The South African Weekend Sport Review: 30 August – 1 September 2019

The Weekend Sport review reflects on the Currie Cup semi-finals and African Games success for Team South Africa as we welcome in spring.

Weekend Sport review – Friday

Currie Cup first division final

The Jaguares XV claimed the Currie Cup First Division title with a hard-fought 27-14 win over the Griffons in Potchefstroom on Friday.

The team based themselves at the Sports Village in Potchefstroom and played their home matches – and the final –at Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds.

The Argentinean side, playing in the competition for the first time, showed that they had no peers by going through the league phase undefeated and keeping that winning form till the end. 

African Games

South Africa won 10 medals to move their final tally to 87 at the African Games in Rabat and Casablanca which ended on Friday.

There were gold medals on the day from canoeing’s men’s and women’s K2 200m, Esti van Tonder and Chrisjan Coetzee, athletics’ Mpho Links, a silver from the men’s 4x400m and Ischke Senekal (athletics) and bronze medals from athletics’ Anaso Jobodwana, Breyton Poole and Meike Strydom.


Men’s Team Recurve, Bronze Medal Match: Team SA lost to Algeria 5-3.
Women’s Individual Recurve, Bronze Medal Match: Catharina Whitehead lost to Amal Adam (Egypt) 7-3.

Women’s 400m Hurdles, Final: Zeney van der Walt finished fourth in 57.67 and Wenda Nel placed sixth in 58.01.

Men’s 200m, Final: Anaso Jobodwana picked up the bronze medal with a time of 20.56, with gold going to Zambia’s Sydney Siame in 20.35.

Men’s High Jump, Final: Mpho Links claimed the gold medal with a leap of 2.20m, while Breyton Poole collected the bronze medal with 2.15m.

Men’s 4x400m Relay, Final: Team SA finished with the silver medal in 3:03.18, behind Botswana who clocked 3:02.55.

Women’s 4x400m Relay, Final: Team SA finished fifth behind Nigeria, with a time of 3:41.17.

Women’s Shot Put, Final: Ischke Senekal (16.18m) and Meike Strydom (14.64m) picked up Team SA’s last two medals at the Games.

Men’s K1 200m, heat: Chrisjan Coetzee won his race in 37.683 to qualify for the final.

Final: Coetzee took the gold medal in 34.091, ahead of K1 500m champion Mohamed Mrabet in 35.700.

Men’s K2, 200m, heat: Chrisjan Coetzee and Jarryd Gibson won their race in 34.175 to qualify for the final.

Final: Coetzee and Gibson won the gold medal in 31.926, ahead of Egypt’s Mahrani and Ahmed in 33.563.

Women’s K1, 200m, final: Esti van Tonder took the gold medal in 42.180, ahead of Tunisia’sKhaoula Sassi (44.060).

Women’s K2, 200m, final: Donna Hutton and Bridgitte Hartley won the gold medal in 40.647. 

Weekend Sport review – Saturday

Amateur golf

Third time’s the charm for South Africa’s Jayden Schaper, who muscled his way to victory at the Junior Players Championship in the United States on Saturday.

Currie Cup

The Free State Cheetahs will host the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup final at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein at 17:00 on Saturday 7 September after they defeated the Sharks and Griquas respectively in exciting semi-finals on Saturday.

The Golden Lions booked their place in the top two in the first semi-final as they held on in a hard-fought clash against a spirited Griquas outfit in Johannesburg for a 34-19 victory, while a late charge by log-leaders, the Free State Cheetahs, saw them overturn a 20-11 halftime deficit against the Sharks for a 51-30 victory.

At Ellis Park, a strong first half by the Golden Lions, in which they outscored the visitors from Kimberley by three tries to one in the first half, earned them a handy 21-13 halftime lead, and they built on this after the break with two penalty goals and a late try.

It was a tight tussle, and proper semi-finals rugby as the men from Kimberley took advantage of the Lions’ ill-discipline at times to keep the scoreboard ticking, with their captain and flyhalf, George Whitehead, kicking four penalty goals.

In the second semi-final in Bloemfontein, meanwhile, a powerful second-half charge by the Toyota Free State Cheetahs earned them a valuable Currie Cup home final in a gripping encounter against the Cell C Sharks.

It was an entertaining clash, in which a total of 11 tries were scored – four by the Sharks and seven by the hosts, with five of those being in a commanding second-half display. 

Next Saturday’s final will mark the Free State Cheetahs’ first appearance in the grand finale since 2016, while the Golden Lions will have a shot at the title for the first time since 2015.


The MTN8 semifinal between Polokwane City and Highlands Park remains balanced on a knife-edge after a 0-0 draw in a first-leg encounter at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In a match of few chances, the scoreline was a fair reflection of the 90 minutes, with it now all to play for in the second leg on September 17.

Perhaps mindful of the second-leg still to come, both teams adopted a cautious approach in what turned out to be a cagey, disjointed and physical opening stanza.

US Open

SA’s Raven Klaasen and New Zealand partner Michael Venus lost in the men’s doubles at the US Open  at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in New York, the United States, on Saturday.

The SA/Kiwi number three seeds went down 6-4 0-6 6-4 to the unseeded pair of Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and Norwegian Casper Ruud.

South Africa A tour to India

A strong all-round display by George Linde was not enough as South Africa A slipped to a two-wicket defeat India in their second one-day match in Trivandrum on Saturday.

The result means the tourists fall 2-0 behind in their five-match series.

Rugby World Cup warmups

Namibia beat the Southern Kings 28-22 in their Rugby World Cup warm-up match in Windhoek.

Bafana Bafana

Molefi Ntseki on Saturday was appointed as the new Bafana Bafana coach at the SA Football Association (Safa) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Johannesburg. 

Ntseki was initially placed in temporary charge of the SA national football team after Stuart Baxter quit the job at the beginning of the month.

Weekend Sport review – Sunday


SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a 1-1 draw in a first-leg encounter of the MTN8 semifinals at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Sundowns will be happier, though, as they take an away goal into the second-leg.

In a cracking start to the game, both sides created some really promising moments, but were unable to capitalise.

For SuperSport, Thamsanqa Gabuza directed a header wide of goal and Bradley Grobler shot inches wide of the target.

With so many scoring chances, it was only a matter of time before a goal was scored. And it came five minutes before halftime, and again it was the physical presence of Gabuza which allowed him to head the ball into the net and give SuperSport a 1-0 lead.

The lead, though, didn’t last long as, a minute later, it was all-square at 1-1 when Sundowns’ Uruguayan striker Gaston Sirino equalised.

With neither team able to find a winner, they take the 1-1 result into the second leg of the semifinals, which will be played at the same venue on September 18.

50km World Championships

South Africa won gold in the men’s team competition at the 50km World Championships in Brasov, Romania, on Sunday.

SA’s Lungile Gongqa achieved individual silver in 2 hours 48 minutes and 26 seconds. Spain’s Iraitz Arrospide won in 2:47:42. Gongqa’s countrymen Edward Mothibi (2:49:49) and Bongmusa Mthembu (2:50:23) finished fifth and sixth respectively. 

Joseph Manyedi was 11th in 2:51:46. The top finishes of the SA team meant they were able to claim the overall gold medal. 

Among the SA women, Yolande Maclean was the top individual finisher in 17th place in a time of 3:28:47. Overall, the SA women’s team finished fifth.

Moment of the weekend

The Springboks arrived in Japan to a surprising amount of fanfare and attention from Japanese spectators.

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