The weekend is here, people – and you know what that means: sport.
There are some epic clashes taking place between Friday and Sunday, and we’ve got the biggest rivals and match-ups you need to witness:
Chiefs vs Bulls (Super Rugby)
The Bulls can cement their position at the top with a victory over the Chiefs in Rotorua on Friday morning, but it won’t be easy as the team from Waikato sits on a 10-match winning streak at home against opposition from South Africa. The Chiefs will be without the service of Sonny Bill Williams, and with Jan Serfontein looking in good form, the Bulls will likely look to run the ball when they have the chance.
Waratahs vs Crusaders (Super Rugby)
Fans have been waiting almost 300 days to see a rematch of the 2014 Super Rugby Final and this Saturday at ANZ Stadium it will finally arrive. What fans might not have been expecting however is that it features the sixth and ninth ranked sides in the competition. Crusaders coach, Todd Blackadder must be a fan of theatre because he’s edited his usual script to put Richie McCaw back in the number 7 jersey for a terrific matchup with Michael Hooper. This will be the final visit to Sydney in the famous red and black of Canterbury for Richie McCaw and Dan Carter and Waratahs fans will be hoping it’s not a happy one.
Stormers vs Rebels (Super Rugby)
Out of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Cape Town based Stormers and the Melbourne based Rebels the Stormers have won two and the Rebels three. These two teams have not met since 2013 as they missed each other in the draw last year. The last time they played the Rebels beat the Stormers 30-21 in Melbourne and was the Rebels first victory over a South African team. The Stormers have named Sevens star Seabelo Senatla on the wing for this match in place of Johnny Kotze who sits out this week, while the Rebels have named former Waratahs and Brumbies back Cam Crawford in their starting line up for this week.
Hull City vs Man United
With the top of the league essentially all wrapped up, all eyes will be on the relegation battle. Hull and Newcastle are fighting for their lives in the Premier League and Hull have the biggest hurdle coming up against a disgruntled Manchester United, who look likely to finish in fourth. It’s arguably the Tigers’ most important game of the season, but even if they are victorious on Sunday, they must rely on Newcastle failing to beat West Ham at St James’ Park in order to see John Carver’s men relegated in their place.
Monaco GP (F1)
Sunday, 13:30 – 16:15 (main race)
The glitzy Monaco GP takes place on Sunday – the shortest and slowest track on the F1 calendar – but the race places high demands on power unit performance. Lewis Hamilton still tops the standings, and will no doubt be in fine spirits after signing a new 3 year deal with Mercedes, however, he will have to contend with his teammate Nico Rosberg, who is looking in great form following wins in the past two races at the circuit.
Which big sporting events are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments section below…