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Bok XV motivates Bok 7s

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 1 Dec 2008 at 07:16
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The unbeaten UK display by the Springboks was a great motivator for the South African Sevens team in Dubai, the Sevens’ captain Mzwandile Stick said on Saturday night after his team won the Emirates Airline Dubai Tournament final against England.

Captain Stick

The Springbok Sevens beat an impressive England 19-12 in an exciting Cup final, Ryno Benjamin scoring the winning try with 20 seconds to go on the clock. Earlier in the evening SA beat Fiji to reach the final while England, who looked very strong early on, knocked out defending champions New Zealand.

Stick, who was the hero of the semifinal thriller against Fiji when he landed a sensational drop goal in sudden death, revealed afterwards that the world champion Springboks played a big part in their pre-tournament motivation. Springbok coach Peter de Villiers also presented the Bok Seven players with their match jerseys on Thursday and he attended all their matches.

“South African rugby is doing very well at the moment. The Springboks won the World Cup last year and they returned unbeaten from their UK tour. They are our inspiration and we were determined to play well for our country,” explained Stick.

His sensational drop kick against Fiji was a fantastic match-winning effort. “I was thinking about it as we lined up and I’m just glad I struck it well. Everyone deserved credit for a fantastic team effort,” added the captain.

Paul Treu, the SA coach, said his team was confident throughout. “Our preparation was really good and the players all contributed superbly. Although this is a new-look team, we still have a couple of players who won here in 2006 and who were part of our success early this year in Adelaide.

“We were committed in defence and really took our chances at key moments,” said the SA coach.

Benjamin, who returned fulltime to the squad this year, described the win in Dubai as an amazing feeling.

“We fought for every ball, especially against Fiji. When Gio (Aplon) passed the ball to me in the goal area I was so determined not to let go of it. Now we hope for a good performance in George in front of our own fans,” said Benjamin.

The victory in Dubai was the teams’ third success in the desert city (previous wins were in 2003 and 2006) and South Africa’s ninth IRB Series tournament title overall. SA ended second behind runway winners New Zealand on the 2007/08 Series log.

Content courtesy of News 24.
Image credit AJB


  • Now let’s get this George monkey off of our backs.

    Go Bokke!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.12.08 07:19:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Watching the semis and final, I have to say we had a bit of luck on our side, esp the semi. We weren’t all that convincing on attack.

    Must praise Stick, he was inspirational and kicked like a demon. One thing I’ve always noticed was how poor the drop-kicking is in 7s, but he’s really taken it up a level and shown that it can win you games!

    That semi was heart-stopping stuff.

    Bring on George!

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.12.08 07:22:45 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) :

    That drop goal was heart stopping.

    It was a “WTF are you doing?……Awesome kick” moment. 😎

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.12.08 07:29:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • nice pic, Oubaas

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.12.08 07:35:39 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.12.08 07:38:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Awesome stuff by the Bok 7’s…hope they will keep it up for the rest of the series.

    Good morning…

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.12.08 07:47:03 by blckshrk - BUCS Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Photo Credit: AJB – that a rival to Gallo Images?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.12.08 07:47:25 by Baldrick Reply
  • I must say I was over the moon when that kick went over…

    Paul True has been doing a great job since he replaced Chester…

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.12.08 07:52:05 by wpw Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) : bet you the “J” stands for Johannes 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.12.08 07:52:23 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : I thought maybe “Absolutely Jolly Beautiful” Photos?

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.12.08 07:57:25 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) :

    No i don’t think so 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.12.08 07:58:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 10) : on second thoughts, that’s probably it 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.12.08 07:58:45 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    I bet you are wrong 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.12.08 07:58:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    And he didn’t waste any time either.

    5min of sudden death Extra time to come and he sommer decides after 55sec that he’s had enough.

    BOOM!!! 40plus meters and he (and the rest of SA) is grinning from ear to ear.

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.12.08 08:00:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : I wonder if he is friends with Francois Steyn 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.12.08 08:05:21 by robdylan Reply
  • Sweet deal ! Well done lads but if truth be told i would sacrifice all our wins in Dubai for one with a cold beer in George

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.12.08 09:03:31 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 16) : we’ll take it this year

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.12.08 09:27:54 by robdylan Reply
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 16) :

    I saw a question on the Updates thread.

    There seems to be a MASSIVE misconception that there is no alcohol in Dubai.

    There is plenty and it is legal.

    Beer in DXB


  • Comment 18, posted at 01.12.08 09:30:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : I know that – it was a bunch of doubters….a sevens tourney without beer would be like Province winning the Currie Cup – unbelievable 😆

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.12.08 09:32:49 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 19) : or the Bulls playing exciting rugby

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.12.08 09:33:37 by robdylan Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : Pure genius

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.12.08 09:50:34 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 21) :

    Why walk a few times when you can stock up for at least an hour. 😀

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.12.08 10:00:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : Indeed, they should give those to all men at birth 😆

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.12.08 10:29:06 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 23) : you mean you didn’t get yours? 😯

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.12.08 10:33:11 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : I wuz robbed ! 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 01.12.08 11:21:49 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
    Worcestershire Sauce
  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 25) : I was robbed… kinda by default 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 01.12.08 11:37:22 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : Um, don’t you mean you Rob?

  • Comment 27, posted at 01.12.08 11:56:41 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 27) : well, you can argue that I was Robbed at birth

  • Comment 28, posted at 01.12.08 12:08:53 by robdylan Reply
  • I have loaded an album with SOME of the pictures onto the web.

    Feel free to browse and download any you wish to use.


  • Comment 29, posted at 01.12.08 13:40:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Please tell me nobody knows anyone with a similar hairstyle?


  • Comment 30, posted at 01.12.08 19:42:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : Matt Henjak?

  • Comment 31, posted at 01.12.08 21:22:25 by robdylan Reply

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