Can’t we have Friday on Saturday?
If, like me, you are a hard working individual who spends most of his day in a 3×3 office banging away at the keyboard without any hope of watching Rugby at the office, looking at the fixtures for this weekend makes for depressive reading.
On Friday, while I’m in my office finishing off my year end, the Chiefs take on the Crusaders and the Reds face the Highlanders, which is about as entertaining as you can get from the overseas teams this weekend, and then later on Friday night it will be another classic encounter when the Sharks host the Bulls in a must win match for both teams.
Saturday has me totally uninterested. Firstly we’ll have to suffer through a bottom of the log, totally useless with no effect on the competition, error ridden and about as exciting as your mother in law driveling on about her Sudoko solving methods match of the Blues versus the Force and then another yawn inducing Aussie derby, unless Phil Kearns is commentating in which case you may well want to rather listen than watch the match, between the Aussie Bulls (Waratahs) and the Aussie conference leading, Jake White coached, Brumbies.
In the afternoon we’ll see the Stormers take on the Cheetahs, which might be entertaining to some degree but trust the Stormers to smother the life out of this match with their latest conservative approach to the game and in the evening it will be another clash of the useless when the Lions try to prove why they don’t need John “I talk ugly to you” Mitchell in their coaching box and rather Johan “kyk my bak ore” Ackermann when they host the Crusader beating Rebels….without Bieber O’Connor and Kurtley Beale…
Ja, I do have the benefits of Live Scoring updates, on Twitter, Facebook and other websites, but it just isn’t the same if you can’t yourself see what the heck is happening on the field! Not even to speak of shouting your lungs out when your team scores and the secretary comes running wondering if you spilt your hot coffee on your lap again…..but that’s another story for another occasion….
So considering the fixtures this weekend, it would have been fantastic if the morning matches were switched around…and perhaps if the Stormers and Lions fixtures were swapped on Saturday. But perhaps the organisers were thinking of the hangover state of the Bulls and Sharks supporters on Saturday morning when they decided on the fixtures. Either way, both team’s supporters will have serious headaches come the morning!
My picks for the weekend (don’t use my picks, my record in Superbru is appalling this year!)
Crusaders to beat the Chiefs. McCaw, Carter, Dagg, Read are all black…I mean BACK and the Chiefs’ Sonny Bill already has his eyes squinted on his Japanese millions. I’ve said it before and I say it again, for all the talent he has, it’s wasted on a person who only plays for his own glory and not for the team. A real pity, if he was a true team player, he would have been incredible, but the Saders will keep him intact and experience will defeat youthful exuberance in the closing stages of the series.
Reds to defeat Highlanders. As usual the Highlanders’ season is coming to a stuttering end and they just don’t seem to be able to finish a great start off with a good finish. The Reds on the other hand is on the up and the timing of Quade Cooper’s return was perfect to get the Reds to the top of the Australian conference just in time.
Sharks to pip the Bulls. On paper both teams are very close in terms of quality. Both have very strong packs, good loose forwards and talented backlines. But where it will come down to for me is how Morne Steyn’s boot performs on the day as opposed to the creativity of Michalak combined with the strong running Frans Steyn. The thing with Michalak is, he is french, and we know how good and bad the French can be on any given day…it will be close.
Blues to smash the Force and the Tahs to beat the Brumbies.
The Lions should hold their own against the Rebels, they have some good players coming through and did well against the Stormers’ B team last week. The Rebels as mentioned is sans their Talismen in Beale and Bieber, so it will be a huge ask from them to win on the Highveld.
The Stormers should manage a win against the Cheetahs if they can get their choke hold on them early enough in the game and go into the half leading.They will need a rather strong lead though as we’ve seen last week that if the Cheetahs get a sniff, they go at it like a pitt bull at a fence with a female on heat on the other side…
So, there you have it. I’ll try and sneak a view of some games on Friday morning on the Supersport website live streaming, but you can rather do your shopping with the missus on Saturday morning to make up for Friday night’s late braai…