5 Talking Points from the Sporting Weekend



We look at some of the weekend highlights in sport, from the US Open drama, Rugby Championship round up, and the UEFA Nations League standout matches. 


US Open Highs and Lows

Novak Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras' record of 14 all-time Grand Slam Titles after he beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 - to win his second consecutive Slam of the year.

But the story on everyone's lips was the women's final that saw 20-year-old Naomi Osaka from Japan, beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4. Osaka's victory was over-shadowed by the controversy surrounding Williams' losing a game point following three code violations relating to her coach sending her hand signals, breaking her racquet and verbally abusing the chair umpire. The debate has divided the tennis world with some calling sexism while others appear to be having a go Serena's ego.





Boks Face Uphill Battle

The All Blacks continued their Rugby Championship dominance and are a bonus point win away from claiming another title, this after a 46-24 win over Argentina. (Read All Blacks take Nelson Thriller). The victory came at a small price as Ngani Laumape and Brodie Rettallick are set to be out of action three to six weeks.

The Australians got their first 2018 Rugby Championship win after their 23-18 win over the Springboks in a match that went right down to the wire. The two sides have been evenly matched of late but the Boks made basic errors which ultimately saw the Aussies claim a much-needed win. (Read Wallabies pip Boks in Brisbane.)

Up next we see Australia host Argentina on Saturday the 15th of September at 12:00 - while New Zealand host South Africa at 9:35.

Check out Round Three's Try of the Week from Argentina's Ramiro Moyano.


UEFA Nations League

In the standout matches of the UEFA Nations League - France scored twice to see off Netherlands 2-1, while Spain came form behind to beat England 2-1 at Wembley. David de Gea was on song to deny Marcus Rashford a possible hat trick while Mbappe and Giroud's goals were enough to see of a solitary goal from Netherlands' Ryan Babel.






Results:

France 2-1 Netherlands
Denmark 2-0 Wales
Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia
Bulgaria 1-0 Norway
Cyprus 2-1 Slovenia
Georgia 1-0 Latvia
FYR Macedonia 2-0 Armenia
Liechtenstein 2-0 Gibraltar
Switzerland 6 - 0 Iceland
England 1 - 2 Spain


Bafana Bafana still on track for AFCON qualification

Bafana Bafana played to a goalless draw against Libya on Saturday the 9th of August at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. In a match that saw good chances go a-begging for both sides. South Africa are second in Group E in the African Cup of Nations with their next fixture scheduled for the 10th of October against the Seychelles.

Currie Cup Round-Up

The Sharks and the Golden Lions top the Currie Cup standings at 15 points apiece with the Lions leading the standings based on points difference.

The Lions beat the Cheetahs 47 - 14, the Blue Bulls had to fight off a valiant Griquas side 40 - 45 at Tafel Lager Park, while the Sharks beat the Pumas 28 - 12 to close off round four of the Currie Cup.


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