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 EngelsTweet