Toyota Cheetahs News Toyota Cheetahs News Springboks team announcement Hardworking prop Ruan Dreyer will make his debut for the Springboks on Saturday in the final Castle Lager Incoming Series Test against France in Johannesburg, while the experienced scrumhalf Francois Hougaard and outside centre Jesse Kriel both return to the starting team.<br> <br> Dreyer, who will become Springbok number 886 when he takes to the field, replaces Frans Malherbe in the front row in one of two changes to the starting pack that defeated the French team last week in Durban.<br> <br> The other change is at flank as Oupa Mohoje is unavailable after he took a blow to the head last week. His place is filled by 21-year-old Jean-Luc du Preez, who came on as the replacement flank at Growthpoint Kings Park. Jaco Kriel has been selected on the bench.<br> <br> In the backline, Hougaard replaces Cronje, who was not considered after he had shown symptoms of a delayed concussion. This will be Hougaardandrsquo;s 42nd Test cap for the Springboks, while Rudy Paige comes into the squad as replacement No 9.<br> <br> The only other change to the starting team is at outside centre, with Jesse Kriel back after sitting out last weekandrsquo;s Test a result of a bump to the head in the first match two weeks ago in Pretoria.<br> <br> "I said earlier in the week that we would keep changes in the starting team to a minimum because we have huge respect for this powerful French side," said Coetzee.<br> <br> "The inclusion of Ruan in the starting team gives us an important opportunity to build capacity in the tighthead position. This is a very important position and it is great to have players such as Coenie Oosthuizen and Steven Kitshoff coming off the bench as a combination, while Ruan will start next to his Emirates Lions hooker in Malcolm Marx.<br> <br> "The same applies for Jaco Kriel, who has fully recovered from his knee injury and he was very good in training the past three weeks. He deserves his chance in the match 23 and he is very eager to play. Jaco was in brilliant form before he got injured and I am sure he will make a huge impact off the bench.<br> <br> "Jesse had an outstanding game in the first match in Pretoria and he really combined well with Jan Serfontein in the midfield before he was forced to leave the field. The retention of combinations is important because that will add to our continuity.<br> <br> "The selection of the centre pairing was really a tough task and Lionel Mapoe is perhaps unlucky to lose out on the match 23. He played well in Durban but Jesse was also very good next to Jan Serfontein in Pretoria and my decision is based on developing combinations. Lionel will however get the opportunity to play for the SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; side against the French Barbarians on Friday in Soweto."<br> <br> Coetzee once more cautioned his side to expect a huge onslaught from the French: "Their camp is clear about it and the players realise there is no place for complacency.<br> <br> "This is their last match of the season and they will be highly motivated to finish on a high, so they will yet again pose a serious threat. We will have to work extremely hard against a very physical French side who will again test us in all departments," said Coetzee.<br> <br> The Springbok side to face France in Johannesburg:<br> 15. Andries Coetzee (Emirates Lions), 2 caps, 0 points<br> 14. Raymond Rhule (Toyota Cheetahs), 2, 0<br> 13. Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), 18, 20 (4t)<br> 12. Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Bulls), 28, 20 (4t)<br> 11. Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions), 2, 0<br> 10. Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), 13, 115 (1t, 19c, 24p)<br> 9. Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors, England), 41, 25 (5t)<br> 8. Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions, captain), 17, 15 (3t)<br> 7. Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks), 3, 0<br> 6. Siya Kolisi (DHL Stormers), 15, 5 (1t)<br> 5. Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), 9, 0<br> 4. Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), 56, 10 (2t)<br> 3. Ruan Dreyer (Emirates Lions), 0, 0<br> 2. Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), 4, 0<br> 1. Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), 89, 10 (2t)<br> Replacements:<br> 16. Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), 7, 0<br> 17. Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux Bandegrave;gles, France), 12, 0<br> 18. Coenie Oosthuizen (Cell C Sharks), 25, 20 (4t)<br> 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), 22, 15 (3T)<br> 20. Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions), 7, 0<br> 21. Rudy Paige (Vodacom Bulls), 7, 0<br> 22. Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France), 55, 132 (10t, 5c, 21p, 3d)<br> 23. Dillyn Leyds (DHL Stormers), 2, 0<br> <br> Stats and facts:<br> <br> Caps:<br> andbull; The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 302. There are 106 caps in the backline with 196 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 137 caps.<br> andbull; The average caps per player in the backline are 15, the forwards 25 while the players on the bench average 17.<br> andbull; The average age of the starting 15 is 26.<br> andbull; The tallest player in the squad is Eben Etzebeth (2.04m) and the shortest Rudy Paige (1.67m). The heaviest player is Steven Kitshoff (125kg) and the lightest player is Rudy Paige (80kg).<br> <br> Overall record:<br> andbull; The Test at Emirates Airline Park will be the 42nd Test match against France. The Springboks and France have played in four Test matches at this venue since 1958. The Springboks lost all four encounters.<br> andbull; The overall Springbok record for those four Test matches: P 4; W 0, L4; PF: 59; PA: 78; TF: 5; TA: 4; Average score: 15-20. Win%: 0%.<br> andbull; South Africaandrsquo;s record against France at home: P: 23; W: 12; L: 6; D: 5; PF: 512; PA: 351; TF: 53; TA: 31; Win%: 52%.<br> andbull; South Africaandrsquo;s overall record against France: P: 41; W: 24; L: 11; D: 6; PF: 857; PA: 607; TF: 97; TA: 55; Win%: 59%.<br> <br> Milestones:<br> andbull; Tendai Mtawarira will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok prop, with 90 caps in this position. He is the third most experienced Springbok forward andndash; only Victor Matfield and John Smit have played in more Test matches for South Africa.<br> andbull; Frans Steyn needs 18 points to reach 150 points in Test rugby.<br> andbull; Should Steven Kitshoff be used off the bench he will equal the record for most Test matches from the bench (13) before his first start in a Test match. The other two Springboks who co-hold the record are Coenie Oosthuizen (first start against Scotland, 2013) and Siya Kolisi (first start against Samoa, 2015).<br> andbull; Three tries by South Africa will bring up the 100th try in 104 years of Test rugby against France and one penalty goal by South Africa will bring up the 100th penalty goal as well.<br> <br> Match officials:<br> andbull; The referee is Angus Gardner of Australia. He was born on 24 August, 1984 in Sydney, Australia and made his Test debut as a referee in November, 2011 in the match between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.<br> andbull; To date, he has refereed 10 Test matches. This Test will be his third which involve the Springboks. Of the previous two Tests, one was lost and one won.<br> andbull; The Assistant Referees are Ben Oandrsquo;Keeffe and Glen Jackson, both of New Zealand, while Rowan Kitt of England will again officiate as TMO.<br> <br> The stadium:<br> andbull; Emirates Airline Park has a seating capacity of 61 519.<br> <br> Springbok Test record holders at Emirates Airline Park:<br> andbull; Most points: 28 by Gavin Johnson (3t, 5c, 1p) against Western Samoa, 13 April, 1995.<br> andbull; Most tries: Four by Chester Williams against Western Samoa, 10 June, 1995 and by Jongi Nokwe against Australia, 30 August, 2008.<br> andbull; Most conversions: Nine by Butch James against Argentina, 9 August, 2008.<br> andbull; Most penalty goals: Seven by Percy Montgomery against France, 16 June, 20061 and by Louis Koen against Scotland, 14 June, 2003.<br> andbull; Most drop goals: Two by Joel Stransky against New Zealand, 24 June, 1995 and by Jannie de Beer against New Zealand, 19 July, 1997.<br> <br> Springbok Test career record holders at Emirates Airline Park:<br> andbull; Most points: 86 by Percy Montgomery (2t, 11c, 18p) in nine Tests.<br> andbull; Most tries: Eight by Chester Williams in five Tests.<br> andbull; Most conversions: 12 by Butch James in three Tests.<br> andbull; Most penalty goals: 18 by Percy Montgomery in nine Tests.<br> andbull; Most drop goals: Two by Joel Stransky (five Tests) and Jannie de Beer (two Tests).<br> <br> France Test record holders at Emirates Airline Park:<br> andbull; Most points: 27 by Gerald Merceron (1t, 2c, 6p), 16 June, 2001.<br> andbull; Most tries: One by four players in four Tests between 1958 and 2001.<br> andbull; Most conversions: Two by Guy Camberabero, 29 July, 1967 and by Gerald Merceron, 16 June, 2001.<br> andbull; Most penalty goals: Six by Gerald Merceron, 16 June, 2001.<br> andbull; Most drop goals: Two by Guy Camberabero, 29 July, 1967.<br> <br><br> 2017-06-22 All to play for in final round of SuperSport Rugby Challenge All to play for in final round of SuperSport Rugby Challenge<br> <br> The final weekend of regulation play in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge has turned out to become one of must-wins and desperate results as eight of the 15 teams will try to get into the best possible position for the quarter-finals.<br> <br> After eight rounds of play, only DHL Western Province are still unbeaten, while at least three others will be trying to secure the necessary points to be able to host the first round of knock-out matches next weekend.<br> <br> With the top two in each of the North, Central and South Sections guaranteed automatic qualification to the final eight, the two best third-placed teams on log points will also sneak into the play-offs and could provide the highlight in the weekendand#39;s action. A number of permutations exist and results at one venue could determine the fortunes of teams playing at another.<br> <br> On top of that, the fifth Rugby Festival of this exciting new tournament will also take place on Sunday in Oudtshoorn, where two Gold Cup qualifying games will be played as curtain-raisers to the main match between SWD Eagles and DHL Western Province. The latter already secured top spot in the South, while the Eagles are the only side in the competition yet to register a victory. This clash, to be played on Sunday, will determine the final venues for the play-offs.<br> <br> The Capetonians (34 log points) look set to finish with the most log points overall, but should they taste defeat in the Klein Karoo, Tafel Lager Griquas (30) or the Xerox Golden Lions XV (31) could pip them in the final act. Both these contenders face a tough assignment though, before they could start planning for a home game.<br> <br> The Xerox Golden Lions XV will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls on Friday at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, with all to play for in the North Section. The men from Pretoria need the victory to make sure the Steval Pumas (24) do not move past them into the top two.<br> <br> The Nelspruit side will face Hino Valke on Saturday in the Mbombela Stadium and will know that a victory should secure a top eight position.<br> <br> The Central Section looks most likely to deliver the other third-placed qualifier. Tafel Lager Griquas will be confident that they could lower the flags of the Down Touch Griffons in Kimberley and top the pool, while the clash between the Toyota Free State XV (22 log points) and Cell C Sharks XV (24 log points) in Bloemfontein will determine the other top two finisher.<br> <br> The South Section clash between Boland (17 log points) and Eastern Province (20 log points) in yet another new venue, Bredasdorp, will not only determine which one of the two teams will drop out, but could also help Border Bulldogs (22 log points, bye) into the play-offs.<br> <br> The only teams that have no realistic chance to make the top eight are the Hino Valke and Windhoek Draught Welwitschias (North), Leopards and Down Touch Griffons (Central) and SWD (South), a clear indication of the competitive nature of this inaugural tournament.<br> <br> The final round of fixtures are:<br> <br> Friday 23 June:<br> <br> Tafel Lager Griquas vs Down Touch Griffons<br> Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley<br> Kick-off: 15h00<br> Referee: Vusi Msibi<br> <br> Toyota Free State XV vs Cell C Sharks XV<br> Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein<br> Kick-off: 15h00<br> Referee: AJ Jacobs<br> <br> Xerox Golden Lions XV vs Vodacom Blue Bulls<br> Orlando Stadium, Soweto<br> Kick-off: 17h00<br> Referee: Stuart Berry<br> TV: SS1<br> <br> Saturday 24 June:<br> <br> Boland Cavaliers vs Eastern Province Kings<br> Bredasdorp Sports Grounds, Bredasdorp<br> Kick-off: 15h00<br> Referee: Quinton Immelman<br> <br> Steval Pumas vs Hino Valke<br> Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit<br> Kick-off: 15h00<br> Referee: Cwengile Jadezwini<br> <br> Sunday 25 June 2017 (Rugby Festival):<br> <br> Evergreens vs Hawston (Gold Cup qualifier)<br> Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn<br> Kick-off: 11h00<br> Referee: Ruhan Meiring<br> TV: SS210<br> <br> Bridgton vs Progress (Gold Cup qualifier)<br> Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn<br> Kick-off: 13h00<br> Referee: Sindile Ngcese<br> TV: SS210<br> <br> SWD Eagles vs DHL Western Province<br> Bridgton Sports Grounds, Oudtshoorn<br> Kick-off: 15h00<br> Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge<br> TV: SS210<br> <br><br> 2017-06-22 TEST TICKET SCAM WARNING WARNING:<br> Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd would also like to communicate an important advisory regarding Test Match Tickets:<br> It has come to our attention that there are online scams doing their rounds selling invalid event tickets. <br> The public is warned very strongly against buying from any resellers offering tickets for the South Africa v Australia rugby test at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein (30 Sept 2017).<br><br> Please be careful! Make sure that you buy your tickets only through the Toyota Stadium ticket office or the official Cheetah website<br> No entry will be permitted to any person presenting false Test Match tickets. Fans are cautioned against purchasing tickets through unauthorised online resellers andndash; many of these tickets are fraudulent and will not be accepted. The Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from the purchase of unauthorised tickets. To avoid disappointment, special caution should be used with secondary ticket platforms such as Viagogo. Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd have already received reports of duplicate tickets being made available by resellers. <br><br> 2017-06-22 Toyota Free State XV face Sharks XV in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge match Toyota Free State XV face Sharks XV in a SuperSport Rugby Challenge match <br><br> The Toyota Free State XV will be taking on the Sharks on Friday, 23 June 2017 in andlsquo;n SuperSport Rugby Challenge match in Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. The game kicks off at 15:00 and entry is free. <br><br> Coach MJ Smith has announced his team for the encounter.<br><br> 1. Johan Kotze<br> 2. Joseph Dweba<br> 3. Erich de Jager<br> 4. Sibabalo Qoma<br> 5. Justin Basson<br> 6. Daniel Maartens<br> 7. Gerhard Olivier<br> 8. Junior Pokomela - C<br> 9. Zee Mkhabela<br> 10. Ryno Eksteen<br> 11. Vuyani Maqina<br> 12. Lihleli Xoli<br> 13. Stephan van Rensburg<br> 14. Jarik van der Walt<br> 15. Marco Mason<br><br> 16. Marnus van der Merwe<br> 17. Stephan Kotze<br> 18. Nicolaas Immelman<br> 19. Ntokozo Vidima<br> 20. Dian Badenhorst<br> 21. Michael van der Spuy<br> 22. Ali Mgijima<br><br> 2017-06-21 Springboks to prepare for French backlash Springboks to prepare for French backlash<br> The Springboks will continue to focus on their own processes and fundamentals during the build-up to the final Castle Lager Incoming Series match against France on Saturday, but Springbok coach Allister Coetzee warned his team to expect a backlash from the visitors at Emirates Airline Park.<br> The Boks arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday evening and resumed their preparations for the final match of the series against the French on Monday morning.<br> Coetzee said although the series is already won, he will resist the temptation to make wholesale changes, adding that the match would be an opportunity to build capacity in certain positions.<br> "There wonandrsquo;t be wholesale changes for Saturday," Coetzee explained during his media briefing on Monday at the teamandrsquo;s hotel in Fourways.<br> "We know that France will be playing for pride and we are preparing for a huge backlash. We need to improve in a few areas, and so will need to retain the combinations that worked nicely, and maintain our continuity.<br> "The fact that we have won the series wonandrsquo;t influence our approach to the match. We will continue to work on our processes because thereandrsquo;s still a lot of work to be done. I am however pleased with the progress and the effort of the players in the previous two matches."<br> Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen, confirmed that Jesse Kriel is currently busy with the final phase of his return to play protocol and will be available for selection if he comes through the tests. The midfielder received a blow to the head in the first Test in Pretoria, which resulted in a weeklong layoff.<br> Oupa Mohoje, however, is still symptomatic from his head clash early in the first half in Durban, which resulted in substitute Jean-Luc du Preez taking his place on the side of the scrum. Mohoje will not take part in any training this week and he is therefore ruled out of contention for the weekendandrsquo;s game.<br> "There are the usual bumps and bruises but that is to be expected after tough and very physical Test match," said Dr Von Hagen. "Other than that, the players are in good physical condition and in high spirits."<br> The Bok team to take on France in the final series encounter will be named on Thursday afternoon.<br> <br><br> 2017-06-20 Venter takes over SA ‘A’ captaincy <br> Springbok midfielder Francois Venter will lead out the SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; team in their final match against the French Barbarians at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday evening (kick-off at 20h00).<br> <br> Venter takes over from Juan de Jongh, who is on the bench alongside Handrandeacute; Pollard, in a team that shows wholesale changes from the match-23 that won the first match last Friday in Durban by 36-28.<br> <br> SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; coach Johan Ackermann said the reason for all the changes is to accommodate all the players in the squad while at the same time assisting Springbok coach Allister Coetzee with a request for game-time for certain players.<br> <br> Only two players who started at Moses Mabhida last week, Lwazi Mvovo and Ruan Botha, will run out again this weekend. Mvovo however moves from fullback to wing, where he will partner Blitzbok star Seabelo Senatla.<br> <br> "All the players in the squad have worked incredibly hard over the last two weeks and itandrsquo;s just fair to give all of them a run against the French Barbarians," said Ackermann.<br> <br> "At the same time, the Springbok cause is very important with the rest of the season in mind andndash; I spoke to Allister and Iandrsquo;m glad we can assist him in giving game-time to certain players who are in his plans."<br> <br> Ackermann said the decision to award Venter the captaincy was an easy one: "Francois has led the Toyota Cheetahs very well in recent seasons and he brings international experience to the team.<br> <br> "He was also our vice-captain in 2016 so heandrsquo;s got a good idea of what we would like to achieve on the field in this match.<br> <br> "Francois is one of eight players in the team who has played Test rugby for South Africa. This experience could again be vital, as we saw last week in Durban andndash; when we were with our backs against the wall, these players put their hands up and led from the front.<br> <br> "There are also a number of players in this squad who Iandrsquo;m sure will still play for the Springboks and Iandrsquo;ve really enjoyed working with them. Itandrsquo;s been great exposure against international opposition and they will all benefit from it."<br> <br> Ackermann added that players who are not in the match-23 for this encounter will remain with the squad, but will be released for SuperSport Rugby Challenge duty should their provinces request that.<br> <br> The South African andlsquo;Aandrsquo; side to face the French Barbarians in Soweto:<br> 15. Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls)<br> 14. Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks) *<br> 13. Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions) *<br> 12. Francois Venter (captain andndash; Toyota Cheetahs) *<br> 11. Seabelo Senatla (DHL Stormers)<br> 10. Fred Zeilinga (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> 9. Dewaldt Duvenage (DHL Stormers)<br> 8. Andisa Ntsila (Southern Kings)<br> 7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers)<br> 6. Chris Cloete (Southern Kings)<br> 5. Ruan Botha (Cell C Sharks)<br> 4. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls)<br> 3. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls) *<br> 2. Ramone Samuels (DHL Stormers)<br> 1. Ox Nche (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> Replacements:<br> 16. Franco Marais (Cell C Sharks)<br> 17. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)<br> 18. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers)<br> 19. Uzair Cassiem (Toyota Cheetahs) *<br> 20. Ruan Ackermann (Emirates Lions)<br> 21. Jano Vermaak (DHL Stormers) *<br> 22. Handrandeacute; Pollard (Vodacom Bulls) *<br> 23. Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers) *<br> * denotes Test experience<br> <br><br> 2017-06-20 SuperSport Rugby Challange results Play-off contenders to the fore in exciting round of SuperSport Rugby Challenge<br> Important wins for Boland and the EP Kings kept their play-off hopes alive in a fascinating round eight of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge, while yet another home defeat saw the Leopards crash out of contention in a weekend packed with tries and action.<br> With matches played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, each day delivered a telling result that impacted on the overall standings in the North, Central and South Sections.<br> In the North section, it has become a three horse race with one round left of regulation play, with Xerox Golden Lions, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Steval Pumas all in contention for a playoff spot. The Xerox Golden Lions delivered an impressive 96-27 win over the Hino Valke in Kempton Park, while the Steval Pumas travelled to Namibia for a solid 42-8 win over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias.<br> With the Xerox Golden Lions XV hosting the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Orlando Stadium on Friday, the Steval Pumas need to win at home against the Hino Valke and hope the home side wins in Soweto for them to sneak into second spot.<br> The Central Section also became a three horse race when the Leopards dropped a 33-17 result to Down Touch Griffons in Potchefstroom. The Tafel Lager Griquas and Cell C Sharks XV, who played to a 28-all draw on Thursday, are still in the top two positions, with the Toyota Free State XV making a late dash. They face the Cell C Sharks XV on Saturday in Bloemfontein in what could be a straight knock-out match.<br> The South Section, where DHL Western Province already secured top spot, came alive with EP Kings beating Border in East London on Thursday and Boland Cavaliers outplaying SWD Eagles 51-10 in Malmesbury.<br> Border finished their matches and will look at the clash between Boland and EP to see whether they will end regular play with a second placed log position.<br> A summary of the weekendandrsquo;s results and pointsandrsquo; scorers are:<br> Tafel Lager Griquas 28 (14), Cell C Sharks XV 28 (13)<br> Tafel Lager Griquas 28 - Tries: Renier Botha (2), AJ le Roux, Jason Fraser. Conversions: Andre Swarts (3), George Whitehead.<br> Cell C Sharks XV 28 - Tries: Hyron Andrews, Sand#39;bura Sithole, Ilunga Mukedi, Garth April. Conversions: Garth April. Penalties: Garth April (2).<br> Leopards 17 (12), Down Touch Griffons 33 (19)<br> Leopards andndash; Tries: Jimmy Mpailane, HP Swart, Tapiwe Mafura. Conversion: Gerhard Nortier<br> Griffons andndash; Tries: Barend Potgieter, Thato Mavundla, Jasper Wiese, CJ Coetzee, Duan Pretorius. Conversions: Duan Pretorius (4).<br> Windhoek Draught Welwitschias 8 (0), Steval Pumas 42 (21)<br> Windhoek Draught Welwitschias - Try: Dirk von Weidts. Penalty: Winmar Rust.<br> Steval Pumas - Tries: Emile Temperman, Jean-Paul Lewis, Carel Greeff (2), Francois Kleinhans, Jannie Stander, Conversions: Kobus Marais (3), Sias Ebersohn (3).<br> Hino Valke 27 (27), Xerox Golden Lions 96 (35)<br> Hino Valke - Tries: Reg Muller, Maphutha Dolo (2), Marco Klopper. Conversions: Christian Rust (3). Penalty: Rust.<br> Xerox Golden Lions XV- Tries: Fabian Booysen, Armand van der Merwe (2), Dillion Smit, Jano Venter (2), Jacques Nel, Marvin Orie, Anthony Volmink (3), Michael Tambwe, Hacjivah Dayimani, Jan-Louis la Grange. Conversions: Shaun Reynolds (13).<br> Boland Cavaliers 51 (22) SWD Eagles 10 (10)<br> Boland Cavaliers - Tries: Elgar Watts (2), Sergio Torrens, Clinton Theron, Ludio Williams, Charles Mayeza, Edwin Sass, Zandre Jordaan. Conversions: Divan Nel (3), Adriaan Carelse. Penalties: Nel.<br> SWD Eagles - Try: Dillin Snel. Conversion: Leighton Eksteen. Penalty: Eksteen.<br> Border Bulldogs 38 (28), Eastern Province 43 (28)<br> Border Bulldogs andndash; Tries: Lelethu Gcilithsane (2), Sonwabiso Mqalo, Michael Makase, Oliver Zono. Conversions: Oliver Zono (5). Penalty: Oliver Zono.<br> Eastern Province Kings andndash; Tries: Stefan Ungerer, Neil Maritz, Tango Balekile, Sonwabo Majola, Stefan Willemse, Brandon Brown. Conversions: Pieter-Steyn de Wet (4), Michael Brink; Penalty: Pieter-Steyn de Wet.<br> <br><br> 2017-06-19 The South African ‘A’ side to face the French Barbarians in Durban: Seven Boks in SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; squad for series opener against French Barbarians<br> <br> South African andlsquo;Aandrsquo; coach, Johan Ackermann, on Wednesday named seven Springboks in his 23-man squad to face the French Barbarians at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Friday, 16 June 2017.<br> <br> Ackermann earlier appointed Juan de Jongh (19 tests) as captain for the two match series against the French Baabaas and also included fellow Springboks Lwazi Mvovo (17 tests), Ruan Combrinck (7 tests), Jano Vermaak (3 tests) and Uzair Cassiem (1 test) in the run-on team, while Trevor Nyakane (28 tests) and Francois Venter (3 tests) are on the bench.<br> <br> Eight other players andndash; Lionel Cronje, Dewaldt Duvenage, Ruan Botha, Wilco Louw, Franco Marais, Thomas du Toit, Ox Nche and Jason Jenkins andndash; represented the Junior Springboks earlier in their careers.<br> <br> According to Ackermann, they prepared well for this clash and he is keen to see how the players play together as a unit.<br> <br> "We had some good training sessions and everyone is on the same page with regards to our approach and objectives for this match," said Ackermann.<br> <br> "All the players are on form and they have been training well, so it wasnandrsquo;t an easy decision to make and unfortunately I could not include all the players in our squad in the team for this match, but we will make some changes next week for the encounter at Orlando Stadium to try and give everyone game time.<br> <br> "The French Barbarians named a very strong team and we need to be pretty precise in game management and execution to keep them at bay. I do expect them to be very attack-minded as well, so we need to find the correct balance in our approach."<br> <br> Ackermann said the team is in high spirits about the prospect of playing at the iconic venue: "Everyone is very excited to be the first team ever to play a big rugby match at Moses Mabhida Stadium.<br> <br> "These are moments we will cherish as a squad. What will make it more ideal, is to have strong support as well at this magnificent venue and we hope to put on a performance which the spectators will enjoy."<br> <br> The South African andlsquo;Aandrsquo; side to face the French Barbarians in Durban:<br> 15. Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks)<br> 14. Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions)<br> 13. Juan de Jongh (captain, DHL Stormers)<br> 12. Harold Vorster (Emirates Lions)<br> 11. Makazole Mapimpi (Southern Kings)<br> 10. Lionel Cronje (Southern Kings)<br> 9. Jano Vermaak (DHL Stormers)<br> 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers)<br> 7. Ruan Ackermann (Emirates Lions)<br> 6. Uzair Cassiem (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> 5. Ruan Botha (Cell C Sharks)<br> 4. Andries Ferreira (Emirates Lions)<br> 3. Wilco Louw (DHL Stormers)<br> 2. Franco Marais (Cell C Sharks)<br> 1. Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks)<br> Replacements:<br> 16. Ramone Samuels (DHL Stormers)<br> 17. Ox Nche (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> 18. Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls)<br> 19. Jason Jenkins (Vodacom Bulls)<br> 20. Andisa Ntsila (Southern Kings)<br> 21. Dewaldt Duvenage (DHL Stormers)<br> 22. Fred Zeilinga (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> 23. Francois Venter (Toyota Cheetahs)<br> <br> andbull; Fridayandrsquo;s match kicks off at 16h45 and a week later, on Friday 23 June, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, kick-off is at 20h00.<br> <br><br> 2017-06-15 Tickets now open Ticket sales for Test in Bloemfontein open<br><br> "We are very excited to host a Test after all these years. It is a special occasion for the Free State and its people. It will be a great privilege to see the Springboks play in Bloemfontein," said Mr. Harold Verster, Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd. <br><br> The last time the Springboks played in Bloemfontein was in 2010 against the Wallabies. Toyota Stadium was sold out with the Currie Cup final in 2016 and it would be great to see a full stadium again on the 30th of September. <br><br> "When the occasion demands, the true supporter and player will come up to scratch. After seven years we managed host the Test against Australia and we call on all to stand up and support us to the full. When the event occurs we would like all to assist us in leaving a Springbok and Cheetah legacy to not be forgotten," said Mr. Lindsay Mould, President of the Free State Rugby Union.<br><br> Tickets for the encounter is now available from the ticket office in Toyota Stadium or online at<br><br> IMPORTANT NOTICE: Only tickets purchased directly through the official Toyota Cheetah website andndash; or the Toyota Stadium Ticket office are valid. Please note: The Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd takes NO responsibility for tickets purchased through un-official channels. <br><br> Season ticketholders will have until 17 July 2017 to buy their tickets where after these reserved seats will be opened for the general public if not taken up by the season ticket holder. In other words andndash; the only way to secure your seat is to buy the ticket before 17 July 2017. <br><br> The ticket office can be contacted for any enquiries at 051 407 1701 / 051 407 1725.<br><br> Ticket Prices:<br><br> Main Stand - R500<br><br> Open Stand - R400<br><br> North and South - R300<br><br> <br><br> <br><br> 2017-06-14 Venter joins the Springbok squad in Durban <br> The Springboks will work hard this week during training to improve on their game as they prepare to take on France in the second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test in Durban on Saturday.<br> The Springboks won the first Test 37-14 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.<br> Springbok coach Allister Coetzee reiterated on Monday that, while he is pleased with the positive start to the series, his team is looking for improvement on their Loftus performance.<br><br> <br> "I am very happy with the effort of the team, they did well and got the job done in Pretoria," said Coetzee.<br> "However, for us it is a process and were are looking forward to more improvement in all aspects of our game and that is why we will work extremely hard during training this week, starting with todayandrsquo;s session."<br><br> <br> The Springboks arrived to a warm reception in Durban on Sunday and Coetzee said the team appreciates the support of the rugby community.<br> "We all know what this team means for ordinary South Africans, and that is why I was pleased with the team effort in Pretoria. It would be fantastic to once more see the passionate support of a big Durban crowd," added Coetzee.<br> The Boks held an open training session on Monday afternoon at Northwood High School, which was followed by a meet greet session with supporters.<br> Meanwhile, Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen, confirmed on Monday that Jesse Kriel will not be available for the second Test against the French. He will continue with his gradual return to play protocol after taking a blow to the head in the second-half at Loftus on Saturday, and was replaced by Frans Steyn.<br> "It is important to note that we practise extreme caution with head injuries and there are definite protocols in place for on-field and off-field diagnosis and subsequent management," explained Dr Von Hagen.<br> Kriel will have total rest for a full week and is therefore unavailable for selection this coming weekend.<br> Lionel Mapoe completed the final phase of his rehabilitation for his hamstring strain and resumed with full training on Monday, the team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen, confirmed.<br><br> <br> However, Dr Von Hagen added that Damian de Allende will return to Cape Town and will continue with his injury rehabilitation at the DHL Stormers. De Allende has a quad hematoma which he picked up during the last round of Vodacom Super Rugby action for the Cape franchise before the break for the June internationals.<br> Meanwhile Francois Venter joined up with the Boks for their afternoon training session at the Northwood High School as replacement for the injured De Allende.<br><br> Venter was already in Durban as part of the SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; squad to play the French Barbarians in a two-match series, starting on Friday.<br> Venter will be available for the SA andlsquo;Aandrsquo; team if he is not selected for the Boksandrsquo; match-23 for this weekendandrsquo;s second Test.<br> The rest of the Bok squad are all in good shape with the medical team managing the usual bumps and bruises following a hard match.<br> <br><br> 2017-06-12