The decision to field a second-string side against Wales and to cotton-wool the first-choice stars ahead of the first Test against England is the right one, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Stormers’ poor run under coach Robbie Fleck can be linked to a dire defensive record as well as a flawed overall approach, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The drive to dominate the collisions and then vary the point of attack has made the Lions and Bulls as dangerous as any New Zealand Super Rugby team, writes JON CARDINELLI.
South Africa’s top franchises and the Springboks must work together, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The next few rounds of Super Rugby will give us a more accurate idea of where the South African teams stand in relation to their more fancied New Zealand counterparts, writes JON CARDINELLI.
England’s bruising battle against Wales at Twickenham served up some valuable lessons for Rassie Erasmus and South African rugby, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Springboks have to embrace a new culture that prizes winning and brutal honesty above all else, writes JON CARDINELLI. Allister Coetzee has presided over 11 wins in 25 Tests. His record includes inaugural losses to Ireland (home), Argentina (away) and Italy, as well as record drubbings at the hands of the All Blacks, Wales and, most recently, Ireland. Nick… Read more →
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.