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Where the Currie Cup teams stand


Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, WP on 17 Sep 2009 at 09:55

With round 10 of the Currie Cup completed and the Boks, fresh from their trophy-winning exploits down under, being slowly phased back into action by their respective provincial sides, the log is beginning to take shape as the battle for semi-final spots hot up. Here is my assessment of the current state of the 8 teams in the Currie Cup Premier.

1. Sharks 36 points ; PD:+151

The Sharks are sitting pretty at the top of the log after round 10 of the Currie Cup. Their great win at Loftus as well as WP’s loss against the Cheetahs means the Sharks have a 2 point cushion at the top of the log. This is by no means an unassailable lead with 4 rounds of the league phase left. What makes this picture is the returning Springboks that the Sharks will have available to them and, as mentioned in another article, Plum will have a few selection headaches in phasing the Boks back and building up to having his strongest possible team in the playoffs with the kind of momentum they had in last year’s epic title-winning effort. With the three consecutive home matches followed by the potential Kimberley banana-skin, the Sharks look in decent shape for at least a home semi-final bearing their big positive points difference and barring a dramatic loss of form they should reach their aim. Remaining matches:19 Sept vs Cheetahs (h) ; 25 Sept vs Leopards (h) ; 3 Oct vs Lions (h) ; 10 Oct vs Griquas (a)

2. Western Province 34 points ; PD:+104

WP lost their top of the log status along with the match when the Cheetahs were awarded a penalty try in the dying moments of their round 10 clash. Yet, Province did manage to get 2 bonus points from that match and leave them only 2 points behind the log-leading Sharks. That way, the Sharks cannot afford a slip up in their remaining 4 matches if they don’t want WP to snatch top spot on the log from them. WP have less positive news on the injury front, with the latest casualties being Schalk Burger and Willem De Waal. The Cape side do have a decent run in to the play-offs and should be good money for a home semi spot, whether that is top spot probably rests on whether the Sharks slip up or not. They should be contenders for the title, depending on how they handle their injury problems. Remaining matches: 18 Sept vs Leopards (a) ; 26 Sept vs Griquas (h) ; 3 Oct vs Cavaliers (h) ; 10 Oct vs Lions (a)

3.Griquas 34 points ; PD:+41

Griquas have proved to be the surprise package of the this year’s Currie Cup, being unbeaten for most of the first round of matches. They have suffered some heavy defeats since losing to the Sharks in Durban before getting their campaign back on track with wins against the bottom two teams. Griquas have arguably the toughest semi run in and will have improve on their performances of late if they want to reach the semis. They will have to pull off a few more upset wins to achieve their goals. They are still well placed for a semi final spot and their season now hinges on how they deal with the pressure of playing 4 of the “top 5″ teams in 4 weeks. Remaining matches: 19 Sept vs Lions (h) ; 26 Sept vs Western Province (a) ; 3 Oct vs Blue Bulls (a) ; 10 Oct vs Sharks (h)

4.Cheetahs 29 points ; PD:+131

The Freestaters had a nightmare start to this year’s Currie Cup by losing their first 4 round robin games but have since made amends and have gone unbeaten for 6 rounds. They face the Sharks in Durban this weekend for what promises to be a big clash. With Heinrich Brussouw and Juan Smith coming back from the Boks for them, expect them to have a formidable pack, especially at  the breakdown. The Cheetahs next to games are against last year’s finalists both away from home before finishing against the bottom two sides. The Cheetahs will fight hard for a semi-final place and if they get the points from their next 2 matches, they will be definite title challengers. Remaining matches: 19 Sept vs Sharks (a) ; 26 Sept vs Blue Bulls (a) ; 2 Oct vs Leopards (h) ; 10 Oct vs Boland (a)

5.Blue Bulls 27 points ; PD:+46

The Bulls are not accustomed to being outside of the semifinal places at this late stage of the Currie Cup. The 3 consecutive defeats have left the men from Pretoria in the unfamiliar position of 5th on the log with the fans at panic stations and the management probably not too far off. Good news is that many key Boks will be available to the Bulls in the coming rounds and the playoffs if the Bulls reach them. The Bulls are always a dangerous side which has a tendency to finish competitions strong, so their current predicament will be good news for the other title contenders. But don’t write the light blues off yet . . . Remaining matches: 19 Sept vs Boland (a) ; 26 Sept vs Cheetahs (h) ; 3 Oct vs Griquas (h) 9 Oct vs Leopards (a)

6.Lions 26 points ; PD:+31

The Lions have had a bit of an up and down season, where there were more downs than ups. They can, however, take a lot of heart from their victory against the Bulls at the coke tin, which proved that they can mix it with the big boys. They have shown patches of good form without really being able to finish things off. They have been dealt a big blow with the injury to fullback Earl Lewis for the rest of the competition and it looks likely that their only returning Bok will not play for the Lions again. The Lions will have their work cut out for them to reach the semifinals as they have a few tough games coming up. That said, it is not an impossibility to see them in the semis, although the team’s form will have to improve drastically. Remaining matches: 19 Sept vs Griquas (a) ; 26 Sept vs Boland (h) ; 3 Oct vs Sharks (a) ; 10 Sept vs Western Province (h)

7.Leopards 6 points ; PD:-198

The Leopards do not have even mathematical chance of reaching the semis and their season will now be about avoiding the wooden spoon and staying in the Currie Cup in 2010. They may play a role in determining semifinalists by determining points differences or picking up a shock win here and there. They should hang on to 7th spot. Remaining matches: 18 Sept vs Western Province (h) ; 25 Sept vs Sharks (a) ; 2 Oct vs Cheetahs (a) ; 9 Oct vs Blue Bulls (h)

8.Boland 5 points ; PD:-328

Boland are in last place on the log with a hugely negative points difference and many injury concerns. Chances are, their situation will get worse and they will be firmly entrenched on the bottom of the log. They will, like their fellow basement-dwellers the Leopards, look to pick a few shock wins on the way. Expect them to finish last. Remaining matches: 19 Sept vs Blue Bulls (h) ; 26 Sept vs Lions (a) ; 3 Oct vs Western Province (a) ; 10 Oct vs Cheetahs (h)

Time will tell how the log pans out but there are bound to be many surprises in store for rugby fans and there will be lots of great rugby to look forward to.



49 Comments

  • Plum did very well last year when it came to blending the Boks with the rest of the CC squad whilst maintaining the winning momentum so I have faith that he will do the same this time around. We have to win our remaining matches – and grab one or 2 BP’s along the way…

    Province also seems to be home free – their position will also depend on the number of BP’s they will collect.

    The Griquas – what a bad string of games…Lions/WP/Bulls/ Sharks – I fear that it will be too much for the men from kimberley – and this will be the end of their brave fight this season.

    The Cheetahs have the Sharks and Bulls away – but their last 2 matches should see them hang on to the 4th spot.

    Tipping the Bulls to finish strongly…

    My prediction:
    1. Sharks
    2. Province
    3. Bulls
    4. Cheetahs

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.09.09 10:18:41 by blackshark Reply
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  • Well put-together War1…

    There’s a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks… *thumbs up*

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.09.09 10:22:12 by blackshark Reply
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  • Go Sharks, make sure you end first for a home semi and final

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.09.09 10:24:57 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Remaining matches:
    19 Sept vs Cheetahs (h) – WIN with BONUS
    25 Sept vs Leopards (h) -WIN with BONUS
    3 Oct vs Lions (h) – WIN with BONUS
    10 Oct vs Griquas (a) WIN with BONUS

    20 points up for grabs…

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.09 13:44:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • Sharks to play WP in the final, and then we’ll see what Province can conjure up against a full-strength opponent!

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.09 15:10:50 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 5) :

    Is it me – or has the volume been turned down on the noise that’s been blowing from the Western Province?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.09.09 10:15:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : with bekker out injured, jack gone, de waal hurt, schalkie on the mend and ricky back- not much to make noise for.

    I must say that they surprised me – at the beginning of CC I thought that they would be nowhere near semi spot.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.09.09 14:06:17 by rekinek Reply
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  • Potch like ‘little Newlands’. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.09.09 19:12:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • Ref from ‘Stralia.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.09.09 19:16:37 by McLovin Reply

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  • Try Pietersen. :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.09.09 19:18:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-7 18min

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.09.09 19:28:56 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-10 21min

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.09.09 19:31:23 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-13 34min

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.09.09 19:47:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • Half Time

    3-13

    :roll: :roll: :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.09.09 19:55:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : why r u talkin to urself?

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.09 19:58:43 by quota Reply

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  • @quota (Comment 15) : No-one else listens. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.09 20:03:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • TMO

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.09.09 20:12:19 by McLovin Reply

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  • No try.

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.09.09 20:13:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • TMO again..

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.09.09 20:15:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • Try Luke! :grin:

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.09.09 20:15:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-20 48min

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.09.09 20:16:34 by McLovin Reply

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  • 2nd try for Luke.

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.09.09 20:22:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-27 54min

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.09.09 20:23:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Luke is a legend!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.09.09 20:28:33 by wpw Reply
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  • WP as is tradition once again playing as if merely showing up would be awarded with 5 points. :evil: :evil: :roll:

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.09.09 20:35:57 by McLovin Reply

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  • 65min and only 3 tries against a team that at best could be described as kak.

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.09.09 20:36:43 by McLovin Reply

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  • JD Moller coming on. This guy doesnt deserve to play at this level.

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.09.09 20:41:48 by wpw Reply
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  • YC leopards.

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.09.09 20:44:28 by McLovin Reply

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  • Finally try #4.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.09.09 20:46:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • 3-32 71min

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.09.09 20:47:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • WP go top of the log. I hope the Cheetahs can spring an upset and beat the arrogant Sharks. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.09.09 21:02:01 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : i like “hope” in your comment :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.09.09 21:45:48 by rekinek Reply
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  • Well you know what they say, if you ” hope” in your hand and C(** in the other . . .

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.09.09 12:12:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • under 21s ahead 3-0

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.09.09 15:24:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • free state score off an interception

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.09.09 15:27:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • conversion missed. 3-5

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.09.09 15:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • go Pat! 6-5

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.09.09 15:32:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Go Cheetahs!! :twisted:

  • Comment 38, posted at 19.09.09 15:50:28 by wpw Reply
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  • shut up Wes

  • Comment 39, posted at 19.09.09 15:58:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • whoever lose between Bulls and Cheetahs this coming weekend can basically forget about making the playoffs. In now particular order, this is my prediction for the semies:
    Sharks
    WP
    Bulls
    Griquas

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.09.09 06:51:40 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 40) : actually for that to happen Cheetahs need to lose and Griquas need to get at least 3 points from their final 3 games

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.09.09 08:13:53 by JarsonX (Insomniac) Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Insomniac) (Comment 40) :

    I would not mind a Cheetah win…just to get the BB supporters quiet for a few months! :twisted:

  • Comment 42, posted at 21.09.09 08:30:05 by SuperGirl Ice Babe(Wingat because I CAN!) Reply
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  • i would love a cheetahs win :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 21.09.09 08:33:21 by willa Reply

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  • Sharksworld still breathes, but only just. :shock:
    Rob, it seems as if your char switched off this site while you are on holiday, probably while engaging in a bit of rumpy, pumby with his boyfriend.

  • Comment 44, posted at 21.09.09 16:47:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 44) : tell me about it. Somebody at my hosting company hates me… they wait until I leave and then trash my site.

  • Comment 45, posted at 21.09.09 16:49:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • Yay! My old circling around the CC avatar…how sweet…

  • Comment 46, posted at 21.09.09 16:52:59 by blackshark Reply

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  • Bernie Mac y’all

  • Comment 47, posted at 21.09.09 16:58:06 by provincejoulekkading Reply
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  • please see the announcement post, guys… still got some big shit here

  • Comment 48, posted at 21.09.09 17:01:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) :
    This is what PJLD wrote on your signing off thread

    ““Otherwise, I’m going to leave you guys in the more than capable hands of PJLD ….”

    BAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    LOSE!

    :twisted:

  • Comment 49, posted at 21.09.09 17:04:51 by Salmonoid Reply
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