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Blitzboks extend thanks for support to win Gold
July 29, 2014
Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell and captain Kyle Brown on Tuesday extended a massive thank you to all role players who contributed to their success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Springboks Sevens team arrived back in the country on Tuesday, following their best showing ever at the Games, winning the Gold Medal in Rugby Sevens as part of Team SA.

The team won all six their matches and outlasted the defending champions, New Zealand, 17-12 in the final. It was the first defeat to the New Zealand team at the Commonwealth Games since Rugby Sevens were introduced as one of the sporting codes in 1998.

The Gold medal follows the bronze medals won by the team in Delhi (2010) and Manchester (2002).

“It was an awesome performance by the team," Powell said shortly after the team arrived back in the country.

"The guys really worked hard as a team to realise this dream we shared. We needed some special moments in the final against a very good New Zealand side and every player responded when called upon.”

Powell thanked the public and SASCOC for their support. "It was fantastic to be part of Team South Africa and to represent our country in a different sporting environment. We are just happy that we could have contributed to the overall effort."

The coach also extended his gratitude to the Golden Lions and Free State Rugby Unions for releasing star performers Warren Whiteley and Cornal Hendricks to play in this event. Both are contracted to their respective unions and not to the Springbok Sevens, as the rest of the group.

"Cornal and Warren played a massive role in our success and contributed so much on and off the field, so we would like to thank the respective unions for releasing them to us for this period," said Powell.

Brown applauded the support they received from fellow Team SA members and the general public.

"We could almost feel the support from the people back home and it was great to be encouraged by the SA teams from other codes,” said Brown.

“We would like to also use this opportunity to thank them for their marvellous support and to wish those who must still compete at the Games all the best."

Brown was injured during the final match and will undergo further medical treatment to his shoulder this week, where the full extent of the injury will be assessed.

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Absa Under 19 Competition
Saturday, September 20 2014
10:45 - WP U19 vs EP Kings U19
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
11:00 - Leopards U19 vs Blue Bulls U19
Profert Olen Park, Potch
11:00 - SWD U19 vs Boland U19
Outeniqua Park, George
11:20 - Valke U19 vs Griffons U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Under 21 Competition
12:30 - Leopards U21 vs Blue Bulls U21
Profert Olen Park, Potch
12:30 - EP Kings U21 vs Griquas U21
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
12:45 - WP U21 vs Border U21
City Park Stadium, Cape Town
12:45 - Valke U21 vs Griffons U21
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Absa Currie Cup First Division
13:00 - SWD Eagles vs Boland Cavaliers
Outeniqua Park, George
Absa Under 19 Competition
13:30 - Pumas U19 vs Limpopo BB U19
Kees Taljaard Stadium, Middelburg

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