Rugby round-up


Scotland, Wales, the Bulls, Stormers and Lions were all winners in today’s rugby matches.

Scotland rebounded from their drubbing at the hands of England at Twickenham to defeat Italy 34-10 in their Six Nations match at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Leading 13-3 at half-time, the Scots ran in four opportunistic tries from Tim Visser, Matt Scott Stuart Hogg and Sean Lamont, with Greig Laidlaw supplying the rest of the points from the boot.

Wales ended an eight-match losing streak with a 16-6 victory over France in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Saturday.

A try by winger George North – his 12th for his country – late in the second-half gave the visitors the breathing space they needed to record only their fourth win in Paris since 1975.

The Bulls sounded a stern warning ahead of their Super Rugby campaign as they demolished the Cheetahs 32-10 in their pre-season friendly at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

The Bulls begin their 2013 Super Rugby campaign at Loftus Versfeld against the Stormers on Friday, February 22.

The Stormers completed an impressive 57-0 win over the Boland Cavaliers in their pre-season friendly at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

The scoreline (57-0) and nine tries to nil try-tally aside, coach Allister Coetzee would have been happy with his team’s improved showing this week (after last week’s narrow friendly loss in Bloemfontein).

The only potential negative would have been the ankle injury sustained by star lock Eben Etzebeth, the Springbok star having limped off early in the first half.

The Lions beat the Kings 41-31 at Ellis Park.

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  1. Can’t wait seeing Cheetahs when games count & before they are decimated by injury in the grueling death march known as the S15 season.
    My understanding is that Messerschmitt Willie LeRoux again showed his Test-like nous with a grubber that the kid Rhule dotted down.
    Go World Cup Willie….Go !

  2. Buffel gee ’n boks-les
    “Ek was besig om met hom hout te kap. Ek het nog gekap-kap en sou hom afkap, maar toe neem hulle die byl weg.”
    Francois Botha oor die verneukery met sy
    geveg teen SBW.

  3. Reply to Boertjie @ 11:39 pm: Verneukery all right. Have a look at

    The sports radio stations here have been going flat out about this 12 round fight which suddenly appears to have become a 10 round fight when Botha looked like he was getting the better of SBW. They are not so much out for SBW’s blood but Khoder Nasser his Lebanese Australian promoter who has a history of shonky deals and not being above board.

    The guy who really comes out shining in this boxing sham is Francois Botha. He was polite in his dealing with the radio stations giving interviews on Radio Live in NZ and was clever to point out that he was surprised at this coming on top of the revelations in Australia this week that match fixing and drug use was rife in Aussie sport.

  4. Thanks for the news on the warm up games in SA, Boertjie. No chance of finding that out for us expats unless you guys tell us.

    Surprised you dont mention the 7’s in Las Vegas. Plenty of spills there with last weeks finalists in Wellington, England and Kenya losing 3 and winning just one game in the pool stages. Seems the 7’s schedule is murderous for the top sides but some great results for the former “minnows”.

  5. The Lions beat the Kings 41-31 in Port Elizabeth.

    Uhum dit was in Ellis Park

    Quite well attended too.

    18 000 people

    Bulls, Cheetahs and Sharks fans all supporting the Lions…

    Plenty of hatred for the SEC Twatsons…