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 Crusaders (Super Rugby)
The log-leading Hurricanes will host the Crusaders on Saturday morning, and the Wellington men have started the season with eight wins from nine games and look on track for the knockout stages of the competition, but their final seven matches include six New Zealand derbies. The Crusaders will be without flanker Richie McCaw who was knocked out during last week’s win over the Blues. The strong form of the Hurricanes has seen them installed as favourites, but any rugby fan knows that a desperate Crusaders side could do anything.
Cheetahs vs Stormers (Super Rugby)
The match between the Cheetahs and Stormers on Saturday evening will be an interesting one, as both franchises are experimenting with some selections for the encounter. Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made several changes to his backline from the team that went down 34-29 to the Lions in Johannesburg last weekend; most notably that being former Southern Kings speedster Sergeal Petersen, who will make his debut for the franchise. The Stormers, on the other hand, are resting some of their big players, namely Steven Kitshoff and Eben Etzebeth, but this should be a match full of running rugby.
Toulon vs Clermont (European Champions Cup Final)
Two French giants will meet in London on Saturday evening for the climactic final of the European Champions Cup, as the star-studded Toulon will face-off against the ever-threatening Clermont. Although Toulon claimed a five-point victory over Leinster and Clermont experienced a similarly-tense 13-9 success against Saracens, Matt Giteau and company did not remotely hit the standards they normally reach. This leaves a lot to be proven from both sides, and Twickenham will be gearing up for a cracker of European rugby.
Bulls vs Lions (Super Rugby)
The Lions have been a surprise package this season, defying all expectations and notching up some impressive wins away and at home so far in the campaign. The Bulls have had a slow start, but are picking up steam as the competition goes on, despite their close loss last week. The men from Pretoria will host the Lions in what will be a pivotal match for the South African conference, with both sides having the chance to mix things up heading into the business-end of the tournament.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (English Premier League)
Chelsea are on the brink of winning the Premier League title this season with one more game that could put them out of reach of the competition. The Blues have 80 points from 34 games with last season’s champions Manchester City second on 67. Third-placed Arsenal also have 67 but they have played a game less. It’s almost an inevitability that Chelsea will seal victory against Crystal Palace on Sunday, and its something the Chelsea faithfuls will be glad to see.
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