MITCH FACTOR

Tackling the system

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, discusses dangerous tackles and provides two solutions that would improve consistency and fairness.


Art of the comeback

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, identifies how and why the All Blacks and Springboks bounced back from defeat.


Boks scrumming too high

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains why the Bok scrum was heavily penalised against the Pumas.


Stats reveal Bok shortcomings

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, explains why the Boks and Pumas are propping up the Rugby Championship log.


Heyneke’s selection headaches

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, looks at the selection dilemmas facing the Springboks, All Blacks and Wallabies ahead of the World Cup.


Game of fetch

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, breaks down the tackle contest and underlines the value of modern fetchers.


Meyer must stick to his guns

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, champions the benefit of consistency of selection and settled combinations in a World Cup year.


How underdogs bit back

JOHN MITCHELL, on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, looks back at the Super Rugby final and the lessons learned from the Highlanders' win.


Canes to win comfortably

JOHN MITCHELL analyses the Vodacom Super Rugby finalists on the Vodacom Rugby Portal.


Stormers lost art of attack

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, looks at where South Africa's Vodacom Super Rugby challenge went wrong and what it means for the Springboks.


Rugby lost a legend too soon

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, pays a moving tribute to the late Jerry Collins.


Pumas learned from early losses

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, unpacks the Pumas’ success in the Vodacom Cup and the value of the competition in developing the next tier of players.


Every man for himself at Cheetahs

JOHN MITCHELL, writing on the Vodacom Rugby Portal, says the relationship between the Cheetahs players and coach Naka Drotské has clearly broken down.


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.


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