Boks office smash

Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield can lay claim to the title of best lock combination in world rugby.

sar_april.jpg In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, we find out what makes Botha and Matfield so successful. When they’ve played together, the Boks have won 65% of their Tests. When Matfield plays without Botha that figure drops to to 45% and when Botha plays without Matfield it sinks even further to 40%.

“I enjoy them a lot and that’s because, for an optimum pairing, you require one athlete and one hard guy, the “dog”,’ says Mark Andrews. “You seldom get both together. South Africa is very lucky because having the right mix allows the athletic one to dominate the kick-offs and line-outs and general play. The other can dominate with his presence, taking the pressure off the hooker and tighthead, who usually get through the rough stuff.”

Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine:

– NEW: SA regional focus – all the behind the scenes news from your favourite franchise

– How Loffie transformed the Lions

– Why the Yellow Pages saved Ernst Joubert‘s career

– Keo on why Joe van Niekerk has only himself to blame for failing to reach his potential

– Three rested Boks, Derick Coetzee and Tim Noakes give their views on conditioning

– Byron Kelleher explains exactly what happened at the All Black conditioning programme

– EXCLUSIVE: How Saru ignorned warnings of an impending financial crisis

– Luke McAlister: “I play by my instincts”

– Ryan Cross on crossing codes and playing for the Wallabies

– Memorable moments from the Six Nations

– Beer and babes at the Hong Kong Sevens

– Percy Montgomery and John Smit‘s other life

– Super 14 stats and milestones

– Rassie on the rolling maul

– Our World Cup countdown continues

PLUS: Free Bakkies/Skinstad poster.