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<p><strong>By Timmy T Maranda</strong><br />
timgweru@yahoo.com</p>

<p><strong>RUGBY </strong>- The Springbok Sevens staged an amazing comeback in the final of the HSBC Singapore Sevens to beat Fiji 20-19 on Sunday. South Africa were down 19-0 at the break, following three first half tries by Fiji, but stunned their opponents in the second half at the Singapore National Stadium. The Blitzboks scored three tries, by Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen, with one converted, which brought them within two points with a minute to play. A penalty awarded near the Fijian posts gave Selvyn David the opportunity to kick a penalty goal, which gave South Africa a 20-19 lead.</p>

<p>One more play followed, but the defence held out and gave the Blitzboks their second tournament win in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the 2018/19 season. They also won in Vancouver last month. Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was full of praise for his squad, who started the final without their injured captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi. South Africa had the worst ever performance in Hong Kong but managed to bounce back and clinch the title in Singapore.</p>

<p><strong>FOOTBALL </strong>– Mamelodi Sundowns secured the spot in the CAF Champion’s League semi-final following a 1-0 loss to Al Ahly in the second leg on Saturday in Egypt. The Brazilians thumped the eight-time champion Al ahly 5-0 in the first leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The Sky is the limit reached the semi-final with a 5-1 aggregate score against the power house of the African football. Downs have the experience and quality to clinch the title they won back in 2016. Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates defeated Free State Stars 2-1 to claim the top spot in the Absa Premiership and open a six-points gap on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium. Goals from Musa Nyatama and Justin Shonga ensured the victory for the mighty Buccaneers while Eleazor Rodgers scored the consolation goal for Free State Stars.</p>

<p>The Buccaneers recorded the third back to back victory and state a claim to the championship with three matches to go before the end of the season. However, Mamelodi Sundowns still has two matches in hand and can still topple Orlando Pirates should they win their outstanding matches. Bidvest Wits overcame struggling Chippa United to return to contention for the title while Kaizer Chiefs title ambition were dealt a blow following a draw against Black Leopards at Thohoyandou S tadium. #ABCgamechangers</p>
Weekend Sports Wrap

By Timmy T Maranda
timgweru@yahoo.com

RUGBY - The Springbok Sevens staged an amazing comeback in the final of the HSBC Singapore Sevens to beat Fiji 20-19 on Sunday. South Africa were down 19-0 at the break, following three first half tries by Fiji, but stunned their opponents in the second half at the Singapore National Stadium. The Blitzboks scored three tries, by Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids and Ryan Oosthuizen, with one converted, which brought them within two points with a minute to play. A penalty awarded near the Fijian posts gave Selvyn David the opportunity to kick a penalty goal, which gave South Africa a 20-19 lead.

One more play followed, but the defence held out and gave the Blitzboks their second tournament win in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the 2018/19 season. They also won in Vancouver last month. Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell was full of praise for his squad, who started the final without their injured captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi. South Africa had the worst ever performance in Hong Kong but managed to bounce back and clinch the title in Singapore.

FOOTBALL – Mamelodi Sundowns secured the spot in the CAF Champion’s League semi-final following a 1-0 loss to Al Ahly in the second leg on Saturday in Egypt. The Brazilians thumped the eight-time champion Al ahly 5-0 in the first leg at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The Sky is the limit reached the semi-final with a 5-1 aggregate score against the power house of the African football. Downs have the experience and quality to clinch the title they won back in 2016. Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates defeated Free State Stars 2-1 to claim the top spot in the Absa Premiership and open a six-points gap on Saturday night at Orlando Stadium. Goals from Musa Nyatama and Justin Shonga ensured the victory for the mighty Buccaneers while Eleazor Rodgers scored the consolation goal for Free State Stars.

The Buccaneers recorded the third back to back victory and state a claim to the championship with three matches to go before the end of the season. However, Mamelodi Sundowns still has two matches in hand and can still topple Orlando Pirates should they win their outstanding matches. Bidvest Wits overcame struggling Chippa United to return to contention for the title while Kaizer Chiefs title ambition were dealt a blow following a draw against Black Leopards at Thohoyandou S tadium. #ABCgamechangers

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