5 Talking Points from the Sporting Weekend

Sporting athletes from various sporting codes

We look at the five talking points in sport from this past weekend. Japan and New Zealand play to a 100 point thriller, Arsenal secure a point at the Emirates, South Africa take series lead against Australia, Floyd Mayweather to come out of retirement again, and Owen Farrell's tackle on Estherhuizen raises double standard questions. 


Japan score record points against a weakened All Blacks

Japan scored a record points against New Zealand in a 100 point thriller in Tokyo. Those who placed a bet on the great odds of Japan to score the first try would've been left smiling after the hosts scored inside 4 minutes from a charge down on Jordie Barret's kick.

The All Blacks hit back with three tries of their own before Japan scored to make it a ten point game. New Zealand's running rugby was clicked as George Bridge scored a brace and Ngani Laumape scored a hat-trick. The All Blacks opted for various grubber kicks and cross kicks that saw them run away with the match - and Japan scored one of the best tries of the match to end the game at 61 - 39.


Alexandre Lacazette secures a point for Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette scored an 82nd-minute goal to secure a point at the Emirates in a match that saw Arsenal dominate possession while Liverpool enjoyed the better of the chances. The ball entered the net twice for both teams but the offside flag twice came to the rescue. James Milner scored his 50th Premier League goal after he latched on to Bernd Leno's fumble. Alex Iwobi threaded a ball through for Lacazette who found Alisson off his line, the Frenchman pulled the ball away from the keeper before firing into the open net.



South Africa brush aside Australia in Perth

Dale Steyn made his return in fine fashion and was awarded man of the match as South Africa went 1 - 0 up against Australia in their first One Day International in Perth on Sunday. Faf du Plessis won the toss and elected to field first, a choice that paid dividends as the Proteas picked up three wickets for 19 runs in the first powerplay.

Steyn finished with two wickets for 18 runs in his seven overs, and he was joined by Imran Tahir and Lungisani Ngidi, who also claimed two scalps apiece. Andile Phehlukwayo claimed three wickets from his six overs.

Reeza Hendricks and Quinton de Kock both fell just short of their fifties. The pair set up a healthy opening partnership to lay a solid foundation for the win.

Farrell not cited for "no arms" tackle

Owen Farrell's tackle on Andre Estherhuizen in the Springboks one point loss in Twickenham has sparked plenty of debate. Angus Gardner made an incorrect call stating that "there was enough wrap of the arm on the far side of the player for it to be deemed a fair tackle". Although the Springboks should've closed the game out earlier, the ref's call for a penalty could've changed the outcome of the game.


Floyd Mayweather to make his return

Boxing superstar, Floyd Mayweather said on Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kick-boxer half his age, Tenshin Nasukawa, on New Year's Eve.

Tenshin is a 20-year-old kickboxer who holds a 27 - 0 record but has never competed in a professional boxing match. The format and rules of the fight will follow.




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