Springboks

It's a SUPER weekend of sport!

2017-06-10 07:34

Cape Town - It's not often that the national teams for the three 'big' sports in the country are all in action on the same weekend.

But that's exactly what will happen this Saturday and Sunday when the Springboks, Bafana Bafana and Proteas all fly the South African flag - hopefully with a great degree of success.

SPRINGBOKS V FRANCE - SATURDAY, 17:00

Coach Allister Coetzee's Springboks kick things off at Loftus Versfeld when they host France in the first match of their three-Test series.

No one needs reminding that the Boks were utterly woeful in 2016 - 4 wins from 12 matches is simply unacceptable - and the team know it.

BUT it's a new dawn, a new year and Coetzee is sprouting all things positive, so here's hoping his team back up his words and get the series off to a victory, however narrow.

Heck we'll take a controversial 83rd minute drop goal to sneak a one-point win at this stage!

NIGERIA V BAFANA BAFANA - SATURDAY, 18:00

It's all change at Bafana Bafana - new coach, new captain ... and hopefully a different result when the national side locks horns with their fiercest African rivals at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday.

Bafana haven't beaten Nigeria in an official match in 25 years, but Baxter and skipper Thulani "Tyson" Hlatshwayo will look to get their AFCON 2019 campaign off to a winning start.

Truth be told an away draw will be like gold, so here's hoping we achieve no less than exactly that.

Go boys!

PROTEAS V INDIA - SUNDAY, 11:30

It's 'win or go home' for the Proteas in what effectively amounts to an ICC Champions Trophy quarter-final against India at The Oval on Sunday.

Thanks to a rain-affected D/L defeat to Pakistan by SA and a shock loss to Sri Lanka by India, both sides face a must-win scenario in order to progress to the semi-finals.

It's Sharma, Dhawan, Kohli and Dhoni up against De Kock, the Mighty #, Faf and AB (find form dammit Abraham Benjamin) in what on paper amounts to a blockbuster encounter.

Provided the rain stays away, no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon...

Special mention to the following events also fighting for your TV time this weekend:

Crusaders v British & Irish Lions, Saturday - 09:35

French Open finals, Saturday (women), Sunday (men) -  15:00

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup (go Greg Minnaar), Sunday - 15:10

Canada Grand Prix, Sunday - 20:00

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