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The Emirates Lions clinched their spot in the Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs with a comprehensive 37-10 victory over the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

The Highveld side claimed the African Conference Two title and are now 12 points ahead of the second-placed Cell C Sharks with just two weeks to play. They now have 47 points, the most by any side in the campaign, and on Saturday they scored their tenth win from 13 outings.

The DHL Stormers defeated the Rebels 57-31 in Melbourne, scoring seven tries in their bonus-point away win on Saturday to enable them to consolidate their top spot in the second Africa Conference 41 points. As things stand, the Cell C Sharks are in the wildcard position.

The Cape side’s tally of 57 points are their biggest score yet in a match on Australian turf.

The Toyota Cheetahs dominated the first half against the Western Force but then had to withstand a fierce fightback from the Australian side in the second half to edge the visitors 30-29 in their meeting in Bloemfontein. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday showed good form at the inaugural Assupol7s tournament played at Markötter Stadium in Stellenbosch, winning all three matches played on the final day and walking away with the overall spoils.

The tournament, held to provide the Blitzboks some game time as part of their preparations towards the Rugby Sevens event at the Olympic Games in Rio next month, saw the South Africans finishing the day strongly with wins over outfits from Zimbabwe and Western Province.

The SA side won their opening match of the second day against Zimbabwe by 48-0, then saw off the challenge of a Western Province Invitational team 45-5 before beating Western Province in a very competitive final, winning 34-5.

Coach Neil Powell expressed satisfaction with the effort by his team. Continue reading

Border on Friday emerged as the top team at the National Girls U16 Week at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom, as they defeated Western Province 15-7 in a tight final match.

The teams also met in last season’s final game, but Western Province edged the East London side 12-10 to take top honours.

This season, however, Border, who won all three of their matches, made no mistake and succeeded in building on their victories against the Blue Bulls and their neighbours, the Limpopo Blue Bulls.

SWD, who registered back-to-back victories in their opening two matches, meanwhile, suffered their first defeat of the tournament as they went down 27-0 against Eastern Province. Continue reading

Boland and the Valke will meet in the grand finale of the LSEN Week at Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Affies) in Pretoria on Thursday after strong performances in the first two rounds of the tournament.

The clash will mark Boland’s third consecutive appearance in the final match of the LSEN Week.

Last season they defeated Western Cape neighbours, Western Province, 25-12 in Worcester, while they defeated SWD 45-3 in Potchefstroom in the 2014 edition of the tournament.

Boland and the Valke were among three teams that remained unbeaten after the second round of matches on Tuesday. The Free State was the third unbeaten team. Continue reading

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has been forced to make some changes to his team for their Currie Cup Qualifying clash with South Western Districts Eagles at City Park on Saturday.

A number of call-ups to the DHL Stormers touring squad in Australia have meant that Dobson has had to shuffle his resources as his team go in search of their 10th win from 11 games this season.

DHL Western Province Under-19 will face Golden Lions U19 in a curtain-raiser at 14h15, before the Currie Cup Qualifier kicks off at 16h00 with entry R20 at the gate.

In the front row prop Wesley Chetty makes his first appearance of the season, with Kyle Whyte shifting across to the tighthead side.

David Ribbans makes his first start at lock since his return from injury, and in the loose trio Luke Stringer shifts across to the blindside with Beyers de Villiers getting an opportunity to start at openside flank.

In the backline Tim Whitehead partners EW Viljoen in midfield, with Johnny Kotze moving out to the right wing and Sibahle Maxwane coming in on the left wing. Continue reading

Jaco Taute will make his first appearance this season for the DHL Stormers in their clash with the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The powerful utility back suffered a knee injury in pre-season, and makes his return to Vodacom Super Rugby action at fullback in place of Cheslin Kolbe who is currently on national Sevens duty.

A fit-again Schalk Burger also returns to the starting line-up at No.8 and will captain the side in the absence of Juan de Jongh who is also with the Springbok Sevens squad.

The only other change to the team that started the 31-24 victory against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands before the June break sees Vincent Koch replace the injured Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

On the replacements bench prop JP Smith and utility back Scott van Breda are both in line to make their DHL Stormers debut should they take the field. Continue reading

This from timeslive.co.za:

Cape Town City FC will make their bow in the 2016/17 Premier Soccer League season after the new franchise out of the ashes of Mpumalanga Black Aces was launched on Wednesday.

The club‚ owned by John Comitis‚ will make their professional debut with a high-profile MTN8 meeting against Kaizer Chiefs at their Cape Town Stadium base on a date yet to be determined by the PSL.

The club is an ambitious project that seeks to unify 100 grassroots teams that play in the SAFA leagues to feed into their academy that is potentially to be based in Nyanga.

Discussions over the project started with SAFA Western Cape president Norman Arendse last November‚ and culminated in the purchase of Black Aces’ franchise to form a professional team for the grassroots sides to feed into.

“It was clear‚ if you don’t tap into the heart of the guy at the grassroots‚ you cannot succeed at the top. This is a club for the people‚” Comitis said. Continue reading

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell on Wednesday welcomed the draw of TEAM SOUTH AFRICA in Pool B of the Rugby Sevens event at the 2016 Olympic Games, to be played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil later this year.

The pools for this exciting milestone event which will see Rugby Sevens returning to the Olympic arena again after 92 years, were announced for the 12-team men’s and women’s events at Rio 2016 on Tuesday.

The second-seeded South Africans were grouped with Australia, France and Spain and according to Powell, all pools will be tough.

“I am pleased with our pool, but the reality is that you will have to respect every opponent, play every game at your best and use your opportunities. There will be no easy games and there are no easy pool. Even Brazil, who are seeded 12th, will be a very tough nut to crack as they will be playing in front of their home crowd. We need to prepare well because the other pools are also very competitive,” cautioned Powell. Continue reading

Pic: enca.com

Pic: enca.com

Unfortunately, various media reports over the weekend, yesterday and today, have cast doubt over the manner in which Ajax Cape Town conducts its business with regards to the transfer of its players.

It would come as no surprise, that third parties, would have resorted to using the media as a tool to achieve their goals at the detriment of the various role players involved in this transfer, namely the Chairman of Orlando Pirates Dr Irvin Khoza and Ajax CEO Ari Efstathiou, the persons directly associated with the transfer of the two players.

It is normal practice that negotiations regarding the transfer of a player takes place between the buying and selling club prior to the player having been made aware of any possible transfer. When an agreement has been reached between the two clubs, the selling club will brief the player/agent of the status quo regarding the potential transfer. Once this has been done, the selling club will then give permission to the buying club to talk to the player to conclude personal terms and contract with the new club. The contract between the two clubs is always subject to the player having agreed terms with the new club (this was stated in both the Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town press releases). Continue reading

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