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Posted by on 15/04/2014 in Currie Cup, Rugby, Sport, Springboks, Super 15


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Management holding Stormers back



After the kind of loss that has devastated the Stormers over the past few weeks, De Villiers, despite a freshly battered body and ego, would have done an immediate mea culpa, an unflinching analysis of his own and his team’s role in their defeat. Allister Coetzee would have done the same. Each would evince an admirable refusal to blame. Responsibility for failure and for the rectification of mistakes would be entirely their own.

Wakefield was the opposite. Despite the fact that he is the big boss – the man ultimately in charge of this team – he showed not a shadow of self-doubt. Proudly introducing his new white knight – Smal – he kept using the word “quality”. We need to surround ourselves with quality people, he announced.

What was he saying? That the coaching team lacked quality and he was now going to save the day by imposing another leader on the pack?

Watching this self-congratulatory display, I thought: this is the reason why the Stormers are at the bottom of the log: this bumbling management by unaccountable amateurs who don’t have a clue about how to manage some of the finest professional athletes in the world.

via Management holding Stormers back – IOL Sport |

via Management holding Stormers back – IOL Sport |

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Posted by on 10/04/2014 in Rugby, Sport, Super 15


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Codes that do not meet quota ‘will be banned from international events’


To pick or exclude players because of colour is wrong!

FAILURE to field 60% black players by the country’s top sports teams like the Proteas, Springboks and Bafana Bafana will lead to them being banned from representing South Africa in international events.

This is according to resolutions taken by the Department of Sport following a meeting between Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and the sports MECs on Saturday.

The meeting discussed a report of a pilot study on the status of transformation in the country — released last week — which focused on the country’s top sports — rugby, cricket, netball, athletics and football.

Mbalula on Saturday said the group decided to increase the 50-50 quota system to a 60% representation after “lack of willingness in implementing transformation, especially the enforcement of quotas”.

Failure to implement the new quotas system, Mbalula said, would result in a withdrawal in any form of funding and support to federations and sport bodies.

via Codes that do not meet quota ‘will be banned from international events’ | Sport | BDlive.

via Codes that do not meet quota ‘will be banned from international events’ | Sport | BDlive.

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Posted by on 07/04/2014 in Sport


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SA Rugby teams not so flash this year

The Bulls suffered more injury loss after their Stegmann and Potgieter return home. Deon Stegmann has torn his groin muscle – the same injury that saw him miss the opening two games of the season – while Dewald Potgieter has torn his bicep muscle. Both injuries happened during the 25-20 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday and the players will leave on Sunday for South Africa to begin their rehab.

Cheetahs, at home after a disastrous four-defeat visit to Australasia, collected three points and moved off the bottom with compatriots Western Stormers dropping to last place.

Cheetahs stunned the visitors by building a 34-10 half-time lead on the back of a superb performance from scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius.

His sniping runs and alertness brought two tries and centre Rayno Benjamin and flank Boom Prinsloo also crossed the try-line.

But if the Cheetahs dominated the opening half with their scrum a potent weapon, territory and possession during the second 40 minutes belonged largely to the Chiefs.

Chiefs stay third on the overall southern hemisphere championship standings with 20 points, one behind the Australian Brumbies and three adrift of the South African Coastal Sharks

The Lions‘ scrum was again a major weapon against a Crusaders front row that rank among the highest for set piece penalties conceded. It didn’t help that the referee struggled to figure out what was going on and opted to even out the penalties to cover up his ignorance.

There were some debatable calls at the breakdown, the referee had at least one try (already awarded) overruled after the TMO intervened and the Crusaders also got the benefit of advancing ahead of the kicker at times, but the home team just kept on playing without complaining.

The Lions’ partiality to running from everywhere provided the Crusaders with plenty of turnover opportunities, while the shoddy line-out throwing of hooker Willie Wepener and some missed tackles also contributed to the home team’s woes.

Both teams created opportunities, but poor finishing and sloppy handling meant the first half was tryless.

The Lions deserve some credit for their defensive effort in the first half, when they won a couple of crucial turnovers under pressure deep inside their 22. After the break a few sloppy tackles and errors afforded the visitors far more freedom.

Stormers looked capable of ending the losing streak during a first half which ended with them trailing 10-8 before a 25,000 Newlands stadium crowd.

Centre Juan de Jongh was prominent and his brilliant midfield break set up Van Wyk to go over far out, but usually deadly Grant disappointed with two misses from four goal-kicks.

Waratahs took a stranglehold on possession and territory after the break and defended superbly in the dying minutes as the Stormers sought a losing bonus point.

“This was a really pleasing result from a typically physical Super R

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Posted by on 06/04/2014 in Rugby, Sport, Super 15


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Rugby-Otago Highlanders 33 Melbourne Rebels 30

April 4 (Reuters) – Otago Highlanders (New Zealand) beat Melbourne Rebels (Australia) 33-30 (halftime 20-13) in their Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Friday.


Highlanders – Tries: Shane Christie, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith; Conversions: Lima Sopoaga (3); Penalties: Sopoaga (4)

Rebels – Tries: Scott Fuglistaller, Angus Roberts, Jason Woodward; Conversions: Woodward (3); Penalties: Woodward (3) (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O’Brien)

via Rugby-Otago Highlanders 33 Melbourne Rebels 30 – Super Rugby result | News by Country | Reuters.

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Posted by on 04/04/2014 in Rugby, Sport, Super 15


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More forced changes due to injury


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The DHL Stormers and Waratahs have met on eight previous occasions at DHL Newlands, with the Stormers winning five times and the ‘Tahs winning twice. One match has been drawn (in 2008).
* Tickets for this weekend can be bought online at TicketPros, or from selected Spar stores or PostNet outlets. Ticket prices start at R50 for standing and R80 for seating.
The DHL Stormers team for Saturday (v the Waratahs) is as follows:
15. Jaco Taute
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Damian de Allende
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Peter Grant (vice-captain)
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen (captain)
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Nizaam Carr
5. Michael Rhodes
4. Ruan Botha
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Deon Fourie
1. Steven Kitshoff
16. Stephan Coetzee
17. Oliver Kebble
18. Brok Harris
19. Tazz Fuzani
20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
21. Nic Groom
22. Demetri Catrakilis
23. Michael van der Spuy
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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Posted by on 03/04/2014 in Rugby, Sport, Super 15


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All Black focus robbing Super 15 of fire

Rugby has a sleeping pill problem all right. It’s called the Super 15. What a yawn.

Blues coach John Kirwan might have over-simplified the solution, claiming the world would be put right if only halfbacks could feed scrums minus the guiding hand of the referees.

But at least Kirwan was addressing a real and major issue, the state of the actual game on the field, a factor – although certainly not the only one – in a lack of audience participation to match rugby’s alleged place as a “religion”. Kirwan’s urgency was fantastic, and much welcomed.

If only it would spread to HQ. Because down at the NZRU, it’s another planet. Black suits. Black cars. And celebrations over black ink.

While the rest of us wade through eternal scrum delays, erratic/poor form from the New Zealand sides and the regular sight of sparsely populated stadiums, chief executive Steve Tew was euphoric over the latest financial figures.

via Chris Rattue: All Black focus robbing Super 15 of fire – Opinion – NZ Herald News.


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Posted by on 03/04/2014 in Rugby, Sport, Super 15


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