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Bok Rugby Beter

Die meeste van ons sukkel nog om die impak van Saterdag se oorwinning oor die All Blacks reg te verwerk. Van die meer sober gedagtes wat sedertdien aan die lig gekom het, is dat ons weer nie in die tweede helfte kon voortbou op ‘n stewige fondament nie. Die All Blacks het 12 punte aangeteken, […]

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The “Bettle” of the Breakdown

This call by Breytie before the match turned out to be accurate, but the match was won out wide by a rampant All Black side against a shell-shocked Australia. The pace was frenetic despite the best efforts of the referee at the start of the game. In fairness, he probably wanted to stamp his authority […]

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Oiling the Rusty Nails

South Africa, for once, outplayed the All Blacks by clicking into top gear in their opening match of the season, unlike the Kiwis who sputtered like an engine requiring a major service. The Kiwis may have been the victims of both early season rust and overconfidence, but have done themselves no favours by not denting […]

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The Bigger Picture

The book, Slaughterhouse-5 by the renowned author Kurt Vonnegut, may as well have had the Super 15, rather than World War II, as background. Do yourself a favour and look at the official list of injuries published by Sanzar. While we often tend to only look at our sides, this list reveals why the Chiefs, […]

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AB is Redefining Batting

These are not my words – it was uttered by a commentator during the Bangladesh/Pakistan match yesterday. Few can fault this thinking, or disagree with the view. Batting him at number three, as many pundits suggested before the match against England on Saturday, proved to be the right decision. A highlight of the match for […]

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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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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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Shades of 1995

South Africa’s victory in the Rugby World Cup final in 1995 is arguably the finest moment in our rugby history. I still believe the opening game at Newlands laid the platform for what was to come. The victory did wonders for Springbok confidence, which carried through when they triumphed against 14 All Blacks and a […]

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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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Go Big, Boys

Heyneke Meyer was happy to be able to name an unchanged squad, but realises that there is still a long way to go in terms of where we want to be. “You don’t want to get into the situation where it’s easy to pick the same side and everything goes well and you’ve won,” he […]

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