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Centre Lionel Mapoe scored three of the Emirates Lions’ seven tries in their 43-5 Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Blues on a soaking wet Emirates Airline Park on Saturday evening. The Highveld side also moved passed the DHL Stormers to the top team of the combined South African group standings.

The Johannesburg team gained five points and the DHL Stormers only two, after the Cape side managed to salvage a 17-all draw against the Sunwolves in Singapore thanks to a last-gasp try by replacement prop Vincent Koch. Currently, the Emirates Lions have 32 points, one more than their Cape Town rivals.

In the late match on Saturday evening, Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie kicked 20 points to steer the Cell C Sharks to a close-fought 25-22 victory over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. The Durban outfit led 19-17 at halftime in this gripping encounter and the four points they collected moved them to third place in the SA group on 30 points.

The Argentine side outscored their South African opponents by three tries to one, but it was the composed performance with the boot by Lambie that proved the difference between the two teams. Continue reading

The Junior Springboks kicked off their warm-up phase for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship on a solid note on Friday with an encouraging 60-19 victory against a Xerox Golden Lions Under-20 Invitational side at Wits University in Johannesburg.

The Junior Springboks scored 10 tries – four in the first half and six in the second half. Toyota Free State wing Mosolwa Mafuma scored four tries for the SA U20s, while the hosts scored three.

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron was satisfied with the result, but he said there was hard work ahead to improve the areas of their game that were lacking before the international spectacle.

“I am pleased with certain aspects of our game and I think we can take several positives into our matches against Maties and SWD,” said Theron. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron on Thursday named his team to face a combined Xerox Golden Lions Under-19 and Under-21 team in their first warm-up match.

The match will take place on Friday at Wits University and is the Junior Boks’ first fully-fledged encounter in the lead-up to the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 to 25 June.

The starting line-up features the Vodacom Blue Bulls halfback combination of flyhalf Manie Libbok and scrumhalf Embrose Papier, while DHL Western Province locks Eduard Zandberg and Ruben de Villiers will join forces in the engine room. Continue reading

All six South African Vodacom Super Rugby teams will be in action on Saturday, with three of them playing overseas and only one fixture featuring two local teams against each other.

The Vodacom Bulls kick off the local action on Saturday morning when they face the Waratahs at 11h45 (SA time) in the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. The Pretoria side came unstuck last weekend against the Brumbies, who beat them 23-6 in Canberra, and will be hoping for a quick return to winning ways.
In Singapore, the DHL Stormers will be in action in their first match against the Sunwolves. Last weekend the Sunwolves suffered a 40-22 reverse against the visiting Force. A win for the Cape side will see them equal their best run of four wins in a row against overseas opponents set across the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Fresh from their rest weekend, the DHL Stormers also know they have to win to maintain their lead in the overall South African Group. They currently have 29 points from their nine games, which include six wins. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens team contesting the HSBC Paris Sevens tournament this weekend, is determined to keep their hopes alive to win the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The South Africans are currently second on the overall log and eight points behind Fiji in first place. A title win in Paris for the Springbok Sevens team, and an early Cup exit for Fiji, could put the Blitzboks right back in contention with only London, the last tournament of the series, remaining.

That will mean a very strong showing in the Stade Jean Bouin though, but according to Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, it is exactly what they are aiming towards.

“It is a massive honour to lead this team and we are keen to make the nation proud with our performances. We know we will have to be at our best,” said Snyman, who will be playing in his 36th tournament for South Africa. Continue reading

· Tickets start from low as R75 in PE to watch Springboks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

· Cheapest tickets in Cape Town and Johannesburg only R100

· Boks tackle Ireland in South Africa for the first time since 2004

From only R75 in Port Elizabeth and R100 in Cape Town and Johannesburg respectively, Springbok fans will be able to book their seat to watch the men in Green and Gold in action against Ireland next month. Tickets for the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test Series in June have already opened in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth, while sales in Cape Town is due to open at midday on Thursday, 12 May. Continue reading

While the road running and general sporting fraternity stand to benefit greatly from the 2016 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, local communities and sectors of society are again also expected to receive major boosts through the success of the annual event.

As the only standard marathon race in Africa to be awarded IAAF Silver Label status, organisers, partners and stakeholders will again use the annual Spring weekend road running festival to make a difference beyond the world of sport.

Figures from last year’s event offer an indication of its lengthy reach, as race organisers work towards long-term goals in an effort to bridge the gap between the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and the world’s most popular road races: Continue reading

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA - Saturday March 16 2013,  during match 40 of the Cell C Community Cup rugby match between Evergreens and Roses United held at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Ground..Photo by Deryck Foster/ImageSA

GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA – Saturday March 16 2013, during match 40 of the Cell C Community Cup rugby match between Evergreens and Roses United held at the Pacaltsdorp Sports Ground..Photo by Deryck Foster/ImageSA

Johannesburg-based Pirates will host the first-ever international match in the Gold Cup era after SA Rugby on Tuesday evening confirmed the fixtures for the country’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs.

In a first for club rugby, the announcement was made on television, on broadcast partner SuperSport’s popular isiXhosa rugby show, Phaka.

Pirates, founded in 1888 and making their first appearance in a national club tournament since 2009, will play host to FNB Wanderers of Windhoek after the Gold Cup (until 2015 known as the Community Cup) was expanded from this year to include the champion open clubs of Namibia and Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Springbok fans will be able to get their hands on a brand new supporters’ jersey, made by ASICS, in time for the kick-off of a new era under coach Allister Coetzee when the Boks face Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month.

The supporters’ jerseys are proudly made in South Africa for South Africans, by South Africans, and feature enhanced durability and quality through updated textured fabrication.

The new supporters’ jersey was jointly launched by SA Rugby and ASICS, official apparel partner of the Springboks, on Thursday.

The launch of the supporters’ replica jersey coincides with ASICS’ “Want It More” worldwide marketing campaign, which was launched earlier in 2016, and the Castle Lager Incoming Series of three Tests against Ireland in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth next month. Continue reading

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