South Africa's cricket ship strucks iceberg (14/03/02)

When South Africa last lost six Tests in a row, the Titanic sank in the same year. And right now the ship carrying the nation's cricketing fortunes appears once again to have struck an iceberg, and not much salvation appears to be on the horizon.
Needless to say, Australia will be going for the jugular again when the two sides meet at Kingsmead, Durban on Friday. A win will give the touring side two crushing 3-0 whitewashes on the trot against a team who were supposed to cause them more than the odd problem.




Stormers v Highlanders (14/03/02)

Highlanders coach Laurie Mains has never been a great fancier of the rugby people of the Cape and he will be determined to maintain the same hold over the Stormers that he did with the Cats. The Stormers are expecting a physical onslaught, and they will be right to do so.
The home chances of victory would appear to hinge on their ability to weather the early storm and not concede points unnecessarily, as they did against the Waratahs two weeks ago. The Stormers are better than most at playing catch-up rugby, but against the powerful Highlanders unit they would rather boost their confidence early by leading from the outset.
Although the match is being played at Newlands, the Highlanders boast a good record at the ground. But the Stormers did nearly beat them in Dunedin last year and were handsome victors the last time the two sides met at Newlands. This one is really too close to call, but it is to the Stormers advantage that this will be the first game the Highlanders play on their tour.

Source: Supersport Zone

Smal targets Lean van Dyk (27/02/02)

Stormers coach Gert Smal has roped in Boland fullback Lean van Dyk as back up for his depleted back trio. Although Van Dyk, who represented Namibia at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, is not allowed to play Super 12 rugby, Smal is going to apply for special permission from SA Rugby (Pty) Ltd to have the tall Van Dyk cleared to play.
This follows in the wake of a decision last week by SA Rugby to clear Free State flyhalf Kennedy Tsimba, a Zimbabwean Test player, to play in the Super 12.

Source: Planet Rugby



Vodacom Cup (25/02/02)

The latest tables for the 2002 tournament


Team P W L D PF PA BP Pts
North West Leopards 1 1 0 0 35 11 1 5
Border Bulldogs 1 1 0 0 23 10 0 4
Mpumalunga Pumas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SWD Eagles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Griqualand West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blue Bulls 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Western Province 1 0 1 0 10 23 0 0
SWD Eagles 1 0 1 0 11 35 0 0

Source: Sportsdesk



Sharks v Stormers (22/02/02)

It's the battle of the South African Super 12 giants in Durban Friday night's clash in Durban between last year's finalists, the Sharks, and 1999 semi-finalists, the Stormers, will see the entire country gripped by Super 12 fever.

Previous Results:
1996: In Durban: the Natal Sharks won 28-22.
1998: In Durban: the Sharks won 32-17.
1999: In Cape Town: the Stormers won 35-19.
2000: In Durban: the Stormers won 32-28.
2001: In Wellington (South Africa): the Sharks won 23-19.

The teams:

Sharks: 15 Ricardo Loubscher, 14 Stefan Terblanché, 13 Werner Gey van Pittius, 12 André Snyman, 11 Thinus Delport, 10 Gaffie du Toit, 9 Craig Davidson, 8 Shaun Sowerby, 7 AJ Venter, 6 Warren Britz, 5 Mark Andrews (captain), 4 Albert van den Berg, 3 Etienne Fynn, 2 Lukas van Biljon, 1 Ollie le Roux.
Replacements: 16 Eduard Coetzee, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Philip Smit, 19 Wayne van Heerden, 20 Chad Alcock, 21 Herkie Kruger, 22 Rodger Smith.

Stormers: 15 Marius Goosen, 14 Percy Montgomery, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Pieter Rossouw (vice-captain), 10 Werner Greeff, 9 Johannes Conradie, 8 Adri Badenhorst, 7 Hendrik Gerber, 6 Corné Krige (captain), 5 Hottie Louw, 4 Quinton Davids, 3 Cobus Visagie, 2 Pieter Dixon, 1 Daan Human.
Replacements: 16 Tjoepie van den Heever, 17 Faan Rautenbach, 18 Thys Stoltz, 19 Pietie Ferreira, 20 Noël Oelshig, 21 Wayne Julies, 22 Jeffrey Stevens.

Kick-off: 19.15 (17.15 GMT)
Referee: André Watson

Source: Planet Rugby

Pienaar to leave Saracens as Lane looms (15/02/02)

Saracens chief executive, and former South Africa captain Francois Pienaar has resigned from the Zurich Premiership club and will leave at the end of the current season, with speculation mounting in some quarters that on-loan assistant South Africa coach Tim Lane will take the job.

Former Springbok skipper Pienaar had recently been linked with the vacant position as South Africa coach, but news emerged that the 35-year-old had not actually applied for that job this week.

The future destination of the World Cup winner could well be Durban in his native country, that is if current Sharks coach Rudolf Straeuli is given the job of Springbok coach, as is widely expected.

Kevin Dunkley, the President of the Natal Rugby Union and the Chairman of the Natal Board, told Planet Rugby that Pienaar is on a 30-man list of possible replacements for Straeuli (should he land the Bok job), but no approaches had been made to the former Bok skipper, or, to anyone, for that matter.

The NRU Board will meet next Wednesday to discuss a possible short-list for the coaching job.

Source: Planet Rugby



Australia takes on South Africa A (15/02/02)

Australia launch a three-Test cricket tour of South Africa in Potchefstroom when they play against South Africa A. The three-day match is the only preparation for Steve Waugh’s team before the first Test starts at the Wanderers in Johannesburg next Friday.

Source: Sportsdesk


Cross Country

SA Cross country (12/02/02)

Athletics South Africa (ASA) announced the names of the South African Cross Country team to compete at the AAC Southern Region Cross Country Championships being held in Mohaleis Hoek in Lesotho on February 16.

The teams:

Junior men 8km:
Seun Moleshioa MPU
Mandla Maseko ANWN
Sandile Lembethe KZNA
Jan Mokwena CGA
Anthony Hermanus EPA
Tebogo Komane CGA

Junior women 6km:
Christelle Arnold CGA
Irvette Van Blerk CGA
Lebogang Phalula CGA
Chantel Bartelman CGA
Christine Kalmer CGA
Chantelle Olivier CGA

Men 4km:
Enos Matelane MPU
Vincent Kutoane CGA

Senior women 4km:
Rene Kalmer CGA
Ronel Thomas AGN

Senior men 12km:
George Mofokeng AVT
Jeffrey Gwebu CGA

Senior women 8km:
Charne Rademeyer AGN
Poppy Mlambo CGA

The team will be accompanied by team managers Abrie De Swardt (SWD) and Lilly Motete (AGN) and a Physiotherapist, Michael Mabaso (CGA).

Source: Sportsdesk



Coach stays for World Cup (05/02/02)

Former Portugal coach and Bafana Bafana soccer coach Carlos Queiroz will lead South Africa to the 2002 World Cup despite a quarter-final loss to Mali in the African Nations Cup on Sunday.
Reportedly top South Africa Football Association (SAFA) chiefs will respect the contract of the coach which ends in August.

Source: Sportsdesk


S.A. Sporting Weekend

South African sport reclaims place (04/02/02)

South African sport (except for the soccer) rose from the ashes this weekend to reclaim its place as one of the best sporting nations in the world. Retief Goosen won his second tournament in a week at the Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City on Sunday.

Ernie Els complete a start-to-finish victory in the Heineken Classic at the Royal Melbourne and the Proteas ensured Australia’s failure to qualify for the final of their annual triangular one-day competition for only the third time at the WACA on Sunday.

In Durban, South Africa’s hockey team held England to a 2-2 draw in the fourth men's hockey Test at Queensmead on Sunday afternoon to draw the series 1-1.

Unfortunately the host nation of the African Cup of Nations beat South Africa 2-0 to reach the last four in Mali on Sunday.

Source: Sportsdesk



Goosen firing on all four (01/02/02)

Retief Goosen is firing on all four cylinders after he shot his second course record equalling 63 within a week at the Sunshine Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am held at the Lost City on Thursday.
His 9-under-par gave Goosen a three-stroke lead over Graeme Storm of England, Scotsman Scott Drummond and Randpark's Andrew McLardy, who all played a 66.

Source: Sportsdesk


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