'Ugly' Faf incident blasted

2011-03-26 09:29

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – A leading English newspaper has called for disciplinary action against New Zealand 12th man Kyle Mills after Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis copped Kiwi abuse following his role in the run-out of team-mate AB de Villiers in the World Cup quarter-final at Mirpur.

Video: Mills taunts Faf du Plessis

Video: Smith faces the press

Gallery: Proteas crash out

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday after the Black Caps’ upset triumph, Simon Briggs said: “For all New Zealand’s excellence in the field, there was also an ugly side to their display.

“Immediately after De Villiers’s dismissal, their 12th man Kyle Mills brought out the drinks and began sledging Francois du Plessis, whose ill-advised call had led to the wicket.

“Du Plessis then shoved Mills in return, and was surrounded by a pack of angry New Zealanders, who could clearly be seen swearing at him.

“It is easy to see why Mills and company wanted to remind Du Plessis of his error, as he was South Africa’s last specialist batsman, and they hoped to put him off his game.

“But their foul-mouthed, intimidatory huddle was the type of thing you see more often in football than cricket. The ICC should discipline Mills for his needless intervention.”

Kiwis try to intimidate Faf du Plessis (Gallo Images)


  • sannahan - 2011-03-26 09:50

    The Kiwis outplayed us, but they also outbehaved us. I could not believe what I saw. It seemed as if they were baying for blood. I would have been very embarrassed if I had been their coach.

      Blougroen - 2011-03-26 09:59

      I would rather blame the selectors who left us one experienced batsman short . . . . And if I am Faf - ill tell the world exactly what the Kiwi 12th man had to say . . . in his own words . . Strange thing about the picture - why are the NZ's so small ??

      Christiaan - 2011-03-26 10:16 that they can run faster between the wickets!!

      richard.aytoun - 2011-03-26 10:45

      Blougroen has totally missed the point - the selectors had nothing to do with the incident - the Kiwi's at that stage were on the back foot & it was them that displayed unprofessional conduct & the whole team got involved therefor the whole team must face disciplinary action!

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-26 10:46

      @ Blougroen, they are all starting to evolve in their number 1 passion, sheep shagging..... I noticed that even in Rugby they get smaller!!

      Castro Profile - 2011-03-26 14:25

      @chrismtb007 - So you are saying that South Africa got beaten by sheep-shagging midgets? Lol, doesn't say much for your team then.

      GB - 2011-03-26 14:27

      @ Blougroen There is an old saying that goes like this "it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but rather the size of the fight in the dog". Never has this been more evident in yesterdays match. The New Zealanders showed more grit, determination and will to win than the SA team. The only exception in the SA team is AB de Villiers and he is one of the smallest - makes your comment look pretty stupid don't you think. And if you think that when SA had their tails up when they were bowling there was no sledging on their part, then you are either naive or ignorant.

      Bloodbane - 2011-03-26 19:18

      GB - you are the naive one.... at what point in time (please tell me the time so I can go through the vidoes footage) did SA send in someone off the field to attack on the of the NZ players...and surround him with other attcakers???? please tell me!!! cause if they did not do that... it shows YOU are the idiot naive moron you does not have the intelligance to know what is right or wrong and please F* off and never comment here again... cause i will attack ever comment you try say and show you for the idiot you really are!

      Greg - 2011-03-28 07:22

      How very adult Bloodbane is. - 2011-03-28 14:54

      you are right embarrased is a under statement.

  • RobinHood - 2011-03-26 09:56

    If the heat is too much, get out of the kitchen Winers, cry babies, idiots chokers

      gwolfaardt - 2011-03-26 10:07

      Hear Hear, im with you, typical south african, loose the game and now it's everybody else fault but there own

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-26 10:34

      If yopu actually read the article, you will see that it is the British media that called for diciplinary measures, not a South African!!! dumb Sheep Shagger!!

      richard.aytoun - 2011-03-26 10:41

      That was not a kitchen - that was the sewer!

      infidel - 2011-03-26 11:26

      Ah, here they go again, after suffering another defeat when they and all their narrow minded supporters are in shock because they all believe it is South Africa's right to win every game. Wake up morons, your team is not near as good as you think they are. Admit it, you are all so happy that Faf got sledged, because now you have a crutch to hang on and try and deflect the reality that you got outplayed by an average team. Go and and spew your constant insults to everyone, and just show everyone in this forum what sick, bad losers you are. I suppose South Africa has never sledged any team hey?

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-26 11:42

      @Infedel, I can see that you have no clue what you are talking about.. as a matter of fact, we are used to drop out of the cricket world cup, it happens everytime. And yes, we sledged a lot of teams, a lot of big teams, from Australia to India, over and over. Come to think of it, what use was your comment anyway? trying to say South Africans are narrow minded?? at least we do not have a suicide support line for sporting enthusiasts like in New Zealand.... The fact is also again, the British media called for a diciplinary action, not a South African... READ THE ARTICLE!!!!!! it must be hard living in your lonely world!!!

  • uMegaladon - 2011-03-26 10:05

    kiwi trash... (and don't bring the sore loser bs- that's the same as the racial card). This is what prompts bad behavior at schoolboy level that so many parental thugs and morons in SA promote.

  • CapeBuffalo - 2011-03-26 10:23

    The look on Ab's face tells the storey..............................

  • Michael Holten - 2011-03-26 10:25

    It's cricket, they all do that, South Africa included. Faf lost it, he should be the one being disciplined not Mills. I actually wonder if South Africa threw the game. It amazes me that such a strong side can collapse at crucial moments like a pack of cards, repeatedly.

      Kaapie - 2011-03-26 11:03

      Yeah this is the 2nd time we throw away a game in similar circumstances. Against India @ Ceturion when we were 127/2 and get bowled out chasing 180 and now again against quite frankly an ordinary side. Wonder if there was any side betting involved.

      Rapier - 2011-03-26 11:04


      pensioner - 2011-03-26 12:50

      @ Michael Holten-smart arse- have you seen the percentage of fines imposed by the ICC. 120% of match fee for Mills, 90% for Vetori and 50 % for FAF. NOW WHO WAS THE ONE TO START IT ALL

  • vicj - 2011-03-26 10:27

    Faf should never opened his mouth before the game. Its come back to haunt him now.

  • li'l cherub - 2011-03-26 10:35

    And I, mistakenly, was under the impression that yobbo behaviour in cricket had been copyrighted by the Australians. I was initially impressed with your tenacity (having missed this incident during the TV broadcast) but after seeing this......I DON'T THINK SO!

  • powachair - 2011-03-26 10:41

    Bunch of cry babies. It's part of the game. They're men not kids

      Bull Terrier - 2011-03-26 11:01

      I have previously read some of you blogs and there you seemed much more objective. All sporting codes have a clause somewhere in their rules about "bringing the game in disrepute" meaning somethings are fair and some not. Good quality and clever sledging in my opinion is part of the game and actually contributes to the spectacle (the Warnie-Cullinan one comes to mind). For a non participating player to come onto the field and make some low life remark is just bad sportsmanship and getting cheesed off about it is not being a cry baby. It is still a only game after all?? I mean right now issues in Japan and Libya aresomewhat higher on the scale of importance than say loosing in the world cup?

      Juggernaut - 2011-03-27 10:22

      Swearing part of the game? Why not headbutting, stiff arm tackling and eye gouging?

      one-way - 2011-03-27 10:43

      It`s just not cricket old chap. Bad form!

  • marco - 2011-03-26 10:48

    I don't know if the following example of a major sporting nation like SPAIN has any relevance to the PROTEA'S under the circumstances as they,Spain,were once also labelled "eternal chokers" by the media prior to their win of the 2010 World Cup. Here are some excerpts from Spain over the years at major sporting events: World Cup tournament of 1934 Spain progressed as far as the quarter-finals,drawing 1-1 with Italy,but losing 1-0 in a replay. World Cup 1950 Spain headed their qualifying group,ahead of England,Chile and the USA,progressing to the final round. However,the Spaniards were subsequently defeated by Brazil and Sweden.Their 4th place was their best performance in the tournament. World Cup 1962 Spain failed to qualify for any major tournament until the 1962 World Cup.They were eliminated at the group stage,having been drawn alongside Brazil, Czechoslovakia and Mexico. World Cup 1966 Following success at the European Championships of 1964,Spain were automatic qualifiers for the England-hosted World Cup of 1966.However,they again disappointed,losing to Argentina and West Germany and beating only Switzerland,exiting in the first round. World Cup of 1970,1974,1978 Spain failed to qualify in 1970 and 1974 but comfortably qualified for the 1978 finals,losing only away to Romania.They made an inauspicious start to the finals,losing 2-1 to Austria and a subsequent goalless draw with Brazil and a 1-0 win over Sweden couldn`t prevent their elimination. Hosted the first 24-team World Cup finals in 1982 With high expectations they started poorly again,with a 1-1 draw with group "minnows" Honduras.However,an impressive 2-1 victory over Yugoslavia saw them progress to the second stage, despite a 1-0 loss to Northern Ireland.They were drawn in Group B alongside West Germany and England. Following a 2-1 loss to the Germans and a goalless draw with England,Spanish fans were again disappointed. 1986 Mexico-hosted tournament to 2010 South Africa Spain topped their qualifying group for the 1986 Mexico-hosted tournament. Following an opening 1-0 defeat by Brazil, they progressed with victories over Northern Ireland and Algeria. In the second round, Spain thrashed undefeated Denmark 5-1 to set up a quarter-final clash with Belgium. Spain`s campaign ended with Belgium winning 5-4 on penalties. In 1990, Spain qualified impressively from a group containing the Republic of Ireland, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Malta. They opened their finals campaign with an unimpressive 0-0 draw with Uruguay, but recovered to beat Korea and Belgium. However, a 2-1 second round loss to Yugoslavia saw them again exit earlier than expected. Spain qualified very impressively for the 1994 tournament and were confidently expected to qualify from Group C. They drew with Korea and Germany, needing a 3-1 win over Bolivia to ensure their progress. A straightforward 3-0 win over Switzerland set up a quarter final with Italy. In the dying minutes of the game, Spanish midfielder Luis Enrique was left with a broken nose, having been fouled inside the area, but no penalty was awarded. Italy won 2-1. 1998 was one of the most disappointing World Cup campaigns for Spain. They qualified easily enough, undefeated in a qualifying group containing Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic. At the finals their qualification was confidently expected from a group containing Bulgaria, Nigeria and Paraguay. In their opening fixture, against Nigeria, they led 1-0 and 2-1 but the Africans eventually won 3-2. Fans were again disappointed by a goalless draw with Paraguay. The Spaniards thrashed Bulgaria 6-1 in their final group fixture, offering some hope of progression. However, Spanish hopes were dashed when Paraguay beat Nigeria 3-1, leaving the Spaniards in 3rd place and out of the tournament at the first hurdle. Qualifying for South Korea 2002 went as expected with Spain topping their qualifying group. In the finals, they were drawn in Group B, alongside Paraguay, South Africa and Slovenia. The Spaniards won all three group games, facing the Republic of Ireland in the second phase. Despite being left with 9 men, due to injuries, in extra-time, Spain held on for a win on penalties, progressing to a quarter-final showdown with the hosts. Fernando Morientes had a goal disallowed as the referee deemed the ball to have one out of play, though replays showed that it hadn`t! The ensuing penalty shootout saw Spain defeated, facing another, highly controversial quarter-final exit. Spain struggled in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup. Despite mixed results they managed a playoff spot, defeating Slovakia 6-2 on aggregate. In the finals, they were drawn in an easy group and progressed with wins over Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. However, they were eliminated in the second round by a more experienced French side. The New York Times:Deserving Spain Finally Wins the World Cup.So many World Cup finals were dark affairs for the Spanish,with one shadow or another looming over them. So South Africa keep trying and learn from Inicio Real Federación Española de Fútbol/The Royal Spanish Football Federation and don't ever give up trying no matter how many times you CHOKE.

      Rapier - 2011-03-26 11:06

      Another cut and paste - A blog is not meant to be a BOOK!

      ChumScrubber - 2011-03-26 13:20

      Hopefully our attempt to win won't take as long as Spain. I couldn't bear the pain!

      li'l cherub - 2011-03-26 14:47

      Spain doesn't play cricket, so WTF relevance is their ineptitude (up until 2011) at the SOCCER World Cup have to do with THIS article?

  • Jean-Paul - 2011-03-26 10:50

    Yes, the kiwi's won.........but i never knew they had that side to them....always preferred them to the longer! You can go on about us being sore losers....but it's not the case.....we're used to it.......least we got more class on the was disgusting, pathetic, scummy, unnecessary and in bad taste! Maybe all the prisoners have relocated to NZ now!! Come on Sri Lanka...or dare i say it England!!

      Hamner - 2011-03-26 11:08

      Give Smith and company another crutch to lean on - next time what will it be??

  • Bull Terrier - 2011-03-26 10:51

    Bad luck guys, pretty sure you are yourselves as gutted as the fans are, but that's sport. Would have loved for SA to win but now is the time to move on again. It is over and it is done. There will be another opportunity. Don't sweat it too much, NZ's time of choking is around the corner, it is called RWC. Mind you, I now know what they feel like every time they loose out on the RWC when they are the favourites.

      BCC - 2011-03-26 11:52

      remember this comment when we win this year and your pathetic team is beaten in pool play

      BCC - 2011-03-26 11:54

      you would have to be worried that you might have to play scotland. Do you remember losing to them. Thats right they beat your asses. Pathetic

      Bull Terrier - 2011-03-26 12:10

      Hey BCC, touched a nerve there did we hmmm? Are you also gonna pull a Mills on me and insult me?? See he got fined match fee plus 20%. If you want to sledge, at least be clever at it

  • Claude - 2011-03-26 10:53

    Typical New Zealand lack of sportsmanship - They will not get past the next round - their luck has now run out.

      BCC - 2011-03-26 11:49

      Yeah but we still got further than your team loser.

      BCC - 2011-03-26 11:50

      and if you want to see the appalling lack of sportsmanship then go have a look at your rugby teams. By the way your crap team didn't choke because that would imply they were a decent team.

      chrismtb007 - 2011-03-26 11:57

      @BCC, yep, the rugby teams, like the Kiwi's, for years they are on the top of world rugby, but never win when it matters, it became so bad that the rules are being changed to fit in with the Kiwi Style, but yet again, they still cant win when they need too. Spormanship??? go ask Mr. McCaw about sportmanship... the dirtiest player on the rugby field, and he always gets away with it!!! Sportmanship from a kiwiw??? whats that, can you smoke it????

      Bull Terrier - 2011-03-26 12:16

      Hey BCC, who taught you to type "sportsmanship"? I believe that to be a very foreign concept in the land of the long white cloud (translated meaning "the land of crap weather")

      Andy49 - 2011-03-26 20:43

      @chrismtb007 I thought that title belonged to Bakkies Botha? Richie may get away with supposed 'dirty play' because he is an intelligent rugby player unlike Bakkies.

      Boetjan - 2011-03-26 23:09

      @BCC there's only one team in the world that chokes more than the proteas and thats the all blacks.. the only world cup they won, we werent even in it. You're really in no position to judge the proteas

  • Edward - 2011-03-26 11:01

    So effing what! I do not care one bit what was said. All that matters to me, is that the bastards choked yet again. I do not care that poor Faf coulnd't handle a little sledging. For the 5th consecutive CWC, a team ranked 1st in ODI's didn't manage to survive the knock outs. How is it possible, that we have lost 4 out of 6 games in CWC against NZ; consistently the lowest ranked member nation? The only time we can feel we had the short hand of the stick was in '92; the rest, typical, useless chokers. Please go DIAF.

      Brendon - 2011-03-26 22:12

      We were ranked number 4 by the way.

  • Kaapie - 2011-03-26 11:01

    The game was there for us to win. The Kiwi's didnt win as much as we lost it. Frankly, I am glad that is Biff's last game as captain. Now with Tahir the premium spinner, Botha doesnt automatically make the squad with Petersen also showing up in the spin dept. It is now between AB and Amla, with Amla having captained SA u/19 and such a unflustered character he should be the captain. Do I support SA of course I do. Interestingy, 3 of the four sub continent teams made the quarters and hopefully two of them will go to the finals. Go Sri Lanka beat England and then India will hopefully win the WC with Gary at the helm

  • Big Mouth - 2011-03-26 11:07

    It's just not cricket !! But anyway.... 2 guys with bats and helmets vs 3 guys. They should have smacked them or at least returned the challenge. Anyway.... it's our team and we gotta love them still. I am rooting for Pakistan.

      ebdg3000 - 2011-03-26 11:27

      Yeah, Faf should've beat him with his bat, good and proper, at least we would've won the fights then ...

  • HagenDan - 2011-03-26 11:07

    This has absolutely nothing to do with being sore losers. Smith did not raise this issue, foreign commentators are the ones who are talking about it and it has nothing whatsoever to do with our loss which we probably deserved. It is however disgusting to see, I watch cricket for a break from that kind of behaviour I'm used to seeing in other sports. I've always liked the Kiwis but after this incident I hope they get thoroughly and humiliatingly stuffed by whoever they play next. And people need to get over saying "choker" every time we lose. Only one team can win the world cup, does that make the rest "chokers"? Get a life. Bitterly disappointed once again by our team with so much potential, but I for one am proud of the boys (that infuriating mindset aside, there were positives) and know that when that world cup victory finally comes our way (ala Spain) it will be all the sweeter. Forever Proteas.

      one-way - 2011-03-27 10:46


  • Bull Terrier - 2011-03-26 11:10

    Jeez, we lost a game, admittedly a fairly important one, but still only a game. it is not like we got hit by an earthquake, tsunami or smart weapons and bombs and tank shells. I would have like for the boys to have won the cup, but it wasn't our or their time. To bad mouth the players left right and centre won't change anything now or in the future. I do not personally like all the choices were made but hell, I am pretty sure that all the players would have played for no payment if that meant they could win the CWC. If you (players and supporters alike) can't take loosing (even when it is hard) you do not deserve to win - this is one of life's truths.

  • bobzzz - 2011-03-26 11:14

    hulle is niks gewoond

  • JF - 2011-03-26 11:19

    Chokers, Chokers, Chokers, Chokers!

      HClub - 2011-03-26 11:43

      Nothing to disagree with here. Ladies - get over it. SA sledge other teams including NZ all the time. What, are you pretending that they don't? Do you need a crutch to help the pain? The one player who was really in the wrong here was this du Plessis guy - he resorted to physical contact, which is just unacceptable in cricket. He was lucky he hasn't been banned for a couple of games. (Not that his next couple of games are going to be very important ones, in any event.)

      Gungets Tuft - 2011-03-27 12:04

      HClub - you are wrong. Get the facts. Mills and Vettori fines 120% of match fee for PHYSICAL CONTACT. Faf fined 50% for involvement but NO PHYSICAL CONTACT. ""Vettori and Mills continued to act inappropriately and contrary to the spirit of the game throughout, hence the second charges were laid against them. "In determining the punishment I have taken into consideration the fact that none of these players have previously been involved in similar breaches of the code." While Vettori and du Plessis accepted the sanctions, Mills pleaded not guilty to the charges. A full hearing was conducted by Mahanama in the presence of the four umpires, Mills and the New Zealand team manager. Mills was found guilty after Mahanama heard oral submissions from the player and the match officials and considered video evidence of the incident." So it appears that Mills is not only ill-bred but a liar as well.

  • aubrey_lab - 2011-03-26 11:26

    Faf for captaincy!

  • bar-one - 2011-03-26 11:32

    I was just wondering how graham smith kept his place , when he has failed to contribute anything of value for a very very long time. How is it that non performers like him are always guaranteed a spot...captain otr not?

  • frangelico - 2011-03-26 11:58

    @chefbob09,Yes the Proteas lost but they showed themselves to be gracious in defeat.The KIWIS showed themselves to be be boorish rotten sconderals,hope they get thumped really badly in their last few games.Whatever respect the Kiwi as a sporting nation may have had, has just been flushed down the toilet.

      Stuart - 2011-03-26 12:33

      you guys are pathetic, was there any punches thrown? was there any ball tampering? was there a thrown match? no there was a few words said woopie, sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me , thats what I teach my 6 yr old, GROW UP

      sannahan - 2011-03-26 13:50

      Stuart - The point is that this sledging was totally out of control. If your '6 year-old' had seen that, what would you have told him... no harm done? I said it before and say it once more - I would have been immensely embarrassed if I had been the coach. I wanted to include the captain, but he himself had his share of the spoils.

  • JustBluePeter - 2011-03-26 12:19

    It was disgusting. The moment was awesome, one of two big turning points in the game, the South African heads dropped and the New Zealanders believed. But Kyle Mills physically intimidated du Plessis. Disgraceful. He wasn't one of the eleven on the field and should be censored strongly for involving himself. But he has got off lightly, and it's poor form from the ICC to charge du Plessis. @chefbob. You're a Prat. Please go and support some other sport, we don't need people like you in cricket

  • MaLemmer - 2011-03-26 12:23

    At least someone in the SA team has some balls.....

      Brendon - 2011-03-26 22:15

      Faf for captain.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-03-26 12:25

    I never expected this from the Kiwis. I lost all my respect for them. I do not think the will win their next game. The previous world winners never behaved like this.

  • England69 - 2011-03-26 12:43

    my goodness SA supporters are bad losers, sledging has been a part of the game as long as players have been professional, Faf needs to grow a pair and turn the other cheek, well done the Kiwis for a superb bowling and fielding performance, SA choked again and the whingeing supporters are out in force!!!!!!

      sannahan - 2011-03-26 13:53

      Have you read the entries? The Black Caps nailed us and were deserved winners. I can tell you that if we had behaved that way I would have been disappointed and embarrassed. There is no excuse for that. What message is sent out to school boys?

      darkwing - 2011-03-27 08:26

      Oh dear, England, what do you say today? Your team rolled over like a puppy on its back. Talk about no backbone. Wonder what your whinging newspapers are up to today.

  • najanivea - 2011-03-26 12:51

    Stupid Faf lost us the game; he deserves everything the Kiwis gave him. Stick to farming you idiot

      sannahan - 2011-03-26 13:58

      Wow! Is this your cue when things go wrong? Faf made one mistake and now you are prepared to crucify him. He is part of our cricket future, but with a vulture like you hanging around our future look rather dim.

  • ChumScrubber - 2011-03-26 13:24

    Yes, we choked - but my respect for the Black Caps tenacity has taken a dent. This one they pushed a bit far. I hope they lose their semi.

  • Zion - 2011-03-26 13:47

    Just like in rugby and our subsequent losses to the All Blacks so we will not easily forget the hiding we have received at the hands of the Kiwis. We the supporters are the historical losers. This incident will haunt us a long time still and when convenient we will disinter it as an example of our perceived goodness.

  • Brent - 2011-03-26 15:44

    next time hit him with the bat faf

  • Chantal de Pierres - 2011-03-26 18:01

    There are certain players especially from Australia and New Zealand who ruin the tenor of a game, and it is so unpleasant that I will turn off the TV, unless of course they are playing the Proteas then I will grit my teeth till the end.

  • Chantal de Pierres - 2011-03-26 18:10

    Mignon- small and dainty- well said!

  • Ronaldo - 2011-03-26 21:05

    Kyle Mills kan bly wees Bakkies Botha speel nie krieket nie...

  • di - 2011-03-26 21:17

    Not the kind of behaviour I expected of the kiwis - they stopped being my 2nd favourite team yesterday with that behaviour. btw rapier: not mignons - i think the word you were looking for was minnows.

  • Pienk Zuit - 2011-03-26 22:03

    Justice will be sweet when we beat the All Blacks in New Zealand. They're even bigger chokers than the Proteas.

  • Lloyd Williams - 2011-03-26 23:19

    Its part of the game, abit of sledging here and there. The Choking Proteas will always look for excuses to hide their shame......

  • LUFC - 2011-03-27 01:00

    Mountain out of a mole hill

  • Joshua - 2011-03-27 03:11

    Im a kiwi, and im completely embarrased by this sort of behaviour. I would of liked them to win fair and square but for some reason our attitude is changing to the aussie attiude of sledging. But South Africa are no angels either, they are also well known for sledging and ugly behaviour. I just hope you haven't tainted us with the same brush.

  • WakeUpSA - 2011-03-27 07:38

    90% of Kiwi's are trailer trash and have huge opinions of themselves - the other 10% are assholes !!

  • Ravi - 2011-03-27 08:23

    you are a knob, bob ! people who eat your food would rt sick with the bile that you retain !

  • Duneblaster - 2011-03-27 08:52

    Well, lets see if these fowl mouthed, sheep shagging, bad sports are able to make it past the semis. I just don't think they will have it in them.

  • Juggernaut - 2011-03-27 10:19

    Hard to recall a worst incident in cricket. Their captain also involved. Must be Kiwi thing having a cheating captain in sport for all their abilities. Talk about bringing the game into disrepute.

      raspatin - 2011-03-27 10:47

      Componebts of this game :Anger,boundery,frastration,temporal hatred,howsiiiiiiht !stess,win,draw,loss,duck,kak,catch,bat,ball,out,sweat,gatvol,4,helmet,6,drop,ICC.!!!!!!!!!! So what's the fus about ????

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-03-27 12:01

    Have any of you Sunday Morning cticis actually read tha rticle. It was a "leading English newspaper" that posted the story. The South Africans are generally minding their own business, concentrating on the cricket. You have not seen a single player complain, none of the SA management team. Kyle Mills showed a distinct lack of breeding in his actions, and for the 12th man to be close enough to the opposition batsmen while carrying drinks show his intent, but the SA team have NOT compained. So - Chefbob, GB, Infidel, Robin Hood - head off to Mud Island and take up your case. Personally, I don't think there is an educated SA cricket supporter who is making excuses about it. The game is won and lost on the pitch and what happens on the square stays on the square. I doubt there is love lost between the SA and NW teams, but they are being a lot more grown up about it than the commentators here. It is interesting that Vettori and Mills have been fined 120% of match fee and Faf only 50%.

  • Wessel Cronje - 2011-03-27 18:58

    WE LOST - get some planks, build a little bridge and get over it

  • yebocan - 2011-03-27 21:55

    yep NZ, your true colours came to the fore....whether in the semi's or in the finals, you will get beaten,....the best you are not....and like all not so good teams, eventually get shown up for the crap team you are...

  • Paul - 2011-03-28 01:45

    HAHAHAHA, Saffers once again undone by mental disintegration. what do they feed you there? time to get a backbone SA. Australia did it to you for years and now everyone else is on the bandwagon, sledge a saffer = win a game. easy

  • hewben - 2011-03-28 04:35

    Wonder what happened if the shoe was on the other foot and the South African did the same. Will it be called the same way.

  • Martin - 2011-03-28 07:45

    They should have done more than just sledging - what was Faf thinking by running out our best bastman - he cost us the match. I blame the selectors for selecting the wrong team - Lobsie should have bouled and not Morkel. Please learn from this - we have better sportsman in SA than the bulls and titans they always select.

  • civic - 2011-03-28 10:19

    who gives a sh*t ...they're still useless chockers

  • Camiel Phillips - 2011-03-28 12:14

    I hope Smith and Kallis is not stay around for another World Cup,Give the other blokes a chance to play in the build up to the next world cup.Look at Lobsie he showed what he can do but the not given game time.Are the selectors really looking at other players of colour or are they set on the quota of 5 in the squad......just thinking