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Currie Cup 2013: Round 7 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 19 Sep 2013 at 13:58
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Well, last week was a bit of a bloodbath for me, only getting one of the three results right. Let’s see if Round 7 brings better fortune.

Game 1: Western Province v Griquas (Friday 7:10pm)

Only really on winner here, I fear – the only real question is “by how much”. You’ve got to fancy that if Province are going to score a winning bonus point at any stage this season, then this is the game in which it’s going to happen. That said, they’ve had most other sides well beaten by half time and have yet to register that crucial fourth try – why should this week be any different? Western Province by 10 points.

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. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Rohan Kitshoff, 5. De Kock Steenkamp (captain), 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rayn Smid, 20. Josh Katzen, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Demetri Catrakilis

Griquas: 15. Gouws Prinsloo, 14. Nico Scheepers, 13. Jean Stemmet, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Burger Schoeman, 6. Marnus Schoeman , 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Ryno Barnes (Captain), 1. Steph Roberts
Substitutes: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. Patrick O’Brien, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Richard Lawson

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

The Sharks really haven’t been all that convincing yet this year, but did manage to record a decent win against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein earlier in the season. They’ve made some changes and look to have the stronger outfit on paper – but will they succumb to another “first half slump” that makes it hard to catch up? Sharks will win this by around 5 points, I reckon.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Rayno Gerber , 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Brynard Stander , 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder

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. Lappies Labuschagné, 6. Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Lood de Jager, 3. Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg 1. Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements – 16. AJ le Roux, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Oupa Mohoje, 19. Freddy Ngoza, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Rayno Benjamin, 22. Willie du Plessis.

Game 3: Lions v Blue Bulls (Saturday 5:05pm)

Again, I really don’t see the visitors troubling the hosts in this game. The Bulls have been properly out-thought in virtually every area so far this season and the Lions are going to seek to replicate their big win at Loftus. I doubt they’ll get quite that far ahead again, but the Lions will win by a good 10 points.

Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Deon Helberg, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Derick Minnie (capt), 7 Warwick Tecklenberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Ruhan Nel

Blue Bulls: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Morné Mellett.
Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 William Small-Smith, 22 Jurgen Visser



7 Comments

  • Good calls I recon Rob! I still might go WP by 15odd maybe even 20?

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.09.13 14:16:06 by R Hayward Reply
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  • Cheetahs by a comfortable 100

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.09.13 15:55:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • vanmartin you sure it would only be by 100?!?! Should be more like 150, easy game for Cheethas!!!!! GW won in Durbs and Cheethas is mos way better than them?!?!?!?!

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.09.13 16:41:07 by JD Reply
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  • Ja ouens onthou cheetahs is ons A span mos!!! Cheetahs by 300 man!

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.09.13 16:46:18 by R Hayward Reply

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  • Grand Theft Auto V :!:

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.09.13 19:21:47 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 3) : Unlike you sir, I like to keep my predictions on the conservative side.

    I really miss Frikkie… what an even-keeled gem of a man he was unlike these people with their pie-in-the-sky margins.

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.09.13 21:33:47 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Where are Frikkie?

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.09.13 12:48:14 by Bite me Reply

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