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You’ve battled your way through the work-week and now Friday lies in wait like a peanut-butter bomb smoothie after a hectic workout, or in layman’s terms like a six-pack after mowing the lawn. Here’s what not to miss this weekend in our fast becoming popular, White Line Fever supplement.


SA vs Sri Lanka (from 10:00)

Plucked, dried and proudly displayed on the mantel piece is what the Sri Lankans did to the Proteas in Durban. The South Africans will hope to flower wild and in full bloom with their roots now in the Eastern Cape as the second Test moves to St George’s Park.

PE has also not been the place where Faf’s fragile flowers have flourished best but should the batsmen finally wake up from their slumber, revenge should be sweet for the home side. That is a big IF though…


Crusaders vs Hurricanes – Rugby (08:35)

The must-watch Super Rugby game of the round takes place on Saturday morning. Kiwi derbies are as a rule something of high quality, but this one specifically takes the cake (despite not being hosted in the Cake-Tin but rather in Christchurch).

The Crusaders are one of those great sporting institutions who have made their home turf Fort Knox-like. Perennial contenders of late, these two proud franchises promise to lock horns with ferocious effect. Skill meets class and physicality – what more could you ask for?

Wales vs England (18:45)

Will Cardiff streets be filled with the sounds of “Swing low sweet chariot” (sung by bunches of well lubricated gentlemen) come Saturday evening? The Poms have found their top gear in this year’s Six Nations and it is surely only the Welsh who stand in their way of taking the title.

Eddie Jones was like a cat on a hot tin roof last year this time but should his side sew up the victory at the Principality Stadium he will more closely resemble a Cheshire cat that just got milk. This is an age-old rivalry and promises to be an absolute humdinger.


India vs Australia – Cricket (15:30)

If Test cricket isn’t exactly your cup of tea (what’s wrong with you?!) then you can always switch to the shortest version of the game on Sunday. Australian cricket has been through the ringer over the past 12 months but there is hope that the Aussies might have finally turned the corner.

As everyone moves toward fine tuning their battle plans for the Cricket World Cup the yellow canaries will want to get this important tour off to a positive start, but India are a tough nut to crack in any format of the game at present.

Manchester United vs Liverpool (16:00)

Not only is this another age-old rivalry in sport, but it also comes at a crucial time in the title race for Liverpool. A win or a draw sees The Reds regain top spot on the table but standing in their way is the old foe, and to make matters worse their old nemesis seems to have found a new lease of life in their post-Mourinho era.

Whether you support either of these teams or not, if you enjoy a bit of football on your menu at times then this promises to be the Luke-Dale Roberts created dish of the weekend – a feast for the senses.

If the action itself doesn’t quite raise your excitement levels enough then it means you are in need of having a punt to raise the stakes! If you’re feeling Olympic then here are a few bets of the weekend that could catch your eye, offered by my friends at BETOLIMP:

  • Crusaders to lead at Half Time and Full Time onto Both teams to score in the football on Sunday @ 2.31 (you get R231 back, inclusive of your stake)
  • England to beat Wales by a Margin of 1-7 points @ 3.45
  • Man United to win or draw onto India to win the cricket game @ 2.40

Enjoy all the sporting action my fellow feverish fans!

Just your regular red-blooded South African couch critic who gets madly passionate about sport. I rant, rave, swear, cheer, shout and get absurdly excited when it comes to anything involving a ball, goals and/or a finish line. In short, I have a serious case of white line fever!

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