Rugby 9.10.2018 09:51 am

Four things we’ve learned from the Boks’ Rugby Champs campaign

We now know that Siya Kolisi has found the perfect balance between form and leadership but amidst all the positives, there’s still a case for Jan Serfontein to return.

In the end, a 50% win record in the Rugby Championship (three from six) doesn't look impressive but the Springboks truly did make tangible progress in 2018.

Four things we’ve learned from the Boks’ Rugby Champs campaign
Four things we’ve learned from the Boks’ Rugby Champs campaign

Four things we’ve learned from the Boks’ Rugby Champs campaign

We now know that Siya Kolisi has found the perfect balance between form and leadership but amidst all the positives, there’s still a case for Jan Serfontein to return.

Loftus pain could be a blessing for the Springboks
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Loftus pain could be a blessing for the Springboks

With the World Cup less than a year away, there were valuable lessons to be learnt from the weekend defeat to the All Blacks.
Springbok player ratings: Captain Siya, the giant
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Springbok player ratings: Captain Siya, the giant

Despite the disappointing result, South African rugby can be excited by the emergence of various stars with the potential to become world-class.
Rassie: The greatest rivalry in world rugby is back
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Rassie: The greatest rivalry in world rugby is back

The Springbok coach defended his strategy with his replacements in the agonising loss to the All Blacks, explaining his hand was forced.
WATCH: The moments of drama at Loftus
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WATCH: The moments of drama at Loftus

The Springboks agonisingly lost 30-32 to the All Blacks are having seemed to have sewn up the game. Here are a few highlights.
Heartbreak for Springboks as All Blacks burgle a win
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Heartbreak for Springboks as All Blacks burgle a win

The world champions show once again that they’re never out of contention with a magnificent comeback against a worthy home side.
Rassie’s okay with Boks’ Pap(i)er thin depth at scrumhalf
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Rassie’s okay with Boks’ Pap(i)er thin depth at scrumhalf

The national coach defends his decision to arguably overuse Faf de Klerk in the vital No 9 jersey at the expense of building depth.
WATCH: How Aphiwe Dyantyi ‘developed’ his unique try celebration
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WATCH: How Aphiwe Dyantyi ‘developed’ his unique try celebration

Not only does it draw on the All Blacks’ famous haka, it was has a distinct African flavour … from Kenya.
Willie celebrates his half-century as Boks opt for experience
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Willie celebrates his half-century as Boks opt for experience

National coach Rassie Erasmus places a premium on wisdom against the All Blacks at Loftus.
One of the Boks’ most embarrassing moments ever is becoming a movie!
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One of the Boks’ most embarrassing moments ever is becoming a movie!

An award-winning Aussie director wants to remind the world of the dark day SA lost to Japan in the 2015 World Cup.
Pollard ever the diplomat on playing centre
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Pollard ever the diplomat on playing centre

The Springbok pivot says it’s ‘nice’ having an obvious feel for the position but one also realises his heart lies with his beloved No 10 jersey.
Boks: Think the forwards are the dumb ones? Think again!
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Boks: Think the forwards are the dumb ones? Think again!

Assistant coach Matt Proudfoot proudly proclaims it’s his group of players that are the experts, not himself.
WATCH: Shocking scenes as rugby juniors throw punches and head butts
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WATCH: Shocking scenes as rugby juniors throw punches and head butts

The U-19 match between Eastern Province and Western Province was overshadowed by the incident.
Springboks want ‘special’ Notshe to make a few mistakes
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Springboks want ‘special’ Notshe to make a few mistakes

Because that, ironically, is how you unlock his greatest strength…
Springbok player ratings: The Lions roar
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Springbok player ratings: The Lions roar

But the biggest highlight is how Pieter-Steph du Toit is rapidly becoming one of the best No 7s in world rugby.
Springboks prevail in a scrappy PE affair
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Springboks prevail in a scrappy PE affair

While their defence was outstanding, the hosts were guilty of being dragged down by the embattled Australians but a win is a win.
Springboks have a new coach … and he’s still playing!
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Springboks have a new coach … and he’s still playing!

He might not be actually getting any game-time but Beast Mtawarira assures all that all the players ‘enjoy’ this on-field mentor.
Newlands rejoices as Notshe gets his big Bok break
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Newlands rejoices as Notshe gets his big Bok break

The Stormers star will start his first Test this weekend in a culmination of one of Rassie Erasmus’ long-term national projects.
Springboks pick a backline oozing the X-factor
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Springboks pick a backline oozing the X-factor

Pocket rocket Cheslin Kolbe will make his starting debut as Rassie Erasmus surprises with a No 8 who’s surprisingly similar to the injured Warren Whiteley.
Springbok conundrum: Should Beast or Kitsie start?
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Springbok conundrum: Should Beast or Kitsie start?

Coach Rassie Erasmus is spoiled when it comes to his two premier loosehead props. But what is the best way to make use of them?
Aussies have a special ‘plan’ to stop Aphiwe Dyantyi
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Aussies have a special ‘plan’ to stop Aphiwe Dyantyi

The Springbok sensation’s direct opponent this weekend, Marika Koroibete, has singled him out as the national team’s most exciting attacking weapon.
Grown-up Koch ready to tackle Bok ‘problem’ head-on
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Grown-up Koch ready to tackle Bok ‘problem’ head-on

Unlike his fellow overseas-based teammates, the tighthead prop competes in a position with a lot of depth and is willing to prove his worth.
Do the Boks and Wallabies bring out the worst in each other?
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Do the Boks and Wallabies bring out the worst in each other?

The last few years’ results certainly seem to suggest just that.
Sharks have their template, now they need to stick to it
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Sharks have their template, now they need to stick to it

Robert du Preez’s troops were superb in this past weekend’s first half against the Lions, but Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash can’t see another fade-away.
Now Pumas battle is a must-win for the Lions
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Now Pumas battle is a must-win for the Lions

After flying high, two consecutive defeats mean the men from Ellis Park are suddenly scrambling for a play-off place in the Currie Cup.
Willie’s Bok value doesn’t lie in his own magic anymore
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Willie’s Bok value doesn’t lie in his own magic anymore

Once criticised as an individualistic type of player, the Springboks’ fullback has visibly matured since moving to England.

 

 

 

 

 

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