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Currie Cup going down to the wire


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 29 Sep 2008 at 07:13

It is going down to the wire … literally. The final place in the Currie Cup play-offs will be determined by the very last match of the league stages. Jan de Koning reports for Rugby 365.

Following a weekend of dramatic developments – both on and off the field – the final place in the Currie Cup play-offs will be determined by the very last match of the league stages.

Yes, when Western Province and the Lions go head-to-head just after 17.00 (South African time) on Saturday, October 4, there will be one spot in the play-offs remaining and they will be contesting that place.

While, on the surface, it appears three teams will fight it out for the two remaining Currie Cup semifinal places, the Free State Cheetahs will most likely already be in the play-offs by the time the WP v Lions encounters kicks off at Newlands.

The Sharks and Blue Bulls have secured their places. All that remains is to determine who finishes first and who ends up second. First place brings with it home ground advantage in a possible Final.

But both will be at home in the semifinals, with the Sharks finishing off their league fixtures with an encounter against Griquas and the Bulls meeting the Falcons. You would expect them both to get full-house five points – thus retaining the status quo of the Sharks being first on the standings and the Bulls second.

One would also expect the Cheetahs to easily account for the Boland Cavaliers in Bloemfontein, thus leaving the Lions and WP to contest that last remaining spot. The Cheetahs do need a bonus point win over the Cavaliers to be sure of their place.

The Lions will go through if they take a bonus point or lose by 18 points or fewer to Province.

WP will join the last four if they score four tries in winning by 19 points or more and deny the Lions a bonus point.

While there will be plenty of drama as the top teams contest the play-offs, the Cavaliers and Falcons have both been consigned to playing in a series of promotion/relegation ,matches against the Leopards and Griffons at the end of the season.

Griquas have secured their place in the Premier Division by finishing sixth on the standings, despite one round of league action remaining.

And it even appears that the Cavaliers and Falcons have been confirmed as finishing in seventh and eighth places respectively a week before the final league matches. Both are on 13 points, but Boland are at minus 265 on points differential and the Falcons are on minus 390.

It is unlikely the Cavaliers will conceded 126 points more than the Falcons in their last league match.

We look at what can happen in the final week of league action:

Sharks:
Current position: 1st
Best possible finish: 1st
Worst possible finish: 2nd
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v Griquas, home

Blue Bulls:
Current position: 2nd
Best possible finish: 1st
Worst possible finish: 2nd
Remaining fixture:
Oct 3: v Falcons, home

Lions:
Current position: 3rd
Best possible finish: 3rd
Worst possible finish: 5th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v WP, away

Cheetahs:
Current position: 4th
Best possible finish: 3rd
Worst possible finish: 5th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v Boland, home

Western Province:
Current position: 5th
Best possible finish: 3rd
Worst possible finish: 5th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v Lions, home

Griquas:
Current position: 6th
Best possible finish: 6th
Worst possible finish: 6th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v Sharks, away

Boland:
Current position: 7th
Best possible finish: 7th
Worst possible finish: 8th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 4: v Cheetahs, away

Falcons:
Current position: 8th
Best possible finish: 7th
Worst possible finish: 8th
Remaining fixture:
Oct 3: v Blue Bulls, away



1 Comment

  • Go Lions!

    Come to Durban it was a good hunting ground for you last year. :wink:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.08 07:19:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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