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Springboks coach proud of defensive dominance over Tonga



Springboks Coach

Springboks Coach Jacques Nienaber says he is proud of his charges, especially in terms of their defensive effort South Africa won 49 -18 over Tonga in the Rugby World Cup pool stage in Marseille, France on Sunday night.

This was the Boks’ final Pool match. They now have to wait for the match between Ireland and Scotland which will decide the outcome of Pool B. The Springboks needed a bonus point against Tonga.

Nienaber says he is proud of Springboks fly-half Handre Pollard. “I think if you look at his ball carries, that was decisive, his level of defence changed well and he put some proper shoulder hits. I thought his off-the-ball work was good, his kicking in general was good.”

Springboks Captain, Siya Kolisi says, “They were tough, the coach prepared us well and I applaud the boys for sticking to the plan, and the best thing is that we got the bonus point and accumulated as many points as we could. The most analysed player on the field was probably Springbok fly-half Handre Pollard. The coaches will have a tough decision for their next game, most likely against France. Nienaber says he is also proud of hooker Deon Fourie.

“I thought he was brilliant, he did the basics extremely well and towards the back end of the game we got a couple of turnovers, and we always say that the breakdowns are more frequent than the set pieces and he applied himself well there.”

The Pool B decider between Ireland and Scotland takes place on Saturday evening, while the quarter-finals are on 14 and 15 October.

Source: eNCA

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Williams confirm Sargeant to stay with F1 team in 2024




Logan Sargeant

Williams have confirmed American driver Logan Sargeant will stay with the Formula One team next season. The British outfit have opted to retain Sargeant for a second campaign despite his troubled 2023 season. The 22-year-old, who scored just one point throughout the season, will race alongside Alex Albon, with the London-born Thai’s place already announced.

“I am thrilled to be continuing with Williams Racing for the 2024 season,” Sargeant said on Friday. It has been an incredible journey with the team so far and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue developing as a driver within such a talented and dedicated group.

“We have exciting plans for the future and I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success in the coming year.”Sargeant claimed his maiden point in Formula One, the first American to score in the sport since Michael Andretti 30 years ago for McLaren, after Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc were both disqualified from the United States Grand Prix in Austin in October.

Albon finished the year with an impressive 27 points to help Williams land seventh in the constructors’ championship, the team’s best result for six seasons.

“I am pleased to continue our journey with Logan into 2024,” said team principal James Vowles.

“Logan has demonstrated immense skill while under the pressure of the world stage, making him a perfect fit for our team. We have great confidence in his abilities and believe that together we can achieve even greater success in the upcoming season. The Formula One season will start in Bahrain on 2 March.

Source: Supersport

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Max Verstappen toasts Tost after 19th win completes dominant season




Max Verstappen

It was a measure of Max Verstappen‘s spare capacity in a season of record-breaking success that the first person he mentioned on Sunday after winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a retirement-bound F1 veteran team boss, Franz Tost.

After 18 years as the head of Red Bull’s junior team, an operation that has been a conveyor belt of talent for the Milton Keynes-based outfit and others, Tost was on the Alpha Tauri pit wall for the final time. Thank you to everyone,” said Verstappen on his in-lap after his record 19th win of the season and the 54th of his career.

“And thank you to Franz Tost. He has had lots of us under his wings and it is his last race – so thank you to Franz.”Verstappen’s progress from “Mad Max” in his early days of impetuous aggression through his determined arrival as a serial champion, following his controversial 2021 triumph at the Yes Marina Circuit, to his latest role as a record-breaking winning machine has been unstoppable.

On Sunday, he became the first driver to complete a season having led more than 1 000 laps – 1 003 of the 1 325 available – to deliver a percentage rate of 75.70 per cent, a feat that surpassed the 60-year-record of two-time champion Jim Clark, who led 506 of 708 laps at a rate of 71.47 in 1963.

“It’s been an incredible season,” he said. “It was a bit emotional on the in-lap, the last time sitting in the car which has, of course, given me such a lot. And I am very proud to win here in the last race and I have to say a big thank you to everyone at Red Bull. It’s been an incredible year — it will be hard to do something similar again.

“We know that, of course. You always want to do better but sometimes doing better is not only race wins and potentially winning the championship. We will see! We’re working hard for next year to have again a very competitive car.

Source: eNCA

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