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Boks are the big surprise so far
Boks are the big surprise so far
(What has happened to the South African teams?)
18 Mar 2001
What has happened to the South African teams? From seemingly getting stage fright when away from their Mummies & Daddies for more than a fortnight, they are suddenly turning up, fronting up, and really putting the shits up both NZ & Oz teams!

This is just weird!

It looks to me as though they have finally got their heads around the travel & acclimitisation issues, playing to their traditional strengths of big forwards grinding opposition into the ground, but refreshingly this year showing alot more confidence in the backs.

The Stormers have been very impressive on their tour of NZ. Giving the Hurricanes a beating, then heart-breakingly for them losing in the last seconds to the Highlanders. Alan Solomons is proving to be an innovative and inspirational coach. Having the golden boy Skinstadt back is also a big boost.

The Cats are a very intimidating team at home, with their fans showing the same affinity with throwing projectiles as Jonathon Kaplan found out Wellington fans also have. Laurie Mains influence on the Cats is very evident, and last years semi-final experience could put them in good stead this time around. They are built around that awesome loose forward pairing of Venter and Erasmus.

The real surprise packet has been the Sharks. Competition leaders and unbeaten after four rounds. Who would have picked that pre-season????? They are playing like they did a few years back under the man with the "I'm-a-nutter" eyes Ian McIntosh. They are yet to be tested outside of South Africa though.

Even the hapless Bulls have managed to brutally injure a few Brumbies players, as well as give them an awful fright. It looks like Joe Roff might have his wish and do a "Jeff Wilson" (nothing grubby!) and have a year off...unplanned as it is.

Its about time the South African sides started to fulfill their potential. With a rich rugby tradition, magnificent rugby stadiums and fanatical fans they should always be contenders.

Harry V. must be rubbing his hands with glee with the possibilities the Bokke side could have this year with the Wobblies loosing key players and the AB's looking rather less than secure with the awfully inconsistent performances from its S12 sides.

This could be the year of the Bokke.

Bugger!

by DH

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How dare you DH! Such blasphemy! There's gonna be a hangin'...
I can tell you, confidentially of course, that it would be the only time DH could be referred to as 'well hung'
Supposedly this article has been viewed 1200 times since we bothered to start counting*.
(Although it could have just been DH on the Reload button doing some serious ego padding!)