Check out 5 of the biggest talking points from this weekend’s sporting action.
Plenty went down this weekend in the world of sport. The Springboks claimed a memorable victory over New Zealand in Wellington while Israel Folau fluffed his lines against Australia.
There was also the small matter of Canelo vs GGG 2 taking place in the small hours of Sunday morning. Let’s take a look at five of the biggest talking points from the weekend.
Springboks stun All Blacks at the Cake Tin
Pieter-Steph du Toit’s tears following the Springbok’s monumental 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday spoke volumes. After a heavy loss away in Argentina and last week’s shambolic showing at Suncorp, this was just the tonic South African rugby needed. A colossal defensive display saw the Boks complete a staggering 235 tackles to New Zealand’s 61. A deeper dig reveals that the All Blacks enjoyed 75% possession, scored more tries and made nearly three time as many carries.
Of course, the All Blacks were uncharacteristically sloppy a gifted the Springboks two tries. Firstly, Willie le Roux profited from an atrocious attempt at a quick line-out while Cheslin Kolbe was gifted a five-pointer following an early second-half interception.
The Boks now have a week off and will have Australia firmly in their sights when the sides clash on Saturday 29 September in Port Elizabeth. They round off the 2018 Rugby Championship when they meet the All Blacks at what will be a sold-out Loftus Versveld a week later.
Israel Folau fluffs his lines
We saw the best and worst of Folau this weekend as the Australian flyer dazzled and disappointed in equal measure. He beat five defenders with his 19th-minute try leaving Argentina clutching at air and the faithful gathered at the Cbus Super Stadium in awe. With Australia trailing 23-19 with fewer than 10 seconds on the clock, Folau received the ball out wide, 18 metres from the goal line.
He beat the rush defence, drew in three defenders and only needed to shift it once more to Bernard Foley who would have scored in the corner and secure the win. Instead, he decided to step inside and was smashed in the contact by three defenders, coughing the ball up in the process as Argentina secured a massive win.
Liverpool and Chelsea go five from five
Liverpool and Chelsea are both clear at the top of the EPL standings after winning all of their first five matches. Liverpool made the trip to Tottenham to begin what looks like a hellish run of fixtures over the next month or so which includes matches against Chelsea, PSG and Napoli. Goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino were enough to claim the points for Jurgen Klopp’s charges. In truth, it should have been a far more comfortable affair with the Reds dominating proceedings with Spurs looking leggy and lethargic until the final few minutes where they were sparked to life by an injury time strike by Erik Lamela.
Chelsea were forced to come back from a goal down at Stamford Bridge against Cardiff as they ran out 4-1 winners. Eden Hazard bagged a hat-trick while Willian scored late on to secure the rout. The victory sends Chelsea top of the pile with five matches played with the Blues’ superior goal difference keeping Liverpool at bay in second. Manchester City lurk ominously in third on 13 points.
Chiefs finally click into gear
Kaizer Chiefs clicked into top gear in spectacular fashion this weekend as they spanked Cape Town City 4-1 at the Cape Town Stadium. Siyabonga Ngezana, Khama Billiat (2) and Philani Zulu all found the back of the net as the Naturena outfit recorded their first league win of the season.
Despite going into the break all square, the Soweto giants turned on the style in the second stanza with Billiat putting Amakhosi back into the lead with a well-taken header. The Zimbabwean star would grab his second of the game and third of the season 10 minutes after Taariq Fielies was sent off for the Cape side. Philani Zulu added the fourth just before full time after finishing off a magnificent counter-attacking move.
Whether or not this is just another false dawn for Chiefs remains to be seen. Fans’ confidence is tinted with apprehension after last season’s exploits. They’ll make the short trip to Free State Stars on Tuesday in what looks like a potential banana peel fixture.
Alvarez controversially inches Golovkin in Vegas
It’s a pity that fan speculation around corruption tainted what was otherwise an incredible display from two of the planet’s best pure fighters. That being said, there is always plenty of noise when the scorecards inch out a fan favourite – but perhaps this time the noise was justified.
Sunday’s meeting – which incidentally took place 364 days after the first bout – could easily have ended in another stalemate with the scorecards reading 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114 in favour of the Mexican. Most of the debate centres on what went down in the final – and decisive – round. Just about everybody who watched the fight would have awarded it to Golovkin. In the end, Dave Moretti and Steve Weisfeld gave the round – and the fight – to the Mexican.