CURRENT NEWS AND NEWSLETTERS ARCHIVE

A Desire Few Others Can Comprehend

Card image cap

Following last weekend’s fantastic Springbok victory at the World Cup there have been many tributes written celebrating that result. But one of the most poignant of these appeared on The Guardian’s sports blog – and, yes, that’s an English newspaper.

The headline, “Springboks’ victory driven by a strain of desire few others can comprehend” probably sums up the mood in the Bok camp leading up to and during this campaign. We’ve extracted a few excerpts but would urge you to click-through and read the whole thing.

Written by Andy Bull, it begins thus: “Led by a kid from the townships, South Africa’s triumphant side simply had more to play for than England...

“Listening to South Africa’s captain, Siya Kolisi, and coach, Rassie Erasmus, talk about what this victory meant in the minutes after they had won it, you began to understand exactly what England were up against and the way the Springboks were thinking about it, England had lost the match before it even began.”

And referring to Kyle Sinckler going off after being  knocked out cold trying to tackle Makazole Mapimpi:

“In the next 40 minutes, the South Africa pack ate up England’s scrum as if it had been charcoal-grilled and served up in a bun with mustard and fried onions. England buckled at the first scrum after the restart, where they conceded the first of the six scrum penalties they gave up in the space of 40 minutes. It was a judo move. The Springboks had taken one of England’s biggest strengths and, by attacking it so ruthlessly, turned it into one of their biggest weaknesses.”



View newsletters in pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 42 - 2019-11-08.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 41 - 2019-11-01.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 40 - 2019-10-25.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 39 - 2019-10-18.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 38 - 2019-10-11.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 37 - 2019-10-04.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 36 - 2019-09-27.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 35 - 2019-09-20.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 34 - 2019-09-13.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 33 - 2019-09-06.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 32 - 2019-08-29.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 31 - 2019-08-22.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 30 - 2019-08-15.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 29 - 2019-08-08.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 28 - 2019-08-01.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 27 - 2019-07-25.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 26 - 2019-07-18.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 25 - 2019-07-11.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 24 - 2019-07-04.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 23 - 2019-06-27.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 22 - 2019-06-20.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 21 - 2019-06-13.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 20 - 2019-06-06.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 19 - 2019-05-30.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 18 - 2019-05-23.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 17 - 2019-05-16.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 16 - 2019-05-09.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 15 - 2019-05-02.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 14 - 2019-04-25.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 13 - 2019-04-18.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 12 - 2019-04-11.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 11 - 2019-04-04.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 10 - 2019-03-28.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 09 - 2019-03-21.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 08 - 2019-03-14.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 07 - 2019-03-07.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 06 - 2019-02-28.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 05 - 2019-02-21.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 04 - 2019-02-14.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 03 - 2019-02-07.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 02 - 2019-01-31.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 19, Iss 01 - 2019-01-24.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 18 - 2018-12-06.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 17 - 2018-11-29.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 16 - 2018-11-22.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 15 - 2018-11-15.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 14 - 2018-11-08.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 13 - 2018-11-01.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 12 - 2018-10-25.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 11 - 2018-10-18.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 10 - 2018-10-11.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 09 - 2018-10-04.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 08 - 2018-09-27.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 07 - 2018-09-20.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 06 - 2018-09-13.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 05 - 2018-09-05.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 04 - 2018-08-30.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 03 - 2018-08-22.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 02 - 2018-08-15.pdf
  • Rugby ZA Vol 01, Iss 01 - 2018-08-08.pdf
  • Ads