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The anticipation around the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, on 9-10 December at the Cape Town Stadium, is palpable with tickets to this must-see event going on sale at 09h00 on Friday through Computicket, with a dedicated alcohol-free area in the north area of the stadium yet again providing value for families.

The cheapest tickets are up for grabs for only R150, while prices go up to R200 and R300 respectively – depending on seating area in the Cape Town Stadium. 

“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens is regarded as one of the best sporting events in South Africa and we aim to improve the experience every year,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“Feedback we’ve received has indicated a strong need for a ‘family experience’ which is why we’ve blocked out the North Stand as an alcohol-free zone, with the Kiddies Village there to provide entertainment for the little ones during the day – free of charge. 

“The South Stand will be the party stand again and we’re excited to see what fun ways fans will come up with to show their support for the Blitzboks and the other teams in action.

“We would also like to ask supporters only to buy tickets from authorised outlets – the Computicket website or app, and participating outlets at Shoprite or Checkers stores nationwide. Tickets or packages purchased from other online agencies or companies are completely unofficial and entry cannot be guaranteed by SA Rugby. 

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to host the ultimate IAAF Gold Label city road race

Cape Town, 26 July 2017 – The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is on track to host the first IAAF gold label city marathon in Africa. The 42.2-km road race has made huge strides since it was relaunched in 2014, quickly establishing its place as one of only a select few marathons in the world to achieve IAAF gold label status.

Last year’s winners, Britain’s Tish Jones and Ethiopia’s Asefa Mengstu Negewo, have confirmed that they will be back to compete in this world-class running event. Negewo broke the record for the fastest performance for a standard marathon on South African soil in last year’s race.

The route this year has been slightly modified to make it even faster, by eliminating several turns, thereby giving both local and international athletes the chance to chase record times. Pacers, introduced last year, will again play an integral role in enabling runners to achieve record-breaking times.

“We have a race for every fitness level and look forward to record-breaking participation this year,” says Janet Welham (Race Director). The races for the weekend festival include the 12-km and 22-km Sanlam Cape Town Peace Trail Runs, the Sanlam Cape Town 10km Peace Run and the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2-km). Over 9 000 entries for the marathon have already been received, so runners are encouraged to enter to avoid disappointment as the capacity target is set at 10 000. Continue reading

Adams’s mix of local and global experience brings strong direction to new T20 league

JOHANNESBURG – Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed the appointment of experienced sports management professional, Russell Adams, as the Tournament Director for the T20 Global League (#T20GL).

The Cape Town-born Adams, is well known to the global cricket fraternity, bringing years of international cricketing and sports management experience to the new #T20GL which will kick off in November this year.

Previous to this role, Adams has been based in India for the last nine years where he served as the Vice President of Commercial, Operations and Cricket Academy for the Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB). Before this role, he worked as a consultant to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). He has gained valuable event management experience working on all ten IPL tournaments, as well as the Champions League.

Adams is no stranger to the local cricket industry and has racked up impressive experience through stints with various South African sports teams. He has served as Cricket Manager at the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA), Team and Operations Manager of the Cape Cobras cricket franchise, and was appointed the Project Manager at Newlands Cricket Ground for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa tournament in 2007. Continue reading

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs started their defence of the Currie Cup – presented by Nashua and Direct Axis – in spectacular fashion at home by beating the Cell C Sharks 47-12, while the Vodacom Blue Bulls showed they want to play in the finals in October again with a solid 51-45 away win over Tafel Lager Griquas. Meanwhile the Steval Pumas started in impressive fashion by beating the Xerox Golden Lions in Nelspruit to register a 43-36 win on Sunday.

The seventh team in the Premier Division, DHL Western Province, had a bye.

The lead in Nelspruit changed several times, but the final two scores were the telling ones for the home side. The Steval Pumas had a 24-17 lead at the break, but a try for Ashlon Davids 15 minutes from the end have them the lead. Two tries by the home side in the Mbombela Stadium, first by captain, Hennie Skorbinski, and a second one to Gerhard Smith, took the lead from 38-36 and then 43-36.

Twelve tries at Tafel Lager Park made the trip on Saturday night an entertaining one for the Kimberley folk. The match was a ding-dong affair, with the home side’s refusal to give up, keeping the home crowd on the edge of their seats. The Vodacom Blue Bulls seemed to have it won after two tries in as many minutes by Warrick Gelant and Andre Warner. Two tries by Enver Brandt, the second a spectacular effort from 50 meters out, saw the home side sniffing the win, but Travis Ismaiel sealed the deal with a late try. Continue reading

Defending SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial champions, Border, and Western Province on Saturday continued to stamp their authority in the early stages of Section A in the tournament as they cruised to convincing victories for the second week to remain unbeaten.

The Capetonians overcame a competitive first half against KwaZulu-Natal at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban in which they were only able to score an unconverted try by Sinazo Mcatshulwa, before controlling proceedings thanks to their effective attack and defence.

Such was the quality of their display in the second half they ran in another four tries, two of which were scored by veteran centre Natasha Hofmeester, while they prevented the opposition from scoring a single point, for a 25-0 victory.

A strong first half, meanwhile, paved the way for Border’s 29-17 victory against the Blue Bulls at the BCM Stadium in East London, with the side doing well to capitalise on their point-scoring chances, which earned them four tries, three conversions and a penalty goal, for a 29-0 lead at the break.

In stark contrast, the second half was dominated by the Blue Bulls, who tightened up their defence to deny the Eastern Cape side from adding to their score, while they stepped up their attack to score three tries, one of which was converted.

Unfortunately for the Pretoria side, however, this was not enough to undo the damage inflicted by Border in the first half, and they had to settle for the 29-17 defeat. Continue reading

The Emirates Lions will host the Hurricanes in a repeat of last year’s Vodacom Super Rugby final after both teams qualified for the 2017 semi-finals during an action-packed top-eight round.

Both of last year’s finalists were made to work incredibly hard to progress to the final four yet again, while the DHL Stormers and the Cell C Sharks were edged in their quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Durbanites travelled to Johannesburg as underdogs but nearly caused a massive upset against the table-topping Emirates Lions, who eventually clinched this encounter by 23-21 thanks to a long-range penalty goal two minutes from time by Ruan Combrinck.

The Emirates Lions will realise though that they will have to up their game next weekend against the defending champions as they were almost shown up by a gallant Cell C Sharks side, who delivered one of their best performances of the season.

Jozi’s Pride scored three tries to the Durbanites’ two, but errors almost cost them, while they also missed out on 13 points because of unsuccessful kicks at goal. However, the Cell C Sharks deserve a lot of credit for disrupting the rhythm of last year’s runners up and putting up a fighting display for 80 minutes.

“We’ll take it, but credit to the Sharks,” said Emirates Lions coach Johan Ackermann after the match. Continue reading

The Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions and Blue Bulls took top honours in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Weeks in an exciting finish to the SA Rugby Youth Weeks series at St Stithians College in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions defeated the Sharks 45-18 in a thrilling final match in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, while the Blue Bulls outplayed DHL Western Province 49-37 in the main match in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.

In stark contrast to the opening four days play in the tournaments, the other matches proved to be close, which kept fans gripped throughout the day.

The Bidvest Waltons Golden Lions got the final match of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week off to a strong start as winger Tino Swanepoel navigated his way to the tryline in the ninth minute. But the Sharks hit back soon after with scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba slotting over a penalty goal, which they backed up with two tries in two minutes by Conan Le Fleur and Cham Zondeki respectively. The teams exchanged penalty goals soon after through centre Kennedy Mpeku and Nohamba, which pushed the Sharks 18-11 ahead going into half time. Continue reading

The prestigious Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment. Tino was selected for the award by a Coca-Cola appointed panel of rugby experts, led by Springbok legend Victor Matfield after he broke the deadlock in the match between the Golden Lions and the Sharks. The match had been a closely fought up to that stage with neither team able to take charge of the match. Tino got the ball just outside his 22 and ran through the opposition defence to set up a try for his team mate David Cary, this try broke the deadlock and the Lions ended up winning the game 45-18.

“I am very happy to win the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day in the final match of the tournament. I am proud that I was able to help the team win our match against the Sharks,” said Swanepoel.

“It’s been a great week of the Coca-Cola Craven Week. We have witnessed some of the best schoolboy rugby action, which shows that the future of SA rugby is in good hands. It was a tough game and Tino’s sudden break out of the 22 set up a beautiful try to put his team in the lead, and I can’t wait to see the 17 year old play again next year,” said Victor Matfield.

Phindi Phiri, Coca-Cola South Africa’s Marketing Assets Manager, “Congratulations to Tino for being chosen as the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day for day 5. The Coca-Cola Craven Week is where South Africa’s best, up and coming rugby players are identified – this is where heroes are made. Tino is a young player that showed a lot of composure to help his team in a tough game and this is a trait of a true Coca-Cola hero.”

Ashwell Prince pic on Instagram

Ashwell Prince pic on Instagram

This from iol.co.za:

The dreaded “T” word in sport has reared its ugly head again.Transformation is back in focus after former Proteas cricketer Graeme Pollock said that the national team will have to accept being a “middle-of-the-road” Test side if they stuck with racial quotas.

His comments, which followed South Africa’s defeat against England at Lord’s two weeks ago, drew widespread criticism.

Pollock backtracked yesterday, with a spokesperson releasing a statement saying his comments were “misconstrued”.

“Speaking from London, Graeme Pollock wishes to convey his heartiest congratulations to Faf (du Plessis) and his team for their excellent Test victory at Trent Bridge. With the series now level at 1-all, this sets up the series for a fascinating outcome,” said spokesperson Basil O’Hagan.

“Graeme also extends his sincerest apologies to CSA Board and the South African cricketing public for the manner in which his comments at a recent function in London were totally misconstrued.

“Graeme fully supports the endeavours of the transformation process as further evidenced in the radio interview he had on July 6 with Jonathan Agnew of BBC’s TMS broadcast.”

Ashwell Prince, a former Proteas captain and batsman, and current Cape Cobras coach, said, Pollock’s comments were “most disappointing”.

“They (Pollock’s comments) most definitely struck a nerve. Not just with myself, but it seems the overwhelming majority of South Africans,” Prince said.

“Quite frankly, as a former Protea, one has reached the point where you simply just cannot sit back and allow people with these kind of mindsets to keep feeding the world this kind of rubbish and just let it be.”

In August, former Proteas batsman, Daryll Cullinan, caused controversy after he told ESPN: “My issue around that (transformation in cricket) is, it’s inherently not a black man’s game in the country.”

Prince continued: “Some people and certain media in this country with similar backward mindsets feel its their duty to tell the world that non-white people, people whom they have never met, sometimes never seen play, and know absolutely nothing about, have nothing good to offer our national teams, simply because they’re not white.

Full story here:

http://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/prince-fed-up-with-rubbish-about-transformation-10415065

Refereeing of scrums and the tackle/ruck will be different when the Springboks embark on their Castle Lager Outgoing Tour in November after the World Rugby Executive Committee approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials.

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The amendments, which were made following positive trials in specific international competitions this year, relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee as well as further promoting player welfare.

They have been approved following extensive game data analysis as well as player, coach, match official and union feedback from the tournaments in which these six aspects of law were trialled.

The six law amendments will now join the scheduled global law trial programme, completing a total package of 11 aspects of law, and will debut in full from 1 August, 2017 in the northern hemisphere and from 1 January, 2018 in the south.

The November 2017 Tests will operate under the full global law trials, while Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 will operate under the package of five global law trials that has been operational in the southern hemisphere since January and was operational during the June test window.

The six aspects of law approved to join the global trial programme are: Continue reading

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