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Test Rugby Results - November 22nd weekend

The Ireland Australia game was just about as entertaining as 80 minutes of rugby can be. Edge of the seat stuff right till the end. The Aussies were lucky to have Foley's try awarded, as it was clearly grounded short, but these things happen. Loved Ireland's commitment in defense towards the end. One huge tackle by O'Connel in particular, in the closing minutes, summed up the Irish effort.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

This one? Great try.

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10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

The Five Nominations for the IRPA Try of the Year 2014

So much goodness. You guys decide.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

This is what Springbok Willem Alberts does when alone in the gym

His hamstring looks fine to me. Get him on the field!

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

South Africa aim to up the intensity after another win over England

Second England rolling maul try (Morgan?) should never have happened, as it was supposed to be a Bok lineout 40m up the field. Habana's foot was very clearly on the ground before he caught the ball. Ref should have checked. Other than that, good, tough old-fashioned game. Most enjoyable. I also don't see why so many are writing England off. They're looking like World Cup semi-finalists to me.

10 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Saracens vs Western Province Highlights from Allianz Park

Jeepers, some woeful defence by Province at times. Can't really be too harsh on them - it's been an immensely long season - but still.

Biggest highlight from the game: 2 Ashton tries and not one stupid dive.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Five stars nominated for IRB World Rugby Player of the Year 2014

For me it's between Vermeulen and Retallick. Both of them have been huge (literally and figuratively) this year. I feel that they have contributed more to their teams' successes than any backline players have. Obviously I'd like a South African to win, but if Retallick gets it, I'd be cool with that.

10 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Ireland upset South Africa with impressive physicality in Dublin

Kudos to the Irish - they simply outplayed us in every aspect of the game. Particularly impressive was their centre pairing - looked dangerous every time they touched the ball.

For us, Francois Hougaard had a game he'd want to forget. His fumbles ruined our most potent attacks. But he wasn't the only culprit.

Hope some hard lessons were learnt, and that we regroup for the English.

10 Months, 4 Weeks ago

A tribute to Western Province legend and MND victim, Tinus Linee

Sad news about a real legend of SA Rugby, who played at a time when everything started to change for us. This was a golden era for Bok midfielders - Hennie le Roux, Japie Mulder, Pieter Muller, Helgard Muller, Brendan Venter. To get to tour as a centre with the Boks along with these names is some achievement. RIP Tinus.

11 Months, 4 Hours ago

Barbarians run riot in entertaining midweek clash against Leicester Tigers

Looks like the kind of game you really want to see live. And what a great way for Jacques Botes to end a brilliant rugby career. He never got the Bok call-up that so many feel he deserved, but the people in Durban know exactly how much he means to a team.

I'm really sorry Juan de Jongh was not included in this end-of-year touring squad. I think he's the most creative midfield attacker in SA rugby, and he's had a very impressive domestic season.

11 Months, 2 Days ago