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Currie Cup 2012: Round 7 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 20 Sep 2012 at 09:04
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Wow – it feels as though the Currie Cup has only just started, but in fact, it’s actually already starting to reach its conclusive stages, with only four more rounds of regular season action to come.

The log is starting to separate out just a little, but with one getting the feeling that any team could realistically beat any other at any stage, you can be sure that there will still be a few surprises along the way. This week, bizarrely, sees 1 play 2, 3 play 4 and 5 play 6, meaning for each team, there’s a great opportunity to gain serious ground on the team that is most directly threatening their position. Let’s see if we can call the results.

Western Province v Griquas

Province have really been up and down this season and while a great home win against the Bulls and a follow-up win against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein suddenly propelled them to the top of the log, they certainly hit rock bottom and kept digging to new lows in their despicable display against the Sharks last week. They’ve made a raft of changes again this week for the clash against in-form Griquas, who now finally seem to have the belief that smaller teams need to sustain momentum in this competition. My feeling, though, is that beating Province at home is going to be a bridge too far for the plucky Kwaste, so I’m backing the home side to bounce back this week. Province to win by around 8 points.

Western Province: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Helmut Lehmann, 19 JJ Gagiano, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Damian de Allende.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu.

Blue Bulls v Cheetahs

They say a wounded bull is the most desperate kind and I guess the Cheetahs will find out at Loftus this weekend whether that really is the case. This is an awfully hard one to call because both teams really are in pretty atrocious nick at the moment. The Bulls, though, have been bolstered somewhat by the return of a few Bok fringe players and with a better-looking combination at halfback this week, they should probably manage to hold the fort at home. The joker here, from a Cheetahs points of view, is Raymond Rhule and if he can find any space in which to operate, could prove deadly at outside centre. If the Bulls can manage to keep him quiet, they’ll win. Bulls by 4.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Raymond Rhule, 12 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Tewis de Bruyn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Sias Ebersohn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Andries Strauss.

Lions v Sharks

We end the round with a top-of-the-table clash in Johannesburg and for the Sharks, who bounced back nicely against Province last weekend, road trips simply don’t come any tougher than this one. The side hasn’t managed a win at Coca-Cola Park in any competition since 2010 and the memory of the recent embarrassing Super Rugby loss at the same venue will certainly provide no shortage of motivation. A weaker Sharks side than the one named here dispatched the Lions with ease in the first round, but one fancies that for the Sharks to be realistic title contenders this year, they are going to have to show that they can win on Johannesburg. As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present… With the Sharks bolstered by genuine game breakers in Craig Burden and Lwazi Mvovo, you’d fancy they would have the good to score tries against the Lions. The key, though, is to prevent the Lions building an early lead, which in the past has proved hard for the Sharks to chase down at altitude. That has been the secret of all their recent successes and if the Sharks can manage a fast start and prevent the Lions from scoring tries in the first half, they’ll stand a good chance of winning. It’s going to be tough, but I think the Sharks will win, by around 5 points.

Lions: TBA

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Sibusiso Sithole



35 Comments

  • Tough calls all around this week. I still havent decided where my picks will go. :???:

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.09.12 09:15:30 by JarsonX Reply
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  • My wish list this week is for wins to the Cheetahs / Griquas & the Sharks

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.09.12 10:22:31 by Dunx Reply

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  • This has to be the first time in MANY years that the Sharks will not be going to Coke park as overwhelming favorites (if favored at all) – and judging by the Lions’ performance against the tjietas, it’s a brave call to go for a Sharks win.

    Sharks will have to bring their A game plus 10

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.09.12 11:04:49 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Guys in the past season haven’t the sharks lions games ended in one or both teams scoring bonus points?more often than not!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.09.12 13:11:30 by shaniboi Reply

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  • Guys in the past seasons haven’t the sharks lions games ended in one or both teams scoring bonus points?more often than not!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.09.12 13:11:53 by shaniboi Reply

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  • …they are going to have to show that they can win on Johannesburg.

    *on* Johannesburg? Can you like to spoke English, Rob? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.09.12 15:53:39 by klempie Reply

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  • FULLTIME
    WPBA 45 – 21 GRIQUAS

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.09.12 16:48:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Where are the match threads? Who is napping whilst on duty? :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.09.12 16:49:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Bulls 15 – 6 Cheetahs
    30mins

  • Comment 9, posted at 22.09.12 17:42:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Bulls 27 – 16 Cheetahs
    60mins

  • Comment 10, posted at 22.09.12 18:21:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Go Cheetahs!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.09.12 18:21:28 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Bulle 27 – 23 Cheetahs
    63mins

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.09.12 18:27:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Come on Tjietahs. Make it another good first day of the work week.

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.09.12 18:29:23 by klempie Reply

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  • 67mins

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.09.12 18:30:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • :shock: Nice poppies at Floptus!

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.09.12 18:30:24 by klempie Reply

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  • Shit that was close!

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.09.12 18:31:56 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 15) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.09.12 18:32:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Penalty try?? That’s a kak call.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.09.12 18:33:30 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 16) : I’m following updates :???:

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.09.12 18:33:36 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 17) : How’s it going boeta. Long time no see.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.09.12 18:34:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 20) : Good and yourself? I’m here everyday, just not commenting as much right now :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.09.12 18:35:39 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 21) : I’m here every month. :razz:

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.09.12 18:37:21 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 22) : Haha :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.09.12 18:38:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Tjietahs…julle passes can like to be lank kak.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.09.12 18:38:59 by klempie Reply

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  • How much time left exactly?

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.09.12 18:40:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 25) : 4 mins…

    Bulls just scored under the posts.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.09.12 18:42:56 by klempie Reply

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  • Bastards! :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.09.12 18:44:48 by JarsonX Reply
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  • This ref is not bad…not bad at all. Well apart from the penalty try I believe he should have awarded.

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.09.12 18:47:08 by klempie Reply

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  • Cheetahs score with two mins to go.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.09.12 18:47:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 29) : Go Cheetahs!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.09.12 18:48:19 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 34-30. Cheetahs will have a chance to pull off a win in stoppage time.

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.09.12 18:48:24 by klempie Reply

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  • Knocked on. Bulls will win unless the Cheetahs win this scrum.

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.09.12 18:48:57 by klempie Reply

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  • Game over.

    FT 34-30

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.09.12 18:50:00 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 33) : Damn Cheetahs :roll: :twisted:

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.09.12 18:51:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • wide wide open again

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