A nation pins their hopes on the Springboks
05 October 2012 | SPORTS STAFF
JOHANNESBURG - Can Heyneke Meyer’s men finish the inaugural Rugby Championship on a high with a win against the world champions, following last weekend’s convincing win over the Wallabies at Loftus?
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Staying with rugby the Currie Cup is reaching the business end of the tournament with tonight’s match between the battling Bulls and Western Province at Loftus a real cracker.
Tomorrow’s Kimberley contest between the log-leading Lions and Griquas – one of only two teams to beat the defending champions this season – should also be a humdinger, while the late match between the Cheetahs and Sharks should also provide sparks.
Cricket-wise, the Proteas may be out of the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka after some hopeless decision-making again, but today’s semifinal between Australia and the West Indies should be a thriller, while Sunday’s final in Colombo will decide who wears the slap-bang format’s crown for another two years.
Swapping the white ball for the soccer ball in the Absa Premiership, log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs are wary of Bloemfontein Celtic, who defeated Orlando Pirates last weekend, while there’s plenty of pressure on Sundowns, who host Platinum Stars.
Our soccer writers also have a look at the leading candidates to fill the shoes of Steven Pienaar, who announced his retirement from international competition this week.
In the English Premier League Sunday’s match between Newcastle and Manchester United is the pick of the weekend’s action, while football lovers will keep a keen eye on the El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
A loss for Jose Mourinho’s men at the Nou Camp would stretch the Catalan club’s lead over their bitter-rivals to 11 points.
There’s also the Japanese Grand Prix, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews and former Springbok coach Jake White’s take on tradition in his weekly column.
There are also columns from Jon Swift and former Proteas batsman Neil McKenzie, and Graeme Joffe interviews former Manchester United goalkeeper Gary Bailey in his Blast from the Past.
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