It was yet another exhilarating weekend in the world of sports. A weekend that took sporting fans all over the world on an emotional rollercoaster, whether it be from the comfort of their homes to those who were fortunate enough to witness the action as it unfolded on the ground.
Let us look at some of the action that stood out:
The World of Rugby:
The mid-year international test series was back for a second week on our TV screens. Going into the weekend, the Southern Hemisphere teams, which consist of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Argentina, were looking to make it two wins in a row and secure series wins against Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland, respectively.
That was not the case however, as all 4 Northern Hemisphere teams registered in results to level things out at 1-1 going into the final weekend.
Ireland defeated a 14 men All blacks team, where missed opportunities by Australia cost them the game against England. A young in-experienced Springbok team which was looking to once again give hope to the nation succumbed to a hungry Welsh team, whereas Scotland put one over the Pumas.
Japan were also looking to rectify some of their mistakes in the first test against France. They started the game well but France’s experience and composure saw them claim victory and clinch the series in the process.
Japan 15-20 France
New Zealand 12-23 Ireland
Australia 17-25 England
South Africa 12-13 Wales
Argentina 6-29 Scotland
It was a weekend that took all Motor racing sport fans to Austria. The Red Bull Ring was host to the 11th race of the season and Max Verstappen, who went into the race leading the Championship points would’ve wanted to extend his lead, at his home Grand Prix.
At the chequered flag, Verstappen had to settle for P2 as another Ferrari driver for the second week running took P1 to exert more pressure on the 24 year-old.
It was Charles Leclerc who took P1 in Austria much to his excitement after the race. As much as the wheels were turned from last weekend’s race, Leclerc felt sorry for his teammate Carlos Sainz, who had to retire due to his car lighting in flames in 56 of 71.
“After the last 5 race weekends where everything went wrong, it feels so good to be on top. Feeling sorry for Carlos as it should’ve been a 1-2 finish. Let’s keep pushing” he said on a post via his Twitter account.
Amidst all the flames, overtakes and retirements around him, Lewis Hamilton had a good race which saw him on the podium for the third successive time this season.
“I really feel great, I’m so happy with today, especially after such a difficult start to the weekend,” said Hamilton who finished one spot ahead of Mercedes teammate George Russel.
“We’ll keep pushing. We’re not too bad and some of our laps were comparable so we’re slowly getting there,” he said.
Podium results from the Austrian GP:
P1- Charles Leclerc
P2- Max Verstappen
P3- Lewis Hamilton
The world of cricket witnessed some close and hard fought results this past weekend. Starting in the West Indies, where Bangladesh pulled off a surprise 6 wickets victory over the host in the first of three ODI matches held in Caribbean region.
New Zealand were also taken to the wire by Ireland in their first ODI, slipping away and winning that game by just 1 wicket.
It was the turn of England and India to battle it out in their final T20 fixture in Trent Bridge. The home side were playing for pride as India went into the game with a 2-0 lead. A man of the match performance by Reece Topley saw the English side clinch victory as consolation.
In other cricket news, ICC announced the players of the month for both men and women’s cricket for June. South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp was named Women’s player of the month, while England’s Johnny Bairstow won the men’s award.
It was over to the men’s Wimbledon final in the world of Tennis as Novak Djokovic looked to clinch his 7th title making it his 21st major title in all grand slams.
His opponent however, Nick Kyrgios was playing in his first Grand Slam Final and wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. However, the 35-year old Serbian proved his class and prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 7-3 to win his 7th title. It was his fourth successive title at the All England Club.
Only Roger Federer has won more Wimbledon titles, with eight.
Banyana Banyana beat Botswana 1-0 in their final encounter in group C. The women’s side had already booked their spot in the quarterfinals of the Total Energies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations prior the match.
The goal by Nthabiseng Majiya means that Banyana will face Tunisia in the last 8 of the competition.
To more local news:
The U18 Craven Week came to a conclusion in Rondebosch this past weekend, with Western Province beating the Blue Bulls 29-21 in the unofficial final.
The DSTV eKasi Champ of Champs Final (Contributor: Tebogo Precious – Grit Sports Author)
Saw Chipolopolo take on Chego 17 in an intriguing game that saw supporters expecting goals from both sides. Goals it delivered as the game ended 3-3 resulting in a penalty shoot being needed to settle things. The Chego 17 players were able to hold their nerves as they won the shootout.
In the DSTV Diski Shield Challange, Chippa United knocked out T.S Galaxy in the saturday game whereas Mamelodi Sundowns were too strong for arch rivals Orlando Pirates beating them 2-1.
Sunday saw Stellenbosch United defeat Maritzburg United 2-1 and Kaizer Chiefs get one over SuperSport United 4-2, much to the satisfaction of their supporters.
An eventful weekend it was, for more updates and weekend recaps make sure to stay tuned to Grit Sports News.