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Adelaide in Pink & New Coach and Captain

At the time of writing, the Proteas were 165/7 at dinner, after Faf won the toss and elected to bat. Before you say “Oh dear, we are in trouble”, bear in mind the nature of day/night tests which tend not to deliver the high scores we are used to in normal day tests. The first […]

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Clansey's Clangers & Proteas win!

Clancey Clangers not the only reason – Paul Kruger  If the Springboks had the benefit of appealing against the result of Saturday’s match against Australia, their chances of success would be excellent if it was purely based on the poor decisions by the officials. Unfortunately, Heyneke’s game plan also failed the test, and this is […]

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O Captain my Captain

It appears a foregone conclusion in the media that Victor Matfield will lead the Springboks until the return of Jean de Villiers. I am in agreement with this, but to disqualify Bismarck du Plessis on the grounds of one or two minor incidents in Saturday’s game is really not smart thinking on the part of […]

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How Green was your Valley?

The Springbok team, announced yesterday, pleased more people than usual, both from a view of who was selected, and who was left out. The inclusion of Pat Lambie in place of Zane Kirchner removed the doubts about where (and whether) Heyneke Meyer intended applying his considerable skills. The fact that Lambie is to be a […]

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Chiefs take the honours in S15 Final

Super Final Contrary to popular (local?) belief, a rugby final does not have to be boring. What I found fascinating was not only the contest on the field, but also the game of chess being thought out by the coaching staff as fortunes swayed. At halftime, I was convinced that Heyneke Meyer had no option […]

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Weighed, measured, and found wanting

The venom of the South African pace attack has proven too much for the Black caps as they were once again destroyed in their first inning. Was it not for a gutsy display by New Zealand wicket keeper, Watling, who scored 60 odd runs, they may have well have been dismissed for under a hundred […]

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One Pint of Bitter, please barman

On Saturday night, the English team were drowning their sorrows, as yet another opportunity to beat South Africa, slipped through the cracks. The pub they were sitting in, is one of those typical old English pubs, complete with a jukebox. An elderly supporter walked up to the English captain and asked if he would select […]

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Proteas: Déjà Vu?

Another ICC tournament and the Proteas are yet again on the brink of the ejection edifice. (The word PME comes to mind – editor) Australia thumped the Proteas yesterday. Perhaps a little payback after we demolished their rugby counterparts on Saturday? Shane Watson, for Australia, was just unbelievable – he dominates the runs, wickets and […]

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Time and Tide

The song, Time and the river, is an old favourite, going back to the sixties, toe manne nog manne was, en die Bokke bo. The opening lines occurred to me when I was pondering the Springbok team selected for the crunch game against the All Blacks, early on Saturday morning. Time and the river/Will bring […]

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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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