- Ken Borland
South Africa became the first team to not concede a single point at this year’s Rugby World Cup with a 64-0 victory over the USA on Wednesday. But instead of breathing a sigh of relief, South Africa will have to take some deep breaths as a mammoth clash against Wales or Australia now looms. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The Springboks bounced back from their embarrassing defeat against Japan last weekend with a physically dominant win over Samoa. Rolling mauls might not be everyone’s cup of tea and certainly isn’t going to work against every team, but it has brought the Boks some solace, for now. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
There seems to be a major shift in the schools that produce Springboks, from a greater number of rural Afrikaans and 'ordinary' state schools, to elite cosmopolitan ones. While the team is slowly becoming more multi-racial, it is becoming elitist in another way. Much like the rest of South African society. By WESSEL VAN RENSBURG.
If you’re a Springbok fan, you’ll most likely have awoken to the realisation that the loss to Japan was not the cruel dreamland manifestation of one too many klippies and coke. It’s easy to despair when the biggest upset in World Cup and Springbok history has just occurred, but before you go reaching for those Prozac pills take a minute to consider the many positives from the game. By STYLI CHARALAMBOUS.
Sunette Viljoen, the South African javelin thrower who recently won a bronze medal at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Athletics Championship, has spoken out about how the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee treats the athletes who are part of their Operation Excellence programme. One can only hope that she will be the first of many. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Given that the US's National Football League has a lower concussion rate than rugby, the new movie 'Concussion', starring Will Smith and based on the findings of the remarkable Bennet Omalu, should serve as a wake-up call for the sport, especially at schoolboy level where the danger is far too often ignored. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.