Raiders of Johannesburg strengthened their hopes of qualifying for this year’s Gold Cup international championship for non-university clubs with a thrilling 28-22 victory over Wanderers at the Bill Jardine Stadium last weekend.
Two tries apiece from wings Dean Gordon and Zunaid Kock ensured that the Longdale-based side moved to the top of the Golden Lions’ Pirates Grand Challenge after two rounds, ahead of Wanderers, UJ and the Union’s Gold Cup representative, Pirates.
Raiders, who finished 11th in last year’s Community Cup – as the Gold Cup was known then – must finish the league as the highest-placed non-university club to qualify for the Gold Cup play-offs in August, which will decide the final two places in the 20-team tournament that also includes, for the first time, the best open clubs from Namibia and Zimbabwe. Continue reading
Vodacom Bulls keep pressure on local leaders with win over Reds at Loftus
The Emirates Lions continued with their impressive start to the Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with a 29-22 South African derby win over the DHL Stormers at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.
Wing Ruan Combrinck and replacement scrumhalf Faf de Klerk scored a try each to steer them to a deserved win, while Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies marshalled proceedings superbly for the home team. Jantjies contributed 19 points thanks to four penalties, two conversions and a drop goal.
Springbok flank Siya Kolisi stepped his way through for the Cape side’s solitary try as the visitors remain top of the first Africa Conference while picking up a picking up a losing bonus-point. Rookie flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis kicked 17 points for the visitors in another good display in the No 10 jersey. Continue reading
The DHL Stormers travel to Johannesburg in search of their third consecutive away win of this Vodacom Super Rugby season, following victories in Bloemfontein and Buenos Aires, and their sixth victory from their seventh game overall.
Two of the changes are rotational, with loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg trading places with Oli Kebble who starts on the replacements bench, whilst in the loose trio Nizaam Carr comes back into the starting line-up at openside flank and Siya Kolisi is named amongst the replacements this week.
Scrumhalf Nic Groom returns from a minor knee injury which kept him out of action against the Sunwolves, and hooker Bongi Mbonambi gets another chance to start as Scarra Ntubeni has been ruled out with a hamstring niggle. Continue reading
This Saturday sees the Premier Interschool’s showcase the second of its 12 derby matches for the season.
Paul Roos make the short trip to neighbours Paarl for one of their biggest and toughest clashes of their local season.
Both teams are coming of victories in their previous games. The home team got a good win against highly rated Boland Landbou and will take confidence into Saturday’s clash. Paul Roos in turn also had a very good win against Grey High of Port Elizabeth and will look to maintain their good form.
Both teams suffered one loss during the season so far. Paarl Gim lost to Garsfontein in their North vs South derby and Paul Roos lost to Affies at St Johns festival over the Easter weekend. Paul Roos looks extremely dangerous in the backs while their forwards are solid. Paarl Gim as always have a big pack of forwards that likes to dominate their opponents and silky backs who can run a team ragged. With this said this weekend’s game wil again be a cracker affair between two very proud rugby schools. Continue reading
This from sport24.co.za:
That was the word coming out of SA Rugby on Wednesday following a media report over the weekend that overseas-based players would not be considered for the captaincy.
Allister Coetzee was unveiled as the new Springbok coach in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and immediately attention turned to who he would be picking as Jean de Villiers’ successor.
A report over the weekend suggested that the new Bok captain must be based in South Africa, but SA Rugby confirmed to Sport24 on Wednesday that there was no such rule.
“There has never been such a rule,” an SA Rugby representative said.
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Snyman took a knock during the Blitzboks’ devastating semi-final defeat in Hong Kong and although he was cleared to play following the necessary protocols, team management decided to rather play safe and rest the forward, who played in his 35th tournament last weekend.
“There is no need to risk Philip,” said Powell. “Player welfare will always come first and Philip is an important player for us. We have a willing and able replacement in Chris, who will bring massive experience and ability to the team, so the call was made with that in mind.” Continue reading
Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.
Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.
He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.
The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000. Continue reading
The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.
“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.
“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.
“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold. Continue reading