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Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

Oh, and screw DSTV for blocking this video footage on YouTube in SA.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

For me, two things changed from the first to the second half of this game. The first was that the Boks started to make first-time tackles. Around halftime they showed a montage of Bok missed tackles from the first half, and it was horrible to see them all back to back. Same repeat offenders too - Malherbe, I'm looking at you. Once the first tackler started holding on to his man in the second half, the dangerous momentum of the Irish was halted, and we could start to mount some attacks of our own.

And the second thing was the introduction of form players from the bench. Make no mistake, I'm a big fan of guys like Vermeulen and Louw, but they haven't been great recently. And because we hardly see them play, most of us didn't know this until the first test. We do however know how good guys like Whiteley, Combrinck, Redelinghuys and Mostert have been this year. And it was no surprise that these four pulled the match out of the fire for us.

Pity a couple of the other form players of 2016 are not even in the squad, most notably the Lions hooker, Malcolm Marx. He's head and shoulders ahead of any of the other three hookers in the squad. And, in the absence of Bismarck du Plessis, he should have been there. It's also crazy that the best loose forward in SA, Jaco Kriel, has not featured at all, even though he is in the squad. He must get a run in Port Elizabeth.

Coetzee needs to look beyond past glories, and he needs to look beyond his old Stormers allegiances. Pick the guys who have performed week in and week out against the best teams in the Southern Hemisphere.

Oh, and much respect to the Irish. They are playing some amazing rugby and I think just about all of us underestimated them. Hopefully we won't make that mistake again.

1 Month, 6 Days ago

South Africa vs Ireland preview and look back at explosive 1998 Test

Ugly game. I remember it well. Let's hope tomorrow is remembered for the right reasons. Just got myself a ticket too, so this weekend is really shaping up.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

How can anyone forget the underarm incident, when Warnie ran out of deodorant on a tour to India?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

That's someone who eats cauliflower mush instead of normal pizza base, right?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Gio Aplon glides through Toulouse defence for stunning solo try

Ah, you mean this one. Incredible effort.

http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/05/1958/gio-aplons-brilliant-individual-try-against-the-chiefs

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Gio Aplon glides through Toulouse defence for stunning solo try

Brilliant. Always wondered we he didn't feature in our Sevens setup. Feels like that kind of fast, open play is tailor made for him.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

Hmmm, 2007... I'm trying to think now. Was that the 36-0 World Cup?

:)

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

True. But what makes things really interesting now is P-S du Toit's injury and Franco Mostert's inclusion. Because Mostert handles brilliantly in the lineout as well as in open play. And the stats don't lie - he works his ass off for 80 minutes. If Coetzee really wants an athletic lock with great hands and a high work rate to replace du Toit, I reckon he should go straight for Mostert at 5 alongside either Etzebeth or de Jager at 4.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago

Giant Bok teammates Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager come to blows

I think Etzebeth is a fantastic lock, and I'd pick him for the Boks any day. But I do feel the "enforcer" tag has gone to his head. And not only him. His team mate, Ryno Elstadt, who came on a little later in the game is also constantly referred to as an "enforcer", and it's as if he feels he must live up to the label. This was not the only scuffle that Etzebeth started in this game, and Elstadt was responsible for at least two or three more.

1 Month, 3 Weeks ago