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Round 3 previews and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 22 Jul 2010 at 10:58
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Round 3 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.

There’s a lot riding on this one. Getting the result right can help you make serious progress in our Last Man Standing competition, as well as making your way up the log over at SuperBru. For those of you who prefer to take a more direct financial stake in things, perhaps using an online sports betting site, such as Marshalls World of Sport to place a bet on the results will be more your thing. Knowing who’s playing (and who isn’t) is also pretty important for Fantasy League managers.

Game 1: Sharks v Pumas

The Sharks showed some good form in beating the Blue Bulls last week, while the Pumas also did well to down the Leopards. The men from Witbank are a bit of an unknown quantity still, having played far better in their opening loss to the Bulls than the scoreline would suggest. They boast a useful pack and some dangerous runners among the backs, but one feels that there can really only be one winner here. The Sharks must be careful not to try and get loose too early on, but should win by at least 20 points.

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. Willem Alberts, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Andries Strauss

Pumas: 15. Carl Bezuidenhout, 14. Ashwin Scott, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Siviwe Wilmot Magaba, 11. Allistair Kettledas, 10. Ricardo Croy, 9. Jacques (Pumas) 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. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 19. Jaco Bouwer, 20. Tian Carel Meyer, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Tiaan Marx

Game 2: Leopards v Western Province

Sometimes rugby can be a pretty simple game to predict and it’s no different here. The Leopards, while a reasonably useful side, managed to concede a bonus point to the Lions at home in round 1. Those self-same Lions lost to Province by 32 points in round 2, while the Leopards went on to lose a second game to the Pumas. All the signs point to a simple WP victory here. We’ll give it to them by 20 points, simply because they have yet to show us that they know how to score lots of tires.

Leopards: 15. Jean Tiedt, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Jovan Bowles, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana, 10. Neill Jacobs, 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. Clayton Durand, 21. Shuaib Samaai, 22. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames

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. Deon Fourie, 1. JD Moller

Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Yaasir Hartzenberg, 20. Pieter Myburgh, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje

Game 3: Griquas v Lions

Here’s the first of the games that actually requires a little thought, although given the Lions continuing woes, maybe not that much thought! In years gone by, any one of the big five would routinely expect to come away from Kimberley with five points. The Lions, however, lost there last year and the Sharks also found that the Griquas class of 2010 do not easily give away log points on home soil. I’d be more comfortable picking this one if Griquas hadn’t capitulated in Bloemfontein last week, but my gut feel is that the Lions lack the genuine talents and game breakers to turn things their way this week. Griquas will win a scrappy match by 7 points or so.

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. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts

Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Albertus Buckle, 18. Michael John Richard Passaportis, 19. Petrus Gerhardus (Gerhard) Human, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Matthew Rosslee, 22. Richard Lawson

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. Kevin Buys

Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Wayne Swart, 18. Trevor Hall, 19. Jonathan Mokuena, 20. Chris Jonck, 21. Elton Thomas Jantjies, 22. Doppies la Grange

Game 4: Blue Bulls v Cheetahs

Aha! Another big derby and a repeat of last year’s Currie Cup final. Neither side has really hit their straps yet in this competition, with Free State poor against Western Province in the opener and the Blue Bulls also not convincing in either of their two previous outings. Although form would suggest that the men from Bloem might take this, given their victory last week, my gut-feel is that they lack the polish to upset the Bulls in Pretoria at the moment. Frans Ludeke’s charges will have learned much from their beating in Durban and will manage to shore themselves up sufficiently to win at home. It’s going to be close, though – so Bulls by not much more than 3. Could be wrong, here, so don’t bet the farm on this result.

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. Juandre Kruger, 19. Christiaan Johan Stander, 20. Daniel Cornelius Faasen, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Hayden Gareth Groepes

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Corné Uys, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith, 6. Hendro Scholtz (Captain), 5. Barend Pieterse, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Kobus Calldo, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. JW Jonker



29 Comments

  • Agree with all four your predictions Rob, I reckon Griquas will take it over the hapless Lions!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.07.10 11:08:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I’m starting to get nervous about the Bulls-Cheetahs prediction, though…

    Got 4/4 last week and want to maintain that proud record. But damn… that Tahs pack, on paper, should dismantle the Bulls

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.07.10 11:12:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : THe Bulls would want to bounce back as they always do, but the Bulls at Loftus (or even Soweto) are hard to beat..

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.07.10 11:14:26 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • ‘Don’t bet the farm on this result’…..quality !

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.07.10 11:22:10 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) : I reckon a “bet the farm” game this weekend is the Aussies to beat the Boks..

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.07.10 11:24:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Did you hear a guy in NZ has bet NZ$100,000 on the Bok to win the Tri Nations.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.07.10 11:26:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • My picks are the same, but my SB is in a horrible state, I’m hoping for my 1st Grandslam point of the tournament :razz:

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.07.10 11:30:14 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) : have you seen the odds? bloody ridiculous!

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.07.10 11:38:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : ‘fraid so

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.07.10 11:39:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    I think he put it on before the start of the competition.

    PS I don’t think KSA has ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.07.10 11:41:38 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) : That’s amazing..

    I heard about a guy in the UK who got 10 000 to 1 odds that Federer will win 7 Wimbeldon titles before 2020.. he has six and another 9 attempts at it.

    He stands to win something like 500 000 pounds

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.07.10 11:42:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 10) : Thats mean!! lol.

    I never knew they were so strict over there..

    I cant imagine my life without odds and bets..

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.07.10 11:43:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) :

    So you won’t be taking a transfer there anytime soon ! :cool:

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.07.10 11:51:45 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : Oh hell no!!

    I need my weekly dabble on the horses.. and I cant leave here now, I just bought into a share of a racehorse.. have to see my filly running..

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.07.10 11:53:58 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) :

    I had a £20 bet on NZ to be the only unbeaten side the Football World Cup at 5,000 to 1.

    That £100,000 collect has been my best return for while. :cool:

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.07.10 11:54:23 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) :

    Has always been a dream of mine ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.07.10 11:55:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) : Are you serious?!?! Well done man!! my word that is some payout!! Good on you for climbing into that one!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.10 11:55:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 16) : Owning a racehorse or moving to KSA?

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.10 11:56:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 17) :

    Of course i didn’t…but whata bet that would have been…. i’m nervous about betting on the AB’s at home against Italy ! :grin:

    Owning a racehorse not moving to KSA …i would rather cut my own hand off ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.10 12:01:06 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 19) : That would have been some bet to take!! I’m pretty reckless when it comes to things like that.. I had a rather large bet on Brazil to win the WC.. That bombed out spectacularly!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.10 12:05:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : Oouch ! :oops:

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.10 12:08:22 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) : Eish!

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.10 12:32:58 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 20) :

    I could have told you it would be Spain!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.10 12:50:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 23) : I wish we ran a poll on here.. that would have helped me financially!! Even though betting wise Spain were favourites to win the tournament.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.10 12:52:32 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Walter Venter at the leopards??? cant we just buy the poor lad??? please!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.10 14:53:27 by VanWilder Reply

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  • Does anyone know when Jaco Pretorious is going to be back on the field for the Bulls?

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.10 15:51:45 by CS Reply

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  • @VanWilder (Comment 25) : if he is not rated by the “powers that be” . . . no

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.07.10 08:26:07 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 27) : :sad:

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.07.10 10:25:40 by VanWilder Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : AHA ! So you can give me some much needed hints regarding the betting scene?! Email me :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.07.10 11:17:01 by Original Pierre Reply
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