THE 2002 Super 12 rugby season will best be remembered for two chief reasons; the first being the incredible run of 11 successive wins by the all-conquering Crusaders and, secondly, for the absolutely shocking display by the South African sides.
FIVE-key players in the South African national under-23 team were left behind due to club commitments when their compatriots jetted off to France on Wednesday night for a three-week international tournament.
The final straw has been clutched; the camel's back has been broken. The penultimate round of log action in the Super 12 is upon us and finally we can say without fear of reprisal that no South African team will contest a semifinal spot this year.
The Commonwealth Games could restore the lustre to South African sport. At this time of mourning for our national sporting teams we don't need some poncy philosopher to remind us that success on the international sporting stage is an ebb 'n flow situation.
The goalless draw between Cosmos and Amazulu on Wednesday afternoon saw Jomo Sono's dream of clinching the league title evaporate ? and bedtime brought the Amazulu players nightmares as they became the second team after Classic to be relegated from the premiership.
Trials will show the Springbok coach what the Super 12 cannot... Rudolf Straeuli wandered into the pressroom at King's Park last Saturday wearing two surprising things: a jacket three sizes too big for him and a large smile.