Given how valuable the Springbok captain has become, his well-being in busy year will be crucial.
While South African rugby in general licks its wounds from a continued exodus, the Cape franchise has surprising continuity.
The fitness and conditioning guru has branched out his coaching skills impressively the last few years.
The veteran coach has been struggling with a stress-related illness.
The Sharks and Bulls kick off the South African campaign as the Lions stare a difficult tour in the face.
The 31-year-old Bulls winger has brilliantly revived his career and been at the forefront of the team’s improved showing in this year’s campaign.

Impotent Sharks soundly caged by clinical Brumbies

It was a lesson in taking opportunities in Canberra.

Plucky Bulls just fall short in thriller against Hurricanes

Close, but no cigar for the men from Loftus.

Sharks see opportunity, not failure in Canberra

With a pretty good away record in 2019, Robert du Preez’s men can certainly be confident.

Four keys to an (unexpected) Bulls victory in Wellington

Pote Human’s are hardly favourites against the Hurricanes, but they have the ability to spring an upset.

Brumbies wary of Sharks as semis loom

The Aussies are still favourites for the clash despite the Durbanites’ good overseas record in 2019.

Bulls’ excitement at Jesse’s return needs a dose of reality

The Springbok is undoubtedly a class act and valuable for Saturday’s semi, but he faces challenges on two fronts.

Hurricanes wary of the great Duane

The veteran Springbok No 8 has been a rock for the Bulls this campaign.

‘Contagious’ Caster inspires Jesse … and the Bulls

The Springbok centre hails SA’s world champion sprinter for fuelling his belief ahead of Saturday’s quarterfinal against the Hurricanes.

Super Rugby XV of the week: Stalwarts show class

From Lukhanyo Am to Steven Kitshoff, the last round robin round of this year’s tournament saw the established players flourish.

Sharks boss downplays off-field shenanigans ahead of playoff

Gary Teichmann insists that coach Robert du Preez is fully supported despite him calling the media ‘cockroaches’.

Swys hopes Bulls get a fair deal in Wellington

The Lions coach believes his neighbours need to be wary of the Hurricanes’ controversial breakdown tactics in this weekend’s playoff.

WATCH: Sharks coach calls media ‘cockroaches’

Yet a report suggests that Robert du Preez is fiddling with excuses while his coaching structure burns.

Brilliant Bulls secure playoff with rousing Lions win

Pote Human’s troops mixed power with precision as they score seven tries against a chastened opposition defence.

Classy Am leads Sharks’ smash-and-grab at Newlands

But the Durbanites and Stormers will reflect on a derby that was quite appalling at times.




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