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.

Coetzee favours flair over grunt

Allister Coetzee has made a popular call to install Warren Whiteley as his Springbok captain and first-choice No 8. Whether it is the best decision for a team with everything to prove in 2017 is another story, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Brainless Bulls circle the drain

The poorly coached Bulls have come to epitomise everything that is wrong with South African rugby, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Kiwis’ giants show why size matters

Hulking New Zealand outside backs continue to out-muscle and out-leap their smaller South African counterparts, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stormers meltdown a reality check

The Stormers’ defensive and tactical meltdown in Dunedin should serve as a lesson to every South African team, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions must roar in New Zealand

Rugby needs the British & Irish Lions to overcome the odds and challenge the All Blacks in the coming Test series, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Lions remain a cut above

The Lions combined grunt with guile to stall the Stormers and send a powerful message to would-be New Zealand opponents, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Stormers a beacon of light

The Stormers made a physical and mental statement in the decisive fourth quarter against the Chiefs, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Super Rugby cull a must

The decision to reduce the number of Super Rugby teams from 18 to 15 is absolutely necessary for the competition’s survival, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Dire Bulls need intervention

The Bulls’ limp and largely aimless performances of the past 18 months suggest that something is profoundly wrong at the once proud franchise, writes JON CARDINELLI.

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