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Adelaide in Pink & New Coach and Captain

At the time of writing, the Proteas were 165/7 at dinner, after Faf won the toss and elected to bat. Before you say “Oh dear, we are in trouble”, bear in mind the nature of day/night tests which tend not to deliver the high scores we are used to in normal day tests. The first […]

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Proteas on top down under

What an amazing game of test cricket Perth delivered! It once again proved why test cricket is the pinnacle! Turning points were Dale Steyn leaving the field injured, 100’s by Elgar and Duminy and Bavuma’s run-out, fifty and awesome runout! Next up is Hobart – this will prove a different test as the conditions will […]

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That’s right – Dale and Vern are back!

Steyn was the leading wicket-taker in the two-match Test series against New Zealand with 10 scalps at 10.20 and claimed his 26th five-for in Centurion to end questions over whether he could regain the fitness and form of the past. In fact, Steyn and Philander looked their past best with Vernon doing his bit to […]

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All Blacks skep hul eie voorsprong

Baie mense in Suid-Afrika raak warm onder die kraag as van hul landsgenote die All Blacks ondersteun wanneer hulle teen die Springbokke speel. Dieselfde geld vir my as ek sien hoe kollegas wat hul lewe lank in die Kaap bly en werk, die Bulle ondersteun. Ek moet byvoeg, darem redelik sterk onder die radar. Dalk […]

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Boks provide rollercoaster ride

My Saturday was one filled with rugby – The All Black v Wales game was a fantastic affair and up to the 53rd minute a Wales win looked possible. But as only the All Blacks can, they turned the next 5 minutes into a nightmare for the Welsh with a couple of quick tries to […]

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Springbok emblem in the crosshairs again

We normally refrain from mixing politics with sport in this column. My comments below should also not be construed as political, but rather as a practical perspective on a few issues that should never even have been raised. The fact that government has distanced itself from recent comments in this regard confirms my view. During […]

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Is Alistair Coetzee the right man?

There is no doubt in my mind that there is no better person for the job than Alistair. His track record is impeccable, and he has all the attributes required for one of the toughest jobs in world sport. As assistant to Jake White, he was part of the team that won the RWC in […]

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Wicked Cricket, Super Rugby & the 6 Nations

Wicked Cricket It is with a huge sense of relief that I notice that rugby matters are slowly but surely pushing cricket articles for space in the daily newspapers. The final straw that broke my optimistic camel’s back was when the under nineteen side lost their first two matches at the World Cup. As far […]

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Succession planning for coaches

While we await the outcome of the meeting where Heyneke Meyer’s future as coach of the Springboks will be decided, it is interesting to note the career path of Steve Hansen. The information below appears on Wikipedia. Hansen began his coaching career with the Canterbury provincial rugby union team from 1996 to 2001. During his […]

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Blood, Sweat and Tears

The final Super 15 matches have, to date, seen a number of unexpected results. Picking the winners in Superbru is almost as difficult as trying to predict the scores. One of the guys in our group follows a fixed approach of nominating the home team to win by five, unless it is very certain that […]

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