A few lessons and maybe some hope?

August 9, 2015 20
[caption id="attachment_55880" align="aligncenter" width="300"] By: SA Rugby[/caption] Argentina have reasons to be positive The brilliance that was the Pumas must be acknowledged. Their development side managed to dazzle in the Vodacom Cup a few years ago and some of those performers excelled a few years later. They made history for their country and beat the…

Schalk or Kriel?

June 19, 2015 22
Look at the stats and the answer is clear. So I hear many folks saying that "on form" Schalk Burger certainly deserves a call up to the Bok squad... but why look at "on form"... I mean.. what determines who is "on form" and who not. So in order to determine who is "on form"…

You dont lose when you learn

September 14, 2013 55
There will be enough hot air spewed on other platforms over what transpired in Auckland. I choose to analyze the match using the Duckworth Lewis Method: When Bissie went off for the red card, we were behind by 7 points and if we have to stop the game right there and then, we still lose.…

Cooper starts, Folau at 15 for Oz

September 4, 2013 34
Israel Folau has made the long-awaited switch to fullback and Quade Cooper will start for the Wallabies against the Springboks in Brisbane on Saturday. Date September 4, 2013 - 11:02AM Georgina Robinson Quade Cooper will start at five-eighth for the Wallabies against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images Folau has been named in a back three…

Could have been better, could have been worse

June 13, 2013 32
Guest writer Mike Bersiks gives an analysis nof the Boks' performance against Italy. A 44-10 win in their first match of the season is a pretty good result for the Springboks. In fact, it could be said that this is the first match of a new era under Heyneke Meyer, so pronounced were some of…

BOK PLAYERS vs SCOTLAND

November 20, 2012 5
South Africa never looked like losing this Test, so says Mike Bersiks, our guest writer as he embarks on an analysis of the Scotland test match. This, despite the fact that the Scots should have taken a few more kicks at goal to build pressure. Another frustrating Springbok performance. Just when you thought the wheels…

BOK PLAYERS vs IRELAND

November 12, 2012 54
Guest writer Mike Bersiks takes a look at the Bok players and rates the game against Ireland. Sounds a bit clichéd, but it really was a game of two halves. The Springboks were rubbish in the first forty, kicking aimlessly, and unable to build any momentum on attack because of dropped passes. One positive was…

Meyer’s eyes opened by near misses?

September 17, 2012 42
Guest writer Mike Bersiks asks whether Heyneke Meyer is learning anything from two close misses in our away leg in the antipodes. I tend to be really disappointed in ”we should have won this one” Springbok performances. And the overseas matches against Australia and New Zealand definitely fall into this category. If the Bok forwards…

Peter Bills sucks and Kiwi cheating

November 8, 2010 12
A few years ago... okay more'n 20 (i.e. the 80's) Tony Greig famously questioned Merv Hughes' inclusion in the Aussie ODI squad to face Sri Lanka. Fat Merv opened the bowling, Fat Merv ripped Lanka to pieces... and Bill Lawrie similarly gloated on air "Stick thadup yer arse Tony Greig!"... I have a similar gloat…

Shortcomings in Tri-Nations build-up

June 28, 2010 30
The Winter Tours in the Southern Hemisphere is a thing of the past, with a clear advantage to the Southern Hemisphere in the results, except for an Australian hickup against England in the 2nd Test and 2 results for Scotland against Argentina. The rest of the results all went the way of the Southern Hemisphere.…

Bok team for Wales

May 22, 2010 46
This is Snor's initial Bok team to start the international season off with. This is the SARU release. Well children let's see what the moustachieoed coach has developed as a team... has he learned the "midweek" lessons from last year... has he given up on the family and friends favours thingie... or not... Let's see…

Bok player ratings vs Pastas

November 21, 2009 17
South Africa finally opened their account on the year-end tour of Europe and Ireland win an emphatic 32-10 win over a game Italian outfit at Stadio Friuli, Udine, on Saturday. Outscoring the Italians by four tries to one, the Springboks showed they are far from the spent force some critics had made them out to…

Consistency in selection

August 4, 2009 3
As much as Peter de Villiers stuck with unpopular incumbents in the past, so too will he stick with guys who have now stepped up and grabbed their opportunity Ebrahim Moerat - Rugby365 Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says players who were in the driving seat for starting positions at the start of the international…

Best mix Boks

July 31, 2009 17
It has been a work in progress but the Boks seems to have finally found the best mix. Mike Greenaway - The Star At Thursday's Springbok press conference, the verbal performances of the veteran second row pairing of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha epitomised why the Boks are going to be so difficult for the…

Bok Squad Announced

July 14, 2009 92
The Bok squad for the Tri Nations has been announced. Sport24 The national selectors have named a squad of 23 for the Springboks’ opening match of the 2009 Tri-Nations against New Zealand at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday, July 25. The group includes 22 players that took part in the recently completed 2-1 Test…
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