Episodes
Jared, Shaun and Thala review Week 3 of the Autumn Nations Series. The boys start in Genoa with the Springboks’ 63-21 win over Italy. They discuss Willie Le Roux’s attacking impact, what Manie Libbok could add to the backline and how best Nienaber can set up the backline. We look back to the crazy Scotland and Argentina card featuring 6 cards and over 10 tries and the crazy England and New Zealand draw. We finally touch on the Irish win against Australia and Shaun has another go on Ireland...
Published 11/22/22
Kooks and Shaun waxing lyrical about the World Cup Final and how the Black Ferns managed to keep the unbelievable forward dominance and driving from the Red Roses at bay long enough to win the title at Eden Park. We dive into the Springbok loss in Marseilles. the justified red cards with split opinion on the final try. Kooks talks about the Springboks being able to ’rest kickers’ after that phenomenal display by not one, or two but three Springboks this weekend. We talk about watching...
Published 11/16/22
Published 11/16/22
Jared, Shaun and Thala do a match-by-match review Week 1 (or is it 2?) of the Autumn Nations Series and the Rugby World Cup semifinals. We discuss about France’s last minute victory thanks to the Damian Penaud try, discuss whether the Australian performance could be a turning point, compare Charles Ollivon and Nic White’s moustache’s and tell you why Nick Mallet has Thomas Ramos wrong. At the Millennium Stadium, New Zealand thrash Wales, but we don’t refuse the opportunity to slander Codie...
Published 11/09/22
Jared, Shaun and Thala have a deep review of the Springboks’ 19-16 loss to Ireland in Dublin. We debate the Damian Willemse selection at 10, how he performed, who should play with him and whether we see Manie Libbok in the next test. We look at Willie Le Roux’s impact on the Bok attack, the struggles for the rolling maul and marvel at Jesse Kriel’s masterful defensive performance. We also look at what Ireland did well, Jimmy O’Brien’s excellent debut off the bench, the maul-stopping James...
Published 11/09/22
Jared, Kooks and Thala preview. The Autumn Nations Series and what to expect from a jam-packed window of test rugby.  We start off by asking which international window is the best and what makes the Autumn Internationals so special.  We preview the Ireland vs Springbok, we ask who are the favorites for this weekend and we find out why Thala is trying to end Willie Le Roux’s test career… We also preview the other tests happening this weekend and most importantly find out what agendas are...
Published 11/04/22
Jared, Kooks, Shaun and Thala are (finally!) all back together to review the weekend’s rugby. We start with the URC and the Stormers comeback victory over the Lions in Johannesburg, lead by Manie Libbok in scintillating form. We also discuss the performance of the Lions loose trio and we recruit more members to the Henco van Wyk hype train.  We review the Bulls dominating win over the Sharks at Loftus. While the Bulls saw strong performances from Johan Goosen and David Kriel, it’s same old...
Published 11/01/22
Kooks, Shaun and Thala are joined by Bulls player and SuperSport broadcaster Layla Arrison to review the group stages of the Rugby World Cup 2021. We talk about the performance of the Women Boks, the players that impressed us like Aseza Hele, Simamkele Namba, Latsha Babalwa, Nomawethu Mabenge, Nadine Roos and Zintle Mpupha. We talk about the challenges of playing as an amateur rugby player, the lack of opportunities for women rugby players in South Africa and how far (or close) are we from...
Published 10/27/22
Kooks, Jared and Shaun fight all the gremlins as they get through the podcast dealing not only with loadshedding but a whole bunch of other bugs. We dive into FirstPhase and after that a look into the SA Derbies coming this weekend. Due to technical difficulties we can not dive into the Sh1t Storm from Durban but we do end off having a great chat about the SA ’A’ side, who we want and we each select our squad bolters. Enjoy!
Published 10/25/22
Jared and Thala review Week 5’s URC action for the South African sides. They both laud Manie Libbok’s quality performance in the rain and discuss the decision to go for the drop goal in the last minute, as the Stormers played in the rain on Friday night. Looking at the Lions loss to Ulster, they look at what is different about the Lions this season, the turning points in the game and massive games from the Lions loosies and Duane Vermeulen. The Sharks review looks at their tight five being...
Published 10/18/22
Shaun and Thala let Kooks join the pod after serving his podcast suspension to review the weekend’s rugby. This week’s First Phase question was about combining different aspects of our favourite rugby players to create a Rugby Frankenstein and the results were terrifying! We reviewed the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup, which included a brave performance from the Springboks against France, Ruby Tui and Portia Woodman being unfair against Australia and a last gasp win for Wales. We...
Published 10/11/22
Shaun and Thala come together to discuss the weekend’s URC and Premiership action. The pair do a full review of the weekend’s URC games, including the Bulls players on the edge of breaking into the Springboks, the impressive young Lions backline, Mannie Libbok and Brok Harris leading the Stormers to a bonus point win and a new edition of “what is wrong with the Sharks”. Thala also shares his experience of being at the StoneX Stadium to watch Saracens and Leicester Tigers live and watching...
Published 10/05/22
The weeks First Phase question providing plenty of talking points with Eric Cantona, Serena Williams, Tommy Caldwell and LeBron James making the RugbyBits First Phase XV with thanks to some great suggestions from the Dirt Trackers. Thala and Shaun round up the Rugby Championship and give their team ratings along with Player of the Tournament for each nation. They look ahead to the November Tour and discuss Evan Roos at length along with how things may unfold with the SA A game in...
Published 09/28/22
Thala is back in the driving seat and joined by Jared and Shaun as they look back at the Springbok bonus point win over Argentina. They look into the phenomenal first half and why the lack of accuracy in the second. They take a look at the players that stood out and ahead to this weekends clash, predicting who will start at 10 and how the bench will be set up. For this weeks first phase we discuss the most hilarious out of position stories we have heard or played in. From props...
Published 09/20/22
Jared and Shaun are solo again as we wait for Thala to rejoin us and Racing 92 to win so Kooks comes back. We take a look at Neil Powell’s coaching career, one that is unlikely to be matched by anyone in the near future. He has amassed countless medals but the humble man lists other things as his greatest achievement as a coach, leader and mentor. Jared speaks of how none of it is possible without Paul Treu and Shaun jokes at how the Springbok succession plan problem was solved way back...
Published 09/13/22
Shaun drives today as Kooks and Jared take a deeper look into the Springbok backline, Siya Kolisi and the loose trio. The podcasts takes an unusual turn with the focus being mainly on the backline who played well against Australia and helped the Springboks to a bonus point win. We start off with some news from around the world before our weekly segment called First Phase. This week we discuss our favorite Springbok wins, outside of the three RWC final triumphs. We ask the question about...
Published 09/07/22
We are joined by journalist Dylan Jack as he, Shaun and Jared breakdown the Springbok loss against the Wallabies in Round 3 of the Rugby Championship. We touch on squad depth, the bench and efficiency of the Bomb Squad. We talk about the elephant in the room from Saturday’s game regarding two key moments and we look ahead to this weeks game against Australia. We have a look at the history made by Michael Cheika and Argentina and how deep in the dwang is Foster now plus a look at the...
Published 08/30/22
Jared finally gets back on the airwaves after making a move overseas. He and Shaun have a look at the match day 23’s posted by Nienaber and Rennie. They take a deep dive into some key match up’s and where both sides will look to gain ascendancy.  We veer off track by chatting about the Munster fixture added to the November tour and what that means for (we hope) the 42 man squad selected. We focus on Joseph Dweba, Duane Vermeulen, Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn.
Published 08/25/22
Kooks drives the show with Thala and Jared away as we are joined by Dave Wessels to discuss the Springbok selections ahead of the Wallaby game in Round 3 of the Rugby Championship. We all take a trip down memory lane in picking our best Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship memories for this weeks First Phase segment. Dave dives deeper into player selection and naming teams early vs late as well as some great insight into planning and training as well as using data and effective...
Published 08/23/22
Kooks, Shaun and Thala break down the second round of the Rugby Championship, focusing on the Springboks defeat to the All Blacks at Ellis Park. We debate whether the Bomb Squad and the 6-2 split has run its course, the backline reshuffle after Jesse Kriel’s injury and the fantastic performance of Lukhanyo Am on the wing. Kooks also reveals the true reason the Springboks lost. On the All Blacks side, Shaun was forced to say nice things about Rieko Ioane at 13 and we discuss what New Zealand...
Published 08/17/22
Kooks and Thala get together to look at the teams and preview the 2nd round of the Rugby Championships, with a particular focus on South Africa and New Zealand. They look at the changes made for the second test by both sides, Kooks asks for people to respect Jesse Kriel and looks forward to a more attacking approach from the Springboks. Kooks and Thala then try to work out what New Zealand is trying to do, why Kooks wants to fight Ian Foster and Thala predicts that the writing is on the...
Published 08/12/22
Jared, Shaun and Thala look back on the first game week of the Rugby Championship and South Africa’s 26-10 victory over New Zealand and Australia’s bonus point 41-26 victory in Argentina. The team discusses whether this is the most impressive Springbok victory over New Zealand in the professional era, rave about Lukhanyo Am and marvel at how some second choice players like Jasper Wiese, Jaden Hendrikse and Damian Willemse have stepped up in their positions. We then look at what’s wrong with...
Published 08/10/22
Thala is alone with a short preview pod for the Springboks against the All Blacks in Mbombela in the opening round of the Rugby Championship. He goes through the two teams, the major changes and talking points from the two selections. He sets out some of the areas of the game which will be decisive, tries to predict how the All Blacks will play on Saturday and finally makes a prediction. Enjoy in the build up to the test match.
Published 08/05/22
Kooks, Shaun and Thala kick off season 2 of the podcast with a big Rugby Championship preview. We start in the First Phase segment discussing what their go-to imaginary rugby move is, which starts a discussion on the merits of a good sidestep around a shopper against offloading a water bottle out of contact. Then we get into the meat of the Rugby Championship preview and each of us discusses what our biggest question for each of the teams are. From questions about who the fullback of the...
Published 08/02/22
Kooks and Thala paired up to review all the deciders during week 3 of the July test period. In our First Phase segment, we looked at the best players from the July tests all over the word. We then took a deep dive into the Springboks win in the 3rd test against Wales. We discuss what both sets of coaches learned from the test series, the growth in the Springboks’ attacking game plan, the emergence of Damian Willemse and Jaden Hendrikse, the importance of Willie le Roux and the standard...
Published 07/20/22