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Halfway to paradise

Mutual music maniacs may have heard echoes of this Billy Fury song after the final whistle blew in the match between the All Blacks and the Springboks on Saturday. In particular, the final refrain: “Don’t lead me halfway to paradise – so near, yet so far away.” Bobby commented this morning on the excellent discipline […]

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Size does Matter

This is the only logical conclusion I could come to when I saw the Springbok team selected for the test against the International side on Saturday. One cannot fault the pack, including the reserves. All phases of forward play are covered by skilful players, there is vast experience, and they know each other very well. […]

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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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Transforming sport about more than numbers

This is the title of an article which appeared in Business Day yesterday. I must admit that this is probably the first time where the honourable Minister of Sport and Recreation and I are on the same page. Speaking at the South African Rugby Union (Saru) indaba in Johannesburg, held to discuss fast-tracking transformation in […]

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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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Driving home the advantage

Bobby Londt reports: After the epic lesson given at The Oval, the cricketing world keenly awaited the next round of this mini world championship. The second tests starts today at Headingley in Leeds. I was fortunate enough to attend both the previous Protea tests at Headingley and it is by far my favourite ground. It doesn’t have […]

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Bumble in the Jungle

One can throw stones, make excuses or simply swear or cheer, but the fact remains that the Sharks simply peaked at the right time, while the Stormers did not, on Saturday. Watching the Chiefs out-muscle the Crusaders (despite my prediction that it would be their downfall) I considered the two remaining contenders, and decided there […]

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That sinking feeling

On Saturday, watching both the All Blacks and the Wallabies scrape home in the dying seconds, I was reminded of Jack Nicholson’s comment when he received an Oscar for his performance in “As good as it gets”. You may recall that “Titanic” was the movie which swept the Academy Awards that year. When Nicholson accepted […]

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