Archive for February, 2014

DHL Stormers 19, Hurricanes 18

February 28, 2014
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DHL Stormers 19, Hurricanes 18

It is another game that features two ‘losers’ from the first round – with the Hurricanes looking to score their first win at Newlands in almost a decade. Not since the four-point squeaker (23-19) in March 2006 have Hurricanes left Cape Town victorious. Despite being put under pressure in their set-pieces against the Sharks...
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Rebels too good for Toyota Cheetahs

February 28, 2014
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Rebels too good for Toyota Cheetahs

The Rebels recorded their biggest win in Super Rugby when they scored a comprehensive 35-14 win over an out-of-sorts Cheetahs team in Melbourne on Friday. The final margin is not just a true reflection of the game, the Rebels full value for the win. The Cheetahs also contributing to their own downfall. They simply...
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Rebels 35, Toyota Cheetahs 14

February 28, 2014
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Rebels 35, Toyota Cheetahs 14

The Cheetahs may already have two tough games behind them – a defeat and a win – but with the Rebels having had a bye in Round Two, the men from Melbourne are an unknown quantity to the visitors. Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské also admitted that a substantial turnover in player corps, plus a...
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Blues 15, Crusaders 17

February 28, 2014
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Blues 15, Crusaders 17

Both teams come of disappointing starts to the season – ironically both losing by eight points. The Blues produced a strong second half, but still lost 21-29 to the Highlanders, who held a 24-0 lead at one stage. The Crusaders were looking to score a late winner with the score at 10-11, before an...
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Two changes for Xerox Lions team

February 27, 2014
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Two changes for Xerox Lions team

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man outfit to do battle with the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. Ackermann has opted for consistency, making just two forced changes to the Lions’ starting XV, that derailed the DHL Stormers 34-10 last weekend. The changes see Warwick Tecklenburg start in the place of...
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Force team for Brumbies challange

February 27, 2014
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Force team for Brumbies challange

Lock Hugh McMeniman and flanker Chris Alcock have returned to the starting XV for the Western Force’s clash against the Brumbies at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) this Saturday night (1 March). McMeniman’s selection in the starting line-up completes his return from a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the second half of 2013....
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Chiefs team to take on Highlanders

February 27, 2014
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Chiefs team to take on Highlanders

The Chiefs have announced their team to play the Highlanders at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday night in their first home game of the 2014 Investec Super Rugby competition. After an impressive 18-10 victory over the Crusaders last weekend, Chiefs fans are being called upon to fill the Stadium to support the Chiefs...
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Hooper to captain NSW

February 27, 2014
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Hooper to captain NSW

Michael Hooper will now lead the NSW Waratahs for the first time this Saturday after the late withdrawal of Dave Dennis. Initially expect to by be fit, Dennis has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained in Sunday’s bonus-point win over the Force. His place in the starting XV will be taken by...
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Reds annouce strong team

February 27, 2014
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Reds annouce strong team

St.George Queensland Reds head coach Richard Graham has named an unchanged side to take on the Waratahs in Sydney this weekend. Graham said he wanted to reward the 23-man squad that secured a 27-17 win over the Brumbies in their opening match of the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season. “We needed to start...
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Eight debutants for Rebels

February 27, 2014
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Eight debutants for Rebels

RaboDirect Rebels Head Coach Tony McGahan has named rookie Sean McMahon at blindside flanker as one eight new faces in the side for the Club’s first game of the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby season, against the Cheetahs at 7:30pm this Friday night at AAMI Park. Three players will have the opportunity to taste Super...
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S15 gives SA sides unfair advantage

February 27, 2014
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Here are the latest blood rising musings of your favourite rugby scribe, an Aussie with a Greek name.
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Refs must be tougher on 9′s

February 26, 2014
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Lyndon Bray, SANZAR’s Game Manager, wants referees to “get stronger” on committing the scrumhalves to a proper feed and forcing hookers to hook for the ball.
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Lions wary of ‘flying too high’

February 26, 2014
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Lions wary of ‘flying too high’

Lions coach Johan Ackermann has cautioned against too high expectations from his team, despite their unbeaten start upon their return to Super Rugby. A one-point squeaker against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein was followed by a clinical 24-point destruction of the Stormers in front of almost 40,000 spectators at Ellis Park, prompting suggestions that the...
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Bulls hunt Potgieter, Smith

February 26, 2014
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Bulls hunt Potgieter, Smith

The Bulls are keen to lure former captain Dewald Potgieter back to Pretoria and have also shown interest in former Springbok flank Juan Smith. Potgieter left the Bulls last year to play for Japanese club, Yamaha Jubilo, but according to the Beeld website, the 27-year-old could return to take part in this year’s Super Rugby...
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Blou Bulle klub,skolerugby kry hupstoot

February 26, 2014
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Blou Bulle klub,skolerugby kry hupstoot

    Die Blou Bulle Rugby Unie en sy Skolevereniging, in samewerking met sportpromotor Willem Strauss en die koffiegroep Enrista, het Woensdag op Loftus Versfeld ‘n innoverende nuwe rugbyreeks bekend gestel wat skole en klubs kombineer en ‘n broodnodige inspuiting in die spel sal bring en nuwe lewe in klubrugby blaas.   Die Enrista...
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Matfield start for Vodacom Bulls

February 26, 2014
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Matfield start for Vodacom Bulls

Jacques Louis Potgieter will earn a first Vodacom Bulls start at flyhalf since 15 May 2010 when the home side host the Lions in their first home match of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. The 29-year old pivot is one of four changes made to the starting side that...
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Cardiff pain to drive England

February 26, 2014
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Cardiff pain to drive England

England scrumhalf Danny Care believes he is in the best form of his career and feels the “pain and hurt” of last season’s defeat in Cardiff can drive them to the Triple Crown. The Harlequins man scooted over for his sixth international try in the 13-10 win over Ireland, rounding off a flowing move...
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Blues name strong team

February 26, 2014
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Blues name strong team

  Promising young first five-eighths Simon Hickey will make his Super Rugby debut when he starts at 10 for the Blues against the Crusaders at Eden Park on Friday night (kick-off 7.35pm).   The New Zealand Under-20 playmaker and Auckland ITM Cup player of the year is in the Blues Wider Training Group but...
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Crusaders team to play the Blues

February 26, 2014
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Crusaders team to play the Blues

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to play the Blues in Auckland this Friday night.  There are four changes to the starting line-up that faced the Chiefs last week.  Kieran Read returns for his first start of the season to play at number 8 and captain the side.  Richie McCaw and...
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Jean: ’That’s my 2nd angriest’

February 26, 2014
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Jean: ’That’s my 2nd angriest’

You seldom associate Springbok and Stormers captain Jean de Villiers with unhappy bunny moments, at least not publicly. For one thing, he tends to be a more even-tempered, glass-half-full fellow by nature, and often preferring a dollop of humour to enliven his media sound-bites. But he earned headlines after Saturday’s 34-10 Super Rugby drubbing...
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Bulls in need of a left-field call

February 26, 2014
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Bulls in need of a left-field call

The Bulls are enduring a liberal serving of criticism, which could soon turn into an avalanche if their results don’t improve dramatically. Many teams suffer back-to-back defeats and come back to finish in the running for the play-offs. In fact the Crusaders were once the epitome of a slow-starting team. In 1998 they lost...
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FNB Tuks and FNB Pukke pulls Clear

February 25, 2014
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FNB Tuks and FNB Pukke pulls Clear

Just for David here is the full report on all the Varisty Cup Round 4 Matches UP-Tuks and NWU-Pukke put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack with good away wins in Round Four of the 2014 Varsity Cup. Defending champions UP-Tuks continued their unbeaten run this season with a tough 26-16 victory...
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Same Cheetahs again for Rebels

February 25, 2014
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Same Cheetahs again for Rebels

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has gone for consistency and selected an unchanged 23-man matchday squad for the Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday. Drotske has rewarded his squad for their 15-9 victory over the Bulls at home last week and hasn’t felt the need to make any changes. Springbok prop...
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Welcome return for Taute

February 25, 2014
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Welcome return for Taute

Jaco Taute has been named at fullback for the DHL Stormers’ first home game of the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season. The DHL Stormers will host the Hurricanes at DHL Newlands on Friday (kick-off 19h10), with Taute joining the starting line-up at fullback and Gio Aplon shifting across to the wing. Damian de Allende...
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Randell: SA doesn’t deserve 6 team

February 25, 2014
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Randell: SA doesn’t deserve 6 team

Former All Black captain Taine Randell is against the idea of South Africa getting six Super Rugby teams. A scheduled meeting of SANZAR’s Executive Committee took place in Sydney last Thursday where the future of Super Rugby was among the agenda items. SANZAR CEO Greg Peters confirmed that the preferred model likely to be...
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Sephaka new Springbok Woman’s coach

February 25, 2014
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Sephaka new Springbok Woman’s coach

Former Springbok prop Lawrence Sephaka has been appointed the new Springbok Women’s head coach, with Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel confirmed as assistant coach as the team prepares for the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August. Former Springbok Women’s captain Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe-Calata is the new Team Manager. The South African...
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New #DHLDeliveryRun Competition

February 25, 2014
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New #DHLDeliveryRun Competition

Another great competition on offer to our Ruggaworld followers brought to you by DHL Express Africa and DHL Stormers. There will be two winners each receiving 4 tickets to the DHL STORMERS against the Hurricanes on Friday night 28th February at DHL Newlands. The seats on offer are situated on the half way mark,...
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NSW Waratahs Team For Derby Clash Against Queensland Reds

February 25, 2014
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Waratahs Rugby Media Release Tuesday February 25, 2014 Potgieter swaps with Skelton for derby clash against Reds NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made just one change to the side that earned a bonus-point win over the Force last Sunday. Former Springbok lock Jacques Potgieter will start in place of Will Skelton, with the...
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