Weekly analysis by Kaplan on the weekend’s games.

Kaplan’s Comments – Six Nations Round Three 2016

1022.6666666666666x767__origin__0x0_Scotland_scrum-half_Greig_Laidlaw_against_ItalyThere were some really good moments during this past weekend’s 6 Nations, but it didn’t start with the game at the Millenium Sadium on Friday. Sure, it was a good win for Wales, keeping their title ambitions alive, but what a poor spectacle for the […]

March 1st, 2016|

Kaplan’s Comments – RBS Six Nations Round 2 2016

1022.6666666666666x767__origin__0x0_England_centre_Jonathan_Joseph_against_ItalyI don’t mind a low-scoring match, but the France/Ireland match wasn’t a pleasure to watch. I thought there was plenty of desire on show, but very little quality. Too often, aimless kicking and the squandering of hard-earned possession were the order of the day. I […]

February 16th, 2016|

Kaplan’s Comments – The RBS Six Nations 2016 Round 1

1022.6666666666666x767__origin__0x0_England_number_eight_Billy_Vunipola_against_ScotlandThe result of the opening match of the RBS 6 nations wasn’t that much of a surprise, but France really laboured to put away a determined Italian team on home soil. Ultimately, there wasn’t much in it and if anything, Italy may have shaded the […]

February 9th, 2016|

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby World Cup Final 2015

RWC2015 will go down as the best edition of the tournament since inception. Great credit must go to England for the manner in which they hosted it. I went to a few of the games, and everything worked like clockwork.

Bryan_Habana_SA_v_Arg_RWC_2015The bronze medal match […]

November 4th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – The RWC Semi-Finals

Jerome_Kaino_try_Lood_de_Jager_South_Africa_v_New_Zealand_World_CupThe semi-finals are done and dusted, and the two best teams in the world will contest the Final of the RWC. Both teams appeared to me to be deserving winners of their respective test matches, and the Final could be a classic. It is the […]

October 26th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – Joubert and World Rugby

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We held a little poll to see how many people agreed with Craig Jouberts decision at the end of the Scotland v Australia match, which ended in such controversy last Sunday. Even after World Rugby came out with their official […]

October 24th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby World Cup Quarter-finals 2015

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The quarterfinals of the RWC were great spectacles for the rugby nuts around the world, for a variety of reasons.

The first, between SA and Wales was an incredibly tough test match. It won’t go down as a classic of […]

October 19th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – Into the business end

Schalk_Burger_Samoa_South_AfricaLast weekend didn’t really produce any surprises for me with most of the fancied teams going through .. Barring England that is !

I thought the intensity in the Ireland v France match was outstanding with the Irish in rampant and dominant mood . Not even the loss […]

October 17th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – RWC delivers its first hammer blow

Lots to discuss this week as RWC delivered its first hammer blow

First I want to complement the organisation and attention to detail in the first game I watched between Canada and France. Played at Milton Keynes, it was my first experience of this RWC and it really was a fantastic occasion. […]

October 6th, 2015|

Kaplan’s Comments – Return of the Boks

JP_Pietersen_South_Africa_v_SamoaSo, despite all the hullabaloo, South Africa beat Samoa quite convincingly. We should not really have put ourselves in a must-win situation in the first place and hence the apprehension, but the reality is that Samoa has never beaten us before and it would have […]

September 30th, 2015|
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