Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Pumas vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on Pumas in a Currie Cup match on Friday, 23 September 2016 at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit. The game kicks off at 18:40. Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> A couple of changes to the team for the last match: <br><br> andbull; Francios Venter will replace William Small-Smith on centre and will be captaining the team. andbull; Nico Lee will move to inside centre. andbull; Sergeal Petersen on right wing. andbull; Ryno Benjamin will be replacing Raymond Rhule on left wing andbull; Johan Coetzee will be replacing the injured Tom Botha andbull; Jacques Du Toit to replace Torsten van Jaarsveld on Hooker andbull; Charles Marais will replace Ox Nche andbull; New on the bench: Elandre Huggett on Hooker, Ox Nche on prop and William Small-Smith as utility back <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Pumas<br><br> Friday, 23 September 2016, 18:40<br><br> Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit<br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais Jacques Du Toit Johan Coetzee Justin Basson Reniel Hugo ( VC ) Paul Schoeman Uzair Cassiem Niell Jordaan Shaun Venter Niel Marais Ryno Benjamin Nico Lee Francios Venter ( C ) Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Elandre Huggett Ox Nche Armandt Koster Tienie Burger Zee Mkhabela Fred Zeilinga William Small-Smith <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> 2016-09-21 Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 schedule announced andmiddot; Cell C Sharks kick off SA season in Brisbane<br><br> andmiddot; Two local derbies on opening round<br><br> andmiddot; 135 regular season matches and eight-team, seven match finals series<br><br> andmiddot; Draw schedule accounts for British and Irish Lions tour in June<br><br> andmiddot; Finals series commences 21 July with Final set for 5 August<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 will kick off on Thursday 23 February when the Melbourne Rebels host the Blues, while the Cell C Sharks will be the first South African side in action when they take on the Reds in Brisbane a day later.<br><br> The Thursday night kick-off (Thursday morning SA time) is a first for Vodacom Super Rugby and is followed a week later by another Thursday match between Force and the Reds in Perth.<br><br> The opening round of action will see two South African derbies andndash; both on Saturday, 25 February andndash; when 2016 runners-up, the Emirates Lions, travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Cheetahs, while the DHL Stormers will host the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town.<br><br> The Hurricanes will start off their title defence in Tokyo against the Sunwolves, while 2016 Australian conference winners, the Brumbies, will play the Crusaders in Christchurch.<br><br> It will be the second season for the 17-round, four-conference tournament structure that sees each team play 15 matches and have two byes. As in 2016, each team will play six matches within its own conference and nine matches against other conference teams.<br><br> In its inaugural year, the 18-team tournament produced some wonderful rugby where analysis of the new bonus point system showed it provided an increased level of competitiveness and rewarded those teams with an attacking mind-set. Despite the increase in the number of matches on previous years the average number of points scored per match increased from 45.3 to 52.0 while tries were up from 5.1 to 6.4 per match.<br><br> The 17-round regular season and the finals series produced a final in Wellington between the two best teams in the tournament, the Hurricanes and Emirates Lions, highlighting the integrity of the tournament structure.<br><br> The Hurricanes were the fourth new champion in the last five years of Vodacom Super Rugby thereby securing a clean sweep of New Zealand teams having won the title since its inception, and again highlighting the competitiveness of the tournament.<br><br> The 2017 June Test window, and in particular the British and Irish Lions series in New Zealand, has an impact on the match schedule. Fixtures in early June and July have therefore been scheduled around the various June Tests and the matches between the British and Irish Lions and the five New Zealand Vodacom Super Rugby teams.<br><br> "The new season is set to be another enthralling, action-packed one as we enter the second year of the 18-team conference-style tournament," said SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos.<br><br> "We saw some fantastic rugby earlier this year and we look forward in particular to the continued development of the new franchises that added exciting new territories and colour to the tournament<br><br> "The schedule will see four Sunwolves matches played in Tokyo and three matches in Singapore, while eight matches will be hosted by the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. Both these teams made their Super Rugby debuts in 2016, with the Southern Kings from South Africa returning after their brief spell in 2013.<br><br> "It is anticipated that all three teams will be better for the experience of 2016 as we look forward to seeing their continued improvement. Super Rugby continues to be the toughest rugby tournament in the world given the high level, week-to-week competition and the travelling that is undertaken.<br><br> "We enjoyed a global audience of just over 50 million viewers for the 20th edition of Super Rugby with just over 2 million fans attending the matches. I would like to say a big thank you to all the fans and supporters for their support through 2016 and look forward to having our competition entertain and entice you through 2017," added Marinos.<br><br> 2016-09-20 Team Announcement: Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Lions Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Lions<br><br> The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on Lions in a Currie Cup match on Thursday, 15 September 2016 at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. The game kicks off at 19:00. <br><br> Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> <br><br> A couple of changes to the team for the last match: <br><br> Torsten Van Jaarsveld will be captaining the team. Shaun Venter will be replacing Tian Meyer on scrum half. William Small-Smith will be replacing Michael Van der Spuy on inside centre. Niel Marais will replace Fred Zeilinga on fly half. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Lions<br><br> Thursday, 15 September 2016, 19:00<br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Ox Nche Torsten Van Jaarsveld ( C ) Tom Botha Justin Basson Reniel Hugo ( VC ) Paul Schoeman Uzair Cassiem Niell Jordaan Shaun Venter Niel Marais Raymond Rhule William Small-Smith Nico Lee Ryno Benjamin Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Jacques Du Toit Charles Marais Armandt Koster Tienie Burger Niell Jordaan Tian Meyer Fred Zeilinga <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> 2016-09-13 Team Announcement: Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Sharks Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Sharks<br><br> The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on the Sharks in a Currie Cup match on Saturday, 10 September 2016 at Kings Park, Durban. The game kicks off at 17:00. <br><br> Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> <br><br> A couple of changes to the team for the last match: <br><br> Henco Venter will be replacing Niell Jordaan on number eight. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Sharks<br><br> Saturday, 10 September 2016, 17:00<br><br> Kings Park, Durban <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Ox Nche Torsten Van Jaarsveld Tom Botha Carl Wegner Reniel Hugo ( VC ) Paul Schoeman Uzair Cassiem Henco Venter Tian Meyer ( C ) Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule William Small-Smith Nico Lee Ryno Benjamin Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Jacques Du Toit Charles Marais Justin Basson Niell Jordaan Shaun Venter Niel Marais Michael van der Spuy <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> 2016-09-08 Team Announcement: Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs EP Kings Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C announce renewal of partnership. <br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs are proud to announce that Cell C has extended their partnership with the Toyota Cheetahs to 2017. Cell C has been a part of the Toyota Cheetahs family since 2014.<br><br> The sponsorship agreement ensures that the Cell C will continue to be the exclusive Cellular Service provider for the Toyota Cheetahs. Offering some of the best value in the market including access to exclusive services such as Wi-Fi Calling, Cell C will ensure that the players stay connected and in touch with their loved ones and supporters throughout South Africa and abroad.<br><br> "We are very proud of our association with the Toyota Cheetahs, a much loved brand not only in the Free State, but across South Africa. The players travel extensively and rely on good quality communication to stay in touch and we are pleased to be able to offer them that ability.<br><br> "Furthermore, this partnership is clear proof that Cell C is actively involved in local communities. We look forward to continue our support of the Cheetahs in their journey to success." says Wiaan Vermaak, Managing Executive: Central Region.<br><br> Harold Verster, MD Toyota Cheetahs commented: "Cell C already became a special part of the Toyota Cheetah family over the last few years and we are looking forward to growing our relationship even further through this partnership extension. Thanks to Cell C, the Toyota Cheetahs Players and staff are always connected and online to communicate with our loyal supporters, friends and families." <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs EP Kings<br><br> The Toyota Free State Cheetahs will be taking on EP Kings in a Currie Cup match on Saturday, 3 September 2016 at Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. The game kicks off at 14:45. Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> <br><br> A couple of changes to the team for the last match: <br><br> andbull; Tian Meyer will again be Captaining the team. andbull; Torsten van Jaarsveld will be replacing Jauques du Toit on Hooker. andbull; Tom Botha will be replacing Johan Coetzee. andbull; Ox Nche will be replacing Charles Marais. andbull; Micheal van der Spuy will be on the bench. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs EP Kings<br><br> Saturday, 3 September 2016, 14:45<br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> Ox Nche Torsten Van Jaarsveld Tom Botha Carl Wegner Reniel Hugo ( VC ) Paul Schoeman Uzair Cassiem Niell Jordaan Tian Meyer ( C ) Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule William Small-Smith Nico Lee Ryno Benjamin Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Jacques Du Toit Charles Marais Justin Basson Henco Venter Shaun Venter Niel Marais Michael van der Spuy <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> 2016-09-01 Mvovo, Hougaard added to Springbok squad for Australasian tour,-Hougaard-added-to-Springbok-squad-for-Australasian-tour Lwazi Mvovo and Francois Hougaard were both included in the 28-man Springbok squad for the two away Castle Lager Rugby Championship Tests against Australia and New Zealand, which was named by SA Rugby on Tuesday.<br><br> The Springboks play against the Wallabies on 10 September in Brisbane and then tackle the All Blacks a week later in Christchurch in their next assignments of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship.<br><br> Cell C Sharks wing Mvovo, a member of the enlarged Springbok squad named a few weeks ago, comes into the travelling party as replacement for Ruan Combrinck, who sustained a leg fracture over the weekend against Argentina in Salta. The Emirates Lions wing has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks.<br><br> Hougaard was not considered for the two Pumas Tests because of a knee injury, but the Springbok Sevens Olympian and Worcester Warriors scrumhalf has since recovered and was added to the Springbok squad.<br><br> The rest of the squad is unchanged from the one that returned from Argentina on Monday.<br><br> Flyhalf Elton Jantjies will travel with the South African squad after he left the field early on Saturday with a deep bruise to the thigh. Although cleared to tour, a decision on his availability for the Australian game will only be made next week.<br><br> "Losing Ruan is a setback for us, but injuries are part of the game and itandrsquo;s good for us to be able to call on experienced players such as Lwazi and Francois," said Springbok coach Allister Coetzee.<br><br> "We are not happy with where we find ourselves after the first two matches of the campaign. Australia will pose an even tougher challenge and it is important that we deliver a much-improved performance in Brisbane."<br><br> The Springboks assemble on Thursday morning in Johannesburg and fly out to Australia later that evening.<br><br> <br><br> The Springbok squad for Brisbane and Christchurch is:<br><br> <br><br> No<br><br> Name and Surname <br><br> Franchise/Club<br><br> Test caps<br><br> 1<br><br> Lourens Adriaanse<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 2<br><br> 2<br><br> Damian de Allende<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 18<br><br> 3<br><br> Lood de Jager<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 22<br><br> 4<br><br> Juan de Jongh<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 15<br><br> 5<br><br> Faf de Klerk<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 5<br><br> 6<br><br> Pieter-Steph du Toit<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> Eben Etzebeth<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 49<br><br> 8<br><br> Johan Goosen<br><br> Racing (France)<br><br> 8<br><br> 9<br><br> Bryan Habana<br><br> Toulon (France, vice-captain)<br><br> 119<br><br> 10<br><br> Francois Hougaard<br><br> Worcester (UK)<br><br> 35<br><br> 11<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 7<br><br> 12<br><br> Steven Kitshoff<br><br> Bordeaux (France)<br><br> 3<br><br> 13<br><br> Vincent Koch<br><br> DHL Stormers/Steval Pumas<br><br> 4<br><br> 14<br><br> Jaco Kriel<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> Jesse Kriel<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 14<br><br> 16<br><br> Francois Louw<br><br> Bath (England)<br><br> 48<br><br> 17<br><br> Lionel Mapoe<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 6<br><br> 18<br><br> Malcolm Marx<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 19<br><br> Bongi Mbonambi<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 1<br><br> 20<br><br> Oupa Mohoje<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 10<br><br> 21<br><br> Franco Mostert<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 2<br><br> 22<br><br> Tendai Mtawarira<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 80<br><br> 23<br><br> Lwazi Mvovo<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 17<br><br> 24<br><br> Trevor Nyakane<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 25<br><br> 25<br><br> Rudy Paige<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 4<br><br> 26<br><br> Morne Steyn<br><br> Stade Francais (France)<br><br> 62<br><br> 27<br><br> Adriaan Strauss<br><br> Vodacom Bulls (captain)<br><br> 59<br><br> 28<br><br> Warren Whiteley<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 8<br><br> 2016-08-30 Ryno Benjamin re-sign with Toyota Cheetahs Free State Rugby is delighted to announce that the talented wing, Ryno Benjamin has committed by re-signing with the Toyota Cheetahs.<br><br> The lanky and speedy winger made his provincial debut for Boland in 2004. He is an entertaining player with 76 Super Rugby caps (18 tries) to his name.<br><br> Benjamin played Super Rugby for the Stormers (2006) and the Lions (2008) before moving to the Bloemfontein in 2011.<br><br> As a Springbok Sevens player he represented South Africa from 2005 to 2007 and again in 2015 after an absence of seven seasons for the first two tournaments. Ryno was a star in the Cape Town tournament after being side-lined by an injury. He is a significant asset to the backline play of the franchise.<br><br> He is an entertaining player with 79 tries in 187 first class rugby matches - and always a pleasure to watch on the field<br><br> 2016-08-30 Early Currie Cup favourites extend unbeaten runs andbull; Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks extend unbeaten runs to three games andbull; Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province suffer defeats andbull; Down Touch Griffons and Leopards secure back-to-back wins in First Division The Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks continued to build on their fine form early in the Currie Cup Premier Division this weekend as they registered their third back-to-back victories of the season to maintain their unbeaten status.<br><br> Defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, meanwhile suffered their first defeat, while DHL Western Province have yet to win a match after two outings.<br><br> The Leopards and Down Touch Griffons, meanwhile, secured their second round of victories in the Currie Cup First Division to jump to the top of the log table temporarily.<br><br> Currie Cup Premier Division<br><br> Six penalty goals and two conversions by Toyota Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Fred Zeilinga for a personal total of 22 points set up the Free Staterandrsquo;s for a valuable 32-25 away-win against DHL Western Province in Cape Town on Friday. The hosts opened up the scoring with a try in the ninth minute and added another later in the half to add to a penalty goal by Brandon Thompson before the break, while the visitors scored only one try to add to Zeilingaandrsquo;s two first-half penalty goals, which left them trailing 18-13. But the tables turned in the second half as the Toyota Free State Cheetahs capitalised on DHL Western Provinceandrsquo;s ill-discipline to slot over four penalty goals, while each team added a try, which secured the 32-25 victory for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs.<br><br> A strong first half by the Cell C Sharks against Boland in Wellington, meanwhile, set them up for a 41-20 bonus-point victory. The Durbanites dominated possession and attacked at will in the first half and this paid off as they secured their tries bonus point before the break. In stark contrast, Boland battled to get close to the tryline, and had to settle for a single penalty goal in the first half. The hosts, however, bounced back in the second half and ran hard at the Cell C Sharks on attack, and this earned them three tries, but two more tries by the visitors, whose forwards and backs combined well throughout the match, allowed them to secure the comfortable victory.<br><br> In Kimberley Griquas produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat the Xerox Golden Lions 30-24. The visitors scored a try in the first minute, but Griquas dominated proceedings soon after as their forwards applied immense pressure, which allowed them to score two converted tries and two penalties. This cancelled out the Johannesburg sideandrsquo;s second try shortly before halftime. The Xerox Golden Lions reduced the gap on the scoreboard shortly after play resumed with their third try, while they added their bonus point try shortly before the final whistle, but Griquasandrsquo; third try and another penalty in the second half was enough to seal the victory for them.<br><br> In Pretoria the clash between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and EP Kings was a try festival with the sides scoring a combined total of 12 tries and 84 points. Seven tries by the hosts, however, to five by the determined EP Kings earned them a 49-35 victory. The EP Kings came out firing and scored two of their three first-half tries in the opening five minutes for a 14-0 lead, but the home team fought back and secured their tries bonus point in the first half for a 28-25 lead. The second half was equally exciting as both teams gave everything on attack, while their defence continued to falter. This allowed the Vodacom Blue Bulls to add three more tries to their tally, while the EP Kings added two to secure their bonus point despite going down 49-35.<br><br> Currie Cup First Division<br><br> The clash between the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias and Leopards was fast and furious as the teams scored tries at will from the outset, which saw 14 tries and 96 points being scored in the match. Leopards flyhalf Gene Willemse earned a hat-trick, while his team-mate Johan Deysel and Windhoek Draught Welwitschias replacement back Lesley Klim each scored a brace. The Leopards came out firing and scored three tries in the first 12 minutes, and the hosts replied with three back-to-back tries of their own. The Leopards, however, added two more before the break to take a 33-21 lead. The teams built on this in the second half and each added three tries, which handed the Leopards a 54-42 victory.<br><br> Goal kicking proved to be the difference in the clash between SWD and the Down Touch Griffons in George as the Welkom side staged a dramatic comeback from 21-12 down at halftime to win the match 33-27. SWD had the upper hand in the first half as they used their chances well to run in three tries, while the Down Touch Griffons relied on three penalty goals and a drop goal for their points. The Welkom side, however, fought back with intent and tightened up their defence, which earned them three second-half tries, while the hosts were only able to add two penalty goals, leaving them short on the scoreboard.<br><br> Currie Cup Premier Division Scorers (click on the hyperlinks below for the full run of play):<br><br> Griquas 30 (20) Xerox Golden Lions 24 (12)<br><br> Griquas andndash; Tries: AJ Coertzen, Rudi van Rooyen, Stephan Kotze. Conversions: Clinton Swart (3). Penalty Goals: Andre Swarts, Clinton Swart (2).<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Akker van der Merwe, Corne Fourie, Cyle Brink, Howard Mnisi. Conversions: Jako van der Walt, Marnitz Boshoff.<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls 49 (28) EP Kings 35 (25)<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Bjorn Basson, Burger Odendaal, Jamba Ulengo (2), Jannes Kirsten, Joshua Stander, Tian Schoeman. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (7).<br><br> EP Kings- Tries: Berton Klaasen, Johann Tromp, Martin Bezuidenhout, Michael Willemse, Siviwe Soyizwapi. Conversions: Kobus Marais. Penalty Goals: Kobus Marais (2).<br><br> DHL Western Province 25 (18) Toyota Free State Cheetahs 32 (13)<br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Huw Jones, Kobus van Wyk, Leolin Zas. Conversions: Brandon Thomson, Robert du Preez. Penalty Goals: Brandon Thomson (2).<br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs - Tries: Nicolaas Lee, Tian Meyer. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (2). Penalty Goals: Fred Zeilinga (6).<br><br> Boland 20 (3) Cell C Sharks 41 (29)<br><br> Boland andndash; Tries: Danwel Demas, Ryan Nell, Sergio Torrens. Conversion: Theuns Kotze. Penalty Goal: Nico Scheepers.<br><br> Cell C Sharks - Tries: Andre Esterhuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Franco Marais, Hanco Venter, Inny Radebe, Odwa Ndungane. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3), Garth April. Penalty Goal: Curwin Bosch.<br><br> Currie Cup First Division Scorers:<br><br> Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 42 (21) Leopards 54 (33)<br><br> Windhoek Draught Welwitschias andndash; Tries: Chrysander Botha, Gino Wilson, Leneve Damens, Lesley Klim (2), Phillip Nashikaku. Conversions: Eugene Jantjies (6).<br><br> Leopards - Tries: Gene Willemse (3), Henro-Pierre Swart, Johan Deysel (2), Loftus Morrison, Rowayne Beukman. Conversions: Johan Deysel (7).<br><br> SWD 27 (21) Down Touch Griffons 33 (12)<br><br> SWD andndash; Tries: Christo Du Plessis, Johan Steyn, Mark Pretorius. Conversions: Hansie Graaff (3). Penalty Goals: Hansie Graaff (2).<br><br> Down Touch Griffons - Tries: Boela Abrahams, Daniel van der Merwe, Reinhardt Erwee. Conversions: George Whitehead (3). Penalty Goals: George Whitehead (3). Drop Goal: Boela Abrahams.<br><br> Currie Cup Premier Division log table:<br><br> <br><br> TEAM<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> L<br><br> D<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> LOSS BONUS<br><br> TRIES BONUS<br><br> POINTS<br><br> Sharks<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 120<br><br> 54<br><br> 66<br><br> 16<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> Free State Cheetahs<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 119<br><br> 61<br><br> 58<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> Blue Bulls<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 114<br><br> 104<br><br> 10<br><br> 15<br><br> 15<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> Golden Lions<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 92<br><br> 56<br><br> 36<br><br> 14<br><br> 7<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 7<br><br> Boland<br><br> 3<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 64<br><br> 95<br><br> -31<br><br> 8<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> Griquas<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 54<br><br> 70<br><br> -16<br><br> 6<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> Western Province<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 51<br><br> 77<br><br> -26<br><br> 7<br><br> 8<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 45<br><br> 77<br><br> -32<br><br> 6<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> Pumas<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 36<br><br> 101<br><br> -65<br><br> 5<br><br> 15<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> <br><br> Currie Cup First Division log table:<br><br> TEAM<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> L<br><br> D<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> LOSS BONUS<br><br> TRIES BONUS<br><br> POINTS<br><br> Leopards<br><br> 2<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 80<br><br> 66<br><br> 14<br><br> 12<br><br> 10<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> Griffons<br><br> 2<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 83<br><br> 54<br><br> 29<br><br> 9<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> SWD<br><br> 2<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 81<br><br> 56<br><br> 25<br><br> 11<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> Border<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 24<br><br> 26<br><br> -2<br><br> 4<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> Valke<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 27<br><br> 50<br><br> -23<br><br> 4<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> Welwitschias<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 65<br><br> 108<br><br> -43<br><br> 8<br><br> 16<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> <br><br> 2016-08-22 Redelinghuys earns first Springbok start against Pumas andmiddot; Habana, Goosen, Mohoje, De Jager return to starting line-up andmiddot; Tough start to Castle Lager Rugby Championship campaign <br><br> Julian Redelinghuys will earn his first start for the Springboks against Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday, while Bryan Habana, Johan Goosen, Oupa Mohoje and Lood de Jager all return to the side for the first Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test at the Mbombela Stadium.<br><br> Redelinghuys, capped four times, comes in at tighthead as replacement for the injured Frans Malherbe, who is struggling with a neck injury. Lock De Jager has recovered from the calf injury he sustained against Ireland in June and takes over the No 5 jersey from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will provide cover from the bench.<br><br> The third change in the pack sees the return to the starting line-up of Mohoje as replacement for Siya Kolisi, who recently underwent ankle surgery.<br><br> In the back division, Springbok record try scorer Bryan Habana will run out in his 118th Test after he was named as left wing, while he was also confirmed as the Springbok vice-captain.<br><br> The versatile Goosen, who is equally at home at flyhalf and centre, has been entrusted with the fullback duties, the same position where he played in his previous outing for the Boks, in 2014 against Italy.<br><br> Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the experienced Habana still has a lot to offer and brings a wealth of experience to an otherwise young backline.<br><br> "Bryan still has a huge desire to play for the Springboks and he brings added leadership amongst our young backs," said Coetzee.<br><br> "Goosen has played consistently well for his French club and apart from his versatility, he gives us an extra option with his right-footed kicking abilities."<br><br> Regarding the changes in the forwards, Coetzee said: "Julian has played very well for the Emirates Lions this season and now gets a deserved starting chance after making an impact from the bench in the previous Tests.<br><br> "Oupa has shrugged off his niggling injuries, delivered a string of consistently good performances for the Toyota Cheetahs and he is a good option at the back of the line-out and always plays well for the Springboks. We also have the option of Jaco Kriel who can make an impact from the bench.<br><br> "Lood is paired with Eben now that he is fully fit again while we are fortunate that Pieter-Steph can also play flank when the need arises, apart from his lock duties."<br><br> The Bok coach said he expects a big impact from the bench and added that it was important for the South Africans to make a good start at Mbombela Stadium, but he cautioned that the Pumas will be a very difficult opponent.<br><br> "Argentina are one of the leading rugby nations if you consider that they have reached the semi-finals of two Rugby World Cups," said Coetzee.<br><br> "They are renowned for their strong scrummaging and mauling, very good defensively and have developed an attacking style of play which will test our defence."<br><br> <br><br> The Springbok team to face Argentina in Nelspruit:<br><br> Position<br><br> Name<br><br> Franchise / Province/Club<br><br> Test Caps<br><br> Test points<br><br> 15<br><br> Johan Goosen<br><br> Racing 92 (France)<br><br> 6<br><br> 8<br><br> 14<br><br> Ruan Combrinck<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 2<br><br> 8<br><br> 13<br><br> Lionel Mapoe<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 12<br><br> Damian De Allende<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 16<br><br> 10<br><br> 11<br><br> Bryan Habana<br><br> Toulon (France)<br><br> 117<br><br> 320<br><br> 10<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 5<br><br> 36<br><br> 9<br><br> Faf de Klerk<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> Warren Whiteley<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 6<br><br> 5<br><br> 7<br><br> Oupa Mohoje<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> Francois Louw<br><br> Bath (England)<br><br> 46<br><br> 40<br><br> 5<br><br> Lood de Jager<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 20<br><br> 20<br><br> 4<br><br> Eben Etzebeth<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 47<br><br> 10<br><br> 3<br><br> Julian Redelinghuys<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> Adriaan Strauss (captain)<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 57<br><br> 30<br><br> 1<br><br> Tendai Mtawarira<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 78<br><br> 10<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> 16<br><br> Bongi Mbonambi<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 17<br><br> Steven Kitshoff<br><br> Bordeaux (France)<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 18<br><br> Vincent Koch<br><br> Steval Pumas / DHL Stormers<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 19<br><br> Pieter-Steph du Toit<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 11<br><br> 10<br><br> 20<br><br> Jaco Kriel<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 21<br><br> Rudy Paige<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 22<br><br> Juan de Jongh<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 14<br><br> 15<br><br> 23<br><br> Jesse Kriel<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 12<br><br> 15<br><br> <br><br> Stats and facts:<br><br> <br><br> The team:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The total Test caps in the starting line-up is 420, which consist of 153 caps in the backline and 267 among the forwards. The combined Test caps of those on the bench are 45. The average caps per player in the match-23 is 20. andmiddot; Adriaan Strauss will be captaining the side for the fourth time in his 58th test. andmiddot; The youngest player in the 23 man squad is Jesse Kriel (22y, 5m) while the oldest member of the team is Bryan Habana (33y, 2m). andmiddot; The following players will play in their fourth consecutive match in the starting XV under Alister Coetzee: Lionel Mapoe, Damian de Allende, Faf de Klerk, Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai Mtawarira. <br><br> Milestones:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Bryan Habana needs one try to extend his own tournament career record to 20, which will equal 100 tournament career points. One try will also extend his own world record for most Test tries as a wing to 65. He needs three appearances in this tournament to reach 50 tournament appearances. andmiddot; Eben Etzebeth will play in his 25th consecutive Test match. andmiddot; Francois Louw will play in his 20th Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test. andmiddot; Castle Lager Rugby Championship debuts: Ruan Combrinck, Faf de Klerk and Julian Redelinghuys. Also Steven Kitshoff, Jaco Kriel, Bongi Mbonambi and Rudy Paige, should they be used off the bench. andmiddot; Adriaan Straus will be the 13th Springbok captain in the competition. <br><br> Head to head:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; South Africa and Argentina played their first Test in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship four years ago, almost to the day, on 18 August, 2012. Saturdayandrsquo;s Test will be the eighth Rugby Championship match between the two countries. Of the previous seven, South Africa won five with one match drawn and a loss in Durban last year, the first ever loss against Argentina since their first Test in 1993. andmiddot; The Springboksandrsquo; record is as follows: Played 7, Won 5, Lost 1, Drawn 1, Points for 209, Points against 126, Tries for 21, Tries against 11, Average score 30-18. <br><br> Match officials:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The match officials for this match are: Referee andndash; Glen Jackson (New Zealand); Assistant referees andndash; Jandeacute;randocirc;me Garcandegrave;s (France) and Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe (New Zealand) with the TMO George Ayoub (Australia). andmiddot; It will be Jacksonandrsquo;s fourth appearance as referee in Test matches involving South Africa. The Springboks were victorious in all three previous Tests where the New Zealander refereed. <br><br> The stadium:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Mbombela Stadiumandrsquo;s seating capacity is 40 929. andmiddot; The Springbok record at the stadium is: Played 2, Won 2, Points for 61, Points against 47, Tries for 7, Tries against 5, Average score 31-24. andmiddot; The Springbok record holders for a match at the stadium are: o Most conversions: 4 by Mornandeacute; Steyn against Wales in 2014 o Most penalty goals: 2 by Mornandeacute; Steyn against Scotland in 2013. o Most tries: In the previous two Tests, three penalty tries were awarded to South Africa (one against Scotland and two against Wales). The remaining four tries were scored by JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Cornal Hendricks and Willie le Roux. 2016-08-18 Currie Cup thrills as curtain-raiser to Bok action andbull; Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions determined to remain unbeaten in Currie Cup Premier Division andbull; Steph Roberts equals Griquas record of the most Currie Cup matches andbull; First Division teams look to build momentum as competition enters week two It will be a special week of Currie Cup action for veteran Griquas prop Steph Roberts as matches in the Premier and First Division this week serve as extended and exciting curtain raisers to the Springboksandrsquo; opening Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.<br><br> In the Premier Division, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions will attempt try to protect their unbeaten status on the same weekend that Griquas prop Steph Roberts matches the unionandrsquo;s record of earning 161 Currie Cup caps.<br><br> In the Currie Cup First Division, meanwhile, the four teams in action will look to build momentum after kicking off their season last weekend.<br><br> Three of the four Currie Cup Premier Division matches will be played on Friday, with Boland hosting the Cell C Sharks in Wellington in the first match at 15h00, which will be followed by clashes between DHL Western Province and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Cape Town and the Vodacom Blue Bulls and EP Kings in Pretoria respectively. On Saturday, Griquas host defending champions, the Xerox Golden Lions, in Kimberley. The Steval Pumas , meanwhile, have a bye.<br><br> In the First Division, 2015 runners up, SWD, meet 2014 champions, the Down Touch Griffons, in George on Friday and the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias take on defending champions, the Leopards, at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday.<br><br> In Wellington Boland will have everything to play for as they attempt to register their first victory against the Cell C Sharks in several years. In the 13 matches between the teams since 1996, the KwaZulu-Natalians are yet to lose.<br><br> The hosts, however, come off a confidence-boosting victory against the EP Kings, while they also have the luxury of home ground advantage. But they will have to replicate the solid defensive effort they displayed last week and capitalise on their point-scoring chances effectively to stop the Cell C Sharks who come off consecutive bonus-point victories.<br><br> The clash between DHL Western Province and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs is expected to be exciting as the biggest winning margin in their last six matches has been only seven points.<br><br> The Free Staters will enter the match with confidence following a convincing victory last weekend over the Vodacom Blue Bulls, but they will face a home team determined to secure their first win of the season after going down in Pretoria in the opening round. The home team will have the luxury of an Olympic bronze medallist on their bench in the exciting Cheslin Kolbe.<br><br> The Vodacom Blue Bulls, meanwhile, will have their sights set on returning to their winning ways against the EP Kings after a disappointing performance last week.<br><br> The men from Port Elizabeth have only beaten them once in the Currie Cup competition since 1997, and that was back in 2002 when they won 50-48. The EP Kings challenged the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup Qualifiers and went down only 19-14, but with their new-look team getting together only last week, they are expected to be tested this week.<br><br> In Kimberley, Griquas will go flat out to end their five-match losing run against the Xerox Golden Lions. Prop Steph Robertsandrsquo; special milestone of matching the unionandrsquo;s record of the most Currie Cup matches played (161), set by Andre van Wyk between 1984 and 1995, is expected to serve as extra motivation for the hosts, whose last victory against the Lions was in Kimberley in 2012.<br><br> The hosts will be particularly wary of the visitorsandrsquo; skill on attack, which earned them 10 tries last week against the Steval Pumas, meaning their defence will have to be solid to keep alive hopes of a victory.<br><br> Currie Cup First Division<br><br> The battle between SWD and the Down Touch Griffons in George is expected to be exciting as both teams come off bonus-point victories with scores in excess of 50 points last weekend, and will look to build momentum in the competition.<br><br> Given the fact that the sides have met each other six times in the last two seasons, which included two semi-finals, neither team will give an inch. SWD won their last two matches last season, but the Down Touch Griffons registered a 30-14 victory in the Currie Cup Qualifier, meaning it could be a tight clash.<br><br> In Windhoek, the Welwitschias will have another shot at hunting their maiden Currie Cup victory when they take on the Leopards. The Potchefstroom side scored bonus-point victories against the Namibians in their last two matches in the Currie Cup Qualifiers and Vodacom Cup respectively, but the home team will take comfort from the fact that they went down only 33-25 in their match in Windhoek last season.<br><br> The hosts, however, will have to tighten up their defence to keep alive hopes of a victory after conceding eight tries against SWD last week.<br><br> Key Statistics:<br><br> andbull; The lowest losing margin for Boland in their last 13 Currie Cup matches against the Cell C Sharks was six points, but the Durbanites have won most of the matches convincingly. In their last Currie Cup Premier Division match in 2009, the Sharks won 48-3 as they ran in eight tries andndash; three of which were scored by veteran Cell C Sharks player Jacques Botes. andbull; Springbok utility back Johan Goosen kicked three conversions and a penalty goal for the Toyota Free State Cheetahs the last time they defeated DHL Western Province in Cape Town back in 2011. They won 34-20 and scored four tries. andbull; The Vodacom Blue Bulls have scored 28 points or more in all of their matches against the EP Kings in the Currie Cup, with their highest score being 48 points - incidentally they lost one of their two matches with this score. They also earned bonus-point victories in two of their last three matches. andbull; Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck was one of the star players in the Xerox Golden Lionsandrsquo; last match against Griquas in Kimberley in 2014 as he kicked five conversions, two penalty goals and scored a try for a personal total of 21 points. andbull; The SWD Eagles and Down Touch Griffons have met in Semi-final of the last two Currie First Division competitions, with each side winning one of those matches to advance to the final. Both these Semi-finals followed a meeting between the sides in the final round of pool matches the previous week. In last seasonandrsquo;s Semi-final SWD fullback Leighton Eksteen earned 27 points thanks to six penalties, two conversions and a try. andbull; The Windhoek Draught Welwitschias went down against the Leopards in last yearandrsquo;s Vodacom Cup competition and the Currie Cup Qualifiers this season. Despite this Welwitschias flyhalf Shaun Kaizemi proved to be a key player for the Namibian side as he scored 22 points in these two matches (three conversions, two penalties and two tries). <br><br> Note: All the fixtures for the Currie Cup are available online, simply follow these links andndash; Premier Division / First Division. Please note that these fixtures are subject to change.<br><br> <br><br> Currie Cup Premier Division fixtures:<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 19 August:<br><br> <br><br> Boland vs Cell C Sharks<br><br> Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington<br><br> Kick-off: 15h00<br><br> Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen<br><br> TV: SS1<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Kick-off: 17h10<br><br> Referee: Craig Joubert<br><br> TV: SS1<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls vs EP Kings<br><br> Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria<br><br> Kick-off: 19h20<br><br> Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge<br><br> TV: SS1<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 20 August:<br><br> <br><br> Griquas vs Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> Venue: Griqua Park, Kimberley<br><br> Kick-off: 14h10<br><br> Referee: Quinton Immelman<br><br> TV: SS1<br><br> <br><br> Currie Cup First Division<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 19 August:<br><br> <br><br> SWD vs Down Touch Griffons<br><br> Venue: Outeniqua Park, George<br><br> Kick-off: 17h00<br><br> Referee: Egon Seconds<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 20 August:<br><br> <br><br> Windhoek Draught Welwitschias vs Leopards<br><br> Venue: Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek<br><br> Kick-off: 15h00<br><br> Referee: AJ Jacobs <br><br> 2016-08-18