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Looking ahead to the Round 2 action


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, WP on 16 Jul 2010 at 11:14
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Round 2 of the ABSA Currie Cup is upon us and it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball a little and predict what we think will happen.

Game 1: Cheetahs v Griquas

The home team lost quite surprisingly to Western Province in round 1, while the visitors recorded a superb victory over the Sharks in Kimberley. If last year’s results are anything to go on, then Griquas should have a really good chance of upsetting their neighbours here – then again, the Cheetahs have their talismanic skipper Juan Smith back. Injuries in the second row see the Cheetahs tight five weakened, but expect them to still have a little too much upfront for a Griquas side that just aren’t the same playing away from home. I see the backlines as very hard to separate, so we’ll give this one to the Cheetahs, by virtue of home ground advantage, by no more than 5 points.

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith (Captain), 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Skipper Badenhorst, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Pieter-Willem Van Vuuren, 17. Kobus Calldo, 18. Barend Pieterse, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Corné Uys, 22. Sias Ebersohn

Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Rocco Reginald Jansen, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Wesley Wilkins, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Frederik Albertus Spies, 3. Albertus Buckle, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts

Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 18. Zane Kilian, 19. Petrus Gerhardus (Gerhard) Human, 20. Rohan Kitshoff, 21. Matthew Rosslee, 22. Richard Lawson

Game 2: Western Province v Golden Lions

The Lions, now under their fourth coach in as many competitions, claim to have turned the corner yet again (does this mean they’re now back to where they started?). They won well against the Leopards last weekend, but it was only the Leopards after all! Province, in contrast, beat Free State in Bloemfontein and with a stronger (and more experienced) tight five, better loose forwards and an experienced campaigner at flyhalf, the men from Cape Town will win here with at least 10 points to spare.

Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Fabian Juries, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Paul Bosch, 11. Frikkie Welsh, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (Captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Wicus Blaauw

Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. JD Moller, 18. JC Kritzinger, 19. Martin Muller, 20. Pieter Myburgh, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje

Golden Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Marius Delport, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Herkie Kruger, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Roger Whiteley, 7. Franco van der Merwe (Captain), 6. Derick Minnie, 5. David Bulbring, 4. George Earle, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Kevin Buys, 18. Trevor Hall, 19. Wikus van Heerden, 20. Chris Jonck, 21. Elton Thomas Jantjies, 22. Pieter Engelbrecht

Game 3: Pumas v Leopards

It’s always tough calling a game involving two minnows, because we really don’t have any sort of form to guide us. We know that both teams got thrashed by big 5 opposition last week, but since the Leopards game wasn’t even on TV, we couldn’t even take much from that one. On the basis of needing to call a winner, we’re going to go with the home side here, based on the fact that they didn’t look that bad against the Bulls and home-ground advantage counting for something. Pumas by less than 7.

Pumas: 15. Carl Bezuidenhout, 14. Shaun Venter, 13. Ashwin Scott, 12. Siviwe Wilmot Magaba, 11. Allistair Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Alwyn Bester, 6. Corne Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Eduan Van Der Walt, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (Captain), 1. Ronnie Uys

Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 19. Jaco Bouwer, 20. Tian Carel Meyer, 21. Ricardo Croy, 22. Tiaan Marx

Leopards: 15. Russel Jeacocks, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Jovan Bowles, 12. Neill Jacobs, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana, 10. Clayton Durand, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Riaan Swanepoel, 7. Wilhelm Koch (Captain), 6. Victor Hugo Joubert, 5. Rynard Landman, 4. Anthonie Johannes Gronum, 3. Philip Andries Lemmer, 2. Gavin Williamson, 1. Divan Kotze

Replacements: 16. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17. Johan Coetzee, 18. Edrich Linde, 19. RW Kember, 20. Theo Clyde van Wyk, 21. Bernd Theisinger, 22. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames

Game 4: Sharks v Blue Bulls

This is, of course, the big one and probably the toughest to call. The Bulls have lost slightly more players than the Sharks have, but both teams are considerably weaker than their best and as a result, the game will probably be something of a lottery. The Bulls were decent without being great against the Pumas, while the Sharks were both very good and utterly awful in patches, with the latter unfortunately prevailing as they lost to Griquas. With not too much to go on here, we’re going to back the home side on the basis of a more exciting looking backline and the return of JP Pietersen at wing. Sharks, by 5 or less.

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Patrick Lambie, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Steve Meyer, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Jovan Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Pat Cilliers

Replacements: 16. Kyle Lorran Cooper, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Andries Strauss

Blue Bulls: 15. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. John Mametsa, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Ruan Snyman, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Derick Kuun, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Fudge Mabeta, 4. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha (Captain), 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Bees Roux, 18. Bêrend Botha, 19. Christiaan Johan Stander, 20. Daniel Cornelius Faasen, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Hayden Gareth Groepes



39 Comments

  • Griquas, Pumas, WP and Sharks to win!

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.07.10 11:21:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • My picks
    Griquas, Pumas , WP and Bulls :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.07.10 11:24:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Unfortunately… I agree :cry:

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.07.10 11:36:09 by CS Reply

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  • @CS (Comment 3) : and All Blacks…..I so hope I’m wrong :cry:

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.07.10 11:39:16 by Pokkel Reply
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  • you guys need to have a bit more faith in the Sharks. When last did the Bulls win a Currie Cup game in Durban?

    (the answer is 2006 – I was there and that was the reason we lost!)

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.07.10 11:41:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.07.10 11:47:08 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 6) : and the good news is that I definitely WON’T be at the game tomorrow.

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.07.10 11:58:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : so what is your SB picks?

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.07.10 12:00:19 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 8) : they are as in the article here.

    Cheetahs, Pumas, WP and Sharks

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.07.10 12:10:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : :cool:

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.07.10 12:29:45 by Jarson Reply
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  • man, it’s too quiet here today. Where is everyone?

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.07.10 12:39:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Casual Friday, bro…

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.07.10 12:52:24 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : Some of us actually has some work to do :sad:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.07.10 13:08:53 by Jarson Reply
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  • I was at the Leopards game … (yawn)…..They did pretty well for the first 25 – 30 minutes. Missed the first three easy kicks at goal. They could have been 9 – 0 up.

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.07.10 13:34:31 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Might cost me on SB but I just can`t submit the Bulls for a win against us. Anyone else . .. not the bulls!

    Come On Black and White!!

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.07.10 13:55:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • SHARKS!!!!
    Griquas… I back them for a strong CC this season…
    Leopards or Pumas – insignificant others unfortunately… Making up the numbers in the premier division…
    Province to beat Lions, but Lions will have claws in this game…

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.07.10 13:59:20 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • Hey approve my new avatar please, its more current than Snyman and Stef playing the ‘Quins in 2001…

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.07.10 14:00:29 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 1) : go Tjetas :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.07.10 14:20:52 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : same here – if I remember correctly :roll:

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.07.10 14:22:00 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 13) : yip :sad: brrr

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.07.10 14:22:50 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • Looks like I’m off to Milan on Sunday

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.07.10 14:58:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : cool :cool:

    is there a game thread or Tjetas are overlooked and we’re still upset with griquas ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.07.10 15:00:42 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 22) : what time is the game?

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.07.10 15:01:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheetahs is at 19:10, Pumas at 15:00 I Believe

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.07.10 15:03:10 by Jarson Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) : Thats nice :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.07.10 15:04:35 by Jarson Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 22) : The World Cup is over u know :wink:

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.07.10 15:05:14 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 24) : Pumas at 15h00 today? Oh, oops!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.07.10 15:06:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : That game might be Saturday :oops:

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.07.10 15:13:18 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 26) : i’m in post World cup depression… no more games to look forward to …. no more finishing work early …. no more supporting the team that wins sometimes :mrgreen:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.07.10 15:16:05 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 28) : it is… GRRRR…

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.07.10 15:37:01 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : Pumas game is only tomorrow Rob.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.07.10 15:37:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 31) : thanks… I found that out after I put up a match thread

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.07.10 15:46:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 32) : :lol:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.07.10 15:49:11 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • The lions might actually be turning the corner .Dick Muir has learnt from the mistakes he made at the sharks ,so his brought in mitchell to lay the structures then when he coaches for the super 15 his going to build on that and let the players play whats in front of them once they have structure myt jus work ,they myt be in better shape than the sharks when the super 15 starts

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.07.10 17:53:20 by zvision10 Reply

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  • Interesting names in the Pumas/ Leopards game.

    Daniel Dames, Ronnie Uys, Dumi Matyeshana and Carl Bezuidenhout all were at the Sharks.

    Serfontein the son of Divan?

    And Victor Hugo Joubert – son of a poetic soul for sure!

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.07.10 19:54:35 by Big Fish Reply
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  • :lol:

  • Comment 36, posted at 17.07.10 06:49:13 by zvision10 Reply

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  • How do we pick round 3? Especially: Griquas v Lions and Bulls v Cheetahs

  • Comment 37, posted at 17.07.10 08:51:03 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 37) : Depends . . . if Lions pull a surprise today I`d go for them agains Kwasse. Bulls shouldn`t have a problem with FS me thinks.

  • Comment 38, posted at 17.07.10 09:02:13 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 37) : Griquas to take the lions if they play at home..

    I’m with Pierre, Bulls shouldn’t have a problem taking FS

  • Comment 39, posted at 17.07.10 09:09:51 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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