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South Africa: Latest sports news and fixtures, Saturday 10 August

Welcome to your hub for latest sports news and fixtures for the second day of the Women’s Day long weekend and the final matchday of Rugby Championship 2019. 

Latest sports news and fixtures today, Saturday 10 August

Rugby Championship fixtures

Australia vs New Zealand, Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia, 11:45.

The Wallabies and All Blacks will both be looking to keep the pressure on the table-topping Springboks when they meet in Perth. Both sides could still win the Rugby Championship but would need a favourable result in Salta.

Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, 21:40.

Springbok skipper Duane Vermeulen is expecting a real battle from the Pumas of Argentina as they meet at altitude.

Handre Pollard - South Africa: Latest sports news and fixtures, Saturday 10 August
South Africa latest sports news and fixtures: Handré Pollard kicks off during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between New Zealand and South Africa at Westpac Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

The Springboks will know by kick off what they need to do to clinch a first-ever Rugby Championship title.

Currie Cup Rugby

Sharks v Free State, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium, 15:00

The Sharks will enter their match against the Free State Cheetahs with their backs against the wall after one win in three outings, setting the scene for a thrilling battle.

The Free Staters suffered a narrow two-point defeat last week, which marked their first of the season, and they will be determined to bounce back and remain on the top-end of the standings with a chance of earning a possible home semi-final as the pool stages nears a close.

Lions v Blue Bulls, Emirates Airline Park, 17:15

The Gauteng derby has all the ingredients for a mouth-watering encounter, with the Golden Lions going in search of their fourth successive victory, which would catapult them to the top of the standings, while the Blue Bulls have to win their last two matches with bonus points to keep alive their hopes of possibly sneaking in the top four.

The Jozi side have won five of the last six matches between the teams, but the team from Pretoria will have all the motivation they need to create an upset.

MTN 8 football

Bidvest Wits vs Supersport United, Bidvest Stadium, 14:00

The Clever Boys face coach Gavin Hunt’s former side Supersport United in an intriguing MTN 8 clash.

Cape Town City vs Polokwane City, Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, 14:00

Last season’s MTN 8 winners get their defence underway at home, taking on Limpopo club Polokwane City. Polokwane City will be buoyed by their win over Black Leopards last weekend while Benni McCarthy’s side were frustrated by another Limpopo side in Baroka FC.

Champions League Preliminary round

Green Eagles (ZAM) vs Orlando Pirates (RSA), Lusaka, Zambia, 15:00.

Orlando Pirates head to Lusaka looking for a victory to make their home leg a comfortable affair. Green Eagles were the runners-up in last season’s Zambian Premier League.

Happy Jele - South Africa: Latest sports news and fixtures, Saturday 10 August
South Africa Latest sports news and fixtures: Musa Nyatama and Happy Jele of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic at Orlando Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

ABSA Premiership (PSL)

Kaizer Chiefs v Black Leopards, Moses Mabhida Stadium, 20:15   

The Amakhosi roadshow hits Durban on Saturday for the only PSL fixture that will go ahead on Saturday. Black Leopards come into the match of the back of an opening weekend defeat and need to improve rapidly.

MMA bonanza

Fight fans are in for a thrilling weekend of Mixed Martial Arts action with both EFC 81 from Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday 10 August 2019, as well as UFC Fight Night 156 from the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay on Sunday 11 August 2019.

EFC 81 will be broadcast on SuperSport 11 from 20:00 on Saturday while UFC Fight Night 156 will be broadcast on the same channel in the early hours of Sunday morning, from 2:00 SAST.

EFC 81 is headlined by a battle for the Interim Bantamweight Title between Nkazimulo ‘Zulu Boy’ Zulu (11-3-0) and Faeez ‘Troublemaker’ Jacobs (6-2-0).

PGA Tour

Louis Oosthuizen and Dylan Fritelli lead the South African challenge in the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust event which moves into its Third Round on Saturday.

Latest sports news

France opened their SA Rugby Under-18 International Series campaign with a commanding 43-19 win over the SA Schools ‘A’ side at Markotter Sports Fields, Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch on Friday.

The SA Schools team opened their Series with a hard-fought 23-13 win over Wales thanks to a better attacking effort in the second half. The SA team trailed 6-10 at the break, but managed to play the big points better in the second half to overhaul their opponents.

Western Province‘s five-try first-half scoring spree laid the foundation for a 45-14 victory over the Pumas in their Currie Cup match at Newlands on Friday afternoon.

The final result was never in doubt after WP ran up a healthy 31-7 halftime lead, even though the visiting Pumas scored the first try of the match.

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