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Rugby in South Africa

 May 02,2014
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Being one of the three main national sports in South Africa alongside soccer and cricket, rugby is taken very seriously by its South African fans.

They expect their national team, the Springboks, to win every game it plays and so far they have had little to be disappointed.

Rugby as a healing tool in South African culture

The outstanding scoresheet of the Springboks, South Africa national team, proves that the country can be rightly proud of them. The Boks have enjoyed a winning record against all other nations, until some down performances after South Africa's return from international isolation in 1992. Despite all, the South Africans retain an impressive winning record and memorable highlights as when the country hosted the World Cup in 1995 and the Boks lifted the coveted trophy beating the All Blacks. The same memorable moment when Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, was wearing the colors of the Springboks and a big, bold number 6 on the back. It was more than a winning match, it was a transcendent moment in the transformation of South Africa, from apartheid to multi-racial democracy.

It is important not to forget that the sport of rugby, like no other South African institution, has proven to have the power to heal old wounds. It does not mean everything was suddenly resolved, but it surely was a signal that things were starting to change in South Africa; from that point on, at provincial age-group levels, players of colour started playing more prominent roles and the 1995 RWC winning squad decided to include another ground breaking black player, Chester Williams.

Vodcom Super Rugby Overview

South African rugby teams are currently competing in Round 11 of the Super Rugby competition (also known as Vodacom Super Rugby), which features 15 regional teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, with each country providing five teams.

Round 11 of the Super Rugby competition has seen the Toyota Cheetahs delivering their best performance of the Vodacom season winning against the Capetonians DHL Stormers in thrilling local derby by 35-22; on the other hand, the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks ended up on the losing side.

This season after the eleven week mark South Africa‘s top 3 scorers in Beauden Barrett, flyhalf of the Hurricanes, Marnitz Boshoff, Lions flyhalf, and Lima Sopoaga, flyhalf of the Highlanders. The top team, the Sharks, has 31 points while the sixth placed outfit (the Waratahs) have 24. So far, the results mark this season as the most competitive ever played. Click here for the full schedule of upcoming matches from May to August 2014.

We are halfway in this competition, so it’s about the right time to place your bets on which could be the winning team. Due to its popularity in this country, rugby is in fact the main sports South Africans like to bet on. As many other people all over the world, South Africans are fond of gambling and placing bets on their favorite sports events, especially on rugby. On Gamblingafrica you can find everything about sports betting in South Africa and, specifically, on South African rugby. On the website you can find a list of betting software that can be downloaded very easily and safely in order to start placing your bets. 

 

 

 

 

 

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