Diagnosis of defeat

March 1, 2014 16
It's a bit dated, but I'm sure you'll still find this piece by BRENDAN VENTER worth reading. Brendan Venter, SuperSport The fact that both the Bulls and Stormers have endured trying starts to the Super Rugby season proves that in rugby there is no permanent recipe for success. I believe rugby is fundamentally a simple…

Vodacom Bulls 25, Lions 17

March 1, 2014 10
The Lions, the surprise package of the competition, will be looking to build on the solid platform laid in the opening weeks. However, Lions captain Warren Whiteley was well aware that they will be up against a desperate Bulls side stung by their back-to-back defeats. "There is definitely confidence within the side," Whiteley told a…

Western Force 14, Brumbies 27

March 1, 2014 0
Both teams are smarting after last week's defeats, with the Western Force hoping to bounce back in their first home match of the season. Hugh McMeniman and Chris Alcock have been promoted into the starting line-up, while Jayden Hayward will returns to the matchday squad on the bench. The Brumbies will be looking to respond…

Waratahs 32, Reds 5

March 1, 2014 0
This is Australia's oldest and most fierce derby, with the prestigious Templeton Cup adding spice to an already delectable contest. The trophy is named after legendary Queensland coach and administrator Bob Templeton (1932-1999) and was introduced in 2000 as a mark of respect to the service Templeton gave to the game. The first game between…

Chiefs 21, Highlanders 19

March 1, 2014 0
The Chiefs required a last-minute intercept try and an 80-metre sprint for the five-pointer to get past the Crusaders. The Highlanders will be in a less charitable mood on Saturday, as they look to prove their 'no-name brand' team is not a one-hit wonder. The manner of last week's first-half destruction of the Blues would…