FNB CUT vs FNB Shimlas match postponed until 21 February due to waterlogged field
The FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International match between FNB CUT and FNB Shimlas has been postponed until 21 February due to heavy rainfall causing a waterlogged field at the CUT Stadium. A venue will be communicated on the day.

NWU-Pukke storm to victory with a brilliant comeback, 20-13
It was the FNB NWU-Pukke’s night, after their defeat against the FNB Maties last Monday, as they made a comeback in Round Four of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International against the FNB Ikeys with a win of 20-13 at the Fanie Du Toit Stadium.

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FNB UCT-Ikeys 21 vs 12 FNB CUT

The FNB Ikey Tigers ended their winless run in the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International as they finished off a sweeping move which saw Rayno Mapoe carrying the ball the length of the field to beat FNB CUT 21-12 at a windy Green Mile.

The FNB Ikey Tigers started well with the wind behind them, and their early pressure paid off as Hablutzel scored their first try of the day in the eight minute. FNB CUT then began working their way back into the game, systematically gaining territory and showing signs of their attacking threat as Darren Adonis had the chance to stretch his legs for the first time.

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FNB Shimlas stun FNB Wits in their backyard

FNB WITS (21) vs FNB UFS-SHIMLAS (26)
The FNB Varsity Cup Presented by Steinhoff International kicked off in Johannesburg, with a mouthwatering clash between FNB Wits and FNB UFS at rather wet Wits Rugby Stadium. FNB UFS lived up to their favourites tag, as they managed to stun FNB Wits 21-26, in a game that could have gone either way. The game carried a lot of excitement around campus as students returned to back their boytjies.

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In anticipation of SARU persisting with Allister Coetzee as Springbok coach…

If you ever wanted to get SARU’s attention – get them to pay attention to you the Springbok fan – the only way would be through your wallet. Some things you could do to make your voice heard:

Choosing alternatives to the Springbok’s main sponsors if you are in the market for their products: Blue Label Telecoms and Asics.

Downgrading your DSTV package. The easiest thing to do with potentially the greatest impact. There’s no need to cancel your subscription entirely, just downgrade to the cheapest package (EasyView R29pm) which then gives you the option of upgrading temporarily at any point and then downgrading again after a minimum period of 1 month. You can do this all online with a minimum of effort and save yourself thousands of rands in the process. Email them HERE to let them know why you downgraded.

Not buying any official Springbok merchandise – this includes jerseys (have you seen how much they cost these days??), gifts, tickets to the Springbok Experience.

Not attending the live matches. The host unions will put pressure on SARU on your behalf. The upcoming French series will be lost at the following venues:

  • 10 June: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
  • 17 June: Kings Park, Durban
  • 24 June: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Saturday 19 Nov 15:00 Italy v South Africa

Predictions

Rob (Ou Grote): Italy by 1
James (Ou Grote): SA by 11
Gary Lemke: SA by 16
Jon Cardinelli: SA by 25
Craig Lewis: SA by 17
Sportsbet: SA
Sportingbet: SA
Bet.coza: SA

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Johan Goosen.

Sat 12 November 15:30 – England v South Africa (Twickenham)

Predictions:
Rob (Ou Grote): England by 20
James (Ou Grote): England by 11
Gary Lemke: England by 6
Jon Cardinelli: England by 10
Craig Lewis: England by 10
Mark Keohane: England by 15
The Money Man: England 35 – 9 SA
Sportsbet: England
Sportingbet: England
Bet.coza: England

Squad for the Tests against England, Italy and Wales:

Johan Goosen, Pat Lambie, Ruan Combrinck, Sergeal Petersen, Willie le Roux, Jesse Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Francois Venter, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen, Damian de Allende, Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk, Rudy Paige, Piet van Zyl

Warren Whiteley, Teboho Mohoje, Roelof Smit, Willem Alberts, Jaco Kriel, Jean-Luc du Preez, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Franco Mostert, Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff, Jannie du Plessis, Trevor Nyakane, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss (capt), Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx

Squad for the Barbarians match:

Cheslin Kolbe, Jamba Ulengo, Jesse Kriel, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Sergeal Petersen, Ruan Combrinck, Francois Venter, Damian de Allende, Tian Schoeman, Pat Lambie, Rudy Paige, Faf de Klerk, Piet van Zyl

Nizaam Carr, Roelof Smit, Uzair Cassiem, Jean-Luc du Preez, Oupa Mohoje, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, RG Snyman, Lood de Jager, Lourens Adriaanse, Trevor Nyakane, Thomas du Toit, Lizo Gqoboka, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi

Saturday 22 October 16:00 Cheetahs v Bulls (Bloemfontein)

Predictions

Rob (Ou Grote): Cheetahs by 9
James (Ou Grote): Cheetahs by 11
Gary Lemke: Cheetahs by 7
Jon Cardinelli: Cheetahs by 7
Craig Lewis: Cheetahs by 12
Mark Keohane: Cheetahs by 10
Bet.co.za: Cheetahs (0.33 / 2.50)
Sportsbet: Cheetahs

Free State Cheetahs 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Tier Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Rayno Benjamin, 23 Conraad van Vuuren.

Blue Bulls 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Arno Botha (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Nic de Jager, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Bjorn Basson.

New Zealand vs South Africa
Saturday 17 September | 09:35 | Christchurch NZ

New Zealand 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

South Africa 15 Johan Goosen, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Damian de Allende.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistants: Pascal Gauzère (France), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Predictions

Rob (Ou Grote): All Blacks by 32
James (Ou Grote): All Blacks by 44
Sportingbet: All Blacks
Bet.coza: All Blacks
Sportsbet: All Blacks
Jon Cardinelli: All Blacks by 25
Craig Lewis: All Blacks by 18
Gary Lemke: All Blacks by 18
Mark Keohane: All Blacks by 15
Sport24: All Blacks by 8+
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