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Currie Cup 2016: Round 5 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 2 Sep 2016 at 10:33
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It’s been a bit of a funny week, with a “leftover” game from Round 1 played on Wednesday. Round 5 proper gets underway today, though and we have four match-ups.

Game 1: BOLAND CAVALIERS vs PUMAS

Neither of these sides appears much of a threat to any of the others this season, so I guess this will be an evenly-matched contest between two teams destined to end near the bottom of the log. The Pumas have been worse than expected this year, while Boland have occasionally looked OK, so I’m going to back the home side here and call a Cavaliers victory by 5 points.

Boland Cavaliers – 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Gerrit van Wyk, 13 Christopher Bosch, 12 Ryan Nel (c), 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Theuns Kotzé, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Clemen Lewis, 1 SP Wessels.
Subs: 16 Francois Esterhuizen, 17 Enoch Mnyaka, 18 Hanno Kitshoff, 19 Wayne Wilschut, 20 Kenan Cronjé, 21 Gerhard Jordaan, 22 Robbie Louw.

Pumas – 15 Devon Williams, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Tyler Fisher, 12 Leighton van Wyk, 11 JP Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Emile Temperman, 8 Renaldo Bothma (c), 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jannie Stander, 3 Marné Coetzee, 2 Frank Herne, 1 De-Jay Terblanché.
Subs: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Wiehan Hay, 19 Lambert Groenewald, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Marlou van Niekerk, 22 Ruwellyn Isbell.

Game 2: BLUE BULLS vs GOLDEN LIONS

One of the picks of the round – and no mistake. The Lions have looked impressive in 60-point dismantlings of the Pumas and Boland at home, but fluffed their lines badly when asked to take on a fired-up Griquas side away from home. They’re stronger this week, in that Super Rugby danger men Courtnall Skosaan and Rohan Janse van Rensburg are back in the mix and all in all are starting to look more like the side that made it all the way to the final of the previous competition. The Bulls have also been up and down, but have frankly struggled to put together an 80 minute performance. They were good in many of the things they did in Durban, but ultimately let themselves down in terms of execution and options on attack. I have a funny feeling, though, that this week, the Bulls are going to pull off a surprise, at home. Blue Bulls to win by 3 points.

Blue Bulls – 15 Duncan Matthews, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Arno Botha (c), 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Nic de Jager, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 André Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé (c), 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Jacques van Rooyen, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Victor Sekekete, 19 Fabian Booysen, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Jacques Nel.

Game 3: FS CHEETAHS vs EP KINGS

This one is not hard to call. The Kings face their third match in eight days and will frankly be finished. Cheetahs to win by 20.

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

Kings not yet announced.

Game 4: WESTERN PROVINCE vs SHARKS

Another tough one to call. The Sharks have made a strong start to the season but are still ironing out some of the wrinkles, both on attack and defence. That latter aspect was much better against the Bulls, with the Sharks keeping their line intact for a good 70 minutes of a tough encounter. Western Province are battling to find their spark this season and played poorly in their opening two games, losing both. They managed to annihilate the Kings last week – at least on the scoreboard – but that performance will leave their coach with more questions than answers at this stage. All in all, this game is shaping up as a real must win for John Dobson’s men, lest they find themselves amongst the also-ran category halfway through the season. For the Sharks, a 5-from-5 record would see them well on their way to a log-topping finish and it’s to be hoped that the team will grasp this opportunity. Sharks to win by 5 points.

Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 EW Viljoen.

Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.?
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Rhyno Smith.



64 Comments

  • have a look at the Bulls props. Anyone notice anything interesting?

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.16 10:38:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    Brothers of the Sharks props?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.16 10:40:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : yeah – and in the same positions too. I’m a sucker for silly trivia like that

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.16 10:41:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    On another point, something I am a sucker for.

    Just check how the Lions are constantly rotating their team.. building depth to be the best SA team in Super Rugby again..

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.16 10:42:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : I hear you, but I think they have “earned the right to rotate” if that makes sense. Currie Cup holders, Super Rugby finalists, I think their fans will be understanding if they don’t win the cup this year. Sharks on the other hand need continuity – once again we’ve got a brand new coach.

    How much did the Lions rotate in Currie Cup last year? Not much, I’ll bet.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.16 10:50:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : that said, the Sharks rotated like mad in 2013 under a brand new coaching team and they managed to win the Cup.

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.16 10:51:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    I recall a match in Currie Cup last year that they made about 11 changes or something.

    Look, I hear you, the Sharks need the Cup, they need some confidence and momentum heading into Super Rugby, but what would that momentum help if they run out of players 4 weeks into the competition?

    A decent Currie Cup would only keep the peace for so long, until it becomes clear again that there is no bigger plan..

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.16 10:53:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : yeah – nailed it with that last comment. Such a delicate balancing act, though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.16 11:36:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well this week we’re not even close to agreeing so you might get 100% again. My picks for the games are:
    Pumas
    Lions
    Cheetahs
    Sharks

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.16 11:58:10 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : i seem to remember a lot of rotation during last years CC . might just be old age

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.16 12:44:41 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 10) : ok, maybe I’m just making shit up. It does happen sometimes

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.16 13:21:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : it has been a mark of Ackers coaching term . the rotation , especially during the currie cup . Im a bit busy right now but i can pull up a few team sheets later so we can check .

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.16 13:29:02 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Go Sharks! Looking forward to this game! So far this season every Sharks game has been very enjoyable to watch.

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.09.16 13:37:50 by Quintin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : how dare they say you’re wrong on your own site!!! You make just one factual imperfection and all this happens!!! Sies man shame on them!!! ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.09.16 13:41:34 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 14) : @robdylan (Comment 11) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.09.16 13:44:14 by Quintin Reply

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  • @JD (Comment 14) : hey , i did say it might be old age :P I have lots of respect for Rob . Smart guy :)

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.09.16 13:54:17 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 16) : watch it leeutjie!!! ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.09.16 14:24:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 17) : sorry oom :P sal nie weer gebeur nie

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.09.16 15:04:11 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 18) : ok dan’s dit reg so boetie. ;-)

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.16 15:20:44 by JD Reply
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  • Pumas lead 17-13 afer 60minutes. Pumas only have 14men with a red card. Looks like Tyler Fisher.

  • Comment 20, posted at 02.09.16 16:24:28 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Adendorff

  • Comment 21, posted at 02.09.16 16:25:46 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 20) : yeah, it was Fisher. Leading with the elbow

  • Comment 22, posted at 02.09.16 16:26:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • Conversion missed by Kotze
    Boland 18
    Pumas 17
    65min

  • Comment 23, posted at 02.09.16 16:27:39 by Mutley Reply
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  • 10min left and Boland with an attacking scrum close to the Pumas line

  • Comment 24, posted at 02.09.16 16:34:40 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try for Robbie Louw

  • Comment 25, posted at 02.09.16 16:36:09 by Mutley Reply
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  • Kotze converts
    Boland 25
    Pumas 17
    72min

  • Comment 26, posted at 02.09.16 16:37:31 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Kevin Luiters

  • Comment 27, posted at 02.09.16 16:43:59 by Mutley Reply
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  • Conversion missed by Devon Williams
    Pumas 22
    Boland 25
    79min

  • Comment 28, posted at 02.09.16 16:45:33 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bothma knocks the ball and Boland kick it in touch and with that Boland win 25-22

  • Comment 29, posted at 02.09.16 16:47:23 by Mutley Reply
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  • I think lions will beat bulls but by less than 10. Bulls just cannot last 2nd half. Otherwise I agree with the rest of the predictions.

  • Comment 30, posted at 02.09.16 17:43:21 by coolfusion Reply

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  • Its time for the Jukskei derby. Will the Bulls get the uperhand at fortress Loftus or will the Lions win their first away match this season? A lot of former Bulls in the Lions team with Robbie Coetzee, Marnitz Boshoff, Rohan Jv Rensburg, Courtnall Skosan and Adries Coetzee all plaing their junior rugby in Pretoria will be looking to make a statement. Bulls with a young but excting team. Lions with a settled and experienced team. Lions are favourite on paper but as we all know, rugby is played on grass not paper. Lets get this derby going

  • Comment 31, posted at 02.09.16 18:53:20 by Mutley Reply
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  • Kick off by Tian Schoeman
    Bulls vs Lions

  • Comment 32, posted at 02.09.16 19:00:07 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bulls get a penalty from the kick off and Schoeman converts
    Bulls 3
    Lions 0
    2min

  • Comment 33, posted at 02.09.16 19:01:55 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bulls is looking like they are ready for business in this game.

  • Comment 34, posted at 02.09.16 19:04:07 by Mutley Reply
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  • Lions win a scrum penalty and Boshoff going for a +50m attempt and its just short.
    Lions 0
    Bulls 3
    5min

  • Comment 35, posted at 02.09.16 19:05:59 by Mutley Reply
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  • Scrums are a mess at the moment.

  • Comment 36, posted at 02.09.16 19:13:50 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bulls get a penalty as Kwagga Smith’s tackle on Odendaal slipping up to the neck. Schoeman converts
    Bulls 6
    Lions 0
    15min

  • Comment 37, posted at 02.09.16 19:15:58 by Mutley Reply
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  • Lions win another scrum penalty and Boshoff takes another shot at goal and success this time.
    Lions 3
    Bulls 6
    18min

  • Comment 38, posted at 02.09.16 19:19:31 by Mutley Reply
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  • Scrum penalty for the Bulls. Schoeman takes a 48m attempt and gets it
    Bulls 9
    Lions 3
    24min

  • Comment 39, posted at 02.09.16 19:24:30 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Howard Mnisi!!!!!!!

  • Comment 40, posted at 02.09.16 19:26:45 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted Boshoff
    Lions 10
    Bulls 9
    26min

  • Comment 41, posted at 02.09.16 19:27:36 by Mutley Reply
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  • Intercept try for Travis Ismail

  • Comment 42, posted at 02.09.16 19:31:50 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted Schoeman
    Bulls 16
    Lions 10
    33min

  • Comment 43, posted at 02.09.16 19:46:11 by Mutley Reply
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  • Halftime
    Bulls 16
    Lions 10

  • Comment 44, posted at 02.09.16 19:47:09 by Mutley Reply
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  • Tackles made
    Bulls 52
    Lions 43
    Tackles missed
    Bulls 16
    Lions 8

  • Comment 45, posted at 02.09.16 19:51:34 by Mutley Reply
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  • Boshoff starts the 2nd half

  • Comment 46, posted at 02.09.16 19:57:10 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try by Marvin Orie

  • Comment 47, posted at 02.09.16 20:02:20 by Mutley Reply
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  • Conversion missed by Schoeman
    Bulls 21
    Lions 10
    46min

  • Comment 48, posted at 02.09.16 20:04:03 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bull defending like trojans and dominating the line outs

  • Comment 49, posted at 02.09.16 20:16:41 by Mutley Reply
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  • Try Kwagga Smith

  • Comment 50, posted at 02.09.16 20:19:47 by Mutley Reply
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  • Converted by Boshoff
    Lions 17
    Bulls 21
    61min

  • Comment 51, posted at 02.09.16 20:21:04 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bulls starting to read Jansen van Rensburg like a book

  • Comment 52, posted at 02.09.16 20:22:11 by Mutley Reply
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  • Bulls win a scrum penalty and Schoeman knocks is over
    Bulls 24
    Lions 17
    64min

  • Comment 53, posted at 02.09.16 20:23:36 by Mutley Reply
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  • 9minutes left and the Bulls are looking like they are going to win. Lions losing the ball in the contact too many times.

  • Comment 54, posted at 02.09.16 20:33:17 by Mutley Reply
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  • Josua Stander scores the winning try for the Bulls

  • Comment 55, posted at 02.09.16 20:34:54 by Mutley Reply
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  • Tian Schoeman converts
    Bulls 31
    Lions 17
    74min

  • Comment 56, posted at 02.09.16 20:36:07 by Mutley Reply
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  • Lions were completely outplayed. None of the Lions players pitched for this game as the Bulls win 31-17.

  • Comment 57, posted at 02.09.16 20:41:31 by Mutley Reply
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  • @Mutley (Comment 56) : eina seems as if Rob is going to get 2 from 2 today!

  • Comment 58, posted at 02.09.16 20:43:12 by JD Reply
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  • Some more shine on the Sharks win last week.

  • Comment 59, posted at 02.09.16 20:45:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @Mutley (Comment 57) : personally I do think it could be a good thing as it will make the team hungry to show they can do better!

  • Comment 60, posted at 02.09.16 21:08:38 by JD Reply
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  • Ugh I’m 1 from 2

  • Comment 61, posted at 02.09.16 21:18:08 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 61) : 0 from 2!!! Bad start!!!

  • Comment 62, posted at 02.09.16 22:34:48 by JD Reply
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  • I feel for Robert du Preez today,having to plot the downfall of his son.
    Big Rob knows everything there is to know about little Rob,all his weaknesses and exactly how exploit them.
    What terrible position for a father to be in,especially one who has invested so much of his life to the rugby careers of his 3 sons.

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.09.16 08:54:37 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 63) : but only this time it’s Rob jnr that won the battle! It’s now 2-0 for Rob jnr as he also beat his dad whilst playing for Maties vs Pukke.

  • Comment 64, posted at 05.09.16 07:53:41 by JD Reply
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