What a Weekend!
South Africans ended off one of their most fulfilling weekends of recent memory. Bar the pathetic Bulls, most of the country should have massive smiles on their faces. With two teams in the Super Rugby Semi-Final and a guaranteed SA team contesting that final. See our Super Rugby post here. I’d say this weekend mostly went our way.
Not to be outdone by the mammoth efforts put in by the Sharks over the weekend to reach the Super Rugby semi finals against all odd. The biggest surprise achievement of all probably has to go to the Big Easy Ernie Els who captured the British Open for the second time, recording his 4th major victory in his career. But if you’d asked anyone whether Ernie stood any chance of winning, we’d probably have given you a collective sign of regret. But come the big stage come the big player. His first major championship in 10 years looks like it took him by surprise as well.
Els carded a 2 under par 68 in the final round and thanks to a sensational flop from Australian Adam Scott managed to win the tournament by one stroke. His final standings: 67 70 68 68 to card a tournament total of 273. It was Els’s fourth major championship, following his wins in the 1994 and 1997 US Open and the 2002 British Open.
South Africans have so much to be proud of for the past weekend, Hashim Amla became the first South African to score a triple ton, notching up 311* against England and hopefully putting enough pressure on the Poms to crack their nerve. A masterful innings that had the crowd at the Oval on their feet with praise. The match is far from over, currently England stand at 102 for 4 in reply to South Africans total of 634 for 2. A score including 3 centuries, one each from Graeme Smith 131, Jacques Kallis 182* and not forgetting Hashim Amla record breaking 311*. England still trail by 150 with 6 wickets in hand.
What a Weekend!