winemaking culminates with a buzzing Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day at Delvera. Young and old…bookworms or not…can delight in a fun-filled family day blended with the finest wines from the Simonsberg area, country food, craft stalls with proudly local produce, harvest activities and horse rides. The younger crowd will have barrels of fun in the play corner or enjoy go-cart rides, the trampoline, jungle gym and a Kids Theater (12h00 at R40 per child).
Live performances by the vibrant Stellenbosch band, Manouche, celebrated for their foot-stomping, hip-swinging jazz vibes, will add rhythmic soul to this Winelands soiree. The Vine Hopper will provide a shuttle service to and from Stellenbosch on the day.
The Simonsberg Wine Route Market Day starts at 10am and entry is free
It’s going to be another sunny weekend!