Weekend Sports Wrap-Up!
All the drama of this weeks sporting action. Rugby and Football combined to give us more drinking occasion than normally needed. Another week another wrap up. all your favourite sports results and commentary just for you in one easy read.
Euro heavyweights, Spain, Germany, Portugal and now Italy have all booked themselves semi-finals berths in this year’s competition.
In typical Barca style, the Spanish dismantled a lacklustre French outfit with countless passing before midfielder Xabi Alonso answered his sides calling with a brace of goals to see them deny the French a semi-final berth.
While a festival of goals saw the Germans quickly silence a spirited Greek crowd by out-scoring their opponents 4-2. Captain Philipp Lahm led from the front by slotting in his sides first goal, trailed by goals from Khedira, Klose and Reus.
The Portuguese Christiano Ronaldo once again came to his beloved country’s rescue following a frustrating 70 minutes before the Real Madrid talisman slotted in a sneaky header to extinguish any hopes of valiant Czech Republic advancing to the knock-out stages.
Last nights game of England vs Italy went down to the wire. With Italy being the better team throughout the game. In all fairness, they deserved to go through. At 120min the teams were still deadlocked, Italy winning 4 – 2 on penalties.
Meyer and his TASTELESS Heineken’s!!!
Heyneke Meyer‘s predictable and one-dimensional approach soon caught up with him over the weekend as his side failed to clinch a white wash over the English in the Castle Incoming Tour over the weekend.
Meyer’s side produced nothing close to a performance that could put South African rugby revellers at ease ahead of the newly formatted Tri-Nations tournament dubbed the Championship Series.
Pundits have raised concerns over Meyer’s inability to give bench warmers a run. With the series clinched and a poor display by Morne Steyn – who failed to clinch a 3-0 win by missing numerous penalties at goal; one would have thought the former Bulls boss would give Elton Jantjies a go, yet the newly appointed coach stuck to his guns that just happened to shoot blanks throughout the day.
One has to question if Meyer did not have any faith in the young pivot at that point of the series, when will he ever.
New Zealand pulled off an earth shattering performance when they dismantled the Irish 60-0 in their three test series in the land of the long cloud. The World Champions were ruthless and faultless on the day with standout performances from fly half Aaron Cruden and centre pair Sonny Bill Williams.
The Proteas failed to prove the quality in-depth when their “second-string” outfit suffered a 2-0 reverse to a spirited Zimbabwean side in their recent Tri-angular series which included Asian opponents Bangladesh.
It was clear the hosts had everything to play for and despite the series “unofficial” status, Coach Gary Kirsten should have concerns about his side’s recent performances.
Take nothing away from Zimbabwe Captain Brendan Taylor who led his team. Taylor was voted Man of the Match with four half-centuries also clinching the Man of the Series award.
- Lahm praises Germany’s quality at Euro 2012 (mysanantonio.com)
- Heyneke worried about Steyn’s form (iol.co.za)