Round 12 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: Cheetahs v Pumas
The Barloworld Toyota Pumas were far more Corolla than they were Land Cruiser against Province last week and one gets the feeling that after doing well to stay in touch for so many rounds, the wheels are now coming off for Jimmy Stonehouse’s boys. The Cheetahs now have a pretty nice run-in, but will know that they need to rack up BIG points differentials in their remaining games in order to leapfrog Province and the Bulls on the Currie Cup log. Expect the Cheetahs to win by 20+, but it could easily be by 50.
Cheetahs: 15. Riaan Smit, 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. Kabamba Floors, 5. David de Villiers, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Kobus Calldo, 18. Izak van der Westhuizen, 19. Hendro Scholtz, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Corné Uys
Pumas: 15. Johan Jackson, 14. Conrad Marais, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Siviwe Wilmot Magaba, 11. Vainon Willis, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Hendrik van der Nest, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp, 5. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 4. Eduan Van Der Walt, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (Captain), 1. Dawie Steyn
Replacements: 16. Hansie van Dyk, 17. Brett Nel, 18. Luan Velthuizen, 19. Martin Sithole, 20. Jacques (Pumas) Coetzee, 21. Ricardo Croy, 22. Ashwin Scott
Game 2: Western Province v Griquas
It’s time for the Griquas boys to stand up and show us how much pride they still have. This is literally last-chance saloon for them and if they don’t beat Province, they will not make the semi-finals. Province, on the other hand, will know they need to get maximum points here to keep pressure on the Sharks, who they’ll be hoping will come unstuck in Joburg. Unfortunately for Griquas, passion and guts alone will not be enough to take out a very strong Province side and I fear the Capetonians will win, but perhaps not as easily as they think. 10 or so points in it for me.
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. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Wicus Blaauw
Replacements: 16. Hanyani Shimange, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. Adriaan Fondse, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Conrad Hoffmann, 21. Gary Jacques Van Aswegen, 22. Paul Bosch
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. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Edwin Westley Hewitt, 3. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Jean Botha
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Steph Roberts, 18. Frederik Albertus Spies, 19. Petrus Gerhardus (Gerhard) Human, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Jean Hermanus Stemmet, 22. Rudi Vogt
Game 3: Leopards v Blue Bulls
Bulls are approaching every game like a knockout and for them to claim a home semi, they know that they need to quite simply annihilate the Leopards. They will do so. 50-point snotting on the cards, set your watch by it.
Leopards: 15. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames, 14. Jovan Bowles, 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. Johan Coetzee, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Bennie Geldenhuys Uys
Replacements: 16. Gavin Williamson, 17. Eric Meyer Coetzee, 18. Victor Hugo Joubert, 19. Wilhelm Koch, 20. Charles King, 21. Cecil Dumond, 22. Deon Scholtz
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. Petrus Johannes Juandre Kruger, 6. Derick Kuun, 5. Fudge Mabeta, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha (Captain), 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Hayden Gareth Groepes, 22. Jaco Engels
Game 4: Lions v Sharks
The only reasonably tricky game to call this weekend, although I don’t really see it as such. For the Sharks, the only really tricky thing here is the fact that the Lions simply HAVE to win, or else miss out on the semis. That is going to make them hugely hungry and motivated and the Sharks will remember how they capitulated and ultimately lost to a Bulls side in a similar position a few weeks ago. The Lions aren’t as good as the Bulls, though – nor are they anywhere near as good as the Sharks and if the Durbanites stick to their structures, control possession and improve even slightly on last week’s showing, they’ll leave Coke Park with all 5 points. Sharks by about 15, for me.
Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Jannie Boshoff, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Thomas Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Joshua Zac Strauss, 7. Wikus van Heerden, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco van der Merwe (Captain), 4. George Earle, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Wayne Swart, 18. Johan (Joe) Snyman, 19. Trevor Hall, 20. JP Joubert, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Deon van Rensburg
Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Eugene van Staden, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Pat Cilliers
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Michael Rhodes, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. André Pretorius, 22. Riaan Swanepoel