19.5.2020 07:03 pm
Trevor Nyakane hopes Marcel van der Merwe’s return to the Bulls will assist in managing his workload with a potential rotation plan at tightead.
Springbok tighthead prop Marcel van der Merwe began his professional rugby career at the Free State Cheetahs in 2011, where he went on to play alongside and scrum against a strong but raw loosehead from Limpopo by the name of Trevor Nyakane.
Who’ll ever forget how Bryan Habana snatched the Super Rugby trophy out of the Sharks’ grasp?
Those pesky Crusaders do it again as the Bulls and Sharks rise above South Africa’s mediocrity.
Jaco Kriel’s enthusiasm and work ethic has been ‘phenomenal’, says the team’s fitness guru.
It’s business as usual as Richie McCaw and his troops relentlessly gobble up a title, but Heyeke Meyer’s dynasty at Loftus steadily takes shape.
The Lions star doesn’t deny the Durbanites were excellent before this year’s suspension of play, but believes knockouts determine real winners.
The Stormers reach the semifinals for the first time in five years, but they really should’ve been joined by the Sharks too.
The Lions and Springbok pivot has been named the Super Rugby Player-of-the-Decade. A close former teammate believes it was inevitable.
A seemingly strange fit in coach Rudy Joubert pays dividends at Loftus as the Cats, unwittingly or not, show how unprofessional local rugby still was.
This was a year to forget for South African rugby…
Rudolf Straeuli’s well-rounded team let the Brumbies off the hook
But the union’s former mentor warns it will take time for a young coaching group to emulate what the Sharks and Stormers have achieved in 2020.
It’s a hat-trick of titles for the Crusaders, even if it felt like a bit of an injustice. Oh, and the cursed Cats could sometimes play winning rugby!
As part of our 25th anniversary specials on Super Rugby, we remember the day the businessman had to personally write out a cheque to avert a clumsy players’ strike.
This was a year were a South African team seemed destined for glory, but the trophy stays in New Zealand for yet another year.