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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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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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Boys will be men

When the junior Springboks take on the pride of England, it will not be child’s play. There is some serious bulk on display in both sides. The big test will not be height or weight though – heart is what will make the difference. The English side had an easier passage into the final, including […]

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We have seen the Future

While all SA rugby fans are justifiably ecstatic about the senior team’s performance against Wales, the junior Boks made me immensely proud on Sunday. Winning against a determined Baby Blacks side was wonderful, given the steam roller approach by the home side. Our youngsters kept their cool, and stuck to their game plan. One almost […]

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Fouries are jolly good fellows

The condition of the pitch is important in cricket, but it should not affect the quality of a rugby match. Sadly, Wales lost here, too. I felt particularly sorry for Frans Malherbe, and also Coenie Oosthuizen, who must have come close to setting a new record for receiving a yellow card in the least amount […]

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How Green was your Valley?

The Springbok team, announced yesterday, pleased more people than usual, both from a view of who was selected, and who was left out. The inclusion of Pat Lambie in place of Zane Kirchner removed the doubts about where (and whether) Heyneke Meyer intended applying his considerable skills. The fact that Lambie is to be a […]

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European Tour Overview

European Tour Overview The difference between the All Blacks and the Springboks is exactly the same as that which differentiates their supporters. After a very touching opening to the match (the band stopped playing halfway through Flower of Scotland, leaving the audience to finish on their own), the All Blacks bided their time, waiting for […]

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That sinking feeling

On Saturday, watching both the All Blacks and the Wallabies scrape home in the dying seconds, I was reminded of Jack Nicholson’s comment when he received an Oscar for his performance in “As good as it gets”. You may recall that “Titanic” was the movie which swept the Academy Awards that year. When Nicholson accepted […]

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