Not a bad weekend is it? A vital Friday fixture in England kicks us off before Bledisloe action in Tokyo ups the ante before the Currie Cup final.
Not a bad weekend is it? A vital Friday fixture in England kicks us off before Bledisloe action in Tokyo ups the ante before the Currie Cup Final.
Like many others we suspect this Saturday, our version of 'The Stig' already has it all mapped out with a hearty breakfast viewing of Australia taking on New Zealand acting as the first pulse-racer for what is a great day in front of the box.
And he admits an eagerness to follow up the form of last time out after calling that Tom James or Leigh Halfpenny would open the scoring in Cardiff – another good return during the month of October.
Back this week then…
Who would have thought Gloucester would be sitting in ninth position at this stage of the domestic season?
Well, a lack of cutting edge has left little time for Bryan Redpath to ponder why as his Cherry and White charges need to turn their fortunes around in Stockport if they are to live up to the club's esteemed history.
There's been slight disappointment regarding build-up for events in Tokyo – in that there has been very little – and it could be put down to Bledisloe Cup silverware already being safely in All Black hands. However, our Tipster believes that could be a positive as he predicts an open spectacle in Japan.
It all looks rather exciting so let us see if our anonymous man can continue his run as Planet Rugby's advice compliments Sky Bet's plethora of rugby markets!
Banker of the week
We pull into Pretoria for our first section where the colour blue is apparently everywhere!
The opposing Free State Cheetahs will run out with very little to lose and they can draw pride following four-straight opening defeats in the Currie Cup campaign.
But with Frans Ludeke once again able to call upon his Springboks, the star-filled squad from Loftus will surely be too much for the side from Bloemfontein…
Worth a shot
A trip north to a usually chilly and blustery Edgeley Park – but not tonight says the weather forecast – on a Friday is not ideal for a side lacking in confidence.
Gloucester alarmingly seem to be at sixes and sevens and even with the Sharks somewhat in the same boat, I'm going against the odds with an in-form number eight crossing the line in the week's Guinness Premiership opener.
Anything take your fancy?