International Rugby, Springboks

Raving about the Boks, both on attack and defence

The past weekend saw a historic win for the Springboks over the World Champion All Blacks. This week’s Rants and Raves is of the Boks’ courage and finesse in the fantastic test.


No one, save those within the Springbok squad, gave the South Africans any chance of beating the All Blacks in New Zealand.

To do so the Boks had to create history and do what no team has done before. And history is what they made. They scored 36 points, which is more than any team has ever managed against the All Blacks in New Zealand. They scored five tries, which was a combination of attacking brilliance and opportunism. The Boks, even though, they had just 25 percent possession, got those points because of a mindset that was attack minded. Take a bow Swys de Bruin.


Nigel Owens is the best referee in the world. But Owens got it badly wrong in the final moments of Saturday’s Test between the All Blacks and Boks when he failed to respond to the TMO’s call that De Klerk and Warren Whiteley were offside. All Black coach Steve Hansen refused to “bi***” about the mistake, but it does not excuse the mistake. Why did the TMO not intervene when play broke down? Rugby is about getting the right decisions and in the most critical moment of this Test a refereeing error contributed to a historic Bok win.

Carry on reading for the rest of my weekend’s highlights, at IOL

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