New signings Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jano Vermaak and JC Janse van Rensburg will all make their first appearances at DHL Newlands in a DHL Stormers jersey in the pre-season friendly against the Jaguares on Saturday.
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has named a 31-man squad for the encounter with the team from Argentina who are newcomers to Vodacom Super Rugby this season.
The friendly will be the last chance for the squad to test themselves ahead of the first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday, February 27.
Fleck said that the focus will be on making the most of the opportunity to execute what they have been working on in a tough pre-season.
“We are just over two weeks off from that opening game against the Vodacom Bulls, and we want to use this chance to ensure we are able to make a strong start to the season. Continue reading
A fierce Western Cape derby awaits defending champions Durbanville-Bellville after SA Rugby on Thursday confirmed the pool draw for this year’s Gold Cup national championships for non-university clubs.
Durbell, who beat Rustenburg Impala 31-30 in last year’s Community Cup final to cap a fairytale campaign which they had begun as the 20th ranked team, are ranked first for the inaugural Gold Cup and will be joined in Pool A by Boland champions Villagers Worcester, Border title-holders Old Selbornians (who beat Durbell in the pool stages last year), and the Griffons’ number-one club, Welkom Rovers.
Impala are ranked second and face a tough Pool B campaign having been drawn against newcomers Pirates (Golden Lions), double SWD champions Pacaltsdorp Evergreens and new Limpopo victors Northam Rhinos. The pool has an international flavour in the form of Windhoek Wanderers, who have been nominated by the Namibian Rugby Union to be that country’s first representative in what has become a Southern African club tournament. Continue reading
The DHL Stormers have been bolstered by the return of key players from duties in the HSBC Sevens World Series and in Japan.
Stalwarts Schalk Burger and Eben Etzebeth joined up with the team last week after returning from stints in Japan, along with Damian de Allende who has been sidelined with an ankle injury.
Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe were also back at training this week after completing their duties for the Springbok Sevens in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Kolbe and De Jongh starred for the BlitzBokke in Wellington and Sydney, with the quicksilver Kolbe named in the Dream Team for the Australian leg of the Series. Continue reading
This from supersport.com:
South African rugby received a massive setback on Tuesday as Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was ruled out of the entire Vodacom Super Rugby tournament and the June tests against Ireland.
Pollard tore cruciate knee ligaments at training at Loftus Versfeld in a freak accident where there wasn’t a player nearby him.
The Bok flyhalf was just beginning his recovery after a shoulder injury and would have been reassessed in a fortnight’s time to return to play, but a simple passing exercise without contact turned into a nightmare for coach Nollis Marais.
Marais has already lost Deon Stegmann to injury and is waiting on news on fellow loose forward Lappies Labuschagne, who tore ligaments in his ankle in training in the team’s pre-season camp in Zimbabwe.
But the news on Pollard – the regular vice-captain of the team – is a devastating blow for the Pretoria team’s hopes in this year’s competition.
“It was bad luck, nothing more,” coach Marais sighed, “We were doing a normal drill with passing and he had just began to make contact with the tackle bags in his recovery yesterday as part of his rehab. We did a non-contact session and he was looking like his old self, cutting the line and looking like a Springbok again.
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Juan de Jongh and Cheslin Kolbe returned to the DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday following appearances for the Springbok Sevens side in the first four rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
De Jongh and Kolbe, as well as Ryno Benjamin of the Toyota Cheetahs, joined the Springbok Sevens squad at the beginning of the season as part of an agreement between SA Rugby and the local franchises.
The Cape duo of De Jongh and Kolbe starred in all four World Series tournaments for the Springbok Sevens, while a calf injury restricted Benjamin’s appearances to just two events.
The trio, as well as some other local franchise stars, are expected to join the Springbok Sevens group again at the end of the World Series for an Olympic Games training camp. Rugby Sevens will make its debut at the Rio Olympic Games in August. Continue reading
- SA one of three tied on 69 points at top of Series log
Seabelo Senatla leading the try scoring chase
The Springbok Sevens finished fourth at the HSBC Sydney Sevens tournament following their 26-12 defeat in the play-off for third place against Fiji on Sunday morning (SA time). The South Africans are one of three countries tied with 69 points on top of the standings after four rounds of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action.
Fiji have the best point average of the trio, and are therefore first on the log, followed by South Arica and Sydney winners New Zealand. The Kiwis defeated hosts Australia 27-24 in the Cup final.
The Fijians led 21-0 at halftime but the Springbok Sevens hit back with tries by Dylan Sage and Sandile Ngcobo to cut the deficit to 21-12 with less than two minutes to play. Rosko Speckman was then yellow carded and then Fiji added a fourth try to clinch the game. Continue reading
The Springbok Sevens will play Argentina on Sunday in the quarterfinals of HSBC Sydney Sevens following three convincing Pool B wins on Saturday morning (SA time). They clinched top spot in Pool B with a 26-19 victory over Kenya.
However, the team suffered two injuries in their opening match against Scotland when captain, Philip Snyman, and fellow forward Kwagga Smith both had to leave the field with injuries.
Smith got a bump on the shoulder while Snyman, who took over the captaincy from the injured Kyle Brown, suffered a wrist injury. They both sat out the two remaining pool matches.
Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, said they will assess the injuries to Snyman and Smith and make a call on their fitness in the morning (Australian time). “Our medical staff will examine them tonight and we will then make a call. Although we are down to ten players at the moment, we won’t take any risks though,” explained Powell. Continue reading
Nike Football introduces new colorways, with metallic Swooshes and a bold flash of color. The Nike Football Metal Flash pack will be availableFebruary 7 via the Nike Football App and February 9 on Nike.com.
The 4-silo Metal Flash Pack will be available in SA from February 11.
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Ajax Cape Town has regrettably been forced to withdraw from participation in this year’s CAF Confederation Cup. We have been unable to secure the safety of our players for a trip to Angola despite multiple efforts to get all arrangements in place.
We are bitterly disappointed that our players, who were looking forward to representing their country in continental competition, are now denied the opportunity of a lifetime but we are forced to put their welfare ahead of their dreams. Ajax Cape Town has been attempting for weeks to seek clarity from the Angolan Football Federation as regards the internal travel arrangements for the match against Sagrada Esperanca in Dundo on Saturday, February 13.
It is the responsibility of Angola to ensure internal travel but they have been unwilling, despite our numerous requests by e-mail and fax, to give us details of our internal flights. Continue reading
This from ajaxct.co.za:
It’s match day for the Urban Warriors once again as we travel to Orlando Stadium to take on Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates for the third time this season.
Ndiviwe Mdabuka made Orlando Pirates pay for their mistakes as Ajax ended Orlando Pirates’ MTN8 campaign early with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Orlando Stadium earlier this season.
Roger De Sa’s men however went down 2-1 to an Orlando Pirates side who displayed renewed confidence at Cape Town Stadium, but the Urban Warriors put in a monumental effort as they pushed hard for the full 90 minutes.
Captain Travis Graham is back into the squad following his one match suspension, stating that the team performed well in his absence, but need to continue picking up maximum points.
“I really wanted to be part of the team, but there was nothing I could do about having four yellow cards. The guys did really well to get the result against Arrows. It’s important for us to pick up as many points as possible to get to the 30 point mark as quickly as possible,” commented Graham.
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