Articles by Brenden Nel

Defence is the decider

While pundits proclaim the merits of running rugby, BRENDEN NEL declares it a solemn truth that defence is what separates the winners from the losers. READ MORE

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WP good, or Currie Cup bad?

Western Province have skittled all comers this season, BRENDEN NEL applauds the defending champions but questions the quality of the Currie Cup. READ MORE

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Cheika ready for a street fight

Australia are seventh on the world rankings and Michael Cheika’s job is on the line, BRENDEN NEL expects the Wallabies to come out swinging for their embattled coach. READ MORE

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Can Rassie quit and keep his job?

If the Boks’ results are so poor that coach Rassie Erasmus could lose his job, how willl he justify staying on as director of rugby, asks BRENDEN NEL. READ MORE

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Bok fans, buckle up!

Mendoza exposed flaws that the Boks have been hiding all season, BRENDEN NEL warns supporters to prepare for a nightmare tour of Australasia. READ MORE

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SA sends boys to battle men

BRENDEN NEL dives into the numbers to discover that, while Europe’s title-winning clubs have an average age of 26, most of SA’s pro players are still in their teens. READ MORE

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Swys weary of whinging Kiwis

Having happily exploited a tournament that favoured New Zealand for 20 years, the Kiwis are up in arms about Super Rugby’s current playoff format, BRENDEN NEL is over it. READ MORE

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Lions stumbled on secret to success

The Lions downsized and rose from the ashes of Super Rugby relegation, BRENDEN NEL says they inadvertently discovered the formula for reviving South African rugby. READ MORE

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Rassie primes SA for moment of truth

While Bok fans have been dazzled by wins against England, coach Rassie Erasmus is quietly preparing supporters for a possible meltdown in New Zealand, writes BRENDEN NEL. READ MORE

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Cut eight SA teams, 300 players

Six Nations champs, Ireland have shown that a quality-over-quantity approach leads to success, BRENDEN NEL says it’s time to make some tough calls in South Africa.  READ MORE

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Where’s Whiteley?

Injured Springbok No 8 Warren Whiteley has disappeared off the radar and the Lions have been vague about his flight status, BRENDEN NEL can’t understand why it needs to be a mystery. READ MORE

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Is Powell ready to drop Blitzboks?

SA can’t pretend a failed quest for Sevens gold at the Commonwealth Games was just a bad day at the office, BRENDEN NEL says it’s time for coach Neil Powell to wield the axe. READ MORE

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