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Break did Smith good

GRANT BALL writes that Juan Smith was one of a few Springboks who could be pleased with his performance in Bloemfontein.

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Boks deny mental scarring

Gurthro Steenkamp doesn’t believe two home losses will cause self doubt in the Springbok squad ahead of the World Cup.

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Hoskins must man up

GRANT BALL says that Regan Hoskins’ failure to discipline Peter de Villiers has led to the situation where South Africa is the joke of the rugby world.

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PdV still in the dark over Butch

GRANT BALL writes that Peter de Villiers’ refusal to hand Butch James a decent amount of game-time in his preferred position defeated the point of picking him.

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Aussies change three

Robbie Deans has dropped Saia Fainga’a, Dean Mumm and Richard Brown for the Test against the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

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Robinson threat ignited Boks

Jannie du Plessis says the pressure of playing against Benn Robinson prompted a stronger scrummaging performance from the Springboks.

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No temptation to rest tiring stars

Peter de Villiers says the fans’ desire to watch his senior players was the main reason for not resting them for the Boks’ final Tri-Nations Test.

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