A Rugby score 16 -52 at Loftus and an unexpected surprise

THE last two occasions the Springboks hosted the All Blacks in Pretoria the visitors behaved rather rudely, trashing Loftus Versfeld to the tune of 16-52 in 2003 and three years later crushing Jake White’s Boks 45-26. That opening statement written by my mate Mike Greenaway (16 -52 at Loftus ) inspired me to reflect on... Continue Reading →

When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks?

When was the 2007 Rugby World Cup actually won for the Springboks? Was the defining moment the disallowed try by England wing Mark Cueto? Was it Percy Montgomery’s soaring penalty goals or even that long-range effort by Frans Steyn before half time? It was many things. But what if I suggested that the first major... Continue Reading →

Sharks Captain Keegan Daniel and that scurrilous report

The writer has been covering Sharks and Springbok rugby for 17 years and in that time I have seldom encountered one of my journalistic colleagues getting it as grieviously wrong as the Beeld man who effectively labelled Keegan Daniel a fascist and a zenophobe. The inference in the scurrilous report was that Daniel dislikes Afrikaans-speaking... Continue Reading →

Two of South Africa’s most influential players might return on Sat

TWO of South Africa’s most influential players, scrumhalf Fourie du Preez and openside flank Heinrich Brussow, are set to start their first Tests since November 2009 when the Springboks host the Wallabies in a return Tri-Nations match at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday. Two years ago the pair were stand-out players in a brilliant... Continue Reading →

Well miracles will never cease. No less than fifteen of the Rustenburg 21 have been raised from the dead

Well miracles will never cease. No less than fifteen of the Rustenburg 21 have been raised from the dead and will front up against the Wallabies at Kings Park on Saturday. And not a minute too soon for Springbok fans who have found the Tri-Nations joke wearing a bit thin, even though there is a... Continue Reading →

The South African Rugby Union went on confrontational attack

The South African Rugby Union went on confrontational attack this morning as the best form of defence of the alleged Springbok training camp in Rustenburg that is running concurrently with the Tri-Nations tour to Australia and New Zealand. In fact, CEO Jurie Roux angrily denied that there is a training camp at all, telling a... Continue Reading →

Peter de Villiers and captain John Smit in a grilling in Wellington

The Springboks were left under no illusions that they are in ultimate rugby country when they walked into the arrivals hall at the Wellington airport yesterday – and straight into a barrage of TV crews and reporters who gave coach Peter de Villiers and captain John Smit a grilling over the composition of the tour... Continue Reading →

Some sobering facts need to be pointed out Boks vs Australia -preview

MIKE GRENAWAY IN SYDNEY THERE quite rightly has been a lot of positivity about the Springbok match 22 picked for tomorrow’s Tri-Nations Test against Australia, mostly because it contains many form players from the recently ended Super Rugby competition. But at the risk of being the party-pooper, some sobering facts need to be pointed out... Continue Reading →

STEYN PLAYING FOR HIS RWC POSITION, NEVERMIND THE YOUNGSTERS

STEYN PLAYING FOR HIS RWC POSITION, NEVERMIND THE YOUNGSTERS The Springbok coaching staff have emphasised that the youngsters on Tri-Nations duty this week in Sydney and next week in Wellington have the opportunity to play themselves into Rugby World Cup contention, but the man with the most at stake is the current flyhalf incumbent, Morne... Continue Reading →

De Villiers was shielded from the Aussie press until yesterday’s team announcement

The last time Peter de Villiers was in Australia, elements of the local media lampooned him as a clown on a national television show in the build-up to the Tri-Nations Test in Brisbane (which the Boks lost badly). After the match, the campaign against him continued when former Wallaby hooker, Brendan Cannon asked him if... Continue Reading →

John Smit’s biggest challenge in 2011 is to stir his troops

Former British Lion and indeed Gauteng Lion scrumhalf John Robbie raised the pertinent point in his Saturday newspaper column at the weekend of whether Springbok coach Peter de Villiers should abandon some of his pedigreed veterans when he picks his World Cup squad in favour of young mongrels. Well we know the Bok coach won’t... Continue Reading →

THE SPRINGBOKS OPEN THEIR WORLD CUP DEFENCE 13 WEEKS TOMORROW

THE SPRINGBOKS OPEN THEIR WORLD CUP DEFENCE 13 WEEKS TOMORROW MIKE GREENAWAY TAKES AN ANALYTICAL VIEW OF THE SPRINGBOKS 91 DAYS FROM THEIR OPENER AGAINST WALES NAAS Botha’s time-worn cliche regarding when Currie Cups are ultimately won could be neatly adapted by Peter de Villiers and the subject of Rugby World Cups. In February and... Continue Reading →

THE Brumbies can expect a serious backlash from the Sharks on Saturday evening

by Mike Greenaway The Brumbies can expect a serious backlash from the Sharks on Saturday evening (7.10pm kick-off) if the mood in the Sharks camp post the heavy Stormers defeat is anything to go by. Yesterday Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford spent hours poring over the match video, and he drew this conclusion: “I really... Continue Reading →

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