The World T20 came to a cracking end this past weekend, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down. This weekend, there’s a host of Super Rugby, Currie Cup, English Premiership, and Sevens matches to enjoy, and we’ve highlighted the games you can’t afford to miss:
Chiefs v Blues (Super Rugby)
Without the shadow of a doubt, the Chiefs are the in-form team at the moment and are playing a brand of rugby a league above the closest competitors. The Blues have been having a rather underwhelming season, but snapped their winless streak with a victory over a depleted Jaguares last weekend. The Auckland side can play some incredible rugby when their confidence is high, but given the current momentum of the Chiefs, it’s a huge ask for even the home side to come out on top at Eden Park on Friday morning.
Prediction: Chiefs by 13
South Africa v England (Hong Kong Sevens)
The World Sevens Series’ largest tournament is upon us this weekend, and Hong Kong is lining up to be an absolute cracker. South Africa hand a debut to Siviwe Soyizwapi, who takes the place of Bryan Habana, whilst Ryan Kankowski makes his seasonal bow, with Rosko Specman missing out. The Blitzbokke’s pool is fairly though with Russia, Scotland, and England on the cards, with England to be the toughest fixture. South Africa has the superior speed and skill, so they’ll just need to keep their defence tight and capitalise on the possession they do have in order to trump the English.
Prediction: South Africa by 7
Sharks v Lions (Super Rugby)
The Sharks will be coming off a bye with some fresh legs and a fresh mentality to tackle the Lions at Kings Park. The Lions are coming off a loss to the Crusaders, but the Joburg franchise did play some extremely positive rugby in the encounter, so there will be a bitter-sweet feeling around their past performance. The Sharks have been playing a more conservative game this season, and the Lions doing the opposite, so it should be an interesting encounter of contrasting styles.
Prediction: Lions by 5
West Ham v Arsenal (Premier League football)
The final London derby at the Boleyn Ground could see one of the most explosive in years with plenty to play for as West Ham chase a Champions League place and Arsenal try to keep alive their hopes of winning the Premier League title. West Ham United are looking to win both matches against Arsenal in the same Barclays Premier League season for the first time since 2006/07. Arsenal’s defeat to the Hammers (0-2) on opening weekend of this campaign ended a run of nine consecutive league wins against them.
Prediction: 1-0 to West Ham
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