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Latest sports news and fixtures: Saturday 22 February 2020

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The latest sports news and fixtures for Saturday 22 February includes a brief look at the Nedbank Cup last 16 as well as Super Rugby matches and a pair of Pro14 contests.

Latest sports news and fixtures

Nedbank Cup

Highlands Park vs Kaizer Chiefs, Makhulong Stadium, 15:00

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Latest sports news: Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium on 27 November 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

In perhaps the clash of the day Kaizer Chiefs take on Highlands Park at a sold-out Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

The Lions of the North are hunting a second big cup scalp of the season having knocked Pirates out of the MTN 8.

Happy Wanderers vs TS Sporting, Princess Magogo Stadium, 15:00

Wanderers host NFD club TS Sporting in Durban having seen off Zizwe United in the last round.

Sporting required penalties to get past Ajax Cape Town in the last round but should be favourites against the third tier club from KZN.

Mbombela United vs Real Kings, Kanyamazane Stadium, 15:00

Another lower division special that highlights the magic of the Nedbank Cup as one of these two sides will progress to the last eight.

Bloem Celtic vs Maritzburg United, Dr Molemela Stadium, 20:15

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Latest sports news: Daylon Claasen of Maritzburg United celebrates goal with teammates during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 15 February 2020 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

An all-PSL clash rounds out the day’s action as the Team of Choice, buoyed by an away win against Kaizer Chiefs last week look to pull one over on Celtic in Bloemfontein.

The previous meeting between the two sides this season ended in a 2-2 draw at the Harry Gwala stadium in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg.

Super Rugby

Rebels vs Sharks, Mars Stadium, 05:45

Springbok centre Andre Esterhuizen will take over the captaincy duties from regular skipper Lukhanyo Am, who is being rested, for the Cell C Sharks’ fourth round match with the Rebels on Saturday in Ballarat.

The Rebels will play their first match at Mars Stadium in Ballarat – approximately 100km north-west of Melbourne.

Jeremy Ward comes into the starting line-up as replacement for Am while Curwin Bosch has rejoined his team mates Down Under after returning from a family bereavement.

The Springbok utility player is straight back into the starting side, while fellow Springbok Makazole Mapimpi has recovered from his concussion and is also back in the starting fifteen.

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Latest sports news: Makazole Mapimpi of the Sharks runs with the ball during the Super Rugby Quarter Final match between the Brumbies and the Sharks at GIO Stadium on June 22, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Stormers vs Jaguares, Newlands, 15:05

The DHL Stormers have made four changes for their home encounter with the Jaguares, with Springbok tighthead prop Wilco Louw set to earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap off the bench.

Fellow Springbok tighthead Frans Malherbe and JD Schickerling (lock) both come into the starting line-up after playing off the bench last week in Johannesburg, while Jaco Coetzee (flank) and Bok scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies return from minor injuries.

The DHL Stormers will be looking to make it four straight wins this season in the clash with the Jaguares, who played in the Vodacom Super Rugby Final last year.

Bulls vs Blues, Loftus, 17:15

Jaco Visagie and Johnny Kotze will both run out for their 50th Vodacom Super Rugby caps against the Blues on Saturday when the Vodacom Bulls return to Loftus Versfeld for the first time this season.

Visagie made his tournament debut for the Vodacom Bulls back in 2015, while Kotze made his debut in the colours of the DHL Stormers in 2015 before moving to Pretoria.

The Vodacom Bulls will be feeling the pressure as they are yet to register a win in 2020 but will take confidence from the fact that out of the nine matches played against the Blues at Loftus Versfeld, they have won six and drawn one.

The other Round 4 fixtures are (SA times):

Saturday, 22 February

08:05: Chiefs vs Brumbies, Hamilton

10:15: Reds vs Sunwolves, Brisbane

Guiness Pro14

Llanelli Scarlets vs Kings, Parc y Scarlets, 19:15

The Isuzu Southern Kings will also have something to prove this week after going down 68-3 against Munster in their last match, and although they have never won against the Scarlets, the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson’s young team.

Defence will be a key aspect for the Port Elizabeth side this weekend to keep alive hopes of creating an upset as they have conceded the most points and tries in the competition up to now.

Ulster vs Cheetahs, Kingspan Stadium, 21:35

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Latest sports news:: Junior Pokomela of Cheetahs is tackled by Luke Morgan of Ospreys during the Guinness Pro14 match between Ospreys and Toyota Cheetahs at the Gnoll on November 30, 2019 in Neath, Wales. (Photo by Gruffydd Thomas/Gallo Images)

The Toyota Cheetahs’ track record against Ulster will certainly give the side confidence going into the clash, with one win, a draw and a defeat in their last three outings in the competition.

The match in Ireland will have extra significance for veteran Toyota Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, who played for Ulster from 2010 to 2017.

Latest sports news

South African Super Rugby referees were thrust into the spotlight earlier in the week, following a study published by an Australian website highlighting their flaws.

India made a winning start to the T20 World Cup with a shock 17-run triumph over hosts Australia in Sydney.

South African wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole has accepted the International Tennis Federation (ITF)’s decision to ban him for two years from all forms of competition.

Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar took a hat-trick as Australia crushed South Africa by 107 runs in the first Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium on Friday.

Steve Smith, back in South Africa for the first time since the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, hit a top score of 45 for Australia, who made 196 for six after being sent in.

The Sharks got the Australia leg of their overseas Super Rugby tour off to a winning start when they beat the Melbourne Rebels 36-24 in Ballarat on Saturday.

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