It's Friday again, thank goodness; it's been a busy week. And it's a big weekend for Super Rugby.
The Blues vs Waratahs match tonight in Auckland should be the game of the weekend. The two sides are pretty evenly matched, and it may come down to a moment of magic or a bounce of the ball to decide who gets another run next week, and whose season ends tonight. The Blues looked pretty efficient against the Highlanders last week, and we'll tip them to win in a cliffhanger.
The Crusaders vs Sharks match in Nelson tomorrow night should still be a cracker, between two teams who like to move the ball around. But it's a long way from the tropical humidity of Durban (even in the winter) to Nelson with a southerly blowing through. The Sharks only arrived in town yesterday, and jetlag may also be a factor. It's hard to see any other result than a comfortable Crusaders win here.
The Warriors' season is on the line when they front up against the Melbourne Storm in Auckland on Sunday. Ironically, it was against the Storm in Mebourne that the Warriors' season got a spark on Anzac Day, but after three straight losses, that seems like a long time ago. A second win against the Storm would do wonders for the team's morale, but Melbourne is a class outfit, and we're not optimistic.
What else? Wimbledon heads into the money week, with no major surprises so far. Marina Erakovic did well to reach Round Two; well done. The Under-17 All Whites are still in with a chance of making the knockout round at their World Cup, and the New Zealand Under-20 rugby team is poised for a fourth consecutive world championship; they play England in the final on Monday morning (NZ time).
Have we missed anything? Doubtless you'll correct us if we have. Meanwhile the floor is, as ever, yours...