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Dive in with me as I recap some of the stand out moments from the weekend.

Rugby:

The mid-year international test series concluded this past Saturday. It was the deciding test for the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere teams, with history beckoning for the Irish and Welsh.

The action kicked off in Willington, where New Zealand were looking to dominate a motivated Irish side and clinch the series 2-1 on home soil. That wasn’t the case, however, as the “CEOs of running rugby” were utterly outplayed by Sexton and his men, resulting in Ireland winning their first ever series in New Zealand, creating history on the way.

England followed suit by beating a strong Australia side in what was a tightly contested affair at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

It was the turn of the Welsh to try and make some history by winning their first series on South African soil. The venue, DHL stadium in Cape Town, was buzzing with a sea of green and gold jerseys. It was a momentous occasion as Eben Etzebeth and Bongi Mbonambi played their 100th and 50th tests, respectively. The Springboks pitched up and proved too strong for Wales, clinching the series 2-1 in the process.

Argentina also defeated Scotland by 3 points, as a late trie by Emiliano Boffelli secured the series for the Pumas. Georgia beat Portugal to make it two wins in a row, whereas Chile shocked the USA to qualify for their first World Cup.

Results:

New Zealand 22 – 32 Ireland

Australia 17- 21 England

South Africa 30- 14 Wales

Argentina 34- 31 Scotland

Georgia 23- 14 Portugal

USA 29- 31 Chile

In more rugby news:

The Junior Springboks made it 4/4 wins when they defeated Wales, 47-27, in the final of the U20 Summer Series held in Italy.

The SA Schools team faced the SA Schools “A” side at the Hamilton Rugby Club in Cape Town this past Saturday. With most of the South African future stars on display, the boys pulled off massive performances as the SA Schools side proved to be too strong for their counterparts, thumping them 57-27.

Cricket:

It was another frustrating outing for the Momentum Proteas as they lost to England by 114 runs in the second of three ODI’s in England.

A maiden century by Rishabh Pant saw India over the line in the third and final ODI against England. Pant scored 125 not out, as he helped his team successfully chase down a target of 260 set by the hosts.

Zimbabwe qualified for the T20 World Cup after beating the Netherlands by 37 runs in Bulawayo. The African team will face Ireland, Scotland, and the West Indies at the World Cup.

Bangladesh continued its dominance over the West Indies in the final ODI as they swept past the Caribbean team, winning by 4 wickets.

Golf:

It was the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews this past weekend. The eagerly anticipated and momentous occasion saw Australian Cameron Smith clinch victory after shooting a fantastic closing 64 to win his maiden major title, becoming the first Australian to win the tournament since Greg Norman in 1993.

Football:

Banyana Banyana confirmed their place in next year’s World Cup by defeating Tunisia 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the Total Energies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations this past week. The only football national team that matters in the country will now face Zambia for a place in the finals of the tournament on Monday night.

Zambia have been crowned COSAFA Cup champions after beating Namibia 1-0 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday.

On the other hand, Bafana Bafana celebrated winning the Plate final, after narrowly defeating neighbours Botswana 2-1.

Athletics:

Wayde van Niekerk and Zakithi Nene represented South Africa on track in the 400 meter heats at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, last night.

Van Niekerk, who holds the world record in the 400 meters blasted his way through the competition finishing first in a time of 45.18s, and booked his spot in the semi-finals.

Nene, another talented 400-meter paceman, was not left out as he finished 3rd in his heat to also qualify for the semi-finals coming up this week.

Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula
Avuyile Sawula is a young passion-driven Sports Writer and Blogger. I am also an aspiring sports commentator and broadcaster looking to use my knowledge, skills and insights both digitally and on mainstream media. I have worked as a news writer for various news organizations covering both hard and soft news. My reporting beats include Rugby (Internationally and locally), Formula 1 and Cricket (both men and women's cricket.) However, I don't restrict myself to those only as I always try to cover other interesting beats within the sports fraternity.

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