Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Pitch conditions - Toyota Stadium On eyesight, the condition of the pitch in does not look very good and therefore some facts concerning the pitch of Toyota Stadium for your<br><br> information: The pitch at Toyota Stadium consists of three types of grass namely Kikuyu, annual and perennial ryegrass.<br><br> In the last part of 2016, the Free State were hit by a severe drought and experienced temperatures in December of 40 anddeg;C and even more. Because Toyota Stadium is situated in a low-lying area, a temperature is 2-3anddeg;C colder than the rest of the suburbs in Bloemfontein. This severe climate and drought cause the rye grass, which is a winter grass and needs a lot of water, to die. The Kikuyu, normally a summer grass, and supposed to grow over the ryegrass millimetres when it dies, also did not perform as expected. In early January<br><br> 2017 these dead patches were reseeded for the season.<br><br> Then, thankfully, we receive higher than normal rainfalls and thunderstorms.<br><br> On one occasion we received more millimetres if rain in half an hour.<br><br> This again caused the seeds to drown and we did not get any growth.<br><br> As we were in the process of our annual reseeding the pitch (during end of match when the team tour) we did not reseed the field again. This leaves certain patches on the pitch in areas were the kikuyu did not grow as well.<br><br> Currently we are in our process to reseed the pitch and the pitch is: short but still within playing standards not to hard and still a pitch for good running rugby 2017-03-24 Two local derbies spice up Vodacom Super Rugby weekend - Round 5 Preview Jan Serfontein to earn 50th cap milestone against Blues Seabelo Senatla in first start for the DHL Stormers Warren Whiteley leads Emirates Lions for 50th time versus Kings Two local derbies will spice up Round Five of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament this weekend, which will also see matches abroad for the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls.<br><br> The Southern Kings host the Emirates Lions in the first of the local derbies in Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, while the Toyota Cheetahs take on the Cell C Sharks in Bloemfontein to complete a full weekend of rugby for all six South African franchises. Earlier on Saturday, the Vodacom Bulls take on the Blues in Albany and the DHL Stormers face the Sunwolves in Singapore.<br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs welcome back regular skipper Francois Venter and the young Springbok midfielder will also lead his side in their big Vodacom Super Rugby derby against the Cell C Sharks, with both sides determined to improve on their performances of last weekend.<br><br> Venter returns to the side for the first time this year, having been sidelined with an ankle injury, and the home team also welcome back fit-again wings Sergeal Petersen and Raymond Rhule.<br><br> The Jaguares defeated the depleted Toyota Cheetahs last week in Buenos Aires and the Bloem side will be determined to rectify matters, while the Durban side just managed to edge the Southern Kings in their fourth round encounter.<br><br> Meanwhile, the coastal side bolstered their ranks with the return of a number of Springboks who were rested last weekend against the Kings. Prop Beast Mtawarira returns to the starting line-up along with fellow Springbok Coenie Oosthuizen in a reshuffled front row while wing Lwazi Mvovo is also back.<br><br> Springbok centre Jan Serfontein will make his 50th appearance for the Vodacom Bulls when the Pretoria side tackles the Blues on Saturday morning in their fifth round match in North Harbour, which starts at 08h35 (SA time).<br><br> His milestone comes a week after Serfontein had made an immediate impact last weekend in his return to action following his lengthy injury lay-off when he scored twice against the Sunwolves at Loftus. He moves to inside centre and partners Jesse Kriel in a revamped midfield combination.<br><br> In one of the several changes to their starting line-up, former Springbok skipper Adriaan Strauss makes his first start of the season in the light blue jersey and the hooker also resumes the captaincy.<br><br> Springbok Sevens star and current World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Seabelo Senatla, earns his first start of the campaign on the left wing for the DHL Stormers in their midday battle with the Sunwolves in Singapore. Starting time is set for 12h55 (SA time).<br><br> DHL Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made several changes to the Cape side, which also includes the return of Springbok flank and regular captain, Siya Kolisi, after he was rested for their last outing two weeks ago against the Kings.<br><br> Lanky No 8 Warren Whiteley will captain the Emirates Lions for the 50th time when they face the Southern Kings at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.<br><br> Whiteley will be playing in his 71st match overall for the Joburg franchise and is their most experienced captain during the last decade, with Cobus "Baywatch" Grobbelaar (28 captaincy appearances) and Josh Strauss (17) next on the list. Johan Ackermann made one change from the side team that thumped the Reds 44-14 last weekend, with Harold Vorster replacing Lionel Mapoe in midfield.<br><br> Lionel Cronje, who has been vice-captain of the side from the start of the campaign, will take charge as captain of the Kings in the absence of injured skipper, Schalk Ferreira. The injury to Ferreira gives Schalk van der Merwe a starting opportunity, while coach David Davids also called on hooker Kurt Haupt to start this week ahead of Michael Willemse. Malcolm Jaer makes a return to the team, this week starting at fullback as Masixole Banda is given a break this weekend.<br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby Resources: 2017 MEDIA GUIDE | MATCH PACKS| MATCH CENTRE<br><br> Blues v Vodacom Bulls Teams: Blues: 15. Michael Collins, 14. Matt Duffie, 13. Rieko Ioane, 12. George Moala, 11. Melani Nanai, 10. Piers Francis, 9. Augustine Pulu, 8. Jerome Kaino, 7. Blake Gibson, 6. Jimmy Tupou, 5. Patrick Tuipulotu, 4. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. James Parsons (captain), 1. Pauliasi Manu. Replacements: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Ofa Tuand#39;ungafasi, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Akira Ioane, 20. Murphy Taramai, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Ihaia West, 23. TJ Faiane.<br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15. Warrick Gelant, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Jamba Ulengo, 10. Handrandeacute; Pollard, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Nick de Jager, 6. Ruan Steenkamp, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Jason Jenkins, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Lizo Gqoboko. Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Pierre Schoeman, 18. RG Snyman, 19. Jannes Kirsten, 20. Rudy Paige, 21. Tian Schoeman, 22. Burger Odendaal, 23. John-Roy Jenkinson.<br><br> Match information: Date: Saturday, 25 March<br><br> SA Time: 08h35<br><br> Venue: QBE Stadium, North Harbour<br><br> Referee: Nic Berry<br><br> Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Nick Briant (New Zealand)<br><br> Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)<br><br> Sunwolves v DHL Stormers Teams: Sunwolves: 15. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14. Shota Emi, 13. Timothy Lafaele, 12. Derek Carpenter, 11. Kenki Fukuoka, 10. Jumpei Ogura, 9. Keisuke Uchida, 8. Willie Britz, 7. Shokei Kin, 6. Ed Quirk (captain), 5. Sam Wykes, 4. Liaki Moli, 3. Heiichiro Ito, 2. Yusuke Niwai, 1. Koki Yamamoto. Replacements: 16. Atsushi Sakate, 17. Masataka Mikami, 18. Takuma Asahara, 19. Uwe Helu, 20. Shumei Matsuhashi, 21. Kaito Shigeno, 22. Hayden Cripps, 23. Ryohei Yamanaka<br><br> DHL Stormers: 15. Dillyn Leyds, 14. Bjorn Basson, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. Dan Kriel, 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Siya Kolisi (captain), 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. JD Shickerling, 4. Chris van Zyl, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16. Ramone Samuels, 17. Caylib Oosthuizen, 18. Oli Kebble, 19. Jan de Klerk, 20. Cobus Wiese, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Dan du Plessis.<br><br> Match information: Date: Saturday, 25 March<br><br> SA Time: 12h55<br><br> Venue: National Stadium, Singapore<br><br> Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)<br><br> Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo, Akihisa Aso (Japan)<br><br> Television match official: Minoru Fuji (Japan)<br><br> Southern Kings v Emirates Lions Teams: Southern Kings: 15. Malcolm Jaer, 14. Makazole Mapimpi, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Alshaun Bock, 10. Lionel Cronje (captain), 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Ruaan Lerm (vice-captain), 7. Andisa Ntsila, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4. Irne Herbst, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Kurt Haupt, 1. Schalk van der Merwe. Replacements: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Justin Forwood, 19. Tyler Paul, 20. Stefan Willemse, 21. Johan Steyn, 22. Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23. Luzuko Vulindlu.<br><br> Emirates Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Madosh Tambwe, 13. Harold Vorster, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Ruan Ackermann, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Sti Sithole, 18. Hencus van Wyk, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Dillon Smit, 22. Jacques Nel, 23. Sylvian Mahuza.<br><br> Match information: Date: Saturday, 25 March<br><br> SA Time: 15h05<br><br> Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth<br><br> Referee: Quinton Immelman (SA)<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Egon Seconds (SA)<br><br> Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (SA)<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks Teams: Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Francois Venter (captain), 12. Nico Lee, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Henco Venter, 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Paul Schoeman, 5. Francois Uys, 4. Justin Basson, 3. Johan Coetzee, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ox Nche. Replacements: 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Carl Wegner, 20. Niell Jordaan, 21. Tian Meyer, 22. Niel Marais, 23. Rayno Benjamin/Clinton Swart.<br><br> Cell C Sharks: 15. Clement Poitrenaud, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Curwin Bosch, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu (captain), 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Jacques Vermeulen, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Daniel du Preez, 21. Michael Claassens, 22. Jeremy Ward, 23. Garth April.<br><br> Match information: Date: Saturday, 25 March<br><br> SA Time: 17h55<br><br> Venue: Toyota Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper<br><br> Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Lourens van der Merwe,<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff<br><br> Other Round 5 fixtures (SA kick-off times): Friday, 24 March: 08h35: Crusaders v Force (Christchurch)<br><br> 10h45: Rebels v Waratahs (Melbourne)<br><br> Saturday, 25 March: 08h35: Blues v Vodacom Bulls (North Harbour)<br><br> 10h45: Brumbies v Highlanders (Canberra)<br><br> 21h40: Jaguares v Reds (Buenos Aires)<br><br> Bye: Chiefs, Hurricanes Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs<br><br> 2017-03-23 Captain Francois Venter back in action Francois Venter will be making is return after an ankle injury kept him sidelined for the first four games of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby season.<br><br> He will be leading the Toyota Cheetahs in their match against the Cell C Sharks on Saturday, 25 March 2017 in Toyota Stadium. The match kicks off at 17:15.<br><br> Changes to the team from last week: Returning from injuries and new to the starting line-up: Ox Nche, Justin Basson, Raymond Rhule, Nico Lee, Francois Venter and Sergeal Petersen. Johan Coetzee, Paul Schoeman, Shaun Venter and Fred Zeilinga moves from the bench to the starting line-up. Torsten van Jaarsveld will be starting on hooker while Elandrandeacute; Huggett moves to the bench. Henco Venter moves from flank to no.8, while Niell Jordaan moves to the bench. Other players moving to the bench: Tom Botha, Tian Meyer, Niel Marais and Ryno Benjamin/Clinton Swart The referee for the game is Jaco Peyper. He will be assisted by Jaco van Heerden and Lourens van der Merwe. The TMO is Johan Greeff.<br><br> Gates open at 13:30. Two club teams, Warriors and Defence will be playing in a curtain-raiser at 14:30.<br><br> Entertainment The Toyota Cheetahs invites supporters to enjoy a fun-filled day at Toyota Stadium with a new braai facility with Sparta at the Castle Deck area and the enlarged family-friendly alcohol-free area. Wicus van der Merwe will be providing entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match.<br><br> Ticket prices: Main Stand andndash; R80. Open Stand andndash; R60 for adults and R20 for kids.<br><br> Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at Toyota Stadium.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks<br><br> 25 March 2017, 17:15<br><br> Toyota Stadium Ox Nche Torsten van Jaarsveld Johan Coetzee Justin Basson Francois Uys Paul Schoeman Oupa Mohoje Henco Venter Shaun Venter Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule Nico Lee Francois Venter (c ) Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Elandrandeacute; Huggett Charles Marais Tom Botha Carl Wegner Niell Jordaan Tian Meyer Niel Marais Ryno Benjamin / Clinton Swart 2017-03-23 The exciting wing, Luther Obi joined the Toyota Cheetahs,-Luther-Obi-joined-the-Toyota-Cheetahs After his contract with the Blue Bulls ended, he signed with the Toyota Cheetahs for two years.<br><br> Obi included in the South Africa Under-20 side that competed at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship. He scored four tries in his five appearances and finished joint-second in the try-scoring chart.<br><br> Looking forward to seeing this talented player in our midst.<br><br> 2017-03-22 Tian Meyer to lead the Toyota Cheetahs against Jaguares The Toyota Cheetahs, captained by Tian Meyer, will be taking on the Jaguares at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday, 17 March 2017. The match kicks off at 21:40 SA time. Coach Franco Smith named his the team for the encounter. <br><br> Changes to the team from last week:<br><br> Danie Mienie (prop), Elandrandeacute; Huggett (hooker), Tom Botha (prop), Armandt Koster (lock), Henco Venter (flanker), Niel Marais (flyhalf) and Ruan van Rensburg (wing) moves to the starting line-up while Charles Marais, Johan Coetzee, Paul Schoeman and Fred Zeilinga moves to the bench. <br><br> Elandrandeacute; Huggett will be replacing Torsten van Jaarsveld. Armandt Koster will be replacing Justin Basson on lock. Ruan van Rensburg will be replacing the injured Raymond Rhule. Michael van der Spuy will be joining the starting line-up, replacing Ryno Benjamin on outside centre. Benjamin moves to right wing. New to the bench: Joseph Dweba, Carl Wegner, William Small-Smith/ Boom Prinsloo and Shaun Venter. The referee for the game is Paul Williams (New Zeeland). He will be assisted by Nick Briant (New Zeeland) and Pablo Deluca (Argentina). The TMO is Santiago Borsani from Argentina. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Jaguares<br><br> 17 March 2017, 21:40<br><br> Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires<br><br> <br><br> Danie Mienie Elandrandeacute; Huggett Tom Botha Armandt Koster Francois Uys Henco Venter Oupa Mohoje Niell Jordaan Tian Meyer (c ) Niel Marais Ruan van Rensburg Clinton Swart Michael van der Spuy Ryno Benjamin Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Joseph Dweba Charles Marais Johan Coetzee Carl Wegner Paul Schoeman William Small-Smith / Boom Prinsloo Shaun Venter Fred Zeilinga 2017-03-16 Toyota Cheetahs - Injury update The Toyota Cheetahs were burdened by a couple of injuries after the last Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Vodacom Bulls.<br> Herewith an update on all the injured players and the estimated time of recovery.<br><br> Gunter van Rensburg andndash; knee, 6 months<br> Luan de Bruin andndash; back, 6 months<br> Erich de Jager andndash; foot, 3 months<br> Reniel Hugo andndash; knee, 3 andndash; 8 months<br> Gerhard Olivier andndash; ankle, 2 months<br> Tienie Burger andndash; finger, 6 weeks<br> Uzair Cassiem andndash; knee, 1 month<br> Francois Venter andndash; ankle, 3 weeks<br> William Small-Smith andndash; finger, 2 weeks<br> Sergeal Petersen andndash; knee, 2 weeks<br> Shaun Venter andndash; hamstring, 10 days<br> Ox Nche andndash; knee, 10 days<br> Nico Lee andndash; shoulder, 10 days<br><br> 2017-03-09 Toyota Cheetahs vs Sunwolves - Team Announcement The Toyota Cheetahs will be taking on the Sunwolves from Japan in another Vodacom Super Rugby home game on Saturday, 11 March 2017. Despite a couple of injuries Coach Franco Smith has named his strong team for the match that kicks off at 17:15. <br><br> Changes to the team from last week: Charles Marais will start as prop, replacing Ox Nche who sustained a knee injury during the match against the Vodacom Bulls last weekend. Francois Uys will be replacing Reniel Hugo, who is sidelined due to a long-term knee injury. The injured Uzair Cassiem (knee) will be replaced by Paul Schoeman who will be starting as no. 6 flank. Neill Jordaan will start on no.8. Ryno Benjamin moves to outside centre, replacing the injured Nico Lee (shoulder). Zee Mkhabela will be starting on right wing in Ryno Benjaminandrsquo;s place. Tom Botha, Armandt Koster and Henco Venter, Ali Mgijima and Ruan van Rensburg are new on the bench. Ali Mgijima will be making his Vodacom Super Rugby debut when he runs onto the field. The referee for the game is Rasta Rasivhenge. He will be assisted by Jaco Peyper and Quintin Immelman. The TMO is Johan Greeff.<br><br> Gates open at 12:00. The Toyota Free State XV and Griquas will be facing each other in a pre-season warm-up game at 14:30 and two rugby clubs, Collegians and Crusaders will be facing each other at 12:30.<br><br> Entertainment The Toyota Cheetahs invites supporters to enjoy a fun-filled day at Toyota Stadium with a new braai facility with Sparta at the Castle Deck area and the enlarged family friendly alcohol-free area. Pieter Smith will be providing entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match. <br><br> Ticket prices: Main Stand andndash; R80. Open Stand andndash; R60 for adults and R20 for kids. <br><br> Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at Toyota Stadium. <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Sunwolves <br><br> 11 March 2017, 17:15<br><br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Charles Marais Torsten van Jaarsveld (C) Johan Coetzee Justin Basson Francois Uys Paul Schoeman Oupa Mohoje Neill Jordaan Tian Meyer (VC) Fred Zeilinga Raymond Rhule Clinton Swart Ryno Benjamin Zee Mkhabela Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Danie Mienie Elandre Huggett Tom Botha Armandt Koster Henco Venter Niel Marais Ali Mgijima Ruan van Rensburg 2017-03-09 SA Rugby returns Currie Cup to strength-versus-strength The Currie Cup will return to a more intense, strength-versus-strength format this year following a decision of a Special General Council of SA Rugby in Cape Town on Friday.<br><br> The Premier Division of the Currie Cup, supported by Nashua and DirectAxis, will contract from nine to seven teams. The winners of an eight-team First Division (including a representative team from Namibia) will play a promotion challenge series against the last-placed Premier Division team.<br><br> The new format will see the return of mid-week rugby with each of the teams scheduled to play a number of weekday matches during the season.<br><br> The Premier Division teams were determined on the last seasonandrsquo;s top six plus the Steval Pumas, who had the best record of the rest in the competition over the past five years.<br><br> The Currie Cup Premier Division will comprise of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Xerox Golden Lions, DHL Western Province, Cell C Sharks, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Tafel Lager Griquas and Steval Pumas.<br><br> The Currie Cup First Division will feature Boland, Down Touch Griffons, Hino Valke, Leopards, Eastern Province, Border, SWD and Weltwitschias (Namibia). They will play a single round.<br><br> The tournament kicks off on 12 August, the week after the final of Vodacom Super Rugby. The final takes place on 28 October.<br><br> By: None<br><br> 2017-03-06 Local teams shine in splendid weekend action - Vodacom Super Rugby Round 2 Roundup Five from six for South African franchise sides on jam-packed Saturday <br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs withstood a fierce late surge by the Vodacom Bulls to win their first Vodacom Super Rugby match of the season by 34-28 at home in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening. Overall, it was a splendid Saturday for local fans who saw five of the six South African teams emerging victorious from their Round 2 fixtures.<br><br> The Emirates Lions won for a second week in a row, as did the DHL Stormers, while the Cell C Sharks and also the Southern Kings registered morale-boosting away wins. <br><br> In Bloemfontein, the Toyota Cheetahs held a commanding 28-14 halftime lead and they stretched their advantage to 31-14 with just 15 minutes left on the clock, but they had to work hard on defence to halt a late rally from their Pretoria rivals. The home side outscored the visitors by five tries to three, with Springbok flanker Oupa Mohoje scoring twice in their 34-28 win.<br><br> The DHL Stormers made it two from two with their hard-fought 32-25 success over the Jaguares in their later-afternoon fixture at DHL Newlands. The Jaguares had 13 players on the field at one stage due to yellow card offences, while they also conceded a penalty try.<br><br> At Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg, the Emirates Lions showed glimpses of the splendid form which carried them to the 2016 final when they ran in eight tries to outscore the Waratahs by 55-36.<br><br> Burly midfielder Johan Janse van Rensburg, the young Springbok centre who chose to play in the match after his mother passed away earlier in the week, scored two tries for a second time in a row. He dotted down the winning try last week in Bloemfontein.<br><br> Left wing Malcom Jaer was the star performer for the Southern Kings in their well-deserved 37-23 win over the Sunwolves in Singapore on Saturday afternoon. The speedy Junior Springbok flyer had two try-assists and scored a fine try himself to cap an impressive individual performance. The Kings led from the start and scored four tries to three in their first win of the campaign.<br><br> Earlier in the day, centre Lukhanyo Am scored the winning try in the last minute of the match when he dived onto a rolling kick from replacement Curwin Bosch to clinch a dramatic 27-22 win for the Cell C Sharks over the Brumbies in Canberra.<br><br> Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie slotted five penalties and he also converted the try of Beast Mtawarira. The Durban side now returns home after their two-match tour of Australia.<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs 34, Vodacom Bulls 28<br><br> Scorers<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs andndash; Tries: Oupa Mohoje (2), Clinton Swart, Fred Zeilinga, Justin Basson. Conversions: Zeilinga (3). Penalties: Zeilinga (2)<br><br> Vodacom Bulls andndash; Tries: Jason Jenkins, Piet van Zyl, Jamba Ulengo. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2). Penalties: Handrandeacute; Pollard (3).<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers 32, Jaguares 25<br><br> Scorers<br><br> DHL Stormers andndash; Tries: EW Viljoen, Jano Vermaak, SP Marais; Penalty try; Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis 2; Penalties: Jean-Luc du Plessis 2 (Note: Conversions no longer taken for 7 point penalty try).<br><br> Jaguares andndash; Tries: Augustin Creevy, Santiago Cordero 2; Conversions: Nicholas Sanchez and Santiago Julio Iglesias; Penalties: Nicholas Sanchez 2.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions 55, Waratahs 36 <br><br> Scorers<br><br> Emirates Lions andndash; Tries: Warren Whiteley, Ruan Ackermann, Rohan Janse van Rensburg (2), Andries Coetzee, Ross Cronje, Courtnal Skosan, Malcolm Marx; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (6). Drop Goal: Jantjies.<br><br> NSW Waratahs - Tries: Rob Horne, Michael Hooper, Bryce Hegarty, David McDuling, Israel Folau; Conversions: Reece Robinson (4). Penalties: Robinson (1).<br><br> <br><br> Sunwolves 23, Southern Kings 37<br><br> Scorers<br><br> Southern Kings 37 andndash; Tries: Rudy van Rooyen, Chris Cloete, Ruan Lerm and Malcolm Jaer; Conversions: Lionel Cronje 4.<br><br> Sunwolves 23 andndash; Tries: Timothy Lafaele, Fukenki Fukuouko and Takaaki Nakazuru; Conversion: Hayden Cripps; Penalties: Cripps (2).<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies 22, Cell C Sharks 27<br><br> Scorers<br><br> Cell C Sharks andndash; Tries: Beast Mtawarira and Lukhanyo Am; Conversion: Patrick Lambie; Penalties: Patrick Lambie (5).<br><br> Brumbies andndash; Tries: Henry Speight, Scott Fardy and Josh Mann-Rea; Conversions: Wharenui Hawera; Penalty: Wharenui Hawera.<br><br> <br><br> Other Round 2 results:<br><br> Thursday, 2 March:<br><br> Force 26, Reds 19;<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 3 March:<br><br> Chiefs 41, Blues 26;<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 4 March:<br><br> Hurricanes 71, Rebels 6;<br><br> Highlanders 27, Crusaders 30.<br><br> <br><br> By: None<br><br> 2017-03-06 Bloemfontein host fiery local fixture This weekend, Blitzbok star Seabelo Senatla will get his first taste of Vodacom Super Rugby for the DHL Stormers since 2015, but the big South African derby takes place in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening where the Toyota Cheetahs are hosting the Vodacom Bulls. Kick-off at the Toyota Stadium is 19h30.<br><br> Although the Vodacom Bulls can boast with a great record against the Bloemfontein franchise (15 wins in 17 games), the Free Staters showed they will be a tough nut to crack this year in their encounter with the Emirates Lions, who managed to snatch a narrow win over them last weekend.<br><br> However, the Toyota Cheetahs received a blow with the news that wing Sergeal Petersen will be out for between four and six weeks with a knee injury, which he suffered in last Saturdayandrsquo;s 28-25 home loss to the Emirates Lions.<br><br> Earlier on Saturday afternoon, the high-riding DHL Stormers will welcome the Jaguares to DHL Newlands for their 17h15 clash. Robbie Fleck, coach of the men from Cape Town, has included Senatla on the bench for this match. In 2014 and 2015, the sevens superstar played in six Vodacom Super Rugby matches.<br><br> The Capetonians will no doubt be buoyed by their good performance last weekend when they defeated the Vodacom Bulls at the same venue, scoring five tries in the process. It was the most five-pointers ever scored by the DHL Stormers against the men from Pretoria.<br><br> Springbok flank Siya Kolisi led his side to a 37-24 triumph in their first outing match of the season, with the Cape side delivering a polished performance characterised by good handling skills and solid scrummaging. They did however suffered a setback with the ankle injury to Springbok centre Damian de Allende, who has been ruled out of action for 12 weeks.<br><br> Last year, the Cape outfit won a low-scoring 13-8 affair when they faced the Jaguares in Round 5 in Buenos Aires, and this time the visitors from Argentina will be hoping their current good form continues. They beat the Southern Kings last weekend in Port Elizabeth and have won three of their last four matches. An interesting dual to watch in this match should be the battle for dominance in the scrums.<br><br> The Cell C Sharks remain on the road and after going down to the Reds in Brisbane last week, the Durbanites will visit Canberra on Saturday (10h45, SA time) to face the Brumbies andndash; a venue where Robert du Preezandrsquo;s men have only won twice (1998 and 2012) in 10 visits.<br><br> This match will be followed by the clash between the Sunwolves andndash; with former Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs loose forward Willie Britz in their team andndash; and the Southern Kings in Singapore (12h55), where both teams will be looking for their first win of the season.<br><br> Following the Singapore fixture, it will be the Emirates Lions up against the Waratahs in a 15h05 start at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.<br><br> The home side, last yearandrsquo;s beaten finalists, will be hoping to rediscover their sparkling form at home of last season, where they won six on the trot, registering a staggering 38 tries in the process, which includes 10 in their two playoff matches.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby Resources:<br><br> <br><br> ROUND 2 MATCHES (SA times)<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies v Cell C Sharks<br><br> <br><br> Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter (captain), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew. Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leuluaand#39;ialiand#39;i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson.<br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (vice-captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 4 March<br><br> SA Time: 10h45<br><br> Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra<br><br> Referee: Angus Gardner<br><br> Assistant referees: Jordan Way, Ed Martin<br><br> Television match official: George Ayoub<br><br> <br><br> Sunwolves v Southern Kings <br><br> <br><br> Sunwolves: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Ed Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Shota Horie (captain), 1 Masataka Mikami. Replacements: 16 Takeshi Hino, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Kotaro Yatabe, 20 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Will Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Schalk Ferreira (captain). Replacements: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Justin Forwood, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Rudi van Rooyen, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Luzuko Vulindlu.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 4 March<br><br> SA Time: 12h55<br><br> Venue: National Stadium, Singapore<br><br> Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen<br><br> Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Akihisa Aso<br><br> Television match official: Minoru Fuji<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions v Waratahs <br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Sylvian Mahuza, 23 Jaco van der Walt.<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson. Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Senio Toleafoa, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 4 March<br><br> SA Time: 15h05<br><br> Venue: Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden<br><br> Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Stuart Berry<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Jaguares <br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Seabelo Senatla.<br><br> <br><br> Jaguares: TBA<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 4 March<br><br> SA Time: 17h15<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Cwengile Jadezweni<br><br> Television match official: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs v Vodacom Bulls <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Paul Schoeman, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Ox Nche. Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Danie Mienie, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Ruan van Rensburg<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dries Swanepoel, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handrandeacute; Pollard (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Renaldo Bothma, 20 Ruan Steenkamp, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Warrick Gelant.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 4 March<br><br> SA Time: 19h30<br><br> Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Shuhei Kubo<br><br> Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Lourens van der Merwe<br><br> Television match official: Marius Jonker<br><br> <br><br> Other fixtures (SA kick-off times):<br><br> <br><br> Thursday, 2 March:<br><br> 12h30: Force 26 Reds 19 (Perth)<br><br> <br><br> Friday, 3 March:<br><br> 08h35: Chiefs v Blues (Hamilton)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 4 March:<br><br> 06h15: Hurricanes v Rebels (Wellington)<br><br> 08h35: Highlanders v Crusaders (Dunedin)<br><br> <br><br> Bye: None<br><br> 2017-03-02