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Good piece of writing - concise and to the point. Just like Vickery played the game.
Its going to be a great opener and I just hope both sides decide to play positive rugby.
Posted 19:18 07th June 2012
Nice one Phil. You summed us up perfectly. International visitors are welcome to visit our homes for a beer and a braai any day. But on the rugby field it's war.
Posted 17:47 07th June 2012
Good column but: 'results...are secondary'? Phooey - look at the stick Deans is getting after fielding an experimental team. But it's great to see a side picked on current form, not reputation.
Posted 16:59 07th June 2012
A very good article, and so true of the majority of bokke supporters,and bokke teams .Also think his nailed the feelings of the vast majority of England supporters.If England can get one test win and the weekday games ,we will feel its been an outstanding tour,and we are making progress .We arnt expecting our team to be world beaters ,and thank god our press is distracted by the football euro championships ,so hopefully there will be no jingorilistic crap from them.Looking forward to Vicks next column,and to a hard fought series of matches
Posted 16:54 07th June 2012
Great piece, written with a lot of insight by someone who has been there and done that. Hope to see more of Phil's comments soon.
Posted 16:28 07th June 2012
South Africa value hard rugby. Yes, we do.
Posted 16:07 07th June 2012
Some good thoughts here, especially about the physical nature and being prepared to face up to it. Vicks did exactly that after his mauling in the first Lions test and came back to play his part in the 3rd. Good to see him supporting Wooden Spoon too- good charity.
Posted 16:05 07th June 2012
Great column! I think he defined us (the majority, though there will always be a few bad apples) SA supporters really well. Saffa's love hard rugby and the intense rivalry BUT at the end of the game will have you over for a braai and a cold one.
Posted 15:58 07th June 2012
A really good column Phil - As a Bok supporter hats off to you and respect to the Roses for what should be a really good 3 match series.
Posted 15:58 07th June 2012
Nice article. I didn't notice Cole get the edge on Marler in the final, but if anyone would know it would be our Raging Bull. Was it Simbad who said "as Captain Vickery makes you want to run through brick walls. The problem all you find are the holes he's already run through" or something like that?
Posted 15:55 07th June 2012
in south africa we love rugby more than anything....it is our way of life. think that for a team touring in my country it must be an eye opener. when u brits get down there we will welcome you with open arms. once you enter the pitch we will give you nothing!!! cant wait for what seems is going to be an awesome tour.
Posted 15:51 07th June 2012
Ah well written Phil, will be reading your column with much interest. The "tot siens" is endearing. As a rugby crazy Bok fan it is always good to read something with insight and from someone who has been there. We hope that this Bok side will grow and learn as much as any young side has to and are excited about the prospects that the young guns may bring to our much maligned pragmatic approach to the game. I think Lancaster is the right guy for England and they will be there and there abouts and as competitive as english sides always are.
Posted 14:57 07th June 2012
Nice one Phil!
Posted 14:55 07th June 2012
Good to have his thoughts back again - he's so much better at this than at commentary!! ;-)
And, once again, he's nailed it. Pretty much all of the posts on the various threads reflect his thoughts (or, perhaps, his thoughts reflect the threads).
Key to his column was this telling remark: "Results, whilst of course important, are secondary to understanding where England stand, and which players are capable of making the step up to international rugby...", which I wholeheartedly agree with. 2015 RWC is our current goal and everything in the mean time is a useful tool and stepping-stone towards that. Whilst I hope we come home with a win (or five!), the development of the squad is paramount and I'll happily sacrifice results for that.
Posted 14:44 07th June 2012