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Fullback SP Marais and flank Rynhardt Elstadt return for the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The experienced duo return from injury in the only two changes to the DHL Stormers’ starting line-up for the play-off match, which kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday.

In the only change to the backline Marais returns from a knee injury and starts at fullback, with Dillyn Leyds moving to the wing and Seabelo Senatla set to provide impact off the replacements bench.

Elstadt was a late withdrawal last week due to a wrist injury, but is fit to take his place on the side of the scrum for the quarterfinal, with Sikhumbuzo Notshe among the replacements.

There are just two other changes to the matchday squad, with fit-again props Oli Kebble and Wilco Louw both included on the replacements bench.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to playing in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful.

“The players and management have put in a lot of hard work and in preparation for this game.

“It was a cracker of a game when we played the Chiefs at DHL Newlands earlier in the season and we are looking forward to another one,” he said. Continue reading

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CAPE TOWN – Watching the Stormers’s Super Rugby quarter-final on Saturday against the Chiefs at Newlands will leave you out of pocket.

Local rugby supporters are disappointed with the increase in ticket prices, and some will rather watch the game on television.

Ticket prices in category one for the play-off clash have increased from R140 for a regular season match to R395.

Patric Kayanje said fans should have been told that the Western Province Rugby Union were considering increasing prices for the knockout stages of the competition.

The increase will keep Ryan Davids at home.

“I am a huge fan of the Stormers, but I would rather watch the match at home with my friends and family than pay double, as I cannot afford it and don’t think it’s worth it,” he said.

WP Rugby chief executive Paul Zacks disagreed.

“No, the tickets have not increased because we were told the prices of all categories must remain the same as they were in 2016,” Zacks said.

“I could say that they actually decreased due to the inflation rate, so I would advise them (supporters) to double-check.”

The DHL Western Province team completed a dream season in the inaugural SuperSport Rugby Challenge by beating a gutsy Tafel Lager Griquas 28-19 (28-0 halftime) in Cape Town on Sunday to become the first winners of the tournament.

The victory, their 11th in a row, delivered not only a handy R500 000 in prize money and a brand new trophy to the DHL Newlands trophy cabinet, but also secured that they remained unbeaten in the tournament, which saw 67 matches being played.

The final, played in front of a capacity crowd at Florida Park in Ravensmead, concluded what turned out to be a memorable first addition to the South African rugby landscape.

As the previous 66 matches, the final delivered another spectacle to an appreciative crowd, this time with the home side hitting the heavy turf of this community venue running. They scored four tries in the opening half hour of play as the visitors struggled to adapt to the heavy underfoot conditions.

Winger Bjorn Basson bagged the first for the home side after 15 minutes of play and a golden spell  of three converted tries in the next 20 minutes all but secured the win for the home side.

Fellow winger Marcello Sampson scored a brace in that time, with Jurie van Vuuren also getting in on the action with a nicely taken try under the sticks, after some good interplay by his fellow forwards. At 28-0 at the break, the home side had the win all but in the bag. Continue reading

The Momentum Knysna Forest Half Marathon rounds off the Maserati BIG5 Challenge.

10 Days, 5 Events and 1 Race came to a nail-biting end today as competitors in the Maserati BIG5 Challenge raced each other and the clock in the final event of the Challenge, the Momentum Knysna Forest Half Marathon.

After completing a mountain biking, open-water swimming, trail running and an MTB X course over the past 10 days competitors were relieved to only have a 21km run between them and the title of Maserati BIG5 Challenge Finisher.

In the Men’s race the main dual was between Bradley Weiss and Keegan Cooke for the overall title with Bradley taking it in an accumulative time of 7:21.05.  The Women’s Category saw the leader board change multiple times during the 10 days of the competition with Vicky van der Merwe pipping Kate Dodds at the post to claim the overall title with a cumulative time of 8:37.52. Continue reading

Three South African teams to contest next weekend’s quarterfinals

The Emirates Lions defeated the Cell C Sharks 27-10 on Saturday in Durban to clinch overall top spot on the Vodacom Super Rugby table, meaning the two sides will meet each again next week in Johannesburg in one of four quarterfinal fixtures.

The DHL Stormers were too strong for the Vodacom Bulls and triumphed 41-33 in an exciting Saturday afternoon encounter at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, while the Toyota Cheetahs bowed out with a 21-20 win over the Southern Kings in theirFriday night clash in Port Elizabeth.

With the final round of regular fixtures now completed, the final standings as well as the eight quarterfinalists were confirmed on Saturday evening.

The Emirates Lions, Crusaders, DHL Stormers and Brumbies won through to the playoffs as respective conference winners, while the Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Cell C Sharks each booked their spot in the playoffs as the four wildcard qualifiers.

In next weekend’s quarterfinal action, the Brumbies welcome the Hurricanes on Friday, 21 July at 11h35 (SA time), while the Saturday line-up sees the Crusaders hosting the Highlanders (09h35), the Emirates Lions entertain the Cell C Sharks (14h30) and the DHL Stormers are at home to the Chiefs (17h00).

Following the Crusaders’ 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes earlier on Saturday, the Emirates Lions had the advantage of knowing that a win in Durban in the very last fixture of regular league action would secure them outright first place on the overall table. Continue reading

It was a rewarding day for DHL Western Province in the U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week and U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week at Grey College in Bloemfontein on Friday as both teams won the final matches in their respective SA Rugby Youth Weeks in style.

The U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week team earned top honours in the competition for the fifth season in a row as they defeated Eastern Province 28-0, while the U16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week team beat SWD 38-10.

The Western Province U13 team got their match off to a flying start against Eastern Province as they retained possession and applied pressure on attack, which earned them two early tries. Eastern Province tried hard to make a breakthrough, but the Cape side’s solid defence held them out. Another well-timed try by Western Province before halftime extended their lead to 21-0.

The Cape side continued their fine form in the second half and did well to sneak through the gaps in the Eastern Province defence, which earned them another try to take a 28-0 lead. Eastern Province tightened up the defence as the game progressed, but while this proved to be effective in denying Western Province from adding to their score, they were still unable to make their presence on attack.

The DHL Western Province U16 team, meanwhile, snuck through the gaps in the SWD defence to score six tries to only two by the George side. The forward packs were evenly matched and they delivered solid possession for the backs, but the difference between the sides was the Cape side’s ability to convert half chances into points. Continue reading

A celebration of seafood!

Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday delivered on its promise of being better than ever as the event brought together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue, where visitors enjoyed only the freshest and most delicious seafood.

The Festival Grounds were a hive of activity as the Pick n Pay Fish Braai Competition got underway and saw locals battle it out for bragging rights as the Best Fish ‘braaier’ in Knysna; with Team Grant Sports taking the honours. Thank you to the judges Hillary Biller (Food Editor, The Sunday Times), Yvonne Short (Innovations Specialist, Pick n Pay), Steve Moubray (Seafood Consultant, Pick n Pay) and Albert McRae (MegaMaster) for taking on the arduous task of judging the competition.

The ever-popular oyster eating and shucking competitions were as action-packed as ever with Team Jono and Jaryd managing to shuck and eat an astonishing 14 oysters in 60 seconds while Team Ricki shucked 30 oysters in 2min 20s. Continue reading

Momentum Health MTB X course throws up some big challenges for those looking for overall glory.

The Maserati BIG5 Challenge participants woke up to overcast skies and a light breeze on Thursday as they prepared themselves to take on the fourth event in the overall race, the Momentum Health MTB X.

This is a new addition to the Maserati BIG5 Challenge line up and certainly offered the most interesting post-race tales!  MTB X is a combination of obstacle course racing and mountain biking, which culminates in one very exciting event.

An 8km course with several obstacles formed the core of the event, with participants having to cycle and navigate (carry, drag, lift) their bikes over a series of eight obstacles to complete their laps.  With obstacles named The Monster, The Rumbles and a floating bridge to contend with participants definitely had their work cut out for them. Continue reading

STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRCIA DE LILLE

Today, 12 July 2017, the City of Cape Town’s inaugural green bond of R1 billion went on auction from 09:00 – 11:00 in a closed bidding process.

Within two hours, 29 investors made offers totalling R4,3 billion in response the R1 billion that was being sold. The R1 billion cleared at 133 basis points above the R186 government bond.

This response from the market was overwhelmingly positive and demonstrates the great appetite among investors to invest in sustainable projects.

The market’s enthusiasm is also a resounding vote of confidence by investors in the City’s governance, strong financial standing, and ability to deliver on sustainable projects.

Today’s auction is a demonstration that it pays to go green. This is a first for Cape Town and South Africa. It has been a tremendous learning curve and it proves that there are many innovative ways to raise the finance to address infrastructure needs and to respond to climate change.

In line with our Organisational Development and Transformation Plan’s governance principles to enhance resilience and sustainability and improve resource efficiency, green bonds will certainly be the way forward for us in terms of how we finance projects. Continue reading

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