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RugbyU: Wounded Sharks take on Folau-less Waratahs

Injury-hit leaders Coastal Sharks will be without key players and opponents NSW Waratahs are missing Wallaby ace Israel Folau in this weekend's feature Super 15 match. The Durban-based Sharks, leading the competition by two points from Australia's ACT Brumbies, have been dealt a blow with the loss for the season of lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, while fly-half Patrick Lambie (bicep) and scrum-half Cobus Reinach (fractured hand) are out for six weeks.

Football: Sundowns close gap behind leaders Chiefs

Mamelodi Sundowns closed the gap behind South African Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs to three points with a 3-1 win at Platinum Stars Tuesday. Sunday Moriri put the visitors ahead midway through the opening half and Liberian Anthony Laffor added a second goal soon after half-time. Cheeseboy Mokoena put the outcome beyond doubt with a third goal for the Pretoria club 12 minutes from time before Malawian Robert Ng'ambi pulled one back.

Football: South African Premiership result

South African Premiership result Tuesday: Platinum Stars 1 (Ng'ambi 80) Mamelodi Sundowns 3 (Moriri 21, Laffor 49, Mokoena 78) afp

Football: Platinum Stars Cup hat-trick bid foiled

Platinum Stars' challenge for an unprecedented hat-trick of Cup trophies in a South African season came to an unexpected end this weekend. The club from north-west mining town Rustenburg lost an FA Cup second-round penalty shootout against outsiders Maritzburg United after a 1-1 draw following extra time. Unfashionable Platinum shocked Soweto giants Orlando Pirates in the Top 8 Cup and League Cup finals during the first half of the season.

RugbyU: Sharks, Chiefs crash to first defeats in Super 15

Leaders Coastal Sharks and defending champions Waikato Chiefs crashed to their first defeats of the Super 15 season as the title race tightened up in all three conferences this weekend. The Sharks fell 23-19 to the Northern Bulls in a South African derby in Pretoria, ending their run of four wins. The Durban-based outfit's overall lead was cut to just two points from Australia's ACT Brumbies after the Chiefs were upset 18-15 by the rejuvenated Western Force in Perth.

RugbyU: Matfield leads Bulls to key Super 15 victory

Legendary lock Victor Matfield marked his return as captain by leading Northern Bulls to a 23-19 victory over Coastal Sharks in a captivating Super 15 clash Saturday. Matfield, the second most capped Springbok with 110, ended a two-year retirement to play for the Pretoria outfit in the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship this season. And when skipper and fellow lock Flip van der Merwe was forced to withdraw injured 48 hours before kick-off, Matfield, 36, was assigned a role he last had in the 2011 season.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Bulls 23 Sharks 19

Result of a Super 15 match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria Saturday: Northern Bulls (RSA) 23 Coastal Sharks (RSA) 19 H-t: 6-13 Scorers Bulls - Tries: Du Plessis, Engelbrecht. Conversions: Potgieter (2). Penalties: Potgieter, Pollard. Drop goal: Potgieter Sharks - Try: Alberts. Conversion: Steyn. Penalties: Steyn (4) Referee: Mike Fraser (NZL) afp

RugbyU: Lions roar back to snatch victory over Reds

A late Courtnall Skosan try allowed Golden Lions to snatch a 23-20 win over Queensland Reds Saturday in a Super 15 thriller at Ellis Park. But the South Africans had to endure an agonising wait before the television match official and referee confirmed that the score stood amid suspicions of a double-movement on the ground. Few in a 20,000 crowd at the Johannesburg stadium would have given the Lions much hope of victory when they trailed by 17 points approaching half-time.

RugbyU:Blues hang on in high-scoring thriller

The Auckland Blues held off a late-charging Central Cheetahs to sneak into the top six of the Super 15 competition with a 40-30 bonus-point victory Saturday. The win, in their first home game after a fruitless trip to South Africa, gave the Blues two wins from five matches and lifted them to sixth on the ladder although with four matches still to be played in the round. The Blues and the bottom-placed Cheetahs have the worst defensive records in the competition and the 70 points scored was testament to the high error count by both sides.

RugbyU: Unbeaten Sharks face Bulls test in SAfrican derby

The Coastal Sharks put their unbeaten Super 15 run on the line in this weekend's South African derby with the Northern Bulls, as defending champions Waikato Chiefs trek to in-form Western Force. The Sharks, under former World Cup-winning coach Jake White, have opened their season with four wins, but face a test against the Bulls in Pretoria, where they last won three years ago. The Durban-based Sharks are comfortable eight-point leaders of the South African conference, but Saturday's encounter will give a strong indication of their title credentials this season.
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