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Ackers, the Gambler

At this stage of the Super Rugby competition, the words of the Don Schlitz song, made famous by Kenny Rogers, come to mind: You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at […]

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Super Rugby Playoffs

The quarter finals are here at long last. I thought you may find it interesting to hear the views from rugby writers in New Zealand, as all three our matches are against Kiwi sides. Hurricanes/Sharks I suppose a coach has to sound positive when the dice are loaded against his side, so I’ll forgive Gold […]

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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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The End of an Era

Bobby Londt To describe King Kallis’s career in a blog would not be possible, nor would it do justice to a career that ranks up there with the best. For this reason, this writing only serves as a reminder of the greatest cricketer South Africa has ever produced. If one takes into account the names […]

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Will History Repeat Itself?

I want to take you back to 17 May this year. The Sharks recorded one of their finest victories ever on this day when they broke the SA drought against the Crusaders in Christchurch. What made it even more remarkable was the fact that they played with 14 men from the 17th minute on, and […]

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Sharks take on Scots

Well, I thought to myself, if this Kiwi team wants to take its name from the Highlands of Scotland, they had better live up to the glorious past they choose to represent. The song, “Flower of Scotland”, relives the famous Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 when an English army, led by Edward II, tried to […]

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The long and winding road

Jake White was upbeat about the fortunes of the Sharks over the next few weeks after his side thrashed a willing Stormers team on Saturday. With limited possession, they managed to score the points that were on offer, and resisted the temptation of trying to achieve the almost impossible margins required to end second on […]

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World Cup Mania

When last, if ever, did you experience such a reaction to a sporting event as Brazil’s loss to Germany on Tuesday night? Apart from the record number of tweets, the jokes poured in, mostly at the expense of the poor hosts. One picture I read said: “At least we do not have to go home.” […]

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The Exodus Continues

This morning’s newspaper contains a new list of players heading overseas, mainly to Japan and France. The French market appears to be near saturation point, with 51 of our players in the top 14 league there. For once, we beat the Kiwis, who only have 31 players in France. A further 10 players, including Aplon, […]

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Welcome Breather Ahead

Thank goodness this is the final Super Rugby round for a few weeks. I was about to declare myself injured after all these matches which started more than three months ago. The break will no doubt give most of the walking wounded time to get back on their feet, apart from those joining the national […]

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