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Currie Cup 2013: Round 6 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 12 Sep 2013 at 14:23
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We’re into the second half of the competition now and have seen every team up against every other team once. Unfortunately – in my case at least – that really hasn’t helped much in terms of picking winners! To be fair, I did get two results right last weekend, with the “heart over brain” call for a Sharks win the only one to trip me up. Let’s have a butcher’s at the round 6 match-ups.

Game 1: Cheetahs v Lions (Friday 7:10pm)

Ok, don’t say “cat fight”. Don’t say “cat fight”. Dammit. Just did. Anyway. Tough game to call, this. The Lions did really well in Kimbos last week, even if they did need Jason Jafta to help out with a few calls. They’ve now gone three games in a row without losing (although that draw to Province will have felt like a loss, being at home and all) and have actually picked up all of their first round wins away from home. In other words, a trip to Bloemfontein is unlikely to worry them much and with the Cheetahs only managing the narrowest – and perhaps luckiest – of victories in round 1, the Lions will fancy their chances here. The Cheetahs, one of my early-season favourites, have frankly been shocking so far this campaign and appear completely rudderless without the leadership of Adriaan Strauss. What’s more, they’ve lost two of their hardest forwards ahead of this clash and along with them, I feel, any chance of winning this game. The Lions are on the up and will win this game by about 6 points.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Freddie Ngoza, 19 Tertius Daniller, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.

Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Robert De Bruyn, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Warwick Tecklenberg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Ruan Venter, 3 Jacobus Roux, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques v Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruhan Nel

Game 2: Griquas v Sharks (Saturday 3:00pm)

This will be a pivotal game for both of these teams; in fact, I’ll go so far as to say that it will be season defining for the loser. If Griquas lose, they are pretty much doomed to end last, I’d say, whereas the Sharks will probably miss out on a top two finish if they don’t get the points here. Counting in the home side’s favour is the fact that the Sharks haven’t won in Kimberley in the last 3 seasons; counting against them is the fact that they have already picked up one win against the Sharks this season and are, I feel, rather unlikely to pull off a second in such short succession. Griquas annihilated the Sharks forwards in Durban in the first round but have lost a fair few of those hard men to injury (and a Bok call-up) since then. This will by no means be easy for the Durbanites, though and several of their big names will need to really step up a gear in this game in order to avoid another embarrassing defeat. I reckon that The Sharks will win here, by around 4 points, but am not confident enough in that prediction to put any money on it whatsoever!

Griquas: 15 PJ Vermeulen, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Victor Kruger, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Patrick O’Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Game 3: Blue Bulls v Western Province

We end the round with the traditional “North-South derby” between the Bulls and Province. The visitors are unbeaten, while the hosts have hardly won at all and yet strangely, the Bulls could conceivably end up a scant point behind Province on the log should they pull off a big enough win here. It’s literally THAT close. Province have picked a very big starting pack for this game, but lack experience on the bench. They’re also missing captain and talisman Deon Fourie this week and with the Bulls set to benefit from an injection of hardened Kings Super Rugby men off the bench, I fancy they could just manage to take advantage of the now-famed Province second-half slump and sneak a win, provided they don’t get too far behind in the first half. Province’s backs will run rings around their opponents in the first half, I’m sure, but unless they do what they’ve so far not been able to – and sew up a bonus point with a good 20 minutes still to play – I fancy the Bulls outlasting them, especially at altitude. Blue Bulls to win by 2 points.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 David Bullbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 De Kock Steenkamp (captain), 4 Mthetheleli Fuzani, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Michael van der Spuy.



6 Comments

  • Hi rob what about a Rugby Championship prediction

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.09.13 14:41:41 by Gerrietheshark Reply
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  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 1) : New Zealand to win.

    :)

    Dunno – I think Rich might be planning to write a more detailed one

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.09.13 14:46:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • I certainly hope the SHARKS do beat the Griquas even if only by one point. However, I think that the Lions will “klap” the Bulls.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.13 00:11:01 by [email protected] Reply

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  • @[email protected] (Comment 3) :

    I would be very surprised if the Lions klap the Bulls this weekend … ;-)

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.13 08:30:23 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : not nearly as surprised as me!

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.13 09:25:00 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @[email protected] (Comment 3) : Highly unlikely. We could bet on it if you like?

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.13 10:09:52 by Blue Centurion Reply

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