Toyota Cheetahs News http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs News Vodacom Super Rugby Round 16 Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2904/Vodacom-Super-Rugby-Round-16-Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za The DHL Stormers will be hoping to retain their top spot in the South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference when they host the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday, while the three other local teams are in action against Australian opposition.<br><br> <br><br> Round 16 kicks off from a South African perspective when the Brumbies host the Vodacom Bulls in Canberra, a venue where the men from Pretoria have not won since 2007.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks are back at home and will be looking to extend the Rebelsandrsquo; woes in South Africa when they host the team from Melbourne in Durban on Friday evening.<br><br> <br><br> On Saturday evening, the Emirates Lions take on the one Australian team theyandrsquo;ve never beaten, the defending champion Waratahs, in Johannesburg.<br><br> <br><br> In the fourth and penultimate match of the weekend, the DHL Stormers will celebrate 125 years of existence of their home ground, DHL Newlands, against the Toyota Cheetahs, the only local side theyandrsquo;ve lost against this year.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Newlands is regarded as one of the most iconic rugby venues in the world, having hosted some memorable matches over the years and the DHL Stormers will be looking to increase their lead at the top of the South African Conference in this match on Saturday afternoon.<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> Brumbies v Vodacom Bulls<br><br> Date: Friday, May 29<br><br> SA Time: 11h40<br><br> Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra<br><br> Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)<br><br> Television match official: Ian Smith (Australia)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls have made six changes for this clash, four of them in the pack where Arno Botha, Grant Hattingh, Adriaan Strauss and Dean Greyling will start.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Jacques du Plessis, Callie Visagie and Trevor Nyakane move to the bench and Jaco Visagie drops out of the match-23 altogether.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; In the backline, Jurgen Visser takes over at fullback from Jesse Kriel, who is also on the bench, while the injured Jan Serfontein is replaced at inside centre by Burger Odendaal.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; In a late change, Mornandeacute; Mellett was included on the bench for Werner Kruger.<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls have lost their last four matches in Australia and havenandrsquo;t beaten the Brumbies in Canberra since 2007.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Looking at the overall stats Down Under, it would seem that the Vodacom Bulls enjoy touring in Australia a bit more than New Zealand, where theyandrsquo;ve won on 16% of their matches. Against the Aussie sides itandrsquo;s 26%.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Brumbies can boast that they are the only visiting team ever to have beaten the Vodacom Bulls in a playoff match in South Africa andndash; that happened in the semi-final at Loftus Versfeld in 2013. Before that, the men from Pretoria have won three home semis and two home finals consecutively.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke: "We are well aware of the threat the Brumbies pose in many positions, so realise that we will have to play to our full potential if we want to succeed in Canberra.<br><br> <br><br> "We know that we need log points if we want this season to still mean something to us and the team will be going out there determined to achieve what we set out at the beginning of the season."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies: Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Coleman, Joe Tomane, Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Ita Vaea, David Pocock, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore (captain), Scott Sio. Replacements: Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Ruan Smith, Jordan Smiler, Jarrad Butler, Michael Dowsett, Nigel Ah Wong, James Dargaville.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: Jurgen Visser, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (captain), Arno Botha, Deon Stegmann, Grant Hattingh, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Adriaan Strauss, Dean Greyling. Replacements: Callie Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Mornandeacute; Mellett, Jacques du Plessis, Lappies Labuschagne, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Travis Ismaiel, Jesse Kriel.<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies v Vodacom Bulls (since 1998):<br><br> Played 17; Vodacom Bulls won 7; lost 10<br><br> Vodacom Bulls points scored: 466<br><br> Brumbies points scored: 519<br><br> Vodacom Bulls tries scored: 48<br><br> Brumbies tries scored: 65<br><br> Average score: 31-27 to the Brumbies<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks v Rebels<br><br> Date: Friday, May 29<br><br> SA Time: 19h10<br><br> Venue: Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Rodney Boneparte (South Africa), Ben Crouse (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Ryan Kankowski is back at No 8 for the Cell C Sharks, with Renaldo Bothma moving to flank for Marcell Coetzee.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Willem Alberts is bracketed on the other flank with Etienne Oosthuizen. Khaya Majola will have an opportunity to make his Vodacom Super Rugby debut should Alberts be ruled out following a fitness test later in the week.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; An injury to Stephan Lewies paves the way for Mouritz Botha to be promoted from the bench.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; In the backline, Frans Steyn has been ruled out through injury, which means Andre Esterhuizen will move to inside centre from wing, where he was a late replacement last weekend for Odwa Ndungane, who is back in the No 14 jersey.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; There are also a number of new faces on the bench andndash; Matt Stevens (for Dale Chadwick), Lubabalo Mtyanda (for Botha) and Heimar Williams (for Waylon Murray).<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharksandrsquo; recent tour may not have been too successful, but back in Durban they are a different beast, having won 10 of their last 11 home encounters against Australian opposition. Their only home defeat against an Aussie side was against the Brumbies in 2013. <br><br> Their overall home winning percentage against Aussie opponents is 71%, or 22 from 31, with eight defeats and one draw. <br><br> The Rebelsandrsquo; wait for a win in South Africa continues andndash; they have lost all nine games in the Republic this far and have conceded at least 30 points in eight of those games. <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks assistant coach Sean Everitt: "We are getting better every week as a group and itandrsquo;s not easy with the number of changes weandrsquo;ve had to make week to week with injuries. We have to march forward and be positive.<br><br> <br><br> "We feel weandrsquo;ve let our fans down this season and weandrsquo;re disappointed with some of our performances so we want to finish on a good note. Weandrsquo;ve got two home games left and we certainly want to give our spectators something to cheer about."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks: Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Andre Esterhuizen, Sandrsquo;bura Sithole, Lionel Cronje, Stefan Ungerer, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts / Etienne Oosthuizen, Renaldo Bothma, Marco Wentzel (captain), Mouritz Botha, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Franco Marais, Matt Stevens, Lourens Adriaanse, Lubabalo Mtyanda, Etienne Oosthuizen / Khaya Majola, Conrad Hoffmann, Fred Zeilinga, Heimar Williams.<br><br> <br><br> Rebels: Mike Harris, Dom Shipperley, Safanaia Naivalu, Mitch Inman, Tom English, Jack Debreczeni, Luke Burgess, Scott Higginbotham, Coly Faingaandrsquo;a, Sean McMahon, Lopeti Timani, Luke Jones, Laurie Weeks, Pat Leafa, Toby Smith. Replacements: Tom Sexton, Cruze Ah-Nau, Paul Alo-Emile,Cadeyrn Neville, Scott Fuglistaller, Nic Stirzaker, Jordy Reid, Bryce Hegarty.<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks v Rebels (since 2011):<br><br> Played 3; Cell C Sharks won 3<br><br> Cell C Sharks points scored: 120<br><br> Rebels points scored: 55<br><br> Cell C Sharks tries scored: 15<br><br> Rebels tries scored: 6<br><br> Average score: 40-18 to the Cell C Sharks<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Toyota Cheetahs <br><br> Date: Saturday, May 30<br><br> SA Time: 17h05<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Francois Pretorius (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Nic Groom returns at scrumhalf for the DHL Stormers in the only change to their backline for this clash. He replaces Louis Schreuder.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Upfront, Vincent Koch and Nizaam Carr will start, for Frans Malherbe and Schalk Burger respectively.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Burger gets a rest while Malherbe and Schreuder are on the bench, along with Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Oli Kebble.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Toyota Cheetahs have made two changes to their backline, where Sergeal Petersen and Joe Pietersen take over from Cornal Hendricks and Francois Brummer respectively.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Upfront, Tienie Burger is back from injury and takes over from Carel Greeff at flank in the only change to their pack.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Sarel Pretorius is fit again and returns on the bench. Shaun Venter, Greeff, Hendricks and Brummer all drop out of the match-23.<br><br> <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> Although the Toyota Cheetahs became the first and only South African side thus far this season to beat the DHL Stormers (by 25-17 in Bloemfontein in Round 12), theyandrsquo;ve struggled in Cape Town in recent years, scoring only three points combined in their last two visits to DHL Newlands. <br><br> The DHL Stormers have won their last six home matches against the Toyota Cheetahs (the visitors last won there in 2006). This includes victories of 33-0 last year and 28-3 in 2013. <br><br> Judging by the stats, Saturdayandrsquo;s derby could become a battle of the boot as the DHL Stormers (81%) and the Toyota Cheetahs (80%) rank first and second overall when it comes to kick success rate this season. <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee: "We need to perform and get the points this weekend to ensure we remain in contention for the Vodacom Super Rugby play-offs.<br><br> <br><br> "We want to consolidate (on) our systems and ensure we keep winning, but, in order to do that, we will continue to focus on our own game and ensure we limit our mistakes against a Cheetahs team that will punish us if we are not accurate andndash; as they did against us in Bloemfontein."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Dillyn Leyds, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom, Duane Vermeulen (captain), Siya Kolisi, Nizaam Carr, Manuel Carizza, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Oli Kebble, Frans Malherbe, Jean Kleyn, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Huw Jones.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: Clayton Blommetjies, Sergeal Petersen, Francois Venter, Michael van der Spuy, Raymond Rhule, Joe Pietersen, Tian Meyer, Willie Britz, Boom Prinsloo, Tienie Burger, Francois Uys (captain), Carl Wegner, Maks van Dyk, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Danie Mienie. Replacements: Stephan Coetzee, BG Uys, Ewald van der Westhuizen, Steven Sykes, Henco Venter, Sarel Pretorius, Coenie van Wyk, Rayno Benjamin.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Toyota Cheetahs (since 2006):<br><br> Played 14; DHL Stormers won 9; Toyota Cheetahs won 5<br><br> DHL Stormers points scored: 335<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs points scored: 268<br><br> DHL Stormers tries scored: 33<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs tries scored: 27<br><br> Average score: 24-19 to the DHL Stormers<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions v Waratahs<br><br> Date: Saturday, May 30<br><br> SA Time: 19h10<br><br> Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa), Lesego Legoete (South Africa)<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Emirates Lionsandrsquo; front row rotation continues this week andndash; Julian Redelinghuys and Schalk van der Merwe are the props, while Armand van der Merwe takes over at hooker from the suspended Robbie Coetzee.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; In the only backline change, Harold Vorster takes over at inside centre from Howard Mnisi.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Malcolm Marx, who last played in Round 2, is back on the bench and will be joined by Corne Fourie, Ruan Dreyer, Marnitz Boshoff and Stokkies Hanekom. Blitzbok star Kwagga Smith has also retained his spot amongst the reserves.<br><br> <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Emirates Lions have never beaten the Waratahs, although they have only played twice in Johannesburg (2007 and 2009) and five times in Sydney.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Most of the Waratahsandrsquo; victories over Joziandrsquo;s Pride have been pretty comprehensive, except when they played at Emirates Airline Park, where the scores were 38-33 (in 2009) and 25-16 (in 2007).<br><br> <br><br> However, since 2012 the Brumbies are the only Australian side to beat the Emirates Lions in South Africa. The team from Canberra have done it twice, but their compatriots have lost three times in Johannesburg. <br><br> These two sides boast three of the top six tacklers in Vodacom Super Rugby andndash; the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; Warren Whiteley (204 successful tackles out of 211 attempts), Warwick Tecklenburg (153/159) and the Waratahsandrsquo; Michael Hooper (144/165). <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley (captain), Warwick Tecklenburg, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, Julian Redelinghuys, Armand van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Corne Fourie, Ruan Dreyer, Robert Kruger, Kwagga Smith, Ross Cronje, Marnitz Boshoff, Stokkies Hanekom.<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs: TBC<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions v Waratahs (since 2011):<br><br> Played 7; Emirates Lions won 0; lost 7<br><br> Emirates Lions points scored: 92<br><br> Waratahs points scored: 282<br><br> Emirates Lions tries scored: 9<br><br> Waratahs tries scored: 40<br><br> Average score: 40-13 to the Waratahs<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures (SA kick-off times):<br><br> <br><br> Friday, May 29:<br><br> 09h35: Crusaders v Hurricanes andndash; Nelson<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, May 30:<br><br> 09h35: Highlanders v Chiefs andndash; Invercargill<br><br> 11h40: Force v Reds andndash; Perth<br><br> <br><br> Bye: Blues<br><br> 2015-05-28 Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2903/Toyota-Cheetahs-vs-DHL-Stormers- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za The Toyota Cheetah team to take on the DHL Stormers Saturday, 30 May at 17:05 at the Newlands in Cape Town has been announced. <br><br> <br><br> Changes to the team:<br><br> <br><br> BG Uys is suffering from a back injury and will be on the side line for about three weeks. He will be replaced by Danie Mienie with Caylib Oosthuizen on the bench. Tienie Burger will be replacing Heinrich Brussow who broke his arm during the game against the Reds. Carel Greeff is the replacement. Joe Pietersen will start on fullback. Coenie van Wyk was injured in the game against the Reds (ligament andndash; out for approximately four weeks). Willie du Plessis will take up the duty as fly half with Clayton Blommetjies on the bench. <br><br> Previous encounters<br><br> <br><br> This will be the 15th Vodacom SupeRugby encounter between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Stormers from Cape Town since 18 March 2006. The Stormers are leading with nine wins to the five wins of the Toyota Cheetahs.<br><br> <br> It will also be the eight time the teams meet at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town since the first Newlands encounter on 18 March 2006 which the Toyota Cheetahs have won 31-25, the Bloemfontein based sideand#39;s only success thus far in Cape Town.<br><br> <br> Toyota Cheetah scores mentioned first:<br><br> <br><br> Date<br><br> Venue<br><br> Result<br><br> Tries<br><br> 18/3/2006<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 31-25<br><br> 1-3<br><br> 3/2/2007<br><br> Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein<br><br> 27-9<br><br> 3-0<br><br> 12/4/2008<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 22-34<br><br> 3-5<br><br> 16/5/2009<br><br> Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein<br><br> 22-28<br><br> 3-3<br><br> 20/3/2010<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 8-21<br><br> 1-2<br><br> 5/3/2011<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 15-21<br><br> 0-0<br><br> 18/6/2011<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 34-44<br><br> 4-4<br><br> 12/5/2012<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 14-16<br><br> 2-1<br><br> 7/7/2012<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 6-13<br><br> 0-1<br><br> 5/4/2013<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 26-24<br><br> 2-2<br><br> 29/6/2013<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 3-28<br><br> 0-3<br><br> 26/4/2014<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 35-22<br><br> 5-3<br><br> 24/5/2014<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 0-33<br><br> 0-4<br><br> 2/5/2015<br><br> FS Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 25-17<br><br> 3-2<br><br> 30/5/2015<br><br> Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> 0-0<br><br> 0-0<br><br> Played: 14. Stormers won: 9. Cheetahs won: 5.<br> Points scored - Cheetahs: 268. Stormers: 335.<br> Tries scored - Cheetahs: 27. Stormers: 33.<br> Average score - 24-19 to the Stormers.<br> <br> Stats by Frikkie Janse van Rensburg<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers<br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Danie Mienie<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> Francois Uys ( c )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Tienie Burger<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Boom Prinsloo<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Willie Britz<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Joe Pietersen<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> Francois Venter ( vc )<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Sergeal Petersen<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Stephan Coetzee<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> BG Uys<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ewald vd Westhuizen<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Steven Sykes<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Henco Venter<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Sarel Pretorius<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Coenie van Wyk<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ryno Benjamin<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-27 Vodacom Super Rugby Round 15 Review http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2902/Vodacom-Super-Rugby-Round-15-Review http://www.fscheetahs.co.za DHL Stormers go top as Cell C Sharks return to winning ways andndash; Vodacom Super Rugby Round 15 Review<br><br> <br><br> There was a lot of movement in the South African Conference after Round 15 of Vodacom Super Rugby this weekend, with the DHL Stormers going top and the Emirates Lions surpassing the Vodacom Bulls into second spot.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Bulls started well against the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday morning and led 15-3 after 20 minutes, but were left behind when the Kiwis stepped up a gear. The home team eventually won by 34-20 and the team from Pretoria dropped from third to eighth on the log.<br><br> <br><br> After disappointing defeats in Wellington and Sydney in the last fortnight, the Cell C Sharks finally got a win on the road. Stefan Ungerer scored twice in their 21-14 win over the Reds in Brisbane, also on Friday.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions captain Warren Whiteley celebrated his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap in style as his team scored an impressive 40-17 win over the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, the only local derby of the weekend.<br><br> <br><br> It was the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; eighth victory of the season, which means 2015 is now their best Vodacom Super Rugby season ever. The Bloem victory also moved Joziandrsquo;s Pride to the top of the SA Conference standings, but it only lasted for roughly two hours.<br><br> <br><br> The DHL Stormers then took back top spot in the SA Conference courtesy of a 31-15 victory over the Rebels in Cape Town, which was the Melburiansandrsquo; ninth successive defeat in the Republic.<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 www.sarugby.co.za, where team line-ups, replacements and run of play can be found.<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs 34 (15) Vodacom Bulls 20 (15)<br><br> <br><br> The Chiefs turned up the heat in the second half of their Vodacom Super Rugby match with the Vodacom Bulls in Rotorua on Friday morning and ended up winning this clash between two former champion teams by 34-20.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors from Pretoria started like a house on fire though and led by 15-3 after 15 minutes thanks to tries by Jan Serfontein (inside centre) and Bjorn Basson (left wing).<br><br> <br><br> But bad defence and a slew of unforced errors meant the Vodacom Bulls let slip the pressure they held over the Chiefs, allowing the dangerous New Zealanders back into the match.<br><br> <br><br> The teams were deadlocked at 15-all at half-time, but two quick tries midway through the second half by Chiefs scrumhalf Augustine Pulu meant the home team went into the final 20 minutes comfortably in front.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls replacement flank Lappies Labuschagneandrsquo;s try seven minutes from the end gave the visitors some hope, but the Chiefs hammered the final nail in the visitorsandrsquo; coffin with their fifth try on full-time.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs andndash; Tries: Liam Messam, Bryce Heem, Augustine Pulu, Tim Nanai-Williams. Conversions: Damian McKenzie (3). Penalty goal: McKenzie.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls andndash; Tries: Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson. Conversion: Handrandeacute; Pollard. Penalty goal: Pollard.<br><br> <br><br> Reds 14 (7) Cell C Sharks 21 (16)<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks ended a disappointing run of results with a good 21-14 win over the Reds in Brisbane on Friday, with scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer crossing for two tries in the process.<br><br> <br><br> Ungerer, who is growing in stature every week, scored in each half for the visitors from Durban, who got their first Australasian win this year in their final tour match.<br><br> <br><br> It was a solid performance by the Cell C Sharks as they finally found their groove. Their discipline was good and they defended much better than in recent weeks. The Durbanitesandrsquo; set-piece play was also very good and they often had the home teamandrsquo;s pack on the back foot.<br><br> <br><br> Ungererandrsquo;s first try came from a brilliant sniping break off the back of a solid Cell C Sharks scrum as he sprinted 30 metres to score in the corner.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharksandrsquo; No 9 was a bit more fortuitous with his second as Reds fullback James Oandrsquo;Connor fluffed a clearance kick from inside his in-goal area, which went straight to Ungerer, five meters from the try-line, who dotted down untouched.<br><br> <br><br> It was a bit of well-deserved luck the Cell C Sharks had missed recently and it came just in time for only their third ever win in Brisbane on the eve of their return home to South Africa.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Reds andndash; Tries: Chris Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi. Conversions: James Oandrsquo;Connor (2).<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks andndash; Tries: Stefan Ungerer (2). Conversion: Frans Steyn. Penalty goals: Steyn (3).<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs 17 (3) Emirates Lions 40 (23)<br><br> <br><br> Elton Jantjies (flyhalf) kicked 23 points and the Emirates Lions scored four tries in an emphatic 40-17 Vodacom Super Rugby victory over the Toyota Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.<br><br> <br><br> For most of the match there was only one team on the field and like last weekend, the Toyota Cheetahs left their charge too late. Boom Prinsloo (flank) crashed over twice from line-out drives in the last half-hour.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors, yet again dominant upfront especially at scrum time, scored two tries in each half, with Jaco Kriel (flank) carding the opener and Lionel Mapoe (outside centre) rounding off a sublime movement after the buzzer had sounded at the end of the second half.<br><br> <br><br> Courtnall Skosan (left wing) added a third shortly after the break before the impressive Faf de Klerk (scrumhalf) sniped over from short range for the bonus-point try 15 minutes before the end to seal the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; fourth successive victory over their former partners in the Cats-franchise.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs andndash; Tries: Boom Prinsloo (2). Conversions: Coenie van Wyk (2). Penalty goal: Francois Brummer.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions andndash; Tries: Jaco Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Courtnall Skosan, Faf de Klerk. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (4). Penalty goals: Jantjies (4).<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers 31 (18) Rebels 15 (7)<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers right wing Dillyn Leyds scored a brace of tries as the Capetonians beat the Rebels by 31-15 at DHL Newlands on Saturday evening.<br><br> <br><br> After a dull opening 20 minutes, DHL Stormers centre Damian de Allendeandrsquo;s try from a good attacking move brought life to the match. After that score, the home team seemed to find another gear and had the visitors under pressure for the rest of the first half.<br><br> <br><br> Leydsandrsquo; first try came on the stroke of half-time when he intercepted the ball inside the Rebelsandrsquo; 22 and rounded off. Five minutes into the second half the speedy winger again finished well, this time off the back of yet another monstrous scrum by the DHL Stormers, which put them comfortably in the lead.<br><br> <br><br> Despite being on the back foot upfront, the Rebels never gave up and their defence held firm for the rest of the match as the DHL Stormers failed to get that crucial fourth try.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers andndash; Tries: Damian de Allende, Dillyn Leyds (2). Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (2). Penalty goals: Catrakilis (4).<br><br> <br><br> Rebels andndash; Tries: Dom Shipperley, Tom English. Conversion: Mike Harris. Penalty goal: Jack Debreczeni.<br><br> <br><br> Other results andndash; Round 15:<br><br> <br><br> Blues 5 Hurricanes 29<br><br> Waratahs 32 Crusaders 22<br><br> Force 3 Highlanders 23<br><br> <br><br> Logs andndash; after Round 15:<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> 13<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 363<br><br> 220<br><br> 143<br><br> 9<br><br> 57<br><br> 2<br><br> Waratahs (Aus leader)<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 298<br><br> 248<br><br> 50<br><br> 5<br><br> 41<br><br> 3<br><br> DHL Stormers (SA leader)<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 300<br><br> 258<br><br> 42<br><br> 2<br><br> 38<br><br> 4<br><br> Chiefs (wild card)<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 326<br><br> 239<br><br> 87<br><br> 8<br><br> 44<br><br> 5<br><br> Highlanders (wild card)<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 350<br><br> 261<br><br> 89<br><br> 7<br><br> 43<br><br> 6<br><br> Brumbies (wild card)<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 290<br><br> 188<br><br> 102<br><br> 10<br><br> 38<br><br> 7<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 14<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 296<br><br> 323<br><br> -27<br><br> 4<br><br> 36<br><br> 8<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 332<br><br> 303<br><br> 29<br><br> 7<br><br> 35<br><br> 9<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 375<br><br> 285<br><br> 90<br><br> 7<br><br> 31<br><br> 10<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 266<br><br> 296<br><br> -30<br><br> 6<br><br> 30<br><br> 11<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 14<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 279<br><br> 368<br><br> -89<br><br> 5<br><br> 25<br><br> 12<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 13<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 270<br><br> 402<br><br> -132<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 13<br><br> Blues<br><br> 14<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> 264<br><br> 350<br><br> -86<br><br> 8<br><br> 20<br><br> 14<br><br> Reds<br><br> 13<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 207<br><br> 369<br><br> -162<br><br> 5<br><br> 17<br><br> 15<br><br> Force<br><br> 13<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> 202<br><br> 308<br><br> -106<br><br> 7<br><br> 15<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> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 300<br><br> 258<br><br> 42<br><br> 2<br><br> 38<br><br> 2<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 14<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 296<br><br> 323<br><br> -27<br><br> 4<br><br> 36<br><br> 3<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 332<br><br> 303<br><br> 29<br><br> 7<br><br> 35<br><br> 4<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 14<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 279<br><br> 368<br><br> -89<br><br> 5<br><br> 25<br><br> 5<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 13<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 270<br><br> 402<br><br> -132<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<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> Waratahs<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 298<br><br> 248<br><br> 50<br><br> 5<br><br> 41<br><br> 2<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 290<br><br> 188<br><br> 102<br><br> 10<br><br> 38<br><br> 3<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 266<br><br> 296<br><br> -30<br><br> 6<br><br> 30<br><br> 4<br><br> Reds<br><br> 13<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 207<br><br> 369<br><br> -162<br><br> 5<br><br> 17<br><br> 5<br><br> Force<br><br> 13<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> 202<br><br> 308<br><br> -106<br><br> 7<br><br> 15<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> 13<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 363<br><br> 220<br><br> 143<br><br> 9<br><br> 57<br><br> 2<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 326<br><br> 239<br><br> 87<br><br> 8<br><br> 44<br><br> 3<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 13<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 350<br><br> 261<br><br> 89<br><br> 7<br><br> 43<br><br> 4<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 13<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 375<br><br> 285<br><br> 90<br><br> 7<br><br> 31<br><br> 5<br><br> Blues<br><br> 14<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> 264<br><br> 350<br><br> -86<br><br> 8<br><br> 20<br><br> <br><br> Top scorers andndash; after Round 15:<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> Handrandeacute; Pollard<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 2<br><br> 16<br><br> 37<br><br> 1<br><br> 156<br><br> Bernard Foley<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 4<br><br> 22<br><br> 25<br><br> 0<br><br> 139<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 21<br><br> 32<br><br> 0<br><br> 138<br><br> Demetri Catrakilis<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 13<br><br> 36<br><br> 1<br><br> 137<br><br> Christian Lealiifano<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 3<br><br> 21<br><br> 23<br><br> 0<br><br> 126<br><br> Lima Sopoaga<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 1<br><br> 28<br><br> 19<br><br> 2<br><br> 124<br><br> Mike Harris<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 1<br><br> 17<br><br> 24<br><br> 0<br><br> 111<br><br> Beauden Barrett<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 3<br><br> 16<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 110<br><br> Colin Slade<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 3<br><br> 20<br><br> 15<br><br> 0<br><br> 100<br><br> Ihaia West<br><br> Blues<br><br> 1<br><br> 14<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 96<br><br> Patrick Lambie<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 93<br><br> Aaron Cruden<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 1<br><br> 14<br><br> 20<br><br> 0<br><br> 93<br><br> Joe Pietersen<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 0<br><br> 18<br><br> 16<br><br> 2<br><br> 90<br><br> Daniel Carter<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 3<br><br> 15<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 81<br><br> Luke Burton<br><br> Force<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 47<br><br> Kurt Coleman<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 8<br><br> 1<br><br> 43<br><br> Dan Bowden<br><br> Blues<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 41<br><br> Waisake Naholo<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 40<br><br> TJ Perenara<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 40<br><br> Frans Steyn<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 2<br><br> 5<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 38<br><br> James Oandrsquo;Connor<br><br> Reds<br><br> 0<br><br> 12<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 36<br><br> Taqele Naiyaravoro<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 35<br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-25 Exciting first step towards new partnership between Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2901/Exciting first-step-towards-new-partnership-between-Toyota-Cheetahs-and-Toyota-Verblitz http://www.fscheetahs.co.za <br><br> Exciting first step towards new partnership between Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz<br><br> Today an exciting new partnership between Toyota Free State Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz andndash; which will see Toyota Cheetahs forwards coach moving to Japan as forwards coach of Toyota Verblitz andndash; has been announced as a first step of the partnership.<br><br> Following the exodus of South African players to Japan in recent years, Toyota South Africa identified an opportunity to contribute to the rugby society in both South Africa and Japan to foster talent and facilitated a first step towards a partnership agreement with Toyota Cheetahs and the Toyota-owned Verblitz Rugby Club, based in Japan.<br><br> "For Toyota South Africa, sponsorships is not just about giving money and walking away andndash; we like to get actively involved in our sponsorship properties and assist where we can. When the Free State Union was faced with numerous players showing intent to move to Japan to further their playing careers, we identified an opportunity with Toyota Verblitz to offer some continuity for players and coaches," says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Toyota.<br><br> This opportunity lead to the establishment of an exchange programme whereby selected players and coaches could be utilised by both entities, with players given the opportunity to play in Japan for the Toyota Verblitz club during their regular season (South Africaandrsquo;s Currie Cup season) and return to play Super Rugby for the Toyota Cheetahs. Toyota, as title sponsor for the Toyota Cheetahs and owners of the Toyota Verblitz rugby club, have therefore opened a unique channel for selected players to play Super Rugby and Japanese club rugby. <br><br> "In line with Toyotaandrsquo;s vision statement, this gives us an opportunity to contribute to society through sport andndash; we believe this partnership will yield positive results for both the Toyota Cheetahs and Toyota Verblitz as we will learn from one another to, in the spirit of Kaizen (continuous improvement), better quality of players and coaching for both teams."<br><br> The programmeandrsquo;s benefits include: joint contracting of players from outside the Toyota Cheetahs squad, open channels of communication between the two entities to assist with player recruitment and development, and the prospect of contracts in Japan for players who traditionally would not be considered. Furthermore an exchange programme for coaches as well as offering the opportunities for the development of Japanese players in South Africa.<br><br> This programme has now made it first significant step forward with Os du Randt moving to Toyota Verblitz as forwards and scrum coach. Os du Randt will be travelling to Japan in early June to join Toyota Verblitz, on a two-year contract whilst acting as an ambassador for the Toyota Cheetahs. This move will not only afford Verblitz the opportunity to work with one of the best forward and scrum coaches in the world but will also give the Toyota Cheetahs the advantage of having an ambassador in Japan that can assist with contracting and the exchange of players between the two teams. This will be the first step in the Toyota Cheetahs/Verblitz relationship and will significantly strengthen the bond between the two entities. <br><br> Currently, the two parties have started some discussions regarding the recruitment of players, inside and outside of the Cheetahs squad, to join the programme and have extended an invitation to a few Japanese players to join the Toyota Cheetahs during the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup season. Coaches from the Toyota Cheetahs and Verblitz will also be travelling between Japan and South Africa to assist with various areas of coaching, structures and skills development.<br><br> With Japan hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2019, rugby is playing an increasingly important role for Toyota, who is also the sponsor of the Japanese national team (2012 andndash; 2015). Toyota Verblitz andndash; a company-owned team with players who are full-time employees of Toyota andndash; is a Japanese Rugby Union team participating in the Japanese Top League and this collaboration with another Toyota funded team will contribute to strengthening the teamandrsquo;s performance and uplift the standard of Japanese rugby. <br><br> "Without a sponsor like Toyota, this Japan exchange programme would only be a dream. Toyota has made this dream a reality for the Cheetahs. This unique relationship we believe will change the future of player movement between South Africa and Japan," says Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs. "Toyota is much more than just our headline sponsor. Toyota is our partner and together we hope to better rugby in the Free Sate and in Japan."<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-23 Top spot in SA Conference up for grabs http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2900/Top-spot-in-SA-Conference-up-for-grabs- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Can the Vodacom Bulls hang on to their top spot in the South African Vodacom Super Rugby Conference or will the DHL Stormers regain the lead?<br><br> <br><br> That question will be answered this weekend when all five South African teams take to the field with the competition inching closer to the last stretch before the playoffs start.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Bulls can cement their position at the top with a victory over the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday morning, but it wonandrsquo;t be easy as the team from Waikato sits on a 10-match winning streak at home against opposition from South Africa.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharksandrsquo; final tour match, against the Reds in Brisbane, is the second match on Friday morning where the KwaZulu-Natalians will aim to break a six-match losing streak andndash; something thatandrsquo;s only happened once in their history.<br><br> <br><br> On Saturday afternoon, the Toyota Cheetahs host the Emirates Lions in the only local derby of the round. The team from Johannesburg can still make the playoffs, but then they have to win in Bloemfontein this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> The final match in Round 15 is in Cape Town at DHL Newlands, where the DHL Stormers have a good opportunity to regain the lead in the South African Conference against the Rebels. It wonandrsquo;t be easy as the Rebels have done well this season, but theyandrsquo;ve never won in South Africa and the Capetonians will want to keep it that way.<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> Chiefs v Vodacom Bulls<br><br> Date: Friday, May 22<br><br> SA Time: 09h35<br><br> Venue: Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua<br><br> Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)<br><br> Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Aki Aso (Japan)<br><br> TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls have made three changes to their starting line-up with loose forwards Jacques du Plessis and Deon Stegmann replacing Arno Botha and Lappies Labuschagne respectively.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; At hooker, Callie Visagie will start for Adriaan Strauss, with Jaco Visagie coming onto the bench. Botha and Labuschagne are also amongst the replacements.<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls have one win and one draw from their eight encounters against the Chiefs in New Zealand. Both were in Hamilton, but theyandrsquo;ve lost on both their visits to Rotorua.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Chiefsandrsquo; 40-7 victory over the Vodacom Bulls in Rotorua in 2000 is their biggest ever over the Pretoria-based team.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Since the earliest days of Vodacom Super Rugby, the Chiefs have played 11 times in Rotorua, winning seven and losing four. Their last match there was in 2008 against the Vodacom Bulls, which they won 43-27.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Vodacom Bulls are in danger of losing five consecutive matches in New Zealand for the first time since the end of Super 12 in 2005. Theyandrsquo;ve lost four on the trot in the Land of the Long White Cloud once before (2011-12).<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Chiefs have won just one of their last six games against the Vodacom Bulls, with the Pretorians winning four and drawing one.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; However, the Chiefs have won their last 10 games in New Zealand against South African opposition, with their last home defeat coming back in 2010 against the DHL Stormers.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke: "We are up against a very formidable side and will have to play much better than last weekend. We did not execute the way we wanted against the Blues and the Chiefs will pose even more questions to our defence and attack. So we have to start well and finish well."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs: Tom Marshall, Hosea Gear, Charlie Ngatai, Anton Lienert-Brown, Bryce Heem, Damian McKenzie, Augustine Pulu, Michael Leitch, Sam Cane, Liam Messam (captain), Johan Bardoul, Michael Fitzgerald/Ross Filipo, Ben Tameifuna, Hika Elliot, Mitchell Graham. Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Siate Tokolahi, Pauliasi Manu, Brian Alainuandrsquo;uese, Maama Vaipulu, Brad Weber, Andrew Horrell, Tim Nanai-Williams.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Jan Serfontein, Bjorn Basson, Handre Pollard, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (captain), Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann, Victor Matfield, Flip van de Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Callie Visagie, Trevor Nyakane. Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Dean Greyling, Werner Kruger, Arno Botha, Lappies Labuschagne, Burger Odendaal, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Travis Ismaiel.<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs v Vodacom Bulls (since 1998):<br><br> Played 17; Vodacom Bulls won 7; lost 8; drawn 2<br><br> Vodacom Bulls points scored: 513<br><br> Chiefs points scored: 542<br><br> Vodacom Bulls tries scored: 57<br><br> Chiefs tries scored: 64<br><br> Average score: 32-30 to the Chiefs<br><br> <br><br> Reds v Cell C Sharks<br><br> Date: Friday, May 22<br><br> SA Time: 11h40<br><br> Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane<br><br> Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)<br><br> Assistant referees: Matt Oand#39;Brien (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)<br><br> TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The only change to the Cell C Sharksandrsquo; starting line-up is at loosehead prop, where Tendai Mtawarira, a late withdrawal last weekend, returns in the place of Dale Chadwick.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Chadwick is on the bench alongside Mouritz Botha and Fred Zeilinga, with Matt Stevens, Lubabalo Mtyanda and Waylon Murray dropping out of the match-23 altogether.<br><br> <br><br> Stats:<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Reds have won just two of their last nine Vodacom Super Rugby fixtures against the Cell C Sharks, dating back to 2006.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; This includes two wins for the Cell C Sharks in Brisbane, a massive 59-16 win in 2007 and an impressive 30-17 victory in their qualifier in 2011, when the team from Durban went all the way to the final.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The nine tries the Cell C Sharks scored in Brisbane in 2007 is the most any South African team has ever scored on the road in Australia or New Zealand.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Cell C Sharks have lost their last six games, but itandrsquo;s only the second time in their history that they have lost so many back to back in a single campaign. The other bad run was way back in 2000.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes:<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold: "If you look at the players in their team andndash; Slipper, Horwell, Genia, Turner, Oandrsquo;Connor andndash; these are really good rugby players, highly experienced internationals and this is a team going through a similar season to us. A couple of injuries, a couple of poor performances and theyandrsquo;ve found themselves on the end of a couple of bad results. But credit to them, they turned the corner last weekend against a good Rebels team and we know weandrsquo;re going to have our hands full this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> "A really good performance and a win this weekend against the Reds is critically important for our campaign, and confidence."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Reds: James Oandrsquo;Connor, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Karmichael Hunt, Samu Kerevi, Chris Kuridrani, Jake McIntyre, Will Genia, Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Adam Thomson, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Greg Holmes, James Hanson, James Slipper (captain). Replacements: Andrew Ready, Pettowa Paraka, Sam Talakai, Ed Oandrsquo;Donoghue, Lolo Fakaosilea, Nick Frisby, Sam Greene, Ben Tapuai.<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks: Lwazi Mvovo, Odwa Ndungane, JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn, Sandrsquo;bura Sithole, Lionel Cronje, Stefan Ungerer, Renaldo Bothma, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Marco Wentzel (captain), Stephan Lewies, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Franco Marais, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, Mouritz Botha, Etienne Oosthuizen, Conrad Hoffmann, Fred Zeilinga, Andre Esterhuizen.<br><br> <br><br> Reds v Cell C Sharks (since 1998):<br><br> Played 17; Cell C Sharks won 8; lost 9<br><br> Cell C Sharks points scored: 424<br><br> Reds points scored: 396<br><br> Cell C Sharks tries scored: 50<br><br> Reds tries scored: 43<br><br> Average score: 25-23 to the Cell C Sharks<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs v Emirates Lions <br><br> Date: Saturday, May 23<br><br> SA Time: 17h05<br><br> Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)<br><br> TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Toyota Cheetahs will start with new wings in Raymond Rhule and Cornal Hendricks.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Rayno Benjamin moves to the bench and will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap should he get game-time, while Sergeal Petersen is out of the match-23.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Injury has forced a change at loose forward, where Carel Greeff will start for Tienie Burger (concussion), with Henco Venter moving onto the bench.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Emirates Lions starting line-up shows nine changes from last week, which includes three positional shifts.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; At the back, Ruan Combrinck moves from left to right wing and Lionel Mapoe moves to outside centre, with Courtnall Skosan and Howard Mnisi getting starts at left wing and inside centre respectively.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Upfront, Jacques van Rooyen and Ruan Dreyer will start in the front row, while Andries Ferreira will partner Martin Muller in the second row with Muller swapping shirts, and Warwick Tecklenburg returns to the starting side at flank.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Last weekandrsquo;s starters, Schalk van der Merwe, Julian Redelinghuys, Franco Mostert, Robert Kruger and Harold Vorster are on the bench.<br><br> <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Emirates Lions will be heading to their favourite away venue in South Africa andndash; theyandrsquo;ve won three from six in Bloemfontein, which is more than against any other local derby.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Their seven wins from 12 encounters against the Toyota Cheetahs is the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; best in derbies andndash; they sit at two from 13 against the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks (against whom theyandrsquo;ve also drawn once), and one from 12 against the DHL Stormers.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Toyota Cheetahs have held a half-time lead in four of their last five matches against the Emirates Lions, but won just one of these matches.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Having previously lost 17 out of 18 away games, the Emirates Lions have won three of their last five on the road.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs captain Francois Uys: "We know we will have to meet fire with fire against the Lions on Saturday. If you allow them to do what they want and not disrupt them at all, it will be easy for them, as they are a good unit and play well together.<br><br> <br><br> "So we will have to play well to beat them, like we did in Johannesburg earlier in the season when one or two errors in the end probably cost us the game. If we stick together as a team, we know weandrsquo;re in with a chance."<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions head coach Johan Ackermann: "Iandrsquo;ve been saying since day one of this competition that any side can beat any other side and the Cheetahs proved it a few weeks ago against the Stormers."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: Clayton Blommetjies, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Venter, Michael van der Spuy, Raymond Rhule, Francois Brummer, Tian Meyer, Willie Britz, Boom Prinsloo, Carel Greeff, Francois Uys (captain), Carl Wegner, Maks van Dyk, Torsten van Jaarsveld, Danie Mienie. Replacements: Stephan Coetzee, BG Uys, Ewald van der Westhuizen, Steven Sykes, Henco Venter, Shaun Venter, Coenie van Wyk, Rayno Benjamin.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Howard Mnisi, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Warren Whiteley (captain), Warwick Tecklenburg, Jaco Kriel, Martin Muller, Andries Ferreira, Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: Armand van der Merwe, Schalk van der Merwe, Julian Redelinghuys, Franco Mostert, Robert Kruger, Ross Cronje, Jaco van der Walt, Harold Vorster.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs v Emirates Lions (since 2006):<br><br> Played 12; Toyota Cheetahs won 5; Emirates Lions won 7<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs points scored: 351<br><br> Emirates Lions points scored: 291<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs tries scored: 36<br><br> Emirates Lions tries scored: 28<br><br> Average score: 29-24 to the Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Rebels<br><br> Date: Saturday, May 23<br><br> SA Time: 19h10<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)<br><br> Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)<br><br> TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)<br><br> <br><br> Team news: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Springbok Sevens star Seabelo Senatla is back from Blitzbok duty and will start on the right wing for the DHL Stormers, in the place of Johnny Kotze.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The other change to the DHL Stormersandrsquo; backline is at scrumhalf, where Louis Schreuder is rotated with Nic Groom.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; Groom is joined on the bench by Bongi Mbonambi, who makes way at hooker for Scarra Ntubeni in another rotational shift.<br><br> <br><br> Stats: <br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The DHL Stormers are on a four-match winning streak against Australian opposition, despite trailing at half-time in two of these matches. Their longest winning run against Aussie teams is seven (2011-13).<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Rebels have never won in South Africa, losing all eight so far, picking up just two losing bonus points in the process and conceding an average of 40 points per game.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; The Melburniansandrsquo; only victory outside Australia was earlier this season, when they beat the Crusaders in Christchurch in the opening round of the competition.<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; In total, the Rebels have won only two matches out of 17 against teams from South Africa, both in Melbourne andndash; in 2013 against the DHL Stormers (30-21) and last year against the Toyota Cheetahs (35-14).<br><br> <br><br> andmiddot; This weekend will see the Rebelsandrsquo; second visit to Cape Town andndash; their last match at DHL Newlands finished in a 26-21 win for the DHL Stormers, with the visitors scoring three tries to two.<br><br> <br><br> Quotes: <br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee: "The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team. We need to pitch up for this weekendandrsquo;s match andndash; we need to bring attitude and ensure our physicality is spot-on. This is much-improved Rebels team; theyandrsquo;re a good team, theyandrsquo;re well-coached and we know weandrsquo;re in for a tough time of it on Saturday."<br><br> <br><br> The teams are:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Dillyn Leyds, Demetri Catrakilis, Louis Schreuder, Duane Vermeulen (captain), Siya Kolisi, Schalk Burger, Manuel Carizza, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Alistair Vermaak, Vincent Koch, Jean Kleyn, Nizaam Carr, Nic Groom, Kurt Coleman, Huw Jones.<br><br> <br><br> Rebels: Mike Harris, Cam Crawford, Dom Shipperley, Mitch Inman, Tom English, Jack Debreczeni, Nic Stirzaker, Scott Higginbotham, Scott Fuglistaller, Sean McMahon, Lopeti Timani, Luke Jones, Paul Alo-Emile, Pat Leafa, Cruze Ah-Nau. Replacements: Tom Sexton, Keita Inagaki, Laurie Weeks, Cadeyrn Neville, Jordy Reid, Colby Faingaandrsquo;a, Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegarty.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Rebels (since 2011):<br><br> Played 3; DHL Stormers won 2; lost 1<br><br> DHL Stormers points scored: 87<br><br> Rebels points scored: 54<br><br> DHL Stormers tries scored: 10<br><br> Rebels tries scored: 6<br><br> Average score: 29-18 to the DHL Stormers<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures (SA kick-off times):<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, May 23:<br><br> 09h35: Blues v Hurricanes andndash; Auckland<br><br> 11h40: Waratahs v Crusaders andndash; Sydney<br><br> 13h45: Force v Highlanders andndash; Perth<br><br> <br><br> Byes: Brumbies<br><br> 2015-05-21 Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2899/Toyota-Cheetahs-vs-Emirates-Lions http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions<br><br> Die Toyota Cheetahs sandecirc; die Leeus eerskomende Saterdag die stryd aan in andlsquo;n Vodacom SupeRugby wedstryd in die Vrystaat Stadion. Die wedstryd skop om 17:05 af en hekke open om 15:30. <br><br> Wanneer Rayno Benjamin van die bank geroep word, sal hy vir sy 50ste Super Rugby wedstryd op die veld draf.<br><br> <br><br> Almal is welkom by die Sparta Braai Area! Koop en braai self jou vleis soos jy daarvan hou. Clint and Co tree na die wedstryd by die Castle Deck op. <br><br> <br><br> Kaartjies vir die hoofpaviljoen kos R80, R60 vir volwassenes op die ooppaviljoen en R20 vir studente en skoliere. Kaartjies is beskikbaar by die kaartjiekantoor by Hek 8 in die Vrystaat Stadion, asook aanlyn op www.fscheetahs.co.za<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions<br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs will be facing the Lions on Saturday, 23 May on their home ground, the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kick-off is at 17:05 and gates open at 15:30. <br><br> Rayno Benjamin will be running onto the field for his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday when he is called from the bench.<br><br> <br><br> Everyone is welcome at the Sparta Braai Area andndash; come and buy a steak and braai it yourself. Clint and Co will provide entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match. <br><br> R80 andndash; Main Stand, R60 andndash; Open Stand (adults) and R20 for students and 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 the Free State Stadium<br><br> <br><br> Previous encounters<br><br> Cheetahs vs Lions<br><br> Saturdayandrsquo;s SupeRugby match between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Lions at the Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, will be the 13th match between these two teams since the first game on 13 May 2006 at Absa Park, Kimberley.<br> The Lions are leading with seven wins to the five victories of the Toyota Cheetahs.<br> It will also be the fifth time the teams meet at the Free State Stadium - previously known as Vodacom Park - since the first Bloemfontein encounter on 16 February 2008. Out of the four previous matches in Bloemfontein, the Lions won three and the Toyota Cheetahs one game.<br> The Lions have won the last game between these two teams on 15 February 2014 at the Free State Stadium 21-20 due to a drop goal and six penalties by Marnitz Boshoff, while the two Cheetah Springbok wings, Cornal Hendricks and Raymond Rhule, scored the only tries of the match. Johan Goosen (2 conversions and a penalty) and Elgar Watts (a penalty) scored the other Cheetah points.<br> Toyota Cheetah scores mentioned first:<br><br> Date<br><br> Venue<br><br> Result<br><br> Tries<br><br> 13/5/2006<br><br> Absa Park, Kimberley<br><br> 28-23<br><br> 2-2<br><br> 5/5/2007<br><br> Ellis Park, Johannesburg<br><br> 16-10<br><br> 1-1<br><br> 16/2/2008<br><br> Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein<br><br> 22-23<br><br> 3-2<br><br> 13/2/2009<br><br> Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg<br><br> 28-34<br><br> 3-4<br><br> 15/5/2010<br><br> North West Stadium, Welkom<br><br> 59-10<br><br> 9-1<br><br> 12/3/2011<br><br> Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein<br><br> 20-25<br><br> 1-2<br><br> 6/5/2011<br><br> Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg<br><br> 53-19<br><br> 5-4<br><br> 25/2/2012<br><br> Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg<br><br> 25-27<br><br> 1-0<br><br> 7/4/2012<br><br> Free Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 26-5<br><br> 2-1<br><br> 2013<br><br> No match<br><br> -<br><br> -<br><br> 15/2/2014<br><br> Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 20-21<br><br> 2-0<br><br> 12/7/2014<br><br> Ellis Park, Johannesburg<br><br> 25-60<br><br> 3-8<br><br> 25/4/2015<br><br> Emirates Airline Park, Jand#39;burg<br><br> 29-34<br><br> 4-4<br><br> 23/5/2015<br><br> Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> 0-0<br><br> 0-0<br><br> Played: 12. Lions won: 7. Cheetahs won: 5.<br> Points scored - Cheetahs: 351. Lions: 291.<br> Tries scored - Cheetahs: 36. Lions: 29.<br> Average score - 29-24 to the Cheetahs.<br> <br> Info by Frikkie Janse van Rensburg<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Emirates Lions <br><br> Saturday, 23 May 2015 andndash; 17:05 - Free State Stadium<br><br> No.<br><br> Position<br><br> name<br><br> 1<br><br> LOOSEHEAD PROP<br><br> Danie Mienie<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> Francois Uys ( c )<br><br> 6<br><br> LEFT FLANKER<br><br> Carel Greeff<br><br> 7<br><br> RIGHT FLANKER<br><br> Boom Prinsloo<br><br> 8<br><br> NUMBER EIGHT<br><br> Willie Britz<br><br> 9<br><br> SCRUMHALF<br><br> Tian Meyer<br><br> 10<br><br> FLYHALF<br><br> Francois Brummer<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> Francois Venter ( vc )<br><br> 14<br><br> RIGHT WING<br><br> Cornal Hendricks<br><br> 15<br><br> FULLBACK<br><br> Clayton Blommetjies<br><br> Replacements: <br><br> <br><br> 16.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Stephan Coetzee<br><br> 17.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> BG Uys<br><br> 18.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ewald vd Westhuizen<br><br> 19.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Steven Sykes<br><br> 20.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Henco Venter<br><br> 21.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Shaun Venter<br><br> 22.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Coenie van Wyk<br><br> 23.<br><br> RESERVE<br><br> Ryno Benjamin<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-20 Naka Drotske versoek vervroegde vrystelling http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2898/Naka-Drotske-versoek-vervroegde-vrystelling http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Os du Randt het baie opwindende geleentheid gekry om in die buiteland af te rig en as ambassadeur vir die Cheetahs op te tree. Hy sal reeds in die eerste week van Junie die Toyota Cheetahs verlaat. Volledige perskonferensie sal op die 23 Mei 2015 in die Vrystaat Stadion plaasvind om besonderhede met die media te bespreek rondom Os du Randt se skuif. <br><br> As gevolg van die veranderinge rondom Os du Randt se posisie en voortydige skuif het Naka Drotske Hoofafrigter van die Toyota Cheetahs versoek om ook reeds na afloop van die Stormers wedstryd op 30 Mei 2015 van sy kontrak vrygestel te word. Drotske voel sterk daaroor dat hy eerder saam met Os wil uittree as om die toernooi te voltooi sonder sy volledige afrigting span. Gedurende die 2014 Super Rugby kompetisie is daar besluit dat Griekwas spelers en Hawies Fourie voor die einde van die toernooi vrygestel word om Griekwas te help kwalifiseer vir die 2014 Curriebeker. Dit het toe weens tekort aan diepte tot swak resultate gelei waarvoor Drotske voel hy moes pa staan. Die Toyota Cheetahs het begrip vir Drotske se versoek en het derhalwe sy se versoek goedgekeur.<br><br> Franco Smith en sy afrigting span sal die Toyota Cheetahs brei vir die oorblywende twee wedstryde van die Super Rugby kompetisie teen die Waratahs en die Bulle. Vir die nuwe afrigtingspan sal dit die geleentheid gee om in twee Super Rugby wedstryde reeds met die spelers te begin werk. Hawies Fourie sal aanbly tot die einde van die Super Rugby kompetisie tensy anders met Franco Smith ooreengekom word vanwaar hy hom weer as Hoofafrigter by die Griekwas sal aansluit.<br><br> Einde.<br><br> <br><br> Naka Drotske requests early release <br><br> <br><br> Os du Randt has accepted a very exciting opportunity to coach abroad and to be an ambassador for the Toyota Cheetahs. He will leave the Toyota Cheetah during the first week of June. A full media conference is scheduled for the 23rd of May in the Free State Stadium where details of his departure will be discussed. <br><br> <br><br> Because of changes surrounding Os du Randandrsquo;s position and early departure, Naka Drotske, Head Coach of the Toyota Cheetahs requested to be released from his contract after the Stormers game on 30 May. Drotske insisted that he wants to step down when Os leaves, instead of continuing with the tournament without his complete coaching team. During the 2014 Super Rugby competition it was decided that Griqua players and Hawies Fourie could be released early to help the Griquas qualify for the 2014 Currie Cup. The lack of depth lead to below standard results which Drotske felt he had to take blame for. The Toyota Cheetahs has full understanding for his position and agreed to his request.<br><br> <br><br> Franco Smith and his coaching staff will take the reins for the remainder of the Super Rugby matches against the Waratahs and the Bulls. It would be a good opportunity for the new coaching staff to start working with the players. Hawies Fourie will stay on until the end of the Super Rugby competition, unless he comes to a different agreement with Franco Smith, from where he will re-join the Griquas as head coach.<br><br> <br><br> End.<br><br> 2015-05-19 Who will be the final two? http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2897/Who-will-be-the-final-two?- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Who will be the final two? andndash; Vodacom Cup Semi-finals Preview<br><br> <br><br> The Steval Pumas and Vodacom Blue Bulls will be facing the two unbeaten sides in the Vodacom Cup this year, the Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province, when the four remaining teams face off in the semi-finals this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> Of these four, itandrsquo;s only the Steval Pumas, runners up in 2013, that havenandrsquo;t won the Vodacom Cup. The Lowvelders caused an upset last weekend when they eliminated the defending champions, GWK Griquas, in their quarter-final in Kimberley.<br><br> <br><br> The Xerox Golden Lions last won the last of their five Vodacom Cup titles in 2013, the three-time champion Vodacom Blue Bullsandrsquo; last success was in 2010 and DHL Western Province lifted the trophy for the first and only time in 2012.<br><br> <br><br> There will be extra incentive for DHL Western Province when they host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the second semi-final on Saturday afternoon as they will host the final the next weekend should they progress.<br><br> <br><br> However, should the Capetonians lose their first match of the season, the highest-placed team from the North Section will host the final.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Blue Bulls hold the upper hand in knock-out contests between these traditional rivals andndash; they won both (in 2010 by 17-6 in Pretoria and in 2009 by 36-16, also at home).<br><br> <br><br> In fact, the last time DHL Western Province hosted the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Vodacom Cup in Cape Town, was way back in 2001, with the visitors winning easily by 41-10.<br><br> <br><br> In total, theyandrsquo;ve met nine times with the Vodacom Bulls winning six and DHL Western Province three. The Capetonians won the last encounter between these sides, by 16-8 in Pretoria in 2011.<br><br> <br><br> The first semi-final is on Friday afternoon at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg between the Xerox Golden Lions and the Steval Pumas.<br><br> <br><br> When they met earlier this year, the Johannesburgers won 24-16 in Nelspruit, outscoring the Steval Pumas by three tries to one. It was the 16th time these two sides had met in the Vodacom Cup, with the Lowvelders having won nine time and the Xerox Golden Lions six.<br><br> <br><br> However, the last five matches between the Xerox Golden Lions and the Steval Pumas were won by the visiting team. This includes the last play-off encounter between these sides, when the Gautengers comfortably clinched the final in 2013 by 42-28 in Nelspruit.<br><br> <br><br> So while the Xerox Golden Lions should be favourites to retain their unbeaten record in 2015, recent history dictates that they should not underestimate the Steval Pumas.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Cup information: NEWS | RESULTS | FIXTURES | LOGS | TOP SCORERS | TRY SCORERS<br><br> <br><br> Attachment andndash; Vodacom Cup Pic of the Week: DHL Western Provinceandrsquo;s Jean-Luc du Plessis attempts to stop Molotsi Bouwer of the Leopards XV in their Vodacom Cup quarter-final in Cape Town last weekend. Credit: Roger Sedres, ImageSA / SARU.<br><br> <br><br> Note 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> Vodacom Cup andndash; Historic performances<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> Best performance: Champions in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013<br><br> Performance in 2014: Runners-up (lost to GWK Griquas in the Final, 30-6)<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> Best performance: Champions in 2012<br><br> Performance in 2014: Lost in quarter-finals (13-8 to Steval Pumas)<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> Best performance: Champions in 2001, 2008 and 2010<br><br> Performance in 2014: Lost in semi-finals (16-15 to Xerox Golden Lions)<br><br> <br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> Best performance: Runners-up in 2013<br><br> Performance in 2014: Lost in semi-finals (15-14 to GWK Griquas)<br><br> <br><br> Semi-final fixtures:<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 22 May<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Steval Pumas<br><br> Kick-off: 17h00<br><br> Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg<br><br> Referee: Francois Pretorius<br><br> andmiddot; Live on SuperSport 1 and CSN<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 23 May<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls <br><br> Kick-off: 16h30<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Pro Legoete<br><br> andmiddot; Live on SuperSport 6<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Cup Previous Winners:<br><br> 1998: GWK Griquas<br><br> 1999: Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 2000: Toyota Free State Cheetahs<br><br> 2001: Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 2002: Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 2003: Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 2004: Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 2005: GWK Griquas<br><br> 2006: Hino Valke<br><br> 2007: GWK Griquas<br><br> 2008: Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 2009: GWK Griquas<br><br> 2010: Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 2011: Pampas XV<br><br> 2012: DHL Western Province<br><br> 2013: Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 2014: GWK Griquas<br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-19 Tough weekend for SA teams http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2896/Tough-weekend-for-SA-teams http://www.fscheetahs.co.za It was a tough round of Vodacom Super Rugby for the four South African franchises in action this weekend as none of them managed to win their matches against Australasian opposition.<br><br> <br><br> It was the first time in more than eight years that four South African teams lost to sides from the other side of the Indian Ocean on one weekend.<br><br> <br><br> In Round 9 in 2007, on 30 and 31 March, the Toyota Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls all came up short in tour matches Down Under, against the Highlanders, Force and Hurricanes respectively, while the Emirates Lions were beaten at home by the Brumbies.<br><br> <br><br> Round 6 in 2008 and Round 8 in 2014 saw three South African defeats offset by a solitary draw against opposition from Australasia.<br><br> <br><br> Just more than a month ago, in Round 9, four Australian lost on one weekend andndash; three of them against South African opponents andndash; when the Force went down to the Toyota Cheetahs in Perth, the Waratahs lost to the DHL Stormers in Sydney, the Reds were beaten by the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria and the Brumbies came up short against the Blues in Auckland.<br><br> <br><br> A similar scenario with New Zealand teams happened 15 years ago, in Round 12 in 2000, when all five of their sides lost to teams from South Africa and Australia.<br><br> <br><br> On Friday morning, the Vodacom Bulls had to be happy with a losing bonus point in their first tour match as they went down by 23-18 to the Blues in Auckland.<br><br> <br><br> Saturday kicked off with the Cell C Sharks losing in Sydney to the defending champion Waratahs (33-18), while the Emirates Lions lost in Johannesburg to the Brumbies (30-20) and the Highlanders were too for the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (45-24).<br><br> <br><br> The DHL Stormers had a bye this weekend, as they did way back in 2007 when their four South African counterparts also lost.<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 www.sarugby.co.za, where team line-ups, replacements and run of play can be found.<br><br> <br><br> Blues 23 (16) Vodacom Bulls 18 (13)<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Bulls only have themselves to blame for not kicking their Vodacom Super Rugby Australasian tour off on a winning note when they were beaten by 23-16 by the Blues in Auckland on Friday morning.<br><br> <br><br> It was the Vodacom Bullsandrsquo; eighth successive defeat Down Under, but it was a game they could and should have won against a team that has been struggling this year.<br><br> <br><br> The men from Pretoria struggled to put points on the board in the first half, where they dominated territory and possession. Despite being in firm control of the match, the Vodacom Bulls actually trialled 16-13 at the break.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Bullsandrsquo; defence was a bit shoddy and their kicking game also didnandrsquo;t come off in Auckland. They looked dangerous at times and Jan Serfontein scored two good tries for the visitors, but it wasnandrsquo;t enough on a disappointing evening for the three-time champions from Pretoria.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Blues andndash; Tries: Lolagi Visinia, George Moala. Conversions: Ihaia West (2). Penalty goals: West (3).<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls andndash; Tries: Jan Serfontein (2). Conversion: Handrandeacute; Pollard. Penalty goals: Pollard (2).<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs 33 (13) Cell C Sharks 18 (6)<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley scored 23 points as the Cell C Sharks went down by 33-18 against the defending champions from New South Wales in Sydney on Saturday.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors can hold their heads high though andndash; the final score was probably not a fair reflection of the contest and they certainly didnandrsquo;t have the ball bounce in their direction, while still making too many defensive errors.<br><br> <br><br> The match started in the worst possible way for the Cell C Sharks when Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper went over in the first minute, but the Durbanites never gave up.<br><br> <br><br> Two well-worked tries in the second half by Odwa Ndungane andndash; following some quick thinking by Lionel Cronje who cross-kicked a penalty and caught the home team napping andndash; and Frans Steyn saw the Cell C Sharks close the gap to 20-18 with 20 minutes to go.<br><br> <br><br> They were still in it late in the game, but Foley scooped up the ball in the 80th minute following another handling error by the Cell C Sharks to give the Waratahs their eighth successive home win over the team from KwaZulu-Natal.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs andndash; Tries: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Teqele Naiyaravoro, Bernard Foley. Conversions: Foley (3). Penalty goals: Foley (4).<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks andndash; Tries: Odwa Ndungane, Frans Steyn. Conversion: Steyn. Penalty goals: Steyn (2).<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions 20 (6) Brumbies 30 (22)<br><br> <br><br> The Emirates Lions ran into some strong Brumbies defence at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg as they went down by 30-20 to the Australian Conference leaders.<br><br> <br><br> The same thing that has been happening to the Emirates Lions in recent weeks, happened again on Saturday andndash; despite a solid start, they found themselves behind on the score board at the break.<br><br> <br><br> The Brumbies scored three quick tries midway through the first half, with the home team not converting their opportunities into points.<br><br> <br><br> This week however, the visitors held out in the second half and despite tries by Jaco Kriel and Andries Coetzee late in the game, the Emirates Lions simply never had enough left in the tank to trouble the Brumbies, who took a full-house of five log points home from Johannesburg.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions andndash; Tries: Jaco Kriel, Andries Coetzee. Conversions: Elton Jantjies, Jaco van der Walt. Penalty goals: Jantjies, Ruan Combrinck.<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies andndash; Tries: Tevita Kuridrani, Ita Vaea, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane. Conversions: Lealiifano (2). Penalty goals: Lealiifano, Jesse Mogg.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs 24 (3) Highlanders 45 (26)<br><br> <br><br> The Highlanders started like a house on fire as they kept their unbeaten record in South Africa against the Toyota Cheetahs intact with a 45-24 victory at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors from New Zealand had their try-scoring bonus-point in the bag after half an hour, with debutant Ryan Tongia crossing for a brace of tries in the first 20 minutes. Ten minutes into the second half the Highlanders had scored six tries and were leading by 38-3.<br><br> <br><br> That was roughly when the Toyota Cheetahs finally woke up from their slumber.<br><br> <br><br> Three tries in seven minutes by Ryno Benjamin, Carl Wegner and Francois Venter gave their supporters a little bit of hope that they might claw their way back into the match, but the founds another gear late in the match as Ben Smith dotted down for their seventh try to put the result beyond any doubt.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs andndash; Try: Carl Wegner, Francois Venter, Ryno Benjamin. Conversions: Francois Brummer (3). Penalty goal: Brummer.<br><br> <br><br> Highlanders andndash; Tries: Aaron Smith (2), Ben Smith, Gareth Evans, Patrick Osborne, Ryan Tongia (2). Conversions: Lima Sopoaga (4), Marty Banks.<br><br> <br><br> Other results andndash; Round 14:<br><br> <br><br> Reds 46 Rebels 29<br><br> Hurricanes 22 Chiefs 18<br><br> <br><br> Logs andndash; after Round 14:<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> 12<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 334<br><br> 215<br><br> 119<br><br> 8<br><br> 52<br><br> 2<br><br> Brumbies (Aus leader)<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 290<br><br> 188<br><br> 102<br><br> 10<br><br> 38<br><br> 3<br><br> Vodacom Bulls (SA leader)<br><br> 12<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 312<br><br> 269<br><br> 43<br><br> 7<br><br> 35<br><br> 4<br><br> Chiefs (wild card)<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 292<br><br> 219<br><br> 73<br><br> 7<br><br> 39<br><br> 5<br><br> Highlanders (wild card)<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 327<br><br> 258<br><br> 69<br><br> 7<br><br> 39<br><br> 6<br><br> Waratahs (wild card)<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 266<br><br> 226<br><br> 40<br><br> 4<br><br> 36<br><br> 7<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 269<br><br> 243<br><br> 26<br><br> 2<br><br> 34<br><br> 8<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 256<br><br> 306<br><br> -50<br><br> 3<br><br> 31<br><br> 9<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 12<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 353<br><br> 253<br><br> 100<br><br> 7<br><br> 31<br><br> 10<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 12<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 251<br><br> 265<br><br> -14<br><br> 6<br><br> 30<br><br> 11<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 13<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 258<br><br> 354<br><br> -96<br><br> 5<br><br> 21<br><br> 12<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 12<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 253<br><br> 362<br><br> -109<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 13<br><br> Blues<br><br> 13<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 259<br><br> 321<br><br> -62<br><br> 8<br><br> 20<br><br> 14<br><br> Reds<br><br> 12<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 193<br><br> 348<br><br> -155<br><br> 4<br><br> 16<br><br> 15<br><br> Force<br><br> 12<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 199<br><br> 285<br><br> -86<br><br> 7<br><br> 15<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> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 12<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 312<br><br> 269<br><br> 43<br><br> 7<br><br> 35<br><br> 2<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 269<br><br> 243<br><br> 26<br><br> 2<br><br> 34<br><br> 3<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 256<br><br> 306<br><br> -50<br><br> 3<br><br> 31<br><br> 4<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 13<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 258<br><br> 354<br><br> -96<br><br> 5<br><br> 21<br><br> 5<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 12<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 253<br><br> 362<br><br> -109<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<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> 13<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 290<br><br> 188<br><br> 102<br><br> 10<br><br> 38<br><br> 2<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 266<br><br> 226<br><br> 40<br><br> 4<br><br> 36<br><br> 3<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 12<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 251<br><br> 265<br><br> -14<br><br> 6<br><br> 30<br><br> 4<br><br> Reds<br><br> 12<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 193<br><br> 348<br><br> -155<br><br> 4<br><br> 16<br><br> 5<br><br> Force<br><br> 12<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 199<br><br> 285<br><br> -86<br><br> 7<br><br> 15<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> 12<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 334<br><br> 215<br><br> 119<br><br> 8<br><br> 52<br><br> 2<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 292<br><br> 219<br><br> 73<br><br> 7<br><br> 39<br><br> 3<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 12<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 327<br><br> 258<br><br> 69<br><br> 7<br><br> 39<br><br> 4<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 12<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 353<br><br> 253<br><br> 100<br><br> 7<br><br> 31<br><br> 5<br><br> Blues<br><br> 13<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 259<br><br> 321<br><br> -62<br><br> 8<br><br> 20<br><br> <br><br> Top scorers andndash; after Round 14:<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> 15<br><br> 36<br><br> 1<br><br> 151<br><br> Christian Lealiifano<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 3<br><br> 21<br><br> 23<br><br> 0<br><br> 126<br><br> Bernard Foley<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 3<br><br> 19<br><br> 23<br><br> 0<br><br> 122<br><br> Demetri Catrakilis<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 11<br><br> 32<br><br> 1<br><br> 121<br><br> Elton Jantjies<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 0<br><br> 17<br><br> 28<br><br> 0<br><br> 118<br><br> Lima Sopoaga<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 1<br><br> 27<br><br> 17<br><br> 1<br><br> 113<br><br> Beauden Barrett<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 3<br><br> 16<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 110<br><br> Mike Harris<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 1<br><br> 16<br><br> 24<br><br> 0<br><br> 109<br><br> Colin Slade<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 3<br><br> 20<br><br> 15<br><br> 0<br><br> 100<br><br> Ihaia West<br><br> Blues<br><br> 1<br><br> 14<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 96<br><br> Patrick Lambie<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 21<br><br> 0<br><br> 93<br><br> Aaron Cruden<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 1<br><br> 14<br><br> 20<br><br> 0<br><br> 93<br><br> Joe Pietersen<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 0<br><br> 18<br><br> 16<br><br> 2<br><br> 90<br><br> Daniel Carter<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 3<br><br> 13<br><br> 11<br><br> 0<br><br> 74<br><br> Luke Burton<br><br> Force<br><br> 0<br><br> 10<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 47<br><br> Kurt Coleman<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 8<br><br> 1<br><br> 43<br><br> Dan Bowden<br><br> Blues<br><br> 1<br><br> 6<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 41<br><br> Waisake Naholo<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 40<br><br> TJ Perenara<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 35<br><br> <br><br> 2015-05-18 Vodacom Cup Quarter-Finals Review http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/2895/Vodacom-Cup-Quarter-Finals-Review http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Northern teams continue dominance<br><br> Three of the four Vodacom Cup semi-finalists are from the North Section after the Xerox Golden Lions, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Steval Pumas all won their quarter-final encounters this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> The unbeaten DHL Western Province will be the South Sectionandrsquo;s sole representative in the top four next weekend after the Steval Pumas upset the defending champions, GWK Griquas, at GWK Park in Kimberley on Friday evening.<br><br> <br><br> The visitors from the Lowveld won 28-14 and outscored the five-time champions by three tries to two in a match that came alight in the second half.<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province, champions in 2012, beat the Leopards XV by 47-22 at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> The Xerox Golden Lions were made to work extremely hard in their quarter-final against the SWD Eagles at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, with the visitors from George scoring three tries to the 2013 championsandrsquo; two, but in the end it wasnandrsquo;t enough.<br><br> <br><br> The fourth quarter-final was a rather one-sided affair at Loftus Versfeld on Friday evening, where the Vodacom Blue Bulls beat the Toyota Free State XV by 44-21, with William Small-Smith dotting down three times for the three-time champions from Pretoria.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Cup semi-finals (date, time and kick-off times TBC):<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Steval Pumas andndash; Johannesburg<br><br> DHL Western Province v Vodacom Blue Bulls andndash; Cape Town<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". Feel free to use the match reports published on www.sarugby.co.za 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> Vodacom Blue Bulls 44 Toyota Free State XV 21<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf Tian Schoeman scored 22 points and centre William Small-Smith added a hat-trick of tries to guide the men from Pretoria to a 44-21 victory over the Toyota Free State XV in their Vodacom Cup quarter-final at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Friday night.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Blue Bulls led 17-9 at halftime and set the tempo of the match from the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors from the Free State who scored first through a penalty goal by flyhalf Willie du Plessis.<br><br> <br><br> The home team scored two tries in the first half and followed that up with three more after the break as they took control of the match to qualify for their 13th semi-final in the Vodacom Cup.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls andndash; Tries: Wiaan Liebenberg, William Small-Smith (3), Tian Schoeman. Conversions: Schoeman (4), Kobus Marais. Penalty goals: Schoeman (3).<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Free State XV andndash; Tries: Joubert Engelbrecht, Gerhard Olivier. Conversion: Niel Marais. Penalty goals: Willie du Plessis (3).<br><br> <br><br> GWK Griquas 14 Steval Pumas 28<br><br> <br><br> The Steval Pumas booked their spot in the semi-finals of this yearandrsquo;s Vodacom Cup competition by beating the GWK Griquas 28-14 at GWK Park in Kimberley on Friday evening.<br><br> <br><br> The hosts were rated as slight favourites for the game, but in the end it was the try scoring ability of the men from the Lowveld along with the kicking boot of flyhalf JC Roos that helped the visiting side from Nelspruit progress to the semis.<br><br> <br><br> Steval Pumas coach MJ Mentz and his side will take much heart and confidence from their performance in Kimberley against the defending champions.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers: <br><br> <br><br> GWK Griquas andndash; Tries: Wiseman Kamanga, AJ le Roux. Conversions: Dean Grant (2).<br><br> <br><br> Steval Pumas andndash; Tries: Bernado Botha, Jason-Colin Fraser, Johan Herbst. Conversions: JC Roos (2). Penalty goals: JC Roos (3).<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions 29 SWD Eagles 21<br><br> <br><br> The Xerox Golden Lions overturned a 14-10 half-time deficit to book a place in the semi-final of the Vodacom Cup, courtesy of a 29-21 victory over the visiting SWD Eagles at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> The hosts had raced into a 10-0 lead but despite being down to 14 men, the Eagles rallied and dotted down twice late in the first half to take an unexpected lead after 40 minutes.<br><br> <br><br> The Xerox Golden Lions quickly overturned this deficit to lead by 20-14 after 47 minutes, but the Eagles came back once again and led 21-20 after a second try by Kirsten Heyns.<br><br> <br><br> But Marnitz Boshoffandrsquo;s boot had the final say with three penalty goals in the final 25 minutes. The Xerox Golden Lions will have to sort out their scrum ahead of the semi-final meeting next week, but look a good bet to progress to the finals if they can continue their current form.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> Xerox Golden Lions andndash; Tries: Jacques Nel, Stokkies Hanekom. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalty goals: Boshoff (4). Drop-goal: Boshoff.<br><br> <br><br> SWD Eagles andndash; Tries: Kirsten Heyns (2), Martin du Toit. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (3).<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province 47 Leopards XV 22<br><br> <br><br> Justin Benn grabbed a brace of tries as DHL Western Province advanced to the Vodacom Cup semi-finals courtesy of a 47-22 (half-time 21-19) win over the Leopards XV at City Park in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.<br><br> <br><br> Flanker Benn scored a try in each half, with the home team running in seven tries in total, as their strong performance after the break blew the gallant Leopards XV away. The Capetonians "won" the second half by 26-3.<br><br> <br><br> Amazingly enough it was the first time ever that DHL Western Province managed to beat the team from North West in a home Vodacom Cup match. The men in the blue and white hoops will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their semi-final.<br><br> <br><br> Scorers:<br><br> <br><br> DHL Western Province andndash; Tries: Godlen Masimla, Justin Benn (2), Robert du Preez, Jaco Taute, Tapiwa Tsomondo, EW Viljoen. Conversions: Jean-Luc Du Plessis (6).<br><br> <br><br> Leopards XV andndash; Tries: Sergio Torrans (2), Rhyno Smith. Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2). Penalty goal: Engelbrecht.<br><br> <br><br> Final Logs<br><br> <br><br> North Section<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> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 7<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 279<br><br> 108<br><br> 171<br><br> 38<br><br> 15<br><br> 5<br><br> 33<br><br> 2<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 7<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 282<br><br> 114<br><br> 168<br><br> 40<br><br> 11<br><br> 5<br><br> 29<br><br> 3<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 7<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 263<br><br> 114<br><br> 149<br><br> 32<br><br> 13<br><br> 4<br><br> 24<br><br> 4<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 7<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 208<br><br> 217<br><br> -9<br><br> 28<br><br> 28<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 5<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 7<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 213<br><br> 200<br><br> 13<br><br> 31<br><br> 25<br><br> 7<br><br> 19<br><br> 6<br><br> Down Touch Griffons<br><br> 7<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 160<br><br> 286<br><br> -126<br><br> 23<br><br> 40<br><br> 3<br><br> 11<br><br> 7<br><br> FNB Welwitschias<br><br> 7<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 94<br><br> 285<br><br> -191<br><br> 13<br><br> 41<br><br> 3<br><br> 7<br><br> 8<br><br> Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 115<br><br> 290<br><br> -175<br><br> 11<br><br> 43<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> <br><br> South Section<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> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> BPts<br><br> Pts<br><br> 1<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> 7<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 188<br><br> 103<br><br> 85<br><br> 23<br><br> 11<br><br> 4<br><br> 32<br><br> 2<br><br> GWK Griquas<br><br> 7<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 205<br><br> 138<br><br> 67<br><br> 24<br><br> 16<br><br> 4<br><br> 28<br><br> 3<br><br> Toyota Free State XV<br><br> 7<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 215<br><br> 170<br><br> 45<br><br> 28<br><br> 17<br><br> 6<br><br> 22<br><br> 4<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 7<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 193<br><br> 137<br><br> 56<br><br> 21<br><br> 16<br><br> 4<br><br> 20<br><br> 5<br><br> EP Kings<br><br> 7<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 181<br><br> 162<br><br> 19<br><br> 26<br><br> 18<br><br> 5<br><br> 17<br><br> 6<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV<br><br> 7<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 180<br><br> 165<br><br> 15<br><br> 24<br><br> 22<br><br> 3<br><br> 11<br><br> 7<br><br> Border Bulldogs<br><br> 7<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 104<br><br> 206<br><br> -102<br><br> 11<br><br> 28<br><br> 2<br><br> 6<br><br> 8<br><br> Boland Cavaliers<br><br> 7<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 105<br><br> 290<br><br> -185<br><br> 15<br><br> 44<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> <br><br> Top scorers<br><br> <br><br> PLAYER<br><br> TEAM<br><br> T<br><br> C<br><br> P<br><br> D<br><br> PTS<br><br> JC Roos<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 2<br><br> 19<br><br> 16<br><br> 0<br><br> 96<br><br> Elric van Vuuren<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 0<br><br> 16<br><br> 16<br><br> 0<br><br> 80<br><br> Kobus Marais<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 2<br><br> 21<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 79<br><br> Jean-Luc Du Plessis<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> 0<br><br> 14<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 64<br><br> Jaun Kotze<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 1<br><br> 23<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 63<br><br> Gouws Prinsloo<br><br> GWK Griquas<br><br> 0<br><br> 12<br><br> 12<br><br> 0<br><br> 60<br><br> Ashlon Davids<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 3<br><br> 14<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 55<br><br> Anton Beswick<br><br> Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls<br><br> 0<br><br> 8<br><br> 13<br><br> 0<br><br> 55<br><br> Coenie van Wyk<br><br> Toyota Free State XV<br><br> 2<br><br> 10<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 42<br><br> Alshaun Bock<br><br> SWD Eagles<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 40<br><br> Adriaan Engelbrecht<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 1<br><br> 14<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 39<br><br> Shaun Kaizemi<br><br> FNB Welwitschias<br><br> 2<br><br> 7<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 36<br><br> Kobus du Plessis<br><br> Leopards XV<br><br> 2<br><br> 6<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 34<br><br> Jaco van der Walt<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions<br><br> 1<br><br> 10<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 34<br><br> Robert du Preez<br><br> DHL Western Province<br><br> 2<br><br> 6<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 31<br><br> Masixole Banda<br><br> Border Bulldogs<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 9<br><br> 0<br><br> 31<br><br> Anrich Richter<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Kefentse Mahlo<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Martin Sithole<br><br> Down Touch Griffons<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Riaan Arends<br><br> Hino Valke<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Justin van Staden<br><br> Steval Pumas<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> Niel Marais<br><br> Toyota Free State XV<br><br> 0<br><br> 9<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 30<br><br> 2015-05-18