Columnists 21.2.2018 12:15 pm

Tighthead props more than slow fatties

I pity props. I really do.

It seems the only time rugby’s most unglamorous players are appreciated is when they, like Richard Bands, dart 50m down the touchline to score a memorable try against the All Blacks.

Tighthead props more than slow fatties
Nowhere to hide from these verbal bouncers
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Nowhere to hide from these verbal bouncers

It has become something of an in-joke; simply sneak up behind Mike the Mechanic, whisper the word “Proteas” in his ear and you can literally watch the steam coming from his ears.
Winter Games chills the fires of passion
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Winter Games chills the fires of passion

The problem with being a self-confessed sports fanatic is the emotional baggage it comes with.
Why is Dean Elgar ignored in this Proteas time of crisis?
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Why is Dean Elgar ignored in this Proteas time of crisis?

The Test opener averages 42 in white-ball cricket domestically but it’s a mystery why the national selectors still consider him a specialist.
Wanted, a Tasmanian Devil for Proteas team
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Wanted, a Tasmanian Devil for Proteas team

There was, if truth be told, no hint of the doom and despondency which was to follow less than a day later as the sun above the cricket oval crept ever closer to the trimmed fringes of the outfield and the braai coals glowed.
An open letter to the ICC and their peckish umpires
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An open letter to the ICC and their peckish umpires

Seriously, what is all the fuss about being inflexible about the lunch break in the 2nd ODI between the Proteas and India?
Allister Coetzee shattered much of my view on him
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Allister Coetzee shattered much of my view on him

Saru’s murky labour practices aside, the embattled Springbok coach’s lack of accountability reflects really badly on him.
Comedy of errors at Wanderers not funny
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Comedy of errors at Wanderers not funny

There has been a lot a finger-pointing at the Wanderers pitch over the last week, with the surface misbehaving badly during the third Test between the Proteas and India.
The Special One puts cricket’s failures to rest
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The Special One puts cricket’s failures to rest

It had, the Incomprehensible Scot, privately admitted, something of a personal trial as, having duly bowed the knee to the democratic process, he uncomprehendingly trudged his way through four days of a less-than-sparkling cricket Test against India at the Wanderers before the Proteas finally crumbled.
The poster that shows embattled CSA isn’t walking the talk
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The poster that shows embattled CSA isn’t walking the talk

The Proteas’ success under Ottis Gibson is clouding the local governing body’s continued dodgy corporate governance.
Lungi, records are meant to be broken
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Lungi, records are meant to be broken

Making a spectacular Test debut with the ball for the Proteas is actually a bit of a poisoned chalice.
Local battle for foreign honours doesn’t add up
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Local battle for foreign honours doesn’t add up

It was, from the very moment that the Arithmetically-challenged Golfer – a legend in his own mind regarding all sporting matters – first opened his mouth to provide an opening statement, evident that this would be a long afternoon.
Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches
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Contrasting cases of two soccer coaches

The reaction to the way two of Mzansi’s biggest football clubs go about their business have over the past week were in such stark contrast that you can hardly believe they compete in the same league.
BBC lands cheap political shots in praising Kagiso Rabada
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BBC lands cheap political shots in praising Kagiso Rabada

Cricket South Africa is hardly a paragon of perfection but calling them ‘untransformed’ is a tad unfair, maybe even ignorant.
The wear and tear of the constant Kohli Show
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The wear and tear of the constant Kohli Show

On the letters page of this newspaper, readers constantly air their grievances with the amount of repeats aired by Mzansi’s premier pay television provider DStv.
Mid-Week Reflections: Tertiary education stakeholders must focus on prospective students
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Mid-Week Reflections: Tertiary education stakeholders must focus on prospective students

It is not the students’ fault – let the powers that be and sharp minds find a sustainable solution. In the interim, let Azania’s children taste tertiary education.
Less cricket, more wine in wake of weather
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Less cricket, more wine in wake of weather

It is one of those extraordinary factors in living a life of routine that when the unexpected inexplicably occurs, things tend to go somewhat pear-shaped and the conversation tends to drift into entirely unexpected areas.
We should celebrate this example of ballsy captaincy
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We should celebrate this example of ballsy captaincy

Albie Morkel bucked the trend of being a conservative skipper in this week’s Ram Slam semi. This is why the Titans are ahead of everyone else.
Stretching competition into realms of insanity
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Stretching competition into realms of insanity

The challenges organisers of endurance sports come up with never cease to amaze me.
Varsity Cup’s rubbish rules add no value to our slumping game
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Varsity Cup’s rubbish rules add no value to our slumping game

The student rugby tournament isn’t preparing young players for the “real world” at the top and also insults fans.
Ackers serves humble pie as Swys stutters
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Ackers serves humble pie as Swys stutters

How many times over the last few years have we heard claims that Johan Ackermann might be the head coach of the Lions, but that his loyal assistant Swys de Bruin is the real brains behind the dizzy heights Joburg’s Pride have grown accustomed to?
Cheap political points a no-go for new Springbok coach
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Cheap political points a no-go for new Springbok coach

With Allister Coetzee reportedly in the firing line, Kings coach Deon Davids has emerged as his replacement. That would be unfair on him.
Always an afterburn in battle for the urn
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Always an afterburn in battle for the urn

Whether it’s on the actual playing surface or the sidelines, there is never a dull moment when Australia and England fight it out for cricket’s famous little Ashes urn.
The thought lingers: what about the Welsh?
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The thought lingers: what about the Welsh?

Would whatever the Springbok brainstrust came up with, would it be enough to bewilder the Welsh?
Springboks need the 30-Test rule scrapped … immediately!
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Springboks need the 30-Test rule scrapped … immediately!

Saru’s intentions with the controversial regulation was noble but it ignores all the other structural weaknesses dragging local rugby down.
Part-time assistant coaches hurting Proteas and Boks’ brand
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Part-time assistant coaches hurting Proteas and Boks’ brand

No one should doubt Brendan Venter and Dale Benkenstein’s credentials but their dual roles says much about our federations’ iffy clout.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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