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Football: Struggling Stars stun title hopefuls Wits

Struggling Free State Stars pulled off one of the shocks of the South African Premiership season by winning 3-1 at title hopefuls Wits University this weekend. Richard Henyekane, an under-performing loanee striker from Mamelodi Sundowns, finally came good to score a hat-trick at Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg. And it was a dream debut for former Malawi superstar Kinnah Phiri as coach after a midweek exchange of roles with his assistant Themba Sithole.

RugbyU: Lambie lands 19 points as Sharks stretch lead

Coastal Sharks defeated Queensland Reds 35-20 in Durban Saturday to move five points clear at the top of the Super 15 table. In a match that produced three periods of dominance, the South Africans controlled the opening half to lead 25-6 by half-time at Kings Park. The Australians wrested the initiative from the start of the second half and reduced the deficit to eight points with 16 minutes left on a hot, humid evening.

Football: Katsande ends goal drought to sink Pirates

Willard Katsande scored his first goal for Kaizer Chiefs to earn a 1-0 win over arch rivals Orlando Pirates Saturday in a key South African Premiership clash. A sell-out crowd at the 90,000-seat Soccer City stadium in Soweto saw the Zimbabwe midfielder become the unlikely match-winner by nodding a 61st-minute corner past Senzo Meyiwa from point-blank range. Katsande, who is in his third season at Chiefs, has been branded the 'pit bull terrier' of the team, renowned for fierce tackling and relentless, aggressive pressing of rivals.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Lions 39 Blues 36

Result of a Super 15 match at Ellis Park Saturday: Golden Lions (RSA) 39 Auckland Blues (NZL) 36 H-t: 17-0 Scorers Lions - Tries: De Klerk, Skosan, Van Wyk. Conversions: Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (4). Drop goals: Boshoff (2) Blues - Tries: Piutau, Hall, Halai, Moala, Marshall. Conversions: Noakes (2), Hickey (2). Penalty: Noakes Sin bin Blues: Faumuina 31 minutes, Donnelly 42 Referee: Stuart Berry (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Super 15 - Sharks 35 Reds 20

Result of a Super 15 match at Kings Park in Durban Saturday: Coastal Sharks (RSA) 35 Queensland Reds (AUS) 20 H-t: 25-6 Scorers Sharks - Tries: Alberts, Chadwick. Conversions: Lambie (2). Penalties: Lambie (5), Steyn (2) Reds - Tries: Harris, Genia. Conversions: Cooper (2). Penalties: Cooper (2) Sin bin Reds: Robinson 68 minutes Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (RSA) afp

Football: Platinum end Chiefs' long unbeaten run

Leaders Kaizer Chiefs surrendered an 11-match unbeaten run in the South African Premiership Wednesday by losing 2-0 at Platinum Stars. The defending champions last lost on November 5 away to Ajax Cape Town, and 10 wins and a draw transformed a side that started the season slowly into title favourites. But England-born coach Stuart Baxter warned last week that a hectic domestic and CAF Champions League schedule would inevitably take its toll.

Football: Sundowns, Wits keep slim title hopes alive

Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits University kept alive slim hopes of overtaking long-time South African Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs with impressive away victories Sunday. Early and late goals from Surprise Moriri and Teko Modise earned Sundowns a 2-0 win against mid-table AmaZulu in Durban. Jabulani Shongwe, Burundian Papy Faty and Sthembiso Ngcobo struck before half-time to set up Wits for a 3-1 triumph over relegation-threatened Polokwane City.

RugbyU: Sharks lead the Super pack after derby win

Coastal Sharks remain unbeaten under Jake White and consolidated their lead at the top of Super Rugby with a commanding South African derby win this weekend. In the absence of the New South Wales Waratahs and defending champions Waikato Chiefs, the Sharks put away the Golden Lions 37-23 in Durban to lead the southern hemisphere provincial series by four points. The Sharks, prepared this year by 2007 World Cup-winning coach White, outscored the Lions four tries to two with Francois Steyn kicking 17 points.

RugbyU: Steyn the unlikely star as Sharks sink Lions

Francois Steyn was the unlikely man of the match as Coastal Sharks posted a bonus-point 37-23 Super 15 victory over Golden Lions in Durban Saturday. Originally selected at inside centre, the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok was switched to fly-half before kick-off because Patrick Lambie felt unwell. And Steyn revelled in the playmaker role while giving a flawless goal-kicking display to finish with 17 points from four conversions and three penalties.

RugbyU: Late Marcel try earns Bulls bonus-point win

Prop Marcel van der Merwe barged over for a late try to give Northern Bulls a bonus-point 38-22 victory over Auckland Blues in the Super 15 Saturday. After crossing the try-line three times during the first half to lead 25-12 at half-time, the additional try the South Africans needed for a five-point haul continually eluded them. But a late surge took the Bulls within metres of the New Zealanders' line and when the ball came to replacement prop Van der Merwe near the post, his strength told.
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