Morne Steyn has got to go

Nick Mallett, the silver fox of SuperSport’s studio team for this year’s Rugby Championship, was on the mark when he stated South Africa will not have a better chance to beat New Zealand in New Zealand for a very long time after the Springboks contrived to lose a game 21-11 they should have won. The…

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SA has the winning World T20 lottery ticket

The World T20 in Sri Lanka begins soon, and with it the continuation of South Africa’s odyssey to vanquish ghosts of tournaments past. When the World T20 was first held in South Africa in 2007, there was as much scepticism as there was anticipation among the purists whether the new T20 format (at that time…

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Lions future in supporters’ hands

With the Southern Kings primed to take their place in the Super 15 next year, the team they are replacing, the Lions (and their primary union the Golden Lions) are having another solid season in the Currie Cup. With the Springboks absent, the result pendulum has been rather unpredictable which has made for an exciting…

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Graeme Smith, one of SA’s best…ever

Occurrences happen in threes, and with the retirement of Andrew Strauss on Wednesday from all cricket, South African Test skipper Graeme Smith claimed his third England captain trophy to mount on his imaginary wall. Three England tours as skipper have shown Smith to have the skills of an assassin as Strauss’ departure from the cricket…

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Springboks still in the Stone Age

Listening to Nick Mallett, Naas Botha and Ashwin Willemse in the SuperSport studio following one of the worst and most inept Springbok performances in recent memory on Saturday night against Argentina in Mendoza, the problems in the Springboks’ game became more apparent. A Springbok team which exists in the 21st century seems to be incapable…

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Proteas reach the promised land

South Africa became the No 1 Test side in the world following their victory at Lords which gave the Proteas a 2-0 series victory over England. Vernon Philander, who has bowled far better on this tour than his figures would suggest, came to the fore in picking up five wickets in the second innings through…

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Spies injury a blessing in disguise

A hand injury, ruling Pierre Spies out of the Rugby Championship, might have been bad news to Heyneke Meyer and his coaching staff, but for many Springbok fans out there, it was not. Fans certainly don’t wish any ill-will on the Bulls No 8, who is reportedly an extremely likeable person, but following the Super…

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Team SA did us proud

The London Olympics have come and gone, and while the sports world is readjusting to a world without them, for South Africa it has been the most successful Games since readmission. Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh have rightly been lauded for their efforts in the pool, but a knowledgeable number of people…

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Sharks have it all to do

The Sharks will be enduring another long flight, this time to New Zealand, in their quest to rewrite the book for the South African team that suffers the least from jet lag, while still winning. Their victory against the Stormers was fully deserved and while it deprives South Africa of a home final, arguably the…

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The Olympics, a break from reality

South Africa from about 1999 onwards — when the afterglow of the Mandela years began to fade from our collective subconscious — has slowly turned into a place where hope is abundant, as long as you know where to find it. Otherwise our media culture does a sterling job of ensuring we’re bogged down by…

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