RugbyBits focuses on the Springboks the United Rugby Championships and #SaffasAbroad, while also looking at the big news and results all over the rugby world.
The podcast is co-hosted by Jared Wright, Kuhle Sonsiki, Shaun Lilford and Thala Msutu.
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Libbok Impresses, Uncontested Scrums Rant and Fairly Rated Players
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 from not learning from their mistakes in July. Thala sets out why Ireland and France have the stats to back them up as the main contenders for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Our First Phase was a discussion of fairly rated players which featured mention of Juan Smith, JP Pietersen, Adi Jacobs and Tom Curry.
Sensational World Cup Final, Try or No Try & Manie Libbok Praise
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 rugby seated, standing or throwing things and Kooks misses his chance to mention Finn Russell (what is this world coming to?)
Finally we dissent the Springbok Match Day 23 to face Italy. We talk about the 13 position, Evan Roos and Manie Libbok with mention of a ’hold my beer’ moment by Jacques Nienaber as he names what IS actually the biggest hitting 10,12 & 13 ever to play Test Rugby
Penaud brilliance, sleeping on Los Pumas & epic RWC Semi Final’s
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 Taylor and Caleb Clarke as we discuss whether these All Black wins are a false dawn.
We celebrate the Pumas victory in Twickenham over England and discuss if they are getting the respect they deserve and have another conversation about what is this England team missing.
We talk about the shock of Italy’s thrashing of Samoa and Scotland scraping through against Fiji.
Finally, we celebrate two epic semifinals at the Rugby World Cup as the Red Roses and the Black Ferns ensure the dream final takes place - it will certainly be the match of the year. We salute the best amateur rugby team in the world, Canada and how they competed against England and commiserate with France on their narrow loss to New Zealand.
Josh van der Flier’s biltong bonus, Kriel defence & Willemse debate
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 Ryan and whether the Irish loose trio (led by Johannesburg’s Josh van der Flier) is the best trio in the world.
We also debut a new segment called Quick Taps and discuss what changes we will see for the French game and what will the two teams take from this clash into their Rugby World Cup pool game.
Our First Phase discussed the worst kicks we’ve seen, which included a hilarious drop goal attempt at Hamilton Rugby Club.
The Autumn Nations Series Is Here!
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 driving this window. All this and more on the RugbyBits pod.
The band is back together, the Henco van Wyk hype train and Portia Woodman, the record breaker
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 same old for the Sharks.
We turn to international rugby and a lackluster win for the All Blacks in Japan and Australia’s last gasp winner Scotland with a smart play from Nic White, leading to a Kinghorn v Hastings v Russell debate about the Scottish flyhalf position.
We finish off by looking at the women’s Rugby World Cup quarterfinals ,Portia Woodman claiming the most tries in Rugby World Cup history and gauge the chances France and Canada could spring upsets against the Black Ferns and the Red Roses.