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5 Biggest Sports Moments You May Have Missed

We’ve wrapped up the biggest and best moments from the sporting action this past weekend.

The weekend delivered some big moments in the form of some great goals, incredible tries, spectacular shots and some surprise wins, and we’ve wrapped up the five best right here:

Ma’a Nonu’s destructive run and try against the Pumas – Ma’a Nonu showed that he still the All Black’s potent attacking weapon in the midfield, smashing through the Argentine defence to score a great try for New Zealand.

Jesse Kriel’s dazzling individual try on debut for the Springboks – 21-year-old débutante Jesse Kriel scored a breathtaking try against Australia, beating three defenders on the way to the tryline.

The Wallabies’ last-minute shock-win against South Africa – Australia managed to pull of an astonishing comeback in the dying moments of the Rugby Championship match against the Springboks in Brisbane.

How Carlos Ribeiro won Copenhagen Open 2015 – Brazilian skateboard star Carlos Ribeiro is ripping up the competitive street skating scene, and his most recent performance crowned him first spot in the Copenhagen Open.

Murray secures his finals spot – Andy Murray came from a set down in three hours of punishing tennis to confirm Great Britain’s place in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

What was your favourite sports moments from this weekend? Let us know in the comments section below…

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. James

    July 20, 2015 at 15:04

    Well the South Africa vs Australia game was a huge disappointment. We started off so well. I suppose on the positive side we learnt a few lessons.

    1) We should have been looking at a replacement for Victor Matfield a long time ago. Our line outs fell apart after he went off injured but no one stepped up. Well no one could step up because he’s been hogging the position for the last decade.

    2) We cannot play a kicking game against a team that only wants to run at you. In fact you should only kick the ball if you can catch the ball and maintain possession. We had had a 6 to 1 ratio of catching the ball (for every 6 we kicked we only caught 1). We cant keep on playing Larger Rugby we will get dominated by teams that play fluid running rugby.

    3) We can’t hold such a flat line when attacking. Ruan Pienaar is slow at getting the ball out of rucks and malls but we know that. It doesn’t help if guys are completely stationary when they receive the ball. The result was that we had absolutely no momentum going forward.

    4) The squad needs some attention. Jannie Du Plessis, JP and Habana have huge question marks by their names. Maybe when Fourie comes back it will be a different story.

    • Jeremy Proome

      July 20, 2015 at 15:25

      I have to agree with your points.

      1) Despite having some great lineout jumpers in our squad (Etzebeth, De Jager, Matfield), I felt the Boks were ineffective in that department. After losing a number of attacking lineouts, SA resorted to not even contesting, and rather waiting to try defend the Wallabies’ driving-maul. We can’t afford to give up on using our lineouts in a World Cup. Set-pieces need to be a strength of ours going forward.

      2) Doing box kicks inside our own 22m isn’t proving to be a good exit strategy, and doing to Israel Folau is even worse. He made 108 running metres (more than anyone else during the game) and regathered every single high-ball kicked at him, and under pressure at times. It’s not going to work and if we’re looking to gain territory, we need deep kicks over his head that run into touch, otherwise it really is losing ground and possession more than anything.

      3) Agreed – depth is what we need. I like the line-depth of De Allende and Kriel – they’re definitely adding some attacking space to the Bok backline, but everyone else needs to be on the same page otherwise passes will be rushed or opportunities will be missed. Le Roux is also helping a lot at directing the attacking play.

      4) JP was a little lacklustre and didn’t have his usual “oomph” in contact. It was surprising Cornal Hendricks didn’t get the nod – he played fantastically against the Wallabies last year and has looked good in Super Rugby despite the Cheetahs’ poor season.

      • James

        July 20, 2015 at 17:40

        Exactly, we need to be able to rely on our line outs. In the 2007 our consistency at the line out and Persy’s foot saw us win it. It’s not that we don’t have the players to step in but 4 years ago we needed to have a Matfield replacement ready.

        I also agree. If you are going to kick, kick for touch or find a gap and have guys run in to it. The Australian and New Zealand back line are so dangerous with ball and hand. The only way to stop that is by not giving away possession when we are deep in our own half.

        Yeah, I think the two of them are going to make a huge impact in the squad but as you say you need the rest of the team to buy in. It will give us a lot more momentum going ahead.

        He really didn’t have an impact on the game. I’d also be a bit hesitant about Habana but his spatial awareness is so fantastic.

        I think this Rugby Championship will teach us a lot more about where we have to be ahead of the World Cup. I don’t think the results will favour us. I’m interested in how we play against Argentina.

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