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Springbok Rugby Indaba

All eyes and ears of rugby lovers were focused on Newlands this week as the cream of South African rugby converged to plot and plan the resurrection of the ailing patient. Perhaps I should rephrase that and rather call it the milk of SA rugby. The cream would have included the likes of Nick Mallett, […]

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A weekend to forget

Not so long ago, in October 2015 to be specific, there was a very quirky joke going around… Little known fact There is a Playoff for 5th Place at the Rugby World Cup It’s called the 6 Nations The Northern Hemisphere really silenced the Southern Hemisphere on Saturday… Wales almost beating the All Blacks England […]

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Allister Coetzee and the ex-pats

My mind goes back to January 2012, when Heyneke Meyer was appointed Springbok coach. For many, his appointment was seen as vindication of a process which saw him purportedly robbed of the position in 2008. Expectations ran high after his predecessor was, possibly unjustifiably, berated more for slips of the tongue than the actual performance […]

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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 Newlands Derby

The Rugby Championship log reminds me of horse racing. The winner appears to have an unassailable lead, while two of the also-rans will fight it out for the second spot. New Zealand is on 16 points, 6 clear of South Africa and Australia, and with two matches remaining, are unlikely to be overhauled, despite the […]

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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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Kyk Vorentoe, Springbokke

Kommentators na aan die Bokke beweer dat hulle die teleurstelling van verlede Saterdag verwerk het, en nou op die groot stryd teen die aartsvyand fokus. Ek dink nie dit sal ‘n slegte ding wees om bietjie motivering te put uit die wyse waarop hulle behandel is nie, solank hulle net nie simpatie verwag van die […]

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Clansey's Clangers & Proteas win!

Clancey Clangers not the only reason – Paul Kruger  If the Springboks had the benefit of appealing against the result of Saturday’s match against Australia, their chances of success would be excellent if it was purely based on the poor decisions by the officials. Unfortunately, Heyneke’s game plan also failed the test, and this is […]

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Who wants it most?

When Australia hosts the Springboks on Saturday, both sides will have something to prove after their previous performances. The Aussies may be smarting after the drubbing at the hands (and feet) of the All Blacks, but the performance by the men in black on that day was simply sublime. I cannot recall seeing a more […]

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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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