Rugby madness is upon us! Lekker Japan!

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Eight years ago if you had to use the words “rugby” and “Japan” in a sentence, you would have probably said something along the lines of “Japan knows fokol about rugby and their players are too tiny”. Fast forward to 2015 and your sentence would have change to “How the fuck on dearest flat earth did Japan manage to beat the Springboks? That’s like our national sport, jissis!”

Do you know why we lost to Japan? Check, I have a theory…

South Africans like very much to cling to the past in all aspects of their lives. I don’t want to get into politics, so let’s stick to sports – the die hard Springbok fans wil forever and a bit desperately cling to that 1995 victory over New Zealand in the final. I mean jissis, people still talk about our only Rugby World Cup victory as if was South Africa’s greatest accomplishment ever since Professor Christian Barnard transplanted the first heart on earth ever in Cape Town. In fact, people only stopped talking about Christiaan Barnard on the actual day we won the world cup, because now we had something new to brag about for the next fifteen years. What we forgot about was the losing team on 24 June in 1995 at Ellispark. In our celebrations, we failed to notice the All Blacks’ pain but in particular the pain of one of the flankers, Jamie Joseph. He was so hurt that he sommer retired after that game. But he refocused his sense of loss to anger and burning desire for revenge. He decided to humiliate South Africa in the worst way possible – by changing career from player to coach and devoting the next 20 years of his life to sharpen those skills like a ninja blade and coaching the least expected team to fuck up the Springboks in a World Cup Match. He knew that the manly men of South Africa would be touched on their studios if their national pride got bliksemmed on the ballas by a team called the Cherry Blossoms. Ag mamma!

Rugby Union – South Africa v Japan – IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B – Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton, England – 19/9/15
Japan celebrate victory after the match
Reuters / Eddie Keogh
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If you have a better explanation for why they beat us 4 years ago, I’d really like to hear it. Good luck, mine is the most factual and scientifically plausible explanation.

Like myself, a lot of you might also have thought that Japan is fairly new to the world of rugby. South Africa and Japan basically started playing rugby in its popular format around the same time – the late 1890s. The sport is fairly popular in Sushiville. Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players in the world and there are 125,000 Japanese rugby players, 3,631 official rugby clubs, and the Japan national team is ranked 11th in the world. Not too kak, hey?

I missed the live opening ceremony a few hours ago, but I found it on YouTube. It is pretty cool. Just straight forward no-frills, culture filled stuff, more or less what you would expect from a country rich with culture and pride:

There’s a shitload of rugby to watch on DSTV this weekend – seven matches including the one that just finished between Japan and Russia. The Japanese kicked ass and took names. Russia couldn’t Facebook hack themselves out of this one.

Japan – 30
Russia – 10

Interestingly enough, it came VERY close to Katpein Kortbroek’s predictions. I think he had Japan picked for a win with 14 points!
So far, so good…

In case you reversed over your DStv decoder like a doos, head on over to
the Plumlist for our top 10 pick of the week to check what you can stream in South Africa, unless you’re planning on reversing over your internet with your bakkie as well…
#10 Undone: Animation for traumatised adults
Undone is a new eight-part series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and writer Kate Purdy, both of BoJack Horseman fame, and there are some mild thematic overlaps
On Amazon Prime
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 #9 Wonder Woman and more blockbuster movies to stream
Late night rom-com? Superhero origin story? The latest and most lavish adaptation of a famous novel? Irreverent animated comedy? Dystopian sci-fi? Classic, genre-defining, legendary, iconic movie from the 90s? Multiple Oscar winner?
 On Showmax, DStv Now & Netflix
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#8 Five series and movies that shatter Asian TV stereotypes
The buzz word is representation. We all want it, and we want it now. Asian characters have had their nerdy places in many series – Heroes, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, How To Get Away With Murder, Fresh Off The Boat – and take over entire casts in martial art movies. This does leave us with some stereotypes.
 On Netflix & Showmax
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 #7 Your first look at Netflix’s Daybreak, coming on 24 October
In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale, California is populated by marauding gangs of jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other fearsome tribes who are kicking ass as they fight to survive in the wake of a nuclear blast (on the night of Homecoming…ugh).
On Netflix
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 #6 Ten spicy series for adults only on internet TV
Some of the adults-only series in our list are specifically about sex or the sex industry, while others insert erotic scenes between the mundane or pedestrian. For what is life without a dash of scintillating spice?
 On Showmax & Netflix
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 #5 Celebrating Charlize
Charlize Theron is among the highest paid actresses in the world, raking in a cool R350 million in 2018 alone. Whether blasting bad guys, racing across the desert or running for office, the Oscar-winning actress gives her all.
 On DStv Now, Netflix & Showmax
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 #4 The very, very, very best of Veep S1-7
Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a woman on a mission in Veep (2012-2019, all 7 seasons are on Showmax). She’s a career politician with her eyes on the biggest prize: the White House and becoming the most powerful person on the planet.
 On Showmax
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 #3 Frights for fun in Los Espookys
The premise of HBO’s new Spanish six-part comedy series Los Espookys should be enough to reel in hordes of viewers. Horror-obsessed Renaldo (Bernardo Velasco) and his motley crew of pals start a “horror group” providing an equally bonkers selection of clients with horror-on-demand… and hilarity ensues.
On Showmax 
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 #2 Mermaids are back – and they’re badass
In the mid-to-late 80s, like all my friends, I was fascinated by all the cool adventures Tom Hanks got to go on in his movies: in Big as a teenage boy, he wakes up one morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Eleven of the best adult animated series to stream
When The Simpsons debuted in 1989, very few believed it would last and nobody thought there would be a revolution of animated sitcoms that would appeal more to adults than kids.
On Showmax & Netflix
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 4 spot, Veep:

Former senator Selina Meyer was a rising star in her party, a charismatic leader with White House potential. Then she became Vice President.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Emmy winner for Seinfeld and The New Adventures of Old Christine) stars in Veep, an HBO comedy series created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar nominee for co-writing In the Loop) that follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of the Vice President as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president’s interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the chief executive.

In stead of the usual trailer, have a fair dosage of all the best insults in Veep from seaon 1 to 4:

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