2016 was a year to forget for the Springboks; however, it appears they have turned a corner in 2017.

Here in The Shed, Gareth and I run the ruler over what they are trying to achieve, what they have achieved and what they still need to work on. The transformation from 2016 to 2017 has been nothing short of sensational. We believe it has a lot to do with the coaching structures and new found belief.

The utopia for a rugby team is to score first phase tries. South Africa have got into the habit of scoring these this year, we look at a couple of them and break them down.

Kolisi going in under the posts unopposed.

If you can’t reach that utopia, you are looking for incredibly quick ball. But the quick ball is only useful if you have manipulated the defence in such a way to expose gaps. Again, South Africa has been managing this with aplomb. We look at this.

Look at the number of Los Pumas there defending a small handful of Springboks.

And if you are put under the pump you need a solid exit strategy. South Africa have been working hard on this; who would have thought The Beast would be so adept at creating the necessary space to execute such a strategy?

The Beast working hard to get infield to increase the angle for the exit strategy.

There is no doubt that the Springboks have come on in leaps and bounds. They still have a long way to go, but they are tracking beautifully towards 2019. Check out how we see their game plan with our Springbok Analysis.

From The Shed


Author: Steven Prescott

I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.


  1. Absolutely incredible guys. I’ll be at the game on Saturday, and will make sure to watch out for these structures. Also was wondering what are some of the potential downsides to this pod system?


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