The sensation of Las Vegas fight week

For true boxing fans, the real fight of the year was the one that took place early yesterday morning between Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for the world … Continue Reading →


SA soccer’s blame game misses the point

With all the predictability of a political scandal, the chorus whipped up fast and loud after Bafana Bafana reached for the World Cup exit door in Durban last week. Time … Continue Reading →


The toughest club of them all

Thhe first time Victor Matfield understood the essence of being a Springbok came in a bus ride from the team’s Umhlanga hotel to King’s Park in 2004. As they were … Continue Reading →



The danger of sportsmen as role models

One of the inevitable memes floating around social media in the aftermath of “The Money Fight” reflected a picture of Floyd Mayweather now being “51-0 – if you include the … Continue Reading →


All roads lead to Las Vegas for GGG-Canelo showdown

In the wake of the richest fight in history, SuperSport will now broadcast the most anticipated middleweight bout since the 1980s – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in … Continue Reading →



Summer in the city at Prospect Park

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  • August 22, 2017
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A walk through Central Park

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  • August 22, 2017
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Money Fight madness – bring it on

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  • August 21, 2017
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This weekend the finest boxer of the modern generation, Floyd Mayweather jnr, fights Conor McGregor, the most outrageous mixed martial artist of them all. Whether or not they belong in … Continue Reading →


New York snapshots

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  • August 20, 2017
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Cheers to two great Bok wingmen

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  • August 14, 2017
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Could it be that two of South Africa’s greatest rugby players might never be seen in the green and gold again? Could it be that the pair will shuffle off … Continue Reading →


Tub-thumping reporters spit the dummy

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  • August 7, 2017
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Whenever there’s a major international sport fixture, like yesterday’s Super Rugby final, there’s usually a fascinating parallel game that gets played. As long as fans have squared off and opinions … Continue Reading →


Soccer transfers: the most insane sport of them all

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  • July 31, 2017
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It’s not sport, but it should be. There’s wild competition, jockeying for positions and insane money. There’s fan interest, breaking news and keeping of scores. It’s the arms race to … Continue Reading →


It’s the big one – live on SuperSport

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  • July 28, 2017
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The monochrome man who made rugby magic

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  • July 24, 2017
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One of the happy by-products of the Lions’ success in recent years is that the precinct around Ellis Park, for so long a grimy part of Joburg, has been spruced … Continue Reading →


Rugby’s battle lines redrawn

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  • July 17, 2017
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The rugby world hasn’t quite been knocked off its axis, but thanks to the feat of the British and Irish Lions, our customary worship of the All Blacks is perhaps … Continue Reading →


Deep water for SA’s quiet heroes

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  • July 10, 2017
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Piierre le Roux is a name that is unlikely to strike a chord with most. Le Roux is a South African sports hero. Ten years ago he was packed and … Continue Reading →


Thunder trumps blunder as Boks find their happy place

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  • July 3, 2017
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Jannie du Plessis, the great Sharks man of the recent past, has a wonderfully quaint philosophy regarding criticism. “When they say you’re good, you’re not as good as they say … Continue Reading →


Freddie Roach: ‘McGregor is not that good of a fighter’

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  • June 29, 2017
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Whizz-bang T20 drags SA cricket into the light

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  • June 26, 2017
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  Sometimes with cricket it seems like you’re waking up in a parallel universe where everything is upside down and out of place. Almost everything we knew and cherished has … Continue Reading →


Proteas’ Kafkaesque self-destruction has no end

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  • June 19, 2017
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    For anyone with even an inkling of interest in golf, the Open of 1999 could never be forgotten. It was the year Jean Van de Velde, leading by … Continue Reading →


‘No Excuses’

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  • June 15, 2017
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Touring? Old rugby buggers had it better

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  • June 12, 2017
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  The story has been told countless times, but it never gets old. The year was 1974 and the British and Irish Lions were laying waste to South Africa. They … Continue Reading →


Don’t believe the rugby hype – the big, hairy French are no poodles

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  • June 5, 2017
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It’s been unnerving hearing the chatter around the Springboks’ impending series against France. The prevailing view, from experts and ignoramuses alike, is that the Boks ought to have too much … Continue Reading →


John Smit heads up SuperSport team for thrilling NZ v Lions series

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  • June 1, 2017
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The British and Irish Lions begin their epic 10-match tour of New Zealand with a match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday. It will mark the start of … Continue Reading →


Roll on, roll on –it’s the biggest freak show of them all

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  • May 29, 2017
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It will be the biggest mismatch in boxing history. Floyd Mayweather jr against Conor McGregor will also be one of the richest, most compelling fights in history. No sport does … Continue Reading →


It’s a go for Indy 500, live on SuperSport

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  • May 25, 2017
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Billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indy 500 takes place in Indianapolis this weekend with the action live on SuperSport 2 (SA only) from 5.30pm on Sunday. Around … Continue Reading →


SA rugby’s tectonic plates are moving – hold on tight

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  • May 22, 2017
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Here’s a novel thought. Line up the top 180 professional rugby players in South Africa and put them through a skills and fitness drill. Have them go through everything required … Continue Reading →


It’s adapt or die for modern sport

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  • May 15, 2017
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What would happen if you parachuted Pierre de Coubertin, Walter Wingfield or William Webb Ellis onto planet earth for a look around? Chances are these pioneers would scarcely recognise the … Continue Reading →


Triumph and tears in boxing’s wild world

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  • May 8, 2017
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  Eight years ago Herbert Nkabiti travelled to South Africa from Botswana with little more than great hope in his heart. A decorated amateur boxer who won silver at the … Continue Reading →


The buds of future rugby glory are all around us

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  • April 24, 2017
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Ass a committed rugby tragic, I wasn’t in a happy place six months ago. The Springboks were a mess and England were on the up. Things could hardly have been worse. … Continue Reading →


Tribute to Nick Durandt

He could have stepped straight out of the pages of a Rocky movie script. Loud, brassy and foul-mouthed, Nick Durandt was a larger than life character whose colourful presence loomed … Continue Reading →


Black lightning for SA athletics’ greatest day

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  • April 17, 2017
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Even now, 245 days since Wayde van Niekerk lit up the Rio night, not enough seems to have been made of that magnificent triumph. With a run that touched immortality, … Continue Reading →


Bang! Crash! Wallop! Schoolboy rugby takes centre stage in Joburg

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  • April 11, 2017
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Eaaster time in Joburg invariably means one of two things. The crowds clear out for the coast. Those of us who are left behind throng to the schoolboy rugby festivals … Continue Reading →


SA rugby finally finds its star man

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  • April 10, 2017
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Onne of the perennial hobby horses of South African rugby enthusiasts is to anoint the new Naas Botha. It’s a game we’ve played since the 1990s on account of the … Continue Reading →


SA cricket gains fast unravelling

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  • April 6, 2017
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Guest column (by Luke Alfred) When Adam Voges burst on the scene – the verb is clichéd but appropriate – there was the quietly expressed hope that Australian cricket might … Continue Reading →


SA rugby – there’s revolution in the air

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  • April 3, 2017
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Madosh Tambwe laughs at the suggestion that he could be anything other than South African. He was a month old when his parents upped sticks from Kinshasa and moved to … Continue Reading →


World rugby’s on the move – will Boks play ball?

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  • March 27, 2017
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World rugby has had its axis rattled by events in Europe these past few weeks. The Six Nations was a sensation, full of vigour and violence, with four of the … Continue Reading →


Losing the Commonwealth Games? Spare the tears

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  • March 20, 2017
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  Now that the last remnants of the Commonwealth Games mess have been swept away, we ought to consider what the lessons were for both Durban and South Africa. The … Continue Reading →


Build a statue to this man

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  • March 13, 2017
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Thhe most significant South African sports moment this week wasn’t produced by Dean Elgar or Akani Simbine, notwithstanding their excellence. For my money, it came in small-town Potchefstroom where Wits … Continue Reading →


Job vacancies sign goes up for Bok positions

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  • March 6, 2017
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Talking on a rugby podcast last week, Stuart Barnes opined that the Springbok team that travelled through Europe last year was the worst to have ever left the shores of … Continue Reading →


Born to fight: the dreamers and schemers

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  • March 4, 2017
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Almost 200 boxers, dreamers and no-hopers among them, tried out for their boxing licenses in Booysens on Saturday. If they’re lucky, they’ll receive the scrap of paper that welcomes them into … Continue Reading →


It’s Kjell or high water for SA soccer’s new man

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  • February 27, 2017
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Dear Kjell, Heita, my man, congratulations! Word on the street is that the Springbok coaching job is the toughest gig around, but that’s nonsense. The Pirates hot seat is on … Continue Reading →


The (rugby) beasts from the north are at our gate

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  • February 20, 2017
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We should probably stop sniggering right about now. Ever since the dawn of professionalism in rugby we’ve been able to crow about the sustained superiority of the southern hemisphere. Our … Continue Reading →


As Proteas chase down history, SuperSport is awash with global cricket

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  • February 18, 2017
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The Proteas stand on the brink of history going into Sunday’s first ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton (SuperSport 2, from 2.30am). They are one win away from equalling their … Continue Reading →


Trylines, headlines and hard times – the Joost we knew and loved

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  • February 13, 2017
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Twwo years ago, there they all were, gathered at Ellis Park to commemorate the marvellous triumph of 1995. Joost van der Westhuizen, already ailing and emaciated, had sworn he would … Continue Reading →


RIP Joost


SA sport’s little-known – and brilliant – flag-bearers

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  • February 6, 2017
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It barely caused a flutter on Twitter. The news that Wayne Taylor Racing had won the Daytona 24-hour road race last weekend was never going to rustle your average South … Continue Reading →


Coaching the coaches – rugby’s silver bullet?

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  • January 30, 2017
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Joey Mongalo may be a name unfamiliar to most, but in 2003 he helped Pretoria Boys beat Affies for the first time in 18 years. Playing at flyhalf, Mongalo scored … Continue Reading →


Beer o’clock for SA coaches?

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  • January 23, 2017
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It’s remarkable to track the progress of the Proteas over the past 12 months. They were in that twilight zone between despair and desperation a year ago. Ranked seventh in … Continue Reading →


Rugby re-worked – wait for the bang

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  • January 16, 2017
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Given South Africans’ penchant for hash tags, grumbling and indignation, there ought to be a competition to guess the first issue to outrage rugby fans in the new season. The … Continue Reading →


Crazy funny


Savouring the sports year to come

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  • January 9, 2017
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No World Cup. No Olympic Games. No worries. A strange sort of year looms for sport fans, but if you know where to look, there are some gems to look … Continue Reading →


2016 – sport’s year of fizz, crackle and strop

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  • January 2, 2017
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Itt was the year of wonderful Wayde. It was the year of Caster’s big-stage defiance. And it was the year of Temba and Kagiso. Sadly, too, it was the year … Continue Reading →


Sub-two-hour marathon? Screw it, just do it

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  • December 19, 2016
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Never backward in coming forward, Nike has got in on the festive mood in a cunning way with its announcement that it was behind the ultimate vanity project: producing the … Continue Reading →


Donald Trump body slams wrestling boss

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  • December 14, 2016
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Bohemian Rhapsody with footballers

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  • December 13, 2016
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Saluting SA sport’s Man of the Year

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  • December 12, 2016
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Wayde van Niekerk slept in his own home for the first time this week. Having recently bought his dream house in Bloemfontein, the Olympic champion finally found the time to … Continue Reading →


This is (rugby) gold

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  • December 7, 2016
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Only one pick for 2017 Bok captain

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  • December 5, 2016
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One of the few certainties about the Springboks is that a new captain will be appointed in 2017. Adriaan Strauss long ago ruled himself out, an astonishing decision given how … Continue Reading →


Look around: SA rugby still has outrageous talent to burn

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  • November 28, 2016
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Thhese are lean, troubled times for South African rugby. The just concluded tour of the UK resembles an accident zone with plumes of smoke hanging over the wreckage. We’ve heard … Continue Reading →


The terrific, tortured tale of three coaches

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  • November 21, 2016
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Amid all the hoopla that followed the extraordinary cricket victory at Bellerive Oval in Hobart last week, there was a curious non-event. We all forgot about the coach, Russell Domingo. … Continue Reading →


‘My goal? To kick his arse’

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  • November 17, 2016
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Boxing’s main men set for war

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  • November 16, 2016
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Given boxing’s often fiendish machinations, it is rare that two fighters at the very peak of their craft pit their wills against each other. But there’s a fantastic exception in … Continue Reading →


The outrageous theatre of sport knows no end

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  • November 14, 2016
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Baseball has about as much currency in South Africa as jukskei does in America, but the fable of the Chicago Cubs should warm hearts everywhere. The story goes that in … Continue Reading →


Welcome one, welcome all – foreign guard enrich SA sport

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  • November 7, 2016
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  It isn’t all one-way traffic on the bustling rugby highway these days. Clement Poitrenaud’s impending move to the Sharks is a glorious exception, helping staunch the belief that it’s … Continue Reading →


Boks . . . to be bold or to be boring?

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  • October 31, 2016
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Chief among the Springboks’ tasks on their end-of-year tour must be to cast off the existential crisis that has settled over the team. We’ve known some wild times – remember … Continue Reading →


Wild ride guaranteed

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  • October 26, 2016
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I’m no petrol head, but if you’re after a good time boys-style, Carnival City will be a good pit stop to make this weekend. The SupaDrift Series 07 Finals event … Continue Reading →


Time to ditch rugby’s guns for hire

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  • October 24, 2016
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Countless discussions have taken place in the past few weeks about the state of the Springboks. One subject that has hardly come up is the continued selection of overseas-based players. … Continue Reading →


What it will take to shake up the Boks

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  • October 17, 2016
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Stop squawking, Allister Coetzee is going nowhere. It’s not his style and, besides, he’s the symptom of a creaking, outdated system that isn’t geared towards Springbok excellence. We all know … Continue Reading →


Championing the US sporting spirit

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  • October 10, 2016
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With a name line Finwell Kirwan, you might expect a lean Irishman with a slick line in sales talk. And that’s exactly what he is, although he’s rather more than … Continue Reading →


Stupidity rules, OK?

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  • October 3, 2016
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Stupidity has overtaken hard cash as the main currency in world soccer. How else can you possibly explain the tragi-comedy that cost Sam Allardyce his job as England manager last … Continue Reading →


Brian Mitchell, champion for life 30 years on

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  • September 27, 2016
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There’s nothing like celebrating a milestone to put age on your life. As Brian Mitchell went to work against Alfredo Layne at Sun City in 1986, I thrilled to the … Continue Reading →


Habana raging hard against the dying of the light

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  • September 26, 2016
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Amid the debris of the international rugby season, there is some light. When Bryan Habana scrambled over against the All Blacks a fortnight ago, he added to his extraordinary try … Continue Reading →


adidas gets it, smartly

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  • September 23, 2016
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Been there, got the (100) T-shirt

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  • September 20, 2016
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I’ve got to wear Spandex, meet interesting people and suck in the early morning air. I’ve managed to traipse through mud, improve my PB and do good as a volunteer. … Continue Reading →


Sport is no laughing matter; maybe it should be

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  • September 19, 2016
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Six years ago, then Sharks coach John Plumtree waxed lyrical about having to play either Western Province or the Bulls in a Currie Cup playoff match. “It’s a little like … Continue Reading →


Time to get winning #DStvBokke

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  • September 16, 2016
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Bravo to the Beast

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  • September 12, 2016
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The Sharks (and formerly Natal) have known a few formidable props over the years. Lood Muller, Guy Kebble, Mort Mortassagne and the late DSH Old Boys prop Graham “Basher” Downes … Continue Reading →


Maddeningly, the future is All Black

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  • September 5, 2016
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There’s a story I love about the All Blacks. They have a system known as sweeping the sheds where even the superstars pick up after themselves when they clear out … Continue Reading →


Joburg – a world farce African city

  There are only two ways to deal with the Joburg City Council. The naïve way is to assume that their billing department knows what it is doing. The other … Continue Reading →


Paralympics heading our way

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  • September 1, 2016
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Advertising guru Joey Reiman once described the Olympics as “where heroes are made . . . the Paralympics is where heroes come.” These heroes will soon flood our television screens … Continue Reading →


Finally, a totem for aspirant black sports women

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  • August 29, 2016
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SSomething extraordinary happened in the middle of the night last week. In the least surprising result of the Olympic Games, Caster Semenya romped to gold with the same raw display … Continue Reading →


Can mighty Wayde fire up SA sporting revolution?

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  • August 22, 2016
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Where to from here? This time next week the Olympic Games will be a distant memory, overtaken by our endless fascination of rugby, soccer and cricket. When 2020 rolls around, … Continue Reading →


Track and field hotting up

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  • August 16, 2016
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The great show rolls on

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  • August 15, 2016
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Le Clos learns the folly of tugging on Superman’s cape

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  • August 15, 2016
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The boxing metaphor hung heavily over the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio last week. Chad Le Clos produced his boxing shtick with a fast flurry of hands in the call … Continue Reading →


Football Unmatched, thanks to SuperSport

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  • August 12, 2016
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The Premier Soccer League continues to make great strides and SuperSport will match this with unrivalled coverage of the 2016/17 season, which begins on August 23. Over 200 matches will be … Continue Reading →


Today’s Olympic action

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  • August 8, 2016
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  South Africa’s Olympic show is on the road thanks to Cameron van der Burgh’s silver in the pool. Today, the action continues with SA focus still on the water (swimming … Continue Reading →


Rugby enters a brave new world

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  • August 8, 2016
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  Rugby has known a few milestones in its long and glorious history. The change in points for try-scoring, for one. The shift to professionalism in 1995 is another. Not … Continue Reading →


What to watch at the Olympics today – it’s all on SuperSport

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  • August 7, 2016
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Lions fever!


Cracking Olympic reads

  • By ClintonV
  • August 4, 2016
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There’s only one thing on the sports dial this week – the Olympic Games. Ordinarily I would have included the glorious Lions making the Super Rugby final, but I’ve yet … Continue Reading →


Time to revel in Olympic grandeur

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  • August 1, 2016
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I’m not naïve enough to believe that sport can be a salve to a nation’s ills, but the Olympic Games could hardly have come at a better time for South … Continue Reading →


This red and white is pure gold

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  • July 29, 2016
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Golden age for SA athletics

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  • July 25, 2016
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These are boom and bust times in world athletics. The Russians are in an unholy mess, Rio Olympics organisers are quietly hopeful and South Africa is experiencing a golden age. … Continue Reading →


SuperSport lines up Olympic super show

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  • July 21, 2016
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If it moves, SuperSport will be there for every angle of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with no fewer than seven 24-hour channels being broadcast. With 306 medal … Continue Reading →


The week’s best sport reads

  • By ClintonV
  • July 20, 2016
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Navel-gazing is almost a national pastime for SA rugby lovers, so it’s encouraging to see the habit has caught on elsewhere. Cue Australia. Former Wallaby fullback Matt Burke asks in … Continue Reading →


World sport flies by as SA withers on the vine

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  • July 18, 2016
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Anyone with even a remote interest in the business of sport would have been swayed by three very different international developments this week. The most significant deal occurred in America … Continue Reading →


Cracking reads of the week

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  • July 13, 2016
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As the Olympic Games loom into view – 22 days and counting – I found this piece on South Africa’s first black Olympians fascinating. I had picked up bits and … Continue Reading →


With the promise of glory, would you dope?

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  • July 11, 2016
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Would you take a drug that guaranteed you an Olympic gold medal but also your death in five years’ time? Think about it. The glory, the money, the adulation; unstinting … Continue Reading →


Must-watch: Champ Cameron fired up

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  • July 7, 2016
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The haunting, heroic Johnny Tapia story

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  • July 5, 2016
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If you’re a fight fan – hell, even if you’re not – this HBO documentary about Johnny Tapia is pure gold. Tapia was a world champion whose biggest opponents were … Continue Reading →


Dumbing down – the answer to rugby’s woes

  • By ClintonV
  • July 4, 2016
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By all accounts, Euro 2016 has been a high-quality affair. Hard-fought matches, upsets, stirring individual performances – the tournament has had it all. Like most major soccer shindigs, the European … Continue Reading →


Of underdogs and over-achievers

  • By ClintonV
  • July 1, 2016
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I’m no fan of sports statistics, mainly because too much stock is placed in them and they excite the bores among us. Paralysis by analysis and all that. This is … Continue Reading →


Craig Joubert on ‘that’ moment

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  • June 29, 2016
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Team SA get short shrift from Olympic forecasters

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  • June 28, 2016
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  The news is bleak for South Africa if you’re an Olympic fan. PricewaterhouseCoopers and its smart economists have rattled the bones and come up with a projection of who … Continue Reading →


Saluting rugby’s bolshy new king

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  • June 27, 2016
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Don’t be surprised if Eddie Jones is soon handed the keys to Buckingham Palace. What Jones has engineered with England – turning the creaking ship around in mere months – … Continue Reading →


SuperSport to air Oscar interview

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  • June 24, 2016
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SuperSport has lined up a series of repeats of the exclusive ITV Oscar Pistorius interview. A Carte Blanche special, featuring the ITV interview as well as a panel discussion thereafter, … Continue Reading →


This week’s top reads

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  • June 22, 2016
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Among rugby tragics like myself, we all agree that the moment America decides to properly embrace rugby, the rest of us can pack up and go home. The country has … Continue Reading →


SA sport now on the slow drift?

It was instructive last week to watch the All Blacks’ and Springboks’ performances almost back to back. In Auckland, the initially sloppy All Blacks fell behind against a spirited, defiant … Continue Reading →


Boks will beat Ireland – here’s why

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  • June 17, 2016
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Ellis Park is hell on earth for visiting teams Not my words. John Smit says so, as he eloquently explained in his autobiography: “Ellis Park is such a special place … Continue Reading →


Top reads of the week

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  • June 16, 2016
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It’s been a long time since I read a really in-depth and informative piece on Ernie Els. Gary Player apart, I’m not sure another South African sportsman has enjoyed such … Continue Reading →



The boxing world Ali leaves behind

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  • June 13, 2016
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Boxing’s great leader was buried on Friday, but Muhammad Ali’s shadow will always loom large over his chosen sport. Ali was long recognised for his immense fighting skills, fast mouth … Continue Reading →


Ali funeral live on telly

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  • June 10, 2016
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The Muhammad Ali pop-up channel (DStv channel 199) will broadcast Ali’s funeral live at 8pm. The three-time heavyweight champion, who died last week, will be laid to rest at Cavehill … Continue Reading →


Ali’s passing inspires championship quality writing

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  • June 8, 2016
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Oh to have been a sports writer during the magisterial reign of Muhammad Ali. The point was rammed home this week in the hours and days following his death. Ali … Continue Reading →


SA v Japan – what could possibly go wrong?

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  • June 7, 2016
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  South Africa’s stars of the future will go in pursuit of their second under-20 World Rugby Championship crown when they kick off their campaign against Japan in Manchester this … Continue Reading →


Super Rugby – the tale of two teams

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  • June 6, 2016
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It might be stretching the point to claim that Super Rugby had built up a head of steam, but it had established reasonable momentum before this hiatus for the Springbok-Ireland … Continue Reading →


RIP Muhammad Ali

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  • June 4, 2016
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Muhammad Ali – once and always the greatest. Blessed to have met him twice, in 1993 and 1999. His aura was everywhere. There were plenty of better fighters, Joe Louis for … Continue Reading →


SA rowing banking on success

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  • June 2, 2016
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In simple terms, he might be called the cox of South African rowing. In real terms, Paolo Cavalieri is a former Olympian who chairs RowSA’s International Commission. He’s a big … Continue Reading →


Golf with the gonzo, and other top reads

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  • June 1, 2016
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This piece on why running continues to be so popular is written primarily for a UK audience, but the slant remains relevant to any country that enjoys road running. It’s … Continue Reading →


What the new Bok coach will teach us

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  • May 30, 2016
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Awkward handshakes, friendly nods, a gathering of the clan. As the Springboks convene this week, the annual ritual will have more edge than usual. There’s a new coach in charge … Continue Reading →


One year of blogging – the 10 things I’ve learned

I’ll be cracking open the beer (and biltong) to celebrate a small milestone tomorrow – one year since my first blog post. It’s been an invigorating ride. My missus originally … Continue Reading →


Pat Lambie for Bok captain?

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  • May 26, 2016
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How about Pat Lambie as Springbok captain? The two frontrunners might be Duane Vermeulen and Adriaan Strauss, but it’s an open secret that SA Rugby would prefer its captain to … Continue Reading →


The week’s top reads, including one about Zimbabwe’s geeky (and vicious) criminal mastermind

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  • May 26, 2016
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If you’ll excuse the expression, there aren’t many shades of grey with Jake White. He is either adored or detested. I’m in the former camp, probably because I’ve only ever … Continue Reading →


Mad cow blazes rugged new trail

I’m not sure what’s crazier, running Comrades in a cow suit or banging on the city council’s door for 20 years. Richard Laskey has done both. This weekend he tackles … Continue Reading →


Hide the women and children – Arnie and Mountain coming to Jozi

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  • May 24, 2016
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  There was a time, before the days of Conan and the Terminator, that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the biggest, meanest, most shredded body-builder on the planet. Arnie didn’t so much … Continue Reading →


Keep an eye on the needle

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  • May 23, 2016
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It’s a treacherous time to be a sports fan. The Olympic Games is just around the corner and already the stench from athletics is over-powering. Every time someone pokes about, … Continue Reading →


Five best reads of the week

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  • May 18, 2016
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Like the whack-a-mole game, it’s becoming fiendishly tricky to stay on top of all the doping busts. Almost every week carries a new chapter in the sordid saga. The busts … Continue Reading →


Déjà vu all over again as Boks take shape

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  • May 16, 2016
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Last Wednesday marked a small, but important milestone for Allister Coetzee – the one-month countdown to his first match as Springbok coach. History will both help and hinder him as … Continue Reading →


Top sport (and other) reads of the week

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  • May 11, 2016
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Much like David Pocock, Clyde Rathbone is a social campaigner and moralist, someone who thinks far beyond rugby’s narrow confines. It was probably a good thing he upped sticks and … Continue Reading →


Canelo to smoke Khan

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  • May 6, 2016
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When the fight was announced some weeks ago, the reaction of boxing fans was lukewarm. But with Canelo Alvarez-Amir Khan good to go this weekend, the temperature has shot right … Continue Reading →


Team SA well set for Olympic assault

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  • May 2, 2016
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Forget the kerfuffle with the sports ministry. The real measure of South African sporting success is what takes place out on the sports fields and swimming pools at elite levels. … Continue Reading →


Olympic golf? Yawn

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  • April 25, 2016
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Hand on heart, I couldn’t tell you who the Olympic tennis champions are. I don’t care, and chances are neither do they. That’s the trouble with the Olympics. For some … Continue Reading →


Feast of fights live on SuperSport

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  • April 22, 2016
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My bromance with GGG is likely to kick into overdrive this weekend as he guns for his 22nd straight knockout against Dominic Wade. The Kazakh banger has called out Canelo … Continue Reading →


Motormouth McGregor isn’t bigger than MMA

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  • April 20, 2016
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So much for being obsessed with his rematch with Nate Diaz. Conor McGregor, the MMA’s king of bombast, quit overnight, saying he was done with the sport. Twitter went into … Continue Reading →


In praise of rugby’s greatest man-beast

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  • April 18, 2016
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Watching Schalk Burger go through the gears last weekend was a reminder of how magnificent he continues to be. Outstanding players are a consistent feature of the South African rugby … Continue Reading →


The best sport story of 2016

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  • April 11, 2016
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What if I told you that you could have got better odds of Andy Murray naming his first born Novak (500-1), or Sir Alex Ferguson winning Strictly Come Dancing (1000-1) … Continue Reading →


Joshua goes big title hunting

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  • April 8, 2016
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Not since the 1990s, when men like Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe and Lennox Lewis prowled the heavyweight scene, has the division been as vibrant as now. It was … Continue Reading →


Ode to crumbling Joburg

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  • April 7, 2016
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Joburg was once a fine city Now it’s just dirty and shitty The lights are out There are potholes about And all I can do is be witty Not to … Continue Reading →


The father-son conundrum in sport

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  • April 4, 2016
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The most selfless, extraordinary act I’ve seen in a boxing ring took place in the UK last weekend. As Chris Eubank jnr piled on the pain and hurt against Nick … Continue Reading →


More Masters than ever before

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  • April 2, 2016
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  For the first time, SuperSport will have two channels covering the Masters golf tournament, beginning at Augusta on Thursday. In response to requests from viewers, SuperSport will also, for … Continue Reading →


Hot Boxing

High-energy morning at Colin Nathan’s HotBox gym watching top pros Xolisani Ndongeni, Shaun Ness, Ryno Liebenberg, Simphiwe Khonco and Alfonso Tissen working out.


Eddie Jones points the way for new Bok coach

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  • March 28, 2016
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  Eddie Jones is a name you whisper quietly down Newlands way, but you must say it anyway for Jones has shown the way for SA rugby. The Australian may … Continue Reading →


A rare chance to watch boxing’s quiet genius

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  • March 26, 2016
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Andre Ward may be the best boxer you’ve never heard of. The last American Olympic champion – he won gold in 2004 – Ward has been near untouchable as a … Continue Reading →


All rugby roads lead to St Stithians

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  • March 23, 2016
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Last week, I discovered that St Stithians, the moneyed school in northern Joburg, had appointed a sports scientist. This is either a sign that the world has gone cuckoo or … Continue Reading →


World record next for Wayde

Don’t be surprised if the next time Wayde van Niekerk’s name is up in lights it’s for breaking the 400m world record. It’s a target the world champion’s team has … Continue Reading →


For pure athletic excellence, few compare to Hekkie Budler

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  • March 16, 2016
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Might I suggest a treat this weekend? You need not be a boxing fan, but if athletic excellence impresses you, I recommend you watch Hekkie Budler fight. (The tournament is … Continue Reading →


Fight game back on the boil

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  • March 14, 2016
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It’s a great time to be a fight fan. This reality was driven home recently when Las Vegas saw two massive upsets in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the biggest mixed … Continue Reading →


Easily the best sports clip you’ll see today

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  • March 8, 2016
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Cleanouts in world sport have lessons for SA

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  • March 7, 2016
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Among the many reforms put in place by FIFA recently, the biggest, most important change of the lot was getting a new man at the helm. The FIFA vote swept … Continue Reading →


Rio feeling the Olympic pain

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  • February 29, 2016
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  Last August, over 300 sailors from 52 countries converged on Rio’s Guanabara Bay for a pre-Olympic Games regatta designed to test the readiness of the city. It didn’t go … Continue Reading →


New York beckons for boxing’s emerging superstar

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  • February 25, 2016
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In modern boxing, it’s not good enough to be merely outstanding. You must be popular too. This is the position WBO super-lightweight champion Terence Crawford finds himself in. He is … Continue Reading →


Federer: relentlessly, impossibly likeable

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  • February 24, 2016
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I can’t vouch for the providence of this piece – it plopped into my inbox yesterday – but it’s a story too good not to share. (I gather the facts … Continue Reading →


Rugby reworked

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  • February 23, 2016
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SuperSport’s own rugby revamp will take place this week with long-standing Boots and All making way for two-part TMO and Phaka, a show dedicated to celebrating black rugby, making its … Continue Reading →


Stop whining – there’s much to look forward to in Super Rugby

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  • February 22, 2016
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Here we go again. Another year of great promise, another year of great expectation. It’s Super Rugby time, but not as you know it. The old model has been thrown … Continue Reading →


Sport 2016 – no place for stragglers

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  • February 19, 2016
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Technology. Betting. Women. Esports. If you’re a gambler, the smart money says you can’t go wrong putting cash on these four. This isn’t what futurists predict. It’s already happening and … Continue Reading →


Black rugby gets a perfect stage

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  • February 17, 2016
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  I remember holidaying in the Eastern Cape when I was much younger and being amazed at all the rugby poles in the dusty outposts. Much to my regret, I … Continue Reading →


Cracking day out for BPL fans

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  • February 16, 2016
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There’s no denying the phenomenon that is the Barclays Premier League. Cape Town will experience the BPL like never before when the official fan park, Barclays Premier League Live, comes … Continue Reading →


Living, and dying, for sport

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  • February 15, 2016
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Scrolling through social media last Sunday, I went cold as the images of twisted metal and the accompanying updates came through. An alleged drunken driver had ploughed into a group … Continue Reading →


Habana SA’s top sportsman – and it’s official

The most bankable South African sports star? Bryan Habana, by a mile. I know this because Dave Sidenberg says it is so. The transplanted Canadian, who has lived in SA … Continue Reading →


Ropey refs could blow Rio show

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  • February 8, 2016
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Watching events unfold in the half-empty Cake Tin in Wellington last weekend, I was reminded of one of boxing’s immortal lines. After Max Schmeling was denied justice against Jack Sharkey … Continue Reading →


So, I won a prize

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  • February 3, 2016
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  ‘A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.’ – Chinese proverb I don’t win many prizes. Cracking this gold Pocket ‘trophy’, though, is a thrill because it … Continue Reading →


Rabada can be SA cricket’s totem – if he’s protected

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  • February 1, 2016
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Local cricket hasn’t known many weeks like the last one. Gulam Bodi was drummed out of the game for 20 years with almost indecent haste for his involvement in match-fixing. … Continue Reading →


Boxing’s bad-ass demands we watch

  • By ClintonV
  • January 28, 2016
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If you like your fighters with a touch of malevolence, the list doesn’t start and end with Mike Tyson. Sergey Kovalev is the latest incarnation of a boxer who fights … Continue Reading →


Big three get the big treatment on SuperSport

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  • January 27, 2016
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Among SuperSport’s breadth of sports broadcasts, three events will define its 2016 offering. The ICC World Twenty20, starting in March, will feature 16 teams playing 35 matches in India. Every … Continue Reading →


Fixing the fixers

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  • January 25, 2016
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Another week, another match-fixing scandal. Or, rather, a pair of them. The scandals have come thick and fast in 2016, but the latest seem determined to stick around. First came … Continue Reading →


Bam! New boxing show hits SuperSport

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  • January 22, 2016
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  An explosive new boxing magazine show makes its debut on SuperSport on Friday night. “A Round and a Bout” will be broadcast on SuperSport 7 at 7.30pm. It will … Continue Reading →


The joke’s on Mayweather

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  • January 21, 2016
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With Floyd Mayweather absurdly charging Brits £2000 to meet with him, here’s a great reminder that not everyone is in thrall to the self-loving boxing superstar.


How to make SA sport great in 2016

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  • January 18, 2016
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Sorting out transformation, winning a few things that truly matter and discovering vibrant new characters would make it a year to savour for SA sport. Here, then, my 10 things … Continue Reading →


SuperSport’s double treat for fight fans

  • By ClintonV
  • January 14, 2016
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Tyson Fury’s late-year upset of Wladimir Klitschko had many consequences, the most important of which was blowing the heavyweight division wide open. With Klitschko’s 11-year reign at an end, a … Continue Reading →


Time of reckoning for dope fiends

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  • January 11, 2016
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Thomas de Maiziere isn’t a name you will be familiar with, but he is likely to be one of the pivotal figures in world sport in 2016. De Maiziere is … Continue Reading →


Too funny

Poor racoon, struggling with aftermath of candy floss disappearance:


Why Michael Phelps will be THE story of 2016

  • By ClintonV
  • January 4, 2016
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The past year is already ancient history. From a local perspective, the desultory form of Bafana, the Springboks and the Proteas is best left in another age. Besides, we must … Continue Reading →


2016 thoughts

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  • January 1, 2016
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SA women’s captain in Big Bash showdown

  • By ClintonV
  • January 1, 2016
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  SA women’s cricket captain Mignon du Preez is among the big-name cricketers involved in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League, which is under way in Australia. Her team, the … Continue Reading →


Solving the Super Rugby riddle

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  • December 31, 2015
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To mangle an oft-quoted line by Churchill, Super Rugby is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. There’s no other way of looking at the new-fangled Super Rugby … Continue Reading →


The best heavyweight who never was

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  • December 30, 2015
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The heavyweight division is an interesting place right now and it’s sure to get more interesting with the re-emergence of one-time dreadnought Ike Ibeabuchi. The Nigerian was the can’t-miss prospect … Continue Reading →


Brooke Pannekoek and the year that was – 2015’s highs and lows

  • By ClintonV
  • December 28, 2015
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Looking back over the past sporting year, I feel a little like the Grinch does about Christmas – not very charitable. It wasn’t a very good one, although there were … Continue Reading →


Merry Christmas

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  • December 25, 2015
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SuperSport roll out heavy ammo for England tour

  • By ClintonV
  • December 23, 2015
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SuperSport is hauling out the big guns for the international cricket season with top analysts, the latest technology and unprecedented camera numbers designed to take broadcasts into another realm. Former … Continue Reading →


Gratuitous sports ad

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  • December 22, 2015
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Cash squeeze hurting SA sport

  • By ClintonV
  • December 21, 2015
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Bloodbath. This was the word a sports marketer uttered when I asked him how the wobbly South African economy would affect sport. It’s history now that the Rand nosedived in … Continue Reading →


Jaguares add flavour and flair to Super Rugby

  • By ClintonV
  • December 17, 2015
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It may be the festive season, but there aren’t many happy tidings to be found around rugby just now. Fortunately the news that zoomed into my in-box about Argentina’s participation … Continue Reading →


Living and dying in SA – the curse of the damned

  • By ClintonV
  • December 14, 2015
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They came in the dead of night to steal whatever they could. When they were done, the thugs had plundered a big-screen television and a cellphone. Worse, their victim, Banele … Continue Reading →


Bok coaching’s top trio take shape

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  • December 11, 2015
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Rugby’s grapevine is nothing if not verdant. Here’s how it goes: Allister Coetzee to get the big gig with Rassie Erasmus and Johan van Graan on board as assistants. Coetzee … Continue Reading →


It’s fight week, what’s not to love?

  • By ClintonV
  • December 9, 2015
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David Buirski defends his illustrious title against the number one contender Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden on EFC 46 at Carnival City this weekend. Can the curse be broken? Watch the … Continue Reading →


The man to clean up the mess

  • By ClintonV
  • December 8, 2015
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I’m so high on heavyweight Anthony Joshua, it’s ridiculous. Given the buffoonery around Tyson Fury, surely the most absurd heavyweight champion in history, his countryman offers a refreshing counter-balance. For … Continue Reading →


Hold the obituaries – heavyweight boxing ain’t dead

  • By ClintonV
  • December 7, 2015
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It’s just as well Tyson Fury has a big mouth on him – his boxing skills don’t amount to much. It’s history that Fury divined a way to upset the … Continue Reading →


It’s Rocky with a twist as Creed hits the mark

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  • December 4, 2015
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It’s difficult to imagine a 69-year-old Sylvester Stallone rousing himself for the seventh instalment of Rocky, but the famous old pug delivers a vibrant performance in Creed, which hits SA … Continue Reading →


Scratching at the heart of SA rugby

  • By ClintonV
  • December 2, 2015
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  It weighs as much as a small baby, but I was pleased when the updated edition of “The Springbok Captains” arrived on my doorstep last week. I read the first … Continue Reading →


All bets off as coaching circus hits overdrive

  • By ClintonV
  • November 30, 2015
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There’s been a great wailing and gnashing of teeth down Cape Town way in recent weeks. Poor darlings. Eddie Jones did the sensible thing and shipped out for a higher … Continue Reading →


10 things you (probably) didn’t know about heavyweight boxing’s new boss

  • By ClintonV
  • November 29, 2015
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Tyson Fury was named after Mike Tyson. He comes from a long line of “travellers” and calls himself “Gypsy King”. His dad did a stint in jail after gouging out … Continue Reading →


Why I’m betting Klitschko drops the bomb on Fury

  • By ClintonV
  • November 27, 2015
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  Heavyweight boxing has known some outrageous characters down the years with Tyson Fury the latest to join a list topped by the like of Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. … Continue Reading →


Sharp lessons from a man with no legs

  • By ClintonV
  • November 25, 2015
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Almost 20 years ago, I heard Andy Irvine talk at the Wanderers. The former British Lions fullback was mesmerising. Through the years I’ve heard many other outstanding sportsmen. Among them … Continue Reading →


Why the damn Kevin Pietersen show is a winner

  • By ClintonV
  • November 23, 2015
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Kevin Pietersen is a sod. He’s broken every rule in the book, got up the noses of antagonists all over the planet and treated teammates abominably. Sure he can wield … Continue Reading →


Latino passion play has got me

  • By ClintonV
  • November 20, 2015
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I’ll be in the bush for a dads and daughters camp this weekend, which means no early morning coffee and a seat on the couch for early-morning boxing on Sunday. … Continue Reading →


The king is dead, long live the king

It was 1995 and Ric Salizzo, the All Blacks’ media officer, was giving us a heads-up on the New Zealand team. “We’ve got a young kid along. Not sure how … Continue Reading →


Wading through sport’s swampland

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  • November 16, 2015
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These are grim days for world sport. International athletics resembles a swampland in the wake of damaging claims about doping cover-ups and general malfeasance, potentially rendering the Rio Olympics a … Continue Reading →


Earnest Ernst calls time

  • By ClintonV
  • November 13, 2015
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There have been few better No 8’s than Ernst Joubert, the hard-working Saracen who this week announced his retirement. Formerly with the Lions, Joubert played a staggering 160 times for … Continue Reading →


‘We are firemen!’

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  • November 11, 2015
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“Are you ready for the fire? We are firemen. WE ARE FIREMEN! The heat doesn’t bother us. We live in the heat. We train in the heat. It tells us … Continue Reading →


Stark challenge to SA sport – staying relevant

  • By ClintonV
  • November 8, 2015
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Amid the final week of Rugby World Cup, one of South Africa’s most influential sporting leaders came to town. Kelly Fairweather, former player and coach, runs world hockey. The sign … Continue Reading →


Memories of Monte Carlo . . . and beyond

  • By ClintonV
  • November 7, 2015
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The strange boxing ritual I love

II’ve been around boxers for around 30 years. I’ve got used to their rhythms and habits, but there’s a strange ritual I still can’t get my head around. In the … Continue Reading →


Meeting the man in the meme

  • By ClintonV
  • November 4, 2015
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Ruslan Provodnikov may have one of the toughest names to pronounce, but it’s really easy liking him. Two things make him stand out from his boxing contemporaries: he bleeds like … Continue Reading →


The World Cup of wonders

  • By ClintonV
  • November 1, 2015
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That’s it, then. Only 1420 days before the start of the next Rugby World Cup on September 20, 2019. The 2015 edition that concluded yesterday was without compare, a blend … Continue Reading →


Movember on the move

  • By ClintonV
  • October 30, 2015
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‘I moustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later.’ – Anonymous. There’s something darkly ironic about hosting an event for men’s health in a smoky bar. But the … Continue Reading →


Goodbye to glory

  • By ClintonV
  • October 29, 2015
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As the World Cup final looms and yet another Bok Test shapes up, only one mood will do: great disappointment – but only because the magnificent World Cup is almost … Continue Reading →


About last night

  • By ClintonV
  • October 27, 2015
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My wife’s response should have warned me. I told her I had been invited to the GQ Best Dressed Man awards. She burst out laughing. I don’t have self-image hang-ups … Continue Reading →


Gotta love the passion stakes

  • By ClintonV
  • October 26, 2015
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We mustn’t join the barbarians at the gate

Six years ago international referee Willie Roos found himself in the middle of a heated Griquas-Bulls match in Kimberley. Determined to keep a handle on the game, he issued two … Continue Reading →


Hairy Bok beasts must wield the sledgehammer

  • By ClintonV
  • October 23, 2015
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  As tomorrow’s clash of rugby’s heavyweights looms into view, a lesson from 1991 wouldn’t be remiss. England, having relied on the unerring boot of Rob Andrew, were favourites to … Continue Reading →


Psst, there’s another big game in town

  • By ClintonV
  • October 22, 2015
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There hasn’t been a more low-key Currie Cup final buildup in history. That’s what happens when your local showpiece coincides with the gathering of rugby’s superpowers at the World Cup. … Continue Reading →


Boxing’s most humble champ – SA’s little beast

  • By ClintonV
  • October 21, 2015
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Anyone who knows Hekkie Budler will tell you he’s pure gold. Warm, affable and big-hearted, he is South Africa’s most under-appreciated sporting hero. Watch this video and see for yourself:


Boxing story for the ages

  • By ClintonV
  • October 21, 2015
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‘I kill a man and most people forgive me. However, I love a man and many say this makes me an evil person.’ – Emile Griffith. It’s always struck me … Continue Reading →


RWC 2015 – yes, maybe the best ever

  • By ClintonV
  • October 19, 2015
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Through accident rather than design, World Cups represent a watershed of sorts for rugby. Whether in playing style or shifts in power, or even portending a move to professionalism, as … Continue Reading →


Listen up . . . Boks no sure thing

  • By ClintonV
  • October 16, 2015
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Reading and hearing some of the guff out there, it seems all the Springboks have to do is rock up at Twickenham on Saturday and flick Wales aside to advance … Continue Reading →


Movie fest for crazy buffs

  • By ClintonV
  • October 15, 2015
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Cracking night earlier this week at the downtown Joburg launch of the Banff International Mountain Film Festival. I had no idea what to expect, but came away feeling invigorated and … Continue Reading →


GGG – the object of my man crush

  • By ClintonV
  • October 14, 2015
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One of my abiding memories as a fight fan was stepping into a camera shop in Benoni in the early 1980s and being mesmerised by a fight on the overhead … Continue Reading →


SA rugby’s giant in the making

  • By ClintonV
  • October 12, 2015
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He’s got something of the giraffe about him, all loping legs and unrestrained power beneath an ungainly body. But looks can be deceiving and in becoming South Africa’s most effective World … Continue Reading →


The best, and cruellest, post-mortem on England

  • By ClintonV
  • October 9, 2015
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Crikey, it’s time to back the Wallabies

  • By ClintonV
  • October 9, 2015
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Having smashed through Fortress Twickenham last weekend, Australia will feel at home tomorrow (SS1, 3.30pm) when they play Wales at England’s HQ. At stake will be the best of routes … Continue Reading →


One peak still eludes Habana – but not for long

In racing to 64 Test tries last night, Bryan Habana not only drew level with legendary David Campese, he edged closer to righting what is widely seen as a wrong … Continue Reading →


The king is dead, long live the king

  • By ClintonV
  • October 5, 2015
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Only the small-minded (and the few Australians among us) were willing England to lose on Saturday night. Granted, it’s a tough call to choose between rugby’s equivalent of broccoli or cabbage, … Continue Reading →


A psycho and his bike

  • By ClintonV
  • October 2, 2015
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It’s difficult to think of a bigger, more shocking episode in recent sports history than the public downfall of cycling champion Lance Armstrong. It played out to drip-drip effect over … Continue Reading →


Meeting a man and his demons

  • By ClintonV
  • October 1, 2015
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Ashwin Willemse has written a book. This is itself is no surprise. The surprise is that it took him so long. Anyone who has been around South African rugby has … Continue Reading →


Jean de Villiers has left the building

  • By ClintonV
  • September 29, 2015
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It feels almost like there’s been a death in the family. Jean de Villiers has left the building, no longer prepared to rage against the fickle mistress of fate. One … Continue Reading →


Rugby revolution is in the air (or, at least, it should be)

  • By ClintonV
  • September 28, 2015
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The tremors still haven’t died down. More than a week after that defeat, South African rugby remains in a state of disbelief. The game has been knocked off its axis. Rugby … Continue Reading →


Three must-see matches

  • By ClintonV
  • September 25, 2015
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ARGENTINA v GEORGIA Today, 5.45pm (SS1) Don’t get too excited. This one isn’t for all the marbles, but it will pitch two of the world’s best scrummaging teams against each … Continue Reading →


The Bok XV for an SOS job

It’s all change, or at least it should be, if the Springboks are to rediscover their mojo this weekend. Samoa loom like a bad headache and they must be beaten. … Continue Reading →


Rugby’s biggest battle (it isn’t what you think) *

  • By ClintonV
  • September 21, 2015
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It was Shane Warne who famously advised that the only time you need a coach is to get to the ground. This might be true when dealing with one-off geniuses, … Continue Reading →


The 10 things I’m most hoping for from Rugby World Cup

  • By ClintonV
  • September 18, 2015
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Attack trumps defence. Fat chance, I know, but the World Cup would be the better for it. Referees don’t steal the show. Comprendre, Monsieur Poite? England shape up – the … Continue Reading →


Deadly, deathly week for SA boxing

  • By ClintonV
  • September 17, 2015
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Local boxing has never known a week like it. Two pro fighters were murdered in the streets and another died from injuries suffered in the ring. Established fighters Lwando Mulwana and … Continue Reading →


SuperSport setting gold standard for World Cup

  • By ClintonV
  • September 16, 2015
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  Lewis “Mad Dog” Moody, who arrives in Johannesburg on Friday to do duty for SuperSport, expects a grand spectacle when the World Cup kicks off, with England and Ireland … Continue Reading →


Potholes litter Boks’ path

  • By ClintonV
  • September 14, 2015
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There are two contrasting statistics that embody the depth of the challenge facing the Springboks, who arrived in England on Saturday to launch their sixth World Cup challenge. South Africa … Continue Reading →


10 takeouts from Mayweather’s ‘final’ fling

  • By ClintonV
  • September 13, 2015
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Despite his age and miles on the clock, Mayweather remains unrivalled at welterweight. Keith Thurman, Kell Brook and Amir Khan are good fighters. Mayweather is better. Mayweather is just too … Continue Reading →


Why Mayweather’s fight this weekend matters

  • By ClintonV
  • September 11, 2015
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Floyd Mayweather jr, who may be the most polarising figure in all of sport, fights for the last time in Las Vegas this weekend. Should we care? Of course we … Continue Reading →


A salute to SA’s cricket giants

  • By ClintonV
  • September 9, 2015
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Cricket is luckier than most sports. Its shape and rhythm lends itself to fine writing, which explains why, along with boxing, it enjoys such strong literary material. In England, the … Continue Reading →


The enduring madness of South African rugby

  • By ClintonV
  • September 7, 2015
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Groucho Marx was a funny man. He was also a wise man, once remarking that “politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and … Continue Reading →


Bravo to boxing’s big mouths

  • By ClintonV
  • September 4, 2015
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What do Charlie Weir, Dingaan Thobela and Baby Jake Matlala have in common? Apart from being champion fighters, they were among the most charismatic in SA boxing history. Reporters and … Continue Reading →


‘Southpaw’ knocks ’em dead

  • By ClintonV
  • September 3, 2015
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There is a moment in Southpaw when a broken Jake Gyllenhaal, struggling to win back his self-worth, tells his little girl Laila, “I’m gonna fight again.” Her eyes light up. … Continue Reading →


Rugby World Cup the SuperSport way

  • By ClintonV
  • September 1, 2015
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It was Francois Pienaar who once said there is no vision in sport without television. Smart man. We get our fixes from all sorts of mediums, but when the big … Continue Reading →


Rugby’s phoney war at its height

  • By ClintonV
  • August 30, 2015
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These are exciting times in international rugby. The World Cup is three weeks away and the phoney war is already at full tilt. Almost everyone seems to be keeping their … Continue Reading →


Girl fight? It’s on!

  • By ClintonV
  • August 28, 2015
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I’m ambivalent about women’s boxing. But there’s someone on the scene who could make me a believer. Tonight Hedda Wolmarans makes her professional debut in Secunda. I’ve seen her spar … Continue Reading →


Meyer’s glory boys

Courageous or cautious? Bold or brittle? On Friday, the waiting game ends when Heyneke Meyer names his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. History dictates that coaches largely play … Continue Reading →


The proper way to surf rugby’s black wave

  • By ClintonV
  • August 24, 2015
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What if I told you South African rugby was awash with black coaches? There are two dozen in the professional ranks, but I bet you couldn’t name three without sneaking … Continue Reading →


Lomu film a must-watch

  • By ClintonV
  • August 20, 2015
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As timing goes, few have nailed it as sweetly as big Jonah Lomu. He arrived in South Africa as a little-known player for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. When it … Continue Reading →


The smartest rugby move of 2016

  • By ClintonV
  • August 18, 2015
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A great buy. That’s the obvious response to the Stormers doing a deal with Eddie Jones. They’ve always been a team high on talent and ambition. Now they have the … Continue Reading →


The real issues bedevilling the Boks

  I’ve long been a fan of magic. One of the great devices of sleight of hand is diversion, where the conjurer enchants his audience while doing something critical away … Continue Reading →


Loving the wildest crowd in boxing

  • By ClintonV
  • August 15, 2015
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I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended big fights across the world. Nowhere comes close to East London’s Orient Theatre for spine-tingling excitement. Tatty and worn, the beachfront venue oozes … Continue Reading →


The shame of our Metro cops

  • By ClintonV
  • August 14, 2015
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It would be a stretch to call Tuska a friend. He’s a street artist in Oaklands so we shoot the breeze while the lights are on red. He always dashes … Continue Reading →


Joost’s Glory Game bang on the money

  • By ClintonV
  • August 13, 2015
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They don’t make movies about ordinary people. Which is why they’ve made a movie of Joost van der Westhuizen. I watched Glory Game on Wednesday with a heavy heart. The … Continue Reading →


SA’s all black XV could take on allcomers

Given the zeitgeist, and it’s not a pretty place right now, it’s been a useful exercise putting together an “all black” SA rugby team. Interestingly, it was less a problem … Continue Reading →


Female MMA superstar would give Mayweather hell

  • By ClintonV
  • August 11, 2015
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Floyd Mayweather jnr has a new rival for the best self-publicist in sport: UFC champion Ronda Rousey. There isn’t a bigger figure in female sport than Rousey, thanks in the … Continue Reading →


Heyneke still the man for the job

  • By ClintonV
  • August 10, 2015
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  (Despite this column being written two days before the Boks were belted by Argentina, the sentiment remains – any suggestion of jettisoning Meyer is daft. With no obvious replacement … Continue Reading →


Bok muscle vs Pumas’ passion play

  • By ClintonV
  • August 7, 2015
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    It doesn’t matter how the Springboks play. The Pumas seem to be perpetually rebuilding. Away from home, they haven’t a hope. This is the perfect time for Jean … Continue Reading →


Boxing – often a bloody mug’s game

  • By ClintonV
  • August 6, 2015
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African boxing has always been fertile ground for chancers. The loose regulations and frequent indifference to common sense make it a fascinating, and often fraught, place to do business. The … Continue Reading →


The lion and the dentist

  • By ClintonV
  • August 4, 2015
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Game-changer in my car

  • By ClintonV
  • August 4, 2015
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Anyone unfortunate enough to schlep around Joburg knows just how tedious the traffic can get. Throw in the occasional bout of load-shedding and minutes can turn into hours. Radio used … Continue Reading →


Happy defeat not a good look

  • By ClintonV
  • August 3, 2015
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Jannie du Plessis was bang on the money last Saturday. Speaking in the aftermath of the ferocious Springbok match against the All Blacks, he waxed philosophical: “When they say you’re … Continue Reading →


Boxing, broads and bruises

  • By ClintonV
  • July 31, 2015
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Tough having two dogs in a fight

  It’s easy to watch when you don’t have a dog in the fight. This week will be far harder when Warren Joubert and Grant Fourie battle it out for … Continue Reading →


Riding rugby’s hell road

  • By ClintonV
  • July 28, 2015
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You would think that a city as large and as ugly as Joburg would have learned by now how to stage big events. Fat chance. For more than 30 years … Continue Reading →


Doping shame rolls on

  • By ClintonV
  • July 27, 2015
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The five stages of grief are well-known. They are denial and isolation; anger; bargaining; depression; and, finally, acceptance. This pattern could well apply to world sport where the dark spectre … Continue Reading →


Building towards RWC is a crock

  I’m no fan of “building” a team towards the World Cup. This is what we have in the Rugby Championship with both the Springboks and the All Blacks openly … Continue Reading →


Mayweather – yawn – limbers up

  • By ClintonV
  • July 22, 2015
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Andre Berto has had five fights in the past five years and lost two of those. And this is who Floyd Mayweather jnr expects us to get excited about as … Continue Reading →


It’s time to talk about Serena

  • By ClintonV
  • July 20, 2015
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  We need to talk about Serena Williams. Before I do, full disclosure: I’m a big fan. That probably puts me in a minority because Williams polarises tennis watchers. Many … Continue Reading →


A bent nose and Gyllenhaal would be perfect

  • By ClintonV
  • July 17, 2015
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Massive respect to Jake Gyllenhaal. Having been around fighters for around 30 years, I have a good idea of the obessive training required to look good and fight good. Pound-for-pound, … Continue Reading →


SuperSport rolls with heartening RWC campaign

  • By ClintonV
  • July 16, 2015
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What do Princess Charlene, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miss World Rolene Strauss have in common? They are all members of the star-studded cast assembled by SuperSport for its ambitious Rugby … Continue Reading →


The silliest ritual in sport

  • By ClintonV
  • July 15, 2015
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I’m in a minority of one, I’m sure, but the football transfer season must be one of the silliest, most overrated rituals in all of sport. News channels report breathlessly … Continue Reading →


Terrific super fight in the works

  • By ClintonV
  • July 14, 2015
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Irishman Gary Hyde, the manager of unified super-bantamweight world champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (15-0, 10 KOs), has accepted in principal the offer made by Egis Klimas, manager of World … Continue Reading →


Love the mavericks, not the morons

  • By ClintonV
  • July 13, 2015
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  Just to be clear, Nick Kyrgios is an idiot. This is the bloke who tanked in his Wimbledon match against Richard Gasquet and routinely behaves badly. He smashes tennis … Continue Reading →


Boxing’s alphabet soup beyond a joke

  • By ClintonV
  • July 9, 2015
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Only those who don’t understand boxing were surprised by the news that the WBO was stripping Floyd Mayweather jnr of its welterweight title belt. On news value alone, it shouldn’t … Continue Reading →


Sorry Kev, ballsy Samoa get the prize

  • By ClintonV
  • July 8, 2015
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  As ballsy as Kevin Anderson was against tennis maestro Novak Djokovic, the best feel-good sports moment of the week came from faraway Apia in Samoa. That’s when the All … Continue Reading →


SA’s real black diamonds on the fast track

  • By ClintonV
  • July 6, 2015
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The irony of South African athletics is glorious. While the mother body limps along like an exhausted Comrades runner, the athletes themselves are smashing records and setting remarkable new standards. … Continue Reading →


Amateur boxing down, almost out

  • By ClintonV
  • July 3, 2015
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  The South African amateur boxing championships take place next week. Where? Who knows. When? Who knows. I only know about it because a professional fighter mentioned it to me. Amateur … Continue Reading →


SA tennis ace is done – deal with it

  • By ClintonV
  • July 1, 2015
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  Kevin Anderson doesn’t want to play for South Africa. The more Tennis South Africa jumps up and down about it, the more he digs his heels in. Both sides … Continue Reading →


Graeme Smith – fresh meat for the media beast

  Prevailing wisdom dictates that if you’re in the public eye, you’re fair game for whatever mud the media might throw at you. It’s based on the false premise that … Continue Reading →


The crazy coaching merry-go-round

  What’s the difference between South African rugby and a train station? At least when they push off from the station, they wave goodbye. Here, rugby players can’t pack their … Continue Reading →


Sunday soccer


The greatest reunion of them all

It was a day for war stories, reminiscing and comparing waistlines. It was a day for celebration, reflection and a good many laughs. The coming together of the Rugby World Cup … Continue Reading →


The moment that wasn’t for hard man Kruger

  • By ClintonV
  • June 24, 2015
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  As South Africa was swept up in wild revelry at the conclusion of the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, one moment was allowed to float into the ether, largely … Continue Reading →


Boxer Broner a sad joker whistling in the wind

  • By ClintonV
  • June 23, 2015
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Former world champion Adrien Broner is the saddest type of sportsmen of them all – a desperate wannabe without the goods. On Saturday he brought his low-level shtick to Las … Continue Reading →


RWC 95 – the day I cried like a baby

  • By ClintonV
  • June 22, 2015
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So much has happened in the past 20 years it seems scarcely believable that it has been that long since South Africa’s greatest sporting triumph, the 1995 Rugby World Cup. … Continue Reading →


To truly learn about a city, run along its streets

  • By ClintonV
  • June 21, 2015
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Joburg likes to describe itself as a “world class African city”. This is a lie dreamed up by pencil-necked copywriters with only a tenuous grip on the facts. We know … Continue Reading →


Lomu, once and always a monster

  • By ClintonV
  • June 19, 2015
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Take a look at this video and be reminded of the power and majesty of Jonah Lomu. It’s exactly 20 years since he burst onto the rugby scene at the … Continue Reading →


Trees of life (and laughter)

  • By ClintonV
  • June 18, 2015
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From little seeds grow mighty trees. I got thinking about this adage as I sat lazying in my garden, watching my two youngest children explore our biggest garden tree on … Continue Reading →


Poaching the coaches – all change for SA rugby

These are good times to be a rugby coach. Or not. Those on the outside looking in suddenly have a range of possibilities – four of South Africa’s Super Rugby … Continue Reading →


Sharks’ hard men will be missed

  • By ClintonV
  • June 15, 2015
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  Bethlehem is a town in the Eastern Free State named after the Hebrew term for “house of bread”. It has more churches than you can throw a stick at … Continue Reading →


Not wild about Deontay

  • By ClintonV
  • June 14, 2015
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These are desperate days for heavyweight boxing. Hours ago, Deontay Wilder defended his WBC crown by producing the sort of performance that would have inspired, rather than terrified, his rivals. … Continue Reading →


Banging it at Bounce

  • By ClintonV
  • June 12, 2015
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There’s a new game in town and it’s great fun. Thursday night marked the official opening of Bounce, a rad new concept in sport, exercise, fitness and fun. Housed in … Continue Reading →


Rugby’s greatest poem

  • By ClintonV
  • June 11, 2015
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(I can’t be sure who penned this ditty, sent to me by an old mate last week. It’s magnificent, especially for those, like me, with rose-tinted specs and a yearning … Continue Reading →


Classic Old Joburg

  • By ClintonV
  • June 10, 2015
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New shrine for petrolheads

  • By ClintonV
  • June 10, 2015
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  Even if you’re not a petrolhead – I’m not – it’s hard not to be seduced by shiny motoring machinery. On Tuesday night, the covers came off the new … Continue Reading →


5th Street Gym gets back its groove

  • By ClintonV
  • June 9, 2015
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The new 5th Street Gym is carrying on the rich boxing history established there in 1950 by the famed Dundee brothers, Chris and Angelo. Known throughout boxing as the world’s … Continue Reading →


The curse of the cliché

  • By ClintonV
  • June 9, 2015
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There’s an insidious disease spreading through South Africa’s corporate world. In meeting rooms and around water coolers, it pummels every conversation, slowly sucking the life from its victims. We’re all … Continue Reading →


2015’s rugby truths

  • By ClintonV
  • June 8, 2015
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As the rugby season grinds on, it’s worth reflecting on what has been. Here are the rugby truths we’ve learned: A team doesn’t always play in the image of its … Continue Reading →


Why it’s so hard to love Tommy Gun

It’s really hard to love Tommy Oosthuizen. Blessed with every attribute to be a dominant world champion, he has speed, artistry, instinct and power. What he doesn’t have is perhaps … Continue Reading →


I’ve always worried about Aussie sportsmen

  • By ClintonV
  • June 5, 2015
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10 (casual) running truths

  You must assume every driver is a dick This is a must if you don’t want to die. Drivers are reckless at the best of times. Do your best … Continue Reading →


A champion’s mysteries and memories

  • By ClintonV
  • June 3, 2015
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Forty-three years ago world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan fought Andries Steyn before 28 000 fans at Rand Stadium. The man they called the “Fighting Carpenter” banged the South African out … Continue Reading →


Punting the tyros

  • By ClintonV
  • June 2, 2015
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How well we remember the Sharks debut of Frans Steyn in the wet of King’s Park all those years ago. Even then, nine long years ago, he played with a … Continue Reading →


The forgotten man of RWC ’95

Most days, he lies on his back at home in Bordeaux, an infra-red computer and an Internet screen within touching distance of his nose. If he wants his fix he … Continue Reading →


Fury the real deal; Mitchell mastered

  • By ClintonV
  • June 1, 2015
  • Comments Off on Fury the real deal; Mitchell mastered

  I’ve seen the future of heavyweight boxing. It’s a muscle-bound 25-year-old weighing 110kg and almost 2m tall. On Saturday, Anthony Joshua, the reigning Olympic heavyweight champion, moved to 13-0 … Continue Reading →


Lions break the shackles

  • By ClintonV
  • June 1, 2015
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  There’s something special brewing at Ellis Park. The manner of the Lions’ dismantling of the Super Rugby champions, the Waratahs, on Saturday, pointed to a remarkable lift in the … Continue Reading →


Swings and Stings

I know this looks like child abuse. But it isn’t. Crazy Alexei got a little wild on the swing and went flying. Poor boy. He had stopped crying by the … Continue Reading →


Crazy stamping


Fighting Men


Refereeing – the job from hell

I’d be willing to bet that next to traffic cops and Sanral staffers, referees are the most loathed members of society. Despite doing a mostly fine job and keeping their … Continue Reading →