Round 6: Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 12 Aug 2010 at 13:34
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Round 6 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: Griquas v Pumas

This one wouldn’t be such a tough one to call had it not been for the fact that Griquas got spanked – and badly – by Province last weekend. We called a WP win in that game and rightly so, but I don’t think that even the most die-hard streeptrui supporter anticipated the slaughter-fest that was the second half. The Pumas, in contrast, were reportedly very competitive against the Cheetahs, as they have been against all the big opponents they’ve faced this year. The boys from Witbank will be targeting this game as a potential win, but my gut feel is that the wounded Griquas will bounce back in style to record a 10-point win over the visitors. Look out for Blue Bulls age-group winger Vainon Willis, who has snuck his way onto the Pumas bench.

Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Richard Lawson, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Matthew Rosslee, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Rohan Kitshoff, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Frederik Albertus Spies, 3. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts

Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jean Botha, 18. Michael John Richard Passaportis, 19. Danie Burger Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Barry Geel, 22. Rocco Reginald Jansen

Pumas: 15. Carl Bezuidenhout, 14. Duwayne Enslin Smart, 13. Tiaan Marx, 12. Tian Carel Meyer, 11. Shaun Venter, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Jacques (Pumas) Coetzee, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Alwyn Bester, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ronnie Uys

Replacements: 16. Hannes Franklin, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Roelof Steyn, 19. Marius Coetzer, 20. Jaco Bouwer, 21. Ricardo Croy, 22. Vainon Willis

Game 2: Leopards v Sharks

Not wanting to get carried away here, but the Sharks really should have far too much pace and power all over the park for the likes of the Leopards. The Potch boys ran the Blue Bulls close last week, but you’d need to be pretty delusional not to see how weak the Bulls are in this year’s competition, so perhaps reading too much into that result would be foolish. The Leoaprds will probably be a little flat too, having got themselves properly up for last week’s game, so provided the Sharks hang on to the ball like they did against the Lions last week, they should blow the minnows away in the second half. Sharks by 20 or more.

Leopards: 15. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames, 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. Christo van Niekerk, 5. Rynard Landman, 4. Bradley Peter Mockford, 3. Os Van der Walt, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Bennie Geldenhuys Uys

Replacements: 16. Gavin Williamson, 17. Johan Coetzee, 18. Edrich Linde, 19. RW Kember, 20. Jean Tiedt, 21. Clayton Durand, 22. Jan Van Zyl

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Willem Alberts, 7. Keegan Daniel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Ross Skeate, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Pat Cilliers

Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Tendai Mtawarira, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Riaan Swanepoel

Game 3: Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs

Ouch. What do you make of this one? The Lions, outclassed at forward against the Sharks, appear further weakened, with a number of players sitting out. Former Sharks Renaldo Bothma and Joe Snyman find themselves coming into contention this week, while they may have pulled off a coup in snagging Maties flanker Josh Strauss. The backs are unchanged for them, which is good, but My gut-feel is that the Cheetahs are going to have too much firepower upfront for the Lions, leading to yet another agonising defeat. Cheetahs to win by between 5 and 10 points.

Golden Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Thomas Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Roger Whiteley, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco van der Merwe (Captain), 4. George Earle, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Wayne Swart , 18. Johann Snyman, 19. Josh Strauss, 20. JP Joubert, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Jannie Boshoff

Free State 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. Francois (FS) Uys, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Kobus Calldo, 18. Christoffel Philippus Van der Walt, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. JW Jonker

Game 4: Western Province v Blue Bulls

Aha – the traditional North-South derby, although with both teams missing a raft of players due to Bok call-ups, it’a a bit of a watered-down version. This one should be so easy to call – Province are in utterly stupendous form and unbeaten at the top of the Currie Cup log, whereas the Bulls have slipped up twice and are looking far from settled. That said, the men in Blue will welcome back one or two Bok discards and have named a powerful lineup. I give this one to Province, though, based on continuity and home-ground advantage. They should win by around 7.

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. Francois Louw, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (Captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. JD Moller

Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Wicus Blaauw, 18. Buhle Mxunyelwa, 19. De Kock Steenkamp, 20. Nick Koster, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje

Blue Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. John Mametsa, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Ruan Snyman, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Derick Kuun, 5. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4. Juandre Kruger, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha (Captain), 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Bees Roux, 18. Fudge Mabeta, 19. Christiaan Johan Stander, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 22. Jaco Engels


  • Hey – that is more or less my prediction too…hope you have more luck than me!! :razz:

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.10 13:40:36 by Ice Reply
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  • Seems about right but I expect a backlash from the Griquas. Griquas by 20+

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.10 14:05:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : if my SuperBru proves one thing, it’s that I’m pretty good with the results. but shocking with the margins :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.10 14:12:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Same with me….I can’t remember the last time I got a margin point :oops:

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.10 14:15:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • I like the way Plumtree is rotating players and giving all the bench game Eugene Van Staden will start at 3 having played 2 decent spells off the bench.Same with Skeate.

    This weekend required a little more thought than usual. Could be some upsets.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.10 14:42:20 by Ernie Reply

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  • I’m hoping for another GSP here. Go all teams I picked :razz:

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.10 15:10:02 by Jarson Reply
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  • Is tiaan meyer from the pumas the same guy who war scrum/flyhalf 4 our u21s last year?

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.10 16:05:05 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 7) : the very same

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.10 16:12:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sharks have one the weakest backlines I`ve seen in quite a while.

    Much as I enjoyed Odwa`s play in the past and still refer back to That Try in injury time against the Crusers as my favourite of all time, you have to admit he`s lost pace. Pace was exactly the sort of thing that cost us against the Kwasse this year.
    Stefan, brilliant fullback but out of position at centre. Maybe it`s time to give Rudi Keil a go if Plum won`t select that Lindique ( spelling !? ) guy.
    Strauss, yes he is in better form of late, but will never be one of my favourite centres, I wish him all the best in Bloem next year.
    Mvovo is quite possible the catch of the season for us and everyone knows Lambie can do no wrong, but then we go with Kockott again. Might help our kicking game but would he ever pass anything to Lambie?

    Having said all that the sharks would have too much for the Leopards up front so we`ll grind this one out. Just hope we get the bonus point as well. Who knows, anything can happen in CT tomorrow, we might have the chance to secure the lead here.
    Go for it Sharks!

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.08.10 11:16:28 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • We actually need the referees in these preview articles as well.

    Never know where Craig Joubert or Marius Jonker might lurk . .. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.08.10 11:22:19 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) :

    Don’t forget that griquas have lost Buckle to France. he was a valuable asset to them up until last week.

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.08.10 11:35:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 10) : :lol:

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.08.10 11:35:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Got it.

    Believe it or not, but Marius Jonker will run out as captain of the Blue Bulls tomorrow in the Fairest Cape!

    Wonder how they did it?!

    Look wp should still have more than enough for them but I`m definately gonna downscale my margin.

  • Comment 13, posted at 13.08.10 11:51:29 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Anybody going to the Sharks Leopards game tonight?

  • Comment 14, posted at 13.08.10 14:02:22 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 14) : war1 will be there…

  • Comment 15, posted at 13.08.10 14:12:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : I’ll be there as well :razz: :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 16, posted at 13.08.10 14:18:01 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 16) : and me didn’t go that is bad of me me don’t stay that far shit sth like 40 km but got to watch it on me tele nearlly missed it i didn’t think it was on tele change the channel like when the u21 was on ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.08.10 08:59:31 by chaz Reply

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