Toyota Cheetahs News http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs News SA Rugby Media Release - Late Kriel try clinch it for Pretoria side - Vodacom Super Rugby Round 9 Roundup http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/5288/SA-Rugby-Media-Release---Late-Kriel-try-clinch-it-for-Pretoria-side---Vodacom-Super-Rugby-Round-9-Roundup http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Southern Kings finish Australian tour on winning note Emirates Lions edge past Jaguares in Johannesburg Springbok midfielder Jesse Kriel scored the winning try close to the end of the game to seal a dramatic 20-14 comeback win for the Vodacom Bulls over the Toyota Cheetahs in their tense local derby on Saturday evening in Pretoria.<br><br> Krielandrsquo;s try secured a crucial win for his team who have now managed to register consecutive wins for the first time this season, following their success over the Jaguares last weekend. The Bulls rallied to win this Vodacom Super Rugby round nine games after trailing for most of the match.<br><br> The Cell C Sharks could only manage a frustrating 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels in the late fixture in Durban. Earlier in the day, the DHL Stormers stumbled to a disappointing 57-24 loss to the unbeaten Crusaders in Christchurch. <br><br> <br><br> Friday did, however, deliver two wins for the local franchise teams. Deon Davidsandrsquo; brave Southern Kings side overturned their 17-7 halftime deficit to edge the Waratahs 26-24 in Sydney to finish their Australian visit on a winning note. The Kings played very well in the second half.<br><br> <br><br> Springbok pivot Elton Jantjies kicked the winning penalty to complete the Emirates Lionsandrsquo; 24-21 fightback against the Jaguares after both sides have scored three tries apiece in their tough Friday evening tussle on the Highveld.<br><br> <br><br> Following the latest round of action, it is the Emirates Lions who are the leading local team with regards to league points. The Africa Conference 2 leaders have collected 32 points from their eight games played so far, eight more than the second placed Cell C Sharks.<br><br> <br><br> The Stormers are leading the Africa Conference 1 standings on 26 points and they are followed by the Vodacom Bulls on 13.<br><br> <br><br> Johan Ackermannandrsquo;s team side now travels to Perth on Sunday without Springbok flank Jaco Kriel, who will stay behind as a result of the knee injury he suffered against the Jaguares. They face the Force, Rebels and Brumbies on their three-match tour of Australia.<br><br> <br><br> Meanwhile, Loftus Versfeld continues to be an unhappy hunting ground for the team from Bloemfontein, where the Free State outfit now has managed just one win in their last nine visits to Pretoria. Midfielder Kriel completed a slick counter attack to clinch the game, however, the hosts first had to pull off a desperate try-saving tackle to stop Raymond Rhule from snatching the game. <br><br> <br><br> Cell C Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch and Melbourne Rebels fullback Reece Hodge slotted three penalties each in Durban where both teams were reduced to 14 men. The hosts lost centre Andre Esterhuizen for a dangerous tackle in the 17th minute while Rebels skipper Nic Stirzaker was sent off towards the end for a second bookable offence.<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby information (click on the links below for access to the match centre):<br><br> FIXTURES AND RESULTS | LOGS | STATS UPDATE<br><br> Cell C Sharks 9, Rebels 9 Scorers<br><br> Cell C Sharks 9 - Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3).<br><br> Rebels 9 andndash; Penalties: Reece Hodge (3).<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls 20, Toyota Cheetahs 14 Scorers<br><br> Vodacom Bulls 20 andndash; Tries: Jacques Potgieter, Jesse Kriel; Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2); Penalties: Schoeman (2).<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs 14 andndash; Try: Paul Schoeman; Penalties: Niel Marais (3).<br><br> <br><br> Crusaders 57, DHL Stormers 24 Scorers<br><br> Crusaders 57 - Tries: George Bridge (3), Kieran Read (2), Michael Alaalatoa, Peter Samu; Conversions: Richie Moand#39;and#39;unga (7); Penalty: Richie Moand#39;and#39;unga.<br><br> DHL Stormers 24 - Tries: Cheslin Kolbe, Bjorn Basson, Frans Malherbe; Conversions: Robert du Preez (3); Penalty: Du Preez.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions 24, Jaguares 21 Scorers<br> <br> Emirates Lions 24 - Tries: Harold Vorster, Lionel Mapoe, Ruan Ackermann; Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3); Penalty: Jantjies.<br> Jaguares 21 - Tries: Matias Orlando, Rodrigo Baez, Guido Petti; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (3).<br><br> <br><br> Waratahs 24, Southern Kings 26 Scorers<br><br> Waratahs 24 andndash; Tries: Taqele Naiyaravoro (2), Cam Clark, Rob Horne; Conversions: Bernard Foley (2).<br><br> Southern Kings 26 andndash; Tries: Justin Forwood, Masixole Banda, Michael Willemse, Penalty Try; Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2).<br><br> <br><br> Other Round 9 results Friday, 21 April<br><br> Hurricanes 56, Brumbies 21<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 22 April<br><br> Highlanders 40, Sunwolves 15<br><br> Force 7, Chiefs 16<br><br> <br><br> The updated logs after Round 9:<br><br> Africa Conference 1<br><br> Pos<br><br> Teams<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> PTS<br><br> 1<br><br> DHL Stormers<br><br> 8<br><br> 6<br><br> 0<br><br> 2<br><br> 281<br><br> 212<br><br> 69<br><br> 37<br><br> 28<br><br> 26<br><br> 2<br><br> Vodacom Bulls<br><br> 8<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 178<br><br> 206<br><br> -28<br><br> 19<br><br> 24<br><br> 14<br><br> 3<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs<br><br> 8<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 192<br><br> 280<br><br> -88<br><br> 19<br><br> 35<br><br> 10<br><br> 4<br><br> Sunwolves<br><br> 8<br><br> 1<br><br> 0<br><br> 7<br><br> 162<br><br> 346<br><br> -184<br><br> 20<br><br> 47<br><br> 5<br><br> Africa Conference 2<br><br> Pos<br><br> Teams<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> PTS<br><br> 1<br><br> Emirates Lions<br><br> 8<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 280<br><br> 196<br><br> 84<br><br> 38<br><br> 21<br><br> 32<br><br> 2<br><br> Cell C Sharks<br><br> 8<br><br> 5<br><br> 1<br><br> 2<br><br> 203<br><br> 167<br><br> 36<br><br> 17<br><br> 18<br><br> 24<br><br> 3<br><br> Jaguares<br><br> 8<br><br> 4<br><br> 0<br><br> 4<br><br> 210<br><br> 172<br><br> 38<br><br> 23<br><br> 20<br><br> 20<br><br> 4<br><br> Southern Kings<br><br> 8<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 210<br><br> 281<br><br> -71<br><br> 27<br><br> 37<br><br> 10<br><br> Australian Conference<br><br> Pos<br><br> Teams<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> PTS<br><br> 1<br><br> Brumbies<br><br> 8<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 182<br><br> 176<br><br> 6<br><br> 25<br><br> 21<br><br> 17<br><br> 2<br><br> Reds<br><br> 8<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 161<br><br> 251<br><br> -90<br><br> 22<br><br> 34<br><br> 10<br><br> 3<br><br> Force<br><br> 7<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 141<br><br> 189<br><br> -48<br><br> 17<br><br> 26<br><br> 9<br><br> 4<br><br> Waratahs<br><br> 8<br><br> 2<br><br> 0<br><br> 6<br><br> 187<br><br> 263<br><br> -76<br><br> 25<br><br> 35<br><br> 9<br><br> 5<br><br> Rebels<br><br> 7<br><br> 1<br><br> 1<br><br> 5<br><br> 103<br><br> 263<br><br> -160<br><br> 9<br><br> 35<br><br> 7<br><br> New Zealand Conference<br><br> Pos<br><br> Teams<br><br> P<br><br> W<br><br> D<br><br> L<br><br> PF<br><br> PA<br><br> PD<br><br> TF<br><br> TA<br><br> PTS<br><br> 1<br><br> Crusaders<br><br> 8<br><br> 8<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 295<br><br> 150<br><br> 145<br><br> 44<br><br> 17<br><br> 36<br><br> 2<br><br> Hurricanes<br><br> 8<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 369<br><br> 152<br><br> 217<br><br> 56<br><br> 19<br><br> 33<br><br> 3<br><br> Chiefs<br><br> 8<br><br> 7<br><br> 0<br><br> 1<br><br> 229<br><br> 153<br><br> 76<br><br> 28<br><br> 14<br><br> 33<br><br> 4<br><br> Highlanders<br><br> 8<br><br> 5<br><br> 0<br><br> 3<br><br> 208<br><br> 167<br><br> 41<br><br> 22<br><br> 21<br><br> 23<br><br> 5<br><br> Blues<br><br> 8<br><br> 3<br><br> 0<br><br> 5<br><br> 224<br><br> 191<br><br> 33<br><br> 28<br><br> 24<br><br> 17<br><br> Issued by SA Rugby Communications<br><br> 2017-04-24 Team Announcement: Toyota Cheetahs vs Bulls http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/5287/Team-Announcement--Toyota-Cheetahs-vs-Bulls- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls<br><br> The Toyota Cheetahs will be taking on the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday. The math kicks off at 17:15. Coach Franco Smith has announced his team for the encounter. <br><br> Changes to the team from last week:<br><br> Charles Marais and Ox Nche swap places, with Marais starting as loosehead prop and Nche on the reserve bench. Sergeal Petersen has been side-lined due to an injury. William Small-Smith will be wearing the number 14 jersey. Uzair Cassiem will be making his return after an injury, replacing Junior Pokomela on the reserve bench. <br><br> The referee for the game is Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe (New Zealand). He will be assisted by Angus Gardner (Australia) and AJ Jacobs. The TMO is Willie Vos. <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls <br><br> 22 April 2017, 17:15 <br><br> Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria <br><br> <br><br> Charles Marais Torsten van Jaarsveld Johan Coetzee Armandt Koster Carl Wegner Paul Schoeman Oupa Mohoje Henco Venter Shaun Venter Niel Marais Raymond Rhule Nico Lee Francois Venter (c ) William Small-Smith Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Elandrandeacute; Huggett Ox Nche Tom Botha Francois Uys Niell Jordaan Uzair Cassiem Tian Meyer Fred Zeilinga 2017-04-20 Du Toit returns to face Emirates Lions http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/5286/Du-Toit-returns-to-face-Emirates-Lions http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs entertain formidable Chiefs in Bloemfontein<br><br> Vodacom Bulls must tame powerful Jaguares in Pretoria Southern Kings suffer Jaer blow in build-up to Reds match Crusader Crockett to set record for most tournament appearances Pieter-Steph du Toit (TBC) will resume his DHL Stormers lock partnership with fellow Springbok Eben Etzebeth when the Capetonians host the Emirates Lions in a massive Vodacom Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Cape Town, where kick-off is scheduled for 17h15.<br><br> <br><br> Du Toit, the 2016 SA Rugby Player of the Year, missed last Saturdayandrsquo;s thrilling win over the Chiefs through injury, but he has shrugged off his niggle and returns to the starting team to face their Highveld rivals.<br><br> <br><br> The Cell C Sharks are not in action this weekend but the remaining South African sides all face tough challenges in their respective eighth round fixtures on Saturday.<br><br> <br><br> Deon Davidsandrsquo; Southern Kings team is the only outfit playing overseas, and they kick off the dayandrsquo;s busy action with a visit to the Reds in Brisbane (07h05). The Toyota Cheetahs entertain the Chiefs from New Zealand in Bloemfontein from 15h05, while the Vodacom Bulls face the Jaguares in an evening clash in Pretoria (19h30).<br><br> <br><br> Unfortunately for Davids, his team suffered a blow with the loss of elusive fullback Malcolm Jaer, who will return home to Port Elizabeth due to a knee injury picked up during the week. The 21-year-old Jaer was one of the star performers with a hat-trick of tries for the Kings last weekend as the side narrowly went down 41-46 to the Force in Perth in their first of three tour matches in Australia.<br><br> <br><br> The injury to Jaer has given an opportunity for Masixole Banda andndash; last yearandrsquo;s Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year from Border andndash; to return to the starting XV after missing out on a spot in the team last weekend against the Force. In a bid to freshen up his side, Davids also made three rotational changes amongst the forwards.<br><br> <br><br> Later on Saturday, the action moves to Bloemfontein, where the Toyota Cheetahs entertain the high-flying Chiefs. Both sides lost their last fixture against the DHL Stormers andndash; the Cheetahs played in Cape Town two weeks ago before their bye last Saturday andndash; and Franco Smithandrsquo;s team will be determined to deliver a better performance against a very strong Chiefs line-up.<br><br> <br><br> This will be the 10th time these two sides clash and although the Toyota Cheetahs have never beaten the Chiefs, they have drawn three times before, the last time in 2014 in Bloemfontein, by 43-43, which was also the last time the men from Waikato visited Central South Africa.<br><br> <br><br> Smith has made a few changes to the team that went down 53-10 to the DHL Stormers earlier this month. Props Ox Nche and Johan Coetzee move from the bench to the starting line-up, while lock Carl Wegner also gets a start. Niel Marais starts at flyhalf while Nico Lee moves from wing to inside centre to accommodate fit-again Sergeal Petersen.<br><br> <br><br> Robbie Fleckandrsquo;s DHL Stormers team is currently in red-hot form, having won all six their matches thus far this season, including last Saturdayandrsquo;s impressive home triumph over the Chiefs.<br><br> <br><br> On Saturday they face another huge challenge in the form of the Emirates Lions, who are well rested following their bye from the previous round. The 2016 losing finalists from the Highveld are very close to their exciting best of last season and another close-fought but exciting local derby between the two rivals are expected.<br><br> <br><br> The last time these teams played in Cape Town, in 2015, the score was 19-19 and another close contest could be on the cards this weekend.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions prop Ruan Dreyer will play in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game against the Cape side while centre Lionel Mapoe returns to action after a hand injury.<br><br> <br><br> With just one win from six starts, the Vodacom Bulls are fighting with their backs against the wall in their evening clash with the powerful Argentine side the Jaguares. The South Americans have won only two out seven in South Africa and the home team can brace themselves for a mighty onslaught from the gritty visitors.<br><br> <br><br> The Vodacom Bulls have bolstered their starting line-up with the return of Springboks Jesse Kriel (fullback), Handrandeacute; Pollard (flyhalf) and Lood de Jager (lock).<br><br> <br><br> Wyatt Crockett to set new appearance record <br><br> <br><br> Wyatt Crockett will set a tournament appearance record on Friday when he lines up for the Crusaders in Christchurch against the Sunwolves, in what will be his 176th appearance. He will surpass fellow Kiwi Keven Mealamuandrsquo;s record of 175 matches set in 2015.<br><br> <br><br> Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield is the SA record holder for most competition appearances. The former Vodacom Bulls captain played in 148 matches for the Cats and Vodacom Bulls and he is followed by fellow Boks Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks/Toyota Cheetahs) on 145 and Odwa Ndugane (Vodacom Bulls/Cell C Sharks) on 142 caps. <br><br> <br><br> Current Vodacom Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss will earn his 137th cap when he leads the Vodacom Bulls against Argentine side Jaguares at Loftus Versfeld, extending his SA record for the number of caps earned by a hooker and pulling level with JP Pietersen of the Cell C Sharks for the fourth-most caps by a South African. <br><br> <br><br> The five highest capped SA Vodacom Super Rugby players are: <br><br> Victor Matfield (Cats / Vodacom Bulls) - 148 Jannie du Plessis (Toyota Cheetahs / Cell C Sharks) andndash; 145 Odwa Ndugane (Vodacom Bulls / Cell C Sharks) andndash; 142 JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks) andndash; 137 Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs / Vodacom Bulls) andndash; 136 <br><br> Vodacom Super Rugby Resources:<br><br> 2017 MEDIA GUIDE | MATCH PACKS| MATCH CENTRE<br><br> <br><br> Reds v Southern Kings<br><br> Reds: 15. Karmichael Hunt, 14. Izaia Perese, 13. Samu Kerevi (captain), 12. Duncan Paiaandrsquo;aua, 11. Eto Nabuli, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. James Tuttle, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. George Smith, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Lukhan Tui, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Sam Talakai, 2. Alex Mafi, 1. Sef Faandrsquo;agase. Replacements: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Kirwan Sanday, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Kane Douglas, 20. Adam Korczyk, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Chris Kuridrani.<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings: 15. Masixole Banda, 14. Yaw Penxe, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Luzuko Vulindlu, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Lionel Cronje (captain), 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Tyler Paul, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4. Mzwanele Zito, 3. Justin Forwood, 2. Michael Willemse, 1. Chris Heiberg. Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19. Irne Herbst, 20. Andisa Ntsila, 21. Johan Steyn, 22. Wandile Mjekevu, 23. Pieter-Steyn de Wet.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 07h05<br><br> Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane<br><br> Referee: Quinton Immelman<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rashivhenge, Damon Murphy<br><br> Television match official: Damien Mitchelmore<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs v Chiefs<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Francois Venter (captain), 12. Nico Lee, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Niel Marais, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Henco Venter, 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Paul Schoeman, 5. Carl Wegner, 4. Armandt Koster, 3. Johan Coetzee, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ox Nche. Replacements: 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Francois Uys, 20. Niell Jordaan, 21. Junior Pokomela/Luther Obi, 22. Tian Meyer, 23. Fred Zeilinga.<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Sam McNicol, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (co-captain), 6. Mitchell Brown, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Taleni Seu, 3. Atu Moli, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 1. Kane Hames. Replacements: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Siegfried Fisiand#39;ihoi, 18. Sefo Kautai, 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Alex Nankivell, 23. Shaun Stevenson.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 15h05<br><br> Venue: Toyota Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden<br><br> Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Lourens van der Merwe<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: 15. SP Marais, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. Dan du Plessis, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Siya Kolisi (captain), 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16. Ramone Samuels, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Jan de Klerk, 20. Johan du Toit, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Dan Kriel.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Madosh Tambwe, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 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. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques v Rooyen. Replacements: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Johannes Jonker, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Harold Vorster, 23. Sylvian Mahuza.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 17h15<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper,<br><br> Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni<br><br> Television match official: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls v Jaguares<br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jan Serfontein, 12. Burger Odendaal; 11. Jamba Ulengo, Handrandeacute; Pollard, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Jannes Kirsten, 6. Nick de Jager, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Martin Dreyer, 19. Jason Jenkins, 20. Marnus Schoeman, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Warrick Gelant.<br><br> Jaguares: TBA<br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 19h30<br><br> Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria<br><br> Referee: Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe<br><br> Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Egon Seconds<br><br> Television match official: Willie Vos<br><br> <br><br> Other Round 8 fixtures<br><br> Friday, 14 April<br><br> 09h35: Crusaders v Sunwolves (Christchurch)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 15 April<br><br> 09h35: Blues vs Hurricanes (Auckland)<br><br> 11h45: Rebels v Brumbies (Melbourne)<br><br> <br><br> Byes: Cell C Sharks, Force, Highlanders, Waratahs<br><br> <br><br> Issued by SA Rugby Communications <br><br> 2017-04-18 SA Rugby Media Release - Du Toit returns to face Emirates Lions – Vodacom Super Rugby Round 8 Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4287/SA-Rugby-Media-Release---Du-Toit-returns-to-face-Emirates-Lions-–-Vodacom-Super-Rugby-Round-8-Preview http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs entertain formidable Chiefs in Bloemfontein Vodacom Bulls must tame powerful Jaguares in Pretoria Southern Kings suffer Jaer blow in build-up to Reds match Crusader Crockett to set record for most tournament appearances Pieter-Steph du Toit (TBC) will resume his DHL Stormers lock partnership with fellow Springbok Eben Etzebeth when the Capetonians host the Emirates Lions in a massive Vodacom Super Rugby clash on Saturday in Cape Town, where kick-off is scheduled for 17h15.<br><br> Du Toit, the 2016 SA Rugby Player of the Year, missed last Saturdayandrsquo;s thrilling win over the Chiefs through injury, but he has shrugged off his niggle and returns to the starting team to face their Highveld rivals.<br><br> The Cell C Sharks are not in action this weekend but the remaining South African sides all face tough challenges in their respective eighth round fixtures on Saturday.<br><br> Deon Davidsandrsquo; Southern Kings team is the only outfit playing overseas, and they kick off the dayandrsquo;s busy action with a visit to the Reds in Brisbane (07h05). The Toyota Cheetahs entertain the Chiefs from New Zealand in Bloemfontein from 15h05, while the Vodacom Bulls face the Jaguares in an evening clash in Pretoria (19h30).<br><br> Unfortunately for Davids, his team suffered a blow with the loss of elusive fullback Malcolm Jaer, who will return home to Port Elizabeth due to a knee injury picked up during the week. The 21-year-old Jaer was one of the star performers with a hat-trick of tries for the Kings last weekend as the side narrowly went down 41-46 to the Force in Perth in their first of three tour matches in Australia.<br><br> The injury to Jaer has given an opportunity for Masixole Banda andndash; last yearandrsquo;s Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year from Border andndash; to return to the starting XV after missing out on a spot in the team last weekend against the Force. In a bid to freshen up his side, Davids also made three rotational changes amongst the forwards.<br><br> Later on Saturday, the action moves to Bloemfontein, where the Toyota Cheetahs entertain the high-flying Chiefs. Both sides lost their last fixture against the DHL Stormers andndash; the Cheetahs played in Cape Town two weeks ago before their bye last Saturday andndash; and Franco Smithandrsquo;s team will be determined to deliver a better performance against a very strong Chiefs line-up.<br><br> This will be the 10th time these two sides clash and although the Toyota Cheetahs have never beaten the Chiefs, they have drawn three times before, the last time in 2014 in Bloemfontein, by 43-43, which was also the last time the men from Waikato visited Central South Africa.<br><br> Smith has made a few changes to the team that went down 53-10 to the DHL Stormers earlier this month. Props Ox Nche and Johan Coetzee move from the bench to the starting line-up, while lock Carl Wegner also gets a start. Niel Marais starts at flyhalf while Nico Lee moves from wing to inside centre to accommodate fit-again Sergeal Petersen.<br><br> <br><br> Robbie Fleckandrsquo;s DHL Stormers team is currently in red-hot form, having won all six their matches thus far this season, including last Saturdayandrsquo;s impressive home triumph over the Chiefs.<br><br> On Saturday they face another huge challenge in the form of the Emirates Lions, who are well rested following their bye from the previous round. The 2016 losing finalists from the Highveld are very close to their exciting best of last season and another close-fought but exciting local derby between the two rivals are expected.<br><br> The last time these teams played in Cape Town, in 2015, the score was 19-19 and another close contest could be on the cards this weekend.<br><br> Emirates Lions prop Ruan Dreyer will play in his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby game against the Cape side while centre Lionel Mapoe returns to action after a hand injury.<br><br> With just one win from six starts, the Vodacom Bulls are fighting with their backs against the wall in their evening clash with powerful Argentine side the Jaguares. The South Americans have won only two out seven in South Africa and the home team can brace themselves for a mighty onslaught from the gritty visitors.<br><br> The Vodacom Bulls have bolstered their starting line-up with the return of Springboks Jesse Kriel (fullback), Handrandeacute; Pollard (flyhalf) and Lood de Jager (lock).<br><br> Wyatt Crockett to set new appearance record<br><br> Wyatt Crockett will set a tournament appearance record on Friday when he lines up for the Crusaders in Christchurch against the Sunwolves, in what will be his 176th appearance. He will surpass fellow Kiwi Keven Mealamuandrsquo;s record of 175 matches set in 2015.<br><br> Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield is the SA record holder for most competition appearances. The former Vodacom Bulls captain played in 148 matches for the Cats and Vodacom Bulls and he is followed by fellow Boks Jannie du Plessis (Cell C Sharks/Toyota Cheetahs) on 145 and Odwa Ndugane (Vodacom Bulls/Cell C Sharks) on 142 caps. <br><br> <br><br> Current Vodacom Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss will earn his 137th cap when he leads the Vodacom Bulls against Argentine side Jaguares at Loftus Versfeld, extending his SA record for the number of caps earned by a hooker and pulling level with JP Pietersen of the Cell C Sharks for the fourth-most caps by a South African. <br><br> The five highest capped SA Vodacom Super Rugby players are: <br><br> Victor Matfield (Cats / Vodacom Bulls) - 148 Jannie du Plessis (Toyota Cheetahs / Cell C Sharks) andndash; 145 Odwa Ndugane (Vodacom Bulls / Cell C Sharks) andndash; 142 JP Pietersen (Cell C Sharks) andndash; 137 Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs / Vodacom Bulls) andndash; 136 Vodacom Super Rugby Resources:<br><br> 2017 MEDIA GUIDE | MATCH PACKS| MATCH CENTRE<br><br> Reds v Southern Kings<br><br> Reds: 15. Karmichael Hunt, 14. Izaia Perese, 13. Samu Kerevi (captain), 12. Duncan Paiaandrsquo;aua, 11. Eto Nabuli, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. James Tuttle, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. George Smith, 6. Hendrik Tui, 5. Lukhan Tui, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Sam Talakai, 2. Alex Mafi, 1. Sef Faandrsquo;agase. Replacements: 16. Andrew Ready, 17. Kirwan Sanday, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Kane Douglas, 20. Adam Korczyk, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Chris Kuridrani.<br><br> <br><br> Southern Kings: 15. Masixole Banda, 14. Yaw Penxe, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Luzuko Vulindlu, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Lionel Cronje (captain), 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Tyler Paul, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4. Mzwanele Zito, 3. Justin Forwood, 2. Michael Willemse, 1. Chris Heiberg. Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19. Irne Herbst, 20. Andisa Ntsila, 21. Johan Steyn, 22. Wandile Mjekevu, 23. Pieter-Steyn de Wet.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 07h05<br><br> Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane<br><br> Referee: Quinton Immelman<br><br> Assistant referees: Rasta Rashivhenge, Damon Murphy<br><br> Television match official: Damien Mitchelmore<br><br> <br><br> Toyota Cheetahs v Chiefs<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs: 15. Clayton Blommetjies, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Francois Venter (captain), 12. Nico Lee, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Niel Marais, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Henco Venter, 7. Oupa Mohoje, 6. Paul Schoeman, 5. Carl Wegner, 4. Armandt Koster, 3. Johan Coetzee, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ox Nche. Replacements: 16. Elandre Huggett, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Tom Botha, 19. Francois Uys, 20. Niell Jordaan, 21. Junior Pokomela/Luther Obi, 22. Tian Meyer, 23. Fred Zeilinga.<br><br> <br><br> Chiefs: 15. Damian McKenzie, 14. Toni Pulu, 13. Sam McNicol, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 11. James Lowe, 10. Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Michael Leitch, 7. Sam Cane (co-captain), 6. Mitchell Brown, 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Taleni Seu, 3. Atu Moli, 2. Brayden Mitchell, 1. Kane Hames. Replacements: 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Siegfried Fisiand#39;ihoi, 18. Sefo Kautai, 19. Dominic Bird, 20. Liam Messam, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Alex Nankivell, 23. Shaun Stevenson.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 15h05<br><br> Venue: Toyota Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein<br><br> Referee: Jaco van Heerden<br><br> Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Lourens van der Merwe<br><br> Television match official: Johan Greeff<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions<br><br> <br><br> DHL Stormers: 15. SP Marais, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. EW Viljoen, 12. Dan du Plessis, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Siya Kolisi (captain), 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: 16. Ramone Samuels, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Jan de Klerk, 20. Johan du Toit, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Dan Kriel.<br><br> <br><br> Emirates Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Madosh Tambwe, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 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. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques v Rooyen. Replacements: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Johannes Jonker, 19. Lourens Erasmus, 20. Kwagga Smith, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Harold Vorster, 23. Sylvian Mahuza.<br><br> <br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 17h15<br><br> Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town<br><br> Referee: Jaco Peyper,<br><br> Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Cwengile Jadezweni<br><br> Television match official: Shaun Veldsman<br><br> <br><br> Vodacom Bulls v Jaguares<br><br> Vodacom Bulls: 15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Travis Ismaiel, 13. Jan Serfontein, 12. Burger Odendaal; 11. Jamba Ulengo, Handrandeacute; Pollard, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Hanro Liebenberg, 7. Jannes Kirsten, 6. Nick de Jager, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. RG Snyman, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1. Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: 16. Jaco Visagie, 17. Lizo Gqoboka, 18. Martin Dreyer, 19. Jason Jenkins, 20. Marnus Schoeman, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Tian Schoeman, 23. Warrick Gelant.<br><br> Jaguares: TBA<br><br> Match information:<br><br> Date: Saturday, 15 April<br><br> SA Time: 19h30<br><br> Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria<br><br> Referee: Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe<br><br> Assistant referees: Angus Gardner, Egon Seconds<br><br> Television match official: Willie Vos<br><br> <br><br> Other Round 8 fixtures<br><br> Friday, 14 April<br><br> 09h35: Crusaders v Sunwolves (Christchurch)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday, 15 April<br><br> 09h35: Blues vs Hurricanes (Auckland)<br><br> 11h45: Rebels v Brumbies (Melbourne)<br><br> Byes: Cell C Sharks, Force, Highlanders, Waratahs<br><br> Note to editors: Media are thanked for observing the correct naming conventions and others are reminded that the correct name of the competition is Vodacom Super Rugby and the use of numbers in the title is factually incorrect.<br><br> Issued by SA Rugby Communications<br><br> 2017-04-13 Toyota Cheetahs takes on Chiefs in Bloemfontein http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4286/Toyota-Cheetahs-takes-on-Chiefs-in-Bloemfontein http://www.fscheetahs.co.za After a Bye weekend, the Toyota Cheetahs are ready to face the Chiefs on Saturday, 15 April 2017 in a Vodacom Super Rugby match at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. Coach Franco Smith has named his team for the match that kicks off at 15:05. Gates open at 13:00.<br><br> Changes to the team from the last match: Props Ox Nche and Johan Coetzee moves from the bench to the starting line-up and Charles Marais and Tom Botha moves to the bench. Carl Wegner and Francois Uys swaps places with Wegner starting on lock and Uys on the bench. Niel Marais will be starting on flyhalf. Fred Zeilinga moves to the bench. Nico Lee moves from wing to centre and Sergeal Petersen will be starting on wing. Junior Pokomela or Luther Obi will be replacing Clinton Swart on the bench. The referee for the game is Jaco van Heerden. He will be assisted by Marius van der Westhuizen and Lourens van der Merwe. The TMO is Johan Greeff.<br><br> Easter Weekend Because it is Easter Weekend, Free State Rugby kindly request supporters to bring a non-perishable food item to the game to donate to Towers of Hope. There will be bins at the entrances to place the items in. Itandrsquo;s all for a good cause. Find more information about Towers of Hope at www.towersofhope.org. Toyota Cheetahs andndash; More than just Rugby.<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. Monique will be providing entertainment on the Castle Deck after the match.<br><br> Ticket prices: Main Stand andndash; R80 for adults and R30 for kids. Open Stand andndash; R60 for adults and R20 for kids and students.<br><br> Tickets can be purchased online at www.fscheetahs.co.za or at the Ticket office at Gate 8 (Att Horak Avenue) at Toyota Stadium.<br><br> Toyota Cheetahs vs Chiefs 15 April 2017, 15:05<br><br> Toyota Stadium Ox Nche Torsten van Jaarsveld Johan Coetzee Armandt Koster Carl Wegner Paul Schoeman Oupa Mohoje Henco Venter Shaun Venter Niel Marais Raymond Rhule Nico Lee Francois Venter (c ) Sergeal Petersen Clayton Blommetjies <br><br> Elandrandeacute; Huggett Charles Marais Tom Botha Francois Uys Niell Jordaan Junior Pokomela / Luther Obi Tian Meyer Fred Zeilinga 2017-04-13 Franchise Committee begins process to identify Vodacom Super Rugby participants http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4285/Franchise-Committee-begins-process-to-identify-Vodacom-Super-Rugby-participants http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Representatives of the six Vodacom Super Rugby franchises on Tuesday agreed on a set of criteria to determine the four teams to represent South Africa in the competition from 2018, SA Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.<br><br> At the first sitting of new Franchise Committee andndash; established by SA Rugby in December to streamline and professionalise the running of rugby andndash; the CEOs of the franchises and other committee members identified areas on which the teams would be measured.<br><br> The agreed headline criteria, which have been weighted, are financial and economic sustainability; a sustainable support base; team performance; and stadium and facilities. These criteria were further broken down in sub-criteria and measurement mechanisms for each of these were also set and agreed upon.<br><br> SA Rugby will now collate the applicable data to prepare a recommendation to go back to the Franchise Committee, to make a decision on the final four teams. This proposal will be sent to the Executive Council before it will go to the General Council for ratification.<br><br> "The committee looked at the key question of andlsquo;what are the fundamental criteria required to make a successful South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchise?andrsquo;" said SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux.<br><br> "We have reached this painful point partly because of over-optimism and partly because we have not always taken a hard-nosed business view of what is good for rugby. It is the right process with a challenging outcome for two of our franchises.<br><br> "But they have all engaged in the process at the end of which the data will drive the conclusion. We have more work to do but we are moving the process along as swiftly as is possible."<br><br> The meeting was chaired by Mr Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President. Its other members are the deputy and vice presidents, Francois Davids and James Stoffberg respectively, as well as Roux.<br><br> The Franchise Committee will consider the data at their next meeting, scheduled to take place within the next two to three weeks.<br><br> Issued by SA Rugby Communications<br><br> 2017-04-12 Toyota Cheetahs in Vodacom Super Rugby http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4284/Toyota-Cheetahs-in-Vodacom-Super-Rugby- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Toyota Cheetahs in Vodacom Super Rugby<br><br> After wide speculation over numerous months, SANZAAR has announced that the 2018 Super Rugby tournament has been restructured for 2018 with three fewer franchises participating in the tournament resulting in a 15-team format with five teams from New Zealand, four from Australia, four from South Africa, one from Japan; and one from Argentina.<br><br> The changes will see two South African Rugby franchises eliminated from Super Rugby 2018.<br><br> SA Rugby will now commence with internal consultations to identify itandrsquo;s four entrants to the 2018 competition. The process will start on Tuesday the 11th of April 2017, in Johannesburg, where the SA Rugby Franchise Rugby Committee will meet.<br><br> The newly-established Franchise Rugby Committee made up of representatives of all six teams andndash; The Toyota Cheetahs will be represented by Mr Harold Verster, will congregate on Tuesday to finalise the criteria for selection. All six current South African franchises will be measured against the established selection criteria.<br><br> There is a substantial process that still needs to be followed before a final decision can be taken. SA Rugby said that it hoped it would be able to confirm its 2018 Super Rugby participants by the end of June 2017.<br><br> These are challenging and uncertain times for all the Super Rugby franchises in SA. The Toyota Cheetahs are 100% committed to the process and we strongly believe that through an honest and fair process we stand a strong chance of retaining our Super Rugby status.<br><br> In the meantime, we are looking forward to an exciting clash with the Chiefs. Our team is focused and ready to take on the Chiefs this Saturday at 15h05 at Toyota Stadium. <br><br> 2017-04-10 SuperSport Rugby Challenge to change rugby landscape http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4283/SuperSport-Rugby-Challenge-to-change-rugby-landscape http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Exciting rugby festivals, embracing community participation and involvement<br><br> Regional champions and major makeover of provincial rugby landscape<br><br> Live rugby on SuperSport Select, giving access to all the broadcasterandrsquo;s packages<br><br> Rugby festivals at five different venues across the breadth and depth of South Africa andndash; with provincial and club teams in action andndash; will be a key feature of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, the exciting new competition launched by SA Rugby and SuperSport in Johannesburg on Monday.<br><br> Bill Jardine Stadium, where the SuperSport Rugby Challenge was launched, is one of the five venues that will host Rugby Festival Days in the coming months. This is one of the fresh initiatives of the new competition, which will see four provincial teams and two local club sides contest for glory in three consecutive, televised matches from the same ground.<br><br> The Rugby Festivals will aim to embrace local communities to come out to support local clubs, as well as their provincial team in what promises to provide massive exposure to players and help establish new heroes in communities and provinces.<br><br> Other venues that will host Rugby Festival Days andndash; all of them on Sundays andndash; are the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, Impala Rugby Club in Rustenburg, the venue of last yearandrsquo;s club rugby Gold Cup Final, East London (venue to be confirmed) and Bridgton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn, with a minimum of four hours of rugby action offered to spectators TV viewers.<br><br> SuperSport confirmed that all live matches will be broadcast on SuperSport Select (channel 210), which is available to subscribers of all of the broadcasterandrsquo;s packages, including Premium, Extra, Compact, Family and Access. Where scheduling allows, these matches will also be available on SuperSport One andndash; to cater for high definition viewing.<br><br> The competition, which will also include Namibiaandrsquo;s Welwitschias, kicks off on 21 April and will be divided into three regions andndash; north, south and central andndash; with local bragging rights up for grabs.<br><br> The first Rugby Festival will take place at the Wolfson Stadium on Sunday 23 April and will see local clubs African Bombers and PE Harlequins face off in an appetizing start to the day, followed by SuperSport Rugby Challenge clashes between Border and Boland, with the final match between EP Kings and DHL Western Province.<br><br> "The SuperSport Rugby Challenge will take professional rugby to places it has never been before," said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux. <br><br> "A new playing day, new venues and new match schedules will set the SuperSport Rugby Challenge apart. Weandrsquo;re very excited to see the response to moving some of the matches away from the professional venues, as the passion for the game burns brightly in our rugby heartlands, and together with SuperSport this is precisely where we will be going to share that excitement.<br><br> "When you take rugby back to its roots, club rugby is a vital part of the mix. There is a historic link between club and provincial rugby that has largely been lost in the professional era. The SuperSport Rugby Challenge will hopefully change that by also showcasing some of South Africaandrsquo;s biggest provincial club derbies."<br><br> The 15 teams are divided into three geographical pools, with each playing home and away against the other four teams in their pool over the 10-week period. Six-pool matches will be played every weekend for 10 weeks, followed by seven knockout games.<br><br> The top two teams from each Pool, together with the two third-placed teams with the most log points, will qualify for the quarter-finals, which will take place on Sunday 2 July, followed by the semi-finals a week later and the final on Sunday 16 July.<br><br> "We are involved because we believe in taking rugby back to the people," said Gideon Khobane, SuperSport Chief Executive.<br><br> "Thereandrsquo;s a huge appetite for first-class rugby beyond the usual centres and teams themselves have expressed a willingness to do so. This tournament will add another layer to SA rugbyandrsquo;s great nursery and hopefully produce players who will become heroes in their communities.<br><br> "We at SuperSport are excited to be bringing the best of community rugby to urban and rural areas. We also look forward to unveiling some exciting broadcast initiatives and want to be a part of something special, something that nurtures the massive wealth of talent out there."<br><br> To add even more value to the product, SuperSport has embarked on a commentator search with the winners being utilised during matches. This will include English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa commentators.<br><br> The tournament will also be used to upskill existing MultiChoice Diski Challenge learnership graduates and Craven 2016 trainees and offer on-the-job training to tertiary institution graduates.<br><br> <br><br> SuperSport Rugby Challenge Pools:<br><br> North: Vodacom Blue Bulls, Xerox Golden Lions, Hino Valke, Steval Pumas, Namibia Welwitschias<br><br> Central: Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Down Touch Griffons, Tafel Lager Griquas, Leopards, Cell C Sharks XV<br><br> South: Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, EP Kings, SWD Eagles, DHL Western Province<br><br> <br><br> Fixtures:<br><br> Please note: home teams named first, certain venues and kick-off times must still be confirmed<br><br> <br><br> Friday 21 April<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV v Tafel Lager Griquas (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 22 April<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls v Steval Pumas (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria at 14h30)<br><br> Hino Valke v Namibia Welwitschias (Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park at 15h00)<br><br> Down Touch Griffons v Leopards (HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 23 April andndash; Rugby Festival (all matches on SS1 and SS Select)<br><br> African Bombers v PE Harlequins (Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth at 10h30)<br><br> Border Bulldogs v Boland Cavaliers (Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth at 13h00)<br><br> EP Kings v DHL Western Province (Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 28 April<br><br> SWD Eagles v EP Kings (Outeniqua Park, George at 19h00)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 29 April<br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV v Down Touch Griffons (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein at 14h30 andndash; broadcast on SS Select at 20h00)<br><br> Tafel Lager Griquas v Leopards (Hoandeuml;rskool Diamantveld, Kimberley at 15h00)<br><br> Namibia Welwitschias v Vodacom Blue Bulls (venue TBC)<br><br> Steval Pumas v Xerox Golden Lions (KaNyamazane, Nelspruit at 15h00)<br><br> DHL Western Province v Border Bulldogs (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 5 May<br><br> Leopards v Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV (Profert andOuml;len Park, Potchefstroom at 18h00)<br><br> Border Bulldogs v SWD Eagles (venue TBC at 19:15)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 6 May<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls v Hino Valke (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria at 14h30 andndash; broadcast on SS1 / SS Select at 20h00)<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Namibia Welwitschias (venue TBC)<br><br> Down Touch Griffons v Cell C Sharks XV (venue TBC)<br><br> Boland Cavaliers v DHL Western Province (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 12 May<br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV v Tafel Lager Griquas (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein at 15h00)<br><br> SWD Eagles v Boland Cavaliers (Outeniqua Park, George at 19h00)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 13 May<br><br> EP Kings v Border Bulldogs (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth at 14h30 andndash; broadcast on SS1 and SS Select at 20h00)<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV v Leopards (Kings Park Stadium 2, Durban at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 14 May andndash; Rugby Festival (all matches on SS1 and SS Select)<br><br> Raiders v Wanderers (Bill Jardine Stadium, Johannesburg at 10h30)<br><br> Steval Pumas v Namibia Welwitschias (Bill Jardine Stadium, Johannesburg at 13h00)<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Hino Valke (Bill Jardine Stadium, Johannesburg at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 19 May<br><br> DHL Western Province v SWD Eagles (DHL Newlands, Cape Town at 16h30 andndash; SS1)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 20 May<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls (venue TBC)<br><br> EP Kings v Boland Cavaliers (venue TBC)<br><br> Hino Valke v Steval Pumas (Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park at 15h00)<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV v Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV (venue TBC)<br><br> Down Touch Griffons v Tafel Lager Griquas (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 27 May<br><br> Steval Pumas v Vodacom Blue Bulls (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit at 15h00)<br><br> Namibia Welwitschias v Hino Valke (venue TBC)<br><br> DHL Western Province v EP Kings (venue TBC)<br><br> Boland Cavaliers v Border Bulldogs (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 28 May andndash; Rugby Festival (all matches on SS1 and SS Select)<br><br> Rustenburg Impala v QBR (Impala RFC, Rustenburg at 09h30)<br><br> Down Touch Griffons v Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV (Impala RFC, Rustenburg at 12h00)<br><br> Leopards v Tafel Lager Griquas (Impala RFC, Rustenburg at 14h00)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 2 June<br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV v Leopards (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 3 June<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls v Namibia Welwitschias (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)<br><br> Xerox Golden Lions v Steval Pumas (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)<br><br> Cell C Sharks XV v Down Touch Griffons (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 4 June andndash; Rugby Festival (all matches on SS1 and SS Select)<br><br> Swallows v Winter Rose (East London at 10h30)<br><br> EP Kings v SWD Eagles (East London at 13h00)<br><br> Border Bulldogs v DHL Western Province (East London at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 9 June<br><br> Hino Valke v Vodacom Blue Bulls (Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park at 15h00)<br><br> SWD Eagles v Border Bulldogs (Outeniqua Park, George at 19h00)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 10 June<br><br> Tafel Lager Griquas v Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV (Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley at 14h00 andndash; broadcast on SS1)<br><br> Namibia Welwitschias v Xerox Golden Lions (venue TBC)<br><br> Leopards v Cell C Sharks XV (Profert andOuml;len Park, Potchefstroom at 15h00)<br><br> DHL Western Province v Boland Cavaliers (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Thursday 15 June<br><br> Border Bulldogs v EP Kings (venue TBC at 15h00 andndash; broadcast on SS1 / SS Select)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 16 June<br><br> Hino Valke v Xerox Golden Lions (Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park at 14h30 andndash; broadcast on SS1 / SS Select)<br><br> Leopards v Down Touch Griffons (Profert andOuml;len Park, Potchefstroom at 18h00)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 17 June<br><br> Boland Cavaliers v SWD Eagles (Malmesbury at 15h00)<br><br> Namibia Welwitschias v Steval Pumas (Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek at 15h00)<br><br> Tafel Lager Griquas v Cell C Sharks XV (Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley)<br><br> <br><br> Friday 23 June<br><br> Vodacom Blue Bulls v Xerox Golden Lions (venue TBC)<br><br> <br><br> Saturday 24 June<br><br> Boland Cavaliers v EP Kings (venue TBC)<br><br> Steval Pumas v Hino Valke (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit at 15h00)<br><br> Toyota Free State Cheetahs XV v Cell C Sharks XV (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein at 15h00)<br><br> Tafel Lager Griquas v Down Touch Griffons (Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 25 June andndash; Rugby Festival (all matches on SS1 and SS Select)<br><br> Evergreens v Hawston (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn at 10h30)<br><br> Bridgton v Progress (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn at 13h00)<br><br> SWD Eagles v DHL Western Province (Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn at 15h00)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 2 July <br><br> Quarter-finals (12h00 and 14h30 andndash; live on SS1 and SS2)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 9 July<br><br> Semi-finals (12h00 and 14h30 andndash; live on SS1 and SS2)<br><br> <br><br> Sunday 16 July<br><br> Final (14h30 andndash; live on SS1)<br><br> Issued by SA Rugby Communications<br><br> 2017-04-10 Appointment of Currie Cup Coach http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4282/Appointment-of-Currie-Cup-Coach http://www.fscheetahs.co.za Die direksie van die Vrystaat Cheetahs (Edms.) Bpk. het besluit om Rory Duncan, die Direkteur van Rugby, as hoofafrigter van die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs vir die Curriebekerkompetisie aan te stel in die plek van Franco Smith. Smith is vroeandeuml;r vanjaar as een van die hulpafrigters van die Springbokspan aangestel en is steeds die hoofafrigter van die Toyota Cheetahs se Vodacom Super Rugby span. <br><br> Franco sal ook verder beskikbaar wees as andlsquo;n konsultant en raadgewer vir die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs gedurende die Curriebeker. <br><br> Die Curriebeker kompetisie is krities belangrik vir die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs en daarom is dit nodig geag om andlsquo;n senior afrigter in hierdie rol aan te stel. Duncan was die hoofafrigter van die span gedurende die 2014 Curriebeker seisoen. Hy sal steeds die rol as Direkteur van Rugby vervul. <br><br> MJ Smith, die huidige afrigter van die Toyota Vrystaat XV in SuperSport Uitdaagbeker kompetisie en van die Toyota Vrystaat Cheetahs o.21andrsquo;s, word bevorder tot agterlyn afrigter van die Curriebekerspan om die leemte wat deur Franco vir daardie tydperk gelaat word, te vul.<br><br> Die res van die afrigtingspan bly onveranderd. Die span sal steeds dieselfde karakter, kultuur en benadering volg en die maatskappy is vol vertroue dat dit andlsquo;n positiewe proses sal wees. <br><br> The directors of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. decided to appoint the Director of Rugby, Rory Duncan as head coach of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs for the Currie Cup competition. Franco Smith was appointed as one of the assistant coaches of the Springbok team earlier this year but is still the head coach of the Toyota Cheetahs for Vodacom Super Rugby. Smith will, however, be available as advisor and consultant to the Toyota Free State Cheetahs team during the Currie Cup competition. <br><br> Free State Rugby is not taking the Currie Cup competition lightly and felt it necessary to appoint a senior coach in this position. Duncan was the head coach of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs for the 2014 Currie Cup season. <br><br> MJ Smith, the current coach of the Toyota Free State XV in the Super Sport Challenge competition and of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs u.21andrsquo;s are promoted to backline coach of the Currie Cup team to fill the gap that Franco will be leaving.<br><br> The rest of the coaching staff will remain the same. The team will be following the same character, culture and approach and the company is confident that the process will be positive. <br><br> 2017-04-07 Toyota Free State XV vs Junior Springboks in warm-up match http://www.fscheetahs.co.za/news.aspx?newsid=/4281/Toyota-Free-State-XV-vs-Junior-Springboks-in-warm-up-match- http://www.fscheetahs.co.za ?<br><br> Toyota Free State XV will be playing against the Junior Springboks in a warm-up match on Saturday at 15:00 at Shimla Park.<br><br> Entry to the game is free.<br><br> Toyota Free State XV 1 Danie Minnie 2 Joseph Dweba 3 Stephan Kotze 4 Hilton Lobberts 5 Justin Basson 6 Bertie de Bod 7 Junior Pokamela 8 Steven Meiring 9 Ruan van Rensburg 10 Ryno Eksteen 11 Ryno Benjamin 12 William Small Smith 13 Alli Mgijima 14 JW Jonker 15 Michael van der Spuy 16 Kevin Stevens 17 Abrie Coetzee 18 Andrew Khun 19 Sibabalo Quma 20 Phumzile Maqondwana 21 Ntokozo Vidima 22 JP Smith 23 Jarik van der Walt Coach: MJ Smith<br> Assistants: Izak van der Westhuizen, Sino Ganto<br> Physio: Erick Colyn<br> Conditioning: Johnny Roux<br> Manager: Renaldo Meyer<br> Logistics: Edward Booi<br><br> 2017-04-05