This weekend brings a host of sporting action to enjoy, including a cricket clash that’s sure to be a cracker, a international football match-up that all eyes will be on, and another unmissable French rugby encounter that will undoubtedly be packed full of entertainment.
South Africa vs West Indies
South Africa and the West Indies begin their three-match Twenty20 series with an evening clash at Newlands on Friday. South Africa have opted for a somewhat experimental squad for the T20 series against the West Indies, testing out some of the players who lurk on the fringes.
As a result, on paper, West Indies are far stronger than the hosts. Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Marlon Samuels are big names in the T20 format, and they should easily beat a relatively inexperienced South Africa outfit. However, T20 is a funny game, and it takes just one special performance to take a match away from the opposition.
Cameroon vs South Africa
Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba will not want his side to lose the momentum following their recent success. South Africa have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament that will be held in Equatorial Guinea early next year, and SA will put their unbeaten run to the test against one of the best teams on the continent.
The team will play the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Libreville Stadium and possibly against Gabon around 13 or 14 January 13, before they jet off to Equatorial Guinea for the commencement of the anticipated tournament. This will arguably be the most testing challenge that lies ahead for Bafana Bafana prior to the AFCON competition.
Toulon vs Racing Metro
The undisputed champions of French rugby, Toulon, are coming off of a shock loss to Montpelier last week, who came under the new coaching prowess of former Springbok boss Jake White. The reigning French Top 14 and Heineken Cup champions will be looking to bounce back strong against Racing Metro at the Stade Félix-Mayol on Saturday.
Racing, who won at home last weekend, will be coming to Toulon to try and topple the wounded giant. The Parisian side is high on confidence, and outside centre Casey Laulula, in an interview earlier this week, explained that the side is not taking Toulon lightely come kick-off.
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