5 Talking Points from the Sporting Weekend 10 – 12 September 2021

An eventful sporting weekend saw Quade Cooper in the spotlight, Jake White’s Bulls lift the Currie Cup, Crisitano’s much anticipated return, and Lukaku goes from a boy to a man at Stamford Bridge. 

Quade Cooper Sinks Boks Hearts

Siya Kolisi was sin binned for what seemed like a tip tackle on Tom Banks, The Australians capitalized on the having the man down, and Kellaway went over the line to score.

The Springboks used the maul to score in the 27th minute as Bongi Mbonambi went over. After the break, Malcolm Marx went over after another strong maul from the Springboks.

But all the while Quade Cooper kept the Australians just in reach with his penalty conversions. Marx scored his second try with another rolling maul, with just 8 minutes to go. Damian Willemse failed to convert the kick and left the score at 26 – 25 to the Boks. Making for an anxious end to the match.

Australia won a penalty in the final minutes of the match and Quade Cooper sent the Wallabies to victory in a dramatic end, 28 – 26 to the Wallabies.

The Springboks have only won four out of 27 games in Australia and will continue on their defence of the Rugby Championship with another Test with Australia next week before battling it out with high flying New Zealand.


Bulls secure consecutive Currie Cup

The Bulls ran over in the first three minutes after kick off to set the precedent for the final. Mapoe crashed over in the 20th minute after a blitz line break. The Bulls showed dominance in all fronts of the pitch, scoring six tries to the visitor’s one, absolutely running the Durbanite’s over. Jake White and his coaching staff led the Bulls to their 25th championship with another stellar performance at Loftus.

All Blacks continue dominance

It took 9 minutes for the All Blacks to score after a try form Reiko Ioane, before Sevu Reece scored his fourth consecutive Test try. The All Blacks scored again just before the half.

Beauden Barret set up an incredible try after a backhand pass for Jacobson to score in the 45th. It was another stellar showing from the All Blacks but with a more balanced set of tactics. A good use of their scrum and maul, and a well balanced use of their running skill set. The All Blacks won 39 – 0.

Ronaldo Returns as Lukaku scores at Stamford Bridge

Romelu Lukaku made a dream start in Stamford bridge as he scored in 15 minutes after a great ball from Kovačić. Lukaka scored his brace in 90 minute added time when he pulled the trigger at the edge of the box with a fabulous left foot strike to end the match 3 – 0 to the Blues at home.

Cristiano Ronaldo made his emphatic return debut when he scored a brace in Manchester’s 4 – 1 win against Newcastle. The 36 year old, showed that he’s still got what it takes to play in top flight football. Ronaldo looks set to retire at Manchester United to end his illustrious career at the club that gave him a shot in the big stage.

Masandawane March on

Sundowns continued their Premiership dominance with a 2- 0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs. Keagan Dolly, and Nurkovich had great chances to put Chiefs on the scoreboard but couldn’t finish clinically enough. Downs scored in the 7th with a near post header from Grant Kekana. Dennis Onyango made a brilliant point blank range stop from a Chiefs header, but Sundowns seemed to seal the game after a goal from Peter Shalulile.

Kaizer Chiefs were handed a life line with a penalty, but Manyama hit the cross bar to sum up an uneventful night for Chiefs.

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