Springbok Francois Hougaard was rewarded for the ultimate act of sportsmanship and team values, by giving away his Olympic medal to an injured team mate, when the dual international star was handed an unexpected surprise on Thursday – his own bronze medal.
Hougaard was called up to join Team SA’s Rugby Sevens side for the final day’s play at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last month as a replacement to Seabelo Senatla, who injured his wrist on day two of the three day tournament.
The versatile Bok star played in the semi-final against Great Britain and the third-place play-off against Japan with Senatla in the stands. A couple of hours later, Hougaard was on the podium to receive one of the 12 medals given to the players. Continue reading
East London Police and Your Communications College Rovers were confirmed as the final two qualifiers for the Gold Cup after two nailbiting play-off finals last weekend that were decided only in the dying seconds.
Veteran flyhalf Chris Jordaan ensured that he would play in his 10th national club tournament when he scored a try off the last scrum of the match to give Your Communications College Rovers a heartstopping 40-37 away victory over Blue Bulls Carlton Cup champions Matleng Centurion.
Rovers, the 2016 KZN Moor Cup league winners, will join fellow Sharks side SA Home Loans Durban Collegians, the reigning KZN Murray Cup knockout champions, in SA Rugby’s three-nation championship for non-university clubs, which kicks off next Saturday, 10 September. Continue reading
Adriaan Strauss will retire from Test rugby at the end of the 2016 season.
Strauss, who became the 57th Springbok captain against Ireland in June, said he had been contemplating retirement at the end of the season since late in 2015, and that he had informed Springbok coach Allister Coetzee of his thinking on his appointment earlier this year.
“When Coach Allister approached me to lead the team, I was both humbled and honoured,” Strauss said. “The plan was for me to serve and lead a team in transition as well as I can and take things week by week, but back then I already told him that I was thinking of retiring at the end of the season.
“I’ve always accepted the pressure and the challenge of playing for and captaining the Springboks, I feel it’s the right time to let my team-mates and our supporters know of the decision I made, with a greater plan in mind.”
Coetzee lauded Strauss for the role he is playing in empowering a new generation of Springbok players and developing a new team culture.
“I’ve known since day one that Adriaan was planning to retire at the end of 2016, but he is a vital component in our team and his role has been part of our succession planning in any case,” said Coetzee. Continue reading
Junior Springbok wing Edwill van der Merwe will make his debut for DHL Western Province U21 against the Cell C Sharks U21 at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The speedster will be joined in a new-look backline by flyhalf Brandon Thomson, scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies and a new midfield combination of Ryan Oosthuizen and Eduaan Keyter.
Thomson started last year’s final, when DHL Western Province U21 won the national title, and comes down from the senior DHL Western Province team, whilst Jantjies takes the place of the injured Justin Phillips with Paul de Wet set to provide scrumhalf cover. Continue reading
Flank Stefan Willemse will make his first start for DHL Western Province, in the Currie Cup clash against the Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
Willemse came off the replacements bench in the victory against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth last week, and gets his first opportunity in the starting line-up at openside flank, with Kobus van Dyk shifting across to the blindside, and Jurie van Vuuren starting on the bench.
The only other changes come in the backline as Robert du Preez starts at flyhalf and Johnny Kotze comes in at outside centre, with Huw Jones moving across to inside centre.
There are two new backline players on the replacements bench as well, with Dewaldt Duvenage back in the mix for the first time since returning from France, and utility back EW Viljoen called up from DHL Western Province U21. Continue reading
Get ready to run longer and lighter than ever before with the all-new GEL-Kayano 23.
The introduction of a FlyteFoam™ midsole to the GEL-Kayano 23 has made a marked difference in reducing weight and maintaining cushioning.
The full-length FlyteFoam™ midsole delivers lightweight and highly functional cushioning to ensure the same level of expected comfort along with a lighter weight.
ASICS first introduced the full-length FlyteFoam™ midsole to the recently launched DynaFlyte which has been praised for marrying lightweight running with cushioning.
FlyteFoam™ is the lightest cushioning material ASICS has ever made, 55% lighter than the industry standard (EVA) Continue reading
Two big derbies, in Pretoria and Cape Town, will spice up the Currie Cup this weekend as the competition shifts into a new gear when the Premier and First Division tournaments pass the halfway mark and the battle for semi-final spots intensifies.
Only four pool rounds remain in the Premier Division following this weekend’s matches, and two in the First Division, with the Finals set to be played early next month.
On Wednesday afternoon Griquas needed a strong second half performance to beat the EP Kings by 47-24 in their postponed match in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup – brought to you by Nashua and Direct.
In the two main Premier Division match-ups this weekend, the Vodacom Blue Bulls will meet the Xerox Golden Lions in Pretoria on Friday and DHL Western Province will host the Cell C Sharks in Cape Town on Saturday. Continue reading
Tshwane 10s sponsored by Stor-Age set to take the Capital by Storm!
(South Africa, August 2016) Off the back of eight highly successful events, South Africa’s biggest sport and lifestyle festival, Cape Town 10s will be launching the Tshwane 10s in October! Proudly sponsored by Stor-Age, South Africa’s leading self-storage brand, the Tshwane 10s will be hosted at Harlequins Rugby Club in Groenkloof, Pretoria from 28 to 29 October 2016. With over 10 000 people expected to stream through the gates, the event aims to bring the unique atmosphere of the 10s sporting festivals to Tshwane and cement itself as a mainstay in the sporting calendar.
According to Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of the Old School Group & Festival Director of the Cape Town 10s, “After months of careful planning and hard work, we are extremely proud to announce our plans to expand the Cape Town 10s offering with the launch of the Tshwane 10s. Last year we set an unprecedented benchmark with the introduction of beach volleyball as a new sport and we strived to maintain that momentum. With that came the bold move to take the Cape Town 10s formula to the capital, but also to expand the offering in Tshwane to 7 different sports on offer and a truly unique Social Olympics sports festival.” Continue reading
The pool stages of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Competition will come to an exhilarating end this weekend, with Western Province, the Blue Bulls and KwaZulu-Natal still in the hunt to face Border in the A Section final, while Free State needs only one log point to book their final berth in the B Section.
The clash between WP and the Blue Bulls, in Cape Town, is probably the pick of the action in the A Section this weekend. The winner is expected to progress to the final, but KwaZulu-Natal still has a mathematical chance to make it and will go all out when they host SWD in Durban. In the final match, table-topping Border will line up against Eastern Province in East London.
Border, the defending champions in the A Section, are in pole position on the log to secure a home final with 15 points after three matches and a favourable points difference of 110 points. If the women from East London achieve this, it would mark their fourth consecutive home final. Continue reading
Just a day after securing the signature of Mark Mayambela, Ajax Cape Town are delighted to announce the signing of Lebohang “Cheeseboy” Mokoena on a two (2) year deal.
Lebohang Mokoena broke into the Orlando Pirates first team squad at the tender age of 17, making his PSL debut with the Buccanneers in 2003. Mokoena, who’s extensively known for his pace and dribbling ability, showed great consistency making just under 100 appearances for Pirates.
In 2009, Mokoena moved to Mamelodi Sundowns. He remained an integral part of the Masandawana squad until the end of the 2015/16 PSL season.
Cheeseboy, as he is affectionately known, forms part of a unique group of players who have represented the South African national team at all levels. Being capped eight times with Bafana Bafana and spending 13 seasons in the PSL. Mokoena’s experience will be one of the most vital contributing attributes in the 2016/17 PSL season for Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading