Friendly results roundup

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Other SA Teams, WP on 5 Jul 2010 at 07:00
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Most of the top sides who will contest the Currie Cup trophy this season played friendly matches against First Division opposition this past weekend.

Last year’s losing finalists, the Free State Cheetahs, ran out to a convincing 43-7 win over the Border Bulldogs on Saturday night at the ABSA Stadium in East London, scoring 7 tries in the process. Front-ranker Coenie Oosthuizen and discarded Bok loose forward Kabamba Floors helped themselves to a brace of tries each, while former Lions flyhalf Louis Strydom was in good form with the boot, converting four from five conversion attempts before being replaced on the hour.

Down in Port Elizabeth, Gary Botha captained the Blue Bulls to a 24-11 victory over the feisty EP Elephants, although the men in blue didn’t have things all their own way, managing a slender 5-3 lead at half time against a team hell-bent on returning to the top flight. De Wet Barry captained a home side that contained a slew of former Sharks age group players, including Jacques Potgieter, Milo Nqoro and Mox Mxoli in the somewhat unusual position of hooker. The Bulls scored 4 tries, one of them through on-trial WP winger Hayden Groepes, while the Elephants could only manage a solitary one in return, scored by none other than Tiger Mangweni.

The Lions finally managed to win a match – for the first time this year, it seems – in beating Loffie Eloff’s Boland by 45 points to 29. The Lions ran in seven tries, which is all very good and well, if you ignore the fact that they conceded no fewer than 5 to the opposition. None of the other serious contenders for the Currie Cup title conceded more than a solitary try to their B-division opposition, so it looks like it’s going to be a try-fest for the visiting teams once again down at the Coke Tank this year.

Western Province stuttered their way to a 29-5 victory over the Griffons in Welkom, with all four of their tries coming via the pack – three were scored by flanker Pieter Louw and the other by lock Adriaan Fondse. Province opted to use their strong forwards to make up for the fact that, as a result of a frankly ridiculous number of Bok call-ups, they don’t really have a backline this Currie Cup.

In the other game, Griquas played well to overcome the SWD Eagles by 50 points to 12, running in 8 tries to the two of their hosts. Ikeys Varsity Cup flyhalf Matt Rosslee played inside centre for the men from Kimberley -yet another talented inside back who somehow slipped by under Rudolf Straeuli’s radar. Rosslee was one of the best players on the field for Griquas, who suffered a blow in that star scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius went down injured and must be in doubt for the opening Currie Cup game against the Sharks this weekend.


  • What the hell is Rosslee doing in Kimberley? ❓

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.07.10 10:05:49 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 1) : just trying to get a game, I guess…

    I’d rather he found one in Durban

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.07.10 10:54:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • You guys see the newspaper yesterday? They`re going on about FS, Bulls b and Kwasse but not giving the Sharks much of a chance.
    Calls last years` top of the log finish a fluke.

    Also went on to compare the Sharks bok players to those in SnorCity. Their verdict was that the Bulls` bokke are more professional and more hungry for success than their Shark counterparts. That`s why when the bokke returned for the semi`s last year the Bulls performed and the sharks . . . well the less said about that the better. . .

    Can`t really fault them for spitting out the truth I guess…

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.07.10 13:02:16 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Definitely, before WePee snatch him up. Would like to see Patrick Howard given a contract too.

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.07.10 13:02:19 by MerckZ Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) : who wrote that article?
    @MerckZ (Comment 4) : more so than Paul Jordaan?

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.07.10 13:29:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Written by Christo Buchner Rob. . .

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.07.10 15:37:08 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 6) : fanks

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.07.10 15:38:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well i think its going to be a whole new ball game for any team if they can get there buts up to the top of the log or in the top 6 now thats if the S boks don’t get back into the CC 😕


  • Comment 8, posted at 05.07.10 15:46:11 by chaz Reply

  • “None of the other serious contenders for the Currie Cup title conceded more than a solitary try to their B-division opposition”

    That may well be, but they were the only B team in action that spent last year in the premier division, and in all likelihood (IMO) will top this years B section and bounce right back up.

    Also, 19 of the Boland points were scored in the last 15 mins or so, following a number of experimental substitutions.

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.07.10 16:40:40 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 9) : ja whatever. The Pumas were in the B-division last year and you guys LOST to them 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.07.10 16:58:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Everybody will invariably argue that it was experimental games and nothing should be seen in the results. Fair amount of truth in it though. LET THE CC BEGIN!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.07.10 22:41:10 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 11) : Not quite true, if you lose, you claim it to be experimental, and results are not important, but when you win it’s a whole different kettle of fish!

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.07.10 09:21:01 by Greg Reply


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