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Currie Cup 2016: Round 9 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 30 Sep 2016 at 08:00
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Well now, after what feels like just a week or two, we’re already at the final round-robin stage of this year’s Currie Cup. As is generally the case in a competition littered with minnows, only one match is of any real significance this week.

Game 1: Golden Lions v Sharks

This is the big one, do or die with the loser certainly falling by the wayside in their quest for semi-final glory. The Lions have been pretty poor for much of the season, getting horribly spanked by both the Bulls and Cheetahs, while also losing away to Griquas. They racked up big wins against the minnows, but have only the major union scalp of Western Province to their credit this year. Crucially, though, they’ve not lost at home in this competition since 2014. The Sharks started like a house on fire, but again, their early wins did all come against lesser teams, before their most impressive win of the campaign, against the Bulls in round 4. They played well enough against a desperate WP to come away with a losing bonus point but were frankly humiliated by the Cheetahs in their only truly poor outing of the campaign. Picking a winner here is tough, but my heart tells me the Sharks are going to do the unthinkable here and record a narrow win – by just two points. Go Sharks!

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Jaques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Kwagga Smith (c), 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 JP du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Howard Mnisi, 22 Sylvian Mahuza.

Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse , 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Franco Marais, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Khaya Majola, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Garth April, 22 Wandile Mjekvu.

Game 2: Western Province v Boland

Well, this unfortunately isn’t going to be much of a contest at all. WP have been rather dire for much of teh season, but have picked up points where they matter and look set to sail into the semis with a big win here. Province by 20 or so.

Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Scott van Breda, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (c), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Dave Ribbans, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok.

Boland Cavaliers – 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Gerrit Van Wyk, 12 PJ Vermeulen, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 hanno Kisthoff, 4 Shaun McDondald, 3 Francois Hanekom, 2 Clemen Lewis(c), 1 Basil Short.
Subs: 16 Francois Esterhuyzen 17 Enoch Mnyaka 18 Linda Thwala 19 Wayne Wilschut 20 Joubert Horn 21 Gerhard Jordaan 22 Sergio Torrens.

Game 3: EP Kings v Pumas

Both teams are shocking and should probably be playing somewhere else. The Pumsa will probably win by dint of being slightly less kak. But honestly, who really cares?

EP Kings – 15 Johan Tromp, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Ricky Schroeder (c), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Sebastian Ferreira, 6 Brandon Brown, 5 Dylan Pieterse, 4 Mthetheleli Fuzani, 3 Vukile Sofisa 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Barend Potgieter.
Replacements: 16 Warrick Venter, 17 Pieter Stemmet, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Cullen Callopy, 21 Vian van der Watt, 22 Lungelo Gosa.

Pumas – 15 Devon Williams, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Tyler Fisher, 12 Hoffman Maritz, 11 Leighton van Wyk, 10 Heinrich Steyl, 9 Emile Temperman, 8 Renaldo Bothma (c), 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Jeremy Jordaan, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Dee-Jay Terblanche.
Subs: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Marné Coetzee, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Reuben Johannes, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruwellyn Isbel.

Game 4: Free State Cheetahs v Griquas

The central derby actually has the potential to be an attractive game. Griquas have flattered to deceive this year, though, with their shock win over the Lions the only real highlight in an otherwise rather drab campaign. The Cheetahs are the real deal, though and will win this handsomely. Expect a good few points to be scored on either side, even though the Cheetahs will win by 15.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Nico Lee, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Henco Venter, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Willem Serfontein, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 William Small-Smith.

Griquas – 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 André Swarts, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 Jono Janse van Rensburg, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Kraai Adendorf, 3 Liam Hendriks, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Steph Roberts.
Subs: 16 Sidney Tobias, 17 Devoin Martinus, 18 Steven Meiring, 19 Thabo Mabuza, 20 Steven Moir, 21 Eric Zana, 22 Nthabeni Dukisa.



19 Comments

  • Ag shit here we go again!!! Have exactly the same picks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.09.16 08:13:48 by JD Reply
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  • I would have loved to be there to witness the Sharks smack the Lions in their own backyard…unfortunately the kick-off interferes with my month end and stock take…dammit! Sharks by 5 :cool:

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.09.16 08:24:57 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • If we win with or without a bonus point either way we will still play the Bulls?

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.09.16 08:25:35 by DuToit04 Reply

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  • @DuToit04 (Comment 3) : yes if Sharks win they play the Bulls. Without a bonus point they play in Pta and with a bonus point they play in Durbs.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.09.16 08:30:46 by JD Reply
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  • Opening 20mins will be vital because of the bye we had we might take some time to get into our stride! On the other hand, guys like AE and EO should be fresh after a much needed rest. Very tough game ahead. Good luck boys!

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.09.16 09:23:57 by Quintin Reply

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  • @Quintin (Comment 5) : yes Sharks needs to start good and forwards will need to be very competitive if the Sharks want to win this game!

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.09.16 10:04:02 by JD Reply
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  • GO SHARKS ;-)

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.09.16 10:11:14 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 7) : think “auto correct” stuffed up your comment surely on Sharksworld you were saying: “GO SHARKS!!!!” ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.09.16 10:15:21 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : ha . Rob needs to create a script to update my posts :P

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.09.16 10:17:23 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 9) : good luck and may the best team……. ag who am I kidding hope the Sharks win!!! ;-)

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.09.16 10:22:40 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 8) : looks fine to me

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.09.16 10:25:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : hahahaha nice one boss!!!! Wonder if we can arrange for a screen shot to be placed on Lionsworld?! ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.09.16 10:26:29 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : @JD (Comment 12) :

    noooooo :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    @JD (Comment 10) : good luck to you guys as well . hoping for a good fair entertaining game . At least better than the one expected on Saturday

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.09.16 10:32:46 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 13) : for sure!!! Hope you guys keep me updated as I will miss the first half!?

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.09.16 11:22:47 by JD Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : no third big star for 200 000 points?!?!?! Oh well only 49 980 to go!

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.09.16 11:58:53 by JD Reply
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  • I have a suspicion that in the sharks lions match, one of these two is not going to show up for this match and the win won’t be so narrow. I have no fact or good argument just a hunch.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.09.16 15:05:13 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : I’ve you’re hunch is correct I have a feeling it will be the Sharks that does not “show up”.
    I personally think both teams have a lot to play for as the loser will be out so basically it’s a quarter final so I would hope both teams bring their best especially the Sharks!
    Also remember if the Sharks win with a bonus point they will have a home semi against the Bulls!

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.09.16 15:33:46 by JD Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 16) : and seeing on Supersport website Sharks almost really did not show up for the game as they were delayed in traffic.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.09.16 17:32:38 by JD Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 13) : congrats on the victory! Well deserved!

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.10.16 00:22:57 by JD Reply
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