Articles by Zelim Nel

History offers hope, not optimism

While fervent Bok supporters are stocking up to celebrate an epic win in Wellington, ZELIM NEL says the record books predict a gutsy performance, but one that ends in defeat. READ MORE

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Ellis Park record: boon or bane?

History serves as both a help and a hindrance to the Springboks as they open the Rugby Championship against the Wallabies at Ellis Park. READ MORE

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It’s the final countdown!

The Rugby Championship is SANZAAR’s final dress rehearsal for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and it begins on Saturday when the Springboks host the Wallabies at Ellis Park. READ MORE

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Glory beckons underdog Jags

The Crusaders have built a Super Rugby dynasty, but the Jaguares will sprint into the final with nothing to lose. READ MORE

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Can Jaguares sling giants?

STAT ATTACK: Here’s what the numbers say about the David-versus-Goliath matchup in the 2019 Super Rugby final. READ MORE

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Errors fed Canes attack

STAT ATTACK: Errors are decisive in close games and in the Wellington quarter-final, the Bulls blinked first. READ MORE

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SA’s depth provides glimmer of hope

With a legion of players based overseas, and many more packing their bags, SA’s depth of talent offers some hope for 2020 and beyond, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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How did they miss this?

SANZAAR finally hit the bulls-eye with their disciplinary process, but then wrecked that good work by sending a dart into the floor, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Beast versus Captain Pretoria

The Sharks will lean heavily on the scrum to save them from slipping into a five-year slump against the Bulls when the teams clash at Kings Park on Saturday, writes ZELIM NEL. READ MORE

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Shootout at the Lions Den

Elton Jantjies and Quade Cooper are synonymous with attacking rugby, but ZELIM NEL dived into the numbers and came up with place-kicks picking the winner at Ellis Park. READ MORE

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