Baroka claim maiden Telkom Knockout Cup, Fiji head into Hamilton on a high note, Chelsea bring Manchester City back to down to earth, and Wilder vs Fury Rematch confirmed. Check out this past weekend’s talking points.
Baroka make history in Telkom Knockout Cup Final
A ten man Orlando Pirates fought valiantly against Baroka FC in the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Pirates were left chasing the game and equalized on two occasions to take the game into a penalty shoot-out. But Justin Shonga, Thabiso Kutumela, and Thembinkosi Lorch all missed from the penalty spot.
Baroka FC is the first team from Limpopo to win the Telkom Knockout Cup since the tournaments inception. Baroka walk away with 4 million rands, while Orlando Pirates pocket 1, 5 million rand.
Fiji head to Hamilton on a High
Fiji won all six of their matches en route to win the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Seven Series.
The Fijians style of play paid off as teams couldn’t match their physicality and offloading game.
The final saw Fiji win what seemed like an easy 29 – 15 victory against the United States to set themselves up at third in the series standings heading into the third leg in Hamilton on the 26th of January 2019.
USA’s second placed finish in Cape Town means they top the series standings, followed by New Zealand, England are at fourth and the Blitzbok’s lie at fifth.
Chelsea bring Manchester City back to down to earth
Chelsea ended Manchester City’s unbeaten run after a 2 – 0 victory at Stamford Bridge with goals from N’Golo Kante and David Luiz.
Kepa Arrizabalaga was called into action on four occasions as Manchester City held 61% of possession and completed 640 passes.
Chelsea only took 8 shots with 5 on target and defended for most of the game, as they made 31 clearances, and conceded 13 corners.
Chelsea remain in the top four and are level on points with Arsenal and Liverpool now sit on top of the log on 42 points.
India break Australia Test drought
India won their first Test after 10 years in Australia when they claimed a 31 run victory in Adelaide.
The Australians were staring down the barrell of a gun, when they had to complete record run chase in Adelaide. When Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine fell, India could sense a shift of momentum and took control of the match as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. A quick fire 38 from Nathan Lyon almost gave Australians the victory but it wasn’t to be as Josh Hazlewood’s was caught by Rahul. India lead the series 1 – 0.
Australia will have their tails up in the second Test scheduled for Friday the 14th of December in Perth.
Wilder vs Fury Rematch confirmed
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are set for a rematch after the WBC sanctioned a direct rematch.
Wilder retained his WBC title after a controversial draw in Los Angeles as Fury was dropped twice in the ninth and 12th rounds, but Fury managed to get up to beat the count on both occasions.
On fight night, Fury landed more punches than the American boxer, and it seemed he was set for an incredible come back. The fight was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113 – ending in a draw.
Wilder landed the least number of punches as most of his hay-makers failed to land on Fury.
The rematch is scheduled for the Spring of 2019, with the winner assumed to approach Anthony Joshua for a fight.