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Team of the week – Super Rugby Round 13

Round 13 of the 2013 Super Rugby tournament has wrapped up, but who were the players that made an impression?

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Super Rugby Team of the week Round 13

Round 13 of the 2013 Super Rugby tournament has wrapped up, but who were the players that made an impression?

The weekend’s action saw the Blues overcome the Rebels, the Sharks falter to an impressive Reds performance, the Chiefs slipped past a spirited Western Force side; and while the Stormers and Cheetahs lost their respective matches, the Kings surprised their home crowd by defeating the Highlanders.

The encounters provided the platform for a number of players to raise their hands due to their outstanding performances.

1. Coenie Oosthuizen (Cheetahs) – the big Cheetahs front-rower was immense despite not getting the win. Oosthuizen showed why he’s a crowd favourite – causing havoc in the scrums, making some big hits, and requiring literally a number of players to stop him everytime he carried the ball.

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs) – while he almost knocked himself out a number of times, Polota-Nau was great for the Waratahs, as he tackled his heart out and put his body on the line. The Waratahs scrum also hold strong, and Polota-Nau was undoubtedly a catalyst in that.

3. James Slipper (Reds) – Slipper had a good game against a strong Sharks front row. His carries and support play were also impressive.

4. Sitaleki Timani (Waratahs) – the Waratahs forwards were the primary reason for their win over the Stormers, and Timani putting in some massive hits and powerful runs, not to mention some solid jumping in the lineouts against the best in the business.

5. Kane Douglas (Waratahs) – the parternship betweem Douglas and Timani is a good one, and Douglas was good at the breakdown and, just like his lock partner, contested the lineouts excellently.

6. Liam Messam (Chiefs) – Liam Messam was once again impressive, doing all the hard work and not letting one tackle slip. Very few can compete with Messam when he’s at his best.

7. Liam Gill (Reds) – Gill may not be the bulkiest loose forward in the competition, but he more than makes up for it with his turnovers and gutsy tackles, which more often than not see him driving the opposition backwards.

8. Cornell du Preez (Southern Kings) – the Kings have really proven many critics wrong, and their win over the Highlanders was another great moment in front of the PE crowd. Cornell du Preez is clearly not intimidated by any world-class player, and frightened the Highlanders with his direct runs. His back-of-the-hand pass which led to Venter’s try also showed that the big number 8 has some handling skills.

9. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) – the Hurricanes weren’t at all perfect against the Cheetahs, but Perenara had a strong game in Bloemfontein. The young scrumhalf was dangerous around the fringes, and his try was just-reward for his hard work.

10. Quade Cooper (Reds) – Quade Cooper was a huge role in the win over the Sharks, with the playmaker being instrumental in every one of the Reds’ tries. His on-the-fly decisions often put his team under pressure, but on Friday, they were exactly what was needed to get above the opposition.

11. Nick Cummins (Western Force) – the Force never got the win over the Chiefs, but one of the standout players was Wallaby winger Nick Cummins. He seemed to always break the first tackle and had a number of clean breaks that kept his team on the front foot and in the game.

12.Francis Saili (Blues) – despite the one debatable call regarding Saili’s control on the ball before his first try, the Blues centre was brilliant throughout the match. Dangerous whenever he had ball in hand, giving his outside backs space and great service, while also remaining solid on defence.

13. Rene Ranger (Blues) – the Blues backline were on fire against the Rebels, and if anyone is going to set things alight, it’s Rene Ranger. The exciting back returned in the outside centre position and became an absolute nightmare for defenders. After tearing up the Rebels, bouncing off James O’Connor, and setting up Saili’s first try, he scored a deserved 5-pointer of his own. A great performance for Ranger.

14. Frank Halai (Blues) – the Reds’ Rod Davies was great on the wing this weekend, but Halai’s hat-trick against the Rebels overshadowed Davies. Halai showed strength, skill and quick feet to score a variety of tries, showing that he’s the perfect go-to man to finish plays.

15. Israel Folau (Waratahs) – he made a few mistakes, but Folau stood up tall against the Stormers. He cut through the defence a number of times, and his match-winning try was well-deserved. While his positioning at the back has been questioned, he’s grown substantially as each week goes by, and has shown that he should be on the Wallaby radar.

Jeremy created MenStuff in June 2014 in order to bring unique men’s lifestyle news, features and articles to the world. While also talking about himself in the third-person, Jeremy has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TFG Tech.

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5 Gaming Heroes Who Rock Amazing Moustaches

While we often tip the hat to the real-life mo heroes of the world, there’s some virtual superstars who deserve some credit for their gnarly moustaches.

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There’s the brave, the heroic, the dreamy; and then there’s the downright manly. What gives these  legendary gaming figures their masculine authority? No, it’s not a giant sword nor a massive gun. It’s a damn fine little piece of pure unaltered manliness right above their top lip and right below their  nose. Oh yes, the moustache – the ultimate signifier of awesomeness which laughs at fear right in its face.

Some gaming characters wield this charming demonstration of man-fur to represent their spirit of adventure, courage, past challenges and overall unsurpassed manhood. Here is our homage to the gnarliest moustaches in gaming:

Mario (Super Mario Series)

It goes without saying that Mario is rocking one of the most recognisable and generation-defining moustaches this side of the galaxy. Not only was Mario the innovator of in-game ‘staches, but he  flaunts it with his own unique style, riddled with thick European flair. You go, Mario.  Rocking the ‘stache since 1981

Super Mario

Old Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4)

Oh Snake, not only was he the main protagonist in one of video game history’s most convoluted and complicated, yet downright brilliant series, he pulled out all the stops by appearing in the fourth primary iteration in the Metal Gear Solid series with a patch of unparalleled manliness on his face. His moustache was a little bit of a surprise, but while it contained a bit of old silver-tipped ruggedness to it, it stood as a badass reminder of Snake’s accomplishments and the pinnacle of his career. Before you can even compliment Snake on his facial hair, you’re dead.

Old Snake

Kane (Command & Conquer Series)

OK, OK, so it’s a little more of a goatee, but no one can deny the evil within the little ‘stache that  slides along Kane’s tyrannical upper-lip. What Kane lacks in niceties, he makes up for in facial hair grooming, and boy he does a good job at looking evil. Being bad has never looked this good.

Kane

Dr. Robotnik/Eggman (Sonic the Hedgehog Series)

Whether you know him as Dr. Robotnik, Dr. Eggman, or that fat guy in red who always tries to kill Sonic, this guy has been rocking one of the craziest and unique moustaches around. Since 1991, Robotnik’s flowing curly red ‘stache has been making Sonic’s life a misery, and while Robotnik/Eggman twists and plays with it while he’s brooding over his next master plan, it only makes us want one even more.

Dr Eggman

Sully (Uncharted: Drakes Fortune)

While not necessarily the hero of the Uncharted story, Sully is one of the coolest old(ish) dudes you could ever partner-up with in a video game. He had all the goods of the game, and his ‘been-there-done-that’  attitude was even more awesome being filtered through one impressive moustache he had going. It evolved throughout the four games in the franchise, and while the Uncharted series has essentially wrapped up, we can only hope to see a lot more of that beautiful piece of art in some shape or form in the forseeable future.

Sulley Uncharted

Have above heroes and villains inspired you to get your moustache going? Any game character you think deserves a mention on the list? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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5 Greatest Sports Moustaches

Check out which sports stars rocked the greatest cookie dusters in recent times.

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The month of facial hair is in full swing, and while we’ve looked at some of the gaming world’s best mos, it’s time to pay tribute to those on-field hairy-lipped heroes of past and present who have dazzled us with their talent and ability to flaunt a beautiful moustache.

Bryan Habana

The former Springbok speedster has always been a stern moustache bearer over recent years, and credit has to be given to the flyer for his glorious handle-bar mo he reverted back to from time to time.

Seeing that face-fluff flying down the wing is arguably one of the greatest sights you may see in your human life.

Bryan Habana

Hulk Hogan

Hogan was known to “run wild” and the same can be said about his tremendously maintained mustache sitting on his face.

We’re not sure if it ever won him a match—though he did win 12 pro-wrestling titles— but you can bet it scored him some serious ladies.

Hulk Hogan

Mitchell Johnson

In classic Aussie style, Mitchell Johnson was well-known for his incredible ‘stache, which slowly but surely beczme a staple of his game.

Prior to his retirement, the proud fast-bowler got better and better with age, and was often the bane of the Proteas from time to time – and we’ll put it down to his mo.

Mitchell Johnson

Dave Babych

Dave Babych managed to become an NHL all-star, but the most impressive thing about his career was always his moustache.

Perfectly balanced, yet full of body, that moustache was the key to Babych’s solid skating ability, even if he won’t admit it.

Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins

Carlos Valderrama

Valderrama is one of the most beloved football layers from Colombia.  Though he’s recognized more for his Sideshow Bob-like hair, that mustache has long been a complementary accessory.

The amount of hair on his face and head could rival that of a dog, but we’ve got to give this football star the props for going big.

Carlos Valderrama

 Have above sporting heroes inspired you to get your moustache going? Any one you think deserves a mention on the list? Let us know by tweeting @MenStuffZA and commenting below.

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Who Is The Fastest Rugby Player In The World?

Who is the fastest player on Earth? We break it down to see which speedy star is ahead of the pack.

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Who is the world’s fastest rugby player? It’s a topic often discussed throughout the rugby community, and given the rise or some new stars, its interesting to look at who tops who on the rugby field.

Since he burst onto the Sevens scene, reports have suggested that USA player Carlin Isles is the fastest player currently playing professional rugby, however, sprinter-turned-sevens player Trae Williams has the best 100m of any professional rugby player today.

The following times are the best recorded times for the 100m for each respective player:

Doug Howlett – NZ – 10.68 seconds (100m)

The former All Black, Blues, and Munster speedster was considered the quickest around during his time in Super Rugby. Howlett clocked a 10.68 in his prime, and showed his pace by scoring a number of long range tries throughout his international and Super Rugby career.

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Dan Norton –  unknown time (100m)

The England Sevens star is undoubtedly one of the fastest rugby players in the world, not just in sevens, but in the 15-man game too. Norton’s 100m time is unknown, but he did a time of 4.78 for the 40m, which is incredibly fast, and just behind Rokocoko’s 4.66 seconds. Norton definitely hits his top speed in the 60-70m mark, and should fit comfortably into any “world’s fastest players” list.

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Joe Rokocoko – NZ – 10.66 seconds (100m)

Smokin’ Joe Rokocoko didn’t earn his nickname for nothing, as the Fijian-born All Black winger left defences scratching their heads throughout his time with the All Blacks and Blues. The winger ran a 10.66 in his prime – a great time for a man of his size and stature. He’s still tearing it up with Racing Metro in France, and hasn’t seem to have lost much of his pace.

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Seabelo Senatla – South Africa – 10.6 seconds (100m)

Seabelo Senatla’s acceleration has to be one of the most explosive in world rugby at the moment. The 27-year-old Commonwealth gold medal winner is able to hit full speed from a standing start in a blink, and if his all-out pace wasn’t troublesome enough for defenders, the Stormers and Blitzbokke star has some dazzling footwork that can bamboozle the best tacklers in the game.

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Perry Baker – USA – 10.58 seconds (100m)

According to reports, the USA’s new speedy find is said to clock in at 10.58 seconds on the 100m dash, slotting him into the top 6 rugby speedsters in recent times. Since debuting in the Gold Coast leg of the Sevens World Series back in 2014, Baker’s languidly-smooth, yet blisteringly-quick, pace has allowed him to cross the whitewash 170 times in the World Series, in an attack that goes someway to proving that speed is an ultimate leveller when it comes to scoring tries.

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Takudzwa Ngwenya – USA – 10.5 seconds (100m)

Takudzwa Ngwenya sprinted into the limelight with a scintillating try in the 2007 World Cup, where he used his fancy footwork and sheer acceleration to outstrip Bryan Habana in the pool match-up between the Springboks and the USA. When Ngwenya put his head down on the 100m dash, he managed a time of 10.5.

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Bryan Habana – South Africa – 10.4 seconds (100m)

Bryan Habana made his Springbok debut in 2004 and managed to score a try with his first touch of the ball. Since then the winger became a prolific try scorer, showing blistering pace for the Springboks, Bulls, Stormers and French powerhouse Toulon. Habana’s best 100m time is captured at 10.4 seconds.

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Rupeni Caucaunibuca – Fiji – unknown time (100m)

While Caucau’s career may have had its ups and downs, one thing that remained constant was the Fijian flyer’s undisputed speed. The big winger had a deceiving turn of pace for his size, and incredible handling and side-stepping skills to match. There’s no official time logged for the speedster, but its speculated that he would be in the sub 10.4 region in his prime.

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Tonderai Chavanga – South Africa -10.27 seconds (100m)

The Zimbabwean speedster hit the scene scoring six tries on his debut for the Springboks against Uruguay in 2005. Chavanga may have not had the physical bulk to match some players, but he could leave any other world winger in his wake. Chavanga managed a 10.27 in the 100m dash, which made him, at the time, the fastest rugby player in the world.

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Carlin Isles – 10.13 seconds (100m)

Carlin Isles is well-known as the fastest man in rugby, and has showcased exactly why for a number of years on the World Sevens Circuit; however, he may not be the quickest from end-to-end. Isles was a former track athlete turned rugby player, so its inevitable that he would have an impressive 100m. 10.13 is the time the 27-year old produced, giving him the top spot in the world’s fastest players.

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Trae Williams – 10.1 seconds (100m)

While most of the above players are rugby stars who would make great sprinters, Australian Trae Williams is a sprinter who has turned to rugby. While still new on the scene, Williams has made his debut for the Australian Sevens side at the Dubai Sevens in 2019, and has earned the nickname ‘Quadzilla’ due to his shocking leg girth. In 2018, Williams clocked in a time of 10.1 in the 100m of the Australian Athletics Championship, making him (technically), the fastest rugby player today.

Other notable speedsters:

Johnny May (England, Leicester Tigers) – 10.7 (100m)

Reiko Ioane (New Zealand, Blues) – unconfirmed

Source(s):  Wikipedia, Telegraph UK, Times Online UK, BBC Sport, ABC Austalia, Daily Telegraph, Ruck
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4 Key Things Customers Want When Visiting Your Website

Make the user-journey on your company website one to remember!

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Website UI

Building a website is one thing, but building it to cater for your prospective users is another factor that many new business owners tend to overlook. To ensure that your spiffy new website is best suited for customers, or perhaps you haven’t started yet and just brainstorming your site, here are 4 things to keep in mind when putting together your online business.

Simple UI

Exotic websites with floating buttons and elaborate animations might be eye-catching from a branding perspective, but in reality, they’re often not very practical. Stick with a classic and predictable user-interface (don’t assume everyone is super tech-savvy), while utilising tools that make you UX easier. Allowing someone to log in with social media, for example, is a good use of these tools; but having a website which is basically an interactive video, as another example, is not.

Clarity

While it’s all good and well to fill your website with tons of text and information to tell your entire story of your business or personal offering, less is more when it comes to the online space. Of course, you need to convey what your business is about, but do so in a clear and concise way. Stumbling onto a website and not really understanding what the business does, or being overwhelmed by a wall of text can be a deal-breaker.

Easy check-out or call-to-action process

While it’s great to get a lot of traffic onto your website, getting people to engage and take the next step on your website is the ultimate goal. If you’re promoting a service, provide users with the information they need (as in point no. 2), and get the users to get in touch with you as soon as possible, because you want to avoid sending them from page to page without an end in sight. Make sure you have a clear call-to-action button, and get the visitors in front of it.

Additionally, if you’re selling a product, make sure to have a simple ‘find, buy, and checkout’ process, which limits the complications and forms needed to be filled out.

Minimal loading time.

People these days are a little impatient, and to a degree, rightfully so. If something is taking a long time, it’s likely that there’s an alternative that’ll do it quicker. This is true for websites, as while your business or product may be unique, people will be deterred by a website taking a long time to load, or not loading at all. Keeping your load-times down to a minimum, and ensuring that your website is able to be pulled up on any mobile device with ease is key to capturing the attention (and business) or prospective visitors.

Using Digitise, South Africa’s very-own drag-and-drop web builder, CRM system, and marketing tool (which is delivered all in one package), you can create your own website with ease.

Once you’ve got your domain name and URL set-up (which you can do all on the Digitise platform), you can then begin building your website immediately. Adding widgets, banners, social media integration, or any other custom elements is incredibly easy thanks to a fly-out menu and drag-and-drop system that all works in real-time. No waiting or long load-times – you can check out your site as you work on it.

It’s even mobile optimised, so your creation will be automatically responsive and adaptable to be viewed on mobile devices, which makes up a large percentage of web traffic – so this is a massive win and helps you having to create a specific secondary mobile site or app.

There are also a host of pre-designed templates that you can choose to use, speeding up your development process and giving you an SEO-optimised layout from the get-go.

How much does it cost?

The team behind Digitise is aware that start-ups need flexibility, so when it comes to costs, there are no contracts or long-term commitments; and there are flexible pricing packages so that you can find the best option for you and your business.

The benefit of using the Digitise platform is that from the front-end of the webpage to the CRM and marketing tools in the background, your entire online toolbox is with the same provider, making the transition in the digital space a hassle-free one rather than a painstaking process of vendor selection and hunting down the right service providers.

Why not sign-up and get cracking on your business now? Check out Digitise here.

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Stock Up On Your Favourite Gin & Whiskey Brands Before Shutdown & Enjoy These Easy Gin Cocktails at Home!

Stock up on gin and whiskey before the 21-day lockdown.

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Starting midnight tonight, Thursday 26 March, South Africans will be on a 21-day state-ordered lockdown in their homes. While residents will be free to leave their homes to buy essential food items and access medical services, the sale of certain goods such as alcohol will not be allowed during the nationwide shut-down.

Of course, 3 weeks is a long time to go without a G&T or your favourite whiskey on the rocks, so make sure you stock up on your favourite gin and whiskey brands before the liquor outlets close today! While you may not be able to head to bars and restaurants to get your hands on a cocktail, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bottle of Hendrick’s gin, Tullamore Dew whiskey, or Monkey Shoulder Whisky and try your hand at making cocktails at home. Our friends at Hendrick’s, Tullamore Dew, and Monkey Shoulder shared these super easy cocktail recipes for you try at home during South Africa’s 21-day shutdown period.

Hendrick’s Orchard Collins

Hendrick’s Orchard Collins

Appreciated by gin enthusiasts for its quirky character, premium taste, and striking vintage packaging, this premium Scottish gin has quickly become one of our very favourites. Try this recipe for a Hendrick’s Orchard Collins cocktail:

Ingredients

2 servings (50 mL) Hendrick’s Gin

1 serving (25 ml) lemon juice

1 serving (25 ml) of cider

1 and a half (top) doses of ginger beer

3 apple slices

Pink cucumber

Recipe
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl filled with ice cubes. Stir lightly and serve. Garnish with a pink cucumber and apple slices.

Tully and Tonic

Tully and Tonic

If you love whiskey, then treat yourself to a bottle of Tullamore Dew Original Irish Whiskey for the 21-day shutdown. The only triple distilled, triple blend, triple matured (the good ole Power of 3) Irish whiskey, you couldn’t ask for a better whisky to be isolated with. Plus, with International Whisky Day coming up on 27 March you don’t want to be caught without your favourite tipple! This recipe shows whiskey lovers the most conventional way to enjoy your whiskey on the rocks with a splash of tonic. Easy to make with the most enjoyable taste.

Ingredients:

50ml Tullamore Dew Original Irish Whiskey
150ml Premium Bottled Tonic Water
Freshly cut orange wedge
Fresh ice cubes

Preparation:

1. Pour a measure of Tullamore D.E.W. Original into a glass and fill the glass to the brim with ice cubes.
2. Top with tonic water and gently stir with a bar spoon.
3. Garnish with a freshly cut wedge of orange and enjoy!

Monkey Shoulder’s Ginger Monkey

Monkey Shoulder's Ginger Monkey

Monkey Shoulder the world’s first triple blend single malt, combining the best malts from three of Speyside’s best distilleries. It’s basically the Megazord of the whisky world. There’s not a single drop of grain whisky in Monkey Shoulder, and the chosen malts mature in first-fill ex-bourbon casks. The distillery’s own coopers repair these ex-bourbon casks so that they impart a smooth and mellow vanilla flavour into the resting malt whisky. Mmmm… vanilla. Try this recipe for a Monkey Shoulder Ginger Monkey cocktail:

Ingredients

50ml Monkey Shoulder Whisky
120ml Dry Dinger Ale
One Orange Wedge

Preparation:

Fill a tall glass with Ice
Pour the Monkey Shoulder and dry ginger ale
Gently stir and garnish with an orange wedge

 

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