Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says Lions decider brings more pressure than World Cup final

1 August 2021, 10:07 AM
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says next Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town is potentially more important than their Rugby World Cup final win over England two years ago.
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Saturday Wrap: Bad day in office for TeamSA in Tokyo  24 July 2021, 9:36 PM

It has been a bad day in office for TeamSA at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.  

Lions roar back after half-time to beat Boks in first test 24 July 2021, 9:31 PM

Dan Biggar’s boot proved the difference as the British & Irish Lions came from behind to beat South Africa 22-17 in an attritional first test in Cape Town on Saturday. Biggar kicked four penalties and a conversion for a 14-point personal tally to take the Lions to victory after they were 12-3 down at halftime […]

Hockey – SA Men and women’s hockey teams suffer losses in Tokyo 24 July 2021, 8:12 PM

Britain, who have won Olympic gold in the men's tournament three times, defeated South Africa 3-1 in the men's hockey tournament at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday helped by a second minute goal from Sam Ward and two more in the second half.

Swimming-First medals on the line in Tokyo pool 24 July 2021, 7:40 PM

Australia's women's 4x100m freestyle relay team look sure to  complete a golden hat-trick, and maybe smash their world record, when the first swimming medals of the Tokyo Olympics are handed out on Sunday.

Tennis-Djokovic clinical but players struggle in Tokyo heat 24 July 2021, 3:56 PM

Novak Djokovic launched his bid to stay on course for a Golden Slam with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over 139th-ranked Hugo Dellien of Bolivia on Saturday, as sweltering conditions in Tokyo took a toll on the players on the opening day of tennis at the Games. Steffi Graf is the only player to have […]

Softball-Battle for gold looks down to Japan, U.S., Canada 24 July 2021, 3:45 PM

Canada, Japan and United States on Saturday emerged as the softball gold medal contenders at Tokyo 2020 after wins that knocked Italy, Mexico and in all probability Australia out of contention in the six-team tournament. Mexico and Australia stumbled to losses with fielding errors and bungled opportunities. The United States defeated Mexico 2-0 on a […]

Olympics and medals update as at Saturday afternoon 24 July 2021, 3:35 PM

The first host nation gold is often one of the loudest spectator highlights of an Olympic Games. On Saturday, Japan won its first Tokyo 2020 gold medal in the men's 60kg judo in front of a few press and athletic staff.

Glittering gold distracts from Tokyo woes 24 July 2021, 3:23 PM

Sport stretched out over Tokyo on Saturday and gold medals rained down as the Olympic Games burst into life, finally casting aside some of the shadow of COVID-19 and controversy that has plagued the global showpiece. China made an instant statement of intent when Yang Qian grabbed the Games’ first gold, and Japanese judoka Naohisa […]

Japan gold medal hope Seto misses 400 medley final 24 July 2021, 3:06 PM

Japan suffered an opening swimming session blow on Saturday when top gold medal hope Daiya Seto failed to make the men's 400 metres medley final, while Britain's Adam Peaty admitted that winning his 100m breaststroke heat had not felt like an Olympic experience.

China’s Wang scores four to deny Zambia in eight-goal thriller 24 July 2021, 2:55 PM

China's Wang Shuang scored four goals including a late penalty as the Asian side grabbed a 4-4 draw with Zambia in the Olympics women's soccer tournament at Rifu's Miyagi Stadium on Saturday after Babra Banda netted her second hat-trick in as many games.

Tough start for South African team at Tokyo Olympics 24 July 2021, 11:00 AM

Team South Africa had a tough start to day one of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. Judoka Geronai Whitebooi lost her opening bout in the 48 kilogram division to 2016 gold medallist, Paula Pareto of Argentina.

Springboks prepare to empty the tank against British and Irish Lions in first test 24 July 2021, 5:00 AM

The strength and depth of Springbok rugby, together with the resourcefulness of its coaching staff, will be put to the ultimate test when the series against the British and Irish Lions begins in Cape Town on Saturday evening.

Race for Olympic medals officially on after muted opening ceremony amid COVID-19 concerns 23 July 2021, 8:03 PM

Hundred and eighty one South African athletes were part of the ceremony to officially open the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Naomi Osaka lights flame as Tokyo’s ‘games of hope’ open 23 July 2021, 6:14 PM

Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka on Friday lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the formal start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening ceremony shorn of glitz and overshadowed by a pandemic but celebrated as a moment of global hope.

Five SA Sevens rugby team players barred from entering the Athletes’ Village in Tokyo 23 July 2021, 4:30 PM

The South African Sevens rugby team faces more disruptions when they arrive in Tokyo for the Olympic Games this weekend.

Athletes parade in empty stadium as Tokyo Games open in shadow of pandemic 23 July 2021, 4:00 PM

In an opening ceremony marked by simplicity, one tradition held on Friday - athletes from all over the world paraded into the Olympic stadium to represent their nations, for the first time their smiles hidden behind masks and most countries represented by both male and female flagbearers.

Tradition, fireworks and a moment of silence as Tokyo Games start 23 July 2021, 3:06 PM

The Tokyo Olympics like no other opened on Friday with fireworks illuminating an empty stadium and a moment of silence to honour those lost to COVID-19, with a nod to Japanese tradition represented by wooden Olympic rings linked to the 1964 Games.

Three more Tokyo Games athletes test positive to COVID-19 23 July 2021, 11:39 AM

Tokyo reported 1 359 COVID-19 cases on Friday, part of a wave of infection in the capital as the Olympic Games kick-off.

Slimmed-down ceremony to open pandemic-hit Tokyo Games 23 July 2021, 11:36 AM

The Tokyo Olympics opens on Friday with a ceremony reflecting a Games like no other, walking a fine line between celebrating the feats of the world's best athletes while acknowledging the global hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Scandal-hit Tokyo looks to final torchbearer to mend battered image 23 July 2021, 6:58 AM

Battered by scandal on the eve of the opening ceremony, Tokyo 2020 organisers have the chance to patch up the Games' image when they reveal on Friday who will carry the Olympic flame for the final few steps to light the stadium's cauldron

SA race walker Shange out of Games after CAS upholds doping ban 23 July 2021, 4:12 AM

South African race walker Lebogang Shange will not compete at the Tokyo Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld his four-doping ban on Friday.

Team SA’s first appearance in Tokyo ends in disappointment 22 July 2021, 9:05 PM

Football took centre stage at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, a day before the official opening of the spectacle in the Japanese capital.

Chad le Clos and Phumelela Mbande to fly SA flag at Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony 22 July 2021, 6:30 PM

Star Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos and national women's hockey goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande will carry South Africa's flag at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games.  

Japan beat South Africa 1-0 as France, Argentina suffer shock defeats 22 July 2021, 6:13 PM

Hosts Japan made a winning start courtesy of a late strike from midfielder Takefusa Kubo in a 1-0 victory over South Africa, who were dealing with COVID-19 cases on the eve of the Group A match.

Richarlison hits hat-trick as Brazil beat Germany 22 July 2021, 6:04 PM

Brazil striker Richarlison struck a stunning hat-trick inside 30 minutes as the defending Olympic champions beat Germany 4-2 in their opening Group D game in the men's tournament at the International Stadium on Thursday.

Durban-based athletes ready to win medals for TeamSA 22 July 2021, 5:00 PM

Durban-based athletes set to compete in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, say they can't wait to rake in the medals for Team South Africa. 

Morale high in Blitzboks’ camp ahead of Olympic participation 22 July 2021, 5:00 PM

The Blitzboks are still in Kagoshima, a one-hour flight south of Tokyo, but after two training sessions and some live Olympic action on local television, there is no doubt in the minds of the Springbok Sevens squad that the Olympic Games are real.  

Two more Tokyo Olympic athletes test positive for COVID-19: Organisers 22 July 2021, 4:25 PM

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organisers have announced that two more athletes residing in the athletes' village, tested positive for COVID-19. The organisers announced 12 new positive cases overall, including the two athletes, bringing the total number of positive cases to 87.  

Spain frustrated in goalless draw, Mexico stun France 22 July 2021, 1:19 PM

Spain's Olympic men's soccer campaign got off to a rocky start after they lost two players to injury in a goalless draw with Egypt, while Mexico stunned France 4-1 as the group stage kicked off on Thursday.

Dutch athlete ‘speechless’ after testing positive 22 July 2021, 12:30 PM

Dutch taekwondo competitor Reshmie Oogink was lost for words on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19, ending her Olympic dream before it even began. “I am speechless,” said Oogink, who was scheduled to compete in the women’s +67 kg category, adding that she had worked hard to participate in the Games. “I even overcome major […]