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SARU Sevens Academy continues to rake in Cups
March 16, 2014
SARU's Sevens Academy on Saturday retained the Zimbabwe International Sevens title they won last year by defeating hosts Zimbabwe 21-15 in the final at the Harare Sports Club.

The side, coached Academy Manager Marius Schoeman, withstood a late challenge by the hosts to add this title to the Safaricom Nairobi Sevens, Dubai International, Punta del Este and the George IPL Sevens tournament victories over the last months.

The South Africans took an early 14-0 lead through tries by captain Steven Hunt and Jamba Ulengo. WJ Strydom converted both.

Zimbabwe came back to score two unconverted tries to trail the powerful South African side by 14-10 at the break. The South Africans, who included seven fully capped Springbok Sevens players, were made to work very hard in the second half before Nardus van der Walt sent Hunt away for his second to clinch the title for South Africa.

On day one, the South Africans secured round-robin victories over Zimbabwe's second stringers, the Goshawks (46-0), were forced to pull out all stops against Hong Kong (12-5), before finishing the day undefeated with a (29-5) win over the hosts.

Day two started with a 26-5 thumping of Georgia, before the SA side were pushed all the way by a very committed Russian side (10-5), which had just spent two weeks preparing in Cape Town.

"There will always be pressure on us in tournaments like this as we are expected to win. When you play with the Springbok badge at whatever level on your chest, you will always be a target. But I am happy very happy with the result, it was a tough final against Zimbabwe, who played very well," coach Schoeman said afterwards.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell also attended the final day of the tournament .

Powell travelled to Harare to have a look at a number of players who are in contention for a place in his squad for the next two rounds on the IRB Sevens World Sevens circuit.

The Springbok Sevens team depart for Japan on Monday.

"It was very important for the fringe players to get game time and experience and coming out here was key for us to build depth in our squad and structures. It was important for us to be here and see how they perform,” Powell said.

MATCH CENTRE
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Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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