ABSA Currie Cup 2014: Round 5 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 4 Sep 2014 at 12:43
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Well, last week wasn’t really much to write home about, with only two correct predictions out of four. Let’s see if Round 5 is any kinder.

DHL Western Province v EP Kings (Friday 19h10)

Hard to see anything other than the completely predictable thing happening here. WP to win by 15 points or more.

DHL Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Manuel Carizza, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Justin Geduld.

EP Kings: 15. Scott van Breda, 14. Ronnie Cooke, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Dwayne Jenner, 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Kevin Luiters, 8. Aidon Davis, 7. Paul Schoeman, 6. Shaun McDonald, 5. David Bulbring, 4. Steven Sykes (Captain), 3. Tom Botha, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16. Michael van Vuuren, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Stefan Willemse, 19. Thembelani Bholi, 20. Tobie Botes, 21. Shane Gates, 22. Siyanda Grey

Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Steval Pumas (Saturday 15h00)

This is going to be a good game – perhaps the game of the weekend? The Pumas have their tails up, but have yet to succeed in a big game away from home. Their only trip away from Nelspruit this season resulted in a big loss, so they’ll very much be in “try again” mode. The Cheetahs are finding some form too and won’t lie down to concede a second defeat to the Stonehouse Gang. Cheetahs to win an entertaining game by 5 points.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Henco Venter, 3 Dolph Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 George Marich, 18 Werner Lourens, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.

Steval Pumas: 15 JW Bell, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Dylon Frylinck, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Giant Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 Dee-Jay Terblanche, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 JC Roos, 22 Hennie Skorbinski.

Cell C Sharks v GWK Griquas (Saturday 17h05)

Both teams suffered bad losses last week and will look for a better performance in round 5. The Sharks are struggling to figure out exactly what htey want to do and with wholesale changes this week, are a bit of an unknown entity. Griquas have had some bad luck so far in their campaign, but don’t strike the same sort of fear into opposition hearts this season. I think the Sharks will win by around 8 points.

Cell C Sharks: 15. Jaco van Tonder, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Conrad Hoffmann, 8. Tera Mtembu (Captain) , 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Wiehan Hay, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Matt Stevens, 18. Marco Wentzel, 19. Johan Meyer, 20. Cameron Wright, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Tim Swiel

GWK Griquas: 15. Gouws Prinsloo, 14. Ederies Arendse, 13. Jonathan Francke, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. PJ Vermeulen, 10. Francois Brummer (Captain), 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Carel Greeff, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Hilton Lobberts, 3. Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Maks Van Dyk, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. Burger Schoeman, 20. RJ Liebenberg, 21. Abraham Griesel, 22. Dean Grant

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Xerox Golden Lions (Saturday 19h10)

While many seem to think the Bulls turned some sort of a corner last week, it’s important to realise that they still didn’t win the game. That was their first home loss of the season, but I fear their second will come this week, against a rampant Lions team who again have a recognised flyhalf in the number 10 jersey. Lions to win by 9 points.

Xerox Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Derick Minnie (Captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15. Ulrich Beyers, 14. Sampie Mastriet, 13. JJ Engelbrecht, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Jamba Ulengo, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Rudy Paige, 8. Jono Ross, 7. Jacques Du Plessis, 6. Deon Stegmann (Captain), 5. Grant Hattingh, 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Callie Visagie, 17. Basil Short, 18. Nico Janse van Rensburg, 19. Jacques Engelbrecht, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Tony Jantjies, 22. Ryan Nell


  • I see the Lions have Blitsbok Mark Richards (former Shark) on the bench

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.09.14 12:47:20 by Baylion Reply
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  • Same picks, similar margins for me…

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.09.14 13:00:28 by pastorshark Reply
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  • I should not have looked at your predictions before thinking about mine… ah well nothing I can do about it now!
    So my pick might be a copy…

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.09.14 13:16:24 by R Hayward Reply

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  • WP
    Pumas (they’ll take a lot of confidence into this match after beating the Sharks, reckon they might just take it although it’ll probably be close)

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.09.14 13:16:36 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : pity I really liked him and would hve loved to still have him at the Sharks.

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.09.14 13:25:15 by JD Reply
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  • Who is Jaco van der Walt?

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.09.14 13:26:56 by David12246 Reply

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  • @David12246 (Comment 6) : SA Schools 2011/12, Lions u/21 2013

    Still u/20

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.09.14 13:44:38 by Baylion Reply

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  • Fewer betting options for me this weekend.

    I guess after the success I had last week they`re a lot more conservative :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.09.14 13:49:22 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • lol . ai . Boele to take it at Loftus then

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.09.14 13:59:53 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Baylion (Comment 1) : @JD (Comment 5) : Me too, little guy with speed to burn and the heart of a uhm ah …Lion.

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.09.14 14:04:36 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : Why?

  • Comment 11, posted at 04.09.14 14:12:08 by Baylion Reply

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  • @Baylion (Comment 11) :

    cause every time Rob predicts a victory for the Lions , we loose :P

    he is bad ass that way :p

  • Comment 12, posted at 04.09.14 14:18:30 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 12) : erm.. considering Rob has predicted 4 wins for the Lions this CC, and they have only lost to WP. I think you need to re-evaluate what you consider bad luck.

  • Comment 13, posted at 04.09.14 14:31:34 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 13) :

    ag im just having a bit of a fun jab @ rob . He knows im only joking with him .

  • Comment 14, posted at 04.09.14 14:40:33 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 5) : Yes – I think sometimes the Sharks recruiters are fast asleep. Mark Richards should have been kept at the Sharks! Jesse Kriel is another one that got away!

  • Comment 15, posted at 04.09.14 16:07:22 by [email protected] Reply

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  • I don’t know why… I went for Bulls. It’s one of those win, win things for me. If the Bulls win, I win on Superbru and if the Lions win, well, then we all win don’t we!!! :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 04.09.14 16:20:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • @[email protected] (Comment 15) : Everyone had tons to say about that stupid little hop-skip-jump by SP before he starts running….

    …well, the one from Jesse Kriel is far worse, but nobody says anything because he’s not with the Sharks….

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.09.14 17:46:53 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 17) : don’t mind what a player does before he starts running he can do a handstand for all I care just as long as he’s beating defenders!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.09.14 17:57:28 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 18) : True…just sayin, when a Sharks player does it, most Sharks fans have lots to say…but when a Durbanite playing for another team does it, most people bemoans losing said player, yet, should he be playing for the Sharks, his silly little step would be a subject for pages of debate.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.09.14 19:43:20 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : think the current debate is because SP lost form and is not beating defenders like he did when playing for the Kings. Last year I don’t remember many supporter complaining about his “dancing”.

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.09.14 21:27:35 by JD Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) :Its the rest of his game that has come under scrutiny, mostly his poor out of hand kicking and fielding: his general running game isn’t horrid.

    People have a tendency to get overzealous with their praise regarding new players whenever they emerge(I’m guilty of it).

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.09.14 22:36:09 by Talent Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 19) : As far as measuring one player against another, Fullback is one of those positions, like Flyhalf, where statistics can draw a somewhat comprehensive analysis as to the players performance.

    They probably handle the ball the most in the game (besides 9/10) and I wonder if there is any correlation between error rate’s of those respective positions and winning percentages.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.09.14 22:48:50 by Talent Reply
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  • I happened to watch highlights of the ’86 Boks v NZ Cavaliers series. It was weird seeing a SA team throw the ball around and run circles around a NZ team.

    And here I thought Naas Botha was only ever supposed to have hoofed the ball??

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.09.14 23:50:32 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 23) : he was way better than all the fly halves currently in SA. He did run the ball and he was deceptively quick. His greatest asset was his decision making and ja he could let the Bok backs loose when the chances was there. The Bulls played more 10 man rugby and he could do that as well. I hated him when he was playing for the Bulls but he was indeed a brilliant fly halve with all the skills.

  • Comment 24, posted at 05.09.14 00:52:55 by JD Reply
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  • @[email protected] (Comment 15) : Mark Richards was with the Sharks and in the CC squad but then chose to go the SA 7s route instead, he was and could still be a contracted 7s player. The Kriel brothers were always going to the Bulls…Sharks had no chance

  • Comment 25, posted at 05.09.14 08:10:06 by SheldonK Reply

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  • Still fin it rediculous how Ross and Engelbrecht can start a match after countless dismal performances this year.

  • Comment 26, posted at 05.09.14 11:29:46 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 23) : @JD (Comment 24) : And if you want to see a real genius from the Naas era try and find some video clips of Hugo Porta.

  • Comment 27, posted at 05.09.14 11:46:43 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 27) : ja he was also great.

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.09.14 22:02:40 by JD Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) :

    Oops :P

  • Comment 29, posted at 08.09.14 08:16:35 by Zibbie Reply
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