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Currie Cup 2012: Semi-final preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 18 Oct 2012 at 15:13
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Let’s have a look at the two big semi-final match-ups in the Currie Cup this weekend and see if we can pick the winners.

Sharks v Blue Bulls

The first semi, between the first-placed Sharks and fourth-placed Bulls really should be an easy one to call – and probably would be so – had it not been for the visitors’ impressive showing at Coca Cola Park last weekend. All of a sudden, the Bulls have been propelled into the spotlight and far from relegation-threatened also-rans, they now look as though they may just be contenders for a title that appeared to be well out of their grasp midway through the season. The Sharks, too, were impressive against Griquas, though. They have strengthened their side this week without making wholesale changes and also have the benefit of having played the better rugby pretty much all season. The anticipated wet weather will be a leveller, though, reducing this one to an arm wrestle which either team, realistically could win. We’re going to give this one to the home side, though, based on three factors; better form during the regular season, more recent play-off experience and, perhaps most importantly, home ground advantage. It will be close, though, so we’re calling a Sharks victory by no more than 4 points.

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandré Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Steven Sykes/Peet Marais, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Meyer Bosman.

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling.

Golden Lions v Western Province

In a reprise of last year’s second semi-final, the Lions host Province in a game that many are expecting the visitors to walk away with, based on the return of their host of Boks players. Fate, though, has dealt Province a bit of a shady hand, in that none of Tiaan Liebenberg, Andries Bekker or (most importantly) Jean de Villiers will be fit to play. Much of the recent Province hype seems to be centred around their good win against a lacklustre Cheetahs outfit last week and the challenge for them will be to maintain that level of play when suddenly bereft of three of their stars. For the Lions, though, there’s been some disruption too and we mustn’t forget that Johan Ackermann’s once log-leaders haven’ won a game in their last two starts and are looking just a little bedraggled at the moment, given injuries to Deon van Rensburg and especially Lionel Mapoe. This one s going to be a proper humdinger and only a fool would claim he is confident of the result. My gut, though, says that the Lions – playing for pride as they have been all campaign – will have just a little too much in the tank for Province, who haven’t looked the business under the captaincy of Deon Fourie this year. Lions to squeak a win here, by around 3 points.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Deon Helberg.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Damian de Allende, 22 Joe Pietersen.



14 Comments

  • I agree.

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.10.12 15:30:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 1) : well thank you

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.10.12 15:45:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Agree fully but i think sharks by 8 and lions by around the same margin perhaps 5

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.10.12 15:47:01 by Dunx Reply

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  • We have an office bet going on here. Wrongest call buys the rest milkshakes.

    I had Sharks 26-20 and Lions 21-17.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.10.12 16:58:08 by klempie Reply

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  • Here are the match up’s for the Sharks Bulls encounter
    15. Louis Ludik—————–Zane Kirschner
    14. JP Pietersen——————Akona Ndugane
    13. Paul Jordaan——————JJ Engelbrecht
    12. Tim Whitehead—————-Francois Venter
    11. Lwazi Mvovo—————––Bjorn Basson
    10. Pat Lambie———————Morne Steyn
    09. Cobus Reinach—————-Jano Vermaak
    08. Keegan Daniel(Capt)——-Arno Botha
    07. Jean Deysel——————–Jacques Potgieter
    06. Marcell Coetzee————–Dewald Potgieter (Captain)
    05. Anton Bresler—————–Juandré Kruger
    04. Jandre Marais—————–Flip van der Merwe
    03. Jannie du Plessis————Werner Kruger
    02. Kyle Cooper——————–Willie Wepener
    01. Dale Chadwick————–—Mornè Mellett

    Replacements

    16. Craig Burden——————-Chiliboy Ralepelle
    17. Tendai Mtawarira————–Dean Greyling
    18. Wiehahn Herbst————–—Frik Kirsten
    19. Steven Sykes / Peet Marais-–Wilhelm Steenkamp
    20. Willem Alberts————-–—CJ Stander
    21. Charl McLeod——————-Francois Hougaard
    22. Meyer Bosman——————Louis Fouche

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.10.12 17:18:30 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 5) : I just cannot fathom the reason for the Bulls’ persistent benching of CJ Stander…..their best loose forward by a landslide!

    I am more worried for when he comes onto the field than I am about all three their starting loose forwards.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.10.12 17:45:25 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • I agree with the winners, and agree with the tight scorelines… I think The Sharks have too much for The Bulls, and people over look what a Fortress KP is ITO local competition… This Sharks era is going to be golden… I have a good feeling about the next few seasons, we have one of the best squads in the world if we look at a fully fit and available SuperRugby squad, and sans Kanko, Bootsie, Bismarck, Oddies and Fransie this squad looks imposing still…

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.10.12 20:22:10 by DarkDestroyer Reply

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  • What i like is the Bulls are doing all the talking,Rugby365,Keo etc all going with a Bulls win.

    Sharks on the other hand keeping a low profile.

    This all is understandable, as when you are the best the rest all become haters :mrgreen: I mean rugby365 are mainly Stormer supporters so they hoping and praying like crazy for the Bulls to win thus giving their Stormers a home ground final.

    Only snag there is as wide as the gat of Kimberly, someone forgot to tell them they have to beat the Lions first :lol:

    NO NO NO WAIT THEY THE MIGHTY STORMERS!!! me thinks Stormers are in for a rude awakening.

    GOOOOOOOOOO SHARKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, kick butt boys. but so nice to see you are not the windgat talkers the likes of the Stormers and the Bulls are ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.10.12 06:39:16 by sharks_lover Reply

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  • It`s gonna be close, hope you`re right!

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.10.12 07:47:59 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Sharks and Lions for me as well, with small margins. Dicipline is going to be key.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.10.12 08:38:10 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Has everyone been voting for try of the year on Supersport? I am behind Jordaan try against the reds in the first playoff match.

    http://www.supersport.com/rugby/sa-rugby/news/121015/Vote_now_SuperSport_Try_of_the_Year

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.10.12 08:57:27 by MikeVS Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 4) : MILKSHAKE????…..MILKSHAKE?!?!!?? :roll: :shock:

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.10.12 09:55:10 by Ice Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 10) : Agree – we need to keep our cool – we should be ok!

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.10.12 09:56:42 by Ice Reply
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  • man im nervous … and every time Rob writes up the Lions we loose … ai ….

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.10.12 14:16:36 by Zibbie Reply
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