Between Super Rugby, Euro 2016, and Wimbledon, there’s some massive rivalries set to unfold this weekend; so we’ve taken a closer-look at the big clashes and highlighted the 5 matches you can’t afford to miss this weekend:
Lions v Kings (Super Rugby)
The Lions will have the opportunity to win their fifth game in a row and further cement their place at the top of the combined Super Rugby table when they take on the Kings this Friday. The Johannesburg based outfit managed to secure Africa 2 conference honours last weekend with a resounding 37-10 victory over the Sharks which put them 12 points clear of their nearest rivals with only two games of the regular season remaining. The Kings on the other hand were competitive for the majority of the 80 minutes against the Highlanders last weekend before running out of steam in the final quarter of the game. The last meeting saw the Lions beat the Kings 45-10 with a fantastic display of attacking rugby. It’s unlikely that anything will be any different this time around.
Prediction: Lions by 15
Waratahs v Hurricanes (Super Rugby)
For the Hurricanes and Waratahs, sudden death has come two weeks early in their Super Rugby season with their clash in Sydney on Saturday likely to finalise the top eight playoff-bound sides. Both sides are still in the hunt for a quarter-final berth, with the Hurricanes sitting fourth in the Australasian group while the Sydney-based 2014 champions are sixth, just outside the final spot for the playoffs. Both sides have played impressive attacking rugby, but faltered in other areas of the game. The Waratahs at home should have a slight advantage come Saturday, but only just.
Prediction: Waratahs by 3
Force v Stormers (Super Rugby)
The Stormers have won seven of the nine meetings between these sides in Super Rugby, including the last four in a row. The Force are winless at home this year, and the Stormers looking to stay in playoff contention. The Force have only scored one try in the last three matches against the Stormers in Perth; hardly an inspiring stat. Add that to the fact that the Australian side is dealing with some off-field misdemeanours while on tour in SA, and it’s not looking very positive for the Force’s last-gasp chance at a home victory.
Prediction: Stormers by 7
Serena Williams v Angelique Kerber (Wimbledon women’s singles final)
Between Williams and Kerber, Serena has won five of the seven meetings between the two, but its their most recent meeting that sticks in the memory bank. The Australian Open final in January was a classic encounter, with Kerber winning in three sets to claim her first grand slam title. Williams will be desperate to avenge that defeat on Saturday, but Kerber will be on the defensive with her shot at another grand slam. It will be a massive task for Kerber to beat both Williams sisters in one tournament.
Prediction: Williams in three sets
France v Portugal (Euro 2016 final)
France were favourites before the tournament and are hitting their best form at just the right time. Portugal have made hard work of the road to Paris – even though Cristiano Ronaldo remains a matchwinner without peer – but Didier Deschamps’ side will surely complete the job in front of their home fans in Paris
Prediction: 2-1 to France
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