Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Absa U.21 Provincial Competition Xerox Golden Lions still unbeaten in Absa Under-21 Provincial Competition<br><br> The Xerox Golden Lions Under-21 team extended their lead on the Absa Under-21 Provincial competition log this weekend with a good away win in Potchefstroom over the Leopards, while the Cell C Sharks and EP Kings delivered yet another disappointing result in week three of the competition.<br><br> The Golden Lions overcame the Leopards 29-12 in Potchefstroom to remain unbeaten after three matches, whilst the Toyota Free State moved up a gear by beating the Sharks 27-15 in Durban.<br><br> In Port Elizabeth, the EP Kings suffered their third defeat in as many outings by losing to 44-13 to DHL Western Province.<br><br> A summary of matches played follow below. A run of play match centre can be accessed by clicking on the link for each match.<br><br> EP Kings 13 (8), DHL Western Province 44 (13)<br><br> A strong second half by visiting DHL Western Province saw then ease past the EP Kings in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The visitors won 44-13 after only leading 13-8 at the break.<br><br> The home side held an 8-3 lead after a try by Malcolm Jaer in the 10th minute, but WP responded well to the early pressure. With flyhalf Brandon Thomson kicking well, EP was made to pay for some ill-discipline before the better team play by WP edged them further and further ahead. In the end they scored five tries to two, a good reflection on the dominance they had in the match.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> DHL Western Province 44 (13). Tries: JD Worrall, Johan Momsen, Daniel du Plessis, Luke Stringer, Ryan Oosthuizen. Conversions: Brandon Thomson (4). Penalties: Brandon Thomson (2).<br><br> EP Kings 13 (8). Tries: Malcolm Jaer, Ace Jho. Penalty: Simon Bolze<br><br> Leopards 12 (5), Xerox Golden Lions 29 (17)<br><br> The visiting Xerox Golden Lions team scored four tries in a hard-fought 29-12 win over the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Friday. The home team made a good fist of it early on and after 25 minutes both sides had only one try to show for their efforts.<br><br> A second just before halftime helped the Golden Lions relax a bit more and two more in the second half sealed the match as a contest. The Leopards never let up though and scored a late try when Bobby de Wee (lock) was in the sin bin.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Leopards 12 (5). Tries: Estehan Visagie, Dean Stokes. Conversion: Schalk Hugo.<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions 29 (17). Tries: Bobby De Wee, Gideon Koegelenberg, Clinton Theron, Cyle Brink. Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (3). Penalty: Shaun Reynolds.<br><br> Cell C Sharks 15 (3), Toyota Free State 27 (27)<br><br> The team from Bloemfontein shocked the highly rated Durbanites in the GROWTHPOINT Kings Park Stadium on Friday. The Cheetahs totally dominated the first half with powerful play by the pack and scored three converted tries before halftime, two of those from flanker Daniel Maartens, who scored his brace only two minutes apart.<br><br> The home side tried to rally in the second half and did score two tries, but they were never going to haul in the rampant Free State side.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Cell C Sharks 15 (3). Tries: Innocent Radebe, Hyron Andrews. Conversion: Innocent Radebe. Penalty: Innocent Radebe<br><br> Toyota Free State 27 (27). Tries: Jasper Wiese, Daniel Maartens (2). Conversions: Andre Swarts (3). Penalties: Andre Swarts (2).<br><br> andbull; In the Absa Under-19 competition, the EP Kings remain on track for a very strong season by beating DHL Western Province 13-10. This is the third win by the PE side in as many matches and they find themselves topping the log.<br><br> Results are:<br><br> EP Kings 13 (10), DHL Western Province 10 (10)<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> EP Kings 13 (10). Try: Jeremy Ward. Conversion: Michael Brink. Penalties: Michael Brink (2).<br><br> WP 10 (10). Try: Michael Kumbirai. Conversion: Aidynn Cupido. Penalty: Aidynn Cupido<br><br> Leopards 13 (0), Xerox Golden Lions 37 (22)<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Leopards 13 (0). Tries: Dieter Leicher, Zweli Silaule. Penalty: Barend Janse van Rensburg<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions 37 (22). Tries: Barend Smit, Jaydrin Kotze, James Venter, Paul de Beer (2). Conversions: Hendrik Mulder (3). Penalties: Hendrik Mulder (2).<br><br> Cell C Sharks 17 (7), Toyota Free State 17 (12)<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Cell C Sharks 17 (7). Tries: Christiaan van der Merwe, Tristan Blewett. Conversions: Jaya Juries, Tristan Tedder. Penalty: Jaya Juries.<br><br> Toyota Free State 17 (12). Tries: Carlo De Nysschen, Tiaan Schmulian, De Wet Bezuidenhout. Conversion: Carlo De Nysschen<br><br> 2015-07-27 ORC Griquas clinch Absa Currie Cup Premier Division spot The ORC Griquas secured their place in the 2015 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division with a hard-fought 41-21 victory over the SWD Eagles on Saturday in Kimberley in their final Qualifier match.<br><br> Griquas were made to work extremely hard for their win and the much-sought after five bonus points as the Eagles went into the break with a 14-12 lead. The win secured them the top spot on the Qualifier log, one point ahead of the Leopards who won their final qualifying tie 33-8 against Border Bulldogs in East London.<br><br> <br><br> Griquas will now play defending champions, the DHL Western Province, in Kimberley in the opening round of the Premier Division on Friday 7 August. They recovered well from their first round shock loss to the Bulldogs (20-13), winning their five remaining matches with a full house of points.<br><br> <br><br> The Hino Valke turned in a strong first-half performance as they came out on top of the Down Touch Griffons in a high-scoring 57-41 (half-time 33-15) victory in their fixture at the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park on Friday. The win allowed the Valke to jump into third place. Boland (fourth) finished their fixtures last weekend.<br><br> <br><br> Click on the match links below for complete run of play details of each game. To access the match centre for the log, results and leading point scorers of the Absa Currie Cup Qualifier campaign, please click here.<br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas (12) 41 SWD Eagles (14) 21<br><br> <br><br> The ORC Griquas did not have it easy, but got the better of the SWD Eagles winning by 41-21 in the final round of the qualifying round in Kimberley on Saturday. The home team took 41 minutes to kick into action as they trailed 12-14 at half time and with 18 minutes remaining had a slender lead of 26-21. Much to the relief of the home supporters, two tries in the final six minutes wrapped up affairs and ensured Kimberley will once again host the top teams in this yearandrsquo;s Premier Division.<br><br> <br><br> With the Leopards having won their encounter against the Border Bulldogs by 33-8 with a bonus point earlier, Griquas knew they had to win and score four tries to finished top of the log. Luckily for the home side the weather played along and the threatening rain stayed away. When the winning team scored the crucial fourth try in the 48th minute, a second one by loose forward Carel Greeff, they led by 26-14. However, the Eagles edged their way back to a five point deficit (21-26) which turned out to be a wake-up call for the Griquas.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> ORC Griquas andndash; Tries: Carel Greeff (2), Michael van der Spuy, Ntabeni Dukisa, AJ Coertzen, Martin Bezuidenhout; Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (4); Penalty: Prinsloo.<br><br> SWD Eagles andndash; Tries: Gerrit Smith, Luzuko Vulindlu; Conversion: Smith; Penalties: Smith (3).<br><br> <br><br> Hino Valke 57 (33) Down Touch Valke 41 (15) <br><br> <br><br> The Valke ran in nine tries to the six from the Griffons as both teams looked to end their disappointing qualifying campaigns on a successful note. Left wing Coert Cronje and outside centre Grant Janke both scored a brace of tries for the hosts while fullback Jaun Kotze ended with 17 points after scoring a try and slotting six conversions. Griffons more than played their part in the entertaining contest with lock Johan van der Hoogt and right wing Alvin Brandt both crossing for two tries apiece.<br><br> <br><br> The Valke raced into a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes after tries from Cronje, scrumhalf Anrich Richter and Janke. The Griffons fought back to narrow the gap to 21-15 after 34 minutes thanks to tries from Alvin Brandt and left wing Enver Brandt plus a Louis Strydom penalty. Griffons ended the half on a high though, thanks to Cronjeandrsquo;s second try and a score from flank Ernst Ladendorf. The second half saw both teams continue with their free-scoring ways with the Valke adding tries from Kotze, Janke, right wing Kyle Hendricks and Friedle Olivier while the Griffons responded with tries from Van der Hoogt (2), Nicky Steyn and Alvin Brandt.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Hino Valke andndash; Tries: Jaun Kotze, Grant Janke (2), Friedle Olivier, Anrich Richter, Ernst Ladendorf, Coert Cronje (2); Conversions: Kotze (6).<br><br> Down Touch Griffons andndash; Tries: Enver Brandt, Johan van der Hoogt (2), Alvin Brandt (2), Nicky Steyn; Conversions: Louis Strydom (4); Penalty: Strydom.<br><br> Border Bulldogs (5) 8 Leopards (14) 33 <br><br> Hosts Border were no match for a rampant Leopards team at an icy cold and wet Buffalo City Stadium in East London on Saturday. The visitors, who were well in the running for advancement to the Premier Division before kick-off, arrived with the aim of taking five points from the match. They won 33-8, achieving their goal with five tries to the Bulldogsandrsquo; one.<br><br> The heavy, cold wind made conditions very difficult for both sides, and when the teams changed ends with the Leopards 14-5 up and the Bulldogs playing with the strong wind at the backs, home fans were confident that their team could force a win, but it was not to be.<br><br> With the visitorsandrsquo; forwards attacking well, Leopards prop Johan Smith went over twice and halfway through the second half it was all over for the Bulldogs. There was a glimpse of hope when utility back Logan Basson kicked a penalty for Border in the 28th minute to make the score to 26-8, but then some weak defensive work by Border saw Leopards hooker Wium Fourie barge over to put the game completely out of Borderandrsquo;s reach.<br><br> Scorers <br><br> Border 8 andndash; Try: Michael Makase; Penalty: Logan Basson.<br><br> Leopards 33 andndash; Tries: Hanco Venter, Loftus Morrison, Johan Smith (2) and Wium Fourie. Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (4).<br><br> <br><br> The final league table of the Absa Currie Cup Qualifier:<br><br> <br><br> Pos Team Played Won Lost Points<br><br> 1. Griquas 6 5 1 26<br><br> 2. Leopards 6 5 1 25<br><br> 3. Valke 6 3 3 14<br><br> 4. Boland 6 2 4 13<br><br> 5. Griffons 6 2 4 11<br><br> 6. Border 6 2 4 10<br><br> 7. SWD 6 1 5 8<br><br> 2015-07-27 Gratis rugby kaartjies Gratis rugby kaartjies met die komplimente van Toyota Suid-Afrika<br><br> Toyota Suid-Afrika is baie trots op die assosiasie met die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs en sien uit na andlsquo;n opwindende Absa Curriebeker seisoen. Om hulle toewyding en ondersteuning aan die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs en Cheetah ondersteuners te wys, het Toyota Suid-Afrika die regte gekoop om al die oorblywende kaartjies vir die wedstryd tussen die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs en die Blou Bulle op Saterdag, 8 Augustus in die Vrystaat Stadion te versprei.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota se geskenk aan jou is gratis kaartjies vir hierdie groot wedstryd!<br><br> Vir die eerste keer ooit bied Toyota Suid-Afrika Toyota Dag in die Vrystaat Stadion aan. Dit behels Yaris Extreme ritte op die Yaris Extreme baan en hope pret vir die hele familie.<br><br> <br><br> Dit loop saam met die 120 jaar viering van die bestaan van Vrystaat Rugby en bied die ondersteuner die unieke geleentheid om skouers te skuur met huidige en legendariese Vrystaat en Cheetah spelers.<br><br> Wys nou jou ondersteuning deur jou kaartjie vanaf Dinsdag, 28 Julie by een van die afhaal punte te kry. Hoewel die kaartjies gratis is, moet nog steeds seker maak dat jy andlsquo;n kaartjie het om toegang tot die stadion te kry. Kry jou kaartjie by een van die volgende afhaal punte:<br><br> <br><br> Kaartjiekantoor, Vrystaat Stadion Oranje Toyota Bloemfontein Alle Toyota handelaars in die Vrystaat Kloppers by die Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein <br><br> <br><br> Reanduuml;nie vir oud-spelers<br><br> Vrystaat Rugby bring eer aan alle oud-spelers tydens andlsquo;n reanduuml;nie die naweek van die 7de en 8ste Augustus in Bloemfontein. Die verrigtinge skop op andlsquo;n meer formele noot af met andlsquo;n eksklusiewe funksie die Vrydagaand. Die Saterdag voor die Absa Curriebeker wedstryd tussen die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs en die Blou Bulle gaan die oud-spelers saam om die veld stap. Na afloop van die wedstryd sal die oud-en huidige spelers kans kry om skouer te skuur en saam die Toets wedstryd tussen die Bokke en Argentiniandeuml; in die Presidentslokaal in die Vrystaat Stadion kyk. <br><br> <br><br> Dit is ook 10 jaar sedert die Cheetahs die Curriebeker in 2005 gewen het en daar word andlsquo;n spesiale geleentheid vir hierdie oud-spelers gereandeuml;l.<br><br> andlsquo;n Beroep word op alle oud-spelers gedoen om kontak te maak met Vrystaat Rugby deur middel van andlsquo;n e-pos aan of telefoon oproep 051 407 1700.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Free rugby tickets compliments of Toyota South Africa<br><br> Toyota South Africa is very proud of their association with the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and look forward to an exciting Absa Currie Cup season. To show their ongoing support to the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Cheetah supporters, Toyota South Africa has bought the rights to distribute all available tickets for the clash between the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls on Saturday, 8 August in the Free State Stadium. <br><br> <br><br> Toyotaandrsquo;s gift to you is free tickets to this epic match!<br><br> For the first time ever Toyota South Africa will also be hosting Toyota Day in the Free State Stadium. This will entail the Yaris Extreme drives on the Yaris Extreme course and heaps of fun for the whole family.<br><br> <br><br> This coincides with the 120 year celebration of the existence of Free State Rugby, giving you the opportunity to rub shoulders with current and legendary Free State and Cheetahs players. <br><br> Now show your support by collecting your tickets from Tuesday, 28 July at one of the designated collection points. Although the tickets are free, you still need a physical ticket to gain access to the stadium. So make sure you collect yours at one of the following points: <br><br> <br><br> Ticket Office, Free State Stadium Oranje Toyota Bloemfontein All Toyota dealerships in the Free State Kloppers at the Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein Cartrack, Zastron Straat 63 <br><br> <br><br> Reunion<br><br> Free State Rugby brings honor to all former players with a reunion the weekend of the 7th and 8th August in Bloemfontein. The event kicks off on a more formal note with an exclusive function on the Friday. The Saturday before the Absa Currie Cup match between the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and the Bulls, all old players will parade around the field. After the game, former and present players will get a chance to rub shoulders and to watch the Test match between the Springboks and Argentina in the Presidential Hall in the Free State Stadium. <br><br> <br><br> It has also been 10 years since the Cheetahs won the Currie Cup in 2005 and a special event is being organized for this group.<br><br> A call is made to all ex-players to contact Free State Rugby with their contact details at or 051 407 1700.<br><br> Ticket Office, Free State Stadium Oranje Toyota Bloemfontein All Toyota dealerships in the Free State Kloppers at the Loch Logan Waterfront in Bloemfontein Cartrack, Zastron Street 63 2015-07-24 Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19, u.21,-u21 Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.21 vs Sharks o.21<br><br> 24 Julie 2015, Afskop: 15:00<br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Labuschagne<br><br> Gerrie<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Maqina<br><br> Vuyani<br><br> 3<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Lee<br><br> Nicolaas<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Janse van Rensburg<br><br> Stephan andcopy;<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Carel Jan<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Swart<br><br> Andre<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Pretorius<br><br> Albertus<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> Erasmus<br><br> Nardus<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> Wiese<br><br> Jasper<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Maartens<br><br> Daniel<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Basson<br><br> Justin<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Venter<br><br> Jan Albert<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Janse van Vuuren<br><br> Gunther<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Venter<br><br> Reinach<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> Kotze<br><br> Gert<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Dweba<br><br> Joseph<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Nche<br><br> Ox<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Van Vuuren<br><br> Conraad<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Grundlingh<br><br> Johann<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Vidima<br><br> Ntokoza<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Vosloo<br><br> Arrie<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Mgijima<br><br> Ali<br><br> Afrigter/ Coach: MJ Smith<br><br> Spanbestuurder / Team Manager: Kay Kay Hlongwane<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.19 vs Sharks o.19<br><br> 24 Julie 2015, Kick-off 13:00<br><br> <br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Eriksen<br><br> Glenn<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Pretorius<br><br> Charl<br><br> 13<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Stannard<br><br> Niel<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Schmulian<br><br> Tiaan<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Koopman<br><br> Dale<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Wessels<br><br> Dwayne<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> De Nysschen<br><br> Carlos<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> Maruping<br><br> Victor<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> Slabbert<br><br> Hendry<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Bezuidenhout<br><br> De Wet andcopy;<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Verster<br><br> Brendan<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Schoeman<br><br> Ruben<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Botha<br><br> Joseph<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Stevens<br><br> Robin<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> De Jager<br><br> Erich<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Eriksen<br><br> Glenn<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Pretorius<br><br> Charl<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Stannard<br><br> Niel<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Schmulian<br><br> Tiaan<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Koopman<br><br> Dale<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Wessels<br><br> Dwayne<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> De Nysschen<br><br> Carlos<br><br> 23<br><br> Prop<br><br> Maruping<br><br> Victor<br><br> <br><br> Afrigter / Coach: Andre Tredoux<br><br> Spanbestuurder / Team Manager: Thys Nel<br><br> <br><br> <br> <br><br> 2015-07-22 Vier 120 jaar van Vrystaat Rugby met ‘n Quiz!! In die aanloop tot die afskop van die Absa Curriebeker sal ondersteuners die kans kry om hulle kennis oor Vrystaat Rugby te toets in andlsquo;n prettige vasvra-aand op die 30ste Julie. Spanne van vier kan deelneem en ondersteuners wat nie die aand kan bywoon nie, kan deur sosiale netwerke soos Facebook en Twitter saam speel. Enige iemand wat dink dat hulle andlsquo;n goeie kennis het oor Vrystaat Rugby is welkom om deel te neem. Kontak Ronel Pienaar by vir inskrywings of meer inligting oor die geleentheid.<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> DIE Vrystaat lewer sedert sy stigting op 27 Maart 1895 in die Hotel Phoenix in Bloemfontein and#39;n baie groot bydrae tot rugby in die land, andeacute;n die res van Suid-Afrika behoort veel groter agting, andeacute;n empatie, te handecirc; vir die werk wat Vrystaatse beamptes en die spelers vir rugby in hierdie sentrale deel tussen die Vaal- en Oranjerivier die afgelope 120 jaar gedoen het.<br><br> <br><br> Die Vrystaat is deurlopend die geil teelaarde van Suid-Afrikaanse rugbyspelers, Cheetah-rugby se prestasielys oor dekades is uitstekend andeacute;n die infrastruktuur in die Vrystaat is baie goed.<br><br> <br><br> Die volgende mylpale bevestig Cheetahland se bydrae en suksesse in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby, ondanks die feit dat hy jaar nandaacute; jaar tientalle topspelers aan veral die Haaie, Westelike Provinsie, Leeus, die Blou Bulle, Europese, Franse en Japanse klubs afstaan:<br><br> <br><br> Boetie McHardy, die Vrystaat se eerste Springbok, word op 30 November 1912 in Dublin in andlsquo;n toets teen Ierland die eerste Springbok wat drie drieandeuml; in een toets druk. McHardy word op 7 Augustus 1914 teen die Grens op Lordand#39;s in Durban die eerste Suid-Afrikaner wat vier drieandeuml; in and#39;n Curriebeker-wedstryd druk. Op 31 Mei 1930 word die Springbokpark-rugbystadion (terrein waar die Medi-Clinic vandag staan) in gebruik geneem. Australiandeuml; klop Suid-Afrika op 2 September 1933 in die eerste toets ooit in Bloemfontein met 15-4 op Springbokpark. Die Vrystaat-stadion word met and#39;n wedstryd tussen die Junior Springbokke en die Britse and Ierse Leeus op 14 September 1955 in gebruik geneem. Sakkie van Zyl word op 20 Mei 1967 in and#39;n vriendskaplike wedstryd teen Wes-Transvaal in Potchefstroom die eerste Vrystater wat in sy 100ste wedstryd vir die Vrystaat speel. Altesame 27 Vrystaters het reeds in 100 of meer wedstryde vir die span gespeel. Die ou Vrystaatse Rugbybond - die Vrystaat-provinsie - ontbind op 6 Februarie 1968 op andlsquo;n vergadering in die Hotel President in Bloemfontein. Vier nuwe rugby provinsies in die geografiese Vrystaat is gestig. Die Vrystaat speel op 22 September 1973 in sy eerste Curriebeker-eindstryd, teen Noord-Transvaal in Pretoria, andeacute;n verloor met 22-30. Meer as 73 000 toeskouers het die Vrystaat-stadion op 14 Augustus 1976 volgepak vir die tweede toets tussen die Springbokke en die All Blacks. Nieu-Seeland het met 15-9 gewen. Die Vrystaat palm op 25 September 1976 die Curriebeker die eerste keer in deur die WP met 33-16 in die eindstryd in die Vrystaat-stadion te klop. Die Vrystaat klop op 31 Mei 1977 Oos-Vrystaat op Boerbokpark, Senekal, met 132-3. Gerrie Sonnekus (skrumskakel - 1974; agtsteman - 1984) word naas Danie Craven die enigste Springbok wat toetsrugby vir Suid-Afrika in diandeacute; twee posisies gespeel het. Mnr. Steve Strydom, wat tussen 1976 en 1993 president van die Vrystaatse Rugbybond was, word op 2 Februarie 1985 met andlsquo;n toets tussen Skotland en Ierland in Edinburg die eerste SA rugbyskeidsregter wat in and#39;n Vyfnasie-toets in Europa optree. Die Vrystaat-stadion word op and#39;n middernagtelike byeenkoms op 30 Junie 1990 in die AK Volsteedt-gebou amptelik deur die Bloemfonteinse stadsraad aan die VRU oorgedra. Die herboude Vrystaat-stadion word 10 Mei 1995 die eerste keer aan die publiek bekend gestel. Drie van die WB-wedstryde van 1995 in Suid-Afrika is in diandeacute; stadion beslis. Groot vordering is sedert 21 Februarie 1998 op die transformasie-front in Vrystaat-rugby gemaak toe David Wesso (Rooikatte: vleuel) en Christmas Dumazweni (Collegians: flank) die eerste spelers van kleur geword het wat die Vrystaatse senior span in die Vodacombeker-kompetisie verteenwoordig het. Jannie de Beer, die Cheetah-losskakel, se 5 skepdoele op 21 Oktober 1999 in Parys in die WB-kwarteindstryd teen Engeland is die wandecirc;reldrekord. SA het 44-21 gewen, en De Beer se 34 punte diandeacute; dag is die naasmeeste deur and#39;n Springbok in and#39;n toets. Die Vodacom-Cheetahs speel op 4 April 2003 die eerste keer and#39;n amptelike wedstryd van Sarvu - and#39;n Vodacombeker-wedstryd teen die Boland-Kavaliers - in die Seisa Ramabodu-stadion in Heidedal. In 2004 het Hanyani Shimange die eerste Vrystaatse speler van kleur geword het, wat sy Springbok-kleure verwerf het. Sedertdien het die Vrystaat 22 Springbokke opgelewer, van wie nege spelers van kleur is: Shimange, Gurthrandouml; Steenkamp, Bevin Fortuin, Kabamba Floors, Ashley Johnson, Raymond Rhule, Trevor Nyakane, Cornal Hendricks en Oupa Mohoje. Die VRU is pro-aktief besig om met verskeie transformasie-projekte onder alle kleur- andeacute;n kultuurgroepe rugby te bevorder. Die VRU is andlsquo;n groot rolspeler in die toekoms van die nuwe Suid-Afrika.<br><br> Nandaacute; meer as 12 jaar se harde werk in die vergadersale van SA rugby verkry mnr. Harold Verster, tandoacute;andeacute; president van die VRU, op 15 April 2005 met sy twee vennote - Griekwaland-Wes en Noord-Vrystaat - die reg om SA se vyfde bedryfsregspan in die vergrote Super14-kompetisie vir die Suidelike Halfrond van die 2006-seisoen af te vorm. Op 22 Oktober 2005 verower die Vrystaat die Curriebeker die tweede keer in sy bestaan van 110 jaar deur die Blou Bulle in die eindstryd in Pretoria met 29-25 te klop. and#39;n Nuwe era in die Hartland van Suid-Afrika - Griekwaland-Wes, Vrystaat en Noord-Vrystaat - se rugbygeskiedenis breek op 10 Februarie 2006 aan met die eerste wedstryd van die nuwe SA bedryfsregspan, die Cheetahs in die vergrote Super14-kompetisie teen die Bulle in die Vrystaat-stadion. Meer as 30 000 toeskouers het diandeacute; wedstryd bygewoon. Dit was die begin van and#39;n ongelooflike seisoen in Vrystaat-rugby, wat and#39;n hoogtepunt met die halfeindstryd (klop die Haaie op 7 Oktober met 30-14) en die eindstryd (speel met 28-28 gelykop teen die Blou Bulle op 14 Oktober) in Bloemfontein bereik het. Juan Smith, Springbok-flank van die Cheetahs, word op 15 Augustus 2007 in die eerste toets in die geskiedenis tussen Suid-Afrika en Namibiandeuml; in Kaapstad die eerste Springbok-voorspeler wat and#39;n driekuns aan drieandeuml; behaal. Die Vrystaat wen op 27 Oktober 2007 die Curriebeker die eerste keer in sy bestaan van 112 jaar and#39;n derde agtereenvolgende jaar deur die Leeus in die eindstryd in Bloemfontein met 20-18 te klop. In 2013 was die Cheetahspan die enigste in SA wat in die uitkloprondes van die Curriebeker- andeacute;n die Super15-kompetisie gespeel het. Die Vrystaat het reeds in 13 Curriebeker-eindstryde en 18 Curriebeker-halfeindstryde gespeel. Van die huidige 14 Suid-Afrikaanse rugby-unies het die Cheetahs se Curriebeker-span in die tydperk 1970 tot 2014 naas die Blou Bulle en die WP gemiddeld die beste gevaar. Afgesien van sy welslae in die Curriebeker-reeks het die Vrystaat ook in vyf Lionbeker-eindstryde gespeel en het hy diandeacute; gesogte uitklopbeker in 1983 gewen; het die Vrystaat ook in 1996 (Bankfin se Aandbeker), in 2000 die Vodacombeker ingepalm, en ook in 2008 se Vodacombeker-eindstryd gespeel. Negentien voorsitters/presidente het leiding die afgelope 120 jaar gegee. Altesame 1 535 spelers het vir die Vrystaatse senior provinsiale span tussen 1893 en 2014 uitgedraf. andeacute;n, die VRU het van Boetie McHardy (1912) tot Oupa Mohoje (2014) reeds 83 Springbokke, en sedert John Matthysen (1974) en Ig Prinsloo (2014) reeds 111 SA Skolespelers opgelewer. Drie Vrystaters - Gysie Pienaar (1980), Os du Randt (1997) en Andrandeacute; Venter (1999) - was al die SA Rugbyspeler van die Jaar. Die Vrystaat is gereeld onder die top-spanne op die jaarlikse Cravenweek-toernooi (o.18) en diandeacute; jong Cheetahs spog naas die WP met die beste rekord van alle spanne sedert die instelling van die toernooi in 1964. Die Shimlas, die eerste rugbyspan van die UV, vorm van die vroegte tye af die kern van die Vrystaatse rugbyspanne. Diandeacute; Kovsies het in 1986 en 1999 die nasionale klubkampioenskap gewen andeacute;n hulle het vanjaar die eerste keer die Varsitybeker verower. Jaco Peyper, andlsquo;n Bloemfonteinse prokureur, het hom die afgelope twee, drie jaar as een van die top-skeidsregters in wandecirc;reldrugby gevestig. Hy het onlangs die Super15-eindstryd tussen die Highlanders en die Hurricanes in Wellington, Nieu-Seeland, beheer. Hy sal vanjaar ook wedstryde op die WB-toernooi in Brittanje beheer. Die Vrystaat-stadion word vir internasionale rugby andeacute;n sokker benut. and#39;n Nuwe hoofpaviljoen is met die oog op die Wandecirc;reldbeker-sokkertoernooi in 2010 in Suid-Afrika aan die westekant van die stadion gebou en nagenoeg 46 000 toeskouers kan in die stadion gehuisves word. 2015-07-20 ORC Griquas cling to slender lead in Absa Currie Cup qualifying race The ORC Griquas maintained their slender one point lead in the Absa Currie Cup qualifying race thanks to their 57-33 win over the Hino Valke in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on Saturday while the Leopards stayed in the hunt by beating Boland Cavaliers 61-17 in Potchefstroom.<br><br> <br><br> Heading into the final round of matches next week, the Griquas and Leopards are the only teams in contention for the qualifying spot to the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division. Griquas are in front on 21 points, with the Leopards nipping at their heels on 20.<br><br> <br><br> Down Touch Griffons put in a powerful second half performance to beat the Border Bulldogs 43-20 despite trailing by five points at the break. The win lifted the Griffons from the basement to fourth on the log while SWD Eagles, who were not in action over the weekend, slipped to last place.<br><br> <br><br> Click on the score links below for detailed match reports, while the competition stats are available in the match centre. <br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas 57 (33) Hino Valke 33 (7)<br><br> <br><br> At the Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park the Kimberley-based side scored nine tries and the bonus point means they maintain their slender advantage over the Leopards. Wing Kyle Hendricks was outstanding for the home side and scored four tries, including a hat-trick in the second half when the Valke stormed back from a 7-33 deficit.<br><br> <br><br> AJ Coertzen (wing, 2), Carel Greeff (No 8), Tian Meyer (scrumhalf) and Jonathan Francke (centre) all scored for Griquas in a one-sided first half, while Gouws Prinsloo (fullback) kicked the conversions. Hendricksandrsquo; converted try was the only reply from Valke. Griquas continued their try onslaught in the second stanza, with Ntabeni Dukisa (wing), Clinton Swart (centre), Hugo Kloppers (lock) and Greeff each dotting down put the game beyond the Valkeandrsquo;s reach. Hendricks, who impressed all afternoon for the home side, ran in three tries as Griquas took their foot off the gas in the latter stages.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> ORC Griquas 57 (33) - Tries: AJ Coertzen (2), Carel Greeff (2), Tian Meyer, Hugo Kloppers, Jonathan Francke, Clinton Swart, Ntabeni Dukisa. Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (6).<br><br> Hino Valke 33 (7) - Tries: Kyle Hendricks (4), Arno Poley. Conversions: Juan Kotze (4).<br><br> <br><br> Leopards 61 (33) Boland Cavaliers 17 (10)<br><br> Dillon Smit (No 9) and Ryno Smith (No 15) both scored a brace of tries as the Leopards cruised to a comprehensive win over the Boland Cavaliers at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom. Scrumhalf Smit and fullback Smith were responsible for four of the Leopardsandrsquo; nine tries while centre Adriaan Engelbrecht ended with 16 points as he kicked eight conversions. The Leopards were quick off the mark and they raced to a 26-0 lead in as many minutes.<br><br> <br><br> Smit, Ashlon Davids (flyhalf), Smith and Tyler Fisher (centre) scored for the hosts while Bolandandrsquo;s Danwel Demas replied with their only try of the first half. After the break it was one-way traffic as the Leopards added to their score through tries from Adriaan Vermeulen (left wing), Sizo Maseko (replacement wing), Smith and Damian Engeldoe (right wing). Boland only managed a converted try through fullback Eric Zana.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers<br><br> <br><br> Leopards andndash; Tries: Dillon Smit (2), Ashlon Davids, Ryno Smith (2), Tyler Fisher, Adriaan Vermeulen, Sizo Maseko, Damian Engeldoe; Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (8).<br><br> Boland Cavaliers andndash; Tries: Arno Fortuin, Danwel Demas, Eric Zana; Conversion Christian Rust.<br><br> <br><br> Down Touch Griffons 43 (15) Border Bulldogs 20 (6)<br><br> <br><br> Nicky Steyn and Japie Nel both scored two tries each as the Down Touch Griffons delivered a strong second-half performance to beat the Bulldogs 43-20 at the Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom.<br><br> <br><br> No 8 Steyn and inside centre Nel were responsible for four of the Griffonsandrsquo; six tries as the home team claimed just their second win of campaign to move off the bottom of the table. The result was academic because both teams are out of the running for promotion. The first half was a tight affair which saw the Griffons battling their way to a nine-point lead.<br><br> <br><br> Fullback Tertius Maarman and Steyn scored tries for Griffons and Franna du Toit slotted. Border fullback Logan Basson kicked two penalties in the first half action. Griffons were in command in the second half which started on a good note for them when Steyn crashed over for his second try just after the restart. Border managed a penalty try, but Griffons secured the win thanks to tries from left wing Enver Brandt and two efforts from Nel.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Down Touch Griffons andndash; Tries: Tertius Maarman, Nicky Steyn (2), Enver Brandt, Japie Nel (2), Conversions: Franna du Toit (2), Louis Strydom (3); Penalty: Du Toit.<br><br> Border Bulldogs andndash; Tries: Penalty Try, Drex Mapimpi; Conversion: Thembani Mkokeli, Oliver Zono; Penalties: Logan Basson (2).<br><br> <br><br> The abbreviated Absa Currie Cup Qualifier log standings:<br><br> <br><br> Team<br><br> Played<br><br> Won<br><br> Lost<br><br> Points<br><br> Griquas<br><br> 5<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 21<br><br> Leopards<br><br> 5<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 20<br><br> Boland Cavaliers<br><br> 6<br><br> 2<br><br> 4<br><br> 13<br><br> Griffons<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 3<br><br> 10<br><br> Border<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 3<br><br> 10<br><br> Valke<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 3<br><br> 9<br><br> SWD<br><br> 5<br><br> 1<br><br> 4<br><br> 8<br><br> 2015-07-20 Golden Lions survive Free State scare Golden Lions survive Free State scare in Absa Under-21 Championship<br><br> Early pace-setters, the Golden Lions, survived a late fightback from the Toyota Free State to remain top of the standings after two rounds of the Absa Under-21 Provincial Championships played this weekend.<br><br> The Johannesburg side held out to a 36-33 win to remain unbeaten, while the defending champions, the Vodacom Blue Bulls, scored an even closer 24-23 win over the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria. In the only match played Saturday, the Leopards scored a bonus point win over EP Kings, who has now suffered consecutive losses in the opening weeks of the competition.<br><br> The EP Kings Under-19 team has now scored two wins away from home in the Under-19 competition though.<br><br> A summary of the weekendandrsquo;s Under-21 action is featured below.<br><br> Note: A run of play version of each match is available by clicking on the links provided.<br><br> Golden Lions 36 (26), Toyota Free State 33 (14)<br><br> The Golden Lions almost let this one slip in the second half as a determined Toyota Free State team clawed their way back into the match at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Friday.<br><br> The hosts were out of the blocks in a flash, scoring in the opening minutes and then added another three tries for a comfortable 26-14 lead at the break with the bonus point already in the bag.<br><br> Another early try in the second half by Gerdus van der Walt extended the lead even further, but the visitors were far from done though. They scored three tries in the next 20 minutes to draw level. Only a late penalty by Shaun Reynolds saved the day for the home side, who are now top of the log after two rounds of play. <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Golden Lions 36 (26). Tries: Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Christiaan Meyer, Gerdus van der Walt, Koch Marx, Jean-Pierre Du Preez. Conversions: Kobus Engelbrecht (4). Penalty: Shaun Reynolds<br><br> Toyota Free State 33 (14). Tries: Andre Swarts, Jan Albert Venter, Nicolaas Lee, Stephan Janse van Rensburg, Daniel Maartens. Conversions: Swarts (4).<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls 24 (7), Cell C Sharks 23 (6)<br><br> The Vodacom Blue Bulls Under-21 team scored a close 24-23 win over their Cell C Sharks counterparts in Pretoria on Friday.<br><br> The home side lead 7-6 at the break and scored four tries on way to an important win for the defending Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship winners of 2014.<br><br> Ganfried May opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a try and Joshua Stander converted the fullbackand#39;s five pointer to put his side 7-0 up. The Sharks clawed their way back into the match with two penalties by Rowan Gouws bringing them within one point of the home side at the break.<br><br> A try just after the restart by prop Dayan van der Westhuizen extended the Blue Bulls lead to 12-6, but a converted try by Rowan Gouws saw the Durban side take in the 13-12 lead in the 47th minute.<br><br> A yellow card to the visiting prop Barend Potgieter in the 52nd minute cost the Sharks as Marquit September scored to regain the lead (17-13). The Sharks scored just after his return through Dan du Preez. Gouws converted for a 23-17 lead with 20 minutes to play. The Blue Bulls kept plugging away and when Marius Louw, Sharks prop, was shown a red in the 79th minute, they pounced. Van der Westhuizen scored his second and Kobus Marais converted with the winning kick from the touchline.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls (Under 21) 24 (7). Tries: Dayan van der Westhuizen (2), Marquit September, Ganfried May. Conversions: Joshua Stander, Kobus Marais.<br><br> Cell C Sharks (Under 21) 23 (6). Tries: Rowan Gouws, Dan du Preez. Conversions: Gouws (2). Penalties: Gouws (3).<br><br> Leopards 28 (14), EP Kings 8 (5)<br><br> In Potchefstroom, the EP Kings scored first, but then were outplayed by a determined Leopards team, who scored a bonus point win over their coastal visitors. Two tries in each half, including a brace from outside centre Elden Schoeman, secured the win at Profert Olen Park in Potchefstroom on Saturday.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Leopards 28 (14). Tries: Jeandre Rudolph, Walt Steenkamp, Elden Schoeman (2). Conversions: Schalk Hugo (4).<br><br> EP Kings 8 (5). Try: Malcolm Jaer. Penalty: Simon Bolze.<br><br> Fixtures for round three:<br><br> Friday, July 24 2015<br><br> Sharks vs Free State, Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban<br><br> Leopards vs Golden Lions, Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom<br><br> Saturday, July 25 2015<br><br> EP Kings vs Western Province, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth<br><br> Absa Under-19 Provincial Championship<br><br> In the Absa Under-19 Provincial Championships, wins to the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and EP Kings highlighted some enterprising play by some of the countryandrsquo;s finest junior players.<br><br> The Blue Bulls stayed undefeated by beating the Cell C Sharks 39-21, while the EP Kings scored a second consecutive away win, this time beating the Leopards in Potchefstroom 41-24. The Golden Lions beat Toyota Free State 53-10, meaning that the Free State and Sharks side will be chasing a first win in round three of the competition next weekend when they meet in Durban.<br><br> A summary of the weekendandrsquo;s action is featured below.<br><br> Note: A run of play version of each match is available by clicking on the links provided.<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls 39 (29), Cell C Sharks 21 (0). <br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Blue Bulls 39 (29). Tries: Alandre van Rooyen, Franco Naude (2), Gavin van den Berg, Kurt Webster. Conversions: Tinus de Beer (4). Penalties: Tinus de Beer (2).<br><br> Sharks 21 (0). Tries: Brent Christoffels, Sand#39;busiso Nkosi, Tristan Tedder. Conversions: Tristan Tedder (3).<br><br> Leopards 24 (0), EP Kings 41 (19)<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Leopards 24 (0). Tries: James Engelbrecht, Barend Janse van Rensburg, Eon Buhrmann, Wilbri Gunter. Conversions: Siyabonga Masuku, James Engelbrecht.<br><br> EP Kings 41 (19). Tries: Mabhutana Peter, Junior Pokomela, Jeremy Ward, Nicolaas Oosthuizen, Tango Balekile, Hayden Tharratt. Conversions: James Hall (3), Jordan Koekemoer. Penalty: James Hall.<br><br> Golden Lions 53 (36), Toyota Free State 10 (0)<br><br> Golden Lions 53 (36). Tries: Paul de Beer, Wynand Botha, Johann Vermaak, Hendrik Smit, Juandre Michau, Jaydrin Kotze (2). Conversions: Hendrik Mulder (6). Penalties: Hendrik Mulder (2).<br><br> Toyota Free State 10 (0). Tries: Victor Maruping, Rohan Roelofse.<br><br> Fixtures for round three:<br><br> Friday, July 24 2015<br><br> Sharks vs Free State, Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban<br><br> Leopards vs Golden Lions, Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom<br><br> Saturday, July 25 2015<br><br> EP Kings vs Western Province, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth<br><br> 2015-07-20 Cape sides register back-to-back wins Cape sides register back-to-back wins at Coca-Cola Craven Week<br><br> DHL Western Province and Cape neighbours Boland on Wednesday stamped their authority on day three of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week at the Markandouml;tter Sports Complex at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch to keep alive their hopes of playing in the final match of the tournament on Saturday.<br><br> Hosts Western Province were in top form against the Griffons and registered an emphatic 65-5 victory, which marked the highest score so far in the tournament, while Boland staged a strong second-half comeback against Border for a 20-15 victory.<br><br> The Blue Bulls, Free State and the Limpopo Blue Bulls, meanwhile, registered their first wins of the tournament in style as they each scored over 30 points in their respective matches against the Pumas, Namibia and Border CD.<br><br> In the main matches on Thursday the Valke will go up against Griquas, and Eastern Province, who finished as the top team last season, will line up against KwaZulu-Natal. <br><br> Please click on links for run of play of each match<br><br> DHL Western Province 65 (43) Griffons 5 (5)<br><br> DHL Western Province were dominant from the outset against the Griffons as they stretched the oppositionandrsquo;s defence and took advantage of the gaps out wide to run in an impressive six tries before the break. The hosts showed great skill on attack and capitalised on their speed out wide and fine support play, while they slipped through tackles with ease. The Griffons, meanwhile, battled to make their presence felt with their limited possession and porous defence letting them down, and managed to score only one try in the first half, which left them trailing 43-5 at the break.<br><br> The Griffons tried hard to retain possession on attack and tightened up their defence in the second half, but despite this Western Province added four tries to their tally to take their total for the match to 10. The Griffonsandrsquo; efforts on attack, however, were shut down by the solid defence, which resulted in the Welkom side being unable to add to their score and having to settle for a 65-5 defeat.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Joshua Vermeulen, Cornel Smit, Ernst van Rhyn, Tyreeq February, Ruben de Villiers, George Lourens, Ryan Muller, Damian Willemse, Nico Leonard (2). Conversions: Joshua Vermeulen (4), Cornel Smit (2). Penalty: Cornel Smit.<br><br> Griffons - Try: Duke Jantjies.<br><br> Boland 20 (0) Border 15 (12) <br><br> Boland and Border were involved in an epic clash as the teams put their bodies on the line on attack and defence for the duration of the clash. Both teams tried to hold onto the ball and put together phases on attack, and with the defence holding well, they battled to break through. Such was the closeness of the clash Border opted for two penalties in the first 15 minutes to get on the scoreboard, but both attempts proved unsuccessful. The East London side eventually scored the first points of the match two minutes before half time and backed it up with their second try a minute later to take a 12-0 lead at the break.<br><br> Boland bounced back strongly after the break with an early try, which in-form flyhalf Adriaan van der Bank converted to close the gap on the scoreboard to 12-7. The Western Cap side struck again in the 47th minute with a try by Steyn Olivier. Border, meanwhile, added a penalty by flyhalf Courtney Winnaar. The closing minutes were tense as the teams fought until the end for the victory, but a penalty and drop goal by Van der Bank ensured that Boland stayed ahead on the scoreboard and allowed them to secure back-to-back victories in the tournament.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Boland andndash; Tries: Gilroy Philander, Steyn Olivier. Conversions: Adriaan van der Bank (2). Penalty: Adriaan van der Bank. Drop Goal: Adriaan van der Bank.<br><br> Border - Tries: Michael Botha, Tristian Coetzer. Conversion: Courtney Winnaar. Penalty: Courtney Winnaar.<br><br> Blue Bulls 35 (20) Pumas 17 (12)<br><br> The Blue Bulls delivered a solid all-round performance against the Pumas to register their first victory in the tournament with their forwards and backs combining well to push the team onto the front foot. Flyhalf and captain Eddie Fouche and scrumhalf Embrose Papier played in a vital role in sparking their attack while Fouche kept the team ahead on the scoreboard thanks to his solid goal-kicking, which earned him a personal total of 13 points in the match.<br><br> The Pumas scored the first try in the third minute and they added another in the 27th minute, but two penalties and two converted tries by the Blue Bulls forced the Pretoria side into a 20-12 halftime lead. The Pumas tried hard to retain possession and apply pressure on the Bulls after the break, but they battled to breach the solid defence and were limited to only one try in the second half. The Blue Bulls, meanwhile, managed to cross the tryline two more times in what proved to be a tight half, while Fouche added his third penalty to secure a convincing 35-17 win.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Runan Venter, Ruben van Heerden, Wayne Van der Bank (2). Conversions: Eddie Fouche (2), Runan Venter. Penalties: Eddie Fouche (3).<br><br> Pumas - Tries: Ruben Roodt, Marnus Van der Merwe, Dewald Maritz. Conversion: Wessel Muller.<br><br> Free State 43 (12) Namibia 19 (7)<br><br> The first half between the Free State and Namibia was tight as the teams both tried to put together phases on attack and force their way over the advantage line. Namibia struck first with a try in the 10th minute, but the Free State hit back four minutes later while Namibia were reduced to 14 men due to a yellow card. The Bloemfontein side found their rhythm on attack soon after and did well to snuff out the gaps in the defence, which earned them four tries in 15 minutes to take a commanding lead.<br><br> Namibia, however, fought back with intent and scored three tries to reduce the deficit thanks to their ability to retain possession and apply pressure on attack. This pushed their score into double figures. The Free State, however, struck again with a try on the stroke of fulltime to secure a 43-19 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Free State andndash; Tries: Niel Durow, Daniel William Rust, Dian Schoonees, Kian Skippers (2), Jurie Burger (2). Conversions: Christiaan Schutte (4).<br><br> Namibia andndash; Tries: Cliven Loubser, Christiaan Ras, Armondo Van Wyk. Conversions: Cliven Loubser (2).<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 34 (24) Border CD 20 (0)<br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls started their clash against Border CD with a bang as they dominated territory and possession to take control of the first half. They wasted no time making their presence felt and scored the first try of the match in the fourth minute compliments of Stefan Engelbrecht, and added two more before the break to take an encouraging 24-0 lead at the break.<br><br> They built on this fine form in the second half and added three more tries to take their total for the match to six. Border CD, however, showed their fighting spirit and completely dominated the last 10 minutes thanks to their speedy backs, which earned them three tries to add to a penalty early in the second half for a 34-20 defeat. <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Franco Van der Watt, Stefan Engelbrecht, Salie Vermaak, Jan Coertze, Chris Jenkinson (2). Conversions: Wernich Kachelhoffer (2).<br><br> Border CD andndash; Tries: Josh Armstrong, Aviwe Mancotywa, Soyama Ngceke. Conversion: Alrich Plaatjies. Penalty: Alrich Plaatjies.<br><br> Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-three results:<br><br> DHL Western Province 65 - 5 Griffons<br><br> Boland 20 - 15 Border<br><br> Blue Bulls 35 - 17 Pumas<br><br> Free State 43 - 19 Namibia<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 34 - 20 Border CD<br><br> Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-four results:<br><br> 09h00 andndash; Griquas CD vs Leopards<br><br> 10h30 andndash; Zimbabwe vs Eastern Province CD<br><br> 12h00 andndash; SWD vs Lions<br><br> 13h30 andndash; Valke vs Griquas<br><br> 15h00 andndash; Eastern Province vs KwaZulu-Natal<br><br> Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs<br><br> 2015-07-16 Span aankondiging / Team Announcement Die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.19 speel Vrydagmiddag om 13:00 teen die Leeus o.19 span en die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.21andrsquo;s speel om 15:00 teen die o.21 span van die Leeus. Die wedstryde word albei in die Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg gespeel. <br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19andrsquo;s will be taking on the Lionsandrsquo; u.19 side on Friday at 13:00 and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21andrsquo;s will be playing against the Lionsandrsquo; u.21 team at 15:00. Both matches will be played at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.21 vs Lions o.21<br><br> 17 Julie 2015, Afskop: 15:00<br><br> <br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Cyster<br><br> Luke<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Maqina<br><br> Vuyani<br><br> 3<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Lee<br><br> Nicolaas<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Janse van Rensburg<br><br> Stephan andcopy;<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Coetzee<br><br> Carel Jan<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Swart<br><br> Andre<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Pretorius<br><br> Albertus<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> Erasmus<br><br> Nardus<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> Wiese<br><br> Jasper<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Maartens<br><br> Daniel<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Basson<br><br> Justin<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Venter<br><br> Jan Albert<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Janse van Vuuren<br><br> Gunther<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Dweba<br><br> Joseph<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> Nche<br><br> Ox<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Venter<br><br> Reinach<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Kotze<br><br> Gert<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Roux<br><br> SJ<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Van Vuuren<br><br> Conraad<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Vidima<br><br> Ntokoza<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Vosloo<br><br> Arrie<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Mgijima<br><br> Ali<br><br> <br><br> Afrigter/ Coach: MJ Smith<br><br> Spanbestuurder / Team Manager: Kay Kay Hlongwane<br><br> <br><br> 2015-07-15 Coca-Cola Craven Week EP, KZN dominate day two of the Coca-Cola Craven Week<br><br> Eastern Province and KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday stamped their authority on the second day of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week at the Markandouml;tter Sports Complex at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch as they registered encouraging victories in the top match-ups of the day.<br><br> Eastern Province, who took top honours at last yearandrsquo;s tournament, were in fine form against SWD in a repeat of the 2014 final match and registered a 41-31 victory, while KwaZulu-Natal defeated the Golden Lions 18-16 in a nail-biting encounter.<br><br> Griquas, the Valke and Griquas CD also started off their campaigns on a high note as they secured victories against the Leopards, Eastern Province CD and Zimbabwe respectively. <br><br> The third round of matches will be played on Wednesday, with hosts DHL Western Province taking on the Griffons and Boland going up against Border.<br><br> For a full run of play report, please click on the link provided<br><br> Eastern Province 41 (15) SWD Eagles 31 (3)<br><br> Eastern Province started off their clash against the SWD Eagles with a bang thanks to their ability to create point-scoring chances and to capitalise on them. The team delivered a solid display with their forwards and backs combining well, while flyhalf Curwin Bosch dictated play with distinction and backed this up with his golden boot, which allowed them to dominate proceedings throughout the match.<br><br> Eastern Province had the first say thanks to a try by Riaan van Rensburg in the third minute, and they added another in the 17th minute, while Bosch slotted over a drop goal, while SWD were only able to kick a penalty in the half. This convincing start pushed the Port Elizabeth side 15-3 ahead at the break.<br><br> The second half proved to be a try festival as the teams showed fantastic flair on attack and backed this up with fine decision-making. While Eastern Province continued to build on their solid first half with another two tries, SWD they found their rhythm on attack and the rewards followed as they scored four tries to match that of the Eastern Cape side. Two extra penalties and another two drop goals by Bosch to take his personal tally in the match to 21 points, however, proved to be the difference between the sides on the scoreboard. These heroics earned Eastern Province a 41-31 victory. <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Eastern Province andndash; Tries: Khewzi Mafu, Mohamed Connelly, Lubabalo Dobela, Riaan van Rensburg. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3). Penalties: Curwin Bosch (2). Drop Goals: Curwin Bosch (3).<br><br> SWD Eagles - Tries: Manie Libbok (2), Christo Hamman, Luvuyo Ndevu. Conversions: Manie Libbok (4). Penalty: Manie Libbok.<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 18 (10) Golden Lions 16 (13)<br><br> The battle between KwaZulu-Natal and the Golden Lions was epic with the teams put their bodies on the line throughout the clash. The Lions opened up the scoring in the fourth minute with a penalty by Mthi Simelane, but this was cancelled out by KwaZulu-Natal as they crossed the chalk for the first try of the match. The exchanges that followed were tight, resulting in both teams opting for penalties to get points on the board. The Lions, however, fought back and their efforts paid off with a converted try four minutes before the break, which earned them a 13-10 halftime lead.<br><br> The second half was equally intense as the teams continued to use their physicality in the hope of powering their way through the defence, but with neither side giving an inch, they opted for penalties once again, with Simelane slotting over his third three-pointer and KwaZulu-Natalandrsquo;s Bader Pretorius his second.<br><br> The Sharks, however, dominated territory and this allowed them to apply immense pressure on the Lions. But the Johannesburg team absorbed the pressure well. The Durban sideandrsquo;s efforts eventually paid off in the final minute as Xolisa Guma crossed the tryline to secure a nail-biting 18-16 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal andndash; Tries: Xolisa Guma, Mulalo Sadiki. Conversion: Bader Pretorius. Penalties: Bader Pretorius (2).<br><br> Golden Lions - Try: Tiaan Van der Merwe. Conversion: Mthi Simelane. Penalties: Mthi Simelane (3).<br><br> Leopards 17 (17) Griquas 28 (14)<br><br> The clash between the Leopards and Griquas was a physical forward battle as the teams both used their big forwards to try to force their way onto the front foot. On occasions they looked for space out wide in an attempt to sneak through to the tryline, but with the teams closely matched on attack and defence, it proved to be an epic battle until the end as only five points separated the sides on the scoreboard for a lengthy period in the second half.<br><br> The Leopards opened up the scoring in the 12th minute with a try, but back-to-back tries by Griquasandrsquo; Janco Cloete within three minutes pushed the Kimberley side into the lead. The Leopards hit back with two tries of their own minutes later to take a 17-14 halftime lead.<br><br> Griquas tightened up their defence in the second half and stepped up their attack, which allowed them to break through the determined Leopardsandrsquo; defence for another two tries, one of which was by Janco Cloete to secure his hat-trick. This earned Griquas a hard-earned 28-17 victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Leopards andndash; Tries: Marthinus Vermeulen, Edmund Rheeder, Jacobus Dreyer. Conversion: Andre Kock.<br><br> Griquas - Tries: Rian Kotze, Janco Cloete (3). Conversions: Gert Nortje (4).<br><br> Valke 43 (26) Eastern Province CD 27 (12)<br><br> A strong finish by the Valke in which they scored three tries in the last 20 minutes against Eastern Province CD, earned them a morale-boosting 43-27 victory in their opening match of the tournament. The Valke started the clash on an encouraging note with four tries in the first half to only two by Eastern Province CD, which pushed them 26-12 ahead at halftime.<br><br> The Eastern Cape side, however, came out firing in the second half with two tries in two minutes by Geoffrey Dakin and Xolile Mdlokovana, which allowed them to reduce the deficit on the scoreboard tremendously. But the Valke cancelled this out as they powered their way to a strong finish with three tries to secure a convincing victory.<br><br> Scorers:<br><br> Valke andndash; Tries: Xander Crause (2), Erich Cronje, Ntshepe Kokong, Dylan Van der Walt, Marco Niemandt, Franklin Wagner. Conversions: Xander Crause (4).<br><br> Eastern Province CD - Tries: Geoffrey Dakin, Gevanhier Blom, Xolile Mdlokovana (2). Conversions: Geoffrey Dakin (2). Penalty: Geoffrey Dakin.<br><br> Griquas CD 17 (0) Zimbabwe 12 (7)<br><br> Griquas CD and Zimbabwe were involved in a tight tussle from the outset as both teams tried hard to breach the defence but battled to force their way through. With the Griquas CD defence holding well in the middle of the field, Zimbabwe opted to spread the ball wide and this paid off as they scored the first try of the match compliments of Ben Meredith, which proved to be the only points of the half.<br><br> The second half was equally tight as Griquas CD used their forwards in an attempt to gain ascendancy, with flank and captain Cobus Wiese leading by example, while Zimbabweandrsquo;s backs made their presence felt.<br><br> These strengths earned them each a try in the third quarter, but mistakes at crucial times by Griquas CD denied them from crossing the line a few more times. Griquas CD, however, staged a dramatic comeback in the dying minutes as they crossed the tryline twice to snatch a 17-12 victory.<br><br> Scorers: <br><br> Griquas CD andndash; Tries: Dolf Zandberg, Wynand Terblanche, Dian Dry. Conversion: Adri du Plessis.<br><br> Zimbabwe - Tries: Ben Meredith, Tarisai Mapfumo. Conversion: Ben Meredith.<br><br> Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-two results:<br><br> Eastern Province 41 - 31 SWD Eagles<br><br> KwaZulu-Natal 18 - 16 Golden Lions<br><br> Leopards 17 - 28 Griquas<br><br> Valke 43 - 27 Eastern Province CD<br><br> Griquas CD 17 - 12 Zimbabwe<br><br> Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day-three fixtures:<br><br> 09h00 andndash; Limpopo Blue Bulls vs Border CD<br><br> 10h30 andndash; Free State vs Namibia<br><br> 12h00 andndash; Blue Bulls vs Pumas<br><br> 13h30 andndash; Boland vs Border<br><br> 15h00 andndash; DHL Western Province vs Griffons<br><br> 2015-07-15