Tag Archives: Springboks

513. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 39 – 21 Wales Wallabies 28 – 39 England South Africa 20 – 26 Ireland By hokey, isn’t it good to have international footy back on? And, away from the singularity of a World Cup, we’re back to … Continue reading

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494. From The Couch: Bronze Final

Argentina 13 – 24 South Africa Exactly what, we all wail to the rugby gods, is the point of this match? A curtain-raiser? A revenue-raiser? Do we really need to separate third and fourth? The only real pleasure is to watch … Continue reading

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486. From The Couch: SF#1

New Zealand 20 – 18 South Africa We’re going to get a mountain of stats over the next few days, and they’re all going to support the story of our eyes: the All Blacks had all the wood and nails … Continue reading

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485. Winning Against The Boks

Last week in my anxious I provided some free advice to Shag about how to beat the French. I’m grateful that he followed it to the letter: A Quick Start Kicking Accuracy Discipline Contest Pull The Trigger Now that we … Continue reading

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482. That’s Enough Relaxing: Back To Anxious

Yes, the All Blacks played magnificently, even if France were often awful. And yes, the Springboks were largely underwhelming in beating a cruelly injured Wales. But that was last week, and this is this week, and ne’er the twain shall … Continue reading

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476. From The Couch: Quarter-Final #1

South Africa 23 – 19 Wales What a cracking game to start the quarter-finals. For a start, that’s a tribute to the discipline of all the players and the accuracy of the referees. No ill-discipline offences, clean and clear rucks, … Continue reading

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385. Weekend Rugby Wrap

All Blacks 41-13 Wallabies in Auckland England 19-14 France in London Ireland 28-22 Scotland in Dublin Pumas 12-26 Springboks in Buenos Aries The Bledisloe Cup decider has been well-thrashed in the media by now, and all the superlatives can be taken as … Continue reading

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377. Panic Now

Wallabies 27-19 All Blacks Springboks 25-37 Argentina Wales 21-35 Ireland There are two plausible responses to Saturday night’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney: 1.  Panic Now The whole show is unravelling. Shag’s had four years of developing a pattern and a squad … Continue reading

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374. A Weekend of Chess

Wallabies vs. All Blacks in Sydney Springboks vs. Pumas in Durban Wales vs. Ireland in Cardiff Three big matches this weekend where the coaches are playing mind games with the opposition, their own squads, and quite possibly themselves. In Sydney, … Continue reading

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361. A Tale of Two Matches

It was the best of games, it was (not really, but for the sake of literary allusions we’ll call it) the worst of games. Springboks 20-27 All Blacks What a glorious match from two teams with high ambition and genuine … Continue reading

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