Straeuli buys more time
November 12, 2003
In the end it was just about what any Springbok fan could have hoped for before the tournament but by the standards the majority of their fans set it will be viewed as a disappointment.
In my short stop in Cape Town before heading to Australia it was evident that amidst all the promotion of the tournament, the blanket coverage of squad preparations and 'our blood is green' banners that the sountry and the team were confident they could put their so-so year behind them and make a mark on the World Cup stage.
They left with the hopes of a nation but in the end they returned home earlier this week in gloom having failed in the two big Tests of their credentials against England in Perth and New Zealand in Melbourne.
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September