Richard Ferguson

On the chopping block


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, WP on 8 Aug 2013 at 11:02
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As we all know, Currie Cup 2013 kicks off tomorrow, with a fair bit of excitement in the air. With new faces in new teams and with a fair amount of young talent on display, it could be a very unpredictable tournament. I see that as a challenge, and will try predict the finishing order of the six teams before a ball is passed, kicked or dropped.

Before I go any further, I am not trying to predict the winner, I am merely predicting the finishing order on the log. Who knows what happens in a play off match, as we saw with the Super Rugby, and one of the four semi-finalists can go through to the final and cause a potential upset.

Right from the outset, I have two teams that I really like as contenders for finishing top of the log.

The Cheetahs are my favourites to finish at the peak. Their team looks the most settled of all and even with a few more Springbok call-ups than in the past, their backline especially looks potent in comparison to any other team. The loss of Heinrich Brussow does leave a hole on the side of the scrum, but in Lappies Labuschagne, Philip van der Walt and Boom Prinsloo, with Davon Raubenheimer on the bench, they have some star loose forwards. The only other team with such quality in the loose is the Sharks.

Which brings me to my other team that may well finish top. The Sharks have had a major shake up in all departments, and while it may take a while for change to reach all corners, I feel the squad is talented enough and has the right balance to really do well this year. The front row might not be as powerful as we like, but the loose forwards and the depth of their backline speak volumes. Brendan Venter is the man in charge and is sure to get the best out of the squad and the players will all be playing for a spot in his Super Rugby squad next year, proving themselves to the new headmaster.

While it is difficult to choose between the Cheetahs and my very own team, I have to give the benefit of the doubt to the Cheetahs, and their all round settled look.

The spots for the other two semi final spots will be a tight affair. Western Province is another team that can boast a fair amount of depth in key positions, and again the motivation would be strong for the players to show what they have after a disappointing Super Rugby campaign. There are stalwarts such as Gio Aplon, Deon Fourie and Steven Kitshoff which makes the team look hard to beat.

The Bulls might surprise all and sundry with their young team, based on the team they selected for the opening weekend, there is a lot of building and regrouping happening behind the scenes. This change and the sheer inexperience in a lot of key positions, along with an injury or two, could well keep the Bulls from securing a semi final spot. I doubt they will go down without a fight, and I might just give them the benefit of the doubt in sneaking the fourth spot on the log.

This brings me to the bottom two, which would be between the Lions and Griquas. Griquas managed to stay out of the promotion relegation match last year, the Cheetahs having to do battle with the Kings to stay in the Premier Division. This year though, we are likely to see Griquas having to battle it out with whoever finishes top of the First Division log.

The Lions will be driven by the fact that they have just secured a spot in the 2014 Super Rugby competition and can ill afford a drop to the lower echelon in South African Rugby. This will come down to the wire though, as it usually does in Currie Cup, and a mere bonus point here and there could well be the difference between an easy ride into next year, or a battle to the death with what looks likely to be the Pumas.

So, in summary, by predicted log:

1.Cheetahs
2.Sharks
3.Western Province
4.Blue Bulls
5.Golden Lions
6.Griquas

Make your selections below, the winners will get beer on me at any Kings Park match in 2014.



22 Comments

  • I somehow have this in my head:
    1.Sharks
    2.WP
    3.Cheetahs
    4.Lions
    5.Bulls
    6.Grikwas

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.13 11:16:13 by R Hayward Reply
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  • 1.Cheetahs
    2.WP
    3.LIONS
    4.SHARKS
    5.Kwasse
    6.Bulls

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.13 11:17:48 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • @R Hayward (Comment 1) :

    Good idea.

    Everybody with an opinion, make your prediction below.

    Winners get beers on me at any Kings Park match day of their choice during the Super Rugby 2014 season.

    And Go!

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.08.13 11:18:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • How I see it. I think Bulls are going to really struggle with youth and inexperience with the Sharks charging forward with enthusiasm and new leadership (as they say, change is as good as a holiday)

    1.Sharks
    2.Cheetahs
    3.Western Province
    4.Golden Lions
    5.Blue Bulls
    6.Griquas

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.08.13 11:19:23 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : Looking forward to my beers :-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.08.13 11:20:47 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Sharks
    Cheetahs
    Province
    Lions
    Griquas
    Bulls

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.08.13 11:28:06 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • 1. WP
    2; 3; etc. Who cares :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.08.13 11:37:26 by McLovin Reply

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  • In the past I have gone against the Bulls when they hit a ‘rebuilding’ phase, and then they spoil all my fun by doing better than expected, but this time, I’m not so sure, this time it looks like more than just a rebuild, it’s basically a whole new outfit.

    The Cheetahs do look best on paper, but we all know the Cheetahs by now, they are underdogs, and perform at their best when not under pressure. having the ‘strongest’ squad this year, I think, may just be their undoing. Still put them in the semi’s though

    But enough talk, my pick

    1. Sharks
    2. Problems
    3. Cheetahs
    4. Lions
    5. Nulle
    6. ‘Qwas

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.08.13 11:42:52 by Die Kriek Reply

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  • 1. Sharks
    2. WP
    3. Cheetahs
    4. Lions
    5. Blue Bulls
    6. Griquas

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.08.13 11:58:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Griquas are tough to beat at home and have enough good provincial players to challenge anyone on their day. I expect them to battle it out with the lions and bulls for 4th, 5th and last. Unfortunately I think WP will top the log with sharks and cheetahs separated by a bonus point either way in 2nd and 3rd..

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.08.13 12:08:41 by The Quirk Reply
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  • shark
    tjiethas
    wp
    lions
    bulls
    gkw

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.08.13 12:29:30 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

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  • 1. Sharks
    2. Cheetahs
    3. WP
    4. Blue Bulls
    5. Lions
    6. Griquas

  • Comment 12, posted at 08.08.13 12:33:29 by markp Reply

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  • 1. Natal Sharks
    2. WP
    3. FS Cheetahs
    4. Blue Bulls
    5. Golden Lions
    6. Griquas

  • Comment 13, posted at 08.08.13 12:45:25 by David12246 Reply

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  • 1. Sharks
    2. Cheetahs
    3. WP
    4. Bulls
    5. Griquas
    6. Lions

  • Comment 14, posted at 08.08.13 13:02:49 by PTAShark Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) :

    Does that include flight tickets ? :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 08.08.13 13:37:41 by Zibbie Reply
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  • 1) Cheethas
    2) Wp
    3) Sharks
    4) Lions
    5) Griquas
    6) Bulls

  • Comment 16, posted at 08.08.13 13:38:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • WP
    Cheetahs
    Sharks
    Bulls
    Kwas
    Lions

  • Comment 17, posted at 08.08.13 14:54:58 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : I hear there is a dog box open now that the pitbull is gone… You calling the Lions last surely mean you are on gaurd tonight right :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 08.08.13 15:10:11 by Lassy_lion Reply
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  • 1.Cheetahs
    2.Sharks
    3.Western Province
    4.Blue Bulls
    5.Griquas
    6.Golden Lions

  • Comment 19, posted at 08.08.13 22:47:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Every one has forgotten that the Lions always perform in the CC.
    So
    Sharks
    Cheetahs
    Lions
    WP
    Bulls
    Griquas

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.08.13 08:47:35 by Sagroup Reply

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  • Im gonna be brave and say :
    1. SHARKS
    2. Cheetahs
    3. W.P
    4. Griquas
    5. Bullietjies
    6. Lions

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.08.13 09:29:43 by CrazySharkFan Reply

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  • 1. SHARKS
    2….
    …..6. Like McLovin: who cares ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.08.13 10:37:34 by FireTheLooser Reply

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