Kaplan’s Comments

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Kaplan’s Comments – World Rugby and TMO’s

September 26th, 2015|

Firstly I thought it would apt if I sent a big shout out to UCT for winning the so-called World Varsity Rugby Championships. Coach Kevin Musikanth took a young but experienced team over and beat Trinity College of Ireland in the Final (17-0) . It's a great tribute to the club that they have been [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – What a weekend of rugby

September 21st, 2015|

Wow! What a weekend of rugby! The RWC has already dished up much more than most could have wished for.  After a spectacular opening ceremony, the scene was set for the opening match between hosts England and Fiji. The scoreboard will reflect that England won comfortably and achieved their bonus point win, but it wasn't [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – RWC Crunch Time & Currie Cup Round up

September 18th, 2015|

RWC crunch-time has arrived! There's a huge amount of excitement and expectation this week in the lead-up to the opening game of the RWC! The wait is over, and the first game scheduled for tonight should be a very good one. Underrated Fiji versus the hosts England promises to be a clash of styles and [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – A watered down Currie Cup

September 8th, 2015|

There was the usual Currie Cup fare with some predictable results but all four games had a little drama in them. The Currie Cup is not what it used to be. It is so watered down, and especially so in a RWC year with most of the Boks missing. It's a real pity, but it's [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Selectors will never please all

September 2nd, 2015|

There was a bit of Currie Cup rugby and a test match, which was of interest to me in particular, but probably the most important thing from a Bok perspective was the announcement of the team to represent SA at the RWC in England. There is always a story with any selection process, some lucky, [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – World Cup Preparations

August 27th, 2015|

Many international teams from the North are busy fine-tuning their teams for the upcoming RWC. Scotland and France pulled off narrow wins over Italy and England respectively, and Ireland and Wales will battle it out next week. These games are important as there isn't much time left for coaches to decide on their best teams [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Argentina vs South Africa

August 22nd, 2015|

Apologies for the late blog... Got a bit distracted this week! I went out to Boland Landbou to referee the school’s match against Paul Roos. What a magnificent advert for schools rugby in the Western Cape! In tough conditions, both teams set about their business in a truly professional manner, and I was really impressed [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – The Rugby Championship Round 2

July 27th, 2015|

I went up to Zimbabwe to participate in Peterhouse’s 60th anniversary celebrations and referee their match against Falcon. Friday night was a wonderful occasion with Gary Teichmann the guest speaker and comedian Nik Rabinowitz providing the laughs for the better part of an hour. It's amazing to see how a strong sense of community can [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Australia vs South Africa

July 20th, 2015|

What a dramatic test match! Yes, we again lost to the Wallabies in Brisbane, after bossing the game for most of the time. It appeared that some early substitutions may have been a contributing factor towards an agonising second defeat, but this is just conjecture on my part . How all these mavens suddenly come [...]

Kaplan’s Comments – Boks vs World XV

July 14th, 2015|

Not much to report on this week, I'm afraid The Boks played the so-called World XV in an attempt to try out a few things and see where they were in their preparation for the Championship. While we all know that often these teams are brimming with talent and full of world-class players, they often [...]

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