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WP remain unbeaten, Lions and Cheetahs secure their semifinal spots

The round-robin stages of the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division this weekend reached an exciting conclusion, as DHL Western Province maintained their unbeaten run to retain the No1 spot on the log, while the Toyota Free State Cheetahs and MTN Golden Lions secured their semifinal berths.

DHL Western Province will host the MTN Golden Lions in the first semifinal in Cape Town next Saturday, while The Sharks will meet the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Durban in the other pay-off match.

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Springbok Sevens to face Wales in Gold Coast quarterfinal

The Springbok Sevens, under the guidance of new coach Neil Powell, on Saturday safely navigated a tricky pool to book their places in the knockout stage of Round 1 of the HSBC Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast in Australia.

South Africa registered three impressive victories on the opening day of the two-day event. The Springbok Sevens opened their Pool B fixtures with a 29-5 victory over France and then romped home by 38-7 over Spain. They then won their pool decider 22-14 against England, scoring four tries in the process to book their knockout match against Wales.

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Nazmul Hassan elected President of Bangladesh Cricket Board

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The directors of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) today (Saturday) unanimously elected Nazmul Hassan, MP as the President of the Board. Mr. Hassan becomes the first elected President of BCB. The election to the position of the BCB President was held at National Sports Council (NSC) office following an introductory session of the newly elected and NSC nominated directors of the Board. Nazmul Hassan has been performing the President’s role of the BCB Ad-hoc Executive Committee since 17 October 2012.

The Ad-hoc Executive Committee of the BCB will hand over responsibility to the newly elected body at the BCB Office, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium tomorrow (Sunday, 13 Oct.) at 10:30am. The programme will be followed by the first meeting of the BCB Board of Directors which will be chaired by the elected BCB President.

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Steval Pumas cap off dream season with First Division title

The Steval Pumas on Friday evening completed their dream Absa Currie Cup First Division season as they maintained their unbeaten run in the competition to win the final with a convincing 53-30 victory against the EP Kings at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The victory marked the team’s first Absa Currie Cup First Division title since the 2009 season and came with the special prize of the R1m winner’s cheque. The EP Kings did not walk away empty-handed, as they received R500000 as the runner’s up.

The Steval Pumas opened up the scoring in the second minute with a penalty by pin-point goal-kicker Carl Bezuidenhout, but EP Kings fullback Scott van Breda slotted over the first of his penalty kicks in the fourth minute to level the scores.

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Powell and Springbok Sevens aim for good start

The Springboks Sevens and their new coach, Neil Powell, will be aiming to start the new HSBC Sevens World Series on winning note when the Gold Coast Sevens rugby tournament kicks off early Saturday morning (SA time).

Powell, a former Springbok Sevens captain and World Series winner, succeeds the long serving Paul Treu and is one of nine new coaches at the season-opener in Australia.

South Africa only landed Down Under in the early hours of Friday after weather disrupted their travel, but the team arrived on the Gold Coast with a strong side.

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