South Africa recently reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings following a 31-29 victory over New Zealand in the final game of the Rugby Championship. They left it late, as Elton Jantjies’ penalty kick just after the hooter was enough to seal the win. Continue reading “What’s Next For South Africa To Achieve?”
It’s not often that you see a provincial side take on the Lions twice, but that’s exactly what happened with the Natal Sharks over the weekend thanks to the ongoing Covid pandemic in South Africa. The BIL were originally due to play the Bulls in Pretoria, but Covid put paid to those plans and as a contingency plan, the Sharks were summoned to play the touring side again, just days after they had copped a 54-7 hammering.
The Sharks made several changes, including that of Lionel Cronje at 10 ahead of Curwin Bosch, whose defence had been very suspect.
To their credit, they put on an improved performance and capitalised on several Lions errors, with the likes of scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse and full back Anthony Volmink all taking advantage as the two sides were tied 26-26 at the break.
However a brainfade from Hendrikse saw him red carded early in the second half by Wayne Barnes, and with that red card went any chances of the Sharks getting something from the game. Continue reading “Sharks 31-71 British and Irish Lions | Hendrikse red card spoils evening for Natal”
It’s possible to argue that Warren Gatland is already the most successful British and Irish Lions manager in the history of rugby union. At least, that’s what Sam Warburton, his former captain for Wales, thinks. A victory over Australia and a draw against New Zealand means the coach has the opportunity to make history by recording three straight undefeated Lions tours. Continue reading “Can Warren make history with a 3rd consecutive unbeaten tour?”
The flagship international rugby union event, the World Cup, returns in 2023, and the preliminary draw has already been made. In a ceremony that took place in Paris, which will also host the final at the Stade de France, the 12 teams that have already qualified were drawn into their respective pools.