Category Archives: The Tight Head

2014 Super Rugby SA Teams Preview

Although it already feels like 2014 has been on the go for months, complements of the season to all! January is always a funny sort of month for us rugby fans. There really are only two months during the entire year where no meaningful 15-man rugby is played. December is alright because we’re all lying […]

Reviewing the International Rugby Year

The last International rugby has finally been played for the year. Through the contentious refereeing, the absurdly poor turfs and the Ruan Pienaar, there were also some great positives. In a year that the All Blacks became the first ever to go undefeated in the modern era, the Springboks won in Mendoza, Paris and Brisbane and […]

Refereeing is a team sport

Seriously, how hard is it to arrange that a panel of international quality referees all interpret the rules of the game along the same, or at least similar, lines? Before I continue, I realise that there is a massive risk to an all-out attack against referees. Obviously what they do is very difficult and also […]

Springbok breeding ground or World Cup Warm-up?

For purposes of this week’s column let’s assume for a moment that I am in favour of selecting overseas based players for the Springboks. For the record I’m not and one day, when I can muster the energy, we’ll have that debate but for now let’s go with it. With that assumption, we can then […]

Long live Test match rugby

It’s been a little over a week since the Ellis Park Test between the Springboks and the All Blacks and I’m finally starting to recover from the sheer magnitude of the occasion. It needs to be discussed but it’s not the focus of this article, so I’ll try to be brief. The Boks lost 38 […]

The Tighthead – What role does a coach play in the professional era?

When I was at school, my rugby coaches taught me how play the game. They taught me how to tackle, avoid getting tackled, scrum and maul. In hindsight, they must have been rubbish because I hashed all four of those disciplines! At varsity, our coaches were more administrative in nature. They made sure we had […]

The Tight Head – Where to for the Currie Cup?

Sport romantics the world over live for traditions. From small anecdotes of a cricketer duct taping his bat to the ceilings of the change room until it was needed, to administrators of massive teams choosing to play in a smaller, older stadium as opposed to a newly built high capacity world class facility just a […]

The Tight Head – Is Rugby Becoming Softer?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you’ll be well aware of the controversial refereeing calls made during the Boks vs All Black Test this past weekend. Almost every rugby scribe has penned their opinion on the Test and, in particular, the yellow cards shown to Bismarck du Plessis, Kieran […]

The Tight Head – A Second Coming?

Well, that didn’t take very long. In fact it took all of 20 minutes. To be fair though it was a pretty decent 20 minutes. The dust had hardly settled at the FNB Stadium after the Boks’ first win over Argentina, thanks in part to a seemingly evergreen Fourie du Preez, and SA Rugby appeared […]

A Front Rower’s Perspective

The debate around scrum laws is a bit like that of cricket’s DRS or football’s goal-line technology; it’s highly controversial and likely to outlive us all. The scrum debate has been rucked into the spotlight once again this week due to the new laws being tested in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in […]