Mzwandile Stick

Rugby player

Sevens rugby has always been the poorer cousin of the 15s. But Boks Sevens captain Mzwandile Stick teamed up with his coach Paul Treu to briefly hog the limelight this year � at least for a moment. Stick led the South African team to two consecutive championships in Dubai as well as the home series that tipped the scales. Fittingly, the 2007 Sasol Springbok Player of the Year scored the winning try in the 12-7 victory over a tough All Blacks. The Stick-inspired Boks announced their dramatic ascendancy to the top by also upstaging other traditional Sevens powerhouses such as Samoa and Fiji. � Phathisani Moyo

Lunch spot: Spur Steak Ranch, Stellenbosch