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