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Cricket Gods Abandon Proteas

How dramatic was that last hour! With only four overs to go, two fatal stabs by a limping Harris delivered the coup de grãce. The Proteas, in the past, managed to survive and “hang-on” in so many tests that the cricket gods were bound to turn their backs on them at some stage. A pity […]

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A Lone Shark

The title of an article on Supersport reads: “Looks like Sharks will stand alone”, and possibly reflects the views of most South African fans at this stage of the Super 15 Competition. The Bulls have taken massive strides in regaining their mojo by selecting Jaques-Louis Potgieter, who was able to take command in the way […]

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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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Perfectly Planned and Executed

Western Province 19 – Sharks 33 An article in my local paper titled, “That is why WP lost” may well have read: “Why the Sharks won.” It lists the following 5 factors: Poor lineout play Poor fielding at the kickoffs Tactical kicking Discipline Charl McLeod I honestly cannot contest any of these, especially the last […]

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Cape of Storms

It is a bit much expecting me to believe that the Sharks, with a possible starting line-up containing eleven Springboks, are the underdogs. There were more attempts at trying to shirk the mantle of favourites than there were cover-ups at Sandy Bay in the old days when the cops suddenly arrived at the nudist beach […]

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Graeme Smith, Pakistan and Wine

Ton up! Special mention and congratulations must be conveyed to our fearless leader, Graeme Smith – well played Sir, on a 100 tests as Captain! We have been privileged as supporters to grow with Biff, from his early days as twenty something, through all his double hundreds, mistakes and bullish approaches to the mature and […]

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Experience, death bowling and trophies…

The most important lesson we can take from the one-day series against the Black Caps is the there is no replacement for experience. Blooding the youth is vital to the sustainability of a successful team, but only if approached in the right way. Unfortunately, the resting of players, injuries and a untimely ban found the […]

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Bobby’s Boys

In my opinion, this is South Africa’s best 5-day test XI since readmission. Please note that I did not consider persons with less than 40 test matches. The balance of the side is: 5 specialist batters, 1 all-rounder, keeper, 4 bowlers (3 pace & 1 spinner). Smith is the obvious choice as captain – loved […]

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Records and Rankings

Apart from the sideshow created by the Kevin Pietersen saga, the last “text match”, as it was dubbed in the media, gets underway at Lords today. At stake are the series and the number 1 world ranking – indeed everything to gain, but also a lot to lose! Firstly, congratulations to Graeme Smith who today […]

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