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Tsogo Sun serves up five finalists

July 22, 2014 – 8:06 am |

Keep your eye on Tsogo Sun
The eagerly anticipated second annual Inter Hotel Challenge, the hospitality industry’s ultimate food and wine pairing challenge, is well under way and Tsogo Sun has five candidates competing in the …

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WP in Bok quandary

July 30, 2014 – 8:23 am |




Province held up by SA squad announcement


By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor

DHL Western Province’s preparations for their opening 2014 Currie Cup game have been hamstrung by the timing of the Springbok squad announcement which will be made in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Several WP players are expected to be named in the national squad which will play in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship next month and that will rule them out for Currie Cup duty.

Players like Jean de Villiers, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Juan de Jongh, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Nazeem Carr, Eben Etzebeth and Pat Cilliers are all strong contenders.

Allister Coetzee, the WP coach, said it was also not possible to decide on a team captain at this stage. Coetzee had the WP squad working out on Tuesday at Langa, as part of WP’s on-going community outreach programme.

“There’s no point in naming the captain at this stage because he might be taken up by the Boks, and then we’ll be forced to look for another,” said Coetzee. “I also don’t know just how the team for the opening game will look like but at this stage I’m sitting with a whole lot of selection permutations.

“I’m happy when players make the Bok squad but when I have my WP cap on, I also wish they can play for us.”

Loose forwards Burger and Vermeulen were rested on Tuesday as well as centre Juan de Jongh who is nursing a bump on his right knee.

Lock Ruan Botha is recovering from a knee injury and will undergo scans on Wednesday to determine his condition.

Prop Malherbe has recovered fully after a protracted lay-off because of concussion.

“It has required a massive effort from our medical team to ensure that players are ready for Currie Cup duty,” said Coetzee. “Etzebeth has worked hard to regain fitness and he’s ready to play. I would like to see him work on his match fitness by playing for us before the Boks call him up. Malherbe has now reached a stage where he can take full contact and he too could do with match action ahead of a call-up.”

There are, however, a few players returning from injury will be considered for the opening match in 10 days time, Port Elizabeth.

They include hooker Scarra Ntubeni, prop Oliver Kebble, centre Damian de Allende, locks Jurie van Vuuren and Rhynardt Elstadt. These players could come into the reckoning for selection when WP plays the Bulls later in August.

The former Bishops schoolboy, Dillyn Leyds, a versatile backliner who spent the past Super Rugby season with the Aussie outfit Western Force, will return to Western Province in two weeks time.

WP, last season’s losing finalists, play Eastern Province at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, on Friday August 8.

Coetzee said with former All Black Carlos Spencer now the coach of EP, he expects them to play “with lots of width in an expansive game plan.”

Coetzee said the main objective would be to ensure that the team made a winning start to the season.

SA Women’s Fours strike gold in final

July 27, 2014 – 3:16 pm |

A big bravo for South African lawn bowlers Susan Nel (skip), Tracy-Lee Botha, Santjie Steyn and Esme Steyn who won a magnificent gold medal for their nation when beating Malaysia 14-9 (15 ends) in the …

Tsogo Sun scrums down with WP Rugby

July 17, 2014 – 1:14 pm |

Tsogo Sun’s relationship as the official hotel partner to WP Rugby was extended in 2013 to include two properties from their gaming arm: The Caledon Casino, Hotel and Spa in the Overberg Region and Mykonos …

Injuries wiped out the 2014 Stormers

July 14, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Comments Off

Stormers reduced to Breezes
By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor
In reviewing his team’s woeful 2014 Super Rugby season, DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee reasoned that a staggering injury list hamstrung his team’s efforts to reach …

Sharks slash Storm chasers

July 13, 2014 – 4:53 pm | Comments Off

 There wasn’t a Storm brewing
By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor 
The Sharks were presented with a perfect dress rehearsal for their Super Rugby play-off against the Highlanders next week after they ran out 34-10 winners …

Burger, ‘Appels’, Shark on Newlands menu

July 11, 2014 – 1:53 pm | Comments Off

By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor
The vastly-improved DHL Stormers and the floundering Sharks will have vastly different objectives going into Saturday’s Super Rugby derby at Newlands (kick-off 7.10pm).
The Stormers, who are on a four-match …

Ali Baba and the cricket thieves

July 8, 2014 – 12:18 pm | Comments Off

Despite Cricket SA’s top brass justifying its decision to vote to give the “big three” more power in international cricket, former cricket boss Ali Bacher has spoken out against cricket’s direction.
“My grave disappointment with the …

Vlokkie turns back the klokkie – back at WP

July 7, 2014 – 5:53 pm | Comments Off

Just for kicks, Cilliers
By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor
The DHL Stormers have added another weapon to their coaching arsenal with the arrival of Vlok Cilliers as the Western Province kicking coach.
The former Springbok and …

Deon Fourie: Moreover, master of the turn-over

July 7, 2014 – 5:32 pm | Comments Off

Vodacom Rugby Stats App review,  after Rnd 18
The penultimate round of the regular Vodacom SupeRugby season saw the home sides in the South African Conference take the spoils.
While the 18th round produced some surprising results with …

Bulls caught in the eye of the Storm

July 6, 2014 – 11:54 am | Comments Off

Stormers wield the whitewash brush
By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor

The DHL Stormers did their name proud as they finally ended the Bulls’ slim play-off hopes with a 16-0 victory in the North-South Super Rugby …

Stormers win sweet 16-0 over Bulls

July 5, 2014 – 7:01 pm | Comments Off

By Herman R Gibbs, Cape Dreams Editor
The DHL Stormers ran out deserved 16-0 winners on the back of an impressive first-half performance against traditional rivals the Bulls in the Super Rugby derby at Newlands on …