After watching the weekend’s Currie Cup rugby, with the exception of the Western Province match, I found myself looking forward to the play-offs and trying to position the teams in their finishing order.
Although it pains me to say that the Sharks will not be at top spot come the end of the final round of pool games, it is only a matter of time until the Lions have an unassailable lead at the top, sowing up what should be a home semi-final and subsequent home final.
The question then remains, which of the teams will finish up in second spot, the team that will by assumption be the one to take on the Lions at Coca Cola Park. This is a three horse race, and from what I have seen this season, I can rule out one team already.
The Cheetahs, the Sharks and Western Province are the three other teams that will be facing up in the semi-finals, but in which order will they finish. From what I have seen over recent weeks, my choice for fourth spot and a match against the Lions in the first semi final will be the Cheetahs. Thye have lacked that killer instinct in the bigger matches, seemingly not pitching up for tough encounters. They also still face a few tricky away games against Province and the Pumas.
As for that second spot, the Sharks narrowly take second, and this is not based on their weekend performance but rather on what lies ahead. The Sharks are in the position where they still have to face Western Province at home, and based on the assumption that they will keep their home record intact, and the fact that the Lions are also still to travel to sunny Durban, I am reasonably certain that the Sharks will tie up second and with that a match against Western Province in the semi’s, which will be a replay of last year’s final.
You would have noticed the complete ommission of the Blue Bulls, who still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the play-offs, as do Griquas, but based on weekend performances and their schedule to the end of the play-offs, it is highly unlikely that Griquas will get up for fourth, and the Bulls just don’t seem to have the team to be able to catch up. But that’s just my opinion.
So from the above, I am looking forward to final at Coca Cola Park, something that has not happened since 2002, when the Bulls took the Cup. Based on the amazing rugby the Lions are playing at the moment, I am tipping them to lift the cup, and worthy winners they will be, based purely on the attractive rugby they are playing at the moment.Tweet