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Second Last Hurdle

The Currie Cup is not nearly as important on the rugby front as it was in days gone by, but it retains interest for many of us for whom it was the only competition in which we had a personal stake. It also allows us to vent some of the pent-up provincialism which we try […]

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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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The Domino Effect

The temptation to join in the free-for-all in lambasting Romain Poite is huge, and it is difficult to find something new to say. The indignation we experienced after the event was not limited to South Africans: (Jonathan Davies) @JiffyRugby: What a disgraceful yellow card for Du Plessis. Great tackle. It will be touch rugby next. […]

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Too little too late

This may very well be the lament of both the Stormers and the Sharks, after the weekend’s disappointing losses. Neither team should have lost their respective matches, yet suffered self-inflicted defeats. The Kings suffered the kind of defeat that was predicted before the start of the season. The only SA side able to hold its […]

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Super Sevens

What a joy it was to see the Blitsbokke perform so well over the weekend. The game against the All Blacks clearly showed that they have no hang-ups, or hangovers, from their previous encounters. In the semi-final, one missed tackle, and two poor decisions in the dying minutes, cost us the game. They will go […]

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Back to the drawing board

Whereto now, Coach? In retrospect, our first half against the Wallabies was not as good as the score would indicate. We did not play that well – it was rather that the Aussies were woeful. When they picked up their game in the second half, our weaknesses were exposed, and we had no counter when […]

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Vernon you beauty!

An empathic 9 wicket win within three days is not an everyday experience in New Zealand – but that is exactly what the Proteas did! They lead the series 1 – nil with one game to play. Vernon Philander Vernon Philander once again proved his quality by achieving his best career figures of 6 for […]

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The Mother of all Collapses…

A brave decision by Proteas skipper, Smith, paid out more than they bargained for. The play on words “paid out” is deliberate as I think it was a gamble on a pitch which is known to be flat and always produces runs. It may have been calculated as the thought to rather bowl in an […]

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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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