A Currie Cup triple-header and Caf Champions League action are some of the highlights latest sports news and fixtures fpr Satruday 24 August.
Latest sports news and fixtures today, Saturday 24 August
The pool stages of the Currie Cup reach a dramatic conclusion as five teams battle it out for the three remaining semi-final berths.
Griquas eye the top spot on the log and home ground advantage next weekend.
Griquas vs Golden Lions Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley – 15h00
Griquas boast a two-point buffer at the summit of the standings and will need to win to guarantee they finish the regular season as the top team.
They will face tough competition from the Golden Lions – who trail by only two log points – and who will enter the match knowing that while a victory could book them a home semi-final, a defeat without a bonus point could place their hopes in jeopardy depending on the other results.
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein – 17h15
The Free State Cheetahs and Western Province will be equally desperate for victories when they take to the field at the Toyota Stadium.
The Capetonians, in particular, have their backs against the wall as a defeat will probably mark the end of their season, while the hosts will enter the match with a little more peace of mind knowing that a defeat with a bonus point could still see them finish in the top four. A victory, meanwhile, could nudge them to home semi-final.
The Free Staters boast a better attack and defence going into the match having scored over 50 points more than the opposition and 21 points fewer conceded. They will also draw inspiration from the fact that they emerged victorious the last two matches between the teams in Bloemfontein.
Blue Bulls v Sharks, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – 19h30
The Blue Bulls and defending champions, the Sharks, in turn, will enter their match knowing exactly what they have to do to advance to the semi-final – a luxury of playing the last match on Saturday. But this will not have an influence on their mind-set as they will both target a victory at all costs.
A win for the Cell C Sharks should be enough to see them through to the top four, while a bonus-point win for the Vodacom Blue Bulls could still leave them short depending on the other results.
Golden Arrows v Chippa United, 15:00, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
Chippa United head to Durban to face Golden Arrows in search of their first win of the Premier Soccer League season.
Abafana Bes’thende will want to find a response to the 5-0 thumping at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic away in their previous league match two weeks ago.
Black Leopards v Highlands Park, 15:00, Thohoyandou Stadium
The second match of the day is a contest between two winless sides. Black Leopards have yet to open theit PSL account at all having suffered back-to-back losses while Highlands earned a point with a last gasp equalizer against Maritzburg United.
Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United, 18:00, FNB Stadium
The undoubted match of the day is between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United.
The heavyweight clash sees tow in-form sides set to battle in the cauldron of the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Supersport may have lost on the opening day but since then they have picked up successive 3-0 wins against Orlando Pirates in the league and Bidvest Wits in the MTN 8.
Chiefs have made s positive start to the season with a 3-2 opening day win followed by an ugly win over Leopards.
CAF Champions League
Mamelodi Sundowns (SA) vs Otoho d Oyo (Congo), Lucas Moripe Stadium, 19:00
Pitso Mosimane’s team need to turn around a 1-2 defeat from the first leg but they at least claimed an away goal from their visit to the Congo.
Sundowns will be better prepared for what the Congolese side bring to a match.
Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs Green Eagles (Zambia), Orlando Stadium 21:00
Pirates need to pick themselves up to prevent their season from taking a nose-dive early on after the shock departure of their head coach.
South African Red Bull KTM rider Brad Binder was ninth fastest in Free practice two ahead of Saturday’s qualifying.
Binder won the last race on the Moto2 circuit at Red Bull’s home Grand Prix in Austria.
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MultiChoice and the SABC struck a deal that would recognise the need to maintain the financial sustainability of the PSL with the SABC’s need to deliver on its public mandate in regard to sports broadcasting, following intervention from Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Ockie Strydom closed with consecutive birdies on Friday to card a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Vodacom Origins of Golf and will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the 54-hole tournament at Sishen Golf Club.
That 65 was the best round of the day, and it pulled him clear of Chris Swanepoel in second on seven-under. In a share of the third place were Trevor Fisher Jnr and Victor Lange, who each carded five-under-par 67 to be at six-under after 36 holes.
Still on a high from the 13 medals they added to the haul on Thursday night, South Africa’s swimmers were once again in action in the morning heats at the African Games in Morocco on Friday. The pool at the Mohammed V Sports Complex in Casablanca again proved a happy hunting ground with the SA squad collecting five gold, four silver and four bronze medals on Thursday to add to their already significant haul of 11 on the opening night.
Elsewhere on Friday, SA’s badminton players wrapped up a 5-0 whitewash over Eritrea in the group stages of the mixed team event.
Bafana Bafana on Friday named their squad to play Zambia in a friendly international at the Nkolama Stadium in Lusaka on September 7.
South Africa’s Rowan Campbell showed his true potential when he retained the IBO All-Africa super middleweight title with a seventh-round TKO victory over the DRC’s Patrick Mukala at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, on Friday night.
Both fighters came out rather cautiously in the opening round as they sparred for openings but in rounds two and three Campbell (75.40kg) closed the gap and began to find openings as he shaded the rounds.
It’s been a stellar performance from Team SA at the African Games. They have now claimed 16 gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals in the pool. One of the stars of the show has been Kaylene Corbett, who claimed her third individual gold medal when taking the women’s 200m breaststroke.
That gave her a clean sweep of the breaststroke golds and in all three races (50, 100 and 200m) she was followed to the wall by her teammate and friend, Christin Mundell. The 17-year-old has had a rich tournament and has taken all three breaststroke silvers as well as the 200 and 400m freestyle silvers for a personal tally of five.
Both the 20-year-old Corbett and Mundell are underlining the depth in women’s breaststroke, given that Tatjana Schoenmaker, who is a potential Tokyo 2020 gold medallist, is not here in Morocco.