The Springboks return to action at the 2019 Rugby World Cup today and there is plenty more happening around the globe, here we take a brief look at the latest sports news and fixtures in SA and abroad.
Latest sports news and fixtures today, 28 September
Rugby World Cup 2019
Mario Ledesma needs no reminding of the pressure on Argentina – semi-finalists at Rugby World Cup 2015 – when they face Tonga in their second Pool C match in Hanazono on Saturday.
After full-back Emiliano Boffelli’s late penalty kick to win the match against France sailed wide of the posts on Saturday, the Pumas know they have their work cut out to progress from the group at RWC 2019.
They cannot afford any slip-ups against Tonga, who were themselves beaten 35-3 by England in their first game.
There was never a prospect of Ireland’s head coach Joe Schmidt treating this game with anything other than the utmost seriousness, a point underlined by the strength of his starting team.
Seven weeks ago, Schmidt was asked by Japanese journalists visiting Ireland for his thoughts on the host’s squad. Another coach would have spoken in polite generalities; Schmidt rattled off a string of names, all perfectly pronounced, and identified each of their strong points. He has done his analysis – and then some.
Japan, naturally, have been making noises all week that the pressure is all on Ireland. That is not strictly true, because coach Jamie Joseph is going all out to get Japan into the knockout stages for the first time. That will require a victory either over Ireland – and his players pulling off “the game of their lives” – or against a wounded Scotland in their final pool game.
The Springboks can afford to mix and match. But Namibia, who also make 10 changes to their starting XV, have their eyes on damage limitation.
The past two meetings between the two African sides have been one-sided affairs with the Springboks scoring 27 tries to the Welwitschias one.
Schalk Brits starts at eighthman for the Spingboks and becomes the second oldest man to represent South Africa at the Rugby World Cup after Victor Matfield.
Cardiff Blues kick off their Guinness PRO14 campaign with the unenviable task of travelling to Isuzu Southern Kings, with both sides eager to prove a point in Round One.
John Mulvihill begins the second season of his tenure looking to get back to winning ways in Port Elizabeth, with the Blues having ended 2018-19 with three defeats.
The Australian has named an experienced squad for the tie which contains more than 800 Cardiff appearances between them, with Nick Williams taking on the captaincy.
And despite Southern Kings only recording two wins from 21 Conference B games last time out, they will be hoping for a strong start having welcomed a number of new recruits during the off-season, and enjoyed warm-up matches against the likes of Georgia and Namibia.
Interim head coach Robbie Kempson has named six Guinness PRO14 debutants in his XV, which features an exciting blend of youth and experience.
Other Pro14 matches
16h00: Munster v Dragons – Thomond Park, Limerick
18h15: Scarlets v Connacht – Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli
18h15: Benetton v Leinster – Stadio Monigo, Treviso
20h35: Edinburgh v Zebre – BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Premier Soccer League
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium has been something of a fortress for Golden Arrows who have been formidable at home this season and could prove a tough nut to crack for struggling Stellenbosch.
However, after two near misses, Steve Barker’s side may feel as if that elusive first win of the season is just around the corner.
Two struggling PSL heavyweights will go head-to-head when Orlando Pirates host Cape Town City at Orlando Stadium.
Rhulani Mokwena finds himself in an unenviable position after a 4-3 defeat to Bidvest Wits left Pirates languishing in 10th place.
Kaizer Chiefs’ luck has been out in the last four years, but it seems the football gods are finally smiling at them. They head into Saturday’s clash with Baroka at FNB Stadium on top of the table despite another scare.
Amakhosi can count themselves fortunate to have emerged unscathed from the Heritage Day clash with AmaZulu. Chiefs won 2-0 at the King Zwelithini Stadium after their opponents had two goals contentiously disallowed for offside.
Another major talking point from that match was the return of Itumeleng Khune to the Chiefs starting lineup.
After a 3-1 defeat to Polokwane City halted their incredible run of form, SuperSport United will look to return to winning ways against AmaZulu at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
Usuthu have put in some respectable performances this season, but have not had results to show for them. They sit bottom of the table after an unfortunate 2-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs on home soil.
Latest sports news – football – Caf Confederations Cup
Le Cnaps (Madagascar) vs TS Galaxy (South Africa) (0-1) in Antananarivo 13:30
National First Division side TS Galaxy have one foot in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup. They will take a 1-0 lead to Malagasy side Le Cnaps in the second leg of the Round of 16 in Antananarivo.
“We have the belief that we can go through. We did well in the first leg to win the match,” said coach Dan Malesela.
Proteas tour of India
Indian Board President’s XI vs South Africa at Vizianagaram
The Proteas firat Test preparations have been his by rain but Aiden Markram was able to ton up during the second day of their three-day tour match against a board XI.
The combatants have weighed in ahead of EFC 82 which will be broadcast live on Supersport from 20:00 on Saturday evening.
The official EFC 82 weigh-in results are as follows:
Fight 1: Heavyweight
Juan Bezuidenhout 263,1lbs
Simon Harle 262,4lbs
Fight 2: Featherweight
Tommy Strydom 145lbs
Warren Richards 145lbs
Fight 3: Bantamweight
Themba Mkhize 131,4lbs
Roevan de Beer 134,7lbs
Fight 4: Featherweight
Orlando Machaba 143,4lbs
Roevan de Beer 144,5
Fight 5: Lightweight
August Kayambala 152lbs
Sizwe Mnikathi 155lbs
Fight 6: Welterweight
Pietie Coxen 169,2lbs
Dino Bagattin 170lbs
Fight 7: Light heavyweight
Zaakir Badat 198,3lbs
Stefan Pretorius 199lbs
Fight 8: Bantamweight
Tumisang Madiba 137,2lbs*
Luthando Biko 135lbs
Fight 9: Light Heavyweight Title Fight
Simon Biyong 203,9lbs
Quinton Rossouw 204,6lbs
Fight 10: Welterweight Title Fight
Luke Michael 170,5lbs*
Themba Gorimbo 169,9lbs
IAAF World Championships
Akani Simbine will line up in the men’s 100 metres semi-finals at the IAAF World Championships in Doha headlining the SA talent in action.
Another sprinter Tebogo Mamathu will make her first appearance at the IAAF World Championships in Saturday’s Women’s 100 Metres Heats.
Latest sports news
Bidvest Wits recorded a 3-0 win over Young Buffaloes of eSwatini in a Caf Confederation Cup first-round, second-leg match at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday evening.
Wits went down 1-0 to Buffaloes in the first leg match and had to chase the action, but a brace of goals by Gift Motupa (22nd and 27th minutes) gave them the edge going into halftime.
The visitors did their best to get back into the game and fancied their chances when Wits defender Keegan Ritchie was sent from the field after receiving his second booking in the 62nd minute.
However, the 10-man Wits unit held firm with Terrence Dzvukamanja scoring the home team’s third goal of the evening in the 83rd minute to ensure that the hosts would be a part of the group stage draw.
Mamelodi Sundowns thrashed Seychelles club Cote d’ OR 11-1 in a Caf Champions League first-round, second-leg qualifying match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, Pretoria, on Friday evening.
Six goals in the first half of the second leg match put paid to any hope that the Seychelles team had of staging a comeback after going down 5-0 to Pitso Mosimane’s charges in the first leg encounter. Sundowns now progress to the Caf Champions League group stage.
Maritzburg United beat Chippa United 1-0 in their Premiership match in Pietermaritzburg on Friday. Thabiso Kutumela applied the finsihing touch to the vital score just before half-time.