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Varsity Cup Round 5

March 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Going into the final stretch the Varsity Cup has heated up and the teams have been pushing each other close and last week saw three matches finishing within 4 point margins. As teams are hitting their straps it’s not getting any easier and this week promises another round of close games.

Prediction stats:

Overall: 13/16 (81.25%)
Last week: 2/4 (50%)

Superbru positions:
Global: 455 / 14,152
UCT Fans: 18 / 881 (Down 17)
Front Row Grunt: 7 / 161 (Down 5)

IKEYS V Maties: 4 Mar – 16.45 (tv) UCT Rugby Stadium (The Green Mile)

Ikeys host Maties at the Green Mile and they will want to record their first win against their old rivals who is unbeaten so far. Apart from the draw against NMMU in the first week Ikeys has struggled to compete but last week pushed Pukke close while Maties has struggled to finish off their opponents the past two weeks and were pushed all the way by the Madibaz and by Tuks. In an interesting move Ikeys fullback Dillyn Leyds will start at flyhalf but Maties, however, should be too much for the Capetonians and Ikeys will have to wait for their first win.

Maties by 9

UCT: 15 Ross Jones-Davies, 14 Dylan Sage, 13 David Ambunya, 12 Liam Bax, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Liam Slatem (captain), 8 Bradley Bosman, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Derek Asbun, 5 James Kilroe, 4 Kyle Kriel, 3 Shane Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Oliver Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes de Klerk, 19 Jason Klaasen, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 Richard Stewart, 22 Paul Cohen, 23 Digby Webb.

Maties: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Clearance Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgkiss, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Dean Hammond, 10 Dean Grant, 9 James Alexander, 8 Helmut Lehmann (captain), 7 Lungelo Chonco, 6 Beyers de Villers, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Os Hamman, 2 Neethling Gericke, 1 Alister Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Hein van der Merwe, 18 Jurgen Streicher, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Andries Truter, 21 JH Potgieter, 22 JP Lewis, 23 Brendan Pitzer.

NMMU V UJ: 4 Mar – 19.00 XEROX NMMU Stadium

UJ has had the luxury of consistent selection during the competition and once again has made only one change with lock David Antonides returning. They will look to their back three to cross the goal line a few times but the Madibaz has shown that they are no pushovers this year, not even for the big guns and the battle in PE is going to be a tough one where NMMU will try to emulate the giant killing act of their Super Rugby side the Kings. UJ’s consistency and their dangerous runners de Kock, Esterhuizen and Botha should clinch the game for them.

UJ by 9

NMMU: 15 Jarred Buys, 14 Gerhardus Smith, 13 Hermanus van Lill, 12 Xolani Mnisi, 11 Logan Basson, 10 Justin Van Staden, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Timothy Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Albertus de Swardt, 5 Louis Fourie, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Lizo Gqoboka, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Roy Godfrey (captain).

Replacements: 16 Francois Coetzer, 17 Gareth Hartley, 18 Ferdinand Gerber, 19 Mzwanale Zito, 20 Lesley-Dean Luiters, 21 Lonwabo Ntleki, 22 Yamkela Ngam, 23 Dexter Fahey.

UJ: Kobus de Kock; JR Esterhuizen, Bradley Moolman, Luhan Steenkamp, Chrysander Botha; Divan van Zyl, Vian van der Watt; RJ Liebenberg, Justin Wheeler (c), Kobus Porter, David Antonites, Shane Kirkwood, Kop van der Westhuizen, Malcolm Marx, Wiseman Kamanga.

Replacements: AJ le Roux, Wessel Durand, Johan van der Hoogt, Tulip Marole, Jacques Pretorius, Juffrou Vermeulen, PJ Walters, Njubalo Mkhize.

SHIMLAS V NWU Pukke: 4 Mar – 19.00 (tv) XEROX SHIMLA PARK

Shimlas will be disappointed with their season so far having only one win, against rookies Wits in Round 1, to show for their efforts while Pukke have only lost to UJ in Round 2 and will feel they have the Shimlas number. Both teams got wake up calls last week, Shimlas losing to NMMU while Ikeys pushed Pukke close. In the end Pukke should take the game though.

Pukke by 6

UFS-Shimlas: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Maphutha Dolo, 13 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 12 Stephan van der Merwe, 11 Divandre Strydom, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Erik le Roux, 7 Teboho Mohoje (captain), 6 Henco Venter, 5 JC Astle, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Carl van Heerden, 2 Elandre Hugget, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 JC van Wyk, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Lebo Zietsman, 19 Freddie Ngoza, 20 Hlanlha Hlongwane, 21 Sethu Tom, 22 Francois du Toit, 23 Luan de Bruin.

Pukke: Hoffman Maritz; SW Oosthuizen, Sylvian Mahuza, Hennie Skorbinski, Luther Obi; Gerhard Nortier, Tiaan Dorfling; HP Swart, MB Lusaseni, Philip de Wet, Strand Kruger (c), Danie Jordaan, Herman Basson, JC Oberholzer, Martin Dreyer.

Replacements: Marius Fourie, Arno Ebersohn, Molotsi Bouwer, SJ Niemand, Jaco Grobler, Justin Botha, Rowayne Beukman, Mashudu Mafela.

TUKS V Wits: 4 Mar – 19.00 TUKS RUGBY STADIUM

Another tough task awaits newcomers Wits when they face the Blue Bulls parking garage, Tuks, in Pretoria. Wits has shown that they are here to play rugby and has scored three tries in each of their last two game but a lack of possession and a porous defence has resulted in big scores being run past them. They are on a steep learning curve but I don’t expect the trend to change this week and Tuks should be comfortable winners.

Tuks by 39

UP-Tuks: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Handre Pollard, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Danie Faasen, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Basil Short, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Juan Schoeman.

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 Schalk Van Heerden, 19 Wesley Kotze, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Riaan Britz, 22 Piet Lindeque, 23 Stephan Pretorius.

Wits: 15 Riaan Arends, 14 Jeremiah Latana, 13 Kayde Fisher, 12 Jared Meyer, 11 Jacques Erasmus, 10 Kyle Peyper, 9 Mathew Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Carel Greef, 6 Juan-Pierre Jonck, 5 Charles Baggot, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Katlego Kgame, 1 Hannes Ludik.

Replacements: 16 Rory Anderson, 17 Thato Mavundla, 18 Peter van Biljon, 19 Shai Korb, 20 Joshua Durbach, 21 Greg Blom, 22 Michael Sephton-Poultney, 23 Ferdinand Kelly.

Varsity Cup Log

TEAM P W PTS
FNB Maties 4 4 18
FNB UJ 4 3 15
FNB NWU-Pukke 4 3 14
FNB UP-Tuks 4 2 11
FNB NMMU 4 2 11
FNB Shimlas 4 1 6
FNB UCT 4 0 4
FNB Wits 4 0 0
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Malcolm Marx – One to watch

February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

18 Year old Malcolm Marx, KES old boy and 2012 SA Schools hooker, started his senior rugby career with a bang scoring three tries in two starts for FNB UJ in their Varsity Cup campaign.

After receiving permission from SARU to play senior rugby he played off the bench in his first match and took over the starting #2 spot for the next two, scoring twice against Pukke and once against Ikeys.

The massive youngster has all the pedigree needed to make it at senior level having represented the Lions from primary school level up and SA Schools in 2012. I will not surprise me to see him called up to the u/20 Bok squad for the JRWC later this year.

Vital stats:
(For interest sake compared with Bizzie and Ginger)

Malcolm Marx Bismark du Plessis Steven Kitshoff
AGE 18 26 21
HEIGHT 1,88 1,89 1,83
WEIGHT 119 113 114

 

Prepresentative rugby:

South Africa – SA Schools 2012
Lions U18 Craven Week – 2012
SA Academy  – SA Schools – 2011
Lions U16 Grant Khomo Week – 2010
Lions U13 U13 Coca-Cola Craven Week – 2007

The former KES schoolboy signed up with the Lions until 2014 on a junior contract and could also feature in the Lions Vodacom Cup campaign as the indications are that the Lions’ senior players will only see limited game time in the Vodacom Cup. The Lions Vodacom Cup team will be made up, mostly, of junior players while the senior players will focus on their Wooden Spoon Knockouts Preparation Programme.

I am always sceptical about using youngsters like this, especially in the front row, at senior level and hope that he will be used carefully to minimise the risk of injury. Big he might be but he is after all only 18 years old and just a kid starting to play with the big boys.

Hopefully he can emulate other KES old boys like Bryan Habana and Graeme Smith and build an illustrious sports career. Here’s wishing the youngster a successful rugby career!

Update: Malcolm was included in the u/20 Bok touring squad to Argentina for the pre-JRWC warm up matches against the Pumas.

Golden Lions in the touring squad: Albertus Smith, Kurshwill Williams, Malcolm Marx, Jannie Stander, Harold Vorster, Devon Marthinus

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Varsity Cup Week 3

February 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Week 3 of the Varsity Cup and the log has an unfamiliar look to it with Shimlas in second, the NMMU Mabibaz in third spot and UJ, Pukke and Ikeys in numbers 5, 6 and 7 spots. Not the log we have come to expect.

I have been doing well in the Varsity Cup Superbru pools so far and may my form continue.

Ikeys fans: 14/856
Front Row Grunt: 3/160
Auto pool: 2/22
Pretbederwers: 1/16

SHIMLAS V  TUKS – 16.45 (tv) Shimla Park

Shimlas take on the stuttering champions, Tuks, at home and will hope to consolidate their position on the log. The champions, although loaded with young talent, haven’t really fired so far and will look for combinations to gel. I think there is just too much talent in the form of Clayton Blommetjies, William Small-Smith, Wian Liebenberg, Shaun Adendorff and Handre Pollard in the Tuks side and they should come good in Bloem.

Tuks by 9

FNB Shimlas: 15 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Reinhardt Erwee, 12 Thys Smit, 11 Maphutha Dolo, 10 Francois du Toit, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Erik le Roux, 7 Teboho Mohoje (captain), 6 Freddie Ngoza, 5 JC Astle, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Elandre Hugget, 1 Charles Marais.

Replacements: 16 JC van Wyk, 17 Franco van der Merwe, 18 Henco Venter, 19 Niell Jordaan, 20 Hlanlha Hlongwane, 21 Earl Snyman, 22 Divandre Strydom, 23 Luan de Bruin.

FNB UP-Tuks: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Riaan Britz, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Lohan Jacobs, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg (captain), 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Mike Williams, 3 Hencus Van Wyk, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Sabelo Nhlapo.

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Schalk Van Heerden, 19 Jacques Verwey, 20 Clayton Stewart, 21 Handre Pollard, 22 Piet Lindeque, 23 Christoph Gouws.

WITS V PUKKE – 19.00 Wits Rugby Stadium

Wits will hope to at least replicate their draw against Pukke in the Predator League last year but, although they started to gel after a nervious start to their Varsity Cup debut I don’t see them causing an upset against Pukke.

Pukke by 18

FNB Wits: 15 Bronson Lange, 14 Jacques Erasmus, 13 Kayde Fisher, 12 Mandla Dube, 11 Riaan Arends, 10 Greg Blom, 9 Mathew Torrance, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Carel Greef, 6 Thato Mavundla, 5 Rinus Bothma, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Rory Anderson, 1 Katlego Kgame.
Replacements: 16 Pierce Cooper, 17 Luvuyo Pupuma, 18 Peter van Biljon 19 Shai Korb, 20 Josh Durbach, 21 Jared Meyer, 22 Michael Sephton-Poultney, 23 Hannes Ludik.

FNB NWU-Pukke: 15 Hoffman Maritz, 14 SW Oosthuizen, 13 Sylvian Mahuza, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Gerhard Nortier, 9 Jaco Grobler, 8 SJ Niemand, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Phillip de Wet, 5 Victor Kruger (captain), 4 Danie Jordaan, 3 Herman Basson, 2 JC Oberholzer, 1 Martin Dreyer.

Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Arno Ebersohn, 18 Molotsi Bouwer, 19 HP Swart, 20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 Rowayne Beukman, 22 Wynand Olivier, 23 Mashudu Mafela.

IKEYS V UJ – 19.00 Groote Schuur

It is the first start for the 2012 SA Schools hooker, Malcolm Marx, after being cleared to play senior rugby. UCT will hope to get their campaign on track not to end up near the bottom of the log again this year, maybe with some help from the Cape Doctor, but the game against UJ is not the one to do that, even if it is at the Green Mile.

UJ by 13

FNB UCT: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Richard Stewart, 13 Liam Bax, 12 Nicholas Holton, 11 Paul Cohen, 10 Ross Jones-Davies, 9 Liam Slatem, 8 Josh Katzen, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Kyle Kriel, 5 Jacobus Odendaal (captain), 4 James Kilroe, 3 Shane Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Sti Sithole.

Replacements: 16 Derek Asbun, 17 Digby Webb, 18 Bradley Bosman, 19 Jason Klaasen, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 David Ambunya, 22 Lihleli Xoli, 23 Oliver Kebble.

FNB UJ: 15 Kobus De Kock, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Bradley Moolman, 12 Luan Steenkamp, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Divan van Zyl, 9 Vian van der Watt, 8 RJ Liebenberg, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Kobus Porter, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Wiseman Kamanga.

Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Wessel Du Rand, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Steph de Witt, 20 Jacques Pretorius, 21 Adriaan Vermeulen, 22 Tommy Damba, 23 Njabulo Mkize.

MATIES V NMMU – 19.00 (tv) Danie Craven Stadium

The Madibaz will be happy with the solid start they made in their campaign this year but Maties at home is a different proposition to Ikeys and Wits and I don’t see Maties losing this one.

Maties by 18

FNB Maties: 15 Ryan Nell, 14 Craig Barry, 13 Mark Hodgkiss, 12 Hayden de Villiers, 11 JP Lewis, 10 Dean Grant, 9 James Alexander, 8 Nicholas de Jager, 7 Jurgen Streicher, 6 Helmut Lehmann (captain), 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 3 Os Hamman, 2 Neethling Gericke, 1 Alister Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Niel Oelofse, 18 Lungelo Chonco, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Jean Nel, 21 JH Potgieter, 22 Clearance Khumalo, 23 Brendan Pitzer.

FNB NMMU: 15 Jarred Buys, 14 Mayibuye Ndwandwa, 13 Gerhardus Smith, 12 Xolani Mnisi, 11 Logan Basson, 10 Justin Van Staden, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Timothy Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Simphiwe Shabangu, 5 Schalk Oelofse, 4 Louis Fourie, 3 Gareth Hartley, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Roy Godfrey (captain).

Replacements: 16 Albertus De Swardt, 17 Dexter Fahey, 18 Ulrich Pretorius, 19 Mzwanale Zito, 20 Lesley-Dean Luiters, 21 Hermanus van Lill, 22 Lonwabo Ntleki, 23 Lizo Gqoboka.

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Varsity Cup Round 2

February 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Week 1 of the Varsity showed that Maties are ready to compete for the title again, that Pukke could be contenders, that Ikeys aren’t quite there this year and that Wits has a tough road ahead. Week 2 and the winning teams will build on last week while the losing teams will look to change their fortunes.

UP TUKS V IKEYS
11 Feb – 16.45 Tuks Rugby Stadium (TV)

The defending champions will want to get their campaign back on track after making a poor start against Pukke while Ikeys need an unlikely win to prevent another disastrous season from forming.

Tuks by 15

UP-Tuks: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Vainon Willis, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Lohan Jacobs, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Wiaan Liebenberg (captain), 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Mike Williams, 3 Hencus van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Juan Schoeman.

Replacements: 16 Zane Botha, 17 Sabelo Nhlapo, 18 Schalk van Heerden, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Danie Faasen, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Sampie Mastriet.

UCT: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Richard Stewart, 13 Liam Bax, 12 Nicholas Holton, 11 Lihleli Xoli, 10 Ross Jones-Davies, 9 Liam Slatem, 8 Josh Katzen, 7 Ntsolo Setlaba, 6 Kyle Kriel, 5 Jacobus Odendaal (captain), 4 James Kilroe, 3 Shane Meier, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Sti Sithole.

Replacements: 16 Derek Asbun, 17 Digby Webb, 18 Bradley Bosman, 19 Jason Klaasens, 20 Rick Schroeder, 21 David Ambunya, 22 Paul Cohen, 23 Oliver Kebble.

Referee: Tiaan Jonker

SHIMLAS V MATIES
11 Feb – 19.00 Shimla Park

It is difficult to rate the Shimlas win against Wits until both teams have faced other opposition and no match will show whether this Shimlas side is better than last year’s than a match against three times champion, Maties.

Maties by 12

Shimlas: 15 Robbie van Schalkwyk, 14 Dolo Maphutha, 13 Reinhardt Erwee, 12 Thys Smit, 11 JJ de Klerk; 10 Franna du Toit, 9 Kevin Luiters; 8 Erik le Roux, 7 Teboho Mohoje (captain), 6 Freddie Ngoza, 5 JC Astle, 4 Fanie van der Walt, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Elandre Hugget, 1 Charles Marais.

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Henco Venter, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Hlanlha Hlongwane, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 Divandre Strydom, 23 Carl van Heerden.

Maties: 15 Ryan Nell, 14 Clearence Khumalo, 13 Mark Hodgkiss, 12 Louis Jordaan, 11 JP Lewis, 10 Dean Grant, 9 James Alexander, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Jurg Streicher, 6 Helmut Lehmann (captain), 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 3 Os Hamman, 2 Neethling Gericke, 1 Alister Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Charl de Villiers, 17 Niel Oelofse, 18 Reuben Johannes, 19 Lungelo Chonco, 20 Jean Nel, 21 JH Potgieter, 22 Craig Barry, 23 Brendan Pitzer.

Referee: Jaco Kotzer

UJ V PUKKE
11 Feb – 19.00 UJ Stadium

Regular opponents in the GLRU Predator league these sides know each other well. Pukke will look to carry on from last weeks win against Tuks while UJ will hope for an 80 minute effort.

UJ by 6

UJ: 15 Kobus De Kock, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Bradley Moolman, 12 Divan Van Zyl, 11 Chrysander Botha, 10 Guy Cronje, 9 Jacques Pretorius, 8 RJ Liebenberg, 7 Justin Wheeler (captain), 6 Steph De Witt, 5 David Antonites, 4 Shane Kirkwood, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Wiseman Kamanga.

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Wessel Du Rand, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Kobus Porter, 20 Lukas Van Zyl, 21 Luan Steenkamp, 22 PJ Walters, 23 Njabulo Mkize.

NWU-Pukke: 15 Hoffman Maritz, 14 Rowayne Beukman, 13 Hennie Skorbinski, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Gerhard Nortier, 9 Tiaan Dorfling, 8 SJ Niemand, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Marcel Groenewald, 5 Victor Kruger (captain), 4 Solly Sotsaka, 3 Herman Basson, 2 JC Oberholzer, 1 Martin Dreyer.

Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Arno Ebersohn, 18 Danie Jordaan, 19 Molotsi Bouwer, 20 Pieter Smith, 21 Sylvian Mahuza, 22 Wynand Olivier, 23 Elardus Venter.

Referee: Lihan Pretorius

NMMU V WITS
11 Feb – 19.00 NMMU Stadium (TV)

Newcomers Wits plays their first away game against an ever improving Madibaz side and will want to put in a much better performance than the one against Shimlas last week while NMMU will look to move above Ikeys on the log.

NMMU by 15

NMMU: 15 Jarred Buys, 14 Mayibuye Ndwandwa, 13 Gerhardus Smith, 12 Xolani Mnisi, 11 Logan Basson, 10 Justin Van Staden, 9 Dwayne Kelly, 8 Marius Oosthuizen, 7 Ulrich Pretorius, 6 Simphiwe Shabangu, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Louis Fourie, 3 Dexter Fahey, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Roy Godfrey (captain).

Replacements: 16 Albertus De Swardt, 17 Brenden Olivier, 18 Schalk Oelofse, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Lesley-Dean Luiters, 21 Hermanus van Lill, 22 Lonwabo Ntleki, 23 Elrich Kock.

Wits: 15 Greg Blom, 14 Jacques Erasmus, 13 Kayde Fisher, 12 Jared Meyer, 11 Riaan Arends, 10 Latiume Fosita, 9 Mathew Torrance, 8 Carel Greef, 7 Charles Baggot, 6 Thato Mavundla, 5 Rinus Bothma, 4 Devin Montgomery (captain), 3 Phakamilu Zuma, 2 Piers Cooper, 1 Hannes Ludik

Replacements: 16 Rory Anderson, 17 Wandile Lupuwane, 18 Shai Korb, 19 Katlego Ntsie, 20 Josh Durbach, 21 Michael Sephton-Poultney, 22 Mandla Dube, 23 Katlego Kgama

Referee: Rodney Bonaparte

 

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The Students Star Tonight

February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

The 2013 Varsity Cup kicks off on tonight with the four potential semi-finalists squaring off against each other when Maties hosts UJ and Pukke hosts 2012 Champions Tuks. In the other matches Ikeys hosts NMMU and newcomer Wits hosts Shimlas.

One of the features of Varsity rugby is the high turnover of players from year to year due to age, provincial call-ups and academic performance and this year we should, once again, see a number of new faces. The Varsity Cup has produced seven Springboks so far as well as a host of Super Rugby players and a number of these students will hope for higher honours in years to come.

This year there is also an added incentive for the teams as the winner of the Varsity Cup will play the winner of the Community Cup (non-Varsity clubs) for the title of National Club Champions.

Last year’s champions, Tuks, will look to defend their title and will, once again, serve as the parking garage for the youngsters the Blue Bulls recruit and will feature a number of the potential Blue Bulls.

After being trophyless for two years three time champions, Maties, will want to get the trophy back and should be one of the main contenders for the title once again.

Joburg big guns, UJ, have come close in the past and would hope that their new squad can pull it off this year face while newcomers, Wits, will want to make a solid start to their first year in the Varsity Cup.

Both Shimlas and Ikey Tigers will hope for a better season than last year when they struggled with inexperienced squads while NMMU will want to build on their improved showing last year while Pukke looks to make this the year they pull off the big one.

16:50 – FNB Maties vs FNB UJ : Danie Craven Stadium

Maties: Ryan Nell; Clearance Khumalo, Mark Hodgskiss, Louis Jordaan, JP Lewis; JH Potgieter, James Alexander; Reuben Johannes, Jurg Streicher, Helmut Lehmann (c), Reniel Hugo, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Brendan Pitzer, Neethling Gericke, Alistair Vermaak.
Reserves: Charl de Villiers, Niel Oelofse, Jan de Klerk, Lungelo Chonco, Jean Nel, Dean Grant, Craig Barry, Boeta Kleinhans.

UJ: Kobus de Kock, Tommie Damba, Bradley Moolman, Divan van Zyl, Chrysander Botha; Guy Cronje, Jacques Pretorius; RJ Liebenberg, Justin Wheeler (c), Stephan de Wit, David Antonites, Shane Kirkwood, Kop van der Westhuizen, AJ le Roux, Wiseman Kamanga.
Reserwes: Malcolm Marx, Njabulo Mkhize, Fabian Booysen, Kobus Porter, Lucas van Zyl, Luan Steenkamp, Lincoln Koopman, Wessel Durand.

19:00 – FNB NWU-Pukke vs FNB UP-Tuks : Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds

NWU-Pukke: Hoffman Maritz; Rowayne Beukman, Hennie Skorbinski, Johan Deysel, Luther Obi; Gerhard Nortier, Tiaan Dorfling; SJ Niemand, Ernie Strydom, Robey Labuschagne, Strand Kruger (c), MB Lusaseni, Martin Dreyer, JC Oberholzer, Pens Scharneck.
Reserves: Marius Fourie, Herman Basson, Solly Sotsaka, Molotsi Bouwer, Pieter Smith, Sylvian Mahuza, Wynand Olivier, Arno Ebersohn.

UP-Tuks: Riaan Britz; Vainon Willis, William Small-Smith, Burger Odendaal, Courtnall Skosan; Willie du Plessis, Danie Faasen; Jono Ross (c), Mike Williams, Shaun Adendorff, Marvin Orie, JP Mostert, Hencus van Wyk, Jaco Visagie, Sabelo Nhlapo.
Reserves: Sidney Tobias, Christoph Gouws, Schalk van Heerden, Nardus van der Walt, Emile Temperman, Tian Schoeman, Christopher Bosch, Andrew Beerwinkel.

19:00 – FNB UCT vs FNB NMMU : UCT Rugby Fields

UCT: Lihleli Xoli; Richard Stewart, Tiger Bax, David Ambunya, Paul Cohen; Ross Jones-Davies, Liam Slatem; Josh Katzen, Derek Asbun, Kyle Kriel, Levi Odendaal (c), James Kilroe, Shane Meier, Neil Rautenbach, Sti Sithole.
Reserves: Dayne Jans, Digby Webb, Jason Klaasens, Darryl Ndjadila, Rick Schroeder, Nicolas Loizedes, Justin Coles, Oliver Kebble.

NMMU: Jarryd Buys; Beast Ndwandwa, Lonwabo Ntleki, 12 Howard Mnisi, Mthangala Skosana; Justin van Staden, Dwayne Kelly; Timothy Agaba Tevk, Marius Oosthuizen, Simphiwe Shabangu, Louis Fourie, Mzwanele Zito, Dexter Fahey, Albertus de Swardt, Roy Godfrey (c).
Reserves: Ulrich Pretorius, Brendan Olivier, Schalk Oelofse, Stefan Willemse, Lesley-Dean Luiter, Gerrit Smith, Logan Basson, Elrich Kock.

19:00 – FNB Wits vs FNB Shimlas : Wits Rugby Stadium

Wits: Bronson Lange; Jacques Erasmus, Kayde Fisher, Jared Meyer, Riaan Arends; Latiume Fosita, Brent Crossley; Jason Fraser, Carel Greef, Thato Mavundla, Rinus Bothma, Devin Montgomery (c), Phakamilu Zuma, Piers Cooper, Hannes Ludick.
Reserves: Rory Anderson, Luvuyo Pumpuma, Shai Korb, Charles Baggot, Mathew Torrance, Greg Blom, Nkuli Gamede, Katlego Kgama.

UFS-Shimlas: Marco Mason; Maphutha Dolo, Robbie Van Schalkwyk, Reinhardt Erwee, JJ de Klerk; Francois du Toit, Kevin Luiters; Niell Jordaan, Freddie Ngoza, Tyron Schultz, JC Astle, Teboho Mohoje (c), Nick Schonert, Wickus Deysel, Schalk Van Der Merwe.
Reserves: Jacques du Toit, Charles Marais, Fanie Van Der Walt, Erik Le Roux, Hlanlha Hlongwane, Pieter-Steyn De Wet, Divandré Strydom, Carl van Heerden.

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Friday Snippets – 19 Oct 2012

October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

Did you hear that thieves broke into the Western Province trophy room last night?
Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a glass cabinet and a carpet.

All eyes are on the knock out games this weekend when the FS Cheetahs face the EP Kings, the Sharks host the Blue Bulls and the Golden Lions play WP, so let’s start there.

FS Cheetahs vs EP Kings:

Most people expect the Cheetahs to comfortably dispatch the Kings tonight but they should beware, the Kings beat the Free State in the Vodacom Cup and while a full strength and on form Cheetahs team should have no problems beating the Kings that is not the case for a team decimated by injuries and in poor form. Don’t be surprised if the Kings take the first play off match.

A Cheetahs supporter will be in Bloem for the weekend and have nothing better to do so he thought he’d go and support his team against the Kings and phones the stadium. “Is there still some space?” he asks.
“Yes”, came the reply, “what position do you play?”

Sharks vs Blue Bulls:

The Sharks are playing most of their Boks off the bench and this may just cost them against a full strength Blue Bulls side. Playing catch up rugby is the last thing they want and Plumtree’s gamble may backfire.

Albert Einstein arrives at a party and introduces himself to the first person he sees and asks, “What is your IQ?” to which the man answers “241.”

“That’s wonderful!,” says Albert. “We will talk about the Grand Unification Theory and the mysteries of the Universe. We will have much to discuss!”

Next Albert introduces himself to a woman and asks, “What is your IQ?” To which the lady answers, “144.”

“That is great!,” responds Albert. “We can discuss politics and current affairs. We will have much to discuss!”

Albert goes to another person and asks, “What is your IQ?” to which the man answers, “51.”

Albert responds, “So, what do you reckon happened to the Blue Bulls?”

Golden Lions vs WP:

I have already done my match preview in the previous post but the latest news is that Hollenbach is fit to start at #12 while CJ van der Linde will be on the bench with Pat Cilliers missing out this time. The Lions have two very good front rows and unfortunately not all of them can be in the match 22. Alwyn Hollenbach will play in his 100th first class game.

Some Province supporters die and go to hell. The devil notices that they’re quite happy, and asks them why. They explain “After the lousy weather in Cape Town, we actually enjoy the warmth.”

The devil thinks “I’ll fix them” and turns up the heat. He finds the them with their shirts off enjoying a snoek on the braai and having papsak “Whenever the weather gets this good in Cape Town, we can’t waste it, so this is what we do”

The devil decides to wipe the smile off their faces by turning the heat down to freezing. He returns to the province fans to find them celebrating.

“What now?” he asks.

One explains “Well, when hell freezes over, we’re sure to win the Currie Cup”

Divided loyalties?:

On Friday Andries Strauss will try and help the Cheetahs keep his new team, the Kings, in the lower division of the Currie Cup while three of the Lions (Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute and Michael Rhodes) will try to stop their new team for 2013 progress any further in the Currie Cup.

Baywatch retires:

By now this is old news already but hats off for a warrior who remained loyal through trying times. Cobus Grobbelaar played nearly 250 matches for the Lions from u/16 level up, and stuck with the union after the 2009 player revolt and mass defections, captained the Lions through their disasterous 2010 winless Super Rugby campaign and survived John Mitchell’s purge at the start of his tenure. Having won the Currie Cup with the Lions last year he will, hopefully, get another opportunity next weekend.

Ex-Lion Josh Strauss:

Josh Strauss scored his first try over the weekend for his new team, Glasgow Warriors, against the Northampton Saints and was awarded MOTM in his first Heineken Cup game. Unfortunately this was not enough to help his team win the match as they threw away a 15-0 lead to lose 24-15.

What do you do for a drowning WP rugby player?
Nothing. You could drag him to the top, but he’ll choke anyway

John Mitchell:

With his arbitration hearing still dragging on it seems Mitch is ready to take on the coaching job at the Sale Sharks. According reports he is spending some time at the club and attended their match against Cardiff Blues, he might travel to France with the squad for their match against Montpellier.

u/21 semi finals:

The u/21 semi finals this weekend feature the Sharks vs WP in Durban and the Blue Bulls vs the Cheetahs in Pretoria. The Lions just missed out to make it a clean sweep for the  four unions competing in the seniors and u/19 semi finals.

u/19 semi finals:

The u/19 semi finals feature the same teams as the seniors albeit with roles and home venues reversed . WP plays the Lions in Stellenbosch while the Blue Bulls plays the Sharks in Pretoria.

2012 National Amateur:

The Golden Lions (Northern Amateur champions) plays WP (Southern Amateur champions) at Coca Cola Park in the curtain raiser to the Currie Cup semi finals. Both teams have already played and won against Griquas (Central Amateur champions) and the match will decide the 2012 National Amateur champion.

Why did Naka Drotske go to a ball dressed as a pumpkin?
Because he hoped when the clock struck midnight he would turn into a coach

Varsity Cup Preparations:

Both UJ and Wits have recruited well in the off seaon in preparation for next year’s Varsity Cup, Wits’s first year in the top competition.

UJ recruited four of the Lions’ 2012 u/20 Boks in flyhalf Marais Schmidt, scrumhalf Vian van der Watt, eigthman Fabian Booysen and hooker Mark Pretorius. They have also signed national club champions College Rovers’ fullback, Kobus de Kock, who played Sharks age group rugby and played in Vodacom Cup for the Sharks in 2011.

Varsity Cup rookies Wits is also working hard at strengthening their team for the higher level competition, having been promoted from the Varsity Shield.

2011 Lions u/21 and UJ winger, Jacques Erasmus, 2010 Lions Craven Week and 2011 WP u/19 flyhalf Kazlo Holtzhauzen, 2011Lions u/21number eight Carel Greeff and current Lions u/21 prop Jacques Kotzé have all joined Wits together with 2012 Scotland u/20 scrumhalf Matt Torrance.

Having two universities in the Varsity Cup definitely benefit the Lions and help them retain some of their best young players.

An Durban schoolteacher explains to her class that she is a Sharks fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they, too, are Sharks fans. Everyone in the class raises their hand expect one little girl.

The teacher looks at the girl with surprise and says, “Janie, why didn’t you raise your hand?” “Because I’m not a Sharks fan,” she replied. The teacher, still shocked, asked, “Well, if you are not a Sharks fan, then who are you a fan of?” “I am a Lions fan, and proud of it,” Janie replied. The teacher could not believe her ears. “Janie, why are you a Lions fan?” “Because my mum is a Lions fan, and my dad is a Lions fan, so I’m a Lions fan too!”

“Well,” said the teacher in an obviously annoyed tone, “That is no reason for you to be a Lions fan. You don’t have to be just like your parents all of the time. What if your mum were a moron and your dad were a moron, what would you be then?”

“Then,” Janie smiled, “I’d be a Sharks fan.”