RUB of the GREEN

Statistics, we know from experience, can be misleading and their relevance often comes down to who is interpreting them, but they can also be revealing, no matter which provincial cap you are wearing.

And we can safely assume that Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has tossed his blue one into a dusty corner and is wearing one of a green and gold hue as he surveys the statistics published yesterday of the first five rounds of Super Rugby.

They indeed raise eyebrows, as should the overall log that sees one of the pre-season favourites, the Blues, in stone last position while the two Kiwi teams expected to finish lowest, the Highlanders and the Hurricanes are currently their second and third-placed teams, while the Crusaders are lagging behind in fourth (and seventh overall). The Chiefs are the best of the New Zealanders.

In Australia, the Brumbies top the log against all expectations given that they lost all their name players at the end of the 2011 season, while the champion Reds are struggling in what is clearly the weakest of the three conferences. We can see that Australia’s top players are spread too thinly about their five teams, and when there is a glut of injuries, calamity is not far around the corner. Just ask the Reds. Australia simply does not have the player base enjoyed by New Zealand and South Africa.

In the South African conference, the unbeaten Stormers are one of the few teams in the whole competition that are going according to prediction and are comfortably top of the overall standings, but not many predicted that it would be the rebuilding Bulls breathing down their necks, and the Pretoria side could overtake the Capetonians at the top should they win at Newlands on Saturday.

Of course, it is still fairly early days and we know from history that things can change quickly in Super Rugby. It is very much a marathon as opposed to a sprint. Particularly from a South African point of view given the unfair travel schedules, you can’t judge the teams until everybody has toured.

But in the meantime you can take a lot from the statistics of the individual players, and this is where Meyer will be making some mental notes. Look, the Springbok team is not going to be overhauled for the first Test against England in June. Meyer is too wise and conservative to do that, but if he allows himself to cast one eye to the 2015 Rugby World Cup he will be encouraged by the youthful talent coming through coming through in key positions, notably flyhalf.

Take the Top Points Scorers list, for example. Four of the top five are South Africans. It reads: 1 Johan Goosen 81 points (Cheetahs); 2 Morne Steyn 66 (Bulls); 3 Beaudon Barrett 63 (Hurricanes); 4 Joe Pietersen 61 (Stormers); 5 Patrick Lambie 59 (Sharks).

The remarkably accurate Goosen has kicked 19 penalties and eight conversions in five games. Goosen has also kicked the ball out of hand more than any other Super Rugby player and made more distance with those kicks (1.92kms), but just when you are thinking ‘do we really need a latter-age Naas Botha?’ up comes the stat that Goosen is second when it comes to most metres made on attack (372m), just behind Tamati Ellison of the Highlanders (389m) and just ahead of the Hurricanes’ Hoseah Gear (365m).

The thing with these stats is that we are talking about 15 squads multiplied by 26 players, which comes to almost 400 players, and even if some of those players are hardly playing while others start every week, to be in the top five of any of the various standings is exceptional.

It is jaw-dropping when you consider that teenager Goosen turns 20 on July 7, while Lambie will be 21 until October 17. Elton Jantjies, who was so brilliant in the Currie Cup final last October and was continuing that form until he got injured in round two, is 22 on August 1. And Morne Steyn, the incumbent flyhalf is hardly a has-been! He turns 28 on July 11.

Perhaps in next week’s column we will look at some of the other South African stars of categories such as: “most tackles, most linebreaks, most lineout takes, most turnovers.”

And don’t be surprised to see the statistics confirming Sharks flank Marcell Coetzee as the most effective forward in Super Rugby.

by Mike Greenaway www oil.co.za

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Funny man Kurt Schoonraad is funny that we all agree on , but what does he know about Sport.

Join on the couch on Sat from 8-9am to hear Kurt’s take on pink Bulls and more.

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MTN Lions v Crusaders-preview

As if the current spate of injuries in Johannesburg isn’t enough, the MTN Lions have to face the most successful side in Vodacom Super Rugby history at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon.

Injury problems have forced MTN Lions coach John Mitchell to delay the naming of his team until Friday. He said earlier that the current injury crisis is the worst he’s experienced as a professional rugby coach.

Meanwhile the Crusaders, seven time champions and last year’s runners up despite not having a proper home base, have selected All Black ace Dan Carter at flyhalf for this match.

These two sides did not play each other last year and the Crusaders are back in Johannesburg for the first time since 2009, when they 32-20 in a game that yielded seven tries, four of them to the visitors.

The Crusaders will be looking to push their winning record in South Africa into positive territory. They have won 19 out of their 38 games over here, or a nice round 50%. That is also the best winning percentage of all overseas teams in the Republic.

The MTN Lions’ only victory over the Crusaders came in 2007, when the Cantabrians went down by 9-3, the fifth lowest aggregate score ever in Vodacom Super Rugby. The only matches where fewer points were scored, were in Dunedin in 2009 when the Highlanders beat the Crusaders 6-0, in Brisbane in 2007 (Brumbies 6 Reds 3), Durban in 2004 (Reds 6 Sharks 5) and Brisbane in 1999 (Reds 11 Hurricanes 0).

Head to head (since 2006)

MTN Lions Crusaders
1 Won 4
4 Lost 1
0 Drawn 0
69 Points for 155
155 Points against 69
6 Tries scored 19
19 Tries conceded 6

MTN Lions v Crusaders

Date: 31 March

SA Time: 17:05

Venue: Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)

Television match official: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)

MTN RADIO AWARDS 2012 – ONE OF THE FINALISTS IS OUR SHOW “ON THE COUCH ” ON HEART 104 .9FM.

 

Tapfuma Makina, Martin Myers and Flapper received the wonderful news yesterday that their show on Heart 104.9fm – “On the couch “is a Finalist in the MTN Radio Awards. The show has been a standout feature for over 6 years on the Saturday morning radio landscape in the Western Cape when it airs from 8-9am .

Everything about On The Couch is entirely off the cuff and therein lies its spontaneity and in turn its success. With Tapfuma keeping the lines open throughout the show and a little bit of music to dilute the talk, the subject matter is relevant to the sports issues of the day — a mixture of good clean fun and addressing controversial issues.
With international sport well covered, these three wise men are hungry to expose and celebrate the best of what the country has to offer in up-and-coming talent and teams, no matter what the sport or discipline.

The trio don?t play by the rules, only because they spend more time on the bench than on the field, making On The Couch everything but formatted — instead it’s fun, entertaining and downright silly at times.


The overall standard of entries in the MTN Radio Awards has improved significantly,” says Rich Mkhondo, MTN Radio Awards Chairman. “Feedback from the adjudicators has been extremely positive and it appears that there is a general improvement in the overall standard of radio programming and output. With our commitment to radio and with the importance that Radio plays in our overall media mix, this is truly Ayoba.”Winners will be announced and presented at the MTN Radio Awards Gala Event on Saturday 14th April.

Announcing the finalists in the 2012 MTN Radio Awards, Mkhondo extended his congratulations to the following finalists:

(NB: listed in alphabetical order)

BREAKFAST SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / 567 Cape Talk / Good Hope FM / KFM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702
PBS – Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene FM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Impact 103FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam / Tygerberg FM
CAMPUS – Tshwane FM / TUKS FM

BREAKFAST PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Darren Simpson (Highveld Stereo) / Gareth Cliff (5FM) / Guy McDonald (Good Hope FM) / John Robbie (Talk Radio 702) / Ryan O’Connor (94.5 KFM)
PBS – Linda Sibiya (Ukhozi FM), Putco Mafani (Umhlobo Wenene)
COMMUNITY – Leon Ferreira (Impact Radio 103) / Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / Tony Blewitt (Mix 93.8FM)
CAMPUS – Rob Forbes (TUKS FM) / The Firstbeat (Tshwane FM)

BUSINESS AND FINANCE PRESENTER
Bruce Whitfield (567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702) / Greg Volkwyn (Primedia) / Stevie Bacher (Kaya FM) / Dawie Roodt (OFM)

BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW
Ashraf Garda / Kaya Bizz / The Money Show

COMMUNITY PRESENTER
Deborah Dawn Hobson (Impact Radio 103FM) / Nolwazi Tusini (Radio Today) / Thabo Mdluli (Impact Radio 103FM) / Sasizo Dlamini (Radio Khwezi)

COMMUNITY PROJECT
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / East Coast Radio / Jacaranda 94.2 / 94.5 KFM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Radio Islam / Radio Today / Radio Tygerberg

CONTENT PRODUCER
Andre Kunz (OFM) / Bongani Mahlangu (Kaya FM) / Cecile Nel (Talk Radio 702 & 567 Cape Talk) / Gary Oberholzer (Talk Radio 702) / Jason Mostert (Algoa FM) / Phat Joe Morning Show (Heart 104.9) / William Scott (Jacaranda 94.2)

DAYTIME PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Barney Simon (Jacaranda 94.2FM) / Elana Afrika (567 Cape Talk) / Jenny Crwys Williams (Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk) / Saskia Falken (Heart 104.9) / Sean O (Good Hope FM)
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Dudu Khoza (Ukhozi FM) / Nomfundo Mkhize (Ukhozi FM) / The Real Deal (Trufm)
COMMUNITY – Ammaarah Moolla (Radio Islam) / Faaiza Munshi (Radio Islam) / Helen Desbois (East Rand Stereo) / Karen Augusta (East Rand Stereo) / Rayhaanah Omar (Radio Islam) / Radio Khwezi
CAMPUS – Alex Caige (Tuks FM) / The Lunchtime Affair (Tshwane FM)

DAYTIME SHOW
COMMERCIAL – Alex Jay Show (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Grant and Anele (5FM) / Lunch with Ayanda (Good Hope FM) / The Jenny Crwys Williams Show (Talk Radio 702) / The Midday Report (567 Cape Talk) / The Redi Thlabi Show (Talk Radio 702)
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Sedibeng (Thobela FM) / The Real Deal (Trufm)
COMMUNITY – Aboo Bakr Dawjee & Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / Helen Desbois (East Rand Stereo) / Sameera Buccas (Radio Islam) / Saskia V (Mix 93.8FM)

DRAMA PROGRAMME
PBS – Dolly Hadebe (Ukhozi FM) / Mahlakung (Thobela FM) / I Khou Khidzhana (Phalaphala FM) / Radio Vuka (SAfm) / Sibusiso Desmond Khumalo (Ukhozi FM) /
COMMUNITY – Daar Doer Op Verloere Vlaktes (Radio Riverside) / Precious Makhosazane Maphumulo (Radio Khwezi) / Nomusa Maphanga (Radio Khwezi)

MUSIC PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Aden Thomas (94.5KFM) / Heart Top 30 (Heart 104.9FM) / Mark Pilgrim (94.5 KFM) / Marian Nyako Lartey (OFM) / Solid Gold (Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk)
COMMUNITY – The Rock and Roll Psycho Circus (MC FM) / Welcome to my World (Radio Today 1485)

MUSIC SHOW
COMMERCIAL – Good Hope Top 30 (Good Hope FM) / Ryan Seacrest (94.5KFM) / Take 40 SA (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / The Ready D Show (Good Hope FM)
PBS – Isingqui se Afrika (Umhlobo Wenene) / The Bollywood Billboard (Lotus FM) / Tse Ratwang Local Top 30 (Lesedi FM)
COMMUNITY – Jubel en Juig (Radio Pulpit) / Masidumise Music Show (Radio Khwezi) / Ngivumelele Ngingene (Radio Khwezi) / The Source (KQFM)
CAMPUS – International Top 40 (PuKfm) / RooiwynSondag (PUKfm) / Totally SA Show (TUKS FM)

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Chris Gibbons (567 Cape Talk) / David O’Sullivan (Talk Radio 702) / John Perlman (Kaya FM) / John Robbie (Talk Radio 702)
COMMUNITY – Amabalengwe (Radio Khwezi) / Nokubonga Guliwe (Good News Community Radio) / Sakha Isizwe (Radio Khwezi) / Sulaimaan Ravat (Radio Islam) / World on Wednesday (Radio Islam)

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRODUCER
COMMERCIAL – Greenwatch (East Coast Radio) / The David O’Sullivan Show (Talk Radio 702) / The John Robbie Show (Talk Radio 702) / The Midday Report (567 Cape Talk) / The Money Show (Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk) / Today with John Perlman (Kaya FM)
PBS – AM Live (SAfm) / Weekend Live (SAfm)
COMMUNITY – Ejaz Khan (Radio Islam) / News Report (Radio 786)

NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 567 Cape Talk / Kaya FM / OFM / Talk Radio 702 X 2
COMMUNITY – Radio Islam (The Big Picture Programme, Al Masaa Afternoon Drive and Sabaahul Muslim) / Radio Pulpit (Josie Raath) / KQFM (KQ Talk)
PBS – RSG / SAfm (Andries Tatane and United Nations)

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – David O’Sullivan (Talk Radio 702) / Damon (East Coast Radio) / DJ Fresh (5FM) / Lee Downs (94.5KFM) / John Maytham (567 Cape Talk) / Martin Bester Drive (Jacaranda 94.2) / Wayne Hart (Algoa FM)
PBS – Rea Kubuletsa (Lesedi FM) / Sekunjalo The Exclusive Drive (Ukhozi FM)
COMMUNITY – Afternoon Drivetime Show (Radio Islam) / The V Drive (Vibe FM)

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 567 Cape Talk / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Algoa FM / East Coast Radio / Good Hope FM / Jacaranda 94.2 / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 /
PBS – Lesedi FM / Phalaphala FM / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene
COMMUNITY – Bay FM / Mix 93.8FM / Radio Islam

NEWS BULLETIN READER
COMMERCIAL – Bobby Brown (567 Cape Talk) / Flava in da Morning (YFM) / Lynne O’Connor (Talk Radio 702) / Maxine Greef (94.5KFM) / Morne Esben (94.5KFM) / Tessa van Staden (567 Cape Talk ) / Thirishni Subramoney (East Coast Radio)
COMMUNITY – Community News (Impact Radio) / Die Oggend Show (Bok Radio) / Nokubonga Guliwe (Good News Community Radio) / Sameera Buccas (Radio Islam) / Marentia van der Walt (Radio Tygerberg)
CAMPUS – Alet Steyn (PUKfm) / Anton Meijer (TUKS FM) / Catrine Malan (TUKS FM) / Charl Moller (PUKfm) / The Continental Breakfast (UJFM) /

NIGHT TIME PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Julio Garcia (Jacaranda 94.2) / Kenzy Vinco (OFM) / Kieno Kammies (Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk) / Rian van Heerden (Jacaranda 94.2) / Shane Ngwenya (Kaya FM) / Stacey Norman (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Thabiso Sikwane (Kaya FM) /
PBS – Ashraf Garda (SAfm) / Chiawelo (SAfm) / Weekend Fix (Lotus FM)
COMMUNITY – Late Nite Ride (Bay FM) / Sakha Isizwe (Radio Khwezi) / The Official Weekend Starter (Impact Radio) / Wayne Greenstone (Knysna FM)

NIGHT TIME SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.2 Jacaranda / 94.7 Highveld Stereo / Good Hope FM / Kaya FM / Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk
PBS – Lotus FM / SAfm (Chiawelo and Andries Tatane)
COMMUNITY – Radio Khwezi / Radio Islam / Radio Pulpit / Radio Riverside

ON AIR PACKAGING
COMMERCIAL – 567 Cape Talk / 94.5 KFM / Jacaranda 94.2 / Metro FM / Talk Radio 702
PBS – SAfm / Ukhozi FM
COMMUNITY – Radio Islam / Radio Khwezi

PROMOTION / STUNT / EVENT
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 94.2 KFM /94.7 Highveld Stereo (Springbok Send-Off and Christmas Wish) / East Coast Radio / Jacaranda 94.2
PBS – SAfm / Ukhozi FM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo (Be an Angel and Go Green) / Radio Islam / Radio Tygerberg
CAMPUS – PUKfm (93.36 hour marathon and PUKfm Promotion)

SPORTS COMMENTATOR
Jo Hudla (Ukhozi FM)

SPORTS PRESENTER
COMMERCIAL – Afternoon Drive (94.7 Highveld Stereo) / Derek Alberts (Talk Radio 702) / Jeremy Harris (94.5 KFM) / Robert Marawa (Metro FM) / Sias du Plessis (5FM) / Trevor Cramer (Jacaranda 94.2)
PBS – Feroz Shaik (Lotus FM) / SAfm Sports Special (SAfm)
COMMUNITY- Josie Raath (Radio Pulpit) / Sportsfire (Radio Today 1485AM)
CAMPUS – Andrew Hope (UJFM) / Charonike and Steven (PUKfm)

SPORTS SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 94.5 KFM (Bob Skinstad) / Heart 104.9FM (Tapfuma Makina, ON THE COUCH WITH MARTIN MYERS AND FLAPPER) / Jacaranda 94.2 (KFC Sports Cage) / Metro FM (Robert Marawa)
PBS – Phalaphala FM X 2 / SAfm (Nick Bauer and Julia-Anne Malone)
COMMUNITY – Radio Khwezi (Ikhwezi Sportszone) / Radio Pulpit (Josie Raath) / Radio Today (Sportsfire)
CAMPUS – PUKfm (Charonike and Steven) / UJFM (Andrew Hope)

TRAFFIC PRESENTER
Aki Anastasiou (EWN on Talk Radio 702) / Ayanda Msweli (Ukhozi FM) / Janina Oberholzer (Jacaranda 94.2) / Kgomotso Meso (Kaya FM) / Tshego Modisane (Talk Radio 702)

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW
COMMERCIAL – 94.5KFM (Best of Breakfast and KIA Take 40) / Jacaranda 94.2 (Closet Classix, Robbie Kruse and Wake Up Shake Up) / Kaya FM (Shane Ngwenya)
PBS – Lotus FM (The Bollywood Billboard) / Trufm (Trufm Top 30) / SAfm (Ashraf Garda)
COMMUNITY – MCFM (Rock ‘n Roll Psycho Circus) / Radio Islam (Marriage is on the air and screaming reels) / Vibe FM (Umthombo Wokuphila)

PROGRAMME INNOVATION AWARD
East Coast Radio (Salendran Thulumakan) / Good Hope FM (Sports Presenter Search) / Heart 104.9FM / Radio Khwezi (Zimnandi Ngokuphindwa) / Thobela FM (Sedibeng)

PROGRAMME CONCEPT AWARD
94.5KFM (Truck of Love and KlubVIP) / Good Hope FM (Ozone) / Heart 104.5FM (Phat Joe Morning Show) / Kaya FM (The Best T in the City) / OFM (The Breakfast Club and Mambo)

DOCUMENTARY – LONG
East Rand Stereo (Fanus Rautenbach Tribute) / Ikwekwezi FM (Phaphama) / SAfm (Afternoon Talk) / Talk Radio 702 (Eye Witness News) / The Voice of the Cape (Faatimah Hendriks)

DOCUMENTARY – SHORT
567 Cape Talk (Metered Taxis) / East Rand Stereo / OFM (The Urban Massive)

STATION OF THE YEAR
CAMPUS – PUKfm / Tshwane FM / TUKSFM / UJFM
COMMUNITY – East Rand Stereo / Impact Radio / Radio Khwezi / Radio Islam / Radio Pulpit / Radio Today / Radio Tygerberg
PBS – Lesedi FM / Lotus FM / Phalaphala FM / SAfm / Trufm / Ukhozi FM / Umhlobo Wenene
COMMERCIAL – 5FM / 567 Cape Talk / 94.5KFM /94.7 Highveld Stereo / Jacaranda 94.2 / Kaya FM / Metro FM / Talk Radio 702

Lambie blow for Sharks match

THE accidental blow Patrick Lambie took to his jaw from a Waratah’s knee in the first half of his team’s match against the Waratahs last week may prove to be an even more telling blow to his team after he was yesterday ruled out of Saturday’s match against the Brumbies in Canberra.

The 21-year-old has been crucial to the impressive flow the Sharks have enjoyed on attack this Super Rugby campaign, as they did when they won the Currie Cup in 2010, because of his mature reading of the game and his crisp distribution.

Lambie has been visiting a leading dentist in Sydney all week and scans revealed that he has damage to his jaw more severe than the toothache he has been suffering. At this stage, he has not been sent home, which is encouraging news ahead of the upcoming New Zealand leg of the tour (Hurricanes and Blues).

Frederic Michalak is the obvious replacement at 10 for Lambie, and he will no doubt want to state his case in his preferred position after having started the first three games at scrumhalf and then been moved to the bench to cover rival scrumhalf Charl McLeod for the next two.

The glaring problem is that the Sharks now have no scrumhalf cover on the bench, and not a lot in general as far as the two half-back positions are concerned. Meyer Bosman, relegated to the bench ostensibly because JP Pietersen has been passed fit to play, will cover flyhalf as well as centre, but if both Michalak and McLeod get injured, what then? The backline subs are Bosman and Louis Ludik. That’s it.

Besides the return of Pietersen from a thigh injury sustained during the warm-up before the match against the Reds in Durban in round three, there is further good news in the inclusion of human-wrecking ball Jean Deysel on the bench. He has been struggling with a knee injury for two years now and it is just about getting to be the last chance saloon for the powerful and popular flank as far as the injury is concerned.

He played 75 minutes of the game when the Sharks XV comfortably beat the Cheetahs in a Vodacom match in Bloemfontein last week, and having come through with a smile, he was immediately dispatched to Sydney.

In a change to the tight five, veteran Steven Sykes swaps place on the bench with Anton Bresler.

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Substitutes: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Anton Bresler, Jean Deysel, Jacques Botes, Meyer Bosman, Louis Ludik.

by Mike Greenaway www.iol.co.za

DHL Stormers team announcement v the Vodacom Bulls

Coach Allister Coetzee today named a strong side including the returning Rynhardt Elstadt and Deon Fourie to take on the Bulls at DHL Newlands on Saturday at 19h10.

Your team to play is:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gio Aplon

13. Juan de Jongh

12. Jean De Villiers (C)

11. Bryan Habana

10. Peter Grant

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Duane Vermeulen

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Siya Kolisi

5. Andries Bekker (VC)

4. Eben Etzebeth

3. Brok Harris

2. Tiaan Liebenberg

1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves:

16. Deon Fourie

17. Frans Malherbe

18. De Kock Steenkamp

19. Nic Koster

20. Louis Schreuder

21. Burton Francis

22. Gerhard van den Heever

Ref: – Craig Joubert

A big crowd is expected at DHL Newlands on Saturday and those with valid match tickets are advised to get to the precinct and to enter the ground early. In order to ensure you don’t miss anything it is advisable that you enter the stadium at least 30-35 minutes before kick-off at 19h10.

There is a curtain- raiser, followed by the Super Rugby team warm-ups and some pre-match entertainment. Our neighbours the Boland Kavaliers play the Pampas XV from Argentina in the early game at 16h45.

Remember that the DHL Stormers need your help! Bring along an old item of clothing to donate to the DHL Stormers/Shawco “Donate to educate initiative” and you could make a big difference in the life of someone less fortunate. There will be collection bins at the 4 main corners of the ground.

Match day timings

· 16h30 gates open

· 16h45 Vodacom Cup – Boland Kavaliers v Pampas XV

· 19h10 Vodacom Super Rugby – DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls

All supporters attending games at DHL Newlands this season are requested to bring along any unwanted items of clothing

In a bid to drive entrepreneurship and community development, WP Rugby and DHL are running a charity initiative, spearheaded by the DHL Stormers, DHL Express and Shawco. All supporters attending games at DHL Newlands this season are requested to bring along any unwanted items of clothing and deposit them into the 8 marked and manned bins at the main entrances to the stadium. DHL Express is also offering all its customers a free collection service – companies are able to call their service representative and organize a collection free of charge.

The aim of the initiative is to generate funds for education and training initiatives and to help create jobs.The clothing collection will then be:
· Sold at Shawco retail outlets
· Sold, at base price, to identified township entrepreneurs, who will be trained and assisted via Shawco’s business student initiative, Siyaya, to set up new start-up entrepreneurial businesses.

All surplus funds generated by Shawco will be utilized to further identify educational programmes.

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