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Rugby

The real problem with referees
Being a referee is tough work. Fans hurling abuse, players and coaches questioning every move you make and very little thanks for a job that has to have one of the highest stress levels in modern sport. Read full blog
Plenty of positives from Loftus
The perennial questions about match officiating, particularly the parameters they work within, will persist after the weekend’s big South African Vodacom Super Rugby derby between the Bulls and the Sharks. Read full blog
SuperWrap: Week 2, 2015
Just the other day pundits thought the Bulls would pretty much walk the South African Super Rugby conference this year. They couldn't have been more wrong. Read full blog
The fine art of finishing
From a professional coaching perspective, there are fundamentally two statistics that are most relevant in terms of try-scoring. The first is what we call the creation rate and the second, the conversion rate. Read full blog
Super Rugby front runners a surprise
Just three unbeaten teams after two rounds is cause for surprise. Read full blog
A rethink on the Matfield issue
On several occasions last season I wrote positively about Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s decision to back Victor Matfield’s comeback by selecting him into the national squad. Read full blog
SuperWrap: Week 1, 2015
There is no way that all three of last year’s high-flying conference winners could lose to teams that found themselves right near the bottom of the log when last we saw them play. No way either that six out of seven home teams could lose on one weekend. Read full blog
All in the family
The name Willie Willemburgh won’t mean a thing to even the most hardened rugby fans but that doesn’t mean he didn’t leave his own indelible mark on South African rugby. Read full blog
Bronze medals and a deserved break
We now have another tough tournament behind us and a few more valuable lessons to take from the experience. Read full blog
Time to accept the truth
Former Springbok captain Bob Skinstad likes to use a phrase.... Read full blog
Daring to be different
After round one of Vodacom Super Rugby, readers can now understand why coaches are afraid of spending so much time and effort on offence, because every single team that kept the ball in hand came off second best. Read full blog
Seeing the unexpected
Anyone who picked seven out of seven for the first weekend of Super Rugby, you are a genius. Read full blog
Maybe what's on paper doesn't count
For the first time in a while I did not go to a live game on the opening weekend of Super Rugby and, sure enough, just when it was the least opportune moment for it to happen, I got load-shedded. Read full blog
On the attack
The late American Bear Bryant once famously remarked that “offence sells tickets and defence wins championships.” He could easily have been speaking about Sanzar’s desire for “high-octane rugby.” Read full blog
Viva Las Vegas!
It’s a crazy feeling crossing so many international time zones. We left Wellington at the crack of dawn on Sunday only to arrive in Las Vegas four hours later on the same day courtesy of three different connecting flights. Read full blog
Showing my cards early
Last week I got the year off to a fine start by tipping the Blitzbokke to win the Wellington Sevens. Read full blog
Why my money is on Bulls
There are two coastal teams who have worked hard on their fitness but I would place my cash on the Bulls. Read full blog
Time for rugby to get serious on doping
The shock revelation that young Western Province lock Gerbrandt Grobler has been tested positive for a banned substance has caught the rugby fraternity offside. Read full blog
That elephant is back in the room
Here’s an elephant in the room…just over there, hiding behind a large pair of sunglasses and a fake moustache. Read full blog
Wedding bells and Wellington Sevens
An enjoyable festive season coupled with six weeks off from team training usually results in a rather sluggish start to the year. Read full blog

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Brenden Nel
The real problem with referees
Being a referee is tough work. Fans hurling abuse, players and coaches questioning every move you...

Gavin Rich
Plenty of positives from Loftus
The perennial questions about match officiating, particularly the parameters they work within, will...

Super Wrap
SuperWrap: Week 2, 2015
Just the other day pundits thought the Bulls would pretty much walk the South African Super Rugby...

Brendan Venter
The fine art of finishing
From a professional coaching perspective, there are fundamentally two statistics that are most...

Tony Johnson
Super Rugby front runners a surprise
Just three unbeaten teams after two rounds is cause for surprise.