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Rugby Colours & Onto the real deal

I could not help thinking of Donavan’s memorable song “Colours” when contemplating this column. While the Bulls hogged the lime(?)light for obvious reasons, a few other factors related to hues also raised some eyebrows, and some cards. Was Hougaard’s red card justified? With my limited knowledge, perhaps the new white card would have been more […]

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Super Rugby & African balance restored…

Super Rugby Round 2 – Will some Fallacies be Exposed? by Paul Despite rigorous pre-season training, the walking wounded, after the warm-up matches and last week’s first round bouts, must delight the medical profession far more than it does rugby fans. Stormers Vs Sharks The contest between the centres, and particularly JP Pietersen and Juan […]

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Clinical Proteas strike first & Super 15 Bonus Drought

Pitched online – by Bobby The Proteas followed up their T20 series win beautifully to claim first blood in the first of three ODI’s. The win, thanks to a calculated and clinical display led by skipper AB, applies more pressure on the Black Caps and the huge wins they had against Zimbabwe suddenly seems a […]

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Levi flies back to SA & Super 15 kicks off.

To quote the New Zealand Herald “South Africa have a reputation for somehow losing the eminently winnable but New Zealand proved they can do it, too, when they lost the third and deciding Twenty20 cricket match at Eden Park” Credit must go to the Proteas for keeping their heads and fighting till the end – […]

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Potty mouth Kiwi’s 1 – Proteas 1 & Super Rugby is back!

It was an obvious tactic by the Black Caps to verbally pressure the young Proteas side into submission, especially with the experienced campaigners like Kallis and Smith not playing. One wondered if they would be able to withstand the verbal onslaught of which the Kiwi’s are masters – yes, they are even better sledgers than […]

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Lopsy stars & Super 15 Injuries outshine form

Pitched online – by Bobby Preparations seem to be going well for the Proteas as they are due to face the Black Caps in the first T20 tomorrow in Wellington. The warm-up game yesterday in Christchurch, the first international since the earthquake almost a year ago, against Canterbury provided a good contest. AB de Villiers […]

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Die dag toe Heyneke vir Julius van die voorblad gevee het

deur Paul. Daar sal nie te veel mense wees wat trane stort oor die feit dat die aankondiging van die nuwe Springbok-afrigter saamgeval het met die skop onder die jis vir iemand wat duidelik nie How to win friends and influence people geskryf of gelees het nie. Julius het waarskynlik eerder Mein Kampf tydens houtwerk klasse […]

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Whose Head is Bigger? By Paul

On Fridays, during my final year at varsity, we had a double period lecture by the late great Doc Craven. This was one lecture I did not bunk – not once. One day he related to us how Jannie Engelbrecht had scored three tries in his first match for the Maties. At practice on Monday, Jannie […]

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Regulation of the rucks stepped up this year

  News24 reports that André Watson confirmed that referees were told by Sanzar to be very strict when handling the breakdown area in the upcoming season. “The feedback from the coaches was that there needs to be better policing of offside play at the breakdowns. There were numerous scenarios where the defending team was offside […]

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Top ref admits he did bad job

Article published in the NS Herald on 21 /01/2012 By Dylan Cleaver When he shook hands with the players and made his way into the innards of the Wellington Stadium, Bryce Lawrence had no idea his world was about be tilted off its axis. The Wallabies had just won a nail-biter against South Africa to […]

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