Running for Rhinos

A ‘fleet’ of fleet-footed runners from St Francis descended on Crossroads Farm yesterday for the annual Port Elizabeth edition of the Rhino Run. Started four years ago, the ‘Running for Rhinos’ Rhino Run is held simultaneously at several venues around South Africa and has to date raised over R350K to combat the decimation of the rhino population by poachers.

St Francis runners at Rhino Run Port Elizabeth

St Francis runners from left – Kirsty Dodds, Shelley Donaldson, Andrew Barton, Saria Blaauw and Liezl Clause

All the St Francis runners ran the 12 km route and being accomplished runners completed the route. For one runner however, Andrew Barton from St Francis Links, yesterday was his first ever race and congratulations are in order for never has he run more than a 5 Km. He started running thPark Run last year so his achievement is noteworthy.

St Francis runners at Rhino Run Port Elizabeth

St Francis runners from left – Kirsy Dodds, Danni Shaw, Liezl Clause, Louise Niven, Lorrin Jarvis, Heather White, Louise Ackerman, Shelley Donaldson, Jade Dace, Zoe Henn and Saria Blaauw

For more on the  Running for Rhinos initiative visit

Thanks to Shelley Donaldson for the information and photographs

So we lost, too bad! But all is not lost!

All is not lost in our campaign to win the Rugby World Cup. Think back to 2007 when the ‘Boks thrashed England 36 to nothing yet England made the final and but for a controversial TMO decision in the ‘Bok’s favour, could have won the World Cup. So we lost to Japan but we did get two bonus points and these will count in the Pool standings at the end of the pool games and there certainly isn’t any reason why we cannot make the finals.

There is no doubt the ‘Boks will “catch a wake-up” after this defeat to one of the minnows so watch them pile on the score against the USA. Sure we lost to Argentina in the Rugby Championship but that was another tournament a long time ago and it is doubtful it will happen again in the foreseeable future although just having watched them play the All Blacks maybe the loss was not that surprising. Certainly against Scotland, with their almost “home ground” advantage with the game being played in Newcastle, the ‘Boks will have a tough game but don’t be surprised if the ’Boks come away with a 20 points win.

For us to get to the final however there has to be a change in personnel and game plan. Sadly Jean de Villiers, a great player in his day, is past it and must do the honourable thing and step down for De Allende. Next, Strauss must be appointed Captain for he is the only real leader in the team and as much as Bismarck adds, Strauss is not far behind. Until Vermeulen, Estebeth and Alberts are up and running Matfield needs to hang around but Estebeth, Loot de Jager and Pieter-Steph du Toit must be the locks as we get to the sharp end of the competition.

In the backs, Lambie must move to fullback, Pollard to flyhalf, de Allenda and Kriel the centre combination with Mvovu on left wing for he was one of the few shining lights on Saturday. Right wing is a problem but an out of position and out of form Habana, should maybe get the nod ahead of Pietersen.

“Oor Wullie”? Well he is our nuclear weapon and once the ‘Bok backs have run the opposition off their feet, bring on “Oor Wullie” (For those who are not familiar with “Oor Wullie”, read at the bottom). Depending on whoever is having the better game, either retain Pollard or move Lambie to flyhalf when Willie comes on to devastate all, particularly the Scots.

Now we all know none of this will happen but it is nice to vent one’s opinion! So do join in an vent your opinion in the COMMENTS below

Oor Wullie is a Scottish comic strip featuring a character called “Wullie”, the familiar Scots nickname for boys named William. Oor Wullie means Our Willie. His trademarks are spiky hair, dungarees and an upturned bucket, which he often uses as a seat – most strips since early 1937 begin and end with a single panel of Wullie sitting on his bucket. The earliest strips, with little dialogue, ended with Wullie complaining (“I nivver get ony fun roond here!”). The artistic style settled down by 1940 and has changed little since. A frequent tagline reads, “Oor Wullie! Your Wullie! A’body’s Wullie!” (Our Willie! Your Willie! Everybody’s Willie!). Source Wikipedia