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5 Sports Matches You Need To Watch This Weekend (8-10 May)

Sports preview 8 May 2015

Miss anything this weekend? MenStuff gives you the lowdown on the five best moments from around the sporting world.

It’s weekend, and that means that the sporting fixture list is packed full of some epic encounters taking place over the next few days, and we got you covered with which clashes you’ve got to keep your eyes on.

Hurricanes vs Sharks 

Saturday, 09:35

For the South African sides, the KwaZulu-Natalians probably face the toughest task when they take on the table-topping Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday morning – a team they should know well. The Kiwis’ head coach Chris Boyd and assistant coach John Plumtree were involved with the Sharks previously, although it was in reversed roles. The Sharks are in a tough spot this season and an away win against such a dominant team could inject some hope into the Durban side.

Sevens World Series – Glasgow

Tournament kicks-off Saturday, 11:30

A good performance at the Glasgow Sevens will not only ensure that the Springbok Sevens stay in the hunt for the coveted HSBC Sevens World Series title, it would also clinch their spot as one of the four automatic qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. South Africa is first up against Samoa (12h58pm), Kenya (16h04) and New Zealand (19h37), before hoping to head into the Cup playoffs.

Lions vs Highlanders 

Saturday, 15:00

All-out attack will probably be the order of the day when the Lions host the fifth-placed Highlanders in Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon, with both sides not shy to throw the ball around. The Lions are coming off a narrow loss to the Bulls last week, while the Highlanders hammered the Sharks with a brilliant performance this week. This is lining up to be arguably the most exciting game of the weekend.

Stormers vs Brumbies 

Saturday, 17:05

The Stormers host the Australian Conference leading Brumbies in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon – both these teams lost last week and will want to clinch a victory to keep them in the playoff race. A bonus-point victory will see the Capetonians move back to the top of the SA Conference and set them on course for a strong playoff spot. There’s a lot at stake, so expect a tight game at Newlands.

Manchester City vs QPR

Sunday, 14:30

With Chelsea having the title in the bag this season, all eyes will be on the sliver-medal spot. It’s a race between Arsenal and Manchester City, and with Arsenal looking strong, interest will be on Man City to see if they falter against a determined QPR on Sunday, which could leave the door wide-open for the Gunners.

Which sports fixture are you most looking forward to this weekend? Let us know in the comment section below:

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. james

    May 8, 2015 at 13:30

    I’m expecting the ‘Canes vs Sharks game to be a bit one sided. The Sharks haven’t played very well at all this season. The Hurricanes aren’t holding pole position through luck – they have played great rugby in a season that has been quite hot and cold. Maybe the open letter from the Sharks management might spur the durbanites to a win.

    I’m hoping for a Lions win, they fought back really well last weekend and should have held on to the lead but… that’s rugby.

    QPR vs City will also be awesome. City will definitely win, Sergio Aguero is in top form and I really can’t see them being over powered in the midfield. QPR need a win but I don’t think it’s going to come from this game. City probably need it a bit more than the R’s, they need to lock in a position for champions league and try make up for a dreadful season.

    On paper, Chelsea vs Liverpool should be a big one but to be honest I don’t think it will be. Mourinho has sent a bunch of players away on holiday. I’m assuming he’s going to give a few players a start, so that they can receive Premier League winners medals. So players like Cuadrado, Mikel and hopefully Remy will get starts in the next 3 games. I’m sure a lot of younger players will get a start. This won’t help Van Gaal’s United, as if they lose 2 games – which is looking likely as they are on a terrible run at the moment – Liverpool could pip them to a champions league position. In saying that, I can’t see Mourinho giving away all 3 points at this stage in the season. They’ve won the title but no one like losing. Maybe a draw.

    • Jeremy Proome

      May 8, 2015 at 13:40

      I totally agree. ‘Canes will likely punish the Sharks. Another big win for the Canes will set them on their way for a strong playoff portion. I think that “open letter” was a very blatant PR attempt. But we’ll see if it has any impact.

      The Lions v Highlanders game should be a cracker. Both teams playing similar counter-attacking rugby. I wish I could be at Ellis Park for it!

      The Chelsea v Liverpool game will be good because the Blues have no relative risk at this point, which could lead to some good chances, however it does take the wind out of the stakes a bit.

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