SPORTS DAY: A case of the old one-two as NZ tackle Ireland
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
All Blacks, Ireland clash to be ‘world’s best’
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes Saturday’s eagerly anticipated showdown between New Zealand and Ireland in Dublin will lead to a simple outcome, with the winning side able to claim bragging rights as the best team in world rugby. “They are the number two side in the world and you don’t get to play one and two that often when they are in two separate hemispheres, so when they do come about, they become pretty big games,” said Hansen.
Boks move on to Scotland
The Springboks can move to Edinburgh with a spring in their step after they rode their luck against France in Paris on Saturday to snatch a dramatic injury-time 29-26 win over Les Blues. What is becoming evident with these Boks under Rassie Erasmus is that they are competitive in every match. There are no blowouts anymore. The Boks might have only won six out of 12 games this year‚ but their average score this year is 25-24 in their favour‚ which sums up their season. Nothing has been easy but nothing has been terrible either.
Uncapped Graham gets Scotland call
Scotland have called on uncapped Gary Graham for the remainder of the November internationals after the loose forward was an unused member of England’s Six Nations squad earlier this year.
Bafana don’t fear Nigeria, says Baxter
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says he holds no fear over facing Nigeria as the countdown to the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifying showdown against the West Africans continues at FNB Stadium on Saturday. The Briton said he expects the visitors to have vengeance on their minds after going down 2-0 to Bafana at home in Uyo in his maiden match at the helm as coach in June last year. ‘‘Everybody knows the list of injuries that we have had ... I think we have still enough talent‚ enough desire and if we can structure a game plan in the next three or four days‚ I think by the time we run out onto the FNB Stadium we would be confident‚ we would not be complacent‚ because Nigeria have just come from a World Cup.”
Mandela Challenge match goes to Durban
Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium missed out on hosting the Nelson Mandela Challenge match between Bafana Bafana and Paraguay after the November 20 game was awarded to Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday. Port Elizabeth was believed to be favourite to host the encounter but insiders said the KwaZulu-Natal city came up with a better offer.
Verstappen threatens to ‘punch’ Ocon
Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen supplied a glimpse of Formula One’s future with their impassioned battle on and off the track at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The two young and highly rated stars collided in an incident that cost Dutchman Verstappen of Red Bull his lead in the race – a setback that caused him to lose his temper afterwards in a violent confrontation with the Frenchman in the post-race drivers’ weighing room. The collision handed a 10th victory of the season to new five-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
Five puts Mercedes on a par with Ferrari
Mercedes won their fifth successive F1 constructors’ championship on Sunday, joining glamour team Ferrari in the record books. While Ferrari won six team titles from 1999 to 2004, they and Mercedes are the only ones to have won five successive doubles – the drivers and constructors titles together.
Star Bangladeshi to stand in election
Bangladesh’s one-day international captain Mashrafe Mortaza will stand in next month’s election, the ruling party announced Monday, after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina endorsed the superstar’s foray into politics.
Frenchman wins transatlantic race
French yachtsman Francis Joyon, 62, won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race in record time on Sunday, outpacing young competitor Francois Gabart in a nail-biting final lap around Guadeloupe’s main island. Joyon sailed into Point-a-Pitre just before midnight to take victory in the single-handed race after seven days, 14 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds at sea.
‘Garlic Girls’ create stink
The “Garlic Girls” South Korean curling team who became a media sensation with their unlikely run to this year’s Olympic final have accused their coaches of exploitation and verbal abuse as their sporting dreams turn sour. The five women from a small rural town famous for farming the pungent bulb say they have been the unwitting victims of a power struggle within the Korean Curling Federation. Former KCF vice-president Kim Kyung-doo subjected them to “countless cases of verbal abuse”, they said, and their coaches were imposing excessive control over their private lives.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE