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Plenty of rugby this weekend as the Rugby Championships are also back after a weeks break. The Currie Cup is ongoing and The PRO14 and English Premiereship gets into week two of the new season.

In France the TOP14 gets week 3 started as well with some New Zealand provincial Mitre 10 Cup.

Sunday 11 September 2017

French Top 14



20   16

The scorers:


Tries: Anthony Etrillard




Tries: Antoine Dupont

Cons:Jean-Marc Doussain

Penalties:Jean-Marc Doussain

Saturday 10 September 2017



 10   41

The scorers:


Tries: Mattia Bellini(79′)

Penalties: Carlo Canna(4′)

Cons: Carlo Canna(80′)


Tries: Aled Davies(76′) Tadhg Beirne(70′) Paul Asquith(64′) Paul Asquith(63′) Steffan Evans(49′) Johnny McNicholl(10′)

Penalties: Rhys Patchell(2)

Cons: Rhys Patchell(5)



 32   10

The scorers:


Tries: Darragh Leader(70′) Ultan Dillane(43′) Eoghan Masterson(34′) Thomas Farrell(15′)

Penalties: Jack Carty(2)

Cons: Jack Carty(3)


Tries: Luvuyo Pupuma(78′)  Berton Klaasen(32′)

Penalties: None

Cons: None



 51   18

The scorers:


Tries; Simon Zebo(72′) Alex Wootton(61′) Alex Wootton(55′) Chris Farrell(51′) Jean Kleyn(49′) Alex Wootton(35′) Alex Wootton(20′) Tommy O’Donnell(7′)

Penalties: Ian Keatley

Cons: Ian Keatley(4)


Tries: Henco Venter(81′) William Small-Smith(41′)

Penalties: Robbie Petzer(2)

Cons: Robbie Petzer

Currie Cup


 57   14


Tries: Sikhumbuzo Notshe(71′) Jaco Coetzee(63′) Ramone Samuels(51′) Wilco Louw(32′) Huw Jones(25′) JD Schickerling(22′) Cobus Wiese(18′) Craig Barry(12′) Ramone Samuels(8′)

Penalties: None

Cons: Robert Du Preez(3) Damian Willemse(3)

Free State:

Tries: Marnus van der Merwe(81′) Daniel Maartens(73′)

Penalties: None

Cons: Ernst Stapelberg(2)

Rugby Championship


 39   22


All Blacks:

Tries – Nehe Milner-Skudder, Anton Lienert-Brown, Israel Dagg, Vaea Fifita, Damian McKenzie, Beauden Barrett

Cons: Sopoaga(3)

Penalties: Sopoaga


Tries: Nicolas Sanchez

Cons: Nicolas Sanchez

Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez(2),Emiliano Boffelli(2)

Drop: Nicolas Sanchez

Rugby Championship


 23   23



Tries: Tatafu Polota-Naum Kurtley Beale

Penalties: Bernard Foley(3)

Cons: Bernard Foley(2)


Tries: Malcolm Marx, Jesse Krie

Penalties: Elton Jantjies(3)

Cons: Elton Jantjies(2)

Friday 8 September 2017

Currie Cup



 25   27


Steval Pumas:

Tries – Ruwellyn Isbell, JP Lewis, Hennie Skorbinski

Cons – Kobus Marais(2)

Penalties – Kobus Marais(2)

Cell C Sharks:

Tries – Sibusiso Nkosi, Jeremy Ward, Wian Vosloo, Ryno Smith

Cons – Curwin Bosch, Garth April

Penalties – Curwin Bosch

Currie Cup



 17   34



Tries – Adriaan Coertzen(65′) Kyle Steyn(62′)
Penalties – George Whitehead(69′)
Cons -George Whitehead(2)


Tries – Rohan Janse van Rensburg(81′) Marco Jansen van Vuren(37′) Kwagga Smith(23′) Cyle Brink(14′)
Penalties – Jaco Van Der Walt(2)
Cons – Jaco Van Der Walt(4)




 35   18

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Tries: Kinghorn, Hidalgo-Clyne, Rasolea, Fruean
Cons: Weir 3
Pens: Weir 3

For Dragons:
Pens: Henson 5
Drop Goal: Henson





 37   9



Tries – Jordan Larmour(76′) Barry Daly(74′) Sean Cronin(68′) James Tracy(33′)

Penalties – Ross Byrne(3)

Cons – Ross Byrne(4)


Tries – None

Penalties – Steve Shingler(2)

Cons – None

Aviva Premiership



 12   3


SALE Sharks:

Tries – None

Penalties – Alan MacGinty(4)


Cons – None

Tries – Penalty Try

Penalties – Sonatane Takulua(2)

Cons – None

Saturday 9 September 2017


20:30 – Connacht Rugby v Southern Kings

20:30 –  Zebre v Scarlets

Sunday 10 September 2017

16:45 – Toulon v Toulouse

Match Centre – Championship / Currie Cup


We have a full list of games again this weekend with the French Top 14 also starting this weekend for their new season.

We kick off with a Currie Cup clash this evening with two more tomorrow afternoon all live on SuperSport.

The All Blacks host the Aussie in New Zealand this weekend on Saturday morning and the Springbok will have to take on the Pumas in Salta in the evening.

So make sure you take control of the remote….

Castle Rugby Championship

Saturday 26 August 2017

23 SCORE 41

Currie Cup

Saturday 26 August 2017

24 SCORE 30

Currie Cup

Saturday 26 August 2017

20 SCORE 21

Castle Rugby Championship


35 SCORE 29

Friday 25 August 

Steval Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls


51 SCORE 15

Castle Rugby Championship

Saturday 26 August 2017



Match Centre-SR Final – Lions v Crusaders


It is the Big One….as we all unite with the Lions to bring the Super Rugby Trophy back to South Africa…..


  Full Time  
17 SCORE 25


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge

Match Centre – Crusaders v Chiefs


The two teams beaten the Highlanders and the Stormers last week to advance to the final four and have just one match to win to get into the final of this years Super Rugby competition.

Let’s face it all the cards are showing the Saders as the favorites for this one but we have seen stranger things happen before in knockout rugby and if their is one match it could happen then it is this one.

The weather will play a huge role as well and all we hope for that we do not see more rain like last week which forced two exciting teams to kick us to sleep.

Semi Final 1

  Full Time  
 27 SCORE  13
 3 TRIES  1


Crusaders: David Havili, Israel Dagg, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Replacements: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, George Bridge

Chiefs: Damian McKenzie, Tim Nanai-Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai, James Lowe, Aaron Cruden (co-c), Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Michael Leitch, Sam Cane (co-c), Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Mitchell Brown, Nepo Laulala, Nathan Harris, Kane Hames.

Match Centre – Emirates Lions v Hurricanes


This will be a huge match and one that the Lions must arrive for this time around because the Hurricanes is not the Sharks and will punish them if they do not pitch up this weekend.

I am sure Lions supporters will not survive another close call this weekend but I will suggest you go and see your doctor before Saturday and get something to calm the nerves as this will be another close one.

It is a repeat of last years final only difference is that they will be playing this time at Emirates Airline Park and not in Wellington.

The Lions have done the work to get the top spot and secure home play-offs matches and need just one more win to get that all important home final.

Semi Final 2

44 SCORE  29


Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (c), 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott, 3  Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ben May.

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Julian Savea


Currie Cup Round 1 Match Centre



Griquas Scorers: Tries: Arendse, Brandt(2), Janse van Rensburg,   Conversions: Swarts(2), Whitehead (2)Penalties: Swarts (4)

Blue Bulls Scorers: Tries: Nonkontwana, Van Zyl, Visagie, Matthews, Odendaal, Gelant, Warner, Ismaiel Conversion: De Beer(4), Stander Penalties: De Beer, Gelant

Currie Cup First round

Cheetahs Scorers: Penalties: Marais(3) Tries: Cassiem, Venter, Venter, Rhule, Small-Smith, Mkhabela  Conversions: Marais(4)

Sharks Scorers: Tries: Sithole, Ndlovu  Conversion: Janse van Rensburg

Next Currie Cup match


Super Rugby Match Centre


It is Super Rugby quarter finals time and we have four great games to look forward to this weekend starting on Friday


Stormers Scorers: Penalties: Marais(2) Tries: Kolisi

Chiefs Scorers: Penalties: McKenzie(4) Tries: Stevenson


Lions Scorers: Penalty: Jantjies, Combrinck Tries: Mostert, Kriel, Mapoe Conversions: Jantjies

Sharks Scorers: Tries: Van Wyk, Du Preez Drop Goals: Bosh Penalties: Bosh(2)



Crusaders Scorers:  Penalties: Richie Mo”unga Tries: Read, Codie Taylor Conversions: Richie Mo”unga(2)

Highlanders Scorers:


Friday 21 July 2017 11:00


Brumbies Points: Tries: James Dargaville, Josh Mann-Rea ,Penalties:Wharenui Hawera(2)

Hurricanes Points: Tries: Wes Goosen(2), Jordie Barrett, TJ Perenara Conversion: Jordie Barrett(2) Penalties:Jordie Barrett(3)


Griquas 47(14) EP Kings 24(17) (Full Time)



The late inclusion of the EP Kings in the Currie Cup left Griquas and the Kings without playing in round 1 and this week we have a Wednesday Currie Cup match between the two unions to catch up with the rest.

Griquas are coming off two good wins the last two weeks and will set their sights on their third win in so many weeks when they host the EP Kings on Wednesday in Kimberley.

The EP Kings had so far had a mixed bag of results with two heavy losses and one competitive match against the Blue Bulls two weeks ago. That this is a team still need to find each other is clear to see but that they cannot be under estimated is something Griquas will have to make sure off.

Griquas has not started well losing badly against the Sharks in their first game but come back with a brilliant win against the Golden Lions in Kimberley. They also came out on top against the Pumas in Nelspruit last weekend which was a great win away from home.

With not a great performance against Western Province the Kings will need to step up in a short turn-around if they want to get a win over Griquas. The potential  in this team looks to be develop but one cannot see that they can upset Griquas who has been playing some great rugby throughout the year.

All three previous opponents scored bonus point wins against the EP Kings and one can expect the same to happen against Griquas.

Griquas made three changes to their side with Konker shifting to the wing where he replace Arendse with Francke coming in at 13. The other changes are upfront with Wehr and Putuma replacing Koen and Zito.

EP Kings coach Pieterse announced a wholesale changed team that played against Western Province last weekend.

Pieterse has appointed Martin Bezuidenhout as captain, giving Ricky Schroeder and  Mike Willemse, both of whom led the team on the weekend, a rest ahead of the EP Kings match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

“We have always said that these three games are going to have to be a squad effort,” said Pieterse.

“A number of the players who will be playing on Wednesday will be making their debuts, but it is an opportunity for them to show what they are capable of, it is why they are here and are part of the squad, so this is an opportunity for them to do their thing ” he said.

Up front Bezuidenhout, who comes up from the bench to captain the side,  is joined by props Barend Potgieter and Pieter Stemmet. Locks are Dylan Pieterse, off the bench and Hannes Huishamen.

The loose trio consist of former Griffons payer, Dirk Grobbelaar at 8th man, along with Brandon Brown and Luke van der Smit who also come up from the bench.

Among the backs, JC Greyling, who hails from Namibia, is the only person who retains his spot at outside centre, and is joined by Siphumelele Msutwana  at inside centre.

Scrumhalf is Jacques Fick , and Lungelo Goza comes off the bench to cover flyhalf.
Minenhle Mthethwa and Alcino Izaacs take over at left and right wing respectively, while Ganfried May covers fullback.

Pieterse said the short lead time between the games, as well as the fact that both the Griquas and Free State Cheetahs games were away games, requiring travel, meant that preparation and training schedules were impacted.

The teams:

Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jono van Rensburg, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Steven Meiring, 19 Thabo Mabuza, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swarts, 22 Eric Zana

EP Kings: 15 Ganfried May, 14 Minenhle Mthethwa, 13 JC Greyling, 12 Siphumelele Msutwana, 11 Alcino Izaacs, 10 Lungelo Goza, 9 Jacques Fick, 8 Dirk Grobbelaar, 7 Brandon Brown, 6 Luke van der Smit, 5 Dylan Pieterse, 4 Hannes Huishamen, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout (c), 1  Barend Potgieter
Replacements: 16 Warrick Venter, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Cullen Callopy, 20 Vian van der Walt, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 Siviwe Soyizwapi

Date: Wednesday, August 31
Venue: Griqua Park, Kimberley
Kick-off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Referees: Jaco Kotze, Griffin Colby


Fourteen man Force fightback not enough against Chiefs


Chiefs win Force

By: Jacques Nortier

It seems that these days teams who receive red cards play better with fourteen men than with fifteen as the Force came close to upset the Chiefs on Friday.

The Chiefs looked good in the first half and with Prior getting a red card for a tip tackle one expected them to get a big win over the already struggling Force team, but even a great second half could not get them to upset the apple cart.

The win has taken the Chiefs to the top of the log but they will be real worried about the fact that they let a fourteen man team back in the game as they did. Cruden absence seemed to have a huge influence on the teams performance today. They dominated both possession and territory but did not show the patience that would surely have broken the Force defence down.

There were line breaks aplenty but the home side’s intensity dropped every time they managed to get a gap on the score board. And every time the tenacious Force outfit hit back.

The Chiefs led 23-8 at the interval thanks to tries from centre Charlie Ngatai and hooker Hika Elliot as they overturned the deficit created by Force flank Angus Cottrell’s early touch down.

Force came out fighting in the second half with two well-earned tries through wing Luke Morahan and skipper Matt Hodgson to keep the visitors in touch on the hour mark.

Nanai-Williams’ magic feet made sure the hosts got the bonus point however as he beat five defenders to cross for a try that gave them some breathing room in the final quarter.

Yet the Force kept coming with replacement hooker Heath Tessmann crashing over late on to earn his team a well-deserved losing bonus point.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Ngatai, Elliot, Penalty try, Nanai-Williams
Cons: M. McKenzie 3
Pens: M. McKenzie 3

For Force:
Tries: Cottrell,  Morahan, Hodgson, Tessmann
Cons: Burton 2
Pens: Burton 2
Red card: Prior

“Live” Match Center – Six Nations


A sizzling opener under the open roof in Cardiff awaits, as England travel to Wales to kick off the 2015 Six Nations Championship. This weekend match must be tonight’s clash in Cardiff.


Wales 16, England 21, (Live on Superport 1@ 22:00)

Friday night games might not be for everyone, but if you’re going to have one it should be this fixture between two bitter rivals.

England are not just facing a full-strength Wales side and a raucous capacity crowd at the Millennium Stadium. They have their own demons to conquer. Discussion of this fixture can’t happen without remembering the 30-3 hammering they received in this same contest two years ago.

It remains quite comfortably the worst performance by England under Stuart Lancaster – a game where Tom Wood started at number eight, Sam Warburton ruled the roost at the breakdown and England were penalised into double figures at almost world record speed, their final tally hitting 14. Kicking practice for Leigh Halfpenny, who doesn’t need any.

England’s backline whimpered, while Wales oozed confidence. The visitors’ props crumpled at the scrum to roars of approval, Adam Jones taking down first Joe Marler and then Mako Vunipola. Alex Cuthbert punished England’s soft defence with two tries.

Was it a ruthless exposition of who England really were, or a devastating one-off? English minds will have been quick to bury the memory of it, while Welsh fans will never let them forget.

The teams:

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Paul James, 18 Aaron Jarvis, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Liam Williams.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 George Kruis, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Tom Croft, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

Date: Friday, February 6
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kickoff: 20:05 GMT
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (FFR)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (FFR), Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ire)



Italy 3, Ireland 26 (Live on Supersport 1@ 16:10)

Ireland kick off their Six Nations title defence in Italy on Saturday, but those expecting a cakewalk in Rome are set to be very surprised.

Missing senior trio Cian Healy, Jamie Heaslip and Jonathan Sexton and with Sean O’Brien somewhat rushed back into Test action, the Azzurri could cause this Irish side a few problems at the Stadio Olimpico. Whisper it quietly, but what of a repeat of Italy’s victory here in 2013?

The bookmakers have Ireland at -10 favourites, which is a fair reflection of the teams coming into Saturday’s match from their respective Novembers. Italy though are looking to enjoy a similar result to the last time they started a Championship at home, when they beat France.

The teams:

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Kelly Haimona, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Francesco Minto, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 George Biagi, 4 Joshua Furno, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Matias Aguero.
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Marco Fuser, 20 Marco Barbini, 21 Gulgielmo Palazzani, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Giovanbattista Venditti.

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jordi Murphy, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Paul O’Connell, 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Jack McGrath.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 James Cronin, 18 Marty Moore, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Tommy O’Donnell, 21 Isaac Boss, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Felix Jones.

Date: Saturday, February 7
Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)



Scotland 8, France 15 (“Live” on Supersport 1 @18:40)

Scotland are looking to end a decade of hurt when they take on France in Paris and Vern Cotter might be their secret weapon.

The former Clermont boss knows better than anyone what to expect from les Bleus, with four of his former charges in the French 23.

The Cotter effect has already been in full view during the November Tests, where the Scots comfortably knocked off Argentina and Tonga and only narrowly lost to New Zealand, albeit a second-string All Black side.

Glasgow’s recent form gives more reason for optimism, and the Scottish three-quarter line is bursting with pace and attacking threat, something that was missing for so long during the 2000s.

The question is, will that be enough to end a long run of defeats?

The teams:

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Eddy Ben Arous, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Loann Goujon, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Rémi Lamerat.Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Alex Dunbar, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Johnnie Beattie, 7 Blair Cowan, 6 Rob Harley, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Alasdair Strokosch, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Peter Horne, 23 Dougie Fife.

Date: Saturday, February 7
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
Assistant Referees: Glen Jackson (NZRU) Mike Fraser (NZRU)

Scotland 0, Springboks 28



Scotland meet South Africa for the 24th time at Murrayfield on Sunday afternoon – the 18th time the match has been played in Scotland. Of the 23 matches already played Scotland have won five, all at home.

The very first Test South Africa ever played abroad was at Hampden Park in Glasgow and the Scots won 6-0 on an afternoon of miserable weather – a dreigh day as the Scots would have it.

Wet and cold with no closed roof to improve matters. The weather may well suit the Scots, not only because they are more used to it but because it would aid their unstructured aggression against structured control.

Recent results:
2013: South Africa won 30-17, Nelspruit
2012: South Africa won 21-10, Edinburgh
2010: Scotland won 21-17, Edinburgh
2008: South Africa won 14-10, Edinburgh
2007: South Africa won 27-3, Edinburgh
2006: South Africa won 29-15, Port Elizabeth
2006: South Africa won 36-16, Durban
2004: South Africa won 45-10, Edinburgh
2003: South Africa won 28-19, Johannesburg
2003: South Africa won 29-25, Durban


Scotland: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Sean Lamont, 10 Ruaridh Jackson, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Barclay, 6 Alasdair Strokosch, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Moray Low, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson.
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Ryan Grant, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Jonny Gray, 20 John Beattie, 21 Chris Cusiter, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Max Evans.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.

Date: Sunday, 17 November 2013
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 17.00 SA time)
Expected weather: There is a 20 percent chance of rain with high of 10°C, dropping to 2°C
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzère (France), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)

Ireland 15, Ausralia 32


Aus vs Ire

Australia are chasing their first back-to-back victories of 2013 and their first win over Ireland in Dublin in almost a decade.

Those two nuggets of statistics put in a nutshell the slide the two-time World Cup-winning Wallabies have been in this year – a season that has already seen them change coaches.

Ewen McKenzie, having taken over from the embattled Robbie Deans after the 1-2 series loss to the British and Irish Lions, has just three Wins to his credit – two wins against Argentina and last week’s 50-20 triumph over Italy.

However, it is going to be a significant step up from seven days ago, as Ireland coach Joe Schmidt restored several of his big stars to the starting line-up for Saturday’s one-off international.

Recent results:
2011: Ireland won 15-6, Auckland (World Cup pool match)
2010: Australia won 22-15, Brisbane
2009: Ireland and Australia drew 20-20, Dublin
2008: Australia won 18-12, Melbourne
2006: Ireland won 21-6, Dublin
2006: Australia won 37-15, Perth
2005: Australia won 30-14, Dublin
2003: Australia won 17-16, Melbourne
2003: Australia won 45-16, Perth
2002: Ireland won 18-9, Dublin


Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Fergus McFadden, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Eoin Reddan, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Paul O’Connell (captain), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Mike McCarthy, 20 Kevin McLaughlin, 21 Conor Murray, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Rob Henshaw.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Christian Leali’ifano, 23 Joe Tomane.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-off: 17.45 (17.45 GMT; 04.45, Sunday, November 17 AEDT)
Expected weather: Some drizzle around, with plenty of cloud cover. However, the heaviest downpour won’t arrive till Sunday. Fresh winds. High of 10°C and a low of 5°C
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Geoff Warren (England)

England 22, All Blacks 30


England vs All Blacks

This will be the strongest matchup this weekend when the All Blacks and England meet this afternoon at Twickenham.

Last year this was the only game the All Blacks lost, in fact this was the first game they lost since winning the World Cup and they will want to change things around. I did not see something very special from England the past two weeks and this should be one that New Zeeland should win, but England likes to upset the apple cart against the All Blacks.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen dismissed claims that illness in the camp played a role in their defeat last year, and said that they simply have to be better this time around.

“We were completely outplayed by them last year but this is an opportunity for us to see if we have improved our game to the point where we can be competitive,” he said.

The build-up to this match has been spiced up by a British reporter who gained access to the All Blacks team room and revealed a number of motivational messages, which has not impressed Hansen or his team at all.

Recent results:
2012: England won 38-21 in London
2010: New Zealand won 26-16 in London
2009: New Zealand won 19-6 in London
2008: New Zealand won 32-6 in London
2008: New Zealand won 44-12 in Christchurch
2008: New Zealand won 37-20 in Auckland
2006: New Zealand won 41-20 in London
2005: New Zealand won 23-19 in London
2004: New Zealand won 36-12 in Auckland
2004: New Zealand won 36-3 in Dunedin

15 Mike Brown, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Ben Foden, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 David Wilson, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Ben Morgan, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Toby Flood, 23 Alex Goode.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements; 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Tawera Kerr Barlow, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ryan Crotty.

Date: Saturday, November 16
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 03.30, Sunday, November 17 NZ time)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy but dry, high of 10, slight breeze
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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Bokke 56, Samoan dirtbags 23


Yes it’s true. I said it. Samoa are scum. They always play dirty against the Bokke and escape. Will today be different?

Scotland 30 v Italy 29


Wooden spooners in a comp that just embarrassed them.

Wallabies 21 v Lions 23


Aus have never beaten the Lions in Brisbane. Can they break a seven match losing streak?

Kiwis 24 v France 9


Can the French overcome bizarre refereeing and score an upset against 16 men?

Lions 33 v Sharks 29(friendly)


A strong Sharks side faces the Lions

Cheetahs beat Stormers


The Cheetahs scored a surprise 22-14 win over the Stormers in their Pre-Season Series clash, thanks mainly to a 14-point contribution from their flyhalf Johan Goosen, at Newlands, on Saturday evening.

Saturday Internationals


Here is a list of the test matches to be played on Saturday.

Stormers vs. Sarries LIVE (F/T 43-33 Stormers)


Follow the match between the Vodacom Stormers and Saracens live from Newlands

France vs. Australia

8 previews France taking on Australia.

Wales vs. All Blacks

9 looks at Wales chances of putting in another good performance against a Southern Hemisphere side when they take on New Zealand.

Ireland vs. Argentina


Jan de Koning from previews Ireland taking on World Cup bronze medalists, Argentina.

England vs. Springboks


South Africa end of the tour and 2008 season with a match against England at Twickenham. gives their views.