Pack progress a plus for Boks

The Springboks’ excellent set-piece and breakdown performance in Port Elizabeth bodes well for the more challenging clashes in Argentina and Australasia, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks face fight for par finish

A second-place finish for the Springboks in the Rugby Championship would signify progress – but only in the context of a nightmare two-year period, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks still at risk out wide

The injury-enforced absence of Warren Whiteley, as well as the omission of Ruan Combrinck, Frans Steyn and Lukhanyo Am could cost the Springboks dearly in the Rugby Championship, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Final freeze floored Lions

The Super Rugby final highlighted the tactical and mental shortcomings in the Lions’ and indeed South African rugby’s game, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions have final lesson to learn

The pragmatic approach that yielded 34 points in the second half at Ellis Park must be backed, ahead of the headless-chicken strategy that cost the Lions 22 points in the first, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stormers lack smarts to advance

The Stormers won’t break their playoff curse until smarter decisions are taken in terms of tactics and player recruitment, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions primed for top prize

The Lions have the defensive tools – and more importantly, the home advantage – to win three playoff matches and ultimately a first Super Rugby crown, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Europe or bust for SA Rugby

South Africa’s best teams cannot leave Sanzaar and join the elite tournaments in the northern hemisphere soon enough, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions have poked the tiger

The British & Irish Lions’ magnificent victory in New Zealand may inspire a new attitude in the minds of the All Blacks in the weeks and months to come, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Defence pays dividends for Boks

The Springboks have embraced uncompromising defence as part of their new team identity and the results have been emphatic, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Kolisi’s stock soars

A rousing performance by a Siya Kolisi-inspired Springbok back row bodes well for a challenging 2017 Test season, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Boks must heed Loftus lessons

The Springboks’ chances of progress in the second Test against France will hinge on several personnel changes, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Untried combos a massive gamble

Allister Coetzee’s decision to favour form over experience could backfire in spectacular fashion when the Springboks face France at Loftus Versfeld, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Bok defence in spotlight

The pressure is on the Springbok defence to deliver a reputation-boosting performance in the three-Test series against France, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Kiwis tighten mental grip on Saffas

New Zealand’s teams have racked up 13 out of a possible 15 regular-season wins to inflict further psychological damage on their South African counterparts, writes JON CARDINELLI.

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