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Rugby from a footballer

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Rugby, the bane of my existence, a footballer’s perspective

By: Garth Manuel 

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I played rugby once…….. ok maybe a bit more than that. From Std 3 to Std 5 has to be said was the golden years of my rugby career.

In 1991 my sister and I changed schools from Battswood Primary in Wynberg to Southfield Primary in…… Southfield. It was a mostly poor-ish working class Afrikaaner neighbourhood. We didn’t know it at first but we soon found out that we were in actual fact the first children of colour to join the school, the very first coloureds.

There was no dramatic change or shock upon arriving, except that 1. There were way less students in the classroom, 2. Not as much kids were without school lunch, well none really and 3. For some unbeknownst reason white kids loved to run around barefoot (a no, no in the coloured community, as it was/is considered a sign of poverty).

The biggest fight I did have initially, was convincing my teachers I was up to standard education wise, they thought because of my background I would be more suited to start with the STD below, apparently I had some catching up to do. I was indignant, flat out refused, had a meeting with mom and teachers and it was decided that I should do a test and spend a day in the sub B class.

That didn’t last long as it was soon discovered I was the brightest amongst my STD 1 class mates and a few years later…… well a few years later nothing, that light bulb dimmed fairly quickly. But in those early days everything was smooth sailing, one of the factors that helped or made integration easier (and confused a lot of my school mates) was the fact that I’m a very light mocha brown whilst my sister could be considered a straight up vanilla milkshake. And so to our school mates they couldn’t understand how we were termed coloured or could be ‘different’ and was confused as to what coloured even was.

Very soon more pupils of my ‘background’ came flooding in and somewhere in Pretoria Mandela did a Madiba dance. But back to my stellar rugby career.

Rugby for me was a good segue into an alien Afrikaaner culture. Even back then I could tell it was one of the bastions of Afrikaanerdom. We were made to watch old VHS tapes of Dani Gerber, Naas Botha, Carel Du Plesis and of cause the old Western Province Traansval Currie cup finals. Inevitably, also presented were games between a certain foreign team clad in All Black.

For me Dani was my favourite though, I used to love the way he used to weave his magic BETWEEN defenders with consummate ease to dot down for 3. Not much different to the way THAT All Blacks backline play today!

In spite of this rugby for me was a very, very strange game. From 4 years old I was taught to kick a soccer ball. I used to dribble around imaginary defenders, I broke windows, vases and ornaments in our mini soccer lounge (Old Trafford), my dad sometimes being more at fault than me, for me soccer was the only sport that mattered.

I only started to play rugby because Mr Van Der Merwe our PE teacher and school coach said I should. He’d obviously seen me play around during PE and so he’d send team mates to come fetch me at the school aftercare even when I forgot there was practice, or because I honestly couldn’t be too bothered go. For me rugby practice wasn’t too much fun, the endless backline drills, the emphasis on set plays was not so much death, but to a creative midfield soccer player it was a bit of a bore.

With the egg shaped ball I played centre at first. I was fast, agile and fearless in tackle, I wasn’t the biggest but I tackled anybody because I thought that’s what rugby players were supposed to do. Then, a year and a bit later in my second game at the beginning of the season in STD 4, I was playing centre in the 2nd team. I picked the ball up in my own quarter and ran the length of

the field beating 4 or 5 players nearing their try line. I didn’t manage to score a try and whilst this was not my first such run what made this different was that on this occasion for some reason I was immediately instated into the 1st 15. Good? Yes? Maybe? No, not quite!

I played with the big boys, and yes I started every game, but I was mainly a spectator, but with a different view. First class tickets to see a beautifully spun ball float past me again and again….and again! For my trickery I ironically earned the position of dummy runner for the bigger outside center.

Our cocky Flyhalf would receive the ball, and then would look up and skip pass me to our outside centre. Sometimes if I was lucky we would change it up, and the ball would skip both centres, and I wouldn’t feel so alone. I tackled when I was supposed too and survived on scraps, beating a player or two and get tackled or I would pass the ball, then the inevitably wait for flying rugby balls overhead and then tackle again, this for me was rugby.

Luckily for me rugby wasn’t the be-all or end all or anything of sport. Mi amor was waiting on the weekends where I would play on match days and express myself to my fullest in a game where I was allowed to.

In my second year in the first 15 I was moved to number 9, scrumhalf, not only did I have more influence and more time with the ball but it was also 1995, the year of OUR Rugby World Cup! Everybody was Bok befok, and to be in South Africa at the time was magical, wonderful and dare I say it, a blessing.

We had a school rugby outing to Newlands Stadium and I watched the Boks annihilate Romania, my first professional rugby anything. I admit like most coloured, and probably even white boys at the time, I sported a Jonah Lomu caifie haircut, and whilst I was certainly in awe of the big man there was no doubt who my heroes were, Chester, Joos, and Mr Cool himself the Rolls Royce Andre Joubert!

The gees was strong in our rugby mad nation and yet even then……..

to a 12 year old coloured boy, nothing resonated within the context of playing the actual game, no magic was to be found, no complete joy, never did I sit at home and plan moves in my imagination before or after a match. Not once did I practice by myself to better my skill and never did I seek to watch the game on TV not including the world cup, why?

20 years later as I sit here in football mad Colombia, having moved from rugby New Zealand and whilst I write this in the clear knowledge that tomorrow I will be alone in my Bok jersey in my living room cheering the Boys just as if I was in SA…………….. I wonder,

 

Does it matter?

Are there young players in a similar situation in SA but with actual rugby talent with a real hunger but not given a chance because of our rugby style?

What greater impact could a player like Geo Aplon make if he was given a proper a chance

Will we ever be allowed to produce another Carel or Dani?

Will we ever dominate the AB’s consistently like in the old VHS tapes?

But my last thought, and this is what really gets me….. from my beloved Barcelona football club to supporting the Argentina football team why is it that,

after all these years it is the BOKS that gets my blood boiling, it’s the Boks that burns a raging passion, a crazy GEES, it is always the Boks that makes the eyes tear up, the lump in the throat and sometimes it’s the Boks that induces mad headaches and yes…. from this soccer mad crazed soul, I ask why?

Does it matter? I think not BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT, WHO CAN HELP WHO THEY LOVE, WHERE THE HEART LIES, HOW CAN I STOP THE FACT THAT

MY BLOOD IS GREEN, MY BLOED IS GROEN, MI SANGRE S VERDE!

And that my whole being screams

BOKKE BOKKE BOKKE!!!

 

 

Franco and Faf released from Springbok squad

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Xerox Golden Lions lock Franco Mostert and Steval Pumas scrumhalf Faf de Klerk have been released from the Springbok camp and will be available for their provinces in the Absa Currie Cup. Both players will join their provinces later on Tuesday.

Dobson names his squad for Currie Cup opener

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DHL Western Province coach John Dobson has named his first lineup for the Currie Cup opener in Kimberley on Friday

The truth behind the Kenyan 7’s doping allegations

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Kenyan Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee has stated that the local Anti-Doping Taskforce committee set up by the Kenyan government cobbled together fallacious information.

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WP send EP packing

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Western Province continued their fine run of form with a 49 – 14 victory over the visiting EP Kings at Newlands.

Updated:Absa Currie Cup Preview : Blue Bulls vs Western Province

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Didn’t we just have a North South derby a few days ago? In any event these two traditional rivals square off at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday at 5pm.

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Xerox Golden Lions

Absa Currie Cup Preview : Griquas vs Cheetahs

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This is probably not going to win the award for game of the weekend but both teams involved will be desperate for the positive result.

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Xerox Golden Lions

Currie Cup Preview : Pumas vs Sharks

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This weekend’s action kicks off at the Mbombela Stadium where the Pumas will be looking to be horrible hosts to a Sharks side looking ripe for the picking.

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Xerox Golden Lions

Western Province whip Lions

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Western Province won the top of the table fixture against the Golden Lions by 27 points to 14

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Absa Currie Cup Round 3 Preview

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We have a look at this weekends Currie Cup fixtures and squads

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ABSA Currie Cup

Preview : South Africa vs Argentina

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The Springboks kick of their 2014 Castle Rugby Championship campaign with a fixture against the Pumas at Loftus Versveld Pretoria by Clayton Saville

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Absa Currie Cup Round 2 Previews

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Its round 2 of the 2014 instalment if the Absa Currie Cup and we give you all the lineups and our thoughts – By Clayton Saville

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Xerox Golden Lions

Springboks vs Argentina : Stats and facts

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Some stats and facts about the fixture involving South Africa and Argentina

IRB Junior World Cup Final: J-Boks 20 v J-Poms 21 FT

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The Junior Springboks overcame New Zealand twice to reach the final but England will be a tough proposition as they will match them physically.

Boks 38 v Wales 16

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The Boks take on Wales in Durban in what promises to be a great game.

Brussow, Schalla, Matfield back in Bok fold

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World champion Springboks Victor Matfield and Schalk Burger as well as two former Blitzbok stars, Cornal Hendricks and S’bura Sithole, are included in a 36-man squad to attend a national training camp in Durban from 25 to 28 May, the South African Rugby Union announced on Monday.

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Cell C Sharks back Sithole and Hendricks, the SA Sevens Player of the Year in 2013, are two of eight uncapped players in the squad. The others are the Toyota Cheetahs duo of Lood de Jager (lock) and Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (loose forward); Marcel van der Merwe (prop) and Jacques du Plessis (flank/lock) of the Vodacom Bulls; Marnitz Boshoff (flyhalf) of the Lions and the DHL Stormers’ Damian De Allende (centre/wing).

They will join Matfield, Burger and Toyota Cheetahs flanker Heinrich Brüssow – who are back in the national set up for the first time since the last Rugby World Cup in 2011 – in a training squad that is missing a number of players due to injury.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he was happy with the form of a number of the country’s top players and the uncapped players who have grabbed their chance this season, as well as the re-appearance from retirement and long-term injury of Matfield and Burger.

“Victor and Schalk have been out of rugby for a long time. They’ve really been in great form recently and the fact that they have not been with the Boks for more than two years, has made them hungry for Test rugby yet again,” said Meyer.

“It’s great to welcome them back into the Springbok fold and I know both of them can still add a lot of value to the team with the Rugby World Cup in 2015 looming.

“I’m also looking forward to working with Heinrich for the first time. He’s been playing very well for the Toyota Cheetahs since returning from injury and brings a lot of experience.

“However, the message to every player in this training squad is clear – everyone must accelerate in each area from the first moment we are together as a team and that inclusion in this squad is no guarantee of selection.”

Meyer said that injuries had been a concern but they had allowed other players to press their claims. A number of players in the squad are still nursing niggles or recently returned from long-term injuries.

“It looks like most of the guys are improving weekly and a few new players have put up their hands, which is good to see with the first match of the season, against the World XV in Cape Town, only a few weeks away.” said Meyer.

“It’s also very encouraging to see a bunch of new players emerging from Vodacom Super Rugby. This camp will provide us with a great opportunity to work with these players before the squad for the Castle Lager Incoming Series is finalised. I am looking forward to work with these players for the first time.

“This is a very big year for us and the players know they will have to step up a gear, be sharp and focused from the moment we get going in Durban. We have 14 very challenging matches ahead in 2014 and it’s imperative that we build on what was a good season last year.

“It’s important that we start building continuity because there are just 18 matches left until the Rugby World Cup starts. But it’s just as important to recognise continuous good form. We also have a number of players struggling with injury niggles or returning from injury which we have to assess.”

Players based in France, England and Ireland were not considered for this camp as most of them are still playing for their respective clubs.

However, the experienced Fourie du Preez, who played for the Springboks in 2013, has been invited to the camp in Durban as he is available for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against Wales and Scotland as well as against the Samsung-sponsored World XV.

The players invited to the training camp will assemble in Durban on Sunday morning and will return to their franchises on Wednesday morning.

“We have a good working relationship with our local franchises and we have to thank them, as well as Suntory in Japan, for allowing their players to attend this camp,” said Meyer.

Players who were involved with the Springboks last year, but were not considered for selection because of medium to long-term injuries, are Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter-Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand), Pat Lambie (bicep), Gio Aplon (elbow) and Jaque Fourie, who could potentially miss the entire Test season because of an ankle injury.

The 36-man Springbok training squad is:

Forwards (20): Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Trevor Nyakane (Toyota Cheetahs), Marcel van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls)*, Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Coenie Oosthuizen (Toyota Cheetahs), Bismarck du Plessis (Cell C Sharks), Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Victor Matfield (Vodacom Bulls), Flip van der Merwe (Vodacom Bulls), Heinrich Brüssow (Toyota Cheetahs), Marcell Coetzee (Cell C Sharks), Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), Willem Alberts (Cell C Sharks), Jacques du Plessis (Vodacom Bulls)*, Teboho Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers), Schalk Burger (DHL Stormers).

Backs (16): Fourie du Preez (Suntory, Japan), Francois Hougaard (Vodacom Bulls), Johan Goosen (Toyota Cheetahs), Marnitz Boshoff (Lions)*, Jean de Villiers (DHL Stormers), Damian De Allende (DHL Stormers)*, Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Bulls), Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers), JJ Engelbrecht (Vodacom Bulls), S’bura Sithole (Cell C Sharks)*, Frans Steyn (Cell C Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), Bjorn Basson (Vodacom Bulls), JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks), Cornal Hendricks (Toyota Cheetahs)*, Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs).

 

* – Uncapped at Test level

All Black dream fading

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“The Pacific Islands – The All Blacks have sucked them dry for years, giving virtually nothing back.”

New #DHLDeliveryRun Competition

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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, front and centre main pavilion.
All you need to do is answer the following question and also tell us why you should win the tickets as the biggest DHL STORMERS fan. Don’t forget to include your Name and Surname, email address and contact number.

Question: For how long has DHL Express Africa been the DHL Stormers sponsors?
(#DHLDeliveryRun must precede your answer)
Conditions of Entry; you must be able to attend the game on Friday night with the 3 people you nominated to come to the game with you and as a additional bonus you and your friends will have the opportunity to win R1000.00 by taking part in the #DHLDeliveryRun on the pitch.
Do not forget to use the #DHLDeliveryRun otherwise you cannot be a winner!!!!!!
Competition ends Wednesday 26th February at 09:00.

NSW Waratahs Team For Derby Clash Against Queensland Reds

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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 21-year-old dropping back to the bench for Saturday night’s big local derby clash against the Queensland Reds at ANZ Stadium for the coveted Templeton Cup (7.40pm).

“It’s not about form, it’s about the roles they have to play in this particular game,” said Cheika.

“Jacques brings a different set of skills than Will. He has more experience and won’t give a damn that it’s a derby game. He brings a real physicality to the game in both attack and defence.”

Australia’s biggest rugby player Will Skelton will still have an important role to play when he gets his chance.

“Jacques was blowing pretty heavily after his 37 minute stint against the Force,” said the coach. “When Will gets on, he’ll be expected to maintain the level of intensity and do the job he’s been set.”

Prop Paddy Ryan has withstood the challenge from Sekope Kepu and will retain his place alongside Benn Robinson and Tatafu Polota Nau at the coalface in an all-Wallaby front row.

Despite a minor knee injury, captain Dave Dennis will lead the side out. The backline remains untouched with Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale in charge of the midfield.

Rookie winger Alofa Alofa has held his spot after crossing for a try on debut and, along with Wallaby Peter Betham and Israel Folau, has his sights on being part of the best back three in this year’s Asteron Life Super Rugby competition.

The prestigious Templeton Cup is symbolic of Australian Rugby’s oldest and most fierce rivalry between the Queensland Reds and the New South Wales Waratahs. It is named after legendary Queensland coach and administrator Bob Templeton (1932-1999) and was introduced in 2000 as a mark of respect to the service Templeton gave to the game.

Queensland is NSW’s oldest opponent, with the first game between the two states taking place back on 12 August 1882 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (NSW won 26-4).

For this reason, the match will form the centrepiece of NSW’s 140th anniversary celebrations. The pre-match build up will see the announcement of the NSW Waratahs greatest ever game (as selected through a legends and fans poll). Additionally, NSW Alumni will form the guard of honour as the teams take the field.

Tickets for the match are priced from $20 for adults and are available now from www.waratahs.com.au. Children aged 12 and under can now enjoy free access to all NSW home matches thanks to our new Free Junior Season Pass available now from www.futuretahs.com.au.

The match will be televised LIVE on Fox Sports. Alternatively, fans will be able to keep up to date with every score, as it happens, with the NSW Waratahs’ live twitter feed by following @NSWWaratahs on twitter or by searching #WARvRED. Highlights of the game will also be available online on the NSW Waratahs’ YouTube channel, Tah TV.

NSW Waratahs team to play Queensland Reds
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Saturday March 1, 2014 (7.40pm)

1. Benn Robinson (Eastwood)
2. Tatafu Polota Nau (Parramatta)
3. Paddy Ryan (Sydney University)
4. Jacques Potgieter (unattached)
5. Kane Douglas (Southern Districts)
6. Dave Dennis (captain, Sydney University)
7. Michael Hooper (Manly)
8. Wycliff Palu (Manly)
9. Nick Phipps (Sydney University)
10. Bernard Foley (Sydney University)
11. Peter Betham (Sydney University)
12. Kurtley Beale (Randwick)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs)
14. Alofa Alofa (West Harbour)
15. Israel Folau (Sydney University)

Replacements to be selected from:
16. Tola Latu (Sydney University)
17. Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University)
18. Sekope Kepu (Randwick)
19. Will Skelton (Sydney University)
20. Stephen Hoiles (Randwick)
21. Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs)
22. Rob Horne (Southern Districts)
23. Matt Carraro (Randwick)
24. Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University)
25. Jonno Lance (Eastern Suburbs

LIONS TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT

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VODACOM SUPER RUGBY ROUND 2: LIONS VS STORMERS:

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann has named his 23-man team to front the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Ackermann has made just two changes to the Lions’ starting line-up. In the mid-field, Alwyn Hollenbach comes in at inside centre. Stefan Watermeyer shifts to 13, due to the injury sustained by Lionel Mapoe.

On the wood, MB Lusaseni is primed to make his Super Rugby debut as he comes into the side. JW Jonker is also a welcome inclusion and will provide cover as a utility back.

The match will kick off at 19h10.

15. Chrysander Botha

14. Deon van Rensburg

13. Stefan Watermeyer

12. Alwyn Hollenbach

11. Ruan Combrinck

10. Marnitz Boshoff

9. Faf de Klerk

8. Warren Whiteley (c)

7. Derick Minnie

6. Jaco Kriel

5. Franco van der Merwe

4. Franco Mostert

3. Julian Redelinghuys

2. Robbie Coetzee

1. Schalk van der Merwe

16. Willie Wepener
17. Jacques van Rooyen
18. Ruan Dreyer
19. MB Lusaseni
20. Warwick Tecklenburg
21. Ross Cronje
22. JW Jonker
23. Coenie van Wyk

2014 Cell C Community Cup

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

For the latest Cell C Community Cup news, visit www.sarugby.co.za or follow SARU’s official club rugby and Community Cup Twitter account @saclubrugby

• East Rand TV derby to test waters of Thursday night club rugby

• Opening match in Despatch on 8 March also live on SuperSport

• All 12 Easter Championship matches live from George

• New timeslot for second season of magazine show

CLUB rugby will step back into the television spotlight next month when two of the country’s biggest derbies will be broadcast live during the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off on 8 March.

New ground will be broken at Bosman Stadium on Thursday 20 March when last year’s bronze medallists, G5 Metals Brakpan face arch-rivals Kaufela Boksburg in an eagerly-anticipated Pool C match that will be televised on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 18:00). The East Rand derby will represent the first time open-club rugby has occupied a prime-time TV slot on a weeknight.

This follows confirmation that this year’s opening match, between defending champions Gap Management Despatch and their Eastern Province rivals Spring Rose, will be broadcast live from the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch on Saturday 8 March (kick-off 14h30).

And the Cell C Community Cup Easter Championship play-offs, to be hosted at Outeniqua Park in George from 17-21 April, will once again be broadcast in its entirety – thereby bringing to 14 the number of live matches in the 2014 edition of SARU’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs. Additionally, a second six-part season of the popular Cell C Community Cup television magazine show, “Working-Class Heroes”, will be broadcast in a new timeslot, starting on Thursday 13 March at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 & HD.

“Club rugby is slowly but surely reclaiming the territory it has lost in recent years and we are very happy in particular to see the growth in TV exposure compared to last year,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux. “Apart from the 14 lives games, SuperSport will be covering each of the 40 pool matches for the magazine show, which means all 20 competing clubs will have a great platform to showcase themselves, both on and off the field.

“The popularity and reach of the Cell C Community Cup is growing rapidly and on that note we will also be making a number of other exciting announcements before the 2014 tournament kicks off in two weeks’ time.”

The Cell C Community Cup begins on 8 March with eight pool matches taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

“No other tournament that SARU runs covers literally as much ground, or has the opportunity to leave its mark on so many geographically and culturally diverse communities,” said Roux. “In the pool stages alone, clubs will be travelling nearly 25,000km, which is an average of over 600km per match. It’s a tough tournament but club rugby players have never lacked an appetite for a challenge.”

The two highest-placed clubs in each of the four Pools will qualify for the Easter Championships.

The Cell C Community Cup 2014 fixtures:

POOL STAGES (all kick-off times 16h00 unless otherwise indicated):

Round 1 – Saturday 8 March:

Match 1 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Spring Rose (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch, 14h30 – TV)

Match 2 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 3 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 4 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 13h00)

Match 5 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Kaufela Boksburg (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 6 (Pool C) – Roses United vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 7 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Wesbank (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Match 8 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Sishen (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Byes: Kempston Old Selbornians, Eagle Towing Rovers, Centurion, Hamiltons.

Round 2 – Saturday 15 March:

Match 9 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Gap Management Despatch (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 10 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Kempston Old Selbornians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 11 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Roodepoort (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 12 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Eagle Towing Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 13 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Roses United (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 14 (Pool C) – Centurion vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 15 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Sishen (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Match 16 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Rustenburg Impala (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Byes: Mossel Bay Barbarians, Jonsson College Rovers, G5 Metals Brakpan, Wesbank.

Round 3 – Thursday 20 March:

Match 22 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs Kaufela Boksburg (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00 – live on SS1 & HD)

Round 3 – Saturday 22 March:

Match 17 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians vs Bridgton (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 18 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch)

Match 19 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Jonsson College Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 20 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs Roodepoort (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 16h30)

Match 21 (Pool C) – Roses United vs Centurion (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 23 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Shumba Ferros (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Match 24 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Hamiltons (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Byes: Spring Rose, E-Car Welkom, BB Truck Noordelikes, Rustenburg Impala.

Round 4 – Saturday 29 March:

Match 25 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Kempston Old Selbornians (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 26 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Spring Rose (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 27 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 17h00)

Match 28 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Jonsson College Rovers (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 29 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00)

Match 30 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Centurion (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 31 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Rustenburg Impala (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Match 32 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Shumba Ferros (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Byes: Gap Management Despatch, Bloemfontein Crusaders, Roses United, Sishen.

Round 5 – Saturday 5 April:

Match 33 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 34 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians v Gap Management Despatch (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 35 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs Eagle Towing Rovers (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 15h00)

Match 36 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 37 (Pool C) – Centurion vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 38 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Roses United (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 39 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Hamiltons (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Match 40 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Wesbank (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Byes: Bridgton, Roodepoort, Kaufela Boksburg, Shumba Ferros.

Easter Championship Play-offs – Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SuperSport. K/o times tbc):

Day 1 – Thursday 17 April:

Match 41 (Cup QF1) – Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D

Match 42 (Cup QF2) – Winner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A

Match 43 (Cup QF3) – Winner Pool D vs Runner-up Pool C

Match 44 (Cup QF4) – Winner Pool A vs Runner-up Pool B

Day 2 – Saturday 19 April:

Match 45 (Losers’ match 1) – Loser Match 41 (QF1) vs Loser Match 42 (QF2)

Match 46 (Losers’ match 2) – Loser Match 43 (QF3) vs Loser Match 44 (QF4)

Match 47 (Cup SF1) – Winner Match 41 (QF1) vs Winner Match 42 (QF2)

Match 48 (Cup SF2) – Winner Match 43 (QF3) vs Winner Match 44 (QF4)

Day 3 – Easter Monday, 21 April:

Match 49 (7th/8th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 45 vs Loser Match 46

Match 50 (5h/6th Place Play-off) – Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46

Thursday, 20 February 2014

TV derbies to shine spotlight on 2014 Cell C Community Cup

For the latest Cell C Community Cup news, visit www.sarugby.co.za or follow SARU’s official club rugby and Community Cup Twitter account @saclubrugby

PHOTO CAPTION: Gap Management Despatch players lift the iconic Gold Cup after winning the inaugural Cell C Community Cup final at Outeniqua Park in George in 2013. Photo: Roger Sedris/ImageSA.

• East Rand TV derby to test waters of Thursday night club rugby

• Opening match in Despatch on 8 March also live on SuperSport

• All 12 Easter Championship matches live from George

• New timeslot for second season of magazine show

CLUB rugby will step back into the television spotlight next month when two of the country’s biggest derbies will be broadcast live during the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off on 8 March.

New ground will be broken at Bosman Stadium on Thursday 20 March when last year’s bronze medallists, G5 Metals Brakpan face arch-rivals Kaufela Boksburg in an eagerly-anticipated Pool C match that will be televised on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 18:00). The East Rand derby will represent the first time open-club rugby has occupied a prime-time TV slot on a weeknight.

This follows confirmation that this year’s opening match, between defending champions Gap Management Despatch and their Eastern Province rivals Spring Rose, will be broadcast live from the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch on Saturday 8 March (kick-off 14h30).

And the Cell C Community Cup Easter Championship play-offs, to be hosted at Outeniqua Park in George from 17-21 April, will once again be broadcast in its entirety – thereby bringing to 14 the number of live matches in the 2014 edition of SARU’s flagship tournament for non-university clubs. Additionally, a second six-part season of the popular Cell C Community Cup television magazine show, “Working-Class Heroes”, will be broadcast in a new timeslot, starting on Thursday 13 March at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 & HD.

“Club rugby is slowly but surely reclaiming the territory it has lost in recent years and we are very happy in particular to see the growth in TV exposure compared to last year,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux. “Apart from the 14 lives games, SuperSport will be covering each of the 40 pool matches for the magazine show, which means all 20 competing clubs will have a great platform to showcase themselves, both on and off the field.

“The popularity and reach of the Cell C Community Cup is growing rapidly and on that note we will also be making a number of other exciting announcements before the 2014 tournament kicks off in two weeks’ time.”

The Cell C Community Cup begins on 8 March with eight pool matches taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

“No other tournament that SARU runs covers literally as much ground, or has the opportunity to leave its mark on so many geographically and culturally diverse communities,” said Roux. “In the pool stages alone, clubs will be travelling nearly 25,000km, which is an average of over 600km per match. It’s a tough tournament but club rugby players have never lacked an appetite for a challenge.”

The two highest-placed clubs in each of the four Pools will qualify for the Easter Championships.

The Cell C Community Cup 2014 fixtures:

POOL STAGES (all kick-off times 16h00 unless otherwise indicated):

Round 1 – Saturday 8 March:

Match 1 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Spring Rose (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch, 14h30 – TV)

Match 2 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Bridgton (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 3 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 4 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 13h00)

Match 5 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Kaufela Boksburg (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 6 (Pool C) – Roses United vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 7 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Wesbank (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Match 8 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Sishen (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Byes: Kempston Old Selbornians, Eagle Towing Rovers, Centurion, Hamiltons.

Round 2 – Saturday 15 March:

Match 9 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Gap Management Despatch (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 10 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Kempston Old Selbornians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 11 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Roodepoort (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 12 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Eagle Towing Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 13 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Roses United (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 14 (Pool C) – Centurion vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 15 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Sishen (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Match 16 (Pool D) – Shumba Ferros vs Rustenburg Impala (Puma Stadium, Emalahleni/Witbank, 15h30)

Byes: Mossel Bay Barbarians, Jonsson College Rovers, G5 Metals Brakpan, Wesbank.

Round 3 – Thursday 20 March:

Match 22 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs Kaufela Boksburg (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00 – live on SS1 & HD)

Round 3 – Saturday 22 March:

Match 17 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians vs Bridgton (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 18 (Pool A) – Gap Management Despatch vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (WJ de Wet Stadium, Despatch)

Match 19 (Pool – Bloemfontein Crusaders vs Jonsson College Rovers (Clive Solomon Stadium, Heidedal)

Match 20 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs Roodepoort (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 16h30)

Match 21 (Pool C) – Roses United vs Centurion (Pelican Park, Wellington)

Match 23 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Shumba Ferros (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Match 24 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Hamiltons (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Byes: Spring Rose, E-Car Welkom, BB Truck Noordelikes, Rustenburg Impala.

Round 4 – Saturday 29 March:

Match 25 (Pool A) – Mossel Bay Barbarians vs Kempston Old Selbornians (D’Almeida Stadium, Mossel Bay)

Match 26 (Pool A) – Bridgton vs Spring Rose (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn)

Match 27 (Pool – Eagle Towing Rovers vs E-Car Welkom (Rovers Rugby Club, Welkom, 17h00)

Match 28 (Pool – Roodepoort vs Jonsson College Rovers (Rand Leases Sports Ground, Roodepoort)

Match 29 (Pool C) – G5 Metals Brakpan vs BB Truck Noordelikes (Bosman Stadium, Brakpan, 18h00)

Match 30 (Pool C) – Kaufela Boksburg vs Centurion (Prince George Park, Boksburg)

Match 31 (Pool D) – Wesbank vs Rustenburg Impala (Wesbank Sports Grounds, Malmesbury)

Match 32 (Pool D) – Hamiltons vs Shumba Ferros (Stephan Oval, Green Point, Cape Town)

Byes: Gap Management Despatch, Bloemfontein Crusaders, Roses United, Sishen.

Round 5 – Saturday 5 April:

Match 33 (Pool A) – Spring Rose vs Mossel Bay Barbarians (New Brighton Oval, Port Elizabeth, 15h30)

Match 34 (Pool A) – Kempston Old Selbornians v Gap Management Despatch (Kempston Park, East London)

Match 35 (Pool – Jonsson College Rovers vs Eagle Towing Rovers (KP3, Kings Park, Durban, 15h00)

Match 36 (Pool – E-Car Welkom vs Bloemfontein Crusaders (Griffons Rugby Stadium ‘B’ field, Welkom)

Match 37 (Pool C) – Centurion vs G5 Metals Brakpan (Centurion Rugby Club, Centurion)

Match 38 (Pool C) – BB Truck Noordelikes vs Roses United (Noordelikes Rugby Club, Polokwane, 16h30)

Match 39 (Pool D) – Rustenburg Impala vs Hamiltons (Rustenburg Impala Rugby Club, Rustenburg)

Match 40 (Pool D) – Sishen vs Wesbank (Sivos Rugby Stadium, Kathu)

Byes: Bridgton, Roodepoort, Kaufela Boksburg, Shumba Ferros.

Easter Championship Play-offs – Outeniqua Park, George (all matches live on SuperSport. K/o times tbc):

Day 1 – Thursday 17 April:

Match 41 (Cup QF1) – Winner Pool C vs Runner-up Pool D

Match 42 (Cup QF2) – Winner Pool B vs Runner-up Pool A

Match 43 (Cup QF3) – Winner Pool D vs Runner-up Pool C

Match 44 (Cup QF4) – Winner Pool A vs Runner-up Pool B

Day 2 – Saturday 19 April:

Match 45 (Losers’ match 1) – Loser Match 41 (QF1) vs Loser Match 42 (QF2)

Match 46 (Losers’ match 2) – Loser Match 43 (QF3) vs Loser Match 44 (QF4)

Match 47 (Cup SF1) – Winner Match 41 (QF1) vs Winner Match 42 (QF2)

Match 48 (Cup SF2) – Winner Match 43 (QF3) vs Winner Match 44 (QF4)

Day 3 – Easter Monday, 21 April:

Match 49 (7th/8th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 45 vs Loser Match 46

Match 50 (5h/6th Place Play-off) – Winner Match 45 vs Winner Match 46

Match 51 (3rd/4th Place Play-off) – Loser Match 47 (SF1) vs Loser Match 48 (SF2)

Match 52 (Cup Final) – Winner Match 47 (SF1) vs Winner Match 48 (SF2)

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

Sharks 31, Bulls 16

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Jake is back, and he has a star-studded line-up to take on a Bulls team that everyone has written off before kick-off.

Cheetahs 20, Lions 21

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It is Super Rugby time, and the Cheetahs welcome the Lions back to the toughest competition in the world!

Lions are in good hands this season

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As far as coaching goes, the Lions are in great hands for their return to Super Rugby in 2014 with the latest consultant they brought in.

 

Book Review: Springbok Glory; Golden Moments in Springbok Rugby

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Stephen Nell’s new book, Golden Moments in the Modern Era, takes you behind the scenes of Springbok rugby since our return from isolation right through to the Heyneke Meyer era.

Press Release: DHL Sparks Revival of the DHL Clifton Challenge

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Clifton 4th beach, Cape Town
Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Cape Town – On Sunday, 19 January 2014, DHL Express Africa along with DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club sparked the revival of the legendary Clifton Beach Challenge. The day saw two of the company’s sponsored teams – DHL Stormers and DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club – compete in a friendly game of touch rugby and flag contest.

The original Clifton Challenge was an amazingly popular annual event that ran for 20 years.

“To highlight the recent DHL sponsorship of Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club, we decided to recreate the legendary touch rugby game between the DHL Stormers and DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club. We also decided to include a corporate league and a friendly game between the DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Young Guns and the South African Rugby Legends as a curtain raiser for the main event. We wanted to make sure that the crowd had a real fun day out – that’s what it’s all about” said, Managing Director of DHL Express Africa, Charles Brewer.

The day attracted a large crowd who took part in beach activities and fun giveaways whilst cheering on their favourite teams. The DHL Stormers were in high spirits on this summer’s day with Juan de Jongh once again celebrating every DHL Stormers try with the now infamous Gangnam style routine!

“Of course, there’s a more serious side to the DHL Clifton Challenge and that is Delivering Safety to the areas beaches” Brewer continued. The DHL Clifton Challenge offered the opportunity to educate the public on the role that DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving plays on a day-to-day basis in keeping Clifton beach visitors safe.

“Hopefully this will be the start of bringing in our, much younger lifeguards to this ‘challenge’ and become once again, an annual event that will prove to many that Lifeguards are not just a bunch of sun, sea and tans – they are passionate, skilled and committed specialists who are ready at any moment to ‘save a life’ when required to do so” said Marc Truss, DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club Chairman.

DHL is in the 4th year of a fantastic partnership with DHL Western Province rugby Football Union and in its 2nd year of the DHL Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club sponsorship programme.

At the end of the day, the Allan Grey team won the corporate section of the challenge. The DHL Stormers walked away as the champions of the 2014 DHL Clifton Challenge against the DHL Clifton Young Guns touch rugby team with a final score of 2-0. No doubt that the gauntlet has been laid for 2015 – Challenge accepted!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 Michael Rhodes to face SARU judicial committee

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DHL Western Province and Stormers forward Michael Rhodes will appear before a South African Rugby Union (SARU) judicial committee on Thursday for a dangerous tackle in the Absa Currie Cup final against The Sharks in Cape Town last season.

The disciplinary hearing was initially set to take place in the week following the match, but had to be rescheduled twice, resulting in a postponement until January.

Rhodes was cited for a dangerous tackle in the second half of the Absa Currie Cup final when he placed his arm around Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis’ neck in a maul and maintained his grip for a few seconds. This was in breach of law 10.4 (e) relating to dangerous tackling.

The hearing will take place in Cape Town on Thursday at 10h00. Adv Donny Jacobs will serve as the Judicial Officer.

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

DHL Clifton Lifesaving Challenge Competition

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Competition time folks, and thanks to the guys at DHL this one is sure to please Stormers fans!

DHL will be hosting the DHL Clifton Lifesaving Challenge this Sunday the 19th of January at Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town.  In attendance will be various ex-Springbok legends as well as the Stormers Super Rugby squad for a fun day in the sun.

Part of the festivities also include a DHL Delivery Run on the beach and this is where you, the Cape Town fans come into play.

We are giving away the opportunity for one person and two of his or her mates, to join the festivities and take part in the ‘DHL Delivery Run’ on Sunday.  The winner of the short beach run will win the new 2014 Stormers Rugby Jersey, and will also get the opportunity with his or her mates to meet the players, take photo’s and even get that jersey signed by the squad!

Whether or not you win the race, it is an event you surely do not want to miss.

In order for you to win the chance to join the Stormers, DHL and the rest of the folks at Clifton beach, all you need to do is give us your 2014 New Year’s RUGBY Resolution including the hashtag, #DHLClifton.  You can enter as many times as you like and either post your entries right here on the site, or on our Twitter account, www.twitter.com/ruggaworld.

Remember, you and two mates will be invited to join the festivities so even get your mates to enter to stand a better chance.

Entries for the competition will close at 10:00am on Thursday morning and the winner will be announced on the site and on Twitter at noon.

Obviously, you need to be resident in Cape Town to claim this prize and if you happen to be a Stormers fan, all the better!

Good luck!

DHL Clifton

 

Camps Bay gears up for Varsity 7s and Beach Volleyball

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Sport lovers are in for a treat next week, when Varsity Sports (VS) will take over Camps Bay during the second edition of the Varsity 7s Rugby and Beach Volleyball competitions from 29 November to 1 December.

Competition: Springbok Factory – What it takes to be a Bok

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We are excited to announce yet another competition on RuggaWorld where you can win the amazing book by Liz McGregor; Springbok Factory – What it takes to be a Bok.

Springbok FactoryTo get your hands on this Christmas list must-have, all you need to do is predict the score for this weekend’s match between the Springboks and France where the closest score will get a copy of the book!

Our own Boertjie has reviewed the book and this is what he had to say:

We all know women are different. They see things from a different angle, do things differently and ask different questions. And they are thorough in whatever they do.

That is why this rugby book by Liz McGregor is also different and by far one of the most enjoyable I’ve read, as was it’s predecessor Touch, Pause, Engage.

Having travelled extensively with the Springboks, she parts with interesting tidbits about the functions and expertise amongst the supporting staff of – can you guess? – 47 people (in the case of WC 2011). Did you know that the medical team takes along 23 kg of tape for each player for every week of the tournament?

Apart from travelling with the team, McGregor speaks exstensively to the players, their families, coaches and friends in compiling her insightful profiles on three players: Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis and Jean de Villiers.

Interviews with the Bok doctor, the coaches Peter de Villiers and Heyneke Meyer, physio, sponsors, brand managers, the logistics guy and the woman who deals with the wives and girlfriends on tour sheds new light on the topics rugby scribes ignore because they think it is not interesting.

I found the interview with Louis von Zeuner (the Absa man whose SMS to Oregan Hoskins about black players caused some uproar) very enlightening and can’t feel this is the kind of guy Saru needs on its executive.

Talking about Saru: McGregor also attended some of their meetings and inbetween the lines it is obvious that she does not hold the governing body in high regard.

She also does not steer away from the social divide between black and white players in the squad.

●Published by Jonathan Ball the book sells at R195.00 at good book stores and could be a very useful hint about what you would like on your Christmas list.

Competition Details:

  • This is a website competition only – predictions need to be made in the comment sections below in order to be considered for the prize.
  • The score closest by means of a points difference formula will be declared the winner.
  • Your last prediction will be the only one considered, so while you can change your mind several times before kick-off on Saturday, only the final submitted score will be considered.
  • Should two or more sports-fans have the same prediction or points differential, the individual that made his prediction first (and have not changed the prediction subsequent) will be declared the winner.

So get all your family and friends to come and predict the score to win this amazing book!

 

We have a winner #DHLDelivers

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Firstly a massive thank you to DHL for making this competition possible and well done to Wentzel for selecting such an interesting and challenging set of questions.

#DHLDelivers you a legendary signed Springbok jersey

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DHL has a long history of delivering rugby around the world, providing logistics expertise for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and the recent British & Irish Lions Tour, to name just two.

Boks prepared to gamble

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The Springboks will take risks and are prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game against the All Blacks in the decisive match of the Rugby Championship at the weekend, said coach Heyneke Meyer.

Refs must take note of AB trends

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Brenden Nel in his SuperSport column highlights an obvious trend by the All Blacks first raised by Australian coach, Ewen McKenzie, and something referees must now start taking note of.

Brenden Nel – SuperSport

Springbok teams have often been accused of their over-the-top tactics, using brute force to try and bludgeon out a victory and paying the price for overzealous play, but the current crop of players under Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer are certainly an exception.

After the dramatic loss in Auckland last weekend, a number of New Zealand rugby writers chose to ignore the foul play of players like Ma’a Nonu and once again blamed the Bok loss on their knack to use brawn over brain as they try to physically dominate the opposition.

And while this is very definitely true of Springbok teams of the modern professional era, Bok coach Meyer has made it a personal mission to ensure that if the Boks are on the wrong side of the scoreboard, it isn’t because they are on the wrong side of the foul play law.

Meyer has been very clear to his team about the liability they pose when they concede a card, and while Auckland’s horror reffing show highlighted the human error element of a referee, the Boks have taken it up as a personal mission to ensure they not only bring down their penalty count, but also limit the time off the field as a result of foul play.

This is one reason why the card to Du Plessis was so disappointing, as it brought the same one-eyed response from the World Champion nation and highlighted stereotypes that certainly aren’t true under the current coaching staff.

But it has also highlighted the need for the Springboks to take a long, hard look at themselves as a team. Too often in the past they have blamed referees and officials for their own failings. It isn’t Meyer’s fault the world sees South Africa as a dirty nation who rely on foul play when they don’t get things right. There is statistical analysis that backs this up.

Yet in the same breath Meyer and his coaching team should be commended for taking on the tough task of changing the perception of a Springbok team that is always looked at for the wrong reasons.

This season alone the Boks have been measured in their response to physical on-field intimidation – something that has escaped the eye of the zealots in New Zealand. Physical domination will always be part of rugby, but if the Boks are to avoid a repeat of the Auckland fiasco, they will need to do their part to try and change the outlook on South African teams.

Meyer’s coaching team has tasked Chean Roux – appointed as technical analyst earlier in the year – with the job of analysing exactly where the team can change this perception and, like most things, it has to start with an inward change.

While the spin out of New Zealand and Australia has been on a big grunt effort to physically impose themselves on the opposition, the Boks have been very measured in what they have done, and with Meyer making it clear that indiscipline will not be tolerated, their disciplinary record has already shown progress, although it will take a while to convince everybody.

Meyer drew the line in the sand last year when he apologised for Dean Greyling’s attack on Richie McCaw. He made it clear on that day in Dunedin that such play will not be tolerated, and players who overstep the line would not be picked for the Boks.

Since then Greyling has yet to be invited to a training camp, although it must be added that his own game suffered since.

But the line was still drawn. Since that day the Boks have been resolute in their ability not to react to the incitement they receive in every game.

This year alone there have been allegations of biting, eye gouging (Argentina), ball-tampering and stiff arm tackles (Samoa) and the coathanger of Nonu (New Zealand) and all have been by the opposition with the Boks keeping a cool head.

It has been a remarkable improvement in the statistics as well – where the Boks are the team in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship who concede the least penalties. So far, in four games the Boks have conceded 31 penalties – an average of just under eight a game. Considering the benchmark among international coaches is 10 per game, this shows how far they have come, especially with the Auckland game being played with 14 men for 50 minutes.

No surprise that Australia have conceded the most – at 45 penalties thus far in the competition, but the All Blacks and Argentina are equal in conceding 44 penalties each.

Interestingly the All Blacks concede penalties mostly at defensive rucks, giving credence to the belief that they play cynically in front of lenient referees who aren’t keen to card them. More than half the All Blacks penalties come at the ruck, and mostly on defensive rucks. It is clear the All Blacks would rather give away a penalty than a try and are willing to infringe to do so.

Another interesting stat is that in the penalty count, South Africa features very low, with All Black captain Richie McCaw – who is often accused of getting away with professional fouls – the highest offender in the competition thus far, even though he didn’t play in Auckland against the Boks.

But there is another reason for Meyer and co to try and change perceptions – and it isn’t just that they feel wronged at times.

Since the yellow and red card system was introduced in 2000, South Africa have by far had the highest number of yellow cards issued at international level among the leading sides.

The Boks have a massive 79 cards given against them – almost double more than New Zealand’s 48.

And while many may cry foul at times, not even the most patriotic fan could say that the majority were not warranted. The Boks have been their worst enemies and have deserved the tag of a brutal, bully team at times, one that goes outside the bounds of the law when they don’t get their way.

It is a tag that has cost them heavily over the years, and has been at the back of referees’ minds across the world.

Now Meyer and co know they need to change the perception. Auckland was an unfortunate incident and it took restraint not to join the chorus of outrage after the game.

The Bok management are rather quietly getting on behind the scenes to change the perception and turn the Boks into one of the most disciplined sides in world rugby.

They are doing their part, but it will take constant improvement to sway those who refuse to believe that anything has changed.

Only when they get that part right will the world start taking them seriously – and only then will the spotlight get thrown on other teams – like New Zealand – who have operated under the radar for so long.

SA’s move North gathers steam

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A possible breakaway by South Africa from the current Super Rugby competition under SANZAR to join a new European based trans-border tournament is gathering steam.

Anger Within – Jonah Lomu

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A sneak preview of what looks like a very special documentary of one of the true legends of rugby and someone who changed the game forever.

 

DuP debacle a miscarriage of justice

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“What we saw, in the 15th minute, was the finest of test match tackles and what resulted was a sporting miscarriage of justice.”

Chris Rattue – NZ Herald

The Springboks were robbed all right, no doubt about it, and rugby needs to get a few heads together to sort out the mess which enveloped Eden Park. A game – an epic in the making – was wrecked and something needs to be done.

An IRB video conference is in order, but judging by events which destroyed this brutal but often low-grade test match, they’d have far too much trouble operating the equipment.

Too many self-interested coaches and players cry wolf over referees and the genuine travesties get lost in the crowd. The Springboks’ noble response shouldn’t stop rugby from taking action. What we saw, in the 15th minute, was the finest of test match tackles and what resulted was a sporting miscarriage of justice.

Bismarck du Plessis, the best hooker in world rugby, lined up the All Black kingpin Dan Carter and hit him with such force that Carter’s descent to earth was his final one for the night. In picking a great target, du Plessis also picked the wrong one because the legendary first five-eighths probably ranks as a protected species, if only subconsciously. Had du Plessis gone hurtling into Owen Franks with the same force and direction, would the yellow have ensued?

It was a smashing and perfectly legal tackle in all regards, one that could have changed the rhythm of the test in South Africa’s favour. It was also the sort of thing some of us pay good money to see. In response, the French referee Romain Poite sowed the seeds for the destruction of the contest, conspiring with an impotent video official George Ayoub who lurked somewhere in a faulty tower. One couldn’t even be confident that Poite and Aussie Ayoub weren’t hamstrung by a language barrier.

As far as can be made out, Poite decided du Plessis hit Carter high and without using his arms, so only asked Ayoub to judge the resulting melee of push and shove. The result, a yellow card, had disastrous con-sequences immediately and later when du Plessis tempted fate with his elbow and was shown a second yellow and the mandatory red.

The game was effectively over as a scrap at that point, early in the second half. The Springbok plans around loose forward power plays and scrum dominance were shattered. The best player on the ground was sidelined. Boos rang around Eden Park, aimed at du Plessis, but they could have targeted Poite and a system which failed to ensure video scrutiny. They certainly would if a precious All Black had been similarly dismissed.

One of the primary aims for officials must be to keep all the players on the field. They need to be doubly sure any time a card is flashed. From the moment of the first yellow card, the game changed and its emotional effect on du Plessis may have led to his second offence.

Having looked at many replays, I can’t see why Kieran Read was yellow carded for dangerous lineout interference either. A simple directive would ensure all potential yellow or red card incidents are video reviewed so justice can be seen to be done. The IRB could also consider the league’s “on report” method.

While they are at it, review the scrum mess. There were (by my count) 14 scrums on Saturday night, and seven resulted in penalties. An enormous amount of time was lost on resets etc.

The scrums would be better if the ball was fed under the hooker’s feet, allowing a level field for a more stable shoving contest. The scrum battle – a potential highlight of this test – was an atmosphere-reducing disaster.

AB’s v Boks – The rivalry to end all rivalries

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Came across this awesome piece by Kiwi commentator and good friend of RW, Sumo Stevenson.

Sharks 34, Blue Bulls 18

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The Blue Bulls will be hurting badly after last weekend’s wallop by the Lions at home but to beat the Sharks in Durban is not going to prove easy.

Recent results:
2012: Sharks won 20-3, Durban (semifinal)
2012: Sharks won 13-12, Durban
2012: Blue Bulls won 42-31, Pretoria
2011: Sharks won 39-27, Pretoria
2011: Sharks won 35-16, Durban
2010: Sharks won 16-12, Durban (semifinal)
2010: Blue Bulls won 40-34, Pretoria
2010: Sharks won 34-28, Durban

Teams:

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Ulrich Beyers, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 David Bullbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tiaan Schoeman, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Cheetahs 40, Griquas 20

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The two neighbours and Super Rugby partners goes head-to-head this afternoon in what could be the most entertaining game of the weekend.

Recent results:
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 35-20, Bloemfontein
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 29-16, Kimberley
2011: Free State Cheetahs won 49-39, Bloemfontein
2011: Griquas won 23-20, Kimberley
2010: Free State Cheetahs won 33-28, Kimberley
2010: Free State Cheetahs won 33-26, Bloemfontein

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.

Griquas: 15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Patrick O’Brien, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Richard Lawson.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Francois de Bruin
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee

Pumas 17, Boks 22

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After an emphatic victory last week the Boks will do well not to get too complacent, but they are still firm favourites.

Recent results:
2013: South Africa won 73-13, Soweto
2012: 16-all draw, Mendoza
2012: South Africa won 27-6, Cape Town
2008: South Africa won 63-9, Johannesburg
2007: South Africa won 37-13, Paris (World Cup semifinal)
2005: South Africa won 34-23, Buenos Aires
2004: South Africa won 39-7, Buenos Aires
2003: South Africa won 26-25, Port Elizabeth
2002: South Africa won 49-29, Springs
2000: South Africa won 37-33, Buenos Aires

Teams:

Argentina: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Julio Farías Cabello, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Matías Díaz, 19 Tomas Lavaninni, 20 Benjamin Macome, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago Fernández, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Date: Saturday, August 24
Venue: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Kick-off: 16.10 (21.10 SA time; 19.10 GMT)
Expected weather: Partly sunny and chilly with a 13km/h south wind. A high of 10° and low of -1°.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Pascal Gauzère (France)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

Blue Bulls 23, Lions 62

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With a 6-team strength vs. strength format, the Golden Lions cannot afford a 3rd loss at Loftus tonight.

Recent results:
2012: Blue Bulls won 50-29, Johannesburg
2012: Golden Lions won 32-23, Pretoria
2011: Blue Bulls won 21-18, Johannesburg
2011: Golden Lions won 36-27, Pretoria
2010: Blue Bulls won 24-21, Pretoria
2010: Blue Bulls won 32-18, Johannesburg

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Golden Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert De Bruyn, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Tiaan Meyer, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Cronje.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Referees: Jaco van Heerden, Cobus Wessels
TMO: Tappe Henning with Andy Turner in training

Cheetahs 15, Sharks 18

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It has possibly been one of the most unpredictable starts to the Currie Cup in years – good luck picking a winner in tonight’s game.

Recent results:
2012: Sharks won 37-30, Bloemfontein
2012: Sharks won 34-32, Durban
2011: Sharks won 20-13, Durban (semifinal)
2011: Cheetahs won 53-32, Bloemfontein
2011: Sharks won 43-34, Durban
2010: Sharks won 30-16, Durban
2010: Sharks won 25-13, Bloemfontein

Teams:

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Freddie Ngoza, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Referee: Jason Jaftha
Assistant Referees: Jaco van Heerden, Pieter Janse van Vuuren
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

WP 15, Cheetahs 14

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WP fans would have been left disappointed following their team’s draw against the Blue Bulls last week, but an even tougher assignment awaits them in a cold and wet Newlands.

Recent results:
2012: Western Province won 36-15, Cape Town
2012: Western Province won 29-22, Bloemfontein
2011: Free State Cheetahs won 34-20, Cape Town
2011: Free State Cheetahs won 28-22, Bloemfontein
2010: Western Province won 31-7, Cape Town (semifinal)
2010: Free State Cheetahs won 29-24, Cape Town
2010: Western Province won 25-11, Bloemfontein

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Teboho Mohoje, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Marc van Zyl Marc
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

Springboks v Pumas

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The bookies have the Springboks to win this comfortably – I am not so sure…

Australia 29, All Blacks 47

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Australia will be determined to put their disappointing series loss to the Lions behind them as they look to upset the World Cup Champs in the first game of the Rugby Championship.

Recent results:
2012: Drew 18-18 in Brisbane
2012: New Zealand won 22-0 in Auckland
2012: New Zealand won 27-19 in Sydney
2011: New Zealand won 20-6 in Auckland
2011: Australia won 25-20 in Brisbane
2011: New Zealand won 30-14 in Auckland
2010: Australia won 26-24 in Hong Kong
2010: New Zealand won 23-22 in Sydney
2010: New Zealand won 20-10 in Christchurch
2010: New Zealand won 49-28 in Melbourne

Teams:

Australia: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Scott Fardy, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty.

Date: Saturday, August 17
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 20.05 AEST (22.05 NZ time; 10.05 GMT)
Predicted weather: Partly cloudy, high of 25 low of 8, 20 kph wind
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Blue Bulls 15, Griquas 9

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It is going to be tough for Griquas to repeat their heroics of last weekend at Loftus against a young Blue Bulls team who impressed in Cape Town last week.

Recent results:
2012: Griquas won 49-34, Kimberley
2012: Blue Bulls won 35-20, Pretoria
2011: Griquas won 48-44, Kimberley
2011: Blue Bulls won 44-20, Pretoria
2010: Blue Bulls won 48-36, Kimberley
2010: Blue Bulls won 39-38, Pretoria

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Jonathan Adendorf, 6 Carel Greeff, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Nick Schonert, 18 RJ Liebenberg, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Rocco Jansen.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Sindile Mayende, Attire Buitendag
TMO: Johan Greeff

Sharks 33, Lions 25

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Sharks will look to get back on track after their disappointing loss to Griquas last weekend when the host the Lions.

Recent results:
2012: Golden Lions won 28-22, Johannesburg
2012: Sharks won 30-14, Durban
2011: Sharks won 53-9, Durban
2011: Golden Lions won 28-19, Johannesburg
2010: Golden Lions won 22-20, Johannesburg
2010: Sharks won 48-19, Durban

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 SP Marais, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Rayno Gerber, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert De Bruin, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Chrysander Botha.

Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Reuben Rossouw
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

Richie Gray joins Springboks as breakdown consultant

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The Springboks will utilise the skills of Richie Gray as breakdown consultant for the remainder of the Test season in 2013.

‘Feed the backs, end the slugfest’

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Veteran Brumbies winger Clyde Rathbone says it was ”poetic justice” the Chiefs became Super Rugby champions with an attacking style, urging officials to tinker with laws to ensure the sport avoids becoming boring.