Articles Posted in the " Rugby " Category

  • Lions beat Sharks 34-29

    Embed from Getty Images Lions beat Sharks 34-29 at Ellis Park Teams: Lions 1 – Jacques van Rooyen 2 – Malcolm Marx 3 – Ruan Dreyer 4 – Andries Ferreira 5 – Franco Mostert 6 –  Jaco Kriel 7 – Ruan Ackermann 8 – Warren Whiteley (captain) 9 – Faf de Klerk 10 – Elton Jantjies 11 – […]

  • Bulls Defeat 37 – 24

    Bulls Defeat 37 – 24: The Bulls were blown off the park in the first half‚ trailing 24-0 at the break‚ largely because the Stormers bullied their scrum and lineout so savagely that it was hard to watch at times. “If you’re 24-0 down at halftime‚ it could become 50 points quite quickly‚ so I was happy […]

  • Stormers News

    Stormers News: The Stormers will go into the Super Rugby season with one captain in an attempt to build an identity around a single personality rather than the co-captain system that they used last year. Coach Robbie Fleck wouldn’t reveal the name of his skipper on Monday‚ saying that the rest of the squad had not […]

  • Sharks New Spin

    Sharks New Spin: The Sharks have quite the peculiar travel schedule to start their Super Rugby campaign but this is something assistant-coach Sean Everitt said they are prepared for. The Sharks leave for Australia on Thursday where they will be starting their journey against the Reds on February 24 in Brisbane before travelling to Canberra to face […]

  • Joost’s Brave Battle

    Joost’s Brave Battle: Former Springbok scrumhalf and captain Joost van der Westhuizen continues to fight for his life in a Johannesburg hospital, where he remains in a “critical condition” after being admitted on Saturday morning. The 45-year-old is on life support after his key organs began to fail late on Friday as a result of the effects […]

  • A Spitting Issue

    A Spitting Issue: A meeting was held on Friday morning at the Sea Point police station‚ attended by the woman and the manager and coach of the Step Brothers rugby team. The culprit was not present. The Step Bothers is a social rugby club. On the tournament’s website it is described as a ”bunch of alcoholics keen […]

  • Blitzboks The Team To Watch

    Blitzboks The Team To Watch: The Blitzboks stormed into the cup quarterfinals at the Wellington leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series on Saturday by demolishing Japan‚ Australia and Fiji in pool play. In their final match of day one SA laid down a marker with a comprehensive 31-12 win over Fiji‚ the reigning series and Olympic […]

  • Bulls On Winning The Tournament

    Bulls On Winning The Tournament: Bulls Super Rugby coach Nollis Marais said it is non-negotiable for them to win this year’s Super Rugby tournament. They will have to go about it the hard way as the Bulls have to face the difficult New Zealand teams‚ with their campaign starting with a trip to Cape Town on February […]

  • Lions Confirm Reports

    Lions Confirm Reports: The Golden Lions confirmed their pre-Super Rugby schedule on Thursday‚ with a warm-up match against a Barbarians team at Ellis Park‚ another against the Bulls in Harare as well as a game against the Stormers in Cape Town on the schedule. The Lions‚ who were SA’s best team in the tournament in 2016 by […]

  • Still The Coach For The Moment

      Still The Coach For The Moment: SA Rugby president Mark Alexander on Tuesday said that the process would continue into January‚ increasing the likelihood that Coetzee is going to survive after steering the Boks to only four wins in 12 Tests this year. In November Coetzee evaded the question of whether he would resign after the […]

  • Springboks Take Another Knock

    Springboks Take Another Knock: On Saturday night Coetzee finished off the Boks’ year with a 27-13 defeat with a team that included several newcomers and which was selected with Lions players in key positions and which was geared towards following a template not dissimilar to the one that got the Lions to the Super Rugby final. “If […]

  • Hitting Rock Bottom

    Hitting Rock Bottom: Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss has admitted that his team were at rock bottom after losing 20-18 to Italy. “This was a very dark day for the players‚ management and the whole of the SA rugby public‚” Strauss said. “We apologise for it‚ although that won’t make anybody feel better about it. “We are not going to […]

  • Errors Cost The Springboks

    Errors Cost The Springboks: The Springboks left London for Italy on Sunday morning limping badly as they faced up to the reality that this tour probably won’t provide the redemption they were looking for after a very tough year. A win over England would have meant that the Boks at least ended the year with one away […]

  • Habana Returns From Injury

    Habana Returns From Injury: Habana‚ 33‚ arrived in London with a knee niggle on Monday and head coach Allister Coetzee wasn’t positive that he would play in the crucial match. After Tuesday’s training session behind closed doors at the Latymer Upper School Grounds in northwest London‚ assistant coach Matt Proudfoot declared Habana ready. It’s a boost […]

  • All Smiles For The Cheetahs

    All Smiles For The Cheetahs: The Toyota Free State Cheetahs swept their way to their fifth Currie Cup title with a comprehensive 36-16 victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Toyota Park in Bloemfontein on Saturday. On a wave of exuberance and with an attacking style that will make them popular champions this year, Smith’s side shut […]

  • SA Rugby Maps Out New Direction

    SA Rugby Maps Out New Direction: SA Rugby’s acting president Mark Alexander confirmed that the game’s governing body would undergo structural changes to help facilitate the good progress made at the national coaching indaba that was held in Cape Town on Wednesday and Thursday. “We will address structural issues on the 27th‚” Alexander said. “What happened here will […]

  • Allister Coetzee On Professionalism

    Allister Coetzee On Professionalism: Allister Coetzee on Wednesday opened the SA Rugby Coaches’ Indaba at a Newlands hotel with a simple but uncomfortable question: “Have we embraced professionalism?” It was rhetorical because the answer is self-evident. Players are not fit enough‚ coaches are not qualified and experienced enough and unions are not run as effectively as they […]

  • Cheetahs Face The Hungry Lions

    Cheetahs Face The Hungry Lions: Uneven performance by the Lions early in the campaign has left them up against knockout pressures in recent matches, while the unbeaten Cheetahs have been purring menacingly. Lions coach Johan Ackermann said his players’ experience in knockout matches, stretching back to the semifinal of the Currie Cup in 2014, would come in […]

  • Golden Loins Are Ready

    Golden Loins Are Ready: While defending their Currie Cup title is at the forefront of their plans‚ the Golden Lions are well aware that it will not be easy defeating their semifinal opponents. The Lions finished the round-robin stages strongly‚ but had an indifferent start to their campaign this season. The Lions know about the toughness of the […]

  • SA Beats Australia

    SA Beats Australia: The Wallabies have been left to rue squandered chances and occasional moments of “laziness” which coach Michael Cheika says cost them a Test match they should have won. Australia’s search for a maiden victory at Loftus Versfeld continues after an 18-10 Rugby Championship defeat to South Africa on Saturday (Sunday morning AEST). South Africa’s win […]