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Stiaan van Zyl has set the bar very high for himself, and, indirectly, he has also challenged his teammates to follow suit.

The number-four batsman of the Buildnat Cape Cobras said it is still his aim to score 1000 four-day runs in a season. “If I do that, and somebody else also amasses a big number, we will win the competition,” he said.

A case in point was in 2013/2014, when Van Zyl struck 933 runs while Justin Ontong managed 927 runs. The Cape Cobras won the Sunfoil Series in emphatic style in that season.

The stylish left-hander is keenly aware that he is not the player of 2014-vintage, and that’s something is still lacking. Continue reading

Indifferent bowling to nine, ten and Jack and perhaps a lack of clear vision on how to dismiss the tailenders contributed to the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ unconvincing bowling performances against the VKB Knights, said Dane Paterson.

The Knights beat the Cape Cobras by 175 runs in the previous round of Sunfoil Series matches in Bloemfontein.

Paterson (27) was a standout-performer for South Africa A in the quadrangular tournament in Australia during the South African off-season.

But the fast bowler admits he is not operating at the peak of his powers right now. Continue reading

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Cape Town – Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille wants to honour and pay tribute to Rio Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk by naming a stadium after him.

In a statement issued by the City of Cape Town, De Lille says she has set up a proposal to rename Green Point Athletic Stadium after the 2016 Olympic 400m world record holder.

Van Niekerk won the men’s 400m final at the Rio Olympics, breaking American Michael Johnson’s 17-year-old record of 43.18 seconds in the process.

“We feel that it would be a fitting tribute to rename the Green Point Athletics Track – the Wayde van Niekerk Athletics Track,” De Lille said on the City of Cape Town’swebsite.

“In terms of due process, we have received the required proposal from (Western Cape) Premier Helen Zille.”

On Monday, the City of Cape Town staged a parade in the honour of the Western Cape-based Rio Olympic and Paralympic medallists, with Van Niekerk one of the athletes in attendance.

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Jaco Peyper will officiate his second Currie Cup Final on Saturday when the Toyota Free State Cheetahs host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein, which kicks off at 16h00.

AJ Jacobs, meanwhile, will take charge of the SA Rugby Under-21 Championship Final (13h00) and Vusi Msibi the Under-19 Final (11h00), which will both be contested between Western Province and the Golden Lions. These matches will be played as curtain-raisers to the Currie Cup Final at the Toyota Stadium and all three encounters will be broadcast live on Supersport.

Peyer, who last week was named as one of three South African referees on the World Rugby panel for the November Tests, will be supported by Assistant Referees Jaco van Heerden and Cwengile Jadezweni and Television Match Official (TMO) Marius Jonker.

Peyer took charge of his first Currie Cup Final in 2012 between DHL Western Province and the Cell C Sharks, which the Capetonians won 25-18. Continue reading

The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has received a major boost, with Sanlam announcing it will extend its sponsorship of the event for another three years.

Says Yegs Ramiah, Chief Executive of Sanlam Brand: “Running is the fastest growing sport in the world, and this is in no small part because it is such an inclusive sport – accessible to people from all walks of life and communities. Three years ago, we made the decision to sponsor this event and it gives me great pleasure to confirm the renewal of Sanlam’s sponsorship of Africa’s premier city marathon for a further three years.”

“Since it was relaunched in 2014, entries have nearly doubled, with participants from 67 countries taking part. After its first year, the revitalised event earned IAAF Silver Label status and achieved climate neutral status, and both tags have been retained every year since. As a diversified financial services company with our roots firmly in South Africa and a growing footprint across more than 30 other African countries as well as other parts of the world, it was only logical to continue to support to the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon as it works towards Gold IAAF status.” Continue reading

A simple game-plan against arguably the fastest opening bowlers in South Africa contributed to Matthew Kleinveldt’s highly satisfactory performance for the Buildnat Cape Cobras in Bloemfontein.

The VKB Knights won by 175 runs, but Kleinveldt was defiant, adventurous and aggressive despite a hostile assault by Duanne Olivier and Marchant de Lange.

He slammed 47 as opener in the first innings and 54 in the second.

“My game-plan was to play very straight and to attack down the ground if they planted it full. If they bowled short, I did use the cut shot, which is one of my best strokes,” he said. Continue reading

Although the scorecard would reflect substantial defeats, both the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ first two Sunfoil Series clashes were closely contested matches, and had a number of catches stuck, things could have been different and a win might have been possible instead of the 175-run defeat against the VKB Knights on Friday (14th October), said Ashwell Prince.

Prince, a former South African middle-order stalwart and assistant coach of the Buildnat Cape Cobras, also saluted the excellent contributions of three young top- and middle-order batsmen who have played only a handful of matches between them – Jason Smith, Matthew Kleinveldt and Zubayr Hamza. Continue reading

Layle Delo of RSK Evergreens charges ahead during his team’s nail biting 27-19 defeat to champions Durbanville-Bellville in last Saturday’s Gold Cup quarterfinal played in Cape Town. Evergreens finished the tournament in fifth place – their highest ever placing. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

Layle Delo of RSK Evergreens charges ahead during his team’s nail biting 27-19 defeat to champions Durbanville-Bellville in last Saturday’s Gold Cup quarterfinal played in Cape Town. Evergreens finished the tournament in fifth place – their highest ever placing. Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images.

Television history will be made this weekend in a massive boost for club rugby when both semi-finals in the Gold Cup – SA Rugby’s three-nation championship for non-university clubs – are broadcast back-to-back on Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday double-header is a first for a SA Rugby tournament – the only previous time a 15-a-side match has been broadcast in the country on aSunday was when New Zealand played England at DHL Newlands in the semi-final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

The first Gold Cup semi-final is a highly-anticipated, all-Western Province affair between defending champions Durbanville-Bellville and WP champions DirectAxis False Bay. The match will take place at Durbell Rugby Club, with kick-off at 13h00, live on SuperSport 1. The referee is Rasta Rasivhenge.

The Cape Town derby is followed by a heavyweight northern battle between last year’s runners-up, Rustenburg Impala, and Falcons champions Siyaya Brakpan. The match will take place at Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, with kick-off at 15h30, also live on SS1. The referee is Pro Legoete.

Western Province Group CEO, Paul Zacks, said his Union were looking forward to playing host to the ground-breaking match. Continue reading

There are six changes to the DHL Western Province starting line-up for the Currie Cup semifinal against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, at Loftus Versfeld, on Saturday.

The Springbok duo of centre Juan de Jongh and hooker Bongi Mbonambi both return from national duty, for what will be a replay of last year’s semifinal, which DHL Western Province won 23-18, in Pretoria.

De Jongh starts at outside centre alongside the fit-again Huw Jones in midfield. There are two other changes to the backline as Dewaldt Duvenage returns from a hamstring injury to take his place at scrumhalf, whilst Werner Kok starts on the right wing, with Scott van Breda on the replacements bench.

The only changes to the forward pack come in the front row as Mbonambi lines up next to experienced loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg.

There are also some changes to the replacements with JD Schickerling making his return from a shoulder injury and Stefan Willemse providing loose forward cover. Continue reading

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