Round 11 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 Leopards
This one can only go one way – pretty much the same way ALL the Leopards games have gone this season. Griquas are hurting after losing to the Cheetahs and Lions in quick succession and will want a big win here to put pressure on whoever loses the game in Tshwane. With a host of Sharks players in their ranks and facing a Leopards team that’s been hit with a fresh wave of injuries, expect Griquas to run riot. Get Bjorn Basson into your Fantasy League starting team. Griquas by 30 or more.
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. Danie Burger Schoeman, 7. Justin Downey, 6. Johan van Deventer, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3. Jean Botha, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 18. Edwin Westley Hewitt, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Jean Hermanus Stemmet, 22. Rudi Vogt
Leopards: 15. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Kempie Rautenbach, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana, 10. Clayton Durand, 9. Tiaan Arno Dorfling, 8. Riaan Swanepoel (Captain), 7. RW Kember, 6. Christo van Niekerk, 5. Bradley Peter Mockford, 4. Anthonie Johannes Gronum, 3. Os Van der Walt, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Bennie Geldenhuys Uys
Replacements: 16. Johan Christiaan Oberholzer, 17. Johan Coetzee, 18. Edrich Linde, 19. Victor Hugo Joubert, 20. Charles King, 21. Cecil Dumond, 22. Jovan Bowles
Game 2: Pumas v Western Province
It’s Province’s turn to head into Puma territory, expect this week, it’s the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, where the home side beat the Bulls a few weeks ago. Province are pretty lucky in that they’re again facing the plucky men in grey a week after the Sharks have softened them up and what would otherwise be a tough game for Province, looks to have got a lot easier with a number of injuries in the Puma ranks disrupting their continuity. Still, it will be interesting to see what Uys and Buys do with the WP front row. Province to take this one by 15 points or so.
Pumas: 15. Johan Jackson, 14. Conrad Marais, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Ricardo Croy, 11. Allister Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp, 5. Eduan Van Der Walt, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ronnie Uys
Replacements: 16. Hannes Franklin, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Dawie Steyn, 19. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 20. Juan Visser, 21. Ashwin Scott, 22. Vainon Willis
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 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 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Köster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.
Game 3: Sharks v Cheetahs
Ja, like I’m really going to call this one.
What’s that? I have to? Oh, bugger. This one could, of course, go either way and it depends very much on which Sharks outfit pitches up. Going with the heart here and predicting a famous victory for the home side, by about 6 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. Christoffel Philippus Van der Walt, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. David de Villiers, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Kobus Calldo, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 18. Izak van der Westhuizen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Corné Uys
Game 4: Blue Bulls v Lions
What an enthralling game this derby is going to be. Who would ever have thought that it would be the Lions going into this game holding onto a play-off spot by the slenderest of margins, against a Bulls outfit that simply HAS TO win, or else risk missing out on the play-offs altogether. For that reason and that reason alone, I’m calling a Bulls win here. I simply cannot see the Lions, resurgent and all that, having the chutzpah to pull off a win against a CLEARLY desperate Blue Bulls team at Loftus – a feat not even the table-topping Sharks could manage this year. Bulls will win, by 7 points or so. Unfortunately.
Blue Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Christiaan Johan Stander, 6. Derick Kuun (Captain), 5. Petrus Johannes Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Gary Botha, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Stephan Dippenaar, 22. Jaco Engels
Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe(c), 4 George Earle, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Reserves: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Wayne Swart, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Wikus van Heerden, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Marius Delport.