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RugbyU: Arm injury sidelines Springbok Spies again

Springboks loose forward Pierre Spies has been ruled out of June Tests against Wales and Scotland after the recurrence of an upper arm injury. Twice world champions South Africa are provisionally scheduled to host Wales in Durban and Nelspruit and Scotland in Port Elizabeth ahead of Rugby Championship clashes with Australia and New Zealand. Super 15 outfit Northern Bulls said Monday that skipper Spies, 28 and capped over 50 times, will have surgery this week on a bicep problem that sidelined the No. 8 for six months last year.

Football: Close Cup shaves for Chiefs, Pirates

South African football superpowers Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates squeezed into the last-16 of the South African FA Cup this weekend. Title-holders Chiefs needed an extra-time goal from Zimbabwean Knowledge Musona to see off second-tier Black Leopards 1-0 in northern city Polokwane. And Pirates had an even closer first-round call, pipping second-division Thanda Royal Zulu on penalties after a 3-3 thriller in Indian Ocean town Richards Bay.

RugbyU: Chiefs flattered, Bulls floored in Super shake up

The Chiefs opened their Super 15 title defence with a flattering win while underdogs Otago Highlanders stole the spotlight as the first full round exposed the pre-season hype. With the Australia and New Zealand teams firing up, a week after the South Africans, the defending champions Waikato Chiefs survived on scant possession to produce an 18-10 win over the Canterbury Crusaders.

RugbyU: Chiefs flattered, Bulls floored in Super shake up

The Chiefs opened their Super 15 title defence with a flattering win while the underdog Otago Highlanders stole the spotlight as the first full round exposed the pre-season hype. With the Australia and New Zealand teams firing up, a week after the South Africans, the defending champion Waikato Chiefs survived on scant possession to produce an 18-10 win over the Canterbury Crusaders.

RugbyU: Sharks, Lambie continue good Super 15 starts

Coastal Sharks and Patrick Lambie continued their good starts to the Super 15 season with a 27-9 victory over Wellington Hurricanes Saturday. Sharks' set-piece dominantion, especially in the opening half, set up a second consecutive success after having 15 points to spare over fellow-South Africans Northern Bulls last weekend. Fly-half Lambie contributed 16 points against the Bulls and went one point better against the New Zealanders with 17 from five penalties and a conversion.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Sharks 27 Hurricanes 9

Result of a Super 15 match at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday: Coastal Sharks (RSA) 27 Wellington Hurricanes (NZL) 9 H-t: 10-6 Scorers Sharks - Tries: Alberts, Mvovo. Conversion: Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (5) Hurricanes - Penalties: Barrett (2), Banks Sin bin Hurricanes: Hill 72 minutes Referee: Andrew Lees (AUS) afp

RugbyU: Goosen kicks Cheetahs to historic victory

Johan Goosen was the star as Central Cheetahs overcame Northern Bulls for the first time in Super Rugby with a 15-9 victory in wet Bloemfontein Friday. It was an 'ugly' win in a kick-dominated game at the Free State Stadium in the central city, but that did not dampen the Cheetahs celebrations. After 11 consecutive losses to fellow South Africans the Bulls in the southern hemisphere inter-provincial championship, the Cheetahs finally got one over their greatest bogey team.

RugbyU: Super 15 - Cheetahs 15 Bulls 9

Result of a Super 15 match at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein Friday: Central Cheetahs (RSA) 15 Northern Bulls (RSA) 9 H-t: 12-3 Scorers Cheetahs - Penalties: Goosen (4). Drop goal: Goosen Bulls - Penalties: Fouche, Pollard (2) Referee: Stuart Berry (RSA) dl/ric

RugbyU: Lambie try a bonus for impressive Sharks

A last-gasp Patrick Lambie try earned Coastal Sharks a bonus point as they outplayed fellow South Africans Northern Bulls 31-16 in the Super 15 Saturday. Fly-half Lambie dotted down on 83 minutes after sustained pressure as the home side made a perfect start under new coach Jake White. A 2007 World Cup winner as coach of the Springboks, White moved to Durban after guiding the Australian ACT Brumbies to the final last year.

RugbyU: Super 15 results - collated

Collated Super 15 first-round results Saturday: At Bloemfontein Central Cheetahs (RSA) 20 Golden Lions (RSA) 21 At Durban Coastal Sharks (RSA) 31 Northern Bulls (RSA) 16 Bye: Western Stormers (RSA) Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, points scored, points conceded, bonus points, total) South Africa conference Sharks 1 1 0 0 31 16 1 5 Lions 1 1 0 0 21 20 0 4 Cheetahs 1 0 0 1 20 21 1 1 Stormers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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