The South African weekend sport review takes a look back at the weekend that fell between 16 and 18 August 2019.
The Springboks won ugly at Loftus and their were a couple of MTN8 upsets on the third weekend of the month.
Weekend Sports review – Friday
Team SA were off to a perfect start at the 2019 African Games after victory in their men’s doubles beach volleyball match in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday.
The experienced left-right arm partnership of Grant Goldschmidt and Leo Williams wasted little time serving notice of their intentions when beating Ghana 21-9, 21-10 in their Pool D opener on Sale Beach.
Griquas secured their first appearance in the semi-finals since 1998 with a good 27-23 win over Western Province in Kimberley on Friday evening.
George Whitehead was the general for the men from Kimberley, while the rest of his team delivered a well-organised and physical performance as Western Province made a number of handling errors and struggled in the scrum.
Weekend Sports review – Saturday
On Saturday, the Free State Cheetahs had to dig deep, but in the end they had too much fuel in the tank as they outlasted the Pumas by 43-37 in a high-scoring match in Nelspruit.
Eleven tries were scored at the Mbombela Stadium and as a result, the team from Bloemfontein moved up to second spot on the standings in the Currie Cup.
Michaela Whietbooi won South Africa’s first medal at the 2019 African Games when she claimed silver in in the -48kg weight division of the Judo competition in Rabat.
In Women’s under-20 football, Basetsana suffered a 3-0 defeat in their first group B match against Nigeria on Saturday at the Stade des Chênes in Sale Jadida, Morocco.
Defending MTN8 champions Cape Town City were dumped out of the 2019 edition of the tournament when they were beaten 2-0 by Polokwane City in a quarterfinal clash at the Newlands Rugby Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
City won the competition last season, but found no joy on Saturday as a committed and determined Polokwane repelled all their attacks and then hit back effectively on the counter.
Orlando Pirates, already stunned by the resignation of head coach Milutin Sredojevic on Friday night, were beaten 1-0 by Highlands Park in an MTN8 quarter-final at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.
After an exciting and open match, Wayde Jooste scored an 82nd minute winner to condemn the Sea Robbers to a third consecutive defeat in all competitions.
In front of a lively crowd in Soweto, the game was played at a high tempo from the outset with both teams showing their attacking intent.
Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 in their MTN8 quarterfinal match at Lucas Moripe Stadium, in Pretoria, on Saturday.
South Africa beat Kenya 39-0 in their Rugby Africa Women’s Cup match, in Johannesburg, on Saturday. The win ensured the Springboks qualify for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.
SA Schools Rugby
The SA Schools team finished the series unbeaten at Hugenote High School when they defeated England 33-26 in a tight contest (match report here). This victory followed strong performances over Wales (in Stellenbosch last Friday) and Argentina (in Paarl on Tuesday).
The SA Schools A side battled against France in Stellenbosch, but drew against Wales in Paarl before fading late against Argentina in Wellington (match report here).
The Springboks held their nerve to keep their 2019 unbeaten season alive with a hard-fought 24-8 victory over Argentina in a Castle Lager Incoming Series match at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
Rassie Erasmus said afterwards that it’s nice to learn when you’re winning ugly.
Two tries by brilliant wing Sbu Nkosi – the second of them a masterpiece of solo finishing – and a five-from-six kicking display by Elton Jantjies was just enough to see off the challenge of a fired-up and remorseless Argentinian team whose scrum, in particular, was unrecognizable from a week ago.
Weekend Sports review – Sunday
The Sharks kept alive their semi-final hopes in Johannesburg on Sunday as they beat the Golden Lions by 30-28, mainly thanks to better goal kicking as the home team outscored their coastal visitors by four tries to three.
Jeremy Ward scored two tries and Junior Springbok scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba contributed 15 points for the Sharks in this vital victory over the Golden Lions.
IAAF Diamond League
Akani Simbine finished a disappointing seventh in the Birmingham Diamond League meeting but he had already qualified for the finals in Zurich. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake won the Men’s 100 metre sprint.
100m: 1 Yohan Blake (JAM) 10.07, 2 Adam Gemili (GBR) 10.07, 3 Michael Rodgers (USA) 10.09… 7 Akani Simbine (RSA) 10.15
A polished display from SuperSport United at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon saw them running out 3-0 winners over Bidvest Wits in an MTN8 quarterfinal.
All the goals came in the second half, with Bradley Grobler netting the opener – to make it three from his last two matches – before Thamsanqa Gabuza scored a late brace, his first goals for Matsatsantsa since arriving from Orlando Pirates.
Unelle Snyman won a silver medal after she lost in the women’s -78kg division judo final at the African Games in Rabat on Sunday.
Namibian sensation Helalia Johannes delivered another sensational performance to win her fifth consecutive Spar Women’s 10 km Challenge on Sunday when she won the Maritzburg Challenge in the record time of 32.23 minutes.
Johannes has broken the record in all five races.
Ethiopian junior Tadu Nare was second in 33.06 and last year’s Grand Prix winner, Glenrose Xaba finished third in 33.41.