CAPE TOWN - Mark Keohane has looked at the positives and negatives from round ten of Super Rugby this past weekend.
1: The Lions were history makers in Sydney against the Waratahs. Celebrate it, enjoy it and revel in the achievement. South African rugby supporters simply don’t know how to enjoy the good days. There are no ifs and butts about the Lions 29-0 win against the Waratahs. They scored a four-try bonus point victory and didn’t let in a point. Never before have the Tahs been kept scoreless. Never before have the Lions kept a team scoreless in Super Rugby. Never before have the Lions beaten the Waratahs in Sydney. This was a South African team making the right kind of history. It is worthy of a cheerleading roar.
2: The Bulls players finally are being coached. What a difference a world-class coach makes to the skill set of players. Adriaan Strauss is playing with the enthusiasm, energy and freedom of a youngster in his first season. He has scored five tries this season, which is more than he had scored in his Super Rugby career. The attacking skill level of Lood de Jager and RG Snyman in the build-up to Strauss’s try was something we usually associate with All Black locks. The two are making the strongest of cases to be the Springbok starting locks, especially if injured Eben Etzebeth is not available for the England series in June.