Richard Ferguson

Preview and Predictions: Round 14


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 7 Oct 2010 at 13:19
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The last round of the league stages 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: Leopards v Cheetahs

This is one of two pretty straight-forward results of the weekend, with the Cheetahs not likely to be upset and lose out on a semi final position. The Cheetahs will be hoping the Sharks can beat Western Province so that Mr. Verster and his cronies can rake in the money which comes with a home semi final in the competition. The Leopards will want to try a few combinations and get settled before the relegation games begin. Prediction: Cheetahs by 40 at least.

Leopards: 15. Theuns Kotze, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Kempie Rautenbach, 12. Cecil Dumond, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana, 10. Clayton Durand, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Riaan Swanepoel (Captain), 7. RW Kember, 6. Wilhelm Koch, 5. Edrich Linde, 4. Christo van Niekerk, 3. Os Van der Walt, 2. Gavin Williamson, 1. Bennie Geldenhuys Uys / Divan Kotze

Replacements: 16. Chrisstoffel Johannes Duvenage, 17. Eric Meyer Coetzee, 18. Anthonie Johannes Gronum, 20. Charles King, 21. Neill Jacobs, 22. Ghafoer Luckan

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Corné Uys, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Izak van der Westhuizen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Riaan Smit

Game 2: Lions v Pumas

The second of the no brainer games, with the only difference being that the Lions’ fate is not in their own hands. The Lions will be hoping for a massive upset, with either Griquas beating the Bulls or the Cheetahs losing against the Leopards. Their best chance would be that the Bulls will stumble against Griquas in Kimberley. The Lions will be going all out to secure the 5 points and do what they can to get into the top four. Prediction: Lions by 25 points.

Lions – revised: 15 Burton Francis, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Marius Delport, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Deon Van Rensburg, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Van der Merwe (captain), 4 Trevor Hall, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Wayne Swart, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 JP Joubert, 20 Wandile Mjekevu, 21 Renaldo Bothma, 22 Pieter Engelbrecht.

Pumas: 15. Johan Jackson, 14. Vainon Willis, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Tian Carel Meyer, 11. Allister Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Hendrik van der Nest, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Eduan Van Der Walt, 6. Corne Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Luan Velthuizen, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (Captain), 1. Ronnie Uys

Replacements: 16. Hansie van Dyk, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. De-Jay Terblanche, 19. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 20. Ricardo Croy, 21. Carl Bezuidenhout, 22. Jaco Bouwer

Game 3: Griquas v Bulls

The second biggest game of the weekend, and the Bulls have it all to lose. A simple victory will secure their place amongst he top four, but will have to wait for the result from the WP/Sharks game to know whether they will be travelling to Durban or Cape Town. The Griquas have nothing riding on this game, and the only motivated soul will be Bjorn Bassn who could set a new Currie Cup record by scoring a try and taking his tally to 20 for the season. Prediction: Bulls by 15.

Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Rocco Reginald Jansen, 13. Jean Hermanus Stemmet, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Wesley Wilkins, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Frederik Albertus Spies, 3. Jean Botha, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts

Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 18. Edwin Westley Hewitt, 19. Petrus Gerhardus (Gerhard) Human, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Wilmaure Louw, 22. Rudi Vogt

Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Danie Rossouw, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Derick Kuun, 5. Victor Matfield, 4. Bakkies Botha, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling

Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Flip van der Merwe, 19. Christiaan Johan Stander, 20. Ruan Snyman, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Jaco Engels

Game 4: Western Province v Sharks

The big game of the weekend, and there is not much more to be said. The Sharks, win or lose, will finish top of the log. Western Province are the only team that will be motivated to win this game as it directly influences whether or not they get to play in front of their home fans, or whether we see a reverse of this game next weekend and they have to travel to Durban. The Sharks could determine who they play, and all comments have been to try and avoid playing the Bulls in the semi finals, thus requiring to win this game. Prediction: Western Province by 10.

Western Province: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Jean de Villiers, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Anton van Zyl, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. JD Moller.

Replacements: 16. Hanyani Shimange, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21. Lionel Cronje and 22. Conrad Jantjes.

Sharks: 15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Andre Pretorius, 9. Rory Kockott, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Gerhard Mostert, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements
16. Craig Burden, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Keegan Daniel, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Adrian Jacobs, 22. Louis Ludik



55 Comments

  • Province lineup announced…

    15. Aplon 14. JDV 13. JF 12. JDJ 11. Habana 10. Willem 9. Ricky 8. Duanne 7. Flo 6. Schalk 5. Anton 4. Fondse 3. Harris 2. Fourie 1. JD Moller

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.10.10 13:32:05 by Sportbilly(Oubaas2009) Reply
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  • @Sportbilly(Oubaas2009) (Comment 1) :

    Thanx, will update it now..

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.10.10 13:33:47 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Sportbilly(Oubaas2009) (Comment 1) : Interesting JDV out on the wing, we know how that went for the boks.

    And ricky for duvenage???

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.10.10 13:37:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) :

    Ricky is apparently in really good shape since returning from the Bok conditioning camp.

    Also heard Div gave him an ultimatum. :???:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.10.10 13:38:32 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) :

    Hey Wes, long time no chat. Sorry man, have been busy with exams and thankfully that is in the past now.. lol How have you been?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.10.10 13:46:16 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : Yeah, and if you start with Ricky you can have another backline player on the bench seeing that you have 3 props on the field already :) hehe

    Nha, seriously, I hope he is in better shape, because whether anybody likes it or not, he’s going to play for the boks, so the better his form and “shape”, the better for all of us. He is really good when in form!

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.10.10 13:48:48 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) :

    Hey dude, no problem!! I thought as much!

    I’m good bro! Looking forward to Sat’s game cos its gonna be a cracker!! ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.10.10 13:50:52 by wpw Reply
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  • Sharks team up with a couple of surprises

    15 Lambie
    14 Odwa
    13 Stefan
    12. Strauss
    11.Mvovo
    10 Petoors
    9 Rory
    8 Kanko
    7 Rhodes
    6 Botes
    5 Hargreaves
    4 Mostert
    3. Jannie
    2. Bismarck
    1. Beast

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.10.10 14:08:23 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) :

    16 Burden
    17 van Staden
    18 Sykes
    19 Keegan
    20 McLeod
    21 Adi
    22 Ludick.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.10.10 14:09:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Sharks team announced!!!

    Lambie at 15. :sad:

    Lambie, Odwa, Stefan, Strauss, Mvovo, AP, Rory, Kanko, Rhodes, Botes, Al, Mostert, Jannie, Bissie, Beast

    Burden, van staden, sykes, keegan, McLeod, Jacobs, Ludik

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.10.10 14:12:03 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 8) : You beat me!

    Don’t know why he would move Lambie to 15 again??? :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.10.10 14:12:56 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : People will be losing their minds again about Lambie being moved, but I like the look of this team!

    A couple of guys really needed the break, so I agree with all the selections…good to see Adi back!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.10.10 14:14:29 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 12) : and no, I’m not saying I agree 100% with the move, but I think it’s a once off and Ludik needed a breather

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.10.10 14:16:38 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : Lambie needs to be closer to the action so he can use his good distribution skills….I think it’s a waste having him back at fullback. I would have liked to see him at 12 for this match.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.10.10 14:19:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • My head says WP, but my heart says SHARKS FOREVER!!
    Still deciding which way to go on SB.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.10.10 14:19:28 by Crock Reply

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  • I hope that throwing Bismarck and Beast to the starting lineout does not back fire :roll:
    Van Staden and Burden did very well. Though Burden will be great when it opens up a bit.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.10.10 14:20:06 by rekinek Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 13) : I don’t know that Ludik needed a breather, I thought he needed game time.

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.10.10 14:20:53 by Letgo Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 12) : @AlienArmy (Comment 13) : it’s only 3 more weeks. what do you need breather for.

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.10.10 14:20:59 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 17) : :lol:

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.10.10 14:21:50 by rekinek Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 13) : And if Ludik needed a breather what about Mvovo, who played almost every minute of this CC???

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.10.10 14:22:12 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 9) : hope Alberts gonna be ready for semis. A big guy is needed amongst loosies.

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.10.10 14:23:09 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 21) : Rhodes isn’t that small but he’s not quite Alberts either.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.10.10 14:24:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Crock (Comment 15) : We could give WP a go here, this is a pretty good team. I think Plum might be considering his options here.

    AP at 10 Lambie at 15…sends a definite message.

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.10.10 14:25:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : let me reword it – it would be good to have a “smasher” :-)

    somebody like deysel.

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.10.10 14:29:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 23) : The team is good I’m more excited by Rory AP and Lambie all playing at the same time it will be a good match Almost wished I was back in CT just to stir with the WP guys on Monday after they lose and lose the chance of getting a home semi-sorry Wes………….oh no I’m not!!!! But at least Alberts wont be there to kick your butt or will he

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.10.10 14:30:20 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 23) : AP may be a better kicking for pols option, when it comes to pressure situations but… I can’t erase this game against Tongo in 2007 from my mind :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.10.10 14:30:46 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo, yep, the team does look good enough to take this one.

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.10.10 14:31:01 by Crock Reply

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  • Sharks can beat WP, no doubt!

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.10.10 14:32:00 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 20) : Agreed on Mvovo, but we are thin on the wing, so not much choice there. I just feel Ludik could do with playing from the bench after starting 10 games on the trot, he is not back to his best yet, and I fear over playing him could make way for a occurrence of his injury…

  • Comment 29, posted at 07.10.10 14:32:58 by AlienArmy Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 23) :

    A pretty good team?? :shock:

    Dries and Stefan are cack! There, i said it!! :lol: :twisted:

  • Comment 30, posted at 07.10.10 14:33:47 by wpw Reply
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  • Now I can make my SB picks and try and salvage some kind of a FL starting XV :???:

  • Comment 31, posted at 07.10.10 14:37:17 by Jarson Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) : Nice! Keep them coming :wink: Dont run away on Saturday night though :grin:

  • Comment 32, posted at 07.10.10 14:38:20 by Jarson Reply
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  • What about rotating AP and Lambie and confuse the living daylights out of the WP ala King Carlos & Andrew Mehrtens??

  • Comment 33, posted at 07.10.10 14:40:42 by Crock Reply

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  • @Crock (Comment 33) : :mrgreen:

    my only reservation would be a confusion of Dries and Stef – not to mention poor Rory.

  • Comment 34, posted at 07.10.10 14:43:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) : I need to remind you sir that when Problems came here for the first round game Cack Stefan had fourie for breakfast in fact he was so far over Fourie that Terblanche made all the teams of the week on both 365 and sa rugby . com And here comes round 2 Not much gets by Dries and Stefan and you guys wont have ball to play with anyway!!!!!

  • Comment 35, posted at 07.10.10 14:56:14 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 32) :

    I shall be hierso to rub it in!! :twisted: ;-)

  • Comment 36, posted at 07.10.10 14:57:18 by wpw Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 35) :

    Wow!! So lets pick him for the Boks shall we??

    One good tackle does not a great player make!! :roll:

  • Comment 37, posted at 07.10.10 14:58:17 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 36) : So the winners get a back rub…. awesome :wink: :razz:

  • Comment 38, posted at 07.10.10 15:07:13 by Jarson Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 26) : Ap Started that game right, and butch and all the rest of the A team had to come and rescue the game.

    I’m just saying, I think Plum wants to start with this backline next week, aside from Rory and Odwa, but I think we can do better.

    Plum made a comment about not wanting to play Lambie at 12, because he doesn’t want to be accused of chopping and changing. Well this is chopping and changing. Why move Lambie to 15, he’s been at 10/12 this whole CC season aside from the first game.

  • Comment 39, posted at 07.10.10 15:12:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 29) : Yeah, but I don’t think that’s why Plum is making this change. He wants to see how Lambie goes at 15, if this backline works out for him, he’l probably keep it pretty much the same for the semis imo

  • Comment 40, posted at 07.10.10 15:15:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 25) : I would have liked to see Lambie at 12 for this game, but lets see how it goes anyway. Rory should have a good game. He’s itching to proof his worth again.

  • Comment 41, posted at 07.10.10 15:17:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 38) : :twisted: :lol:

  • Comment 42, posted at 07.10.10 15:18:30 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 30) : Well this crack’s gonna teach your springbok backline a lesson tomorrow. :cool:

    I don’t know what that lesson will be yet, I just wanted to sound really cool and confident.

  • Comment 43, posted at 07.10.10 15:19:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 37) : Stefan wouldn’t let any team down.

  • Comment 44, posted at 07.10.10 15:19:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • Adi, theres no need to go for silly drop goals :???: :???: :???:

  • Comment 45, posted at 07.10.10 15:21:48 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • @Letgo (Comment 43) : Dang, we’re not even playing tomorrow…double embarrassing. :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 46, posted at 07.10.10 15:21:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 39) : Yip – he started and I think missed all (or almost all kicks). percy writes in his book that gary botha hit him for that mess :roll:

  • Comment 47, posted at 07.10.10 15:26:15 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 46) : i’d like it to be friday today as well :oops:

  • Comment 48, posted at 07.10.10 15:26:52 by rekinek Reply
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  • Lets hope that our backline actually gets quality ball with Kockett at scrummy. Cracker of a bench to bring on in the second half by the way!

  • Comment 49, posted at 07.10.10 16:25:33 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Hopefully no-one touches Aplon’s face. Went down like a fainting goat against the Bulls.

  • Comment 50, posted at 07.10.10 16:37:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • Province must win this one.

    Then it’s a WP v Bulls final in Cape Town. :twisted:

  • Comment 51, posted at 07.10.10 16:39:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : woohoo

  • Comment 52, posted at 07.10.10 17:15:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 51) : in 2525

  • Comment 53, posted at 07.10.10 17:41:26 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @RuckingFun (Comment 49) : agree with Letgo that Rockot will try to prove his worth, only worried that by doing so he will be bit selfish.

  • Comment 54, posted at 07.10.10 20:01:33 by rekinek Reply
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  • Bulls sure taking the kwasse seriously this week! :mrgreen:

    Maybe they think it`s the super 14 finals all over again.

  • Comment 55, posted at 08.10.10 10:47:25 by Original Pierre Reply
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