The abandoned blueprint

December 6, 2010 66
Much has been debated this week about our approach to winning. Peter seems intent on using the 2007/2009 blueprint in favor of his own 2008 concoction. Brendon Shields Some have suggested that the Springboks abandoned the 2008 project prematurely and that a few tweaks here and there could have resulted in the Springboks paying a…

Wallabies 21, All Blacks 22

September 11, 2010 4
New Zealand and Australia have both dismissed the notion that their final Tri-Nations match, in Sydney on Saturday, is a dead rubber. Paul Dobson - Rugby365 In terms of competition the outcome of the match does not matter. The All Blacks have already won the Tri-Nations and retained the Bledisloe Cup. Not that that will…

Nothing that can’t be fixed

September 7, 2010 43
How does a team that came of such a high in 2009 hit such a low in 2010, more importantly, can it be fixed? To answer the second question, yes it can be, the problem is when we look to answer the first question, have we correctly identified the problems? Parallels and comparisons have been…

Springboks 39, Wallabies 41

September 4, 2010 39
The Wallabies and the Springboks have a choice of trophies this weekend - the Mandela Plate or the Wooden Spoon. Paul Dobson - Rugby365 Being normal they would rather have the Mandela Plate in their cabinet and team photo than a wooden spoon. After all it is a Test match, not match practice, not a…

Prediction Comp: Last chance saloon!

September 3, 2010 20
Well guys and girls, the curtain is about to come down on the Springboks Tri-Nations campaign but there is still a small matter to see how will be declared the winner in our prediction competition. If you don't know by now then there is no point telling you how this works!  But quite simply, use…

Boks have platform to build from – Smit

September 3, 2010 0
Springbok captain John Smit believes last weekend’s victory over Australia in Pretoria has given his team a platform to build on for this weekend’s follow-up Vodacom Tri-Nations clash at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein. SA Rugby The Boks won their first match of the 2010 series last weekend when they fought back from 7-21 down to…

Spies not intimidating

September 3, 2010 7
Wallaby No 8 Ben McCalman is not at all intimidated about the prospect of facing Pierre Spies in Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test in Bloemfontein. Stephen Nell - Sport24 “Pierre played his best Test (of the year) last week, but I have confidence after playing against him earlier this year,” said McCalman. He was referring to the…

Fourie is the best ever – Genia

September 2, 2010 7
The Springboks’ problem in this year’s Tri-Nations is not so much down to fatigue or Irish referees as it is a case of simply missing Fourie du Preez. Stephen Nell - Sport24 Will Genia, who has showed that he is ready to follow in the footsteps of George Gregan for the Wallabies, singled out the…

Aussies change 3 for Boks

September 1, 2010 5
Winger Drew Mitchell and hooker Stephen Moore will make their 50th Test appearances after being named today in the Qantas Wallabies side for Saturday’s Mandela Plate Test against South Africa at Bloemfontein. Wallabies The players will become the 33rd and 34th Australians to appear in 50 Test matches after both were included in the starting…

‘It’s my fault’ – Ashley-Cooper

September 1, 2010 1
Adam Ashley-Cooper balmes himself for Australia's loss last weekend at Loftus. Greg Growden Australia's most versatile rugby player, Adam Ashley-Cooper, proved he is the hardest of markers by blaming himself for the Wallabies' failure to end a 47-year drought on the South African highveld last Saturday. The team and staff are still hurting after wasting…

Some people missed a good test match

August 31, 2010 52
Am I the only one that thought the test at Loftus over the weekend between the Springboks and Australia was actually pretty good? Touch rugby, a joke, a sham, the Harlem Globetrotters of rugby are just some of terms used to describe the test from just about every single report I read, and where I…

Boks change two only

August 31, 2010 14
The Springbok team to face the Wallabies in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Shield decider in Bloemfontein shows two changes to the one that beat Australia in Pretoria last weekend. SA Rugby Van der Merwe and prop Jannie du Plessis were both cleared to play after undergoing medical assessments on Monday. James, meanwhile, was ruled out…

Springboks 44, Wallabies 31

August 28, 2010 34
The battle for second place is on, which is also the battle to avoid the wooden spoon. Paul Dobson - Rugby365 There are only three countries in the Tri-Nations, but with three rounds to go one side is top and the other two well and truly at the bottom, South Africa worse off than Australia.…

Prediction Competition – Two more chances

August 27, 2010 17
That's right folks, there are two more games in which you can stake a claim and walk away with the spoils in our Tri-Nations prediction competition. Don't worry, I have worked out the leaderboard and when I finished with it and saw how tight it was, I thought I'd be an ass and not post…

SA Rugby spooked by ‘Whingers’ tag

August 27, 2010 8
The trouble with being branded whingeing losers and the like is that when there is actually valid reason to whinge, you suddenly stop doing so. Rob Houwing - Sport24 That, I suspect, has been the fate of Springbok rugby in recent weeks, so cowed and ego-bruised that players, management, local media and supporters have lost…
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