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.Tweet