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.

After playing themselves back into Super Rugby contention with a superb win over the Jaguares at Ellis Park, but failing to land the killer punch, the Lions’ next challenge already looms large.

Rebels with a cause – to upset the Lions
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.
Super Rugby XV of the week: Bull(s)-dozing their way to selection

Super Rugby XV of the week: Bull(s)-dozing their way to selection

Given how Pote Human’s troops bruised the Lions, it’s hardly surprising they dominate our selections.
Blame me for Ellis Park hammering, says Swys

Blame me for Ellis Park hammering, says Swys

The Lions coach insists he needs to be held accountable for the comprehensive defeat to the Bulls.
How a 37-year-old outplayed the best hooker in the world

How a 37-year-old outplayed the best hooker in the world

Schalk Brits continued to defy his age and dominated his contest against Malcolm Marx. And the Bulls are smiling all the way…
Stormers pull a few Shark(s) teeth

Stormers pull a few Shark(s) teeth

The Capetonians have overturned their form, even if they weren’t the most fluent team on show at Kings Park.
Clinical Bulls outsmart haphazard Lions

Clinical Bulls outsmart haphazard Lions

Swys de Bruin’s troops prove their own worst enemies as their approach play right into the hands of their neighbours across the Jukskei.
Willemse needs to handle the fuss over Fassi now too

Willemse needs to handle the fuss over Fassi now too

The Sharks-Stormers derby is suddenly not just about one young gifted fullback anymore.
Who’ll come out top in the battle of the Bok flyhalves?

Who’ll come out top in the battle of the Bok flyhalves?

Elton Jantjies and Handre Pollard have an early season duel at Ellis Park on Saturday. Rassie Erasmus will be watching intently.
No changes for Sharks yet again

No changes for Sharks yet again

You don’t see that happening often nowadays.
Captain Marx will speak up when he needs to

Captain Marx will speak up when he needs to

Lions coach Swys de Bruin surprises by picking one of his most quiet guys to take over from Warren Whiteley.
Lonely Loftus is looking for love on Tinder

Lonely Loftus is looking for love on Tinder

The Bulls’ home ground is struggling to, erm, feel affection from fans.
Why the Lions’ ‘Beast’ considers himself ‘so lucky’

Why the Lions’ ‘Beast’ considers himself ‘so lucky’

Sti Sithole’s tougest opponents has now become a mentor.

 

 

 

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