I was driving to my son Qhawe’s school to watch him play a soccer match against his peers as the Springboks prepared to face the haka at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Saturday. My son knew his showdown in the west of Johannesburg clashed with the Boks’ game against the old enemy halfway around the world and he quickly set the ground rules for the day as we got out of the car. He looked up at me, made the cheesiest, most pleading baby face a 12-year-old could muster, and then requested that Bok captain Siya Kolisi and his teammates should not be allowed to overshadow his game. In essence, I wasn’t allowed to fiddle with my phone during Qhawe’s game — and given that he is his team’s goalkeeper, keeping tabs on me from his vantage point would not be a problem. So I dutifully put my phone on silent as he changed into his kit, as I knew there would be an inevitable avalanche of WhatsApp messages, tweets and other messages as soon as the sumptuous Test got under way in Ne...

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