Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will hope that his team gets back to winning ways against France tonight after losing their last two Tests. Photo: Nick Lourens/African News Agency/ANA

This is a little twist that has been served up, in a climate with many a change.

Sangoma has been relegated to Mvela League, otherwise known as the First Division. So long Fridays, and hello Saturdays with your bookie over brunch!

Whichever way it is, let’s make the most of these changes and get to work.

In the theme of change, we are going to run a weekly barometer of this Sangoma’s picks, and see if the Bones make you any tin (known as money to us plebs) and if there is actual fortune telling here, or is this just a casual Sangoma consultation?

It has been one hell of a week in sport, and things should only get better over the next couple of weeks this summer.

There is a full schedule of rugby, footy and cricket on the go, with the USA sports also getting into their new seasons.

We cover and bet on anything that moves, so buckle up with some moola, and let’s makes some festive season Madibaz.

Let’s start with the rugby, which has the top 10 teams all competing, mostly in Europe. This weekend features France hosting South Africa.

After last weekend’s disappointment, I think we should get a better result, especially with the change of personnel.

The Boks should get up for the win by four or more points, which is the handicap offered by the bookies.

The other big game on the cards is (at a decent hour) England versus New Zealand – a match Eddie Jones has avoided for a couple of years now.

Unfortunately his tactic will backfire on his troops, as the Men in Black will not make the mistakes Boks made a week ago. I expect New Zealand to put 15 points on England. Yebo, even at Twickenham!

Scotland host Fiji, and this should produce a lovely running game. The islanders’ fetish for flair was demonstrated by Fijian Drua during the National Rugby Championship this year.

Look into the handicap of +15 for the visitors, or take a Fiji win if you are brave. It’s at a saucy price of 5/1.

Another biggie is Wales taking on Australia, in what should be an entertaining match.

Both sides are full of running and trying out new combinations, with mixes of old and new personnel. Look at Wales sneaking this one by a handful!

Lastly Ireland host Argentina, and they are expected to win this encounter. Of course, the Pumas hunted down some big prey this year, and should not be taken lightly. Punt at your peril.

On the football front, we have some great match-ups on the cards, both in Europe and in our local diski.

The PSL is back after the cup ties, and we have Golden Arrows at home to Baroka. Arrows should bank three points.

The highlights for this weekend are Sundowns taking on the Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu meeting Polokwane.

The humdinger at Loftus is a tantalising prospect. Both teams are coming into this encounter in red hot form, so this game should be full of goals.

Go for over 2.5 goals and, if you are feeling lucky, take over 2.5 goals on to a Pirates win – Up the Bucs, bafethu!!

In England, there are some well-contested matches between mid-table sides. Huddersfield tackle West Ham, mourning Leicester host Burnley, temperamental Crystal Palace welcome Tottenham and free-scoring Liverpool face Fulham, all today.

I expect both the Hammers and Spurs to collect points on the road, whilst Liverpool and Leicester are likely to do the business at home.

Perhaps also look into taking both teams to score in both the Leicester and Palace game.

Enough with the average putters, as the weekend is actually ALL about Super Sunday. Rampant Chelsea play Everton and resurgent Arsenal host Wolves.

Both these games should have at least two or more goals in them, and I predict the home teams to come out on top.

It all culminates in an evening dose of a scrumptious Manchester Derby. Now this will be a feisty feast, similar to the Sundowns and Bhaka-Bhaka game (well, not really, but) with both teams in a rich vein of form.

This will be a cracker, but the Citizens will do the business – and may do it by a couple of goals, too.

By the by, don’t forget the Proteas in the one-day decider with Australia tomorrow at the crack of dawn. Let’s hope that the batsmen can match the bowlers’ hustle.

Enjoy the weekend, and good luck on the punts. Sangoma out!


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