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Province under major pressure


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 5 Sep 2008 at 07:35

For the five teams that still stand a realistic chance of reaching the semifinals of the Currie Cup series the next two weeks, and this weekend in particular, could be crucial.

Morris Gilbert writes in Beeld that Western Province are under the most pressure by far. With 17 points they are already 9 points behind the Lions (fourth, 26), 15 behind the Cheetahs (third, 32), 16 behind the Sharks (second, 33) and 17 behind the Bulls (first, 34).

The clash between WP and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday is, therefore, one of make or break for WP.

If WP lose and also fail to score a bonus point, then even with maximum points in their remaining four games they can finish on 37 at the most.

If that happens, the Bulls, Sharks and Cheetahs will need only one win in five games to ensure their places in the top four.

Then the Lions won’t have to work particularly hard either, as they need only two wins in five matches to keep WP out of the semifinals.

However, if WP beat the Cheetahs, the Lions will be under greater pressure, because they would then need 12 points from four matches to keep WP in the fifth spot.

Both of these sides’ last league match (on October 4 at Newlands) could, therefore, be decisive.

Could end up on top

But the Lions could ensure that they qualify before that.

It would be somewhat surprising, after all, if they didn’t beat the Falcons in Brakpan on Friday night, Griquas next Saturday in Johannesburg and the Cavaliers on 20 September in Wellington.

But the Bulls, Sharks and Cheetahs are the sides that will be most closely watched, as their matches this weekend and over the next 14 days could determine who will play at home in the semis.

The Bulls will be aware of the fact that after their Durban game on Saturday, the Sharks are still due to cross swords with the Cheetahs (September 13 in Durban) and the Lions (September 27 in Johannesburg).

Realistically speaking the Cheetahs are the only high hurdle remaining for the Bulls after the Sharks clash, but Griquas remain a hard nut to crack in Kimberley (September 26).

If the Bulls can dispatch Griquas and also win in Durban on Saturday or in Bloemfontein on September 27, they could end up on top, as the home games against the Cavaliers (next Friday) and the Falcons (October 3) should yield maximum points.

The Cheetahs will pin their hopes for a home game in the semis largely on victories over WP and the Bulls.

Then a defeat against the Sharks in Durban would not be all that serious, as maximum points beckon against the Falcons in Brakpan and the Cavaliers in Bloemfontein.



24 Comments

  • Nothing to do with the arti, but as there are zero comments, This from rugby365:

    Australian teams can each recruit up to two foreign players for next year’s Super 14 competition, under a policy change endorsed on Friday by the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) board in Sydney.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.09.08 12:17:18 by McLovin Reply
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  • Provinces will be allowed to sign one “marquee” foreigner – an international who can never qualify for Australian selection because of an International Rugby Board (IRB) regulation that limits players to one country representation throughout their careers.

    The Australian Provinces will also be able to contract a second “developing” foreign player who has yet to represent his native country at Test, Sevens or A-team level and could qualify for the Wallabies after three years of consecutive residency, as per IRB regulations.

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.09.08 12:17:54 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : Mmhhh…interesting…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.09.08 12:19:26 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 3) : That’s what I thought… :smile:

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.09.08 12:22:32 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : I hope they won’t be looking this side…

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.09.08 12:32:42 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : We might lose a few. Not sure how much S14 rugby players make though.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.09.08 12:39:04 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : It should read – Not sure how much AUS S14 players make… :neutral:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.09.08 12:40:32 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 7) : I think how much they make would be irrelevant here. It would more be about making name, and then to make money. :sad:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.09.08 12:44:56 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 8) : I reckon a “marquee” foreigner would want top dollar.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.09.08 12:49:48 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : Depends. If you do not get enough exposure here, gametime might make a difference. And it seems that our “outcasts” find it easy abroad. EG; Kevin Pietersen.

    However, I am hoping that you are right. :grin:

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.09.08 12:57:25 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 10) : I think it’ll be a bit of ‘all of the above’. Should be interesting to see how it pans out though.

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.09.08 13:02:45 by McLovin Reply
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  • Thanks for changing this PROVINCE thread!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.09.08 13:41:48 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 12) : province need to start playing better before they deserve any threads ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.09.08 13:55:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : grrrrrrrr

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.09.08 14:01:54 by wpw Reply
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  • :evil:

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.09.08 14:02:48 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • WeePee sal moet uithaal. Think they just need to win and the last 2 rounds will be the roll of the dice. Hopefull the Sharks can beat them in the Coke Can and we have faith on our own hands in the last round on Newlands.

    First things first, beat the BlikOre.

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.09.08 14:27:40 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 16) : A lekka pak will go a long way PB.I dont really see it happening but it would be nice.

    Is a 25 pointer too much to ask for?

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.09.08 14:30:35 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • WeePee will be desperate as hell, so they will be hot.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.09.08 14:33:40 by PaarlBok Reply

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  • No mention of Brussouw extending his contract?

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.09.08 15:37:42 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 19) : Hoe nou?

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.09.08 15:44:07 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 20) : http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/Rugby/0,,2-9-838_2388781,00.html

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.09.08 15:51:47 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 21) : Ah well, we needed props anyways

  • Comment 22, posted at 05.09.08 15:55:14 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 22) : But do you see us looking?

  • Comment 23, posted at 05.09.08 15:58:20 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 23) : Noooooo

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.09.08 16:01:02 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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