SPORTS DAY: Take the Bull and run with it, says Pote
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Coach Human rallies the Bulls Bulls coach Pote Human has fired a rallying cry to his troops to pick up the baton in Super Rugby and fight for the jersey in the absence of injured captain Lood de Jager. A shoulder injury has ruled the experienced Springboks lock out of action for the rest of the season and he went under the knife this week. “He is a world class player‚ a lineout expert and an overall good rugby player but it is the best for him to sort this injury out and get it right before the World Cup. It is a huge loss for us but at the same time it has opened doors for other guys to raise their hands,” said Human on Thursday when announcing the squad to face the Sharks at Loftus on Saturday.
Scotland need to snuff out errors
Fraser Brown says Scotland need to eliminate the momentary lapses that have derailed their Six Nations bid as they prepare to host championship leaders Wales at Murrayfield. Back-to-back losses to Ireland and France have ruled Gregor Townsend’s men out of the championship chase but hooker Brown says there are no major problems with the way team have approached this year’s competition. Instead, he believes a few minor tweaks could put Scotland back on the path to victory when Warren Gatland’s Grand Slam hopefuls visit Edinburgh on Saturday.
Mosimane and Lorch grab PSL gongs
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane on Wednesday won the Absa Premiership coach of the month award for February‚ and Orlando Pirates forward Thembinkosi Lorch the player of the month prize. Sundowns won two and drew two league matches in an unbeaten February.
Unhappy 150th cap for Banyana veteran Matlou
Banyana Banyana veteran Noko Matlou wore the captain’s armband as she made her 150th appearance in the national side‚ but it proved an unhappy occasion as the team slumped to a 3-0 loss to Finland to finish 10th at the Cyprus Cup on Wednesday. Banyana ended a disappointing showing at the tournament with a third loss in four games‚ not ideal preparation for the Fifa Women’s World Cup in France in June-July.
Chiefs stay committed to their plan
Kaizer Chiefs’ media manager Vina Maphosa has stood by his view made on social media that the club can still be in the Absa Premiership title mix should they beat Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Maphosa got some stick from some commentators for his Tweet made on Wednesday that sixth-placed Chiefs‚ eight points behind leaders Orlando Pirates‚ can be back in the title race if they beat last-placed Maritzburg. Chiefs (22 games played) have a game in hand on Pirates (23)‚ and if they beat United will be just five points behind the leaders.
Bayern boss irritated by Germany coach Loew Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has slammed Germany head coach Joachim Loew for the timing of his decision to cut Thomas Mueller, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels from his plans. Rummenigge is “irritated” that Loew dropped the bombshell on Tuesday – a week before Bayern’s crunch Champions League home game against Liverpool and in the midst of the Bundesliga title race. Loew flew to Munich on Tuesday to tell Mueller, 29, Boateng and Hummels, both 30, who have 246 appearances for Germany between them, that their international careers are over.
Hall goes to bat for Bavuma, and against quotas
Temba Bavuma represents many things to many people‚ and to one former SA player he is an argument for abolishing quota selection. “Realistically‚ they should be scrapped‚” Andrew Hall said about what Cricket SA calls the “target” of picking five black players‚ two of them black Africans‚ in the national team. “It’s pointless to have quotas and put players under the pressure of having that tag.” Which brought Hall to Bavuma. “Why does he have to carry the big Q around his neck? He’s a superb player. Don’t put that pressure on him. Leave him alone and let him play and he’ll come good and score you runs.”
No cigarette links for Ferrari
Ferrari will remove all branding by tobacco giant Philip Morris’s “Mission Winnow” initiative for the opening Formula One race of the year in Melbourne after concerns about cigarette advertising, officials said on Wednesday. Mission Winnow was removed from Ferrari’s official name for the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 after local authorities launched an investigation into whether the team breached laws over tobacco advertising.
Pain-free Murray targets return
Andy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit and possibly play doubles at Wimbledon after he revealed he is now pain free following hip resurfacing surgery in January this year. Three-times Grand Slam champion Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.
- TimesLIVE, AFP, Reuters