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Boks Wilt the Flower of Scotland

Perhaps it was more a case of deflowering Scotland, given the half century in points the Boks piled up on Saturday. Most of the reports after the match focused on the excellent team performance, and the likes of Pollard and De Jager shining on the international scene. Perhaps a lot more credit should go to […]

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A Close Shave

By a Whisker The biggest plus to come out of Saturday’s nail-biter is that the Springboks came back twice in one match from a hopeless situation and eventually managed to win by one point. I tried imagining what the Welsh must have felt like after that final penalty try – it must have been awful. […]

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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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Scotland the Grave?

Nie oud of koud nie Dan Carter speel hierdie naweek in sy 100ste wedstryd vir die All Blacks. Daar was al spelers wat hierdie mylpaal bereik het, maar na my mening is hy en Richie McCaw die twee spelers wat wêreldwyd agting afdwing, en dit volkome gegun word, ongeag watter land jy ondersteun. Dis interessant […]

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Too close for comfort

This just about sums up everything South Africans, and the world, faced this weekend. Merion makes mincemeat of the world’s best players Justin Rose, winning by two shots after finishing at one over par, gave me great satisfaction for two reasons: He was born in Johannesburg and At long last we saw a fair contest […]

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Welcome to Politics, John

This was the remark made by my colleague, Bobby, when he read about Brian van Zyl publicly contradicting John Smit regarding the future of John Plumtree in Sharks rugby. John certainly is no stranger to shenanigans of this nature, having led the national rugby side during the tenure of Piet Helium, but this will be […]

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Hier kom die Bokke

On the whole, most SA rugby fans will be pleased with the performance of the Springboks on Saturday. There are a few concerns, notably at the kick-offs, where they did not field the ball in the air a few times, and the penalties conceded in the scrum. The lapse in concentration at the beginning of […]

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Much Ado About Much

It was Jack Benny who said: “Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”   It will take one seriously good looking person to keep me away from the box this weekend. In fact, the weekend started last night when the Baby Boks destroyed […]

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Oh, to be in England

It was quite scary, reading on Monday morning of the late citing of Eben Etzebeth. I quite like the way Gavin Rich put it: After a marathon disciplinary hearing, it was confirmed by the Six Nations Disciplinary Committee that heard the Etzebeth case for alleged eye-gouging in last week’s 21-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield, […]

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Double Trouble

A reader recently sent me an e-mail that read: What distinguishes a good Scotch from an ordinary dram? One double makes you think you’re single. This quite accurately sums up what happened on Saturday when the Springboks thrashed Scotland in the first half, and then, in turn, got badly mauled in the second half. Breyton […]

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