Springboks

Colossal impact

Colossal impact

Eben Etzebeth had an outstanding first season of professional rugby.

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Critical juncture for Lambie

RYAN VREDE, in London, writes Pat Lambie has yet to convince of his aptitude as a Test flyhalf but has an opportunity to push his case with a strong showing at Twickenham.

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Marler to miss Bok clash

England prop Joe Marler is set to miss Saturday’s Test against the Springboks because of a knee injury.

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Demanding more from awful Boks

MARK KEOHANE, in his weekly Business Day column, says this has been a desperate end-of-year tour for the Springboks, and to criticise them does not make one unpatriotic.

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Meyer rejects Blacks comparison

RYAN VREDE, in London, reports that Heyneke Meyer says comparisons between the Springboks and All Blacks are ill-formed and unfair, explaining the world champions are far advanced in their development.

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Twickers to be viewed in isolation

Heyneke Meyer refused to say that a victory or defeat against England would define their season, but accepted that it was critical to deeming the year-end tour a success.

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Etzebeth in the dock

Eben Etzebeth faces a nervous wait to see if he will play at Twickenham after he was cited for an alleged eye gouge.

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Boks injury concerns deepen

JP Pietersen has sustained a groin strain that threatens to rule him out of Saturday’s Test against England, while CJ van der Linde and Gurthro Steenkamp limped off at Monday’s training session.

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Flo flying high

RYAN VREDE, in London, writes that Francois Louw has made the transition from competent Test openside flank to a world-class one who is indispensable to the Springboks’ cause.

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Bok standards unacceptably low

JON CARDINELLI says that while this Springbok side shouldn’t be expected to attack like the All Blacks they shouldn’t be excused for performances devoid of innovation, precision and potency either.

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