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I am a Springbok fan, originally from beautiful Cape Town. These days I ply my craft in Nanjing in China. I love rugby, cricket and soccer. Occasionally I like a bit of Aussie Rules and baseball too, and tennis, and wrestling, and boxing, and running ...

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I don’t argue that red cards given are in most cases well-deserved.

Red Card offenders could be more severely punished after the game to avoid foul play.

On-field a sin bin and then a forced replacement would be severe enough punishment enough IMO. That way we can still watch a good game despite hooligan play.

How to fix another red card ruining rugby

Well written piece indeed. Enough can’t be said about Coach Rassie though who helped to resurrect Springbok rugby. He took the most diverse Springbok side ever and molded the team into world champs. If I had the talent you had sir I’d write a long piece about him. One man could not have had a greater impact on SA Rugby at its time of great need than Rassie Erasmus.

Winning in Tokyo: Finding the sun

Thanks for that very insightful background information about the Jaguar players. I recently watched an interesting documentary with player interviews and some footage from the games of the Jaguar teams that played in South Africa in 1980-1984. Unfortunately, for me, it was mostly in Spanish, but it was good to watch nonetheless.

South American Jaguars beat Springboks: Re-living 1982's major upset

Couldn’t agree more! Cheers, Machooka!

How to avoid getting the bulldozer in Mendoza

The first Springbok game I ever attended was an unofficial test match against the South American Jaguars in the mid 1980’s at Loftus Versveld in Pretoria. Hugo Porta was the genuis flyhalf of that Jaguar team that consisted mainly of Pumas. If memory serves me correctly, even back then, the Jaguars beat that “invincible” Springbok team in one of the tests (on home soil to boot) to cause a major upset. The Springboks have often had a tendency to sometimes underestimate their South American counterparts.

How to avoid getting the bulldozer in Mendoza

You are right. My bad. In 1993 South Africa toured Argentina for the first time. They beat Argentina 26-29, and 23-52, in Buenos Aires. My point was that the Springboks, although always starting as the favourites against the Pumas, historically had many close games against them in Argentina, suggesting the Boks has never really had that much of the upper hand there.

How to avoid getting the bulldozer in Mendoza

To me they always seem to be a bit below par when playing in Argentina. Credit to the Pumas, but I think we tend to save our better performances for the Wobblies and the All Blacks. Australasia is going to be tough, but the Boks will make it tough for the visitors also.

The Springboks must change if they want to contend

I still think the Boks are going to go toe to toe with both the Wallabies and All Blacks (in South Africa). Playing away they could also cause an upset or two. We’ll see.

The Springboks must change if they want to contend

I think the Springboks and their supporters have very short term memory, and we always seem to underestimate the Pumas when we are playing them in their own backyard. Sometimes we pay the price for it. The Pumas have shown recently in Durban and Mendoza that they are up for it. They are being very competitive. I am looking forward to seeing how they are going to fare against the Wobblies.

The Springboks must change if they want to contend

Ironically, SARU also seems to me to be the biggest enemy of the Springbok legacy. You could say we have proven to be our own worst enemies. Hope I still shall though.

Are the All Blacks still happy when they win?

They may well do that, but I am very disappointed because any real chance they had to launch a challenge to win the RC title from the All Blacks quickly got stuck in the mud last weekend … against the Pumas!

A new Louw

Nothing good came out of the game against Los Pumas, as per usual, for the Boks. I always get the feeling they keep their worst RC performances for when they play in Argentina (win or lose). The Boks always seem to have trouble motivating themselves for that fixture. The Pumas on the other hand seem determined to challenge their status as the perennial wooden spooners of the RC. Well played Pumas.

A new Louw