Joe Kaiser, Sports Editor
For all the Hoggie Ruggers who missed it, the Springboks, South Africa’s rugby team, lost to the All Blacks, New Zealand’s team, last week with a score of 21-11. The Springboks coach, Heyneke Meyer, was disappointed in his team: Dean Greyling, one of the replacement props, will be facing the judiciary on charges of jumping into a ruck and striking All Black captain Richie McCaw in the face. This is bad news for the Springboks, especially since one of their locks, Eben Etzebeth, was suspended for two weeks for head butting Nathan Sharpe, an Australian player.
Meanwhile, in the world of cricket, Kumar Sangakkara did not come back empty-handed from the International Cricket Council awards last week. He was named Cricketer of the Year and Test Cricketer of the Year. Sangakkara hails from Sri Lanka and captained the Sri Lankan national cricket team for two years, from 2009 to 2011. He is currently playing with the Kandurata Warriors and the Deccan Chargers. This past year he had amassed 1,444 runs. Additionally, he won the People’s Choice award in his homeland for the second year in a row.
Simultaneously, the international table tennis community saw Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus advance to the women’s singles semifinal round of the GAP GROUP 2012 International Table Tennis Federation World Tour Koltsovo Russian Open. Pavlovich, the 2010 European champion, is the only player that does not hail from the People’s Republic of China to reach the semifinals. She beat Kristin Silbereisen from Germany to secure her place. Among the remaining competition is her rival Feng Yalan, who defeated her on the tour’s stop in Kuwait earlier this year. Pavlovich will first face Chang Chenchen, while Feng Yalan will play Chen Meng. This promises to be a hotly contested championship.