South Africa win Dubai 7s, Shujaa pick 4pts

first_imgNew Zealand had overcome the United States (26-5) and England (19-12) to set up the final, but the Boks proved too strong, keeping the All Blacks pointless as they notched up a seventh title in the United Arab Emirates, the first of 10 tournaments in a season that culminates in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.“I’m so proud of the boys. We call ourselves a defence team and we are proud of that. That’s what the boys showed tonight,” Blitzbokke captain Siviwe Soyizwapi said.South Africa’s victory ended a run of three defeats against New Zealand, skipper Soyizwapi crossing for the game’s opening try just before half-time.Kenya’s Willy Ambaka and South Africa’s Kurt-Lee Arendse shake hands after the match on day one of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2019 men’s competition on 5 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World RugbyChris Dry went over for the Boks’ second before speedster Seabeloa Senatla sealed a comprehensive win with a 75-metre effort.“The crowd in Dubai is amazing, they always come with the numbers whether it’s Fiji, New Zealand or South Africa and I’d like to say thank you to everyone – I hope we have made you guys proud this weekend,” Specman said, with the Dubai sevens celebrating its 50th anniversary.Will Muir proved to be England’s ‘super sub’ in the third-place play-off against Samoa, scoring a mere 14 seconds after coming onto the pitch to secure a 19-14 win in a entertaining match.Olympic champions Fiji could only finish ninth – their lowest ever placing in Dubai in series history – after agonisingly missing out on a Cup quarter-final place on points difference in their pool. They wrapped up their Emirati experience by scoring six tries in a 40-17 victory over Canada.Meanwhile, Kenya picked a paltry four points after beating Scotland 26-14 in the 13th place play-off.Under the new World Sevens Series format, 3rd and 4th placed after pool matches drop to playoff finals where they play only one game.Shujaa lost all pool matches going down 22-19 to Spain after losing 12-5 to England and Thursday’s 17-12 defeat to South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand to win the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in DubaiDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec 7 – Blitzbokke flyer Rosko Specman helped South Africa to a 15-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday to win the opening leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai.The South Africans scraped past Argentina 12-5 in the quarter-finals before routing Samoa 38-7 in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Why Liverpool could be without Salah for start of next Premier League season

first_img Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Getty Images – Getty 1 LIVE on talkSPORT Liverpool are unlikely to be keen for Salah to be involved in yet another tournament over the summer months.He took part in last summer’s Africa Cup of Nations where Egypt were knocked out at the round of 16 by South Africa.Salah is currently nursing an ankle injury and has been confirmed to miss the Reds’ clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network As per Olympic football rules, every country can use three players over the age of 23 which means Egypt may look to draft in Salah to boost their chances of winning a medal.If he can be convinced, he would miss all of pre-season as well as the start of the 2020/21 campaign.The Under-23s head coach Shawky Gharib hinted that he would be keen to include the Liverpool forward in his squad next summer.He said: “As an Egyptian, I’m so proud of what he [Salah] is doing with Liverpool. He is an amazing player and makes the whole nation proud.“But it is too early to talk about whether I will pick him to be with us in Tokyo 2020. I will think about the players that my team will need and then I will announce.” Mohamed Salah is one of Liverpool’s best players Fulham vs QPR (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Cardiff (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Man City vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Hull (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah could miss the start of the next Premier League season… so he can play at the Olympics.Egypt have earned a place at Tokyo 2020, which takes place from July 22 to August 8.The Pharaohs reached the final of the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations, which secured them a spot at the games.last_img read more