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Paarl Boys’ High made history for a second time in Bloemfontein when they defeated Grey College by 46-31 in their annual Premier Interschools on Saturday. The team of captain, Francke Horn, became only the second first XV of Boishaai to manage to beat Grey in the City of Roses.

The victory was Boishaai’s third successive over their adversaries from Bloemfontein. Last year Boishaai came out on top 28-18 at home, while also beating Grey 21-19 in Bloemfontein two years ago. Saturday’s loss was Grey College’s first since last year’s defeat against Boishaai.

Paarl Boys’ High now boast a run of 46 consecutive victories in South Africa. The team’s last defeat was back in 2014 in the final of Die Burger’s competition against Marlow Landbou (10-11). The team coached by Sean Erasmus did however lose against Christchurch Boys’ High (36-38) on tour through New Zealand earlier this year. Continue reading

Unique ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ MTB experience to be held in the Western Cape’s Overberg raising funds for seriously injured rugby players in SA!

(South Africa, May 2017) The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a charity that supports rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries is proud to announce that they will be hosting the inaugural ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ mountain bike experience in Caledon in the Western Cape from 8 to 10 October 2017. This unique two day stage ride will see a number of SA’s most recognisable rugby legends hitting the trails in an effort to raise funds for Rugby’s Caring Hands and is a great opportunity for cycling and rugby enthusiasts to ride alongside them.

This MTB experience will see all logistics managed by Chris Willemse Cycles, while Tsogo Sun has been confirmed as the official hospitality partner. A limited number of teams will be in action, with Players’ Fund Chairman and Founder Morné du Plessis as well as Springbok legends John Smit and Joel Stransky all confirmed to participate. The format of the two stage ride promises to build camaraderie and see teams crossing the finish line together with memorable stories to be shared in the pub at the end of the day. Continue reading

Pic: Zimbio

Pic: Zimbio

Four Southern Kings players, Chris Cloete, Andisa Ntsila, Lionel Cronje and Makazole Mapimpi, are amongst an extended group of players who have been invited to the third Springbok training camp, from 21 to 23 May in Johannesburg.

At the conclusion of the camp on May 23, the Springbok squad of 31 players for the Castle Lager Incoming Series next month against France will be announced, as well as the 26-man SA ‘A’ squad for their matches against the French Barbarians. Following next week’s announcement, the Springbok squad will gather in Plettenberg Bay from 28 May to 4 June to continue with preparations for the French series.

The latest training camp forms part of the Springboks’ preparation plans for the forthcoming international season and the squad will be based at Montecasino, Fourways. No players from the Toyota Cheetahs were included as they are on tour in New Zealand. As with the first two camps, there are also no overseas-based players amongst the training squad, adhering to Regulation 9 of World Rugby.

Next week’s final training camp in Johannesburg will give Springbok coach Allister Coetzee and his management team a last chance to have a close look at several candidates before the Bok coach announce his first official Springbok group of the year. Continue reading

Pic: sowetanlive and Gallo

Pic: sowetanlive and Gallo

Springbok Sevens captain, Philip Snyman, applauded the massive team effort of his squad and gave credit to their management staff for preparing the team in the best possible way, after the Blitzboks secured the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title in Paris on Sunday.

The Blitzboks clinched the HSBC Paris Sevens title as well, after earlier in the season winning in Dubai, Wellington, Sydney and Las Vegas and contested the finals in Cape Town, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

They wrapped up the series in the penultimate tournament of the series after closest contenders, Fiji and England faded out of contention.

“We actually did not know that England lost their semifinal match against Scotland as we were warming up for our own semi against New Zealand. We knew that we would be series champions if we beat New Zealand, so went out with all guns blazing to win that one, which we did. We were champions already and did not even know,” Snyman said with a smile.

“But then, it would not have mattered as we wanted to win it anyway. We are a team that believe in hard work and don’t want anything offered to us on a plate.  We want to earn everything that comes our way,” Snyman said.

“We executed well, but massive credit must go our management team in this regard. They laid out the perfect game plan and we just executed that. The system worked perfectly, not only this weekend, but also all season and they deserve credit for that.” Continue reading

International rugby stars will be on show in Soweto for as little as R40 when SA ‘A’ take on a French Barbarians team captained by former Les Bleus star Fred Michalak next month.

In a ground-breaking collaboration with the Gauteng Provincial Government, top flight rugby will return to the Orlando Stadium for a double-header night of action, which will also see the rising stars of the Xerox Golden Lions take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge match.

The match is a partnership between SA Rugby and Gauteng Provincial Government, who also plan to expose Soweto youngsters to the event by transporting them to the game.

“As the Gauteng Provincial Government, it is our firm belief that meaningful change can only happen when we embrace community based, citizen driven and civil society initiatives which contribute to social cohesion, economic inclusion, non-racialism, non-sexism, peace and harmony among the diverse and cosmopolitan people of Gauteng and this prestigious International Rugby Game strategically provides such a platform,” said MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Ms Faith Mazibuko. Continue reading

pic: Gallo Images

pic: Gallo Images

The SuperSport Rugby Challenge delivered another great Rugby Festival at the Bill Jardine Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday, with the Xerox Golden Lions XV using the crowd support to push them to the top of the North Section and remain one of only two teams that are undefeated after four rounds of action.

The home side beat Gauteng neighbours, Hino Valke in the final game of the Rugby Festival, which despite being played in cold conditions, warmed the hearts of the good crowd that turned out on Mother’s Day. The home side needed a penalty in the 79 minute of the match though, to edge the Valke, winning 28-27.

In the earlier match, Steval Pumas also scored a good 64-8 win over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias, who are yet to register a win the competition. The Mpumalanga side showed good enterprise on attack and former Blitzboks winger Ruwellyn Isbell showed some spark with ball in hand, dotting down twice and having a hand in a number of the other eight tries.

In the club game to complete the triple-header Raiders maintained their unbeaten start to the season, putting away Wanderers 55-19.   Continue reading

The Springbok Sevens team won their fifth title of the season and took an unassailable lead in the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris on Sunday and will be crowned champions next week when the series concludes with the HSBC London Sevens at Twickenham.

The Blitzboks outplayed Scotland 15-5 in the final of the HSBC Paris Sevens tournament on Sunday and increased their lead over their rivals at the Stade Jean Bouin to wrap up the series with one tournament to go after winning in France.

They held a lead of 25 points over Fiji and 27 points over England coming into the HSBC Paris Sevens, but cannot be overhauled any more after collecting another full house in Paris.

Earlier Scotland knocked out Fiji in the Cup quarter-finals, and England in the semi-finals, while South Africa beat Samoa and New Zealand to progress to an eighth final in nine tournaments and confirmed their standing as the world’s top team.

Blitzboks coach Neil Powell praised his players, management and support back home and said they are grateful for this victory, which they had worked for three years.

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This from timeslive:

Bloemfontein Celtic’s relegation worries have deepened following a 2-0 loss at Ajax Cape Town on Saturday, a result that leaves them hovering just three points above the drop zone.

Early goals from Prince Nxumalo and Bantu Mzwakali sealed the win for Ajax at the Athlone Stadium as they end the weekend in eighth position, ahead of Lamontville Golden Arrows on goal-difference, and three points in front Orlando Pirates.

Celtic had their chances in the match, but were wasteful in front of goal, the story of their season in which they have managed just 15 goals in 28 games.

Celtic go into the final two rounds three points in front of basement boys Baroka FC and second-bottom Chippa United. They are two points ahead of Highlands Park and one in front of Free State Stars, who they host in a crucial clash on Wednesday.

The visitors trailed 2-0 inside 18 minutes as Ajax’s intricate play around the box saw them get behind the Celtic defence.

Nxumalo profited from some neat play by Mzwakali and Neo Makua, before rounding Patrick Tignyemb in the Celtic goal and turning the ball into an empty net after just five minutes.

 

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/2017/05/13/Mzwakali-Nxumalo-goals-fire-Ajax-to-victory-over-hapless-Celtic1

The Southern Kings edged the Cell C Sharks 35-32 in their thrilling coastal derby played in front of an ecstatic crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday evening to make it three Vodacom Super Rugby wins in a row for the first time.

Alshaun Bock was a late replacement for injured wing Wandile Mjekevu and the competition’s oldest rookie scored two tries as the Kings clinched a memorable win for their first triumph over a South African team. His Man of the Match performance guided the Eastern Cape side to their fourth win of this year’s campaign.

The Durban visitors suffered an early setback when they lost their playmaker and skipper, Pat Lambie, who left the field in the first half after an accidental head blow.

A thunderstorm and the persistent rain made for difficult handling conditions at Loftus Versfeld, where the Vodacom Bulls hosted the Highlanders in the early Saturday afternoon fixture. The Highlanders pipped the Pretoria side 17-10 in this heavy tussle courtesy of Malakai Fekitoa’s winning try four minutes from the end.

The Emirates Lions scored the only try of the match and had to show plenty of determination on defence for their 13-6 success over the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday to ensure they completed their three-match tour of Australia unbeaten.

The Highveld side stacked up their fifth away win in a row and they also stretched their lead in the Africa Conference 2 standings to 46 points, while the Durban outfit is second on 33 and the Jaguares third (24). The DHL Stormers, who had a bye this weekend, is the leading Africa Conference 1 side on 26 points. Continue reading

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