Last provincial British and Irish Lions game and we try Welsh rarebit

The B & I Lions look unstoppable as they beat the Stormers

#savesouthafrica and British & Irish Lions vs South Africa ‘A’ chat and braai

The South Africa 'A' team beat the British and Irish Lions and we talk about the positive influence of sport

British and Irish Lions vs Sharks: the sequel. And we try an Irish stew recipe

British and Irish Lions vs Sharks: the sequel. And, spoilers, the same the happens that happened in the first one. Except the Sharks scored some tries. We try and Irish stew recipe and review the game afterwards

Saffas braai Haggis! And review the B&I Lions v Sigma Lions

We review the Springboks v Georgia and British and Irish Lions v Sigma Lions games Plus we braai and try haggis and black pudding

British and Irish Lions vs Japan Review

The B&I Lions looked scary in their first game of the 2021 tour to South Africa. Will the Springboks be undercooked?

Possible outcomes to the final week of Rainbow Cup SA - Sharks vs Bulls

Hansie in quarantine, explains the permutations of who goes through to the final of Rainbow Cup SA. Check out Herolds Bay in the middle of friggin winter

Permutations heading into the final week of Rainbow Cup SA

We find ourselves at the closing stages of an intriguing first season of the Rainbow Cup. Benetton have qualified for the final of the North v South match. In our pre-season discussion we completely wrote off the Italians and, considering their dominant form this year and the fact that they are playing closer to home than the qualifying SA team, the winner of the SA conference should not take that challenge lightly. That said, let’s consider the permutations for this weekend.

• For the Sharks to go through to the final they need to:
• Win the game without a bonus point, deny the Bulls a bonus point, and win with a margin of 69 points.
• Win the game with a bonus point, allow the bulls a bonus point and win with a margin of 69 points.
• Win the game with a bonus point and deny the Bulls a bonus point.
• For the Bulls to go through to the final they need to:
• Win the game.
• Lose the game without a bonus point and deny the Sharks a bonus point, and lose the game by less than a margin of 69 points.
• Lose the game with a bonus point and allow the Sharks a bonus point, but lose the game by less than a margin of 69 points.

Vodacom Bulls: David Kriel; Madosh Tambwe, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Cornal Hendricks, Stravino Jacobs; Morne Steyn, Ivan van Zyl; Marcell Coetzee (captain), Ruan Nortje, Marco van Staden, Janko Swanepoel, Walt Steenkamp, Mornay Smith, Johan Grobbelaar, Gerhard Steenekamp.
Replacements: Schalk Erasmus, Jacques van Rooyen, Trevor Nyakane, Nizaam Carr, Muller Uys, Keegan Johannes, Clinton Swart, Gio Aplon.

Cell C Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Anthony Volmink, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Marius Louw, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 JJ van der Mescht, 3 Khutha Mchunu, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Khwezi Mona. Replacements: To be confirmed.

Springbok squad announcement chat

Who’s in, who’s out of the Springbok squad to take on the British and Irish Lions chat.

2021 Lions Tour and the Bookies: Prophet or loss?

I’m not a betting man. I would never have predicted France to beat the All Blacks in the 1999 Rugby World Cup semi-final, let alone predict that Japan would have beaten the Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup pool stages. Had I had the courage to bet on those unlikely outcomes I would be paying someone else to write articles for me. But barring these freak occurrences the general impression I get about the sports betting industry is that, because their money is at stake, the bookmakers tend to employ people who put a decent amount of thought into the odds, considering statistics and form etc. Which is why the recent news that the bookmakers have the British and Irish Lions as favourites to win the upcoming series against Siya Kolisi’s men has left me trying to rationalise my blind optimism about the mighty Springboks’ chances. After all, until kick off on 2 November 2019 the Springboks had been outsiders to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup, maybe the bookies are wrong again?

In 2005 the All Blacks were overwhelming favourites to win the series against the Lions, and the bookies were bang on there. So too in 2009 in South Africa and 2013 Australia, with the bookies predicting the Boks to win at home and the Lions to win away for the first time since 1997. But what about in 2001? The bookies predicted a Lions’ series win, however, the Wallabies came away with a 2-1 series win. This was despite England being on an upward trajectory to being crowned world champions in 2003. In 2017 no one predicted a Lions win (or draw for that matter). Throw Covid-19 into the mix and surely the crystal ball becomes even more murky. Since the game kicked off again late in 2020, we have seen a host of upsets as far as the traditional international rivalries are concerned. Australia got hammered by a record margin by the All Blacks, only to win a week later against the same opponents in the Rugby Championship. The Wallabies and Los Pumas played to two draws in the Rugby Championship, whilst Argentina also surprised everyone and defeated the All Blacks by 10 points. Across the globe in the six nations Scotland beat England and France. I know, right?

Will the bookies be right about this Lions series? Against all odds the Springboks won the 2019 Rugby World Cup but haven’t played since then... The Lions haven’t lost a series in twelve years but are coming without their red army... I’m glad I’m not a betting man.