HIGH­LIGHTS

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Spring­bok Women’s Sevens coach, Paul Del­port, con­grat­u­lated his squad for their per­for­mances in the In­ter­na­tional In­vi­ta­tional Emi­rates Air­line Dubai Sevens af­ter solid wins en route to the fi­nal, where they were beaten 31-5 by Ja­pan. Del­port said the ef­forts ear­lier on Fri­day 30 Novem­ber, where the South Africans edged Tribe Sevens - an Aus­tralian in­vi­ta­tional team - and then beat Ja­pan’s Academy side, was proof that the de­ci­sion to blood six new play­ers at the event was the cor­rect one.

The Se­nior Na­tional Men’s Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball team reigned supreme in the first edi­tion of the Lwini Cup hosted in An­gola from 29 of Novem­ber to 1 of De­cem­ber 2018. South Africa put on mas­ter­class per­for­mances to lift­ing the pres­ti­gious tro­phy in Luanda. The Sa­sol Amawhee­laboys de­feated both An­gola teams and Switzer­land to win the tour­na­ment. The tour­na­ment was part of the team’s prepa­ra­tions for next year’s IWBF and Par­a­lympics qual­i­fiers.

South African Steven Sawyer (ZAF) has won the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) World Long­board Cham­pi­onship at the Tai­wan Open of Surf­ing, de­feat­ing long­board­ing le­gend Kai Sal­las (HAW) in clean, one me­tre waves at Jinzun Har­bour in Taitung, Tai­wan. The 24-year-old from Jef­freys Bay posted ex­cel­lent heat to­tals in all three heats, in­clud­ing a near per­fect 9.50 (out of 10) sin­gle wave score in the semi-fi­nals, the high­est of the en­tire event. Sawyer went one bet­ter than his run­ner-up fin­ish at the 2016 World Long­board Cham­pi­onship.

Teams from the Guin­ness Pro14 will once again en­joy two bye week­ends over the next two weeks, be­fore the fi­nal round of com­pe­ti­tion for 2018 will take place on the week­end of 21-23 De­cem­ber. The Isuzu South­ern Kings and the Toy­ota Chee­tahs will not be in ac­tion again un­til 2 Fe­bru­ary, when they take one one an­other in their derby en­counter in round 12 of the 2018/2019 sea­son.

SA Rugby un­veiled on Tues­day how Ac­cen­ture South Africa will cham­pion the fed­er­a­tion’s dig­i­tal ac­cel­er­a­tion am­bi­tions as the proud of­fi­cial dig­i­tal part­ner to the South African Rugby Union and the Spring­boks. “To many South Africans, rugby is more than just a game. It’s a sport that evokes pow­er­ful emo­tions and has the power to unite the na­tion,” said Vukani Mngxati, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer for Ac­cen­ture Africa.

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