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Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss wants his team to be more clinical when they tackle the Wallabies on Saturday in Brisbane in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. SuperSport will broadcast the match live and kick-off in the Suncorp Stadium is 12h05 (SA time).

The Bok hooker will be captaining South Africa for the sixth time in his 60th Test match.

Strauss admitted the Boks have not been able to play to their potential yet, but he hopes that on Saturday they will be able to deliver a much-improved performance against the Wallabies in the Suncorp Stadium.

“It’s always a massive game against Australia,” said Strauss.

“We are aware they are a good side, especially here in Brisbane where we don’t have a good record. We need to make a step up on defence and we must be more ruthless and take our opportunities.

“We have not been able to build scoreboard pressure and that is something we have to improve on. Australia have game breakers who can run all over the park, so our work rate will have to be up there because it’s physically tough against them.” Continue reading

Pic: Asics

Pic: Asics

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth will on Saturday become the youngest Springbok ever to earn 50 Test caps when he runs out against the Wallabies in the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia in the third round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Etzebeth was named in the Springbok starting team to face the Wallabies on Saturday, which will be his 27th consecutive match for South Africa.

The 24-year lock said he and his team mates are looking forward to face the Wallabies in Brisbane and explained that he is enjoying the game of rugby in the same way as when he first started playing as a youngster.

“I enjoy the game and for me it a massive honour to play in the Green and Gold and to represent my country,” said Etzebeth.

“I am here in Australia with a special group of friends, playing for my country and I really do enjoy playing rugby. However, it’s all about the team and not the individual and I hope to make a meaningful contribution to our team effort on Saturday.” Continue reading

The Currie Cup Premier Division will dish up loads of action this weekend as the Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province meet in a repeat of last year’s Final on Friday, while the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Free State Cheetahs go head-to-head in a table-topping clash on Saturday.

These matches in the Currie Cup – brought to you by Nashua and DirectAxis – will take centre stage in what is expected to be a thrilling round, which could see a few changes on the log standings as the final stages draw closer.

The Currie Cup First Division also features a repeat of the 2015 Final between the Leopards and SWD in Potchefstroom on Saturday, while this weekend will mark the Leopards and Down Touch Griffons final round of pool matches.

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There are just two forced changes to the DHL Western Province U21 team to face Eastern Province U21, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday.

Both changes come in the loose trio, with Christo van der Merwe taking the place of the injured Jaco Coetzee at No.8, whilst Mitchell Carstens starts at blindside flank, with Jacques Vermeulen having been called up to the senior DHL Western Province Currie Cup team.

The only changes to the replacements bench see prop Daniel Maree and centre Heinrich Buhr join the match-day squad for the match at Framesby High School, which kicks off at 15h00 on Friday.

DHL Western Province U21 coach Jerome Paarwater said that it was important to maintain as much continuity in selection as possible, as they look to build on their victory against Cell C Sharks U21, at DHL Newlands, last week. Continue reading

DHL Western Province U19 coach Nazeem Adams has had to make five changes to his team to face Eastern Province U19 in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

There are four changes to the forward pack and just one in the backline for the clash which kicks off at 13h00, at Framesby High School, on Friday.

In the front row Ricky Nwagbara starts at loosehead prop, with Wikus Groenewald moving to the replacements bench, and Shane Farmer at hooker in the absence of the injured Matt Wiseman.

There are two new flanks as a fit-again Cobus Wiese returns on the side of the scrum at blindside, with captain Ernst van Rhyn continuing at lock, whilst Johan Visser gets an opportunity at openside with Nama Xaba also sidelined through injury. Continue reading

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt and hooker Mike Willemse will both start for DHL Western Province against the Xerox Golden Lions, at Emirates Airline Park on Friday.

Elstadt returns after a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury, whilst Willemse has been recalled from the Eastern Province Kings (where he was on loan), following injuries to hookers Scarra Ntubeni, Chad Solomon and Martin Ferreira.

Jurie van Vuuren starts at blindside flank, which means that Kobus van Dyk shifts to No.8, with Jan de Klerk in the starting line-up at lock in place of JD Schickerling who has a shoulder injury.

There are no changes to the backline that featured in the win against the Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands, although there are two new forwards on the bench in the form of Jacques Vermeulen and Eital Bredenkamp.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that it is crucial for his team to follow up their morale-boosting win against the Cell C Sharks with an improved performance in what will be a replay of last year’s Currie Cup Final.

“We want to continue on an upward curve, which means that we will have to raise our game up in Johannesburg. Continue reading

Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot on Tuesday said the South Africans are expecting a huge challenge by the Wallaby pack when the two teams meet in the third round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

Proudfoot, a former Test front ranker, said he is expecting the Wallabies to be very competitive in all set-piece departments.

“Australian lineouts have been exceptional throughout the years and their scrums and defensive breakdowns are very good, so we know upfront it’s going to be a tough challenge,” said Proudfoot.

“Test matches are determined by small margins so we therefore have to ensure that we are accurate in our execution, in all departments.”

The Springbok match-23 to face Australia this weekend will be announced on Wednesdayevening at 19h00 (SA time).

The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge (or TMC as it is affectionately known in the trail running community) takes place next Saturday, 10 September 2016.

A Cape Town institution, and eagerly anticipated race each year, The Crazy Store Table Mountain Challenge is an iconic and exhilarating race which offers trails of indigenous forest, mountain streams, slopes of fynbos and many spectacular views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Participants have a host of racing options from the 44km individual or team trail, 23km Lite trail to the 7km Family Fun Run.

“Race organisers have also included a kiddies dash and the introduction of the first ever TMC Schools Challenge” says Kevin Lennett of The Crazy Store.

“While trail running is not an official school racing discipline, more and more youth are drawn to the challenges and excitement offered by trail runs.”

This event – which kicks off at the Jan van Riebeeck Sports Fields – supports team entries for certain classes with team sizes ranging from 2 – 3 participants per team. All entries in the 44km and 23km events receive a Crazy Store branded First Ascent performance t-shirt and cap valued at R500, for each runner.

Entrants in the school and family races will each receive a Crazy Store branded First Ascent performance cap valued at R100.

Entries can be made online at

Springbok centre Juan de Jongh said on Monday in Brisbane that the Springboks will face the huge challenge from the Wallabies when the two sides meet on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

According to De Jongh, he is under no illusion as to the massive task that lies ahead in the Suncorp Stadium.

“When you come to Australia to play rugby here its’ never an easy match, doesn’t matter whether it’s Vodacom Super Rugby or a Test match,” said De Jongh.

“We know they are going to be a very difficult opponent on Saturday, not only because of what is at stake but because of the way they play the game.

“We will all have to work extremely hard and cut out those individual mistakes if we want to get a result on Saturday. I believe we have to turn the tables on them if we want to get the ball rolling again because in this competition you don’t get many chances.” Continue reading

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