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Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss said the prospects of playing the All Black in New Zealand is an exciting one for both newcomers as well as experienced players.

The Springboks and the All Blacks play against each on Saturday at the AMI Stadium in round four of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship. Strauss, who will be playing in his 61st Test, addressed the media in Christchurch on Friday morning.

“This week the focus was massively on our own execution, what we need to do better and how to execute our plan much better,” said Strauss. “We want to be more clinical, make less errors and make the right decisions.”

According to the Springbok captain there is definitely progress within the team, despite some of the results that have gone against his side so far this season.

“There were really some good moments against Australia, when we played some good rugby,” said Strauss. Continue reading

CAPE TOWN. – The Western Cape Cricket Board (WCC) resolved on Thursday evening (15thSeptember) that they will meet the coach, Paul Adams, and the contracted players soon about the grievances regarding Adams before making a decision on the future.

The decision was made after a deliberation in which the content of the mediator report by the former South African physical conditioning coach Paddy Upton came under the spotlight.

Adams’ position was scrutinized recently.

An independent panel of Prof William Pick, Prof Cyril O’ Connor, Archbishop emeritus Njongonkulu Ndugane, Rushdi Magiet and Rev. Courtney Sampson was appointed to address a formal complaint lodged by some senior Cape Cobras players about Adams’ performance as coach.

The primary recommendation of the panel was that a mediator be appointed and this was also the position of the South African Cricket Players Association prior to the independent panel’s work.

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Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel said on Thursday his team were bracing themselves for an onslaught in the Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens as the team departed for Zimbabwe.

The competition, which the Springbok Women’s Sevens won in 2014, 2011, 2008, 2007 and 2006, will be hosted in Harare on Saturday and Sunday. The South Africans have been drawn in Pool A with hosts Zimbabwe, Namibia and Senegal, while Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar and Tunisia will battle it out in Pool B. The Cup and Plate Finals are scheduled for Sunday.

“Our preparations in the last two weeks have been good and we are excited for the challenge ahead,” said Dazel. Continue reading

The burning desire to stay in the running for semi-final berths will be a key driving force in the Currie Cup Premier Division this weekend, while SWD and the Hino Valke will battle it out for the last semi-final spot as the pool phase in the First Division comes to a close.

In a thrilling climax to the Currie Cup – brought to you by DirectAxis and Nashua – eight of the nine Premier Division teams still have at least a mathematical chance of advancing to the semi-finals, although this number is expected to be reduced following the weekend’s matches. In the First Division, meanwhile, the fourth semi-finalist will be confirmed by Saturday evening.

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The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be hunting their sixth successive victory in the Currie Cup when they host the Xerox Golden Lions in Bloemfontein on Thursday evening. In turn, the visitors will look to build on their 58-32 victory against DHL Western Province and possibly play their way into the top four on the log table. Continue reading

Pic: rugby15.co.za

Pic: rugby15.co.za

The Springboks are excited to resume their rugby rivalry with New Zealand when the two teams meet in the fourth round of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and flanker Francois Louw, who will earn his 50th Test cap for South Africa on Saturday, addressed the media earlier on Thursday at their team hotel in Christchurch.

Looking forward to the big clash this weekend, Coetzee said: “This is definitely a great opportunity for us and whenever South Africa have played New Zealand in the past, it’s always been a big battle.

“We are looking forward to it because tradition and history tell you that it is going to be a physical battle and skill sets will be tested. We playing against the world’s number one team and it’s going to be a great test of where we are as a team and how much progress we have made up until now. Continue reading

pringbok wing Cornal Hendricks carries the Gold Cup trophy into Boland Park ahead of the tournament’s opening match in Worcester last Saturday. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

pringbok wing Cornal Hendricks carries the Gold Cup trophy into Boland Park ahead of the tournament’s opening match in Worcester last Saturday. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

The Gold Cup – SA Rugby’s three-nation championship for non-university clubs – kicked off in style last Saturday when visitors Tiger Wheel & Tyre Welkom Rovers upset hosts OneLogix United Bulk Worcester Villagers 39-29 in the tournament’s televised opening match at Boland Park in Worcester.

Scrumhalf Jaco Pretorius, who scored a hat-trick of tries, and flyhalf Tiaan van Wyk, who kicked 19 points, helped the Griffons champions to a bonus-point victory against the oldest club in the tournament, who were spurred on by a fanatical 5,000-strong crowd.

Elsewhere around the country, there were big wins for defending champions Durbanville-Bellville in Pool A, 2014 champions Rustenburg Impala in Pool B, newcomers DirectAxis False Bay in Pool C, and Pretoria Police and Port Elizabeth Police in Pool D. Continue reading

Pieter-Steph du Toit and Vincent Koch were included in the Springbok starting line-up to face the All Blacks in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship at the AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday, when Francois Louw will play in his 50th Test for South Africa.

Du Toit replaces Lood de Jager, who sustained a severely bruised knee last week against the Wallabies in Brisbane, while Koch gets the nod ahead of Lourens Adriaanse, who started last week in Australia. The rest of the Springbok starting line-up is unchanged.

There are however several changes on the bench. Promising Emirates Lions hooker Malcolm Marx gets a first spot amongst the reserves, while Willem Alberts fills the gap on the bench left by Du Toit. Amongst the replacement backline players, Damian de Allende swaps places with Lionel Mapoe.

Regarding the inclusion of Marx and Alberts on the bench, Coetzee said: “Malcolm has huge potential and we have a plan for him and Bongi Mbonambi because of Adriaan’s retirement at the end of the season. Malcolm now gets a chance on the reserve bench and it would be great to see him in action, should he get the chance to go onto the park. Continue reading

The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) mourns the passing of the 79-year old Clifford Adams, a former long-serving secretary of the South African Cricket Board of Control (SACBOC) and former coach of the Young Cavaliers who also managed the famous Cape Ramblers soccer club.

Adams passed away on Monday morning after suffering a heart attack.

Funeral arrangement is still to be finalized.

Russell Adams, his son, was manager of amateur cricket at Western Province before he moved to India where he serves in the Indian Premier League. Continue reading

The Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and St. Augustine Cricket Club yesterday expressed their sincere condolences with the family, friends and colleagues of Kenneth (Ken) Reid, who passed away at the age of 75.

“Ken had an infectious spirit and he had an enormous impact at St Augustine Cricket Club, a club known for its close bonds between players. His son, Phillip, represented St. Augustine Cricket Club and Ken headed our junior committee at the club for many years,” said George Damon, life member at St. Augustine and a close friend of Reid.

“The last couple of years, Ken worked as supervisor at the cricket club house of St. Augustine. He was a gentle, loving man who impacted many around him.” Continue reading

Pic: foxports.com.au

Pic: foxports.com.au

CAPE TOWN. – The Cape Cobras have been boosted by the acquisition of two former international stars in senior roles at the home of Cape cricket. Ashwell Prince, a former South African stalwart who represented the Proteas in 66 tests, has been appointed as the Cobras’ assistant coach.

Alan Dawson, an admirable exponent of swing bowling who represented Western Province and the Cape Cobras for 15 years, has been picked as the Convenor of the Cape Cobras’ selection committee.

Via sacricketmag.com Hansie Cronje and Alan Dawson.  Photo Credit:©Duif di Toit/Gallo Images

Via sacricketmag.com
Hansie Cronje and Alan Dawson.
Photo Credit:©Duif di Toit/Gallo Images

Prince resigned from the national selection committee to make himself available as assistant coach. He also recently fulfilled the role of batting consultant on tour with the South Africa A-team in Australia.

As a middle-order batsman, Prince forged a reputation as a defiant player whose dogged determination set him apart. He struck 900 runs at an average of 64.28 for South Africa in 2008. Following injury and a brief period on the side-lines, he celebrated his return to the South African team in 2009 by scoring 150 at PPC Newlands in the unfamiliar role of opening batsman. Continue reading

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