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South Africa secured a Rugby World Cup quarterfinal place with a 30-25 win over Tonga in Lens on Saturday. A second-string starting 15 failed to produce the goods, prompting Springbok coach Jake White to insert his all-star substitutes' bench early in the second half.
Led by a sensational performance from scrumhalf Fourie du Preez, the Springboks laid down a Rugby World Cup marker by crushing defending champions England 36-0 in Paris on Friday.
South Africa opened its Rugby World Cup challenge with a 59-7 victory over Samoa in a match containing a fair share of niggle. Bryan Habana was the star of the show, dotting down four times and twice making tries out nothing with huge acceleration off the mark, slippery running and speed, speed, speed.
South Africa's athletes have a lot of work to do before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, judging by a disappointing showing at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka.
Robert Hunter became the first South African to win a stage of the world's greatest cycling race when he sprinted to victory in the eleventh stage of the Tour de France in Montpellier on Thursday - the second stage win in three days for SA-sponsored Team Barloworld.
Team Barloworld, the first South African-sponsored team to contest the Tour de France, captured the attention of the cycling world on Tuesday as the team's Columbian climber, Mauricio Soler, scored a brilliant victory on the gruelling, mountainous ninth stage.
A long-standing South African icon met up with a new South African icon when Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu paid a visit to Team Shosholoza in Valencia, Spain.
The first all-South African final in the history of the Super 14 produced a dramatic twist at the end as the Bulls, who had led the contest for only three minutes throughout, edged the Sharks 20-19 on a successful conversion by Derick Hougaard after Bryan Habana had scored a try after the final hooter sounded.
South African swimmer Natalie du Toit and athletes Oscar Pistorius and Teboho Mokgalagadi won seven gold medals between them at the 2007 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.
South Africa's challenge for the 2007 Cricket World Cup title came to crashing halt in the semi-finals, and this time round there was no bad luck involved: the Australians completely outplayed the Proteas, winning by seven wickets with more than 18 overs to spare.