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Proteas’ pace attack shatters England’s ‘Bazballers’

A rain disruption provided hosts England with some respite after they found themselves against the ropes in the first of three Test matches against South Africa.
Parts of England may be suffering from some of the worst droughts to hit the country in decades. However, the Proteas ensured that it rained wickets on the opening day of their first of a three-match series against the English in London.
That was before actual rain disrupted play to ease the ongoing drought and put paid to England’s batting capitulation.
The first day ended with South Africa in control after picking up six wickets, while the hosts recorded a paltry 116 runs before play was called off.
Generally reliable South African seam bowling army general Kagiso Rabada led from the front for the Proteas as he picked up two early and valuable wickets of both the English openers.
Rabada showed his class in the third over when he enticed English opener Alex Lees with a short ball outside off stump, which swung away and drew the batter into an edge. That was comfortably taken by wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.
The star bowler wasn’t done yet though. In the ninth over, he returned to dismiss the remaining English opener, Zak Crawley.
After being hit for four in the previous over, Rabada exerted his revenge in the best way possible. He delivered a sumptuous ball, which Crawley attempted to block, but could only succeed in prodding it to the grateful hands of Aiden Markram.
Rabada, who had been a doubt for the first Test while recovering from an ankle ligament injury, reflected on his contribution after the match.
“I didn’t know if I was going to make the first Test match or not. But luckily, I did. And this week, leading up to the first Test, I felt I could actually play. So, I’m glad that I got through it,” Rabada told journalists.
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Seam spectacle
Five overs after Rabada’s brace, the Proteas landed another body blow to the English batting unit when 22-year-old Marco Jansen trapped Joe Root leg-before-wicket (LBW).
Then pacer Anrich Nortje, who had been hit for a couple of boundaries in the preceding overs, bowled a full one – full of menace that is – uprooting the stumps of the dangerous Jonny Bairstow for a duck.
Soon after, Nortje nabbed the prized wicket of Ben Stokes. This after the England skipper had helped the home side ...

Why Elon Musk actually should buy Manchester United

You have to hand it to the British football commentators. Summing up the extraordinary game between Manchester United and Brentford – which the West London club won 4:0 – one commentator said ‘Manchester United: played two, lost two and humiliated too’.
It’s only the second game into the season, and one of the British Premier League’s most storied clubs has been beaten by a side which only graduated to the top level earlier this year, where they have only been once before – in 1946.
The league now has an odd symmetry about it, with Manchester City on top and Manchester United at the bottom. Not what you would call a dream start for the new Dutch manager, Erik ten Hag.
When you are at the bottom, it seems like it’s impossible for things to get worse. But I know from personal experience that at exactly the moment you think it’s impossible for things to get worse, they somehow miraculously find a way to get worse.
And how could things get worse for Manchester United? Enter Elon Musk. Right out of the far, far left field, Musk tweeted that he intended to buy the club. That’s not such bad news, I hear you say. And neither did the market think so, since United’s share price shot up 17% in premarket trading.
But then Musk stuck the knife in just four hours later, denying that he intended to buy the club, saying “ . this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.” But, he said, if he was going to buy a club, it would be Manchester United, his favourite team from his boyhood. Gwaard.
That’s a bit like inviting you on a date, cancelling the date, but saying if you did want to go on a date, it would be with you. What are you supposed to make of that? I’m just guessing here, but I think the prospective date would be pissed.
Interestingly, the club’s share price dropped after the denial, but is still higher than it was before Musk’s intervention, by about 4%, and that is worth thinking about.
Because football clubs are tightly held, the price discovery process is poor. But in the background, there are good reasons to suspect that the sports market is in an interesting spot right now, and the reason is an odd confluence of events, both regulatory and technical.
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Grey High seal late derby win against Selborne College in Eastern Cape thriller

The drought-stricken Eastern Cape received some much-needed rain on Saturday, both from the sky and in tries as Grey High School came from behind in the dying minutes of the match to sink rivals Selborne College 32-26 in wet weather.
Trailing 26-25 amid uncertainty about the time left because of technical struggles with the scoreboard, flyhalf Byron Forword put through a sensational cross-kick which was gathered by loose-forward Tristan van Aardt on the opposite wing to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat for his side.
“I aged about seven to 10 years on the spot,” Grey High head coach Robbi Kempson told Daily Maverick about his emotions towards the end of the match.
“It was an exceptional performance, particularly that last try. You don’t often see that from a schoolboy, to have the nerve to go and put that kick through.”
Rainy first 35
Flyhalves Forword and Kyle van Wyk exchanged early penalties as both teams felt each other out in the first 15 minutes in pouring rain. Grey eventually got their backs and forwards running into space, and captain Jake Barnard went over under the sticks after a few phases of pressure.
“Throughout the day there was this lingering rain – which we’re thankful for – it made it very slippery with the ball very wet, very slippery underfoot as well. The conditions actually were difficult and considering that, both sides used the ball effectively considering the conditions were not really appropriate for running rugby,” said Kempson.
The try sprung Selborne into their stride as excellently worked phase-play by their forwards and slick hands by their backs saw their left wing canter in for a try in the left-hand corner. The unsuccessful conversion from the touchline by Van Wyk saw Grey maintain a slender 10-8 lead.
The strength of the Selborne pack was revealed as they rumbled through Grey and won a penalty which was excellently slotted home by Van Wyk to inch into the lead.
“We expected the forwards challenge, Selborne do have a very strong driving maul. Probably a little surprised by the breakdown; I thought they were very good, which we didn’t quite expect. They’re a big pack so we expected them to have a strong driving maul and be competitive in the scrums,” said Kempson.
With the end of the first half approaching, somewhat against the run of play, Grey scored a fantastic try. Selborne had a lineout on their own 40m line. It ...

All Blacks coach Ian Foster survives axe after Ellis Park success

Foster has struggled to reproduce the same results as his predecessor Steve Hansen, following the retirements of a number of world-class players from the New Zealand squad.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) endorsed Ian Foster as the right man to coach the All Blacks through to next year’s World Cup on 17 August, but said he would have more hands-on support from selector and strategist Joe Schmidt.
Foster had come under huge pressure after the All Blacks suffered three consecutive defeats against Ireland and South Africa but was relieved after the rebound win over the Springboks at Ellis Park last Saturday. The All Blacks won 35-23.
Local media had speculated Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was poised to replace Foster, but NZR’s board unanimously backed the incumbent at a meeting earlier on Wednesday, officials said.
“Some of the steps we’ve seen in recent weeks give us a huge amount of confidence going forward,” NZR Chief Executive Mark Robinson told reporters.
“We’ve had some really fantastic conversations with (Foster) . We are backing (the staff) through to the World Cup.”
Foster, sitting alongside Robinson, said he was delighted with the endorsement from the CEO and board.
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“I just want to remind people it’s a privilege to be in this job . I believe in the plan I’ve got and believe we’ve got great support behind us,” he said.
Foster, appointed in 2019 after his former boss Steve Hansen stepped down after the World Cup in Japan, has struggled to reproduce the same results as his predecessor following the retirements of a number of world-class players.
He survived an NZR review after the 2-1 defeat in the home series against Ireland in July, with his former assistant coaches John Plumtree and Brad Mooar axed instead.
Robertson’s former assistant coach Jason Ryan came in as forwards coach and selector Schmidt was appointed to work with Foster on strategy and attack as part of that shake-up.
Former Ireland coach Schmidt did not travel with the team to South Africa but will now play a bigger role in match-day preparations, which Foster welcomed.
“I’m delighted he’s here for the right reasons, he complements the group we’ve got,” Foster said.
NZR and Robinson came in for heavy criticism from former players and pundits over their handling of the Foster question, with Robinson refusing repeatedly to endorse him as coach in a media conference on Sunday.
After the Ellis Park match, Foster ...

Enough of the ‘Bazball’ talk already. Proteas are itching to have a go at England with ‘bat and ball’

The talking is nearly over as two resurgent teams, England and South Africa, are set to start their three-Test series at Lord’s on Wednesday, 17 August.
The popular phrase in English cricket since Brendon McCullum took over as coach has been “Bazball”. It’s a reference to the attacking, dynamic cricket England have played in the four Tests under McCullum’s guidance.
The moniker is a reference to McCullum’s middle name, Barry. Much like the Springboks’ “bomb squad”, “Bazball” has taken on a life of its own after four dramatic run chases saw England win four times.
They chased down three scores in excess of 300 in the fourth innings and one of more than 250. It’s an impressive body of work that certainly sends a message of invincibility. It seems no total is beyond them.
Proteas coach Mark Boucher, publicly at least, seemed unfazed by the hype around the way England play. Sexy names aside, Boucher reminded people of the obvious: “There’s a lot of hype and a lot of things that get said. The bottom line is that this game is between bat and ball and you’ve got to make smart decisions,” Boucher said.
Asked if he agreed with England’s assessment that they believe they can chase down any score, Boucher punched a verbal volley back down the wicket.
“If they’re saying that, they probably believe it,” Boucher said. “It’s our job to try and stop them from doing that. It’s not a conversation about me talking about England. It’s a conversation about me talking about what we can get out of our players and prepare them as best we can to be on top of the game rather than behind.”
But did he think South Africa could stop England’s rampant batters when they ramp up the pressure?
“I don’t know. I’ll tell you on the day. You’ve got to be adaptable in Test cricket. We don’t know what conditions are going to be like overhead and underfoot. It’s about finding a way to try to stop their momentum and changing it.”
Elgar comes out swinging
If the cricket is half as good as the build-up, it’s going to be spectacular, as Proteas captain Dean Elgar also bristled at the constant reference to Bazball.
The English media keep asking him about it. He keeps telling them he doesn’t want to talk about it. England captain Ben Stokes jousted with Elgar via his media conference, saying: “Dean and the South African team ...

Springbok women upbeat after a week of milestones, with eyes on the biggest prize

Though their first international rugby match only became a reality 18 years ago, the Springbok women have continually progressed since their inception, as they displayed in the past week by beating Spain for the first time. And they announced a new mega sponsor too.
South Africa’s senior women’s rugby side scaled to new heights in the past week as they continue to make strides in pursuit of matching the men’s side by becoming a global powerhouse. Of course, the men have a century-long head start.
However, the current generation of Springbok women – carrying the torch from those who lost 8-6 to Wales in their first international Test on 29 May 2004 – wants to leave its own imprint and ensure those who take the baton from them have an even more solid foundation to build on.
Pain to Spain
The Bok women, captained by Western Province lock Nolusindiso Booi, romped to a 44-5 triumph over Spain at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday, 13 August – a precursor to the Springboks’ clash with New Zealand’s All Blacks.
Though the men suffered defeat against a currently staggering and stumbling All Blacks bunch, the South African women lived up to their billing, crushing the Spaniards to record their first win against the Europeans, much to the satisfaction of the head coach Stanley Raubenheimer.
“It has to do with the confidence of winning as well – we have now beaten Japan for the first time and Spain for the first time. That builds belief in what we want to achieve,” said the coach, who has been at helm since 2018.
“This is a Spain team in transition, but you cannot take anything away from our squad, who delivered big time.”
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Women need to feel welcome in rugby structures, says Lynne Cantwell”
With the team coming off that first win over Japan a fortnight ago – in the Asian nation’s own backyard no less – SA Rugby announced that FNB had banked on the women’s rugby game and come in as a headline sponsor for the senior side.
Flyhalf Libbie Janse van Rensburg, who played a perfect game in the victory against Spain (contributing 19 points by slotting all eight of her attempts at goal with five conversions and three penalty goals) shared her thoughts on the milestones achieved recently.
“It was a massive week for us, and this win was even better,” she said.
“To play at this iconic ...

Boks set to unleash versatile Canan Moodie on Wallabies

Bulls coach Jake White believes that Canan Moodie will play ‘100 Tests’ for South Africa, and his first is imminent.
Bulls utility back Canan Moodie was included in a 34-man Springbok touring squad for away matches against Australia in the Rugby Championship.
Bok coach Jacques Nienaber, who called Moodie up to the squad before last week’s Test against the All Blacks at Ellis Park (the Boks lost 35-23), has made it clear that he’s in the picture for a Test debut soon.
“Canan is one of the best players I’ve ever coached. He’s only 19 but he’s way more mature than that,” Bulls coach Jake White said at a function at Pirates Rugby Club in Johannesburg last Friday.
“He’s got everything. He’s actually a centre and that’s the irony of the whole thing. He’s playing wing and fullback but he’s actually a 13. Many great players such as Ma’a Nonu and Jaque Fourie started as wings and fullbacks and ended up being great centres.”
White said that when the call came for Moodie to join the Boks last week, the youngster broke down in tears. His humble approach also saw him fulfil the role of ball boy for a women’s game at Loftus recently.
“This season he was playing in the United Rugby Championship [URC] and [Bulls sponsor] Vodacom asked him to show people around Loftus as part of a marketing initiative after they’d won a prize.
“That same afternoon, he was the ball boy for the Currie Cup team and the Bulls Women’s team. He was already a senior URC player at this stage. We had the weekend off and he asked if he could be a ball boy. Not many guys are going to do that.”
Nienaber must clearly be eyeing Moodie as a solution to the increasing right wing problem. Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse are out of the tour because of injury and suspension, respectively. Jesse Kriel is also in doubt for the first Test of the tour after sustaining a concussion against the All Blacks. Moodie would be a natural fit.
“We are excited to see how Canan slots in during the next few weeks and to see how he adapts to our structures and systems, and we believe he has the skills to slot in for Kurt-Lee and Cheslin,” Nienaber said.
“This is a settled group of players and includes a wide spread of experience and young players who have made their presence felt, ...

Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj scoops top men’s honours at CSA awards

Bowlers dominated the CSA Players’ Awards this week, with Ayabonga Khaka and Keshav Maharaj taking the premier honours.
Keshav Maharaj was the big winner as he scooped the SA Player of the Year as well as the Players’ Player of the Year Award in the men’s category at the Cricket South Africa virtual awards ceremony on Sunday.
“Wow, when I heard about it, I almost broke down in tears. This is probably one of the most humbling but highest moments of my career,” he said.
Maharaj (32) has been a stalwart of the Test side since making his debut in 2016, but has recently cemented and excelled in the white-ball teams as well.
“The clarity I got when coach (Mark Boucher) first entered the set-up and asked me questions as to why I’m not playing white-ball cricket. I didn’t even know, myself. I did realise there was a pecking order in T20 cricket which I had to go and work and put performances to earn a position within the squad.
“Then, transitioning the white-ball things from Test match cricket, coach just provided the clarity on what I needed to do and what I needed to work on, and fortunately enough I went back to domestic cricket and did that and he kept to his word and gave me the opportunity and I never looked back from then.”
In the past 12 months, Maharaj featured in 13 ODIs, eight T20Is and eight Test matches, racking up a haul of 51 wickets along the way.
“When you dream of playing for South Africa, you don’t think you are going to get there, but then when you do — and you get named the South African Men’s Player of the Year — it is very special.
“Not only for me, but also for my family back home, and after all the sacrifices they made to get me to where I am, I think it will be an emotional moment for them.”
In the Test arena, one of his most memorable moments came last year at the start of the season, when he became the second South African bowler and first spinner to claim a hat-trick after the consecutive dismissals of Kieran Powell, Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva in the second Test against the West Indies at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground at St Lucia.
“The hat-trick was something special to me. I didn’t even know how to react, I actually belly-flopped on ...

Pirates lose the bounty while Sundowns demolish Chiefs in DStv Premiership weekend action

Mamelodi Sundowns and Chippa United delivered telling blows to Soweto as they defeated Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates respectively in another exciting DStv Premiership weekend instalment.
The DStv Premiership returned for a third round early in the season, offering a humdinger of a fixture as champions Mamelodi Sundowns clashed with Kaizer Chiefs.
Though, with a 4-0 scoreline in favour of Sundowns, Chiefs were shown that they still have much work to do if they are to end their seven-year trophy drought.
Amakhosi’s bitter rivals and fellow Soweto side Orlando Pirates were also on the receiving end of a defeat, felled 1-0 by Chippa United after a powerful Abdi Banda header.
Meanwhile, Gavin Hunt’s second tenure at SuperSport United has been far from a fairy tale. Matsatsantsa once again failed to collect maximum points as they were vanquished 2-0 by the high-flying TS Galaxy, who have now accumulated seven points from their opening three matches.
Jointly leading the pack (alongside Galaxy) in the early stages of the Premiership marathon are top-flight rookies for the 2022/23 season, Richards Bay.
The Natal Rich Boyz maintained a positive start to their campaign, after a morale boosting 1-0 victory over the ambitious Sekhukhune United, after the kick-off was delayed by more than an hour due to faulty floodlights at King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban.
Read more in Daily Maverick: “Goals galore in DStv Premiership as teams sharpen up”
Elsewhere, Stellenbosch walloped Royal AM 3-1, while Brandon Truter’s AmaZulu downed Cape Town City 2-1. The other KwaZulu-Natal side in the Premier division, Golden Arrows, could only manage a one-all draw with Marumo Gallants.
Loftus humiliation
At a sold-out Loftus Versfeld in Tshwane, Amakhosi did themselves no favours as shoddy defensive work allowed the ruthless Masandawana to pounce. The home side effectively ended the contest in 17 minutes as they raced into a 2-0 lead through strikes by Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile.
The final result left Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane cognisant that his team still has some distance to cover if they are to close the gap between themselves and Sundowns. Although they will find consolation in the fact that they won’t always be facing the serial league winners.
“These things happen to the best teams in the world. We’re trying to get some combinations while bringing in some new players,” Zwane said.
“Judging by the way we exerted ourselves [against Sundowns], we still have a long way to go, and it was good that we were exposed like ...

Is Super Rugby’s restructure to blame for the All Blacks’ slump?

More and more experts are concluding that New Zealand are missing regular clashes against South Africa. It seems that the Boks’ exit from Super Rugby has done more harm to New Zealand rugby than vice versa.
By the time you read this, the All Blacks have halted their losses at three.
But, regardless of the outcome against the Springboks in the second round of the 2022 Rugby Championship at Ellis Park, this season has been one of discontent for New Zealand.
There is no denying the All Blacks are in a slump after losing five of their previous six Tests before the Ellis Park clash. But a slump for a team that historically wins 77% of its Tests, and in the professional era (1996 to the present) wins 81% of the time, is a relative concept.
A little more than a month ago, the All Blacks beat Ireland 42-19 in the first Test of that series before losing it 2-1.
While the score flattered the home team slightly, they showed their traditional ruthlessness from turnovers.
Ireland had issues going into the first Test with Covid disruptions, front-row injuries and losing influential flyhalf Johnny Sexton in the first half of the match. The All Blacks feasted on the chinks in the Irish armour that day.
But, in the following two weeks, Ireland sorted out their issues at prop, Sexton stayed fit and the tourists played a more percentage-based game, which exposed an alarmingly soft All Black underbelly.
Ireland dominated the gain line, won the breakdown battle and earned lineout supremacy as the All Blacks’ set piece inexplicably broke down. In short, the mighty All Blacks were bullied physically.
More harm than good
It seems that South Africa’s exit from Super Rugby has done more harm to New Zealand rugby than vice versa. They were bullied in contact in Mbombela, again underlining that their pack has lost an edge.
In 2020, the alliance broke down for reasons that are too long to go into here.
The upshot was that South Africa went north and was aligned with European competitions, and New Zealand remained tethered to Australia.
Some pundits warned that South Africa’s lack of exposure to New Zealand’s skilful ball players at provincial level would be to the Springboks’ detriment in the long run.
However, it appears that New Zealand players’ lack of exposure to the brutal physicality of South African provincial teams is having a bigger negative impact on their game.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster ...

Batting in focus as Proteas gun for Test glory against an old foe

Dean Elgar will shoulder a lot of responsibility at the top of the order, but the South Africans will need their best players to fire as a collective if they hope to claim the desired results against England.
The Proteas have progressed steadily over the course of a challenging and significant multiformat tour to England. After sharing the ODI spoils with the hosts, and claiming T20I series victories against England and Ireland, they are in a positive space heading into a three-Test showdown with the old enemy.
Earlier this season, the Proteas beat top-ranked India in South Africa before drawing a series with the Black Caps in New Zealand. They have reason to believe that another major success is within reach.
At the same time, they should know why a Test series triumph in England will require a step up in intensity and composure.
There’s a buzz in the UK about the national side and the type of cricket they have played since Brendon McCullum took the coaching reins.
Dean Elgar — a warrior-like batter and an unflinching leader — intends to tackle England’s “Bazball” tactics head on. South Africa certainly has the players to unsettle England’s batting lineup, and the local conditions may suit the Proteas’ quick bowlers.
Whether the Proteas batters can master these conditions and post totals of substance remains to be seen.
South Africa enjoyed much success when touring England in the 2000s and early 2010s. In 2017, however, a less experienced unit was routinely exposed, and a disastrous series ended Heino Kuhn’s Test career and Russell Domingo’s tenure as head coach.
Batters bolstered great side of 2012
Five years earlier, the Proteas boasted a more experienced and balanced Test team, arguably the greatest South African XI.
The point was made on the eve of the third and decisive Test at Lord’s when Hashim Amla — who scored a record-­breaking 311 in the first fixture of the series — made an astounding claim.
He was asked to comment on his ascent to the top of the batting rankings and his status as one of the world’s premier Test players. How did he feel about being the best?
Amla smiled before responding: “I’m not even the second-best batsman in my team.”
That Proteas side included Jacques Kallis — the third-most prolific run-scorer to date — as well as the supremely gifted AB de Villiers. At the time, some felt that Amla’s comment was self-effacing. Those in the know recognised that ...

Springbok coach refuses to concede that selection decisions were behind Ellis Park setback

The All Blacks capitalised on a strong start to beat the Springboks 35-23 at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber was defiant that his selections for the second Test against the All Blacks were correct, even if compelling evidence on the field suggested otherwise.
Nienaber chose to start with inexperienced hooker Joseph Dweba and match-shy No 8 Duane Vermeulen for the crucial encounter. And both players struggled while the in-form Malcolm Marx and Jasper Wiese looked on from the sidelines as the All Blacks built up a lead.
Both players were substituted before halftime, but by the time Marx entered the match on the half hour, it was 10-0 to the All Blacks. When Wiese joined in the 35th minute, it was 15-0 to the visitors.
The Boks clawed their way back into the contest and led 23-21 with 10 minutes to go, but they faded badly in the dying moments of the thrilling contest as New Zealand scored two more tries to win 35-23.
Only they will know exactly how much it took out of them to fight back from such a large deficit, but they clearly ran out of puff at the end of the match.
Marx’s omission in particular was a mystery because he gave a brilliant man-of-the-match performance a week earlier when the Boks beat the All Blacks 26-10 at Mbombela. He made five breakdown turnovers in the match. At Ellis Park the Boks did not make a single breakdown turnover in the first half.
The most likely way the All Blacks would win at Ellis Park was to make a strong start. Marx’s and Wiese’s absence allowed the All Blacks a small window of opportunity and they barged through it.
Dweba, who was called up to start when Bongi Mbonambi pulled out with a knee injury, is clearly a talented player with a bright future.
But in the cauldron of Ellis Park, against the old enemy, in a match where the Boks had a chance to beat the All Blacks twice in consecutive weekends for the first time in a generation, the best players needed to be on the field for as long as possible.
Marx is not only the best hooker in the world on current form, he is quite possibly the best rugby player in the world right now too. Lukhanyo Am might have something to say about it, but that is another story.
At a lunch held at Pirates Rugby Club ...

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