Possibly the biggest changes to the professional game are currently afoot, with South Africa sitting in the middle of what could become a fascinating tug-of-war. [...]
Posts written by: Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)
Those were the words used by ex-England number 8, James Haskell, when he explained to Tom Wood what it was like to play a test match against South Africa. [...]
For years Springbok rugby fans have lamented the poor planning and tactics which gives rise to the perceived thinking that the Springboks are continually behind the curve when it comes to planning and preparation for big games and tournaments when compared to our Australasian friends. [...]
I’ll probably get shot down by a good number for this post, but I honestly didn’t think things went that badly on Saturday morning.
Let us take a cold, objective, un-emotional look at how the game unfolded.
Francois Steyn slotted one of the biggest dropgoals I’ve ever seen over the weekend in the French T14 play-offs. [...]
A star-studded Barbarians side was last night unable to overcome a very youthful, but well-organised, Australian outfit.
Australian flanker Rocky Elsom had his appeal against a one-match suspension for pulling down at a lineout upheld at a Sanzar Appeal Committee hearing in Durban on Thursday. [...]
Seems the Proteas are already on the plane home.
Update: Steyn Gone. 83 All out after 23 overs
England need to score at 1,68 an over to win.
In 160 minutes of rugby the Springboks have managed to retain possession for more than five phases only three times. Three times. Three bloody times. Not even an average of once a half over the course of the last two games. [...]
In a cruel twist of fate Zulu Klusener once again found himself in a similar situation to that he found himself in in the 1999 world cup semi-final against Australia.
Springboks Adrian Jacobs and Gurthro Steenkamp were the biggest casualties from the team’s triumphant visit to Carisbrook last Saturday and decisions on their availability for this weekend’s Tri-Nations clash against Australia at the Subiaco Oval, will only be taken later this week.
SA 312/1 at Lunch Day 5, minimum of 59 overs left. SA trail by 34 runs with 9 wickets remaining.
For everything that the Boks lacked last week, they brought it all along this week.
Last Saturday evening the Boks seemed bereft of any ideas, with no innovation shown whatsoever.
Yesterday, however, there was a sense of purpose and more than one indication that de Villiers and the Bok brains-trust have given good thought to a strategy and as to how to best utilise some of the new ELVs. All in the space of a week. Magnificent.
… me thinks it’s you lot who got off lightly over the weekend.
You might moan about Brad Thorne only getting a week… we moan about you and your predecessors not getting it right once in ten years!
On that sombre note, news24 reports of the Bok management bemoaning the punsihment meted out to Brad Thorne. [...]