Posts Tagged "Fourie du Preez"
What is the fascination in Australian rugby where the scrumhalf’s default play near his own 22 is the aimless box kick down the blind side to an uncontested catcher? I honestly don’t get this.
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I remember some time ago one of the featured writers naming a team of union players for the 13-man code. It was interesting but it got me to thinking about union players around the world and who would be good league players.
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South Africa have suffered a blow ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia with forward enforcer Bakkies Botha ruled out through injury.
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So news is that Jake White says he’s up for grabs to make a return to the helm as Springbok rugby coach. Obviously he is joining the bandwagon of critics who are out to get current coach Peter De Villiers.
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The All Blacks’ comprehensive win in the first two Tri-Nations tests against the Springboks depended in part on crucial decisions made by the referees before the team that eventually dominated had scored a point.
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The Springboks go to their hoodoo ground at Brisbane on Saturday night ready to be put to the sword by the Wallabies. The 2007 RWC champions are an aging, leaden-footed, lacking-in-ideas imitation of the great side of the last three years.
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One thing has become very clear from the Boks two heavy defeats to the All Blacks – change is needed. The team does not currently have the personnel to effectively implement their “kick-chase” strategy. What has changed since last year? A couple key ingredients:
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The Springboks should be the favourites to retain their Tri-Nations crown this year. Their defence begins at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
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The Bulls won their 20th consecutive home victory in a gripping and ferocious Super 14 final when they defeated a brave Stormers side 25 – 17 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
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Australian back Matt Giteau is one of seven nominations for world rugby’s player of the year. Giteau, who plays both five eighth and inside centre, would be considered something of an outsider to take out the award given he wasn’t at his best during the 2009 Tri Nations where Australia only won one game.
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Rugby writers often joke about which French side will turn up for a given Test match. The World Champion Springboks, coming off a fabulous year in which they defeated the British and Irish Lions and won the Tri-Nations tournament, were guillotined 20 – 13 at Toulouse by a real French side.
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Springbok scrum-half Fourie du Preez capped a wonderful three days in his career on Monday when named South Africa Rugby Player of the Year.
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The All Blacks’ belief that South Africa will kick the leather off the ball in their Tri-Nations rugby Test on Saturday appears well founded after the tourists announced one change to their team.
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Supremely confident Wallabies lock Mark Chisholm has boldly proclaimed the Wallabies are on the brink of greatness.
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At home on a Saturday night with my dear wife, remote in one hand, and glass of red in the other. Does it get any better than this?
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South Africa’s ugly but effective kick-chase game has drawn support from former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, who believes it’s no different to Robbie Deans’ traditional playing style.
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Luke Burgess plans to work like a cattle dog to ensure his Wallabies forwards pressure Springboks halfback Fourie du Preez in Saturday’s Tri Nations clash in Cape Town.
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Francois Steyn has sounded warning bells for the Wallabies ahead of Saturday’s Tri Nations Test, claiming the Springboks weren’t close to hitting their straps in their latest win over the All Blacks.
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The fact that Morne Steyn scored all South Africa’s points in their emphatic 31 – 19 victory over New Zealand at Durban, and the way he scored them, said everything that needs to be stated about the way the Springboks and the All Blacks played in this Test.
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Springboks lock Bakkies Botha is unrepentant over his controversial suspension last month and vows never to tone down his brutal approach to Test rugby.
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