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Kenya to make Vodacom Cup debut

Kenya will add an international flavour to the Vodacom Cup this year when they compete in this 17th annual edition of this national competition for the first time.

 

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday confirmed that Kenya will form part of the Vodacom Cup in the place of Argentina’s Pampas XV, Vodacom Cup champions in 2011.

 

Kenya will play in the South Section of the competition and will be based in Cape Town. Their home ground for the duration of the Vodacom Cup will be confirmed later.

 

“It’s wonderful to see another African team in the Vodacom Cup with Kenya’s inclusion,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

 

“We have a mandate to help improve and develop the game in Africa and Kenya’s inclusion will do a lot to uplift the game in that country as they aim to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015.

 

“Their Sevens team has been quite successful in the last few years and I’m sure the Kenyans will bring the same passion and skill to the Vodacom Cup.”

 

Each section, North and South, will consist of eight teams, who will play within their divisions in the group phase. The quarter-finals will be cross-section, with the top two teams from each section hosting the third and fourth sides from the other section in the first knock-out round.

 

“The format of the Vodacom Cup is exactly the same as last year, when the conclusion of the competition was pretty exciting,” said SARU CEO, Jurie Roux.

 

“The Vodacom Cup is where most Springboks take their first steps in senior rugby and in a couple of years’ time we could see this year’s stars in Green and Gold.”

 

The Vodacom Cup kicks off on the weekend 7/8 March with the final scheduled for the weekend of 16/17 May. Last year’s champions, the Golden Lions, will start their campaign in Potchefstroom against the Leopards XV, while Kenya’s first game is against the EP Kings.

 

Vodacom Cup 2014

 

North Section

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Golden Lions

Down Touch Griffons

GWK Griquas

Leopards XV

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls

Steval Pumas

Valke

 

South Section

Regent Boland Cavaliers

Border Bulldogs

EP Kings

Toyota Free State XV

Kenya

Cell C Sharks XV

SWD Eagles

DHL Western Province

 

Fixtures (home teams named first, kick-off times and venues TBC):

 

Round 1 – 7/8 March

WP v Boland

Free State XV v SWD

Border v Sharks XV

Kenya v EP

Blue Bulls v Griquas

Valke v Pumas

Leopards XV v Golden Lions

Griffons v Limpopo Blue Bulls

 

Round 2 – 14/15 March

Boland v Free State XV

Sharks XV v WP

EP v Border

Kenya v SWD

Golden Lions v Valke

Pumas v Blue Bulls

Griquas v Griffons

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Leopards XV

 

Round 3 – 21/22 March

WP v EP

Free State XV v Sharks XV

SWD v Boland

Border v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Golden Lions

Valke v Leopards XV

Griquas v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Griffons v Pumas

 

Round 4 – 28/29 March

Sharks XV v SWD

EP v Free State XV

Border v WP

Kenya v Boland

Valke v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Leopards XV v Blue Bulls

Golden Lions v Griffons

Pumas v Griquas

 

Round 5 – 4/5 April

Free State XV v Border

SWD v EP

Boland v Sharks XV

WP v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Valke

Griquas v Golden Lions

Griffons v Leopards XV

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Pumas

 

Round 6 – 11/12 April

WP v Free State XV

EP v Boland

Border v SWD

Kenya v Sharks XV

Pumas v Leopards XV

Griquas v Valke

Griffons v Blue Bulls

Limpopo Blue Bulls v Golden Lions

 

Round 7 – 25/26 April

SWD v WP

Boland v Border

Sharks XV v EP

Free State XV v Kenya

Blue Bulls v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Valke v Griffons

Leopards XV v Griquas

Golden Lions v Pumas

 

Quarter-finals – 2/3 May

North 1 v South 4

South 1 v North 4

North 2 v South 3

South 2 v South 3

 

Semi-finals – 9/10 May

Winner QF1 v Winner QF 4

Winner QF 2 v Winner QF 3

 

Final – 16/17 May

Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

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Get ready for a cat-fight at Mbombela – Vodacom Cup Final Preview

Will the Steval Pumas be crowned as the eighth Vodacom Cup champions in Nelspruit, or will the MTN Golden Lions set themselves apart as the most successful team in the 16-year history of this competition?

 

These questions will be answered at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening when the Steval Pumas host the MTN Golden Lions in the Vodacom Cup final, which kicks off at 19h10.

 

For the team from Mpumalanga, this is new ground – they have never played in a Vodacom Cup final before. Prior to this season, their best performance was reaching the semi-finals in 2007 and 2012. On both occasions they lost, but last weekend, the Steval Pumas ensured they will host the final by beating the EP Kings at home.

 

Jimmy Stonehouse’s team has been very consistent all season. They lost only once in the pool phase and finished as the top team in the North Section. Their victories included good wins in Pretoria over the Vodacom Blue Bulls and in Kimberley over GWK Griquas.

 

Ironically, their only defeat came at the hands of the MTN Golden Lions in Round Six. By that stage of the competition, Johan Ackermann’s team was with their backs against the wall and any defeat would have spelled the end of their campaign in 2012.

 

The MTN Golden Lions started the season very badly and lost three of their first four Vodacom Cup encounters. They turned things around and have been on a good winning sequence, recording five consecutive wins en route to the final.

 

The Steval Pumas have selected an unchanged team for the second consecutive week.

 

Ackermann has opted for consistency and made just one change to the team which beat DHL Western Province in last weekend’s Vodacom Cup semi-final. Jaco Kriel is back at the side of the scrum after recuperating from a knee injury. He will partner Warwick Tecklenburg at flank, with Willie Britz moving to the bench.

 

Only seven teams have won the Vodacom Cup – GWK Griquas and the MTN Golden Lions (four times each), the Vodacom Blue Bulls (three), the DHL Western Province, Toyota Free State XV, Valke and ICBC Pampas XV (once each).

 

Tjovitjo!

 

As part of the campaign this year SARU, in-conjunction with Vodacom, will be giving away the “Tjovitjo Minibus”, a 16-seater Toyota Quantum, to one of the three schools that were selected during a random draw at SARU’s offices on Monday, 13 May 2013.

 

The campaign started last year when Ikhaya Primary School from Khayamandi in Stellenbosch won the Toyota Quantum after the draw at last year’s Vodacom Cup final, at GWK Park in Kimberley.

 

SARU and the Tag Rugby Association use this event to actively promote the growth of Tag Rugby in primary schools all over South Africa. This year we have added another dimension to the programme and SARU funded 15 regional Tag Rugby coaching sessions all over South Africa. More than 140 community coaches were trained on how to introduce Tag Rugby to their communities. These programmes were extremely well received and the coaches are our new foot soldiers in communities.

 

The very exciting part of the Vodacom Cup program is the legacy aspect. This sees each of the 149 primary schools that attended clinics nationwide entered into a draw. Each school stands a chance to win a Tjovitjo branded Quantum van to transport their children to sporting events. The bus is kindly donated to the winning school by SARU.

 

The schools in this year’s draw are:

  • Tandfontein Primary School (Boland)
  • Sir Lowry’s Pass Primary School (Western Province)
  • Qwalasela Primary School (Border)

 

SARU are hosting representatives from these schools, and last year’s school representative Pinkie Yoliswa, at Friday’s Vodacom Cup Final in Nelspruit, where the draw will take place.

 

Vodacom Cup Final

 

Steval Pumas v MTN Golden Lions

Date: Friday, May 19 2012

Kick-off: 19:10

Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen

Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge and Stefan Breytenbach

TMO: Gerrie Coetzee

 

The teams:

 

Steval Pumas: Coenie van Wyk, JW Bell, Wilmaure Louw, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosco Speckman, Carl Bezuidenhout, Faf de Klerk, Renaldo Bothma, Jaco Bouwer, Corné Steenkamp (captain), Eduan van der Walt, Uzair Cassiem, Ivann Espag, Frankie Herne, Vincent Koch. Replacements: Jacques Momberg, Corné Fourie, DeJay Terblanche, Marius Coetzer, RW Kember, Jerome Pretorius, Dewald Pretorius.

 

MTN Golden Lions: Chrysander Botha, Deon Helberg, Deon van Rensburg, Alwyn Hollenbach, Anthony Volmink, Marnitz Boshoff, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley (captain), Warwick Tecklenburg, Jaco Kriel, Hugo Kloppers, Hendrik Roodt, Ruan Dreyer, Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: Francois du Toit, Van Zyl Botha, JJ Breet, Willie Britz, Ross Cronjé, Lionel Cronjé, Dylan Des Fountain.

 

Road to the Final:

 

Round 1 (9 March)

Steval Pumas beat Valke 62-0 (Nelspruit)

MTN Golden Lions beat Leopards XV 45-15 (Johannesburg)

 

Round 2 (15/16 March)

Steval Pumas beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 44-42 (Pretoria)

MTN Golden Lions lost to Valke 22-27 (Kempton Park)

 

Round 3 (23 March)

Steval Pumas beat Down Touch Griffons 64-7 (Nelspruit)

MTN Golden Lions lost to Vodacom Blue Bulls 26-54 (Johannesburg)

 

Round 4 (5 April)

Steval Pumas beat GWK Griquas 47-31 (Kimberley)

MTN Golden Lions lost to Down Touch Griffons 19-30 (Welkom)

 

Round 5 (12/13 April)

Steval Pumas beat Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 154-0 (Nelspruit)

MTN Golden Lions beat GWK Griquas 24-11 (Johannesburg)

 

Round 6 (19 April)

MTN Golden Lions beat Steval Pumas 23-14 (Nelspruit)

 

Round 7 (26/27 April)

Steval Pumas beat Leopards XV 29-28 (Potchefstroom)

MTN Golden Lions beat Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 161-3 (Alberton)

 

Quarter-finals (3 May)

Steval Pumas beat ICBC Pampas XV 44-37 (Nelspruit)

MTN Golden Lions beat Sharks XV 42-25 (Durban)

 

Semi-finals (10/11 May)

Steval Pumas beat EP Kings 39-13 (Nelspruit)

MTN Golden Lions beat DHL Western Province 44-25 (Johannesburg)

 

Vodacom Cup Final results:

 

1998: GWK Griquas beat MTN Golden Lions 57-0

1999: MTN Golden Lions beat GWK Griquas 73-7

2000: Toyota Free State XV beat GWK Griquas 44-24

2001: Vodacom Blue Bulls beat Regent Boland Kavaliers 42-24

2002: MTN Golden Lions beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 54-38

2003: MTN Golden Lions beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 26-17

2004: MTN Golden Lions beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 35-16

2005: GWK Griquas beat Leopards 27-25

2006: Valke beat Sharks XV 25-17

2007: GWK Griquas beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 33-29

2008: Vodacom Blue Bulls beat Toyota Free State XV 25-21

2009: GWK Griquas beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 28-19

2010: Vodacom Blue Bulls beat Toyota Free State XV 31-29

2011: Pampas XV beat Vodacom Blue Bulls 14-9

2012: DHL Western Province beat GWK Griquas 20-18

 

Vodacom Cup Top Points’ Scorers 2013

(more than 50 points scored in the season)

 

Player

Team

Tries

Conv

Pen

Drops

Tot

Fred Zeilinga

Sharks XV

3

29

27

0

154

Carl Bezuidenhout

Steval Pumas

3

29

13

1

115

André Pretorius

Leopards XV

2

28

9

0

93

Tony Jantjies

Vodacom Blue Bulls

2

18

11

0

79

Willie du Plessis

Vodacom Blue Bulls

2

30

0

0

70

Marnitz Boshoff

MTN Golden Lions

0

15

10

3

69

Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias

ICBC Pampas XV

2

18

7

0

67

Karlo Aspeling

Border Bulldogs

0

6

18

0

66

Kurt Coleman

DHL Western Province

0

12

13

0

63

Anthony Volmink

MTN Golden Lions

12

1

0

0

62

Rosco Speckman

Steval Pumas

11

0

0

0

55

Scott van Breda

Eastern Province Kings

2

7

10

0

54

Tewis de Bruyn

Toyota Free State XV

2

5

10

0

50

Jeff Taljard

South Western Districts

1

9

9

0

50

 

© SARU

MTN Golden Lions, EP Kings cause Vodacom Cup upsets – Quarter-finals Review

Marnitz Boshoff, Rosco Spekman, Cheslin Kolbe and Lizo Gqoboka were their teams’ heroes this weekend as the MTN Golden Lions, Steval Pumas, DHL Western Province and EP Kings progressed to the Vodacom Cup semi-finals for 2013.
 
The Steval Pumas will host the EP Kings at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit next weekend, while the defending Vodacom Cup champions, DHL Western Province, have to travel to Ellis Park in Johannesburg to face the MTN Golden Lions.
 
At this stage, both semi-finals are scheduled for next Saturday. The final kick-off times will be confirmed early in the week.
 
MTN Golden Lions flyhalf Boshoff kicked 27 points as his team beat the Sharks XV, winners of the South Section, by 42-25 at Kings Park in Durban on Friday afternoon.
 
The KwaZulu-Natalians were strengthened by two Springbok loose forwards in Willem Alberts and Ryan Kankowski, but in the end it didn’t matter as the team from Johannesburg did the damage by scoring three tries to one.
 
The match started with Boshoff and and his Sharks XV counterpart Fred Zeilinga trading penalty goals. The visitors led 18-9 shortly before the break, but their lead was cut to 18-16 when Sizo Maseko scored the first try of the match for the Durbanites.
 
But the MTN Golden Lions found their groove in the second half as Anthony Volmink, Chrysander Botha and Deon van Rensburg all crossed for tries, while Boshoff kept on slotting his kicks at goal.
 
In Nelspruit, Specman scored a hat-trick of tries as the Steval Pumas beat the ICBC Pampas XV, Vodacom Cup champions in 2011, by 44-37 in a try-fest at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening.
 
Specman’s third try, five minutes from the end of the match, gave the team from Mpumalanga some breathing space at 44-30, and the Argentineans duly crossed for their fifth try right at the death.
 
The match was pretty evenly matched as both sides scored five tries each, but the big difference was Carl Bezuidenhout, who kicked 19 points for a total tally of 24 as the Pampas’ kicker, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, missed 13 points through fluffed kicks at goal.
 
In Cape Town on Saturday, Kolbe – who has played for the Springbok Sevens team and was recently picked at fullback for the SA Under-20s – scored both DHL Western Province’s tries as they had to dig deep to beat GWK Griquas by 21-10 at DHL Newlands.
 
Kolbe’s first try came shortly before the break to help the home team draw level 10-10 at half-time.
 
However, it was Kolbe’s second try, a few minutes into the second half, gave the home team a shot in the arm as it started a scoring sequence of 11 points in 10 minutes, which proved to be the difference in the end.
 
And finally, in Pretoria it was EP Kings loosehead prop Gqoboka who broke the hearts of the Vodacom Blue Bulls with the winning try in injury time of their quarter-final at Loftus Versfeld. The visitors won 34-31.
 
Gqoboka’s try was the Kings’ third in the last eight minutes of the match, which set up an unlikely victory. With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, the home team were leading by 31-13 and seemingly cruising towards their umpteenth Vodacom Cup semi-final.
 
But the EP Kings’ Mpho Mbiyozo, Dalton Davis and Gqoboka had other plans as they all crossed for late tries – all of them converted by Wesley Dunlop – to cause probably the biggest shock of the weekend.
 
All the scorers (click on the link for the match breakdown):
 
Sharks XV 25 (16) MTN Golden Lions 42 (18)
 
Sharks XV – Try:
Sizo Maseko. Conversion: Fred Zeilinga. Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (6).
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Anthony Volmink, Chrysander Botha, Deon van Rensburg. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (6). Drop goal: Boshoff.
 
Steval Pumas 44 (27) ICBC Pampas XV 37 (15)
 
Steval Pumas – Tries:
Rosko Specman (3), Vincent Koch, Carl Bezuidenhout. Conversions: Bezuidenhout (5). Penalties: Bezuidenhout (3).
ICBC Pampas XV – Tries: Manuel Montero, Martin Garcia Veiga, Ramiro Moyano, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Cubelli. Conversions: Santiago Gonzales Iglesias (3). Penalties: Iglesias (2).
 
DHL Western Province 21 (10) GWK Griquas 13 (10)

DHL Western Province – Tries: Cheslin Kolbe (2). Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalties: Coleman (3).
 GWK Griquas – Try: Marnus Schoeman. Conversion: Pieter-Steyn de Wet. Penalties: De Wet (2).
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls 31 (17) EP Kings 34 (6)
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries:
Sampie Mastriet, Dries Swanepoel, Wiaan Liebenberg, Basil Short. Conversions: Handré Pollard (4). Penalty: Pollard.
EP Kings – Tries: Stefan Willemse, Mpho Mbiyozo, Dalton Davis, Lizo Gqoboka. Conversions: Scott van Breda, Wesley Dunlop (3). Penalties: Van Breda (2).

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Vodacom Cup gets to business end of season in Quarterfinals

Losing will not be an option when the four Vodacom Cup quarter-finals take place across the country this weekend. Durban, Cape Town, Nelspruit and Pretoria will host the top eight teams on Friday and Saturday in a weekend where second best will no longer be good enough.
 
Exactly the same eight teams that played in the quarter-finals in 2012, are back again this year. Even their positions from last year are almost the same. The Vodacom Blue Bulls “replace” GWK Griquas as hosts, while the Sharks XV, Steval Pumas and DHL Western Province will all host a quarter-final for the second successive year.
 
Seven of the quarter-finalists this year, also made the playoffs two years ago – when the EP Kings missed out while the Toyota Free State XV were in. This means the Sharks XV, Steval Pumas, DHL Western Province, Vodacom Blue Bulls, ICBC Pampas XV, GWK Griquas and MTN Golden Lions will all be playing in their third consecutive Vodacom Cup quarter-final.
 
The first match of the weekend is scheduled for Kings Park 2 in Durban, when the Sharks XV, who finished top in the South Section, host the MTN Golden Lions on Friday afternoon.
 
The team from Johannesburg sneaked into the quarter-finals after winning their last three league matches. They were reeling with one win from their first four encounters, but managed to get things back on track when it mattered most.
 
The Sharks XV, on the other hand, lost only once during the league phase of the competition – against the EP Kings in the penultimate round in Port Elizabeth.
 
Both these sides lost in the Vodacom Cup quarter-finals last year. The KwaZulu-Natalians are going into this match as favourites, but they will have taken cognisance of the MTN Golden Lions’ recent form.
 
On Friday evening, the ICBC Pampas XV face the tough task of travelling to Nelspruit to take on the North Section winners, the Steval Pumas, at the Mbombela Stadium.
 
Like the Sharks XV, the team from Mpumalanga also lost just once this season, when they went down to a desperate MTN Golden Lions side in Nelspruit a few weeks ago. The Steval Pumas would like to emulate 2012, when they reached the semi-finals, while the Argentineans will be aiming for a repeat of 2011, when they won the Vodacom Cup.
 
The third quarter-final is a replay of last year’s final, when DHL Western Province beat GWK Griquas at the death in Kimberley. This time, however, the Capetonians will host the match against the four-time champions.
 
DHL Western Province finished second in the South Section, while GWK Griquas had an average season by their standards and lost three of their seven group matches. It’s the first time since 2010 that the team from the Northern Cape is not hosting a quarter-final.
 
The Vodacom Blue Bulls will host the final playoff this weekend, at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria against the EP Kings in a match that serves as a curtain raiser to the Vodacom Bulls’ match against the Hurricanes.
 
The men from Pretoria are on a roll, having amassed 199 points (29 tries) and only conceded 10 in their last two league matches.
 
However, the EP Kings will not be easy-beats in Pretoria – they proved that in Durban a fortnight ago when they beat the Sharks XV by 27-23 in a tough contest.
 
Quarter-finals fixtures:
 
Friday, 3 May:
 
Sharks XV v MTN Golden Lions
Kick-off: 16h45
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Referee: Ben Crouse
Assistant referees: Matt Kemp, Reuben Rossouw
 
Steval Pumas v ICBC Pampas XV
Kick-off: 19h10 (live on SS1, SS4 and CSN)
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Gerrie de Bruin, Stefan Breytenbach
Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee
 
Saturday, 4 May:
 
DHL Western Province v GWK Griquas
Kick-off: 15h30
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Sindile Mayende
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Cwengile Jadezweni
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls v EP Kings
Kick-off: 16h30 (delayed on SS1 and SSHD1 from 21h30)
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Tiaan Jonker
Assistant referees: Lusanda Jam, Cobus Wessels
Television match official: Johan Greeff
 
Top points’ scorers:
 
PLAYER
TEAM
T
C
P
D
PTS
Fred Zeilinga
Sharks XV
3
28
21
0
134
André Pretorius
Leopards XV
2
28
9
0
93
Tony Jantjies
Vodacom Blue Bulls
2
18
11
0
79
Willie du Plessis
Vodacom Blue Bulls
2
30
0
0
70
Carl Bezuidenhout
Steval Pumas
2
21
5
0
67
Karlo Aspeling
Border Bulldogs
0
6
18
0
66
Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias
ICBC Pampas XV
2
15
5
0
55
Anthony Volmink
MTN Golden Lions
10
1
0
0
52
Tewis de Bruyn
Toyota Free State XV
2
5
10
0
50
Jeff Taljard
South Western Districts
1
9
9
0
50
Scott van Breda
Eastern Province Kings
2
7
8
0
48
Marnus Schoeman
GWK Griquas
8
0
0
0
40
Sampie Mastriet
Vodacom Blue Bulls
8
0
0
0
40
Jaun Kotze
Valke
1
10
4
1
40
Francois Brummer
GWK Griquas
1
16
1
0
40
 
Vodacom Cup Previous Winners:
1998: GWK Griquas
1999: MTN Golden Lions
2000: Toyota Free State Cheetahs
2001: Vodacom Blue Bulls
2002: MTN Golden Lions
2003: MTN Golden Lions
2004: MTN Golden Lions
2005: GWK Griquas
2006: Valke
2007: GWK Griquas
2008: Vodacom Blue Bulls
2009: GWK Griquas
2010: Vodacom Blue Bulls
2011: Pampas XV
2012: DHL Western Province

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Lions set new record as Vodacom Cup Quarter final places are decided

The MTN Golden Lions snuck into the Vodacom Cup quarter-finals – which will be hosted by the Steval Pumas, Sharks XV, Vodacom Blue Bulls and DHL Western Province – when they smashed a few records against the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls on Saturday.
 
The team from Johannesburg raised the bar this weekend with a new South African first-class record for the biggest victory ever, when they beat the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls by 161-3 (points difference of 158).
 
The previous record only stood for a fortnight when the Steval Pumas crushed the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls by 154-0. The Johannesburgers’ 161 was only two points shy of the most points ever scored in a first-class match in South Africa, by Lowveld over Transkei in 1994 (163-10).
 
Their 25 tries is also a South African first-class record, while Anthony Volmink’s nine tries for the MTN Golden Lions was one more than the previous national record, held by Mark Watson for Lowveld against Transkei in 1994.
 
Volmink’s 47 points – he also slotted a conversion – is a new Vodacom Cup record for the most points by one player in a single match, which was held by Naas Olivier of GWK Griquas (against the Down Touch Griffons in 2009).
 
The MTN Golden Lions will travel to Durban to take on the Sharks XV in their playoffs – the other three quarter-finals are between the Steval Pumas and the ICBC Pampas XV in Nelspruit, DHL Western Province and GWK Griquas in Cape Town and the Vodacom Blue Bulls and EP Kings in Pretoria.
 
The dates, kick-off times and venues for the four quarter-finals will be confirmed early next week.
 
Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts scored two tries in his first match of the season, as the Sharks XV finished the league phase of the competition with a good 46-31 win over the ICBC Pampas XV in Durban on Friday evening.
 
Alberts, who had been out with a shoulder injury, played 60 minutes of the match, which the KwaZulu-Natalians had sewn up at the break when they led 36-5.
 
DHL Western Province secured home ground advantage in the quarter-finals after a 75th minute try by Kobus van Wyk, which helped them to a 41-37 win over the Toyota Free State XV at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
 
Four tries by the EP Kings were enough to see off a fiery Regent Boland Cavaliers by 27-23 in an exciting match at the Wesbank Stadium in Malmesbury on Saturday afternoon.
 
In the final match of the South Section, Karlo Aspeling was the Border Bulldogs’ hero as he kicked 20 points in their 25-19 win over the SWD Eagles in George on Friday evening.
 
It was the Bulldogs’ second successive win of the season as the finished a somewhat disappointing 2013 campaign in style at Outeniqua Park.
 
The most exciting match in the North Section this weekend, was in Potchefstroom, where the Leopards XV lost by 28-29 to GWK Griquas on Friday. The team from North West subsequently crashed out of the Vodacom Cup courtesy of the MTN Golden Lions, but they put up a good fight in a tense match against the team from the Northern Cape.
 
GWK Griquas was too strong for the Valke and won by 40-7 in Kempton Park, with Janro van Niekerk recording a hat-trick of tries – an impressive feat for a prop.
 
The fourth North Section match of the weekend was a one-sided affair at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, where the Vodacom Blue Bulls scored 13 tries as they crushed the Down Touch Griffons by 89-10 on Saturday afternoon.
 
All the scorers:
 
Sharks XV 46 (36) ICBC Pampas XV 31 (5)
 
Sharks XV – Tries: Willem Alberts (2), Jaco van Tonder, Kotaro Matsushima, Marius Joubert, Robbie Harris. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (5). Penalty goals: Zeilinga (2).
 
ICBC Pampas XV – Tries: Juan Pablo Estelles (2), Leonardo Senatore, Mariano Galarza, Ramiro Moyano. Conversions: Benjamin Madero (2), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias.
 
Leopards XV 28 (6) v Steval Pumas 29 (13)
 
Leopards XV – Tries: Brendon Snyman, Henro Swart, Hoffman Maritz. Conversions: Adriaan Engelbrecht (2). Penalty goals: Warren Gilbert (3).
 
Steval Pumas – Tries: Rosko Specman, Uzair Cassiem, Vincent Koch. Conversion: Carl Bezuidenhout. Penalty goals: Bezuidenhout (4).
 
SWD Eagles 19 (12) Border Bulldogs 25 (12)
 
SWD Eagles – Tries: Alshaun Bock, Clinton Wagman, Martin du Toit. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren, Jeff Taljard.
 
Border Bulldogs – Try: Chrislyn van Schalkwyk. Conversion: Karlo Aspeling. Penalty goals: Aspeling.
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls 89 (26) Down Touch Griffons 10 (3)
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Nardus van der Walt (2), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (2), Dries Swanepoel (2), Wiaan Liebenberg, Jacques du Plessis, Courtnall Skosan, Vainon Willis, Clayton Blommetjies, Tony Jantjies, Sampie Mastriet. Conversions: Willie du Plessis (8), Jantjies (4).
 
Down Touch Griffons – Try: Aubrey McDonald. Conversion: Hansie Graaff. Penalty goal: Graaff.
 
Valke 7 (0) GWK Griquas 40 (21)
 
Valke – Try: Sandile Ngcobo. Conversion: Jaun Kotze.
 
GWK Griquas – Tries: Enrico Acker, Janro van Niekerk (3), Leon Karemaker (2). Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (5).
 
MTN Golden Lions 161 (74) Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 3 (3)
 
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Anthony Volmink (9), Ross Cronje, Jaco Kriel (2), Warren Whiteley, JP du Plessis, Lionel Cronje, Chrysander Botha (3), Julian Redelinghuys, Francois du Toit, Guy Cronje, Deon Helberg, Vian van der Watt, JJ Breedt, Dylan des Fountain. Conversions: Guy Cronje (12), Botha, Volmink, Kobus de Kock, Ross Cronje (3).
 
Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Penalty: Bronwyn Craill.
 
Regent Boland Cavaliers 23 (13) EP Kings 27 (8)
 
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Senan van der Merwe, Ashton Constant. Conversions: Jacquin Jansen (2). Penalties: Jansen (3).
 
Eastern Province Kings – Tries: Paul Schoeman, Stefan Willemse, Kyle van Zyl, Devin Oosthuizen. Conversions: Van Zyl (2). Penalty: Scott van Breda.
 
Toyota Free State XV 37 (17) DHL Western Province 41 (24)

Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Boom Prinsloo (2), Teboho Mohoje, Tewis de Bruyn. Conversions: Riaan Smit (3), Nico Scheepers. Penalties: Smit, Scheepers (2).
 
DHL Western Province – Tries: Berton Klaasen (2), Cheslin Kolbe, Michael van der Spuy, Kobus van Wyk. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (5). Penalties: Coleman (2).
 
Vodacom Cup Logs – after Round 7:
 
North Section
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts

1 Steval Pumas 7 6 0 1 414 131 283 60 15 5 29
2 Vodacom Blue Bulls 7 5 0 2 435 159 276 59 20 8 28
3 GWK Griquas 7 4 0 3 296 161 135 43 24 6 22
4 MTN Golden Lions 7 4 0 3 320 154 166 47 17 5 21
5 Leopards XV 7 4 0 3 289 158 131 38 18 5 21
6 Down Touch Griffons 7 3 0 4 133 245 -112 18 33 1 13
7 Valke 7 2 0 5 139 269 -130 18 40 1 9
8 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 7 0 0 7 32 781 -749 3 119 0 0
 
South Section
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts

1 Sharks XV 7 6 0 1 279 166 113 32 18 5 29
2 DHL Western Province 7 5 1 1 208 153 55 26 20 5 27
3 Eastern Province Kings 7 5 1 1 191 154 37 22 16 3 25
4 ICBC Pampas XV 7 4 1 2 238 192 46 32 25 4 22
5 Toyota Free State XV 7 2 0 5 195 190 5 25 22 9 17
6 South Western Districts 7 1 0 6 147 202 -55 18 22 6 10
7 Border Bulldogs 7 2 0 5 143 239 -96 15 34 1 9
8 Regent Boland Cavaliers 7 1 1 5 151 256 -105 19 32 3 9

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3 places left in Vodacom Cup play-offs

Four more teams have joined the Steval Pumas in booking their quarter-final places. They are the Blue Bulls in the North section and the Sharks XV, DHL Western Province and ICBC Pampas XV down South.

The Leopards XV, GWK Griquas and MTN Golden Lions will be looking to fill the last two northern positions, while the EP Kings and Free State XV looking at the final southern spot. Chances are that EP Kings will take this position.

chances of reaching the quarter-finals by beating the pace-setters in the North Section, the Steval Pumas, by 23-14 in Nelspruit.
 
It was an inspired performance by the MTN Golden Lions to beat the table-topping team from Mpumalanga at the Mbombela Stadium, with their flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff contributing 13 points through a flawless kicking display, which included a good drop-goal. Flankers Jaco Kriel and Derick Minnie, who will tour with The Sharks to Australasia in the next month, scored the visitors’ tries.
 
The EP Kings reversed a 12-point half-time deficit to beat the Sharks XV by 27-23 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday afternoon, all but assuring the team from Port Elizabeth a place in the quarter-finals.
 
The hosts scored three tries in the second half tries as they handed the Sharks XV their first defeat of the season.
 
Also in the South Section, the Border Bulldogs ended their losing spell when they beat the Regent Boland Cavaliers by 26-25 in East London on Friday. The difference was a late penalty goal by Karlo Aspeling after both teams had scored three tries apiece at the Buffalo City Municipality Stadium.
 
The ICBC Pampas XV managed to fend off a spirited second-half fightback by the Toyota Free State XV to win a thrilling Vodacom Cup encounter by 38-32 in Stellenbosch on Saturday, while DHL Western Province got a bonus-point in their 34-27 win over the SWD Eagles in the Strand.
 
In the North Section, GWK Griquas stretched their winning streak over the Leopards XV to eight matches when they won an entertaining match between these two teams by 32-26 in Kimberley on Saturday. The result saw the Northern Cape team move to fourth on the log, while the Leopards XV dropped down to third on the standings.
 
The Vodacom Blue Bulls beat their northern brothers, the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls, by 110-0 in Lephalale on Saturday. Flyhalf Willie du Plessis scored 40 points – including converting 15 of his team’s 16 tries – for the Pretorians as the men from Far North suffered their fourth defeat by more than 100 points this season.
 
The Down Touch Griffons kept alive their slim hopes of reaching the quarter-finals thanks to a hard-earned 17-6 win over the Valke at the North West Stadium in Welkom on Friday.

Here is the scorers in the different games.

EP Kings 27 (3) Sharks XV 23 (15)
EP Kings – Tries:
Ntabeni Dukisa, Siyanda Grey, Stefan Willemse. Conversions: Dukisa, Kayle van Zyl (2). Penalties: Dukisa, Van Zyl.
Sharks XV – Try: Guy Alexander. Penalties: Fred Zeilinga (6).
 
ICBC Pampas XV 38 (28) Toyota Free State XV 32 (10)
ICBC Pampas XV – Tries: Manuel Montero (2), Rodrigo Bruno, Tomas Cubelli, Facundo Barrea (2). Penalties: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias. Conversions: Iglesias (5).
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Boom Prinsloo (3), Sethu Tom, Nico Scheepers. Conversions: Elgar Watts (2). Penalties: Watts.
 
GWK Griquas 32 (19) Leopards XV 26 (7)
GWK Griquas – Tries: Marnus Schoeman, Jean Stemmet, Jacques Coetzee, Leon Karemaker. Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (3). Penalty: De Wet. Drop goal: De Wet.
Leopards XV – Tries: André Pretorius, Hennie Skorbinski, MB Lusaseni, Robert Kruger. Conversions: Pretorius (3).
 
DHL Western Province 34 (20) SWD Eagles 27 (13)
DHL WP – Tries: Rayn Smid, Sikhumbizo Notshe, Berton Klaasen, Kobus van Wyk. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (4). Penalties: Coleman (2).
SWD Eagles – Tries: Alshaun Bock, Clinton Wagman, Ghafoer Luckman, Christo du Plessis. Conversions: Jeff Taljard (2). Penalty: Taljard.
 
Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 0 Vodacom Blue Bulls 110 (47)
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Ruan Snyman (2), Wiaan Liebenberg, Dean Greyling (2), Clayton Blommetjies, Hencus van Wyk, Travis Ismaiel (2), Sampie Mastriet, Cournall Skosan (2), Willie du Plessis (2), Rohan Jansen van Rensburg, Nardus van der Walt. Conversions: Du Plessis (15).
 
Steval Pumas 14 (0) MTN Golden Lions 23 (10)
Steval Pumas – Tries:
Rosco Speckman, Frankie Herne. Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout, Coenie van Wyk.
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalties: Boshoff (2). Drop goal: Boshoff.
 
Down Touch Griffons 17 (7) Valke 6 (6)
Down Touch Griffons – Tries:
Oshwill Nortje, Vuyo Mbotho. Conversions: Hansie Graaff (2). Penalty: Graaf.
Valke – Penalties: Jaun Kotze (2).
 
Border Bulldogs 26 (12) Regent Boland Cavaliers 25 (10)
Border Bulldogs – Tries:
Joe Seerane, Dean Muir, Kwezi Mkhafu. Conversion: Dale Sabbagh. Penalties: Karlo Aspeling (3)
Regent Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Braam Gerber, Ulrich Pretorius (2). Conversions: Ricardo Croy (2). Penalties: Croy (2)
 
Vodacom Cup Logs – after Round 6:
 
North Section
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts

1 Steval Pumas 6 5 0 1 385 103 282 57 12 5 25
2 Vodacom Blue Bulls 6 4 0 2 346 149 197 47 19 7 23
3 Leopards XV 6 4 0 2 261 129 132 35 15 4 20
4 GWK Griquas 6 3 0 3 256 154 102 38 23 5 17
5 MTN Golden Lions 6 3 0 3 159 151 8 22 17 4 16
6 Down Touch Griffons 6 3 0 3 123 156 -33 17 20 1 13
7 Valke 6 2 0 4 132 229 -97 17 35 1 9
8 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 6 0 0 6 29 620 -591 3 95 0 0
 
South Section
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts

1 Sharks XV 6 5 0 1 233 135 98 28 13 4 24
2 DHL Western Province 6 4 1 1 167 116 51 21 16 4 22
3 ICBC Pampas XV 6 4 1 1 207 146 61 26 18 3 21
4 Eastern Province Kings 6 4 1 1 164 131 33 18 16 2 20
5 Toyota Free State XV 6 2 0 4 158 149 9 20 16 7 15
6 South Western Districts 6 1 0 5 128 177 -49 15 21 5 9
7 Regent Boland Cavaliers 6 1 1 4 128 229 -101 17 28 2 8
8 Border Bulldogs 6 1 0 5 118 220 -102 14 31 1 5

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Helderberg RFC hosts DHL WP v SWD Eagles

Coach John Dobson of WP made seven changes to the side that beat the Pampas 28-17 last week. One of the changes is a positional switch. This is for the clash against SWD at Helderberg RFC! Strand. The game kicks off at 15:30.

Cheslin Kolbe, Kurt Coleman, Godlen Masimla, Graham Knoop (on debut for WP), Gerbrandt Grobler and Chris Heiberg all come into the starting line-up, with Rick Schroeder (on the bench) joining the matchday squad for the first time this season.

Joining scrumhalf Schroeder on the bench are props Tjoppie Ferreira and Dylan Rogers, as well as lock Wilhelm van der Sluys and flyhalf/fullback Tim Swiel.

Dobson explained his changes as follows: “It’s great having a few guys back in the mix, like Gerbrandt, Cheslin and Kurt. Wilhelm gets a well-deserved rest after playing two games in five days (after the Varsity Cup Final) and Tim has had a viral infection this week and also a quad-muscle injury, so he will ‘rest’ from the bench.

“On the bench we have two props, Dylan Rogers and Tjoppie Ferreira, as SWD have a strong forward pack and, in particular, a powerful maul so we need as many reinforcements as possible (there).

“The forward battle will be tough and crucial (as always), but I am also looking forward to seeing how Graham Knoop performs at No.7 – he is yet another player that has been identified by Jerome Paarwater through our excellent club set-up here in Western Province.”

Although SWD only managed 1 win to date they had two close losses to the Sharks and Pampas. Dobson will be taking no chances.

“Like us, they lost to the Sharks after the hooter… but they put 50 points past Boland – a team we drew with earlier in the season.

“We’re in a good space. We’ve had a few niggles this week, which made naming the team a bit tough, but we’re looking forward to this match – and the challenge – against a very good SWD side.

“It was great being back at DHL Newlands last Saturday, but we’re looking forward to playing in Strand this weekend and getting some great support from the people of the Helderberg Rugby Club.”

DHL WP Team: 15. Cheslin Kolbe 14. Pat Howard 13. Michael van der Spuy 12. Marcel Brache (c) 11. Devon Williams 10. Kurt Coleman 9. Godlen Masimla 8. Rayn Smid 7. Graham Knoop 6. Sikhumbuzo Notshe 5. Gerbrandt Grobler (vc) 4. Taz Fuzani 3. Chris Heiberg 2. Mike Willemse 1. Ashley Wells Reserves: 16. Jody Reyneke 17. Dylan Rogers 18. Tjoppie Ferreira 19. Wilhelm van der Sluys 20. Rick Schroeder 21. Berton Klaasen 22. Tim Swiel

Referee: Jason Jaftha

Vodacom Cup: Race for quarter-finals wide open

With only two rounds left to be played in the 2013 Vodacom Cup, the race for quarter-final positions are still wide open. Only the unbeaten Steval Pumas guaranteed of a place in the play-offs. 13 of the remaining 15 teams can still make it with only the Limpopo Blue Bulls and Border Bulldogs not able to qualify anymore.

The Valke, Down Touch Griffons, SWD Eagles and Regent Boland Cavaliers have a slim mathematical chance to still make it, but that will mean that they have to win their remaining two matches and hope some other results go their way.

Boland will be the team smiling most from these 4 as they travel to East London and play the Border Bulldogs. The Cavaliers have a tough match as they travel to Strand to play Western Province. This while the Valke and Griffons play each other and whoever loses will see their hopes disappear.

The Sharks who need only a bonus point to qualify, will play the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth. The Eastern Province boys will have to pull out all the stops to beat the Sharks should they still want to qualify. They are 4th on the log and have their hopes in their hands,. They have however not beaten the Sharks since 2007.

Free State, 5th on the log, play the 3rd placed Pampas. With only a point between them this game can make or break either side. This could become the match of the weekend in the South Section.

In the North Section it is the Griquas and Golden Lions that need to worry. Another defeat for either side will spell the end of their aspiration to play in the quarters. The Lions have the more difficult game as they have to travel to Nelspruit to play the Pumas. They have not beaten the Pumas in 11 years in the Vodacom Cup. They did however select a very strong side for this fixture.

Griquas host the Leopards and although the home team should be favourites it is still not a given that they will win. The students from Potch has shown that they are fully up to the task of beating sides that should be better than them.

The Blue Bulls have the easiest game of the weekend. They will be traveling to Lepelale (Ellisras) to face their baby brothers, the Limpopo Blue Bulls. It is hoped that the Pretoria men will find some love for the men from the Far North and at least keep the score to under 100. Then again the might want to go for a first by scoring 200.

Round 6 fixtures:

 

Friday, 19 April

 

Border Bulldogs v Regent Boland Cavaliers

Kick-off: 17h05

Venue: Buffalo City Municipality Stadium, East London

 

Down Touch Griffons v Valke

Kick-off: 18h30

Venue: North West Stadium, Welkom

 

Steval Pumas v MTN Golden Lions

Kick-off: 19h10

Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

 

Saturday, 20 April

 

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Kick-off: 15h00

Venue: Mogol Club, Lephalale

 

ICBC Pampas XV v Toyota Free State XV

Kick-off: 15h00

Venue: AF Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch

 

GWK Griquas v Leopards XV

Kick-off: 15h30

Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley

 

DHL Western Province v SWD Eagles

Kick-off: 15h30

Venue: Helderberg RFC, Strand

 

EP Kings v Sharks XV

Kick-off: 16h15

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

 

Top points’ scorers:

 

Player

Team

Tries

Conv

Pen

Drops

Tot

Fred Zeilinga

Sharks XV

3

23

13

0

100

André Pretorius

Leopards XV

1

25

9

0

82

Tony Jantjies

Vodacom Blue Bulls

1

14

11

0

66

Carl Bezuidenhout

Steval Pumas

2

19

1

0

51

Scott van Breda

Eastern Province Kings

2

7

7

0

45

Tewis de Bruyn

Toyota Free State XV

1

5

10

0

45

Jeff Taljard

South Western Districts

1

6

8

0

41

Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias

ICBC Pampas XV

2

9

4

0

40

Francois Brummer

GWK Griquas

1

16

1

0

40

Tiaan Marx

Steval Pumas

1

15

1

0

38

Karlo Aspeling

Border Bulldogs

0

5

9

0

37

Marnus Schoeman

GWK Griquas

7

0

0

0

35

Jaun Kotze

Valke

1

9

2

1

32

Sampie Mastriet

Vodacom Blue Bulls

6

0

0

0

30

Benjamin Madero

ICBC Pampas XV

0

7

5

0

29

Wesley Dunlop

Eastern Province Kings

0

3

7

0

27

Gary Van Aswegen

DHL Western Province

0

3

5

2

27

Golden Lions bring bring big guns for Pumas

Golden Lions head coach, Johann Ackerman, announced his side to take on the Stevel Pumas in Nelspuit on Friday night. Ackerman is not taking any chances and the majority of the side is filled by senior players. There is however two debutant players in Crysander Botha and Kobus de Kock.

The Lions can’t afford to lose as that will see them miss the play-offs. The Pumas are coming of a record breaking win of 154-0 over the Limpopo Blue Bulls. That should explain Ackerman’s careful approach to this game.

Golden Lions Team: 1. JC Janse van Rensburg (C) 2. Robbie Coetzee 3. Ruan Dreyer 4. Hendrik Roodt 5. Franco Mostert 6. Jaco Kriel 7. Derick Minnie (vc) 8. Warren Whiteley 9. Michael Bondesio 10. Marnitz Boshoff 11. Anthony Volmink 12. Alwyn Hollenbach 13. Deon van Rensburg 14. Crysander Botha 15. Kobus de Kock Replacements: 16. Francois du Toit 17. Julian Redelinghuys 18. Willie Britz 19. Warwick Tecklenburg 20. Ross Cronje 21. Lionel Cronje 22. Deon Helberg

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Pumas set new record against Limpopo

first class rugby in South Africa when they beat the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls by 154-0 in a Vodacom Cup massacre at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.
 
It was a weekend of big scores, with one century of points and three 50s in the eight encounters as the top teams start their push for the playoffs.
 
The previous record, a 153-point win, was held by Lowveld with their 163-10 victory over Transkei in 1994. The Steval Pumas’ 154 points is the second most ever scored in South Africa, and surpassed DHL Western Province’s 151-3 win over the Valke (then still called Eastern Transvaal) in 1995.
 
Former Springbok Sevens flyer Danwel Demas scored four of the ruthless Steval Pumas’ 22 tries. They lead 70-0 at half-time. Jaco Bouwer and JW Bell scored three tries each, while the home team’s two flyhalves, Carl Bezuidenhout and Coenie van Wyk, converted 11 each.
 
This North Section win secured the Steval Pumas a place in the quarter-finals and the smart money has to be on them to qualify for home field advantage in the playoff.
 
The Sharks XV, the only other unbeaten team in the Vodacom Cup, needs one log point in the South Section to secure a playoff spot, with only two league matches remaining before the quarter-finals.
 
The KwaZulu-Natalians secured a comfortable 54-24 win over the Regent Boland Cavaliers in Durban on Friday afternoon, with Brynard Stander bagging two tries and Fred Zeilinga moving to 100 season points thanks to a personal haul of 24 points with the boot.
 
Also in the South Section, EP Kings wingers Yamkela Ngam and Siyanda Grey both bagged two tries as they beat the SWD Eagles by 52-10 at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday. The hosts ran in seven tries against their Southern Kings franchise partners.
 
DHL Western Province, the defending champions, fought back in the second half of their match against 2011 champions, the ICBC Pampas XV, at DHL Newlands. Early in the second half, the Argentineans lead by 17-5, but the Capetonians never gave up and ended up winning by 28-17 after scoring 23 unanswered points in the last 35 minutes.
 
The Toyota Free State XV scored four tries – two of them by their captain. Tertius Daniller, as they won only their second match of the season by beating a gallant Border Bulldogs side by 26-25 in a thrilling match at the University of Fort Hare in Alice on Saturday.
 
In the North Section, the Vodacom Blue Bulls were far too good for the Valke as they clinched a 74-14 win at Hugenote High School on Saturday afternoon. The three-time champions scored 12 tries, with Sampie Mastriet bagging four and three players – Courtnall Skosan, Travis Ismail and former SA Under-20 captain Wiaan Liebenberg – scoring two tries each.
 
Mastriet (left wing) got his first three tries within the first 25 minutes and scored his fourth early in the second half during this one-sided match.
 
On Friday afternoon, the MTN Golden Lions resurrected their hopes of a playoff place thanks to a hard-fought 24-11 victory over GWK Griquas at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg.
 
It was the MTN Golden Lions’ second win of the season and a very vital victory, as it kept them in the hunt for a quarter-final berth.
 
The Leopards XV remained in second position on the North Section log with a good 27-7 win over the Down Touch Griffons in Potchefstroom on Friday afternoon. Winger Danie Dames scored two tries, but an electrical storm saw play suspended for 33 minutes early in the match.
 
All the scorers (click on the link for the match breakdown):
 
Leopards XV 27 (6) Down Touch Griffons 7 (0)
 
Leopards XV – Tries: Danie Dames (2), Morné Hanekom. Conversions: André Pretorius (3). Penalties: Pretorius (2).
 
Down Touch Griffons – Try: Aubrey McDonald. Conversion: Inus Kritzinger.
 
Sharks XV 54 (34) Regent Boland Cavaliers 24 (10)
 
Sharks XV – Tries: Brynard Stander (2), S’bura Sithole, Heimar Williams, Murray Bondesio, Jaco van Tonder. Conversions: Fred Zeilinga (6). Penalties: Zeilinga (4).
 
Regent Boland Cavaliers –Tries: Ulrich Pretorius, Jacquin Jansen, Penalty Try. Conversions: Ricardo Croy (3). Penalty: Croy.
 
MTN Golden Lions 24 (16) GWK Griquas 11 (6)
 
MTN Golden Lions – Tries: Warren Whiteley, Deon van Rensburg, Michael Bondesio. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalty: Boshoff.
 
GWK Griquas – Try: Jacques Coetzee. Penalties: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (2).
 
EP Kings 52 (38) SWD Eagles 10 (5)
 
EP Kings – Tries: Yamkela Ngam (2), Sianda Grey (2), Scott van Breda, Luke Watson, Tiger Mangweni. Conversions: Scott van Breda (7). Penalty: Scott van Breda.
 
SWD Eagles– Tries: Jeff Taljard, Kabamba Floors.
 
Valke 14 (7) Vodacom Blue Bulls 74 (14)
 
Valke – Tries: Anrich Richter, Juan Kotze. Conversions: Kotze (2).
 
Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Sampie Mastriet (4), Clayton Blommetjies, Wiaan Liebenberg (2), Travis Ismail (2), Courtnall Skosan (2), Piet Lindeque. Conversions: Willie du Plessis (7).
 
DHL Western Province 28 (5) ICBC Pampas XV 17 (12)
 
DHL Western Province – Tries: Pat Howard (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Tim Swiel. Conversion: Dillyn Leyds. Penalty: Leyds. Drop goal: Swiel.
 
ICBC Pampas XV – Tries: Manuel Montero, Leonardo Senatore, Matias Massera. Conversion: Benjamin Madero.
 
Steval Pumas 154 (70) Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 0
 
Steval Pumas – Tries: Danwel Demas (5), Jaco Bouwer (3), JW Bell (3), Frank Herne (2), RW Kember, Ashwin Scott, Jerome Pretorius, De-Jay Terblanche, Doppies le Roux, Renaldo Bothma (2), Eduan van der Walt, Drew van Coller. Conversions: Carl Bezuidenhout (11), Coenie van Wyk (11)
 
Border Bulldogs 25 (12) Toyota Free State XV 26 (12)
 
Border Bulldogs – Tries: Niell Jacobs, Mkhafu Khwezilokusa, Ernst Landendorf. Conversions: Karlo Aspelling (2). Penalties: Aspelling (2).
 
Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Tertius Daniller (2), Noel Marx, Joubert Engelbrecht. Conversions: Elgar Watts, Nico Scheepers (2).

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