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Sports journalist Sibusiso Mjikeliso and his revolving door of sporting experts, take you through the stories behind the scoreboard.

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SportsLIVE Podcast Special | RWC Preview: Kaplan on refs & Herschel Jantjies

The wait is over. The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off this weekend and the tournament comes out swinging with South Africa facing New Zealand in one of the competition's opening round matches.

It's going to be a box office affair in Yokohama and SportsLIVE host Sbu Mjikeliso will be at the game to witness the action live. But before he left, he took a deep dive into some of the main talking points around the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

We spoke at length to former renowned international rugby referee and author Jonathan Kaplan about the laws of the game, which will come under intense scrutiny at this tournament, especially in this social media era.

Kaplan says: "The tackler is at the mercy of the ball-carrier." He is referring to the alleged "diving" that has creeped into rugby. He also delves into the Owen Farrell controversial decisions that allowed England to beat the Springboks at Twickenham last year.

These and many other officiating talking points will have social media abuzz when the tournament officially begins. There are some NBA references in there as well. And what does basketball have to do with it? You will have to listen to find out.

We also take a special look into Herschel Jantjies's rise to become a potential match-winner for the Springboks at the big showpiece. And we hear from the guy that made it possible for HJ to attend a prestigious school like Paul Roos, even though he was from a small town called Kylemore.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Kaizer Chiefs Top & Ntseki the very cheap option

South Africa took plenty L's during the international window when no African country wanted to play a friendly against Bafana Bafana because of the xenophobic violence sweeping across the country.

It's an indictment on how South Africans have treated foreign nationals of late and in the past and we had accomplished Sowetan journalists Tiyani wa ka Mabasa and Sihle Ndebele in the studio to unpack what the chaos did for Bafana's plans for the future.

The pair also dove into the Molefi Ntseki appointment as Bafana coach, calling it a "very cheap" option. Mabasa details where else SAFA could have looked for a coach with better credentials, even with the shoestring budget that they now operate with.

We also delved into the Premier Soccer League, which is led by Kaizer Chiefs, to many people's surprise. Are the title contenders this year? Well, they are unbeaten in four matches so far and won three of those.

Ndebele pegged Lebogang Manyama as the fulcrum of Amakhosi's revival, plus the key return of Eric Mathoho, which has bolstered the team's backline. Seems like coach Ernst Middedorp has found his sweet spot at Naturena.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Aphiwe Dyantyi: Separating Fact From Conspiracy

Springbok Aphiwe Dyantyi tested positive for three banned substances, which was confirmed by his B sample that came back positive for multiple banned drugs, including steroids.

This obviously sent social media into a spin and split the country into multiple different directions. Dyantyi stood by his initial comments, which were: "I have never cheated and never will."

But the facts are damning. In this episode host Sbu Mjikeliso gives detail as to what the case against Dyantyi looks like from a scientific perspective. 

There are also multiple conspiracies flying about, including one very bizarre assertion. 

Also, there are conversations with Bok prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira and former Bulls winger Trompie Nontshinga. 

SportsLIVE Podcast | Bok Squad Special: Full analysis & big predictions

Sbu Mjikeliso hosts former Bulls lock Mthunzi "Fudge" Mabeta and sports analyst Lunga Kupiso in an unmatched Springbok 2019 Rugby World Cup squad announcement special where they took a deep into Rassie Erasmus's 31-man squad that's headed for Japan.

Fudge clarified the technicalities that go into the lineout, which he reckons not a lot of teams pay enough close attention to. "The philosophies of the lineout," as he put it.

He rates the four lock options that Erasmus eventually took to Japan – Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert and RG Snyman – some of whom he played with during his career. And he chimed in on some omitted names who had stellar seasons, such as Lions lock Marvin Orie.

With Sunday Times sports journalist Khanyiso Tshwaku also chiming in, there was also a microscopic look at the midfielders that form part of the squad and the big debate surrounding Damian de Allende, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhanyo Am and Jesse Kriel.

It was all out Rugby World Cup squad announcement extravaganza and, of course, we heard directly from the coach as well as skipper Siya Kolisi.

SportsLIVE Podcast | MB Lusaseni exclusive Part 2: "Straueli told me to go home & forget about rugby."

Former SA Junior Springbok and Lions lock MB Lusaseni cut his career tragically short at the age of 26, and in this candid part 2 of his exclusive chat with Sbu Mjikeliso, he tackles his last season with the Lions, which saw some questionable rotation policies being put in place.

Lusaseni and Sbu also delved into the enigma that was MB's old teammate Howard Mnisi, the mercurial No 12, who was an instrumental member of the Lions team that made three Super Rugby finals on the bounce. Notably, how a man of Mnisi's talents has gone under appreciated in a rugby country like South Africa.

The lock lets SportsLIVE listeners in on what he is up to these days, where he is coaching and whether he can still play at just the age of 30.

We also delve into some Springbok action, most notably, the dancing, pirouetting, try-machine called Sbu Nkosi, whom our Sbu has nicknamed "The Blacks Swan". Nkosi took Argentinian defenders apart in the Test at Loftus last Saturday, beating three defenders for his first try and four for his second.

We hear from Nkosi and what goes on in his head in those heady moments when he just "loses it" and decides to take on an army of defenders by himself. "I am not thinking in that moment," he admitted.

We also get a word from Bok flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who has been through the rough and tumble of the Allister Coetzee era and is now enjoying a fruitful spell under Rassie Erasmus.

SportsLIVE Podcast | MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1: "I got paid R2K, others got R700 playing pro rugby"

Former Lions and Junior Springbok lock MB Lusaseni revealed how much he used to earn as an entry level rugby player from the Eastern Cape when he arrived at one of the biggest rugby academies in the country.

Moreover, he was playing for the Junior Springboks with the likes of Lionel Mapoe, which was coached by Eric Sauls. In this thrilling MB Lusaseni exclusive Part1, the East London-born lock also spoke about what part agents played in blindsiding some of the naiive young black rugby players who broke into the academy and tried to make a living for themselves. 

SportsLIVE podcast host Sbu Mjikeliso rates this candid interview as one of the Top 5 Best interviews he's had since he became a journalist in 2006. From a person who has interviewed the likes of Bryan Habana, Victor Matfied, Tiyani Mabunda and many others, this says a lot.

We also spoke to resident Man United fan and Sunday Times sports writer Khanyiso Tshwaku about United's flattering 4-0 win over Chelsea in the opening weekend of the English Premier League.

Plus: The return of King Siya Kolisi.

This episode is not to be missed!

SportsLIVE Podcast | Football Extravaganza: Chiefs, Pirates, Sundowns

The new Premier Soccer League season began with clinical performances from the traditional PSL Big Three – Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns – all began the season with impressive victories over Highlands Park, Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United, respectively.

The Big Three laid the marker down early in the season. The opening weekend extravaganza also saw whimsical performances from former Absa Premiership Player-of-the-Year Lebogang Manyama, Bafana international Sibusiso Vilakazi, who christened the new season with a wonder left-foot strike from outside the box, and of course the eye-pleasing Buccaneers team.

This being sport after all, the football season did not begin without some madness on the national team front. Former Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter vacated his position in one of the most "picturesque resignations" in South African football history.

We have Tiso Blackstar's authority on football, Marc "Striker" Strydom to make sense of Baxter's rogue solo performance and what it means for the future of the national team.

Cricket South Africa also confirmed that Ottis Gibson would not continue as Proteas head coach but there was talk that he would have continued until 2021. So what happened to cut matters short between CSA and the West Indian? We hear from CSA CEO Thabang Moroe, who gave the lowdown on what happened behind the scenes.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Scorching Lorch, Hot Herschel & Phumelela Mbande

The football season that's about to begin could not as for a better appetizer than the Soweto Derby during the Carling Black Label Cup. But does it truly serve as a yardstick?

Thembinkosi Lorch, who scored another scorching goal – adding to his sizzling Bafana Bafana Africa Cup of Nations form – gives us a glimpse into what we should expect during this upcoming Premier Soccer League 2019/20 season.

Orlando Pirates got the better of their cross town rivals, Kaizer Chiefs, 2-0 in the pre-season derby. But is there cause for concern at Naturena so early in the season?

The Springboks burgled a 16-all draw in Wellington, making it one win, one defeat and one draw for coach Rassie Erasmus against the mighty All Blacks since he took over from Allister Coetzee as head coach.

Aside from going all googoo gaga over Herschel Jantjies, we look at what Erasmus has done right as opposed to what his predecessor did wrong, with relatively the same pool of rugby talent.

And our special guest is the acclaimed Proteas Hockey Women vice captain Phumelela Mbande, who opened up about her background, how she got into hockey, her early influences and the strangest of coincidences involving ex Proteas Hockey Women legend Sanani Mangisa – who was also a goalkeeper like Mbande.

She also tells us about the impact the Players For Transformation movement had on the sport of hockey since its founding in 2018 and delves into the important subject involving mental health and how she struggled to come to terms with South Africa's 4th place finish at the FIH Series Finals last month.

SportsLIVE Podcast | #BaxterIN, Frans Steyn & Mpho Mbiyozo

There's much ado about plenty since South Africa closed the chapter on its finest performance at the Africa Cup of Nations of the past decade in Egypt and plenty of it has to do with the future of Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter. We take a look at the implications of him remaining in his position and host Sbu Mjikeliso gives a rather unpopular, contrarian view, that Baxter must stay. What, exactly are the former Kick Off magazine editor's reasons? Listen to find out.

Before crossing the Indian Ocean to chat with a South African carving out a coaching career in New Zealand, we reflected on the Springboks' mouthwatering victory over the Wallabies at Ellis Park that set the marker for the international season ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus reacted to the sterling performance shown by debutant scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, who might have had a hat-trick, but ended with a sensational pair of tries that made the rugby world take notice of the Stormers No 9.

Erasmus' contemporary, Michael Cheika, had less than complimentary words to say about the refereeing decisions in the game – safe to say that New Zealand referee Paul Williams isn't getting a Christmas card from Cheika this year.

Frans Steyn got a good 20 minutes of action on the park but he saved his most charming performance for the press later on, as he went on a salvo about how "screw ups" are unavoidable in the game. You want to hear this.

And as mentioned earlier, we crossed to Christchurch to chat to former SA Sevens captain Mpho Mbiyozo about his journey to becoming the head coach at Belfast Rugby Club and learning from the greatest rugby institution in the whole world: the Crusaders.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Greatest Sports Day Ever & Rassie Erasmus plans

Sunday July 14 will not be a day that's easily forgotten. How can it? When it had the longest and possibly top two most thrilling Wimbledon men's final of all time, contested by the grass court king Roger Federer and modern great Novak Djokovic?

And what about the Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand that was tied after 50 overs had been bowled for either team? It then went to the super over and still nothing could separate the teams. And so England won by the most dubious of technicalities.

The was a glut of other sports on the go at the same time on the same Sunday as Lewis Hamilton made Formula One history and Dylan Frittelli stole the show at the John Deere Classic. And off course, the Africa Cup of Nations giants separated themselves in the semifinals as Nigeria lost to Algeria and Senegal ousted Tunisia.

It was a crazy day and one we look back on fondly,

We also capture the Springbok mood as the national men's rugby team begins its first steps towards the Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy in Japan, when they take on Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday. We hear from Bok head coach Rassie Erasmus about his plans to split the squads into the traveling and non-traveling contingent.

Plus we have a special guest from the Highveld Lions, who tells us the difference in coaching styles between Geoff Toyana and his successor Enoch Nkwe.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Bafana Tuck Egypt In & Rugby Future

Bafana Bafana crashed the party in Egypt. Not only did they cause mass depression for the Africa Cup of Nations hosts but they created a storm in the Egyptian FA, which led to the resignation of their president Hany Abo Rida.

Rida didn't go down alone. He fired the team's Mexican head coach Javier Aguirre and the rest of the Egypt technical staff, in an unprecedented mass sweep. There was heavy criticism for the reigning African Player-of-the-Year Mo Salah as well, in the aftermath.

Some say it's all an P.R. and publicity stunt and that Rida will slot straight back to his position when the heat on him and the team has cooled. We don't know for sure.

South Africa's 1-0 defeat of Egypt in the last 16 of Afcon was one of the shocks of this tournament – which has already seen an audacious Madagascar beat Nigeria in the pool stages and going on to knockout the DRC – but can it be billed as Bafana Bafana's greatest performance if coach Stuart Baxter's tenure?

There was so much to unpack from one of the most glorious days in South African football history: from Baxter's tactics, to Bongani Zungu's role and "Mr Tucked In", Lebo Mothiba playing the most underrated role in the success of the team.

And what's Baxter to do now that Themba Zwane is back to reclaim his place from the Bafana saviour, Thembinkosi Lorch? There's so much to go through.

And we have the best football mind in the country to unpack it all for us, Tiso Blackstar Digital Sports editor Mninawa Ntloko, who sat down with Sbu Mjikeliso to make sense of the wild ride Bafana has the taken the country on.

Sbu also caught up with SA Rugby president Mark Alexander and had an exclusive chat with the rugby boss about the future of the game, including the talent that leaking overseas at a very young age.

SportsLIVE Podcast | Proteas future & Baxter blunder

Cricket's future is on the line and some drastic decisions need to be made to turn the pathetic Proteas around and to get Cricket South Africa back on an even keel.

The Proteas lost to major tournament rivals England, India, New Zealand and Pakistan, not forgetting Bangladesh, in the Cricket World Cup tournament in the UK. By the time they faced and beat Sri Lanka, their final tournament matches (including their last game against Australia) had been rendered to friendlies.

While the Proteas scratch their heads trying to figure out who is going to coach the team next and who will replace the likes of JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn, the SA Emerging team took on USSA and Sri Lanka Emerging in Pretoria.

SportsLIVE managed to catch up with some of the starts of the future Proteas, Thando Ntini and Sinethemba Qeshile (who has been capped internationally for the SA T20 team). They shared their views on their future prospects in the game as the probable next in line and how they deal with those kinds of pressures.

We also chatted to supreme cricket analyst and Sunday Times journalist Khanyiso Tshwaku about the puzzling Proteas. He gave his encyclopedic knowledge of cricket.

Marc "Striker" Strydom, our man in Egypt, told us what went wrong with Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter's tactics that led to defeat to Morocco and put South Africa in a perilous position at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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