Super Rugby XV of the week: The ‘old dogs’ are biting again

Only two South African teams were in action this week, but they both confirmed that their stalwarts still have immense value.

Here are the men that we felt performed the best in last weekend’s Super Rugby action.

Super Rugby XV of the week: The ‘old dogs’ are biting again
Super Rugby XV of the week: The ‘old dogs’ are biting again

Super Rugby XV of the week: The ‘old dogs’ are biting again

Only two South African teams were in action this week, but they both confirmed that their stalwarts still have immense value.

Bollocking woke the Lions up

Bollocking woke the Lions up

Coach Swys de Bruin admits he ‘lost it’ at half-time as the men from Ellis Park are saved by the ice cool Gianni Lombard.
Kolisi finds his mojo at the perfect time

Kolisi finds his mojo at the perfect time

The Stormers and Springbok skipper can now confidently look to spearhead his franchise’s gruelling tour to Australasia.
Lions come back from the dead to claim thrilling win

Lions come back from the dead to claim thrilling win

Trailing 5-33 early in the second half, Swys de Bruin’s mixture of youth and experience punish the indisciplined Rebels.
Two legendary foes reminisce

Two legendary foes reminisce

Bryan Habana and Dan Carter were in SA this week, regaling tales of their illustrious careers for the Boks and All Blacks respectively.
Kolisi leads the way as Stormers continue improvement

Kolisi leads the way as Stormers continue improvement

Three out of three for the Capetonians after their false start as the Jaguares once again undermine themselves.
‘Trokkie’ tasked with stoking the fire in Stormers’ belly

‘Trokkie’ tasked with stoking the fire in Stormers’ belly

The former age-group star gets to front up against the Jaguares, while a visit to the bench has apparently done Damian Willemse some good.
Why the Stormers did things ‘weirdly’ with their new coach

Why the Stormers did things ‘weirdly’ with their new coach

It doesn’t happen a lot in South African rugby that a guy like John Dobson’s appointment is announced almost a year in advance.
Under-fire Bok hooker used a ‘livestock aid’, not steroids

Under-fire Bok hooker used a ‘livestock aid’, not steroids

Chiliboy Ralepelle maintains he’s innocent after the third positive doping test of his career.
Introducing Vince Tshituka, the ballroom dancer who became a Lions flank

Introducing Vince Tshituka, the ballroom dancer who became a Lions flank

The gifted 20-year-old, who made his Super Rugby debut last weekend to much acclaim, certainly isn’t your average rugger-bugger.
Super Rugby XV of the week: Wonderful Wandi

Super Rugby XV of the week: Wonderful Wandi

A young Lions midfielder’s run-on debut coincides with the Lions’ surge in form, while the Bulls again dominate.
Rebels with a cause – to upset the Lions

Rebels with a cause – to upset the Lions

Swys de Bruin’s youthful side is back on track, but certainly not out of the woods.
Pollard takes break knowing he’s No 1

Pollard takes break knowing he’s No 1

There can’t be any doubt who’s Rassie Erasmus’ first-choice Springbok flyhalf at the moment.
Bulls fitting the Boks’ blueprint

Bulls fitting the Boks’ blueprint

It’s an ‘arrangement’ that fits both teams’ ambitions.
Super Davids inspires Blitzboks to Vancouver Sevens glory

Super Davids inspires Blitzboks to Vancouver Sevens glory

Selvyn Davids scored one try, set up another and kicked three conversions to inspire 2018 World Sevens series champions South Africa to their first tournament since Paris last year with a 21-12 victory over France in Vancouver on Sunday.
Bruising Bulls brewing something big after fine Sharks win

Bruising Bulls brewing something big after fine Sharks win

The men from Loftus once again executed their practical game-plan superbly as they move to the top of the SA conference.
Youngsters fire Lions to an entertaining victory

Youngsters fire Lions to an entertaining victory

Swys de Bruin’s troops’ Super Rugby campaign is back on track, but both them and the Jaguares will feel their play lacked a bit of substance.
Three SA Super Rugby things to look out for this weekend

Three SA Super Rugby things to look out for this weekend

Rassie Erasmus will be watching the Loftus derby anxiously, while it’s a case of what-you-don’t-know-can’t-hurt-you for the Lions.
Schreuder downplays his century

Schreuder downplays his century

The Sharks skipper and his troops have more pressing matters to deal with at Loftus.
Who are the four rookies Swys is throwing into the Lion’s den?

Who are the four rookies Swys is throwing into the Lion’s den?

The Lions’ head coach surprised many on Thursday with his decision to promote more than half-a-dozen rookies to play against the Jaguares.
Rassie’s national interest on hold for Bulls

Rassie’s national interest on hold for Bulls

Despite the major setback of Lood de Jager’s injury, the men from Loftus are pushing ahead with a full complement of Boks … for now.
Rassie ‘confident’ Boks can reach 50% transformation target

Rassie ‘confident’ Boks can reach 50% transformation target

Yet the national coach didn’t reach last year’s magical number and Super Rugby franchises’ efforts have been sporadic to date.
Sharks look to up the ante for Bulls

Sharks look to up the ante for Bulls

Powerful prop Juan Schoeman says the Durbanites have refocused and looks set to play his part in the new rotation system.
‘Feeble’ criticism on Lions’ depth ‘irritates’ Swys

‘Feeble’ criticism on Lions’ depth ‘irritates’ Swys

While the Lions coach says one has to be able to handle the critics, the pressure on the team seems rather tangible.
Stormers have breathing space going into their bye

Stormers have breathing space going into their bye

But coach Robbie Fleck admits they’re no way near their best yet.
Why Lood’s wretched luck is a double blow to the Bulls

Why Lood’s wretched luck is a double blow to the Bulls

The influential Bok lock not only erodes national depth at lock, but also emphasises how relatively little the Bulls will benefit from Eli Snyman’s chance to shine.

 

 

 

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