Su­per week­end for SA’s finest

The Star Early Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Kevin McCal­lum

FROM Perth to London, Dur­ban to Joburg, South African sport showed off its finer side this week­end with vic­tory, re­demp­tion and cel­e­bra­tion around the globe and at home.

Bafana Bafana, who had be­come some­thing of a run­ning joke as they stum­bled from loss to ig­nominy, paid trib­ute to their late cap­tain Senzo Meyiwa with qual­i­fi­ca­tion to the African Cup of Na­tions, which will now be held in Equa­to­rial Guinea.

The suit­abil­ity of that coun­try, whose hu­man rights record begs scru­tiny, to host the tour­na­ment aside, South Africa, who have strug­gled to make the con­ti­nent’s show­piece tour­na­ment, beat Su­dan 2-1, with their new cap­tain Dean Fur­man pay­ing trib­ute to their mur­dered goal­keeper.

“We ded­i­cate that win to Senzo. He was in our minds the whole week. It was an in­cred­i­bly emo­tional week. The spirit in the camp has been high and I was lucky enough to be se­lected the cap­tain by the coach, but I can tell you now there’s many lead­ers out there on the pitch,” said Fur­man.

There were many lead­ers for the Spring­boks at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day as they ex­tended their un­beaten lead over Eng­land to 12 games with a 2831 win that was closer on pa­per than it was on the field. After their hu­mil­i­a­tion by Ire­land last week, Pat Lam­bie showed flashes of bril­liance and a steady boot to put them in good stand­ing as they pre­pare for next year’s World Cup in Eng­land.

AB de Vil­liers had said his side couldn’t bat, field or bowl in their first one-day in­ter­na­tional against Aus­tralia in Perth on Fri­day. That all changed yes­ter­day as they thrashed Aus­tralia by three wick­ets with more than 22 overs to spare in Perth yes­ter­day. Morne Morkel was a tour de force as he dec­i­mated the Aus­tralians, who were all out for just 154.

Yes­ter­day, Mar­i­anne Vos of the Nether­lands, un­con­tested as the great­est cy­clist of her gen­er­a­tion, won the Mo­men­tum 947 Cy­cle Chal­lenge around the na­tion’s big­gest city. The new route was tougher than years be­fore, but still took over 30 000 rid­ers – a record en­try for the race – on a tour of the his­tory of the city.

It brought to an end the finest of week­ends of South African sport. –

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