Galle International Stadium is one book you shouldn’t judge by its cover.
The enigma that is African football has once again failed to capture the imagination at the World Cup.
The Proteas would do well to stop fussing over who should replace AB de Villiers and rather concentrating on keeping Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander fit for next year’s showpiece.
The seven black African starters in Saturday’s first Test against England isn’t window-dressing of any shape and form. The stats prove it.
What complete and utter nonsense, this sudden continental brotherhood thing.
It might not be all that useful to debate who should replace the recently retired legend for the World Cup because there’s a certain enigma still present.

There’s only one Springbok call that matters…

Rassie Erasmus names his first Springbok squad this weekend and there’s one guy he HAS to make captain.

Ashwin Willemse really needed to find another way

No-one disputes that he might have a valid grievance but was the walkout necessary?

Fans don’t allow losing to dampen enthusiasm

Some of Winston Churchill’s wisdom certainly applies to South Africa’s current Super Rugby campaign.

Don’t get comfy, icebergs are inevitable

The world of sport is fairly populated with its own versions of Titanic-like bravado.

Trusty old Corolla still outshines the Porsche

It wasn’t the size of Patrick Reed’s driver that won him the green jacket, nor was it the windtunnel profile of his glove or the midsole support of his shoes that did the trick.

For cricket’s sanity, the Aussies can’t become w(a)ussies

The supposedly heartwarming scenes we saw at the Wanderers can’t be repeated in the coming months.

Why the Bulls could become even better than the Lions

There are real similarities between the two neighbours and their missions to become the best. But the Bulls have one distinct advantage…

Far beyond the bounds of ‘hard but fair’

Despite his bluster and know-all attitude about anything in the sporting cosmos, the Arithmetically Challenged Golfer has a strong ethos of upholding the inherent ideal of fairness in any contest which involves antagonists.

Rugby beyond him but he’s still a patriot

The Incomprehensible One duly settles to watch what was for him a fairly confused tableau at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as Scotland lined up against the Italians.

KG’s brew shouldn’t be watered down

When the water isn’t that hot, you’ll still get beer at the end of the day, but it will be watered down and taste like crap. This effect is exactly what I fear for when it comes to Kagiso Rabada.

Aussies knew how to get under KG’s skin

The Aussies have accomplished what they said they would.

Little-known Saru presidential candidate could stir the pot

Andre May, president of the Leopards, is going to take on serial politician Mark Alexander. It’s a David vs Goliath scenario but what if he wins?

Rassie must look at lessons from history

The former Free State hooker is by anyone’s definition, deeply imbued with the ethos of rugby union – anyone who has bled buckets to serve the game at the sharp end of the scrum takes that as a given, part of the ebb and flow.

Forget about Bathabile … where is Bantu Holomisa?

Now is the time to add my two cents and it has actually nothing to do with the people who made the cut, but rather with one in particular who didn’t.




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