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2011 Currie Cup: Round 13 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 6 Oct 2011 at 08:00
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The penultimate round of Currie Cup action gets under way this weekend and as is usual at this stage of the season, six teams are fighting for just four knock-out spots.

Pumas v Cheetahs

The Cheetahs will be looking for maximum points from their trip down to Witbank on Friday night in order to put pressure on the Sharks in the battle for second place. With Naka Drotske’s man facing a far easier fixture in the final round than their Durban rivals do, a five-pointer against the unlucky Pumas could see them well positioned to claim a home semi-final should they prevail against Griquas the following week. The Cheetahs stuffed the Pumas by 70-odd points last time the teams played and I can’t say I see a different result this time around. Cheetahs by around 40.

Pumas: MJ Mentz; Wilhelm Loock, JW Jonker, Dewald Pretorius, Johan Jackson; Carl Bezuidenhout, Shaun Venter; Doppies le Roux, Jaco Bouwer, Corné Steenkamp (capt), Eduan van der Walt, JP Mostert, Ashley Buys, Pellow van der Westhuizen, Dawie Steyn.
Replacements: Torsten van Jaarsveld/Mike De Nieully-Rice, Brett Nel, Nicol Mostert, RW Kember, Hendrik van der Nest, Coenie van Wyk, Siviwe Magaba.

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Rayno Benjamin, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Philip Snyman, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Piet van Zyl, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Philip Van der Walt, 6. Pieter Labuschagne, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Marcel Van Der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Riaan Smit, 22. Andries Strauss

Griquas v Blue Bulls

A humdinger of a game will unfold in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon, with both sides literally playing for their Currie Cup lives. Despite some very patchy form this season, the men in peacock blue are only three points adrift of their Pretoria rivals and while both are currently out of the top 4, a bonus point win for either side could see them back in the running for a potential fourth-place finish. One this is for sure, though – the loser of this game will miss out. Our gut feel is that the Bulls will take this one, simply based on slightly better rhythm as a team at the moment. Bulls to sneak in by 3 points.

Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Dusty Noble, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Matthew Rosslee, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Justin Downey, 6. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 5. George Earle, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Steph Roberts, 18. Jaco Nepgen, 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Earl Rose, 22. Monty Dumond

Blue Bulls: Gerhard van den Heever; Akona Ndungane, Wynand Olivier, Francois Venter, Bjorn Basson; Louis Fouché, Jano Vermaak, CJ Stander, Jacques Potgieter, Deon Stegmann, Juandré Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Gary Botha (capt), Dean Greyling.
Replacements: Willie Wepener, Frik Kirsten, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Arno Botha, Warwick Tecklenburg, Dustin Jinka, Francois Brummer.

Lions v WP

This is the biggest game of the weekend, with the Lions able to secure a a first place finish on the log should they notch up any sort of win. For Province, though, it’s do-or-die stuff, with a win absolutely vital for them to ensure qualification for the knock-outs ahead of the Bulls and Griquas. This season needs a fairy-tale of sorts to unfold and while they are far from favourites, our gut tells us that Province are going to pull off an upset here (don’t ask why). Western Province by 5 points is our upset prediction for the week.

Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Burton Francis, 21 Dylan des Fountain, 22 James Kamana.

Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg (Captain), 1. JC Kritzinger
Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Hilton Lobberts, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Pieter Louw, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Johann Sadie

Leopards v Sharks

The final game of the weekend sees the Sharks take on the Leopards in a game that the visitors simply have to win – and win well – to keep their home semi-final dreams alive. The Sharks have struggled against the minnow sides this year and (in)famously couldn’t manage to secure a bonus point against the plucky Leopards at Kings Park earlier this season. The home side will take much heart from that performance and will feel they stand a chance of picking up a big scalp here, give the Sharks’ patchy form. That said, we feel the Sharks will find a way to win, by around 15 points.

Sharks: TBA

Leopards: 15 Hoffmann Maritz, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Johann Laker, 8 Robert Kruger, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Philip de Wet, 5 Brendon Snyman, 4 Brad Mockford, 3 Dewald Coetzee, Gavin Williamson, Jean-Jacques Rossouw.
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Alfred Wauts, 18 Christo van Niekerk, 19 Juan Pretorius/Siya Mdaka, 20 Liam Slatem, 21 Clayton Durand, 22 Jovan Bowles.



20 Comments

  • I’m going to back the Griquas. Their pack looks really really good I think – glad Karemaker is getting game time somewhere… and the Bulls bringing back Stegmann makes me lean the other way.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.10.11 08:21:32 by hendrikp Reply
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  • Thanx for backing Province ! it helps the Lions cause

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.10.11 08:25:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 1) : But it’s the business end of the season and the altitude Bulls have no psychological Kimberley barrier to overcome or do they? :grin:

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.10.11 08:27:10 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 3) :

    Don’t think the Bulls have the quality in that side to say they should be expected to be far too good. Griquas look good enough to get through a very good 80 minutes of rugby, in Kimberley.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.10.11 08:31:48 by hendrikp Reply

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  • Hendrikp stop talking kak.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.10.11 08:45:15 by Muzi Reply

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  • 3 out of 4 the same. Lions & Province to draw :twisted:

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.10.11 08:57:55 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 5) : :shock: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.10.11 08:58:40 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Has anyone checked out my SB honours lately :cool:

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.10.11 09:01:39 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Go Griquas !!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.10.11 09:10:06 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Muzi (Comment 5) :

    Easy chap. I’ve let you harp on about Bulls players without saying much, so allow me my opinion.

    Also, it makes sense saying these things after the Bulls win. If they lose, then what? :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.10.11 09:50:59 by hendrikp Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) : Any time you want to make up your mind, and nail your colours to the mast, you just let us know :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.10.11 10:14:25 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 11) : Picked the Lions by 2 actually :twisted:

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.10.11 10:23:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) : You will get the win point, but just miss out on the margin :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.10.11 10:30:43 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 13) : That’s nothing new :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 06.10.11 10:34:44 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 14) : Trust me, I know the feeling :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 06.10.11 10:45:56 by Greg Reply

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  • Miracles DO happen.

    Oupa dropped to the bench. Bosman and Adi midfield.

    and wait for it……Gouws Prinsloo starts at fullback!

  • Comment 16, posted at 06.10.11 11:48:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Where is the sharks playing the leopards???potch or royal bofekeng??

  • Comment 17, posted at 06.10.11 20:40:29 by shaniboi Reply

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  • @shaniboi (Comment 17) : I think its in Rustenburg at Royal B.

  • Comment 18, posted at 06.10.11 21:09:48 by beet Reply
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  • @shaniboi (Comment 17) : Royal Bafokeng.

  • Comment 19, posted at 06.10.11 23:13:29 by war1 Reply
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  • Not a good week for your predictions…

    Got everything wrong even the margins way out for the 2 games you got right….
    ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.10.11 00:13:23 by Hmmm Reply

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