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Brilliant england triumph over the springboks
England retained their perfect record of 10 consecutive matches by beating the springboks at Twickenham Stadium in the first of the Old Mutual Wealth Internationals this weekend. The Springboks demonstrated their power in the first 20 minutes of the game, winning six penalties in the process.
England found their feet and, with some inspiration and an injection of pace from man of the match, Ben Youngs, England were soon scoring again. Lawes also pounced on a loose ball to score a second try, putting England 20–9 ahead at the break.
Two further moments of excellence from Youngs led to two more tries, taking England’s lead to 37–21. England will rest up this week ready for their clash with the powerhouse that is Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on the 19 November.
Hamilton keeps title hopes alive
A series of high-speed accidents, two red flags, and five safety cars led to Hamilton’s ninth win this year in what was a very wet Brazilian GP. A truly exceptional drive from Lewis Hamilton means that the title battle will go to Abu Dhabi with Rosberg’s lead cut to just 12 points.
Lewis was untouchable at the front of the pack building an 18 second lead at one stage while chaos unfolded behind him. Rosberg almost crashed out when he half spun, but managed to keep the car away from any barriers and ended in second position. Youngster, Max Verstappen’s risky tyre change strategy didn’t pay off and left him stranded in 14th position, but his superb driving brought him back to third place in just 16 laps.
A special mention must go to Felipe Massa, in his last ever Brazilian GP. He crashed out but was given a guard of honour by many of the crew as he made his way back to the pits. The much loved Brazilian driver retires at the end of this season.
First test ends in draw after eventful last day
Underdogs England set World No.1 side, India, 310 to win off of a minimum of 49 overs to win. And when England had them 71–4, India started to panic. However, a captain’s knock from Virat Kohli settled the nerves and India finished on 172–6 and ended the match with a draw. Haseeb Hameed, the 19-year-old on debut, was just 18 runs short of a century whilst Root, Ali, Stokes and Cook all scored centuries to give England their commanding position.
thistlecrack takes second Steeplechase win
The eight-year-old favourite for Cheltenham’s Gold Cup won his second Steeplechase in a row. Trainer, Colin Tizzard, is excited by Thistlecrack “if you don’t get excited with a horse like this, then you need to be stone cold dead in a coffin”. Thistlecrack is set to line-up at Newbury in two weeks’ time to get more jumping practice in before the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
elise christie breaks world record in salt lake city
Clocking a time of 42.335 seconds in her quarter-final, Elise Christie a GB speedskater beat Fan Kexin’s time of 42.504 seconds and broke the 500m world record. After winning gold last week, she unfortunately fell in this week’s final. But with a new world record set she is certainly a talent to watch!