The Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mzansi Super League headline the latest sports news and fixtures for Saturday 16 November while rugby fans have a Barbarians match to look forward to in the afternoon.
Latest sports news and fixtures
Barbarians November tour
A Barbarians side crammed full of Springboks takes on the Flying Fijians at Twickenham this afternoon and it might be out last chance to see Tendai Mtawarira in action.
Beast was among a group of Boks named in the starting XV to face Fiji alongside five others including fellow World Cup winner Makazole Mapimpi.
The match is the first of three on the Barbarians November tour which fills the post World Cup international void.
Mzansi Super League
Jozi Stars v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, Johannesburg, 12:30
Jozi Stars coach Donovan Miller admits it has been a tough start to his tenure, but the Jamaican is confident that the defending champions can turn the tables when they play their fourth Mzansi Super League (MSL) match of the campaign on Saturday.
The 2018 winners are the only pointless team in the competition after losing all three of their games thus far and must now try to regroup ahead of their game with the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants in Johannesburg.
They showed encouraging signs when MSL 2.0 launched in spectacular fashion last Friday, missing out to the Cape Town Blitz in a high-scoring affair at the Imperial Wanderers.
But, after two disappointing displays on the road, they are back in the familiar surroundings of the Bullring, where Miller is banking on some of his senior men to stand up.
“It hasn’t been the start we wanted,” he said after losing a second game to the Blitz, on the road this time. “In terms of preparation, team spirit and camaraderie, we have all of that.
“We practise well, we say the right things in team meetings, we do all the planning in terms of these games, but the players just haven’t managed to put it together in all three departments.
“On occasion we’ve batted well in games but it’s not consistent as we showed against the Blitz in Cape Town. The senior guys just didn’t step up and that cost us another loss.”
Last season, the Stars were in a similar predicament after losing three out of their opening four matches, before a magical second half of the campaign.
Nedbank Golf Challenge
Zander Lombard begins day three of the Nedbank Golf Challenge two shots ahead of former British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen.
The pair are the leading South Africans in the field and the only locals currently among the top twenty places at the Gary Player Country Club.
Latest sports news
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The past few seasons have been quiet for Fitz-Gerald by his own high standards with his last national title dating back to 2016. If there was any rider capable of surprising his rivals with an epic comeback, however, it was always going to be the multiple national champion. Reporting from ANA
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Heavy rain in KwaZulu-Natal over the past week meant that the Mzansi Super League (MSL) clash between the Durban Heat and Paarl Rocks had to be abandoned well before the scheduled start at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium on Friday. Storm warnings had been issued in the city on Wednesday and Thursday, with persistent rain falling throughout and including during the build-up to the clash.