Kaizer Chiefs Soweto derby

On the eve of the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, a look at the key numbers through the years. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Latest sports news and fixtures – Saturday 29 February

The latest sports news and fixtures for Saturday 29 February 2020.

Kaizer Chiefs Soweto derby

On the eve of the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, a look at the key numbers through the years. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

It’s Soweto Derby day and there is plenty more packed into our coverage of the latest sports news from South Africa and across the globe.

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Cricket: Australia tour to South Africa

1st ODI South Africa vs Australia, Paarl, 13:00

The Proteas meet Australia in the first of three One Day Internationals (ODI) from 13:00. The match takes place at Boland Park in Paarl and comes off the back of a 2-1 series win for Australia in the T20I series.

Quinton de Kock has been in fine personal form but the start to his tenure as skipper has been a rocky one and he could use a win.

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Al Ahly vs Mamelodi Sundowns, Cairo International Stadium, 18:00

A season competing on multiple fronts may be beginning to tell for Mamleodi Sundowns and injuries have forced Pitso Mosimane to rethink his defence.

On their last visit to South Africa, Al Ahly conceded five goals to Mamelodi Sundowns but the Egyptian giants will be a different prospect in Cairo.


Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium, 15:30

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Latest sports news: Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Highlands Park and Kaizer Chiefs on 22 February 2020 at Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs face off at FNB Stadium as the Soweto derby returns on Saturday.

Kaizer Chiefs have bragging rights at the moment after beating the Bucs in the league and Telkom Knockout, but Pirates look very capable of sinking their ship.

Golden Arrows vs Highlands Park, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, 15:30

In another crucial fixture in the race for top eight spots, Golden Arrows host Highlands Park at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

The Lions of the North saw off Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 on 15 February before drawing 2-2 with Bidvest Wits and then knocking Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup on penalties.

Chippa United vs AmaZulu FC, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, 18:00

Chippa United’s rollercoaster season continues as they host AmaZulu at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the evening game.

After a nightmare start to the season, they moved up the table after Norman Mapeza came in as head coach. However, the Chilli Boys have now fallen off to some degree.

SuperSport United vs Bidvest Wits, Mbombela Stadium, 20:15

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Latest sports news: Bradley Grobler of Supersport United in action during the 2019-20 PSL season. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Soweto derby isn’t the only clash of titans in the PSL today. Wits are also set to face SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium in the late kick-off.

The Clever Boys have already lost to Kaitano Tembo’s men in the MTN8 and the league this season, so they will be eager to settle a score.

Super Rugby

Reds vs Sharks, Suncorp Stadium, 10:15

Lukhanyo Am is back at the helm for the Cell C Sharks after a rest week for their final Australasian tour match against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

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Latest sports news: Lukhanyo Am of Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on January 31, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images)

Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt made four changes to the side that beat the Rebels last weekend, most of them rotational. While Am is back in the team this weekend, in place of Jeremy Ward at outside centre, the trio of Makazole Mapimpi, Tyler Paul and James Venter will not face the Reds as a result of rotation.

The Reds will be looking to build on their impressive recent home record against South African opposition – they have won six on the trot against teams from the Republic playing in Brisbane.

Stormers vs Blues, Newlands, 15:05

The unbeaten DHL Stormers have made two rotational changes for Saturday’s home Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Blues in Cape Town. Kick is at 15h05 and the match is live on SuperSport1.

Springbok tighthead prop Wilco Louw and Chris van Zyl (lock) both come into the starting line-up, with Springbok Frans Malherbe and Salmaan Moerat now amongst the replacements.

As the only unbeaten team remaining in Vodacom Super Rugby, the Capetonians will be aiming to make it five straight wins when they take on the Auckland-based team.

There are two further changes to the DHL Stormers’ replacements bench, with former Junior Springbok prop Kwenzo Blose set to make his debut when he comes on, and utility forward Cobus Wiese back in the matchday squad.

The DHL Stormers have won six of their last eight outings against the Blues and that successful run includes four consecutive home wins against the Aucklanders, while they are also unbeaten in their last three matches against Kiwi opponents (W2, D1).

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Bulls vs Jaguares, Loftus Versfeld, 17:15

Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane has been entrusted with the captaincy as the Vodacom Bulls aim to break their early-season losing streak against the Jaguares in Pretoria on Saturday.

Nyakane takes over as skipper from the injured Burger Odendaal and will lead a team showing six changes from last weekend’s heart-breaking last-minute defeat to the Blues.

With Odendaal out, Vodacom Bulls coach Pote Human has opted to move Johnny Kotze to inside centre, with Tongan international Nafi Tuitavake set to make his debut for the Pretorians at outside centre.

It will be a special occasion for Springbok fullback Warrick Gelant, who will earn his 50th Vodacom Super Rugby cap on Saturday. He made his debut in 2016 against the DHL Stormers and has scored 15 tries in the famous blue jersey.

The Jaguares have won four of their six Vodacom Super Rugby clashes with the Vodacom Bulls, including a 22-20 victory in Pretoria last year – a game in which the Argentinian side won despite trailing at halftime.

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Dragons vs Cheetahs, Rodney Parade, 19:15

The Cheetahs meet the Dragons in Newport in what marks their last game on their three-week UK tour and their penultimate match abroad this season.

Hawies Fourie’s charges will be determined to end a three-match losing run and return home high on confidence before a string of home matches, which includes six matches in Bloemfontein and another away to the Isuzu Southern Kings.

They will, however, be tested thoroughly because apart from facing a committed Dragons outfit on their home patch, they will face a big obstacle in the form of Storm Jorge, which is expected to hit the UK on Saturday bringing gusts of wind between 150km and 200km an hour and heavy rain.

According to Fourie the ground at Newport is already wet and muddy, and he is anticipating the worst weather conditions yet this season.

“These will definitely be the toughest conditions we have encountered so far,” said Fourie, whose team struggled in a heavy downpour against Leinster two weeks ago.

“In addition to rain, huge wind is expected, and the field is already wet. So the game is likely to be played in a mud bath. That is a leveller in any rugby match.

“The Dragons have a bit of experience of the conditions as they played the Warriors last week in Glasgow in very bad conditions. They scored three tries and didn’t lose that game by much. But we are determined to end the tour on a high note.”

World Rugby Sevens Series

Los Angeles Sevens Pool B

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Latest sports news: Werner Kok of South Africa steps through defenders at the 2019 London Sevens. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Werner Kok will have a broad smile on his face when he joins a very illustrious group of Springbok Sevens players in Los Angeles this weekend.

Kok will take the field in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament and his achievement follows hot on the heels of Justin Geduld, who joined Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Cecil Afrika, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman in Club 50 in Sydney at the beginning of the month.

Blitzboks vs Kenya 21:35

Blitzboks vs Canada 00:53 (Sunday)

Blitzboks vs Ireland 05:05 (Sunday)

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South African rap sensation Sho Madjozi has denied rumours that she is in a romance with Proteas cricketer Kagiso Rabada.

Rabada will be out for at least four weeks after sustaining a groin strain during the T20I series against Australia, Cricket South Africa (CSA) revealed on Friday.

The Proteas were too good for minnows Thailand who were on the wrong end of a T20 World Cup record score in Canberra on Friday.

The experienced Chris Dry has joined the Blitzboks squad ahead of the Los Angeles Sevens