World Cup

Boks lament breakdown burglary

The Springboks have suggested that referee Bryce Lawrence’s failure to punish Australia’s infringement at the breakdown cost them heavily.

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Smit says a sad goodbye

Speaking in his final press conference as Springbok captain, John Smit said he won’t allow the disappointment of a quarter-final exit to tarnish his memories.

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Bumbling Boks blow it

RYAN VREDE writes the Springboks’ chronic struggles at the gainline was ultimately terminal to their cause to defend their title.

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Bye Bye England

MARK KEOHANE reports from Auckland on another famous French World Cup win.

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Workmanlike Wales down Ireland

RYAN VREDE watched Wales deliver an excellent all-round performance to secure their passage to the semi-finals with a 22-10 victory over Ireland.

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Accuracy and innovation key for Boks

RYAN VREDE looks at where, statistically, the Springboks’ strengths and weaknesses lie, and also runs the rule over Australia ahead of their World Cup quarter-final in Wellington.

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Boks plan to dilute Pocock’s potency

Gary Gold admits that the breakdown battle will determine the outcome of Sunday’s quarter-final and that David Pocock is the Springboks’ biggest threat in this regard.

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McCabe, Vickerman front Boks

Pat McCabe is preferred to Berrick Barnes at inside centre, while Dan Vickerman has been deployed to stop Victor Matfield’s influence in the quarter-final in Wellington.

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