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Should Waisake Naholo have been yellow carded for taking out Liam Williams?

Naholo had no hope of getting the ball in the first one, and he clearly knows this as he goes up to make contact. Yellow Card.

And Naholo clearly rams Williams with the shoulder on the second. He doesn't just "change his line". Also Yellow Card.

Sure, Williams dramatised the fall in the second, but this doesn't change the fact that Naholo illegally brought him down.

Don't really want to be THAT guy, but if this were any other team, I suspect we'd have seen yellows on both.

3 Days, 19 Hours ago

Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

Thanks.

4 Days, 7 Hours ago

Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

Oh, and screw DSTV for blocking this video footage on YouTube in SA.

4 Days, 19 Hours ago

Bok-lash earns South Africa an incredible comeback victory

For me, two things changed from the first to the second half of this game. The first was that the Boks started to make first-time tackles. Around halftime they showed a montage of Bok missed tackles from the first half, and it was horrible to see them all back to back. Same repeat offenders too - Malherbe, I'm looking at you. Once the first tackler started holding on to his man in the second half, the dangerous momentum of the Irish was halted, and we could start to mount some attacks of our own.

And the second thing was the introduction of form players from the bench. Make no mistake, I'm a big fan of guys like Vermeulen and Louw, but they haven't been great recently. And because we hardly see them play, most of us didn't know this until the first test. We do however know how good guys like Whiteley, Combrinck, Redelinghuys and Mostert have been this year. And it was no surprise that these four pulled the match out of the fire for us.

Pity a couple of the other form players of 2016 are not even in the squad, most notably the Lions hooker, Malcolm Marx. He's head and shoulders ahead of any of the other three hookers in the squad. And, in the absence of Bismarck du Plessis, he should have been there. It's also crazy that the best loose forward in SA, Jaco Kriel, has not featured at all, even though he is in the squad. He must get a run in Port Elizabeth.

Coetzee needs to look beyond past glories, and he needs to look beyond his old Stormers allegiances. Pick the guys who have performed week in and week out against the best teams in the Southern Hemisphere.

Oh, and much respect to the Irish. They are playing some amazing rugby and I think just about all of us underestimated them. Hopefully we won't make that mistake again.

4 Days, 19 Hours ago

South Africa vs Ireland preview and look back at explosive 1998 Test

Ugly game. I remember it well. Let's hope tomorrow is remembered for the right reasons. Just got myself a ticket too, so this weekend is really shaping up.

2 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

How can anyone forget the underarm incident, when Warnie ran out of deodorant on a tour to India?

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

That's someone who eats cauliflower mush instead of normal pizza base, right?

2 Weeks, 3 Days ago

Gio Aplon glides through Toulouse defence for stunning solo try

Ah, you mean this one. Incredible effort.

http://www.rugbydump.com/2011/05/1958/gio-aplons-brilliant-individual-try-against-the-chiefs

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Gio Aplon glides through Toulouse defence for stunning solo try

Brilliant. Always wondered we he didn't feature in our Sevens setup. Feels like that kind of fast, open play is tailor made for him.

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago

Fox Sports Australia pull no punches in new promo mocking England ahead of series

Hmmm, 2007... I'm trying to think now. Was that the 36-0 World Cup?

:)

2 Weeks, 4 Days ago