Articles by Tank Lanning

Wise Welsh block Bok lineout

Warren Gatland directed Wales to keep the lid on their opponent’s key attacking asset by limiting the Springboks to just five lineouts in Cardiff, writes TANK LANNING, who takes a gander at the match stats. READ MORE

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Streetwise Boks edge “brave” Scots

The “brave” Scots bossed the attack stats with their ball-in-hand approach, but TANK LANNING says the streetwise Boks controlled the stats that count. READ MORE

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Making a mockery of the game

The scrum contest is what separates rugby union from league, and feeding the ball in under the flank’s chest is really taking the piss, writes TANK LANNING. READ MORE

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Bok glass is half full

The Boks were one layer of Dubbin away from losing in Paris, but the match stats will have Rassie Erasmus sipping from a beer glass half full, writes TANK LANNING. READ MORE

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Boks to blame, not ref

STAT ATTACK: England were giving away penalties like fatty droewors at a Banting convention, yet the Boks still found a way to lose! We take a gander at the match stats to find out why.  READ MORE

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SA gets big shove from Braai Day

In an era when the media likes to spotlight the divisive, Braai Day is a reminder how much the tradition does to pull South Africans together, writes TANK LANNING. READ MORE

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Recruiting outside the box

After a day at Craven Week, TANK LANNING reckons there has to be something better than the current “Great Whites at Seal Island” recruitment frenzy he witnessed in Paarl.  READ MORE

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Du Toit to tighthead could work

No fan of the prop switch, former WP tighthead prop TANK LANNING sheds some light on why Thomas du Toit’s switch to tighthead prop may well turn out to be inspired. READ MORE

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Kings to power privatisation in SA?

Stade Francais owner Hans-Peter Wild’s recent visit to PE and Cape Town might have been for golf, but could also indicate an intent to invest in the SA game. READ MORE

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Litmus failed, time for Ceteris Paribus

Litmus test failed, Springbok rugby is up poo creek without a paddle says TANK LANNING, who suggests the Ceteris Paribus principle as we implement change. READ MORE

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Not pretty, but Boks tick a box

STAT ATTACK: While not particularly pretty, the conditions called for dominance up front, a water tight defence, and astute use of the boot. The Boks delivered on all three. READ MORE

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Nervy Boks get French gift

STAT ATTACK: An atrocious goal kicking performance prevented the Boks from making full use of the gift offered up by an error ridden French side intent on giving the ball air. READ MORE

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