News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Saturday October 21st 2017

Cape teams’ winning roll beats the flu

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A second bout of coldsanflu had me shouting from the bed rather than the couch this weekend but it would take a lot more than a nasty little bug to keep me from my sports.

And good medicine was provided by the Stormers, Cobras, India and, of course, Manchester United.

Cricket

Following the Proteas’ sorry exit from the ICC 2011 World Cup, at least India, my second favourite team, took home the trophy after annihilating Sri Lanka by six wickets in Saturday’s final.

I know I was not the only South African celebrating India’s win, they are after all coached by South Africa’s former opening batsman Gary Kirsten and his South African assistants Eric Simons and Paddy Upton.

Keen to get back to South Africa and spent time with his family, we would be fools not to beg him to work his magic with the Proteas – and give him all the space he needs to be a dad as well.

Talking of cricket, the Nashua Cape Cobras retained their SuperSport series title by beating the Warriors for the Eastern Cape by seven wickets with a day to spare on Saturday.

Bad weather cut play short for the Titans vs the Knights at Willowmore Park and the Dolphins vs the Highveld Lions at Sahara Stadium.

Rugby

On Sunday the Stormers continued to take the Super 15 by storm (sorry), beating the Sharks 16-6 on their homeground, beating the shark tank Super 15 bogie for the first time since 2004.

It was a special day for skipper Schalk Burger who scored the only try of the game after returning to the field after spending four weeks recovering from an injury to his knee.

It wasn’t easy in the shark tank, it was a tightly contested, very physical game which saw the forwards having to control the ball in the wet.

Other results from the Super 15 saw the Cheetahs lose to the Blues 22-29, but the Bulls pulled a victory for the saffa teams, beating the Hurricanes 26- 14. Both teams were playing away from home, in New Zealand.

Meanwhile the Lions, playing at home, lost 25-30 to the Reds.

A downer on Sunday was the Springbok Sevens 28-20 loss to New Zealand in the Cup final of the Adelaide Sevens, simply because they failed to convert their four trys. Kicking practice anyone?

Soccer

No friends of Hugh Masakela, Cape Town team Vasco de Gama nevertheless advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2010/11 Nedbank Cup by beating Platinum Stars 2-0 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Over in the UK Manchester United (go Devils) edged closer to the English Premier League trophy after a hat trick by Wayne Rooney helped them come back against West Ham who had them two goals down within the first 25 minutes due to penalties.

A fourth goal by Javier Hernandez secured Man U’s 4-2 win. — Yugendree Naidoo/WCN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Blue Bulls, Highveld Lions, Hurricans, Javier Hernandez, Manchester United, Nashua Cape Cobras, Proteas, Schalk Burger, Springbok Sevens, Stormers, Super 15, SuperSport series, Titans, Wayne Rooney, West Ham

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