VC fight – A time to learn

2014-04-17 11:30

Tank Lanning suggests using the post Varsity Cup final fight as an opportunity for young players to learn.

Smal shake-up - 5 good things

2014-04-03 08:40

Tank Lanning sees FIVE good things coming with the appointment of Gert Smal as WP Director of Rugby.

Easy on the Jannie bashing

2014-03-20 09:57

You'd think Jannie du Plessis had eye-gouged the ball boy given the hammering he's taken from Sport24 readers, says Tank Lanning.

Does SA need to sell rugby?

2014-03-06 10:19

One of the reasons the NZ play more attacking rugby is because they believe it sells the game to youngsters, says Tank Lanning.

It’s the John and Jake show!

2014-02-20 11:26

It may still be in its honeymoon phase, but Tank Lanning sees the John Smit and Jake White marriage bearing real fruit for the Sharks.

Payback time for Coenie

2013-11-21 09:33

Tank Lanning isn't convinced Coenie Oosthuizen is the man for the job, but says it's only fair he be given the opportunity.

Don’t mess with a good thing

2013-11-07 10:15

The sad thing about Coenie Oosthuizen “Project tighthead”? He could be among the best looseheads, says Tank Lanning.

WP at a canter!

2013-10-24 09:17

WP are a settled side who are playing for each other, says Tank Lanning - who backs the men from the Cape in the Currie Cup final.

Brilliant to have Boks back

2013-10-10 09:48

Tank Lanning says use the end of year tour to look at the next tier of players while managing overworked stars, not the Currie Cup.

'Yes 9' makes scrum unfair

2013-09-26 09:53

Telling the scrumhalf when to feed the scrum is like telling the hooker when to throw the ball into the lineout, says Tank Lanning.

Time to go global

2013-09-12 09:46

The time has come to don a set of new glasses and take a look at the global rugby scene through new eyes, says Tank Lanning.

Money the real puppeteer

2013-08-29 11:52

To see SARU pandering to absurd overseas club requests is belittling, both to the national side and to the country, says Tank Lanning.

Beware the return of Bajada

2013-08-15 09:13

It is into the unknown for both the Boks and Pumas on Saturday as they come to terms with the new scrum call, says Tank Lanning.

Super Rugby needs changing!

2013-08-01 12:23

Super Rugby needs an urgent change, but make the decisions based on merit and fact, says Tank Lanning.

Coach Tank's team talk

2013-07-18 11:42

Tank Lanning breaks into coach mode, offering the team talk he hopes Naka Drotske will be making this week.

We can't lose the Kings

2013-07-04 10:30

The business end of Super Rugby has become interesting, but even more spicy are the promotion-relegation matches, says Tank Lanning.

Meyer is missing a trick

2013-06-20 09:36

Players being given until the day before a Test against Samoa to prove their fitness? Tank Lanning is no fan...

Let them play!

2013-06-06 07:45

Just three little question marks around the first Bok side says Tank Lanning, but otherwise a side that must be given freedom to play.

Shocking call by Stormers

2013-05-23 07:38

The Stormers' signing of lock Marius Coetzer is a slap in the face to their development process, says Tank Lanning.

Stats don’t lie, or do they?

2013-05-09 09:50

Not shy of a TV viewership stat, Tank Lanning digs deeper into the how and why of TV stats and uncovers a few hard truths.

Stormers most popular on TV

2013-04-25 13:04

The Stormers feature in six of the 10 most watched Super Rugby games on SuperSport this season, including the top spot.

Scrum penalties killing rugby

2013-04-18 08:33

Not even today's man-mountain props can keep the colossal collision that is the scrum from going up or down, says Tank Lanning.

Community Cup a success

2013-04-04 09:05

The sparse crowds and low live TV numbers suggest the Community Cup to have failed, but Tank Lanning believes it added value.

Defining the student is key

2013-03-20 15:23

Tank Lanning is appalled that, thanks to a loophole, Tukkies have got away with cheating in the Varsity Cup - AGAIN!

True test this weekend

2013-03-07 09:57

Ball in hand, offload in the tackle vs kick and chase, defend for your life. Tank Lanning looks forward to the two going head-to-head.


Ikeys light up Varsity Cup

2014-04-10 09:53

Tank Lanning saw the 2014 Varsity Cup lighting up what has become a pretty dour South African rugby landscape.

Stormers to plaster over cracks

2014-03-27 09:41

The WP Rugby Union's decision to bring in a Director of Rugby and a shrink smacks of papering over the cracks, says Tank Lanning.

Joubert pressure to backfire?

2014-03-13 09:07

Tank Lanning wonders if Jean de Villiers' intention to constantly be in referee Craig Joubert's ear on Friday may backfire?

Time for a little culture

2014-02-27 09:26

The Bulls and Stormers need an overhaul to future proof their structures and instill a culture to be proud of, believes Tank Lanning.

Boks steady rather than stellar

2013-11-28 10:37

Not quite the stellar season for the Springboks that some are making it out to be, says Tank Lanning.

Hoskins' plan has merit

2013-11-14 09:39

Tank Lanning sees some merit in the 17 team Super Rugby structure SARU boss Oregan Hoskins is to propose to SANZAR.

Take a bow John Smit

2013-10-31 10:03

It's still early days, but both John Smit and Brendan Venter deserve credit for bringing a new culture to Durban, says Tank Lanning.

Bulls showing SA the way?

2013-10-17 10:16

Out of the Currie Cup, yet showing SA they way? Tank Lanning takes a look at why he likes the Bulls player contracting strategy.

Easy South Africa

2013-10-03 09:50

The focus seems to be on not IF the Boks will beat the All Blacks, but more on by HOW much. Is that realistic, asks Tank Lanning?

Make reffing a team game

2013-09-19 10:44

One man can no longer officiate a game of rugby. It's become too complex. It's time to make it a team game, says Tank Lanning.

Boks go back to basics

2013-09-05 07:51

The Zane Kirchner selection, says Tank Lanning, rightfully or wrongfully, says a huge amount about the Springboks' intent.

Bok loose trio the key

2013-08-22 09:31

Tank Lanning singles out the player responsible for the biggest difference in the Boks' last two performances.

New scrum and new talent

2013-08-08 09:50

Not only do we get a new scrum engagement call, but also a heap of new talent. Bring on the Currie Cup, says Tank Lanning.

Bulls' tournament to lose...

2013-07-25 10:47

The stars are aligned for the Bulls, but they'll have to buck up come scrum time, and buck the attacking trend, says Tank Lanning.

Let the foot shooting begin

2013-07-11 10:14

The natural order may see it happen, but shouldn't we be looking for ways for the Bulls to top the Super Rugby log, asks Tank Lanning.

Smit's brave new world

2013-06-27 09:08

Much like young players deserve a shot, so do young coaches, but Tank Lanning wonders if there's too much change in Durban?

Stop the Coenie experiment!

2013-06-13 08:52

Tank Lanning believes Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has missed a trick in not having a look at the country’s backup tighthead props.

Over to you, Jan

2013-05-30 08:30

Jean de Villiers to 13 with Jan Serfontein edging Robert Ebersohn for the No 12 jersey says Tank Lanning.

Long live the scrum

2013-05-16 09:29

RIP the hit, but long live the scrum says Tank Lanning, as he delves into the new scrum engagement call coming next year.

New Super Rugby audience

2013-05-02 08:41

With Super Rugby TV numbers up and revealing a change in demographic, Tank Lanning asks how - or if - SuperSport should react.

Contract process flawed

2013-04-25 09:21

So we now have the 15 contracted Boks, but Tank Lanning asks if the coach is now obliged to select these players?

Meyer's glaring Bok omissions

2013-04-11 09:20

Tank Lanning takes a look at the players who can feel aggrieved at missing out on Heyneke Meyer's first Bok squad of the season.

Ban the rolling maul

2013-03-28 08:38

If rugby is about a fair contest, then Tank Lanning asks how the rolling maul can remain part of the game?

Varsity Cup - amateur or pro?

2013-03-14 09:42

With a Varsity Cup team being accused of cheating, Tank Lanning believes the tournament has arrived at a watershed moment.

Take a bow you Kings!

2013-02-28 09:23

What a start for the Kings, says Tank Lanning. The reaction to their win showed the passion for rugby in the region.

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