Saturday morning in a Manchester heatwave (somewhat of an oxymoron!!) in a great industrial apartment in Native’s newly opened (three days ago) aparthotel, watching the two best rugby teams in the Southern Hemisphere – and maybe the world (we’ll see), duke it out on day two of the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama. The Springboks were focused, prepared and committed. As were the All Blacks – who added X factor to the mix and triumphed in an outstanding contest 23 points to 13.
Walked on air to the Etihad, where in the ongoing afternoon bright sunshine, Manchester City bounced back from a poor performance last week vs Norwich, and caned Watford by an amazing 8 goals to nil – and it could easily have been 12. The capacity crowd sang all afternoon as the Champions of England put Watford (who drew with Arsenal last week) to the sword. All hail Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Bernardo Silva.
To cap it all, Wigan Athletic beat Charlton 2 – nil at home, and move up 3 places to 19th.
A perfect Saturday… now off to Pep Guardiola’s restaurant Tast to celebrate Catalan style.