National Sport

Rising star Lungi Ngidi debuts for the Proteas

POOJA PUNDIT

Right-arm fast bowler for Assupol, TuksCricket and the Titans, Lungisani Ngidi, made his debut for South Africa in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, as the opening bowler. Ngidi walked in as debutant with the economy of 3.20 and a best bowling figure of 9/32 for the Titans. Ngidi’s best bowling international score is an accomplished 4/19 with a striking economy of 5.16. Before his debut match Ngidi admitted to “being a tad bit nervous”.

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Tragedy forces abrupt end to youth tournament

THORISO PHASHA AND KWAZI SOKHELA
The Engen Champ of Champs soccer tournament hosted by SuperSport United Football Club at the University of Pretoria High Performance Sports Complex was brought to an abrupt end on 8 October. The tournament was scheduled to take place from 7-9 October, but was cancelled after footballer Kabelo Qabalatsane passed away.

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Flying Fish Beach Volleyball series kicks off in Pretoria

CARLI-ANN FURNO
The third installment of the Flying Fish Beach Voleyball series kicked off at LC de Villiers this past weekend, 25-27 August.

“We are really excited about the tournament series as it gives the professional player a national platform to test their mettle,” says Gershon Rorich, the director of Beach Volleyball SA. “These players play for more than just the trophy at the end of the series.

This event is recognised by the Fédération Internationale De Volleyball (FIVB) which means that these players earn points that get added to the overall FIVB points rankings.” Catch Perdeby’s exclusive coverage of the event in our next edition.

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Bulls win North-South derby semi-final

DYLAN JACK
The Bulls secured a 36-30 win against Western Province (WP) in the Currie Cup semi-final on 15 October at Loftus Versfeld. The Bulls welcomed back Springbok scrumhalf Rudy Paige from international duty and captain Arno Botha from injury. Western Province welcomed the return of Sprinboks Bongi Mbonambi (hooker) and centre Juan de Jongh.

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UP stars to look out for in the upcoming Currie Cup

DYLAN JACK

The Currie Cup has entered its 124th year, making it one of the oldest club competitions in world ruby. The Currie Cup is famous for producing Springbok players and forms a successful transition between club and international rugby. It also allows players to step up from Varsity Cup into franchise rugby. Many players from UP are set to shine in this year’s competition and hope to feature in the upcoming games of the season.

The Currie Cup recently underwent a revamp and has been divided into qualifiers and premier season. The top South African clubs, namely the Lions, Bulls, Sharks, Cheetahs, Eastern Province and Western Province, have all automatically qualified for the premier stage of the competition. The qualifiers have allowed some of South Africa’s smaller clubs, like the Pumas, Griquas and Boland Kavaliers, to qualify for the premier stage of the competition too.

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