Defensive demons haunt Jean

Ten weeks of Vodacom Super 14 have confirmed Jean de Villiers as a playmaker with exceptional vision. Equally, they have underlined concerns surrounding the player’s defensive ability.

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Injuries add to Cats woes

A bunch of injuries picked up in the 36-8 Vodacom Super 14 loss to the Sharks at the weekend has added to Cats coach Frans Ludeke’s mounting problems.

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Muir praises Smit, AJ

Sharks coach Dick Muir has applauded the calming influence of captain John Smit and AJ Venter for his side’s impeccable discipline against the Calamity Cats on Saturday.

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‘No guarantees’ warns Bok selector

The catalogue of underperforming Springboks in the Vodacom Super 14 should not think that selection for Jake White’s squad of 2006 will be automatic, chairman of selectors Peter Jooste has warned.

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Spears fate decided today

SA Rugby’s board of directors meet later today to determine the future of the Southern Spears. The meeting follows a damning report by an investigating committee.

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Baby Boks blow up again

The Baby Boks’ dismal defence of their world championship finally came to an end when Wales also thumped them in the plate competition.

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Russell eyes return

Sharks coach Dick Muir will make two enforced changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Vodacom Super 14 match against the Blues in Durban.

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Marshall wants out

Former All Black scrumhalf Justin Marshall wants to leave relegated Leeds if the club is prepared to release him from his contract.

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Ashwin out again

Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse is in another race against time to be fit to make Jake White’s World Cup squad for France. He looks unlikely to play any more rugby in 2006.

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Sharks can’t slip up

The Sharks need at least 40 log points in order to qualify for the Vodacom Super 14 semi-finals, according to coach Dick Muir.

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