After the stop-start nature of sporting events affected by the pandemic, 2022 has already been a blockbuster year for sport. And while the year is starting to wind down, there is still so much more excitement ahead in the last three months of the year (along with awesome opportunities to bet!).
Take a look at the sporting highlights for the rest of 2022:
Cricket – ICC World T20 (men) – 16 October to November 13
The Proteas will have another shot to end their long trophy drought when the ICC Men’s t20 World Cup kicks off in October. It will a tough assignment, as they will be up against numerous strong contenders, including defending champions and hosts Australia, two-time champions the West Indies, and former champions India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and England. South Africa will hope that their power hitters such as Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, David Miller and Tristan Stubbs come to the party, while bowlers such as Tabraiz Shamsi, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje also deliver.
South African Fixtures
South Africa v Qualifier – 24 October
South Africa v Bangladesh – 27 October
South Africa v India – 30 October
South Africa v Pakistan – 3 November
South Africa v Qualifier – 6 November
United Rugby Championship regular season
The second edition of the United Rugby Championship began in September and is set to be another exciting competition. With the South African teams having excelled last season (the Stormers and Bulls contested the final, which the Stormers won), expectations will be high for the local teams to shine once again. These teams will now be more used to the style of play of the European teams, and they will hope to make their mark once again in this fledgling tournament.
Fixture highlights October
Glasgow Warrior v Bulls- 8 October
Leinster v Sharks- 8 October
Lions v Ulster- 15 October
Lions v Stormers- 29 October
English Premier League
It’s been a tight and exciting start to the 2022/2023 season, with recent underachievers Arsenal topping the log and defending champions Manchester City snapping at their heels in 2nd place. It’s still early in the season, so much can change moving forward- will Liverpool find their mojo again? Will Manchester United return to their glory days? Will Chelsea and Tottenham fulfil their promise?
Check out some key fixtures to watch out for in October:
Brighton v Tottenham – 8 October
Arsenal v Liverpool – 9 October
Liverpool v Manchester City – 16 October
Chelsea v Manchester United – 22 October
Formula One (F1) Championship 2022
With Max Verstappen already claiming the title, the fight is on for 2nd place and the rest! Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton will all push for the remaining places! Anything can and will happen in motor racing!
Here are the F1 events to catch for the rest of 2022:
United States GP (Circuit of the Americas) – 23 October
Mexican GP (Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – 30 October
Brazilian GP Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace Interlagos – 13 November
Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit – 20 November
FIFA World Cup Qatar- 21 November to December 18
The next edition of the FIFA World Cup will be held in the unlikely country of Qatar and at an unusual time of year. The tournament is traditionally held in June/July but has been shifted to November/December to accommodate for the cooler weather in Qatar at that time of year (in the mid-year, the temperature often tops 45 degrees Celsius). We’re all set for an exciting and competitive tournament, with numerous strong contenders in the mix, including defending champions France, 2014 champions Germany, 2010 champions Spain, 2-time champions Argentina, (and 4-time champions) Brazil, and perennial underachievers, England.
Here are some fixtures to look out for in the Pool stages:
Portugal v Ghana- 24 November
Qatar v Senegal – 25 November
England v USA – 25 November
Spain v Germany – 27 November
Wales v England – 29 November
Cameroon v Brazil- 2 December
Springboks end-of-year tour
After just finishing second to the All Blacks in the race for the Rugby Championship title, the Springboks will be faced with a tough task on their traditional end-of-year tour to Europe. They will face the number 1 and 2 ranked teams in the world, Ireland and France, as well as World Cup finalists England, and Italy. After a long season, the players often find it hard to motivate themselves for this tour, so head coach Jacques Nienaber will be eager to make sure his team fire on all cylinders for this stern test of the team’s resolve and use it as a springboard for a successful World cup defence next year.
Saturday, 5 November - South Africa vs Ireland (Dublin - Aviva Stadium)
Saturday, 12 November - South Africa v France (Marseille - Stade Vélodrome)
Thursday, 17 November - SA Select XV v Bristol Bears (Bristol - Ashton Gate)
Saturday, 19 November - South Africa v Italy (venue TBA)
Saturday, 26 November - South Africa v England (London - Twickenham)
Proteas tour of Australia
The Proteas have encountered lots of recent success in Australia, having won the last three test series they played there. However, they will be under serious pressure heading into this series, as they are currently without a head coach (Mark Boucher recently resigned) and have batting frailties that were exposed in the recent 2-1 test series loss to England. The team will hope that the batting can measure u in this series and back up the world-class bowling unit consisting of the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marco Jansen and Keshav Maharaj.
1st Test, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane - 17 to 21 December 10:20 local | 02:20 SAST
2nd test, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne- 26 to 30 December. 10:30 local | 01:30 SAST
3rd Test, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney- 4 to 8 January 2023. 10:30 local | 01:30 SAST
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