Bok fullback: Steyn’s worth another look

2019-08-02 11:49

At least a smattering of game time shortly at No 15 for Frans Steyn could aid Springbok depth in the berth for the World Cup, says Rob Houwing.

Lions 2021: Where Boks should play them

2019-07-12 14:00

Rob Houwing speculates on most suitable venues for the huge Springboks v Lions trio of Tests in 2021, fancying that SA Rugby have not dissimilar ideas for the roster.

Proteas verdict: A creaking Dad’s Army

2019-06-02 22:36

Heavily-stocked in veterans and with several players keeping the medical staff busy, SA look an abjectly off-the-pace CWC side after two early losses, says Rob Houwing.

Why privatisation WOULD perk up SA rugby

2019-02-15 12:00

Rob Houwing explores further the mounting plea for full private ownership of top South African rugby teams as their sustainability looks increasingly gloomy.

How blue Proteas can get back in the pink

2019-01-27 20:43

Rob Houwing explores a method of rebalancing the SA team in a hurry to be suitably competitive in Wednesday’s ODI series ‘final’ against Pakistan.

Proteas: ‘Press-on’ batsman would aid series kill

2018-11-08 12:57

SA’s quest to close out the Aussie series in Adelaide would be helped by a bulky innings from one of their main stroke-players, says Rob Houwing.

Bulls: Diddled by the Cape Doctor!

2018-10-21 07:03

Rob Houwing reflects on just another instance of the Cape’s famous south-easter influencing a key rugby match between WP and the Blue Bulls.

Bok ratings: ‘Inbound’ boys sparkle!

2018-06-09 21:12

While hardly unhappy over Faf de Klerk snaring it officially, Rob Houwing would have opted for Duane Vermeulen as top Bok performer in their Jo’burg heroics.

Lions’ mastery leaves cold front in Cape

2018-04-07 21:22

Both have byes now, but the Lions enter the hiatus in much better fettle than the Stormers after blitzing them in Jo’burg, writes Rob Houwing.

Cycle Tour: OK, enough of these false starts

2018-03-08 11:38

Rob Houwing didn’t even have to tumble out of bed last year. Finally he’s ready (he thinks) for his maiden Cape Town Cycle Tour …


Elton can bury his Bok nightmare - expert

2019-07-19 12:56

Elton Jantjies should find Saturday’s conditions much more to his liking than in his tough last start for the Boks in SA, says kicking scientist Vlok Cilliers. Rob Houwing reports.

PROTEAS COMMENT: Why it could get worse yet!

2019-06-24 06:29

The imminent ODI exit of passionate figure Imran Tahir suggests the CWC-dead Proteas may plumb further depths before any resurgence, warns Rob Houwing.

Bulls’ SA ‘hat-trick’ sends clear signal

2019-03-10 07:00

The Bulls have stolen a big march on the other SA sides in Super Rugby so far ... and next face the sickly Chiefs after a deserved bye, writes Rob Houwing.

Whisper it, but do these Proteas have ... cojones?

2019-01-31 06:11

Though far from the finished article, we should be wary of underestimating the mental qualities of Faf du Plessis’s SA ODI side, says Rob Houwing.

SA v Pakistan: 5 Test classics

2018-12-21 13:23

Rob Houwing, with another bilateral series imminent, picks five most memorable Test matches between SA and Pakistan on our soil.

Bok ratings: (Over)thrown away!

2018-11-04 06:00

Much of the right stuff at times, yet wrong result. Rob Houwing rates the schizophrenic Springboks at Twickenham …

Bok ratings: Make Duane our double!

2018-06-16 21:26

Maybe he should have won it last week too, but justice was served when Duane Vermeulen officially earned Bok best-player status in Bloem, says Rob Houwing.

Kolisi needs to up his game!

2018-04-25 12:00

Mark Keohane says Stormers captain Siya Kolisi needs to improve his form if he is to feature prominently for the Springboks.

CT Test: Three Proteas hunt landmarks

2018-03-20 19:14

A trio of Proteas players (though one may not play) seek prestigious personal milestones in the Newlands Test from Thursday, writes Rob Houwing.

Try-hungry Lions leap clear in group

2018-03-03 21:19

Oops, the Lions have opened some daylight already in their conference. Sound fairly familiar? Rob Houwing reports …

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