Oscar Pistorius, 6 Nations and European Football

22nd February 2013

In this week’s Thursday edition of the Sport Show, Gaffers, Dave, Sam & Justin began by discussing the latest developments in Oscar Pistorius’s bail hearing. With the events surrounding Reeva Steenkamp’s death still very unclear, and the conduct of the investigation now being brought into question, we discussed how the ongoing trial and media circus would affect the Paralympic sprinter’s career and reputation. We then brought our focus back to UK shores to examine the imminent arrival of veteran Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting, who will see out a 2-month contract at Surrey County Cricket Club. Although the 38-year-old Ponting may have passed his peak, his star quality will surely attract the crowds. And finally in this section, we also took a look at the final session of F1 pre-season testing in Barcelona, to take an educated guess at which teams look most competitive for this year’s competition.

Next up, we looked forward to the weekend’s 6 Nations clashes, beginning with Ireland’s home tie vs Scotland. The Scots look to be building up a head of steam, having relieved themselves of the lack of confidence which has plagued their side in recent years, and the team agreed that they would look to take advantage of a youthful and inexperienced Irish setup. Dave was amazed that Italy skipper Sergio Parisse was to receive a 30-day ban for verbally abusing a referee (how different rugby is to association football!) and the panel was in unanimous agreement that Italy would suffer against Wales without their star man. And we looked forward to a physical, all-action game between England and France with the news that the beastly Manu Tuilagi was returning to Stuart Lancaster’s 1st XV, along with Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley.

Champions League football was the next topic of discussion, beginning with an autopsy on Arsenal’s comprehensive 3-1 home defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night. With the odds stacked well against the Gunners, their chances of advancement look extremely slim, and with them go their last opportunity this season to win silverware. We also paid credit to AC Milan after their earth-shattering 2-0 victory over Barcelona, a tactical masterclass that saw world-beater Lionel Messi sidelined for the entire game.

Finally, we gave our take on the evening’s Europa League fixtures, predicting a win for Newcastle in Kharkiv, a stern test for Tottenham away at Lyon, disappointment for Liverpool as they looked to overcome a 2-0 aggregate deficit against Zenit St. Petersburg, and a comprehensive win for Chelsea as they host Sparta Prague.

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