The weekend is here and there are some epic encounters to keep you eye on, including the highly-anticipated massive Super Rugby final, a clash between African football nations, a COPA America encounter that will divide the South American nations until the final whistle, and some Wimbledon action to keep your eyes on.
Hurricanes vs Highlanders (Super Rugby final)
The Highlanders have often been seen as the perennial underdogs, but the side from Dunedin head into the final on the back of a brilliant tactical display when they trounced the defending champions, the Waratahs. The table-topping Hurricanes dispatched the Brumbies last week, but have injury concerns with flanker Ardie Savea (knee) and winger Nehe Milner-Skudder (hamstring). The Highlanders have won their past four games in Wellington, with their round 17 loss to the Hurricanes played in Napier last month. Despite the injury concerns, the Canes are the fresher of the sides after sitting out the opening week of the finals and that should tell in the final 20 minutes. This should be a cracking finale with the two deserving teams duelling it out.
Mauritius vs South Africa (CHAN qualifier)
South Africa travel to Mauritius this weekend to complete their 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier against the Islanders, whom they thrashed 3-0 in the first leg at Donsonville Stadium two weeks ago. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final round of qualifying against either Angola or Swaziland for next year’s showpiece. Mauritius come into this match in dreadful form and with little hope of overturning the three goal deficit, but South Africa will not take things lightly, as Bafana Bafana needs to guard against complacency as to avoid an unwanted surprise.
Chile vs Argentina (COPA final)
Argentina has been playing some classy football in their past couple games, but it won’t be easy against the hosts this weekend, who are desperate for their first tournament success this weekend. However, Argentina have the magician that is Messi and it’s hard to bet against the scampering genius. A draw in 90 minutes is likely, but we’re backing La Albiceleste to edge extra time to equal Uruguay’s Copa record of 15 wins.
What sports encounter are you most looking forward to this weekend? Any predictions on who will come out victorious?