Groundless balls and suspect rules: Super Rugby gets heated

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Groundless balls and suspect rules: Super Rugby gets heated

Sportsmanship and short-changed New Zealand fans feature ahead of this weekend’s third round

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Lessons from SA-born Reds loosehead

There was much hype when 2007 Rugby World Cup winner Jannie du Plessis quit Montpellier to join the Golden Lions with the 37-year-old tighthead prop considered a battle-hardened warrior.  But the sight of Du Plessis being tormented by SA-born Queensland Reds loosehead Jean-Pierre Smith in Johannesburg last weekend must have alarmed Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen. The former Springbok was forced to back-pedal at numerous scrums, conceded four penalties and was taken off seven minutes into the second half as the Lions won 27-20.

“We need to fix a few things,” conceded Van Rooyen ahead of a home clash with high-riding Western Stormers this Saturday. Du Plessis may be top of that list. ..

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