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The Emirates Lions moved to the top of the second Africa conference thanks to a deserved 24-9 victory over the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday evening. The Highveld team scored two tries and they also flexed their defensive muscle to keep the home team tryless.

In another Saturday night clash, the Vodacom Bulls outscored the gallant Southern Kings by six tries to none as the men from Pretoria registered a 38-6 win over the Port Elizabeth side, despite playing with 13 men at one stage.

The DHL Stormers, with Springbok centre Damian de Allende back in action after a lengthy injury, consolidated their place on top of the first Africa conference thanks to a 46-19 romp over the Sunwolves in Cape Town on Friday evening. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday scored 50 unanswered points against Russia and overcame Scotland 31-0 in their remaining pool B matches at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens to qualify for a seventh consecutive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup quarterfinal.

The South Africans finished second in pool B and will face the USA in the last eight, a match they are looking forward to, according to Springbok Sevens captain, Kyle Brown.

“The USA have been building steadily through the last six months to a year. They continue to improve. We have played them a couple of times this year and we are looking forward to face them again.”

South Africa have won 33 of the 38 matches between the sides, with the average score 26-8 in their favour. The teams last met in Las Vegas in the bronze final, where South Africa won 21-10.

The team’s first hurdle today was qualifying for the last eight in the Cup and after yesterday’s poor show against England, played with much more urgency from the outset. They defended very well and only missed five tackles in the two matches. Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens suffered a disappointing 21-14 defeat against England in the opening match of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Friday and Blitzboks coach Neil Powell afterwards admitted his frustrations with the South African effort.

“We knew England would be a tough nut on the last match of the day as they always have massive support,” said Powell. “They came at us from the start and to be honest, we were caught napping. We are not happy with this start that is for sure.”

The South Africans were slow out of the blocks and conceded two early tries in the opening minutes of their pool B clash, with Phil Burgess and Dan Norton scoring off South African mistakes. Burgess shrugged off a tackle and from the following restart, Norton capitalised when the South Africans missed the ball from the kick-off. Continue reading

Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is a series of 12 matches, which feature the highest profile and most traditional interschool rugby rivalries, from South Africa’s top rugby schools which are broadcast live on SuperSport from April to August.

Schoolboy rugby has served as one of the cornerstones of domestic rugby dating back more than a century, and true to its slogan “Honouring Heritage. Playing for the Future”, Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools is about History, Heritage and Tradition. The series, now in its third year, is expected to grow even stronger.

The Mutual & Federal Premier Interschools stories are further captured in 12 Preview shows, which preview all the games and provide historical overviews of these traditional schools and highlight other academic, cultural and sporting achievements.

Preview & Repeat Show Times below: Continue reading

Note to editors: An audio file with comments from SA Select Women’s Sevens coach, Renfred Dazel, is available for download here. Also attached is a picture of the team with the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Invitational Cup.

The SA Select Women’s Sevens team scored a historic 14-7 win over France in the final of the Hong Kong Women’s Sevens Invitational Cup in the Hong Kong Stadium on Friday. The Cup final win is a first ever a South African team at the famous venue, something coach Renfred Dazel was very pleased about.

“This was a very important and significant win for us. It is the first time that a South African team has won any title here and hopefully this is a good omen for the men come Sunday,” Dazel said.

He added: “I joked to Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens coach) that we have now warmed the pitch for them, so I hope they do well.” Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town are proud to announce the signing of Zimbabwean defender Erick Chipeta, on a three year deal from Chippa United. Chipeta will join Ajax Cape Town at the end of the current Absa Premiership season. Ajax Cape Town concluded the transfer arrangement with the Chilli Boys today to end a 2 year chase for the player’s signature.

The 25-year-old has been a rock at the defence of Chippa United for the past two seasons, while also showing his consistency by playing in every match for the Chilli Boys so far this season. Continue reading

The good form of the Springbok Sevens team in die first six tournaments of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has given them confidence in their goal to win the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, that starts on Friday.

Springbok Sevens captain, Kyle Brown, on Thursday said that the team is confident in their structures and that they go into the seventh tournament of the series with the aim to win the title and nothing else.

“Even if we play on a grass patch 50 kilometres outside of Hong Kong with only two people watching, we would still like to win the tournament,” Brown said. For more comment from Brown, please click here.

Meanwhile, Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, is happy with the intensity in training shown by his squad before the kick-off of the event, where the Blitzboks will face England (14h50 SA time) on Friday and Russia (07h54) and Scotland (11h54) on Saturday.

The players have shrugged off any form of jet-lag and Powell was pleased to see the positive attitude in training.

“The guys showed good intensity and that is always a good sign,” said the Springbok Sevens coach. More comment from Powell is available here.

6 April 2016 – McDonald’s South Africa, in partnership with the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA), today launched the 7th edition of the McDonald’s U/14 Schools League at the Nike Football Centre in Soweto.

McDonald’s SA continues to show its committed and continuous contribution in football development in schools through its 2010 legacy programme. The McDonald’s U/14 Schools league is aimed at “Developing Dreams” to ensure that South Africa’s young talent is developed and nurtured at grassroots level. Continue reading

Most successful season to date wraps

Another successful season of South Africa’s biggest grassroots sports development programme, KFC Mini-Cricket, has wrapped and was without a doubt the biggest and the best yet.  The 2015/16 season saw more than 114,000 KFC Mini-Cricket kids from 5584 schools getting active and involved in cricket – an unprecedented number for youth development sport in South Africa and 37% up since KFC took custody of the programme in 2010.

The 2015/16 season was jam packed full of action.  On the field, up to 1000 kids at a time were given the chance to get active, make new friends and get tips from 8874 volunteer coaches at each of the provincial and regional KFC Mini-Cricket festivals. KFC Mini-Cricket also played its part in the professional game as over 300 KFC Mini-Cricket kids took up duties as ball boys and girls and participated in the guard of honour and coin toss at seven KFC T20 Internationals and 32 Ram Slam T20 Challenge games. Continue reading

Ajax Cape Town today announced the appointment of Stanley Menzo as the club’s new Head of Youth. Stanley was born in Paramaribo, Suriname but spent most of his professional playing career as a goalkeeper at Ajax Amsterdam, after joining the professional ranks at a tender age of 19 and appearing in more than 300 official matches for the club in over 10 years, winning a number of major titles in the process. Winning multiple Cup and League honours and forming part of the Dutch national team on the world’s biggest stage, the 1990 FIFA World Cup as well as in the 1992 European Championships, makes Stanley a highly decorated professional and vastly suitable candidate to head up the youth department at Ajax Cape Town. Continue reading

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