Do officials crave the limelight too?

March 20, 2016 24
Officials Officials are starting to act like neglected kids who have always sought attention with atrocious calls and decisions every week. It is as if they want to be in the headlines every week and for all the wrong reasons. Some may call the criticism unfair but its warranted with the number of high profile…

Puzzling Meyer changes two

October 28, 2015 17
[caption id="attachment_58917" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images[/caption]   The Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer made just two changes as he named a familiar side to take on the Argentinians. Having suffered defeat earlier in the year, a battle to finish at least third at the World Cup and on the official rankings Meyer was quick…

Can New Zealand be beaten?

October 20, 2015 23
[caption id="attachment_55352" align="aligncenter" width="300"] JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 October 2013 : Kieran Read of the All Blacks celebrates the victory with his try during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship test match between SOUTH AFRICA and NEW ZEALAND at ELLIS PARK in Johannesburg, South Africa on 05 October 2013. The All Blacks won the trophy by…

Meyer could be in until 2019!

August 12, 2015 24
  So reports suggest Meyer could be in the Springbok hot seat until Rugby World Cup 2019. The news has been prominent since last season and has surfaced once again this year at a time which is the toughest in Heyneke Meyer's tenure. This is not new, Springbok coaches always feel the heat before the…

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…

NZ squad to tour South Africa

July 18, 2015 0
[caption id="attachment_55352" align="alignnone" width="300"] JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 October 2013 : Kieran Read of the All Blacks celebrates the victory with his try during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship test match between SOUTH AFRICA and NEW ZEALAND at ELLIS PARK in Johannesburg, South Africa on 05 October 2013. The All Blacks won the trophy by…

Springboks name unchanged squad

September 11, 2013 32
South Africa will field the same starting 15 and the same bench as they did for their 38-12 humbling of Australia in Brisbane last weekend. DateSeptember 11, 2013 - 2:02PM Zane Kirchner is upended by Israel Folau in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images Coach Heyneke Meyer says the Springboks will need to go up a gear when…

2013, the Year of the Bok

December 30, 2012 13
I have been mulling over a subject for my last column of 2012 for about a month now. I did not want to venture into ‘My year in review’, or ‘My sporting moments of 2012’ as there are literally hundreds of them out there – so given the nostalgia here in the last couple of…

Meyer happy with win

November 24, 2012 33
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer applauded his team’s defence, discipline and guts after South Africa edged out England 16-15 at Twickenham on Saturday. This win secured the Springboks a third win on tour and ended the Castle Outgoing Tour in a very positive fashion. Earlier on tour Ireland and Scotland also suffered defeats against South Africa.…

Execution over innovation

November 16, 2012 22
It is a term one of the most successful coaches of Springbok rugby used on the magazine show Boots & All last night to describe Heyneke Meyer and our current Springbok playing style. While discussing the Springbok’s chances this weekend against Scotland, Mallet used the example of one of All Blacks winger, Julian Savea’s try…

Time for a reality check

November 9, 2012 19
Things in Springbok rugby are never normal or straight-forward, it always shifts between the insane and the absurd and this week there was a big swing towards the latter. So now Heyneke Meyer is a racist…  What? Did the old Blue Bulls bias criticism become boring for folks?  Heyneke Meyer is many things, ignorant in…

Re-think the match 22

October 8, 2012 49
Our very own Brendon Shields, who is under a self-imposed ban from blogging till now, shares his views on how we should re-shape and re-think how we use the whole team. by Brendon Shields I made a pledge to not blog again until such a time that the Springboks use 15 guys to play rugby…

Ons identiteitskrisis

October 7, 2012 47
Ek kan vandag maklik skryf oor hoe bekakkenswaardig die Springbokke in Nasrec was teen die All Blacks gistermiddag, maar dit sal te maklik wees. Ek kan ook skryf dat deesdae met behulp van ’n blou pilletjie 80-jarige mans meer penetrasie vermoë het met 'n ‘bal-in-hand’ as ’n Springbok agterlyn, maar dit sal te maklik wees.…

Nou vir die ‘Ware Jakob’

September 30, 2012 72
Julle sal my vergewe as ek nie té liries raak oor die Bokke se wen oor die Wallabies gister nie, vir die eerste keer die jaar het hulle eenvoudig ’n wen gekry wat hulle verwag het om te kry. 5 drieë is glad nie iets waarna jy steel kan staar nie, veral nie as dit…

Still on target

September 19, 2012 66
It is easy to criticize and say what Meyer is not getting right at the moment, but has anyone sat back to consider what he is being quite successful in doing in only 7 tests? When results don’t go your way it is very easy to focus on the negative, but like any team, or…
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