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Do officials crave the limelight too?




Officials are starting to act like neglected kids who have always sought attention with atrocious calls and decisions every week. It is as if they want to be in the headlines every week and for all the wrong reasons. Some may call the criticism unfair but its warranted with the number of high profile howlers growing by the week. Soon the question of match fixing will become part of the rugby conversation.  Instead of focusing on the rugby, most press conferences, around the world have resulted in talk of the referee decisions. Blues coach Tana Umaga the latest to highlight some inconsistencies. There were many a dubious call that are yet to be put to the fore.

  1. The neck roll on Schalk Ferreira by Sam Whitelock has yet to be cited and one has to wonder what the problem is. A result of the Southern Kings front row heading back home.
  2. It was almost the howler of the year for me, Jaco Peyper was about to send the Brumbies to the bin instead of the shower for punches. Had sanity not prevailed the Brumbies could have got away with that one.
  3. The punch by Nizaam Carr was missed amidst the punching row.
  4. Dillyn Lleyds’ try was actually inconclusive. There is a grey area on this one and I await an explanation from the South African referees on how this was a try.

Law 22.1 & 22.2 state- There are two ways a player can ground the ball:

(a) Player touches the ground with the ball. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required.

(b) Player presses down on the ball. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive.

The list will go on, unless teams adapt on a game to game basis they will struggle. What you will be penalised for in one week, you will be allowed in another. The Reds-Blues clash was an example of an official not sure about the breakdown /scrum laws with some contentious calls. Surely there can be ways in which the officials fix this trend before it gets worse.

The use of neutral officials in clashes could be of help. Watching the Jaguares game against the Chiefs; one has to wonder what SANZAAR are a aiming at with the officials finding themselves making some rather one sided calls on occasion. One has to feel for the Argentinians who have had to face this all season.

All attack, no defence

The Lions managed to put the Cheetahs to the sword and further exposed the Bloemfontein side’s inability to tackle, cover the support runners and read the play of the opposition. The Cheetahs have a tournament high of 116 tackles. A further 38 more than the beleaguered Kings who show some bright sparks but lack the nous to dominate an 80 minute game. The Bloemfontein side is still in rebuilding but would have done well to focus on defence first this season to heal an Achilles heel that has derailed them in the last decade. The chances are looking good that South Africa will harbour at least two of the worst sides in the competition. While most sides will battle with balance the Cheetahs just seem to forget the entire aspect that is defence.

Team of the week:

My team of the week this weekend features a few surprise players and the top performers in:

Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls); Ruan Combrinck (Lions); Johnny-Ben Kotze (Stormers); Howard Mnisi (Lions); Nemani Nadolo (Crusaders); Elton Jantjes (Lions); Faf de Klerk (Lions); Jed Holloway (Waratahs); Sean McMahon (Rebels); Elliot Dixon (Highlanders); Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers); Blade Thomson (Hurricanes); Marcel van der Merwe (Blue Bulls); Malcolm Marx (Lions);  Sef Faagase (Reds)

Milner-Skudder retains spot


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 October 2013 : Kieran Read of the All Blacks celebrates the victory with his try during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship test match between SOUTH AFRICA and NEW ZEALAND at ELLIS PARK  in Johannesburg, South Africa on 05 October 2013. The All Blacks won the trophy by beating the Boks 38-27. © Anton de Villiers / PHOTOSPORT
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 05 October 2013 : Kieran Read of the All Blacks celebrates the victory with his try during the Castle Lager Rugby Championship test match between SOUTH AFRICA and NEW ZEALAND at ELLIS PARK in Johannesburg, South Africa on 05 October 2013. The All Blacks won the trophy by beating the Boks 38-27.
© Anton de Villiers / PHOTOSPORT

The All Blacks managed to make just three changes to their squad as they look to turn the tables on the Wallabies. The biggest concerns will the battle at the breakdown and the goal kicking of the ever present Daniel Carter.

There will be a return for Ma’a Nonu and Sam Whitelock comes in for the Crusaders man Luke Romano. Victor Vito will also be in for Jerome Kaino and this will see a side have some continuity but also all round quality around the park.

The fixture will also see Richie McCaw break the world record for most tests played by a player as he looks to earn test cap number 142.

The bench has also been reshuffled as Codie Taylor and Keven Mealamu swap roles. Wyatt Crockett also comes in for Ben Franks as Slade replaces Barrett! This will be yet another classic All Black-Australia classic at Eden Park.

New Zealand team- 15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Victor Vito, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Subs: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyat Crockett, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.

Crusaders, Brumbies win!




By: Benedict Chanakira





Crusaders 35 Hurricanes 18

Hurricanes vs Crusaders

To be fair this was a sloppy game which had moments of brilliance in patches. The game started quite quickly though, Havili having had y opportunity to create quite an overlap had he passed instead deciding to hold onto the ball. The first chance quashed. The Hurricane line out was atrocious and this cost them badly in the game. A win would have sealed the top spot with three games to go. The champions elect fell to only their second loss of the season.

The Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo was in terrifying form and managed to get a try and create a few. Nadolo was breaking tackles and played an important part which saw Drummond, Tuitavake and Todd add to the five pointers. Daniel Carter managed to get his kicking and distribution game at its best and the Crusaders held a 16-8 lead at the break. Robbie Fruean was sin binned for a powerful hit on Nehe Milner-Skudder. DanColes managed to capitalise on the yellow. Though the referee managed to get this one wrong it had no difference in the long run.

After the break the Hurricanes came out to score a breath taking try as they simply dazzled the Crusaders. Nehe Miner Skudder managed to finish off the move by releasing Ardie Save a who brought the score to 16-15 in favor of the Crusaders. Unfortunately this did not help turn the clash around as the Crusaders managed to seal of the game with three more tries.

One moment that left the Hurricanes fans puzzled could have been Ma’am Nonu trying to shield the ball over the try line instead of playing it.  The Crusaders hopes of a play off still alive as they hope for several results To go their way.

Crusaders 35-18 Hurricanes

Crusaders : Tries – Drummond, Tuitavake, Todd, Nadolo. Conversions – 3/4 Carter. Penalties – 3/3

Hurricanes : Tries – Coles, A. Savea. Conversions – 1/2 Black. Penalties 2/2

Brumbies 22 Bulls 16

Brumbies vs Bulls

The Blue Bulls will need a miracle to make the play offs and will have their breakdown woes, failure to front up in the forwarcs and a long list of grievances to blame for the loss. The Bulls started well and held a 6-0 lead and Christian Lealifano had issues with his radar. When Lealifano found his range he managed it make it 6-3. Some patient build up saw Jordan Smiler go over in the corner to take the lead to 8-6 for the Brumbies.

After the break a Pollard penalty saw the Blue Bulls regain the lead but that was the last of it. Henry Speight broke the line and raced away unscathed after the Bulls midfield failed to cope with him. He managed to grab a second a few minutes later to take the score to 22-9 to the Brumbies with about 20 minutes to go.

While a late Labuschagne try gave the bulls some hope to win the game their efforts failed. The Brumbies defence managed to hold on as they quanched the late Bulls surge including some well executed maul stops. The Bulls will now look to salvage some pride in the games to follow.

Brumbies 22-16 Blue Bulls
Scorers: Brumbies – Tries: Smiler, Speight (2) Conversions- 2/3. Penalties 1/3.

Bulls- Try: Labuschagne. Conversion: Pollard- 1/1. Penalties: 3/3.

Dagg on the bench for Saders


The Crusaders play their fourth consecutive South African side this weekend when they meet the Sharks in Durban. The Sharks are currently sitting near the top of the table having won 4 out of 5 games and have come off a bye last week so will be rested and rearing to go. The two teams last met in 2011 in the playoffs where the Crusaders won 36-8 securing a place in the semi-finals.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team making three changes to the starting fifteen that played the Stormers last weekend.

Andy Ellis returns to halfback moving Willi Heinz to the bench. Zac Guildford moves to the left wing to replace Johnny McNicholl who fractured his fibula in last weekend’s game against the Stormers. While Adam Whitelock takes his place on the right wing.

On the bench Telusa Veainu will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if he makes it onto the field.

Kick-off is at 7:10pm on Friday 5 April (6.10am on Saturday 6th April NZ time) at Mr Price Kings Park, Durban.

Crusaders team

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock (c)
7. Matt Todd
8. Luke Whitelock
9. Andy Ellis
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
11. Zac Guildford
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Adam Whitelock
15. Tom Marshall


16. Ben Funnell
17. Joe Moody
18. Dominic Bird
19. Jordan Taufua
20. Willi Heinz
21. Telusa Veainu
22. Israel Dagg

Steyn to fullback for Sharks


The Sharks have selected Frans Steyn at fullback for their clash against the Crusaders.

Saders team for Stormers


The Crusaders are in South Africa this week to face Cape Town’s Stormers. Despite having won 72% of their games against the Stormers the Crusaders are taking nothing for granted. The Stormers are a formidable side that play a very physical game and on home turf they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team making four changes to the team that played the Kings last weekend.

Luke Whitelock takes the number eight jersey replacing injured skipper Kieran Read while Tyler Bleyendaal moves into first five-eighth to replace Dan Carter who has remained in New Zealand to be at the birth of his first child.

Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall back to the Wing and Zac Guildford to the bench. George Whitelock will captain the side.

The game will also mark a special occasion for inside centre and vice captain Ryan Crotty who will be playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders. On the bench, Jordan Taufua will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if called upon.

Crusaders team:

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock (c)
7. Matt Todd
8. Luke Whitelock
9. Willi Heinz
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
11. Johnny McNicholl
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Tom Marshall
15. Israel Dagg

16. Ben Funnell
17. Joe Moody
18. Dominic Bird
19. Jordan Taufua
20. Andy Ellis
21. Adam Whitelock
22. Zac Guildford

Crusaders name team for Kings match


The Crusaders take on new comers the Southern Kings this Saturday. While the Kings are new to the Investec Super Rugby tournament, their coach Matt Sexton is no stranger to the Crusaders and he will be out to show his old team mates what his South African team are made of.

Crusaders change one for Bulls


The Crusaders play their first home game of the season this Saturday night against a strong Bulls team who haven’t lost a game yet this season.

The Crusaders last met the Bulls in the 2012 qualifying rounds where the Crusaders came out the victors and secured a place in the semi-final with a 28-13win.

Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team with only one change to the team that played the Hurricanes last weekend.

Tom Taylor’s medial ligament injury has ruled him out of this week’s game allowing Tyler Bleyendaal to take his place on the bench.

It is 209 days since the Crusaders last played at home and the team is excited to be running out onto AMI Stadium (Addington) once again to play in front of a home crowd. Kick-off is at 7:35pm.

Crusaders team

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tyler Bleyendaal, 22 Adam Whitelock.

Bulls: Visser starts, Serfontein on the bench


Utility back Jürgen Visser will start on the wing for the Vodacom Bulls in their Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Saders team named for Canes clash


The Crusaders head to Wellington this Friday to face the Hurricanes. With both teams yet to secure a win it promises to be an exciting game with plenty of action.

Blues unchanged for Saders


Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has named an unchanged line-up for Friday’s clash with the Crusaders at Eden Park.

Read captains Saders against Blues


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his starting fifteen to play the Blues in the Crusaders first season game of the Investec Super Rugby 2013 season.

Opening rounds crucial for SA’s favourites


When it comes to picking the favourites to lead the South Africa conference the popular vote seems to be split between the Stormers and the Sharks.

Crusaders 2013 Super Rugby squad


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his squad to contest the 2013 Investec Super Rugby competition.  It includes nine new faces and twenty three players returning from the 2012 Crusaders squad.

No Read for Saders semi


The Crusaders have confirmed their team for the semi-final clash against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

The Crusaders team that beat the Bulls in last weekend’s qualifier match will get another chance to prove they are finals quality this Friday night. Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made just one change to his team to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Ben Franks will start in the number three jersey this week and brother, Owen, will rotate to the bench.

Kieran Read is still unavailable for selection this week as he is not fully recovered from the rib injury sustained last time the Crusaders played the Chiefs.  That means captain Richie McCaw will again play at number eight and Matt Todd at seven.

The Crusaders have had a loss and a win to the Chiefs in the regular season this year.  The winner of this game will progress to the final, against either the Stormers or the Sharks.

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Ben Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Richie McCaw (c)
9. Andy Ellis
10. Dan Carter (vc)
11. Zac Guildford
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Adam Whitelock
15. Israel Dagg

16. Quentin MacDonald
17. Owen Franks
18. Tom Donnelly
19. Luke Whitelock
20. Willi Heinz
21. Tom Taylor
22. Sean Maitland

Super Rugby semi’s confirmed


The first week of the Super Rugby Finals Series is complete and the winners of the two Super Rugby Qualifiers, Crusaders and Sharks, are confirmed away participants for the Super Rugby Semi-Finals.

Super Rugby Qualifiers preview


The Vodacom Bulls and The Sharks face tough challenges in Australasia on Saturday in the Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifiers.

Fruean back for Crusaders


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made two changes in the forwards and one in the backs for his team to play the Bulls in the 2012 Super Rugby qualifier match this Saturday.

Only one change for Bulls


It will be a first quarter-final for all of them, but eleven players from the Vodacom Bulls match 22 have won the Super Rugby title before.

Chiefs make couple of changes


The Chiefs, who are currently top of the Investec Super Rugby table, have announced their team to play the Crusaders this Friday at Waikato Stadium.

Carter, Read & Dagg back for Saders


Three players have recovered from injuries this week to return to the Crusaders starting line-up to play the Chiefs in Hamilton this Friday.

McCaw to 8 for Crusaders


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Hurricanes this Saturday night at Christchurch’s AMI Stadium (Addington).  Notably, it will be prop Wyatt Crockett’s 100th game for the Crusaders.

Crusaders team for Landers


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Highlanders this Friday night and has made just three changes to the starting line-up from the team that beat the Blues two weeks ago.

Crusaders & Blues teams named


The Crusaders have made seven changes to their team which hosts the Blues this weekend.

Saders change 5 for Rebels


The Crusaders head to Melbourne tomorrow in preparation for their match against the Rebels on Saturday night.

Saders (almost) unchanged for Reds


Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team to take on the Reds at home this Sunday.

Faingaa twins back for Reds


Queensland Reds twins Anthony and Saia Faingaa join forces for the first time in 2012 after being selected for Sunday’s critical round 11  Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Waratahs forced into changes


The HSBC Waratahs have named a 22-man squad for this Sunday’s clash with the Crusaders at Allianz Stadium.

McCaw back for Crusaders


The Crusaders head to Sydney this weekend to take on the Waratahs in round ten of the Super Rugby competition.

Carter stays at 12


The Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes has been named, with just one change from the line-up that beat the Stormers at home last weekend.

Crusaders 31, Stormers 24


This match is our Super Rugby match of the week and we strongly suggest that if possible you watch it as it will televised across the world. It should be a huge match.

Sean Maitland on the run for the Crusaders

This match pits the current Super Rugby leading team the Stormers against the seven time champions the Crusaders who will be at home.

The Crusaders have taken the surprising move of naming first-five Dan Carter at 12 instead of his usual 10.

The Stormers have also revealed that Peter Grant will take over the kicking duties from Joe Pietersen which suggests that they are expecting a tight clash that could come down to Grant’s more reliable kicking.

The Crusaders and Stormers have played each other 16 times and the Stormers have only won four times so the Crusaders have won 75% of their matches against the Stormers.

On average when these two teams meet the Crusaders score 30 points and the Stormers score 20 points. When they play in New Zealand the average score line stretches to 32-17 in favour of the the Crusaders.

In New Zealand the teams have played each other 7 times and the Crusaders have won all 7 so while the Stormers are unbeaten this season they have never won in New Zealand against the Crusaders.

In five of the seven Crusaders victories against the Stormers the margin has been 13 points or more. The last time the Stormers visited Christchurch was in 2009 and that was the closest result at 11-7.

Out of the last 12 matches between the teams the Crusaders have won 10 and the Stormers two.

Last weekend the Stormers outplayed the Highlanders for a convincing victory in Dunedin and recent stats show that they like to kick the ball a lot. That game plan will play into the hands of the Crusaders as they like to attack from anywhere.

The Crusaders – according to SANZAR referees who make the rules – were unlucky to lose to the Bulls as the obstruction call in the 77th minute was incorrect and the try should have been awarded. As they lost the match 32-30 they were unlucky to lose as they could have won 32-35. The match will however have prepared them for the physical nature of this weekend’s match.

While the Crusaders have a strong history against the Stormers and their game plan clearly works well against the men from Cape Town the big question is how will the Crusaders handle the travel back from South Africa.

If there is one team that is used to travel though that is the Crusaders as they spent the whole year on the road last year. However the second week on tour often has a bigger effect on teams and the Stormers are in that second week.

We think the travel will only have a small impact on the Crusaders and they should survive. Crusaders to win by 5.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports HD1. The match will also be on Directv in the USA.

Average score: Crusaders 30 Stormers 20

Last five results
02 Jul 2011 (Semi) Crusaders v Stormers 29-10 Cape Town
07 May 2011 Crusaders v Stormers 20-14 Cape Town
30 Apr 2010 Crusaders v Stormers 14-42 Cape Town
28 Mar 2009 Crusaders v Stormers 11-7 Christchurch
29 Feb 2008 Crusaders v Stormers 22-0 Cape Town

Crusaders overall record against the Stormers
Played 16, Wins 12 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No .51: Crusaders v Stormers
Date Saturday 14 April
Venue : Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser
TMO:Kane McBride


1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Tom Donnelly 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Tom Taylor 11. Zac Guildford 12. Dan Carter 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Sean Maitland 15. Israel Dagg

Reserves 16. Quentin MacDonald 17. Owen Franks 18. Luke Romano 19. Luke Whitelock 20. Willi Heinz 21. Ryan Crotty 22. Tom Marshall

15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean De Villiers (C) ,11. Bryan Habana ,10. Peter Grant,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermeulen,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker (VC),4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie,17. Frans Malherbe,18. De Kock Steenkamp,19. Nizaam Carr ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. Gio Aplon/ JP du Plessis

Carter at 12 for Stormers


The Crusaders’ South African stint continues this weekend, but this time they’ll be back on home ground.

3 changes for Stormers


The DHL Stormers made 3 changes, some injury enforced, to their team to face the Crusaders this weekend.

Bulls dismiss need for apology


The Vodacom Bulls will not agree to a demand from Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder that they need to apologize after no evidence of eye-gouging was found by Sanzar’s judiciary system, High Performance and Media Manager Ian Schwartz said on Monday.

Carter back for Saders


The Crusaders will go from the Lions’ den to the Bull ring as they play their second match over in South Africa this weekend.  

No changes for Bulls


There will be no changes to the line-up of the Vodacom Bulls to play the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Crusaders, Highlanders teams named


The Crusaders have named their team to take on the Lions at Coca-Cola park this weekend.

Downey starts for Cheetahs


Cheetahs coach, Naka Drotske, made a few changes to his team for the Crusaders this weekend.

Loads of changes for Crusaders


Crusaders team to play the Chiefs in Napier The Crusaders coaches have announced the team to play the Chiefs in Napier this Friday, and it includes a number of changes from the team which met the Highlanders last weekend.

Crusaders team announced


The Crusaders announced their team to take on the Highlanders.

Blues name solid team for opener


Blues coach Pat Lam has named a starting line-up of players who earned their jerseys through solid pre-season performances and are in optimum shape to play the Crusaders in the opening round of the Investec Super Rugby season.

Read captains Saders in their opening match


The Crusaders will open the Super Rugby season this Friday night when they meet the Blues in Auckland.

4 Whitelocks in Crusaders team for Canes


The Crusaders have made a number of changes from the side that started against the Highlanders, All Blacks Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg have been named for their first start of the 2012 Crusaders campaign.

World Club Champs in 2015?


A world club championship is on the cards after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Premiership chief executive Mark McCafferty has claimed.

Highlighting SA Scrum problems


You don’t need to be a scrum guru to figure out why the Stormers (and most SA scrums) have buckled against teams like the Crusaders.

Ellis only concern for Saders


The Crusaders are aiming to put out an unchanged team to face the Reds in the Final of the Super Rugby competition at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Champions in every respect


In the lead-up to the semi-finals last week, Paul Dobson wrote a brilliant piece on the art of winning and losing.

Hearing is believing


Last night’s game will leave Stormers fans with a familiar feeling; ‘So close, yet so far’…

McCaw back for Saders


The Crusaders welcome back captain Richie McCaw for their Super Rugby Semi-Final against the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town this weekend.

Mossie declared fit


Jaque Fourie and Dewald Duvenhage have both survived injury scares to be included the Stormers team for their semi-final against the Crusaders at Newlands this Saturday.