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Thursday February 9th 2006

Sri Lanka managed to sneak into the VB Finals Series with a comprehensive win over South Africa in Hobart. The Aussies though should prove much sterner competition when the teams meet in South Australia. The Aussie batsmen are finding some form at the right end of the Series and will be looking for another dominant performance when the teams meet. With the exception of Lee, the Aussie bowlers have struggled to gain the ascendency throughout the series so they will have to step up in this match. Australia will need to lift a notch as both the Sri Lankan batters and bowlers have performed well, especially in their last match against South Africa.

NBL Basketball
The Hunter Pirates had a good win over the Cairns Taipans in the regular season, though that won't count for much this time around. The Pirates have had a terrible end to the season. The Taipans are in the stronger position heading into the match Having won their last three games. This momentum and the home court advantage should see them over the line.

Super 14 Rugby
The Super 14 kicks of this weekend with some cracking games. With some traditional rivalries and local derbies on the card. The Crusaders host the Highlanders in a match that always lifts both teams. 2005 Champions the Crusader will want to start the new season on a high and have the team to win this match. NSW plays QLD in Brisbane with NSW looking for a win to start their campaign and notch up their first win in QLD in the Super 12/14 competition. QLD will have a lot to play for with Sailor making his Super 14 debut for NSW. New boys the Western Force host the Brumbies, both teams have had poor trial performances so will be looking for consistency when the competition starts. Auckland is one of the favourites for the season and they will host the Hurricanes in the North Island showdown.

Thursday February 16th 2006

Tiger Woods is favourite to take out the Nissan Open. He has had a great start to the year winning 2 tournaments from 2 starts. Defending Champion Adam Scott is up their in the mix as well, as is fellow Aussie Robert Allenby. Ernie Els at this stage seems to be the biggest challenger to Woods.

NBL Basketball
The Melbourne Tigers have moved on after the Gaze era and they are doing very well without him in the team. They have won 25 games in the ordinary season this season and beat the Wildcats in the first game of the Semi Finals. In the return leg to be played in Perth, the Wildcats will have to lift their game if they are to live another day. The close loss in Melbourne will give them heart as will their home crowd.

Super 14 Rugby
In Week 2 of the Super 14 the Brumbies will face a tougher challenge than last week when they play the Bulls in Pretoria. The strong South African pack will be the first major challenge of the season for the Brumbies whose star seems to be falling. The Bulls beat South African new comers the Cheetahs in their last start. They will head into this weeks match with the home ground advantage.

The Hurricanes had in many ways a shock win against the much fancied Auckland Blues. The Hurricanes will prove much too difficult to beat for new boys the Force. The Force play their first away game for the season and the 22.5 point start that they are being given shows how hard the task will be.

The Reds played well in defeat when they played the Tahs last week. They will again need to rely on passion and intensity when they play the Crusaders this week. The skilful New Zealand team showed the Highlanders the gap between them and the rest of the competition last week and should have little trouble winning in Brisbane For the Waratahs the win last week would have given them confidence for the season ahead. They start their South African road trip against the Stormers this weekend. The Stormers will aim to take it to the NSW forwards who still have to prove they can mix it with the big South African packs. Visit the Sportingbet Website for the complete range of markets. You can also bet at half time for all matches that are played in Australia & New Zealand.

Thursday 23rd February 2006

Minor Premiers Adelaide United will be disappointed they were not able to beat Sydney in the Semi-Finals. Now they must play the Central Coast Mariners this Sunday for the chance to meet Sydney again - this time in the A-League Grand Final. The Mariners have done well this year peaking at the right time with recent good form against quality opposition. They will have to watch the dominant Adelaide United with whom they drew last time they met in round 19. Adelaide are confident that the loss to Sydney was a minor glitch and they will meet Sydney again in the Grand Final. Can the Mariners upset the Adelaide path to glory?

NBL Grand Final Series
This Friday the Sydney Kings and the Melbourne Tigers will meet for the first time in a NBL Grand Final Series. Together, these two teams have won five titles and now the two heavyweights in the NBL clash for title number six. Both teams have an excellent record at home winning 15-1, so the pressure is on for Melbourne to beat the favorites at the Entertainment Centre this Friday night.

Super 14 Rugby
Super 14 debutantes, the Western Force, are still after their first win. This week they host the Waikato Chiefs who are also searching for their first win of the season. Western Force coach John Mitchell will feel that this is the best chance for the new boys of the competition to notch their inaugural victory.

The Brumbies have already won their first match on their South African road trip defeating the Bulls in a close one. They will be looking to continue good form on the road against the Stormers on Friday night. The Stormers were unlucky in their loss to the Waratahs who looked out of the game until they scored two late tries. The Reds played very well for 60 minutes against the Crusaders. They were in the lead until the Crusaders changed gears and completely blew the Reds away in the last 20 minutes. The Reds will host the Blues who have been far from impressive in the opening games. The Reds will fancy themselves at home and the Blues may struggle unless their star-studded line up can click and play the rugby that the competition fears they can. The Tahs were let off the hook last week. After a forgettable first half, they managed to do enough in the second half against the Stormers to escape with the win. The Bulls will be another challenge for the harbour dwellers. The big South African forward pack will test the scrum and the expected inclusion of Victor Matfield will test Vickerman's lineout domination. Visit the Sportingbet Website for the complete range of markets. Betting is available at half time for all matches that are played in Australia & New Zealand.


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