SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Former UP-Tuks 1 lock Daniel Adongo has been playing for America’s National Football League side Indianapolis Colts since signing a one-year contract with them last year. The Kenyan, who spent a large part of his rugby career in South Africa, made the move after what he called “a series of emails” between him and the Colts.
MAXINE TWADDLE: A University of Cape Town (UCT) Varsity Cup rugby player has been accused of hitting a female North-West University student after UCT’s Varsity Cup final win in Potchefstroom last Monday.
Irini Agathagelou posted on Carte Blanche’s Facebook wall that she had been assaulted by the player when she tried to intervene in a fight between the UCT and the NWU players at a Wimpy after the match. She hit the player with an unidentifiable object on the head before he punched her. Agathagelou said that, “[he] gave me a right hook on my face, he tried to hit me again but someone stopped him”. She listed her injuries as concussion, facial lacerations, and back and neck injuries. Agathagelou was taken to hospital, where she was kept overnight.
Luca Kotton: This year’s Varsity Cup tournament ended with an unlikely finish when Ikeys came back from an 18-point deficit with six minutes remaining to claim the title.
University of Cape Town Ikeys took the match, 39-33, in the Monday match against NWU-Pukke, which left the hometown crowd in Potchefstroom disappointed.
FNB UCT scored three tries in the last five minutes to beat NWU-Pukke 39-33 in Potchefstroom and claim their second FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International title.
The home side looked to have their first-ever title wrapped up with a 33-15 lead heading into the final stages of a pulsating final, but the Ikeys refused to give in and somehow found a way to get over the line and break NWU-Pukke hearts.
The 2014 FNB Varsity Cup title will be decided tonight when Potchefstroom hosts its first-ever final against the Ikey Tigers, who lifted the trophy the last time they made the final back in 2011.
Apart from the showdown between FNB NWU-Pukke and FNB UCT, the Steinhoff Koshuisrugby Championship final and the promotion/relegation battle between FNB UJ and the FNB UKZN Impi will also be decided at the Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds - all televised live on Supersport One.
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Allegations were made that she had cheated during the social media portion of the pageant, as some of her Facebook likes appeared to be fake. The complaints were about her large number of foreign voters and their rapid increase just hours prior to the end of the competition.
Douglas Smith: The Rhodes University u21 rugby side lost their opening match of the season on Wednesday night against local club Gardens by a narrow margin of 19-15. It was an unfortunate start for the Rhodes youngsters, but perhaps a lesson in taking chances.
The entire match was marred by poor decision-making and sloppy handling from both sides. The early exchanges saw the ball bounce around the field in ridiculous fashion. From Gardens attempting cross-kicks inside their own 22 metre area on three occasions to Rhodes throwing passes to no-one in particular, the opening 20 minutes of the game were a poor display of the sport.
The Stormers’ Super Rugby campaign has got off to a rather ugly start. Having played four matches, mustering one victory and only scoring five tries at 1.25 tries per match, it does not paint a pretty picture of the Stormers’ season so far. In their last three matches, the Stormers’ first try came at the 77th, 51st and 62nd minute. Stormers also languish in 15th position in the “tries scored” charts. The Stormers were emphatically beaten by the Lions 34-10, which was followed by a narrow 19-18 victory over the Hurricanes at Newlands Stadium. Their tour in New Zealand is also not going too well, after losing narrowly to the Crusaders 13-14 and being steam rolled by the Chiefs. The Stormers’ fan base is frustrated by the lack lustre approach by the Cape side. A Storm is brewing.