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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks continued to build on their fine form early in the Currie Cup Premier Division this weekend as they registered their third back-to-back victories of the season to maintain their unbeaten status.

Defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, meanwhile suffered their first defeat, while DHL Western Province have yet to win a match after two outings.

The Leopards and Down Touch Griffons, meanwhile, secured their second round of victories in the Currie Cup First Division to jump to the top of the log table temporarily.

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Six penalty goals and two conversions by Toyota Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Fred Zeilinga for a personal total of 22 points set up the Free Stater’s for a valuable 32-25 away-win against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Friday. The hosts opened up the scoring with a try in the ninth minute and added another later in the half to add to a penalty goal by Brandon Thompson before the break, while the visitors scored only one try to add to Zeilinga’s two first-half penalty goals, which left them trailing 18-13. But the tables turned in the second half as the Toyota Free State Cheetahs capitalised on DHL Western Province’s ill-discipline to slot over four penalty goals, while each team added a try, which secured the 32-25 victory for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. Continue reading

On 20 August, Clapham High School from Gauteng and Tswarahanelo Primary from North West, enjoyed their victory as provincial champions after a stellar performance at the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League in Alabama Stadium, Klerksdorp this past Saturday.

In a thrilling match final, these enthusiastic young players showed off their exceptional football skills, Gauteng school Clapham High School won 2-1 over School of Excellence in Penalties.  On the same day, North West’s Tswarahanelo Primary won 2-0 over Mmankala Secondary School. Continue reading

Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys will not travel with the 27-man Springbok squad to Argentina after the front ranker was on Sunday ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

He suffered the injury in Saturday’s 30-23 Springbok win over the Pumas in Nelspruit. Redelinghuys will continue with his rehabilitation at the Emirates Lions.

“Losing Julian is a massive blow to us because it comes at a time when he is playing really good rugby. Vincent Koch extremely did well when he came on a replacement, and Julian’s injury now presents him with an ideal opportunity,” said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.

Prop Lourens Adriaanse, who joined the squad last week, is included in the tour squad along with Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert and Morné Steyn. Continue reading

Pic taken at Baywest Mall from their big screen. Just after Warren Whitely scored the winning try.

Pic taken at Baywest Mall from their big screen. Just after Warren Whitely scored the winning try.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee expressed his satisfaction in the composure shown by his team in their 30-23 win over Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday. The victory in the Mbombela Stadium opened the Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign for the Springboks on a positive note.

The Springboks trailed the Pumas 23-13 with nine minutes to play, but scored a late try by Warren Whiteley to edge past their opponents, who will face them again in a week’s time in Salta.

“I felt a bit of deja vu after the first test match against Ireland. Luckily this time we could turn it around. So I am pleased with the result=,” said Coetzee. However, he lamented the 20 minutes before and after halftime.

“I am not pleased with the 20 minutes before halftime and the 20 there-after. We need to put together longer periods of good play. There were opportunities we did not take, like Lionel (Mapoe) not scoring. We created the pressure, but did not use the opportunities that we created and we need to improve on that,” Coetzee said. Continue reading

The top amateur provincial players in the country will have the opportunity to make their mark in the next few days at SA Rugby’s Central, Southern and Northern Amateur Provincial Competitions (APC) in Johannesburg, George and Kimberley respectively.

All three tournaments will run concurrently at the Alberton Rugby Club, Outeniqua Park and Griqua Park respectively, with matches scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Teams from the Valke, Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, Pumas, Leopards and Limpopo Blue Bulls will battle it out in the Northern APC, while Western Province, Boland, SWD, Eastern Province and Border will go head-to-head in the Southern competition. The Central APC, meanwhile, will feature teams from the Griffons, Griquas, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

After the first round of matches on Monday, the teams will be split into the Plate and Cup sections, with those sides battling it out in the second round on Wednesday. The final day’s play, meanwhile, will feature the Cup and Plate finals, the third/fourth place playoff and the match for seventh/eighth position. Continue reading

SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus opted for continuity in selection for their final Under-19 International Series matches at Paarl Boys’ High on Saturday against England and Wales respectively as they look to finish the tournament on a winning note.

Sendin made only two changes to his team, with Paarl Boys prop Reece Bezuidenhout and HTS Middelburg flanker JC Pretorius earning starts in place of Nathan McBeth and Charl Serdyn respectively.

Erasmus, meanwhile, made an injury-enforced change to the SA Schools A team for their clash against Wales, with winger Ayabonga Oliphant coming in for fullback Abner van Reenen, who is nursing a quadriceps strain. Continue reading

SA Rugby on Friday launched its eighth Boks for Books library, at the Sukumani Primary School in Matsulu in rural Mpumalanga, as the province prepares for the Springboks’ opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The new library, which forms part of SA Rugby’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, marks the first of its kind in Mpumalanga, will play a vital role in uplifting the learners of Sukumani Primary School as well as the Matsulu community through literacy.

The library launch was attended by members of the SA Rugby leadership, as well as and Springbok squad members Malcolm Marx, Franco Mostert, Trevor Nyakane, Morne Steyn and Olympic bronze medallist Francois Hougaard.

The library is housed in a mobile container and is fully stocked with books and audio visual equipment, including a television and computer, a Libwin library system, and furniture, all of which has been funded in full by SA Rugby. Continue reading

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Back row from left to right: Carl Roothman-Chief Executive Sanlam, Francois Pienaar- Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Ambassador, Cllr Eddie Andrews-The Mayoral Committee member for tourism events and economic development for City of Cape Town, Aden Thomas-Heart FM, Jakes Jacobs-Sanlam Cape Town Marathon EXCO / WPA Front row from left to right: Elana Meyer- Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Race Ambassador, Andrea Du Plessis-Vital Health Foods nutritionist expert Photo: Mark Ward

Cape Town, 18 August 2016 – Having cemented its place as one of the most popular and prestigious marathons on the African continent, considered the ‘home’ of global distance running, organisers have confirmed another world-class international line-up for the annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.

The weekend road running festival will again be highlighted by the 42.2km contest in the Mother City on 18 September, 2016.

With athletes from Africa continuing to dominate the international marathon racing circuit, by winning the majority of major global marathons, the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon will again give top performers from across the continent the opportunity to shine on African soil.

The elite fields for the men’s and women’s races will be packed with foreign and South African stars, with the organisers announcing an international line-up which is even bigger and better than that revealed for the 2015 race, which was won by Kenyans Shadrack Kemboi (2:11:41) and Isabella Ochichi (2:30:20), with Kemboi already indicating his intention to break the course record this September after having run a 67/ 64 split last year. Continue reading

It will be a special week of Currie Cup action for veteran Griquas prop Steph Roberts as matches in the Premier and First Division this week serve as extended and exciting curtain raisers to the Springboks’ opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

In the Premier Division, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions will attempt try to protect their unbeaten status on the same weekend that Griquas prop Steph Roberts matches the union’s record of earning 161 Currie Cup caps.

In the Currie Cup First Division, meanwhile, the four teams in action will look to build momentum after kicking off their season last weekend. Continue reading

Pic: Gallo via sport24.

Pic: Gallo via sport24.

Julian Redelinghuys will earn his first start for the Springboks against Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday, while Bryan Habana, Johan Goosen, Oupa Mohoje and Lood de Jager all return to the side for the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test at the Mbombela Stadium.

Redelinghuys, capped four times, comes in at tighthead as replacement for the injured Frans Malherbe, who is struggling with a neck injury. Lock De Jager has recovered from the calf injury he sustained against Ireland in June and takes over the No 5 jersey from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will provide cover from the bench.

The third change in the pack sees the return to the starting line-up of Mohoje as replacement for Siya Kolisi, who recently underwent ankle surgery. Continue reading

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