By the time this article appears next week, the Proteas will have completed their first fixture in the Cricket World Cup against the favourites and hosts England. Only in England could this fixture, with the world’s cricket lovers glued to their television sets, take place at the Oval and not at the home of cricket, Lords! The Proteas play their second game against Bangladesh on Sunday at the same venue. On paper the Proteas have a well balance side but we all hope that they don’t, ekohc. Ok reverse that silly word, and let hope that they don’t panic and choke. There are five Super 15 rugby games today. At 7am the Sun Wolves host the Rebels. The Rebels won this match 37-17 last season and the Sun Wolves have lost by 33 and 52 in their last three fixtures. New Zealand derby at 9.35am has the table-topping Crusaders hosting the Blues. The Crusaders won this fixture 54-17 at this venue and 32-24 in their away game in Auckland. The Crusaders have scored 54 tries this season compared with the Blues 24. The Crusaders have the best defence in the league conceding only 17 tries compared to the Blues 32. The Crusaders form the first leg of our rugby treble. The Stormers host the Highlanders at 3.05pm in Cape Town. Last season the Highlanders won this fixture 33-15 in New Zealand. The Stormers defended well last weekend when holding the mighty Crusaders to a 19-19 draw. The question is, can a South African team perform at their best in two consecutive matches? The Highlanders lost in a high-scoring game at Ellis Park against the improving Lions who can still win our franchise being only two points behind the Bulls. The Highlanders have scored 46 tries this season and the Stormers a miserable 24 which is the joint lowest with bottom of the table Sun Wolves. The Highlanders form the second leg of our treble because I just can’t get myself to risk money on our inconsistent teams in this competition. We close our treble with the Sharks hosting the Lions in Durban at 5.15pm. Last season the Sharks won this fixture 31-24 but the Lions won by the identical margin at Ellis Park, 26-19. The Lions have score 43 tries and the Sharks only 30 but the Sharks defence has only conceded 24 tries against the Lions leaking 44 touchdowns. The Lions have impressed me with victories over the Waratahs and Highlanders and they are my choice in a tough call. To get better odds at 6-1, I will be taking the treble all at handicap odds. The Crusaders will have a big handicap to overcome but the other two choices could have our teams having a small advantage in the handicap.