Bonus-point victories dominated in the Currie Cup Premier and Frist Divisions on a weekend where Xerox Golden Lions lock Lourens Erasmus became the unlikely holder of a special Currie Cup record as he set a new record for the quickest try in Currie Cup rugby at 8.5 seconds.
In a thrilling weekend of rugby, all but one of the winning sides in the Premier Division scored less than 40 points, and two of the three First Division victors scored over 50 points.
In the Premier Division, the Cell C Sharks defeated Griquas 46-24 in Durban, while the Toyota Free State Cheetahs outplayed the Vodacom Blue Bulls 43-20 in Bloemfontein, the Xerox Golden Lions thumped the Steval Pumas 68-26 in Johannesburg and Boland registered a valuable 28-10 away win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth.
The victories for the Cell C Sharks and Toyota Free State Cheetahs marked their second round of bonus-point victories.
There is no amounts to measure the pride I am feeling right now. I could no longer wait for 3am to watch it and went to bed by midnight telling my friends I will wake up to the news. And what good news it was indeed! Local boy Wayde van Niekerk not only bagged gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics but smashed the world record in the process. And if you watch footage it looks like nearly 10 metres ahead of the silver medalist! Continue reading
South African referee Aimee Barrett on Friday described the experience of officiating at the Olympic Games in Rio as incredible, and she inspired women at home to follow their dreams, just as she did.
Barret and fellow South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge were named on the referee panel for the Women’s Sevens at the Olympic Games, where Australia took the Gold Medal on Tuesday.
“My experience of the Olympic Games was great,” said Barrett. “The team of match officials was incredible. The ladies with whom I refereed were very experienced, and I certainly learned a lot from them.
“Being on the field was an amazing experience. I had goose bumps every time I ran through the tunnel, and it was special to experience the atmosphere when Brazil played.” Continue reading
South Africa’s two World Rugby Sevens Players of the Year, Werner Kok and Cecil Afrika, described the bronze medal won by Team SA at the Rugby Sevens tournament of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as one of their career highlights.
Kok and Afrika were members of the Blitzboks team that comprehensively beat Japan 54-14 in the bronze medal match to earn South Africa a first ever Olympic medal in Rugby Sevens.
“It is a phenomenal feeling,” said Kok, who was named the World Sevens Player of the Year at the end of 2015.
“Just to be able to compete here and represent your country, to play for this team and be part of the Olympics was an achievement in itself. To add a medal, even if it is bronze and not the gold we came here for, is awesome.” Continue reading
The Currie Cup will be in full swing this weekend with the Xerox Golden Lions, EP Kings and Griquas kicking off their Premier Division campaigns, while the six First Division teams will be in action in the opening round of their tournament.
The EP Kings will kick off their season with a clash against Boland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday, which will be followed by the clash between Griquas and the Cell C Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban. In Saturday’s matches, defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, will meet the Steval Pumas at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.
DHL Western Province have a bye.
Both the EP Kings and Boland will be looking to build confidence early in the season. The Cavaliers went down 44-16 against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the opening round, but they will be buoyed by a 37-18 win over Eastern Province in Wellington in their Qualifier in April. Continue reading
SA Schools coach Lance Sendin and SA Schools A coach Sean Erasmus on Thursday named their teams for the opening round of the Under-19 International Series at City Park Stadium in Crawford, Cape Town, on Friday.
The SA Schools team will face Wales at 15h00 and the SA Schools A team takes on Italy at 13h30. In the other fixture England and France clash at 12h00. All three matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (channel 201).
With the bulk of the 26-man SA Schools squad being made up of DHL Western Province players, who took top honours in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week for the second successive year, Sendin had the luxury of selecting a few settled player combinations.
The DHL Western Province loose trio of Charl Serdyn, Muller Uys and Khanya Ncusane will form a solid looseforward combination, while their provincial counterparts, fullback Gianni Lombard and wing Mike Mavovana, will also form a key combination at the back along with left wing Sihle Njezula from Eastern Province. Continue reading
SA Rugby announced on Thursday that Blue Label Telecoms has extended its partnership with the Springboks to cover the rest of the 2016 season after joining SA Rugby’s sponsorship family for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Ireland in June this year.
Once again, Blue Label Telecoms’ name and branding will appear on the Springboks’ jersey for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Europe in November. The arrangement includes a number of on- and off-field areas at home matches in South Africa too.
“The fact that Blue Label Telecoms has decided to extend their partnership shows that they have seen worth in being associated with the Springboks and we’re grateful for their continued support,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. Continue reading
Our PSL team will depart for their pre-season training camp in George today, as head coach Roger De Sa and his technical team looks to add the final touches to the team’s preparation for the 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign.
The boys will depart at 12h00 today with their estimated time of arrival in George being at 19h00.
Roger De Sa believes that this trip affords his players the chance to get to know each other off the field and form a bond which will be vital ahead of the season ahead.
“We’ll be looking for a continuation of our preparation we’ve been doing, it’s obviously just nice to get away for a while. Everybody is looking forward to it, it’s a different environment and the guys will get a chance to bond a little bit more too. We’ll also get to play a few friendly games there against different opposition to what we have in Cape Town,” commented an optimistic De Sa.
“The main reason for this trip is to get everybody to gel. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of jokes and pranks, which makes it fun. Also we’ll have more time to get some video sessions in,” concluded De Sa.
Ajax CT very much looks forward to our trip to the beautiful city of George, and are excited at the prospect of engaging with the community.
The SA Schools and SA Schools A teams on Sunday began their preparations for the Under-19 International Series on an inspirational note as they were treated to a talk by former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.
De Villiers, who earned 109 Caps for the Springboks between 2002 and 2015, took time out on his wedding anniversary to share the highs and lows of his illustrious Springbok career with the players, and to inspire them to work hard to achieve their dream of playing for the Springboks one day.
“Firstly I would like to congratulate each one of you for being selected to represent the SA Schools and SA Schools A teams,” De Villiers told the players. “It is an honour to represent your country, so make the most of the opportunity. Continue reading