It's not stretching credulity too far to suggest that the Lions could now be leading the South African conference, instead of languishing in 11th spot
Waratahs player Jacques Potgieter was fined Aus$20 000 after a Brumbies player complained that Potgieter had made an anti-gay remark.
Battling Sonny Bill Williams will remind the former Bok of the glory he has potentially sacrificed.
Coach Frans Ludeke has a lot riding on this weekend's match against the Sharks.
Super Rugby stats provide an eye-opener but, then again, they are a poor predictor of the future.
The coach, as much as the players, must believe in winning instead of just fearing a loss.
Saru will be leaning on the franchises to spare the best players but they have their own problems.
It is Kenya's loss but South Africa's gain that Paul Treu has now joined the coaching staff at Western Province and the Stormers.
That Steyn can be let go is testimony to the potential of Lambie and Pollard and further confirmation that Meyer's "change by stealth" policy works.
Meyer makes several changes for match against Italy, but the impressive Reinach and Lambie will combine again.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer wants to give his men a chance at playing under pressure.
The national coach will find out whether he has built a team capable of winning a World Cup.
Having roared into the Currie Cup final, coach Ackermann must take the credit for turning a group of unsung players into winners.
The top teams have made it to the Currie Cup semifinals with the Lions showing their claws and Pollard giving the Bulls horns.
Sharks utility back S'bura Sithole says the team has every chance of toppling the Lions in Saturday's semifinal.
What the All Blacks will make of the Boks' victory is uncertain, but the SA team is all but decided.
With the seniors tumbling, the striplings may turn the tide of the provincial and national sides.
Stigma still discourages gay athletes from being open about their sexuality, but pride is on the rise.
To buck the unflattering odds, the Boks must stop being spoilers and play to win.