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Great weekend to stay home, braai and watch some rugga’s

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There are plenty of rugby on our screens this weekend and something for everyone. From Currie Cup, PRO14, English Premiership to Test rugby.

You will have to flip between channels as there are some games that run on the same time but that is part of the fun.

So get the lamb tjops and boerewors ready.

Friday kicks off with two matches, the Blue Bulls host the Pumas at Loftus on SuperSport 1 and Gloucester face the Bears on Super Sport 2

Blue Bulls v Pumas (18:45 on SS1)

The Blue Bulls have struggled after the opening weekend win over the Free State in Bloemfontein losing to the Sharks away and the Golden Lions at home, but they did scrap through last weekend in Kimberley against Griquas.

Two from four is living it dangerously in this shorten Currie Cup season but they are still in the run but needs to make sure they get the win this weekend.

They had the game against the Golden Lions but ran out of steam at the end and the Pumas will push them all the way. The Pumas comes into the game Having beaten Griquas in week one and losing against Province and the Sharks.

If they want to stay in the running they will have to win against the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Friday.

We expect a almighty clash when they two teams desperate for a win runs on the park.

Gloucester v Bears (18:50 on SS2)

The newly promoted Bristol Bears have started the season well in the Premiership with a win in round 1 against Bath which not many people would have predicted.

They were also not totally outplayed against the Champions Saracens last weekend in the second round of matches. They maybe an bunch of unknown players for most but they play with their heart on their sleeves.

Gloucester comes into the match with one win and a draw last weekend. As South Africans we have lot of interest in the club with Johan Ackermann as head coach and a few of our forgotten sons playing for the cub.

Ruan Ackermann has been mentioned as an option for the Springboks who are struggling to find the correct loose trio. Other South Africans at the club includes the likes of Jaco Kriel, Ruan Dreyer and Gerbrant Grobler.

Definitely a match to watch this weekend.

On Saturday we have two test matches, some Currie Cup, English Premiership and PRO14 action.

All Blacks v Springboks (09:35 on SS1) 

It has been a horrible two weeks for the Springboks and their supporters with losses against Argentina and last weekend lost against the Aussies.

The team has not shown the intensity needed to win test matches and a lot of question marks hand over Erasmus selections. Many feel this Springbok team is not good enough and this weekend is the toughest test of them all, facing up against the All Blacks in Wellington.

The All Blacks have demolish every team that came at this stage getting bonus points in all their matches. Not many believe that anyone can stop them from winning yet another Championship as they face off against a struggling Springbok side.

There will surely be some reshuffling again by Erasmus but we will have to see who he picks where for this weekend test.

The buildup starts at 09:00 on Saturday morning and the test kicks off at 09:35.

Australia v Argentina (11:50 on SS1) 

The second test will see the Aussies hosting the Pumas. The Pumas would have put this test as one that they can take a win but in Australia it will not be easy.

The Aussies will take allot from the win over the Boks with some of their key players missing the test.

We have been hugely impressed with the quality of the Pumas this year and their are a few stars in this Argentinian side that can spell danger for the Aussies.

Argentina plays well from turnover ball and will be targeting the Aussies in defence to create opportunities from broken play and mistakes.

One will have to wait and see how Cheika will select his team for this weekend but this could be a classic.

The game will be live from 11:50 on SuperSport 1

Golden Lions v WP (14:00 on SS1)

Both the Lions and WP has not lost a game yet in this years Currie Cup and both look like title contenders. This may as well be our game of the weekend in the Currie Cup when the two clash in Johannesburg.

The Lions have some new young and exciting players that jumped onto the scene. Non more impressive this year in the competition than Hacjivah Dayimani.

He is a class act and have been given opposition nightmares so far. Province looks like a well coach and well structure team and will give the Lions a good run on Saturday.

They have been brutal in the two matches they have played so far and we can be sure that there will be no love lost comes Saturday.

Really looking forward to this match which will kick off at 14:00 on SuperSport 1.

Saints v Saracens (16:00 SS2) 

We jump to England then with the Saints hosting Saracens. Saracens comes into the match with two wins after two rounds and the Saints with one out of two.

With the likes of Goode, Earl, Vanipola brothers, Barrit, Itoje and Farrell you know you have a champion team. There are also some South African flavour in Rhodes, Burger and Koch to make this match interesting for us.

The Saints brag with Saffa players like Brussow, Reinach and Francois Van Wyk

The match kick off at 16:00 on SuperSport 2

We then have a double dose of Cheetahs rugby and we hope for a better result than last weekend.

Griquas v Free State (17:00 SS1)

First up it is Griquas who will host the Free State in Kimberley in our last Currie Cup match of the weekend. Both teams have had a terrible start to the campaign.

Free State are zero win from four matches and Griquas are with zero wins from three matches.

At least one of the teams supporters will enjoy a first win of the season but in right respect both are really out of he running for a place in the playoffs.

They will need a miracle to get into the playoffs and actually have only pride to play for.

With the Free State playing in Currie Cup and PRO14 this team is more of a developing team than anything else and it is building the franchise to have a group of players that can compete and win both the PRO14 and Currie in years to come.

Griquas have not been great since they lost the SuperSport Challenge final against the Pumas and with their coach leaving one has to think if it is a happy camp at the moment.

It is always a massive battle when these two teams meet and we hope they both bring their A-game.

The game kicks off at 17:00 on SuperSport1

Cheetahs v Glasgow (19:00 SS1) 

It was not what the Cheetahs wanted when they started the PRO14 season but they are zero for two at the moment. They have been poor to say the least in the first two rounds and at home they will want to get back on the bus and start winning.

Although they had a much better pre-season than last year they did not convert that into the performances they gave us on the field.

Glasgow had the perfect start to the season with two from two and will want to keep that momentum on the road this weekend. They sneak past Connacht in round one but have a impressive win over Munster last weekend.

This will be an very important match for the Cheetahs and they will have to come out play.

The match starts at 19:00 on SuperSport1

We have two matches on Sunday to take that Sunday blues away.

Kings v Ulster (14:00 SS1)

It was a crappy start for the Kings in week 1 when Zebre beat them but they have stepped it up against the Dragons last weekend although they lost that game as well.

There are some great signs for the Kings and I do feel that they are not far from giving us some good wins in the PRO14. In the first week momentum was lost due to poor defence and in week two poor decision making at times and not taking opportunities cost them.

This week they host Ulster who are two for two but in both matches it was a close call.

The Kings needs to make Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium a fortress and it need to start this weekend. It is still a long road for the Eastern Cape side but we can expect them to come out firing at home this weekend.

Definitely a game I am looking forward to and it kicks off at 14:00 on Sunday SuperSport 1

Other matches on Sunday

Wasp v Tigers (SS8 16:00) 

Paris v Toulon (SS1 16:45)

We will keep you up to date with all the scores as it happens…

 

 

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  1. I will be at the Gauteng regional gymnastics champs watching actual talented sportsmen and women do their province proud… which is more than can be said for the overpaid poorly selected talentless palookas on a free tour of New Zealand.

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