Oh, shout out to Siyamthanda, Captain, my Captain, Kolisi. Long overdue, son! Photo: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

DURBAN – With South African teams’ ‘spring break’ from Super Rugby, we look overseas this weekend.

Oh, shout out to Siyamthanda, Captain, my Captain, Kolisi. Long overdue, son!

Back to rugger, the Highlanders at 14/10 is a treat at home – but they host The Canes (5/10). The Otago outfit will be playing their second home game in just under two months. 

Despite being a noticeably better span ‘op papier’ this week, back ‘Black and Yellow’ for this encounter. They are sure to bounce back after collecting zero points verlede week.

The only saving grace from that for the Hurricanes is the fact that they have a game in hand on the Crusaders, who lie a cheeky five points above them at the top of the log.

The Blues are 3/10 (brave price that, son), at the ass end of the scale, and are hosting the ‘raging’ Rebels 2/1 (wowzer!). 

These Rebel fellas should not be written off too soon in their efforts to top the Australian log for the first time ever.

They surely will be backing the Queensland fellas to do them a favour later on in the day, too.

Then we have another almighty Kiwi battle between the Chiefs (17/10) and Crusaders (4/10). Now kids, this is the sauce, all the way from ‘The Long White Cloud’, where these types of classics are the soul of their land.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates as his team pulls away from the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo: Elise Amendola/AP

The Reds (18/10) take on The Taaahs (5/10) in a local derby, with the latter leading the Oz points table.

This should be a good game – by Aussie standards, mate. 

In case you’re wondering about the tips for the other games mentioned above, let’s just bundle it ALL and go for four away wins at 9/1 for the quad bet. Thank me later, laaities!

There is also a small matter of the Sevens back on our screens. 

Siyabonga! It is something we all enjoy seeing, and it’s something we actually win fairly often.

These boys still harbour ambitions of a World Cup victory – unlike a certain cricket legend that has bailed after all the talk, leaving us asking questions and hoping we win without him in 2019.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and coach Zinedine Zidane during the press conference on Thursday. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

England or South Africa is where we lay our bones on this weekend’s London Sevens.

Our Bok Boks, those special people, also do battle against Wales in DC. Yebo – Washington DC, that is, in a young friendly game to showcase the game in the burgeoning USA market.

Now with the start of the Major League Rugby that kicked off recently, watch out world for the U.S. of A! 

This game should be a great running game (we hope), with a new invigorated Mzansi team to dazzle the Dragons, according to the bones.

Wow, that’s a lot of rugby! 

In the hoops, the Golden State Warriors pulled through in game 7 – but with some help from a hurting Chris Paul.

So, yet again, it’s Lebron vs The Warriors. It may be a stretch for the ever impressive ‘Michael Jordan-esque’ (YES, I said it) James to get through another 7-game series, but then again, he is a maestro, finish and klaar!

He is amongst the very best sportsmen and women alive. 

Talking of the best alive, how about that for a Champions League final.

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale scores an incredible bicycle-kick goal during the Champions League final against Liverpool. Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP

We had Karius’ clangers and Welsh worldies from Gazza Bale. What a majestic strike! Well done Madrid on the three-peat and sayonara, Zizou Zidane.

Well played to get out now!

Lastly, a big shootout goes to the Golden Knights, who are the new fairytale story of this year – kind of like the Leicester City of 2018.

They are Las Vegas’ first proper pro sports team and went at 500/1 at the start of the NHL season. Kudos!

We are shouting for the Knights in a 7-game thriller. 7-game finales are the way to go!

 

The Mercury

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