The Emirates Lions will host the Highlanders next week in Johannesburg in the Vodacom Super Rugby semi-finals after the Highveld-team outplayed the Crusaders 42-25 on Saturday to book their place in the last four of the 2016 competition. Next Saturday’s match will kick off at 15h00 at Emirates Airline Park.
In the other semi-final match the Hurricanes will host the Chiefs after both teams won their playoff matches over the weekend. The Hurricanes defeated the Cell C Sharks 41-0 in Wellington while the Chiefs posted a 60-21 win over the DHL Stormers in their late Saturday fixture in Cape Town. The Hurricanes match starts at 09h35 SA time.
The Highlanders were the first team to book their place in the semi-finals when they edged the Brumbies 15-9 on Friday morning (SA time) in Canberra.
Following their pulsating win over the Crusaders, the Emirates Lions have now won their last five games on home soil, which is their longest home winning streak in a single season.
2016 Super Rugby semi-finalists seeding: Continue reading
Defending SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial champions, Border, continued to set the pace in the A Section of the competition this weekend as they defeated KwaZulu-Natal to remain the only unbeaten team after two rounds.
Border, who secured a hat-trick of Women’s Interprovincial titles last season, kicked off the 2016 season with a 72-3 victory against SWD and built on this with a 27-3 win against KwaZulu-Natal at the BCM Stadium in East London on Saturday.
Western Province and the Blue Bulls, meanwhile, secured their first victories of the season, with Province thumping SWD 51-3 at the Pniel Villagers Rugby Club outside of Stellenbosch, while the Blue Bulls overpowered Eastern Province 38-17 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
In the B Section, the Limpopo Blue Bulls bounced back from their round-one defeat with a 19-15 victory against the Valke at the NWU Vaal Rugby Club in Vanderbijilpark, while the Leopards kicked off their season with a 53-10 victory against the Pumas at Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom. Continue reading
Vodacom Super Rugby enters the exciting knockout phase this weekend when four matches will be played across three countries, in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa respectively.
One match takes place on Friday morning, while the rest of the action is scheduled for Saturday, when the three South African teams – the Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks – will all be in action.
Australian conference winners the Brumbies kick-start the playoffs when they host the Highlanders on Friday in Canberra in a 10h00 kick-off (SA time).
Wildcard entry, the Cell C Sharks, will be the first South African side in action in the playoffs when they front up to table-topping Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday morning. This match at the Westpac Stadium starts at 09h35 SA time.
The Emirates Lions, who finished the league stages of the competition in overall second place and as Africa Conference 2 winners, are next in action on Saturday. The Highveld outfit take on the visiting Crusaders in a 16h30 kick-off at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Continue reading
After starting the first two games of the season, Du Preez injured his knee against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Round Two and comes into the starting line-up for Jean-Luc du Plessis who was injured in the victory against the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands last week.
There is just one other change to the backline, for the match which kicks off at 19h00 on Saturday, as Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.
In the front row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by props Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.
Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit both return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the starting XV with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr amongst the replacements. Continue reading
DHL Western Province will be aiming to finish the Currie Cup Qualifiers on top of the standings when they face Namibia Welwitschias in their final game in Windhoek on Saturday.
Coach John Dobson’s team has lost just one of their 13 games this season, and are currently tied with ORC Griquas on log points.
ORC Griquas play the Leopards on Friday night, so DHL Western Province will know exactly what is required to top the standings when their clash with Namibia Welwitschias kicks off at 15h00 on Saturday.
There have been a number of changes to the team that registered their 13th victory of the season against the Border Bulldogs at DHL Newlands last week.
Up front loosehead prop JC Janse van Resnburg will make his DHL Western Province debut, while Jurie van Vuuren and returning captain Chris van Zyl will link up in the second row. Continue reading
Johannesburg, 21 July 2016: Youth, music and entertainment powerhouses MTV (DStv channel 130) and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) are gearing up to thrill urban music lovers by hooking up with Cadbury 5Star, the latest chocolate bar to launch in South Africa. The collaboration will stage a new season of MTV and MTV Base’s explosive music concept, MTV DJ Battle allowing young South Africans to experience a total sensory overload.
MTV DJ Battle is a musical showcase and TV show that celebrates the art of DJ-ing by testing the skills of the nation’s hottest DJs. For each ‘battle’ there will be two teams of 3 DJs, representing MTV and MTV Base respectively, with MTV captained by DJ Vigilanteand Heavy K at the helm of the MTV Base crew. Each team will be lined up against each other in a series of deck-to-deck battles as they strive to out-mix, out-play and out-party each other. Wild card challenges are also thrown into the mix and the audience decides who wins. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate will roll-out a new fleet of mobile clinics in the coming months.
The directorate has spent R2 million to acquire four new IVECO midi-buses in April this year. The refurbishment of the vehicles is set to cost just over a million rand and will commence once the tender process has been finalised.
Three of City Health’s eight sub-districts use mobile clinics to reach clients in areas not situated close to existing health facilities. These are the northern, eastern and southern sub-districts. The northern district requires two mobile clinics due to the demand in the area.
‘Our current fleet of mobile clinics is nearly two decades old, so we are very excited about the new vehicles. I’m hoping that the refurbishing of the vehicles will be finalised as quickly as possible so that we can hit the road and deliver even better services to our clients,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli. Continue reading
The SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial Series will gain momentum on Saturday as the teams contest the second round of matches following an opening round dominated by big wins earlier this month.
Western Province will meet SWD in the opening match of the A Section at the Pniel Villagers Rugby Club outside Stellenbosch, while defending champions, Border, will host KwaZulu-Natal at the BCM Stadium in East London, and the Blue Bulls will go up against Eastern Province at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Border, Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal will be hunting their second victories of the season, while the Blue Bulls and Western Province will be looking to make the most of their first home games to close in on the early pace-setters in the competition. Continue reading
At 11h15 today Western Cape Government Health Emergency Medical Services responded to a block of flats alight on the corner of Klipfontein and Jupiter Street in Surrey Estate, near Athlone.three children and one adult male was treated for smoke inhalation and rushed to Heideveld Community Health Centre in stable conditions.