After a great emotional high to which there was a big build up beforehand, like winning the world cup or getting married, you often find yourself in somewhat of a vacuum, an emptiness that is difficult to put in words. For South Africa after winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019, it is no different.
After the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament South Africa took some time before a new coach was appointed. After two years the Springboks were going nowhere scoring record defeats and Rassie Erasmus was appointed as ... continue reading
Last week I wrote that nobody can remain at the top forever, that we are all human and that nobody’s perfect. So although we all love to be on the winning side, we also need to be able to handle defeat in a mature way and give credit when and where it is due.
We made it
The past weekend the Springbok supporters enjoyed the euphoria of winning the Rugby World Cup for the third time, while the much favoured England Roses and their supporters had to deal with a ... continue reading
The Springbok’s secured their place in the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup tournament and is now ranked number two in the world. On the other hand, the All Blacks after their loss to England, now have to settle for the third place, the lowest position they’ve held in more than 15 years.
It just shows the effect of winning or losing one really important match. We all know that nobody can remain at the top forever and it is easier to challenge the champion than for the ... continue reading
On the eve of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kick-off in Japan, I think as South Africans, we have a more positive expectation for the Springboks to perhaps go all the way to the final than a couple of seasons ago.
There is a much bigger consensus about the players selected for the tournament and after winning the Rugby Championship trophy earlier this year I think we all feel that the Springbok coach has a workable strategy in place.
Winning a world cup is a concerted effort of ... continue reading
In his regular column in Die Burger John Scott writes that soccer leaves him cold. “I’ve tried,” he says “goodness knows I’ve tried, to appreciate what some misguided person called the beautiful game. Up and down the players run, for 90 minutes, often with neither side scoring a single goal.
‘It’s their skill in controlling the ball,’ said a friend when
I asked him the point of a game that ended pointless.
‘But not enough skill to produce a result,’ I suggested.”
But it is not only a ... continue reading