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A Fitting End

The demolition job on France on Saturday summed up where the Springboks currently are. Much has been said about the game itself, so I will focus on a few aspects not related directly to the game. The men in green and gold are a well-disciplined side, willing to walk the extra mile for the team. […]

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Pluck the Golden Rooster

Stade de France, the national stadium of France, is situated just north of Paris in the commune of Saint-Denis. It has an all-seater capacity of 81,338, making it the sixth largest stadium in Europe, and is used by both the French national football and rugby teams for international competitions. Also Sprach Wikipedia. It is a worthy venue for a game which marks 100 […]

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Will History Repeat Itself?

Ek lees vanoggend dat die All Blacks oor Ellispark voel soos die Bokke oor Eden Park. Keven Mealamu word aangehaal as sou hy sê dat dit enige All Black se grootste uitdaging is om daar teen die Bokke te speel. During the current series we saw a number of contests where history could be rewritten […]

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Smash and Grab

This is not only a phrase used to describe a form of petty crime; it was also the name of a great South African racing horse. If one has to find an equivalent name for the Aussie performance on Saturday, I think “Loop en Val” would do nicely. But, before I get accused of being […]

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Bok-Bok Staan Styf

Ek weet nie hoeveel van my Engelse maatjies hierdie speletjie as kind geken het nie, maar ek glo steeds dit is die hoofoorsaak van my rugprobleme. Dit is egter nou die Bokke se voorland in die Rugby Kampioenskapstoernooi. The team best able to adjust to the new scrum rules will have a major advantage over […]

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Rise and Shine

One of the best things to happen in South African rugby last year, was the brand new crop of brilliant youngsters. Eben Etzebeth and Marcel Coetzee, for example, made their mark in no uncertain fashion, as many a bruised opponent will attest. Wie gaan dit vanjaar wees? Daar is die ouer strydrosse soos Schalk Burger […]

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When the Elephants fight…

Continuity appears to have been the motivation behind the selection of the Springbok team for Saturday’s test against Ireland. Juandré Kruger is the logical replacement for Andries Bekker, as is JP Pietersen for Bryan Habana. Pat Lambie gets the chance to prove to Heyneke Meyer that his best position is flyhalf, and I hope that […]

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David does it Again

It was not difficult, finding a song for you to listen to as you read this article. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s It’s a long time coming (to the dawn) is certainly apt for the occasion. The quality of rugby displayed in Saturday’s Currie Cup final should give those of us who started despairing about […]

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Currie Cup Final 2012

Like last week’s Bledisloe Cup match between the All Blacks and the Wallabies, there can only be one winner, and again, the odds are on the side in black. Add to this their home ground advantage, their record at Kings Park, plus the experience of  playing in finals, and the Sharks appear to be unconquerable.  […]

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Manhandled in Mendoza

NZ 22 – Australia 0 It took the All Blacks more than 25 minutes to score their first points. Full marks to the Wallabies for keeping the game tight, minimizing opportunities for the All Blacks to capitalize on backline mistakes. After 53 minutes into the game, and with the All Blacks 22 points ahead, the […]

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