JC ON TOUR

Advantage Springboks

The result in Sydney was more important than the one in Pretoria in the context of the Springboks’ Rugby Championship title prospects, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Pollard selection a shrewd call

Heyneke Meyer’s decision to start Handré Pollard against Argentina will pay off in the short and long term, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Jake gambles on Reinach

A new halfback combination in Charl McLeod and Pat Lambie would have lent the Sharks some much-needed stability in the crunch semi-final in Christchurch, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Door still open for Matfield

The Springboks have taken giant strides in 2013 but are still missing a world-class No 5 option, writes JON CARDINELLI.


Tour Tales – Paris

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of frog legs, Springbok francophiles, and passion personified at the Stade de France.


Superb defence seals Bok win

Composure complemented physicality in the Springboks' monumental win in Paris, writes JON CARDINELLI at the Stade de France.


Meyer realises development goal

Heyneke Meyer should be lauded for the balance he's struck between winning matches and developing the next tier of players, writes JON CARDINELLI in Paris.


Control key for Boks in French finale

The Boks will need to improve their discipline if they hope to prevail over the street-fighting French on Saturday, writes JON CARDINELLI in Paris.


Ponderous Boks get job done

The Springbok performance lacked precision and intensity but it was good enough against a second-rate Scotland side, writes JON CARDINELLI at Murrayfield.


Tour Tales – Edinburgh

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of sub-zero temperatures, haggis washed down with whisky, and a kilted Springbok coach.


Boks right to invest in Jean

Saru's decision to contract Bok captain Jean de Villiers until the end of the 2015 World Cup should be hailed as monumental, writes JON CARDINELLI in Edinburgh.


Lambie’s future is at 15

Saturday's Test in Cardiff showed why the Springbok flyhalf pecking order needs revision, writes JON CARDINELLI in Edinburgh.


Tour Tales – Cardiff

JON CARDINELLI reflects on a week of Welsh hype, a South African polar bear, and a blue-rinse brigade capable of sabotaging a Springbok press conference.


Boks break brittle Welsh

The Springboks played the big moments better than the Welsh and were again deserved winners, writes JON CARDINELLI at the Millennium Stadium.


Lambie must make 15 his own

Heyneke Meyer's selections for the clash against Wales on Saturday confirm that Pat Lambie and Willie le Roux are still viewed as utility players rather than specialists, writes JON CARDINELLI in Cardiff.


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