Semi Finals Preview

South Africa v New Zealand This is it, the one we’ve all been waiting for. New Zealand head into this won having won 47 out of their last 52, some frightening form. SA coach Meyer, who this week called the All Blacks “the best team to of ever played the game”, has noted this. However, the Boks hold a winning world cup record against their old rivals, and they’ll be full of belief following their last minute heroics against the Welsh.   There’s no need for any motivation for the Read more [...]

The Dominance of the Southern Hemisphere

  This weekend, England will host the Rugby Championship- AKA the semi finals of the World Cup. Last weekend saw Wales, Ireland, France and Scotland all eliminated at the first time of asking, in four cracking semifinals that illustrated how rugby is dominated by teams below the equator.   It wasn’t totally expected though. Ireland- the Six Nations Champions were favorites to dispose of a much lower ranked Argentina, a challenge yes, but one everyone was quietly confident about. Read more [...]

Quarter Finals Review

South Africa 23 Wales 19 The Boks are into the semifinals after a battling display against a very determined Welsh team, who’ll be heartbroken after yet another brilliant display. It started off quite tense, with both sides exchanging penalties, before Wales converted a try and scored a last minute drop goal to hand them a slender half time lead. A lead they maintained until the 74th minute, until a clever move from a scrum saw Duane Vermeulen hand off to Fourie Du Preez, to score a brilliant Read more [...]

Quarter Finals 3 & 4

Ireland v Argentina Here we go again. Ireland meet the Pumas in Wales to determine who next goes through to the semis. The big story here- Johnny Sexton misses out for Ireland with a groin strain, Madigan takes his place. Henderson comes in to the second row to replace the injured O’Connell. The Irish are bidding to reach the final 4 for the first time in their history. Suspended centre Bosch is the only regular missing from Argentina following his ban for dangerous play. But other then that, Read more [...]

Quarter Finals 1 & 2

Quarter Final One: SA vs Wales- Twickenham Finally, the knock outs begin! And what a clash to get us underway as the Boks- Pool B winners, take on Pool A runners up- Wales. For South Africa, that Japanese loss seems like a long time ago as Meyer’s side has done a great rebuild throughout the tournament. Since that day in Brighton, the Springboks have swept aside each team they’ve faced and will be looking to maintain that run on Saturday against the Welsh. Wales have been ravaged by injuries, Read more [...]