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Tri-Nations 2010

The abandoned blueprint


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.

Wallabies 21, All Blacks 22


New Zealand and Australia have both dismissed the notion that their final Tri-Nations match, in Sydney on Saturday, is a dead rubber.

Nothing that can’t be fixed


How does a team that came of such a high in 2009 hit such a low in 2010, more importantly, can it be fixed?

Springboks 39, Wallabies 41


The Wallabies and the Springboks have a choice of trophies this weekend – the Mandela Plate or the Wooden Spoon.

Prediction Comp: Last chance saloon!


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.

Boks have platform to build from – Smit


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.

Spies not intimidating


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.

Fourie is the best ever – Genia


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.

Aussies change 3 for Boks


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.

‘It’s my fault’ – Ashley-Cooper


Adam Ashley-Cooper balmes himself for Australia’s loss last weekend at Loftus.

Some people missed a good test match


Am I the only one that thought the test at Loftus over the weekend between the Springboks and Australia was actually pretty good?

Boks change two only


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.

Springboks 44, Wallabies 31


The battle for second place is on, which is also the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Prediction Competition – Two more chances


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.

SA Rugby spooked by ‘Whingers’ tag


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.

Schalk IS a fetcher


Well to David Pocock at least he is…

Steyn, PDV issues sorted


Frans Steyn says he is ready to give his best for the Springboks when they face the Wallabies in a Vodacom Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Steyn too good to leave out – Smit


Springbok fullback Frans Steyn is too good a player just to leave on the sidelines and therefore it wasn’t a difficult choice to include him the starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Tri-Nations Test match against Australia at Loftus Versfeld.

Wallabies team named


The return of Quade Cooper to the flyhalf position represents the only change to the Wallabies starting XV for Saturday night’s Tri Nations Series match against South Africa in Pretoria, from that which appeared against New Zealand earlier in the month.

Frans’ big boot got him the nod


Frans Steyn’s booming boot and ability to kick long-range goals has seen him rushed straight back into the Springbok team to play Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

PDV had to make tough choices


Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says he had to make some tough choices when selecting the starting XV to face the Wallabies in a Vodacom Tri-Nations clash at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Frans and Mossie back for Boks


The Springboks have made two changes to their starting line-up for the Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against Australia at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

Victor to captain Boks against Wallabies?


Earlier today we mentioned that there might be some revelations from within the Bok camp, unfortunately the press conference delivered very little but the biggest surprise might only come when the team is named to take on the Wallabies.

Kankowski called up to Boks


Flanker Juan Smith is the only injury concern in the Springbok camp following the weekend’s last-gasp 22-29 loss to the All Blacks at the FNB Stadium.

Deans worried about wounded Bok


Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has warned his players of the dangers of confronting the wounded South African beast after the Springboks lost in the final minutes to the All Blacks in Soweto on Saturday.

Steyn joins Boks


Closer co-operation, behind the scenes, between the South African Rugby Union and French club Racing Metro has opened the door for the speedy return of Frans Steyn to the Springbok team.

One tackle breaks 90 000 hearts


South African captain John Smit was left ruing a missed tackle which saw New Zealand grab a last-minute victory in their Tri-Nations encounter in Soweto on Saturday.

Springboks 22, All Blacks 29


It’s going to be a great occasion, even greater than a rugby Test between South Africa and New Zealand always is, even more exciting, even a bigger occasion.

Bok skipper’s former coaches hand out jersey’s


John Smit’s former coaches at Pretoria Boys High, Paul Anthony and Jannie Biddulph, presented the Springboks with their match jerseys today ahead of tomorrow’s Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against the All Blacks.

Prediction competition back on track


Okay brothers and sisters, the Boks are back in SA to resume their Tri-Nations campaign which means our predictions competition is also back in full swing.

Steyn fit enough for club, but not for Boks


The Francois Steyn saga revealed yet another bizarre twist on Thursday, when he was declared fit enough to play for his French club, Racing Metro on the weekend.

All Blacks are smarter


The All Blacks are simply playing smarter rugby than their opponents and are not being favoured by referees.

Can’t be cheating if you’re not caught


My first sales manager always used to tell me; ‘Don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions’.

Don’t turn Smit Ton into Monty show


There was no lack of lead-up fanfare when Percy Montgomery became the first Springbok to reach the “century” landmark for his country almost exactly two years ago.

Div lays down the law


Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has laid down the law when it comes to team discipline ahead of Saturday’s massive Vodacom Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks.

Matfield questions All Black tactics


The psychological war of words has started as Victor Matfield accused the All Blacks of some dodgy tactics ahead of the Soweto Showdown.

All Blacks change two


New Zealand have made two changes to their starting line-up to take on South Africa on Saturday, with scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan and tighthead Ben Franks named in the starting XV.

Boks assemble in Johannesburg


A Springbok squad of 24 players has gathered in Johannesburg to prepare for the Vodacom Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Francois Steyn ruled out


Frans Steyn will not be available for selection for the Springboks’ Test against the All Blacks at FNB Stadium on 21 August, it was confirmed by Andy Marinos, SARU’s manager of national teams, at a media conference on Thursday.

Boks call on Stormers defence coach


The recent defensive lapses on the away leg of the Tri-Nations have prompted Springbok coach Peter de Villiers to lean on the knowledge and know-how of the best defensive team in the recent Super 14.

All Black squad for SA named


Six All Blacks have been released for provincial action this weekend, while Liam Messam and Richard Kahui are the unlucky squad members to miss the trip to Johannesburg for next weekend’s Test against the Springboks.

Fransie back for Boks


The Springbok selectors have named a training squad of 29 players to attend a four-day camp in Johannesburg next week in preparation for the home leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations tournament, which kicks off on August 21.

Hoskins to be cited next?


South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins is the next target of SANZAR bosses, as they continue their ‘attack’ on  the Springbok camp.

All Blacks 20, Wallabies 10


There is s still a good chance that this will be a great game, as it should be between two intense, skilled sides who believe in attack.

Owen Franks asks for refereeing leniency


All Blacks prop Owen Franks has called for Tri Nations referees to show State of Origin-like leniency to ensure Rugby Tests don’t deteriorate into mismatches.

All Blacks the biggest cheats in world rugby


They have given the rugby world a beautiful reminder, an aesthetically pleasing wake-up call. Rugby remains a great game when running, handling and passing are the pre-eminent philosophies, not kicking.

Wallabies 28, All Blacks 49


What a prospect this match is! Miss it and spend the rest of your rugby days regretting it. It just could be greatest match of all time. If you look at the three Tri-Nations matches this year, it suggests that this will be a miraculous match between two evenly-matched, skilful and adventurous teams.

Lessons from losing


Springbok assistant coach, Gary Gold, gives a frank assessment of the Springboks disastrous tour Down-under and how they plan to fix things.

Boks must stick to plans


Allister Coetzee has called on Springbok supporters to back their team during this difficult time and he is confident the Boks can “fix the potholes” in the home leg of the Tri-Nations.
(RW Note: This is how you do it Jake…)

90 000 to attend Boks v. All Blacks


The Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) announced on Tuesday that all available tickets for the Vodacom Tri-Nations Test between the Springboks and New Zealand on August 21 at National Stadium (formerly Soccer City) in Johannesburg have been sold.