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Ackermann pinpoints key areas for Currie Cup final

“Discipline will be important,” he said. “The basic things like if we manage to get good scrum ball, good lineouts and if we do that well we’ll be giving ourselves a good chance,” he said. “And Province will feel the same way, if their first phases are going well, they will back themselves.” Ackermann conceded that they are not only facing the home team but also the home crowd. “They’ll be highly disappointed if they don’t do it, and they will … [Read More...]

Currie Cup victory on De Villiers’ wish list

CAPE TOWN - Jean de Villiers says he has made peace with the fact he will probably never win a Currie Cup. De Villiers, a stalwart of the Union, is yet to get his hands on the prestigious trophy despite being at the Union for 13 years. He was on the losing side in last years’ final against the Sharks. De Villiers says a Currie Cup win is something he would like to achieve. “It’s one of those things that are very high on my wish list, but I … [Read More...]

WP crowned Currie Cup champs

Cape Town - Flawless goal-kicking by flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis proved decisive as Western Province edged Golden Lions 19-16 on Saturday to win the Currie Cup final.As it happened: WP v Golden LionsCatrakilis had five shots at goal and scored from them all in a thrilling final before a near-capacity crowd at the 51 000-seat Newlands stadium in Cape Town.There was never a doubt that his four penalties were going to sail between the posts and he … [Read More...]

Carizza hoping to make most of Currie Cup shot

WESTERN Province lock Manuel Carizza is seeking a happy ending in Saturday's Currie Cup final against the Golden Lions at Newlands. The Argentinian has a two-year contract and will be back for Super Rugby next year, but with possible World Cup inclusion in the Pumas squad he might not feature in the Currie Cup again.So Saturday looms as a rare chance to win the title."The Currie Cup is such an … [Read More...]

Big-match special: Currie Cup final

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Taute returns for Province in Currie Cup final

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has named his team to play the Golden Lions in their Currie Cup final at Newlands with Jaco Taute returning to the starting line up. In the only change to the starting XV that beat the Blue Bulls by 31-23 last weekend, fit-again centre Jaco Taute returns in the No.12 jersey to resume his partnership with skipper Juan de Jongh, who will be playing in his 50th match in the Blue and White hoops of Western … [Read More...]

Currie Cup final 2014: The heavy hitters

Gallo Images RYNHARDT ELSTADT: Back to his absolute best. Photo: Gallo Images Ashfak Mohamed WESTERN PROVINCE and the Golden Lions are clearly the two best teams in the Currie Cup this year, having finished first and second on the log respectively. So, who are the guys that make them tick? Which players do the hard yards? Building up to Saturday’s final at Newlands, we take a look at the key men on both sides. 3 Heavy hitters: You don’t … [Read More...]

SA National Rugby Captains

4 Rugby Springbok Captains’ at Stellenbosch training camp

The Springboks concluded a week of intense training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport on Friday as their preparations for the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to Ireland, England, Italy and Wales stepped up a gear. A total of 31 players took part in the training camp after prop Marcel van der Merwe withdrew due to injury. Amongst the squad were four uncapped players in Lizo Gqoboka (prop), Bongi Mbonambi (hooker), Boela Abrahams (scrumhalf) … [Read More...]

George and Peter Horne

Bill McLaren match tops BT Premiership bill

Gala and Heriot's will clash at the top of the BT Premiership tomorrow (Saturday 25 October) afternoon in a Bill McLaren Shield match at Netherdale. Heriot's will try to continue to move ahead at the top of the division, while Gala look to defend the prestigious trophy for a second time and move one step closer to earning a coveted engraving. Over in the west, Ayr and Melrose will meet at Millbrae in another top four clash, while at … [Read More...]

Glasgow Warriors

Dunbar and Strauss return for Warriors trip to Montpellier

Alex Dunbar and Josh Strauss both return from injury for Glasgow Warriors European Rugby Champions Cup encounter with Montpellier at the Altrad Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 5.15pm UK time) – live on Sky Sports 2. The other changes to the team which beat Bath 37-10 last weekend see Finn Russell replace Duncan Weir at fly-half and Tim Swinson come in for Leone Nakarawa at second row, to make his 50th appearance for the club. The last time the … [Read More...]

Abie Malan 1935-2014

Gabriel Frederick (Abie) Malan 1935-2014

The South African Rugby Union has extended its condolences to the family of former Springbok hooker, captain and selector, Abie Malan, who passed away on Thursday from complications following knee replacement surgery. He was one month short of his 79th birthday. Abie Malan was a fiercely competitive hooker who played 18 Tests for South Africa and 44 matches in all between 1958 and 1965. He had a reputation for toughness and repeatedly played … [Read More...]

After 28 years, Lions meet Province in Currie Cup final

MOST of the players in Saturday’s Currie Cup final had not been born when Western Province (WP) and the Golden Lions last met in a final, nearly 30 years ago, but the stakes remain the same.The beautiful old trophy, first contested in 1892, is still the most prized title in South African rugby and this season the two best teams have progressed to the final.Province coach Allister Coetzee was a relieved man on Thursday when he named No8 Nizaam … [Read More...]

5 points about the Currie Cup Final

Both sides endured huge gaps in between their respective trophy successes. Province arrested an 11-year drought when they beat the Sharks in Durban in 2012, to claim their 32nd Currie Cup title. While the Lions brought a 12-year wait to an end when they beat the KwaZulu-Natal side in Johannesburg in 2011 to win the coveted golden cup for the 10th time. Here are five points on the 2014 Currie Cup Final: FIRST PROVINCE-LIONS FINAL IN 28 YEARS: Two … [Read More...]