As the triumphant Blitzboks settled back into Cape Town after their fourth successive victory in the Emirates Dubai Sevens, the supporting cast was also tuning up for another three days of Mother City magic at the weekend.
Alderman Eddie Andrews, Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town and a former Springbok prop, was on hand to run a fitness check on the Cape Town Philharmonic, which will be making its debut at the tournament.
In another ‘first’ for the event, the full symphony orchestra will be performing on Sunday, 11 December 2022, to wow the audience in the way that only the HSBC Cape Town Sevens knows how.
“The Mother City is ready to host the HSBC Cape Town Sevens this coming weekend,” said Alderman Andrews on Monday.
“We are over the moon to welcome on board the Cape Town Philharmonic in what promises to be something different and exciting altogether.
“The HSBC Cape Town Sevens is more than just the game I love so much, it is also about bringing together people from across our city and province, and even further afield, to celebrate our shared passions and heritage.
“Congratulations to our Blitzboks for winning the Dubai-leg. We are looking forward to welcoming you back home. Cape Town is ready to bring the gees this weekend. The City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens and acknowledges the contribution it makes to our local economy.”
SA’s biggest party – the unofficial noon gun to the summer season – kicks off at 12h00 on Friday, 9 December, at the DHL Stadium.
The Blitzboks close day one at 20h03 with a match against Canada before heading into an action packed Saturday.
The home favourites have pool games against Fiji (11h19) and France (17h00) to earn a place in the Cup quarter-finals, which will also take place on Saturday.
Sunday’s action begins at 08h00 with the men’s and women’s finals taking place just before 20h00.