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(Cape Town, 6 February 2018) Four South Africans are among the top contenders for bragging rights of being called the Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champions, the opening race of the 2018 International Triathlon Union (ITU) season which takes place on February 11. The event is the only World Cup triathlon event that takes place on African soil and forms part of the Discovery Get Active Weekend, which includes the Discovery Retro Run on Saturday 10 February and the Discovery Triathlon World Cup with a duathlon option on Sunday 11 February.

South African Richard Murray is the men’s defending Discovery Triathlon World Cup Cape Town champion, and is set to go head-to-head with countryman Henri Schoeman, who came second in the 2017 event. Schoeman became the first South African to win an Olympic medal for triathlon by winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Continue reading

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Jake White says Allister Coetzee was at a disadvantage right from the start of his tenure as Springbok coach.

In his latest column for AllOutRugby, the 2007 World Cup-winning coach wrote that it is impossible for a Bok coach to be successful if there isn’t a level playing field.

‘Allister Coetzee should have raised his objections when he got the Springbok job – his claims would have had much more credibility if he’d voiced them at the beginning of his term instead of at the end. Having said that, I do believe he got the raw end of the deal.

‘I think that his love for the Boks and his desire to coach the national team probably clouded his reaction to the parameters he’d have to work in and, instead of saying it can’t be done, he overlooked the impact of those restrictions.

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Werner Kok feels that his inclusion into the HSBC NZ Sevens Dream Team was a result of him enjoying his time on the field with his fellow Springbok Sevens team-mates, but insists that the Blitzboks staying ahead in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series remains top priority.

Kok impressed all weekend in Hamilton, with some strong runs, try assists and a number of telling defensive interventions and was deservedly named in the traditional Dream Team afterwards.

“I am very proud of my team mates as they make things like these possible,” said Kok.

“It came down to the team, they allow you the space out there. I decided to try and enjoy every moment on the pitch this weekend, and I did.”

Kok made the most tackles in Hamilton (27) and is leading the Blitzboks’ tackle count with 61 tackles this season. And although they will be losing players such as Kwagga Smith, Seabelo Senatla and Tim Agaba to Vodacom Super Rugby for now, he sees it as an opportunity, rather than a challenge. Continue reading

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team claimed bronze in Brisbane on Sunday, after a good Day Two performance at the Super7sBrisbane tournament, played at the Sci-Fleet Stadium in Toowong.

The South Africans outplayed France for the bronze medal and showed much progress in the process.

A close, but deserving 21-19 win over the USA in the Cup quarterfinals was a good start to the day, but current Olympic Games gold medal winners Australia proved too strong in the semifinals.

A try by Chane Stadler just before halftime had her team still in the game against the home side who also won the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series tournament in Sydney last weekend, but in the second stanza the hosts had too much firepower, winning 38-5.

The South Africans showed good physicality though, something Springbok Women’s Sevens coach, Paul Delport, urged them to do in the match.

The match against France was a glimpse of the potential of the side, with winger Nadine Roos and outside back Veroeshka Grain scoring a brace in a very satisfying 29-14 win. Continue reading

Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur’s and England’s 24 year-old attacking phenomenon, has joined an elite group of players by recording his 100th Premier League goal — all of which were scored in the Nike Hypervenom.

The 100 Premier League goal milestone is the latest achievement from the east London-born Kane, whose early career has already been defined by his remarkable goal scoring feats. He claimed the Premier League Golden Boot in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons and recorded six Premier League hat tricks (eight across all competitions) in 2017. Kane set a new benchmark for Premier League goals scored in a calendar year — 39 in 36 games — during 2017 and topped the European goal scoring charts with 56 goals in all competitions. He also became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League.

From lower league loanee to Europe’s number one marksman, Kane’s rise has been epitomised by nerveless finishing and ferocious self-improvement. His modesty marks him out almost as much as his brilliance; rather than trading in haircuts, cars and dance routines, goals are Harry Kane’s currency. Continue reading

The Discovery Get Active Weekend which takes place on February 10 and 11, brings together elite athletes and sport enthusiasts alike to experience an exciting weekend of swimming, cycling and running in the scenic Mother City. This year, seven visually impaired athletes and their guides will take part in the Discovery Triathlon World Cup on 11 February.

As a health services provider, Discovery seeks to create and support events that encourage healthy behaviour. The Discovery Triathlon World Cup promotes inclusivity, with visually impaired athletes facilitated through a two-person team entry. The athlete and their guide are tethered for the run and swim segments of the race, and the cycling is completed using a tandem bicycle.

The visually impaired men’s team to watch in this race is “Team Tandemonium”, made up of Beijing track cycling Paralympic medallist Gavin Kilpatrick, and Michael Harris who will be his guide. Amongst the three visually impaired women and their guides, look out for Cornelia Liebenberg and her guide Celia Pienaar, both experienced ultra-marathon runners who are pushing themselves into new territory by taking part in this triathlon. Continue reading

Promising South African women’s referee Ashleigh Murray has been named as one of six referees to officiate at the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong on 6 and 7 April in a big career boost for the 22-year-old.

The referee panel for the tournament comprises of talented referees who are not members of the official World Rugby panels.

Murray has progressed steadily through the domestic women’s referee ranks in the last few years, where she has been named on the SA Rugby women’s panel since 2014.

Her growling list of achievements include taking charge of the SA Rugby Women’s Interprovincial final between Border and Western Province last season and the Women’s Interprovincial B Section final in 2016. She also officiated at the U15 Iqhawe Week in Johannesburg last year.

“We are very proud of Ashleigh,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“The Women’s World Series Qualifier is a significant tournament, as the winner will earn a spot as a core team in the 2018/19 Women’s Sevens Series circuit, so we wish her luck. Continue reading

Pic: Springbok Womens 7's FB page.The Springbok Women’s Sevens team on Saturday secured a Cup quarterfinal berth in the Super7sBrisbane tournament being played at the Sci-Fleet Stadium in Toowong, Brisbane.

South Africa won their matches against Papua New Guinea (22-0) and Sweden (12-5) to secure a Cup play-off spot despite a subsequent 31-0 defeat against England in their final pool match.

They now face USA in the knockout phase of the Cup competition on Sunday.

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach, Paul Delport, was upbeat and happy with his team’s effort.

“Obviously we were not happy with the score line against England, but they are a quality side and we did make a lot of mistakes in that game,” Delport said.

The South Africans at one stage had two players sin-binned and England capitalised on that, scoring twice against their depleted opponents. Continue reading

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 03: Tim Agaba of South Africa on the charge against Russia during the 2018 New Zealand Sevens at FMG Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Hamilton, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 03: Tim Agaba of South Africa on the charge against Russia during the 2018 New Zealand Sevens at FMG Stadium on February 3, 2018 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The Springbok Sevens team on Saturday topped pool B of the HSBC NZ Sevens in Hamilton after beating Papua New Guinea (36-5), Russia (38-0) and England (28-7) in the FMG Stadium and will face Scotland in the Cup quarterfinals on Sunday.

The defending HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions started the fourth tournament of the 2017/18 series with a workmanlike win over PNG, but started to hit their straps in the second half of their clash against Russia. In their final pool match, against England, the Blitzboks scored four unanswered tries on route to a convincing win.

Only South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand were undefeated on Day One, with the South Africans topping the points’ log, scoring 102 points on Day One and only conceding 10.

“Yes, to be honest, there were a couple of wobbly moments in those opening matches, not sure why the guys could not settle the nerves early on,” Kyle Brown, the South African captain at the tournament, said.

“We did start to play with more urgency in that second half against Russia and were clinical against England. We will need more of that accuracy, come Sunday,” Brown said.

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The series will take pump track racing to a new level and bring a fresh face to bike racing all around the world from New Zealand to the USA, Chile to India and France to Japan.

Velosolutions, globally recognised for their leading pump track and bike park construction, have teamed up with Red Bull to launch the exciting series. Qualifier events will take place around the world ahead of the grand final on the 7th September 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland to coincide with the UCI MTB World Championships where the official Pump Track World Champion will be crowned.

We are extremely grateful for all the adventures, new friendships, countries and cultures we have experienced around the world during Velosolutions pump track constructions. Through our partnership with Red Bull we can now give something back, The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship gives riders from around the world the chance to be a World Champion and make their country proud – Claudio Caluori

Pump tracks are a worldwide success, combining rolling jumps with banked turns, they are accessible to all. Riders use the track features to gain momentum and attack the track as fast as possible.  Depending on the track at each qualifying event, racing will take place in either a head to head battle or a time trial format.

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