The Springbok Sevens team will face Fiji in Las Vegas on Sunday evening, not in the Cup competition of the HSBC Las Sevens as they had hoped, but rather in the semi-final for fifth place.
South Africa were eliminated 29-10 by the USA in the Cup quarter-finals in Las Vegas, where Fiji, Australia and England also fell by the wayside at the same stage of the competition. The USA, New Zealand, Samoa and Argentina will contest the Cup semi-finals the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Earlier on the second day, the Blitzboks delivered a commanding 29-12 win over the English in their final match to top their pool. However, they were blown away by a determined USA in the Cup quarters, trailing 19-0 at the break and then 29-0 before two late tries eased the pain a little.
Sunday’s matches will be significant for the overall standings, as all teams have their eyes firmly focussed on a top four spot on the overall World Series log, which will bring automatic qualification for the Olympic Games in Japan in 2020.
The Toyota Cheetahs’ hope of reaching the Guinness PRO14 playoffs was reduced to a mathematical chance this weekend after the Free State team suffered their third defeat in a row on tour, against defending champions, Leinster, in Dublin on Friday.
It was a bitter-sweet Saturday for the Isuzu Southern Kings, meanwhile, who managed to salvage a bonus point in the dying minutes against the Cardiff Blues in Wales. They went down 26-19 in challenging weather to lift them off the foot of the Conference B log for the first time this season.
With both sides going down in their last three tour matches, they will target a strong finish to the season, especially with one UK match remaining in three weeks’ time before returning to SA for their last three pool games.
Isuzu Southern Kings go down fighting against Cardiff Blues
The Isuzu Southern Kings went down fighting against the Cardiff Blues in Wales on Saturday after entering the break at 7-7 and then taking a brief 12-7 lead before the hosts scored back-to-back tries to break away on the scoreboard.
Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard was in commanding form on Saturday as he piloted the Vodacom Bulls to an impressive 30-12 derby win over the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg, while the DHL Stormers clinched a second straight Vodacom Super Rugby win thanks to their hard-fought 16-11 triumph over the Cell C Sharks 16-11 in Durban.
In some other round three action, the Sunwolves beat the Chiefs 30-15 in Hamilton for their maiden away win of the competition, the Crusaders notched up their 18th successive win thanks to a 22-12 success over the Reds in Brisbane, while the Jaguares won their home game 23-19 against the Blues.
Pollard steers Vodacom Bulls to victory over Emirates Lions in Joburg
The Vodacom Bulls gave a powerful performance to hand the Emirates Lions a second successive defeat with their 30-12 triumph on Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg.
Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard pulled the strings as he delivered a commanding performance in the No 10 jersey, kicking six penalties and a conversion for a personal tally of 20 points. Duane Vermeulen (No 8) and Warrick Gelant (No 15) were the try scorers for the Pretoria outfit.
The visitors led 14-0 at the break thanks to a superior effort from the forwards, which enabled them to starve the home side from any meaningful possession and territory.
Although the Highvelders improved in the second stanza, it was however the Vodacom Bulls, and Pollard in particular, who kept the scoreboard ticking with some impressive goal-kicking.
Front rankers Carlu Sadie and Dylan Smith (replacement) dotted down for the red and white jerseys, captained for the first time by hooker Malcolm Marx in the injury absence of regular skipper Warren Whiteley.
In next weekend’s action, the Emirates Lions host the Jaguares for their second home match (15h05) while the Vodacom Bulls take on the Cell Sharks at Loftus Versfeld (17h15).
The Cape Town Carnival’s main workshop in Maitland is where the magic happens, and on 28 February the Carnival was proud to host media, sponsors and other influencers for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude.
The Carnival workshop is an epicentre of creativity where this year’s theme, VUKA UKHANYE: Arise and Shine!, is being brought to life through floats, costume and puppetry. Interpreting the call to action to be all we can be, this year’s floats will include a Monster, to represent conquering your fears, and a giant illuminated marionette ‘Vukani’ in a glorious parade of performers illustrating how we can shake off limiting beliefs. “It’s incredible to see the voyage from the creative workshops where the concept is developed to the final creations,” says Professor Rachel Jafta, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust.
“The culture of our city is unique and vital. It’s in how people treat each other, how we show up, respect and regard each other, how we interact, how we see each other. It’s part of the fabric of our society,” says Brad Baard, Creative Director of the Cape Town Carnival. “This spirit or character comes through in this year’s theme of waking up to our personal power and to our collective power.”
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and visual artist Solange Knowles has released her new album When I Get Home via Saint Records / Columbia Records. The album is an exploration of origin. It asks the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution. The artist returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this. The album, which was written, performed, and executive produced by Solange, is available now digitally everywhere. Listen to When I Get Home here.
Additionally Solange announced that a special event will take place across Houston’s Third Ward on March 3rd. More details can be found here.
The album includes contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Chassol, Playboi Carti, Standing on the Corner, Panda Bear, Devin the Dude, The-Dream, and more. It also features samples from Third Ward’s own Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad, poet Pat Parker, and Scarface.
Find album credits here.
Amidst recent reports of the Momo challenge circulating on the internet; the Minister of Social Development, Albert Fritz, is calling on parents to teach their children how to use the internet safely.
The Momo challenge is reportedly digitally-spread, via WhatsApp, and is similar to the Tide Pod Challenge. It allegedly seeks to teach children how to harm themselves and others. Children are reportedly contacted via WhatsApp whilst watching YouTube videos on Fortnight and Peppa Pig.
It should be noted that YouTube Kids has however not received any evidence of this challenge, nor has any content been found on YouTube Kids.
Regardless, the Momo challenge highlights an increasing need within this digital age for parents to educate their children on how to use the internet safely to prevent being targeted.
DANCE EVERY SATURDAY AT THE V&A
Enjoy summer with free, live music concerts at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre for the month of March.
SUMMER SESSIONS PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ: Saturday 02 March
Date Saturday, 02 March
Venue V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Performer Peter Ndlala
At 7pm on Saturday, 2 March, musician Peter Ndlala will be entertaining the crowd with a combination of afro-jazz at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre. Peter started his musical journey with the Music Action for People’s Progress jazz ensemble and performed at the Guinness Jazz Festival in 1992. He has since performed with renowned artists such as Judith Sephuma, Lira, R&B singer Rashaan Patterson and the late HHP to name a few.
SUMMER SESSIONS PRESENTED BY MERCEDES-BENZ: Saturday 09 March
Date Saturday, 09 March
STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH
Cape Town is in the midst of yet another burst of creativity and colour, hosting both the Design Indaba and the Annual Pride Week Festival.
The curtain falls on the 24th edition of the Design Indaba at Artscape today. The three-day event, which includes a conference, exhibitions, film festival and musical performances, has attracted approximately 20 000 local and international visitors.
This creative festival, which celebrates the country’s innovative minds, provides a platform for emerging artists and showcases Cape Town as a leading global design city.