Big day looming for captain when Boks play All Blacks in Durban
Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss had stressed that there would be no bells and whistles around his final appearance for the Boks at Loftus Versfeld‚ but it could be a different story when he plays his last match in the green and gold on home soil against the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday.
The Boks take on New Zealand‚ who have already been crowned Rugby Championship champs this year‚ at Kings Park this weekend as the southern hemisphere competition reaches its end.
The South African side has often seemed undercooked this season as coach Allister Coetzee attempts to rebuild the side after taking over shortly before the mid-year tests.
In the Rugby Championship‚ the Boks have only managed two victories – against Argentina and Australia‚ but failed to claim any wins away from home after defeats to Los Pumas‚ the Wallabies and All Blacks.
As a result of the under-performances‚ Strauss has found himself in the firing line of the harshest critics‚ with his own individual performances often coming under the microscope.
The 30-year-old answered in impeccable fashion on Saturday at Loftus in the 18-10 win against the Wallabies‚ in his swan song in front of the Pretoria crowd that largely supports his provincial side‚ the Bulls.
Although Strauss went into the match wanting not to get emotional about the occasion of playing his final match at the ground where his professional career began‚ with a twinkle in his eyes‚ he admitted to the emotions that flooded him after the Boks had claimed the victory.
“Before the game‚ I said there would be no emotions. I put all emotions aside and focused on the process and what we needed to do‚” Strauss said.
“The moment that final whistle went‚ it was very emotional for me. It was a massive day for me – [playing] where I started by Super Rugby and Currie Cup career.”
The 57th Bok captain announced last month that he would be hanging up his international boots at the end of the year‚ meaning he will feature in his last Springbok outing when the side travels to Europe for the end-of-the-year tour to the United Kingdom and Italy.
Since the announcement‚ Strauss has been widely criticised for the decision with some quarters even questioning his loyalty to the Bok team.
“It’s sad [for people] to say you doubt [my] commitment‚” Strauss said‚ with a lump in his throat.
“There will never be [doubt] in my mind. I will always do things for the right reasons‚ no doubt about that. The team will always come first.”
“I made the decision [to retire] with the team in mind. I think the last three games have got better‚ but I am my own biggest critic.”
Strauss will no doubt want to prove his worth with yet another stellar performance against the New Zealanders on Saturday.
Coetzee also stressed the importance of having the captain on the field.
“Adriaan is a captain that has been under a helluva lot of criticism. We saw the value of his leadership at scrum time‚” the Bok coach said.
Bad injury forces Ingram to step down as skipper
There was a changing of the guard in the Warriors camp yesterday as Colin Ingram handed over his captaincy reins to both Simon Harmer and Jon-Jon Smuts.
Ingram, 31, has been wrestling the effects of an injured right knee for the better part of two seasons and has been advised that he needs to rest his body in block periods during the upcoming season.
The Warriors start their new campaign with a Sunfoil Series game against the Dolphins in East London tomorrow.
Harmer, 27, will be making all the calls there, just as he did as a stand-in skipper when the Eastern Cape franchise won their final two Sunfoil Series games last season.
Smuts, 28, who led Eastern Province to victory in the Africa T20 Cup at the weekend, will be the white-ball skipper when the limited-overs competitions kick into action later in the campaign.
Ingram underwent an operation five weeks ago and will miss at least four more weeks. His future in red-ball cricket remains uncertain but he will be available to play in the shorter versions of the game.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” the former Proteas lefthander said.
“My heart really lies with this side and I always want to represent them well.”
“I have been struggling for a seasonand- a-half with quite a bad injury to my right knee. Specialists have told me I need to spend quite a bit of time out of the game to allow it to recover – block periods during the season.”
“If I can go away and take those periods of rest, that allows me to stay part of the system for a longer time.”
“So if I have to shed a few days in the field, it’s most likely going to be red-ball stuff and I know that’s an area where the Warriors want to improve, so it will be nice to have a young guy taking it forward.”
Harmer wasted no time in saying the time for talking was over and that the goal for the season was to win a trophy.
“A leadership role is always something I enjoy doing so I’m quite excited about the opportunity,” he said.
“For quite a while now, the Warriors have been battling to put silverware in the cabinet and I think it’s high time [to change that].”
“I think the Eastern Cape sporting community is looking for something and I believe the Warriors can provide that. “We have an exciting squad of players. “Our main intention is to put silverware in the cabinet, whether it be in four days or in the one-day stuff.”
Smuts is on the same page as Harmer.
“It’s obviously a massive honour to captain the Warriors,” the 28-year-old said.
“I’ve done it in once-off games before and it’s very exciting at the moment with Eastern Province winning the Africa T20 Cup on Saturday.”
“As Simon said, we have been threatening for the last couple of years – now is the time to bring back silverware. “The brand of cricket we have been playing is very exciting.”
We’ve just been one game away in a knockout game from getting a shot at that trophy.”
New Warriors’ chief executive Mark Williams is expecting big things of the team this season.
“It’s a fresh start for them and a good opportunity. “Of course, the red-ball format is the one we want to concentrate on.”
“With a major part of the Warriors squad coming from the EP side which won the Africa T20, there is bound to be some momentum. “We ’ve been threatening to bring some silverware and this might be that year, ”Williams said.
Scrumhalf Rudy Paige has been ruled out of this Saturday’s final 2016 Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks due to a concussion.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee confirmed the news at a media conference in Durban where the side are preparing for a showdown with the world champions at Kings Park.
Paige‚ who started during last Saturday’s 18-10 win over the Wallabies at Loftus‚ took a heavy blow to the head and was helped from the field midway through the second half.
Although Coetzee was initially optimistic that the Bulls scrumhalf would make a recovery‚ it became clear yesterday morning that he was in no state to play.
Paige woke with headaches and after further cognitive tests was withdrawn from the squad.
Although Coetzee still has two scrumhalf options in Faf de Klerk and Francois Hougaard in the squad‚ the coach has called up Bulls No 9 Piet van Zyl to replace his injured provincial teammate.
Van Zyl has been in good form for the Bulls during the Currie Cup.
He has also won two test caps previously.
Coetzee also considered Nic Groom ‚ whom he worked together with for five seasons at the Stormers .
The coach confirmed that wing Bryan Habana and centre Jesse Kriel would be given some more time to recover from knee and hamstring injuries respectively before a final call on their availability is made.
Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit‚ who left the field with a hip-pointer injury early in the second half against Australia‚ has been given the all-clear to face the All Blacks.
Centre Damian de Allende and hooker Malcolm Marx have rejoined the camp in Durban after representing the Western Province and the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup at the weekend.
Lwazi Mvovo‚ who was released last week to play for the Sharks‚ had to undergo an appendix operation last week and has been ruled out of action.
Club asks for top players to be released from friendly
Mamelodi Sundowns have written to the South African Football Association (Safa) asking that their players not be used in the Bafana Bafana friendly against Ghana next Tuesday.
Keagan Dolly‚ Hlompho Kekana‚ Tebogo Langerman and new signing Sibusiso Vilakazi have all been included in the squad for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier and next Tuesday’s friendly against Ghana in Durban.
But Sundowns want Dolly‚ Kekana and Langerman returned to them after the weekend game in Ouagadougou as they prepare for the first leg of the final against Egypt’s Zamalek in Atteridgeville on October 15.
“We have sent a letter to them to ask that they be released ahead of the Ghana match because we need them for our Champions League game‚” coach Pitso Mosimane said.
He admitted the club had botched a similar request before the last two Bafana Bafana outings.
Mosimane had used a press conference before the two September internationals against Mauritania and Egypt to question why Sundowns players had been called up for meaningless matches.
He said then that if he had been in charge of the national team, he would not have used them‚ so allowing them to rest and be fresher for the Champions League campaign.
But national coach Shakes Mashaba ignored the call and used Dolly‚ Kekana and Langerman in both the Nations Cup qualifier against Mauritania and the subsequent 1-0 win over the Pharaohs in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
A defiant Mashaba criticised Mosimane’s approach and said if he had been asked, he would have acceded to the Sundowns’ request.
Now that a formal letter has been sent‚ Mashaba will be under pressure to keep to his word and let the Sundowns trio return to their club from Monday onwards.
Vilakazi is not registered to play in the Champions League so would be able to play in Bafana’s friendly against the Black Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Mosimane said: “Going to Ouagadougou is difficult but it is a World Cup [qualifier] and I expect my players to have the chance to go the World Cup.”
“There is no excuse – they must be on the flight to go there. “But I don’t know about the friendly.”
“Last time, we didn’t address it well‚ so we sent a letter again to do it the right way but it is not my call‚” he said.
ABC Motsepe League rookies Callies were the biggest winners when they thrashed Mighty Bucks 8-1 at Londt Park at the weekend.
A hat-trick from Farouk Abrahams and goals from Enrico Plaatjies, Keenan Jacobs, LeRoy van Rensburg and Shakeel Hutton saw the Port Elizabeth side maintain their unbeaten run in the league so far.
They played to a 3-3 draw against defending champions Tornado in the league opener and followed up with a 3-2 win against Subs in a Bay derby.
Callies dominated throughout the match and gave the visitors little space to play.
The half-time score was 3-0 and four more goals came in the second half. Bucks pulled one back in the later stages. Motherwell teams Young Ideas and Lion City remain unbeaten after having played three league matches so far.
After recording their first win last weekend when they beat Mdantsane Mighty Bucks, Ideas played to a 4-4 draw against Matta Milan on Saturday.
On the other hand, City was held to a 1-1 stalemate by EC Bees FC on Friday.
Highbury experienced their second consecutive defeat when they lost 2-0 to Mthatha City.
Meanwhile, Kwazakhele side Morning Star recorded their third consecutive defeat when they lost 1-0 to newly promoted City Lads, at Zwide Stadium on Friday.
Results: EC Bees 1 Lion City 1, Morning Stars 0 City Lads 1, Highbury 0 Mthatha City 2, Young Ideas 4 Matta Milan 4, Callies 8 Mighty Bucks 1, WSU 2 Tornado 0, FC Buffalo 1 Future Tigers 0, Matatiele Professionals 5 Subs 0.
Wits University student leader Fasiha Hassan says Wits will not turn into another Marikana.
Speaking to media briefly during chaotic fees must fall protest at the university’s main campus on Tuesday‚ Hasana said students are not provoking the police.
When asked if are there any provocateurs among students‚ Hasana said: “I would no like to believe there is not”.
“Comrades‚ high morale‚ high discipline. There is no need for us to have a warzone on campus. We will not have Habib’s Marikana‚” she added.
Hasana was making reference to an incident in 2012 were at least 34 miners were gunned down during violent salary protests.
On Monday Wits Vice Chancellor Adam Habib said some students were calling for their own version of the Marikana massacre to advance their cause for free education.
“I have listened to some protesters who say that they want their own Marikana. I was engaging a student yesterday who said that people must die to advance the movement‚” he said at a summit on higher education.
Wits has been hardest hit as #FeesMustFall protests continue at universities country-wide.
Sporadic clashes between students and police marked the resumption of the academic programme at the university on Tuesday as about 1 000 students did not heed the call to resume classes.
Police fired stun grenades and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd which had disrupted classes and had gathered outside the Great Hall in Wits’s Braamfontein East campus.
The protest came after Wits announced the resumption of the academic programme was to start on Tuesday.
EFF national chairman Dali Mpofu also addressed the protesters‚ who said he came to the gathering not wearing any party colours.
“If the police want to shoot our children‚ then they must shoot us first‚” he told the protesters.
Students had been protesting since Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande announced last month that universities may increase the fees for 2017 by up to 8%.
Wits had obtained an interdict in April restraining students from unlawfully occupying buildings‚ facilities or lecture halls within the Wits precinct.
The interdict also restrained the students from disrupting any activities of the institution.
This seemed not to deter protesters from disrupting activities at the institution’s Braamfontein campus.
Wits remained hopeful that the academic programme would resume after police dispersed the crowd which had gathered
One lone student carried a placard which said‚ “Keep Wits open. It is my democratic right to an education too! Stop the violence”.
He was told to leave by the protestors‚ but he said he had made his view known.
Two other universities experienced a minor level of disruptions to their academic programme.
At the University of Cape Town‚ a group of protesters moved from upper campus to middle and lower campus on Tuesday morning.
Campus security and the police were monitoring the groups to ensure that operations are not disrupted‚ UCT management said in an update at 11am.
Earlier‚ protesters had tried to block both the north and south entrances to upper campus‚ but they were dispersed. Two students were arrested and charges were being laid.
Protesters also disrupted some lectures in the Leslie Social Sciences Building.
There were also protests at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus on Tuesday morning‚ but the protesters had since dispersed.
In a communiqué from the university‚ the institution said lectures on all campuses were continuing.
“Students are reminded that the university has a high court interdict in place protecting it against unlawful protests‚ disruptive gatherings‚ demonstrations‚ mass action‚ intimidation or any violent act to persons or property at the entrance and premises of university campuses.”
— TMG Digital
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Rory McIlroy has vowed that European golf fans will not retaliate in 2018 for the verbal abuse unleashed upon Europe players by US fans at the Ryder Cup.
Spectators went over the top at Hazeltine as the United States beat Europe 17-11 in the biennial team golf event to be next played in France.
“Definitely, first and foremost, we wouldn’t encourage any sort of retaliation. That’s not what we do,” McIlroy said.
“There won’t be [any] – and we will be making that clear. “We want to play this tournament in themanner in which it should be played.”
A difficult week for Europe became tougher when Masters champion Danny Willett’s brother, Pete, authored an internet article insulting US spectators.
The English golfer apologised but the damage was done and he was a prime target of US supporters.
Asked to describe his first Ryder Cup experience, Willett said: “S**t. Being honest. Sorry. Would you like me to elaborate? Really s**t.”
England’s Lee Westwood said: “I think the US team were embarrassed about those comments. “I got called a turd, which is the first time since I was about 12 years old, so it made me feel young again.”
McIlroy was faced with an obscenity-yelling fan after the seventh hole on Saturday and abuse hour after hour over five gruelling sessions.
“At times it went a little bit too far,” he said.
“But that’s to be expected when you are teeing off at 7.35 in the morning and you’re seeing people on the first tee with a beer in their hand and matches aren’t finishing until 4.30, 5 in the afternoon.
“I know I would be ‘done’ at that point. I don’t know what I would be saying.”
McIlroy and his teammates stressed that 95% of the huge crowds were respectful.
“A couple of people out there crossed the line, but we’ll take it on the chin,” he said.
Europe captain Darren Clarke praised US players’ efforts to help keep comments within respectful levels.
“Every US player and every US caddie was trying to calm some of those few idiots down,” he said.
TV personality Ayanda Thabethe has definitely owned 2016.
Hot on the heels of bagging a gig on BET as a host of a sassy new lifestyle show called BET’s A-list‚ Ayanda has been unveiled as the new face of fashion outlet Legit.
The news was confirmed by Legit through a press statement saying that the brand is incredibly excited to be partnering up with Ayanda.
Ayanda joins the brand for its limited edition summer range. “She (Ayanda) is the perfect balance of strong‚ confident‚ warm and disarming with her smile‚” read part of the statement.
In a dramatic turn‚ interviews for the appointment of a judge to the Constitutional Court were derailed on Tuesday‚ because one of the candidates withdrew after it emerged that a last-minute complaint had been filed against him with the Judicial Service Commission.
Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Justice Ronnie Bosielo’s withdrawal scuppered the entire Constitutional Court interview process‚ as the JSC is constitutionally required to give at least four names to President Jacob Zuma‚ from which list he would make his choice. There were only four candidates to be interviewed.
The details of the complaint were complex and sketchy to those in the audience during Bosielo’s interview‚ but appeared to relate to Bosielo’s involvement in bringing his village’s community in the North West into a black economic empowerment (BEE) deal with mining company Northam‚ over whose mine the community has a land claim.
During his interview‚ before he withdrew‚ Bosielo said his involvement was only to benefit the community and he had not personally benefited‚ but it was alleged that he personally benefited from the deal. He conceded that his wife was a director in a connected company‚ which stood to benefit.
After intense questions from commissioners and a tactful intervention by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng‚ Bosielo agreed that the JSC was not the correct forum at which to clear his name‚ and withdrew from the race.
Apart from Bosielo‚ the other Constitutional Court candidates to be interviewed were Steven Majiedt and Malcolm Wallis‚ and Gauteng High Court judge Jody Kollapen.
The latest setback comes at a time when there is an apparent lack of interest in appointment to the highest court‚ with few candidates coming forward in previous nomination rounds.
This time the JSC had also decided to fill only one vacancy‚ despite there being two vacancies in the Constitutional Court.
– TMG Digital/BDlive
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Rhodes University’s Student Representive Council president Gift Sandi has been arrested for attempted arson‚ but it’s not what you may think.
His arrest was disclosed by student publication Activate‚ which stated that he had legal representation and that the arrest was in Pretoria. The Heher fees commission was sitting in Irene‚ Tshwane‚ on Monday.
Lest you think the arrest was linked to campus protest action‚ however‚ it’s emerged on Twitter that Sandi may just have lost the plot after some partying with fellow student comrades.
Sizofunda ngenkani ?@LwaziPakade disclosed “no one knows what he was thinking“.
“Our comrade’s were with him. It happened in the hotel and everyone had to be evacuated due to the small fire he created.”
@_iAreKhensii_ Our Cde's were with him. It happened in the hotel and everyone had to be evacuated due to the small fire he created
— Sizofunda ngenkani (@LwaziPakade) October 4, 2016
“When the hotel was evacuated‚ he stood outside and addressed the people saying‚ ‘This is Fees Must Fall…’”
People were drunk‚ as it was 3am‚ he shared.
@SiphileHlwatika Heh tshif, even our Cde's bebengayazi ukuba what's happening. People were drunk, it was 03:00 am
— Sizofunda ngenkani (@LwaziPakade) October 4, 2016
The Rhodes SRC issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that Sandi had been assisted with legal representation and that he had been seen by the vice-chancellor Sizwe Mabizela.
He was released without charge and did not have to appear in court‚ the SRC said.
The SRC also advised the student body that the circumstances of the arrest had not been confirmed.
“We are waiting until Mr Sandi returns and to hear his side of the story‚” adding “…rumours surrounding his arrest are hearsay evidence”.
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