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Of Mice and Men

The announcement of the Springbok squad for the incoming series was generally well received by rugby lovers. Heyneke Meyer blended experience and youth, using Super 15 form, to produce an excellent combination of players who infuse confidence in their supporters. I spent quite a bit of time reading comments to reports in the media. Regrettably, […]

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Sports Galore

That peaceful process, which unites us as a nation, happens on Saturday, when Heyneke Meyer announces his side for the first test against Italy. We introduce you to a lekker website where armchair selectors can join forces to select the best team, saving the authorities the trouble. We also run a little competition to discover […]

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Mixed Emotions

If you want to listen to Rick Nelson’s song as you read here, click on this link. Stormers 20 – Reds 15 The day after the match I saw a picture in my head of two boxers. One of them appeared punch drunk, the other nimble, but lacking coordination. Somewhere in the middle of the […]

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Three out of Four

Wind uit hul Seile En daar vind die Stormers toe uit jy kan nie oornag van super verdediging oorskakel na super aanval nie. Veral nie as jy twee ysters soos Vermeulen en Elstadt moet vervang met ‘n ander tipe speler nie. Ek sien die media spekuleer dat hulle nou maar kan begin proefnemings doen vir […]

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Two to Go

For all practical purposes, we only have two horses left in the Super 15 race. The Sharks and the Stormers are paying the price for an indifferent start to the season, and few expected the Kings to do as well as they did. Their bye is a huge relief for the men from the Baai. […]

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Are we “Trying” hard enough?

I blame the poor rugby, from all but one team, squarely on today being Monday the thirteenth, and I am doomed to try and find something positive to say after the way the Sharks, Stormers and, to a lesser degree, the Cheetahs, confused rugby with Harakiri. Perhaps, with all the players going off to play […]

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Bleeding in the Trenches

There was a short, almost implied comment in my morning paper which provided me with better insight into the current situation of the South African sides in the Super 15 competition. I read a bit wider, and came across the following comment by John Plumtree: “We have worked really hard on attack, and it hasn’t […]

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A Sweet and Sour Weekend

On Friday, the Stormers reverted to their tried and tested approach in grinding out a two point win against the Hurricanes. How ironic that their winning margin was thanks to the never-say-die spirit of Bryan Habana. When last did you see a conversion being charged down? It was heartening to see other stalwarts like Vermeulen […]

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Bulls & Cheetahs win away from home

The much anticipated clash between the Sharks and the Cheetahs produced the expected result, based on recent form. The score was exactly the same as in the earlier encounter in Bloemfontein. The significant change in the Cheetah’s approach of adopting, by adopting a more defensive “kick and charge” game plan, worked well for them. The […]

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Sharks under Pressure & Luke Watson returns

Sharks v Cheetahs at Kings Park, Durban, Saturday 17:05 Will the Cheetahs let another opportunity slip? This is the big question for this fixture. The Sharks are seriously under strain as the underperformance of Springboks Ryan Kankowski and Frans Steyn is contributing to the pressure on the team. Coach Plumtree has confirmed that Kankowski will […]

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