All posts tagged "bakkies botha"

  • Rugby
    All Blacks v Springboks: the final countdown

    The big question on everyone’s lips in the crunch Tri-Nation’s test in Hamilton on Saturday is whether South Africa will revert to type by employing their successful aerial game last seen in Capetown a couple of tests ago. This successful strategy which contributed mightily to them winning their three home tests is...

  • Rugby
    The Wallabies Changes: Robbie Deans explains

    Maestro Deans has made sweeping changes to his team to face the Bokke this Saturday with the biggest changes being Will Genia and David Pocock getting their chance to start this week. After sniping at the heals of Burgo for a few weeks Genia takes over from the wayward incumbent while Bam...

  • Rugby
    Boks call IRB to help combat Wallaby scrum

    In a clear sign the Springboks are concerned about the dominance of the Wallaby scrum, Bok coach Peter de Villiers, has enlisted the help of the IRB to help solve his team’s woes. After the Wallabies got the better of the Boks in both Cape Town and Perth, de Villiers has written...

  • Rugby
    Springboks retain same starting XV

    The Springboks have retained the same starting XV that defeated the All Blacks last weekend, resisting the temptation to brink back Ruan Pienaar. Pienaar is the only change on the bench, replacing Wynand Olivier. The match winning form of Morné Steyn was just too good to ignore and he retains his spot at...

  • Rugby
    All Blacks v Springboks in Durbs: the teams

    Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLE. This is a 10 round heavyweight contest featuring, in the black corner and weighing in with serious intent, former World No 1 and World Cup Chokers Champions, the All Blacks. In the green corner, with the weight of a rainbow nation on it’s shoulders,...

  • Rugby
    Springboks v All Blacks in Bloem: the teams

    This game is the first in a heavyweight encounter between South Africa and New Zealand in Bloemfontein. For the All Blacks to retain their Tri-Nations title a win here would be a huge step in the right direction. In addition to being a Tri-Nations match, this game will determine who tops the IRB rankings. South...

  • Rugby
    Springbok 3N squad: the usual suspects

      The Springbok selectors recently named a 23 man squad for the opening Tri-Nation’s match to be...

  • British & Irish Lions
    An Aussie view of the Saffa Lions squad

    The vagaries of South African rugby selection have once again surfaced with the naming of the 28 man squad to take on the best of British in the upcoming test series. While most of the squad is fairly predictable, it is the inclusions of the sublimely named Chilliboy Ralepelle and uncapped Earl...

  • Rugby
    Wallaby watch – Second row

    The incumbent(s): Nathan Sharpe (WA): The Force captain surprised many late last year when he put in a series of aggressive and industrious performances on the European tour. Despite a slow start, 2009 has seen him continue this form. His work rate is unquestioned, perhaps it’s just the actual work, and where...

  • NSW Waratahs
    Why Bakkies Botha really got three weeks

    There was some confusion earlier for Bakkies Botha’s stray elbow into Phil Waugh’s head that earnt him a 3 week suspension, here’s the real footage. They tacked on some ‘highlights’ of a Romanian rugby brawl so I included this in the footage as well… surely one of the most brutal fights to...

  • Rugby
    Bakkies Botha gets 3 Weeks

    Here’s the footage and some reaction on the back page of Bakkies “striking” Phil Waugh. Sure it’s Bakkies Botha and he deserves what Billy Birmingham (of 12th man fame) describes as “South African Tax” more than most, but honestly this one is a joke! It should never have been cited, let alone...

  • Super Rugby
    Round 2 2009 Super 14 Tips

    Tips and picks for all teams in Round 2 of Super 14 2009

  • Queensland Reds
    Reds v Bulls preview

    A preview of QLD Reds vs Bulls match in 2009 Super 14 with the news Reds two game tour of South Africa could not have begun on a worse note as both Hugh McMeniman and Morgan Turinui will be missing from the squad to take on the Bulls