Columnists 11.10.2017 04:23 pm

Is the Springbok glass half full or half empty?

If there was ever a case of you either see the glass as half full or half empty, look no further than the Springbok Class of 2017.

After their strange mix of results since June, you can either genuinely believe they have turned the corner ... or you can easily find a way to justify that they are on a road to nowhere.

Is the Springbok glass half full or half empty?
Is the Springbok glass half full or half empty?

Is the Springbok glass half full or half empty?

If there was ever a case of you either see the glass as half full or half empty, look no further than the Springbok Class of 2017.

‘Rugbay no for me, I’ll stick wi fitba, goff’
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‘Rugbay no for me, I’ll stick wi fitba, goff’

In the cold light of retrospect it was one of those conversations which was never really destined to either result in a meeting of minds or truly lead anywhere.
It’s the boring Springboks that will beat the All Blacks
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It’s the boring Springboks that will beat the All Blacks

The Newlands thriller was the perfect example of why South African rugby should stop trying to copy the New Zealand way of play.
Bullies scot-free while nice guy pays the price
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Bullies scot-free while nice guy pays the price

Watching rugby can be really annoying and I’m not even referring to the Springboks scoring zero tries to 16 in their last matches against the All Blacks.
A damning indictment, but some do agree
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A damning indictment, but some do agree

It is a sad indictment of the state of South African rugby that two members of the usual gathering would independently hold identical views to two of the men charged with coaching the national side.
Cosatu’s Newlands strike threat is breathtakingly naive
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Cosatu’s Newlands strike threat is breathtakingly naive

The trade union is right that millions are being starved of watching the Springboks on TV. Calling for the SABC to step in is ridiculous.
Mbonambi treatment shows tokenism is rife in Springboks rugby
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Mbonambi treatment shows tokenism is rife in Springboks rugby

What message is Allister Coetzee giving when he ditches his number two hooker after granting him a pitiful 34 minutes on the field?
Let’s celebrate, not shame heavies like Kleinveldt and Frylinck
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Let’s celebrate, not shame heavies like Kleinveldt and Frylinck

These two stalwarts of domestic cricket don’t always look the part but they’re the guys that keep a creaking system competitive.
Let’s toast friendship with some fireballs
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Let’s toast friendship with some fireballs

Here we go again. All bow down to the mighty gods the Indian cricket bosses think they are.
Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget
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Hammer blow final nail in a week to forget

It would be seriously understating the case to say that the Fearsome Fireman had a less than satisfying week.
The Springboks got trounced because the local game is dying
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The Springboks got trounced because the local game is dying

You can blame Allister Coetzee and co for questionable tactics but they can only work with the hand they’re being dealt … and it’s a bad one.
Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom
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Anderson a chink of light amid tennis gloom

A familiar email from Tennis South Africa’s PR people is a regular visitor to my inbox on a Monday.
Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis
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Boks will be biltong if they kick like that against Kiwis

‘The Bok management need to have a thorough look at the videos and a serious rethink before they face the All Blacks.’
‘Corny’ team culture should be Springboks’ only currency
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‘Corny’ team culture should be Springboks’ only currency

With economic factors against them, the national side is not only good at being a tight-knit unit. It needs spirit to survive.
Seemed like a good idea at the time? Uh, no
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Seemed like a good idea at the time? Uh, no

In one of the gory Hannibal Lecter movies, FBI agent Clarice Starling has trouble understanding why Mason Verger disfigured his own face with a broken piece of mirror on the infamous cannibal’s advice.
Kankowski brings some John Wayne to Ellis Park
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Kankowski brings some John Wayne to Ellis Park

Though his training is that of an engineer, Dave the Silent more often than not will adopt a lateral line of thought rather than the linear approach which is one of the prerequsites of his profession.
Let’s reserve judgment over cricket zoo
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Let’s reserve judgment over cricket zoo

This new cricket zoo opening it’s gates in November is causing more confusion than excitement at the moment.
More on their minds than a tarnished trophy
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More on their minds than a tarnished trophy

One of the most engaging aspects of the usual gathering is that while the regulars remain more or less constant, there is always an accommodation to be made for the less-frequent visitors.
Twitter fams beat the real thing hands down
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Twitter fams beat the real thing hands down

There are two kinds of people these days. You’re either a Facebook or Twitter person, period.
Who needs glory when the hype winds up?
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Who needs glory when the hype winds up?

A few weeks ago we had a massive sporting weekend.
Geoff Toyana’s treatment only adds to CSA’s T20 farce
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Geoff Toyana’s treatment only adds to CSA’s T20 farce

Ever since the T20 Global League was conceived, it looked like a money-spinner. Now we have confirmation on that.
RIP Pinetree: they don’t make them like that now
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RIP Pinetree: they don’t make them like that now

Sir Colin fell victim to cancer at the age of 81, but remained a legend among South African rugby followers as perhaps the fiercest of all the All Black opponents the Springboks were to face.
Nollis Marais’ demotion only treats one of the Bulls’ symptoms
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Nollis Marais’ demotion only treats one of the Bulls’ symptoms

John Mitchell now has extra time to start imposing his ideas before 2018’s Super Rugby but don’t expect immediate results.
Still plenty of life in these old dogs yet
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Still plenty of life in these old dogs yet

Until one has been confronted with severe injury or sickness, it’s impossible to fully comprehend how extremely difficult the comeback slash recovery process is.
The sporting wheel has come full circle
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The sporting wheel has come full circle

I used to have two colleagues who were constantly in each other’s hair over their favourite sports.
Super Smous red-faced, but he’ll keep his jersey
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Super Smous red-faced, but he’ll keep his jersey

The undercooked sides in the tattered remnants of the once proud Currie Cup may have left many rugby followers less than satisfied by the thin fare offered after a feast of Super Rugby, but this does not extend to the Super Smous.

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