This weekend brings a host of sporting action to enjoy, including a Springbok clash that’s sure to be a cracker, a international football match-up that all eyes will be on, and another unmissable Telkom Knockout final that will undoubtedly be packed full of entertainment.
Wales vs Springboks
The Springboks are coming off the back of an unconvincing win against Italy. While Heyneke Meyer’s team did score three tries, it took the Boks far beyond the 60 minute mark to actually build up some momentum.
Wales will feel they were shortchanged against the All Blacks, having played arguably the better game for two-thirds of the match, only to be outplayed by an impressive New Zealand comeback in the later stages of the game.
The Springboks have made five changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s match, while Wales have had three changes to their side from last weekend.
This match could determine how the Boks’ tour is perceived, so it’s a biggie for the men in green and gold come Saturday.
South Africa vs Ivory Coast
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. Since Mashaba took over the reigns at Bafana Bafana in September this year, they have played six Afcon qualifiers and have not lost. They won three and drew the rest.
They meet Ivory Coast at Mbombela Stadium in the Nelson Mandela Challenge, which is off the official FIFA fixture, making foreign-based players off the selection-list.
Ivory Coast coach Herve Renard announced his 20-man squad which features some major omissions of star players, but it will give Renard the chance to put some new talent to the test.
SuperSport United vs Platinum Stars
Saturday’s Telkom Knockout Final between SuperSport United and Platinum Stars will be the first ever cup final meeting between the two – and only the 13th final which doesn’t involve any of the Big Three in the history of the modern day PSL.
SuperSport coach Gordon Igesund has also never won this competition – for all his success in the League, the only cup competition he has actually ever won is the BP Top in 2000 with Pirates.
Stars will also attempt to become only the second club to win this competition two years in a row after Chiefs, who have already achieved this feat thrice. Also favouring Stars is the fact that they still have 10 of the 14 players that were used by Allan Freese in last year’s Final. Freese is also still the man in charge at Stars.
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