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Pieter Steph du Toit signs for Stormers

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Western Province Rugby can confirm that Springbok lock Pieter-Steph du Toit will be furthering his career with the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province from November 1, 2015.

Having recently announced the signings of props JC Janse van Rensburg and JP Smith, as well as capturing the signature of Springbok winger Cornal Hendricks, the confirmation of Du Toit’s signing is a huge boost for both the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal commented: “We are excited that Pieter-Steph has decided to return (home) to the Cape, where he was born and raised, and so too is Cornal Hendricks – a tall, fast wing who is a proven performer at international level.

“JC (Janse van Rensburg) is an experienced loosehead prop with plenty top-level captaincy experience, so we believe all our signings will bolster us in key areas.”

Du Toit, who recently turned 23, was a member of the triumphant SA Under-20 team of 2012, before making his Test debut for the Springboks in Cardiff in November 2013.

To date he has played four Tests, the most recent being against Argentina in Buenos Aires earlier this month when he featured as a replacement flank – adding versatility to his many attributes, which include physicality, mobility and fantastic line-out and aerial skills.

“We want Western Province Rugby to continue to attract the biggest names in South Africa and someone like Pieter-Steph du Toit certainly fits the bill.

“We have our eye on a few more players, along with some re-signings that we will announce very soon, whilst we will also be concluding our search for a new Super Rugby coach shortly,” concluded Smal.

PIETER-STEPH DU TOIT FACTFILE:
Full name: Pieter Stephanus du Toit
Height: 2,00m
Weight: 116kg
Birth date: August 20, 1992
Birth place: Cape Town
Test debut: v Wales – November 9, 2013
Test caps: Four

 

The clock is ticking…

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The deciding week in the Rugby Championship. South Africa will go into the last test having all but secured third spot on the log unless they succumb to a shock loss. Will Pieter-Steph du toit feature in the fourth game with the former Sharks lock having managed to get a few minutes against the Lions in the warm up game. The giant lock was impressive, dominant at lineout time, solid in defense and had a great break to cap off a decent night on the park. One has to hope he will feature for the Springboks and manage to get the same chance as Lood de jager had (missed most of the rugby this year but managed to step up in a Test match) and take it. The match against Argentina will be an opportunity for Meyer to have a look at several more options and it would be even better to try out some combinations. Will Jean de Villiers get the opportunity to win back his jumper? Had the skipper been fit the Springboks would not have been privileged to have Damien and Jesse in the midfield. That in itself is a positive from a fan’s perspective. His injury that is. What I do know is that Jean’s leadership will be the most important asset the Springboks get this week. It will be time for the skipper to prove the doubters wrong and step up to the plate; question is for who? Jan Serfontein is also believed to be recovered and all of a sudden Meyer has the difficult task of picking not just a squad but a best XV.

Argentina will present a physical onslaught and will require the very best from our player; our forwards more so. With Jannie and Francois Louw it will be an opportunity for several players to get a shot at the 31 man squad.

 

It is also expected Fourie du Preez and Willem Alberts more importantly will be back and a decision whether they will feature will be made later in the week. They are likely to receive much needed game time as they look to be ready for the England show piece. All hopes of the Springboks final showing will be on the shoulders of the returning stars. Argentina will not only be two dead rubber tests but they will tell Bok fans where exactly they stand with the World Cup on the horizon. The Springboks have managed to improve every game this year but it’s not good enough to dominate games over 60 minutes only. Goodness, even Wales have managed to perfect that art. They have managed to dominate against every powerhouse side but still lost. At the end of the day it counts for nothing! The next two weeks will be pivotal for all four nations. It will be the performance that is needed for Argentina and South Africa while Australia and New Zealand will be aiming for the crown. Will New Zealand be able to make it 19 from 21 win in the Rugby Championship? Will they claim every Rugby Championship title since its inception?

A funny story in somewhat has popped out of the New Zealand camp with the All Blacks looking to take their innovation levels to a new level by taking two half backs only to the world Cup. That would mean, take Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara and have Colin Slade cover the third slot. Why? Steve believes it could allow the All Blacks to take more back line options to the World Cup. This is something the men in black are considering, it looks like they were impressed by the Highlanders five-eighth Lima Sopoaga. Only time will tell if Colin Slade will actually be considered an option in this position. With Hooper cleared to face the All Blacks it will be an interesting match this weekend. It would also good be good to see the All Blacks give Beauden Barrett a run at Fly half and they could also throw in Patrick Osborne into the cauldron with the persistent injury to Cory Jane. With Steve Hansen believed to be willing to gamble on Nehe Milner-Skudder who was battling with a rib injury in one of the two tests against Australia. The All blacks are looking solid going into the World Cup and have the most balanced and assured side.

Australia may need to work on several aspects of their game such as their kickers who all have been shocking. The Australian scrum has improved but it will not worry their Pool A opponents who will see some creeks in that pack. A positive for the Wallabies will be the return of Kane Douglas. They are in desperate need of second row reinforcement as they will likely call on James Horwill this weekend with the injury to Rob Simmons.  The countdown to Rugby World Cup 2015 continues, and there will be a lot more questions answered in the next few weeks.

Absa Currie Cup Round 2 Previews

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Its round 2 of the 2014 instalment if the Absa Currie Cup and we give you all the lineups and our thoughts – By Clayton Saville

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2013, the Year of the Bok

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I have been mulling over a subject for my last column of 2012 for about a month now.

WP fans; Have your photo taken with the Currie Cup

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DHL Western Province will be giving their supporters an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Absa Currie Cup trophy on Wednesday, November 14 at DHL Newlands – for free.

Elton back for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play DHL Western Province on Saturday, 20 October 2012 in the second semi-final match of the 2012 Absa Currie Cup competition, this afternoon.

Lions 29, Blue Bulls 50

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The Blue Bulls go into this weekend’s matches sitting bottom of the log, but amazingly they can still sneak in for a semi-final today.

WP 36, Cheetahs 15

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Both teams can still qualify for the semi’s but both could also face the relegation play-off match which makes this a mouthwatering encounter with all the Boks back.

Cheetahs 30 v Sharks 37

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Games between these two teams are always unpredictable, but it’s one the Cheetahs need to win to stay in the run for a top 4 finish.

Griquas 37 v Lions 21

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It is do or die for the boys from ‘Die Gat’ as they host the current Currie Cup champions and log leaders, the Lions.

Blue Bulls 26, WP 13

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We kick of this weekend’s fixture with the Blue Bulls hosting WP in their continued fight for Currie Cup survival.

WP makes one change for Blue Bulls

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (19h10).

Basson back for Blue Bulls

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Try-scoring record holder Bjorn Basson is back to bolster the Vodacom Blue Bulls ahead of their Absa Currie Cup match against the DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Cheetahs 35, Griquas 20

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It is the derby of middle-earth and these neighbours won’t give each other an inch when the whistle goes.

WP 9, Lions 22

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Both teams have a chance to go top of the log with a win in this game at Newlands.

Joe back for WP

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Allister Coetzee, the DHL Western Province head coach, has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against GWK Griquas at DHL Newlands (15h00).

Pine rings the changes

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Returning Springboks Jano Vermaak and Jacques Potgieter has been included in the Vodacom Blue Bulls team that will play the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in an Absa Currie Cup match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Griquas 49, Blue Bulls 34

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The Blue Bulls find themselves on the bottom of the Currie Cup log and it won’t be easy to change this as they head to Kimberly.

One change for WP

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban (19h10).

Unchanged starting XV for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play the Toyota Free State Cheetahs on Saturday, 15 September at Free State Stadium, this morning.

Cheetahs 22, WP 29

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Last game of the weekend sees the Cheetahs host a confident WP side in Bloemfontein.

Blue Bulls 23 v Golden Lions 32

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The Blue Bulls are hurting from their smacking they received at Newlands last week and will look to fix things when they host the Lions at Loftus.

Griquas 22 v Sharks 15

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As disappointing as our national team might be, at least we still have a top provincial competition in the Currie Cup where the Kwas will kick off this weekend’s round against the Sharks.

Lions change 8

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Saturday, 8 September at Loftus Versfeld, this morning.

Coetzee makes 3 changes

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (19h10).

Blue Bulls include Tecklenburg

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar included Tuks flanker Warwick Tecklenburg in his starting team to play defending Absa Currie Cup champions, the MTN Golden Lions, at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

From the horse’s mouth – WP v Blue Bulls

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Right folks we thought we try something different! In our attempt to always get the best stuff to our readers we will trial this and see if you like it!

WP forced into changes

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands (19h10).

JJ makes Blue Bulls debut

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Utility back JJ Engelbrecht will make his Vodacom Blue Bulls debut on Saturday when the team plays Western Province in an Absa Currie Cup match at Newlands in Cape Town.

Josh to lock for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play GWK Griquas on Friday, 31 August 2012 at Coca-Cola Park, this morning.

Butch to centre for Lions

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The Golden Lions Rugby Union announced the MTN Golden Lions team to play DHL Western Province on Saturday, 25 August 2012 at Coca-Cola Park, this morning.

Sadie makes debut for Blue Bulls

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Johann Sadie will start in his first Absa Currie Cup match for the Vodacom Blue Bulls.

Sharks 30 v Lions 14

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Our last game of the day sees the Sharks host their bogey team of the last few years in the Tank.

Griquas 20 v WP 25

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WP will be desperate after their Round 1 loss at home but they are up against a settled and very tough Griquas side at home who has caused them problems in the past.

Still no Sadie for Blue Bulls

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar made one enforced change to his line-up for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup match against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs.

Vermeulen back for WP

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has made six changes ahead of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup meeting with GWK Griquas in Kimberley (14h30).

WP 23 v Sharks 25

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The talk in Cape Town this week has all been about revenge for their Super Rugby semi-final defeat against the Sharks.

Lions 43 v Cheetahs 20

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The defending champions will open their campaign against the Cheetahs in a very chilli Johannesburg.

Blue Bulls 35, Griquas 20

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The 2012 Currie Cup kicks off at Loftus Versfeld tonight where the Blue Bulls will host the ever-dangerous Griquas from Kimberly.

Kritzinger out for 12 weeks

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DHL Western Province have been forced into making a late change on their replacements’ bench for tomorrow’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at DHL Newlands.

WP names Currie Cup squad

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Allister Coetzee, the head coach of the DHL Western Province team, has announced his squad for the upcoming 2012 Absa Currie Cup season.

Deon Fourie captains WP from 6

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Nine players will make their Absa Currie Cup debuts for DHL Western Province when they take on the Sharks in a first-round match at DHL Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 19h10).

Potgieter leads young Blue Bulls side

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Dewald Potgieter will lead the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their Absa Currie Cup opener against Griquas at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

Blue Bulls team for Lions friendly

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New signing Grant Hattingh will be running out in Vodacom Blue Bulls colours for the first time on Friday night when his new side faces the MTN Golden Lions team in a friendly match at Wits University.

It’s just not fun anymore…

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Following a similar trend of columns in the recent past, David Moseley, also reckons the fun has gone out of rugby in his recent News24 column.

Where will it stop?

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With the new ‘Rugby Championship’ tournament officially launched today I could not help but think where the hell we are going to fit all this rugby?

Have we pushed the self-destruct button?

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

Boks release 23 players

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A group of 23 players involved in the Springboks’ preliminary Rugby World Cup squad have been released back to their clubs and provinces to be available for Absa Currie Cup selection this weekend.

The degradation of the Currie Cup

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If you held any hope that the Currie Cup will see South Africa’s best players available for the oldest domestic competition in the world, then you are in for a lot of disappointment.

Blue Bulls unchanged

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar picked the same Vodacom Blue Bulls side to do battle with the Free State Cheetahs in Absa’s Currie Cup at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Blue Bulls dropped a disappointing result to the Natal Sharks last week, but Pienaar kept faith with the side for their first home game of the season.