The President of the Free State Rugby Union, Mr. Lindsay Mould and Managing Director of the Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd., Mr. Harold Verster, management, staff and players herewith convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Vuyo Mbuli and everyone at Morning Live.
The Reds will turn their attention to the Stormers after commencing their two-game South African campaign with a 27-13 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Two tries to Cheetahs scrumhalf Piet van Zyl gave the Cheetahs an 18-6 advantage at halftime and despite the Reds continued attacking intent they failed to convert pressure into points with poor ball security.
The Bulls continued their excellent form with a 35-18 win over the Highlanders that keeps them well ahead as South Africa's best hope of a play-off spot. The manner of the Bulls' victory was predictable but they must be credited with a job expertly executed. The Highlanders simply had no rebuttal to their opponents' physicality on attack and defensive.
A man-of-the-match performance from replacement Berrick Barnes has lifted the Waratahs to a nail-biting 28-22 victory over the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium. In a pulsating local derby, Barnes inspired a second-half fight back, as the home side scored three tries after the break to run down the conference-leading Brumbies.
The Blues’ disappointing record in Christchurch continued as they succumbed to a ruthless Crusaders outfit 23-3. It has been nine long years since the Blues managed a victory over the Red and Blacks in the Garden City, and that record was extended for yet another year as they were overwhelmed by a clinical Crusaders performance.
The Western Force has fallen to the Sharks at nib Stadium, going down 23-13. The home side powered out to a 10-7 half-time lead before being run down in the second half; the Sharks scoring their second of two tries to help seal the 10-point margin. Force inside centre and man of the match Kyle Godwin looked dangerous with ball in hand while flanker Chris Alcock was brutal in defence during the first half.
The Rebels returned to AAMI Park following last week's heartbreaker in Auckland to host Cape Town powerhouse, the Stormers. The priority for the Rebels was turning the numerous close losses into a win, and an 80 minute performance in front of their home crowd. Following injuries, Bryce Hegarty was named in the starting lineup for the first time in his Super Rugby career.
In miserable conditions the Chiefs have outlasted the Hurricanes in another absorbing New Zealand derby contest coming away 17-12 winners at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The result was the team's fourth consecutive win as they jump to the top of the Super Rugby standings with other sides due to play this weekend.
There are two matches on New Zealand soil for 2013 Super Rugby Round Fourteen, both of them high intensity local derbies, especially considering these matches come days after the first All Blacks training group was announced. The Hurricanes will host the Chiefs, while the Crusaders will welcome the Blues.
There are two matches on South African soil for 2013 Super Rugby Round Fourteen, both foreign visitors, with the Bulls hosting the Highlanders to kick off proceedings in the Republic. Later that evening the Cheetahs will host the Reds.
There are three matches on Australian soil for 2013 Super Rugby Round Fourteen, kicking off with two South African visits. The Rebels will host the Stormers and later that Friday the Force will entertain the Sharks. The final match for the Conference features the sole derby, with the Waratahs hosting the Brumbies.
Sanzarrugby.com brings you all the broadcasting schedules for the three SANZAR nations - for Fox Sports (Australia), Sky Sport (New Zealand) and SuperSports (South Africa) for 2013 Super Rugby, Round Fourteen. Please note that all times are local to broadcast countries, and that times are subject to change, so please check your local guides. All scheduling and timings correct as of Friday 17 May.
Sanzarrugby.com brings you the final confirmed team sheets for 2013 Super Rugby, Round Fourteen.
Sanzarrugby.com takes a glance at the fixtures, updated list of officials and heads to heads coming into Round Fourteen of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Updated referee appointments as confirmed by SANZAR for 2013 Super Rugby - Rounds 14, 15, 16 and 17.
Paddy Ryan will make his fourth start this season in the Waratahs’ big local derby clash against the Brumbies this Saturday. Ryan’s inclusion at tighthead prop in place of Sekope Kepu is one of two changes to the side that last week overpowered the Stormers 21-15, with Drew Mitchell also elevated from the bench in place of Peter Betham.
The Stormers have announced a team showing seven changes for their final Super Rugby match Down Under - against the Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday (kick-off 11h40 SA time). Two of the changes are injury-enforced, with Rynhardt Elstadt and Duane Vermeulen out with knee injuries, whilst those tour-ending injuries have also led to some positional switches up front.
It will be a special day for Bulls stalwarts Pierre Spies and Mornè Steyn at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday when their team takes on the Highlanders in a Super Rugby clash. Spies will play in his 100th Super match for his team, becoming the seventh player from the franchise to reach that mark. His debut for the team was against the self-same Highlanders, but in Dunedin and on the wing way back in 2005.
The Crusaders face old rivals the Blues this weekend at AMI Stadium (Addington). The game takes place on Saturday 18 May with kick-off at 7.35pm (NZT). Head Coach Todd Blackadder has announced the team to play the Blues with only one change to the team that bet the Brumbies in Canberra two weeks ago.
A SANZAR Judicial Hearing conducted by Mr Terry Willis (Australia) has found the Stormers Team guilty of Misconduct under the SANZAR Code of Conduct following charges of insulting and offensive conduct towards Match Officials during the Stormers vs Hurricanes match on 26 April 2013