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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

RugbyU: Super 15 - Sharks 31 Bulls 16

Result of a Super 15 match at Kings Park in Durban Saturday: Coastal Sharks (RSA) 31 Northern Bulls (RSA) 16 H-t: 16-6 Scorers Sharks - Tries: Paul Jordaan, Cobus Reinach, Odwa Ndungane, Patrick Lambie. Conversion: Lambie. Penalties: Lambie (3) Bulls - Try: Jono Ross. Conversion: Handre Pollard. Penalties: Louis Fouche (2). Drop goal: Fouche Sin bin Sharks: Jean Deysel 67 minutes Bulls: Bjorn Basson 80 minutes Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA) afp

RugbyU: Points for Super 15 byes scrapped

Super 15 sides will not receive four points this season when they have a bye, the organisers announced Friday. Introduced to the southern hemisphere inter-provincial rugby union championship several seasons ago, the rule guaranteed teams eight points each year from two byes. Organisers SANZAR said the bye points were scrapped "with the fan in mind to make it easier to follow competition progress -- particularly the latter stages of the season".

Football: Serb Vermezovic to coach Orlando Pirates

Serb Vladimir Vermezovic was named coach of high-profile South African football club Orlando Pirates Friday two years after quitting arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs. The outspoken 50-year-old native of Belgrade succeeds Mozambique-born Roger de Sa, who quit last month citing exhaustion after 18 months at the helm. Under former South Africa goalkeeper De Sa, Pirates reached the 2013 CAF Champions League final, losing 3-1 over two legs to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.

Football: South Africa recall Serero for Brazil match

South Africa recalled controversial midfielder Thulani Serero Friday for a March 5 Soweto friendly against 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil. Coach Gordon Igesund axed the Ajax Amsterdam footballer last September after accusing him of faking injury to miss a World Cup qualifier with Botswana. Igesund alleged injury-prone Serero wanted to "save" himself for a UEFA Champions League group game in Barcelona. Although Serero insisted he was unfit, Igesund ignored him for a friendly against world champions Spain that South Africa surprisingly won 1-0 in Soweto.

RugbyU: South Africa scrap Super 15 play-offs

South Africa scrapped Super 15 promotion-relegation play-offs Thursday, ensuring the bottom team in their conference this year will play in the 2015 competition. Golden Lions were relegated last year and squeezed into the 2014 southern hemisphere championship by winning a two-leg play-off against bottom team Southern Kings. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) decision will please the Lions, a Johannesburg outfit widely expected to anchor the South African conference.

Football: Kaizer Chiefs' record bid dashed

Kaizer Chiefs' hopes of creating a South African Premiership record for consecutive wins was dashed by a 2-2 midweek draw at lowly Maritzburg United. The Soweto club had won nine league games in a row as they chased the record of 11 set by Mamelodi Sundowns en route to the 2007 title. Leaders Chiefs, the most successful and popular football club in the republic, equalised twice against opponents who mocked their lowly position with a spirited show.

Football: Kekana thunderbolt lifts Sundowns' title bid

A Hlompho Kekana thunderbolt earned Mamelodi Sundowns a 1-0 win at Orlando Pirates this weekend and kept alive the South African Premiership title hopes of the Pretoria club. Success before a 25,000 Soweto crowd narrowed the gap behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs to eight points and record five-time champions Sundowns have a game in hand. Midfielder Kekana struck on 63 minutes, unleashing an unstoppable 40-metre shot which flew past goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa into the roof of the net.

RugbyU: Ex-Springbok Matfield comes out of retirement

World Cup winning Springbok Victor Matfield will dust off his boots and make a return to competitive rugby for Pretoria's Blue Bulls this season, the club announced Friday. The lanky lock, who retired two seasons ago with 110 test caps and a World Cup win under his belt, will return to the club he captained to multiple Super Rugby titles. "To have someone with Victor's experience available for selection, as well as his expertise on the training field, is a win-win situation for us," said Bull's coach Frans Ludeke.
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