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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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Springbok Squad for Rugby Championship

The announcement of the squad was delayed to this coming Saturday as a result of the Sharks making the semi-finals. One suspects that the ultimate list of 30 players will be a mixed grill of experience and promising youngsters, like the team who played against Scotland a few weeks ago. While a key player like […]

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Sink or Swim

Handré Pollard’s inclusion as the Springbok pivot is undoubtedly the main talking point around the braai fire. Braam van Straaten reckons he has the potential to be the best ever fly half in a Springbok jersey. While I share his optimism, there are too many variables in rugby to make such a bold statement just […]

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O Captain my Captain

It appears a foregone conclusion in the media that Victor Matfield will lead the Springboks until the return of Jean de Villiers. I am in agreement with this, but to disqualify Bismarck du Plessis on the grounds of one or two minor incidents in Saturday’s game is really not smart thinking on the part of […]

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Bestendigheid Meyer se Basis

Die afwesigheid van sleutelspelers in die Bok oefengroep moet nie gesien word as ‘n aanduiding dat Heyneke Meyer beoog om ‘n klomp nuwelinge in te sluit in die span wat teen die internasionale span gaan speel nie. Die Springbok afrigter was nog altyd baie konserwatief in sy spankeuses, en ons verwag nie dat hy nou […]

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The Stats tell a Tale

The Vodacom stats app is really addictive, for those passionate about rugby. I spent the weekend deciphering some of the figures to try and gain some insight into why four out of 5 SA teams lost. There are of course elements which are not reflected directly in the stats, such as the underperformance by the […]

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Rugby Snippets from around the globe

Trying too hard? The New Zealand Herald updates statistics on a weekly basis. The ones on tries scored makes for interesting reading. The Hurricanes top the list with 34 tries, followed by the Chiefs on 31 and the Cheetahs and Blues on 29 apiece. The Stormers (19), Sharks (18), Bulls (17) and Lions (12) all […]

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Stirring the Pot

If you like listening to music while reading this column, click on this link to enjoy Billie Holiday singing “They can’t take that away from me”. Way back in 1996, the Crusaders became the first holders of the wooden spoon in Super rugby. They were dethroned the following year by the Highlanders, the last NZ […]

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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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A Lone Shark

The title of an article on Supersport reads: “Looks like Sharks will stand alone”, and possibly reflects the views of most South African fans at this stage of the Super 15 Competition. The Bulls have taken massive strides in regaining their mojo by selecting Jaques-Louis Potgieter, who was able to take command in the way […]

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