There are ways of asking questions at sports media conferences when there is a stink in the air. Start off gentle, build up and then come in from the side with a sliding tackle of an inquiry that will drag out. Or, go in with a two-footed tackle, taking man and ball in one mighty bang. Perhaps the finest example of the latter method I have ever witnessed was performed by sports writer Ken Borland in 2007 in a room at the Springbok hotel in Sandton. Luke Watson was going to make his crowbarred debut for the Boks and had been put up for a pre-game interview. Borland pulled out a copy of a SA Sports Illustrated from 2004 in which Watson had given an interview. “Luke, in 2006 you said: ‘I would love to play for the Springboks, but I don’t want to… compromise my beliefs and integrity and honour. I believe Jake has lost the integrity, honour and pride the Boks should be about’.” “What has changed since then?” asked Borland Watson was taken aback and got a little snarky. “First and foremos...

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