Hashim the Great

Hashim Amla, the bearded rock of Durban, became the first South African to score 300 in a Test match as the Proteas won the first Test again England at the Oval on Monday. In an outstanding knock, Amla showed the skills and patience which are becoming rarer and rarer in the cricket world. With the…

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SA’s other disc jockeys

Golf is a tough game for many novices, as they often feel like they’re suffering through a military drill as their ball goes left-right-left down and over the fairway. But, all it takes for the beginners to come back for more is that one shot, the one where the ball went exactly where it was…

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Saru must finalise Kings saga

The Super Rugby season has reached the play-offs and as it slowly approaches its culmination one Super Rugby issue that should’ve been solved months ago is still hanging around like the aftertaste of a bad boerewors roll. The Southern Kings have been promised a place in Super Rugby from next year. Saru first tried to…

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Boucher era comes to an end

It was with sadness that Mark Boucher announced his retirement on Tuesday following a freak accident where a bail lacerated his eye-ball after a batsman was bowled by Imran Tahir. It’s a serious injury and it goes without saying that anyone who watches cricket will wish him the best in his recovery. Boucher is for…

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Why the Stormers won’t win Super 15

A look at the Super 15 log with one game to go before the play-offs begin (finals series? Bah) shows an interesting trend. The Chiefs top the log one point ahead of the Stormers, holding steady in second. The Brumbies are third, four points behind. However, the Stormers have only lost twice this year while…

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Spain seal greatness in Kiev masterclass

No other team has ever won a European Championship final 4-0. No other team has ever won three major tournaments in a row. And they did it all without a recognised striker on the pitch. Spain, in defeating Italy in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, sealed their greatness in style as they shook off…

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Skeate shooting to France for something different

I had the chance to interview Ross Skeate before he headed off to France to continue his rugby career. This was published elsewhere last week, and I’m now repeating it here. —————————————————————————————— Player movement has become common in professional rugby, and Ross Skeate, the former Western Province and Stormers lock who has spent the past…

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All Blacks set to dominate new Four Nations

Super rugby was back in action following the June Tests, but many rugby fans will be looking towards the new Four Nations (i.e. the Rugby Championship) between New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and new comers Argentina. While the tournament may be new in format and participants, following the June Tests some old trends appear set…

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ODIs heading for oblivion

The ICC has recently approved a six-match T20 series between Australia and Pakistan, most likely to be held from August 22 to September 8 in the United Arab Emirates. This will be the longest ever international T20 series. For all the talk that less international cricket should be played, the sanctity of Test cricket be protected and…

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Meyer passes his first test

Two down, one to go. That is probably what Heyneke Meyer will be telling himself as the Springboks look to sweep England 3-0 when the two sides clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The team chosen for the series has done the job and, apart from a dip at Ellis Park, has stuck to the task…

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