Richard Ferguson

Hougie gets his medal

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sevens on 2 Sep 2016 at 09:31
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Francois Hougaard has been rewarded for his unselfish and sportsmanlike behaviour, by being rewarded his own Bronze medal for his participation at the Rio Olympics.

We all know the story already, Seabelo Senatla was injured before the final day of Sevens, with Hougaard being called up to play in the Bronze medal match. Hougaard was awarded a medal while Senatla missed out, thanks to the Olympics ruling that only the individuals taking place in the final receiving medals.

Following Hougaard’s extreme gesture of giving Senalta his medal, given that Senatla was the stand out player for the BlitzBoks the entire season, some backroom scampering has resulted in Hougaard receiving another Bronze medal.

Whoever made this happen in the backround, well done to you, this is what rugby and team sport is actually all about, and has surely made a few people smile today.


  • amen to that!

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.16 09:37:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great news!

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.16 09:39:58 by Uli Boelie Reply
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  • haha just had to throw this out there but being South African are we sure the backroom staff didnt just re-appropriate the medal from another athlete? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.16 09:43:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • Great story and shows that at least is some sports friendships and the teams is greater than the individuals!!!
    Well done guys!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.16 09:45:35 by JD Reply
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  • Sorry to be cynical but wonder if he would have reacted the someway if it had been gold
    So often you see rugby player receiving their runners up medals with total disdain they take it off before they have even left the dias.
    Silver in rugby means first loser,bronze is even worse.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.16 09:50:09 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : I see what you saying…but bronze is still better than nothing at all? 😆

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.16 12:20:14 by DuToit04 Reply

  • Why spoil a good deed with cynicism? Isn’t the world dark enough that we can’t celebrate small flashes of light?

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.16 16:28:57 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 5) : somehow I really think you’re way wrong. This is in the same league as SBW giving his World cup medal to the little boy. It’s an act if kindness from one person to another.
    @coolfusion (Comment 7) : really with you on this as there’s no need to spoil it!

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.16 20:56:27 by JD Reply
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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 6) : I’ve wondered, which is more enjoyable: to win bronze, or to lose silver?

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.16 21:57:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @JD (Comment 8) : Please just watch the losing rugby team in any competition,receiving their silver medals,please tell me about the pride they have in receiving it.
    To a man,World Cup,Super final,Heineken cup any 7 ‘s tournament ,it is seen a the sign of a loser,by the players them selves,Thats silver medal,how much respect do you think they give to a bronze.
    Most of those bronze medals will end up with the magnificent track suits supplied our athletes,left in a laundry basket in Rio.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.16 09:24:41 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : This is not a rugby medal though, its an Olympic one and from what I have seen anyone winning any colour (actually even just participating) treasure the achievement.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.09.16 10:05:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 11) : I’m sure it trumps a winning vodacom cup trophy.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.09.16 13:34:39 by coolfusion Reply

  • @The hound (Comment 10) : geez boet you’re cynical. Yes after losing not a lot of athletes will celebrate but just look at them when they stand on the podium receiving their medal. Most of them looks happy and proud to win a medal for their nation.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.09.16 07:50:53 by JD Reply
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