Scotland look to take on South Africa by muscling up!

As mentioned over on the TV page, I’m slightly slammed with work at the moment, but there are three genuinely tasty fixtures in this weekend’s second Round of the November Internationals that simply have to be acknowledged. So here are the things that struck me from each of the three, starting with Scotland and SouthContinue reading “Scotland look to take on South Africa by muscling up!”

South Africa stick to their guns against an All Black side that rarely falters twice!

Despite the gloom and doom surrounding South Africa’s “conservative” or “boring” game plan, call it what you will – as rugby fans we were treated to one hell of a Test match last Saturday to mark the 100th encounter between New Zealand and South Africa. There is no denying that New Zealand had a ratherContinue reading “South Africa stick to their guns against an All Black side that rarely falters twice!”

It may be the 100th Test of one of International Rugby’s greatest rivalries but is it all just myth and legend now?

This weekend sees the 100th Test between South Africa and New Zealand as one of the sports oldest rivalries once more takes centre stage. However, put aside all the history and forgive us if we have concerns that there is the danger that this match may simply not live up to the hype surrounding it.Continue reading “It may be the 100th Test of one of International Rugby’s greatest rivalries but is it all just myth and legend now?”

The best game of the weekend looms as Australia seek to prove they’ve turned a corner while South Africa look to resume business as normal

First up apologies for not covering any of last weekend’s games. As we mentioned on the TV Page, pressures of work completely sidelined us as did the distraction of kids returning to school, leaving essentially no time for rugby. We did get to watch all three games but didn’t really get an opportunity to unpackContinue reading “The best game of the weekend looms as Australia seek to prove they’ve turned a corner while South Africa look to resume business as normal”

South Africa bring out the big guns, while Argentina decide to play some wild cards in the final meeting of the two sides in this year’s Rugby Championship

South Africa decided to take a chance last weekend with some of their younger up and coming players, and were rewarded handsomely with a comprehensive victory over a full strength Argentinian side. This weekend it’s Argentina’s turn to roll the dice, as their youngsters are given a shot at the World Champions and all theirContinue reading “South Africa bring out the big guns, while Argentina decide to play some wild cards in the final meeting of the two sides in this year’s Rugby Championship”

With the Lions Tour behind them the Springboks look to resume service as normal in their Rugby Championship opener against an ominous looking Pumas side

So the Lions Tour is done and dusted, and with it hopefully all the acrimony and off-field antics that detracted from a Series that really failed to deliver until that final third and deciding game. South Africa emerged victorious in their first proper outing since lifting the World Cup almost two years ago. It wasn’tContinue reading “With the Lions Tour behind them the Springboks look to resume service as normal in their Rugby Championship opener against an ominous looking Pumas side”

Hopefully it’s finally time to let the rugby do the talking and give us a Lions/Springboks series decider to remember!

If you’re like us, you are perhaps close to breathing a sigh of relief once the final whistle for this emotionally fraught series gets blown on Saturday. Mired in controversy from the outset, which has only grown as the series has progressed, this Lions Tour has hardly been one for the archives. The rugby hasContinue reading “Hopefully it’s finally time to let the rugby do the talking and give us a Lions/Springboks series decider to remember!”

The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!

We like everyone else couldn’t wait for the highly anticipated start to the three Test series between South Africa’s Springboks and the British and Irish Lions to get underway. As excited as we were for Australian referee Nic Berry to blow the whistle for kickoff, like many we breathed a sigh of relief when heContinue reading “The First Test between the Springboks and the Lions brings us plenty of controversy but questionable quality from both sides – so a big step up is needed from all parties this weekend!”

After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!

It’s hard to believe but a tour, that so many doubted would ever happen in the first place, serves up its first course as South Africa and the British Irish Lions at long last get down to business in Cape Town. It’s time to put aside all the debates as to whether or not theContinue reading “After all the hurdles, anxiety and setbacks it’s finally here as the Springboks and the Lions open their accounts in Cape Town!”

Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions

With Director of South African Rugby Rassie Erasmus and new Springbok Coach Jacques Nienaber naming their sqaud to face the Lions next month there were relatively few surprises. It’s a side that is, for all intents and purposes, a mirror image of the one that won South Africa the World Cup under Erasmus’ tutelage almostContinue reading “Erasmus and Nienaber appear reluctant to change the status quo, but include some exciting new prospects to face the Lions”