The 1974 Lions – mud islands’s greatest ever rugby team.

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A rugby read for the ages.

Western Province just beat the Lions locally in the Currie Cup, but either side of that this past weekend, I was reading about the unstoppable 1974 British Lions that swept everyone aside on a famous tour of South Africa in “When the Lions came to town” by Luke Alfred.

South African rugby was in a particularly dark place at that time, but even if they weren’t, these tourists were something very special and would probably have beaten anything in their day.

Let’s wind back the years and see them in action, and touch on some elements of the book.

The 2014 Currie Cup Final Preview.

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Time to raise Awehness.

Western Province have said the Golden Lions are the favourites, and the Golden Lions said they aren’t going to be drawn into mind games.

Truth is this one is tighter than a Scotsman at a bar, and it really can go either way.

Let’s then look at the factors influencing this ‘either way’ final that we have to enjoy this weekend.

 

Currie Cup crunch time.

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The Cup that still means a great deal in SA.

Into the final weekend of regulation play in the 2014 Currie Cup.

Western Province have 1st place sewn up already, but there is everything to play for below that as home-semi and semi-final places are decided.

Let’s have a look at the log, and wildly speculate from there.

Duane Vermeulen – the heart of the Springbok team.

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The Boks play the All Blacks tomorrow, and much of the talk centres around if Duane Vermeulen will be fit to play or not. Many are saying the only chance the Boks have of winning hinges solely on if he is fit for the encounter. To back this up, Heyneke Meyer is leaving it as late as possible to decide this. Here is why…

Duane has been such a standout performer for the Boks over the past two years, and we all really hope he runs on tomorrow. Big games need big time players like him.

Springboks vs All Blacks history quiz.

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Have you got the right answers?

Rugby’s biggest Test match, and this week’s biggest sporting drawcard – Springboks vs All Blacks.

Ellis Park is the place where this fixture matters most. The teams met there post-isolation, and it’s where the ’95 World Cup final took place.

Time now then for a little quiz themed around the history of these two proud rugby teams.

Bok team to drib the Aussies by 15 on Saturday.

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Bokke by the mountain again.

The Boks are back in the S of A for the final leg of the Rugby Championships. First assignment of which is the Aussies in Cape Town this weekend.

Francois Louw and Ruan Pienaar were major casualties from the narrow loss to the All Blacks in Wellington, so let’s see how the team shapes up before they give their Aussies what they deserve on game day.