The Blitzboks – like the Springboks – delivered a substandard performance in the final tournament of the year, writes JON CARDINELLI. One couldn’t help but feel a little flat when leaving the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday evening. After all the hype, after all the build-up, the Blitzboks finished the Cape Town Sevens in third place. The fans certainly did their… Read more →
The Springboks must embrace a new culture that prizes winning and brutal honesty above all else in the wake of Allister Coetzee’s inevitable departure, writes JON CARDINELLI. Can you believe it? Late on Saturday night, after South Africa’s damning loss to Wales, I learned that there was some doubt regarding Coetzee’s future as Bok coach. Coetzee has presided over 11 wins… Read more →
Rousing forward performances against France and Italy should not overshadow the Springboks’ tactical and technical shortcomings, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Springboks’ narrow win in Paris did little to alleviate tactical and personnel concerns ahead of the clashes against Italy and Wales, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The decision to award France the 2023 World Cup has robbed South Africa of a golden opportunity and made a mockery of World Rugby’s selection process, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The shambolic Springbok performance against Ireland as well as Allister Coetzee’s post-match statements regarding the coaching team’s inferiority should be read as a cry for help, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Springboks continue to be hamstrung by the bizarre decisions taken by the coaching staff and the SA Rugby administrators, writes JON CARDINELLI in Dublin.
The Springboks will challenge the All Blacks at the 2019 World Cup if they persist with a traditional approach that is enhanced by a tactically astute halfback pairing, writes JON CARDINELLI. The Boks nearly beat the All Blacks at Newlands this past Saturday. To be at the ground in the final 10 minutes of the contest was to experience Test rugby… Read more →
The Springbok coaching team, as well as the players must be held accountable for the worst Test performance in South African rugby history, writes JON CARDINELLI. The Boks went down 57-0 to the All Blacks in Albany this past Saturday to record their heaviest defeat in 126 years. Afterwards, former Bok captain Jean de Villiers denounced the performance as a new… Read more →
Changes to the backline are non-negotiable but the Springboks have no clear long-term solutions at scrumhalf and are thin in several other positions, writes JON CARDINELLI. Nick Mallett was more sad than mad in the wake of South Africa’s record defeat to the All Blacks in Albany last Saturday. In his post-match analysis on SuperSport, the former Bok coach lamented the… Read more →