SPORTS DAY: Brink beefs up Lions back row against Sharks

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SPORTS DAY: Brink beefs up Lions back row against Sharks

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RUGBY
Marx chuffed to have Brink back
Cyle Brink and his bulging gain-line busting frame returns for the Lions against the Sharks on Friday and not a moment too soon. “I’ve been at school with Cyle ... and it is nice to have him back after a seven-month injury. I’m looking forward to it‚ he looks more ready than ever.” Brink slots into a back row that continues to feature regular lock Ruan Vermaak at No 8‚ but that too taps into De Bruin’s strategy of matching the Sharks for height and girth.
Bulls hooker Brits gets four-week ban Veteran Bulls hooker Schalk Brits has been handed a month-long ban from Super Rugby for his part in a punch-up last Saturday that has already seen his Sharks counterpart Akker van der Merwe suspended for three weeks. While Van der Merwe had the customary six-week sanction cut in half, the 37-year-old Brits must serve an extra week because he has two previous suspensions for fighting, Sanzaar said on Tuesday.
Du Preez sticks with his son
Sharks coach Robert du Preez has opted to stick with his namesake son at flyhalf while Curwin Bosch and Aphelele Fassi swap places at fullback for Friday’s Super Rugby date against the Lions at Ellis Park. Robert du Preez junior was desperately disappointing in Saturday’s 19-16 home loss to the Bulls.
Swys commits to Lions
He’s got unfinished business‚ so Lions coach Swys de Bruin is staying put for two more years. He steered the Lions to a third successive Super Rugby final last year, the first two as assistant coach under Johan Ackermann.
Hong Kong history awaits Blitzboks
SA are virtually out of the running to defend their HSBC World Sevens Series title‚ but they can achieve a first if they win in Hong Kong this weekend. The undoubted pinnacle of the World Series‚ the Hong Kong Sevens is one tournament that has teased SA but always broken its heart. They’ve lost all four finals they’ve made, losing to Fiji in three and New Zealand one.
SOCCER
Middendorp gives reason for shuffling lineups
Ernst Middendorp’s regular reshuffling of his starting lineup is not about not having the best team but keeping everyone on their toes. “If you have too much experience on the field then you play like an automatic pilot. You are running around‚ doing routine stuff that everybody knows‚” said the Chiefs coach. “You can imagine when young players come in‚ it is inspiring for each and everybody.”
TENNIS
Murray returns to court after hip surgery
Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery. The 31-year-old posted a short video on Instagram, where he was seen hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall with a caption, “It’s a start.”
BOXING
BSA faces legal action over ‘illegal’ draw
Promoter Tshele Kometsi intends taking the legal route to force Boxing SA to order a rematch between his charge Innocent “Tycoon” Mantengu and Thato “Captain Charisma” Bonokoane for the vacant SA junior featherweight belt. They fought in Kagiso on Saturday night and their bout was wrongly declared a draw – the regulations, which are gazetted, require each judge to nominate a winner in a championship fight for a vacant title.
ATHLETICS
Marathons invest in ‘intelligent’ testing
The organisers of six of the world’s most prestigious marathon races are spending a six-figure sum on an “intelligent”, targeted anti-doping programme in an attempt to root out cheats. “Running is a fantastic sport and it is vital there is integrity in the results,” said Tim Hadzima, executive director of the World Marathon Majors consortium which groups the Boston, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, London and Berlin marathons. “It is the most lucrative discipline there is ... therefore it has a high risk of doping.”
MOTOR SPORT
Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari
Mick Schumacher, son of seven times world champion Michael, made his F1 test debut with Ferrari on Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father won the first grand prix in the Middle East. The 20-year-old European F3 champion made his F2 debut at the Sakhir circuit over the weekend, finishing eighth and sixth in the two races. The German will also test with the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber) on Wednesday.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE

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