Toyota Cheetahs News http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs News SA Schools teams http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3187/SA-Schools-teams http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Moerat and Van der Schyff to lead SA Schools teams<br><br> <br><br> Salmaan Moerat, captain of the DHL Western Province U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week side, will lead the SA Schools team in the U19 International Series in August, while Enrista Blue Bulls centre Louritz Van der Schyff has been selected to lead the SA Schools A team.<br><br> The SA Schools and SA Schools A teams will take on their counterparts from England, Wales, France and Italy from 12 to 20 August in Cape Town and Paarl, with the teams set to battle it out in three rounds of matches.<br><br> The squads, which consist of 26 players each and are sponsored by Coca-Cola, were selected by a panel of national and SA Schools selectors following the conclusion of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven and Academy Weeks in Durban.<br><br> Moerat, who led DHL Western Province to a 27-20 victory against the Bidvest Golden Lions in the final match of the Coca-Cola Craven Week last Saturday, is one of seven players in the SA Schools squad that featured in the tournament last season, while Enrista Blue Bulls fullback Abner van Reenen retains his place in the SA Schools A team.<br><br> The other players who were selected for the SA Schools team for the second successive season, or promoted from the SA Schools A team, are centre Manual Rass, flyhalf Damian Willemse, looseforward Khanya Ncusane (all from DHL Western Province), utility forward PJ Steenkamp (Enrista Blue Bulls), centre Wandisile Simelane (Bidvest Golden Lions) and Khwezi Mafu (Eastern Province).<br><br> The coaching staff and management teams of the SA Schools and SA Schools A teams, meanwhile, will be named in due course.<br><br> The first round of matches in the U19 International Series will be hosted at City Park in Crawford, Cape Town, on Friday 12 August. Then follows the second round of matches, at the fields of the Diocesan College (Bishops) in Rondebosch, on Tuesday 16 August, while the final round of action will take place at the fields of Paarl Boysandrsquo; High on Saturday, 20 August.<br><br> The two SA Schools squads will assemble at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday, 7 August and will begin their on-field preparations for the tournament the following day.<br><br> <br><br> SA Schools (in alphabetical order):<br><br> Name <br><br> Position<br><br> Province<br><br> School<br><br> Emilio Adonis<br><br> Wing<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Garsfontein<br><br> Reece Bezuidenhout<br><br> Prop<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> PJ Botha<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Monument<br><br> Ruan de Swardt<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Affies<br><br> Ben-Jason Dixon<br><br> Lock<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paul Roos<br><br> Muller du Plessis<br><br> Wing<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Gym<br><br> Richman Gora<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> Thepa Trading Griffons<br><br> Welkom Gymnasium<br><br> Daniel Jooste<br><br> Hooker<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Rewan Kruger<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> Bizhub Free State<br><br> Grey College, Bloem<br><br> Gianni Lombard<br><br> Fullback<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Khwezi Mafu<br><br> No 8<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Grey High, PE<br><br> Mike Mavovana<br><br> Wing<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Rondebosch Boys<br><br> Nathan McBeth<br><br> Prop<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Monument<br><br> Salmaan Moerat (captain)<br><br> Lock<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Khanya Ncusane<br><br> No 8/ Flank<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Johan Neethling<br><br> Prop<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Sihle Njezula<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Grey High, PE<br><br> JC Pretorius<br><br> Flank<br><br> Pumas<br><br> HTS Middelburg<br><br> Rikus Pretorius<br><br> Centre<br><br> Bizhub Free State<br><br> Grey College, Bloem<br><br> Manuel Rass<br><br> Centre<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Sazi Sandi<br><br> Prop<br><br> Eastern Province CD<br><br> St Andrews College<br><br> Charl Serdyn<br><br> Flank<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Boys<br><br> Wandisile Simelane<br><br> Centre<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Jeppe<br><br> PJ Steenkamp<br><br> Lock/Flank<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Garsfontein<br><br> Muller Uys<br><br> Flank<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paarl Gym<br><br> Damian Willemse<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paul Roos<br><br> <br><br> SA Schools A (in alphabetical order):<br><br> Name<br><br> Position<br><br> Province<br><br> School<br><br> Zinedine Booysen<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> Oakdale<br><br> Austin Davids<br><br> Utility Back<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Garsfontein<br><br> Lubabalo Dobela<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Grey High, PE<br><br> Cabous Eloff<br><br> Prop<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Affies<br><br> Schalk Erasmus<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Affies<br><br> Keagan Glade<br><br> Prop<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> KES<br><br> Tyrone Green<br><br> Flyhalf<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Jeppe<br><br> Gugu Nelani<br><br> Prop<br><br> Sharks<br><br> Northwood<br><br> Christopher Havenga<br><br> Lock<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Monument<br><br> Janco van Heyningen<br><br> Wing<br><br> Bizhub Free State<br><br> Grey College, Bloem<br><br> Cameron Hufke<br><br> Utility Back<br><br> GWK Griquas<br><br> Noord-Kaap<br><br> Jessie Johnson<br><br> Flank<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Paul Roos<br><br> Athi Magwala<br><br> Flank<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Boland Landbou<br><br> Tadendaishe Mujawo<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> St Benedictandrsquo;s<br><br> Sanele Nohamba<br><br> Scrumhalf<br><br> Sharks<br><br> DHS<br><br> Ayabonga Oliphant<br><br> Utility Back<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Grey High, PE<br><br> Ryno Pieterse<br><br> Lock/Flank<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Garsfontein<br><br> Dylan Richardson<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Sharks<br><br> Kearsney College<br><br> Dian Schoonees<br><br> No 8<br><br> Bizhub Free State<br><br> Grey College, Bloem<br><br> Mornay Smith<br><br> Prop<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Eldoraigne<br><br> Mark Snyman<br><br> Flank<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Helpmekaar<br><br> Sicelo Tole<br><br> Centre<br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Muir College<br><br> Louritz Van der Schyff (captain)<br><br> Centre<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Affies<br><br> Abner van Reenen<br><br> Fullback<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls<br><br> Garsfontein<br><br> Jaco van Tonder<br><br> Lock<br><br> Bizhub Free State<br><br> Grey College, Bloem<br><br> Juan van der Mescht<br><br> Lock<br><br> Sharks<br><br> Glenwood<br><br> <br><br> U19 International Series fixtures:<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 12 August (City Park Stadium andndash; Crawford, Cape Town):<br><br> 13h00 andndash; France vs England<br><br> 14h30 andndash; SA Schools A vs Italy<br><br> 16h00 andndash; SA Schools vs Wales<br><br> <br><br> Tuesday, 16 August (Bishops, Diocesan College andndash; Rondebosch, Cape Town)<br><br> 13h00 andndash; Wales vs Italy<br><br> 14h30 andndash; SA Schools A vs England<br><br> 16h00 andndash; SA Schools vs France<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 20 August (Paarl Boys High andndash; Paarl)<br><br> 13h00 andndash; France vs Italy<br><br> 14h30 andndash; SA Schools A vs Wales<br><br> 16h00 andndash; SA Schools vs England<br><br> 2016-07-22 Team Announcement: Toyota Free State XV vs Border http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3186/Team-Announcement--Toyota-Free-State-XV-vs-Border http://www.fscheetahs.co.za The Toyota Free State XV team who will be taking on Border on Saturday, 23 July at 17:00 in East London has been announced. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs Border Bulldogs <br><br> Saturday, 23 July, 17:00 <br><br> BCM Stadium, East London<br><br> <br><br> Johan Kotze Niel Rautenbach Erich de Jager Justin Bason Willem Serfontein Jasper Wiese Niel Claasens (c ) Nardus Erasmus Zee Mkhabela Daren Barron Lorenzo Gordon Ali Mgijima Carel-Jan Coetzee JP Coetzee Gerrie Labuschagne Replacements:<br><br> Venter Reinach Chase Morrison Johan Grundlingh Gopolang Molefe JP Smith Ruan van Rensburg Arno van Staden <br><br> Head Coach: MJ Smith. Assistant coaches: Sinovuyo Ganto, Izak van der Westhuizen<br><br> Team Manager: KK Hlongwane <br><br> 2016-07-21 Toyota Cheetahs vs Toytoa Verblitz Friendly Team Announcement http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3185/Toyota-Cheetahs-vs-Toytoa-Verblitz-Friendly-Team-Announcement http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Rugby Match between Toyota Verblitz and Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd is excited to announce that the Toyota Cheetahs will be playing against Toyota Verblitz on Saturday, 23 July in Japan. The game will serve as preparation for Japanese Top League and Currie Cup competitions. This will be a historical landmark for the two teams. <br><br> This friendly match between Toyota Verblitz and the Toyota Cheetahs kicks-off at 11:00 (SA time) at the Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan and will be broadcasted live on SuperSport C SN (208)<br><br> The team will be returning to South Africa on Sunday, 24 July at 16:50, arriving on Monday, 25 July at 10:30 back in Bloemfontein. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Toyota Verblitz <br><br> Saturday, 23 July, 11:00 (SA Time) <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Toyota City, Japan <br><br> <br><br> Ox Nche Joseph Dweba Tom Botha Armandt Koster Reniel Hugo Tienie Burger Oupa Mohoje (C) Paul Schoeman Shaun Venter Fred Zeilinga Maphutha Dolo William Small-Smith (VC) Ryno Benjamin Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Elandre Huggett Charles Marais Johan Coetzee Carl Wegner Henco Venter Uzair Cassiem Tian Meyer Michael van der Spuy Sias Ebersohn Jacques du Toit <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2016-07-20 Rugby Match between Toyota Verblitz and Toyota Cheetahs http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3184/Rugby-Match-between-Toyota-Verblitz-and-Toyota-Cheetahs http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd is excited to announce that the Toyota Cheetahs will be playing against Toyota Verblitz on Saturday, 23 July in Japan. The game will serve as preparation for Japanese Top League and Currie Cup competitions. This will be a historical landmark for the two teams. <br><br> This friendly match between Toyota Verblitz and the Toyota Cheetahs kicks-off at 11:00 (SA time) at the Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan and will be broadcasted live on SuperSport C SN. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs touring to Japan <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs will be departing from Bloemfontein on Monday, 18 July at 08:30 and is expected to arrive in Nagoya, Japan in two separate flights at 15:00 and 21:10 on Tuesday, 19 July. The team will be returning to South Africa on Sunday, 24 July at 16:50, arriving on Monday, 25 July at 10:30 back in Bloemfontein. <br><br> <br><br> Ryno Benjamin Charles Marais Clayton Blommetjies Tian Meyer Tom Botha Oupa Mohoje Tienie Burger Ox Nche Uzair Cassiem Sergeal Petersen Johan Coetzee Paul Schoeman Maphutha Dolo William Small-Smith Jacques du Toit Michael van der Spuy Joseph Dweba Henco Venter Sias Ebersohn Shaun Venter Elandre Huggett Carl Wegner Reniel Hugo Fred Zeilinga Armandt Koster <br><br> 2016-07-18 WP show their class at U18 Coca-Cola Youth Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3183/WP-show-their-class-at-U18-Coca-Cola-Youth-Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za DHL Western Province on Saturday took top honours in the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and the Coca-Cola Academy Week at Kearsney College in Durban in a satisfying day for the provincial union, which wrapped up the SA Rugby Youth Weeks.<br><br> Western Province defeated the Bidvest Golden Lions 27-20 in an entertaining final match of the Coca-Cola Craven Week, while their Coca-Cola Academy Week counterparts fought until the end against the Blue Bulls for a 23-12 victory.<br><br> The victory for the Coca-Cola Craven Week team ensured that they retained their status as the top team after a 95-0 victory in the final match last season against Eastern Province, while the Western Province Academy Week team built on the success of the side in the final match since the 2014 season.<br><br> In a thrilling closing day to the Youth Weeks, a total of 22 matches featuring all 44 teams were played at Kearsney College and Glenwood High School respectively.<br><br> Over the five days in the Coca-Cola Craven Week 269 tries and 1888 points were scored, while 268 tries and 1902 points were scored in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.<br><br> The main game of the Coca-Cola Craven Week between Western Province and the Lions was scintillating as both teams gave everything to get onto the front foot. The difference between the sides, however, was that Western Province made better use of their point-scoring chances, and they backed this up with a determined defensive effort. The opening exchanges of the clash were tight as the teams exchanged penalty goals. Western Province scored the first try of the match in the 15th minute compliments of Manuel Rass as they spread the ball wide, but this was cancelled out by Lions flyhalf Tyrone Green, who won a turnover and later touched down under the posts. The Cape side, however, had the final say with a try by Muller Uys to take a 20-10 halftime lead.<br><br> The second half was tightly-contested as the Lions struck first with a try one minute into the half, but this was cancelled out by Western Province two minutes later as they crossed the tryline for their third try. Both teams ran hard at one another as the match progressed, but neither could break through the defence. The Lions closed the gap on the scoreboard to 27-20 compliments of a penalty by centre Wandisile Simelane eight minutes before the final whistle, but that proved to be the last points of the match, and saw Western Province emerge as the top team for the second successive year.<br><br> In the final match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week, the Blue Bulls ran hard at Western Province from the opening exchanges and did well to break through tackles and work their way close to the tryline. But they were denied from crossing the chalk by the tenacious Cape sideandrsquo;s defence. Unfortunately for Western Province, however, penalties conceded in kickable positions, allowed the Pretoria side to slot over three first-half penalties to take a 9-0 lead. But the opposition fought back and managed to apply pressure on attack as they put together phases on attack. They were unable to breach the Bulls defence, but they earned their first points five minutes before half time compliments of a penalty.<br><br> Both teams gave everything in the second half, but Western Province made the most of their chances with Johannes Steenkamp taking a gap and accelerating en route to the tryline to touch down under the posts, for a 10-9 lead. The teams exchanged penalties shortly after, but the Cape side made a breakthrough in the 63rd minute as Theo Boshoff scored a try, while Steenkamp added his second penalty to seal a 23-12 victory for the team. Steenkampandrsquo;s two penalties, two conversions and try earned him a personal total of 15 points.<br><br> In the other top match-ups in the Coca-Cola Craven Week, the Enrista Blue Bulls produced a sensational showing against the Bizhub Free State to power their way to a 74-8 victory, while GWK Griquas overpowered the Valke 43-12 and the Pumas pipped hosts, the Sharks, 26-23.<br><br> The Blue Bullsandrsquo; forwards and backs combined well, while they created try-scoring opportunities at will and rounded them off, which allowed them to control the match from start to end. This paid off as they crashed over the chalk a staggering 12 times, while the Free State scored all eight of their points in the first half.<br><br> Griquas also dominated their clash against the Valke as they did well to capitalise on their try-scoring chances for an impressive six tries, while they allowed the Valke to break through only once in each half for their 43-12 victory. <br><br> The clash between the Pumas and Sharks was epic, with the Sharks breaking through the first try in the second minute, but back-to-back penalties by the Pumas allowed them to apply pressure on the Sharks. Both teams added tries before the break, which saw the Pumas take a 13-12 lead. The Pumas extended their lead with a penalty shortly after play resumed, but the Sharks bounced back with a try and two penalty goals. But this lead was short-lived as the Pumas fought back hard with a converted try to level the scores with seven minutes left on the clock. A fourth penalty by flyhalf Riekert Barnard in the dying minutes, however, allowed the Pumas to edge the Sharks 26-23.<br><br> In the traditional Coca-Cola Craven Week Test match, Namibia outscored Zimbabwe six tries to none for their 34-3 victory, which marked their second win in the tournament and their seventh successive win against their African neighbours.<br><br> Border also finished their campaign on memorable note with a 64-26 victory against Boland as they ran in 10 tries and limited the opposition to four, while the Leopards survived a late comeback by Thepa Trading Griffons for a 36-24 victory.<br><br> Border Country Districts, meanwhile, went down 29-8 against GWK Griquas CD as they battled to shut out the opposition on defence, while SWD delivered a solid display all around to secure a 64-12 victory against Eastern Province as they forced their way over the tryline 10 times, while they managed to limit the Port Elizabeth side to two tries.<br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls finished the tournament with a fine performance against Eastern Province CD, which saw them charge to an encouraging 21-0 lead at the break. They maintained this form in the second half to increase their try tally to five, while they leaked only one try to come out 35-5 victors. <br><br> In the Coca-Cola Academy Week, meanwhile, the Bidvest Golden Lions staged a strong second-half comeback in their clash against the Sharks to recover from a 17-8 halftime deficit and win the match 29-22, while Eastern Province overcame a tough challenge by Namibia to win 17-15.<br><br> The Sharks touched down for the first time in the ninth minute, and added another shortly before the break, while they also slotted over a penalty. They supported this with a solid defensive effort, which saw the Lions score only one try and a penalty. The Lions, however, came out firing in the second half as they stepped up their attack and tightened their defence, which earned them three back-to-back tries to inflate their score to 29. The Sharks refused to give up and scored their third try of the match on the stroke of fulltime to go down 29-22.<br><br> Eastern Province took a 10-0 lead in the first half against Namibia with a penalty in the 9th minute followed by a try the 11th minute, but Namibia managed to shut them out for the rest of the half. Both sides stepped up their attack in the second half and the points followed with Namibia scoring back-to-back tries and a penalty to take the lead. Eastern Province, however, forced their way back into the lead with a try by Lindsay Potgieter to take a 17-15 lead. Namibia had an opportunity to win the match with a late penalty, but the attempt was unsuccessful. <br><br> Pumas CD kicked off the final day of the Coca-Cola Academy Week with a narrow 17-15 victory against the SA LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) team compliments of a late penalty by fullback Johnny Smith, while SWD delivered a strong second-half showing against Border to bounce back from 10-7 down to win the match 24-10.<br><br> GWK Griquas CD also finished the tournament on a winning note as they overcame a competitive first half against Border CD to register a 24-7 victory, while the Konica Minolta Free State dominated from the outset against Sharks CD as they forced their way over the tryline five times, and limited Sharks CD to a converted try and penalty in the first half to win 44-10.<br><br> The clash between the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Griffons CD, meanwhile, was a one-sided affair with the Limpopo side working their way to a 36-0 halftime lead, which they built on after the break to secure a rewarding 60-14 victory.<br><br> A strong first half by Boland, in which they scored a penalty and three tries, also set them up for a comfortable victory 39-3 against the Pumas, as they added two tries after the break and managed to deny the Mpumalanga side from adding to their score.<br><br> In stark contrast the clash between the Thepa Trading Griffons and Leopards proved to be tight, with the Welkom side winning 36-26 after surviving a strong second-half fight-back from the Leopards.<br><br> GWK Griquas and the Red Valke found themselves level at 12-12 at the break in their clash as they each scored two tries in a hard-fought first half, but the Kimberley side found their rhythm at attack in the second half and tightened up their defence, which earned them a satisfying 34-12 victory.<br><br> The clash between the Blue Valke and Eastern Province CD was close with the Valke taking a narrow 3-0 lead at the break. Eastern Province, however, made the most of their point-scoring chances in a hard-fought second half to score two tries and two penalty goals to only two tries by the Blue Valke for a 18-13 victory. <br><br> Coca-Cola Craven Week day five results (Saturday, 16 July):<br><br> Zimbabwe 3 (0) andndash; 34 (5) Namibia<br><br> Boland 26 (19) andndash; 64 (26) Border<br><br> GWK Griquas CD 29 (14) andndash; 8 (3) Border CD<br><br> EP 12 (12) andndash; 64 (24) SWD<br><br> Komati Fruit Limpopo Blue Bulls 35 (21) andndash; 5 (0) EP CD<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls 74 (34) andndash; 8 (8) Bizhub Free State<br><br> Thepa Trading Griffons 24 (5) andndash; 36 (24) Leopards<br><br> Pumas 26 (13) andndash; 23 (12) Sharks<br><br> Valke 12 (5) andndash; 43 (21) GWK Griquas<br><br> DHL Western Province 27 (20) andndash; 20 (10) Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week day five results (Saturday, 16 July):<br><br> Pumas CD 17 (0) andndash; 15 (8) SA LSEN<br><br> GWK Griquas CD 24 (12) andndash; 7 (7) Border CD<br><br> Border 10 (10) andndash; 24 (7) SWD<br><br> Free State 44 (23) andndash; 10 (10) Sharks CD<br><br> Griffons CD 14 (0) andndash; 60 (36) Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> Thepa Trading Griffons 36 (21) andndash; 26 (14) Leopards<br><br> Pumas 3 (3) andndash; 39 (27) Boland<br><br> Blue Valke CD 13 (3) andndash; 18 (0) EP CD<br><br> Red Valke 12 (12) andndash; 34 (12) GWK Griquas<br><br> Bidvest Golden Lions 29 (8) andndash; 22 (17) Sharks<br><br> Namibia 15 (0) andndash; 17 (10) EP<br><br> DHL Western Province 23 (3) andndash; 12 (9) Blue Bulls<br><br> 2016-07-18 Top teams confirmed in U18 Youth Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3182/Top-teams-confirmed-in-U18-Youth-Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za (Update: The clash between the Pumas and the Sharks has been moved from 12h00 to 13h35, while the Enrista Blue Bulls and Bizhub Free State will meet at 12h00.)<br><br> The Golden Lions and Western Province will face one another in the final match of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, while Western Province will go head-to-head with the Blue Bulls in the closing game of the Coca-Cola Academy Week on Saturday at Kearsney College in Durban.<br><br> The Bidvest Golden Lions and Bizhub Free State on Thursday threw their names into the hat for a place in the final match of the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week with commanding wins, while Boland, the Blue Bulls and Sharks CD rose to the top in the Coca-Cola Academy Week as all the sides remained unbeaten following their second round of matches on Thursday.<br><br> In the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, the Golden Lions defeated the Enrista Blue Bulls 41-14, while Free State thumped the Leopards 86-14 to join DHL Western Province and the Pumas as the only unbeaten teams in the competition going into Saturdayandrsquo;s final round.<br><br> In the Coca-Cola Academy Week, meanwhile, Boland beat Namibia 37-28, the Blue Bulls outplayed the Leopards 77-7, and Sharks CD pipped Pumas CD 32-27 to retain their unbeaten status along with DHL Western Province, the Sharks and the SA LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) team.<br><br> A combined total of 720 points were scored in the two competitions on Thursday, with 48 tries in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week to contribute to the 329 points scored for the day, while 53 tries and 391 points were scored in the Coca-Cola Academy Week.<br><br> In the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week the Golden Lions defeated the Blue Bulls in the final match of the day as their forwards and backs combined well to outplay to their Gauteng neighbours. The Blue Bulls discipline was poor and they conceded four yellow cards during the match, which did not help their cause.<br><br> They were denied an early try due to a knock-on on the tryline, but they were forced onto the back-foot for the rest of the half as the Lions created point-scoring chances and used them well to out-score the Bulls two tries to one, while they added two penalty goals for a 20-7 lead. The Blue Bulls tried hard to force their way back into the match in the second half, but the effective Lions attack combined with the Blue Bullsandrsquo; struggle to break through the defence regularly and mistakes at crucial times, resulted in the Pretoria side going down 41-14.<br><br> Lions centre Wandisile Simelane was again instrumental in the victory as he touched down twice and added five penalties and two penalties for a personal tally of 26 points.<br><br> The Free State, meanwhile, delivered a solid display against the Leopards using their pace and skill on attack to break through the defence, while they converted their try-scoring chances into points with ease. They supported this with a tenacious defensive effort, which denied the Potchefstroom team from crossing the chalk until the 49th minute. With the momentum and confidence on the Free Stateandrsquo;s side, they built up a 44-0 lead at the break. They continued to make their presence felt in the second half, which paid off, as they cruised to the tryline a remarkable 13 times in the match. The Leopards earned one more try for their determined efforts to take their score into double figures, but had to settle for a disappointing 86-14 defeat.<br><br> In the earlier matches, SWD pipped Border 21-19, the Valke defeated the Komati Fruit Limpopo Blue Bulls 43-24 and Eastern Province CD overpowered Border CD 62-5.<br><br> The clash between SWD and Border was riveting with the teams throwing everything at one another from start to end. SWD had the first say as they touched down twice in the first 17 minutes to take a 14-0 lead. Border, however, struck back with their first try three minutes later and added another after a yellow card reduced the George side to 14 men, which left them trailing 14-12. Both teams ran hard at one another in the second half, and Border scored first to take the lead, but SWD forced their way into the lead again with their third try, and managed to hold on for the narrow 21-19 lead to secure the win.<br><br> The first half between the Valke and Limpopo Blue Bulls was hard-fought. The Limpopo side opened up the scoring with two tries in two minutes, but the Valke tightened up their defence and powered their way back into the match with two tries and a penalty goal.<br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls, however, had the last say as they crossed the chalk again before the break to level the scores at 17-17. The Valke dominated the second half as they capitalised on their try-scoring chances to run in three tries within seven minutes and added another shortly before the close of the match, which cancelled out the extra points scored by the Limpopo Blue Bulls to secure a 43-24 victory.<br><br> The opening exchanges between Eastern Province CD and Border CD were tight as both teams tried to make their presence felt.<br><br> Border CD had two early strikes at the goal posts to try to get on the scoreboard, but these attempts were unsuccessful. Eastern Province CD, meanwhile, used their chances well and scored two tries and then took advantage of a yellow card by the opposition to add two more for a handy 26-0 lead at the break. They continued to run the show in the second half and added five tries to their tally, while Border CD crossed the tryline only once four minutes before the final whistle, which saw them go down 62-5.<br><br> In the Coca-Cola Academy Week Boland overcame a determined Namibian outfit 37-28 in a nail-biting encounter, which was tight from the outset. Namibia slotted over an early penalty goal, and Boland struck back with a two penalties and a try to take a comfortable lead.<br><br> Namibia, however, cancelled this out with two tries before the break, which pushed them into a 17-16 lead. Boland, however, made the most of their point-scoring opportunities in the second half to add two tries in two minutes and another on the stroke of fulltime, which cancelled out Namibiaandrsquo;s two second-half penalties and try. This sealed the 37-28 victory for Boland.<br><br> The clash between the Blue Bulls and Leopards, meanwhile, proved to be a one-sided affair as the Pretoria side delivered an effective performance all around, which resulted in the Leopards struggling to make their presence felt. So effective was the Blue Bulls attack, they charged to a 41-7 halftime lead. They continued to run riot on attack when play resumed and increased their try tally to 12 for a satisfying 77-7 victory.<br><br> Sharks CD overcame a tough challenge by Pumas CD to hold on for a 32-27 victory in their clash. A solid start by Sharks CD which featured two penalty goals and a converted try in the first 25 minutes, pushed them 20-10 ahead on the scoreboard after the break. They added two more tries in the second half to remain in the driving seat, although a late comeback by Pumas CD left them trailing 32-27 with four minutes left one clock. The local side, however, managed to hold on for the victory.<br><br> In the other matches, Eastern Province and the Red Valke played to a 17-17 draw, while GWK Griquas defeated Border CD 43-8 and Free State thumped the Limpopo Blue Bulls 62-21.<br><br> Eastern Province and the Red Valke were involved in a tight tussle as neither team gave an inch. An early penalty followed by a try several minutes later put the Port Elizabeth side in the lead, but the Red Valke forced their way over the tryline shortly before halftime to trail 10-7.<br><br> The second half was tense with the Valke slotting over two penalty goals, while Eastern Province outscored them two tries to one. The Valkeandrsquo;s inability to slot over their conversions, however, left them having to settle for a 17-17 draw.<br><br> A hat-trick by Griquas wing Christopher Andrews and two tries by replacement back Charles Williams, meanwhile, set the Kimberley side up for their rewarding 43-8 victory against Border CD. Such was the high quality of Griquasandrsquo; attack they took a 19-3 lead at the break thanks to three tries in 22 minutes, while they added five more after the break and leaked only one try in the match. <br><br> The Konica Minolta Free State came out firing in their clash against the Limpopo Blue Bulls, but they allowed the Limpopo side to force their way back into the match in the second quarter, which left them trailing 29-14 at the break.<br><br> The Free State side dominated the second half completely as they continued to cross the tryline with ease to accumulate an impressive 10 tries, while they limited the Limpopo side to scoring only seven points in the second half for their 62-21 victory.<br><br> The players will have Friday off to rest and recover, which will be followed by the final dayandrsquo;s play on Saturday.<br><br> With all 44 teams playing on the final day, the matches will be contested on six fields, four at Kearsney College and two at Glenwood High School. <br><br> U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day four results (Thursday, 14 July andndash; Kearsney Stott Field):<br><br> Eastern Province CD 62 (26) andndash; 5 (0) Border CD<br><br> Valke 43 (17) andndash; 24 (17) Komati Fruit Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> Border 19 (12) andndash; 21 (14) SWD<br><br> Free State 86 (44) andndash; 14 (0) Leopards<br><br> Enrista Blue Bulls 14 (7) andndash; 41 (20) Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week day four results (Thursday, 14 July - AH Smith Oval):<br><br> Limpopo Blue Bulls 21 (14) andndash; 62 (29) Konica Minolta Free State<br><br> Border CD 8 (3) andndash; 43 (19) GWK Griquas<br><br> Sharks CD 32 (20) andndash; 27 (10) Pumas CD<br><br> Blue Bulls 77 (41) andndash; 7 (7) Leopards<br><br> Eastern Province 21 (10) andndash; 21 (7) Red Valke<br><br> Boland 37 (16) andndash; 28 (17) Namibia<br><br> U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day five fixtures (Saturday, 16 July):<br><br> 08h00 andndash; Zimbabwe vs Namibia (Osler Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 08h50 andndash; Boland vs Border (Stott Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 09h35 andndash; Griquas CD vs Border CD (Osler Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 10h25 andndash; EP vs SWD (Stott Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 10h50 andndash; Komati Fruit Limpopo Blue Bulls vs EP CD (Osler Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 12h00 andndash; Enrista Blue Bulls vs Bizhub Free State (Stott Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 12h15 andndash; Thepa Trading Griffons vs Leopards (Osler Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 13h35 andndash; Pumas vs Sharks (Stott Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 13h40 andndash; Valke vs GWK Griquas (Osler Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> 15h10 andndash; DHL Western Province vs Bidvest Golden Lions (Stott Field, Kearsney College)<br><br> <br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week day five fixtures (Saturday, 16 July):<br><br> 08h15 andndash; Pumas CD vs SA LSEN (AH Smith Oval, Kearsney College)<br><br> 09h00 andndash; GWK Griquas CD vs Border CD (Bassons Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 09h00 andndash; Border vs SWD (Dixon Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 09h35 andndash; Free State vs Sharks CD (AH Smith Oval, Kearsney College)<br><br> 10h20 andndash; Griffons CD vs Limpopo Blue Bulls (Bassons Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 10h20 andndash; Thepa Trading Griffons vs Leopards (Dixon Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 10h55 andndash; Pumas vs Boland (AH Smith Oval, Kearsney College)<br><br> 11h40 andndash; Valke CD vs EP CD (Bassons Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 11h40 andndash; Valke vs GWK Griquas (Dixon Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 12h15 andndash; Bidvest Golden Lions vs Sharks (AH Smith Oval, Kearsney College)<br><br> 12h50 andndash; Namibia vs EP (Dixon Field, Glenwood High)<br><br> 13h35 andndash; DHL Western Province vs Blue Bulls (AH Smith Oval, Kearsney College)<br><br> 2016-07-15 Race is on for overall top spot – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 17 Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3181/Race-is-on-for-overall-top-spot-–-Vodacom-Super-Rugby-Round-17-Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za andbull; Final round of regular fixtures this weekend andbull; Emirates Lions chase win and top spot in Argentina andbull; Milestone for Vodacom Bulls skipper Adriaan Strauss The Emirates Lions face a tricky assignment in Buenos Aires on Saturday against the rugged Jaguares in their quest to finish in the overall top spot of the Vodacom Super Rugby standings. The match is the last of the weekendandrsquo;s fixtures and kicks off at 23h40 SA time.<br><br> As things currently stand, the Highvelders are one point in front of the Chiefs, who are leading a pack of New Zealand sides still in contention for places in the playoffs.<br><br> A bonus point win will guarantee the Emirates Lions (52 points) first spot on the overall log and with that the privilege of home ground advantage throughout the playoffs. The Chiefs (51) could make a move for the overall top position with a bonus-point over the Highlanders, however, the Johannesburg side have a far stronger point difference in the event of both teams finish on the same amount of league points.<br><br> From a South African perspective, the DHL Stormers (46) have already made sure of their place in the playoffs thanks to a haul of 10 log points collected from their two recent away games in Australia. The Emirates Lions and the DHL Stormers are the two African conference winners, while the Cell C Sharks (39) are currently two points ahead of the Vodacom Bulls in the race for the local wildcard spot.<br><br> A win over the Sunwolves in Durban on Friday evening should see for the Cell C Sharks clinch eighth place on the combined standings, and with that passage to the knockout stage. Experienced Springbok back JP Pietersen will lead the coastal side in his last home match for Durban franchise.<br><br> The Vodacom Bulls are not completely out of the playoff picture yet. The Pretoria-outfit must however depend on the Sunwolves upsetting the Cell C Sharks, while they must beat the Toyota Cheetahs in their crunch encounter in Bloemfontein. <br><br> Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss will make Vodacom Super Rugby history when he leads the Pretoria outfit against his former team in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening (19h15). He is set to become the most capped South African hooker in the history of the competition when he runs out to play in his 132nd match. The 30-year-old Bok captain will move past fellow Bok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, who played all of his 131 Vodacom Super Rugby matches for the Cell C Sharks.<br><br> In other matches this weekend, the Blues host the Waratahs in Auckland on Friday morning (SA time) and the Reds are at home in Brisbane for their encounter with the Rebels. On Saturday the Crusaders and Hurricanes clash in Christchurch, the Highlanders entertain the Chiefs in Dunedin while the Brumbies and Western Force meet in an Australian derby in Canberra.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby information:<br><br> LATEST NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP POINTS SCORERS | TOP TRY SCORERS | MATCH CENTRE | MEDIA GUIDE<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks vs Sunwolves<br><br> Date: Friday, 15 July 2016<br><br> SA time: 19h00<br><br> Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban<br><br> Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge<br><br> Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Archie Sehlako<br><br> TMO: Marius Jonker<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> andmiddot; The Sharks made six changes to their starting team line-up to take on the Sunwolves in Durban on Friday evening. andmiddot; Amongst the forwards, Thomas du Toit replaces regular captain Tendai Mtawarira at loosehead prop. Mtawarira drops completely out of the squad and veteran Springbok JP Pietersen will lead the side from outside centre in his final regular home fixture. andmiddot; Pietersen will play in his 136th Vodacom Super Rugby match. andmiddot; Springbok Pat Lambie, out with concussion since the June 11 Test in Cape Town, is bracketed on the bench alongside Junior Springbok star Curwin Bosch. Lambie will undergo further tests this week before a decision on his availability is made. andmiddot; Hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will start at No 2 as Franco Marais also gets a break. Stephan Lewies is now on the bench with Ruan Botha starting while Tera Mthembu replaces Jean-Luc du Preez at blindside flank. andmiddot; Odwa Ndungane gets the nod to start at right wing, Sibusiso Sithole drops completely out of the squad and scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer is the starting scrumhalf meaning Michael Claassens is on the bench. Team Stats:<br><br> andmiddot; This will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Cell Sharks have won six of their last nine games against teams from outside of South Africa. andmiddot; The coastal side have also won their last three home games, outscoring their opposition by a combined 111-25. andmiddot; The Sunwolves have lost each of their six away fixtures and endured a cumulative score line of 97-332. They have also recorded the worst tackle success rate this season (79%) while the Cell C Sharks are boasting with the third best (87%). andmiddot; Only two players have scored more tries than Akihito Yamada (9) this season, although both players (Matt Faddes and Israel Folau) have played four games more than the Sunwolves winger, who has played just 10 games. <br><br> Teams:<br><br> Cell C Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (captain), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit. Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams.<br><br> <br><br> Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura,10 Yu Tamura (captain), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki. Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers vs Southern Kings<br><br> Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016<br><br> SA time: 17h05<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Rodney Boneparte<br><br> TMO: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> andmiddot; Lock Chris van Zyl is set to make DHL Stormers debut if he comes off the bench against the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands on Saturday. He captained the DHL Western Province in the Currie Cup Qualifiers this season and is joined on the bench by prop JC Janse van Rensburg and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak. The latter are both back from injury. andmiddot; With Daniel du Plessis out with concussion its means Huw Jones will start his first match of the season at outside centre. Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder come into the starting line-up for Nic Groom who is being rested. andmiddot; Up front, Rynhardt Elstadt starts at flank with Siya Kolisi set to come off the bench. Scarra Ntubeni comes in at hooker, and as expected JD Schickerling and Jean Kleyn start in place of Springbok lock-pairing Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth who are rested. <br><br> Team Stats:<br><br> andmiddot; There have been only two previous encounters between these teams in which only 66 points were scored in total, though the DHL Stormers emerged victorious from both fixtures. andmiddot; The Cape side come into this game on the back of a three-game winning streak, the last time they won four in a row was the opening four rounds of the 2015 season. andmiddot; The Kings have lost their last 11 games away from home and have conceded an average of 46.5 points per game in that run. andmiddot; The Kings have boasted a 90% lineout success rate this season, the fifth best in the campaign, however the DHL Stormers have stolen 44 opposition lineouts in 2016, 15 more than any other side. andmiddot; Deon Davids, the Southern Kings coach, made three changes to his side. andmiddot; Steven Sykes returns to captain the side, replacing Schalk Oelofse at left lock, while Dewald Human gets a starting birth at flyhalf for the first time. andmiddot; Oelofse is currently on the bench, but had a niggle with his shoulder during training on Thursday and Davids has bracketed Sintu Manjezi as a possible replacement. andmiddot; There is also a rotation at No 8, with Jacques Engelbrecht moving to the starting team and Aidon Davis now on the bench. <br><br> Teams:<br><br> DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak. Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Scott van Breda.<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings: 15. Malcolm Jaer, 14. Lukhanyo Am, 13. Stefan Watermeyer, 12. Shane Gates (vice-captain), 11. Wandile Mjekevu, 10. Dewald Human, 9. James Hall, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Stefan Willemse, 6. Andisa Ntsila, 5. JC Astle, 4. Steven Sykes (captain), 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Sti Sithole. Replacements: 16: Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Schalk Ferreira, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Schalk Oelofse / Sintu Manjezi, 20. Aidon Davis, 21. Kevin Luiters, 22. Elgar Watts, 23. Jeremy Ward.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls<br><br> Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016<br><br> SA time: 19h15<br><br> Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Craig Joubert<br><br> Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Lourens van der Merwe<br><br> TMO: Johan Greeff<br><br> <br><br> Team News:<br><br> andmiddot; Franco Smith, the Toyota Cheetahs coach, has made several changes to his side to face the Vodacom Bulls. andmiddot; Charles Marais will be starting as loosehead prop, replacing Ox Nche. andmiddot; Armandt Koster comes in at lock for Carl Wegner. andmiddot; Flank Oupa Mohoje will be taking over the captaincy from Francois Venter who sustained concussion against the Cell C Sharks last weekend in Durban. andmiddot; William Small-Smith will be wearing the number 13 jersey and he is also the vice-captain. andmiddot; Ryno Benjamin is chosen on the bench, making his return to Vodacom Super Rugby after a lengthy absence because of injury. andmiddot; Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais has made two changes to his starting team. andmiddot; Flyhalf Tian Schoeman gets a start for the Pretoria side while Marcel van der Merwe returns at tighthead prop. Both were on the bench against the Sunwolves last weekend and they swap places with Francois Brummer and Werner Kruger respectively. andmiddot; In the only change to the bench hooker Bandise Maku comes in for Jaco Visagie. <br><br> Team stats:<br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls have won 14 of their last 16 games against the Bloemfontein side, though five of the last seven encounters between these teams have been decided by margins of fewer than seven points. andmiddot; The Toyota Cheetahs have won five of their last nine home games against South African opposition, with a win and a loss against the Vodacom Bulls in that span. andmiddot; The men from Pretoria havenandrsquo;t come back from a half-time deficit to win a game since Round 12, 2014 andndash; against the Cheetahs. andmiddot; The Cheetahs have the least successful scrum success in Super Rugby this season (77%), while the Bulls have the third worst (85%). andmiddot; No side has conceded more penalties this season than both the Vodacom Bulls (169) and the Toyota Cheetahs (158). <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje (captain), 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Maks van Dyks, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais. Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 George Whitehead, 23 Rayno Benjamin.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Arno Botha, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 SP Marais.<br><br> <br><br> Team stats:<br><br> andmiddot; This will be the first meeting between these teams, though the Cell C Sharks have won six of their last nine games against teams from outside of South Africa. andmiddot; The Durban side have also won their last three home games, outscoring their opposition by a combined margin of 111-25. andmiddot; The Sunwolves have lost each of their six away fixtures and endured a cumulative score line of 97-332. andmiddot; The Sunwolves have recorded the worst tackle success rate this season (79%) while the Cell C Sharks have boasted the third best (87%). andmiddot; Only two players have scored more tries than Akihito Yamada (9) this season, although both players (Matt Faddes and Israel Folau) have played four games more than the Sunwolves winger who has played just 10 games. <br><br> Jaguares vs Emirates Lions<br><br> Date: Saturday, 16 July 2016<br><br> SA time: 23h40<br><br> Venue: Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires<br><br> Referee: Rohan Hoffman<br><br> Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Federico Anselmi<br><br> TMO: Santiago Borsani<br><br> <br><br> Team news:<br><br> andmiddot; Emirates Lions Coach Johan Ackermann decided to rest his first-choice team for the trip to Argentina. andmiddot; Scrumhalf Ross Cronje will now captain the side and the experienced centre Howard Mnisi is his deputy. andmiddot; Ackermann named a provisional bench with two extra players and he will make his final match-day selection before the weekend. <br><br> Team stats:<br><br> andmiddot; There were 76 points scored the only time these teams met in Super Rugby with the Emirates Lions coming away 52-24 victors. andmiddot; The Jaguares have led at half-time in four of their last seven games, though theyandrsquo;ve gone on to win only twice. andmiddot; The Johannesburg team have won their last five games, a sixth straight win would be their longest streak in competition history. andmiddot; Only the Reds (10 yellows, 0 reds) have been shown as many cards this season as the Jaguares (8 yellows, 2 reds), who are the only side to have been given more than one red card this campaign. Jaco Kriel (47) has beaten the most defenders of any forward this season, and the fifth most overall. <br><br> Teams:<br><br> <br><br> Jaguares:<br><br> TBA<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Cyle Brink, 7 Robert Kruger, 6 Stef de Witt, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Cornandeacute; Fourie. Replacements (two to be omitted): 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Clinton Theron, 18 Pieter Scholtz, 19 Fabian Booysen, 20 Ruaan Lerm, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jacques Nel, 23 Shaun Reynolds, 24 Bobby de Wee, 25 Ashlon Davids.<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures are (all SA times, live on SuperSport 1):<br><br> Friday, 15 July<br><br> 09h35 Blues vs Waratahs, Eden Park, Auckland<br><br> 11h45 Reds vs Melbourne Rebels, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 16 July<br><br> 07h15 Crusaders vs Hurricanes, AMI Stadium, Christchurch<br><br> 09h35 Highlanders vs Chiefs, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin<br><br> 11h45 Brumbies vs Force, GIO Stadium, Canberra<br><br> 2016-07-14 Oupa Mohoje to captain the Toyota Cheetahs http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3180/Oupa-Mohoje-to-captain-the-Toyota-Cheetahs http://www.fscheetahs.co.za The Toyota Cheetahs will be taking on the Vodacom Bulls in their Vodacom Super Rugby match for 2016 on Saturday, 16 July in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. The game kicks off at 19:15. 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> Charles Marais will be starting as loosehead prop, replacing Ox Nche. Armandt Koster will be replacing Carl Wegner on lock. Oupa Mohoje will be taking over the captaincy from Francois Venter who sustained a concussion during the match against the Sharks last weekend in Durban. William Small-Smith will be running onto the field in the number 13 jersey. He is also the vice-captain. Ryno Benjamin is chosen on the bench, making his return to Super Rugby after being sidelined due to an injury. Curtain Raisers<br><br> In the first curtain raiser that kicks off at 14:30 the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19andrsquo;s will be facing the Shark u.19 side and at 16:15 the Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the Boland Cavaliers. Gates open at 13:30. <br><br> Entertainment<br><br> After the match, Robbie Wessels and Steve Hofmeyr will be providing entertainment on a stage in the stadium. <br><br> Ticket prices: Main Stand andndash; R80, Open Stand andndash; R60 for adults and R20 for kids. <br><br> Tickets can be purchased online at www.fscheetahs.co.za or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at Toyota Stadium. <br><br> Gates open at 11:30. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls<br><br> Saturday, 16 July, 19:15 <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein <br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais Torsten van Jaarsveld Maks van Dyk Armandt Koster Francois Uys Uzair Cassiem Oupa Mohoje (C) Paul Schoeman Shaun Venter Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule Michael van der Spuy William Small-Smith (VC) Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Replacements:<br><br> Joseph Dweba Ox Nche Johan Coetzee Reniel Hugo Henco Venter Tian Meyer George Whitehead Ryno Benjamin <br><br> Head Coach: Franco Smith. Assistant coaches: Corniel van Zyl, Daan Human, Charl Strydom. <br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV vs Boland Cavaliers <br><br> Saturday, 16 July, 16:15 <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Johan Kotze Jacques du Toit Erich de Jager Justin Bason Niel Claasens Fiefie Rampeta Ntokozo Vadima Nardus Erasmus Zee Mkhabela Sias Ebersohn (c) Maphuta Dolo Tertius Kruger Carel-Jan Coetzee JP Coetzee Reinhardt Erwee Replacements:<br><br> Elandre Huggett Gunther Janse van Vuuren Brendan Verster Gopolang Molefe Ruan van Rensburg Darron Baron Lorenzo Gordon <br><br> Head Coach: MJ Smith. Assistant coaches: Sinovuyo Ganto, Izak van der Westhuizen<br><br> Team Manager: KK Hlongwane<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.19 vs Sharks u.19 <br><br> Saturday, 16 July, 14:30 <br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> <br><br> Boan Venter Abri Coetzee Andrew Kuhn Sibabalo Qoma Ewan Coetzee George Rossouw (C) Jurie Burger Albertus de Bod Damian Cederas Christiaan Schutte (VC) Dawid Snyman Lourens Schreuder Kurt Eybers Ruan Henning Justine Taylor Replacements:<br><br> Marnus van der Merwe Chrisjan du Toit Kian Skippers Jean Smal Ettiene Becker Jarik van der Walt Kobus Lombard Kwenzokhule Blose <br><br> Head Coach: Melusi Mtetha Assistant coaches: Skillie Bester, Jannie Geldenhuys<br><br> Team Manager: Renaldo Meyer<br><br> 2016-07-14 Big wins take centre stage in U18 Youth Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3179/Big-wins-take-centre-stage-in-U18-Youth-Weeks http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Big wins on Wednesday took centre stage in the main games of the Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week and Coca-Cola Academy Week at Kearsney College in Durban to spice up the competition as the final dayandrsquo;s play draws nearer.<br><br> In the last two matches in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, DHL Western Province outplayed hosts, the Sharks, 60-5, and the Pumas overpowered Namibia 51-15. In the Coca-Cola Academy Week, the Sharks defeated Border 40-25.<br><br> In stark contrast, DHL Western Province had to work hard for their 31-29 victory against the Bidvest Golden Lions in the Coca-Cola Academy Week to emerge as one of the main contenders to battle it out in the final match of the tournament on Saturday.<br><br> The victories for all four teams ensured that they will enter the final dayandrsquo;s play on Saturday unbeaten.<br><br> Wednesdayandrsquo;s play was riveting, with a total of 702 points scored across the two tournaments - 350 of which were scored in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week from 50 tries and 352 in the Coca-Academy Week from 52 tries.<br><br> In the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week, Western Province, who won the final match of the 2015 tournament with a stunning 95-0 victory, showed that they could be equally threatening this season as they as they cruised to a 43-0 half-time score against the Sharks.<br><br> Such was the high quality of their attack they ran circles around the Sharks to cross the chalk seven times, while their effective defence denied the hosts from getting close to the tryline. The Cape side continued to force their way through the defence in the second half to add two more tries to their tally.<br><br> The Sharks fought back with intent as they put together phases on attack and ran hard at Western Province, while they tightened up their defence. These efforts were rewarded with a try, but the five points proved to be their only points of the match, as a combination of mistakes at crucial times the tenacious Western Province defence continued to shut them out. The Capetonians added a penalty in the 60th minute to take the score to 60-5, which proved to be final score.<br><br> The opening exchanges between the Pumas and Namibia were tight with the visitors touching down the first try of the match in the 15th minute. The Pumas hit back immediately with two tries in five minutes and a penalty to force their way into the lead.<br><br> Namibia responded with a penalty before the break to reduce the deficit to 10 points. The Mpumalanga side, however, ran the show in the second half with their effective attack and solid rounding-off, which earned them five more tries to stretch their score to 51. Despite trailing far behind, Namibia refused to give up and touched down for their second try to go down 51-15.<br><br> Boland opened up the scoring in their clash with a try in the fourth minute, but a penalty by the Port Elizabeth side followed by a brace of three tries in 10 minutes and another penalty pushed them into a comfortable 30-7 half-time lead.<br><br> Boland, however, came out firing in the second half thanks to a skilful display in which they crossed the tryline four times, while they limited Eastern Province to only one try. But the Wellington sideandrsquo;s efforts fell just short as they went down 37-33.<br><br> In the early games the Thepa Trading Griffons pipped GWK Griquas Rural 34-32 and GWK Griquas sailed to a 78-5 victory against Old Mutual Zimbabwe.<br><br> The Griffons showed their class on attack from the outset as they ran in four tries in the first 31 minutes, while Griquas Rural kicked two penalties and scored one try to trail 24-13 at the break. Griquas Rural continued to keep the scoreboard ticking with penalty goals in the second half, with flyhalf Iwan Lombard slotting over six in the match and two conversions for 22 points. They also added a last-minute try, but this was not enough to sneak into the lead as the Griffons added two second-half tries to their tally, which allowed them to hold on for the 34-32 victory.<br><br> Griquas delivered a solid performance on attack and defence against Zimbabwe and they did well to take advantage of the space out-wide to pile on the tries throughout the match. Zimbabwe tried hard to make their presence felt, but handling errors denied them from applying pressure on Griquas, which left them with only one try for their efforts. In stark contrast Griquas touched down a staggering 12 times for a rewarding 78-5 Victory.<br><br> Wing Cameron Huffke scored four of these tries and slotted over nine conversions for a personal total of 38 points.<br><br> In the Coca-Cola Academy Week, Border stunned hosts, the Sharks, early on in their clash as they took advantage of a yellow card for the home team to score their first try and added another six minutes later. The Sharks cancelled this out with two of their own before the break.<br><br> Border, however, had the final say as they slotted over a penalty on the stroke of half time to take an 18-12 lead. This served as motivation for the hosts, as they delivered a determined second-half performance to run in an impressive four tries, which shut the East London side out of the match. Despite this Border, fought until the end and earned a try for their efforts, which saw them go down 40-25.<br><br> The clash between DHL Western Province and the Bidvest Golden Lions was thrilling, with Lions clawing their way back from a 28-3 deficit, but were denied by a last-gasp penalty by the Cape side.<br><br> Western Province stunned the Lions with a quartet of tries in the first half, while the Johannesburg side only kicked a penalty in return. But the tide turned for the Lions after the break and they hit back with four tries to take a 29-28 lead. Western Province were awarded a late penalty, which Theo Boshoff slotted over to snatch a 31-29 win.<br><br> The SA LSEN (Learners with Special Education Needs) team also won their second match in the tournament as they recorded a 38-26 victory against Griffons CD.<br><br> The SA LSEN team stamped their authority early in the match as they scored three converted tries in the first 12 minutes to work their way to an encouraging 21-0 lead at the break. The Griffons CD, however, forced their way back into the match with back-to-back tries in the opening exchanges of the second half to create a competitive final quarter.<br><br> Both teams added two tries as the match progressed, but a handy penalty by the SA LSEN team in the 66th minute allowed them to wrap up the 38-26 victory.<br><br> In the opening three matches of the day, SWD defeated Eastern Province CD 30-15 and the Blue Valke secured a 36-24 victory against GWK Griquas Rural, while the Pumas defeated the Thepa Trading Griffons 36-17.<br><br> SWD staged a strong second-half comeback from 8-0 down at the break to power their way to victory as they out-scored Eastern Province CD five tries to two, while the Blue Valke dominated their clash against Griquas Rural from the outset as they used their point-scoring chances effectively to secure the victory.<br><br> The Pumas, meanwhile, took control of their clash against the Griffons from the outset as they forced their way over the tryline three times in the first 20 minutes, while they limited the Welkom side to one try in the first half, which earned them a 19-5 lead. They built on this shortly after the break with two back-to-back tries to stretch their lead to 36 points. The Griffons fought back strongly and scored two tries in five minutes shortly before the final whistle, but these efforts proved to be too little too late.<br><br> In Thursdayandrsquo;s matches Eastern Province CD and Border CD will kick off the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week at 09h35, while the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Konica Minolta Free State will meet in the opening match of the Coca-Cola Academy Week at 08h35.<br><br> The main games in the U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week will see the Pumas line up against Namibia and DHL Western Province take on hosts, the Sharks.<br><br> In the top clashes in the Coca-Cola Academy Week, meanwhile, the Blue Bulls will be pitted against the Leopards, Eastern Province will take on the Red Valke and Boland will go head-to-head with Namibia.<br><br> U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day three results (Wednesday, 13 July - Kearsney Stott Field):<br><br> Thepa Trading Griffons 34 (24) andndash; 32 (13) GWK Griquas Rural<br><br> GWK Griquas 78 (26) andndash; 5 (0) Old Mutual Zimbabwe<br><br> Boland 33 (7) andndash; 37 (30) Eastern Province<br><br> Pumas 51 (20) andndash; 15 (10) Namibia<br><br> DHL Western Province 60 (43) andndash; 5 (0) Sharks<br><br> U18 Coca-Cola Craven Week day four fixtures (Thursday, 14 July andndash; Kearsney Stott Field):<br><br> 09h35 andndash; Eastern Province CD vs Border CD<br><br> 11h00 andndash; Valke vs Komati Fruit Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 12h25 andndash; Border vs SWD<br><br> 13h50 andndash; Free State vs Leopards<br><br> 15h15 andndash; Enrista Blue Bulls vs Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week day three results (Wednesday, 13 July andndash; AH Smith Oval):<br><br> Eastern Province CD 15 (8) andndash; 30 (0) SWD<br><br> Blue Valke 36 (24) andndash; 24 (12) GWK Griquas Rural<br><br> Thepa Trading Griffons 17 (5) andndash; 36 (19) Pumas<br><br> DHL Western Province 31 (28) andndash; 29 (3) Bidvest Golden Lions<br><br> Sharks 40 (12) andndash; 25 (18) Border<br><br> Griffons CD 26 (0) andndash; 38 (21) SA LSEN<br><br> Coca-Cola Academy Week day four fixtures (Thursday, 14 July - AH Smith Oval):<br><br> 08h35 andndash; Limpopo Blue Bulls vs Konica Minolta Free State<br><br> 09h55 andndash; Border CD vs GWK Griquas<br><br> 11h15 andndash; Sharks CD vs Pumas CD<br><br> 12h35 andndash; Blue Bulls vs Leopards<br><br> 13h55 andndash; Eastern Province vs Red Valke<br><br> 15h15 andndash; Boland vs Namibia <br><br> 2016-07-14 SA Rugby, Nashua to partner in iconic Currie Cup http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/3178/SA-Rugby,-Nashua-to-partner-in-iconic-Currie-Cup http://www.fscheetahs.co.za SA Rugby on Wednesday welcomed Nashua to its family of partners with the business solutions provider agreeing to an exciting three year sponsorship of the iconic Currie Cup.<br><br> The revamped Currie Cup competition consisting of nine teams in the Premier Division and six in the First Division, kicks off early next month following on from the qualifying competition, which started in April and still has two rounds remaining.<br><br> "This partnership doesnandrsquo;t only mark a new era in Nashuaandrsquo;s long-standing history of support for South African sport, but is massively exciting for us as itandrsquo;s the first time that they have gotten involved at this level in rugby," said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.<br><br> "In a way, Nashuaandrsquo;s involvement in the Currie Cup completes a cycle that started in 1990, when they became the first sponsor to prominently display their branding on a local rugby jersey andndash; that of the Blue Bulls, who were then still called Northern Transvaal.<br><br> "It was a move that changed the landscape of sports sponsorships in South Africa and to have an innovative brand such as Nashua partner with us in the very important Currie Cup competition, is an exciting venture.<br><br> "The Currie Cup is where legends are made and most of the current crop of Springboks have earned their stripes in this competition, which dates back to the late 1800s. Weandrsquo;re at a stage in our history where sporting sponsorships are changing and itandrsquo;s therefore a huge honour for me to welcome Nashua on board as one of our new partners."<br><br> Nashua first got involved in South African sport way back in the 1970andrsquo;s and through their powerful network of franchises nationwide, Nashua offers support wherever possible for local sports clubs and school teams across a range of different disciplines.<br><br> "Nashua has always been a keen supporter of local sporting talent," said Nashua CEO, Mark Taylor.<br><br> "Specifically in rugby, from the small community and school rugby teams sponsored by our franchises, to national and provincial sides, we like to believe weandrsquo;ve played an integral part in the South African sports story. Itandrsquo;s about family, heritage and pride.<br><br> "The Currie Cup partnership is a perfect fit for Nashua, a uniquely South African company built on a heritage of teamwork and togetherness. Nashua knows that sport, particularly rugby, brings South Africans together. Weandrsquo;re honoured to have played a role in iconic moments in SA sporting history and look forward to the great moments to come."<br><br> Nashuaandrsquo;s involvement with South African sport is as diverse as it is extensive andndash; theyandrsquo;ve supported heroes from various sports, including Formula 1, boxing, cycling tennis and golf. Nashua is also invested in the development of cricket, with their andlsquo;Art of Fast Bowlingandrsquo; initiative.<br><br> Along with the Currie Cup partnership, 2016 marks an exciting year for Nashua as they embark on a country-wide initiative to elevate rugby skills in over 100 schools through a programme run by their franchise network. Talented players who are recognised through the skills programme may be awarded bursaries in the ICT sector from Nashua, with a view to creating employment in this field.<br><br> "My vision is that in the not-too-distant future, weandrsquo;ll in a position to employ these young stars into the Nashua family," says Taylor. "Itandrsquo;s about investing not only in sports skills, but also in valuable ICT skills, so we can give more students a chance at success."<br><br> The Currie Cup kicks off on the weekend of 5/6 August 2016, and most matches will be broadcast on SuperSport. <br><br> <br><br> About Nashua<br><br> Founded in 1973, Nashua (Pty) Ltd has a long, rich history that has seen the company evolve over the years from being primarily a hardware supplier to becoming a fully-fledged, integrated business solutions provider. Nashua (Pty) Ltd head offices are located in Woodmead, Johannesburg, with over 2600 employees under the stewardship of CEO Mark Taylor.<br><br> With a comprehensive product range and full suite of integrated business solutions including Office and Production print, Voice and Data, Managed Document Services, PBX, and Office Infrastructure, Nashua creates custom solutions for businesses of all sizes, across all industries.<br><br> Nashua (Pty) Ltd supports a network of 37 franchises, with over 60 offices nationwide. A philosophy to support lifelong customers drives Nashua to provide unsurpassed customer service. Saving you time. Saving you money. Putting you first.<br><br> 2016-07-13