SPORTS DAY: Draw will have to do for Chiefs, SuperSport
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SOCCERSuperSport and Chiefs share spoils in semi
Something must give when SuperSport United visit Kaizer Chiefs in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. After an enthralling game in front of a near capacity crowd in Atteridgeville on Sunday‚ they could not be separated and had to settle for a 2-2 draw, but there must be a winner in Johannesburg at the weekend. United’s goals were scored by Bradley Grobler, with a brace, in the first half, while Chiefs ensured the share of the spoils from the efforts of Khama Billiat in the first half and Leonard Castro in the second half.
Rassie say Bok performance unacceptable
In June, Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus cautioned against over-optimism after his side beat England 2-1 in a home series, but even he couldn't of imagined such a humbling dousing of his team’s progress two months later. The Boks 32-19 loss to Argentina in Mendoza last Saturday exposed many weaknesses, including South Africa’s inability to win away from home, while offering no obvious positives. “We had so many opportunities to score tries in the first 15-20 minutes,’ Erasmus lamented. “We just didn’t capitalise on that. We played like a team that’s playing club rugby. I must point the finger at myself. When you play like this, the coach did something badly wrong during the week.”
Cheetahs face test of depth
The Free State Cheetahs face a huge test of depth and character for the remainder of the 2018 Currie Cup campaign after slumping to a second straight defeat on Saturday. Defending champions Western Province dished out a 32-0 thrashing at Newlands, in a match played in a torrential downpour that resulted in a flooded pitch. “We were not good enough, but the most harmful thing we could now is to point fingers at each other,” coach Daan Human said. “The reality is that in three days’ time we leave for Europe with a 26-man squad to play Munster and the Ospreys in PRO 14, so we will have to see what players we have left.”
Mosimane says all not lost ahead must-win clash
Pitso Mosimane has backed the depth of his squad after a second-string Mamelodi Sundowns narrowly lost their MTN8 semifinal‚ first-leg 1-0 to Cape Town City on Saturday. Mosimane‚ who rested most of his key players in anticipation of Tuesday’s must-win Caf Champions League clash against Horoya of Guinea at home‚ said he was happy with the performance but disappointed by the result. “We played well. I’m not unhappy with my boys under the circumstances; you all know that 90% of the team on the pitch has not even played 45 minutes recently‚” he said. “They came here and played a tough game like this‚ it was brilliant and I am happy with the progression. We have a different programme and we are managing it well.”
Benni McCarthy rues missed chances
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy was pleased with his side’s 1-0 MTN8 semifinal‚ first-leg victory over Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday‚ but rued the fact that his side could not really punish the “best team in the league”. A second-string Sundowns side had a good goal chalked off for offside‚ hit the woodwork twice, and were unfortunate not to get a draw at least. But City also had a host of chances to go into the second leg with a greater lead in a pulsating match at Cape Town Stadium. “A 1-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect the excitement the game had‚” McCarthy said. “Tactically, we got it right in the second half. We were much better and played how we should have at the start of the game."
RUGBYPumas skipper hails ‘special’ win over Boks
Bloodied Argentina skipper Agustin Creevy hailed a 32-19 Rugby Championship triumph over SA at the weekend as “special” because it ended a humiliating string of defeats. The Pumas had lost their previous 11 matches in the competition and 23 of 29 Tests since finishing fourth at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Only a week ago, Argentina faded in SA after leading at half time, and fell 34-21 in the opening round of the southern hemisphere competition. “All victories are sweet, but this one was particularly satisfying,” said the veteran hooker, who finished the Mendoza match with a bloodstained bandage covering a head wound.
All Blacks to ‘grow talent’ against Argentina
As the All Blacks celebrated going to the top of the Rugby Championship table Sunday, they were also pondering a new-look line-up for their next match against Argentina. Argentina’s 32-19 victory over SA left the All Blacks the only unbeaten side in the competition after the first two rounds. But having stuck to his best available players for the 38-13 and 40-12 back-to-back wins over Australia, which meant New Zealand secured the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th-straight year, coach Steve Hansen said the time was right to test new combinations. “Obviously, we’ve got people we have to develop and grow,” he said.
FORMULA ONEVettel wins in Belgium to rein in Hamilton
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel sped away from first-corner carnage to celebrate a commanding Belgian Grand Prix victory on Sunday and trim Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One lead to 17 points with eight races remaining. Hamilton, last year’s winner in Belgium, started from pole position but finished second for Mercedes while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen gave his army of Dutch fans something to cheer with third place. In the battle of four times world champions, Hamilton now has 231 points to Vettel’s 214. “I had a great start, I’m not sure Lewis saw me as he pushed me to the left in the first lap, but after last year I ended up short, and this year it was the other way around,” said Vettel of his decisive pass on Hamilton.
Zverev primed for ‘tough’ Grand Slam path
Rising star Alexander Zverev is relishing the challenge of taking on established greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in pursuit of his first Grand Slam title. The 21-year-old German, ranked fourth in the world, is part of the highly-touted “NextGen” crop of 20-somethings who are making an impact on the ATP Tour. Yet to break through at a Grand Slam, Zverev says he’s eager to prove himself on the game’s biggest stages against its biggest stars. “You want to win a Grand slam in the tough way,” he said as he prepared for the start of the US Open on Monday.
Serena seeks Slam to to cap comeback year
Serena Williams, riding an emotional rollercoaster as she tries to juggle tennis and motherhood, seeks to end 2018 on a high with a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the US Open. The US great counts six US Open victories among her 23 Slams and with one more would match Australian Margaret Court’s record for most major singles titles. She could also join Court, Evonne Goolagong and Kim Clijsters as the only mothers to win Grand Slam singles titles, but since an impressive run to the Wimbledon final, where she fell to Angelique Kerber, Williams has endured a lackluster build-up to the hardcourt showpiece in Flushing Meadows. “I’m still at the very beginning, this is a long comeback,” she said after a second-round loss to Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati.
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