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Bob Cat move appears on
Bob Skinstad playing for the Cats in the Super 12? It seems almost implausible, but there seems to be substance in the claims that the controversial glamour boy of South African rugby.
Source: superrugby, 20 November 2002

Van Niekerk up for world award
Springbok loose forward Joe van Niekerk, SA's rugby player of the year, was one of five nominees for the IRB Player of the Year 2002 announced on Monday. The others are Fabien Galthiť, Richard McCaw, Brian O'Driscoll, and Jason Robinson.
Source: superrugby, 12 November 2002

Meyer out but Fleck cleared
There was good and bad news for the Springboks as they left Marseilles on Monday morning en route to Edinburgh for Saturday's next test match against Scotland. The bad news was that Willie Meyer was ruled out of the rest of the tour with an injured neck. But the good news is that no replacement for De Villiers will be necessary as Robbie Fleck passed his fitness test and will be available for selection for the Scotland match.
Source: superrugby, 12 November 2002

Rudolf lays down the law
The Springboks had a planned trip to a wine farm cancelled on Sunday as coach Rudolf Straeuli laid down the law to the players following their disastrous 30-10 loss to France.
Source: superrugby, 11 November 2002

Tight five headache for Boks
The good news for the Springboks is that England, on the evidence of their narrow win over a depleted All Black team, may be vulnerable against a side that runs the ball at them.
The bad news, however, is that in order to run, the backs need the ball. And unless something quite dramatic happens between now and the Twickenham clash on November 23, there is no immediate prospect of that happening.
Source: superrugby, 11 November 2002

Fleck ruled out of French test
Springbok centre Robbie Fleck has pulled out of Saturday's one-off test against France because of a hamstring strain. .
Source: superrugby, 08 November 2002

De Villiers shock in starting team
South African under-21 star Jean de Villiers has lept from the fringes of Western Province selection straight into the Springbok test team for Saturday's test against France in Marseilles.
Springboks: Werner Greeff, Breyton Paulse, Jean de Villiers, Robbie Fleck, Brent Russell, Andre Pretorius, Neil de Kock, Joe van Niekerk, AJ Venter, Corne Krige (captain), Bakkies Botha, Jannes Labuschagne, Willie Meyer, James Dalton, Lawrence Sephaka. Replacements: Adrian Jacobs, Butch James, Bolla Conradie, Pedrie Wannenburg, Marco Wentzel, Wessel Roux, Lukas van Biljon.
Source: superrugby, 07 November 2002

Why Boks need not fear Marseilles
Marseilles has been a tough venue for visiting teams in recent years but Springbok assistant coach Tim Lane does not believe that winning there should be any harder than it is for a team coming to Johannesburg or Durban.
Source: superrugby, 06 November 2002

Boks to fight fire with fire
South Africa will fight fire with fire when they take on the French in a test at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on Saturday night.
Source: superrugby, 05 November 2002

Boks not intimidated by Marseilles
There is always a first time. In France the Stade Velodrome is seen as one of the great allies of French rugby since the Tricolores have never lost a test at the stadium in Marseilles.
Source: superrugby, 05 November 2002

French up in arms
The French are up in arms because Australian defence strategist Frank Ponissi joined the Springbok camp in preparation for the Test against France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles on Saturday.
Source: superrugby, 04 November 2002

Fleck up and ready for action
The spring is back in the step of Robbie Fleck after his inclusion in the Springbok squad that will depart for a tour of France and Britain on Friday.
Source: superrugby, 31 October 2002

SA derby in London confirmed
An annual pre-season fixture against the Northern Bulls, with venue alternating each year, was introduced for the first time in 2002. Next year's game will take place at Newlands on January 25, perhaps the earliest that a rugby match has ever been played at the home of WP rugby. The Stormers will then move on to two more tough games - both in England. The England trip, as first disclosed on Supersport Zone over a month ago, will incorporate a fixture against the Sale Sharks in Sale on February 4 and the Durban version of the Sharks at the Stoop, home ground of the Harlequins, on February 7.
Source: superrugby, 31 October 2002

Cycling

Crash takes Hunter out of contention
South Africa's Robert Hunter felt good throughout the world championship road race, before he was caught in the big bunch crash 3km from the finish line.
Source: supercycling, 16 October 2002

Cricket

South Africa clinch tense victory
South Africa weathered an extraordinary top order collapse to win the second cricket Test at Supersport Park by three wickets and clinch the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Source: supercricket, 20 November 2002

Cullinan makes public apology
South African batsman Daryll Cullinan made a public apology on Monday over his refusal to play against Australia in March this year.
Source: supercricket, 12 November 2002

Gibbs not certainty for second test
South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs will undergo a fitness test on Wednesday to determine whether he can play in the second test against Sri Lanka, which starts at SuperSport Park on Friday.
Source: supercricket, 12 November 2002

Sri Lanka crash to innings defeat
Sri Lanka crashed to an innings and 64 run defeat as South Africa bowled the visitors out for 130 runs in their second innings on day three of the first test at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Source: supercricket, 11 November 2002

Ntini strikes early
Makhaya Ntini dismissed Russel Arnold for a duck after Sri Lanka elected to bat first on day one of the first test against South Africa at the Wanderers on Friday.
Source: supercricket, 08 November 2002

Clash of objectives as SA meet SL
South Africa and Sri Lanka have starkly differing objectives as they go into the first test which starts at the Wanderers on Friday.
Source: supercricket, 07 November 2002

Joy for some, woe for others
The announcement of the 13-man South African cricket squad for the Test against Sri Lanka was a tale of joy for Andrew Hall, Neil McKenzie and Steve Elworthy and one of woe for Martin van Jaarsveld and David Terbrugge.
Source: supercricket, 06 November 2002

Easterns are the champions
Unfancied Easterns beat Western Province by 273 runs in Benoni on Tuesday to win their first major title and become the 2002/03 SuperSport Series champions..
Source: supercricket, 06 November 2002

Football

Fortune offered new United deal
Manchester United and Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune is set to be offered a new four-year deal by the club, according to manager Alex Ferguson who is currently in SA.
Source: supersoccer, 10 October 2002

Tennis

Adams wins St. Petersburg Open title
South African David Adams and doubles partner Jared Palmer from the US won the doubles title at the $1 million St. Petersburg Open men's tournament on Sunday.
Source: supertennis, 28 October 2002

Coetzee, Haggard sizzle in Vienna
South Africans Jeff Coetzee and Chris Haggard beat top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan from the United States in the first round of the US$765,000 tournament in Vienna on Monday.
On Sunday, the South Africans won their second tournament of the year when they captured the doubles title at the Japan Open in Tokyo.
Source: supertennis, 9 October 2002

Athletics

Radcliffe shatters marathon record
Briton Paula Radcliffe produced one of the great athletics feats of all time to shatter the women's world marathon record by one minute and 29 seconds at the Chicago marathon.
Source: superathletics, 16 October 2002

Golf

Goosen retains order of merit title
Retief Goosen became only the seventh player to retain the European order of merit title on Sunday, firing a closing 71 to finish at 12-over-par 296 in the Volvo Masters final round.
Source: supergolf, 11 November 2002

Els resists Garcia fightback for victory
SA's Ernie Els, who never trailed in any of his three matches during the week, clinched his fourth World Match Play title on Sunday with a 2&1 victory over Spaniard Sergio Garcia at Wentworth. British Open champion Els, five ahead after 14 holes, sealed the win on the 35th where Garcia, in the trees off the tee, eventually conceded the match.
Source: supergolf, 22 October 2002


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