April 21, 2015
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FNB Welwitschias record only 2 nd win in Vodacom Cup

FNB Welwitschias 24 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 17

The FNB Welwitschias’ greater desire earned them a well-deserved first victory in the 2015 Vodacom Cup when they beat the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls by 24-17 in Windhoek on Saturday.

The Namibian side led 17-3 at halftime thanks to two great individual tries by outside centre Johann Tromp, who added his hat-trick try nine minutes into the second half. He was duly named man of the match.

The victory was only the second by any Namibian side in the Vodacom Cup, following the 2010 home win against the Valke (66-33 in Windhoek).


FNB Welwitchias – Tries: Johann Tromp (3). Conversions: Shaun Kaizemi (3). Penalty Kaizemi.

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Heirich Els, Marcus Erasmus. Conversions: Anton Beswick (2). Penality: Beswick.

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Chrysander Botha included in Barbarians XV

Namibian International Chrysander Botha has been included in the Barbarians team to face Heriots of Edinburgh next week in a match to celebrate Heriots 125 Th. anniversary. This is good news for Namibia’s Rugby World Cup campaign after Botha was injured against Canada in November last year. ( Image and info courtesy of Exeter Chiefs Website


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Xerox Golden Lions, DHL WP retain Section leaderships – Vodacom Cup Round 5 Review

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Xerox Golden Lions, DHL WP retain Section leaderships – Vodacom Cup Round 5 Review

It was business as usual at the top of the North and South Section logs with four of the top five in the divisions recording victories to remain on course for home play offs.

The ‘best’ result of the day was secured by North Section leaders, the Xerox Golden Lions, who recorded a hard-fought 24-16 victory over the Steval Pumas, the only team among the top five not to win, having started the round in second place.

The Lions’ fifth successive win allowed the Vodacom Blue Bulls to leapfrog into second position on the northern log, courtesy of a 44-0 victory in Windhoek.

In the South, DHL Western Province and GWK Griquas both maintained their 100 percent records with their third successive victories, the former edging the Kings by six points in Port Elizabeth while GWK Griquas had an easier time of it in beating Border by 12 in Hartswater.

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs stayed in contention in the South with a 35-18 win over the Cell C Sharks XV in Kokstad while in the North the Hino Valke recorded their first victory at the fourth attempt with a 38-17 victory over the Down Touch Griffons.

Welwitschias 0 – 44 Blue Bulls

The Vodacom Blue Bulls recorded a comfortable 44-0 win in Windhoek on Friday night, to leave their hosts remaining in search of their first victory of the season.

The Welwitschias made their visitors work hard for their win on a rainy night in Windhoek and they led only 8-0 at halftime in a match which was also disrupted by a 10-minute power outage.

However the Bulls made their forward power count in the long run, scoring their first four tries through the rolling maul.


Blue Bulls – Tries: Corniel Els (2), Kefentse Mahlo, Kobus Marais, Marquit September, Roelof Smit (2). Conversions: Marais (2), Tinus de Beer. Penalty: Marais.

Boland 34 – 26 SWD Eagles

The Boland Cavaliers outplayed the visiting SWD Eagles 34-26 (halftime 22-12) at Boland Park in Worcester on Friday afternoon.

Both sides collected a bonus point for scoring four or more tries but the Eagles were unable to breach the Cavaliers’ line in the closing moments to claim a second point for losing by seven points or fewer.

Veteran former Boland winger Alshaun Bock scored two of the Eagles’ tries to take his Vodacom Cup career total to 33.


Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Edwin Sass (2), Wilneth Engelbrecht (2), Harlon Klaasen. Conversions: Eric Zana (3). Penalty: Zana.

SWD – Tries: Alshaun Bock (2), Hentzwill Pedro, Nemo Roelofse. Conversions: Elric van Vuuren (2), Gerrit Smith.

Down Touch Griffons 17 – 38 Hino Valke

The Hino Valke recorded their first victory of the campaign, beating the Down Touch Griffons 38-17 at the HT Pelatona Stadium in Welkom on Friday afternoon.

The visitors led 19-7 at the break that set the tone for a well-deserved bonus-point victory.


Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Martin Sithole, Oshwill Nortje. Conversions: Louis Strydom (2). Penalty: Strydom.

Hino Valke – Tries: Andrew van Wyk, Arno Poley (2), Dean Muir, Ernst Ladendorf, Jaun Kotze. Conversions: Jaun Kotze (4).

EP Kings 13, DHL Western Province 19

Western Province maintained their narrow lead at the top of the table with a 19-13 victory (halftime 12-5) over the Eastern Province Kings in a South Section clash at NMB stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.


EP Kings – Tries: George Whitehead, Sylvian Mahuza; Penalty: Scott van Breda

DHL Western Province – Try: Godlen Masimla. Conversion: Jean-Luc du Plessis; Penalties: Jean-Luc du Plessis (4).

Cell C Sharks XV 18, Toyota Free State XV 35

Vincent Jobo scored two tries in six minutes as the Toyota Free State XV stunned the Cell C Sharks XV with a 35-18 (13-11) at the Kokstad Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon.

The big No 8 crossed either side of the hour, adding to a first-half score from outstanding full-back Coenie van Wyk and a late effort by Shaun Venter to secure the bonus-point win.

Van Wyk scored an impressive 20 points in total, two more than the Sharks XV managed between them, as the men from Bloemfontein leapfrogged their hosts to climb to third on the South Section log.


Cell C Sharks XV – Tries: Daniel Du Preez, Khaya Majola. Conversion: Innocent Radebe. Penalties: Radebe (2).

Toyota Free State XV – Tries: Vincent Jobo (2), Coenie van Wyk, Shaun Venter. Conversions: Van Wyk (3). Penalties: Van Wyk (3).

GWK Griquas 37, Border Bulldogs 25

GWK Griquas maintained their unbeaten record in this year’s Vodacom Cup competition after beating Border Bulldogs 37-25 in Hartswater on Saturday afternoon.

The hosts scored five tries to cement the bonus point against the Bulldogs in a tough game that delivered some good running rugby to the very end.


GWK Griquas – Tries: Rocco Jansen, JW Jonker (2), Hugo Kloppers, Martin Bezuidenhout. Conversions: Clinton Swart (3). Penalties: Swart (2).

Border Bulldogs – Tries: Johannes Jonker, Sipho Nofemele (2). Conversions: Maxisole Banda (2). Penalties: Maxisole Banda (2)

Steval Pumas 16, Xerox Golden Lions 24

The Xerox Golden Lions grabbed a 24-16 win in a North Section clash against one of the heavyweights of Vodacom Cup rugby, the Steval Pumas, at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday afternoon.

A brace by the Lions outside centre Jacques Nel proved to be the difference between the well-matched sides.

Thanks to their hard-earned victory, the Lions have retained their position at the summit of the Vodacom Cup log with 23 points after five matches. It includes three bonus-point wins.

The Pumas could not add to their halftime-tally and would have rued their wasted opportunities in the final 40 minutes.


Steval Pumas: Try: Jerome Pretorius; Conversion: JC Roos; Penalties: Roos (3)

Xerox Golden Lions: Tries: Jacques Nel (2), Ashlon Davids; Conversions: Davids (3); Penalty: Kobus de Kock.

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Thinus du Plessis included in FNB Welwitschias XV to face Vodacom Blue Bulls

The Namibian Rugby Union has named the FNB Welwitschias XV to face the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Friday evening’s Vodacom Cup match at the Hahe Geingob Stadium in Windhoek. Kick-off is at 19:00

39 Test veteran Thinus du Plessis will play his first high level match of the season after recovering from a leg injury. His last match for Namibia was in October last year against Germany. The team is :

1. Quintin Esterhuizen
2. DG Wiese
3. Shaun Du Preez
4. Ulrich Engels
5. Nico Esterhuyse
6. Tomashau Forbes
7. Thinus Du Plessis
8. Zana Botes
9. Eneil Buitendag
10. Shaun Kaizemi
11. Tuna Amutenya
12. Darryl De La Harpe
13. Johan Tromp
14. Russell van Wyk
15. Justin Nel

Replacements :

16. Rathony Bekker
17. Jaco Engels
18. Morton van Kradenburg
19. Max Katjijeko
20. Arthur Bouwer
21. Daniel Arries
22. Henrique Olivier

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Big battles expected as Vodacom Cup pool stages reach halfway stage – Round 5 Preview

Thursday, 9 April 2015

The intensity of the Vodacom Cup is expected to rise significantly this weekend as the pool stages reach the halfway stage and the reality sets in for the teams that only four rounds remain for them to secure their places in the final stages.

The main match-up in the North Section will be in Nelspruit on Saturday where log-leaders the Xerox Golden Lions go up against the Steval Pumas in a table-topping clash, while in the South Section GWK Griquas will look to close in on DHL Western Province on the log table.

The unbeaten DHL Western Province will travel to Port Elizabeth to take on the EP Kings on Saturday, which could prove to be a tight encounter, but GWK Griquas, who have also won both of their matches, will be hoping to make the most of their clash against the Border Bulldogs, who have yet to secure a log point this season, in Kimberley.

In the other South Section clashes, the Boland Cavaliers host the SWD Eagles in Wellington on Friday and the Cell C Sharks XV go up against the Toyota Free State XV in Kokstad on Saturday in what could be a hard-fought battle.

In the North Section, the Down Touch Griffons host the Hino Valke in Welkom, and the FNB Welwitschias meet the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Windhoek on Friday, where the hosts will look to register their first victory.


Round 5 fixtures:

Friday, 10 April

Down Touch Griffons vs Hino Valke
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
Referee: Jaco Kotze

Boland Cavaliers vs SWD Eagles
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Quinton Immelman

FNB Welwitschias vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Kick-off: 19h00
Venue: Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
Referee: Oregopotse Rametsi

Saturday, 11 April

Steval Pumas vs Xerox Golden Lions
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Jaco Pretorius

GWK Griquas vs Border Bulldogs
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

Cell C Sharks XV vs Toyota Free State XV
Kick-off: 15h30
Venue: Kokstad Rugby Club
Referee: Ben Crouse

EP Kings vs DHL Western Province
Kick-off: 19h00
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Referee: Stephan Geldenhuys

Issued by SARU Corporate Affairs

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