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

<p><strong>RUGBY </strong>- There was disappointment and tempered elation in the Springbok Sevens camp in London after they lost both their matches, but still did enough to secure automatic qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The defeats to Australia, in the cup quarter-final, and New Zealand meant the Blitzboks finished the HSBC London Sevens in a disappointing jointseventh place, but they secured the fourth spot in the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series after England faltered in their home tournament. The top four teams in the World series were guaranteed automatic passage to the Olympic games in the Japanese capital in 2020, and the USA, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa have booked those slots after the weekend’s action. Although they struggled in London, finishing in the top four is a highlight for Blitzbok coach Neil Powell, who was disappointed following the cup quarter- final defeat by 29-22 against Australia. In their second match of the day, New Zealand won by 21-17 after the Blitzboks conceded a try after the final hooter.</p>

<p><strong>FOOTBALL </strong>- Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) defeated Royal Eagles 2-1 in a Premier Soccer League promotion/ relegation playoffs match in Thohoyandou. Two quick goals in the third and fourth minutes from Wonderboy Makhubu and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo respectively were enough to give TTM a slight chance in the promotion race with one game left to play.</p>

<p>Though tied on three points with Eagles, they remain bottom of the log but three points from leaders Maritzburg United. The visitor’s consolation came in the 48th minute through Levi Mashiane. Due to their better goal difference Eagles remain in second spot on the table. Medic made eight changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Maritzburg United last Wednesday that included go alkeeper Tshepo Ramaele the two goal scorers in Wonderboy Makhubu and Ndabayithethwa Ndlodlo. The coach also used most players they have won the team a promotional playoffs spot in the NFD. Onyedikachi Ononogbu played a pivotal role by scoring goals while Patrick Meso has been consistent performer. Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will play the final match of the playoffs against Maritzburg United in Harry Gwala Stadium while Royal Eagles will host Maritzburg United on Wednesday at Chatsworth stadium in Durban. #ABCgamechangers</p>

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Weekend Sports Wrap

By Timmy T Maranda
timgweru@yahoo.com

RUGBY - There was disappointment and tempered elation in the Springbok Sevens camp in London after they lost both their matches, but still did enough to secure automatic qualification to the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. The defeats to Australia, in the cup quarter-final, and New Zealand meant the Blitzboks finished the HSBC London Sevens in a disappointing jointseventh place, but they secured the fourth spot in the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series after England faltered in their home tournament. The top four teams in the World series were guaranteed automatic passage to the Olympic games in the Japanese capital in 2020, and the USA, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa have booked those slots after the weekend’s action. Although they struggled in London, finishing in the top four is a highlight for Blitzbok coach Neil Powell, who was disappointed following the cup quarter- final defeat by 29-22 against Australia. In their second match of the day, New Zealand won by 21-17 after the Blitzboks conceded a try after the final hooter.

FOOTBALL - Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) defeated Royal Eagles 2-1 in a Premier Soccer League promotion/ relegation playoffs match in Thohoyandou. Two quick goals in the third and fourth minutes from Wonderboy Makhubu and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo respectively were enough to give TTM a slight chance in the promotion race with one game left to play.

Though tied on three points with Eagles, they remain bottom of the log but three points from leaders Maritzburg United. The visitor’s consolation came in the 48th minute through Levi Mashiane. Due to their better goal difference Eagles remain in second spot on the table. Medic made eight changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Maritzburg United last Wednesday that included go alkeeper Tshepo Ramaele the two goal scorers in Wonderboy Makhubu and Ndabayithethwa Ndlodlo. The coach also used most players they have won the team a promotional playoffs spot in the NFD. Onyedikachi Ononogbu played a pivotal role by scoring goals while Patrick Meso has been consistent performer. Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila will play the final match of the playoffs against Maritzburg United in Harry Gwala Stadium while Royal Eagles will host Maritzburg United on Wednesday at Chatsworth stadium in Durban. #ABCgamechangers

 

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