THE BORDER Bulldogs lifted themselves off the foot of the Absa Currie Cup First Division table with a comprehensive 35-14 victory over the Valke at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London yesterday afternoon. The victory, their best of the...
PATRICK Malinga is hoping that the spirit of his late father Jabu, who was his trainer, will help him to finally overcome the hoodoo that is Thompson Mokwana when they clash for the SA lightweight title at East London’s...
THE BORDER Bulldogs will be looking for nothing but a win to lift themselves off the bottom of the Absa Currie Cup First Division table when they host the Valke today. The bottom of the table scramble, hosted at the...

Igesund does a U-turn

TUESDAY night’s shock 2-1 defeat to Zimbabwe has sent under-fire Bafana coach Gordon Igesund’s plans into disarray and left no room for experiments. The national team mentor called the performance “disjointed” and of a “low level”, and has now vowed...
THE facts and stats of the matter say there isn’t much to choose between JP Duminy and Dean Elgar, particularly as batsmen. Which means they will be separated by sentiment. Both were named in SA’s squad on Tuesday for the...
COULD Vernon Philander be a major missing piece in SA’s one- day puzzle? Has Imran Tahir restored his confidence enough to return to Test cricket’s cauldron? Selection convenor Andrew Hudson answered both of those questions in the affirmative yesterday when he...
HASHIM Amla joined Makhaya Ntini and Jacques Kallis and rose above Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn and Graeme Smith at Cricket SA’s awards banquet in Johannesburg last night. Initiatives like last night’s aren’t often worth the marketing proposals they are written...
IT HAS been 14 years since Serena Williams won her first US Open but there was no hint of decline as the 31-year-old American outlasted Victoria Azarenka to claim her fifth US Open singles title on Sunday. Initially frustrated by...
SOUTH African swimming legend Penny Heyns completed a two-day swimming clinic hosted by Harlequins Aquatics at Stirling Primary School yesterday. Heyns, a triple Olympic medalist, which includes a double gold medal performance in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the...
THE Springbok Women’s team ensured their participation in next year’s IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France when they comprehensively defeated Uganda 63-3 in a one-off qualifier at the Buffalo City Stadium at the weekend. The Springboks were simply too...
SAM Cane’s steep learning curve is set to continue as the New Zealand loose-forward steps into the massive void left by injured captain Richie McCaw. Flanker McCaw was ruled out for up to five weeks with a knee injury after...

Crossroads for Bafana

BAFANA Bafana head into today’s do or die clash against Botswana at Moses Mabhida Stadium with all spears pointed in the same direction. At least, that is the message the overseas-based returnees have put across this week. Coach Gordon Igesund has...
SPRINGBOK women’s captain Mandisa Williams believes there’s nothing that can stand in their way ahead of their must win once-off World Cup qualifier against Uganda at the Buffalo City Stadium this afternoon. The Springbok women will be writing a new...
FOR Bernard Parker, tomorrow’s all or nothing 2014 World Cup qualifier against Botswana represents more than just a chance to redeem himself after his own goal gifted Ethiopia a crucial winner in June. It is Bafana Bafana’s last shot at...
THE Wallabies are banking on the mercurial attacking talents of Israel Folau and Quade Cooper to turn around their Rugby Championship fortunes against South Africa in Brisbane tomorrow. Australia have lost both their opening Tests of the southern hemisphere series...
WALLABY flyhalf Quade Cooper returns to the starting lineup for Saturday’s clash with the Springboks, with Israel Folau shifted to fullback to make best use of his attacking threat. Australia have lost both their opening matches in the Rugby Championship...
SPRINGBOK coach Heyneke Meyer named lock Eben Etzebeth in the starting lineup to face Australia at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. But his body language suggested it was unlikely that the enforcer would play. Etzebeth has been struggling...
LAST Thursday, the Labour Court rolled the final credits in the long-running soap opera featuring Cricket SA and Gerald Majola. The court dismissed Majola’s questioning of the legitimacy of the disciplinary procedures which saw him fired last October and ordered...
AS ONE of the few people who thought John Mitchell should have stayed on in some capacity at the Lions, I thought his departure would see the team fall apart under Johan Ackermann. My reasons for thinking that were based...
ALL roads will lead to the country’s second-largest township tomorrow for what could prove to be a milestone event. Mdantsane is a sprawling and lively part of the greater Buffalo City and offers a unique roadrunning experience with a combination...
BORDER Rugby yesterday denied allegations it rescheduled a match against the Pumas today because it had not paid for stadium floodlights. It is believed Buffalo City Metro will not switch on the lights at Buffalo City Stadium for the Bulldogs’...
ORLANDO Pirates coach Roger de Sa hailed the decision by Gordon Igesund yesterday to release his players from the national squad for the two friendly matches against Nigeria and Burkino Faso. “Hats off to Gordon for making the right decision...
NEW Zimbabwe coach Ian Gorowa hopes his second African Nations Championship home match within eight days will be more successful than the first. The ‘Warriors’ tackle Zambia in Harare this weekend in a second round, first leg fixture and the...
QUEENSTOWN is preparing for the Cambridge invasion today as Queen’s College welcome Cambridge High School for their annual college versus co-ed battle. Queen’s are currently in great form having won their last five matches on the trot, including three since...
FIXING cricket matches must be made a criminal offence to strike fear into the hearts of potential offenders, according to former India skipper Rahul Dravid. A stylish batsman renowned for his impeccable integrity, Dravid has had the misfortune of captaining...
DESPITE one of the biggest results of his tenure at Orlando Pirates, coach Roger de Sa says the next game is just as important. That game is against AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium today.   The Buccaneers achieved...
THE Currie Cup premier division kicks off tomorrow when the Sharks host Griquas in Durban, in just one match with several juicy subplots. The Sharks go into the competition under a new coaching staff, led by director of rugby Brendan...
THE need to make a forceful first impression on Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer might have hamstrung some of his teammates a year ago, but captain Jean de Villiers believes the team has shed that shackling baggage. “We feel that we...
THE Border Bulldogs are in a race against time with their injury list growing ahead of their Absa Currie Cup First Division encounter against neighbours Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Still licking their wounds from their...
RISING South African roadrunning star Lusapho April’s dream of winning his first global competition medal in Moscow on August 17 is over. The Eastern Cape runner has been forced to pull out of Team South Africa going to the IAAF...
VETERAN boxing promoter Thinus Strydom has urged Francois “White Buffalo” Botha to hang up his gloves once and for all. Strydom, who used to guide the illustrious boxing career of Botha under the banner of World Sport Promotions, was reacting...
AN action-packed weekend of derby day rugby came to a head on Saturday as some massive school derbies were being fought out all over East London. At Selborne College in the main clash of the weekend the Selborne first XV...
SELBORNE College scored a try in the final minute of the match to snatch a brilliant 25-21 derby win against Dale College at home on Saturday. Played in front of a massive crowd the two sides fought out a battle...
The sport in country thrown into turmoil over resignation BOXING in the country has been thrown into turmoil after the sudden and shock resignation of Boxing SA board chairman Ngconde Balfour yesterday. While several attempts to obtain comment from Balfour drew...
It makes players more intelligent, says association chief GAMING body Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) are on a drive to have gaming recognised as an e-sport at schools in South Africa. It also wants to source bursaries for deserving candidates to...
SRI Lankabhimanya Ranasinghe Premadasa served as Sri Lanka’s third president from January 2 1989 until May 1 1993, when he was assassinated by the Tamil Tigers. By now, SA’s players will know that and much more than they ever needed...
KAIZER Chiefs begin the defence of their Absa Premiership title against Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium tonight in buoyant mood having lifted three trophies in the space of four months. Amakhosi followed their first league title in eight years...
Triple triumph for SA’S three medal winners CHAD Le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh gave SA a golden double at the world championships in Barcelona last night – but it was little-known Giulio Zorzi who added a perfect finish...
DESPITE efforts by Athletics SA (ASA) to obtain an exemption, the 27-member team representing South Africa at next month’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow, will be missing Caster Semenya. “I understand and accept the IAAF’s viewpoint. If they should make...
THE Southern Kings sprang a major surprise when they decided that the largely untested utility back, Scott van Breda, would be their No 1 goal-kicker in their “make-or-break” Super Rugby relegation showdown against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday. After...
SA golfer eyes St Andrews success IT MUST be something in the water in Mossel Bay, or perhaps it’s the air, but the small southern Cape town is remarkable in that it has churned out two world-class golfers in the...
THE Proteas feel there is still a lot to gain from the dead-rubber fifth ODI against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium tomorrow. The series may be out of their grasp, but the Proteas will feel they can rescue...
But star kicker’s fitness in doubt DEFIANT Southern Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons says his battered team “must and will” recover from their first leg Super Rugby relegation playoff defeat by beating the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday. “We can...
HUDSON Park High School turned on the style to defeat a spirited Stirling team 25-8 in their high intensity clash at Stirling High on Saturday. Hudson ran in f our second-half tries as Stirling, who had started the match brilliantly,...
Tsotsobe equals his best figures DAVID Miller’s booming bat and Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s deceptively dangerous bowling have kept SA’s hopes alive in their one-day series against Sri Lanka going into the fourth match tomorrow. Facing a series defeat in Kandy last night...
EXPERIENCED Southern Kings skipper Darron Nell says tonight’s Super Rugby relegation showdown against the Lions will be the match carrying the highest stakes of his long career. The winner of the first-leg relegation showdown at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will...
Ndongeni vows to kill off ‘Fire Ball’ at weigh-in ATUSSLE erupted between lightweight boxers Xolisani Ndongeni and Grant Fourie during the weigh-in for tonight’s Premier Boxing League clash at East London’s Orient Theatre. The pair shoved each other when they posed...
SOUTHERN Kings centre Ronnie Cooke has warned his teammates that inventive Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has the vital X-factor. Elton could hurt them badly in tomorrow’s Super Rugby relegation showdown, he said. The Kings will fight for Super Rugby survival at...
The Kings were forced to name a new captain after regular skipper Andries Strauss broke his left hand in training last week. Nell will lead the team at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the most important game in the short...
Moller’s 320km Washie feat WELL, it’s all over for another year! The courageous men and women who come back year after year to pit their minds and bodies against the 160km of indifferent tarmac quality between Port Alfred and East...