STUDENT: SOUTH AFRICA 64 - 10 SCOTLAND
13th July 2013, 8:04
By Lewis Firth
Centre Hein Pretorius was the star as South Africa cruised to fifth spot with a comprehensive performance.
The stand off bagged a hat trick while the kicking of Hein Olivier, who finished with 10 goals from 11 attempts, was also significant.
Playing up the slope, the South Africans opened the scoring in the eighth minute when prop Manie Loots powered over and they did not have to wait long to further their advantage as Pretorius went across in the left corner, just about managing to keep his feet away from touch; Olivier with his only miss.
Scotland hit back in the 16th minute, Louis Senter with a brilliant dummy and offload to Dan Turland who went over unchallenged, Senter adding the extras.
South African upped their game and restored their ten-point advantage through Jean Pierre Nel. The big prop bundled over the line and just about managed to get his arm free of the tackle to ground the ball.
Pretorius offloaded for Jean-Di Oosthuisen to score on the left and there was time for one more try before the break but it came in slightly controversial circumstances.
Neels Venter appeared to have dropped the ball over the line, but after speaking to his touch-judge on the far side, referee Tom Hudson awarded the try. Olivier added the two to leave the score 28-6 at the interval.
Pretorius added his second try less than five minutes after the restart, as Olivier’s high bomb was too much for stand-in full-back Liam McLaren to deal with and his treble came up six minutes later as he was far too quick for McLaren and Senter to catch as he ran from the half-way line.
In the 54th minute Jean Coetzer was sin-binned after a scrap involving several players, and Scotland made their man advantage tell in the 61st minute through Sam Herron, although Senter missed a difficult kick to leave the score 40-10.
A brilliant Olivier 40-20 gave South Africa the field position for Venter to score his second try, and the near-faultless Olivier added the extras.
By now Coetzer was back on the field and his up-and-under caused havoc, Johan Harmse feeding Riaan Laidlaw for the try.
Scotland prop Terry Skeet was sin-binned after another scrap in the 76th minute but there was time for South Africa to score twice more before the end, with tries from Coetzer and Oousthuizen.
South Africa coach Jonathan Soares said, “The biggest part of our game is that even if we are defending we still try and control the game, and we got that right tonight.
“We knew the guys would dig deep and turn up tonight, we got our heads in front, and we just kept going.
“We are extremely proud, we performed very well tonight.”
1 Allan Kasselman
2 Chester Mbekela
4 Jean Coetzer
3 Hein Pretorius
5 Marco Marais
6 Hein Olivier
19 Johan Harmse
15 Jean Pierre Nel
22 Nardus Raubenheimer
24 Manie Loots
11 Ian van Deventer
14 Jean-Di Oosthuisen
13 Neels Venter
16 Rudolf Prinsloo
10 Christo Louw
7 Hans du Plessis
21 Riaan Laidlaw
Tries: Loots, Pretorius 3, Nel, Oosthuisen 2, Venter 2, Laidlaw, Coetzer
Sin bin: Coetzer
1 Paul Stewart
18 Ruaridh Cuthbertson
3 Dan Macleod
19 Aidan Holland
14 Fraser Majoriebanks
13 Callum Boyle
7 Louis Senter
16 Calum Macdonald
6 Martin McNiven
15 Sam Herron
11 Dan Turland
12 Nathan Delgado
17 Gavin Reed
5 Alasdair McDougal-Stone
2 Liam McLaren
10 Terry Skeet
9 Douglas Crighton
Tries: Turland, Herron
Goals: Senter 1/2
Sin bin: Skeet
Half time: 28-6
Referee: Tom Hudson
Last Updated (Friday, 19 July 2013 07:06)
STUDENTS: ENGLAND 52 - 14 SOUTH AFRICA
11th July 2013, 10:33
By Pete Jackson
England retained their 100% Student World Cup winning record with a confident 52-14 over South Africa at Castleford’s Wish Communications stadium.
England went into the game as firm favourites after successive victories over Ireland and Wales, but fell behind after just two minutes as Scrum-half Hans Du Plessis got the Rhino’s off to the perfect start.
Garath Pratt’s side were aware that qualification was safe, barring a massive point swing, but were keen to emphasise their desire as Richard Hughes powered over just three minutes later to level.
Big hits and physical power dominated the first 20 minutes, but the visitors were upsetting the odds once more when Rupert Wells restored the South African lead 18 minutes from the break.
Once again, England hit back immediately, capitalising on ill discipline by the South African’s as Aaron Small showed his pace to cut through a defensive gap and score.
Before the half was out, England took the lead for the first time after a superb long pass out wide by Chris Atkin fell gratefully into the arms of winger Billy Griffiths, who had the simple job of crossing the line to give the English a 14-8 lead.
Griffiths was over again just three minutes later to give England a somewhat flattering 18-8 advantage going into half time.
England began to assert their dominance in the second half, with Sam Williamson somehow managing to charge over despite the desperate attempts of four South African players.
Quick fire tries from Small and then Tom Carroll made victory almost a certainty, with a 26 point gap on the board with 25 minutes still to play.
Professionalism was in show throughout the second half from the English, who knew victory and qualification had been achieved, yet still played with the strength and desire which saw captain Mark Wilson cross for his first of the evening.
Tries then started to come thick and fast from a rampant England side, as Small completed a clinical hat-trick, with the South Africans powerless to stop their dominant opponents.
The Rhino’s got themselves their third try of the night through Ian Van Deventer with 13 minutes to go, but it was to little avail as Anthony Squire scrambled over in the corner to bring up the England half century.
At full time, Gareth Pratt said of his sides display: “This games given us the wakeup call that we needed. They really came at us in the first half and we had to be on our guard,”
“We knew they (South Africa) would be physical and we knew they would take the game to us so we wanted to get the ball wide as much as we could, and we did that well in the second half.”
South Africa will take great pride from their display in this competition, after victory over the Irish and an unfortunate defeat at the hands of Wales, they will have high hopes for future competitions.
For Pratt and his England side, New Zealand lie in wait for a big Semi-final tie on Friday night (Tetley’s stadium, Dewsbury.)
England: 1 Gaz Hynes, 17 Anthony Squire, 4 Jamie Love, 8 Aaron Small, 18 Billy Griffiths, 7 Nathan Fozzard, 21 Chris Atkin, 12 Carl Loft, 11 Richard Hughes, 5 Sam Williamson, 10 Liam Thomspon, 14 Luke Bradley, 13 Sam Blaney Interchange: 24 Mark Wilson, 15 Tom Carroll, 19 James Wallace, 16 Nathan Britten
Head Coach: Garath Pratt
South Africa: 1 Allan Kasselman, 2 Chester Mbkela, 4 Jean Coetzer, 17 Carel Van Lill, 20 Rupert Wells, 6 Hein Olivier, 7 Hans Du Plessis, 12 Gerhard De Wet, 9 Andre Loader, 23 Paul Van Jaarsveld, 15 Jean Pierre Nel, 11 Ian Van Deventer, 18 Christo Joubert Interchange: 8 Shaunne Bouwer, 24 Manie Loots, 16 Rudolf Prinsloo, 19 Johan Harmse
Man of the match: Aaron Small
England: Anthony Squire, Aaron Small (3), Billy Griffiths (2), Richard Hughes, Sam Williamson, Mark Wilson, Tom Carroll
South Africa: Rupert Wells, Hans Du Plessis, Ian Van Deventer
Last Updated (Monday, 15 July 2013 11:33)
(Apologies for the PHOTO its England vs Ireland)
STUDENTS: SOUTH AFRICA 42-24 IRELAND
07th July 2013, 18:40
By Jack Hoyle
12 man South Africa romped to a 42-24 victory against Ireland, thanks to an inspired Jean Coetzer performance to claim their first win of the tournament.
South Africa’s bright start in their last match against Wales came to nothing as they ended up losing 30-10. However, they were able to take advantage of early dominance against Ireland as they scored three tries in the opening 13 minutes to set the tone of how the game was going to be.
Jean Coetzer was in inspired form in the first half as he scored two brilliant individual tries and also set his team-mates up for two tries, whilst also making two conversions. The Irish defence were struggling to cope with his intelligent running as South Africa started to put points on the board racing to a 14-0 lead.
South Africa had a man sin-binned in the last match for an illegal shoulder charge and lacked discipline again in this one as Hans Du Plessis was shown a red card for kneeing his opponent.
Although his team was faced with disciplinary action again, Jonathan Soares said: “We couldn’t worry about the red card. It happened and the boys put it behind them and if we let it get to us we would have probably lost the game.”
Ireland took full advantage of having the extra man as they scored almost immediately after the incident. James Kelly produced a neat grubber kick for Paul Power to score in the corner, making the score 14-4.
Despite being a man down, South Africa continued to be dominant in the match as Ireland were struggling to match them physically as they were hit with a number of huge tackles, forcing a number of handling errors. This led to South Africa scoring two more tries, making the score 24-4 at half time.
South Africa started the second half as they ended the first as they scored two more tries through Pretorius and Harmse, but their man disadvantage started to show as Ireland were showing promising signs of a comeback. Luke Malone, Sean Rennison, Luke Dalton and Chris Hall all scored in quick succession to make the score 36-24.
But it was as all in vain as South Africa managed to score the last try of the game through Rudolph Prinsloo, as he charged through the defence to score under the sticks, converted by Hein Olivier to make the final score 42-24.
Ireland vastly improved their performance in the second half and can be proud of the efforts to try and get back into the game, but ultimately it was South Africa’s power and pace that won them the match.
Soares was delighted with his team’s passion to win as he said:
“The guys are playing for their families and the badge they wear on their heart. They weren’t willing to get themselves down again like the Wales game and i’m immensely proud of their performance today, which we hope to carry into the next game against the hosts England.”
Starting: 1. Joseph Mulhern 2. Paul Power 3. Sean Hogan 4. Vincent Morris 5. Shane O’Reilly 6. James Kelly 7. Shane Kelly 8. Ger Arthurs 9. Zac Jungmann 10. Sean Rennison 11. Chris Hall 12. Luke Malone 13. Oliver O’Mara
Interchange: 14. Kenneth Savage 15. Luke Dalton 16. Stephen Costello 17. Joseph McSwiney
Tries: Power, Malone, Rennison, Dalton, Hall
Conversion: Savage (2)
South Africa Team
Starting: 1. Allan Kasselman 2. Chester Mbekela (Captain) 3. Hein Pretorius 4. Jean Coetzer 7. Hans Du Plessis 9. Andre Loader 12. Gerhard De Wet 13. Neels Venter 14. Jean-Di Oosthuysen 15. Jean-Pierre Nel (Vice Captain) 18. Christo Joubert 19. Johan Harmse 20. Rupert Wells
Interchange: 6. Hein Olivier 10. Christo Louw 16. Rudolf Prinsloo 22. Nardus Raubenheimer
Tries: Coetzer (2), Harmse (2), Mbekela, Pretorius, Oosthuysen, Prinsloo,
Conversion: Coetzer (2), Olivier (3)
Sending off: Hans Du Plessis
Referee: Paul Stockman
Man of the Match: Jean Coetzer
Last Updated (Friday, 12 July 2013 07:49)
STUDENT: WALES 30-10 SOUTH AFRICA
04th July 2013, 20:48
By Jack Hoyle
After a close fought game in which South Africa started the brighter of the two sides, it was Wales who eventually emerged victorious in the opening game of the Student World Cup following a 30-10 win at the LoveRugbyLeague.com stadium in Batley.
Wales came in to the tournament full of confidence having won the Student Home Nations trophy less than a year ago and that form was evident as they put in a solid all round performance to beat South Africa.
It was South Africa who started brighter after Wales's Callum Bennett dropped a high ball and Marco Marais pounced to drive into the corner to touch down for the first try which Jean Coetzer was unable to convert.
That was as good as it got for South Africa in the first half though as Wales stepped up their performance, scoring four unanswered tries. James Gahan scored two as the South Africa defence struggled with his pace with Yannic Parker and Joel Knight notching the others. Callum Bennett converted two making the half time score 20-4.
Wales picked up where they left of in the second half with a good string of passes down the line enabling Parker to score his second of the game early on.
South Africa were sparked into life a short while after, as Hein Pretorius made a 60 metre break down the pitch, escaping a number of tackles on the way and offloading to Jean Coetzer in support of him to touch down for South Africa’s second try of the game.
This excitement for South Africa was short-lived however, as Riaan Laidlaw was sin-binned for an illegal shoulder charge only a minute later. Despite being down to 12 men it was South Africa who proceeded to attack and the Wales defence was being put under serious pressure. Although, a lack of composure in the final 5 metres meant that South Africa could find the breakthrough.
Wales had the final say though as Mike Ward made a break through the South African defence and was able to touch down under the sticks for Wales sixth try of the game, converted again by Bennett.
Wales Coach Clive Griffiths was happy with his team after the game.
“We showed some nice touches in the game and passed it around well," he said.
"This performance was pleasing as it is the first time we have played in 12 months so we were understandably a little rusty.
“It’s good to have a game under your belt and we’ll do some training over the next couple of days to make sure our performance was better than this one, despite the good result.”
South Africa Team
Starting: 1. Allan Kasselman (Captain) 3. Hein Pretorius 4. Jean Coetzer 5. Marco Marais 7. Hans Du Plessis 8. Shaune Brouwer 9. Andre Loader 10. Christo Louw 11. Ian Van Deventer 12. Gerhard De Wet 13. Neels Venter 15. Jean-Pierre Nel (Vice Captain) 17. Carel Van Lill
Interchange: 14. Jean-Di Oosthuysen 16. Rudolf Prinsloo 19. Johan Harmse 21. Riaan Laidlaw
Tries: Marais, Coetzer
Starting: 2. Christian Roets 4. Yannic Parker 5. James Gahan 6. Jacob Morgan 7. Scott Amber 8. Isaak Duffy 9. Owain Griffiths 10. Callum Wilkinson 11. Mike Ward 13. Osian Phillips 17. Tom Hughes 18. Joel Knight 22. Callum Bennett
Interchange: 14. Louis Singleton 15. Harrison Elliot 19. Matthew Wilcox 20. Victor Coker
Tries: Gahan (2), Parker (2), Knight, Ward
Conversions: Bennett (3)
Referee: Tom Grant
Man of the Match: James Gahan (Wales)
Last Updated (Friday, 12 July 2013 07:42)
SASCOC BULLYING SPORTS FEDERATIONS
22nd May 2013, 8:18
SASCOC send out a communication to all the regional sporting federations this week stating that none of them are allowed to give membership to the regional Rugby League Federations. The main reason that SASCOC gave was that SASCOC, and affiliated sporting bodies, is only allowed to recognize one national sporting body per sport, and that SARU is the only official National Sporting Federation for Rugby. Section 6.1.7 was quoted, but conveniently the following two sections of the same Main Clause was left out:
Clause 6 Membership
The members of SASCOC will be:
6.1.2 National Sports Federations affiliated to other major international Federations governing sport presently not included in the programme of the Olympic Games
6.1.5 National Sports Federations, not included in 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.1.3, but who sports are practiced in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games and the forthcoming All Africa Games
SASCOC seemingly forgets that rugby league and rugby union are two different sports, governed by two different international federations, with two separate World Cups, and acknowledged by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Three very important facts seems to be continuously ignored by SASCOC, either due to political reasons or else sheer incompetence and ineptitude to fulfill their roles and to promote the main aim of SASCOC (“The main business of SASCOC is to promote and develop high performance sport as defined in the National Sport and Recreation Act, No 18 of 2007 in the Republic of South Africa…”), namely:
Rugby league has been recognized as a separate sport since 1895 when it went professional and the Rugby League International Federation is acknowledged by the Commonwealth Games Federation as the international controlling body for rugby league worldwide. In fact, the following countries seems to have no confusion on the matter: United Kingdom, France, Italy, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Serbia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Papa New Guinnea, Samoa, Tonga, Japan, Canada, the United States of America, Lebanon, Morocco, Ghana, Zambia, Germany and Jamaica to mention a few. South Africa has been a fully-fledged member of the RLIF and is in fact one of the founding members.
SARU stands for South African Rugby UNION, and SARL stands for South African Rugby LEAGUE. SARU has even gone on record to SASCOC clearly stating that rugby league is recognized as a separate sport by SARU and the IRB and that SARL cannot, by virtue of it being unconstitutional, be affiliated to SARU. The only similarity between Union and League is that the field is a rectangle (different markings), the ball is oval (different designs) and both games are 80 minutes in duration (different scoring). There are no other similarities, not even in scoring or the rules and application of the rules.
So by insisting that the two sports affiliate, SASCOC is in direct contravention of their own Articles of Association, namely Clause 7.2 that states: Member’s constitutions and any rules or regulations thereunder shall not be in conflict with the constitution of their international body, IOC Olympic Charter and/or the Constitution of SASCOC.
Rugby League was recognized by the South African Sports Council until the establishment of SASCOC, and since the aim of SASCOC, by it’s own admission is the following:
“4.1 To assume those functions relating to high performance sport which were carried out by the following controlling bodies before the establishment of SASCOC:
4.1.4 South African Sports Commission
4.4 to encourage the development of sport for all
4.6 to take action against any form of discrimination and violence in sport”
As such SARL fails to see on what basis SASCOC can firstly refuse recognition to South African Rugby League and secondly, expect the regional federations to act in accordance with an illegal instruction.
Since SARL, the RLIF and the CGF have contacted all the relevant role players in SASCOC, and have been met with continuous resistance, or else just been ignored, the only logical deduction would be that either SASCOC’s main board is taking instruction from other parties, or that the board of SASCOC has a hidden political agenda, or that the board of SASCOC is incompetent with such a lack of knowledge that they do not even realize that rugby league has been a professional sport internationally for more than a hundred years.
The Rugby League International Federation and South African Rugby League have approached the Commonwealth Games Federation with a request that the Commonwealth Games Federation explore the option of imposing sanctions against South Africa because of the discriminatory actions of SASCOC. The matter is also being brought before the Council for Arbitration in Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland. These actions will adversely affect all sports and participants in sport in South Africa, and only because SASCOC steadfastly refuses to acknowledge rugby league, and continue to act in a discriminatory manner on no legitimate basis at all.
We urge all regional sporting federations to stand up against the constant bullying of SASCOC, and to start promoting sport and activity in their regions for all sport, regardless of race, religion, or sex. We also urge the media to become involved and expose instances where hidden agendas prevent South Africans from an opportunity to be able to compete in an internationally recognized sport, and to be able to represent their country at the highest level.
Letter from Jurie Roux, CEO of SARU, confirming that SARL cannot affiliate to SARU and that rugby league is a separate sport - Click
Letter from Mike Hooper,CEO of CGF, confirming rugby league’s Category 3 Status also confirming that the CGF recognizes the RLIF as the international governing body of the spor - Click
Letter from Scot Carter, Chairman of the RLIF, confirming South Africa’s status as a Full Member of the RLIF - Click
Letter from Tubby Reddy, CEO of SASCOC, instructing federations to not recognize rugby league as a sport- Click
Last Updated (Thursday, 30 May 2013 09:37)