Semi final race wide open

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 26 Sep 2010 at 16:54
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After the results 12th round of Currie cup action, the race for the semi final places as well as the race for top spot is once again well and truly open.

Let’s have a look at how each team is shaping up after the latest round and what lies in store for them in the remaining two rounds.

1.Sharks (47 points)
The Sharks remain top of the log, albeit now by only 4 points after their loss to the Lions reopened the race for top spot. A bonus point win over the winless Leopards is non-negotiable while the last game of the Currie cup round robin against Western Province may well be a contest for top spot.

Remaining fixtures: Leopards (home) and Western Province

2. Western Province (43 points)
WP walked away with the 5 points against Griquas to close the gap on the Sharks to only four points. Next weekend sees them travel to Loftus for a crucial match against the Blue Bulls which they will need to win to have a chance of topping the log.

Remaining fixtures: Blue Bulls (away) and Sharks (home)

3. Blue Bulls (38 points)
The Blue Bulls will have their own plans to have a home semi final and for that to happen they need to win this coming weekend. The returning cavalry from the Springboks will arrive a week to late to bolster the Bulls for the game against WP. The Bulls finish with a tough test against the Griquas in Kimberley

Remaining fixtures: Western Province (home) and Griquas (away)

4. Cheetahs (37 points)
The Cheetahs face what could almost be billed as a quarterfinal against the Lions at home this weekend which they will have to win to keep their place in the top 4. They finish the round robin with an away game at the winless Leopards from which they should pick up the 5 points.

Remaining fixtures: Lions (home) and Leopards (away)

5. Lions (35 points)
Despite their gutsy win against the Sharks at home, the Lions are still not in the semi final berths although they have breathed new life into their semi final challenge. Unfortunately for the Joburgers they face another do or die encounter against the Cheetahs but this time away from home before finishing their round robin against the Pumas.

Remaining fixtures: Cheetahs (away) and Pumas (home)

6. Griquas (31 points)
Technically not out of the running yet, the Griquas would require and extraordinary set of results to go their way in order to qualify for the play offs but they may be able to have a say on who does make the semis when facing the Bulls at home in the last round

Remaining matches: Pumas (away) and Blue Bulls (home)

7.Pumas (17 points)
The Pumas have already qualified for the playoffs although the promotion/relegation playoffs are not exactly the ones every team is aiming for at the start of the season. The most influence the Pumas could have would be denying the Lions a bonus point in their last game or even less likely beating the Joburgers.

Remaining matches: Griquas (home) and Lions (away)

8. Leopards (5 points)
The Leopards are winless Leopards are rooted to the bottom of the table and it seems they are going to be cannon fodder for the big guns in the last two rounds. A win against either of the Sharks or Cheetahs, however unlikely, would however have a massive influence on the final log positions.

Remaining matches: Sharks (away) and Cheetahs (home)

A tough and exciting two weeks of Currie Cup rugby awaits us with plenty of crucial games coming up. Good luck to all teams involved.


  • if get 5 points against the leopards(should), and if province lose to the bulls we guarenteed top spot. if province beat the bulls we should hope that they do so without getting a bonus point and we would only then need to finish within seven points of them to guarentee top spot. needless to say with our boks back i think we can beat them at newlands nonetheless but just looking at diff scenarios.

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.10 17:21:32 by RuckingFun Reply
    RuckingFunTeam captain
  • essentially a quarter final for the lions and cheetahs and if the bulls lose against province they will prob be knocked out! ;-)

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.10 17:24:57 by RuckingFun Reply
    RuckingFunTeam captain
  • perfect outcome would be the province beating bulls and then us beating province. think i might prefer the cheetahs to beat the lions as they looking less dangerous at the moment.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.10 17:27:21 by RuckingFun Reply
    RuckingFunTeam captain
  • @RuckingFun (Comment 2) : i think the bulls should make it, even if they lose to WP

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.10 17:37:04 by war1 Reply
    war1Super Rugby player
  • @war1 (Comment 4) : just checked again and u probably right. for them to lose out the lions must win and cheetahs get 2 points and them none, doesn’t seem 2 likely…

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.10 17:43:54 by RuckingFun Reply

    RuckingFunTeam captain
  • @RuckingFun (Comment 5) :

    Highly unlikely but it WOULD be so nice though. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.10 19:03:30 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • We (Sharks of course) should make it to a home semi. Only otheer thing I can say is GO WP JOU LEKKA DING.
    If the bulls do reach the semis, its going to be tough nails beating them.

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.10 19:10:32 by Crock Reply

    CrockUnder 21 player
  • At least the “knock-out game” (Cheetahs v Lions) is being refereed by a good referee who is up to the task.

    So we won’t have any bum calls, I hope his assistants are of the same caliber though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.10 19:17:08 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Can someone please tell whats the possibility of the bulls not making the semis? :oops: and if it is realistic.

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.10 19:34:17 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey BadgerCurrie Cup player
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 9) :

    Possible but not probable.

    They would have to lose to WP this weekend with the Lions beating the Cheetahs and the Cheetahs needing a Try BP and the Loss BP.

    Then next week the Lions play Pumas, Cheetahs play Leopards and Bulls play Griquas. All three the big guys should win those. So it all rests on the Cheetahs v lions and Bulls v WP

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.10 19:38:42 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I will be seriously peeved off if we lose to the Bulls this coming wkend!! :evil:

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.10 21:44:10 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : We will laugh at you. :cool:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.10 21:53:57 by klempie Reply

    klempieTeam captain
  • *sigh*
    Like I was laughing after you lost yesterday?? :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.10 22:09:25 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 10) : I hope thats the case,but if the cheetahs get one bonus point its going to be about pd and the cheetahs play the leopards last or am I wrong.@wpw (Comment 11) :

    @wpw Dont think you have to worry about that,if the ref is fair because the bulls must be the luckiest sob thr is.

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.10 22:17:42 by Honey Badger Reply

    Honey BadgerCurrie Cup player
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : prepare to be peeved you handsome thing you!!!! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.10 22:21:08 by ruggabugga Reply

    ruggabuggaVodacom Cup player
  • Being a sharks supporter is like being in an abusive relationship ,where the abuse has been happening for 10 years and everytime you think it,s getting better they crush your hopes again.The Sharks just need to avoid free state I don,t know if they can get over that physcological hurdle of losing in playoff games against them.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.10 00:07:17 by zvision10 Reply

    zvision10Under 21 player
  • Does anyone known if Espn or Fox sports have currie cup,Trinations rugby in their packages ,tired of watching rugby on a computer

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.10 00:10:58 by zvision10 Reply

    zvision10Under 21 player
  • I don’t see us winning against Province at Newlands even with our Bokke back (Remember they’ll have players like Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana back too) so a 5 pointer agianst the Leopards and the Bulls beating Province this weekend would garuntee us top spot for sure.

    As I’ve said before, it would also be nice if the Newlands clash wasn’t a top spot decider and then could rest a player or two and see what’s happening with our Bokke and how they’ll fit into the picture.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.10 09:16:08 by The Sharks Sharkie Reply
    The Sharks SharkieVodacom Cup player
  • We’ll have Beast, Bismarck, Adi and JP back. Province have already lost Liebenberg and now might be without Blaauw too. They’re running out of tights just as our pack is getting stronger. Jannie and Mostert could come back in before then too.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.10 09:31:42 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • Anyway, on current form, Habana wouldn’t make the Province team

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.10 09:33:06 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) :

    Blaauw is out for the rest of the season!! :roll: :???:

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.10 09:43:59 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 20) : you think YOU had fun laughing at US this weekend?

    Wait boytjie (or is that BOY? :grin: ) every dog has his day and a “brak” has a long weekend.

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.10 09:52:05 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • So who’s your next-best loosehead, wes? That’s bad news for you okes. When is liebas back?

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.09.10 09:56:38 by robdylan Reply
    Competition Winner Administrator
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  • Comment 24, posted at 27.09.10 10:00:11 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • @zvision10 (Comment 16) : As far as I remember you can get FoxSoccer+ on Direct tv or Verizon, we were stuck with Comcast in our complex so couldn’t get it. There is also Setanta but that is just European rugby.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.09.10 10:11:10 by lostfish Reply
    Valued Sharksworld Supporter Competition Winner
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) :

    If I’m not mistaken Liebenberg won’t be back at all.

    He is out for 3 weeks.

    Kritzinger can cover both sides of the scrum! :roll: :???: :!:

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.09.10 10:38:36 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 26) : so it’s gonna be Kritzinger, Fourie and Harris up against Beast, Bis and Jannie?

    Which way do you see that contest going…? :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.09.10 12:30:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 27) : I see it going DOWN just before their heads get inserted in their arses. And I WILL be laughing at WPW

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.09.10 14:10:13 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : @wpw (Comment 13) : its says in words
    If you dig a hole you will fall into it so like we had to endure your laugh and we had to deal with it well some of us will most likly do the same and some will not but to some extent i hope the Bulls win you to ;-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.09.10 14:18:28 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 22) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: ;-)

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.09.10 14:20:19 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @Charlie (Comment 24) : that dame sick leave of yours is toooooooooo longggggggggggggg :???: ;-)

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.09.10 14:21:22 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • @Charlie (Comment 24) : i one more thing i just hope you know how to play the rugby game when you get to it :oops: ;-)

    eeeee joke Adi can’t wait for you to get backand i hope u hv being doing your spying while on sick leave is you get my grip :smile:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.09.10 14:23:48 by chaz Reply

    ChazTeam captain
  • Thanks alot I have comcast the bastards are going to try rip me apart cent by cent but it will be worth it ,I,ll show these yanks how real men play without pads

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.09.10 17:33:36 by zvision10 Reply

    zvision10Under 21 player

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