Big sport moments in 2018

2018-12-26 06:00

AS 2018 draws to a close now is a good time to look back on the year and identify South Africa’s sporting highlights. Here is our list of the top six sporting achievements of 2018.

1. Springboks stun All Blacks in Wellington

Siya Kolisi and his side defended for their lives to claim a 36-34 win over the world champions in Wellington. It was South Africa’s first win in New Zealand since 2009.

2. Blitzboks get the job done again

Sticking with rugby, Neil Powell’s Blitzboks claimed the World Rugby Sevens Series title for the second season in a row, having finished as runner-ups the previous four seasons.

3. Banyana Banyana do the nation proud

In what was a remarkable story, the women’s national soccer side lost to Nigeria in the final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. Even more significantly, they qualified for the 2019 World Cup in France and achieved something that their male counterparts have not done since 1998.

4. Kevin Anderson flies the SA flag at Wimbledon

It was another stellar year for Anderson, who lost in the Wimbledon final in straight sets to Novak Djokovic. Before that, Anderson had upset Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, winning 13-11 in the fifth set, before enduring another marathon against John Isner in the semi-finals to win 26-24.

5. Proteas kick off the summer with India win

In a superb Test series, the Proteas emerged as the 2-1 victors against Virat Kohli’s India. The series will be remembered for the controversy of the third Test in Johannesburg, where a poorly prepared Wanderers wicket almost saw the match called off midway.

6. Team SA thrives at Commonwealth Games

Akani Simbine won the men’s 100 m with Henricho Bruintjies claiming silver in what was the highlight of the Games for Team SA. In total, Team SA won 37 medals to finish sixth overall.

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