Coach Mickey Arthur (second from left) speaking to the Pakistan team at Edgbaston on Thursday. Photo: @TheRealPCB via Twitter

DURBAN – There is no South African flavour in Super Rugby this weekend, as we prepare for the French invasion – and some ‘ncaa’ South Africa A v French Barbarians on Friday nights.

About time we had rugga at ‘The Moses’, and back in Soweto.

Anyway, look at all the home sides doing the business in Super Rugby, except the Force. The Canes are bound to whip them, even after all their travels.

Expect a few stars to return, and help them beat the spread of 20 points. Crusaders taking on Highlanders is also a banger, but the visitors will be going all out for points on the table, and All Black picks.

So this could be a chance for that rare Crusaders slip-up, especially with the Highlanders at a saucy 2/1. But, go against home teams at your peril!

So, Arsene Wenger is in! Whoever thought he was going, hard luck if you took a punt. Nothing like a bit of silverware to sooth the pain.

The Champions Trophy is on and it should be a humdinger, with the world’s top eight assembled – aside from the dozy West Indies.

Bangladesh have slipped in, and are worth a look for an upset in the pool games. They pushed joint favourites England hard in the opener.

England and Australia are tournament favourites at 3/1 – with England tipping it by 10 cents. South Africa and India follow at 7/2 and 9/2 respectively.

The bones say look at some cheeky value in bets on New Zealand at 9/1 (an absolute bargain), and Pakistan at 20/1 with an outside dip if they get a head of steam. What’s a tournament without a saucy underdog!

The NBA Finals started this morning and the Golden State Warriors go in as favourites in a repeat of last year’s finals. Both teams have added quality, and Cleveland are keen for some revenge. Keep an eye on Kyrie Irving, who is playing like he is on something – dare we say it!

LeBron James readies to shoot ahead of the NBA Finals. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP

Bank on the big boys from Cleveland for top scorer (LeBron James) and top assists (the sipping Irving) for the series. Game 1 was in the wee hours of this morning, so these bones are a day late.

Golden State were favourites, but it looks a struggle – and too short at 3/10 for an epic match-up. The safe bet would have been the Cleveland Cavaliers at +7 points, which was at even moola.

The French Open is in full tile, and there are some sneaky match-ups this weekend. Always look for upsets, especially for Saturday. Maybe consider Juan del Potro over Andy Murray. Yebo, you heard right!

Also look at Lopez over Mario Cilic. Ballsy, I agree, but you gotta risk it for the biscuit, papa!

Finally, congrats to Huddersfield for making it to the English Premier League! These Bones plucked them as promotion dark-horses before Xmas, by the by.

Those who paid attention, and have got the pay out, hook a brother up; Winter is here!

Bones over and out.

The Mercury

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