Past weekend’s rugby results

Currie Cup

Sep 13 Golden Lions 35 – 33 Western Province Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sep 13 Griquas 31 – 27 Pumas GWK Park, Kimberley
Sep 13 Free State Cheetahs 30 – 30 Sharks Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Sep 12 Eastern Province Kings 13 – 28 Blue Bulls Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Rugby Championship

Sep 13 Australia 32 – 25 Argentina Skilled Park,Gold Coast Queensland
Sep 13 New Zealand 14 – 10 South Africa Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Pollard only change for Springboks (team sheet)

Handre Pollard replaces Morne Steyn as the only change to the South African side that went down by a single pint to Australia last week in Perth. The axe falls on Steyn because his penalty kick did not make touch which allowed the Aussies to run in a last minute try and squeak home by a single point in a match where both teams looked distinctly average.

More surprisingly is the omission of Bok hard-man Bismark Du Plessis. The much looser Adriaan Strauss retains his place, despite not producing any thing of great substance last week. No doubt Du Plessis will be utilised early in the second half against New Zealand, even though he is generally not seen as an impact player.

South Africa – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende.

This weekend’s rugby results

Currie Cup

 

6 Sep Blue Bulls 36 – 26 Golden Lions Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
6 Sep Sharks 18 – 21 Griquas Kings Park, Durban
6 Sep Free State Cheetahs 17 – 31 Pumas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
5 Sep Western Province 49 – 14 Eastern Province Kings Newlands, Cape Town

Rugby Championship

 

6 Sep Australia 24 – 23 South Africa Patersons Stadium, Perth
6 Sep New Zealand 28 – 9 Argentina McLean Park, Napier

Rugby Logs after the weekend

Currie Cup

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 Western Province 4 4 0 0 126 65 61 2 18
2 Golden Lions 4 3 0 1 156 81 75 3 15
3 Pumas 4 3 0 1 110 92 18 2 14
4 Sharks 4 3 0 1 106 89 17 1 13
5 Free State Cheetahs 4 2 0 2 107 99 8 4 12
6 Blue Bulls 4 1 0 3 78 130 -52 2 6
7 Griquas 4 0 0 4 91 134 -43 3 3
8 Eastern Province Kings 4 0 0 4 82 166 -84 1 1

Rugby Championship

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD BPts Pts
1 South Africa 2 2 0 0 46 37 9 0 8
2 New Zealand 2 1 1 0 63 32 31 1 7
3 Argentina 2 0 0 2 37 46 -9 2 2
4 Australia 2 0 1 1 32 63 -31 0 2

 

Rugby Championship Teamsheets (Round 1)

SOUTH AFRICA vs ARGENTINA

South Africa – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Marcell Coetzee, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Jan Serfontein.

Argentina – 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Juan Fernández Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Subs: 16 Matías Corteze, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

AUSTRALIA vs NEW ZEALAND

Australia – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nic White, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 James Slipper.
Subs (one to be omitted): 16 James Hanson, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Pek Cowan, 19 Will Skelton, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Scott Higginbotham, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Bernard Foley, 24 Tevita Kuridrani.

New Zealand – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith; 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Sub: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Joe Moody, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa.

The Springbok team to face Argentina

The Springbok team to face Argentina in Pretoria is:

15. Willie le Roux 15 tests 35 points
14. Cornal Hendricks 3 tests 10 points
13. Damian de Allende 0 tests 0 points
12. Jean de Villiers (captain) 96 tests 125 points
11. Bryan Habana 97 tests 275 points
10. Handré Pollard 1 test 13 points
9. Ruan Pienaar 76 tests 130 points
8. Duane Vermeulen 19 tests 10 points
7. Willem Alberts 32 tests 35 points
6. Francois Louw 30 tests 25 points
5. Lood de Jager 3 tests 10 points
4. Bakkies Botha 79 tests 35 points
3. Jannie du Plessis 54 tests 5 points
2. Bismarck du Plessis (vice-captain) 60 tests 45 points
1. Tendai Mtawarira 55 tests 10 points
Replacements:
16. Adriaan Strauss 34 tests 25 points
17. Trevor Nyakane 4 tests 5 points
18. Frans Malherbe 2 tests 0 points
19. Eben Etzebeth 23 tests 0 points
20. Marcell Coetzee16 tests 10 points
21. Francois Hougaard 28 tests 20 points
22. Morné Steyn 56 tests 660 points
23. Jan Serfontein 12 tests 5 points