11 June 2011


I have just finished watching on the telly a terrific Super 15 match between two top South African sides, the Bulls and the Stormers. Matfield, Bekker, Spies, Habana, Burger, Steyn et al. Big guys, playing with an intensity that you seldom see in the UK. Sure, they make mistakes, but they don't miss many tackles. And everything is done at pace.

Shortly they will move on to the Tri-Nations. New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. They will arrive at the World Cup, fully seasoned. I can't see any of the Northern Hemisphere teams living with them.

For the record, the Bulls won 19-16.

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