The Momentum Proteas are on track to earn a spot in the knockout stage following a third successive win at the ICC Woman’s World Cup. England were the latest victims of the South Africans. Our ladies just crawling over the line to pull off an exciting three-wicket victory, with just four balls remaining.

Kapp-ing them over

Momentum Proteas Captain Sune Luus won the toss in the wee hours of the morning and opted to have a bowl first. Marizanne Kapp put South Africa in the driving seat early on in the innings. The 32-year old taking two wickets in her first three overs, en route to a five-for; the first of the tournament and the first of Kapp’s career.

Marizanne Kapp celebrating a wicket at the ICC Woman's World Cup

“I think I’ve played over 120-matches for South Africa so I should be comfortable in my abilities,” Marizanne said after the win.

“Being with this team, being able to represent my country in so many games, I think I reached the point in my career where I know what I’m capable of. I’m just glad I could do it in such an important game.”

While a third wicket fell through Masabata Klaas in the 12th over, seeing England on 42-3, the Momentum Proteas failed to land the killing blow.

A 107-run partnership between Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont saw England post a competitive, and definitely defendable 235 for 9.

More runs for Wolfie

While the Momentum Proteas lost Lizelle Lee early on, Laura Wolvaardt looked poised to convert a solid start into a century. However, for a second consecutive match, she lost her wicket with her score in the 70s’. While there will be some disappointment for the 22-year old Wolvaardt, her contribution was enough to set up the win.

“Honestly, I don’t really care if she (Wolvaard) scores a hundred or not,” quipped Kapp.

“I know she’s disappointed with herself because she wanted to see us through. I believe a big score is around the corner. She’s been so consistent and amazing to the line-up and yet again tonight, under pressure, she performed.”

Wolvaards’ 77 (101) allowed for a run-a-ball chase toward the end of the game. It was by no means easy, as England kept the pressure up, taking the game all the way to the last over.

On the up

Improvement within the South African squad is evident – after two scrappy wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan – the South Africans looked more composed with the bat in hand. However, more work needs to be done if they are to keep their unbeaten run intact.

“We know we haven’t played our best cricket yet,” assured Kapp.

“It’s not how you start the world cup; it’s about how you finish. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and that we’ll peak at the right time”

The Momentum Proteas next face hosts New Zealand at the ICC Woman’s World Cup, Thursday morning from 3:00.

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This weekend will be Liverpool’s first “trophy” when Mo Salah’s Egypt takes on Sadio Mane’s Senegal in the Africa Cup Of Nations final.

It wasn’t easy sailing for the Pharaohs as they needed extra time to secure their berth into the finals of the African continent showpiece with the game still locked at 0-0 after 120 minutes. Salah and his team held their nerve to secure a 3-1 win on penalties and remain on course in their chase for a record-extending eighth African crown.

Sadio Mane’s Senegal was a stark contrast as they needed normal time to beat Burkina Faso and continue their search for their first title.

The question however remains. Who will go back to Anfield as a champion? Whatever the outcome, “You never walk alone”.

Last week the Western Province did something quite amazing. They travelled to Durban to face the Sharks knowing they had to win to stay in the Currie Cup. However, the way things unfolded in Kimberley earlier that day threw a spanner in the works.

The last thing Province needed was the Pumas and Griquas, who were in the respective 4th and 3rd place on the log, playing out to a draw. That was unfortunately exactly what happened. The 13-13 result giving both sides 2-log points, which helped give the Pumas a four-point lead over WP on the Points table.

The Mpumalanga outfit also enjoyed a better point’s difference. That meant that Province needed to score four tries and win for the full five-point haul.

Nobody gave them chance. The Bulls were probably getting their visitors’ locker room ready for the Pumas. But, WP proved all the doubters wrong. Not only scoring the four tries need, but adding a fifth for good fun. The soon to be Lions wing, Edwill van der Merwe running in an intercept try in the 84th minute to put a nice bow on proceedings at Kings Park.

Western Province Rugby team, led by Ernst van Rhyn, getting ready for kickoff in the Cape Town Stadium
DHL Western Province Matchday Magazine
Can WP do it again?

There was an expectation that Western Province coach, John Dobson will call on his big guns to face the mighty Bulls. However, Dobson opted not to mess with a winning formula and made just two changes to the team.

After an impressive showing coming off the bench against the Sharks, Sazi Sandi gets promoted to the starting lineup. That move sees Neethling Fouche shift to the bench. The other change sees Springbok hooker, Scarra Ntubeni returning to the front row of the WP pack.

Former WP captain, Corne Krige believes that John Dobson should’ve beefed up his pack a bit more.

“It going to be a slugfest up front”, said Krige

“Clearly a more running game suits WP better, unfortunately against the Bulls, it’s going to be a different ball game.”

It is knockout rugby from here on out, and Krige proclaimed that WP will have to be perfect in the line-outs and scrums.

“It starts in the front. You have to make sure your set-pieces are bulletproof, and obviously, your tactical kicking must be very good because you want to keep them in their half”, said the former Springbok

“You don’t want them to get 5m from your line, because they probably are going to score through their forwards, through their driving maul.”

Krige, who played in the blue and white hooped jersey between ’96 and ’02, shared his views on tonight’s semifinal on The Honest Truth last night.

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Listen to Corné Krige tipping Evan Roos as a future Bok, here.

Springbok and Western Province legend, Corne Krige has given a massive endorsement to Western Province 8th-man Evan Roos.

Roos has taken the Cape by storm since returning to his homestead earlier this year. The 21-year-old joined the Stormers on a 9-month loan from the Sharks. However, Roos has since penned a 3-year contract with the Blue and White hoops.

His efforts on the field also brought him into the Springbok conversation. He’s been knocking on the Green and Gold door, and Corne Krige believes that he might not be too far away from a national call-up.

“Evan Roos has been playing some incredible rugby, and it will be great to give him a taste of Test Match Rugby”, said the Springbok and Stormers legend.

“There’s not a lot of other guys at an International level that I can see at the moment, so we (the Springboks) really need to make sure we look after our locks and loose-forwards.”

Evan Roos runs with the ball for Western Province vs Pumas
From Evan Roos’ Intagram

Roos, a product of Paarl Boy’s high, has been a consistent performer since his days playing at schoolboy level. Going on to represent the SA Schools side in 2018. He also represented the country at under-19 level.

Though still a youngster, Krige believes that the time is now to include Roos in the Springbok set-up.

“It will be great to give him a taste of test match rugby. He’s still very young and inexperienced”, said Krige.

“But, the only way you get experience is by touring with the team and playing at that high level. I would love to see him there.”

Krige, who himself earned 39-test caps for the Springboks, leading the side for 18 of those games, shared his views on Evan Roos, Jasper Wiese, the Springboks so-called boring game-plan and the Springboks encounter with Argentina on Saturday, 21 August. You can listen to the full interview, below.

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Reports have been doing the rounds ever since Barcelona’s 8-2 thrashing by eventual Champions League winners, Bayern Munich, that Catalonian poster boy, Lionel Messi wants out.

 

Though Barca higher-ups have denied the claim, they are now left with red-faces, as Leo officially informed them of their brake-up via fax.

 

The Argentinean has seemingly become so exasperated at Barca, that he would like to try his luck elsewhere, and that could well have set up a complicated legal wrangle, and lead to a … Messi divorce. (sorry, not sorry)

 

The club confirmed on Tuesday the Argentine sent a document expressing his desire to activate a release clause that would end his contract – which currently runs until next June – and allow him to leave for free this summer.

 

Barcelona does not agree the clause is still active. It is said to have expired on June 10 – 10 days after the original date of the Champions League final on May 30.

 

But Messi’s lawyers are arguing that – in the spirit of the deal and good faith – the clause is still active after the rescheduled final on August 23, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

A New Kingdom

 

Manchester City was linked with a £150 million (R3.3 billion) move for the 33-year-old earlier in the month, and it has now been claimed that Guardiola and Messi have already discussed a potential transfer.

 

According to the Daily Mirror, that discussion is believed to have taken place before the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s announcement on Tuesday, and puts City in pole position in the market.