The race for the semifinals berths is hotting up with the Sharks, Bulls, Lions, Cheetahs and Province going all out to secure favourable positions on the log.
Here are the highlights from the weekend, as well as a quick recap of the Sharksworld pool on Superbru and our own Fantasy League game.
Bulls vs Cavaliers
The Bulls showed signs of full recovery from last week’s setback when they trounced the Cavaliers at Loftus on Friday. The Bulls secured their try bonus point within half an hour on their way to scoring 14 tries. Boland did well to keep the Bulls from scoring for almost a quarter of an hour but when they got the breakthrough, the floodgates opened.
FL hot picks: M. Steyn with his try and 5 conversions and Mametsa /W. Steenkamp with 2 tries each.
Final score: Bulls 69 – Cavaliers 19 (Bulls won by 50)
SB closest picks: Stavros, Pump and Paarlbok all picked Bulls by 50, which netted them 0.33 each.
YAY – to Guthro for a great performance. The try was a cherry on top.
NAY – to the trio of Dazel, Francis and Wannenburg for their dangerous tackles which earned them yellow cards.
Province vs Valke
Western Province went to the game knowing they could not afford to hold anything back when they faced the Valke at Newlands on Saturday afternoon. With the possibility of the semi spots being decided on Points Difference, Province went all out as they touched down 14 times.
FL hot picks: Bekker with 5 tries, Grant with 9 conversions, De Villiers for scoring a try as a winning captain. Naqelevuki and Chavanga also picked 2 tries a piece.
Final score: Province 92– Valke 15 (WP by 77)
SB closest picks: Bricktop was not in a sharing mood as he took the entire BP with his closest pick of 75.
YAY- to the tall lock who scored 5 tries… that was fun to watch.
NAY-to the Valke for letting a tall lock score 5 tries…although that was fun to watch.
Lions vs Griquas
The Lions kept their fate in their hands when they collected maximum points from the Griquas at Coca Cola Park on Saturday. With the Cheetahs and Province breathing down their necks, and a tough home game against the “high-flying” Sharks coming soon, the Lions did themselves a favour by claiming 3rd position in a log that might change dramatically in the next couple of weeks.
FL hot picks: Killian with 3 tries, Rose with 4 conversions, Grobbelaar for scoring a try as winning captain.
Final score: Lions 41 – Griquas 20 (Lions by 21)
SB closest picks: Nobody picked a margin of 21 but shark-tank, Walt, Wallywong, geraas, stef, Bergbok, Fierce Allegiance, sharky and jarsonx all claimed 0.11 for being on either side of the correct margin.
YAY- to Earl Rose for dictating play and to Killian for finishing the moves.
NAY- to ME for being one point away from the BP, which would’ve then been 0.10. (all points count).
Sharks vs Cheetahs
The Sharks proved on Saturday that all things come to an end. The Durban based team used good judgment to break a bad streak that had seen them fail to beat the Free State outfit from 2003 –2008. A skillful boxer with a height and reach advantage will always use the jab to keep the opponent at bay and control of the fight. The Sharks used the same strategy through their tactical kicking.
Even though they failed to score the BP, they did however maintain control of the match for the entire second half. The Cheetahs were just not allowed to break out of their half at will. The wind did not only keep a lot of Sharks fans at home, but it also made it hard to play running rugby at times. This was the only match of the weekend that saw semifinal hopefuls going head to head, and anyone who sat there expecting a try blitz was probably at the wrong venue.
FL hot picks: All tries were scored by forwards, namely, Carstens, Sykes, Daniel and Smith. Muller was also a good pick as the winning captain.
Final score: Sharks 22- Cheetahs 10 (Sharks by 12)
SB closest picks: sharky, G4BR13L, McLovin, ticks, Salmo, Ernie, Dick, Sharkie, SauronShark, Gerhardt and MYSELF had to settle for 0.09 for picking the Sharks by 12. I was aware of my pick but I still wanted that BP try towards the end of the match.
YAY – to Frans for reminding us why we think he will be a future Bok star…oh and for that massive drop-goal too.
NAY- to Bis for that crooked throw.
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