Well, not only did we make it to another Friday, but we made it to work after our somnabular excesses this morning. Murphy's law being what it is, we're willing to bet that we won't sleep in at the weekend when we could!
That might not be a bad thing though; there's a veritable feast of sport this weekend, even in the hours where one should be sleeping in. The test match at Eden Park tomorrow night is the highlight, and we'll preview that tomorrow morning, but there's plenty of other action to ponder.
The ITM Cup circus rolls on and on with a full round of matches over the weekend. Lofty will be gutted that his beloved BoP Steamers fell to the Northland Taniwha last night at Whangarei. Northland played superbly, and their win was thoroughly deserved. This weekend sees lots of neighbours clashing, and we'll single out Hawke's Bay vs Wellington, Manawatu vs Taranaki and Otago vs Southland. The latter two matches are the entree to tomorrow's Tri-Nations match; we might have to suggest to SWMBO that she go shopping tomorrow afternoon!
The Warriors will be looking for a fifth straight win this weekend, and although the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium is a big ask, the Warriors have a great record there. The side is at full strength, but even more importantly, it's settled, and combinations are developing. We'll tip a win to the Warriors, but it won't be by much.
Tiger Woods has returned to the PGA Tour today at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. It's one of his favourite courses, and he has won at Firestone seven times. He's at two-under in the closing stages, in a tie for 17th. But in a case of supreme irony, the player whose bag is now being carried by Steve Williams, Adam scott is in a tie for the lead at seven-under. That'll learn ya Tiger!
What else? The U20 All Whites have a chance to progress to the round of 16 at the U20 World Cup if they can beat Portugal, and Australian netball coach Norma Plummer has stepped aside. But really, it's a rugby weekend, so let's talk...