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SALTA, ARGENTINA – AUGUST 10: Damian De Allende of South Africa is tackled by Pablo Matera of Argentina during a match between Argentina and South Africa as part of The Rugby Championship 2019 at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Salta, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

South Africa: Latest sports news and fixtures, Saturday 17 August

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SALTA, ARGENTINA – AUGUST 10: Damian De Allende of South Africa is tackled by Pablo Matera of Argentina during a match between Argentina and South Africa as part of The Rugby Championship 2019 at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Salta, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

The Springboks play their final home Test and the MTN 8 gets underway plus so much more in this dose of your latest sports news and fixtures.

Latest sports news and fixtures today, Saturday 17 August


‘Farewell Test’, South Africa 24-18 Argentina, Loftus, 17:05

South Africa’s Springboks emerged close-shave 24-18 victors over Argentina in the ‘Farewell Test’ at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday after trailing 10-8 at halftime.

In the end, Lady Luck smiled on the Boks who looked like they had surrendered the lead and possibly the match but Argentina’s try four minutes from the end was disallowed because they were guilty of obstruction. 

To add insult to injury, the obstruction gave the Boks a penalty which flyhalf Elton Jantjies only just managed to steer through the posts to open a six-point matchwinning lead which they were able to look after to the end.

Poor discipline by Argentina in the opening seven minutes gifted the Boks three close-in penalties which would normally have been converted for points. However, given the (a World Cup warm-up match) nature of the Test, the kicks were booted into touch for line-outs.
The Boks were not able to come good from the resultant set-pieces as they battled to find cohesion in the face of fierce defence by Argentina who put paid to any chance of penetrative rolling mauls.
Both sides had their share of the ball to attack but play was scrappy and the trylines were never under threat after 18 minutes.
At that stage, the Boks opted for the posts when they awarded a penalty and flyhalf Elton Jantjies’ attempt was on target (3-0).
Seven minutes later, Argentina drew with a Joaquín Díaz Bonilla (Argentina flyhalf) penalty (3-3).
Just past the half-hour mark, the Boks raised the roof at Loftus with an excellent backline try which was splendidly rounded off by Sibusiso Nkosi who burst through three would-be tacklers. Jantjies’ conversion attempt failed (8-3).
Against the run of play, Argentina went into the lead after a fine interception by lock Guido Petti who ran some 45 metres unchallenged before scoring under the posts for a converted try in the final minute of the first half (10-8).
When second-half play resumed there were two let-offs for the Boks in the opening four minutes. First Bonilla spurned a kickable penalty and then Argentina knocked on just ahead of crossing the whitewash.
What was clear at this stage was the Boks as a group were not finding each other. The combinations were not gelling and instead, the Boks would have to rely on instances of individualism.
Nkosi was the one to oblige again and this time he did so in fine style after holding on to a long crossfield pass from centre Jesse Kriel. He slipped several tackles before diving over at the corner flag to cap a sensational effort.
Jantjies banged over the conversion from the touchline as the Boks regained the lead (15-10).

Just ahead of the hour mark there was an exchange on penalties in quick succession and the Boks retained their five-point lead (18-13). Substitute Benjamin Urdapilleta had replaced Bonilla as Argentina’s place-kicker. 

Argentina chose to set up a line-out after a close-in penalty in the 63rd  minute and the ploy paid dividends.  The Boks were unable to stop flank Pablo Matera who swarms round the back of the line-out for an unconverted try (18-18).

A 68th-minute Jantjies penalty breaks the stalemate and the Boks regain the lead by three points (21-18).

Jantjies closed out the scoring in the match with yet another penalty, four minutes from the end.

Scorers: SA 24 (8): Tries: Sibusiso Nkosi (2). Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalties: Jantjies (4)
Argentina 18 (10): Tries: Guido Petti,  Pablo Matera. Conversion: Joaquín Díaz Bonilla Penalties: Bonilla, Benjamin Urdapilleta – African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Herman Gibbs

Currie Cup

Pumas 37-43 Free State Cheetahs, Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, 14:00 

The Cheetahs overturned a halftime deficit to win 43-37 against the Pumas in their Currie Cup match at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.

The Pumas headed into the break five points clear largely due to the impact of Alwayno Visagie, but were left shell shocked as the Cheetahs came out firing in the second half.

Ruan Pienaar dived over in the 43rd minute, before Jasper Wiese and Benhard Janse van Rensburg helped put their side into a commanding position.

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Latest sports news and fixtures: Try time for Benhard Janse van Rensburg of the Free State Cheetahs during the Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and Toyota Free State XV at Loftus Versfeld on July 19, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)


Newlands Rugby Stadium: Cape Town City 0-2 Polokwane City, 15:00

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.

The Cape club dominated possession and territory in the opening stages as they went in search of an early goal. The Cape side’s Dutch midfielder Chris David was particularly influential, with his passing and movement rather impressive.

For City, Craig Martin was his usual energetic presence down the right flank and, when he set up an opportunity for Thato Mokeke, the midfielder was unlucky not to score.

But, for all City’s pressure and possession, Polokwane’s defence stood firm. The visitors soaked up everything the Capetonians threw at them and then hit back swiftly.

It proved to be a clever strategy when, after yet another break, Polokwane took the lead in the 25th minute, with Mohammed Anas steering the ball into the corner of the net.

Stunned after going behind, City tried to hit back immediately, with Abbubaker Mobara creating an opening for Zukile Kewuti, but the youngster’s shot was deflected for a corner.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Cape side made a change as they looked to provide more attacking impetus. Striker Kermit Erasmus made his entrance in place of David.

But it was Polokwane who had the chance to increase their advantage when they were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute. Sibusiso Mbonani stepped up to take the spotkick, but his attempt was saved by City’s Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leewenburgh.

Desperate to get back on terms, City then made another change in the 66th minute, with Surprise Ralani coming on for Tashreeq Morris.

Ralani had an immediate impact when he set up a chance for Kewuti, but again the youngster failed to make it count.

In a final throw of the dice, City coach Benni McCarthy made his third and final change, bringing on the physical presence of striker Siphelele Mthembu in place of left-back Ebrahim Seedat.

In the 81st minute, Polokwane made a change, replacing goalscorer Anas with Charlton Mashumba – and, four minutes later, the substitute condemned City to defeat when he scored to make it 2-0. – African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Michael Sherman

Orlando Stadium: Orlando Pirates 0-1 Highlands Park, 18:00

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.

Lucas Moripe Stadium: Mamelodi Sundowns vs Bloemfontein Celtic, 20:15

Sundowns also had trouble in the Champions League and found that spilling over into the league while Celtic rallied from an opening weekend defeat to thrash Golden Arrows last time out.


Izak van Rooyen started the Czech Masters in Prague well but will need to maintain that performance through the weekend if he is to rack up a European tour triumph this weekend.

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Mzansi Super League teams announced their lists of retained players with AB de Villiers staying at the Tshwane Spartans.

The SA Schools series returns with another round of Under-18 internationals from Paarl.

The Springboks and Pumas poles apart ahead of World Cup warm-up.

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Latest sports news anf fixtures Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa runs with the ball during a match between Argentina and South Africa as part of The Rugby Championship 2019 at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Salta, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

Thabo Qalinge completed his move to Supersport United, the defender had been released by former club Orlando Pirates at the end of last season.

There is Big money at stake as Cape Town City aim to defend their title in the MTN 8.

Griquas‘ high-octane rugby overpowered Western Province who suffered a 27-23 defeat in their Currie Cup in Kimberley on Friday evening.

With this well-taken victory, Griquas consolidated their position at the top of the Currie Cup log and are well on their way to a home semifinal.

Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojević on Friday shocked the club and its fans by quitting his job on the eve of an important match.

Pirates are due to play Highlands Park in the MTN8 quarterfinal on Saturday evening and Sredojević’s resignation came like a bolt from the blue. He has been linked to the Zamalek coaching job in Egypt.

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.

There were mixed fortunes for two of South Africa’s Davis Cup players overnight. 

First came disappointment for Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus at the Cincinnati Masters, as they exited the doubles at the quarterfinal stage. 

They lost 1-6, 3-6 to sixth seeds, Bruno Soares and Mate Pavi.

Meanwhile Ruan Roelofse’s singles resurgence continues. 

The Davis Cup player is into the singles final of the ITF Tennis Tour event in Indonesia when he came from a set down to beat India’s Aryan Goveas 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Then in the doubles semifinal, Roelofse and Indonesian partner Justin Barki beat Great Britain’s Jonathan Gray and India’s Karunuday Singh 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final.

GolfRSA on Saturday announced the addition of three new caps to the GolfRSA national squad for the 2019/2020 season.

“We are excited to welcome Kyle de Beer from Eastern Province, Tyran Snyders from Western Province and Gauteng North’s Christiaan Maas into the fold,” said GolfRSA CEO Grant Hepburn.

South Africa beat Kenya 39-0 in their Rugby Africa Women’s Cup match in Johannesburg on Saturday.

South Africa finished at the top of the group after three rounds of matches and the Springbok Women were crowned champions of the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Cup, and they have also qualified for the Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2021. 

The Springbok Women got off to a flying start as they grabbed two early tries through Zintle Mpupha and Lindelwa Gwala which unsettled the Kenya Lionesses.