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Proteas Break the Mould

On Thursday, I had to swallow my words when JP Duminy and the tail-enders batted South Africa to a match-winning first innings total. This was followed by the bowlers, spearheaded by Dale Steyn, proving that seamers can win matches on the sub-continent. While it is early days yet, it appears that our habit of getting […]

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Bok team taking shape

They say that, in golf, every shot pleases someone – either the player, or his opponent. The bad news about the incumbent Bok captain probably solves a quandary for the coach while at the same time creating another. It appears that Frans Steyn is the obvious replacement for Jean de Villiers at centre, but who […]

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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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Ye’ll take the High Road…

The man we most loved to hate, Sean Fitzpatrick, is actually a very likeable rogue. The interview with Ali Bacher was outstanding, and I would love to watch it again. On Saturday, Supersport broadcast Ali’s chat with Sachin Tendulkar – another excellent piece of viewing, and something to be recorded and kept. I could not […]

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Fouries are jolly good fellows

The condition of the pitch is important in cricket, but it should not affect the quality of a rugby match. Sadly, Wales lost here, too. I felt particularly sorry for Frans Malherbe, and also Coenie Oosthuizen, who must have come close to setting a new record for receiving a yellow card in the least amount […]

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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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Europe here we come

Now that I have almost managed to digest the overdose of humble pie I was fed over the weekend, it is time to look forward to bigger things – the end-of-year tour by the Springboks. No surprises in the comments about the players selected – it is a national passion, playing armchair selector, and being […]

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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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Tough Choice

Langenhoven het beweer dat dit makliker is om te leef na die inkomste waartoe jy gestyg het, as die een waartoe jy gedaal het. Dis omtrent hoe ek voel oor hierdie berig – dit sou soveel makliker gewees het om oor ‘n oorwinning oor die All Blacks te skryf, as oor die nederlaag. Die wedstryd […]

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