27/11/2021 - Free State Rugby Working Hard To Create International Opportunities - Progress towards creating new international competitions for rugby post covid was made at a successful conference in Bloemfontein. Representatives from international rugby stakeholders, South Africa’s governing body SA Rugby, and other countries met during the Toyota Challenge to
26/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Initially Tested By Baia Mare In Bloemfontein - Nobody expected that Baia Mare will not only match the Cheetahs upfront, but their defence made life extremely difficult for their hosts for most of the first half. During the last 10m of the first half, the gaps started to open up with the Cheetahs' flyers doing their best with the quality possession at their disposal. The
25/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Announce Team For Final Toyota Challenge Fixture - The Toyota Cheetahs will be making history when they take on Baie Mare for the first time on Friday in the Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. The match kicks off at 18:15 (not 17:30 as originally advertised) and will be live on SuperSport 211. Toyota Cheetahs' head coach Hawies Fourie announced his starting line-
20/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Speed Of Play Too Much For Cell C Sharks - Toyota Cheetahs hosted the Cell C Sharks in Bloemfontein this afternoon in the final match of the Toyota Challenge. The Cheetahs who were intent on showing that they deserve to play in the URC made use of all the opportunities coming their way to win with 40-34. The home team withstood the initial Sharks
20/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Out To Prove A Point Against Cell C Sharks Today - The third Toyota Challenge match takes place today in the Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein at 14h00 when the Toyota Cheetahs host the Cell C Sharks. The Cheetahs have already played two matches in the competition, beating Diables 99-15 and narrowly going down to Western Province 31-30. Hawies Fourie,
19/11/2021 - Cell C Sharks Name Squad For Trip To Bloemfontein - The Cell C Sharks will travel to Bloemfontein to play the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in a newly arranged competition, the Toyota Challenge, which sees the home side welcoming the likes of the Cell C Sharks, Western Province, Diables Barcelona from Spain and Baia Mare from Romania to Toyota Stadium. The Cheetahs
18/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Name Squad For Cell C Sharks - The third Toyota Challenge match takes place on Saturday, 20 November in Toyota Stadium. The gates open at 09:30 for a action packed day where a Free State XV team will be facing Baia Mare from Romenia at 10:00 and the Toyota Cheetahs face the Cell C Sharks at 14:00 with a live broadcast on
17/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Ran Rampant Against Barcelona Diables in Bloemfontein - The Cheetahs who are using the Toyota Challenge to prepare for the Currie Cup, totally dominated in the first half and managed to score 33 unanswered points within the first 24 minutes with a variety of running rugby and attacking phase play. The Diables only managed to score their first points with
17/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Use Toyota Challenge To Prepare For Currie Cup - Coach Hawies Fourie announced a brand new starting lineup to face Barcelona Diables this afternoon @ 17h30 in Bloemfontein. He made it clear that they are using the Toyota Championship to prepare for the Currie Cup which is rumoured to start in January 2022. “Before the start of the Toyota Challenge,
16/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Make Wholesale Changes For Barcelona Fixture Tomorrow - Coach Hawies Fourie named the Toyota Cheetahs who are facing Diables Barcelona in the second Toyota Challenge match on Wednesday, 17 November in Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein. The team that lost 30-31 to DHL Western Province shows several changes to the starting lineup. At the back,
13/11/2021 - DHL WP XV Claim The Spoils In Bloemfontein - A try at the death from Seabelo Senatla saw DHL Western Province XV snatch a thrilling 31-30 victory against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Senatla’s second try came after the hooter and was enough for the visitors to claim the spoils in the Toyota Challenge in a dramatic fashion.
11/11/2021 - DHL Western Province Name Side To Face Toyota Cheetahs In Bloemfontein - The next generation of talent will get an opportunity to show what they can do as DHL Western Province XV take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the Toyota Challenge in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Three DHL Western Province U20 players have been named in the starting line-up, with a further four on an
11/11/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Side Named For Battle With DHL Western Province XV - The Toyota Cheetahs will be making history when they take on DHL Western Province XV on Saturday, 13 November in the first-ever Toyota Challenge match. The action in Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein kicks off at 17:30 with a live broadcast on SuperSport 210. The Toyota Challenge promises to bring an
08/05/2021 - Women’s Premier Division Preview – Round 1 - The opening round features three bumper matches on Saturday, the first of which will see the Cell C Sharks Women host the Eastern Province Queens in Durban at 12h00. The action will continue in East London at 14h00, when 2019 runners up Border Women meet the Blue Bulls Women, and the final match of the weekend will see
02/04/2021 - Preparation Series Was Good For The Sharks - In a game of two halves, he chose to focus on the positives from the game, the many that could be so easily identified from a performance and result such as this. “I’m thrilled with the result, I thought the guys were outstanding in the first half-hour,” he enthused. “Unfortunately things went a little bit awry, but I won’t focus on the negatives, we know what
02/04/2021 - The Players That Top The Statistics In Preparation Series - The loose forwards clearly had a ball during the 2021 Kick-Off Pools, dominating the statistics and underlining their worth to the various teams with a number of stellar performances. Rassie Erasmus lauded the players, coaches, referees and SuperSport for their contribution to an attractive brand of rugby displayed during the 2021 Kick-Off Pools,
28/03/2021 - Cheetahs Will Keep To Their Game Plan And Demolish The Elephants - The Toyota Cheetahs will host Eastern Province today @ 15h00 in Bloemfontein. Toyota Cheetahs said that his team will not be distracted by the Eastern Province negative play and off the ball shenanigans and will keep to their gameplan. The Cheetahs lost to the Pumas 15-22 in round 3 of the Preparation Series
27/05/2021 - Lions Lucky To Get 12 Points Against Dominant Stormers - The DHL Stormers hosted the Lions at the Cape Town Stadium and won with surprising ease 44-12. A blitzkrieg with four tries scored by the Stormers saw them leading with 21-00 after 18 minutes. After that, the Lions were never in the game and the 12 points scored during the last ten minutes of the game.
27/03/2021 - Tinus De Beer Golden Boot Secure The Win Against The Pumas - Tafel Lager Griquas hosted the New Nation Pumas in Kimberley and won 23-22 with the boot of Tinus de Beer the deciding factor. Ill-discipline by both sides with a missed penalty by Pumas' Eddie Eddie Fouché that "secured" the game for Griquas.
27/03/2021 - Can The Lions Withstand The 2nd Half Front Row Onslaught By The Stormers? - The DHL Stormers will host the Lions at the Cape Town Stadium @ 17h15 today. Both coaches have made several changes to their starting line-up. All in preparation for the start of the confirmed Rainbow Cup. The Lions are unbeaten during the Preparation Series. They showed in their last match against the Sharks (43-40) that
27/03/2021 - Can Griquas Brake The Stronghold Of Pumas? - Tafel Lager Griquas will host the New Nation Pumas in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon @ 15h00 in their last match of the Preparation Series. Both sides will be highly motivated for this match following successful outings in their previous matches.
26/03/2021 - A Brilliant First 25 Minutes From The Sharks Sunk The Bulls - The Cell C Sharks hosted the Vodacom Bulls in Durban in extremely wet conditions. A brilliant first 25 minutes from the Sharks gave them a 31-5 lead that proved too much for the Bulls. The Bulls came back in the second and third quarter, however, two late tries by the Sharks gave them a well deserved 45-12 win.
26/03/2021 - DHL Stormers Change It Up For Final Preparation Game - There are a number of changes to the DHL Stormers team for their final preparation game against the Emirates Lions at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday. Several experienced players come into the mix for the encounter with the Johannesburg side, which kicks off at 17h15 on Saturday. Wings Sergeal Petersen and Seabelo
26/03/2021 - Toyota Cheetahs Announce Team For Sunday - In the last match of the Preparation series, the Toyota Cheetahs will be taking the EP Kings. The match on Sunday kicks off at 15:00 in Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein with a live broadcast on SuperSport. Coach Hawies Fourie announced his team with various changes from last week. Youngsters, Marcell Muller will be making his debut for
26/03/2021 - Pumas Change Three For Trip To Kimberley - NNC Pumas head coach Jimmy Stonehouse has made three changes to the side that caused an upset against the Toyota Cheetahs, The Pumas travel to Kimberley for their match on Saturday @ 15h00. Lock Darien Landsberg is replaced by Marné Coetzee after Landsberg is not available due to a knee injury sustained against the Cheetahs.
25/03/2021 - Tafel Lager Griquas Change Three For Pumas - Tafel Lager Griquas head coach Scott Mathie made three changes to his starting line-up that will host the NNC Pumas on Saturday @ 15h00. James Verity-Amm returns to the wing in the place of Enver Brandt who moves to the bench in the only change in the backline. Upfront, Adre Smith replaces Ewan Coetzee at lock while Andries
25/03/2021 - Lions Continued With Experimentation For Cape Town Trip - Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen continued with experimentation as his team heads into their last match of the Preparation Series against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday. Changes abound with a new hooker, new locks, new loose-trio and some changes among the backs as well.
25/03/2021 - The Cell C Sharks "Must" Be The Favourites On Friday Against The Bulls - The Cell C Sharks will host the Vodacom Bulls in Durban @ 19h00 in the last round of the Preparation Series tomorrow evening. The Sharks come off a 40-43 loss against the Lions Saturday. With a penalty by the Lions fullback Swanepoel in the dying seconds of the game the Lions the win. The game could
25/03/2021 - Siya Kolisi To Start For The Sharks - Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has thrown in a number of players who were part of the conditioning group and are now ready to play on Friday evening’s match against the Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park. Amongst them is newly-signed Springbok captain Siya Kolisi who starts on the side of the scrum while the front row sees the
25/03/2021 - Jake White Continues Rotating His Squad - Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White, continues rotating his squad as he named the group that will travel to face the Cell C Sharks in their final Preparation Series warm-up match at JONSSON Kings Park on Friday, 26 March 2021. Springbok Nizaam Carr continues to wear the captain’s armband and will lead a forward pack that sees
25/03/2021 - Eastern Province Change Eight For Bloemfontein - Eastern Province head coach Peter de Villiers has made ten changes to his starting line-up which include two positional changes. Apparently flu and injuries are the main reason for the changes. Eastern Province travels to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs on Sunday @ 15h00 in the last match of the Preparation
24/03/2021 - A Lot Of Positives After The Loss To Lions - Everitt - “And that’s what it’s been all about for us, we’ve been able to give every squad member at least two games which is pleasing for us because we have grown our squad and given some guys a taste of the experience, especially the Under 21s from last year who never had much opportunity to play due to Covid.
23/03/2021 - DHL Stormers Are On The Right Track - Levy - Having fallen behind and with a man down with 10 minutes left to play, they refused to give in and fought back bravely to very nearly snatch victory, but it was not to be as they were denied in heartbreaking fashion, having crossed the tryline with time up only for No.8 Juarno Augustus to lose control of the ball in the act of scoring.
23/03/2023 - We Discuss The Past Weekend's Action, Stars, Eastern Province And Jimmy Stonehouse - During the past week's Preparation Series we were treated to some exciting rugby. Unfortunately, it must be said there are several worrying aspects that need urgent attention by the Top16 franchises. Lions vs Cell C Sharks: Lions fullback Tiaan Swanepoel kicked an injury-time penalty goal to
20/03/2021 - The Lions Win A Try Fest With 83 Points Scored - Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies returned as captain to lead an experienced Lions team against the Cell C Sharks in Johannesburg today. A draw with 40-40 would have been a fair result, however, the Lions rewarded with a penalty after dominating play in the last 5 minutes of the game. The Lions the winner with 43-40 and remaining
20/03/2021 - We Know The Lions Will Come At Us With Line Speed - Everitt - “This is a test of where the players are at from a fitness point of view, where they are from a rugby knowledge point of view and an understanding of our game model. “We’re building a 45 man squad and this is all about giving guys an opportunity to get game time but everyone puts their hand up for selection. The more
20/03/2021 - Lions Will Need To Contain Sharks In Last 20 Minutes - Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies will lead an experienced Lions team when they host the Cell C Sharks in their second home game in the 2021 Kick-off Pools series in Johannesburg on Saturday. The Lions is unbeaten in the Preparation Series after a good 54-25 win against Eastern Province and a 32-28 at home. The Lions allowed
19/03/2021 - Late Heartbreak For DHL Stormers At Loftus - The Vodacom Bulls outlasted the DHL Stormers 34-29 in a dramatic match in Pretoria on Friday, defeating their Cape rivals in yet another nail-biting North-South clash. A penalty try 10 minutes from time paved the way for the Capetonians to edge the Vodacom Bulls - who were trailing 20-14 at the break – into the lead for the first time
19/03/2021 - NNC Pumas Held On For Win In Mbombela - The first half was competitive as the teams tried hard to make their presence felt, but with both sides holding their own on defence neither team was able to break through. Instead, the New Nation Pumas took advantage of the Toyota Cheetahs ill-discipline to kick four penalty goals, while the visitors’ only points in the first half were
19/03/2021 - Cheetahs Forced To Make A Late Change - The Toyota Cheetahs’ were forced to make a late change to the team that will play against the New Nation Pumas in Nelspruit later today. Hooker Marnus van der Merwe is out due to a hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Wilmar Arnoldi with Janus Venter set to make his debut for the Toyota Cheetahs when he sets foot on the field.
19/03/2021 - The Stormers Set To Leave Pretoria With A Smile, Without A Win - The Vodacom Bulls will host the DHL Stormers tonight at Loftus Versveld @ 19h00. Although the Preparation Series has no trophy or log, expect these two teams to give their all for a win. The Bulls should start this match as the favourites. Their trophy cabinet is stocked with all the "important" trophies in South African
19/03/2021 - NNC Pumas Are The Favourites In An Expected Close Encounter - The New Nation Pumas face the Toyota Cheetahs in Nelspruit on @ 16h45 today in Mbombela in the third round of the Preparation series. The Toyota Cheetahs may be excused if they travel to Mbombela with a smile on their faces. They are on a high after beating two of the "Top" franchise during the past three weeks.
18/03/2021 - Scarra Commits To Western Province For Another Three Years - Hooker Scarra Ntubeni has signed a three-year contract extension with Western Province Professional Rugby (WPPR). The seasoned front-row forward has been with WPPR for his entire professional career and will build on over a decade of experience over the next three years.
18/03/2021 - Sharks Load Bench for Trip To Johannesburg - Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has made a number of changes to his side, bringing back some of the players that formed part of the initial conditioning group, but has retained a few players that played in the first two games and introduced a couple new faces as well. “This preparation series has been an opportunity for the coaches to test depth, try new
18/03/2021 - Lions Include All Their Big Guns For Battle Against Cell C Sharks - The Lions host Cell C Sharks on Saturday @ 16h45 in what promise to be a titanic battle. Coach Nkosi opted for an experienced squad with Elton Jantjies back to captain the team. The Lions are unbeaten in the current Preparation Series after two good wins against the Pumas and Eastern Province while the Sharks lost against the last
18/03/2021 - Junior Bok Set To Make His return For Pumas After Long Term Injury - Apart from running out in 47 matches for the Lowvelders, the 27-year-old Coetzee has played for the Cell C Sharks and SWD Eagles in a senior career that dates back to 2015. With Ig Prinsloo out injured, Coetzee – who played for the SA Schools side in 2011 and the SA Under-20s in 2013 – will run out in the New Nation Pumas’
18/03/2021 - Former Bok Named For Toyota Cheetahs' Against Pumas - Hawies Fourie has mixed up his team for this encounter, which kicks off at 16h45 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport. The inclusion of the experienced Potgieter – a three-cap Springbok who also played for the Vodacom Bulls, Cell C Sharks, Waratahs and Toulon and recently signed for the Free Staters – at No 8 is one of six changes to the pack.