March 29, 2015
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FNB Welwitschias run Griffons close.

The FNB Welwitschias went down 28-32 to Down Touch Griffons at the Hage Geingob Stadium Friday evening. The FNB Welwitschias led 21-18 at half -time. For the hosts Russel van Wyk scored a hat-trick of tries and Justin Nel added a 4 th. Shaun Kazeimi added two penalties and a conversion. The visitors also scored four tries but it was the boot of Louis Strydom who made the difference. Next up for the FNB Welwitschias will be the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Friday evening April the 10 th.

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Vodacom Cup Round 4 Preview

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

The heat keeps on rising – Vodacom Cup Round 4 Preview

The Vodacom Cup is now fully underway across the length and breadth of South Africa and Namibia and sparks are set to fly in George, Cape Town and Pretoria this weekend.

At picturesque Outeniqua Park, the SWD Eagles have a great opportunity to win their second successive home game when they host the defending champions from Kimberley, GWK Griquas, on Friday evening. It’s a replay of last year’s quarter-final.

There is another top-of-the-table clash in the South Section on Saturday afternoon when DHL Western Province, Vodacom Cup champions in 2012, host the Cell C Sharks XV in Athlone, Cape Town. Both these teams lost in the quarter-finals last season.

In the North Section, the Vodacom Blue Bulls will want to get back to winning ways when they host the high-flying Steval Pumas in Pretoria. The side from the Lowveld top the log with three wins from three and have been impressive this season, amassing 170 points at an average of almost 57 per match.

This week we feature one of the best young tight forwards in the country as well as one of the top try-scorers from 2014 in Toyota Free State XV hooker Joseph Dweba and Boland Cavaliers wing Harlon Klaasen, who will face off against each other in Heidedal, Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon.

Rising Star #7 – Joseph Dweba (Toyota Free State XV)

For the last two seasons, Toyota Free State hooker Joseph Dweba got a taste of what it feels like to represent South Africa on the rugby field and his got an opportunity to do it again later this season.

The 19-year-old Dweba, who hails from the West-Gauteng mining town of Carltonville, qualifies for the Junior Springboks again this season and aims to fight his way into the squad via the Vodacom Cup.

In 2013 he played in all three of the SA Schools team’s matches after representing the Golden Lions at the Coca-Cola U18 Craven Week from Florida High School.

Last year Dweba did a post-matric at HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein, who recently delivered Springbok loose forward Oupa Mohoje and Bok tourist Raymond Rhule, as well as AJ Venter and Daan Human. He played twice off the bench in the Junior World Championships, including an appearance in the final against England.

It was only natural that Dweba, who stands 1.75m tall and weighs in at a solid 105kg and can also pack down at prop if the need arises, would progress to the Free State U19s, where he played a number of matches in the second half of the competition.

Earlier this season, Dweba played one match in the Cell C Community Cup for Berlesell Bloemfontein Crusaders, before starting to train with the Toyota Free State XV.

Rising Star #8 – Harlon Klaasen (Boland Cavaliers)

In 2014, Boland Cavaliers speedster Harlon Klaasen was the joint top-try scorer across all competitions in the country from Under-19 level upwards.

The 21-year-old Klaasen, a product of the SARU Academy in the Boland, scored a total of 17 in 2015, with 15 coming in the colours of the Boland Under-21s and two for their senior team. That was the same number of tries as Marnus Schoeman of GWK Griquas, who has since transferred to the Steval Pumas.

Klaasen’s 15 tries in Absa Under-21 B-section – which made him the top points’ scorer in this competition – were the second most by any player in a single competition, behind his provincial team-mate Warren Williams, who scored 16 tries for Boland Under-19.

But Klaasen also played in three matches for the Boland senior team – two in the Vodacom Cup and one in the Absa Currie Cup Qualifiers – and scored two tries.

A rangy outside back at 1.86m tall and weighing in at around 85kg, Klaasen can play fullback or wing. He was born in Malmesbury and attended Labori High School in Paarl before joining the SARU Boland Academy.

Last weekend, in their first match of the season, the Cavaliers fielded nine graduates from the SARU Boland Academy in their match-day squad.

Round 4 fixtures:

Friday, 27 March

FNB Welwitschias v Down Touch Griffons
Kick-off: 10h00
Venue: Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
Referee: Rodney Boneparte

SWD Eagles v GWK Griquas
Kick-off: 19h00
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Referee: Francois Pretorius

Border Bulldogs v EP Kings
Kick-off: 19h10
Venue: BCM Stadium, East London
Referee: Archie Sehlako

Saturday, 28 March

Hino Valke v Xerox Golden Lions
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

DHL Western Province v Cell C Sharks XV
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: City Park Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: Pro Legoete

Toyota Free State XV v Boland Cavaliers
Kick-off: 15h00
Venue: Clive Solomon Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: AJ Jacobs

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Steval Pumas
Kick-off: 16h30
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Tahla Ntshakaza

Please note: All the above information is subject to change. Visit for up to date information.

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Steval Pumas go top of the log – Vodacom Cup Round 2 Review

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Steval Pumas go top of the log – Vodacom Cup Round 2 Review

The Steval Pumas, Xerox Golden Lions and Vodacom Blue Bulls all recorded good victories in the second round of the Vodacom Cup this weekend.

These three teams from the North Section are tied on 10 log points at the top of the standings, with the side from the Lowveld in first position because of a better points’ difference.

There were only three matches in this round. The action in the South Section will kick off next weekend.


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Match reports (full report available by clicking on the score):

Vodacom Blue Bulls 46 Leopards XV 25

The Vodacom Blue Bulls scored seven tries to beat the Leopards XV 46-25 in their Vodacom Cup North Section encounter at Loftus B on Friday. The home team led by 29-22 at halftime.

The visitors started the stronger of the two, racing to an 8-0 lead within the opening minutes. Warren Gilbert scored the first try of the match for the Leopards XV after they ran from their 22. He converted his try and that of Jaco Hayward who broke clean through the Bulls defensive line.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls hit back with tries from Arno van Wyk, captain Marvin Orie and Travis Ismaiel though and took the lead by 19-17 lead after 20 minutes.


Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Arno van Wyk, Marvin Orie, Travis Ismaiel, Arno Botha, Marquit September, Jade Stighling, Nardus van der Walt. Conversions: Kobus Marais (4). Penalties: Marais.

Leopards XV – Tries: Warren Gilbert, Jaco Hayward, George Tossel. Conversions: Gilbert (2). Penalties: Gilbert (2).

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 21 Xerox Golden Lions 31

The Xerox Golden Lions held off a strong second-half performance from the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls on their way to a 31-21 (halftime 17-6) win in their Vodacom Cup North Section match at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday evening.

The young Xerox Golden Lions team, made up of Under-21 players, scored four tries to complete a bonus-point win but they were made to work hard for their victory by a Limpopo team that trailed by just three points with 10 minutes to play.


Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Tries: Peet Vorster, Fanie Raseroka. Conversion: Anton Beswick. Penalties: Beswick (3).

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Malcolm Marx, Thabo Mabuza, Cyle Brink, Christiaan Meyer. Conversions: Warren Potgieter (4). Penalties: Potgieter.

FNB Welwitschias 7 Steval Pumas 61

The Steval Pumas are the frontrunners in the North Section of the Vodacom Cup after racking up an impressive 61-7 win over the FNB Welwitschias in Windhoek on Friday evening. The visitors from the Lowveld scored eight tries and were awarded a penalty try in their big win at the Hage Geingob Stadium.

After two rounds, the side captained by lock Eduan van der Walt are log leaders on points’ difference ahead of the Xerox Golden Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls – who all have the maximum of 10 league points.


FNB Welwitschias – Try: Jacques Nell. Conversion: Shaun Kaizemi.

Steval Pumas – Tries: Jason Fraser, Heinrich Steyl (2), Rudi Mathee, Marcello Sampson (2), Ruwellyn Isbell, Wilmaure Louw, Penalty try. Conversions: Justin van Staden (7), JC Roos.

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FNB Welwitschias named for match against Steval Pumas

The Namibian Rugby Union has named the FNB Welwitschias for Friday evening’s Vodacom Cup match against the Steval Pumas at the Hage Geingob Stadium. Kick-off is at 19:00.

1. Quinton Esterhuizen (K)
2. DG Wiese
3. Jaco Engels
4. Ulrich Engels
5. Morne Blom
6. Morten van Kradenburg
7. Thomasau Forbes
8. Zanna Botes
9. Eniell Buitendag
10. Henrique Olivier
11. Russell van Wyk
12. Jacques Nel
13. Johann Tromp
14. Philip Nashikaku
15. Justin Nel
16. Rathony Becker
17. Shaun du Preez
18. Muinjo Kazaringua
19. Victor Rodriques
20. Arthur Bouwer
21. Shawn Kaizemi
22. Tuna Amutenya

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Tries aplenty as Vodacom Cup kicks off – Round 1 Review

Sunday, 8 March 2015

No fewer than 24 tries were scored in the first four matches of the Vodacom Cup in 2015, with big wins for the Xerox Golden Lions, Steval Pumas, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Leopards XV.

Hino Valke 13 Vodacom Blue Bulls 37

The Vodacom Blue Bulls got their Vodacom Cup campaign off to a great start with a 37-13 win (half-time 17-6) over the Hino Valke at Kempton Park on Friday.

The visitors scored five tries to one, but their errors, lack of execution and creaking scrum cost them a more emphatic win. Still, they will be satisfied with their bonus point, with room for improvement.


Hino Valke – Try: Andrew van Wyk. Conversion: Juan Kotze. Penalty goals: Kotze (2).

Vodacom Blue Bulls – Tries: Travis Ismaiel, Roelof Smit, Warrick Gelant, Marquit September, Arno van Wyk. Conversions: Kobus Marais (3). Penalty goals: Marais (2).

FNB Welwitschias 3 Xerox Golden Lions 53

Xerox Golden Lions No 8 Ruaan Lerm was deservedly named man of the match for his hat-trick of tries during his side’s 53-3 win over Namibia’s FNB Welwitschias in the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek on Friday night.

The Golden Lions, last year’s beaten finalists, opened their 2015 campaign with a convincing win over the Namibians who are returning to the Vodacom Cup in a bid to prepare their locally based club players to a higher level of competition ahead of the World Cup starting in September.


FNB Welwitschias – Penalty goal: Johann Tromp.

Xerox Golden Lions – Tries: Ruaan Lerm (3), Stephan de Wit, Bobby de Wee, Damian Engledoe, Alwyn Hollenbach (2). Conversions: Ashlon Davids (3), Engledoe (2). Penalty goal: Davids.

Steval Pumas 57 Down Touch Griffons 18

The Steval Pumas opened their 2015 Vodacom Cup campaign with an emphatic win of 57-18 over the Down Touch Griffons in the Mbombela Stadium on Friday evening.

The hosts ran in no less than eight tries on the day, with flanker Brian Shabangu bagging two five-pointers for the Pumas and flyhalf JC Roos contributing an impressive 20 points in his side’s victory.


Steval Pumas – Tries: Bernardo Botha, Wilmaure Louw, Stefan Watermeyer, JC Roos, Brian Shabangu (2), Marchello Sampson, Marnus Schoeman. Conversions: Roos (6), Justin van Staden. Penalty goal: Roos.

Down Touch Griffons – Tries: Vuyo Mboto, Johan van der Hoogt. Conversion: Wynand Pienaar. Penalty goals: Louis Strydom (2).

Leopards XV 22 Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 9

The Leopards XV have recorded their first victory in this year’s Vodacom Cup competition by beating the Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls 22-9 in their encounter at Profert Olen Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Leopards ran in four tries for the bonus point, while the Limpopo-based side could only manage three penalties, but they are nowhere near the whipping boys they were in the past.


Leopards XV – Tries: Alvino Montjies, Stephan Bezuidenhout, Jacobus Hayward, Sergio Torrens. Conversion: Warren Gilbert.

Assupol Limpopo Blue Bulls – Penalty goals: Anton Beswick (3).


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