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Highs and lows of 2012 ~ in pictures

December 12, 2012 in Cricket, Currie Cup, International, International, London 2012, Other sports, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby

As we come to the final few weeks of the year, and with absolutely buggerall to watch anymore, except for some Heineken Cup, where you can see old Southern Hemisphere has-beens in action against the best of Europe, it’s perhaps a time to reflect on the year which is past…a year that flew by quicker than Rickie Ponting’s last test innings…

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SARU at centre of Bok inexperience

November 12, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Springboks are still being haunted by SARU’s inability to create stability and consistency within the Springbok Management ranks.

This is what one can conclude when looking at the current lack of depth available in the Springbok squad as compared to arch rivals, New Zealand.

Lack of experience was the major excuse ringing in our ears like a broken record when Meyer’s troops failed to deliver during the Rugby Championship, and New Zealand who seemed to have lost lots of experience too in some key positions stormed to an undefeated victory of the Rugby Championship, winning all their matches. Read the rest of this entry →

Boks loss not a “Bok” thing….

October 8, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Oregan HoskinsI had the wool pulled over my eyes last weekend! The defeat of the Aussies in clinical fashion lead me to believe we have a good chance to beat the All Blacks this weekend.  Say what you want about how bad this Aussie side is, but they still pipped us on the Rugby Championship log by beating Argentina twice, and also are ranked second again on the IRB Rankings. So yes, even this poor Aussie side is better than us despite us demolishing them last week.

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Meyer taking control!

September 27, 2012 in International, International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Don’t fear, I’m in control

 

After Dunedin I wrote that I thought things are improving for the Springboks. The way they played improved, their decision making was more accurate and had it not been for the difficult and unfamiliar kicking conditions at Forsyth Bar, Dunedin, and three or four schoolboy errors, we would have beaten the All Blacks in Dunedin for only the second time in history. Read the rest of this entry →

John McFarland in the hot seat…

September 14, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

The Springbok E-zine brings us weekly “Hotseat” Questions and Answers  and this week if was the turn of John McFarland, the Springboks defensive coach, to field questions from the public.  I’ve picked a few answers from him which I think are interesting, confusing and indicative of the current mindset in the Bok Camp.

Full article can be read here

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Boks don’t have character?

September 12, 2012 in Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

Why am I so unsympathetic towards Meyer? I found myself asking that question this morning, when someone said: “It’s only Meyer’s 6th game in charge, give him chance”. Am I being unfair by demanding better performances from the Springboks and not excusing poor performances?  Is it because, with the whole Peter de VIlliers saga, with him being appointed in 2008 rather than sticking to White or picking the obvious best candidate, Meyer, I simply expected far more from him?

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Boks lose their Spring?

August 20, 2012 in International, Rugby, Rugby Championship, Springboks

So, as expected the Springboks beat the Argies in what was, except for the injury to Bismarck and the thong flash of the physio/medic, a rather dull and lifeless affair.

I wasn’t impressed with how we played and the scoreline did little to give me any sort of hope that the Springboks are on the right track to become the 2012 Rugby Championship title holders. Let’s be realistic here, if we can only muster the equivalent of points against Argentina at home that the All Blacks put up against Australia, in Australia, there is something very wrong with our game. Read the rest of this entry →

Genia the key for Sharks…

July 18, 2012 in Rugby, Super Rugby

End of the road?

The Bulls have all but been written off for their encounter against the Crusaders this weekend, while there is some hope for the black and white dynamites to come good against the Reds in Brisbane. Read the rest of this entry →

Can’t we have Friday on Saturday?

July 5, 2012 in Rugby, Super Rugby

If, like me, you are a hard working individual who spends most of his day in a 3×3 office banging away at the keyboard without any hope of watching Rugby at the office, looking at the fixtures for this weekend makes for depressive reading.

On Friday, while I’m in my office finishing off my year end, the Chiefs take on the Crusaders and the Reds face the Highlanders, which is about as entertaining as you can get from the overseas teams this weekend, and then later on Friday night it will be another classic encounter when the Sharks host the Bulls in a must win match for both teams. Read the rest of this entry →