Archive for April, 2014

Super Rugby’s expansion revealed

April 30, 2014
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Super Rugby’s expansion revealed

Australian Rugby Union Boss Bill Pulver has revealed details about the proposed expanded format for Super Rugby from 2016. Super Rugby’s organizers SANZAR want to expand the 15 team tournament as they believe it will bring in more money for the South African, Australian and New Zealand Rugby Unions. Pulver says that he has...
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Steyn starts at 10

April 30, 2014
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Steyn starts at 10

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has named his team to play the Rebels in Melbourne with Frans Steyn starting in the number 10 jersey. Steyn’s move from centre to flyhalf sees Tim Swiel being dropped from the teams and Fred Zeilinga will provide cover at flyhalf from the replacements bench. Steyn’s move to...
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Jantjies start for Lions

April 30, 2014
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Jantjies start for Lions

  Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named Elton Jantjies to start at flyhalf against Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs in Hamilton with Marnitz Boshoff on the replacements bench. Ackermann has made one change to the forward pack that lost to the Stormers before their bye a fortnight ago. Warren Whiteley has made a...
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Pollard starts for Bulls

April 30, 2014
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Pollard starts for Bulls

The Bulls have named their team to play the Cheetahs this weekend at Lotfus Versfeld in Pretoria with Handre Pollard starting ahead of Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Bulls coach Frans Ludeke tweaked his backline with a new midfield combination and has included Junior World Cup winning players William Small-Smith and Handre Pollard in the starting team...
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Burger in Grant out for Stormers

April 30, 2014
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Burger in Grant out for Stormers

  Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes to the side that lost to the Cheetahs for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Highlanders. The most notable change is the return of Schalk Burger who replaces Siya Kolisi at No.7 while Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 in...
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Waratahs ring the changes

April 29, 2014
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Waratahs ring the changes

The Waratahs have named a team with several changes to the one that lost to the Blues in Auckland for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Hurricanes. The Waratahs host the Hurricanes who are Super Rugby’s form team currently as they have won their last four matches and now top the New Zealand...
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Stormers get double injury boost

April 29, 2014
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Stormers get double injury boost

The Stormers have been given a boost for their match against the Highlanders as hooker Scarra Ntubeni and wing Sailosi Tagicakibau will be available for selection. The Stormers lost to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week but have returned home to Cape Town to face the HIghlanders who will be coming off a victory...
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Are we lacking Skill or Fitness?

April 28, 2014
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Are we lacking Skill or Fitness?

The All Blacks remain the world’s best rugby team not just because they are better than everyone else but because they are fitter. So many times we ask why we always lose those close and important games against the men from  New Zeeland. The more things change, the more they stay the same: that...
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Coetzee:Stormers injuries the excuse

April 28, 2014
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Coetzee:Stormers injuries the excuse

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says that a lack on continuity in selections due to their unusually high injury rate is the main problem that they have struggled in Super Rugby this year. The 2011 and 2012 South African Super Rugby conference winners have dropped to the bottom of the Super Rugby standings and would...
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McCaw set for selection battle

April 28, 2014
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McCaw set for selection battle

  Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has confirmed that All Black captain Richie McCaw should be available for selection in this week’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies but has not guaranteed his return. McCaw broke his thumb playing against the Blues in February and has had surgery on the thumb by having a screw...
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HC: Toulon 24, Munster 16

April 27, 2014
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HC: Toulon 24, Munster 16

Toulon, the reining champions take on Munster – who have tasted European Cup glory themselves twice – in the first semifinal match at the Stade Vélodrome.   The french side are so far unbeaten in the competition and received good news earlier in the week when star flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, as well as South...
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White : Highlanders outplayed the Sharks

April 27, 2014
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White : Highlanders outplayed the Sharks

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has admitted that they outplayed and outsmarted in their shock 18-34 loss to the Highlanders at home in Durban. The loss was the Sharks second of the season but their first at home in Durban where they have played most of their matches.vThe Sharks wanted to leave South...
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Cheetahs gets bonus point win

April 26, 2014
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Cheetahs gets bonus point win

The Cheetahs won their second Super Rugby match of the 2014 season when they beat the Stormers 35-22 with a bonus point in Bloemfontein. The Cheetahs outscored the Stormers by five tries to three in the contest and they take five points in the standings while the Stormers take nothing. The result moves the...
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Sarries blow Clermont away to Final

April 26, 2014
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Sarries blow Clermont away to Final

Saracens will play in their first European Cup final after they blew Clermont Auvergne away in a 46-6 semifinal victory at Twickenham on Saturday. It ws a day of records for the English club as they eclipsed Leicester Tigers and London Wasps’ previous highest score in a semifinal of 37 points and also took...
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Force win Bulls at their own game

April 26, 2014
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Force win Bulls at their own game

The Force got back to winning ways when they won a try-less battle of the boot contest 15-9 against the Bulls at a wet and rainy nib stadium in Perth on Saturday. The result means that they Bulls failed to secure a victory on their tour of Australia and New Zealand. No South African...
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SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

April 26, 2014
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SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

This is truly a basement battle – the team in the last position on the standings host the team just above them. However, the potential for it being one of the most entertaining games of the weekend is there. We saw how good the Stormers can be when they play with freedom, as they...
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HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

April 26, 2014
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HC: Saracens 39, Clermont 6

The European Cup draws towards the Final with two French giants battling against the cream of the Irish and English leagues in the semi-finals. Reigning European Cup champions, Toulon, are aiming for a fourth European final in five seasons.   And although they are on the opposite side of the semifinal draw from French...
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SR: Force 15, Vodacom Bulls 9

April 26, 2014
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SR: Force 15, Vodacom Bulls 9

It is a game of contrasts – the Western Force aiming for a franchise record-equalling fourth straight home win and the Bulls chasing their first Australasian win of the season. The Force – who have already beaten the Rebels, Chiefs and Waratahs in Perth this season – last have four in a row at...
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SR: Hurricanes 35, Reds 21

April 26, 2014
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SR: Hurricanes 35, Reds 21

The Hurricanes are determined continue their impressive mid-season form and record their fourth successive win against an erratic Reds team. Coming off a 39-20 victory over the Blues last Friday, the Hurricanes are confident of taking the points off a Reds team currently struggling in a lowly fourth on the Australian conference table and...
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Highlanders pull off shock victory

April 25, 2014
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Highlanders pull off shock victory

At least the Sharks babes is something too look at for this game was one all will want to forget…… The Highlanders pulled off one of the shock of the Super Rugby season when they comfortably beat the Sharks 18-34 with a bonus point in Durban. The Highlanders outscored Super Rugby leaders the Sharks...
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SR: Sharks 18, Highlanders 34

April 25, 2014
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SR: Sharks 18, Highlanders 34

The Sharks have made no secret of the fact that they want their home ground to be a fortress. In fact that has been a trademark of all Jake White-coached teams. They may not produce the most aesthetically pleasing rugby, but they win and get into play-offs. And with their Australasian tour just over...
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Brumbies smash wobbling Chiefs

April 25, 2014
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Brumbies smash wobbling Chiefs

The Brumbies gave Super Rugby champions the Chiefs their second defeat in as many weeks when they beat the Hamilton side 41-23 with a bonus point in Canberra. The Chiefs now have have one win to show from their last five matches after winning their first three in a row. The Brumbies outscored the...
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Springboks gearing up for Incoming Series

April 25, 2014
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Springboks gearing up for Incoming Series

A Springbok training squad for a Durban camp from 25 to 28 May will be named after Round 14 of Vodacom Super Rugby as the national team kicks off their preparations for the Castle Lager Incoming Series. The Springboks will be in action for the first time in …2014 when they take on the...
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Blues secure vital victory

April 25, 2014
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Blues secure vital victory

The Blues secured their fourth straight win at home in Auckland when they beat the Waratahs 21-13 at Eden Park on Friday. The result moves the Blues up from 11th place in the standings to 8th while the Waratahs remained in fourth place. The victory is the Blues fourth from nine matches this season...
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SR: Brumbies 41, Chiefs 23

April 25, 2014
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SR: Brumbies 41, Chiefs 23

The Brumbies and Chiefs are preparing for a blockbuster grand final rematch in Canberra on Friday. Given their positions on the table – Brumbies second and Chiefs third, both with 25 points – this is shaping up to be match of the weekend. According to replacement Jarrad Butler, although not having been part of...
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SR: Blues 21, Waratahs 13

April 25, 2014
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SR: Blues 21, Waratahs 13

Blues coach John Kirwan spent most of the week dealing with media enquiries surrounding Benji Marshall dramatic and sudden departure from Auckland. He had to fit in a normal week’s preparations in a very abnormal week. No doubt the off-field distractions will be a factor. However, Kirwan is well aware that is on the...
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Sharks squad for tour Australia and NZ

April 24, 2014
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Sharks squad for tour Australia and NZ

The Sharks have named a 27 man squad for their four match Super Rugby tour of Australia and New Zealand which starts in Melbourne in Round 12. Director of Rugby Jake White’s Sharks start their tour next Friday in Melbourne before they move on to their second Australian game against the Brumbies in Canberra...
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Brumbies make two changes

April 24, 2014
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Brumbies make two changes

The Brumbies have named their team with two changes to face the Chiefs in a Super Rugby Final rematch to take place in their Anzac Day showdown at GIO Stadium. Christian Lealiifano returns to the starting line up at inside centre while Pat McCabe moves back to the bench, while Tom Staniforth drops out...
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