Alasdair Fraser: The All Blacks successfully defended their Rugby Championship title with a dominant display against their fiercest rivals to register their 50th victory over the Springboks and showed they deserve to be the world’s number one-ranked team in the world.
It was a match billed as the biggest clash of the year, and like two heavyweight boxers slugging it out in the ring, both teams were brutal in their execution of defence and attack.
Rob Byrne: Another “Explosive Monday” petered out on the High Veld for UCT last night, where they were comprehensively beaten 5-0 by an impressive Tuks side.
With the TV cameras in attendance it was the first chance for players from the University to show their skills on a national stage, albeit on the more obscure SuperSport Select 229.
Megan Kinnaird & Rob Byrne: The time is fast approaching for UCT and Stellenbosch to once again come head-to-head in the competition of competitions – Intervarsity.
The second successive Intervarsity tournament will take place from May 3rd to May 5th, after returning last year following a 19-year hiatus.
Nicholas Walker: Three UCT students had the ultimate honour of representing an SA men’s water polo team in a closely fought tie against the USA Olympic side on Saturday, March 23rd.
Thabang Letheo: Since Gordon Igesund has taken over the reins of Bafana Bafana, there has been a distinct improvement in the side’s playing.
However, with recent reports suggesting that Igesund is already planning to fly to Brazil to inspect the World Cup facilities, is such an early move from our national coach wise? I say yes.
Running. I never used to understand people who wanted to do it for more than ten minutes, let alone five hours. Yet yesterday, amongst the thousands of lubed up, short shorts-wearing nutters, there I was – at the Newlands starting line at 6.30 in the morning, ready to endure 56kms all in the name of, well, fun, I guess.
Megan Kinnaird: Monday night saw the Ikeys get their first, and only, win of the 2013 Varsity Cup season, defeating Wits 50-40 on the Green Mile.
An exhilarating first half saw the Tigers sitting 42 points up by the break, but an ill-disciplined second half showing almost resulted in the win being ripped out of the Ikeys eagerly-awaiting hands.
Rob Byrne: UCT played Oxford University in both 50-over and T20 encounters last week.
UCT recorded a memorable 27-run victory in the 50-over format on Thursday, but lost out in the shorter format, played out at Newlands Stadium on Friday morning.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
This quote came to mind while recently attending the Ikeys vs Maties tie. Not as a result of the game, in which our boytjies made us proud and played brilliantly, but because I happened to find myself in an “underprivileged” group. My concern was not because I found myself there but because of the premise which made me so.
Hugh Van Niekerk : We have the players, we have the coaches, the systems are in place and we play an awesome brand of running rugby.
Last Monday saw another night of Varsity Cup come and go. Once again the Tigers were left to lick their wounds, reflecting on what might have been had that final tackle been made, or if that last pass had gone to hand. This time the gut wrenching 37–15 defeat came at the hands of our neighbouring rivals: Maties.