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Bulls side unchanged

April 16, 2014
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Bulls side unchanged

Vodacom Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe has been passed fit to face the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday and will lead the team for their third tour match to Australasia. This will be the first of two matches the Vodacom Bulls will play in Australia as part of their Vodacom Super Rugby tour....
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Cheetahs make four changes

April 16, 2014
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Cheetahs make four changes

Toyota Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made two positional and two injury enforced changes to his side that will face the Cell C Sharks in Durban on Saturday afternoon. Springbok flanker Heinrich Brussow returns to the starting line-up after a lengthy absence due to a toe injury and replaces injured flanker Lappies Labuschagne. Cheetahs...
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Stormers change five for Lions

April 16, 2014
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Stormers change five for Lions

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is back in the DHL Stormers line-up in one five changes to the team for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Lions at DHL Newlands (kick-off 17h05).   De Villiers resumes the team captaincy from Duane Vermeulen and will line up at inside centre, with Damian de Allende...
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Jean Deysel leaving Sharks

April 16, 2014
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Jean Deysel leaving Sharks

Cell C Sharks loose-forward Jean Deysel will depart the franchise at the end of the Vodacom Super Rugby season to join Japanese top league club, Toyota Verblitz on a two-year deal. Having made his debut in 2007, Deysel has been capped an impressive 117 times for The Sharks and is an integral part of...
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Blues team to face the Hurricanes

April 16, 2014
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Blues team to face the Hurricanes

Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made seven changes to the starting XV for Friday night’s crunch match with the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium. Fresh off the bye, the Blues welcome back a number of key players from injury including veteran hooker Keven Mealamu who forms an all-All Blacks front row alongside Tony...
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Lions could lose five players

April 16, 2014
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Lions could lose five players

Lions coach Johan Ackermann may be forced to change a third of his team as mounting injuries and a looming four week Vodacom Super Rugby tour compound his headaches ahead of Saturday’s clash against the DHL Stormers at Newlands. Ackermann has already lost fullback Andries Coetzee (knee) and midfielder Alwyn Hollenbach (lip) and could...
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Have the Crusaders left their run late?

April 16, 2014
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Have the Crusaders left their run late?

It’s a wee bit like arriving at the party after most of the guests have given the keg a good hammering. You might enjoy one or two drinks but you’ll be paying for your own later on. On the plus side, the early guests might end the night staggering around incoherently and feeling completely...
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Season’s bleatings

April 16, 2014
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Season’s bleatings

The SuperWrap team from Supersport analysed the Bulls game to try and give some answers  We wish you would start to kick less We wish you would aim for progress We wish you would end our distress And make smiles reappear If you think you’re stuck in a crowded mall in the middle of the...
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To Card or not to card?

April 15, 2014
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During the 50th minute of the Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Brumbies at the Suncorp Stadium In Brisbane on Friday, a strange thing happened. Source: SuperSport Reds scrumhalf Wil Genia dived over the Brumbies try line and was stopped by a very good tackle by the Brumbies cover defence. Naturally...
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Quota plan on ice – report

April 15, 2014
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Quota plan on ice – report

The sports department’s plan for top sporting codes to implement 60-40 quotas favouring black players would be postponed until next year, the Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday. This follows a meeting between Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and representatives of athletics, cricket, football, netball and rugby in Johannesburg on Monday. “After 20 years of our...
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Coetzee backs his process

April 15, 2014
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Coetzee backs his process

Allister Coetzee believes the Stormer’s gameplan does not need adjusting and in fact, a return to the basics will give them some winning momentum. The Cape Town-based team have lost five games in a row, including all four tour games as well as their opening match against upcoming opponents, the Lions. The Stormers have never...
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Mehrtens: Time right to ditch SA

April 15, 2014
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Mehrtens: Time right to ditch SA

Former All Black and Crusaders flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens feels the time is right for New Zealand and Australia to exclude South Africa and form their own Southern Hemisphere competition. Mehrtens, writing a column on the Stuff.co.nz website, outlined the difference in time zones as the biggest problem. “I can’t help thinking we might have...
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Swiel will play some role

April 15, 2014
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Swiel will play some role

Jake White hasn’t made up his mind who will wear the No 10 against the Toyota Cheetahs, but Tim Swiel can expect game time at some stage of the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby derby against the Toyota Cheetahs at Growthpoint Kings Park on Saturday. Fred Zeilinga, who had taken over the role...
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Gericke reports at Stormers HQ

April 15, 2014
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Gericke reports at Stormers HQ

Super Rugby strugglers, the Stormers, have confirmed the appointment of psychologist Henning Gericke. Sport24 earlier reported that the man who worked with the Springboks when they won the 2007 Rugby World Cup, was set to help at the Stormers. Gericke will on Tuesday join up with the Cape side on a consultancy basis. Gericke...
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Ebersohn the ‘in-form 10′

April 15, 2014
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Ebersohn the ‘in-form 10′

On current form, Sias Ebersohn is currently the best South African flyhalf in the Super Rugby competition, believes former Springbok pivot Braam van Straaten. Ebersohn, 25, currently plays for Australian franchise, the Western Force, who have surprised friend and foe this season, winning their last five games in a row to sit fourth on...
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Stormers to take hard road

April 15, 2014
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Stormers to take hard road

There seems no respite for the Stormers as they prepare to take the difficult course back to “winning ways”. Gert Smal’s appointment as director of rugby at Newlands is unlikely to impact on the immediate fortunes of the Stormers, who will attempt to snap a five-match losing streak when they host the Lions on...
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Jean back for Lions clash

April 14, 2014
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Jean back for Lions clash

The Stormers will be buoyed by the return of some of their players this week after the bye, none more so than skipper Jean de Villiers.  The Stormers injury list has been a contentious point this season, but the bye sees not only the return of their influential captain but also Springbok prop Pat...
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Saffas play prominent roles in team’s victories

April 14, 2014
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Saffas play prominent roles in team’s victories

  Springbok wing Bryan Habana scored his first try for Toulon which helped them secure a 22-20 victory at Bordeaux-Bègles in Saturday’s Top 14 clash. Habana, who only recently returned from a long injury lay-off, scored his side’s only try after running onto a pass from former Bok flank Juan Smith. Earlier, Habana –...
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Morné is still the man

April 14, 2014
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Morné is still the man

Ryan Vrede from SA Rugby Magazine believes  No South Africa-based flyhalf has done enough to unseat Morné Steyn with the Springboks. This is his views….. On the evidence presented thus far, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is thin on in-form options at flyhalf, and even with a couple of months to go before their first...
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SA not conditioned for Kiwi game

April 14, 2014
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SA not conditioned for Kiwi game

  I came across this article from Gavin Rich on the Super Sport website which may touch exactly the point why we as South African teams will never be able to play the New Zeeland style of rugby. I am sure we will have a few discussions on this….. Every time the Cell C Sharks...
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Bulls waits on walking wounded

April 14, 2014
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Bulls waits on walking wounded

  Vodacom Bulls coach Frans Ludeke will know on Wednesday if he could select Jurgen Visser, Flip van der Merwe and Akona Ndungane for this weekend’s Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney. Visser (foot), Van der Merwe (bicep) and Ndungane (hamstring) will undergo a final fitness assessment on Wednesday before team...
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Jake happy with Sharks win

April 14, 2014
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Jake happy with Sharks win

The Sharks passed an important test when they beat the Lions 25-12 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg at the weekend. It was their first away victory of this year’s Super Rugby competition. Away victories have been difficult to come by for most of the teams – just 10 in 49 matches before this weekend’...
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Ackermann: Lions needs to start learning

April 14, 2014
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Ackermann: Lions needs to start learning

Lions coach Johan Ackermann believes his players are not learning and will continue to be on the receiving end. Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try to secure a 25-12 victory for Sharks over Lions in Johannesburg at the weekend. The Durban franchise were just three points ahead in a fiercely contested South African...
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Habana helps Toulon to narrow win

April 13, 2014
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Habana helps Toulon to narrow win

Bryan Habana celebrated his return to Toulon after a long injury lay-off by scoring the decisive try for a 22-20 Top 14 win over Bordeaux on Saturday. The Springbok wing, who has been out since December with a damaged hamstring, dotted down after 65 minutes, when Toulon were trailing 20-12, with help from former...
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Vodacom Cup Wrap of the weekend

April 13, 2014
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Vodacom Cup Wrap of the weekend

Vodacom Cup is in full swing and here is the weekends results. Friday, April 11 Border Bulldogs 26-40 SWD Eagles The South Western Districts Eagles soared majestically to a 40-26 triumph over the home team, the Border Bulldogs, in a Vodacom Cup match at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Friday. The...
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SR: Lions 12, Cell C Sharks 25

April 12, 2014
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SR: Lions 12, Cell C Sharks 25

It should be a great finish to an exciting weekend of Super Rugby drama. The table-topping Sharks are somewhat apprehensive ahead of their trip to the Highveld and with good reason. They are going up against a team with the ability to punish any mistakes, especially through the boot of flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff –...
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SR: Toyota Cheetahs 31 Crusaders 52

April 12, 2014
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SR: Toyota Cheetahs 31 Crusaders 52

There remains serious questions about the Crusaders’ qualities as play-off candidates, even after the win over the Lions eased some concerns. However, they need to back that up with a second tour win when they face a tricky hurdle in the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs showed, in the first half, against the Chiefs last week...
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SR: Chiefs 22, Rebels 16

April 12, 2014
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SR: Chiefs 22, Rebels 16

There are two schools of thought on the Chiefs’ recent form. One suggest their are beginning to show signs of being vulnerable, while other feel their two draw in South Africa show just how dangerous they still are – given that on both occasions they closed a gap of 20-odd points in the final...
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