The Springbok Sevens team, known as the Blitzboks, maintained their decisive lead at the top of the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series standings, despite their loss to Fiji in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament on Sunday. The South Africans are yet to win the sevens title at the Hong Kong National Stadium, despite their dominance in other competition and their great run to the final this weekend. They lost the final 22-0 to Olympic champions Fiji, failing to reproduce the form that earned them a place in the final, but they can be pleased with the fact that it was their seventh consecutive final of the 2016-17 season.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:10 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s Springbok Sevens team, known as the Blitzboks, won the Las Vegas sevens tournament on the weekend, making it their fourth title in five tournaments so far this year, giving them a decisive 23-point lead at the top of the HSBC World Sevens Series standing. Interestingly, the one out of the five tournaments thus far that the South Africans did not manage to win came in Cape Town, their home tournament, where they lost in the final to a determined England side.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:31 am
Allister Coetzee has been confirmed as Springbok coach despite a terrible 2016 season which prompted fans and rugby stakeholders in South Africa alike to call for him to be removed from the post. The Springboks have always been a force in world rugby, but last year saw the team struggle to replicate their usual good form against top sides. Coetzee survived a review to keep his job as coach of the side despite a terrible first season in charge in which the Springboks experienced a number of embarrassing losses while looking out of sorts at times.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:29 am AFKI Original
Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen passed away on Monday after struggling with with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) since his diagnosis in 2011. He was only 45. Van der Westhuizen was a multiple record holder during his time as a player for numerous famed Springbok teams and his beloved Blue Bulls franchise. At a time he was the most-capped Springbok with 89 tests and record try scorer with 38 tries for the South Africans.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:23 am AFKI Original
The year 2016 has provided African sports fans with numerous moments to be proud of, with many African Sporting highlights that stand out after reflecting on the year that was. Sport can always be relied upon to lift the spirits of fans, and give everyone something to celebrate, even during difficult times. That is the beauty of sport. We gathered 15 highlights in African sport from the year 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:34 am AFKI Original
South Africa’s Springbok Sevens side were crowned the Emirates Airline Dubai Seven winners with a deserved 26-14 victory over Olympic and World Series champions Fiji in the final over the weekend. The Springboks have endured a disappointing season on the world stage, but the sevens side remains a point of pride, with the Olympic bronze medallists consistently performing to a high standard.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am
South Africa has reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the coastal city of Durban, despite failing to adhere to certain key deadlines this week. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand this April.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:17 am
The South African national rugby squad, known as the Springboks, are in Europe for a tour that will include four test matches during the month of November. They will be playing games against England, Wales and Italy, as well as an opening test against the Barbarians this coming Saturday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:55 am
Pieter-Steph du Toit was named SA Rugby’s Player of the Year for 2016 at an awards ceremony held at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday night. In doing so, he became the second Springbok lock in two seasons to earn the main award dedicated to the best rugby player from the country over the course of the year.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:00 am
The Springboks will be in action this coming weekend for their second Castle Lager Rugby Championship clash with Argentina, and South African coach Allister Coetzee is expecting a tough encounter against the Pumas. The Test will be played in Salta, Argentina on Saturday night, following last weekend’s game in Nelspruit, South Africa, where the Springboks managed to come from behind to win 30-23.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:57 am AFKI Original
Team South Africa returned to Johannesburg from Brazil on Tuesday morning, fresh from their 10-medal winning exploits at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and they were met at OR Tambo International by thousands of fans who had packed the airport to welcome them home. The 137 athletes who represented South Africa at the Games returned home with 10 medals; two gold, six silver and two bronze.