Latest sports news and fixtures, Saturday 7 September

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Latest sports news and fixtures today, 7 September

Currie Cup

Free State Cheetahs vs Golden Lions, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, 17:00

A gripping catfight is set to play out at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday when the Free State Cheetahs host the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup final.

This will mark the third time the teams meet in the final. Interestingly, both previous finals between these sides were in Bloemfontein, in 1994 and 2007.

With both sides finishing the pool stages of the Currie Cup Premier Division with 22 log points after winning four of their six pool games, and only two points separating the teams on the scoreboard in their pool match in Bloemfontein earlier in the season (the Lions won 24-22), the final is expected to be epic.

US Open

South African wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane reached a Grand Slam women’s doubles final for the first time at the US Open on Friday.

Montjane and doubles partner Sabine Ellerbrock of Germany eliminated second seeds Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands and American Dana Mathewson.

Kings’s Cup golf

Jaco Ahlers didn’t let the bad weather get the better of him as he backed up his opening round of 66 with an even more impressive seven-under-par 65 round two of the King’s Cup to take a one-stroke lead at 13-under going into the final round in Saturday’s round in Eswatini.

A veteran of 14 years on Tour, Ahlers has faced many challenges in his professional life and while there was nothing easy about the second round due to the terrible weather, it was nothing to faze the 2018 Dimension Data Pro-Am champion.

Cross Country National Champs

University of Pretoria athlete Aynslee van Graan is aiming to repeat a unique double when she competes at the South African Cross Country Championships in Centurion on Saturday.

Three weeks ago, during the Gauteng North Cross Country Championships, she managed to win the 4km as well as the 10km races.

Van Graan, though, admits it might not be as easy to win on Saturday as she is competing against seasoned cross country runners, such as Glenrose Xaba, the current SA women’s cross country champion, Cornelia Joubert and Zintle Xiniwe.

Latest sports news

Legendary Springbok wing Chester Williams, one of the heroes of South Africa’s famous 1995 World Cup-winning side, passed away in Cape Town on Friday.

Williams, aged 48 years, reportedly died of a heart attack.

Williams was the coach of the University of the Western Cape’s rugby team.

South Africa secured a convincing 5-0 win over Zimbabwe in an African Cup of Nations Under-23 third round, first-leg qualifying match, at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday evening.

Lyle Foster set up Kobamelo Kodising to open the scoring in the 17th minute, before the former did the build-up work for Luther Singh to double the lead with a power shot in the 35th minute.

Five minutes before halftime, Teboho Mokoena fired home from outside of the 18-yard box to make the score 3-0 at the break.

Singh fired home from range on the hour mark, before Sipho Mbule set up Foster to make the score 5-0.

In the Currie Cup Premier Division playoff the Pumas retained top-flight status by thrashing the First Division Champions the Griffons 49-5 in Nelspruit on Friday night. The Pumas fifnished bottom of South Africa’s premier Rugby competition log this season but ran plenty of the big boys close.

Amilkar Bhana chalked up another brilliant victory for the Golf South Africa National Squad with a winning performance in the 13th Reply Italian International Under-16 Championship at the Golf Club Biella Le Betulle on Thursday.

The 14-year-old Gauteng golfer overturned a six-shot deficit in the third round to tie overnight pacesetter Ruben Lindsay from Scotland for the lead on four-under.

Reeza Hendricks again excelled with a dashing half-century, but it was not enough as South Africa A ended the one-day leg of their tour to India with a 36-run defeat to the hosts in another rain-shortened clash in Trivandrum on Friday.

The right-hander, who scored a century in game one and an unbeaten 60 in game four, struck 59 off 43 balls (10 fours) in what was a 20-over per side game, with the tourists managing 168 all out in reply to India A’s 204/4.


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Publish date : 2019-09-07 06:00:00

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