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Posted on: Wednesday, 21 October 2009

South African Sports News – 21 October

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Jacques-Louis Potgieter

Jacques-Louis Potgieter

Cheetahs stun Sharks in Durban
Cometh the hour cometh the man and that man was none other than Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter (pictured) who slotted a last minute drop goal against the Sharks at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday, to book his side a place in the 2009 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Final.

Potgieter’s stroke of genius spelt doom for the Sharks who were leading 19-18 with just one minute to go. However, a solid scrum by the Cheetahs set the platform for Potgieter to deliver the killer blow and ensure an excellent 23-21 win for the visitors. It was a devastating blow for the Sharks and their loyal supporters who had a great season with 12 wins from 14 league outings.

However, the Cheetahs, heavy underdogs going in the match given that they were up against a team in top form and packed with Springboks, never read the script and fought like Trojans to send the home side tumbling out of the competition. Their hero on the day was undoubtedly the 25-year-old Potgieter, who contributed 18 points via a try, four conversions, two penalties and that excellent snap drop which killed off the Sharks.

The match was an ill-tempered affair that was played in a cauldron like atmosphere despite the overcast and wet conditions. At times things looked like they were going to get completely out of hand. However, no punches were thrown and referee Marius Jonker managed to maintain law and order although he endured regular boos from the home crowd for heavily penalising the Sharks at the breakdowns.

The Cheetahs made their intentions clear right from the kickoff, applying plenty of pressure, which resulted in numerous errors from the KwaZulu-Natalians. Potgieter opened the scoring with a penalty after Sharks lock Johann Muller was penalised by Jonker. However, the home side replied with an excellent try from the evergreen Stefan Terblanche who pounced on a chip ahead from wing Odwa Ndungane. Scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar fluffed the conversion, but the Sharks were ahead 5-3 and looking threatening.

However, stiff resistance from the Cheetahs in the form of their excellent and determined pack of forwards, hampered the Sharks’ progress. Prop WP Nel was outstanding and put huge pressure on Beast Mtawarira, out-scrumming the Sharks powerhouse on numerous occasions. However, despite gaining the ascendancy in the scrums, the Cheetahs failed to convert their advantage into points as Potgieter missed penalties in the 18th and 22nd minutes.

Pienaar put the Sharks 8-3 ahead in the 37th minute with a well-taken penalty, following which the home side scored their second try on the stroke of halftime after a sniping run by left wing JP Pietersen, who spun a pass to flank Jacques Botes, who in turn threw a long pass in field to the hard running Pienaar who went over for a brilliant team try. The Sharks No 9 converted his own try to put the home side 15-3 in front at the break.

However, if the Sharks thought the stuffing had been knocked out of the Cheetahs they were seriously mistaken as the visitors staged a determined fight back. After Sharks No 10 Juan Hernandez had struck a drop goal to stretch their lead to 18-6, the Cheetahs rallied with tries from Nel in the 45th minute and Potgieter 14 minutes later to grab a 20-18 lead with 20 minutes to go. Pienaar put the Sharks back in front with a penalty to make it 21-20 only for Potgieter to land the finishing blow to book the Cheetahs a place in the final.

“We showed a lot of character in this match and that pulled us through,” said Cheetahs captain Nico Breedt. Indeed, the Cheetahs fought tenaciously against their more fancied rivals and it paid off as the Sharks had their defences breached twice to set the stage for Potgieter’s knockout punch.

Sharks 21 – Tries: Stefan Terblanche, Ruan Pienaar. Conversion: Pienaar. Penalties: Pienaar (2). Drop goal: Juan Hernandez.
Cheetahs 23 – Tries: WP Nel, Jacques-Louis Potgieter. Conversions: Potgieter (2). Penalties: Potgieter (2). Drop goal: Potgieter.

Morné Steyn

Morné Steyn

Bulls scrape home against fiery Province
The Blue Bulls survived a spirited fight back from Western Province at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday to qualify for the 2009 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division final. Victor Matfield’s men prevailed 21-19 in a pulsating semi-final encounter with the verdict only being decided after Morné ‘Superman’ Steyn (pictured) landed his seventh penalty from as many attempts to secure the win for the visitors.

It was another brilliant display of place kicking from the 25-year-old Steyn who undoubtedly has the deadliest boot in world rugby. Not only did Steyn notch up a perfect goal-kicking record on the day, he was also solid in defence and his tactical play was outstanding. Without him, the Bulls would definitely have been beaten on Saturday, after Province produced one of their best ever Currie Cup performances against their more fancied rivals from Pretoria.

The home side were 19-18 ahead with just three minutes remaining and looked like they were going to get the win, but a high tackle from substitute winger Sireli Naqelevuki on Jaco Pretorius cost his side a penalty from just inside their half and near to the right touchline. It was the type of kick that would have intimidated most goal kickers, but Steyn is in a class of his own as a place kicker and judged his strike to perfection to put his side up 21-19 with two minutes to go. The Bulls then held on for victory and a place in the final against the Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on October 31.

Despite the banishing of Bakkies Botha to the sin bin in the opening minute for dangerous play, the Bulls made a solid start to the game going up 6-0 after two minutes courtesy of two well-taken penalties by Steyn. Province tried to recover from their bad start but they were unable to penetrate the rock solid Bulls defence and some aimless punts from flyhalf Peter Grant, scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenhage and fullback Joe Pietersen didn’t help their cause.

Steyn doubled his side’s lead after 18 minutes with two further penalties and the visitors were sitting pretty at 12-0 to the good with 11 minutes left in the opening half. However, Pietersen slotted a penalty after Province took play up to the fringes of the Bulls’ 22m area to reduce the deficit to nine points.

Putting points on the board seemed to energise Province, who finished the half strongly and looked like scoring a try for the first time in the match after taking the ball through several phases. However, the Bulls defence held firm to deny the home side a much needed try although the diminutive Pietersen did mange to slot another penalty to close the gap to six points on the stroke of half-time.

Province came out smoking at the start of the second 40 minutes and tried desperately to find a way over their opponents’ tryline only to have their efforts thwarted by the resolute Bulls defence. But Pietersen was able to land another penalty for the home side to make it 12-9 to the Bulls after 50 minutes.

Steyn then tried to put a damper on Province’s spirits by banging over another penalty in the 56th minute, but the Capetonians were having none of it. Nippy wing Gio Aplon threw a cat among the pigeons two minutes later when he outpaced the Bulls’ cover defence to dive onto a through kick to score a brilliant try. Pietersen added the conversion to put Province 16-15 in front only for the ever-consistent Steyn to slot his sixth penalty of the match to put the visitors back in the lead.

However, if the Bulls thought Province were simply going to lie down and die, they were sadly mistaken as Pietersen stroked over a 68th minute penalty to give the home side a 19-18 lead. With 12 minutes to play it was anyone’s game and just when it seemed like time was running out for the visitors, Naqelevuki’s blunder provided Steyn with the opportunity to win the match for the Bulls.

It was a desperately disappointing loss for Province who came within a whisker of pulling off a major upset against the men from Pretoria, but it was not to be as Steyn sealed their fate with his deadly accurate placekicking. “Well done to Province for putting up a great performance, it must have been hard for them to loose after getting so close, but Morné (Steyn) kicked one hundred percent to see us home,” said an elated Matfield.

The Bulls will go into the final against the Cheetahs as clear favourites given their greater experience and home ground advantage, but the plucky Free Staters can never be discounted, as they proved against the Sharks in the earlier semi-final.  Indeed, if the Cheetahs can reproduce the type of form they demonstrated in Durban on Saturday, the Bulls will need to be at the top of their game to win. It should be a fascinating contest in the cauldron that is Loftus Versfeld. I can’t wait.

Western Province 19 – Try: Gio Aplon. Conversion: Joe Pietersen. Penalties: Pietersen (4).
Bulls 21 – Penalties: Morné Steyn (7)

Meanwhile, the Pumas were crowned 2009 Absa Currie Cup First Division champions on Friday when they defeated the SWD Eagles 47-19 in Witbank. The Pumas outscored the Eagles by six tries to one in a very one-sided final.

Pumas 47 – Tries: Hannes Franklin (2), Ronnie Uys, Allistair Kettledas (2), Ashwin Scott. Conversions: Braam Pretorius (4). Penalties: Pretorius (2). Drop goal: Valentine van Wyk.
Eagles 19 – Try: Norman Nelson. Conversion: Gaffie du Toit. Penalties: Ricardo Croy (3), Du Toit.

Erwin Isaacs

Erwin Isaacs

Bucs suffer first defeat
Santos handed Orlando Pirates their first loss of the 2009/10 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season when they defeated their more fancied opponents 1-0 at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening. Erwin Isaacs’ first half strike was enough to ensure victory for the People’s Team in a hard fought encounter between two well-matched teams.

Both sides concentrated on defence rather than attack in the early going, which made for a rather dull opening 30 minutes. However, things started to liven up a little after that with both teams having opportunities to score only for poor finishing to let them down. However, Isaacs (pictured) eventually broke the deadlock in the 44th minute after latching onto a cross from Phikolethu Spelman to steer the ball past Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs. The Buccaneers tried their utmost to score an equaliser, but Santos ‘keeper Tshepo Motsoeneng was up to the challenge and pulled off a number of excellent saves to deny the home side a goal.

Santos will be very satisfied with their win and will go into today’s fixture against Free State Stars as clear favourites. Pirates play log leaders SuperSport United and are likely to face an uphill battle against a side brimming with confidence after their 5-0 hammering of Black Aces over the weekend.

Results (left to right)
Free State Stars 0         Platinum Stars 1
Black Aces 0             SuperSport Utd 5
Mamelodi Sundowns 2         Kaizer Chiefs 2
Golden Arrows 3             Bidvest Wits 3
Jomo Cosmos 1             AmaZulu 1
Orlando Pirates 0         Santos 1
Ajax Cape Town 1         Bloem Celtic 0
Moroka Swallows 2         Maritzburg Utd 0

Fixtures (left to right)
Santos         vs     Free State Stars
Bidvest Wits     vs     Black Aces
SuperSport Utd     vs     Orlando Pirates
Bloem Celtic     vs     Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaizer Chiefs     vs     Moroka Swallows
Maritzburg Utd     vs     Jomo Cosmos
MTN8 final


Golden Arrows vs Ajax Cape Town  (Orlando Stadium – 8.15pm)

Meanwhile, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has decided to axe Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana following the Brazilian’s dismal record this year. Under Santana’s tutorship, Bafana not only failed to qualify for the 2010 African Nations Cup, but have also slumped to eight defeats in their last nine outings – a most embarrassing record considering the 2010 Fifa World Cup is only eight months away.

Santana’s assistants Pitso Mosimane and Jairo Leal have been appointed caretaker coaches until a suitable candidate has been identified to lead the country to the World Cup. Let’s hope they choose wisely as time is rapidly running out for Bafana to get ready for next year’s international showpiece.

Rilee Rossouw

Rilee Rossouw

Brilliant Rilee can’t save Eagles
A whirlwind knock of 44 runs off just 19 balls from opener Rilee Rossouw (pictured) was not enough to save the Diamond Eagles from defeat against Trinadad and Tobago in their Champions League Twenty20 encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. The loss means the Eagles will take no further part in the competition while Trinadad and Tobago will now advance to the semi-finals.

Batting first, Trinidad and Tobago posted a tournament high of 213/4 with opener Adrian Barath top scoring with a quick fire 63 off just 41 balls. William Perkins (35 off 25), Lendl Simmons (40 off 25), Kieron Pollard (23 off 13) and Navin Stewart (33 off 11) all weighed in with useful contributions to help the their side to an impressive total. The Eagles’ bowlers all suffered, with only seamer Ryan McLaren having anything to shout home about with 1/29 off four overs.

In reply, the Eagles could only muster 189/5 with Rossouw, Morne van Wyk (25 off 14), Dillion du Preez, (35 off 41) and Boeta Dippenaar (33 off 19) getting among the runs. Sherwin Ganga and Kieron Pollard were the destroyers in chief, each grabbing 2/25 off three overs. Despite their defeat, the Eagles can hold their heads up high as they did very well in reaching the quarter-final stages.

Henry Davids

Henry Davids

Henry hammers hapless Victoria
A superb unbeaten knock of 69 off 54 balls from Henry Davids (pictured) helped the Cape Cobras to a comfortable eight wicket victory over Victoria in their B league Champions League Twenty20 match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

Davids notched up seven fours and two sixes in his innings to steer the Cobras past Victoria’s score of 125/5. Davids was involved in a third wicket partnership of 88 off 69 balls with JP Duminy (18 off 23), which propelled the Cobras to 129/2 off 16 overs. The Cape franchise got off to a flying start courtesy of a superb 29 off 15 balls from stand-in opening batsmen Derek Brand.

Victoria’s innings never got going with wickets falling at regular intervals. Speedster Monde Zondi wrecked havoc early on by dismissing openers Rob Quiney and Brad Hodge for ducks in the space of just three balls. Aiden Blizzard (22 off 16 balls), David Hussey (19 off 22), Cameron White (24 off 30), Andrew McDonald (29 not out off 22) and Matthew Wade (18 not out off 10) kept the scoreboard ticking, but in the end Victoria were at least 15 runs short of posting a score that would have threatened the Cobras.

Zondeki was the pick of the Cobras’ bowlers with 2/21 off four overs while veteran Claude Henderson was very economical with 0/19, also off four overs. The Cobras’ win means that the Cape franchise will now play Trindad and Tobago in the semi-finals of the competition tomorrow. The match was reduced from 20 to 17 overs as a result of a bomb scare and security concerns in the stadium.

Johan Botha

Johan Botha

Botha blasts Dolphins
The Chevrolet Warriors ascended to the top of the SuperSport Series log after defeating the Nashua Dolphins by 43 runs at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The Dolphins, chasing 282 for victory, were bowled out for 238 in their second innings on the final day of the match with Johan Botha (pictured) the destroyer in chief with 4/69 off 23 overs. Botha was well supported by flame-haired speedster Rusty Theron who grabbed 3/32 off 15.1 overs.

The KwaZulu-Natalians started the final day needing a further 48 runs for victory after resuming on 234/7, but only added four runs to their overnight total as Theron mopped up the tale with three quick wickets. Botha was named man of the match for scoring his maiden first-class century to help his side to their 281 lead on Saturday morning.

The all rounder scored 109 runs off 150 balls and shared a tenth-wicket partnership of 78 with Makhaya Ntini (16 not out) to boost the Warriors to 254 all out in their second innings. The Warriors had earlier scored 174 all out in their first innings to which the Dolphins replied with 147 all out. The Warriors next clash is against the bizhub Highveld Lions at Buffalo Park in East London tomorrow while the Dolphins host the Nashua Cape Cobras at Kingsmead in Durban.

All the teams in the competition have played just two games thus far and it is the Warriors who top the standings with 22.98 points closing followed by the Diamond Eagles (22.48) and the Nashua Titans (21.72). The Lions (16.10), Nashua Cape Cobras (11.14) and Nashua Dolphins (10.66) are in fourth, fifth and sixth position respectively.

Meanwhile, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced that the SuperSport Series match between the Nashua Titans and the Warriors will be replayed at St George’s Park from November 12-15. The CSA announced the decision on Thursday after they had carried out a detailed examination of the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of the original fixture at Willowmoore Park on October 8. The decision was reached after considering written submissions from the team captains, the match officials, the groundsman and the CSA grounds consultant.

Francois Botha

Francois Botha

‘White Buffalo’ to take on Cuban giant
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight champion Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha (pictured hitting the deck against ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson in their January 1999 bout in Las Vegas) will defend his World Boxing Foundation (WBF) heavyweight title against Cuban challenger Pedro Carrion (8-1, 6 KO’s) in Desau, Germany on Saturday evening. The South African will be making the third defence of the title he won by defeating Australian journeyman Bob Mirovic on points in July 2007.

Although clearly at the tale end of his career, the 41-year-old Botha (47-4-2, 28 KO’s) should still have enough gas left in the tank to take care of nine-fight novice Carrion who got a late start to professional boxing after a long amateur career. The 39-year-old Cuban hasn’t beaten anyone of note as a professional and how he managed to earn a title shot against Botha is a mystery. Nevertheless, any man who stands 6’7’ tall and weighs in at around 120kg cannot be taken lightly and Botha will be wise to keep his hands up and his chin down against the huge Cuban.

Indeed, the 6’2’ Botha, who normally weighs in at around 115kg these days, is undoubtedly the smaller man, but his greater experience should see him through against Carrion, who turned professional at the advanced age of 36, effectively nullifying his chances of making a significant impact on the world scene.

Botha is an accomplished fighter, having shared a ring with the likes of former world champions Michael Moorer (L TKO 12), Tyson (L KO 5), Shannon Briggs (D 10), Lennox Lewis (L TKO 2) and Wladimer Klitschko (L TKO 8). Granted, Botha never won any of those fights, but he is a high profile fighter that shared the ring with two living legends in the form of Tyson and Lewis and arguably one of the best heavyweights active today in the guise of current World Boxing Organisation (WBO), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and IBF champion Klitschko.

The South African briefly held the IBF title in 1995 when he defeated Germany’s Axel Schulz on points in Stuttgart, but was stripped of that belt when he tested positive for steroids. He then went onto to challenge Moorer for the IBF title in November 1996, but was brutally stopped in the 12th round after putting up a tremendously brave effort against the hard-hitting American. Subsequent fights against the likes of Tyson, Briggs, Lewis and Klitschko kept Botha in the limelight, but he faded into obscurity after fighting to a draw against lightly regarded American Clifford Etienne in July 2002.

Botha returned to the ring against Mirovic after a five year absence from boxing and followed up that win with further victories against Ron Guerrero (W 12) and the capable Timo Hoffmann (W 12) to set the stage for Saturday’s fight against the unheralded Carrion.

Syrian Manuel Charr beat the Cuban on points in his third professional fight and although Carrion has won his last six bouts, the quality of his opposition has been questionable. Indeed, it would undoubtedly be a major surprise if he could pull off a win against the vastly more experienced Botha, who will be looking to win impressively to keep his hopes of securing one more big pay day alive.

Cameron van der Burgh

Cameron van der Burgh

Van der Burgh wins in Durban
Powerfully built Cameron van der Burgh won the 100 metres breaststroke in a championship record of 56.60 seconds on the second day of the FINA / ARENA Swimming World Cup at the Kings Park Aquatic Centre in Durban on Saturday evening.

Roland Schoeman beat the 21-year-old Van der Bergh, who entered the competition as the 50m and 100m short course record holder, in the 50m final on the first day of the meet. However, the defeat motivated Van der Burgh to give a better account of himself in the 100m final, which he did by bettering his own record of 56.88 set in Moscow, Russia, in November last year.

The Pretoria born Van der Burgh is trained by Japanese breaststroke coach Norimasa Hirai and his strong performances in Durban have encouraged him to do even better for the remainder of the World Cup series. The next rounds of the championship are in Moscow (November 6-7), Stockholm, Sweden (November 10-11), Berlin, Germany (November 14-15) and Singapore (November 21-22).

Sheridan Morais

Sheridan Morais

Thrills and spills abound in Kyalami extravaganza
There was plenty of drama at a wet Kyalami on Saturday in the WesBank Super Series finale, with a number of championships going down to the wire. On a day full of outstanding performances it was ultimately Sheridan Morais (pictured) and veterans Hennie Groenewald and Anthony Taylor who walked away with title honours.

Morais made South African motorsport history while Groenewald and Taylor were involved in nail-biting championship finishes. By winning the first heat of the Interfile SA Superbike championship, Morais became the first rider to win both the SA Superbike and Supersport championships in the same season.

The diminutive Emtek Kawasaki rider had already wrapped up the Supersport title earlier in the season, setting a world record of 13 victories in a row in the process. Going into the final meeting, Morais held a 24-point lead over veteran Lance Isaacs (PS Honda), who was the only other rider who had a mathematical chance of winning the championship. However, Morais put the issue beyond doubt with a brilliant ride that earned him the win, and the title, ahead of the hard chasing Isaacs.

With the championship settled, race officials decided to cancel the second Superbike race when a torrential downpour made conditions too dangerous for the riders. Morais decided not to compete in the Supersport races with the wins going to Clinton Seller and Ronan Quarmby.

In the closest possible finish to a championship, Anthony Taylor (Afrox BMW 330) won the Bridgestone Production Car title on a count-back from defending champion Johan Fourie (Indy Audi A4). Fourie arrived at Kyalami with a nine-point lead, but a terrible first heat squashed the Cape driver’s chances of victory.

Taylor came second behind Melville Priest (VMP Audi A4), with team-mate Robert Wolk third, to take a two-point lead into the final race. A wet track and persistent drizzle put Taylor, in his two-wheel-drive BMW, at a distinct disadvantage against the four-wheel-drive Audi’s and Subaru’s. Dawie Olivier (Sasol Subaru) drove a faultless race to romp to victory ahead of Leeroy Poulter (GP Nissan 350Z) while Fourie was third, Shawn Watson-Smith (Xtreme Audi) fourth and Taylor fifth.

The overall result was a tie on points between Fourie and Taylor who both picked up three wins during the course of the season. However, the title was awarded to Taylor, who finished the season with five second places to Fourie’s three.

There was also a dramatic end to the Class T championship. Gary Formato (Nando’s Ford Focus) began the day one point ahead of archrival Graeme Nathan in his Indy VW Golf Gti, but the VW driver won the first heat to gain the advantage. However, the second race proved disastrous for Nathan after a collision ended his race on lap one, which paved the way for Formato to win the race and the title.

There was yet more drama to come when Groenewald, who looked to be out of the running at the halfway mark of the season, made a tremendous comeback to win his fourth successive WesBank V8 Supercar championship. Young Marc Auby led the championship by five points going into the Kyalami shootout, but Groenewald (Timken Jaguar) drove superbly to win the first heat, in wet conditions, from Auby and his younger brother, Brandon, both driving ELT Jaguars.

The second heat took place in appalling conditions, but that didn’t stop Groenewald from producing a sterling performance to move from ninth on the grid to first at the end of the opening lap. However, the veteran campaigner then experienced tyre problems allowing the Auby’s to catch up, but Marc spun two laps from the end causing him to drop to third behind Brandon. That sealed the championship for Groenewald who won three of the last four races to edge past Marc in the points standings.

The final championship to be decided on the day saw Mathew Hodges take the Engen VW Polo Cup title ahead of the hard working Gennaro Bonafede. A win in the opening race and a third place in the second race were sufficient to see Hodges (PG Glass) edge out Bonafede (Champion) and his team-mate Devin Robertson in the championship stakes. It was a fitting end to a great day’s racing which, despite the atrocious conditions, proved very entertaining for the few spectators who braved the inclement weather.

Arran Brown

Arran Brown

Arran aces Amashovashova
Team Medscheme rider Arran Brown (pictured) edged out team-mate Malcolm Lange and MTN rider Christoff van Heerden in a sprint finish to win the MTN Amashovashova National Cycle Classic in Durban on Sunday. The 24-year-old Brown, who hails from Johannesburg, crossed the line a time of two hours, 19 minutes and 53 seconds while Lange and Van Heerden were credited with the same time in the 106km race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

Swedish rider Jennie Stenerhag out sprinted MTN riders Lynette Burger and Marissa van der Merwe to win The Elite Women’s race in 2:44:53. Brown, who is only in his third year as a professional, has now set his sights on winning the Pick n Pay 94,7 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on November 15.

There was a chaotic ending to Sunday’s race when the motorcycle with the TV cameraman on board rode over the timing pads on the finish line causing one of the pads to spring up into the path of the leading riders. The first seven riders managed to avoid the mat, but four others were sent hurtling through the air when their front wheels slammed into the pad causing them to lose control of their bikes.

South African road champion Jamie Ball (Team House of Paint) was taken to hospital with suspected back and neck injuries; African Road Champion Dan Carven of Namibia sustained a broken collarbone; Shaun Ward suffered a broken elbow; and Dennis van Niekerk’s bike was totally destroyed.

Ball was later discharged from hospital after scans and X-Rays revealed no fractures, but according to House of Paint team captain Dean Edwards, he was still in a great deal of pain and battling to walk. It was subsequently revealed that the timing pads were not taped down and although no one was seriously injured or killed in the incident, an investigation should surely be conducted as to why this was not done.

Jacques Blaauw

Jacques Blaauw

Canadian wins at Glendower
Canadian Graham DeLaet won his maiden Sunshine Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the 54-hole R500 000 BMG Classic, which finished on Sunday. DeLaet recorded a third-round 69 at the 6 914m par-72 Glendower Golf Club to finish on 11-under-par 205 ahead of England’s Jeff Inglis in second place. It was the Canadian’s fifth tournament in South Africa, having finished 12th in the Joburg Open, 12th in the Africa Open, second in the Vodacom Championship and second in the Telkom PGA Championship before his victory on Sunday.

Inglis scythed his way through the field with a final round of eight-under 64, recording eight birdies along the way, but it was not enough to deny DeLaet victory.  Third place was shared by Jacques Blaauw (pictured), Louis de Jager and Brandon Pieters. The 22-year-old Blaauw had a chance to snatch victory, but a double bogey on the 18th saw him slide back to nine-under for the tournament – a pity after a brilliant run of six consecutive birdies from the sixth to the 11th. Defending champion Doug McGuigan finished with a 69 to secure a share of seventh with Trevor Fisher Jnr.

Top eight finishers (RSA unless specified)
205 – Graham DeLaet (CAN) 68 69 68
206 – Jeff Inglis (ENG) 73 69 64
207 – Louis de Jager 65 76 66, Jacques Blaauw 70 71 66, Brandon Pieters
68 69 70
208 – Neil Cheetham (ENG) 72 66 70
209 – Trevor Fisher Jnr 69 72 68, Doug McGuigan 68 72 69

The next tournament on the Sunshine Tour is the R600 000 Highveld Classic, which will be held at the Witbank Golf Club from October 23-25. Defending champion James Kamte, who finished six shots off the pace at the BMG Classic, will be hoping to reproduce the kind of form that saw him lift the title last season.

Photo Credits:
Cheetahs stun Sharks in Durban – Photo – Jacques-Louis Potgieter: Source – www.zimbio.com
Bulls scrape home against fiery Province – Photo – Morné Steyn: Source – www.sport24.co.za
Bucs suffer first defeat – Photo – Erwin Isaacs: Source – www.sport24.co.za
Brilliant Rilee can’t save Eagles – Photo – Rilee Rossouw: Source – www.ditsem.net
Henry hammers hapless Victoria – Photo – Henry Davids: Source – www.sport24.co.za
Botha blasts Dolphins – Photo – Johan Botha: Source – www.beerandsport.net
‘White Buffalo’ to take on Cuban giant – Photo – Francois Botha: Source – www.upi.com
Van der Burgh wins in Durban – Photo – Cameron van der Burgh: Source – www.swimnetwork.com
Thrills and spills abound in Kyalami extravaganza – Photo – Sheridan Morais: Source – www.quickpic.co.za
Arran aces Amashovashova – Photo – Arran Brown: Source – www.m.zoopy.com
Canadian wins at Glendower – Photo – Jacques Blaauw: Source – www.compleatgolfer.co.za

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3 comments about South African Sports News – 21 October
  1. October 21st, 2009 at 21:41
    Melissa Baker says:

    I would like to say thank you to Mr G Mortimer for taking the time to write such interesting information on whats happening in the sporting world. As a lady I found his articles to be outstanding and so much more beneficial then reading the newspaper. He definately has a way of keeping the readers attention. I look forward to reading more of his articles in the future. Keep up the Good work !

  2. October 22nd, 2009 at 21:47
    Rose Cloke says:

    Melissa, I fully agree with your comments, Mortimer has an incredible gift of weaving words with clear facts, as a fellow writer I enjoy a good read, I have just visited SA and used the info on this blog, looking forward to our next visit in a few years …

  3. October 30th, 2009 at 14:23
    Cricket Bats says:

    A pity to see the Eagles go out so early on!