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SA player of the year nominees


Five members of the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup squad have been nominated for the prestigious SA Rugby Player of the Year Award, with the winner due to be announced at a glittering function at Gold Reef City on November 3.

Lions say no to Soccer City


Coca-Cola Park will remain the home of Lions rugby, the Golden Lions Rugby Union (GLRU) announced on Monday.

Have we pushed the self-destruct button?


A common trend in South African rugby is the emphasis on short term gains rather than long term vision.

Lions offered plenty to leave Ellis Park


An offer believed to be in excess of R25-million is on the table to induce the Golden Lions to move from their current Ellis Park home to Soccer City.

D-Day approaching for Lions


The Lions have some serious dicision making. Staging matches at the FNB Stadium is one of them.

Tough calls await Saru


SA’s rugby bosses are set for two tough decisions: The future of the Currie Cup, and how to accommodate the Kings.

Cheetahs 34 v Stormers 44 (FT)


If the Reds lose, a win here can secure the Stormers a possible home final if they survive the play offs.

Bulls 23 v Sharks 26 (FT) Koebaai Bulle


Death match, winner takes all, do or die or whatever. This game decides one team’s S15 2011.

BREAKING NEWS: Stormers Duvenage out


Stormers scrummie Dewald Duvenage has been ruled out of the clash with the Cheetahs.

Baby Boks name side for England clash


Dawie Theron has named another mixed side for his youngsters’ clash with England.

Castle announced as new 3N sponsor


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday unveiled Castle Lager as the new title sponsor of the Tri-Nations series, as well as of home Springbok Tests and overseas tours.

2012 Junior World Cup hosted in SA


Rugby’s premier age grade competition will be played in South Africa next year after the International Rugby Board awarded the hosting rights to the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 to the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

Theron selects U/20 squad for Argentina


Dawie Theron, the new Springbok U/20 coach has selected his squad to tour Argentina in preperation for the Junior World Championship.

Your weekly rugby calendar


The guys at SA Rugby were kind enough to send us a list of all the games for this week.

Kings join IRB Nations Cup


The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Friday welcomed the inclusion of a South African Kings team in the 2011 edition of the IRB Nations Cup tournament.

IRB Nations Cup 2010 champions Namibia join hosts Romania and Georgia, who have all qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, together with Americas Rugby Championship holders Argentina Jaguars plus Portugal and the Kings in a mouth-watering cross continental line-up.

“The inclusion of a Kings selection is another important step in our effort to create quality playing time for the Kings in view of their future participation in Vodacom Super Rugby,” said Oregan Hoskins, president of SARU.

“The tournament will assist SARU to give much-needed international exposure to players and coaching staff in a region that is of huge strategic importance to South African rugby.

“We are grateful to the IRB for giving the Kings the opportunity to play in this very competitive tournament. SARU is fully committed to the Eastern Cape rugby cause and has shown its commitment through tangible investments and capacity building on all levels.”

The Kings represent South Africa in the Nations Cup following a two-year absence by a South African representative. No SA team has appeared since Emerging South Africa won back-to-back tournament titles in 2007 and 2008.

Border, Eastern Province and South Western Districts form the Southern Kings with Port Elizabeth as its base.

The Kings’ participation in the tournament is part of SARU’s strategy to prepare the Eastern Cape-based franchise for participation in Vodacom Super Rugby.

As part of this initiative, the Kings have already played friendly matches against the Vodacom Bulls (January 29), Toyota Cheetahs (February 5) and the Lions (February 11). Matches against The Sharks and DHL Stormers are being lined up for later in the year. In addition, a match against English club Saracens is also planned for later in the season.

Port Elizabeth will also host the much-anticipated Tri-Nations match between the Springboks and All Blacks on 20 August in the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Better news for Stormers


The Stormers received a timely boost on Sunday, with the news that veteran hooker Tiaan Liebenberg will not be sidelined for as long as first expected.

Jan de Koning, rugby365

Reports that Liebenberg might be ruled out for nine months – after he was carried from the field on a mobile stretcher just before half-time in the 34-6 win over Boland at Newlands at the weekend – have proved to be wide of the mark.

It was revealed on Sunday that the burly front row forward could be back in about two months.

“Tiaan [Liebenberg] did not tear his cruciate ligaments, which would have meant a nine-month lay-off, but did damage medial ligaments in his knee,” Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said on Sunday.

Coetzee added that the expected period of rehabilitation for Liebenberg is from eight to nine weeks.

It still leaves Liebenberg unavailable for the first 10 rounds, as they have byes in weeks one and 10 – meaning he is unlikely to feature till they face the Sharks at Newlands on April 30.

The Stormers completed a clean sweep of their warm up games, when they beat Boland at Newlands.

They also beat the Lions and Sharks in the pre-season Tri-Series.

It was feared that the victory over Boland had come at a massive cost, with Liebenberg stretchered from the field with a knee injury.

The news on Sunday will come as some relief, but in the absence of Liebenberg in the next few months Deon Fourie is set to start at hooker.

The Stormers open their Super Rugby campaign against the Lions in Cape Town on February 26.

Siyabonga Ntubeni, who came on as replacement for Liebenberg at the weekend, will likely act as understudy – after he impressed with his second-half showing against Boland.

Other positive news for the Stormers is that loose forwards Nick Koster and Francois Louw both had game time after injury lay-offs, while Jaque Fourie is due to start taking part in full team practice from Wednesday.

Stormers may loose hooker


UPDATE: Tiaan Liebenberg suffered a knee injury. Looks like ligaments, will rule him out for the year.

Lions shatter Kings’ dreams


The Southern Kings’ Super Rugby dreams lay shattered in Port Elizabeth, on Friday after they were beaten by a second-string Lions XV.

Following their emotional entry into the Super Rugby arena with a 23-7 win over the defending champion Bulls’ back-up squad a fortnight ago, the Kings have since slumped to two demoralising defeats.

Following last week’s 17-45 loss to the Cheetahs – who fielded a first-choice XV – the Lions’ back-up squad handed the Kings another sobering reminder of what Super Rugby is all about.

The Lions, with a number of their players having their first start and in some cases even a first run this season, beat the Kings 30-24 in Port Elizabeth.

Starting off at a tremendous pace and running whenever prudent and possible, the Lions scored four tries to three.

Initially the Lions scored at just about a point a minute in running up a 19-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Lions led 22-10 at the break, but then lost a little focus to let the Kings come back to lead 24-22 with only nine minutes remaining. A late try by former South African Sevens captain Jonathan Mokuena and a penalty saw the visitors home.


Inexperience and a lack of depth proved to be the downfall of the Kings, against a Lions side that fielded none of the players which started in the 82-19 rout of the touring Argentinian champions, Tucumán, earlier in the week.

Despite showing signs of a comeback in the early stages of the second half, it was not enough for the Kings to emulate their shock win over the Bulls a fortnight ago.

Simple mistakes, akin to the ones made in last week’s defeat to the Cheetahs, came back to bite Alan Solomons’ troops, as the Lions’ clinical display took advantage of the errors both in open play and set-pieces.

The Lions made their mark early when the home side’s defence was caught napping – allowing three tries from Lions centre Joubert Engelbrecht and wing Tonderai Chavanga, who scored within two minutes of each other, as well as centre Jannie Boshoff.

The Kings made a slow comeback with a Jaco van Schalkwyk penalty, and looked more confident in the last 15 minutes – pushing forward and occupying the opposition territory more often.

They were rewarded with eight minutes before the half-time whistle when loosehead prop Ronnie Uys barged over as the Lions led 22-10 at the break.

Kings’ coach Alan Solomons must have hit a nerve as his troops came back firing in the second stanza.

They pushed forward and kept the visitors under pressure and were rewarded with a blistering try by massive wing Paul Perez. He was fed by scrumhalf Jacques Coetzee after a scrum five metres from the Lions tryline.

The Samoan wing barged through the Lions defence to score close to the goalposts. Second half substitute flyhalf Monty Dumond converted.

Shortly after coming onto the field, Boetie Brits put his name on the scorers list, and Dumond scored an almost impossible conversion from the corner to put the Kings in the lead for the first and only time in the match (24-22).

Perez gave his side a temporary get-out-of-jail card a few moments later when he stopped towering Lions’ lock David Bulbring on the Kings’ line, only to sustain an ankle injury in the process which ruled him out for the remainder of the game.

With less than 10 minutes to go, loose forward Jonathan Mokuena managed to squeeze his way through the Kings defence, following a scrum on their five metre line, to give the Lions the lead.

Cronje sealed the game for the Lions when he converted a penalty a minute before the final whistle, taking the score to 30-24.

The scorers:

For the Southern Kings:
Tries: Uys, Perez, Brits
Cons: Van Schalkwyk, Dumond 2
Pen: Van Schalkwyk

For the Lions:
Tries: Chavhanga, Engelbrecht, Boshoff, Mikuena
Cons: Cronjé 2
Pens: Cronjé, Joubert


15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Norman Nelson, 13 Siyanda Grey, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Morné Hanekom, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Darron Nell, 5 Ros Kennedy, 4 Rory Duncan (captain), 3 André Schlechter, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements – from: Bobby Dyer, Jaco Engels, Barend Pieterse, Boetie Brits, Boela Abrahams, Monty Dumond, Milo Nqoro, Sphephelo Mayaba, Pumlani Nodikita, Lungelo Payi, Nolan Clark, Frank Herne, Matthew Tayler-Smith.

15 Marius Delport, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Jannie Boshoff, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Hein Cronje, 9 JP Joubert, 8 Robert Kruger, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 David Bullbring (captain), 4 Johan Snyman, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Wayne Swart.
Replacements – from: Thurston Zimri, Caylib Oosthuizen, Jonathan Mokuena, Renaldo Bothma, Wian van der Watt, Alwyn Hollenbach, Hoffman Maritz, Ruan Dryer, Ruan Venter, Dale Sabbagh.

Settled Cheetahs have more depth


Fewer pre-season injuries and a more settled squad means the Cheetahs can approach the expanded Super Rugby season with more depth than they’ve had in recent years.

Jan de Koning, rugby365

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské, speaking to after his team’s two pre-season outings, said there are only a couple of positions where the team may be a touch thin in terms of their resources.

There is no doubt that, with the tournament extended to 16 games per team in the regular season, squad depth and the management of players are significantly more important.

That is why Drotské is so happy about the overall condition of his squad.

The only key player that will miss the start of the season is Springbok flank Heinrich Brüssow, who is set for a return in early March – hopefully in Round Three against the Stormers, or at worst in Week Four against the Lions.

“Everything is fine,” Drotské told, adding: “Most of the guys who had minor niggles are good to go next week [in Round One against the Sharks].”

They also reduced their pre-season outings to just two games – an internal trial that consisted of half a game against the B-Team and half a game against the Shimlas (Free State University), as well as a full match against the Southern Kings.

Drotské feels that too many pre-season games could have a negative impact in the extended season.

He is satisfied that he got out of the two relative low-key pre-season outings what he needed, especially last week’s 45-17 win against the Kings.

“We didn’t want too many tough, physical games ahead of the season,” Drotské said, adding: “It is going to be a long tournament, so we are happy with where we are at.”

He said there have been many discussions about how to approach the season now that it runs from February until June, instead of finishing in May, as before.

“There is no doubt that you will have to use the group system, where you rotate certain players.

“Luckily there is an extra [bye] weekend.

“We will have to employ the group system, because you simply can’t play every player every week.”

Having lost only a couple of key players ahead of this season, Drotské is also going in with a more settled squad, what he calls a second-year group.

“We certainly expect to be in a better position than in past years,” he said, adding: “It certainly helps with the build-up.

“The guys showed, especially the last four or five games last year, that they started to find their feet.

“These are guys who now have another Currie Cup season behind them, so hopefully that all adds up and will help.”

When asked about the dept in his team, something which seemed lacking in past seasons, Drotské admitted that he is still concerned about “one or two positions” where they don’t have as much dept as he would like.

“We just don’t have the finances to contract more than 40 players, so there will also be some risk.

“In general I am happy with most of the positions.

“However, we may be touch thin on the wing and in the front row.”

He also said his team are not yet looking at play-offs or other long-term goals.

“We are certainly not looking past the Sharks [in Week One] in Durban and the next week we will turn our attention to the Bulls [in Bloemfontein].

“We are certainly not going to set goals like wanting to win the competition, or play in the semifinals or finish sixth. That is certainly not the correct approach. We are focussing every week on the game ahead and work on winning each and every game.

“That way the results will look after themselves.”

Drotské, despite their great track record against South African teams, was not sure if the additional local derbies will be of benefit to his team.

“Historically it is better for us to face South African teams, because the guys seem to have more confidence and seem more comfortable in those games.

“However, we will have to wait and see if that will be the case this year.”

Pink becomes popular


The colour pink and rugby are becoming greater bedfellows by the day with the Pumas joining Boland.

Lions in for Kings backlash


The Lions, with a back-up squad, can expect a backlash from the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday. RESULT: Waratahs 38, Force 22.

Rugby 365

Still smarting from the 17-45 drubbing at the hands of a fired-up Cheetahs outfit last Friday, the Kings are determined to use their last pre-season outing to put the record straight.

Their opening (23-17) win against the Bulls had raised expectation in PE, but the Cheetahs brought the Eastern Cape franchise back to ground with a bang.

Kings coach Alan Solomons made it clear that the Lions can expect a far better performance from his team this week.

“We were disappointed with last Friday’s outing against the Cheetahs,” Solomons told, adding: “We are not taking anything away from the Cheetahs, they did very well.

“However, we are really looking to put up a good performance [against the Lions].”

Overall, he felt his team was making real progress, as they continue to build towards their imminent entry into Super Rugby in 2013.

“Bearing in mind that this team has only come together since January, with quite a few guys who were not involved last year, we are substantially underdone [in terms of playing against Super Rugby opposition],” Solomons said.

“These franchises have been running a Super Rugby operation for a long time.

“Given these circumstances, I do believe we are making the required progress.”

The Kings will shift their focus to Vodacom Cup after Friday, before taking on a team of Springboks based abroad on June 4.

Although they are waiting for confirmation of the game, the encounter with a team made up of South African players playing overseas will give Bok coach Peter de Villiers an opportunity to have a look at World Cup candidates who are not involved in Super Rugby this year.

“For us it [the game on June 4] will be preparation for the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest,” Solomons said.

They are likely to play as the South African Kings in Bucharest.

“We have another four [big] games after this [encounter with the Lions].”

Solomons described all the encounters with Super Rugby teams, the June 4 match and the Nations Cup tournament “good and positive” for the growth of the game in the Eastern Cape.

“It will make a big difference and next season we should be able to hit the ground running,” he told

* Meanwhile Solomons was able to recall centre Wayne Stevens to his starting XV for the encounter with the Lions.

Stevens, who missed the loss to the Cheetahs with a foot injury, replaces Matthew Tayler-Smith at inside centre.

This is one of six changes to the team.

Tiger Mangweni starts at fullback ahead of SP Marais and Jaco van Schalkwyk comes in at flyhalf in place of Monty Dumond.

The changes up front will see Ronnie Uys starting at loosehead prop in place of Jaco Engels, while the injury of Devin Oosthuizen means Darron Nell moves from No.8 to flank and Morné Hanekom comes in at No.8.

15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Norman Nelson, 13 Siyanda Grey, 12 Wayne Stevens, 11 Paul Perez, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jacques Coetzee, 8 Morné Hanekom, 7 Mpho Mbiyozo, 6 Darron Nell, 5 Ros Kennedy, 4 Rory Duncan (captain), 3 André Schlechter, 2 Hannes Franklin, 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements – from: Bobby Dyer, Jaco Engels, Barend Pieterse, Boetie Brits, Boela Abrahams, Monty Dumond, Milo Nqoro, Sphephelo Mayaba, Pumlani Nodikita, Lungelo Payi, Nolan Clark, Frank Herne, Matthew Tayler-Smith.

15 Marius Delport , 14 Tonderai Chavhanga , 13 Jannie Boshoff , 12 Joubert Engelbrecht , 11 Dusty Noble , 10 Hein Cronje , 9 JP Joubert (VC) , 8 Robert Kruger , 7 Michael Rhodes , 6 Jaco Kriel , 5 David Bullbring (C) , 4 Johan Snyman , 3 Ross Geldenhuys , 2 Edgar Marutlulle , 1 Wayne Swart.
Reserves:16 Thurston Zimri , 17 Caylib Oosthuizen , 18 Jonathan Mokuena , 19 Renaldo Bothma , 20 Vian van der Watt , 21 Alwyn Hollenbach , 22 Hoffman Maritz , 23 Ruan Dryer , 24 Ruan Venter , 25 Dale Sabbagh

Date: Friday, February 11
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lusanda Jam, Cobus Wessels

Bulls in fight to keep players


The Bulls will not only be fighting to keep their title as the best team in Super Rugby, they will also be fighting to keep their players.

JJ Harmse, Sport24

The team’s success in Super Rugby and the seniority of the core squad means that several players whose contracts end this year are being courted with big-money offers.

Reports that the Lions want Bakkies Botha in their team come as no surprise. More Bulls players are set to be lured to the Lions by big-money offers.

Botha had indicated that he will retire with lock partner Victor Matfield at the end of the year, while information at Sport24’s disposal indicates that Danie Rossouw is heading for Japan.

Rossouw is expected to play for Suntory Sungoliath – the same team that Fourie du Preez has signed for. The team’s coach, Eddie Jones, was in South Africa last week to finalise contracts with Du Preez and Rossouw.

Du Preez already announced last season that he would play in Japan for three seasons, however there is speculation that should Heyneke Meyer become Springbok coach, du Preez may reconsider his move.

Sport24’s French sources indicate that Toulouse are courting Gurthrö Steenkamp and Gary Botha.

Negotiations with the two players are at an advanced stage, while Wynand Olivier has also been approached by several clubs in France.

Bayonne, who tried to sign Olivier in 2007, have apparently renewed their interest.

Other Bulls players whose contracts expire at the end of the year are Deon Stegmann, Jaco Pretorius and Gerhard van den Heever.

Pretorius and Stegmann have already indicated that they would like to stay on, while apparently there is interest from Australia in contracting Van den Heever.


Blue Bulls Company (BBM) high performance manager Ian Schwartz said that there were plenty of offers being made at present.

“The BBM has the option to aggressively sign new players or support its existing structures. The latter is an option that has delivered good results in the past, but we have never been afraid to look outside the structures.”

The BBM have also acted pro-actively and expanded their depth in certain positions.

Flip van der Merwe, Juandré Kruger and Fudge Mabeta will be able to take over from Botha, Matfield and Rossouw.

Francois Hougaard will step into the void left by Du Preez, while Dean Greyling and Chiliboy Ralepelle can replace Steenkamp and Botha. Stefan Watermeyer can move up to the Bulls squad should Olivier goes to Bayonne.

Stormers scrape through


The Stormers staged a dramatic fightback in the last 15 minutes, to edge out the Sharks 17-16 in the final Neo Africa Tri-Series clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.


Stormers replacement lock Adriaan Fondse scored the winning try with only a minute left on the clock, and replacement fullback Lionel Cronje slotted the easy conversion to hand his team victory in the dying moments of the match.

The Stormers were 16-3 behind with just 13 minutes left, as the Sharks dominated proceedings up to that point.

Sharks coach John Plumtree’s motivational talk after their lacklustre display against the Lions on Tuesday night worked wonders, as his team overpowered the Stormers in the physical collisions.

This was in stark contrast to the feeble display against the Lions, where the Sharks were out-muscled throughout.

Big Sharks loose forwards Willem Alberts and Ryan Kankowski, as well as fellow Springboks Tendai “the Beast” Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis were at the forefront of the physical onslaught, as the Stormers, missing inspirational captain Schalk Burger and Francois Louw in the loose trio, were unable to gain any ascendancy upfront.

The match was also marred by ill discipline at times, particularly from the Stormers, who conceded three yellow cards. The first came around the 20-minute mark when lock De Kock Steenkamp tackled a Sharks player off the ball, and the second occurred a minute before halftime when centre Paul Bosch impeded Odwa Ndungane from chasing a kick-ahead.

Bryan Habana conceded a yellow card for a high tackle in the last minute of the match.

The Sharks’ first try was a result of some individual brilliance from Lwazi Mvovo in the eighth minute. Chasing a chip kick from Stefan Terblanche along the left touchline, Mvovo outpaced Andries Bekker in the race to the loose ball, hacked it ahead and re-gathered, sidestepping Habana in the process.

Mvovo was two metres short of the tryline, and then produced a classy offload in the tackle to Meyer Bosman, who crashed over.

Sharks flyhalf Patrick Lambie may have missed two penalty attempts at goal, but he showed his class by being the general for his team’s attacks.

Lambie looked to have so much time on the ball, and it resulted in the Sharks’ backline playing with more fluidity than they did against the Lions.

Fullback Odwa Ndungane and wings Mvovo and JP Pietersen were given plenty of possession, and they carved holes in the Stormers’ famed defence almost at will.

The Stormers, though, looked disjointed. Young flyhalf Gary van Aswegen struggled to stamp his authority on the match, with the absence of experienced inside centre Jean de Villiers not helping matters.

The Stormers lacked a creative spark, with Van Aswegen unable to set up dangerous runners such as Springboks Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon outside him.

Habana almost broke the deadlock for the Stormers when he raced away from his own 22-metre area 14 minutes into the second half, but Pietersen eventually brought him down, and the movement was stopped in its tracks.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee tried to inject some life into his team by making a raft of changes after nearly 20 second-half minutes, but it did not make a difference as the Sharks continued to dominate.

The Stormers’ luck, however, changed with about 10 minutes to go when they managed to score following a drive from a five-metre lineout.

After stand-in captain Andries Bekker secured possession, his team camped on the tryline for almost a minute and replacement flyhalf Elgar Watts cantered over in the corner.

This try brought the Stormers right back into the match, with the score at 16-10 in favour of the Sharks.

The Stormers smelled blood, and with the 20, 456-strong crowd urging them on, they quickly found themselves again in the Sharks’ 22-metre area.

Another drive from a five-metre lineout saw the Stormers held up over the line but, from the resultant scrum, Fondse secured victory by stretching over.

Cronje converted, and the Stormers’ fans burst into song as their team held on for victory.


Stormers: Tries: Elgar Watts, Adriaan Fondse. Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2). Penalty: Gary van Aswegen.

Sharks: Try: Meyer Bosman. Conversion: Patrick Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (2), Jacques-Louis Potgiet

Cheetahs demolish Kings


The Cheetahs claimed a big 45-17 win over the high-riding Southern Kings on Friday evening, just six days after the Men from Port Elizabeth claimed a pre-season victory over the Bulls.

NOTE from a poster:
What the article did not mention was that the Kings played for 60 monites with only 14 men after the Kings no7 flanker was red carded in the 20th minute of the game for a spear tackle and a Hollywood performance by the guy who was tackled. It was at the most worth a yellow card, but Pro Legoete destroyed the game completely with this decision.

The visitors from Bloemfontein (and Griquas) outscored their hosts by seven tries to two on the night, as the Cheetahs led by 38-10 at half-time at a rain-soaked Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

It was a disappointing defeat for the ambitious Kings who – after last week’s 23-7 win over the Bulls – had set the tongues wagging in South African rugby.

This result, however, suddenly puts that Bulls victory into perspective – especially when one considers that the likes of Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez (to name just two) did not play last weekend.

The Cheetahs scored six first-half tries in PE, with the Kings scoring one try in the first half – through former NWU-Pukke fullback SP Marais.

Marais also added his team’s final conversion after left-wing Norman Nelson grabbed an intercept try on the stroke of full-time.

Inspirational Cheetahs captain Juan Smith was one of his team’s first-half try-scorers; the visitors’ first try coming through former Sharks centre Andries Strauss.

The other Cheetahs five-pointers came via prop WP Nel, hooker Ryno Barnes, flyhalf Naas Olivier and former Perpignan speedster Philip Burger who is back in Bloemfontein after his playing stint in France.

Griquas star Sarel Pretorius scored the Cheetahs’ only second-half try, with Olivier slotting his conversion of the night.

Plum bemoans Sharks attitude


Sharks coach John Plumtree was unhappy with the attitude on defence of some of his players after the Lions had thumped them 41-10 in their Tri-Series game at Newlands on Tuesday.

Kings teach Bulls a Super lesson


The Southern Kings gave the Bulls a humbling lesson with a 23-7 win over the defending Super Rugby champions in a pre-season outing in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

‘Top dollars’ keeps Beast in Shark tank


It is official. The Beast will be in the black and white colours of the Sharks for the next three years after his employers at the KZN Rugby Union successfully fought off a ferocious bid for his prodigious talents from their Golden Lions counterparts.

Sharks, Lions hunt for Beast


The Lions and Sharks have both upped the ante as the tug-of-war for the services of iconic Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira drags on into the festive season.

‘Lions revival’ lured Kocky


Seasoned scrumhalf Rory Kockott said the Lions’ revival in the Currie Cup was one of the reasons for his decision to sign with the Johannesburg-based outfit.

Kockott heading for Lions den


The 24-year-old scrumhalf Rory Kockott has signed a new contract with the bizhub Lions, and that after he, in 2006, played a great game for the Lions against the Sharks.

Lions wont feed on Tina


The Lions look unlikely to put a tick next to the most significant name on their wish list. Securing the services of Springbok Frans Steyn has proved frustrating as his French club, Racing Metro, have refused to release the player in the build-up to next year’s World Cup.

Lions want Butch and Tina


The Golden Lions Rugby Union remain hopeful of luring two World Cup-winning Springboks back to South Africa, despite the reluctance of their European clubs.

Brussow back in training


The Cheetahs are spending this week training in Jeffreys Bay ahead of next year’s Super 15 and fans will be pleased to see Springbok flank Heinrich Brussow almost fighting fit following a long-term injury, while wing Jongi Nokwe’s prognosis is less positive.

Bulls confirm contracted squad for 2011


Springbok flyer Bjorn Basson tops the list of the newly contracted players for the Vodacom Bulls for their 2011 season.

ABSA terminates sponsorship with Sharks


The Sharks have announced that ABSA have terminated an 11 year association with them, having decided to drop the current sponsorship as stadium naming rights-holder which they have held since 2000.

Vermeulen scoops WP Rugby awards


WPRFU held its annual awards evening last night at the Kelvin Grove Club. The event, held in conjunction with Die Burger, recognizes clubs in the Western Cape and professional players who have performed well in 2010.

Sharks retain top talent


The Sharks have announced that in the long term, depth in all positions is well-covered as the core of the current team have committed to staying in Durban for the foreseeable future, writes Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.

Join the Lions for the season ender on Friday


Friday marks the end of the road for the Lions Currie Cup… come and join the team at Ellis Park.

Radical new era for Lions


The Lions have either shown the way of the future in rugby or made the worst decision ever by a rugby franchise. My cash says here is the way of the future.

The chase is on for Bjorn


The Blue Bulls, Lions and Western Province are apparently willing to splash the cash to sign Springbok wing Bjorn Basson from Griquas.

Sharks poach Cape’s Hoffmann


The Sharks have added insult to the injury of inflicting Western Province’s first Currie Cup loss by signing gifted utility back Conrad Hoffmann.

Kings to play in Super16?


The Southern Kings are set to play Super rugby in 2013 -without replacing one of the five existing SA franchises as the Super 15 is set to become a Super16 in three years’ time.

Sharks sign Potgieter


There may be more than a touch of irony in the decision, but the Sharks have made another major signing when they snapped up the signature of Bulls fly-half Jacques-Louis Potgieter for the 2011 season.

SARU announce U/18 High Performance Squad


Nineteen (19) players who were selected to the SA Schools team for 2010 have been included in the 32-man South African Under-18 High Performance Squad which will compete in a series of international friendlies later this month.

Lions shut the door on Sharks


The Golden Lions Rugby Union have already ‘caged’ one of their pride and hopes to have another player locked away soon, as the Sharks launch another of their now famous raids on Johannesburg.

Cheetahs don’t want The Mummy


Springbok Earl Rose looks set to continue in the rugby wilderness after the Free State Cheetahs have denied they are looking for him to join them.

Another Lion leaves the circus


The exodus of senior players from the Golden Lions in Johannesburg is continuing unabated.

Plumtree stays with Sharks


The Sharks have announce that coach John Plumtree has extended his contract for a further three years.

Adams, Mangweni leave Bulls


Bulls scrum-half Heini Adams has signed with French second division club L’Union Bordeaux-Bègles.

Morné Steyn stays a Bull


The Vodacom Blue Bulls fly half, Morné Steyn, will remain with the Bulls till 2013. Steyn confirmed on Friday that he had extended his contract with the Blue Bulls Company till October 2013.