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Currie Cup 2016: Round 3 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 18 Aug 2016 at 16:22
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Look, not to brag, or anything, but we’re two rounds in and I’ve yet to call a result wrong. That’s the kind of record that is bound to tumble soon.

Game 1: BOLAND vs SHARKS

This one is easy to call, though. The Sharks are in good form and are going to win at a canter if they do what they do. Sharks by 15 or so, hopefully with a bonus point.

Boland – 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Sergio Torrens, 13 Christopher Bosch, 12 Ryan Nell, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Adriaan Carelse, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Hanno Kitshoff, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Francois Esterhuyzen, 1 Stephanus Wessels.
Subs: 16 Clemen Lewis, 17 Abongile Mnyaka, 18 Francois Hanekom, 19 Joubert Horn, 20 Kenan Cronjé, 21 Jovelian de Koker, 22 Theuns Kotzé.

Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Heimar Williams, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dale Chadwick.?
Subs: 16 Franco Marais, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 JC Astle, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Garth April.

Game 2: WESTERN PROVINCE vs FREE STATE CHEETAHS

Now this one is tricky. Province were awful in their opener, but have had a week off to lick their wounds and think about things a bit. They have Notshe back to add a little bit more oomph to their back row, but have lost a star player in Shickerling. Inconsistent Jaco Taute could be a match winner at the back, but could equally be a liability. The Cheetahs are also a little unsettled, though and crucially, have lost talismanic captain Francois Venter. The smart money would be on the Cheetahs to win here, but I have a sneaky suspicion we might see them lose a little rhythm this week and with Province already a little desperate, an upset is on the cards. WP to win by 5 points.

Western Province – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
?Subs: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Cheslin Kolbe.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy.

Game 3: BLUE BULLS vs EP KINGS

Another simple one. Bulls to win by 20 or more.

Blue Bulls – 15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Burger Odendaal, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Etienne Swanepoel, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Lizo Gqoboko.
Subs: 16 Edgar Maruthlulle, 17 Pierre Schoeman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Hanro Liebenberg, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Joshua Stander.

EP Kings – 15 Johan Tromp, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Burton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Ricky Schroeder (c), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6 Vince Jobo, 5 David Antonites, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Vukile Sofisa, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Justin Forwood.
Subs: 15 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Barend Potgieter, 18 Ettienne Oosthuizen, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Jacques Fick, 21 Minenhle Mthethwa, 22 Lungelo Goza.

Game 4: GRIQUAS vs GOLDEN LIONS

Let me say that better Lions teams than this one (on paper at least) have lost in Kimberley in the past. That said, the Lions are not a “paper” team these days and certainly don’t appear to have lost any Super Rugby momentum after their big win against the Pumas. Griquas are also not quite as strong as they once were, but will give a better account of themselves at home his week than they did in Durban in the last round. I don’t think this is going to be one-way traffic, but I also don’t feel that Griquas have enough to seriously challenge the Lions in 2016. Lions to win by 10 or more.

Griquas – 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 4 Sias Koen, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs:16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Mzwanele Zito, 19 Stephan Vermeulen, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swart, 22 Eric Zana.

Golden Lions – 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Howard Mnisi (c), 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé (c), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Steph de Wit, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Bobby de Wee, 19 Ruaan Lerm, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jacques Nel.



50 Comments

  • It seems the Super Rugby unions have moved another step or two up from the domestic unions

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.08.16 17:19:59 by Baylion Reply
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  • Congrats and not to jinx you but I’ve got it the same for this round so hope you’re record stays in tact.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.08.16 19:12:26 by JD Reply
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  • I too have the same picks which means your glorious run ends this weekend Rob. I’m guessing WP will implode under the burden of our collectiove expectation. It may have been okay had it only been you and JD that picked them but I have just tipped the scales.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.16 09:42:09 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Well I’m looking to keep my run of having at least one pick incorrect every round. That would be with the 50/50 WP and Cheetahs game. I however gone the other way and picked the Cheetahs by 7. The rest all seem easy enough. Now if that isn’t jinxing it then I don’t know what is.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.16 11:33:14 by Farlington Reply

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  • SHARKS
    CHEETAHS
    BULLS
    LIONS

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.16 12:08:56 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : now I’m seriously thinking about changing the WP Cheetahs game! ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.16 12:36:57 by JD Reply
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  • Not sure if anyone posted yet,but this is not bad
    https://www.onedayonly.co.za/blk-men-s-sharks-2016-away-replica-jersey-3.html

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.16 12:38:24 by HeinF Reply

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  • @HeinF (Comment 7) : thanx for sharing, just ordered a new black one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.16 18:27:52 by JD Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 7) : Thanks for that. Ordered a black and red one.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.16 19:36:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 3) : @JD (Comment 6) : Boom

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.16 19:41:02 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 10) : geez I just can’t win with the Cheetahs. If I pick them they lose and the second I pick them to lose they win!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.16 19:51:33 by JD Reply
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  • Kickoff. Griquas vs Lions

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.08.16 14:12:12 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Akker vd Merwe

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.16 14:12:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted vd Walt
    Lions 7
    Griquas 0
    1min

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.08.16 14:13:47 by Mutley Reply
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  • Penalty Swart
    Griquas 3
    Lions 7
    16min

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.08.16 14:28:27 by Mutley Reply
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  • Wind making it difficult in the line outs. Both hookers strugling.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.08.16 14:30:53 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try AJ Coertzen

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.08.16 14:32:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted
    Griquas 10
    Lions 7
    22min

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.08.16 14:33:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • Penalty Swart
    Griquas 13
    Lions 7
    27min

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.08.16 14:36:54 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Stephan Kotze

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.08.16 14:41:20 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted Swart
    Griquas 20
    Lions 7
    30min

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.08.16 14:42:34 by Mutley Reply
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  • Possesion
    Griquas 59%
    Lions 41%
    Territory
    Griquas 73%
    Lions 27%

  • Comment 22, posted at 20.08.16 14:44:14 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Howard Mnisi

  • Comment 23, posted at 20.08.16 14:45:43 by Mutley Reply
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  • Conversion missed by vd Walt
    Lions 12
    Griquas 20
    34min

  • Comment 24, posted at 20.08.16 14:46:46 by Mutley Reply
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  • Yellow card to Jaco vd Walt
    38min

  • Comment 25, posted at 20.08.16 14:52:03 by Mutley Reply
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  • Halftime
    Griquas 20
    Lions 12

  • Comment 26, posted at 20.08.16 14:54:50 by Mutley Reply
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  • 2nd half starts

  • Comment 27, posted at 20.08.16 15:07:03 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Cyle Brink

  • Comment 28, posted at 20.08.16 15:08:44 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted by Boshoff
    Lions 19
    Griquas 20
    42min

  • Comment 29, posted at 20.08.16 15:10:27 by Mutley Reply
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  • Penalty missed by Boshoff
    Lions 19
    Griquas 20
    44min

  • Comment 30, posted at 20.08.16 15:13:23 by Mutley Reply
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  • Penalty missed by Swart
    Griquas 20
    Lions 19
    47min

  • Comment 31, posted at 20.08.16 15:15:30 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Rudi van Rooyen

  • Comment 32, posted at 20.08.16 15:17:39 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted by Swart
    Griquas 27
    Lions 19
    50min

  • Comment 33, posted at 20.08.16 15:18:37 by Mutley Reply
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  • Swart stretchered of the field after a collision. It looks bad.

  • Comment 34, posted at 20.08.16 15:23:38 by Mutley Reply
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  • Lions basics letting them down as they overthrow another line out.

  • Comment 35, posted at 20.08.16 15:27:46 by Mutley Reply
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  • 60min gone and Griquas still leading 27-19

  • Comment 36, posted at 20.08.16 15:35:26 by Mutley Reply
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  • Penalty by Andre Swarts
    Griquas 30
    Lions 19
    67min

  • Comment 37, posted at 20.08.16 15:40:23 by Mutley Reply
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  • Griquas looking to bury the Lions and end their unbeaten run.

  • Comment 38, posted at 20.08.16 15:41:19 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Corne Fourie

  • Comment 39, posted at 20.08.16 15:45:15 by Mutley Reply
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  • Boshoff misses the conversion from the corner
    Lions 24
    Griquas 30
    75min

  • Comment 40, posted at 20.08.16 15:46:29 by Mutley Reply
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  • 5min left and it is the final push. Will the Lions pull this one out of the ash or will Griquas hold on

  • Comment 41, posted at 20.08.16 15:47:18 by Mutley Reply
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  • Griquas have possession in the form of a line out in the Lions half

  • Comment 42, posted at 20.08.16 15:48:09 by Mutley Reply
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  • 2min left and the Griquas have a scrum in the Lions have. Great opportunity for them to finish the game

  • Comment 43, posted at 20.08.16 15:50:30 by Mutley Reply
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  • 1min left. Griquas still in possession

  • Comment 44, posted at 20.08.16 15:51:07 by Mutley Reply
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  • En daar val die Leeus in Kimberly se gat

  • Comment 45, posted at 20.08.16 15:52:09 by Mutley Reply
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  • Griquas takethe win

  • Comment 46, posted at 20.08.16 15:52:11 by byron Reply

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  • Full Time
    Griquas 30
    Lions 24

  • Comment 47, posted at 20.08.16 15:52:36 by Mutley Reply
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  • That second halfin durban last week suddenly does not look too bad

  • Comment 48, posted at 20.08.16 15:53:10 by byron Reply

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  • @byron (Comment 48) : The Griquas are a different animal when they play in Kimberley.

  • Comment 49, posted at 20.08.16 15:56:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @HeinF (Comment 7) : thanx for the link my jersey was delivered today!

  • Comment 50, posted at 25.08.16 14:20:10 by JD Reply
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