It's Monday, and another up-and-down sporting weekend has ended. Let's have a look at a few highlights and lowlights.
The big highlight of the weekend had to be the final of the ICC World Cup. As we blogged yesterday, India was a deserving winner, and MS Dhoni showed why he is the most expensive player in the world. We wonder how many Bollywood movies over the next few years will feature in some way the exploits of Dhoni, of Sachin Tendulkar and of Yuvraj Singh.
The Warriors have finally opened their 2011 account, and although their win against the Sharks at Taupo was far from perfect, it will have done wonders for their confidence. Ivan Cleary rang the changes midweek, and the new-look Warriors responded well. We were especially impressed with Glen Fisiiahi's performance from fullback; he will take enormous confidence after a less-than-auspicious debut against the Eels a few weeks ago. One win does not a season make, but there were some positive signs from the Warriors yesterday.
Two wins and two losses was the lot of the New Zealand teams in Super Rugby. The Blues did enough to secure five points in the kind of match that they have lost in the last few seasons, and the Highlanders ground out a gutsy win against the Brumbies in Invercargill. The less said about the Chiefs and the Hurricanes the better, but the words "long season" and "shite" come to mind!
We mentioned Michael Campbell on Friday, and he actually strung four good rounds together in the European Tour event in Morocco. He finished tied for 19th, and pockets around NZ$30,000 for his weekend's work. It's Cambo's best finish on tour in three years, and whilst it would be premature to speculate that his slump is ending, it will have done his confidence no end of good. We now look forward to the US Masters at the famed Augusta National course this weekend.
And we'll save the last word for the biggest plonker in English football, Wayne Rooney. Rooney might be the best striker in England, but his expletive-laden tirade into a television camera at the weekend is likely to see him get a "please explain" call from the English FA. Rooney might be handy with his feet, but we suspect that there's something missing in the common-sense department, given that he did something similar during last year's World Cup in South Africa.
That's our wrap of the weekend; if you saw it differently, don't hold back; the floor is yours ...