Articles by Tank Lanning

Rassie: Boks got out of jail!

He will no doubt take it, but Bok coach Rassie Erasmus was man enough to attribute his side’s nail-biting 16-16 draw against the All Blacks on Saturday to a heavy stroke of luck. READ MORE

Tank Lanning

Boks to camp out in New Zealand

Instead of returning to South Africa after the All Blacks Test this weekend, the 36 man Bok touring squad will hold a camp in New Zealand before heading to Argentina to face the Pumas.  READ MORE

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WP scrum to victory

Instead of saying, “Thanks for the game” after the final whistle at Newlands, the Blue Bulls should have been asking “How much do we owe you for that scrumming lesson?” READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Saders vs SA

As the Sharks and Bulls head to quarter-finals in the Anitpodes, we take a gander at the season stats for both SA contenders, comparing a few of them to those from the log-leading Crusaders. READ MORE

Tank Lanning

Blunt Sharks battered in BA

Sans any sort of variation on attack, including an unwillingness to kick, the Sharks came badly short in the face of an organised and abrasive Jaguares defence. READ MORE

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Lions good, Chiefs better?

Both the Lions and Chiefs scored six tries in breath-taking wins on the weekend, but it was the Chiefs who did so from 20 fewer carries, and more than 300m less with ball in hand. READ MORE

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No possession, no worries

They held their own in territory stakes, but with under 40% of the possession, the Sharks made use of an abrasive defence, including 22 dominant hits, to subdue the Lions. READ MORE

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Missed tackles trip up Stormers

The Stormers missed 27 tackles on their way to a truly ordinary tackle success rate of just 78% against the Crusaders, yet managed to sneak a surprise draw. READ MORE

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Yanks hit the scrum machine

What do you get when eight 130kg fridges disguised as American footballers hit a rugby union scrum machine? A whole lot of dust and effort, but not a lot of movement!  READ MORE

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Stat Attack

Astonishing stats at the AMI

Forget the “Game of two halves” cliché, instead the truly astonishing stats out of Christchurch reveal game plans from the complete opposite sides of the rugby spectrum. READ MORE

Tank Lanning