Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Team Announcement Toyota Cheetah coach, Franco Smith has announced the team to take on the Kings in a Vodacom Super Rugby warm-up match in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening. Kick-off is at 19:00.<br><br> <br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Charles Marais<br><br> 2<br><br> HOOKER<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld<br><br> 3<br><br> TIGHTHEAD PROP<br><br> Maks van Dyk<br><br> 4<br><br> LEFT LOCK<br><br> Carl Wegner<br><br> 5<br><br> RIGHT LOCK<br><br> Lodewyk de Jager ( vc )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Boom Prinsloo<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Uzair Cassiem<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Niell Jordaan<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Shaun Venter<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Sias Ebersohn<br><br> 11<br><br> LEFT WING<br><br> Raymond Rhule<br><br> 12<br><br> INSIDE CENTRE<br><br> William Small-Smith<br><br> 13<br><br> OUTSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Francois Venter ( c )<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Maphutha Dolo<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Sergeal Petersen<br><br> Replacements:<br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Jacques du Toit<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE (FR)<br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE (FR)<br><br> Luan de Bruin<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Reniel Hugo<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Hilton Lobberts<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Paul Schoeman<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Henco Venter<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 24.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Fred Zeilinga<br><br> 25.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Michael van der Spuy<br><br> 26.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> <br><br> Coach: Franco Smith<br><br> Assistant Coaches: Corniel van Zyl (Forwards), Daan Human (Scrum), Charl Strydom (Defence)<br><br> Team Manager: Ashwell Rafferty<br><br> 2016-02-09 PUMA HONOURS TRADITION WITH TOYOTA CHEETAHS KIT Cape Town, South Africa, 4 February 2016 andndash; PUMA the official technical and apparel partner of the Toyota Cheetahs unveiled the teamandrsquo;s Super Rugby kit today, with a return to a traditional all-white Home strip and an all-orange Away strip.<br><br> The design celebrates the 2016 season being the first time the Toyota Free State Cheetahs will play as the sole custodians of the Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby franchise, having shared the franchise with the Griquas and the Griffons for nine years.<br><br> The jersey sports a new logo of a sprinting Cheetah on the upper left chest and is further enhanced with a modern Cheetah watermark symbolising a new generation Cheetah player that has all the traditions associated with Free State rugby, but possesses skills, power and agility required by modern Super Rugby.<br><br> Toyota Cheetahandrsquo;s Managing Director, Harold Verster, said: "PUMA has once again delivered an outstanding jersey, that brings together the traditions of the Toyota Cheetahs and the modern outlook on the game of rugby. We look forward to seeing the new generation Cheetah players make their mark in this yearandrsquo;s SupeRugby competition."<br><br> "It gives PUMA great pleasure to introduce the new kit design for the 2016 season andndash; we know we have kept the fans waiting for this one and we hope that they like the design which symbolizes the Team moving into a new era. We wish the Team and Management all the best of PUMA luck for the coming season," said PUMA South Africaandrsquo;s Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.<br><br> The new Super Rugby jersey will be in PUMA stores and selected retailers from 5 February with the Home Replica (menandrsquo;s and womenandrsquo;s) retailing for R749, Childrenandrsquo;s Home Replica available for R699 and the Away Kit for R749.<br><br> Call PUMA on 021 551 0832 for more information. Follow @PUMASouthAfrica and join the conversation using the hashtag #DressedforSpeed.<br><br> <br><br> 2016-02-05 Team Announcement: Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls Coach Franco Smith announced his team to take on the Vodacom Bulls in a Super Rugby warm-up match in Harare, Zimbabwe on Saturday, 6 February at 15:00.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> 2<br><br> HOOKER<br><br> Jacques du Toit<br><br> 3<br><br> TIGHTHEAD PROP<br><br> Luan de Bruin<br><br> 4<br><br> LEFT LOCK<br><br> Armandt Koster<br><br> 5<br><br> RIGHT LOCK<br><br> Reniel Hugo ( c )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Paul Schoeman<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Tienie Burger<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Henco Venter<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Tian Meyer ( vc )<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Niel Marais<br><br> 11<br><br> LEFT WING<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> 12<br><br> INSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Michael van der Spuy<br><br> 13<br><br> OUTSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Reinhardt Erwee<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Ruan van Rensburg<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Gerrie Labuschagne<br><br> Replacements:<br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE (FR)<br><br> Charles Marais<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE (FR)<br><br> Maks van Dyk<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Hilton Lobberts<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Carl Wegner<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Niell Jordaan<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Shaun Venter<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Fred Zeilinga<br><br> 24.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Francois Venter<br><br> 25.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Raymond Rhule<br><br> 2016-02-04 The Toyota Cheetahs introduce a new member of the sponsorship family – TWIZZA–-TWIZZA With the launch of the new Toyota Cheetahs Super Rugby Jersey for the 2016 season, rugby supporters will be introduced to the Twizza brand proudly applied on the right upper chest area of the new Toyota Cheetah jersey.<br><br> Twizza is a carbonated soft drink manufacturer and distributor based in Queenstown, South Africa that began its days as a small start-up. A decade later, it has grown to become one of South Africaandrsquo;s favourite soft drink brands and with the opening of its new factories in Middelburg and Cape Town has really entrenched itself as a national soft drink brand.<br><br> "We are very proud to welcome Twizza to the Toyota Cheetah family. Twizza is more than just a sponsor as Twizza will also have sole soft drink pouring rights in the Free State Stadium." Says Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Toyota Cheetahs.<br><br> "Our philosophy of building a family culture in our stadium is shared with Twizza and we look forward to a long and prosperous association between the two brands. Make sure you donandrsquo;t miss the launch of the Twizza sponsorship when the Toyota Cheetahs take on the Argentinian Jaguars on the 26th of February 2016" <br><br> Twizza has gone through rapid growth since its inception 10 years ago, but it has experienced remarkable expansion especially in the last two years.<br><br> "We believe itandrsquo;s because of our exceptional quality, our exceptional customer service and ensuring we have the best range to meet consumer demand," says Ken Clark, Twizza CEO. "Our association with the Toyota Cheetahs is a big step for Twizza to not only to promote our brand but also to associate with a sports brand that has earned respect over many years within and outside South Africa. We believe that this association will be mutually beneficial for both brands."<br><br> Twizza produces a wide range of carbonated soft drinks with popular flavours like pineapple, cola, orange, ginger beer, grape, lemon/lime, cream soda, lemonade, raspberry, as well as andlsquo;liteandrsquo; flavours and soda water. For Twizza, quality extends beyond the consumer experience, it also means Twizzaandrsquo;s interactions with its trade customers are top notch, often delivering products within 24 hours of an order, complete and in-full.<br><br> Twizza and the Toyota Cheetahs andndash; a winning combination not only on the rugby field and in corporate boardrooms but especially for fans enjoying the delicious flavours in the stadiums on match days.<br><br> 2016-02-03 Zim tour squad announced The Toyota Cheetah squad who will be touring to Zimbabwe on Friday has been announced. They will be playing against the Bulls in Harare on Saturday at 15:00 in a Super Rugby warm-up match. <br><br> <br><br> Please follow us on Facebook for match updates. <br><br> <br><br> Herewith the squad in alphabetical order: <br><br> <br><br> Clayton Blommetjies Tienie Burger Uzair Cassiem Luan de Bruin Lood de Jager Maphutha Dolo Jacques du Toit Reinhardt Erwee Reniel Hugo Niell Jordaan Armandt Koster Gerrie Labuschagne Hilton Lobberts Charles Marais Niel Marais Tian Meyer Danie Mienie Sergeal Petersen Boom Prinsloo Neil Rautenbach Raymond Rhule Paul Schoeman William Small-Smith JP Smith Michael van der Spuy Maks van Dyk Torsten van Jaarsveld Ruan van Rensburg Henco Venter Francois Venter Shaun Venter Carl Wegner Fred Zeilinga 2016-02-02 Rugbyfees in 2016 in Vrystaat-Stadion andlsquo;n Rugbyfees soos min wag op seisoenkaartjiehouers in die 2016-seisoen in Cheetahland!<br><br> Die Toyota Cheetahs sal vanjaar in die nuwe Superrugby-kompetisie in sewe kragmetings hier in die Vrystaat-stadion in aksie gesien word.<br><br> Sommer met die intrapslag sal Francois Venter en sy makkers een van die vroeandeuml; gunstelinge, andeacute;n een van die twee nuwelinge in die reeks - die Argentynse Jaguares, gelaai met spelers wat in Oktober-November 2015 aan die Wandecirc;reldbeker-toernooi in Brittanje deelgeneem het - op 26 Februarie (om 19:00) in die Vrystaat-stadion pak.<br><br> Dit is die eerste van sewe Super Rugby-wedstryde wat vanjaar in die Vrystaat-stadion aangebied word.<br><br> Twee kampioene - Bulle (kampioen in 2007, 2009, 2010) en die Brumbies (kampioen 2001, 2004) - sal onder andere in die Vrystaatse hoofstad in aksie teen die Toyota Cheetahs wees.<br><br> Daarbenewens sal die Toyota Vrystaat-Cheetahs in elf Curriebeker-wedstryde in die Bloemfontein in aksie wees, onder andere andoacute;andoacute;k in die eerste wedstryd teen die nuweling, Namibiandeuml;, wat ook verskeie toetsspelers insluit, wat onlangs in die Wandecirc;reldbeker-toernooi in Brittanje gespeel het.<br><br> Al nege die topspanne in Suid-Afrikaanse rugby sal hul kragte in die Rosestad met die Toyota Vrystaat-Cheetahs meet.<br><br> Dit is verreweg die meeste Super Rugby- en Curriebeker-wedstryde wat nandoacute;g in een seisoen in Bloemfontein beslis is.<br><br> Meer nog, vanjaar kry seisoenkaartjiehouers 17 addisionele byvoordele, wat andlsquo;n gratis Bloemskou-kaartjie, afslag op etes en baie meer, insluit. andEacute;n, daarom is dit andlsquo;n mandoacute;andeacute;t dat Cheetah-rugbygeesdriftiges andeacute;n ondersteuners andlsquo;n seisoenkaartjie vir 2016 moet handecirc;! <br><br> Koop nou jou seisoenkaartjie by die kaartjiekantoor of aanlyn by Meer inligting is ook beskikbaar op die webblad.<br><br> Dis andlsquo;n nuwe jaar, andlsquo;n nuwe Superrugby-reeks, andlsquo;n nuwe Curriebeker-kompetisie andeacute;n andlsquo;n nuwe generasie Cheetahs!<br><br> <br><br> 2016 Seisoenkaartjie Hoofpaviljoen Ooppaviljoen Middel Oop<br><br> Noord + Suid<br><br> (agter die pale)<br><br> Enkel R1 350 R 980 R 490 Familie R2 750 R1 600 R 950 Kinders en skoliere R 400 R 250 R 100 Die bepalings vir die twee kompetisies is:<br><br> <br><br> Super Rugby <br><br> <br><br> 26 Februarie andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Argentynse Jaguares (19:00).<br><br> 5 Maart andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Stormers (17:00).<br><br> 12 Maart andndash; Nasionale Stadion, Singapoer: Japanse Sunwolves (12:50).<br><br> 19 Maart andndash; Emiratespark, Johannebsurg: Leeus (17:05).<br><br> 26 Maart andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Brumbies (15:00).<br><br> 2 April andndash; Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria: Bulle (19:10).<br><br> 8/9 April andndash; Loslootjie.<br><br> 15 April andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Japanse Sunwolves (19:00).<br><br> 22 April andndash; AAMI Park, Melbourne: Rebels (11:40).<br><br> 30 April andndash; Suncorp-stadion, Brisbane: Reds (11:40).<br><br> 7 Mei andndash; Allianz-stadion, Sydney: Waratahs (11:40).<br><br> 14 Mei andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Southern kings (17:05).<br><br> 21 Mei andndash; Loslootjie.<br><br> 28 Mei andndash; Nuweland, Kaapstad: Stormers (15:00).<br><br> 2 Julie andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Western Force (15:00).<br><br> 9 Julie andndash; Kingspark, Durban: Haaie (19:10).<br><br> 16 Julie andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Bulle (19:10).<br><br> 22/23 Julie andndash; Kwalifiserende ronde: Span 1 tn Span 8; 2 tn 7; 3 tn 6; 4 tn 5.<br><br> Bulle.<br><br> 29/30 Julie andndash; Halfeindronde: Kwal 2 tn Kwal 3 (wenner 1); Kwal 1 tn Kwal 4 (wenner 2).<br><br> 6 Augustus andndash; Eindstryd: Wenner 1 tn Wenner 2.<br><br> <br><br> Curriebeker <br><br> <br><br> Eerste ronde (andaacute;l 14 spanne in andlsquo;n enkelronde)<br><br> 9 April andndash; Bloemfontein: Namibiandeuml;.<br><br> 16 April andndash; Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria: Blou Bulle.<br><br> 23 April andndash; Bloemfontein: WP.<br><br> 30 April andndash; Loslootjie.<br><br> 7 Mei andndash; Emiratespark, Johannesburg: Goue Leeus.<br><br> 14 Mei andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Haaie.<br><br> 21 Mei andndash; Nelson Mandelabaa-stadion, Port Elizabeth: OP.<br><br> 28 Mei andndash; Bloemfontein: Pumas.<br><br> 4 Junie andndash; GWK-park, Kimberley: Griekwas.<br><br> 11 Junie andndash; Loslootjie.<br><br> 18 Junie andndash; Bloemfontein: Luiperds.<br><br> 25 Junie andndash; HT Pelatona Projects-stadion, Welkom: Griffons.<br><br> 2 Julie andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Valke.<br><br> 9 Julie andndash; Outeniquapark, George: SWD Arende.<br><br> 16 Julie andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Boland Kavaliers.<br><br> 23 Julie andndash; BRU-stadion, Oos-Londen: Grens Bulhonde.<br><br> <br><br> Tweede ronde (9 topspanne in andlsquo;n enkelronde)<br><br> 6 Augustus andndash; ?: Kwalifiseerder.<br><br> 13 Augustus andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Blou Bulle.<br><br> 20 Augustus andndash; Nuweland, Kaapstad: WP.<br><br> 27 Augustus andndash; Loslootjie.<br><br> 3 September andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Goue Leeus.<br><br> 10 September andndash; Kingspark, Durban: Haaie.<br><br> 17 September andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: OP.<br><br> 24 September andndash; Mbombela-stadion, Nelspruit: Pumas.<br><br> 1 Oktober andndash; Vrystaat-stadion: Kwalifiseerder.<br><br> 8 Oktober andndash; Halfeindronde.<br><br> 15 Oktober andndash; EINDSTRYD.<br><br> 2016-02-02 Rasivhenge, Immelman added to Vodacom Super Rugby referee panel,-Immelman-added-to-Vodacom-Super-Rugby-referee-panel andmiddot; Seven South African referees on panel andmiddot; Try-scoring bonus point criteria changed andmiddot; TMO protocols to remain the same andmiddot; Organisation name changed to SANZAAR <br><br> Two of South Africaandrsquo;s brightest refereeing prospects, Rasta Rasivhenge and Quinton Immelman, have been added to the match official panel for the forthcoming Vodacom Super Rugby season, where a number of law variations will be in play.<br><br> SANZAAR andndash; officially the new name of the organisation to reflect the inclusion of Argentina in the existing joint-venture between South Africa, New Zealand and Australia andndash; on Tuesday announced that nine of the 22 referees on the panel will get their first taste of Vodacom Super Rugby this season.<br><br> Rasivhenge and Immelman will join their compatriots Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry, Marius van der Westhuizen and Jaco van Heerden on the Vodacom Super Rugby panel.<br><br> "The inclusion of Rasta and Quinton on the Super Rugby panel is just reward for the hard work they have been putting in over the last few years and I canandrsquo;t wait to see them make their debut in the best provincial competition in the world," said Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugbyandrsquo;s General Manager: Rugby.<br><br> "Weandrsquo;ve always produced referees of the highest calibre and the Super Rugby panel is further proof of that. Craig and Jaco are two of the most experienced referees in the world and will raise the bar even further this year, while Stuart, Marius and Jaco are three of the best up-and-coming match officials in the game.<br><br> "The work done by our very own Referees Department has not gone unnoticed and itandrsquo;s great to know South Africa is still at the fore when it comes to producing the best match officials for world rugby."<br><br> SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos said the Super Rugby referees, under the guidance of Game Manager Lyndon Bray, gathered in Sydney recently for their annual training camp while the Executive Committee had approved a series of law variations as the countdown continues to kick-off on Friday, 26 February.<br><br> The group met at the International College of Management in Manly for a five-day camp that included rigorous physical training, refinement of mental skills and a comprehensive briefing around a number of variations that are set to be introduced for the 2016 season.<br><br> "The 2016 referee squad contains 22 members, of which nine are in line to make their first appearance at this level, including Federico Anselmi and Shuhei Kubo of Argentina and Japan respectively," said Marinos, who attended a full day session with the referees along with SANZAARandrsquo;s Head of Operations, Brendan Morris.<br><br> "It was important for me to meet with the men who play a big role in the product that Super Rugby is and to share with them the business and rugby imperatives that we have."<br><br> Marinos also confirmed that the four-try bonus point will be replaced by a bonus point to the winning team provided they score at least three tries more than their opponents, while penalty options after time has expired will now include playing a lineout. The awarding of a bonus point to a team losing by seven points or less remains unchanged.<br><br> "These law amendments, while subtle in nature, will help Super Rugbyandrsquo;s continuing evolution as the best provincial competition in the world," Marinos added.<br><br> "The change to the bonus point, which has been widely discussed throughout the past week as one potential innovation, has now been formally approved by the Exco for the 2016 season.<br><br> "By implementing this change, we expect to see more attacking and competitive rugby as teams will be asked to keep their foot down for the full 80 in order to claim the try-scoring bonus point, which we have seen used to great effect in France over the past few years.<br><br> "In addition to this, permitting teams to opt for a lineout after time has expired serves to disincentive opponents from infringing and aims to reward sides that are particularly strong set-piece exponents which, when coupled with the previously mentioned changes, encourages more attacking and competitive rugby."<br><br> These law variations and game innovations were tabled in October 2015 for SANZAARandrsquo;s national unions to consult with and brief their franchises.<br><br> "It has not gone unnoticed the number of key stakeholders have felt the need to publicly criticise SANZAAR for initiatives that were floated months ago and heavily canvassed throughout each national union," Marinos added.<br><br> "We would never impose such fundamental changes to Super Rugby without proper consultation with stakeholders but will nevertheless continue to engage our member unions and franchises and work with all teams to continue striving for Super Rugbyand#39;s ongoing improvement.<br><br> "It was also considered whether to adopt pre-2013 television match official protocol whereby the TMO could only rule on try scoring, in-goal and foul play, however following consultation with World Rugby, where we were informed they would be conducting a TMO review this year, we have decided to retain status quo for 2016 and will participate fully with the review in an effort to ensure that this area of the game gets the focus and attention it deserves."<br><br> Also emanating from the recent Exco meeting was the decision to refer to the organisation as SANZAAR (previously SANZAR), to formally recognise Argentinaandrsquo;s participation in the joint venture.<br><br> "Their top-four finish at the Rugby World Cup and now full participation in Super Rugby adds further strength and prestige to the existing competition structures. As the top four international teams from RWC 2015 look to further grow and establish Southern Hemisphere as a dominant force in world rugby, we are all very excited to see what lies in store in the coming year," Marinos concluded.<br><br> The next chapter of the toughest and most exciting provincial rugby competition on earth begins with a double-header on Friday, 26 February as the Highlanders begin their title defence against the Blues in Auckland before the Brumbies host the Hurricanes to cap an enormous opening night involving three of last yearand#39;s four semi-finalists.<br><br> On the same day, the Jaguares get their maiden Vodacom Super Rugby campaign underway in Bloemfontein against the Toyota Cheetahs (19h05).<br><br> Fans donandrsquo;t have long to wait before the action continues with the Emirates Lions travelling to Tokyo for a historic clash at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, 27 February at 06h15 (SA time), the first Vodacom Super Rugby match to be played in Japan.<br><br> Later that day, the Southern Kings re-enter the competition with a clash against the Cell C Sharks at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (15h00), while the final match of the opening round will be a mouth-watering North/South derby between the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands in Cape Town (17h05).<br><br> <br><br> 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby Referees:<br><br> Federico Anselmi (Argentina - 0 Super Rugby, 7 Tests)*<br><br> Nic Berry (Australia - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Stuart Berry (South Africa - 21 Super Rugby, 5 Tests)<br><br> Nick Briant (New Zealand - 25 Super Rugby, 2 Tests)<br><br> Mike Fraser (New Zealand - 23 Super Rugby, 4 Tests)<br><br> Angus Gardner (Australia - 26 Super Rugby, 5 Tests)<br><br> Rohan Hoffman (Australia - 26 Super Rugby, 3 Tests)<br><br> William Houston (Australia - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Quinton Immelman (South Africa - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Glen Jackson (New Zealand- 41 Super Rugby, 16 Tests)<br><br> Craig Joubert (South Africa - 93 Super Rugby, 64 Tests)<br><br> Shuhei Kubo (Japan - 0 Super Rugby, 6 Tests)*<br><br> Andrew Lees (Australia - 22 Super Rugby, 2 Tests)<br><br> Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe (New Zealand - 5 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)<br><br> Jaco Peyper (South Africa - 59 Super Rugby, 29 Tests)<br><br> Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Chris Pollock (New Zealand - 70 Super Rugby, 22 Tests)<br><br> Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa - 9 Super Rugby, 1 Test)<br><br> Jaco van Heerden (South Africa - 6 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)<br><br> Paul Williams (New Zealand - 0 Super Rugby, 0 Tests)*<br><br> * Denotes a new squad member in 2016<br><br> 2016-02-02 Springbok Sevens take World Series lead Suffer heart-breaking defeat against hosts NZ in Wellington final <br><br> The Springbok Sevens moved to the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings despite suffering a heart-breaking 24-21 loss to arch rivals New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens on Sunday morning (SA time).<br><br> New Zealand scored three tries in the last two minutes to clinch another epic final battle between the two rugby superpowers at the Westpac Stadium. South Africa had the impressive Rosko Specman in the sin bin for much of that time, while they were also called back from scoring after Seabelo Senatlaandrsquo; pass to Cheslin Kolbe was called forward by the referee.<br><br> The South Africans collected 19 valuable points and they now have a two point lead on top of the league standings after collecting 54 points in the three rounds so far. Round four of the World Series will be staged in Sydney next weekend.<br><br> Captain Phillip Snyman and Specman scored a try each while Akira Ioane replied for New Zealand to make the halftime score 14-7 in South Africaandrsquo;s favour. Seabelo Senatla scored another converted try for the Blitzboks after Francois Hougaard had latched onto a failed offload by Sonny Bill Williams.<br><br> However, with Specman yellow carded for a professional foul, replacement Rieko Ioane (2) and Joe Webber crossed the South African line to snatch a dramatic comeback win for the Kiwis.<br><br> Afterwards, Springbok Sevens coach, Neil Powell, praised his teamandrsquo;s effort: "Iandrsquo;m obviously disappointed with the result, but I am very happy with the performance of the squad. They gave everything out there today and I am proud of their efforts," said Powell.<br><br> The final was a rematch of Saturdayandrsquo;s thrilling pool clash which New Zealand won after the final whistle thanks to a trademark SBW offload, which allowed the Kiwis to score the winning try.<br><br> After their quarterfinal win over Australia, the South Africans then delivered a brilliant team effort in their semi-final clash against the prolific Fijians, scoring five tries in a memorable 31-0 victory.<br><br> Powell later described the outing against Fiji as a special performance. "To beat Fiji in that manner and to keep them scoreless is unbelievable. The boys deserves credit for that special performance," added Powell.<br><br> The Springbok coach was also very pleased with the depth of his squad, especially after Justin Geduld did not play at all on Sunday while Juan de Jong also hobbled off in the final with a calf injury.<br><br> "It was important for us to see how we would perform without regulars such as Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Cecil Afrika and Werner Kok. We also lost Ryno Benjamin on the eve of the tournament, so it was very pleasing to see the guys playing so well in Wellington," said Powell.<br><br> Excellent defence and clinical finishing frustrated the Fijians throughout their semi-final and the islandersandrsquo; ill-discipline cost them two yellow cards.<br><br> Senatla and Kolbe each scored a try, and after the interval, Kwagga Smith and another Kolbe try sealed a deserving win for the South Africans.<br><br> Earlier in the day the Springbok Sevens defeated Australia 26-14 in their quarterfinal to book a place in the last four. Two tries by in-form speedster Senatla and one apiece by Chris Dry and Snyman clinched a comfortable win for South Africa.<br><br> Fiji defeated England 24-12 in the playoff for third place after they were 14-5 up at halftime.<br><br> The abbreviated World Series standings after round three in Wellington:<br><br> 1. South Africa 54 points <br><br> 2. Fiji 52<br><br> 3. New Zealand 47<br><br> 4. England 41<br><br> 5. Argentina 41<br><br> 6. United States 39<br><br> 2016-02-01 Skrums, verdediging en daai laaste 15 minute van ‘n wedstryd,-verdediging-en-daai-laaste-15-minute-van-n-wedstryd Die Toyota Cheetahs se hoofafrigter, Franco Smith het onlangs by andlsquo;n media konferensie die volgende te sandecirc; gehad:<br><br> "Wat die skrums aanbetref en die verdediging andndash; ons het baie van die probleme al voor die Curriebeker geandiuml;dentifiseer en dit was onmoontlik om alles reg te kry in die kort tydjie voor die Curriebeker. Ons het aan die einde van die seisoen andlsquo;n hersienings proses deurgegaan en dit wat soos seer oog uitgestaan het, eerste aangespreek."<br><br> "Ons skrum nou al van dag een af en het baie harde werk ingesit. Ek dink die fisiese kondisionering sal andlsquo;n groot verskil maak wat dit aanbetref. Ons het baie hard gewerk om ons andlsquo;shapeandrsquo; te verander. Ons gaan ook bietjie anders skrum as wat daar tot nou toe geskrum is andndash; dit gaan bietjie meer van agter af kom en nie net meer heeltyd op die voorste drie staatmaak nie. Ons het gaan kyk na hoe ons die jong spelers wat ons het gaan aanwend om andlsquo;n beter resultaat te kry. Daar is regtig baie tyd en werk ingesit en dit is iets waaraan ons nooit sal ophou werk nie. Om die slegte gewoontes uit die pad te kry is die grootste ding."<br><br> "Die verdediging was eintlik in die Curriebeker heelwat beter. As andlsquo;n mens nou terug kyk as jy dit nie besef nie maar ons het basies daai 12 drie wat ons teen die Leeus afgestaan het met die "tweede span" ons eintlik ons baie seer gemaak want tot op daardie stadium het ons eintlik baie goed gelyk en daarna het daar andlsquo;n bietjie selfvertroue kwessies ingetree, maar ek het geweet dit is andlsquo;n groei pyn en sou so wees. Ek stem 100% saam verdediging is vir ons net so andlsquo;n groot prioriteit soos aanval. Ons probeer om andlsquo;n volledige span te wees en fokus nie net op sekere fases nie. Ons het probeer om van elke slegte gewoonte ontslae te raak. <br><br> Die groot verandering sal wees waar die Cheetahs in die verlede baie duikslae in hulle helfte van die veld gemaak het. Hulle het hulself baie keer in baie groot druk bevind en dan maak hulle 200 duikslae waarvan 150 in hulle eie halflyn en doelgebied is. As jy dan andlsquo;n fout maak is dit andlsquo;n drie." <br><br> "Ander spanne duik ook 200 keer maar hulle duik meestal aan die opposisie se kant van die veld en as daar dan andlsquo;n fout in verdediging kom loop dit nie noodwendig uit op andlsquo;n drie nie. So ek dink om in die regte areas van die veld te speel gaan net so belangrik wees. Uit die aard van die saak as jy beter aan die bal vashou dan hoef jy nie so baie te duik nie. As jy die bal vashou dan het jy andlsquo;n goeie kans om minder te verdedig. Ons werk daaraan en het andlsquo;n plan rondom dit. Ek sandecirc; weer as jy die fisiese kondisionering op datum het maak dit ook daai tipe van dinge beter."<br><br> <br><br> Slegte gewoontes<br><br> <br><br> "Jou liggaam is gemaak om die maklikste paadjie te soek. Of jy nou skrum of werk toe ry andndash; bv. ons ry elk dag dieselfde pad werk toe en sit op dieselfde plek in die kerk. Dis natuur en ons is almal so gebore. Dis hoekom ons as gewone mense soveel respek het vir ekstreme atlete want hulle gaan uit hulle gemaksone andndash; of is dit ons gemaksone? Die uitdaging van my as afrigter is om elke dag myself te andlsquo;challengeandrsquo; om hard te wees, anders is ek ook in andlsquo;n gemaksone. Dit gaan maar daaroor soos om jou lyn te mis in verdediging of om andlsquo;n duikslag te mis, is later maar ok of om andlsquo;n drie af te staan raak maar ok. Dis maar net om die heeltyd daai vraag te vra andndash; is ek gemaklik of nie en as andlsquo;n ou andlsquo;n sport doen waarvoor jy lief is en jy kry nog geld daarvoor kan dit maklik so raak."<br><br> "Waar kom talent vandaan? Dis maar altyd die vraag. Ek dink repetisie is maar die enigste manier. Ek sandecirc; altyd vir die spelers andlsquo;n goeie andlsquo;attitudeandrsquo; is nie belangrik nie, maar die regte andlsquo;attitudeandrsquo; is belangrik. Dit is maar wat andlsquo;n ou wil kweek en dit gaan nie beteken dat ons nie weer van dit sal optel nie. Dis om te sorg dat die ouens hard werk en aan die andlsquo;same sideandrsquo; verdediging kom, van die vloer af opstaan as hulle verdedig. Ons wil maar net daai gewoonte handecirc; om onsself die heeltyd te druk." <br><br> "Ons het nou vir vier jaar beplan en ons moet elke dag vir die spelers die geleentheid gee om mandocirc;re beter te wees. Dit gaan maar gaan oor om die paadjie werk toe te verander."<br><br> 2016-01-28 Coach Franco Smith on pre-season preparations Coach Franco Smithandrsquo;s response to a question asked about the pre-season preparations for the coming Super Rugby season asked at a recent media conference:<br><br> "Everybody has worked really hard during this pre-season and weandrsquo;ve set high standards for ourselves. We want to achieve certain physical goals. I think one of the main things that weandrsquo;ve noticed last year that some of the guys were not as strong in contact, due to the fact that they are young, as we feel necessary, so there was a big emphasis on that and a big emphasis on being well conditioned for the intensity we want them to play at." <br><br> "The players really had to dig deep and work hard. If you ask somebody to give his heart it is sometimes terrible to tell him that he will not be going forward as part of the smaller group, so the cut-off date for me is really a difficult one."<br><br> "Although I must announce a smaller group, I would like to have the guys training with us. Most of our Currie Cup group will come out of this group and it is important for them to stay on par and get some game time there so there will be opportunity for the players who will not be involved from the start to keep form and get some game time." <br><br> "The whole emphasis this whole pre-season was to prepare us for continuous success. The fact that we have the franchise for ourselves means that the group of players who have played with us will continue into Currie Cup for the first time since we became part of the Super Rugby competition. So the work that we have done now is to not have another pre-season before Currie Cup."<br><br> 2016-01-28