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Boks win White’s final test in charge

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For me there is always a sense of ennui after a major sporting tournament. So I was not particularly looking forward to the game against Wales, especially after the furore over Jake White’s resignation, and did not get to see it as we had other plans.

It is good to see though that the team gave him a fitting send-off, beating Wales 34-12. Now all that’s left is the game against the Barbarians side next weekend and the White era will be over, at least as far as the Springboks go.

I am looking forward to reading his autobiography In Black and White (clever title that), which apparently gives the lowdown on the politicking behind the scenes by the likes of Luke Watson’s father Cheeky. The book was sold out when we went shopping yesterday and I have heard that more copies have been bought here than the latest Harry Potter instalment, which is no mean feat.

Should be a fascinating read.

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Written by macinjay

November 25, 2007 at 9:20 am

Boks triumphant

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South Africa 15 – England 6 In the end my dream final didn’t live up to expectations. SA looked like they were playing within themselves, content to contest England in an aerial chess match. This is a mark of the quality of the side; unlike the much-fancied New Zealand they were able to adapt their style of play to the circumstances in this tournament. Before the game there was a worry about the Bok’s srummaging, but England’s supposed dominance in this phase never materialised. Perhaps it might have been different if Mark Cueto’s try had been allowed but I felt that SA were playing within themselves and would have been able to step up a gear or two if necessary. In any event I think that there can few arguments that the best side won the tournament.

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October 22, 2007 at 10:03 am

England rise from the ashes

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Who would have thunk it? Unfancied England defeated Australia earlier this afternoon in a hard-fought Rugby World Cup 1/4 Final 12 points to 10. The English dominated the Wallabies up front and were a completely different side from the one that got a drubbing from the Boks in the pool matches. As always Australia looked threatening when their backs managed to get their hands on the ball – their winger Lote Tiqiri scored the only try of the match in the first half – but England denied them possession at the all-important breakdowns. The pressure told and Australia conceded a series of penalties; England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson converted enough of these to see them through (although Australian captain Stirling Mortlock missed a difficult penalty with three minutes to go that could have turned it the other way).

One step closer to my dream final of South Africa v England. England will have their work cut out for them to get there (they face either home nation France or favourites New Zealand in the semis), but then no-one expected them to get this far in the first place.

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October 6, 2007 at 5:49 pm

South Africa soar over the Eagles

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Actually it wasn’t as easy as my title would suggest, despite the scoreline: 64-15. The Americans gave a spirited performance, scoring two well-worked tries. South Africa missed a lot of first-time tackles, an area coach Jake White will no doubt be working on in the build-up to the 1/4 final against Fiji. The Bok’s backline play though – with the exception of a few handling errors and misplaced passes – was a joy to behold.

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October 1, 2007 at 6:04 am

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Wales knocked out

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Perhaps not unexpectedly Fiji beat Wales earlier today 38-34 in the Rugby World Cup, setting up a 1/4 final clash with the Boks. I’m not sure if this is good news or not. South Africa needs to be clinical and take out Fiji up front. If on the other hand they play like they did against Tonga, they may run into problems.

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September 30, 2007 at 1:57 am

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England v Tonga

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I followed this World Cup Rugby match online because the South African Broadcasting Corporation isn’t showing it. (Note to self: must get Satellite TV!) England won 36-20, which doesn’t surprise me. Tonga have had a great tournament with a close win over Samoa and a five-point loss to South Africa. Tellingly though the Boks started with their second-string side who also failed to impress in the warm-up game against Irish club side Connaught. In the second half they turned the game around by bringing on some of the first-choice players, but then failed to keep it tight in the latter stages and had Frans Steyn sent off. As a result the final score flattered Tonga. On the other hand England also stuttered against Samoa but in the end their dominance in the set-pieces saw them through 44-22. Hopefully they can take their game up another notch against Australia in the quarters!

 

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September 28, 2007 at 10:31 pm