15.co.za http://www.rugby15.co.za | Rugby News, Live Scores, Results, Fixtures Sun, 14 Feb 2016 04:27:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 FORCE OVERPOWER SPIRITED DRAGONS AT MCGILLIVRAY http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/force-overpower-spirited-dragons-at-mcgillivray/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/force-overpower-spirited-dragons-at-mcgillivray/#respond Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:49:32 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50964 The Western Force has ended its pre-season campaign on a winning note, with a double from Luke Morohan helping the side to a 34-26 victory over the Asia Pacific Dragons at McGillivray Oval on Saturday afternoon.


In dry conditions, the Western Force came out in emphatic fashion in the first half, outscoring the invitational side 24-5 before half time, and then holding on through three second-half Dragon’s tries to walk away victors.


Luke Morohan was able to cross the line twice for the Force, with the 25-year-old winger putting on a strong attacking display in front of the home crowd.


In addition to Morohan’s double, Angus Cottrell, Matt Hodgson, Dane Haylett-Petty and Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea all added five-pointers of their own to secure the Force’s second pre-season victory in as many games.


Western Force head coach Michael Foley said while there were positive aspects in his side’s display, there are still fundamental areas requiring improvement before round one.


“In that game today you could see some of the positives, the way we used the ball at times was good,” he said.


“Early on today our maul got penalized, and then we adapted but in the end we didn’t get the payout of that, so we’ve got a bit of work to do there.


“In defence we had a lot of control of the game early, and then I thought when we had to defend we didn’t work hard enough in simple terms.


“We certainly kept the ball in hand for large periods and then when the space was on behind we knocked the ball in behind, I think Jono Lance did a very good job there, but we can definitely play a little bit faster than what we played in that first half.”


Looking ahead to their round one clash with the Melbourne Rebels, Foley said there would be an increased focus on their defensive game.


“There’s got to be a focus on what we’re doing, and I think critically for me it’s being able to invest a lot of energy in the defence and getting the ball back quickly, so that we can actually attack with it,” he said.


“Then when we attack with the ball make sure we maintain that good focus we had on going forward and keeping the tempo of the game up, I think we can definitely work on a couple of those areas.”


In what was an impressive opening-half performance, the Force got on the board early with Angus Cottrell powering his way over the top of a breakdown, after a series of successful phases put his side in a strong attacking position.


The floodgates soon opened for the West-Australian side, producing their best attacking foray of the match when skipper Matt Hodgson scored off the back of a maul with the help of his forward pack, followed by Luke Morohan who scored his first of the day when he broke a tackle in his own half, creating space for him to cruise over for the home sides third try.


Jono Lance converted the kick on both majors, putting the score at 19-0.


Soon after, the Force’s backline were again rewarded for their dominance when an Alby Mathewson pass into the right hand corner allowed Dane Haylett-Petty to dive over and add on another five points. Lance’s missed conversion attempt put the Force at 24-0, their biggest deficit of the contest.


The Dragons ended the half with their first try of the day, working their way through the Force’s 22 allowing Hadleigh May to cross over and narrow the score to 24-5 going into half time.


The home side opened up the second half scoring, after Ammon Matuauto pushed a grubber kick cross field to kind Luke Morohan who crossed for his second of the day. 29-5.


With the Force looking certain to close the game out strongly, the Dragons looked for one last surge with a try coming from thunderous second rower Ben Nee-Nee, followed by another try from Roy Kinikinilau in the corner to narrow the gap down to 29-19 after one out of two successful conversions.


Junior Rasolea closed out the scoring for the Force, collecting a pass from Peter Grant in the corner, followed by an emphatic dive to place the ball across the line and put the score at 34-19.


The game closed out with an intercepted pass turning into a try when Cardiff Vaega picked the ball out of the air, easily strolling over the line to end the game 34-26 in favour of the Force.


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DHL Stormers vs Jaguares Teamsheets #STOvJAG http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/dhl-stormers-vs-jaguares-teamsheets-stovjag/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/dhl-stormers-vs-jaguares-teamsheets-stovjag/#comments Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:37:41 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50953 Date: 13 January 2016

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-off: 16h00 SA Time

TV: Not televised

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DHL Stormers:

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert Du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr (C), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.


Scarra Ntubeni, Michael Willemse, JC Janse van Rensburg, JP Smith, Alistair Vermaak, Jan de Klerk, JD Schickerling, Rikus Bothma, Jurie van Vuuren, Nic Groom, Godlen Masimla, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Brandon Thompson, Ryan Oosthuizen, Khanyo Ngcukana.




TBC – Full squad below

Squad:Matias Alemanno, Felipe Arregui, Gabriel Ascarate, Rodrigo Baez, Cristian Bartolini, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Thomas Carrió, Santiago Cordero, Agustín Creevy (C), Jerónimo de la Fuente, Felipe Ezcurra, Santiago García Botta, Santiago González Iglesias, Ramiro Herrera, Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Facundo Isa, Martin Landajo, Ignacio Larrague, Thomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Thomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Julian Montoya, Matías Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Lucas Noguera, Matías Orlando, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet.

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Italy vs England Teamsheets #RBS6Nations http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/italy-vs-england-teamsheets-rbs6nations/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/italy-vs-england-teamsheets-rbs6nations/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 20:02:06 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50946 Date: 14 February 2016

Venue: Stadio Olimpico
Kick-off: 16h00 (SA Time)
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Luke McLean
Leonardo Sarto
Michele Campagnaro
Gonzalo Garcia
Mattia Bellini
Carlo Canna
Edoardo Gori
Andrea Lovotti
Ornel Gega
Lorenzo Cittadini
George Biagi
Marco Fuser
Francesco Minto
Alessandro Zanni
Sergio Parisse
Davide Giazzon
Matteo Zanusso
Martin Castrogiovanni
Valerio Bernabo
Braam Steyn
Guglielmo Palazzani
Edoardo Padovani
Andrea Pratichetti

Mike Brown
Anthony Watson
Jonathan Joseph
Owen Farrell
Jack Nowell
George Ford
Ben Youngs
Mako Vunipola
Dylan Hartley
Dan Cole
Courtney Lawes
George Kruis
Chris Robshaw
James Haskell
Billy Vunipola
Jamie George
Joe Marler
Paul Hill
Joe Launchbury
Maro Itoje
Jack Clifford
Danny Care
Alex Goode

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DESPERATE, BELAGLIKE KIWI’S #PaleToe http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/desperate-belaglike-kiwis-paletoe/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/desperate-belaglike-kiwis-paletoe/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:13:26 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50943 Skotvry, vir die hoeveelste keer, sonder om te blik of te bloos nadat hulle die eindwedstryd teen die Australiërs in Sydney gewen het, sê Simon Riekert van # Pale toe!
Die Nieu Seelanders het in die doodsnikke van die wedstryd teen Australië, agt in plaas van sewe spelers op die veld gehad. Die laaste beweging van die wedstryd het tot ‘n drie gelei, gedruk deur Ardie Savea. Dit het die telling gelykop 17-elk gemaak met die stadion se horlosie reeds in die rooi.
Video beelde wys dat meer as die helfte van die Nieu Seelanders die bal hanteer het wat tot Savea se drie gelei het.
Reiko Ione het nog ‘n drie na die toeter gedruk om die wedstryd met 27-24 in die Nieu Seelanders se guns te verseël.
Craig Joubert wat die wedstryd beheer het, het nie besef dat daar agt spelers vir die Kiwi’s op die veld is nie.
Kort daarna het sosiale media wêreldwyd gegons oor die agt spelers op die veld en is daar geëis dat ‘n ondersoek gedoen is.
Wêreld Rugby (die ou IRB) het kort daarna ‘n dissiplinêre beampte aangestel om die bewerings te ondersoek kragtens artikel 3 van die Sewes se sportkode.
Die Raad het daarna die volgende vrystelling gemaak: “nadat daar volledige ondersoek gedoen is oor die insident, het die ondersoekbeampte bevind dat daar geen basis of rede is om ‘n saak van wangedrag aanhangig te maak nie.”
Dit beteken dat die Kiwi’s los hotnot uit hierdie een uitdraai.
Wêreld Rugby se kommentaar was voorts “dat hulle sal sorg dat hierdie voorval nie herhaal word in die reeks nie en dat daar toegesien sal word dat beamptes beter aandag aan die vervanging van spelers sal gee.”
Wynie Strydom, voormalige span bestuurder van die Bulls en Blou Bulle meen dat só ‘n fout uitsonderlik is en net onder sekere omstandighede gemaak kan word.
“Dit gebeur slegs wanneer daar ‘n besering is en die skeidsregter dan die spel stop totdat die beseerde speler vervang is of wanneer die span bestuurder of afrigter die beampte wat daarvoor verantwoordelik is om die spanlys te kontroleer, inlig dat hy een speler vir ‘n ander gaan vervang.
“Andersins het ‘n ekstra speler opgegaan sonder dat hy gemagtig was om so te doen.”
Die voormalige internasionale skeidsregter, Jonathan Kaplan het gister, na die bekendmaking van die uitslag van die ondersoek behoorlik gal gebraak op sy Facebook blad:
“Wat ‘n klomp snert! Niemand is verantwoordelik nie? ‘n Span teken die wendrie aan met ‘n ekstra speler op die veld en breek die hele etos van sport (‘n regverdige kans) en dis als een groot fout…Ek kan eerlik sê ek dink nie dis moedswillige verneuk is hoegenaamd moontlik nie, maar as die wenner van die toernooi dinge deurmekaar krap, en miskien die wenner van die hele kompetisie, moet jy jouself afvra hoe lank Jan Publiek hiermee tevrede gaan wees.”
Die hele bohaai sou sekerlik vir rooi gesigte in Kiwiland gesorg het, veral nadat Twitter met #NZ8’s begin spot het.
Of dit nou agterlosigheid of iets anders was wat veroorsaak het dat die wedstryd beampte nie toegesien het dat daar ‘n ekstra speler op is nie, is mosterd na die maal.
Feit is dat Nieu Seeland ‘n onregverdige voordeel gehad het wat die dag en die toernooi beïnvloed het. Die afrigter en persoon wat spelers reguleer is net so skuldig hier en dit sak ‘n donker wolk oor die Kiwi’s se deelname aan die Sewes reeks.
Miskien lê daar meer waarheid agter verlede week se aanhaling oor die desperaatheid van Nieu Seeland in.
Mark Reason, ‘n gerespekteerde Nieu Seelandse sportjoernalis het verlede week kaalvuis onder die Nieu Seelanders ingeklim na die gebore Nieu Seelander skeidsregter Matt O’Brien die Blitsbokke openlik verneuk het:
“The whole charade was an embarrassment and it made you wonder two things. Does the sevens circuit covertly endorse home town refereeing in order to boost ticket sales?
“When stuff like this goes on, it is almost impossible to avoid the charge of nepotism.
“It may have been a good weekend for Kiwi sport in terms of results, but it was a bad weekend in terms of integrity. It was disappointing none of New Zealand’s sevens leaders showed sportsmanship.”
Tot hulle sportmanskap toepas, praat ons nie van die Kiwi’s nie; ons noem hulle Skiewies.

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Preview: Southern Kings vs Cheetahs http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/preview-southern-kings-vs-cheetahs/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/preview-southern-kings-vs-cheetahs/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:49:01 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50940 The Southern Kings are set to face the Toyota Cheetahs tonight, in their final warm-up match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, before the start of their 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign.
The Southern Kings, who have had two pre season friendlies against the NMMU Madibaz a fortnight ago and SWD Eagles last week, will have one last opportunity to test a possible starting XV before they face the Cell C Sharks in their opener in two weeks time.

With very little separating the two teams at Outeniqua Park in George last week, the Southern Kings scored a second half try and a penalty to secure a 22 – 16 win. Despite the victory, the visitors picked up two injuries, Edgar Marutlulle suffered a cut to his ear while Jacobie Adriaanse sustained a concussion as both are ruled out for this evening’s game.

The Cheetahs kicked off their pre season preparation with a win against the Bulls in Harare. The team from Bloemfontein out scored the Bulls 4 tries to 1. The powerful Cheetahs scrum dominated the Bulls last week, which also resulted in two penalty tries as the game ended 28 – 10.

Three former EP Kings players in Sergeal Petersen, Charles Marais and Paul Schoeman will make the trip down to Port Elizabeth with the Cheetahs to face their former team mates.

The Southern Kings were forced to make three late changes as Malcolm Jaer replaced Jurgen Visser at fullback, JP du Plessis moved off the bench to replace Jaer on the wing and Lukhanyo Am replaced du Plessis on the bench.

“This is our first Super Rugby team that we are playing against, and we want to see how the team performs against a super rugby side,” said Southern Kings head coach, Deon Davids.

Davids said the game against the SWD Eagles on Friday last week had been beneficial in testing a few combinations and seeing some of the players that were coming back from injury on the field.

“It is always nice to win, but for us it was good to get the match exercise under our belt and also see guys who haven’t played in a while come through,” he said.

Davids said the team would be focusing on their set pieces, and would be looking at retaining possession from set pieces through the phases.

He said the team would also be looking at how to capitalise on opportunities and convert them into points.

Kickoff is at 7pm.

Southern Kings:

15 Malcolm Jaer 14 Luzuko Vulundlu 13 Stefan Watermeyer 12 Shane Gates 11 JP du Plessis 10 Elgar Watts 9 Ntando Kebe 8 Jacques Engelbrecht 7 Thembelani Bholi 6 Chris Cloete 5 JC Astle 4 Steven Sykes (c) 3 Tom Botha 2 Martin Bezuidenhout 1 Schalk Ferreira


16 Sti Sithole 17 Martin Ferreira 18 Vukile Sofisa 19 Cornell Hess 20 CJ Velleman 21 Stephan Willemse 22 Junior Pokomela 23 Leighton Eksteen 24 Theuns Kotze 25 Lukhanyo Am 26 Siyanda Grey


15 Sergeal Petersen 14 Maphutha Dolo 13 Francois Venter (c) 12 William Small-Smith 11 Raymond Rhule 10 Sias Ebersohn 9 Shaun Venter 8 Niell Jordaan 7 Uzair Cassiem 6 Boom Prinsloo 5 Lodewyk de Jager 4 Carl Wegner 3 Maks van Dyk 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld 1 Charles Marais


16 Jacques du Toit 17 Danie Mienie 18 Luan de Bruin 19 Reniel Hugo 20 Hilton Lobberts 21 Paul Schoeman 22 Henco Venter 23 Tian Meyer 24 Fred Zeilinga 25 Michael van der Spuy 26 Clayton Blommetjies

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Lawes, Vunipola and Youngs start for England in Rome http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/lawes-vunipola-and-youngs-start-for-england-in-rome/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/lawes-vunipola-and-youngs-start-for-england-in-rome/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:47:54 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50932 Eddie Jones has named second row Courtney Lawes, tight-head prop Mako Vunipola and scrum half Ben Youngs in his starting side to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday (kick-off 2pm, live on ITV).

Saracens’ Vunipola, who made a big impact off the bench in last week’s Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland, is selected in front of Harlequins’ Joe Marler as England go head-to-head with an Italian side who narrowly lost to France in Paris last weekend.

Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs replace Joe Launchbury and Danny Care who both move to the bench.  Elsewhere Saracens’ second row Maro Itoje is included as a replacement for the first time joining fellow debutant Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) who was unused last weekend.

Explaining the selection, head coach Eddie Jones said the three new names in his starting 15 had impressed off the bench at Murrayfield and suited the way he wants the side to play against Italy.

“We’ve made a few changes to the line up for Italy. I believe this is the strongest 23 to go to Rome and get the performance and result we want.” Jones said.

“Mako, Ben and Courtney have been pushing hard for selection during training, but they also fit the game plan we want to implement against Italy. Danny, Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury will all have a significant roles to play to finish the game.”

“It has been an intense week of training and I am pleased with how the group have responded to some of the things we’ve asked them to do. Maro has consistently impressed me this week and, together with his excellent club form, has deserved his call up to the match day squad.

“We are confident we can go to Rome and win, but we’re in no doubt of the challenge we face. Italy took France very close last weekend in Paris so they’ll be fired up.

“Josh Beaumont and Ollie Devoto will also travel with the squad to give them an opportunity to gain experience of Test match rugby.”

England match-day 23 to face Italy   

15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 44 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)
13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 36 caps)
11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 18 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps)

1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 28 caps)
2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 67 caps)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 57 caps)
4. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 43 caps)
5. George Kruis (Saracens, 11 caps)
6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 44 caps)
7. James Haskell (Wasps, 63 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 22 caps)


16. Jamie George (Saracens, 4 caps)
17. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 38 caps)
18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 29 caps)
20. Maro Itoje (Saracens, uncapped)
21. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 1 cap)
22. Danny Care (Harlequins, 54 caps)
23. Alex Goode (Saracens, 19 caps)

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Yantolo appointed new SA Rugby Referees Manager http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/yantolo-appointed-new-sa-rugby-referees-manager/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/yantolo-appointed-new-sa-rugby-referees-manager/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:29:38 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50930  

Former referee Mzwamadoda “Banks” Yantolo has been appointed as SA Rugby’s new Referees Manager as a slight restructure will see the Referees Department henceforth operate within the Rugby Department based at SA Rugby’s offices in Cape Town.


Yantolo became a referee in 2003, but he switched his focus to being a Referee Selector after a knee injury ended his refereeing career. One of the highlights of his career was being appointed as a World Rugby Sevens Selector and Referee Reviewer at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in 2013.


To ensure a swift transition to the new structure, the Referees Department has been relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town. Yantolo, who started in his new position last month, reports to Rassie Erasmus, General Manager of the Rugby Department.


“We strive to be the best in every aspect of the game and our referees department certainly forms one of the key elements of the game,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.


“Over the years we have produced some of the best referees in the world, and by grooming our referees correctly and equipping them with all the necessary skills from understanding and analysing the Laws of the game to writing referee reports, we hope to see many more of our referees being named on World Rugby panels in future.”


On the decision to move the Referees Department into the Rugby Department, Roux said: “If we would like to be the leading rugby nation in the world we need to have the best players, coaches and referees.


“They all work in sync because the referees assist the players with Law interpretation and the correct implementation of the Laws, while our Mobi-Unit coaching team now has direct access to both the players and referees, which will ensure that the department functions optimally.”


The SA Rugby Referees Department kicked off their 2016 season last month with a four-day camp in Cape Town, which featured fitness tests and seminars focusing on the different aspects of the game to ensure that they continue to make their presence felt among the top referees in World Rugby.


The camp included an extensive Rugby Laws examination and was attended by referees, television match officials (TMO’s), selectors, coaches and performance reviewers.


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Madibaz coach plays cards close to his chest http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/madibaz-coach-plays-cards-close-to-his-chest/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/madibaz-coach-plays-cards-close-to-his-chest/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:25:46 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50927 FNB NMMU-Madibaz head coach David Maidza is playing his cards close to his chest in the lead-up to their second-round FNB Varsity Cup clash against Maties on Monday night.


The team suffered an agonising opening round defeat to UJ in a rain-marred match that could have gone either way until the dying moments.


“I felt that the conditions on the day did not really allow us to play our game fully,” said Maidza.


“We analysed the match on video and identified certain areas that needed work and there was good response from the boys this week.


“I was happy after the review to see them realising the areas that we could have taken advantage of and knowing that we did create opportunities for ourselves.”


Maidza said this was a positive to take forward in the competition and especially on Monday.


“We need to work for our first win – especially in front of our fans.


“We owe it to them and ourselves to improve on the areas that were lacking last week and everyone is really excited going into the Maties game.”


The visitors were 26-16 winners a year ago.


Maidza said Maties had appointed a new, astute coach in Hawies Fourie and that their systems and style of play would have changed under his leadership.


“So we will do our homework and find the game plan best suited for Monday.”


Team discussions centred on the fact that there were six games remaining and they wanted to make each one count, said Maidza.


“Starting with Maties, we want to put on a good show. We need to maximise home advantage so that we can come away with a win.”


He refrained from commenting on any strategic changes to the team and their match plan.


The fact that the match would be televised did not play a factor in the team’s approach, he said.


“We do not take into account whether we are on TV or not. Our focus is on us and how we improve with every match.


“That is what we want to analyse at the end of each match and ultimately at the end of the competition.”


Team: 15 Lindelwe Zunga; 14 Keanu Vers; 13 Jeremy Ward; 12 Andile Jho; 11 Yamkela Ngam; 10 Simon Nord Bolze; 9 Ivan Ludick (C); 8 Kevin Aneh Kaba; 7 Henry Brown; 6 Jason Reinecke; 5 Gerrit Huisamen; 4 Elandre van der Merwe; 3 Nemo Roelofse; 2 Tango Balekile; 1 Nicholaas Oosthuizen.


Replacements: 16 Jean-Pierre Jamieson (hooker); 17 Marzuq Maarman (prop); 18 Wynand Grassman (utility forward); 19 Andisa Ntsila (utility forward); 20 Sibusiso Ngcokovane (scrumhalf); 21 Thomas Kean (utility back); 22 Khaya Malotana (utility back); 23 James Ronald Beyl (prop).



CAPTION: Khaya Malotana of the FNB NMMU-Madibaz defending during the side’s opening round FNB Varsity Cup match against UJ. Photo: Sa

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Future Crusaders in training at Lincoln http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/future-crusaders-in-training-at-lincoln/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/future-crusaders-in-training-at-lincoln/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:51:41 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50923 Around fifty aspiring Crusaders are attending a training camp at Lincoln University today and tomorrow, with the Crusaders Knights squad for 2016 to be selected out of a trial game tomorrow afternoon.


The Crusaders Knights squad is the BNZ Crusaders’ development side. It’s purpose is to give non playing Crusaders and New Zealand Under 20 players the opportunity for game time each week, while also developing some upcoming national provincial, academy and club players from across the franchise who are identified as being potential Crusaders within the next 3 years.


This year’s Crusaders Knights squad will be coached by Joe Maddock, with support from Mark Brown and Johnny Leo’o.


“The training camp at Lincoln is a chance for us to work with some of the emerging talent in particular, and give those players a chance to stake their claim for a place in the squad,” Maddock said.  “It is an intense programme for them out here which culminates in the trial game tomorrow afternoon.  I’ve seen enough already out here today to be feeling very excited about the season ahead and the talent that we’ll have to work with.”


The Crusaders Knights will play their first game against the Hurricanes development team on 19 February in Blenheim.  They will then play three matches against the Highlanders development team, at Christchurch’s Rugby Park on 27 February, Dunedin’s Logan Park on 5 March, and the Pleasant Point Rugby Club on 12 March.

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Vodacom Bulls vs Emirate Lions Teamsheets #Rugby http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/vodacom-bulls-vs-emirate-lions-teamsheets-rugby/ http://www.rugby15.co.za/2016/02/vodacom-bulls-vs-emirate-lions-teamsheets-rugby/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:38:51 +0000 http://www.rugby15.co.za/?p=50920 Date: 13 February 2016

Venue: Polokwane

Kick-off: 17h00 SA Time

TV: Not televised

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15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.


16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jason Jenkins, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Burger Odendaal, 23 Werner Kruger, 24 Pierre Schoeman, 25 Jamba Ulengo, 26 Jade Stighling.




15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.


16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Martin Muller, 21 Ruan Ackermann, 22 Stephan de Witt, 23 Ruan Lerm, 24 Faf de Klerk, 25 Howard Mnisi, 26 Stokkies Hanekom, 27 Anthony Volmink, 28 Jaco van der Walt.

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