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Rugby

The art of execution
With the reality of an all-Australasian Super Rugby final scheduled for Saturday, I believe now is an appropriate time for the South African rugby fraternity to look inwards. Read full blog
Winning means rising above adversity
Winning a big rugby tournament is usually about the ability of a team to produce its best in the big moments and often about the ability to rise above setbacks and adversity. Read full blog
Time for Sevens to up the ante
Sunday night’s amazing Commonwealth Games win by the South African Sevens team has only served to up the ante with Rio 2016 in mind. Read full blog
A flawed plan
A third-place finish, a semifinal exit and the South African conference title may, to some, be fair reason to argue that the Cell C Sharks’ 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season was a success, but that is only if you ignore the starting point and the factors that were in the Durban franchise’s favour. Read full blog
It's a Wrap, and a Super one at that
Only one side in a six-team playoff series and the rest of our teams comfortably in the bottom half of the log. That is the sad story of South Africa’s participation in this year’s Super Rugby tournament. Read full blog
A clash of contrasts
Prior to our 1995 World Cup-winning campaign, the late Kitch Christie told us during one particular team meeting that we could either take the high road or the low road to reach the knockout phase. Read full blog
Sharks still have reason to be optimistic
After last week's stats-laden dispatch, I thought I might start this week by lobbing a few more at you that you might take into account before making your weekend picks. Read full blog
Rugby that will bring fans back
All the talk about how finals rugby is played during the course of last week might have given the impression that neutrals could just as easily entertain themselves this past weekend by watching paint dry as watch the two Super Rugby playoff qualifiers. Read full blog
Sharks up for the fight
“Copy and paste,” was Jake White’s riposte at Newlands when quizzed about how the Sharks would approach their play-off decider against the Highlanders in Durban on Saturday. Read full blog
Can Jake make his White Sharks great?
“Believe in the power of black and white,” the team urged us every time we switched on a TV this year. Now that they need it, it seems no one took notice. Read full blog
Shedding some light
In rugby we haven’t quite reached the proportions of American sport where they have a statistic for every possible event dating back to the time when someone thought it would be a good idea to put air inside the ball. Read full blog
It will be worse before it gets better
Nick Mallett was on point on Saturday night after the brutal Stormers-Sharks game when he laid it down thick, saying South African teams had underperformed this year. Read full blog
Bitter-sweet for one, lessons for both
Bitter-sweet is probably the best expression to use in describing what the Cell C Sharks and their coaching staff must have felt after their good win over the DHL Stormers in their final Super Rugby league match. Read full blog
We've herd it all before, Bulls
Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life, they say. We reckon Bulls rugby must have come awfully close to making that list. Read full blog
The role of rotation
With one week of the round-robin stage of Super Rugby to play, a valid point of concern is that the Sharks are the only South African side still in contention to win the tournament. Read full blog
Eating your own
As far as I am aware, cannibalism has been banned in most countries, but it is alive and well in Super Rugby. Read full blog
Right decision at the wrong time
When the Sharks first choice players came onto the field late in the game in Bloemfontein at the weekend and threw everything into turning around the Cheetahs’ advantage, it was a movie I had seen before. Read full blog
Long-term investment
Having scooped the IRB junior player of the tournament award and enjoyed a confident debut for the senior Springbok side, Handré Pollard’s stock has risen exponentially over a short period of time. Read full blog
No praise please, we're South African
A compliment to a South African rugby team is like a pint of milk to a bowl of Rice Krispies. “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” you’ll hear them crumble next time they play. Read full blog
The Super Rugby hunt is on
Having been involved in covering Super Rugby right from its inception, I cannot recall a year in which so many teams were still in the hunt so late in the piece. Read full blog

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Brendan Venter
The art of execution
With the reality of an all-Australasian Super Rugby final scheduled for Saturday, I believe now is...

Tony Johnson
Winning means rising above adversity
Winning a big rugby tournament is usually about the ability of a team to produce its best in the...

Brenden Nel
Time for Sevens to up the ante
Sunday night’s amazing Commonwealth Games win by the South African Sevens team has only served to...

Gavin Rich
A flawed plan
A third-place finish, a semifinal exit and the South African conference title may, to some, be fair...

Super Wrap
It's a Wrap, and a Super one at that
Only one side in a six-team playoff series and the rest of our teams comfortably in the bottom half...