Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Free State XV Team Announcement Die Toyota Vrystaat XV span speel Saterdag, 28 Maart om 15:00 teen die Boland Kavaliers in andlsquo;n Vodacombeker wedstryd in die Clive Solomon Stadion in Heidedal, Bloemfontein. Toegang na die wedstryd is gratis.<br><br> <br><br> Rory Duncan, Hoofafrigter, het sy span vir die wedstryd aangekondig.<br><br> The Toyota Free State XV team will be taking on the Boland Cavaliers on Saturday, 28 March at 15:00 in the Clive Solomon Stadium in Heidedal, Bloemfontein. Entry is free. <br><br> Coach Rory Duncan has announced his team for the clash. <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV<br><br> 15<br><br> Full back<br><br> Van Wyk<br><br> Coenie<br><br> 14<br><br> Right wing<br><br> Brandt<br><br> Enver<br><br> 13<br><br> Right centre<br><br> Du Plessis<br><br> JP<br><br> 12<br><br> Left centre<br><br> Engelbrecht<br><br> Joubert<br><br> 11<br><br> Left wing<br><br> Brandt<br><br> Alvin<br><br> 10<br><br> Fly half<br><br> Marx<br><br> Noandeuml;l<br><br> 9<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Venter<br><br> Louis<br><br> 8<br><br> Number eight<br><br> Jobo<br><br> Vincent<br><br> 7<br><br> Right flanker<br><br> April<br><br> Zingisa<br><br> 6<br><br> Left flanker<br><br> Johannes<br><br> Reuben<br><br> 5<br><br> Right lock<br><br> Oosthuizen<br><br> Devin<br><br> 4<br><br> Left lock<br><br> Basson<br><br> Justin<br><br> 3<br><br> Tight head prop<br><br> Strydom<br><br> Louwrens<br><br> 2<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Barnes<br><br> Ryno andcopy;<br><br> 1<br><br> Loose head prop<br><br> Stevens<br><br> Kevin<br><br> Replacements 16<br><br> Hooker<br><br> Dweba<br><br> Joseph<br><br> 17<br><br> Prop<br><br> Botha<br><br> Van Zyl<br><br> 18<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Du Preez<br><br> Armand<br><br> 19<br><br> Utility Forward<br><br> Wessels<br><br> Johan<br><br> 20<br><br> Scrum half<br><br> Erwee<br><br> Reinhardt<br><br> 21<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Ganto<br><br> Sinovuyo<br><br> 22<br><br> Utility back<br><br> Gordon<br><br> Lorenzo<br><br> 2015-03-26 12 Toyota Free State Cheetah players invited to Junior Bok trails The South African Rugby Union on Wednesday announced a large group of players to participate in the Junior Springbok trials camp early next month in Stellenbosch. The trials will kick-start the process to select the Junior Springbok squad of 28 players for the upcoming World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Italy in June.<br><br> <br><br> The best local Under-20 players will assemble on Sunday, 30 March at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport (SAS) and will remain in camp until 2 April. This will be followed by a break for the Easter holidays. The camp will feature two trial matches on Tuesday 31 March and Thursday 2 April respectively at the Paul Roos Markottandeuml;r Stadium.<br><br> <br><br> Players such as Thomas du Toit, Dan du Preez (both, Cell C Sharks), RG Snyman and Warrick Gelant (both, Vodacom Blue Bulls) who are currently busy with Vodacom Super Rugby commitments, were excluded from the trials squad. Duhan van der Merwe (Vodacom Blue Bulls) and Rikus Bothma (DHL Western Province) are currently injured and were not considered.<br><br> <br><br> Following the trials, a smaller group of 34 players will return to SAS on 6 April for the Junior Springbok training camp. This training camp will include the following activities:<br><br> Training exercises against the DHL Western Province Rugby Institute; A match against a Varsity Cup select XV, And a short tour of Argentina featuring two matches against the Los Pumitas. <br><br> Commenting on the World Rugby U20 Championship preparations Junior Springboks coach Dawie Theron said he would follow the same template as last year. The Junior Springboks came agonisingly close to winning a second Junior World Championship title in three years last season but lost by a single point against defending champions England in Wellington after an impressive run of results in their march to the Eden Park final.<br><br> <br><br> "Our decision last year to keep the players together in camp for an extended time rather than having several shorter camps proved very successful, so we will do so again this year," said Theron, who led the Junior Boks to their first JWC title in 2012 and a third place finish in France in 2013. "We were able to work with the players daily and monitor their rehabilitation in instances of injuries."<br><br> <br><br> Theron said the conditions in Italy would play a role in the selection process: "Last year we went for a big, physical squad because of the heavy and wet conditions in New Zealand. The indications are that the field conditions in Italy will allow for a faster type of game, so we will have to keep that in mind during the trials and in our preparations," said Theron.<br><br> <br><br> The training match against the DHL Western Province Rugby Institute will be hosted at the Paul Roos Markottandeuml;r Stadium on 16 April at 15h30, while a match against a Varsity Cup XV is also on the cards.<br><br> <br><br> The training squad will fly out to Argentina from Cape Town on 8 May and the two matches against the Argentina Under-20 are pencilled in for 12 and 16 May respectively. They return to South Africa the following day for a short break before the official Junior Bok squad assembles on 25 May. The final squad will depart for the international showpiece on 27 May.<br><br> <br><br> Five players who represented the Junior Boks in the 2014 JWC edition in New Zealand and are eligible to play for the team again this year, were invited to the trials. They are: Abongile Nonkontwana (Vodacom Blue Bulls, lock), Joseph Dweba (Vodacom Free State Cheetahs, hooker), Dan du Preez (Cell C Sharks, lock), Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks, flank), Jacques Vermeulen (DHL Western Province, eighthman).<br><br> <br><br> Furthermore, several players who attended the 2014 training camp but were not selected for the JWC in NZ, were again called up to the trials this year. They are: Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs, prop), Ayron Scrhamm (Cell C Sharks, eighthman), Dan du Plessis (DHL Western Province, centre), Justin Phillips (DHL Western Province, centre), Frans van Wyk (DHL Western Province, prop), EW Viljoen (DHL Western Province, fullback).<br><br> <br><br> The following players are invited to attend the Junior Springbok trials from 29 March to 2 April in Stellenbosch (province or university team, name and surname, position):<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> Matthys Basson (prop), Warrick Gelant (centre), Njabula Gumede (prop), Dewald Human (flyhalf), JT Jackson (centre), Jason Jenkins (lock), Jurie Linde (centre), Jinx Molapo (wing), Adrian Maebane (centre), Menzi Nhlabathi (flanker), Abongile Nonkontwana (lock), Luigy Van Jaarsveld (number eight), Alandre Van Rooyen (hooker), Ivan Van Zyl (scrumhalf)<br><br> <br><br> Boland Cavaliers<br><br> GL Erasmus (scrumhalf)<br><br> <br><br> Eastern Province<br><br> Malcolm Jaer (fullback), Tyler Paul (flank), CJ Velleman (flank)<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs<br><br> Joseph Dweba (hooker), Lorenzo Gordon (wing), Gunther Janse van Vuuren (prop), Gerhardus Labuschagne (centre), Ox Nche (prop), Stephen Rautenbach (centre), Frans Steyn (Shimlas, hooker), Andre Swarts (wing), Arno van Staden (wing), Conrad van Vuuren (prop), Reinach Venter (hooker), Jasper Wiese (number eight)<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> Ruan Ackermann (lock), Marco Janse van Vuuren (scrumhalf), Le Roux Roets (lock), Gerdus van der Walt (centre)<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> Hyron Andrews (lock), Dan du Preez (lock), Jean-Luc du Preez (flanker), Ruan Kramer (prop), Rowan Gouws (scrumhalf), Mzamo Majola (prop), Ayron Scrhamm (number eight), Innocent Radebe (flyhalf)<br><br> <br><br> Leopards<br><br> Mogau Mabokela (Pukke, prop), Walt Steenkamp (Pukke, lock)<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Ruan Brits (hooker), Dan du Plessis (hooker), Daniel du Plessis (centre), Jaco Coetzee (number eight), Grant Hermanus (fullback), Michael Kumbirai (prop), Remu Malan (Maties, scrumhalf), Daniel Maree (flank), Ryan Oosthuizen (centre), Khanyo Ngcukana (wing), Justin Phillips (scrumhalf), Ernst Stapelberg (flyhalf), Brandon Thomson (flyhalf), Christo van der Merwe (Maties, flanker), Francois van der Merwe (prop), Frans van Wyk (prop), Jacques Vermeulen (flanker), EW Viljoen (fullback), Edward Zandbergh (lock), Leolin Zas (wing)<br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-25 Toyota Cheetah Team Announcement The Toyota Cheetah team to take on the Chiefs on Saturday, 28 March at 05:30 (SA Time) at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, New Zeeland has been announced. <br><br> Cheetahs vs Chiefs<br><br> Previous encounters<br> <br> This will be the 9th Super Rugby encounter between the two teams since 21 April 2006. The Chiefs are leading with six wins to none of the Toyota Cheetahs, with two matches ended in a draw. It will also be the fifth time the teams meet at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton since the first Hamilton encounter on 21 April 2006. Out of the four previous matches, the Chiefs won three and the match on 23 April 2010 ended in a draw of 25-25.<br><br> The last game between these two teams on 5 April 2014 at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein also ended in a draw of 43-43.<br> <br> (Toyota Cheetah scores mentioned first):<br><br> Date<br><br> Venue<br><br> Result<br><br> Tries<br><br> 21/4/2006<br><br> Waikato Stadium, Hamilton<br><br> 32-33<br><br> 4-5<br><br> 2/3/2007<br><br> Vodacom Park, Bandrsquo;fontein<br><br> 22-22<br><br> 1-1<br><br> 8/3/2008<br><br> Waikato Stadium, Hamilton<br><br> 20-22<br><br> 2-3<br><br> 18/4/2009<br><br> GWK Park, Kimberley<br><br> 10-28<br><br> 1-3<br><br> 23/4/2010<br><br> Waikato Stadium, Hamilton<br><br> 25-25<br><br> 3-5<br><br> 14/4/2012<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 33-39<br><br> 2-5<br><br> 2/3/2013<br><br> Waikato Stadium, Hamilton<br><br> 3-45<br><br> 0-6<br><br> 5/4/2014<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 43-43<br><br> 4-6<br><br> 28/3/2015<br><br> Waikato Stadium, Hamilton<br><br> 0-0<br><br> 0-0<br><br> Played: 8. Chiefs won: 6. Cheetahs won: 0. Draw: 2.<br> Points scored - Cheetahs: 188. Chiefs: 257.<br> Tries scored - Cheetahs: 17. Chiefs: 34.<br> Chiefsand#39; average winning score - 32-24.<br><br> Info by Frikkie van Rensburg<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Numerous changes have been made from last weekandrsquo;s team with six players from the bench moving onto the starting line-up. <br><br> <br><br> Oupa Mohoje is on his way back home. He suffers from a groin injury he gained during last Saturdayandrsquo;s match against the Crusaders. He is expected to be out of action for 8 andndash; 12 weeks. Tienie Burger will be joining the team on tour. <br><br> Springboks Willie le Roux and Coenie Oosthuizen are being rested as per agreement with SA Rugby. <br><br> Francois Venter is being rested. <br><br> Joe Pietersen will be standing in for Sarel Pretorius as vice-captain for the match. Pretorius will be joining the team on Sunday in Sydney after the birth of his second son on Tuesday. Shaun Venter will be returning back South Africa after Saturdayandrsquo;s encounter. <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Chiefs <br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> BG Uys<br><br> 2<br><br> HOOKER<br><br> Stephan Coetzee<br><br> 3<br><br> TIGHTHEAD PROP<br><br> Maks van Dyk<br><br> 4<br><br> LEFT LOCK<br><br> Steven Sykes<br><br> 5<br><br> RIGHT LOCK<br><br> Francois Uys (C )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Heinrich Brussow<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Jean Cook<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Boom Prinsloo<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Shaun Venter<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Joe Pietersen (VC)<br><br> 11<br><br> LEFT WING<br><br> Raymond Rhule<br><br> 12<br><br> INSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Michael van der Spuy<br><br> 13<br><br> OUTSIDE CENTRE<br><br> Johann Sadie<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Cornal Hendriks<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Torsten van Jaarsveld<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Caylib Oosthuizen<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Danie Mienie<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Carl Wegner<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Willie Britz<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Willie du Plessis<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ryno Benjamin<br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-25 Tienie on his way to New Zeeland Tienie on his way to New Zeeland.<br><br> Tienie Burger is flying to New Zeeland tomorrow to replace the injured Oupa Mohoje. The Springbok flanker will be returning home due to a groin injury he sustained during the Vodacom SupeRugby match against the Crusaders on Saturday. We wish Tienie the best of luck on his tour. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Tienie oppad na Nieu Seeland.<br><br> Tienie Burger vlieg more na Nieu Seeland. Hy vervang vir Oupa Mohoje wat Saterdag andlsquo;n liesbesering opgedoen het in die Vodacom SupeRugby wedstryd teen die Crusaders. Ons wens Tienie sterkte toe met sy toer. <br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-24 Klub Rugby Uitslae Die uitslag van die afgelope naweek se klubrugby is as volg:<br><br> <br><br> Oud-Greys I (80) Weermag I (0)<br><br> Mangaung I (0) BFN Polisie I (55)<br><br> Steyners I (22) Collegians I (27)<br><br> Steyners II (31) Collegians II (7)<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-23 Klub Rugby Uitslae Die uitslag van die afgelope naweek se klubrugby is as volg:<br><br> <br><br> Oud-Greys I (80) Weermag I (0)<br><br> Mangaung I (0) BFN Polisie I (55)<br><br> Steyners I (22) Collegians I (27)<br><br> Steyners II (31) Collegians II (7)<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-23 Three from four for SA teams Three from four for SA teams andndash; Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6 Review<br><br> <br><br> The Emirates Lions won their second tour match as the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks had to dig deep to win at home in an interesting sixth round of Vodacom Super Rugby.<br><br> <br><br> The men from Johannesburg weathered an early storm and clinched their third successive win over the Rebels, by 20-16, courtesy of a late try by Lionel Mapoe on Friday morning in Melbourne. With this victory, the Emirates Lions emulated their feats in 2007 and 2011, when they also won two tour matches.<br><br> <br><br> On Saturday morning, the Toyota Cheetahs started well and were in front at the break against the Crusaders in Christchurch, but the home team took proper advantage of two second-half yellow cards against the visitors from Bloemfontein to win comfortably by 57-14.<br><br> <br><br> Two matches were played in South Africa on Saturday afternoon, both in less-than-perfect weather conditions.<br><br> <br><br> First up, the Vodacom Bulls had to rely on a late penalty goal by Handrandeacute; Pollard to pip the Force by 25-24 in Pretoria before the Cell C Sharks, playing for more than 50 minutes with 13 men against 14 following three red cards, had to dig deep to beat the Chiefs by 12-11 in Durban.<br><br> <br><br> The DHL Stormers had a bye.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby information:<br><br> 2015 MEDIA GUIDE APP | LATEST NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP POINTS SCORERS | TOP TRY SCORERS<br><br> <br><br> Note: By clicking on the various headings, you will be able to access the breakdown for that specific match on, where team line-ups, replacements and run of play can be found.<br><br> <br><br> Rebels 16 (13) Emirates Lions 20 (3)<br><br> <br><br> The Emirates Lions displayed supreme patience and grit as they won their first-ever match in Melbourne against the Rebels by 20-16 on Friday morning.<br><br> <br><br> The home team raced to a 13-0 lead which was cut by a mere three points at the break as they scored two tries in the first 10 minutes of the match.<br><br> <br><br> But the visitors from Johannesburg never gave up and when Marnitz Boshoff crossed shortly after the break, the Rebelsandrsquo; lead was cut to just three points.<br><br> <br><br> Elton Jantjies and Mike Harris traded penalty goals after the hour-mark but Lionel Mapoeandrsquo;s brilliant individual try with three minutes left sealed a superb win for the Emirates Lions, their second out of three tour matches Down Under thus far this season.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Rebels andndash; Tries: Mitch Inman, Jonah Placid. Penalty goals: Mike Harris (2).<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions andndash; Tries: Marnitz Boshoff, Lionel Mapoe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2). Penalty goals: Jantjies (2).<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders 57 (10) Toyota Cheetahs 14 (14)<br><br> <br><br> The Crusaders, with Dan Carter leading the charge, showed why they are regarded as one of the best teams in the competition when they beat the Toyota Cheetahs by 57-14 in Christchurch on Saturday morning.<br><br> <br><br> This big win came despite the visitors leading by 14-10 at the break. Carter scored 27 points as the Crusaders "won" the second half 47-0, with the visitorsandrsquo; Willie le Roux and Coenie Oosthuizen yellow carded in final 40 minutes.<br><br> <br><br> Before half-time, the Toyota Cheetahs played some enterprising rugby and both their centres, Francois Venter and Johann Sadie, scored to put them in the lead.<br><br> <br><br> With Le Roux in the bin early in the second half, the Crusaders scored 28 unanswered points. They followed that up with 19 more when Oosthuizen was off. It put an end to the visitorsandrsquo; hopes of winning and gave the Crusaders their fourth 50-point haul against the team from Central South Africa.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders andndash; Tries: Dan Carter (2), Jordan Taufua (2), Nemani Nadolo, Israel Dagg, David Havili, Penalty Try. Conversions: Carter (7). Penalty goal: Carter.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs andndash; Tries: Francois Venter, Johann Sadie. Conversions: Joe Pietersen (2).<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls 25 (9) Force 24 (7)<br><br> <br><br> Handrandeacute; Pollard kicked 20 points, including a long-range penalty goal at the death, which sealed a hard-fought 25-24 win for the Vodacom Bulls over the Force at a wet Loftus Versfeld on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> Pollardandrsquo;s last-minute heroics came after an illegal tackle by the visitors and at the end of a very topsy-turvy game. Both sides made too many handling errors, while the decision making was poor at times.<br><br> <br><br> The Force actually outscored the Vodacom Bulls by three tries to one andndash; when prop Marcel van der Merwe burrowed over with two Aussie players in the bin in the second half andndash; but Pollardandrsquo;s boot had the final say in a game which will not be remembered for too long.<br><br> <br><br> It was the second time that the Force scored more tries to the Vodacom Bulls, but ended up losing in Pretoria. This also happened in 2009 when the men from Pretoria won 32-29 despite scoring only three tries to four.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls andndash; Try: Marcel van der Merwe. Conversion: Handrandeacute; Pollard. Penalty goals: Pollard (6).<br><br> <br><br> Force andndash; Tries: Adam Coleman, Kyle Godwin, Sam Wykes. Conversions: Luke Burton (2), Sias Ebersohn. Penalty goal: Ebersohn.<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks 12 (9) Chiefs 11 (11)<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks came out tops in a match where there were more red cards than tries when they beat the Chiefs by 12-11 at a wet and windy Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday evening.<br><br> <br><br> The Chiefs scored the only try of the match, which saw three red cards in the space of 15 minutes in the first half. There had been 41 red cards in the history of Vodacom Super Rugby, but never more than one in a match.<br><br> <br><br> First Chiefs hooker Hika Elliott was sent off in the 15th minute for foul play, but he was followed three minutes later by his direct opponent and Cell C Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis.<br><br> <br><br> When Frans Steyn was also red carded in the 28th minute, for an illegal tackle, it was 13 against 14 for more than 50 minutes of a game played in very bad conditions.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks ultimately employed better wet-weather tactics than their Kiwi opponents. Both sides committed a slew of handling errors, but the Chiefs tried to run with the ball more than their hosts, which probably wasnandrsquo;t the best option.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks andndash; Penalty goals: Pat Lambie (4).<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs andndash; Try: Sam Cane. Penalty goals: Aaron Cruden (2).<br><br> <br><br> Other results andndash; Round 6:<br><br> <br><br> Highlanders 13 Hurricanes 20<br><br> Waratahs 28 Brumbies 13<br><br> <br><br> Logs andndash; after Round 6:<br><br> <br><br> Combined Log<br><br> Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Hurricanes (NZ leader)<br><br> 5<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 131<br><br> 70<br><br> 61<br><br> 2<br><br> 22<br><br> 2<br><br> Brumbies (Aus leader)<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 153<br><br> 80<br><br> 73<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 3<br><br> DHL Stormers (SA leader)<br><br> 5<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 126<br><br> 93<br><br> 33<br><br> 0<br><br> 16<br><br> 4<br><br> Chiefs (Wild card)<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 138<br><br> 102<br><br> 36<br><br> 3<br><br> 19<br><br> 5<br><br> Cell C Sharks (Wild card)<br><br> 6<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 145<br><br> 140<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 6<br><br> Highlanders (Wild card)<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 99<br><br> 95<br><br> 4<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 7<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 143<br><br> 100<br><br> 43<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 8<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 121<br><br> 97<br><br> 24<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 9<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 137<br><br> 125<br><br> 12<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 10<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 100<br><br> 105<br><br> -5<br><br> 3<br><br> 11<br><br> 11<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 6<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 78<br><br> 133<br><br> -55<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> 12<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 104<br><br> 176<br><br> -72<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> 13<br><br> Force<br><br> 6<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 100<br><br> 146<br><br> -46<br><br> 3<br><br> 7<br><br> 14<br><br> Reds<br><br> 5<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 39<br><br> 125<br><br> -86<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> 15<br><br> Blues<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 91<br><br> 118<br><br> -27<br><br> 4<br><br> 4<br><br> <br><br> South African Conference<br><br> Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 5<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 126<br><br> 93<br><br> 33<br><br> 0<br><br> 16<br><br> 2<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 6<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 145<br><br> 140<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 3<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 137<br><br> 125<br><br> 12<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 4<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 6<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 78<br><br> 133<br><br> -55<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> 5<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 104<br><br> 176<br><br> -72<br><br> 1<br><br> 9<br><br> <br><br> Australian Conference<br><br> Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 153<br><br> 80<br><br> 73<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 2<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 121<br><br> 97<br><br> 24<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 3<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 100<br><br> 105<br><br> -5<br><br> 3<br><br> 11<br><br> 4<br><br> Force<br><br> 6<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 100<br><br> 146<br><br> -46<br><br> 3<br><br> 7<br><br> 5<br><br> Reds<br><br> 5<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 39<br><br> 125<br><br> -86<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> <br><br> New Zealand Conference<br><br> Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 5<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 131<br><br> 70<br><br> 61<br><br> 2<br><br> 22<br><br> 2<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 138<br><br> 102<br><br> 36<br><br> 3<br><br> 19<br><br> 3<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 99<br><br> 95<br><br> 4<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 4<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 143<br><br> 100<br><br> 43<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 5<br><br> Blues<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 91<br><br> 118<br><br> -27<br><br> 4<br><br> 4<br><br> <br><br> Top scorers andndash; after Round 6:<br><br> <br><br> Player<br><br> Team<br><br> Tries<br><br> Conv<br><br> Pen<br><br> Drops<br><br> Tot<br><br> Handre Pollard<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 2<br><br> 8<br><br> 21<br><br> 1<br><br> 92<br><br> Patrick Lambie<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 20<br><br> 0<br><br> 90<br><br> Aaron Cruden<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 1<br><br> 8<br><br> 13<br><br> 0<br><br> 60<br><br> Christian Lealiifano<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 1<br><br> 11<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 60<br><br> Demetri Catrakilis<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 17<br><br> 0<br><br> 59<br><br> Beauden Barrett<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 15<br><br> 0<br><br> 57<br><br> Ihaia West<br><br> Blues<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 14<br><br> 0<br><br> 56<br><br> Bernard Foley<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 2<br><br> 9<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 55<br><br> Mike Harris<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 1<br><br> 7<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 55<br><br> Daniel Carter<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 2<br><br> 12<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 46<br><br> Lima Sopoaga<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 38<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 10<br><br> 0<br><br> 38<br><br> Joe Pietersen<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 37<br><br> Colin Slade<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 27<br><br> Kurt Coleman<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 6<br><br> 1<br><br> 27<br><br> Julian Savea<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> Marcell Coetzee<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> Marnitz Boshoff<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-23 Fifties scored in Durban and Secunda Fifties scored in Durban and Secunda andndash; Vodacom Cup Round 3 Review<br><br> <br><br> The South Section of the Vodacom Cup kicked off on Friday evening with a resounding victory for the SWD Eagles, while the Cell C Sharks XV and Steval Pumas got 50-pointers without conceding a point on Saturday.<br><br> <br><br> Apart from these three matches, the four others played this weekend were much closer affairs.<br><br> <br><br> On Friday, the Xerox Golden Lions remained unbeaten when they beat northern neighbours the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Johannesburg.<br><br> <br><br> Saturdayandrsquo;s other matches saw wins for DHL Western Province in Caledon, where loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored four tries, GWK Griquas in Port Elizabeth and the Leopards XV in Lichtenburg.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Cup information: NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP SCORERS | TRY SCORERS<br><br> <br><br> Notes to media: Pictures from selected matches are available for rights free use by clicking here. If prompted, use the password "2015VodacomCup".<br><br> <br><br> Feel free to use the match reports published on andndash; simply follow the relevant links below.<br><br> <br><br> Match reports (full report available by clicking on the score):<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions 24 Vodacom Blue Bulls 12<br><br> <br><br> Three first half tries were enough to hand the Xerox Golden Lions a 24-12 victory (halftime 24-0) over the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their Vodacom Cup clash at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Friday.<br><br> <br><br> Golden Lions flyhalf Ashlon Davids opened the scoring in the opening minutes with a penalty goal but it would the home teamandrsquo;s superior skills at the breakdown that would win them the match.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Lohan Jacobs, Anthony Volmink, Damian Engledoe. Conversions: Ashlon Davids (3). Penalty goal: Davids.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Kefentse Mahlo (2). Conversion: Kobus Marais.<br><br> <br><br> SWD Eagles 33 Toyota Free State XV 17<br><br> <br><br> The SWD Eagles used their home advantage to beat the Toyota Free State XV 33-17 in the sidesandrsquo; Vodacom Cup encounter at Outeniqua Park in George on Friday evening.<br><br> <br><br> Free State started well in the game and put the first points on the board after some good pressure when flanker Peet Coetzee went over in the eighth minute.<br><br> <br><br> The Eagles awoke from their slumber and big prop Ashley Buys burst over for his try in the 26th minute after some good pressure was applied by the hosts. Elric van Vuuren slotted the conversion and followed with a penalty shortly thereafter to make the halftime score 16-10 in favour of the Eagles.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> SWD Eagles andndash; Tries: Alshaun Bock (2), Ashley Buys. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (3). Penalty goals: Van Vuuren (4).<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV andndash; Tries: Peet Coetzee (2). Conversions: Coenie van Wyk, Noel Marx. Penalty goal: Van Wyk.<br><br> <br><br> EP Kings 19 GWK Griquas 27<br><br> <br><br> GWK Griquas got the defence of their Vodacom Cup title off to 27-19 victory (halftime 10-12) over the EP Kings in a Vodacom Cup South Section rugby clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.<br><br> <br><br> In a match of two halves, EP dominated the first to enjoy the narrow lead at the break while Griquas turned on the pressure in the second to secure a well-deserved win in their opening fixture of this yearandrsquo;s campaign.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> EP Kings andndash; Tries: Thembalani Bholi, Kevin Luiters, Jaco Grobler. Conversions: Gary van Aswegen, Scott van Breda.<br><br> <br><br> GWK Griquas andndash; Tries: Carel Greeff, Steph Roberts, Abrie Griesel. Conversions: Gouws Prinsloo (3). Penalty goals: Prinsloo (2).<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks XV 53 Border Bulldogs 0<br><br> <br><br> Sizo Maseko and Stefan Ungerer both scored two tries apiece as the Cell C Sharks XV began their Vodacom Cup campaign with an emphatic 53-0 (18-0) win against the Border Bulldogs in their South Section encounter at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> Jaco van Tonder, Khaya Majola and Alcino Izaacs also crossed the whitewash in a seven try to nil affair in cool, but humid conditions on the east coast.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks XV andndash; Tries: Sizo Maseko (2), Jaco van Tonder, Stefan Ungerer (2), Khaya Majola, Alcino Izaacs. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (3), Lionel Cronje (3). Penalty goals: Zeilinga (2).<br><br> <br><br> Border Bulldogs andndash; 0<br><br> <br><br> Steval Pumas 52 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 0<br><br> <br><br> It was one-way traffic for the Steval Pumas in their Vodacom Cup game against the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls as they won their third consecutive match of the season by 52-0 in the Lilian Ngoyi stadium in Secunda on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> The Limpopo Blue Bulls had no answer to a Pumas team that attacked from the get go and produced a dominating performance in the first 40 minutes to make the half time score 40-0 in their favour. The match was ended prematurely because of inclement weather.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Steval Pumas andndash; Tries: Marnus Schoeman (2), Ruwellyn Isbell (2), Hennie Skorbinski, Francois du Toit, Lambert Groenewald, Sino Nyoka. Conversions: JC Roos (6).<br><br> <br><br> Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls andndash; 0<br><br> <br><br> Leopards XV 36 Hino Valke 31<br><br> <br><br> The Leopards XV have racked up their second win in this yearandrsquo;s Vodacom Cup competition by beating the Hino Valke 36-31 at Lichtenburg High School in the North West on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> An excellent performance in the first half helped the hosts to their victory, the Leopards dominating 24-14 at halftime after producing some impressive rugby.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Leopards XV andndash; Tries: Jaco Hayward, Juan Language, PJ Uys, Vlooi Dreyer, Percy Williams. Conversions: Kobus du Plessis (4). Penalty goals: Du Plessis.<br><br> <br><br> Hino Valke andndash; Tries: Riaan Arends (3), Grant Janke. Conversions: Juan Kotze (4). Penalty goal: Kotze.<br><br> <br><br> Boland Cavaliers 10 DHL Western Province 25<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province No 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored four tries as his side beat the Boland Cavaliers by 25-10 (halftime 15-7) on Saturday afternoon at the Caledon Sports Ground to start their 2015 Vodacom Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory.<br><br> <br><br> The Cavaliers played with nine graduates from the SARU Boland Academy in their match-day squad.<br><br> <br><br> Notshe scored a brace within the first ten minutes with flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis converting the second effort. WP led 12-0 before captain and lock Gavin Annandale narrowed the gap with his effort and fullback Eric Zana added the extras.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Boland Cavaliers andndash; Try: Gavin Annandale. Conversion: Eric Zana. Penalty goal: Zana.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Sikhumbuzo Notshe (4). Conversion: Jean-Luc Du Plessis. Penalty goal: Du Plessis.<br><br> <br><br> Logs<br><br> <br><br> North Section Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 170<br><br> 25<br><br> 145<br><br> 25<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 2<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 108<br><br> 36<br><br> 72<br><br> 15<br><br> 4<br><br> 2<br><br> 14<br><br> 3<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 95<br><br> 62<br><br> 33<br><br> 14<br><br> 7<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 4<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 83<br><br> 86<br><br> -3<br><br> 12<br><br> 11<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 5<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 44<br><br> 73<br><br> -29<br><br> 5<br><br> 10<br><br> 2<br><br> 2<br><br> 6<br><br> Down Touch Griffons<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 18<br><br> 57<br><br> -39<br><br> 2<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 30<br><br> 105<br><br> -75<br><br> 2<br><br> 16<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> FNB Welwitschias<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 114<br><br> -104<br><br> 1<br><br> 17<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> South Section Pos<br><br> Team<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 58<br><br> 0<br><br> 58<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> 2<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 25<br><br> 10<br><br> 15<br><br> 4<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 33<br><br> 17<br><br> 16<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 4<br><br> GWK Griquas<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 27<br><br> 19<br><br> 8<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 5<br><br> EP Kings<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 19<br><br> 27<br><br> -8<br><br> 3<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> Boland Cavaliers<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 10<br><br> 25<br><br> -15<br><br> 1<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> Toyota Free State XV<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 17<br><br> 33<br><br> -16<br><br> 2<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> Border Bulldogs<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 58<br><br> -58<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> <br><br> Top scorers<br><br> <br><br> Player<br><br> Team<br><br> Tries<br><br> Conv<br><br> Pen<br><br> Drops<br><br> Tot<br><br> JC Roos<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 1<br><br> 13<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 34<br><br> Kobus Marais<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 25<br><br> Sikhumbuszo Notshe<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> Anton Beswick<br><br> Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 20<br><br> Jaun Kotze<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 19<br><br> Elric van Vuuren<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 18<br><br> Ashlon Davids<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 18<br><br> Warren Gilbert<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 1<br><br> 3<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 17<br><br> Justin van Staden<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 16<br><br> Marnus Schoeman<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> Ruwellyn Isbell<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> Marcello Sampson<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> Jacobus Hayward<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> Ruaan Lerm<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> Riaan Arends<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 15<br><br> <br><br> 2015-03-23 Temporary Vacancy Temporary Vacancy for Development Coordinator: Free State Rugby Union<br><br> <br> The core duties of the position include the following:<br> Implement development projects as prescribed by SARU and Free State Rugby Union; Identify development projects at all levels;<br> Identify players with potential at all levels;<br> Monitor progress of development projects;<br> Regular reporting to SA.<br><br> Qualifications:<br> Matric / Grade 12.<br><br> Applications should be sent to Closing date is Tuesday, 24 March 2015.<br> A competitive salary will be negotiated.<br><br> Periods of Employment:<br> 6 months.<br><br> <br><br> Tydelike Vakature: Ontwikkelings Koandouml;rdineerder: Vrystaatse Rugby-Unie<br><br> <br> Die kern-pligte van die pos behels die volgende:<br><br> Implementeer ontwikkelingsprojekte soos voorgeskryf deur SARU en Vrystaatse Rugby-Unie;<br> Identifiseer ontwikkelingsprojekte op alle vlakke;<br> Identifiseer spelers met potensiaal op alle vlakke;<br> Monitor vordering met ontwikkelingsprojekte; <br><br> Gereelde verslaggewing aan SA.<br><br> Kwalifikasies<br> Matriek / Graad 12.<br><br> <br> Aansoeke moet gestuur word aan Sluitingsdatum is Dinsdag, 24 Maart 2015.<br> andlsquo;n Mededingende salaris sal onderhandel word.<br><br> Tydperke van Indiensneming<br> 6 maande.<br><br> 2015-03-20 Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6 Preview Toyota Cheetahs, Emirates Lions in foreign territory andndash; Vodacom Super Rugby Round 6 Preview<br><br> <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs and Emirates Lions will fly the South African flag Down Under this weekend as the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks get ready to tackle opposition from across the waters at home in the sixth round of Vodacom Super Rugby.<br><br> <br><br> With the first half of their tour completed, the Emirates Lions will now shift their attention to the Aussie teams as they prepare for their first-ever visit to Melbourne. As a franchise, they have never won twice on tour in Australasia and will be hoping to tick that box on Friday morning.<br><br> <br><br> Saturday sees three South African teams in action. First up the Toyota Cheetahs face the seven-time champion Crusaders in Christchurch, a venue that has been unkind to teams from South Africa for close to two decades.<br><br> <br><br> At home, the Vodacom Bulls have their first match of the season against an Australian team when they take on the unpredictable Force in Pretoria.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks will be trying to inflict defeat on the Chiefs in Durban on Saturday evening, and should they succeed it will amount to the team from Waikatoandrsquo;s third loss in South Africa since the 2009 Final.<br><br> <br><br> The DHL Stormers have a bye this weekend. They leave for their Australasian tour on Saturday. They announced the following 27-man touring squad and on Tuesday:<br><br> <br><br> Ruan Botha, Schalk Burger, Manuel Carizza, Nizaam Carr, Demetri Catrakilis, Kurt Coleman, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), Eben Etzebeth, Nic Groom, Huw Jones, Oli Kebble, Steven Kitshoff, Jean Kleyn, Vincent Koch, Cheslin Kolbe, Siya Kolisi, Johnny Kotze, Dillyn Leyds, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni, Michael Rhodes, Louis Schreuder, Kobus van Wyk, Alistair Vermaak, Duane Vermeulen (captain).<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby information:<br><br> 2015 MEDIA GUIDE | MATCH PACKS | LATEST NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP POINTS SCORERS | TOP TRY SCORERS<br><br> <br><br> Melbourne Rebels v Emirates Lions<br><br> Date: Friday 20 March<br><br> SA Time: 10h40<br><br> Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne<br><br> Referee: Mike Fraser<br><br> Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffman, Will Houston<br><br> TMO: James Leckie<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> In the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; backline, only Lionel Mapoe remains in his place from last weekend. Elton Jantjies and Sampie Mastriet will play in different jerseys while Jaco van der Walt, Courtnall Skosan, Marnitz Boshoff and Faf de Klerk will start. <br><br> Upfront, there is a change at flank, with Derick Minnie rotating with Jaco Kriel, as well as lock, where Robert Kruger comes in for Martin Muller. <br><br> The entire front row has changed andndash; Ruan Dreyer, Armand van der Merwe and Schalk van der Merwe will start on Friday. <br><br> Joining Kriel on the bench are Andries Coetzee, Harold Vorster, Ross Cronje, Julian Redelinghuys, Cornandegrave; Fourie and Robbie Coetzee, all of whom started last weekend. <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> The Emirates Lions will play in Melbourne for the first time on Friday. To date, theyandrsquo;ve won both encounters against the Rebels, but both were in Johannesburg. <br><br> With four wins from their 16 encounters in Australia, it would seem the Emirates Lions enjoy touring in that part of the world more than when they have to cross the Tasman Sea (won two from 21). <br><br> The team from Johannesburgandrsquo;s most recent win in Australia was in May 2011, against the Brumbies in Canberra, when they won 29-20. Theyandrsquo;ve also won twice in Brisbane and once in Perth. <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions coach Johan Ackermann: "We were highly disappointed with the mistakes we made and the level of intensity we played at (against the Crusaders). Itandrsquo;s frustrating that we are creating opportunities by breaking the line or beating the opponents, but we didnandrsquo;t finish as well as the sides we played against. We are working on that and hopefully the players will make the right decisions.<br><br> <br><br> "The Rebels are a very good side and almost incomparable to the side from the last few years. They won in Christchurch and Perth and are playing good rugby. In all their matches theyandrsquo;ve been in the contest and push hard for 80 minutes, so we will have to play very well to get the result on Friday."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Melbourne Rebels: Jonah Placid, Dom Shipperley, Tamati Ellison, Mitch Inman, Tom English, Mike Harris, Nic Stirzaker, Scott Higginbotham, Scott Fuglistaller, Sean McMahon, Lopeti Timani, Luke Jones, Laurie Weeks, Pat Leafa, Toby Smith. Replacements: Tom Sexton, Cruze Ah-Nau, Paul Alo-Emile, Steve Cummins, Colby Faingaand#39;a, Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegarty, Sefanaia Naivalu.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: Jaco van der Walt, Sampie Mastriet, Lionel Mapoe, Elton Jantjies, Courtnall Skosan, Marnitz Boshoff, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley (captain), Warwick Tecklenburg, Derick Minnie, Franco Mostert, Robert Kruger, Ruan Dreyer, Armand van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: Robbie Coetzee, Corne Fourie, Julian Redelinghuys, Andries Ferreira, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, Harold Vorster, Andries Coetzee.<br><br> <br><br> Melbourne Rebels v Emirates Lions (since 2011):<br><br> Played 2; Emirates Lions Won 2<br><br> Points scored: 71<br><br> Points conceded: 49<br><br> Tries scored: 7<br><br> Tries conceded: 6<br><br> Average score: 36-25 to the Emirates Lions<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders v Toyota Cheetahs <br><br> Date: Saturday, 21 March<br><br> SA Time: 08h35<br><br> Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch<br><br> Referee: Andrew Lees<br><br> Assistant referees: Kane McBride, Jamie Nutbrown<br><br> TMO: Chris Wratt<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> Springbok wing Cornal Hendricks gets a rest this week and is replaced by Clayton Blommetjies, while Tian Meyer takes over at scrumhalf from Sarel Pretorius, who stayed behind in South Africa in anticipation of the birth of his second child. <br><br> Upfront, Heinrich Branduuml;ssow makes a return at flank while Boom Prinsloo moves to the bench, where he will be joined by Shaun Venter. <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> Like most other South African sides, the Toyota Cheetahs have found the going tough in Christchurch, losing all four their matches there and conceding 26 tries in the process. <br><br> To illustrate the massive task facing the Toyota Cheetahs, the Crusaders have won five of their last six matches at home, with four of those wins coming by more than 20 points. <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahsandrsquo; most successful Vodacom Super Rugby tour was in 2013, when they won three from four, against the Highlanders, Waratahs and Force. <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs captain Francois Uys: "The most important thing for us as soon as we hit the road is to look at the positives and get the other things out of the way. It is going to be a very tough tour, but weandrsquo;ll stick together as a team. We said we want to learn from of each game."<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders: Israel Dagg, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Daniel Carter, Nemani Nadolo, Colin Slade, Andrew Ellis, Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Luke Whitelock, Mitchell Drummond, Tom Taylor, David Kaetau Havili.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: Willie le Roux, Clayton Blommetjies, Johann Sadie, Francois Venter, Raymond Rhule, Joe Pietersen, Tian Meyer, Jean Cook, Oupa Mohoje, Heinrich Brussow, Francois Uys (captain), Carl Wegner, Coenie Oosthuizen, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Danie Mienie. Replacements: Stephan Coetzee, BG Uys, Maks van Dyk, Steven Sykes, Boom Prinsloo, Shaun Venter, Willie du Plessis, Rayno Benjamin<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders v Toyota Cheetahs (since 2006):<br><br> Played 8; Toyota Cheetahs won 2; Crusaders won 6<br><br> Points scored: 163<br><br> Points conceded: 315<br><br> Tries scored: 17<br><br> Tries conceded: 41<br><br> Average score: 39-20 to the Crusaders<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls v Force<br><br> Date: Saturday 14 March<br><br> SA Time: 17h05<br><br> Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria<br><br> Referee: Nick Briant<br><br> Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Pro Legoete<br><br> TMO: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> The props swop places from the last outing against the Toyota Cheetahs, with Marcel van der Merwe and Dean Greyling starting for the first time this season and Trevor Nyakane and Mornandegrave; Mellett moving to the bench. Victor Matfield will start on the bench, having switched places with Grant Hattingh, who makes a first start this season. Hooker Jaco Visagie, who comes into the team for the injured Callie Visagie, could make his tournament and team debut, should he be called into action. <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> The Force, with a winning percentage of 33.3% in Pretoria, has the second best record at Loftus Versfeld of all the Australian sides. Only the Brumbies (40%) are better, while the Reds (28.6%), Waratahs (22.2%) and Rebels (0%) have a worse record in the South African capital. <br><br> The Vodacom Bulls have won their last 15 regular season home matches against opponents from Australia (excluding the semi-final in 2013 where they lost to the Brumbies). They last defeat to an Aussie side in Pretoria was in February 2007, against the Force. <br><br> Handrandeacute; Pollard became the ninth player in Vodacom Super Rugby history to score a try, conversion, penalty goal and drop goal in one match. That was in the Vodacom Bullsandrsquo; last match against the Toyota Cheetahs in round four. The other players who have achieved this feat are all flyhaves andndash; Carlos Spencer (1996), Andrew Mehrtens (1998), Glen Jackson (2001), Andrandeacute; Pretorius (2003), Mornandeacute; Steyn (2008), Kurtley Beale (2008), Quade Cooper (2011 and 2013) and Johan Goosen (2014). <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls captain Pierre Spies: "The Force cannot be underestimated, given the closeness of results between the teams in the past. We always seem to be in tight matches against each other. The trick for us will be to play the big moments better and to execute whenever we create scoring opportunities."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handrandegrave; Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (captain), Lappies Labuschagne, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh, Jacques du Plessis, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Dean Greyling. Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Mornandegrave; Mellett, Trevor Nyakane, Victor Matfield, Arno Botha, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Jurgen Visser.<br><br> <br><br> Force: Luke Morahan, Marcel Brache, Kyle Godwin, Luke Burton, Nick Cummins, Sias Ebersohn, Alby Mathewson, Ben McCalman, Kane Koteka, Steve Mafi, Adam Coleman, Sam Wykes (captain), Tetera Faulkner, Nathan Charles, Pekahou Cowan. Replacements: Heath Tessmann, Chris Heiberg, Oliver Hoskins/Guy Millar, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Angus Cottrell, Ian Prior, Zack Holmes, Solomoni Jnr Rasolea.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls v Force (since 2006):<br><br> Played 8; Vodacom Bulls won 4; Force won 4<br><br> Points scored: 197<br><br> Points conceded: 177<br><br> Tries scored: 20<br><br> Tries scored: 15<br><br> Average score: 25-22 to the Vodacom Bulls<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks v Chiefs<br><br> Date: Saturday, 21 March<br><br> SA Time: 19h10<br><br> Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban<br><br> Referee: Craig Joubert<br><br> Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Stuart Berry<br><br> TMO: George Ayoub<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> Experienced lock Marco Wentzel is the only new face in the starting line-up, replacing the injured Pieter-Steph du Toit at lock. On the bench, Lubabalo Mtyanda comes in for Wentzel and Waylon Murray returns at the expense of Jack Wilson. <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks have not beaten the Chiefs since 2009, dating back five matches and including the Vodacom Super Rugby final of 2012. <br><br> The Chiefs are aiming to win on consecutive weekends in South Africa for just the third time, something they last managed in 2012. <br><br> Overall, the Chiefs have scored 50 tries to the Cell C Sharksandrsquo; 48, but it changes with matches played in Durban, where the KwaZulu-Natalians "lead" in the try-scoring stakes by 25-21. <br><br> However, in their last two home matches at Growthpoint Kings Park (in 2010 and 2012, the Cell C Sharks have failed to score any tries against the Chiefs. <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold: "The Chiefs are a championship outfit with outstanding strength and depth and they will go into this match as favourites. They have a strong pack of forwards and one of the most exciting backlines in the competition and are well coached. We look forward to the challenge of measuring ourselves against one of the most dangerous sides. Itand#39;s going to be an exciting match-up."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks: SP Marais, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Francois Steyn, Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach, Ryan Kankowski, Renaldo Bothma, Marcell Coetzee, Marco Wentzel, Mouritz Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis (captain), Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Daniel du Preez, Conrad Hoffmann, Andre Esterhuizen, Waylon Murray.<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs: TBC<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks v Chiefs (since 1998):<br><br> Played 17; Cell C Sharks won 7, Chiefs won 10<br><br> Points scored: 410<br><br> Points conceded: 441<br><br> Tries scored: 48<br><br> Tries scored: 50<br><br> Average score: 26-24 to the Chiefs<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures (SA kick-off times):<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 20 March: <br><br> 08h35: Highlanders v Hurricanes andndash; Dunedin<br><br> <br><br> Sunday, 22 March:<br><br> 07h05: Waratahs v Brumbies andndash; Sydney<br><br> <br><br> Bye: DHL Stormers, Blues, Reds<br><br> 2015-03-19