Articles by Tank Lanning

Stat Attack: Blunt Stormers blow it

The home side made a whopping 1044m via 163 carries, close to double that of the Brumbies, yet construed to lose a match that had them dominating both possession and territory.  READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Toothless Sharks over turned

A wobbly scrum set the tone for a toothless display that saw the Sharks concede 20 turnovers while an aggressive Reds side harvested six of their own via a dominant defence. READ MORE

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Stat Attack: Tidy Lions scrum to victory

They made fewer errors and conceded less turnovers, but the 4 penalties garnered by a power scrum proved the difference in a gutsy away win over the Chiefs by the Lions. READ MORE

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A day for smiles instead of IVs

Instead of their regular chemotherapy session, a group of Sharks players treated the children of CHOC to an exclusive movie day as part of Vodacom’s #TacklingCancer campaign. READ MORE

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Schoolboys: Recruitment or development?

Quite clearly schools are recruiting. And quite clearly they are stacking. But in an era of dwindling player numbers, are they not also offering these boys an incredible opportunity? READ MORE

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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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