15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Sun, 04 Oct 2015 17:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rampant Xerox Golden Lions maintain superb form http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/rampant-xerox-golden-lions-maintain-superb-form/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/rampant-xerox-golden-lions-maintain-superb-form/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:22:36 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48081 The Xerox Golden Lions produced their most impressive display of the season when they outplayed DHL Western Province 62-32 in their Absa Currie Cup match at Emirates Airline Park on Friday evening in Johannesburg.

The Lions stretched their unbeaten run to nine games and their prolific form saw them stack up 135 points in their last two games. They are nine points clear of second-placed Vodacom Blue Bulls, who outplayed the Eastern Province Kings 48-27 also on Friday in Pretoria.

Although WP suffered their third loss of their campaign against a rampant Lions team, their 30 league points means they are assured of third place on the standings irrespective of the outcome of their last round-robin clash this coming Friday against the EP Kings in Cape Town.

ORC Griquas were no match for the Cell C Sharks in Kimberley on Saturday as the Durban-based side ran in six tries for a 45-20 victory to move within two points of the fourth-placed Toyota Free State Cheetahs on the log ahead.

The Steval Pumas and the Cheetahs played to a thrilling 37-37 draw in their encounter at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday after the visitors led 24-16 at half-time.
Currently, the Golden Lions lead the way on 43 points, followed by the Blue Bulls on 34, WP are third (30), FS Cheetahs fourth (21), followed by the Sharks (19), Pumas (16), EP Kings (12) and Griquas (8).

This coming weekend sees the Cheetahs host the Sharks in Bloemfontein and the winner of this encounter will play the Lions in one of the Semi-finals in Johannesburg. The Blue Bulls just need a win in Nelspruit to set up a home meeting in the playoffs against WP.

The last round of league fixtures are:

Friday 9 October: DHL WP vs EP Kings (DHL Newlands, 18h00); Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls (Mbombela Stadium, 18h00).

Saturday, 10 October: Xerox Golden Lions vs ORC Griquas (Emirates Airline Park, 14h00); Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks (Free State Stadium, 16h05).

Xerox Golden Lions (36) 62 DHL Western Province (20) 32

The Lions smashed through the 50-point barrier for a second week in a row at Emirates Airline Park, scoring nine tries in the process against last year’s winner from Cape Town.

The Lions gave early warning of their intent with a superb break through the middle which ended with Marnitz Boshoff slotting his only penalty after three minutes, on his way to a personal tally of 18 points from a try, five conversions and the penalty. WP responded with two Robert du Preez penalties. But then the Lions got themselves organised and their precision and pace proved too much for Province.

First No 4 lock Lourens Erasmus scored under the posts after multiple phases in the 11th minute, and on the half hour No 5 lock, Franco Mostert, scored their bonus-point fourth try for a lead of 29-6. Flying hooker Malcolm Marx followed next and he in turn, was followed by Boshoff.

WP then hit back, first though a Sikhumbuzo Notshe try from a driving maul, and then just before halftime when centre Johnny Kotze dotted down. However, to the delight of the home support, the Lions replied in typical fashion. First it was centre Howard Mnisi who wiped out the Notshe try, and five minutes after the restart Andries Coetzee went over in the corner for the Lions’ sixth try.

More was to follow from wing Anthony Volmink, who sliced through a gap and flank Kwagga Smith. Later Stokkies Hanekom finished another superb move. WP never gave up and Notshe as well as Nic Groom each scored after driving mauls.

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Lourens Erasmus, Malcolm Marx, Marnitz Boshoff, Franco Mostert, Howard Mnisi, Andries Coetzee, Anthony Volmink, Kwagga Smith, Stokkies Hanekom; Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (5), Jaco van der Walt (2). Penalty: Boshoff.
DHL Western Province – Try: Sikhumbuzo Notshe (2), Johnny Kotze, Nic Groom; Conversions: Robert du Preez (3); Penalties: Du Preez (2).

Vodacom Blue Bulls (17) 48 Eastern Province Kings (20) 27

The Vodacom Blue Bulls ran in seven tries to register a comprehensive victory over the EP Kings at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening. The Kings started strong with fullback Scott van Breda landing a penalty goal before centre Tim Whitehead crossed for the first try of the match.

The Blue Bulls hit back with two tries through captain and flank Lappies Labuschagne and Springbok No 8 Arno Botha. Flyhalf Tian Schoeman converted both tries and a penalty goal to give the home side the lead before halftime. However, the Kings refused to lie down and were rewarded with an Elgar Watts try. Van Breda converted to allow the visitors a slender 17-20 lead at the break.

Kings’ replacement hooker Edgar Marutlulle was shown a yellow card in the 49th minute and the Blue Bulls used the advantage to allow centre Dries Swanepoel to score from close range. Scrumhalf Francois Hougaard then scored a brilliant solo try moments later and prop Werner Kruger got their fifth try before the Kings also lost replacement prop Schalk Ferreira to a yellow card. Replacement flank Ruan Schoeman and lock Jacques du Plessis both dotted down in the final minutes while Kings centre JP du Plessis pulled back a consolation.

Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Lappies Labuschagne, Arno Botha, Dries Swanepoel, Francois Hougaard, Werner Kruger, Ruan Steenkamp, Jacques du Plessis; Conversions: Tian Schoeman (5); Penalties: Schoeman.
Eastern Province Kings – Tries: Tim Whitehead, Elgar Watts, JP du Plessis; Conversions: Scott van Breda (3); Penalties: van Breda (2).

ORC Griquas (10) 20 Cell C Sharks (31) 45

Griquas were no match for a rampant Sharks side during their Absa Currie Cup match at Griquas Park in Kimberley on Saturday. The Sharks secured their four-try bonus point before halftime already and took a commanding 31-10 lead into the break.

Cobus Reinach, Paul Jordaan, Francois Kleinhans and Andre Esterhuizen were first-half try scorers for The Sharks, while Michael Claassens and Sibusiso Sithole added a try each in the second half.

Joe Pietersen enjoyed a fine afternoon with the boot as he succeeded with all six conversions to go with one penalty. Sevens specialists Ruhan Nel (2) and Sandile Ngcobo scored three tries amongst them for the Griquas. Clinton Swart converted both tries and also slotted a penalty.

ORC Griquas – Tries: Ruhan Nel (2), Sandile Ngcobo; Conversions: Clinton Swart (2); Penalty: Clinton Swart.
Cell C Sharks – Tries: Cobus Reinach, Paul Jordaan, Francois Kleinhans, Andre Esterhuizen, Michael Claassens, Sibusiso Sithole; Conversions: Joe Pietersen (6); Penalty: Pietersen.

Steval Pumas (16) 37 Toyota Free State Cheetahs (24) 37

The Pumas played superbly in the second half to wipe out a 24-16 deficit. The Cheetahs scored five tries through wing Sergeal Petersen, No 8 De Wet Kruger, flank Oupa Mohoje, centre Francois Venter and replacement Freddy Ngoza.

Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn added three conversions and a penalty while replacement Niel Marais was also on target with a penalty. The Pumas responded with four tries of their own by flank Jaco Bouwer, and replacement forwards De-Jay Terblanche, Marnus Schoeman and Rudi Mathee. Flyhalf Justin van Staden was successful with all four conversions and three penalties.

Both teams picked up three points – two for the draw and one for scoring four tries or more.

Steval Pumas – Tries: Jaco Bouwer, De-Jay Terblanche, Marnus Schoeman, Rudi Mathee.; Conversions: Justin van Staden (4); Penalties: Van Staden (3).
Toyota Free State Cheetahs – Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Oupa Mohoje, Francois Venter, De Wet Kruger, Freddie Ngoza. Conversion: Sias Ebersohn (3). Penalties: Ebersohn, Niel Marais.

The current Absa Currie Cup Premier Division log:

Xerox Golden Lions
Vodacom Blue Bulls
DHL Western Province
Toyota Free State
Cell C Sharks
Steval Pumas
EP Kings
ORC Griquas

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Blue Bulls topple Kings, Pumas stay undefeated in Absa u19 competitions http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/blue-bulls-topple-kings-pumas-stay-undefeated-in-absa-u19-competitions/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/blue-bulls-topple-kings-pumas-stay-undefeated-in-absa-u19-competitions/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:14:56 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48079 The Vodacom Blue Bulls managed to dent the EP Kings status as the only unbeaten team in the Absa Under-19 A-Division Provincial Championship, while the Steval Pumas maintained that status in the B-Division and will host the final at home next week.

The Blue Bulls were all over the Kings, with their backline very prominent in the 49-16 win. The win could still deliver a home semifinal for the second placed Blue Bulls, but DHL Western Province can still have the final say next weekend. They face the Kings in Cape Town and a win for the home side could still see them move past the Kings in first place, a result that could see the Blue Bulls, who finished their league play, drop to third.

WP outplayed the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Friday, beating the home side 40-20, while in Potchefstroom, the Cell C Sharks posted their first win of the season, beating the Leopards 23-14.

In the B-Division semifinals, results went as expected. The Steval Pumas and Down Touch Griffons were the leading teams this season and both won at home. The Pumas beat Hino Valke 39-12 and Griffons beat ORC Griquas 44-14 in Welkom.

The Pumas host the Griffons in the final next week.

The logs of both A and B Divisions are available here.

Run of play summary of each match is available by clicking on the match results.


Xerox Golden Lions 20 (10), DHL Western Province 40 (20).

The DHL Western Province continue their rich vein of form in the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship, this time beating the Xerox Golden Lions 40-20 at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. Two tries in each half and the punishing boot of fullback Tiaan Swanepoel had the Lions under pressure from the word go. The WP could still potentially move into top spot on the log next weekend when they host log leaders EP Kings.


Xerox Golden Lions 20 (10). Tries: Curtis Jonas (2), James Venter. Conversion: Hendrik Mulder. Penalty: Hendrik Mulder

DHL Western Province 40 (20). Tries: Albertus De Wet, Mitchell Carstens, Ruben Terblanche, Saud Abrahams. Conversions: Tiaan Swanepoel (4). Penalties: Tiaan Swanepoel.

Vodacom Blue Bulls 49 (21), Eastern Province 26 (17).

A hat-trick by centre Franco Naude in the opening 20 minutes of their match against the high-flying EP Kings secured a very convincing 49-26 win for the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Friday. With their backline operating at full throttle, the home side opened up the visitors’ defence at will and scored some great tries.

This was the home side’s last league fixture and depending on next weekend’s clash between WP and EP, could finish either second or third on the final log.


Vodacom Blue Bulls 49 (21). Tries: Divan Rossouw, Franco Naude (3), Kurt Webster, Ruan de Beer. Conversions: JT Jackson (5). Penalties: JT Jackson (3).

Eastern Province 26 (17). Tries: Stephanus Nieuwoudt (2). Conversions: James Hall (2). Penalties: James Hall (4).

Leopards 14 (14), Cell C Sharks 23 (14)

Three second half penalties by Tristan Tedder helped the Cell C Sharks to their first win in this year’s competition. It was a hard-fought affair against a plucky Leopards side, but their discipline in the second half cost them the win. With both teams scoring twice in the opening half, scorers were tied at the break, but Tedder’s accurate boot brought long awaited joy to the Durban side in Potchefstroom.


Leopards 14 (14). Tries: Dieter Leicher, Edward Haas. Conversions: Barend Janse van Rensburg (2).

Cell C Sharks 23 (14). Tries: Alwayno Visagie, Ulric Sellar. Conversions: Alwayno Visagie, Tristan Tedder. Penalties: Tristan Tedder (3).


Down Touch Griffons 44 (20), ORC Griquas 14 (0).


Down Touch Griffons 44 (20). Tries: Domenic Smit (2), Gift Dlamini, Luan James, Ronaldo Fortuin (2). Conversions: Luan James (4). Penalties: Luan James (2).

ORC Griquas 14 (0). Tries: JP Steyn (2). Conversions: JP Abrahams (2).

Steval Pumas 39 (17), Valke 12 (0).


Steval Pumas 39 (17). Tries: Ettiene Matthys (2), JP Mans, Ruben Opperman, Ruben Roodt, Theunis Sauer. Conversions: Jean Els, Theunis Sauer (2). Penalty: Theunis Sauer.

Valke 12 (0). Tries: Henning Buitendag (2). Conversion: Conrad Engelbrecht

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WP surge clear, Limpopo Blue Bulls to host final in Absa u21 competitions http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/wp-surge-clear-limpopo-blue-bulls-to-host-final-in-absa-u21-competitions/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/wp-surge-clear-limpopo-blue-bulls-to-host-final-in-absa-u21-competitions/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 14:08:47 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48077 The DHL Western Province made sure of finishing top of the Absa Under-21 A-Division log by beating the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg this weekend, but their opponents in the play-offs are yet to be determined with one round left of the competition. The Cape side won 44-38 against the hosts, with the defeat dropping the Golden Lions to fifth on the log.

They do however, have one fixture left against the Leopards while the Vodacom Blue Bulls, in fourth, finished their season with a solid 43-10 win over the EP Kings in Pretoria. The Lions now need to beat the Leopards in Johannesburg next weekend to finish fourth on the log. The Potchefstroom side lost 45-12 at home to the Cell C Sharks at the weekend and it looks unlikely for them to do the Pretoria side any favours.

In the other clash next weekend, the Sharks travel to face the Toyota Free State and need a big, bonus point win to move past the Bloemfontein side in second place.

Meanwhile, the Limpopo Blue Bulls will host SWD in the B-Division final in Polokwane next week. The Polokwane team won 22-18 against ORC Griquas in the one semifinal and SWD beat Boland 19-15 in the other.

In the B-Division play-offs, the SWD made full use of their unexpected change in fortunes.

The team was out of the top four when the league fixtures were completed, but Steval Pumas contravened regulations with regards to Player Movement. As a result of the sentence the Pumas forfeited 19 log points from the four matches at issue and moved from first to fifth on the log.

This moved Boland into the top spot of the log, but that helped little as SWD outplayed them in Wellington. Two second half tries by SWD lock Jurgens Schoeman proved the difference between the two sides as the visitors won 19-15.

The Limpopo Blue Bulls, who was due to travel to Wellington before the Pumas ruling, are now hosting their first final in Polokwane next week. They outlasted a determined ORC Griquas team 22-18 after leading 17-5 at the break.

Run of play summary of each match is available by clicking on the match results.


Xerox Golden Lions 38 (25), DHL Western Province 44 (13).

A massive fightback by the log-leading WP saw them overturning a 12 point deficit at halftime into a six point win in a high-scoring affair at Emirates Airline Park.

The Lions scored three tries to one in the first half, despite having a player in the sin-bin. They looked in total control when Jano Venter scored their bonus-point try in the 45th minute, but then WP took complete control.

They scored four tries in the last 30 minutes to secure a well-deserved win.


Xerox Golden Lions 38 (25). Tries: Christiaan Meyer, Jano Venter (2), Shaun Reynolds. Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (3). Penalties: Shaun Reynolds (3), Kobus Engelbrecht.

DHL Western Province 44 (13). Tries: EW Viljoen, Jarryd Sage, Johan Momsen, Khanyo Ngcukana (2). Conversions: Brandon Thomson (3), Ryno Eksteen (2). Penalties: Brandon Thomson (3).

Leopards 12 (0), Cell C Sharks 45 (5).

Six second half tries by the visiting Cell C Sharks left the Leopards stunned. Things were tight in the first half, with only an Ayron Schramm try for the Sharks bothering the scorers, but in the second half, there was only one team on the field.

The Leopards paid the price for an early yellow card in the second half as the Sharks scored twice and then picked up momentum to race into a convincing win away from home.


Leopards 12 (0). Tries: Rudolph van Deventer (2). Conversion: Gene Willemse.

Sharks: 45 (5). Tries: Ayron Schramm, Barend Potgieter, Graham Geldenhuys, Hyron Andrews, Innocent Radebe, Sias Koen, Wian Vosloo. Conversions: Innocent Radebe (5).

Vodacom Blue Bulls 43 (26), EP Kings 10 (10).

The home side and defending champions are in danger of missing the play-offs and left nothing out there in a solid win over the winless Kings. They scored seven tries and played good rugby on either side of the break to finish their league fixtures on a high note. They will now want to see the Leopards stun the Golden Lions next weekend in order to be able to defend their title.


Vodacom Blue Bulls 43 (26). Tries: Dan Kriel, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Duhan van der Merwe, Jason Jenkins, Joshua Stander, Njabula Gumede, Philip Orffer. Conversions: Joshua Stander (4).

EP Kings 10 (10). Try: Malcolm Jaer. Conversion: Leighton-Ray van Wyk. Penalty: Leighton-Ray van Wyk.


Limpopo Blue Bulls 22 (17), ORC Griquas 18 (5).


Limpopo Blue Bulls 22 (17). Tries: Brian Leitch, Done Davids, Kallie Jantjies, Shepherd Mhembere. Conversion: Jean Grobler.

ORC Griquas 18 (5). Tries: Johannes Labuschagne, Jovan Cookson, Shaun Clarke. Penalty: Deon Taljaard.

Boland 15 (12), SWD 19 (7).


Boland 15 (12). Tries: Cheslyn Korasie, Killian von Mollendorff. Conversion: Adriaan Carelse, Penalty: Adriaan Carelse

SWD 19 (7). Tries: Fizell Fredericks, Jurgens Schoeman (2). Conversions: Fizell Fredericks (2).

•A complaint from the Valke Rugby Union that players registered with their clubs had appeared for the Pumas Under-21 team without obtaining the necessary clearance certificates from the Valke Rugby Union, was accepted by a SARU Judicial Officer.

A South African Rugby Union (SARU) Appeal Tribunal on Friday dismissed an appeal by the Mpumalanga Rugby Union (MRU) against their conviction for breaching Player Movement regulations in the Absa Currie Cup Under-21B competition.

However, the Pumas’ appeal against their sentence was partially upheld. The Appeal Tribunal modified the sentence such that the Pumas Under-21s forfeited the log points from four matches in which they fielded ineligible players – rather than the seven of the original sentence. The imposition of a fine of R200 000, suspended for 12 months, remains in place.

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Springboks continue upward curve but hard work not done yet http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/springboks-continue-upward-curve-but-hard-work-not-done-yet/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/springboks-continue-upward-curve-but-hard-work-not-done-yet/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 22:44:19 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48075 The Springboks recorded their second victory at the Rugby World Cup when they beat Scotland by 34-16 in Newcastle on Saturday, but coach Heyneke Meyer and captain Fourie du Preez warned against any celebrations as there is still one crucial Pool B match left in the tournament.


South Africa will face a four day turn-around before concluding their pool matches against the USA in London’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday.


The Springboks’ three tries were scored by Schalk Burger, JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana, while Handré Pollard added 19 points with the boot through four penalty goals, two conversions and drop-goal.


Scotland wing Tommy Seymour scored a second-half try. Greg Laidlaw added a conversion and two penalty goals, while Duncan Weir also kicked a penalty goal.


Although Meyer and Du Preez were satisfied with the hard-fought victory over a brave Scotland side, they said everything still depends on the next match.


“Every game we’ve played here has been tough and physical,” said Meyer.


“Tomorrow (Sunday) we’re off to London and we’ll have one proper training session before facing the USA, so we’ll have to keep our feet on the ground and keep the focus.


“Everybody in the squad is very focused on the task at hand and we know we’re not there yet. Wednesday’s match will be another tough battle.”


Du Preez, who captained South Africa for the first time on Saturday, said: “Like last week, everyone stood up today, and we were under immense pressure yet again. But it’s been an unbelievable experience for me to captain this wonderful team.


“We’ve put everything on the line these past two weeks and it’s definitely the most pressure I’ve ever been under. But we’ve not achieved anything yet and we’re still in the same boat – we have to beat the USA to keep alive our chances of reaching the playoffs.


“I thought our defence was great today. Scotland only scored one try and that was from an intercept and although. We lost some momentum at that point and we were under pressure, but Handré slotted that drop goal which took us back to a 10-point gap just to give us a bit of breathing space.”


Meyer concurred and praised the role Du Preez played at St James’ Park: “I think we’ve still got a lot to work on but I have to give Fourie (du Preez) a lot of credit; he was brilliant today and along with Schalk (Burger) and Duane (Vermeulen) they made a massive step up after we lost two captains last Saturday.”

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Argentina vs Tonga Teamsheets #RWC2015 http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/argentina-vs-tonga-teamsheets-rwc2015/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/argentina-vs-tonga-teamsheets-rwc2015/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:29:16 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48068 Date: Sunday, October 4
Venue: Leicester City Stadium, Leicester.
Kick-off: 15h30 SA Time


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15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (C), 1 Marcos Ayerza


16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Horacio Agulla.


15 Vungakoto Lilo, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Sione Piukala, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Nili Latu (C), 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Joseph Tuineau, 4 Tukulua Lokotui, 3 Halani ‘Aulika, 2 Elvis Taione, 1 Soane Tonga’uiha

16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Sitiveni Mafi, 20 Opeti Fonua, 21 Samisoni Fisilau, 22 Latiume Fosita, 23 David Halaifonua


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Ireland vs Italy Teamsheets #RWC2015 http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/ireland-vs-italy-teamsheets-rwc2015/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/ireland-vs-italy-teamsheets-rwc2015/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:17:20 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48066 Date: 4 October 2015

Venue: London’s Olympic Stadium

Kick-off: 17h45 SA Time

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15 Simon Zebo, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 1 Dave Kearney; 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 1 Jack McGrath, 2 Rory Best, 3 Mike Ross; 4 Iain Henderson, 5 Paul O’Connell (C); Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip

16 Sean Cronin, 17 Cian Healy, 18 Nathan White, 19 Devin Toner, 20 Chris Henry, 21 Eoin Reddan,

22 Ian Madigan, 23 Luke Fitzgerald

15 Luke McLean, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Michele Capagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori; 1 Matias Aguero, 2 Andrea Manici, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini,

4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 5 Josh Furno, 6 Francesco Minton, 7 Simone Favaro, 8 Sergio Parisse (C)

16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Dario Chistolini, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Mauro Bergamasco,

21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

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Safari Sevens Results and Fixtures http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/safari-sevens-results-and-fixtures/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/safari-sevens-results-and-fixtures/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:33:50 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48056 Collated Day One Results
Iconz 7 Wailers 40
Portugal 19 Namibia 17
Samurai 33 Uganda 0
Zimbabwe 10 Morans 12
England 36 Zambia 14
Spain 12 Brazil 5
Shujaa 54 Burundi 0
Western Province 50 Italy 7
Iconz 26 Namibia 24
Portugal 21 Wailers 26
Samurai 29 Morans 12
Zimbabwe 26 Uganda 10
Saxons 31 Brazil 5
Spain 41 Zambia 7
Shujaa 37 Italy 0
Western Province 71 Burundi 0
Namibia 14 Wailers 15
Morans 34 Uganda 0
Brazil 38 Zambia 0
Italy 50 Burundi 0
Iconz 24 Portugal 24
Samurai 5 Zimbabwe 17
Saxons 12 Spain 17
Shujaa 10 Western Province 10

Day Two Pairings
Bowl Quarters
Italy v Namibia 10.30am
Morans v Zambia 10.50am
Portugal v Burundi 11.10am
Brazil v Uganda 11.30am
Cup Quarters
Western Province v Iconz 11.50am
Samurai v England 12.10pm
Wailers v Shujaa 12.30pm
Spain v Zimbabwe 12.50pm

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Leopards to meet SWD in Absa Currie Cup First Division final http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/leopards-to-meet-swd-in-absa-currie-cup-first-division-final/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/leopards-to-meet-swd-in-absa-currie-cup-first-division-final/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 18:30:43 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48054 Unbeaten log leaders, the Leopards, and SWD Eagles will play each other in the Absa Currie Cup First Division final on Thursday in Potchefstroom after both teams won their Semi-finals over the weekend.


Centre Adriaan Engelbrecht kicked 19 points as the Leopards overcame a strong second-half performance from the Hino Valke to complete a 29-17 (half-time 17-7) victory at Profërt Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Friday afternoon.


On Saturday in Welkom, the SWD Eagles continued their resurgence with a deserving 47-40 (halftime 28-25) away victory over the Down Touch Griffons at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium.


Fullback Leighton Eksteen contributed 27 points with a try, three conversions and six penalties as the Eagles fullback consolidated his position as the season’s second highest point scorer.


The Eagles will now need to find a way to do something that no other team has managed to do in 11 attempts this season, and that is to beat the prolific Leopards.


Leopards (17) 29 Hino Valke (7) 17


In Potchefstroom, inside centre Engelbrecht succeeded with two conversions and five penalties as the Leopards tasted victory despite being outscored by three tries to two against the Valke.


The win means that the Leopards remain unbeaten in the competition this year after they went through the round-robin stage unbeaten and they also avenged their loss to the Valke at the same stage last season.


The Valke, despite being 10 points down at half-time, fought back well to narrow the gap to just two points after 58 minutes. However, the Leopards were not to be denied and they secured their win after Engelbrecht slotted his fifth penalty and an intercept try from fullback Rhyno Smith.


The hosts had cruised to a nine-point lead after 14 minutes thanks to three Engelbrecht penalties but the Valke struck back with their first try through left wing Etienne Taljaard on the half hour. The home team finished the first stanza in control as hooker Cage van der Westhuyzen crashed over for a converted try four minutes later before Engelbrecht succeeded with his fourth before the break.


It was the Valke who started the second half strongly and they soon cut the deficit to two points thanks to two unconverted tries from outside centre Grand Janke and Johan Pretorius. However, the Leopards were not going to be denied by the Valke for the second year in a row and they saw off a late Valke challenge with a late flurry of points.



Leopards – Try: Cage van der Westhuyzen, Rhyno Smith; Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2); Penalties: Engelbrecht (5).

Hino Valke – Tries: Ettienne Taljaard, Grand Janke, Johan Pretorius; Conversion: Juan Kotze.


Down Touch Griffons (25) 40 SWD Eagles (28) 47


The Eagles ran rampant in the first six minutes, opening up a 12-0 lead thanks to tries by Eksteen and flanker Wayne Khan. Both sides traded a few penalties before the Griffons landed their first try through flanker Martin Sithole, which right wing Nico Scheepers converted.


The visitors extended their lead by seven points when winger Carlo Radebe scored in the corner but the Griffons hit back immediately to level the scores when fullback Wayne Pienaar dotted down. Six minutes later, flyhalf Martin du Toit dashed over the line for the Eagles’ fourth try of the match as the first half continued to be a ping-pong affair.


Prop Daniel van der Merwe crashed his way over the three minutes later for an unconverted try to level the scores yet again, but Eksteen landed a penalty on the stroke of halftime with the visitors holding a slender three-point advantage.


The Griffons scored first after the break through flyhalf Franna du Toit as the hosts grabbed the lead for the first time. Replacement loose forward Andisa Ntsila grabbed his try shortly before the midway mark of the second half, which Eksteen converted after slotting a penalty earlier to give the visitors a handy eight-point lead.


Scheepers reduced the deficit to five points before Eksteen landed three penalties to put the game beyond doubt with a 14-point lead and only five minutes left. The hosts managed a consolation try through substitute scrumhalf Wilmar Abrahams.



Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Daniel van der Merwe, Franna du Toit, Martin Sithole, Willmar Groenewald, Willmar Groenewald; Conversions: Nico Scheepers (3); Penalties: Scheepers (3).

SWD Eagles – Tries: Andisa Ntsila, Carlo Radebe, Leighton Eksteen, Martin du Toit, Wayne Khan; Conversions: Eksteen (2); Penalties: Eksteen (6).


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Nelson Mandela inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/nelson-mandela-inducted-into-world-rugby-hall-of-fame/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/nelson-mandela-inducted-into-world-rugby-hall-of-fame/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:55:26 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48048 World Rugby announced on Saturday that former South African state president, Nelson Mandela, had been posthumously inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The special ceremony took place at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday, before the Springboks’ match against Scotland during Rugby World Cup 2015.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset presented the coveted Hall of Fame cap to the Hon Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Gert C Oosthuizen MP and Francois Pienaar, captain of the South Africa team that won Rugby World Cup 1995 on home soil.

Lapasset said: “The World Rugby Hall of Fame recognises those who have made an indelible mark on our sport through feats on the field of play, displays of great character or through their tireless and inspirational work in driving forward our great game.

“Mandela certainly fits in that category. He was instrumental in turning Rugby World Cup 1995 into a momentous occasion that united the South African nation through the power of sport.

“By supporting the Springboks so passionately and publicly on their way to victory, Mandela helped to change attitudes, soften hearts and convince minds of the right course of history for his country to take and, in the process, became a wonderful example to us all.

“Now, 20 years on from that historic tournament, we are delighted to induct the former president into the World Rugby Hall of Fame. It is a fitting tribute to a man who did so much for his country and our sport.”

South African Rugby Union President and World Rugby Vice-Chairman Oregan Hoskins said: “Madiba was a great man of vision, determination and integrity who performed a miracle that amazed the world as much as it amazed his fellow countrymen.

“His name will rank among the greatest humanitarians and this induction reflects rugby’s ever-lasting friendship and appreciation for a great man.”

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WP secure back-to-back U17 Interprovincial Sevens titles http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/wp-secure-back-to-back-u17-interprovincial-sevens-titles/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2015/10/wp-secure-back-to-back-u17-interprovincial-sevens-titles/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 14:27:49 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=48042 Western Province on Saturday secured back-to-back South African Rugby Union Under-17 Interprovincial Sevens titles as they defeated SWD 43-7 in the Cup Final at Hoërskool Paarl Gimnasium to complete the competition unbeaten.

The Pumas won the Plate Final, while Free State won the Bowl Final and KwaZulu-Natal the Shield Final.

Western Province booked their place in the final after registering a morale-boosting 29-0 victory against Western Cape neighbours, Boland, in the Cup Semi-final.

Earlier in the day they defeated Griquas 48-0 in the Cup Quarter-final.

SWD, meanwhile, defeated the Blue Bulls 28-14 in the Cup Quarter-final and then beat the Lions 21-15 in the Cup Semi-final to book their spot in the final.

The final day’s play followed on a thrilling opening day with a series of big wins and a few tight games keeping fans entertained throughout the day.

In total 296 tries and 1852 points were scored in the two days of rugby. Western Province’s Damian Willemse was the highest points scorer in the tournament with 42 points, while his team-mate Muller du Plessis’ seven tries were the highest by a player.

The Cup Final was exciting with SWD taking an early 7-0 lead compliments of a stunning try by WP van Heerden. But Western Province bounced back with a try by Wian van Zyl, who found space out wide, allowing them to level the scores. WP’s Vian Fourie added their second try minutes later as he dashed to the tryline and broke through two tackles to score under the posts. This strong start boosted their confidence as Khanya Nkusane added another try on the stroke of halftime thanks to his raw pace, which earned the hosts an encouraging 19-7 lead.

Western Province continued to run riot on attack in the second half with Damian Willemse, Muller du Plessis, Charl Serdyn and Mike Mavovana scoring to increase their try tally to seven for a 43-7 victory. SWD, meanwhile, were forced to feed off the scraps throughout the match, and with no possession with which to launch an attack, they were unable to make their presence felt.

In the Plate Final, the Pumas struck first against the Blue Bulls with a try by JC Pretorius and they added another a few minutes later compliments of Jaco Joubert to take a 12-0 lead. The Blue Bulls tried hard to force their way into the match as the first half progressed, but their efforts were countered by the effective Pumas defence. The Mpumalanga side continued their dominance after the break with two tries in quick succession to stretch their lead to 24-0. The Bulls hit back a minute before the final whistle with a try by Lincoln Daniels, but this was cancelled out by the Pumas from the kick-off as they ran in yet another try to secure a 29-5 victory and the Plate trophy.

U17 Interprovincial Sevens day-two results:

Bowl Quarter-finals:

Griffons 47 – 15 Namibia

KZN 14 – 19 Limpopo Blue Bulls

Free State 33 – 5 Leopards

EP 7 – 31 Border

Cup Quarter-finals:

Western Province 48 – 0 Griquas

Pumas 17 – 33 Boland

SWD 28 – 14 Blue Bulls

Falcons 5 – 19 Lions

Shield Semi-finals:

Namibia 10 – 31 KZN

Leopards 24 – 10 EP

Bowl Semi-finals:

Griffons 31 – 26 Limpopo Blue Bulls

Free State 26 – 17 Border

Plate Semi-finals:

Griquas 0 – 38 Pumas

Blue Bulls 24 – 12 Falcons

Cup Semi-finals:

Western Province 29 – 0 Boland

SWD 21 – 15 Lions

Shield Final:

KZN 41 – 7 Leopards

Bowl Final:

Griffons 21 – 26 Free State

Plate Final:

Pumas 29 – 5 Blue Bulls

Cup Final:

Western Province 43 – 7 SWD

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