CAPE TOWN – This weekend was another exciting weekend for sport that saw shocking defeats, plenty of shuffles in sporting league standings and the close of yet another successful Paralympics. Here are our favourites:
Manchester United suffered third defeat in eight days
United fans were stunned when the Red Devils lost 3-1 to Watford yesterday on the back on their Uefa Europa League defeat to Feyenoord in Rotterdam on Thursday and their Manchester derby last Saturday, losing 2-1 to Manchester City. United have dropped to seventh on the standings with nine points from five league games with their next fixture on Saturday at home to defending champions Leicester City.
Springboks suffered third straight loss
Cracks are starting to show after the Springboks lost 41-13 to the All Blacks in Christchurch on Saturday. With defeats to Argentina and Australia, there’s plenty of room for improvements as some expects some heads to fall with many expecting coach Allister Coetzee to drop players that have been given one too many opportunities to prove their worth to the squad.
Team SA’s successful Paralympics outing
With the Paralympics officially over, there was much joy and sadness at the closing ceremony for the global sporting event. The ceremony also paid special tribute to Iranian Para-cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad who died after sustaining injuries from a crash during the men’s road race on Saturday.
Team South Africa had a successful outing at Rio, standing in 22nd with 17 medals – seven GOLD, six SILVER and four BRONZE. – with Ilse Hayes and Dylan Buis adding their silver and gold medals respectively from Saturday night.
Rosberg wins at Singapore GP
German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg gave fellow teammate Briton Lewis Hamilton a run for his money after winning the Singapore Grand Prix yesterday. Rosberg led the race from start to finish at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, leapfrogged Hamilton in the Drivers Championship standings with eight points separating the drivers.
Sundowns down but not out
Mamelodi Sundowns had to suffice with a 2-1 defeat to ZESCO United in the CAF Championships on Saturday after Khama Billiat’s late goal saved the Brazilians in the first leg tie in Ndola, Zambia. Sundowns will play their second leg tie this Saturday at the Lucas Moripe Stadium with an away goal advantage over the Zambian side.