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Rugby 17.5.2017 03:39 pm

The Super Rugby years that could haunt the Cheetahs

If historic results determine relegation, they could’ve breathed far easier if they took their chances in these four campaigns.

By now, most rugby fans know the decision on which two South African sides will be cut from Super Rugby won't be based just on historic results.

The Super Rugby years that could haunt the Cheetahs
The Super Rugby years that could haunt the Cheetahs

The Super Rugby years that could haunt the Cheetahs

If historic results determine relegation, they could’ve breathed far easier if they took their chances in these four campaigns.

Stormers plea: ‘We can’t do what the Lions do in just 3 months!’
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Stormers plea: ‘We can’t do what the Lions do in just 3 months!’

The Capetonians hope fans can realise their new way of playing will take time to be perfected. And the flyhalf situation isn’t helping…
The usual suspects dominate our Super Rugby XV for the week
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The usual suspects dominate our Super Rugby XV for the week

It’s the Lions and Kings that keep dishing up candidates for a weekly select team in this year’s tournament.
Warren Whiteley: We know the relegation feeling
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Warren Whiteley: We know the relegation feeling

The Lions skipper sympathises with the uncertainty some of the local sides must be feeling over their Super Rugby future.
Super Rugby Reaction (W)Rap: These Kings play like kings
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Super Rugby Reaction (W)Rap: These Kings play like kings

Want some reaction from all the local Super Rugby sides’ decision-makers after the weekend’s play? Find it all here in one spot.
All-conquering Blitzboks are the best in the world … by far
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All-conquering Blitzboks are the best in the world … by far

Neil Powell’s brilliant troops win the Paris Sevens and are crowned the winners of the World Sevens Series title as well.
Blitzboks recover well to close in on series win
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Blitzboks recover well to close in on series win

Scotland surprise Neil Powell’s men early in Paris but the setback proves short-lived as normal service resumes.
Nutshell: Superb Kings deliver killer Sharks blow
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Nutshell: Superb Kings deliver killer Sharks blow

Deon Davids’ enterprising and well-coached side show fine composure to beat opponents who at times underestimated them.
Nutshell: Bulls miss a golden chance in red card fest
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Nutshell: Bulls miss a golden chance in red card fest

Nollis Marais’ troops deliver an improved performance but a crucial red card leads them to slipping up against the Highlanders.
‘Sad’ Vincent Koch is done with Springbok rugby
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‘Sad’ Vincent Koch is done with Springbok rugby

The former Stormers prop only has 9 international caps and won’t reach Saru’s new 30-cap overseas rule. But he’s cool with it.
Humble Blitzboks can taste elusive World Series title win
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Humble Blitzboks can taste elusive World Series title win

Neil Powell’s men merely need to continue what they’ve done so well this season at this weekend’s leg in Paris.
Nutshell: Off-colour Lions rely on guts in Canberra
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Nutshell: Off-colour Lions rely on guts in Canberra

South Africa’s table-toppers find no attacking rhythm against the Brumbies but their magnificent defence proves enough.
Nutshell: Leaky Cheetahs can’t contain composed Blues
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Nutshell: Leaky Cheetahs can’t contain composed Blues

Franco Smith’s men start their daunting tour of New Zealand with another loss and fail to capitalise on a good start.
Heyneke Meyer: SA needs to stop trying to copy New Zealand!
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Heyneke Meyer: SA needs to stop trying to copy New Zealand!

As everyone tries to play more attacking rugby, the former Springbok coach believes local teams need to find their own identity again.
LISTEN: Struggling Bulls are now at their 3rd skipper in 2017
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LISTEN: Struggling Bulls are now at their 3rd skipper in 2017

21-year-old Hanro Liebenberg now tasked with the role but coach Nollis Marais insists injured Adriaan Strauss’ form didn’t trouble him.
Bryan Habana: Politics, not just cash, makes players leave
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Bryan Habana: Politics, not just cash, makes players leave

The Springbok legend says local players are wary of things like crime when they make a decision to move overseas.
No-frills Stephan Lewies shows what the Sharks are about
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No-frills Stephan Lewies shows what the Sharks are about

The Durbanites’ towering lock is finally playing like a Springbok again and is doing so by taking his coach’s hardnosed philosophy to heart.
Springboks draw All Blacks for World Cup but it’s actually okay
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Springboks draw All Blacks for World Cup but it’s actually okay

If you break down Wednesday’s draw, this could actually work in Allister Coetzee and his troops’ favour in Japan.
Pedigree doesn’t mean the Lions stop working hard
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Pedigree doesn’t mean the Lions stop working hard

Things are starting to run smoothly for Johan Ackermann’s troops but one basic aspect of their game shows how they still do donkey work too.
Springboks could face ‘group of death’ at World Cup
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Springboks could face ‘group of death’ at World Cup

The national team’s slump under Allister Coetzee, as well as the poor form of Argentina, could see them paying a high price in Japan in 2019.
The Lions and Sharks have bite in our Super Rugby XV of the week
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The Lions and Sharks have bite in our Super Rugby XV of the week

When there are only two teams to cheer about on a given weekend, it’s little wonder the majority of those players get the nod.
Eish! Now Faf de Klerk is lost to South African rugby
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Eish! Now Faf de Klerk is lost to South African rugby

The Lions previously insisted the Bok scrumhalf will stay for the duration of his contract but that’s not what the Sale Sharks are saying.
Super Rugby Reaction (W)Rap: Dead man walking
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Super Rugby Reaction (W)Rap: Dead man walking

Want some reaction from all the local Super Rugby sides’ decision-makers after the weekend’s play? Find it all here in one spot.
Nutshell: Slaughter of the Bulls at Loftus
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Nutshell: Slaughter of the Bulls at Loftus

Pretoria left breathless as the Crusaders inflict a massive 62-24 drubbing against Nollis Marais’ really, really poor team.
Nutshell: Sharks show bite but not enough for bonus point
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Nutshell: Sharks show bite but not enough for bonus point

Robert du Preez’s men comfortably dispose of a limited Force but really should’ve gained more from this victory.
Nutshell: Clinical Lions rubbish the Rebels
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Nutshell: Clinical Lions rubbish the Rebels

South Africa’s leading side in Super Rugby is still streets ahead of the rest as they are on course for an unbeaten tour of Australia.

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