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Paarl Boys High cement top spot

Paarl Boys High confirmed their number one position on the SA Schools rankings after an impressive win against Grey College on Saturday.

The hosts were outstanding at the breakdown but it was their defence which halted the impressive Grey backs that formed the corner stone of their victory.

The hosts were first on the scoreboard through fullback and man of the match, Gianni Lombard, after Grey were trapped for going off their feet. He extended their lead to 6-0 midway through the first half slotting his second penalty.

Grey flyhalf, Christopher Schreuder, succeeded with a penalty of his own minutes later to get the visitors on the score board. Continue reading

The Vodacom Bulls are back from a difficult Australian trip and will be determined to lift their game at Loftus Versfeld and avoid a record fifth straight loss against their fierce southern rivals, the DHL Stormers, when the sides meet in the late Saturday Vodacom Super Rugby fixture. Kick-off is at 19h20.
The men from Pretoria returned home from their Australian trip with only one win from three matches. The Capetonians, on the other hand, travel to the North on the back of a fortuitous draw against the Sunwolves in Singapore last weekend, where a last-gasp converted try salvaged a 17-17 result in the Far East. Another bruising local derby is expected in Pretoria.

Earlier, the Emirates Lions will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the South African group standings. However, in order to do that they will have to overcome a stiff challenge from Argentine Jaguares. It will be the first local fixture on Saturday, which kicks off at 15h00 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Continue reading

There are just three changes to the DHL Western Province team to take on the Steval Pumas in Nelspruit this weekend.

Following their convincing victory against the EP Kings at City Park, coach John Dobson has been able to maintain some valuable continuity for the match which kicks off at 19h00 at Mbombela Stadium on Friday.

With Grant Hermanus sidelined due to a hip-pointer injury Devon Williams moves to fullback, and his place on the wing is taken by the returning Khanyo Ngcukana, while in midfield Tim Whitehead slots in at outside centre.

The only change in the forward pack sees JD Schickerling make his first appearance of the campaign, with Meyer Swanepoel moving to the replacements bench.

Dobson said that while it is encouraging to have some settled combinations, his team know they are in for a tough examination up in Nelspruit. Continue reading

Damian de Allende will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap for the DHL Stormers in the clash with the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend.

The 24-year-old centre made his debut for the DHL Stormers in 2013, and has since established himself as a key player, winning the 2015 SA Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year award.

De Allende will link up with Johnny Kotze in midfield with co-captain Juan de Jongh sidelined due to a hamstring strain, while Leolin Zas returns from suspension to take Kotze’s place on the wing.

The only other change to the backline which started against the Sunwolves in Singapore sees scrumhalf Nic Groom swop places with Louis Schreuder who starts on the replacements bench.

In the loose trio Schalk Burger will start at No.8, with Nizaam Carr shifting to flank and Rynhardt Elstadt moving to the replacements bench. Continue reading

Note to editors: Please find audio files of Springbok Sevens captain at the HSBC London Sevens, Philip Snyman, available for download. The files are in Afrikaans and English.

The Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, on Wednesday said the Blitzboks are determined to end the season on a positive note at the HSBC London Sevens tournament to be played at Twickenham this weekend.

South Africa is second on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series log, 14 points behind Fiji and according to Snyman, will offer a determined effort in London on Saturday and Sunday when the 2015/16 series conclude. Continue reading

Described as tough yet beautiful, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will take place on Saturday 9 Julyas part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival which runs from 1 to 10 July 2016. With the Half Marathon entries already sold out, you have the opportunity to challenge yourself and take on the full marathon! Visitors can also look forward to more than 100 activities during the 10-day Festival, with a mixture of sporting and lifestyle events. With something for everyone, it is a week you won’t want to miss.

The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon, known as one of South Africa’s most sought-after running events, offers exceptional highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world – particularly the scenery as most of the run takes place deep in the forest. Whether you compete in the half (21km) or the full (42km) marathon  , runners can expect breath-taking views over the Knysna lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration towards the finish. Continue reading

Matt Proudfoot, the former assistant coach of the DHL Stormers, DHL Western Province and the Kobe Steelers in Japan, has joined the Springbok coaching staff, SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.

Proudfoot has signed a four year contract with SA Rugby to be an additional assistant of Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, after his Japanese club agreed to release him from his contract.

The 44-year-old Proudfoot joins the current Springbok coaching staff, consisting of head coach Coetzee, Johann van Graan and Mzwandile Stick. His term with the Springboks starts immediately.

Coetzee, who was last month appointed to succeed Heyneke Meyer as coach of the national rugby team, welcomed Proudfoot to the Springbok coaching staff. Continue reading

The Junior Springboks on Tuesday night defeated a determined Maties outfit 41-14 in a physical encounter at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch.

The match marked their second warm-up game in the lead-up to the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England, from 7 to 25 June.

The team registered a 60-19 victory against a Xerox Golden Lions Under-20 Invitational side in Johannesburg last Friday in their first warm-up match.

While the result left Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron satisfied, he admitted that a series of knock-ons and forced passes at crucial times was disappointing. The coach, however, was pleased with the team’s set pieces and their ability to string together phases on attack once they had found their rhythm. Continue reading

On Saturday, May 28 the DHL Stormers will team up with PinkDrive to create awareness of Breast Cancer at the Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Toyota Cheetahs at DHL Newlands.

PinkDrive, South Africa’s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer and NGO, is powering South Africa’s mobile Women’s Health Mammography and Gynaecology Units.

All PinkDrive units are housed in specially designed hi-tech trucks. The units travel to all areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling the medically uninsured access to women’s health services.

These services include free education on women’s health, free mammograms, free pap smears, free clinical examinations and education on how to do breast self-examinations. Men are also invited and encouraged to attend, as 1% of all breast cancers are now found in men.

To date, PinkDrive has done more than 9600 mammograms, conducted more than 92 000 clinical breast examinations and educated more than 222 000 people on breast health. Continue reading

On Saturday 21st May 2016 the mighty Grey College from Bloemfontein take on Paarl Boys’ High in Paarl in what is expected to be the highlight of the schoolboy rugby season.

The two schools are rated as the two top sides in the country at the moment and this match is anticipated as the true clash of the titans! Grey College will be eager to re-establish themselves as the top dog in school’s rugby after their previous season when they were plagued by injuries. They currently have injury problems but the replacement players stepped up well and in doesn’t look like the team is any weaker because of it. Paarl Boys on the other hand has set the benchmark since 2015 and has been unbeaten in 30 straight games.

The two teams play a totally different style of rugby. Grey College likes to play at a high pace and thrive on turnover ball and counter attacks. While the Paarl team is more renowned for their solid defence and structured play where they wear a team down and then attack wide with their speedy backs. Continue reading

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