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Dean Greyling suspended for two weeks for strike on Richie McCaw

What a complete poepol. The fact that the Bokke were still competitive in spite of his numerous brain explosions was heartening, I guess.

Luckily the back-up tighthead prop, Pat Cilliers, should be fit again for the home games and should play from the bench.

Let this be the end of Greyling’s Bok career.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

The All Blacks remain undefeated with Dunedin win over the Springboks

How the Boks cocked that up is just baffling. Aside from the multiple Greyling brainfarts (hopefully that's his Bok career down the toilet), there were so many other opportunities to make the AB's pay, that were simply butchered. This will go down as a bad miss.

Well done to the Kiwis though. They don't seem to need dozens of visits to the opponents' 22 - they just know what to do when they get there. Aaron Smith is a real quality scrumhalf. Hope to see more of him than Piri Wepu for the rest of the competition.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

Eben Etzebeth banned for attempted headbutt on Nathan Sharpe

What a rubbish banning. Next we'll be banning players for intending to tackle high or late, whether they did or not.

1 Year, 10 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

Come on, it’s seldom black and white like that. If every ref were to blow every single infringement that ever happened, regardless of how small, then we’d never have a game of rugby.

Every scrum feed would have to be scrutinised. Every line-out throw measured. Every hand that plays the ball with a possible knee on the ground. Every possible case of obstruction during a kick chase.

In every game there are literally dozens such cases that, in the ref’s view, don’t warrant the whistle. Because if he blew them all, no ball would ever leave a ruck. So refs are to make the call on what gets blown up and what is marginal enough to let slide.

And some, like Rolland, are just super pedantic.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

All Blacks take the lead in opening Bledisloe Cup clash vs Wallabies

Only guy who had a worse game than Beale was that Irish referee. Was it absolutely necessary of him to steal the show like that? Can't remember a single scrum that didn't end up in a penalty. I'm sure there were, but they certainly don't stand out.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Rodrigo Roncero puts Ronan O'Gara on his backside in 2008

Hands up, who hasn't put O'Gara on his backside?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna cited for dangerous hit on Ryan Kankowski

No one fell into anything here. It was a swinging arm to the head, simple as that. Seriously, an accidental high tackle? Do you anything about this game?

1 Year, 11 Months ago

Young lock Eben Etzebeth smashes Bismarck Du Plessis to the floor

He said 75kg, so understandably incredulous.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

Pretty much, yes. In one season Victor, Bakkies and Danie Rossouw all left Bok rugby, so there are a few big gaps to fill in the second row. But Eben seems to have the no.4 jersey sewn up, with Bekker probably settling into the no.5 jersey. And then there's Juandre Kruger as back-up to them. So not too bad.

1 Year, 11 Months ago

The Sharks charge into Super Rugby Final after win over the Stormers

He has a colourful family history. He’s from a fairly rough, working class area of Cape Town where his dad and uncles were legendary hard men and bar brawlers (as well as provincial rugby players and amateur wrestlers). Here’s an interesting piece on him:

http://www.greenandgoldrugby.co.za/the-terminator-from-parow/

1 Year, 11 Months ago

 
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