DURBAN – It’s a Super Sunday this weekend, but let’s start with the hors d’oeuvres.
The NPC playoffs began this morning and, if you missed it, Sangoma called Wellington Lions. If this is so, then bank on my calls, son!
The Bones are back, you monks.
Other NPC games have Crusaders vs North Harbour, BOP (no, no, not Brothers of Peace from Mzansi), but Bay of Plenty against (one of my fancied upsets) Otago.
Then my beloved Welli Lions take on Northland, while Taranaki tackle Tasman.
The call is Wellington and Otago to compete in the Championship finals, and Canterbury to face Taranaki should be the right call for the Premiership final next weekend.
While we are Down Under, let’s deal with the small matter of the Bledisloe Cup third round. That will see the chowing of the Canaries for 16 in a row.
Watch out for Naholo for a brace (go soek for odds on that, ek sê) and Kiwis on the handicap.
Here, in the land of the Zulus, we have our own standoff against the old foe in “Die Bulle”.
Lions are in Cape Town against Western Province. With all the Bokkies back, the mphepho scents say go red, black and white!
Well, let me say that my vote is for… then again, let me bite my tongue because I may be shut down! Figure it out, kids.
In the PSL, Golden Arrows host Polokwane. Back the local boys here.
Then it’s the normally bloody bore of a derby between Kaizer AND Orlando.
Standard issue is a draw and usually 0-0 or 1-1 but, in the name of an optimistic attitude (crucial nowadays), we hope for more than two goals and – it pains me to say – the Bones see nothing but black ’n yellow, black and yellow, washa!
Now to Blighty, where Leicester City’s HR department loves a reshuffle as much as JZ, clearly!
“Forever and forever, farewell Craig! If we don’t meet again, why we shall smile; If not, why then this parting was well done.”
We have some top match-ups on Saturday, before the real juice on Sunday. Let us hope we get more from the top teams this weekend after that farce between the Scousers and Jose Draw-inho!
Huddersfield vs ‘better give us a game’ United, ‘K*k hot’ Man City vs Burnley, Newcastle vs ‘cheeky’ Palace and Stoke vs ‘beware’ Bournemouth.
We call a Manchester double, with a portion of Palace, before a sticky Stoke do the business.
On Sunday, it’s Everton vs Arsenal (after Thursday-night fixtures in Europe’s reserves league), followed by Spurs vs Liverpool.
Neither Spurs nor Arsenal will sit back, so expect goals both ends in both fixtures.
Look for a draw or win for a stressed-out Arsenal over a troubled Everton, and Kaned-up Lilywhites to get up over the Scousers – which will have Klopp all types of grey.
Watch out for the NBA season starting. Go grab your Kwese box and indulge in ESPN, European World Cup Footy qualifiers and other super sporting joy…
Bones are out the building!