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Kaplan’s Comments – Six Nations Round Three 2016

March 1st, 2016|

There 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 public. This is not the rugby that either team is [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – RBS Six Nations Round 2 2016

February 16th, 2016|

I 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 thought Jaco Peyper had an ordinary performance. While many of [...]

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

February 9th, 2016|

The 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 game. I thought JP Doyle delivered an assured performance where [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby World Cup Final 2015

November 4th, 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. The bronze medal match between South Africa and Argentina did not live up to expectations. [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – The RWC Semi-Finals

October 26th, 2015|

The 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 first time since 1995 that two Southern Hemisphere teams will [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Joubert and World Rugby

October 24th, 2015|

Getty Images 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 version of events (I'm not convinced that the ball is actually [...]

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

October 19th, 2015|

Getty Images 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 the modern era, but it was tense, it was tactical, and [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Into the business end

October 17th, 2015|

Last 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 of Sexton , Mahoney and later the [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – RWC delivers its first hammer blow

October 6th, 2015|

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. The stadium was [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Return of the Boks

September 30th, 2015|

So, 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 taken a huge effort by Manu Samoa to turn that [...]

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