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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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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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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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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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Cheetahs lock becomes a Dragon

April 11, 2014
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Cheetahs lock Rynard Landman has signed a three-year deal with Pro 12 side Newport Gwent Dragons.  Dragons’ Director of Rugby Lyn Jones was delighted to announce the signing which sees the 1.96m, 120 kg second row move to Wales.   Better known as ‘Ligtoring’ to his teammates, the 27-year-old lock will join up with...
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Jake happy with the bye

April 8, 2014
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Jake happy with the bye

Having enjoyed a well-earned and richly-deserved break last week, the Cell C Sharks are back in action, having won five of their six opening games to enjoy top spot on the log with a game in hand over half the other teams in the competition, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick. There is good...
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Can a rugby match be crowdfunded?

April 7, 2014
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Can a rugby match be crowdfunded?

Crowdfunding has taken the world by storm. Only recently Neil Young managed to raise $800 million in 3 days to fund the “PONO Player” – a device that lets you hear music at the same dynamic and rate as it was recorded in studio. Just a quick glance on sites such as Kickstarter will...
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Transformation lagging: Mbalula

April 6, 2014
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The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said athletics, cricket, football, netball and rugby are falling behind with transformation and development. Source: Sport24 Sam said an Eminent Persons Group (EPG) had been created to monitor the progress of federations. “On 25 March we received...
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Two Bulls Boks return home

April 5, 2014
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Two Bulls Boks return home

The Bulls suffered a double injury blow in their 20-25 Super Rugby Round Eight loss to the Hurricanes in Napier on Saturday. Two Springbok stalwarts, loose forwards Deon Stegmann and Dewald Potgieter, both suffered tour-ending injuries in a game that saw the Bulls outscore the home team by two tries to one, but still...
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SR: Hurricanes 25, Vodacom Bulls 20

April 5, 2014
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SR: Hurricanes 25, Vodacom Bulls 20

Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett rolled the dice this week with his suggestion that the Bulls make use of illegal tactics at the maul – no doubt trying to get Australian-cum-New Zealand referee Steve Walsh distracted from whatever weakness might pop up. It is an old ploy many coach before him used and no doubt...
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Ex-Bok set to reach 200 mark

April 4, 2014
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Ex-Bok set to reach 200 mark

Former Springbok scrumhalf Neil de Kock is set to play his 200th match for Saracens, the English club’s official website reports. De Kock, 35, is on the bench for their Heineken Cup quarter-final away to Irish club Ulster on Saturday and will reach the milestone if he makes an appearance. Since making the first...
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SR: Brumbies 26, Blues 9

April 4, 2014
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SR: Brumbies 26, Blues 9

  Just eight away wins in 42 matches this season – that’s a home record of just over 80 percent. Two of those eight away wins belong to the Brumbies, who are fresh from an away loss to the Rebels last week. Even though the Brumbies’ home record this season is not flawless –...
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SR : Highlanders 33 Rebels 30

April 4, 2014
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SR : Highlanders 33 Rebels 30

The Rebels may have pulled off a big victory over the Brumbies in Melbourne last week, but they are still chasing their first win on foreign soil.  In fact, their only wins away from home remains the three victories over the Western Force in Perth. Having dispatched the Aussie conference leaders, the boys in...
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Die Pypkan

March 23, 2014
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Die Pypkan

Or for our English readers,”The side-step”. I have recently come across this tendency from young players where either the ball is kept in both hands (this by the way is the correct technique as advocated by Boksmart), or have the ball in the wrong hand (as seen on this GIF) This is in contrast...
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Dis nie net Bulls wat spelers oppot nie

March 23, 2014
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Baie is gesê oor BRENDAN VENTER se storie oor die oppot (hoarding) van spelers. Dit strek natuurlik wyer as die Bulls.
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Top 14: Toulon 16, Clermont 22

March 21, 2014
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Top 14: Toulon 16, Clermont 22

This weekend’s Top 14 action kicks off on Friday with a battle for the championship lead as Toulon face the ever-perilous trip to Clermont. This fixture has become somewhat of a grudge match in recent times since Toulon came within inches of breaking Clermont’s long unbeaten record in 2012 – sparking owner Mourad Boudjellal’s...
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SANZAR rules no Lions try!

March 19, 2014
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SANZAR rules no Lions try!

SANZAR’s referee manager Lyndon Bray has ruled that the Lions were awarded an illegitimate try in the second half of their Super Rugby clash against the Blues at Ellis Park last weekend. While attempting to score, Lions centre Deon van Rensburg lost the ball when he was tackled by Blues wing Charles Piutau. The...
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Fitting end to a great player

March 15, 2014
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Plaudits started flowing for Brian O’Driscoll, minutes after he played his last match – the world’s most capped international finishing as a champion. Ireland held on to beat France 22-20 to win the Six Nations title and give a fairytale ending to the career of O’Driscoll in a gripping climax to the 2014 Championship....
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S15: Lions 39, Blues 36

March 15, 2014
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S15: Lions 39, Blues 36

If it is true, as the adage states, that it starts up front, then the Lions have a big advantage. Their set pieces and kicking game have been among the most effective in the competition. The Blues, in contrast, are among the worst. The Blues’ scrum success rate (57 percent) is certainly the worst...
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Sharks lose Du Toit for the year

March 14, 2014
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Sharks lose Du Toit for the year

Springbok Pieter-Steph du Toit will not play again this year, following a tragic training ground mishap. The Sharks confirmed on Friday that the 21-year-old lock underwent a scan, which revealed a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury. Du Toit will undergo surgery and will be out for the remainder of the year. The Bok lock...
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Western Force 32, Rebels 7

March 8, 2014
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Western Force 32, Rebels 7

The struggling Western Force, stuck at the foot of the competition table, will look to mark Matt Hodgson’s 100th Super Rugby match with their first win of the season. The Western Australian captain becomes the first player to represent the franchise in 100 tournament matches, having begun his career in the Force’s first Super...
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Pocock’s injured … again

March 6, 2014
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David Pocock will miss the rest of the 2014 Super Rugby season, after undergoing a full reconstruction on his left knee on Wednesday. An arthroscopy earlier on Wednesday confirmed he had re-ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during last Saturday’s match against the Western Force. Disappointingly for Pocock and the Brumbies, it was the second...
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When props can pass

March 5, 2014
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Earlier this week I asked you guys about the tackle and which key factors influence it. Today I want to share with you (even Methos) something that offer me great excitement about the future of this game. This is a random Skillset video of a 15 year old Tighthead prop in one of the...
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The intricacies of player technique

March 3, 2014
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I have over the past few years developed a software program called ‘Rugby Skillset’, that is currently being converted into an Android Application. I can already hear Apple fundies kick up a stink that the iOS platform is not considered but the screen size of the iPhone is currently too small to allow for...
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