MITCH FACTOR

Referees too process-driven

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, says referees have lost their feel for the game.


Sharks maul was obstruction

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, unpacks the mechanics and legalities of the driving maul.


Lions are SA’s best offloaders

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains why offloading is a cultural rather than formal phenomenon.


Mind over matter

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains how a coach can have a greater influence on team success by working through the strengths of individuals.


‘Lions must attack short side more’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, says the Lions still have room for improvement.


Discipline must come from within

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby portal, says Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold must establish disciplinary protocols.


‘Canes comfortable without ball’

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains why the Hurricanes are the only unbeaten team in Super Rugby.


‘Crusaders scrumming at an angle’

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains how the Crusaders scrum is milking penalties and what the Bulls should do about it at Loftus on Saturday.


‘Chiefs use ball to beat man’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains why the Stormers and Lions lost their round five matches despite dominating the possession and territory.


‘Stormers apply pressure well’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, outlines what sets the three conference leaders apart from the rest of the teams.


‘I would start Lambie for Boks’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the new Vodacom Rugby Portal, compares Pat Lambie to Handré Pollard and explains why the Sharks No 10 would be his first choice.


‘Lambie controlled game superbly’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, takes a stats-based look at the performances of South Africa's franchises in round two of Vodacom Super Rugby.


‘Lions need better kicking strategy’

JOHN MITCHELL, writing for the Vodacom Rugby Portal, on what the stats tell us about the performances of South Africa's teams in round one.


‘Sharks kicked away too much ball’

Former All Blacks coach JOHN MITCHELL compares the SA conference-winning Sharks' 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign to that of the champion Waratahs.


Bring it on!

Former All Blacks coach JOHN MITCHELL says the 2014 Varsity Cup and Super Rugby tournaments will be fascinating to watch.


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