15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:25:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Coaching Indaba maps out way forward for SA Rugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/coaching-indaba-maps-out-way-forward-for-sa-rugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/coaching-indaba-maps-out-way-forward-for-sa-rugby/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:24:37 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58598 The SA Rugby Coaching Indaba had mapped out a new way forward for South African rugby, said acting president, Mr Mark Alexander, on Thursday.

The country’s six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises turned out in force with Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, his management team, referees, former national coaches and captains for the two-day workshop to address on-field performance by South African teams.

“These have been two of the best days in my time as a rugby administrator,” said Mr Alexander.

“The willingness of the coaches to share their insights and the energy they brought to the discussions was outstanding. We have built relationships and opened conversations over the past two days that have not been a traditional part of our very competitive and combative rugby landscape.

“We asked for collaboration on day one and we got it. But the proof of the pudding will be in the outcomes and I am glad to say it was very solutions-focused two days.”

Coetzee said that he had been excited by the Indaba. It had broken new ground by mapping out a number of interventions at the elite level of the game.

“We shared ideas on where we are strong and where we can improve in all facets of the play,” he said.

“We will be producing a document as a result of the discussions we have had around different skill sets and the Vodacom Super Rugby coaches have agreed to allocate time each week in their schedules to focus on those elements.

“We will also be holding an Indaba solely on conditioning before the end of the year and having opened this conversation we are planning to hold a follow up session between the Springbok management and Vodacom Super Rugby coaches before the start of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

“We know that the impact of a two-day Indaba won’t be felt immediately. But the work we did here was not the end of a process, it was the beginning of a new way forward.”

The Springbok squad for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour will be named on Saturday.

Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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Springbok management team boosted http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/springbok-management-team-boosted/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/springbok-management-team-boosted/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:39:55 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58596 Toyota Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith and Xerox Golden Lions defence specialist, JP Ferreira, have been seconded to the Springbok management team for the end of year tour at the request of the Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, SA Rugby announced on Thursday.

SA Rugby kicking specialist, Louis Koen, will also join the four-match tour, which features Tests against England, Italy and Wales and opens with a match against the Barbarians at Wembley on 5 November.

The trio will assemble with the Springbok squad and management in Johannesburg next week.

Smith will be involved in backline play and skills while Ferreira takes responsibility for defence. Ferreira succeeds Chean Roux, who had filled the role on a temporary basis for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship following the departure of Jacques Nienaber to Munster in mid-year.

The appointments were confirmed during the SA Rugby Coaches’ Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday and Thursday.

Jurie Roux, SA Rugby CEO, said: “There have been a number of meetings with the Springbok coach following the Castle Lager Rugby Championship. His request was that he needed more expertise in certain areas.

“We have added to the management’s strength for this tour and the situation will be reassessed by the Springbok Coach at the conclusion of the season.

“I’d like to thank the Cheetahs and Lions for their whole-hearted support of our request – which shows the spirit of collaboration that has been highlighted by the indaba,” said Roux.

Coetzee said: “Both Franco and JP are experienced coaches at Vodacom Super Rugby and Currie Cup level. They are both hardworking and well respected individuals. They will fit in well with the current management and I am convinced that they will add value.”

The Springbok squad for the tour will be announced following the Currie Cup final in Bloemfontein on Saturday.


Issued by SA Rugby Communications

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DHL WP U21 call on Zas for final http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/dhl-wp-u21-call-on-zas-for-final/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/dhl-wp-u21-call-on-zas-for-final/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:34:51 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58594 Leolin Zas has been included in the DHL Western Province U21 match-day squad for their final against Xerox Golden Lions U21, in Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

The speedy wing, who missed just one match for the DHL Stormers this season through suspension, turns 21-years-old on Thursday and has been named on the replacements bench for DHL Western Province U21.

Zas was part of the unbeaten DHL Western Province U21 side last year and will feature again in what will be their fifth consecutive SA Rugby U21 Championship Final.

There is just one injury-enforced change to the starting line-up which saw off Toyota Free State Cheetahs U21 in their semifinal last week, with lock David Ribbans ruled out and Jaco Willemse getting an opportunity to start in the second row.

Coach Jerome Paarwater said that whilst having continuity in selection is crucial in the knock-out phase, it is also a significant boost to be able to call on a player of Zas’ quality.

“This team has put in an incredible effort this year to get us through to a fifth consecutive final, so they are determined to do justice to all their hard work in Bloemfontein.

“Leolin is a devastating finisher who could well make the difference for us when it counts most, so to have him on the bench gives the rest of the team that much more confidence,” he said.

Paarwater knows that his side will have to be as sharp as ever if they are to beat the Xerox Golden Lions U21 and retain their national title.

“We know that we are in for a tough examination against a talented Xerox Golden Lions U21 side, but we just want to go out there, embrace the occasion and play to the best of our abilities,” he said.

DHL Western Province U21: 15 Grant Hermanus, 14 Sibahle Maxwane, 13 Eduan Keyter, 12 Ryan Oosthuizen, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Jacques Vermaulen, 6 Luke Stringer (captain), 5 Eduard Zandberg, 4 Jaco Willemse, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Percy Mngadi, 1 Kyle Whyte.
Replacements: 16 Hanno Snyman, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Nyasha Tarusenga, 19 Christo van der Merwe, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dennis Cox, 22 Leolin Zas.

Saturday, October 22
Kick-off: 13h00
Venue: Toyota Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Paul Mente
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs. Vodacom Blue Bulls http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-vs-vodacom-blue-bulls-2/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/toyota-free-state-cheetahs-vs-vodacom-blue-bulls-2/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:46 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58592 The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup FINAL on Saturday, 22 October 2016 at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein.  The game kicks off at 16:00  Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter.

A couple of changes to the team from the previous match:

  • Charles Marais to replace Ox Nche ( Prop )

Important information regarding the Currie Cup Final:

6:00  – Att Horak closes

10:00 – Gates open

11:00 – U/19 Final: WP vs. Lions

13:00 – U/21 Final: WP vs. Lions

16:00 – Currie Cup Final: Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs. Vodacom Blue Bulls

  • NO cameras
  • NO firearms
  • NO alcohol through the gates
  • Please ensure that you keep an eye on your personal belongings and children.

Come early!!!

Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Currie Cup FINAL

Saturday, 22 October 2016, 16:00

Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

  1. Charles Marais
  2. Torsten van Jaarsveld
  3. Johan Coetzee
  4. Justin Basson
  5. Reniel Hugo ( VC )
  6. Paul Schoeman
  7. Uzair Cassiem
  8. Niell Jordaan
  9. Shaun Venter
  10. Niel Marais
  11. Rymond Rhule
  12. Nico Lee
  13. Francios Venter ( C )
  14. Sergeal Petersen
  15. Clayton Blommetjies


  1. Jacques Du Toit
  2. Ox Nche
  3. Armandt Koster
  4. Henco Venter
  5. Tian Meyer
  6. Fred Zeilinga
  7. Ryno Benjamin
  8. Conraad van Vuuren

Head Coach:  Franco Smith.  Assistant coaches:  Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom.

Team Manager:  Ashwell Rafferty



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State of Border Rugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/state-of-border-rugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/state-of-border-rugby/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:24:39 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58590 ARTICLE IN THE DAILY DISPATCH CREATES CONFUSION AND MISLEADS

It is a fact that the Directors of the Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd decided to put the company under voluntary liquidation.

The reasons for this have been stated in the papers are for the public to see and there is nothing to hide.

It is, however, worth stating that all the governance processes towards arriving at the decision have been followed and expert advice has been engaged to assist the directors to arrive at what was an unavoidable decision.

It is worth noting too, that the trigger for the action was not a hostile creditor seeking to obtain its due monies.  It was instead a voluntary action taken after careful consideration.  Amongst the factors taken into consideration, inter alia,

  • Unless there is private equity, in partnership with the Union, the Company is not a viable option.
  • Its existence in a situation where there is a single source of income, it serves no commercial or economic purpose because the Union and the Company derive their income from a puny income. All it does is “to spread poverty”
  • The Union, after the breakdown of relations with its erstwhile private equity partner, returned the functions that had been divested to the Company. These were players, coaches and the ground staff.  Once this had been done, the purpose of the Company ceased to exist.
  • In its life up to the point of the decision, it had obviously incurred costs of various nature. The Union took responsibility for discharging the obligations to creditors and negotiated terms of payment to all identified and declared creditors.
  • We have declared the state of the Company to all the relevant authorities and in fact the process of liquidation which require that all potential creditors are made aware is but one part of the process of informing them of the state of the company and the intentions of the directors.


The Red Alert debt came to our attention only about two months ago via our audit firm.  We had no knowledge of it in the three years we were attending to the affairs of both the Union and the Company.  It will have to be looked at and allocated to the relevant entity.  The principle we have always held is that any legitimate debt will be honoured.


On the day that the article was published we have to field an avalanche of calls from creditors with whom we had over the past 3 years built a sound business reputation.  Additionally, other media houses have been alarmed by the reports of this liquidation.  Our players and the workers have become distressed and therefore we believe that it is important to issue an explanatory statement to clear the confusion.

We do so as follows:

  1. All employees’ contracts are held with the Border Rugby Union, since 2014 and are good standing and in sound repute.  There is nothing foreseen that could affect the Union obligations to any of the employees.
    • there is not one employee nor is there any contract of any form with any employee that is held with the erstwhile Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd
  2. all existing credit agreements with third parties are with the Border Rugby Union and we have no reason nor basis to believe that we will not be able to meet all our obligations during this year and in the foreseeable future.
    • it has to be said that BRU has cleared all its arrear debts and has met its obligations to all statutory parties and therefore is good for all its obligations.
  3. The BR (Pty) Ltd was a separate entity and has not operated, by way of entering into contracts of any nature with players or employees.

We therefore would like to re-assure all rugby publics and commercial interests that their dealings will be prejudiced by the application of liquidation for Border Rugby (Pty) Ltd.

We regret the distress that the report may have caused to the commercial and sporting interests that have dealt with the Union.


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Xerox Golden Lions junior teams to face WP in final http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/xerox-golden-lions-junior-teams-to-face-wp-in-final/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/xerox-golden-lions-junior-teams-to-face-wp-in-final/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:11:26 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58587 COMPETITION/AGE GRADE: CURRIE CUP U/19
BokSmart (BS) No. COACH 1: BS-0040436 BokSmart (BS) No. COACH 2: BS- BS-0017699
MATCH REFEREE (name): BokSmart (BS) No. Referee: BS-
Assistant Referee 1 (where appl.): BS- Assistant Referee 2 (where appl.): BS-

TEAM LIST Surname Initials Name Player Reg # DOB (& Age)
DOB = Date of Birth
dd / mm / yyyy
15 Full back CILLIERS J.A JEANLUC 178474 18/11/ 97 (18)
14 Right wing FEBRUARY T TYREEQ 50858 20/03/ 97 (19)
13 Right centre LA GRANGE J JAN-LOUIS 178504 19/03/ 97 (19)
12 Left centre VAN DER BANK W WAYNE 50990 07/01/ 97 (19)
11 Left wing PIENAAR S STEAN 172624 13/05/ 97 (19)
10 Fly half FOUCHE E EDUARD 50902 04/09/ 97 (19)
9 Scrum half THAIN B.A BRADLEY 50831 23/03/ 97 (19)
8 Number eight MASSYN W.L LEON 119734 21/05/ 97 (19)
7 Right flanker DAYIMANI H.G HACJIVAH 119814 23/09/ 97 (19)
6 Left flanker JANSEN E EDWIN 142194 22/08/ 97 (19)
5 Right lock NOTHNAGEL R.P REINHARD 119724 26/09/ 97 (19)
4 Left lock VERMAAK R.S RUAN 52429 01/05/ 98 (18)
3 Tight head prop FILLIES C.D CHERGIN 51590 08/07/ 97 (19)
2 Hooker VAN SCHOOR (c) H.P HENDRICK 120504 23/10/ 97 (18)
1 Loose head prop KRUGER L.R LEO 50861 11/07/ 97 (19)
16 Hooker BRANDON J.C JUSTIN 50634 09/08/ 97 (19)
17 Prop BEZUIDENHOUT N.P NIELL 166264 04/07/ 97 (19)
18 Prop BAUMANN A.R ROUXBANN 50867 24/03/ 97 (19)
19 Utility Forward SKHOSANA T THOKOZANI 120994 12/02/ 97 (19)
20 Utility Forward WAIT P.J PATRICK 178544 04/01/ 97 (19)
21 Utility back VAN DEN BERG M MORNE 119774 24/10/ 97 (18)
22 Utility back CRAUSE X.K XANDER 121044 18/ 04/ 97 (19)
23 Utility back TAMBWE M MADOSHA 166894 12/05/ 97 (19)

COMPETITION/AGE GRADE: Currie Cup u21 Semi-Final
TEAM: Xerox Golden Lions OPPOSING TEAM: Western Province
TEAM COACH 1 (name): Herkie Kurger TEAM COACH 2 (name):
BokSmart (BS) No. COACH 1: BS-0017540 BokSmart (BS) No. COACH 2:
MATCH REFEREE (name): AJ Jacobs
BokSmart (BS) No. Referee: BS-
Assistant Referee 1 (where appl.): BS- Assistant Referee 2 (where appl.): BS-
VENUE: Emirates Airline Park
DAY: Saturday TIME: 13:00 DATE: 22 Oct 2016

TEAM LIST Surname Initials Name Player Reg # DOB (& Age)
DOB = Date of Birth
dd / mm / yyyy
15 Full back Engelbrecht K Kobus 52889 24/01/95 (21)
14 Right wing Brown R Ronald 112274 02/09/95 (21)
13 Right centre Sage JC Jarryd© 114711 18/08/95 (21)
12 Left centre Reynolds S Shaun 45325 15/06/95(21)
11 Left wing Ramaboea G Godfrey 44936 18/06/95 (21)
10 Fly half Jonas C Curtis 116321 27/08/96 ( 20)
9 Scrum half Janse Van Vuren M Marco 49236 14/06/96 (20)
8 Number eight De Villiers J Jo-Hanco 155684 28/04/96 (20)
7 Right flanker Jacobs W Wiehan 53030 18/04/95 (21)
6 Left flanker Venter J James 140894 21/08/96 ( 20)
5 Right lock Pelser F FP 116584 30/03/95( 21)
4 Left lock Herbst R Rhyno 114511 05/07/96 (20)
3 Tight head prop Theron C Clinton 53027 03/11/95 (20)
2 Hooker Jansen P Pieter 45096 21/03/95 ( 21)
1 Loose head prop Malherbe A Arnout 118754 28/08/95 (21)

16 Hooker Baard L Le Roux 49485 27/02/96 (20)
17 Prop Kruger K Kyle 44913 05/08/95 (21)
18 Utility Forward Enslin E Estian 52894 09/03/95 (21)
19 Utility Forward Bester A Adriaan 49675 25/05/96 (20)
20 Utility Back Moos M Morne 114361 10/05/96 (20)
21 Utility back Rooi C Cameron 51559 06/08/95 (21)
22 Utility back Smit B Barend 49685 97/06/96(20)

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Jenkinsonly change in team to face Free State in Currie Cup final http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/jenkinsonly-change-in-team-to-face-free-state-in-currie-cup-final/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/jenkinsonly-change-in-team-to-face-free-state-in-currie-cup-final/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:26:26 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58585 Jason Jenkins will start at lock for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Currie Cup final against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Jenkins replaces the injured RG Snyman in the only change to the starting team that edged DHL Western Province in thesemifinal last week.

His place on the bench will be taken by Nic de Jager.

Ulrich Beyers also recovered in time from his shoulder knock and has been declared fit to start at fullback.

Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais confirmed the team’s determination to bring the Currie Cup back to Pretoria for the first time since 2009, but admitted that it will take a massive effort against the high-flying hosts.

“Let me make it clear, we back ourselves to win. The reality of the matter though is that we are facing a team that is undefeated and playing great rugby. And they play in front of a packed stadium with supporters. So it is not going to be easy, but we have to do it the hard way, which is great.”

Marais points to the fact that they were outplayed when they travelled to Bloemfontein earlier in the season, but since then the Blue Bulls gained significant momentum.

“No doubt, we have improved a lot since that day and that is a good thing. We have nice form, but as you know, finals rugby is all about what you deliver on the day.”

Vodacom Blue Bulls captain Arno Botha feels the same.

“It is going to be a very simple equation. The team who plays best during that 80 minutes will win the match and the Currie Cup. We both start at 0-0, so it is up to us to deliver. Yes, it will be tough playing in front of the Cheetahs fans, but they deserved the right tohost the final.”

The loose forward expects a tight match. “South African derbies tend to be tough and uncompromising and seeing that we are playing for the ultimate prize in domestic rugby, this one will be evenmore so. We are determined though to reward our hard work during the season and to reward our fans with a performance we all can be proud of.”

The team is: Ulrich Beyers, Travis Ismaiel, Dries Swanepoel, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo, Tian Schoeman, Rudy Paige, Arno Botha (c), Jannes Kirsten, Roelof Smit, Marvin Orie, Jason Jenkins, Jacobie Adriaanse, Jaco Visagie, Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: Bandise Maku, Martin Dreyer, Pierre Schoeman, Nic de Jager, Hanro Liebenberg, Piet van Zyl, Joshua Stander, Bjorn Basson

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Davids the only change for DHL WP U19 http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/davids-the-only-change-for-dhl-wp-u19/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/davids-the-only-change-for-dhl-wp-u19/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:19:58 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58583 There is just one change to the DHL Western Province U19 team for their final against Xerox Golden Lions U19, in Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

Junior Springbok loose forward Zain Davids will start at openside flank, in place of Nama Xaba, as DHL Western Province U19 look to win a title they last held in 2014.

There are no other changes to the match-day squad from their semifinal victory against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs U19 last week.

Coach Nazeem Adams’ team have won 11 of their 13 matches this season and will be hoping to continue their winning ways against their rivals from Johannesburg, in Bloemfontein.

Adams explained that continuity in selection was key for the final, as they aim to capitalise on the consistency that they have shown this season.

“The players have developed a great understanding as the season has progressed, so hopefully we can make the most of that in the final,” he said.

Despite his team’s dominance this season, Adams is adamant that they will not be taking anything for granted in their most important game.

“There are still many areas we can improve on and we know that the Xerox Golden Lions U19 team will pose a serious threat, so we will have to be at our best if we are to win the title,” he said.

DHL Western Province U19: 15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Nico Leonard, 13 David Brits, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Ryan Muller, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jondre Williams, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Zain Davids, 5 David Meihuizen, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Matt Wiseman, 1 Ricky Nwagbara.
Replacements: 16 Shane Farmer, 17 Roux Swart, 18 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 19 Joa Swart, 20 Johan Visser, 21 Brandon Salomo, 22 Adriaan van der Bank, 23 Troy Payne.

Saturday, October 22
Venue: Toyota Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 11h00
Referee: Vusi Msibi
Assistant referees: Paul Mente, Lourens van der Merwe
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Lions’ Ferreira joins Springboks http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/lions-ferreira-joins-springboks/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/lions-ferreira-joins-springboks/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:44:34 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58580 JP Ferreira, defense coach and technical analyst at the Golden Lions Rugby Union, has been seconded to the Springbok management team for the end of year tour.

This announcement was made by SA Rugby during the two day rugby indaba that took place in Cape Town.

Ferreira will help out with the Springboks for four weeks and will return to the Lions afterwards for the Lions’ 2017 Super Rugby preparations.

“We support SA Rugby’s decision to appoint JP (Ferreira) for the end of year tour, as we believe that he can add value. He has been a stalwart for the union for the last nine years through some tough times,” said Rudolf Straeuli, the CEO of the Golden Lions.

Ferreira was overwhelmed with the opportunity that came his way. “I am nervous and excited at the same time. It is like a dream come true to work with the Springboks, even if it is only for four weeks.

“As a young boy my dream was to become a Springbok. It did not happen as a player, but I kept my dream alive by deciding to become a coach. Over the past nine years at the Lions I have had the opportunity to work with dedicated and passionate coaches like Eugene Eloff, Jake White, Dick Muir, John Mitchell and Johan Ackermann, all of whom taught me the knowledge, skills and values I apply to my own coaching philosophy.

“Thanks to Johan who had the confidence to appoint me as a defense coach. My dream is being achieved as a coach and I can only thank God for His blessing. I would also like to thank the Lions for affording me the opportunity. I am both humbled and grateful,” Ferreira said.

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Cheetahs hunt fairy-tale Currie Cup finish http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/cheetahs-hunt-fairy-tale-currie-cup-finish/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/10/cheetahs-hunt-fairy-tale-currie-cup-finish/#respond Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:01:11 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=58578 The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will look for a fairy-tale finish to the Currie Cup, after progressing through the competition unbeaten, when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Bloemfontein on Saturday in what will mark the 10th final between the sides.

A victory for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup final – brought to you by DirectAxis and Nashua – would not only earn them their first title since 2007, it would also mark their 10th straight win this season.

They will, however, face a Vodacom Blue Bulls outfit who are equally hungry for success as they last won the title in 2009 – incidentally against the Free Staters in Pretoria – and who also come off an impressive winning run of five matches.

But looking at the history of Currie Cup finals between these teams, it’s clear the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will have their work cut out for them. The Vodacom Blue Bulls have won seven of the nine previous finals between the sides from 1973 to 2009, while the teams shared the title in 2006 after playing to a 28-28 draw after an exhausting 100 minutes of rugby.

Adding spice to the clash, there is an intense rivalry between the teams as they met in back-to-back Currie Cup finals from 2004 to 2006, with each side winning one, while the other match ended in a draw.

In the six Currie Cup Finals hosted by the Toyota Free State Cheetahs since 1939, they have lost three, won two and registered one draw.

Earlier in the season, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs registered a brilliant 43-20 victory against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the pool stages of the competition, but the Pretoria side defeated them 20-17 in the Currie Cup Qualifier at Loftus Versfeld.

The hosts, however, boast better statistics on attack and defence than the Pretoria side, with 55 tries scored and 21 conceded in their nine matches this season, to 42 tries scored by the Vodacom Blue Bulls and 29 conceded.

They will, however, be wary of writing off the Vodacom Blue Bulls, who found themselves in a similar situation in the 2005 Currie Cup Final – on a nine-match winning running and playing with confidence in front of their home crowd – when the Free Staters defied the odds to take their first title in 29 years.

The SA Rugby Under-19 and Under-21 Championship Finals between Western Province and the Golden Lions will be played as curtain-raisers to the Currie Cup final at 11h00 and 13h00 respectively.


Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls – Currie Cup Final

Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-off: 16h00

Referee: Jaco Peyper


Western Province v Golden Lions – SA Rugby U21 Championship

Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-off: 13h00

Referee: AJ Jacobs


Western Province v Golden Lions – SA Rugby U19 Championship

Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Kick-off: 11h00

Referee: Vusi Msibi



Issued by SA Rugby Communications



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