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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.

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