South Africa Vs New Zealand in the 5th Week of the Tri Nations
Well, what did you think of this game? The Springbok second stringers performed very well indeed, against, arguably, the very best rugby side on the planet. Actually, this could be termed the third stringers by now, because the top 22 Springboks are being rested and another 6 are on the injury list. That’s 28 top players, which almost make up 2 teams of 15. The next on the list, were the team sent over to Australasia and of them, no more than 6 have ever played at this level.South Africa Vs Australia in the 4th Week of Tri Nations Rugby
Well, after all the pre match publicity and the Aussies almost refusing to play a second rate weak team and with them having been huge favourites to win the match, their full strength team very nearly lost to these SA underdogs! The Aussies looked lacklustre and were anything but sparkling, in what was not a very entertaining game of rugby, from a spectator’s viewpoint. And all the negative comment, cost them big time.South Africa Beat Australia in the 1st Week of Tri-Nations Rugby
On Saturday 16th June 2007, the Springboks kicked off their Tri Nations campaign, against a full strength Wallaby side in Newlands, Cape Town. As the first real test of the Springboks strength, against a highly rated world class side, with a long history of cohesion in the side and among the management team, this was a much awaited clash. Speculation was rife as to which was the better side and who indeed would be called upon to do team duty on the day.South African Rugby, 2nd Week in the Tri Nations, Against New Zealand
What a game of rugby! From a spectator’s point of view, as well as from the level and ability of the players, this is one of the best games of rugby I have ever watched. From the outset, the pace was fast, furious and hard. Many viewers were wondering how long they could keep up the frenetic pace and which team would tire first. Well, neither gave up and the blistering pace continued, to the very end. Remember the classic boxing match between Sugar ray Leonard and Roberto Duran, where they set unprecedented heights of pace and stamina? Well this was just as good.South Africa In The 3rd Week Of The Tri Nations
After having beaten the Wallabies, in the first week of the Tri Nations and then narrowly losing to the All Blacks, in the second round, the Springboks had a bye, in the third weekend of the competition. This would have given some of the senior players, a well deserved break. Most of the top Springboks, were chosen from the two top South African provincial franchises, the Sharks and the Blue Bulls.