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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Springboks player Tendai Mtawarira takes on the defence during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the South Africa Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
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THE SPRINGBOK ATTACK

Hi guys, the Bok attack is not firing so lekker. But it is one thing to say it is not working, and another thing to say it is not working properly. Because if we know the goal of the coaches, and the system they trying to play, it is easier to make a comment on what is going on.

Of course that is the problem! We do not always know what a coach is trying to do on attack, because in the crazy rush of rugby it can be hard to see what patterns he is using. For instance with the Boks on Saturday against Australia, they did not always get enough phases going for us to see clearly what attack patterns emerge. And many times we get the ball from turn-over or mistake, where attack structure is not in place yet.

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THE DEATH OF A TRY

Hi guys, so it is all done and finished! After we get so excited about the World Cup it is now over like a big birthday party that we look forward to for months.  Now it is the next morning and we all have a… Read more

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INSIGHT INTO THE BOKS

Today I take a passage of play from our game against the All Blacks in July to illustrate a little bit about how the Boks like to attack. It will start behind our own halfway line, through 10 phases, and end close to the All… Read more

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NOTES FROM THE USA GAME

Hi guys, a quick post after we watch the Bok game against USA. Just some thoughts and observations. It was a easy game so we must take this with some pinch of salt, but none the less there are lessons for us.

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UNDERSTANDING THE BOK APPROACH

Hi guys. There is much confusion and mistaken beliefs when people talk about the Springbok gameplan. We have heard everything from “the Boks play too loose” to “the Boks is one-dimensional” to “the Boks kicks too much” to “the Boks kick too little”. Sometimes from… Read more

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: A general view showing a maul between the teams during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Samoa at Villa Park on September 26, 2015 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)
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BAN THE MAUL?

We see so much of the rolling maul in this World Cup, and the reason is simple. It is a low risk, high reward play that is perfect for the percentage rugby that teams will need to play if they want to contend.

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A NUMBERS GAME

For today’s Match Moment I want to look at a failure of numbers that lead to a try in the Sharks vs Province game this weekend. Rugby is about many things, but in one sense it is just about numbers. When coaches come up with strategies they… Read more

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PROVINCE WILL KICK THEMSELF

Hi guys, I was interested in how and why the Cheetahs beat W.P.on Saturday. Many people think it was poor defence, but we see there was actually something else going on that was a bigger contribution factor. Kicking. If we watch the game tape and… Read more