TRC 2015 – Ellis Park Masterclass (part 3)

Over the last few seasons, Tests between New Zealand and South Africa have generally produced rugby union at its finest, in terms of old-fashioned competition, sporting drama, and no shortage of collective and individual ability. The 2015 Ellis Park chapter was no different, and there were three things that particularly caught tGL’s eye… Continue reading

TRC 2015 – Ellis Park Masterclass (part 1)

Over the last few seasons, Tests between New Zealand and South Africa have generally produced rugby union at its finest, in terms of old-fashioned competition, sporting drama, and no shortage of collective and individual ability. The 2015 Ellis Park chapter was no different, and there were three things that particularly caught tGL’s eye… Continue reading

TRC 2013 – Out of the shadows

Ahead of New Zealand’s 2013 Rugby Championship home clash with South Africa, the Springboks had emerged as a genuine threat to the All Blacks’ supremacy – outscoring the world champions and topping the competition table after three rounds – and went to Eden Park sensing a real chance of a rare victory, especially given the All Blacks would be without injured captain Richie McCaw, but New Zealand didn’t need to panic, they had Kieran Read ready to step out of the shadows… Continue reading

TRC 2013 – Can the Springboks take Eden Park?

Since they became world champions in 2011 and Steve Hansen took on the job as head coach, New Zealand have played 20 Test matches with an outstanding 90% win average. If that statistic isn’t impressive enough, they’ve put their wins together with an average 20-point winning margin while giving 16 Test debuts. Only Australia, who managed an 18-18 draw in Brisbane, and England, with a surprise 38-21 win at Twickenham, have spoiled an otherwise perfect record, but in 2013 South Africa have emerged as a threat to the All Blacks. In the Rugby Championship the Springboks have outscored them and sit at the
top of the table after three rounds, but New Zealand in Auckland in round four is the real test of their credentials – so how do the visitors step up from pretenders to victors? Continue reading