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Nathan Doak in action for Emerging Ireland against the Griquas. Photo: Johan Pretorius/Sportsfile

Nathan Doak in action for Emerging Ireland against the Griquas. Photo: Johan Pretorius/Sportsfile

Nathan Doak in action for Emerging Ireland against the Griquas. Photo: Johan Pretorius/Sportsfile

Crowley and Doak. It sounds like a 1970s cop show set in Detroit. Or maybe a sunnier version, in LA. Instead it was the trailer that drew us into the opening leg on Friday of the Emerging Ireland adventure in South Africa.

It hasn’t been blessed, this late-in-the-day production from Hollywood director David Nucifora. Instead of a pilot for the series it felt like a fly on the wall view from rehearsals at the back of the lot. It would have helped if the cast and crew combined didn’t outnumber the punters at the Free State Stadium.


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