What a weekend for sport. New rugby world champions, two Scottish League Cup semi-finals, a WGC golf event, a grand prix and, finally, a long-overdue good week for me in Fantasy Football. I’d began to lose hope… Time for the round-up!
England fall short at the final hurdle
What an amazing World Cup Japan served up for us. Just a shame it didn’t last longer for us Scotland fans… And the final lived up to the hype too. A tight first half involved penalties only as the Springboks took a 12-6 lead into the dressing room. The second half seemed also to follow the penalty theme until, with 14 minutes to go, fantastic quick hands from the South Africans allowed a kick in behind, leading to their first try. By that point, an England comeback looked incredibly difficult; 10 minutes later, it was well and truly over, as winger Kolbe danced away from despairing English tackles to put the game to bed. South Africa’s third World Cup victory but, weirdly, the first time they have ever scored a try in a World Cup final! But the victory was more than just that: bringing back memories of their first win in Johannesburg in 1995, and how far the rainbow nation has come since then. Siya Kolisi, the Springboks’ first black captain, was the one to lift the trophy.
Old Firm into final
Celtic played Hibs on Saturday at Hampden Park for a place in the Scottish League Cup final. A blistering first half from Celtic saw them lead 3-1 at the break, before emerging eventual 5-2 winners. Rangers played Hearts on the Sunday, calmly and ruthlessly dismantling a toothless performance from the capital team to win 3-0. The final is to be played on the weekend of the 7th/8th December.
McIlroy triumphs again
What a year it has been for Rory. His 4th win this year came this weekend at the World Golf Championship-HSBC event in China. He shot 19 under par for his four rounds, tied with up-and-coming American Xander Schauffele. So it went to a play-off. Shauffele missed a 6-foot putt for birdie, leaving McIlroy the simplest of tasks to tap in for his birdie to collect the trophy.
Six-time F1 champion christened
Lewis Hamilton finished second at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, to be crowned world champion for the SIXTH time. He now lies just one behind the all-time record held by F1 legend Michael Schumacher. After a fantastic start to the season, Hamilton never quite seemed to be at his blistering best – but it’s perhaps an injustice to say that, seeing as he still managed to clutch victories out of thin air and keep collecting points. Teammate Valtteri Bottas won the race itself, followed by Hamilton and then Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Premier League round-up
Leaders Liverpool launched a stunning fightback in Birmingham, scoring two late goals to overcome Aston Villa and maintain their 6-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City, who also came from behind to beat Southampton. Meanwhile, Norwich lost again to stay in the relegation zone, whilst Bournemouth recorded a good win over an off-form Manchester United on the south coast. Surprise package Sheffield United thrashed Burnley 3-0 to move up to 6th in the Premier League. High-flying Leicester won again to stay third. All results are as follows:
Bournemouth 1-0 Man Utd
Arsenal 1-1 Wolves
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Brighton 2-0 Norwich
Man City 2-1 Southampton
Sheffield Utd 3-0 Burnley
West Ham 2-3 Newcastle Utd
Watford 1-2 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester
Everton 1-1 Tottenham