The Chiefs are the 2012 Super Rugby champs, and Pat Cilliers is a Springbok!

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A look back at the weekend’s rugby results and happenings:

Super Rugby:
Chiefs 37 – 6 Sharks

Selected club rugby results:
WP: Belhar 37-27 False Bay, Durbanville-Bellville 23-21 Maties, UCT 17-18 Hamiltons, Victorians 29-13 Tygerberg
Bulls: Tukkies 61-30 Pretoria Police, Silver Valke 0-38 Centurion, Naka Bulls 58-16 TUT
Lions: Diggers 25-40 Wanderers, Eldoronians 7-19 Soweto, Khosa 13-54 Wes Wits, Wits 31-37 Roodepoort, Brakpan 46-27 Raiders.
KZN: Ballito Dolphins 8-36 Durban Collegians, Piet Retief 19-57 College Rovers.

Old Selbornians became  11th team to qualify for Club champs with 22-12 win over 2nd-placed E London Police in Border Super League. They join Villagers Worcester, Durbell, Blanco, Despatch, College Rovers, Impala, Bloem  Police, Roodepoort, Brakpan and Sishen. The 38th SARU National Club Championships will be held from 15-21 Sept at Rustenburg Impala RFC.

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Selected school results:
Paarl Boys 9-16 Paarl Gym
Selborne 7-12 Dale
Waterkloof 46-21 EG Jansen
Pretoria BH 20-36 Affies
Grey High 35-29 Framesby
St. Andrews 47-17 Muir
Grey College 58-10 Kearsney
Glenwood 27-27 Maritzburg College
Diamantveld 46-10 Jeppe
KES 82- 3 Parktown
Paul Roos 11-12 Drostdy
Rondebosch 6-26 SACS
Wynberg 25-16 Bishops

For a full list of results, head to www.saschoolsports.co.za

Currie Cup 1st division:
Leopards 7 – 28 Border
Boland 79 – 26 Valke
SWD 20 – 13 Griffons
Pumas 30 – 30 EP Kings

U21’s:
Leopards 20 – 31 Western Province
Free State Cheetahs 49 – 35 Border
Sharks 19 – 15 Lions

U19’s:
Leopards 27 – 24 Western Province
Free State 99 – 3 SWD Eagles
Sharks 28 – 29 Lions

Springboks:
Andries Bekker, Siya Kolisi, Pat Cilliers, JJ Engelbrecht, Elton Jantjies and Jano Vermaak were all included in a 30 man Bok squad that will assemble in Cape Town on Sunday to begin preparations for their opening Four Nations Test on August 18 against Argentina at Newlands.

The squad will be trimmed to 26 for the trip to Mendoza, where they play Argentina on August 25 after the Newlands Test.

Injured Springboks not considered for selection were: Bjorn Basson, Juan Smith, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brüssow, Bandise Maku, Coenie Oosthuizen Jaco Taute, Johan Goosen and Duane Vermeulen.

Wynand Olivier and Ryan Kankowski, have signed contracts in Japan and were also not considered.

The Springbok squad is:
Backs: JJ Engelbrecht, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Morne Steyn and Jano Vermaak (Bulls), Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen and Francois Steyn (Sharks), Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers, capt (Stormers), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)

Forwards: Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Dean Greyling, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Jacques Potgieter, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Pierre Spies (Bulls), Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi (Stormers), Pat Cilliers (Lions), Adriaan Strauss (Cheetahs)

The All Black 28-man squad:
Hookers: Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu.
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock.
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock.
Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Victor Vito.
Scrumhalves: Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu.
Flyhalves: Daniel Carter, Aaron Cruden.
Centres: Tamati Ellison, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith.
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Julian Savea.

Currie Cup match reports
 
Pumas (9) 30 EP (17) 30
Fullback JC Roos kept his cool under immense pressure as he kicked a touchline conversion to salvage a draw for the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

The Kings had dominated the first 50 minutes of the match in impressive fashion, making a compelling argument that they are a team on the rise, as they built a formidable 27-9 lead.

But they then suffered a dramatic fade-out in the last half-hour that certainly leaves more questions than answers about their ability to perform on bigger stages than the Currie Cup ‘B’ Section.

The Pumas, playing in front of their home crowd – which looked sparse in the massive Mbombela Stadium – produced a rousing, passionate comeback and it was the boot of Roos that ensured they came away with a share of the spoils.

Roos kicked with authority throughout, succeeding with all six of his shots at goal, including the conversion from the touchline after the final hooter that secured the draw.

Pumas – Tries: Tiaan Marx, Renaldo Bothma, JW Jonker. Conversions: JC Roos (3). Penalties: Roos (3).
EP – Tries: Marcello Sampson, Hannes Franklin, David Bulbring. Conversions: George Whitehead (3). Penalties: Whitehead (3).

SWD (17) 20 Griffons (0) 13
SWD held off a strong second-half fightback by the Griffons to seal a tight victory in George on Friday.

The hosts scored all their opening-period points inside 18 minutes and a one-sided encounter was well on the cards at that stage, but the match took a dramatic twist after the restart when SWD were reduced to 13 men – paving the way for a strong comeback via scores from Hansie Graaff and Nicky Steyn.

However, the Griffons fell just short and in the process missed the chance to make up ground on the log-leading Kings. The Eagles on the other hand stayed in fifth place, their performance far from convincing.

The Eagles seemed to go to sleep, with the visitors coming out firing after the restart, and it needed a late penalty from home fullback Elric van Vuuren to make sure of the win.

SWD – Tries: Grant Kemp, Alshaun Bock. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (2). Penalties: Van Vuuren (2).
Griffons – Tries: Nicky Steyn, Hansie Graaff. Penalty: Tiaan van Wyk.

Boland (34) 79 Valke (19) 26
With Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer in attendance for the squad announcement after the game, the Kavaliers used their backline to great effect, strolling through for 12 tries. It has to be admitted, however, that they were up against an exceptionally naive Valke defence.

Boland also used the rolling maul superbly to score four of their tries, two of them going to captain and flank Franzel September.

Boland – Tries: Zandre Jordaan, PJ van Zyl, Neil Papier (2), Mziwamadoda Yako, Franzel September (2), Elgar Watts, Cornal Hendricks (2), Brendon April (2). Conversions: Watts (5), Ricardo Croy (3). Penalty: Watts.
Valke – Tries: Nico Pretorius, JC Greyling, Jaco Oosthuizen (2). Conversions: Karlo Aspeling (2), Juan Kotze.

Leopards (28) 53 Border (7) 28
Flanker Phillip de Wet ran in four tries to help the Leopards ease to a comfortable victory, the home side running in seven tries in total with Joubert Engelbrecht, Danie Dames and Gerhard Nortier also crossing.

Flyhalf Andre Pretorius kicked 18 points in total, while the visitors managed to reply with four tries of their own, including one from their number 10, Jannie Myburgh, as part of a 13-point haul.

It means that the Leopards are back in second position on the log and are now just six points behind the log-leading Kings.

Leopards – Tries: Philip de Wet (4), Joubert Engelbrecht, Gerhard Nortier, Danie Dames. Conversions: Andre Pretorius (6). Penalties: Pretorius (2).
Border – Tries: Ruan Jacobs, Lesley-Dean Luiter, Jannie Myburgh, Gareth Krause. Conversions: Jannie Myburgh (4).

Congrats to Bubbles25 for taking the Grunt S15 SuperBru title!

8 Comments

  1. Finally Heyneke has seen the light with the omission of Werner Kruger. I am not too sure that Greyling deserves his spot though! Yesterday in “Die Burger” it was reported that Etzebeth was injured – any news about that Tank ?

    1. Have not heard that one Charles … But Test only on the 18th. No doubt fine by then .. Agree re Kruger, but Cilliers not much better that I can promise you

      1. Agree with your comments re Cilliers but we are very stretched there. I don’t know who else except Oosthuizen that is injured.
        According to this morning’s Rapport, Etzebeth has a hip injury but he should be fine come the 18th (I hope he is because we need him !!)

  2. I have never rated Greyling. Think he has a bad scrumming technique. Always tends to scrum upwards and gives away many penalties at scrum time.

  3. CJ v d Linde is the most under rated prop in SA. He is at present the only provincial prop who can easily play both sides. And argueably the better tighthead in SA. Maybe time to look at the overseas based props who can represent SA.

  4. There comes a time when any coach has to differentiate between keeping continuity and out of form/not good enough. There are some in this squad who IMO are out of form or not good enough. If you cannot stand out at Super level there is little chance you are going to stand out at test level – Jantjies(line and field kicking poor, ability to take control non -existent) Kirchner (the less said the better) Spies (as always the proverbial ghost). Greyling( average CC prop). Bekker(gives the side an extra wing).
    I maybe completely wrong, but I cannot understand how Peter Grant does not come into the frame – 95% of the time he does the basic work of a flyhalf very well – not flash but reliable. I’m sure the same could be asked about De Jongh.

  5. So in the end the Stormers achieved more than the Sharks in S15. Conference cup and only lost 3 games. Sharks racked up the frequent flyer miles but has nothing to show.
    On the Bok squad the only real problems Sa have is No 8 and No 10. I would play lambie at 10 and keegan at 8. But these are two big problems for Boks!

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