New Zealand v South Africa
Rugby Championship, Saturday, 08.35
The All Blacks take on the Boks in Wellington on Saturday morning hoping – or probably expecting – to make it 12 wins on the bounce. In typical All Blacks fashion they have beaten everything put in front of them since that defeat to Australia a little under a year ago.
Without wanting to state the obvious, it looks like South Africa will suffer a similarly painful fate as the previous 11.
South Africa looked like world beaters in their three-test series against England only a few months ago, though that probably says more about England than it does the Springboks.
Just like nearly every other All Blacks match, there is next to no value in backing them on the nose, however, the return of two-time World Player of the year Beauden Barrett is a tasty 9/1 to score first having bagged himself a four try haul last time he wore the silver fern.
Beauden Barrett first try scorer – 9/1
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves
Super League Super 8s, Friday, 19.45
Swapping codes, it’s a case of playing for position in the Super League this week, with the top four spots confirmed last week when the Wolves beat Huddersfield Giants.
Both Wigan and Warrington are guaranteed to be in the semi-finals, with the Warriors hoping to all but guarantee themselves a crucial home semi-final by winning tonight at the DW stadium.
The Wolves could be howling with glee too though, as these sides have met four times already this season and split the series with two wins apiece.
That shows how evenly matched they are and this should be a very tight affair, with the second and third best defences coming up against each other. A draw cannot be ruled out, and points will be at a premium, so Wigan to score first from a penalty looks a tempting price at 14/1.
In the player markets, Warrington’s Josh Charnley has scored twice in his past three games against his former employers, so the 12/1 on him as the first try scorer appeals too.