Round 5: Previews and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 5 Aug 2010 at 11:00
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Round 5 of the ABSA Currie Cup is upon us and it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball a little and predict what we think will happen.

There’s a lot riding on this one. Getting the result right can help you make serious progress in our Last Man Standing competition, as well as making your way up the log over at SuperBru. For those of you who prefer to take a more direct financial stake in things, perhaps using an online sports betting site, such as Marshalls World of Sport to place a bet on the results will be more your thing. Knowing who’s playing (and who isn’t) is also pretty important for Fantasy League managers.

Game 1: Blue Bulls v Leopards

Really not a tough one to call, this. While the Bulls have been hard-hit by Bok call-ups and are far from their best, they will certainly have far too much, at home, for a game, but ultimately outgunned Leoaprds outfit. Even though Frans Ludeke has shuffled his deck somewhat and rested one or two stalwarts, including regular captain Gary Botha, this one should be a walk in the park for the Bulls, who should win by 20 or so.

Blue Bulls: 15. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Hayden Groepes, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Dewald Potgieter, 6. Derick Kuün (capt), 5. Juandré Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Bees Roux, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Jaco Engels.

Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Mthunzi Mabeta, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Stephan Dippenaar.

Leopards: 15. Danie Dames; 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Jovan Bowles, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana; 10. Neill Jacobs, 9. Michael Bondesio; 8. Riaan Swanepoel, 7. Wilhelm Koch (capt), 6. Danie Crous, 5. Ligtoring Landman, 4. Anthonie Gronum, 3. Os van der Walt, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. BG Uys.

Replacements: 16. Gavin Williamson, 17. Aranos Coetzee, 18. Draad Linde, 19. Christo van Niekerk, 20. Jean Tiedt, 21. Clayton Durand, 22. Jan van Zyl.

Game 2: Griquas v Western Province

This is an enticing prospect indeed, not least because Province have actually lost both of their previous matches in Kimberley in the Currie Cup. Griquas have started 2010 strongly, just like they did last year and can already count good home wins over the Sharks and the Golden Lions as theirs, with the away loss to the Cheetahs the only blot on their copybook so far. That said, Province haven’t lost at all and have named a formidable lineup. Alister Coetzee’s team look a well-drilled outfit this season and I think it will take a better team than the Griquas to beat them this year. Province aren’t going to walk this, but they’ll win by around 7 points.

Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Richard Lawson, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Danie Burger Schoeman, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Johan van Deventer, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Frederik Albertus Spies, 3. Jean Botha, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Albertus Buckle

Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 19. Petrus Gerhardus (Gerhard) Human / Leon Karemaker, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Matthew Rosslee, 22. Rocco Reginald Jansen

Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Paul Bosch, 11. Frikkie Welsh, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (Captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. JD Moller

Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Wicus Blaauw, 18. Buhle Mxunyelwa, 19. De Kock Steenkamp, 20. Nick Koster, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje

Game 3: Pumas v Free State Cheetahs

Does this game, just maybe, have “upset” written all over it? Ordinarily you’d say I was dreaming, but the loss of Juan Smith to injury, coupled with the Cheetahs’ baffling inability to score tries this season and the Pumas encouraging attacking form and strong defence may just make this game a fair bit closer than one might think. The Pumas only lost to the Sharks by 10 points in Durban, after all and if they can lift themselves to that sort of performance again, they will make life tough for the rudderless Bloemfonteiners. This one will be close, but I don’t see the unthinkable happening, which means I’ll go with the Cheetahs, but not by more than 10 points.

Pumas: 15. Elgar Watts, 14. Ashwin Scott, 13. Tiaan Marx, 12. Siviwe Wilmot Magaba, 11. Shaun Venter, 10. Ricardo Croy, 9. Jacques (Pumas) Coetzee, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Alwyn Bester, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Dawie Steyn

Replacements: 16. Hannes Franklin, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 19. Jaco Bouwer, 20. Pieter Gideon Joubert Meyer, 21. Carl Bezuidenhout, 22. Roelof Steyn

Free State Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Francois (FS) Uys, 6. Hendro Scholtz (Captain), 5. Barend Pieterse, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. JW Jonker

Game 4: Sharks v Golden Lions

The Lions are on the up and put in a far better showing against the Bulls in Joburg last week. That said, despite some exciting running and at least one superb try, they still lost the game – and badly. The Sharks will be bolstered by the return of the du Plessis brothers and one feels that anything other than an absolute nightmare first outing at flyhalf from Pat Lambie should be enough to see the Sharks take the spoils here. The Lions don’t have the necessary big guns in the pack to keep the Sharks out and that, I feel, will ultimately be the difference. If Kankowski gets into his best Lion-killing form, this could, in fact, become a rout. Sharks by 12, is my call.

Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Jean Deysel ,20. Jacques Botes, 21. Rory Kockott, 22. Riaan Swanepoel

Golden Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Doppies la Grange, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Thomas Jantjies, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Roger Whiteley, 7. Trevor Hall, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco van der Merwe (Captain), 4. George Earle, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Ross Geldenhuys, 18. David Bulbring, 19. Renaldo Botma, 20. Chris Jonck, 21. Carlos Spencer, 22. Marius Delport


  • Sharks have to win and have to get the bonus point, we NEED to get to the top of the log this weekend.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.08.10 11:09:47 by dawnwallenkamp Reply
  • This game is intriguing, looking forward to the squad announcement… Somehow I don’t think we will have things all our own way… Actually quite nervous about this one, I don’t know why, just a feeling. The Sharks should take it though, SHOULD!

    If we play structured rugby and if Pat plays from deep creating space then we could look good, but given his Flyhalf debut we will focus on traditional forward play, and hopefully Deysel and Alberts hit some crisp form here, looking for big performance from the forwards in general…

    Hoping for a Griquas upset at their fortress…

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.08.10 11:16:03 by DarkDestroyer Reply
  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 2) :

    “Hoping for a Griquas upset at their fortress” – Lets hope they drop some points, even if its just not being able to get the bonus point 4 try..

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.10 11:22:48 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Sharks to take this easily. Both Jannie and Bismarck might make an appearance from the bench.
    WP and Griquas is the match up off the weekend I think. Go Kwasse!

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.10 11:24:47 by Jarson Reply
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  • Not bad backline for Lions but Sharks will be much better. Still seems like a really bad nightmare that we had ugly Englishman Goode playing for the Sharks! However it will be up front where the Kittens will be unable to live with the Sharkies….

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.10 11:44:08 by Tackler Reply

  • Especially if Bissy is let loose 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.10 12:02:48 by Tackler Reply

  • @Tackler (Comment 6) : Only time I approve canned Lion hunting…

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.10 13:01:38 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • the lions are having bad season, but they seem to be getting things into place and that is the worrying factor here!!

    sharks need to make a big impact as early as possible!! no doubt the forwards will be too strong for the lions, and if we have control there then it should be open season for the try line!!

    sharks to get bonus point try and win by more than 15 i recon!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.10 13:36:17 by richzed Reply

  • The Lions have been getting better, Sharks must not let down their guard AT ALL!!!! Look what has happened so many times when we have played the underdogs, we go on the field way too confident and get our asses whipped!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.10 13:40:20 by dawnwallenkamp Reply

  • So apparently all the sharks have to do to win this weekend is pitch up??

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.08.10 13:47:16 by Greg Reply

  • I can’t believe we don’t have the Sharks team yet…

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.08.10 14:01:39 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 10) : We’ll have to defend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 05.08.10 14:06:28 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 10) : Yes. If they pitch for the game the Lions will be ripped to pieces. If they don’t pitch it should be closer but Sharks will still win.

  • Comment 13, posted at 05.08.10 14:06:35 by Tackler Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : who cares, plum will put the best squad he can. he won’t want to lose to mitchell.

  • Comment 14, posted at 05.08.10 14:07:47 by try time Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 11) : You sound surprised??

  • Comment 15, posted at 05.08.10 14:08:17 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Tackler (Comment 13) : I believe the appropriate phrase would be ‘Pride comes before a fall’ ❗

  • Comment 16, posted at 05.08.10 14:29:47 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 16) : 😆 Let’s see how the cookie crumbles. I haven’t seen anything yet from the Lions to make me worry.

  • Comment 17, posted at 05.08.10 14:37:49 by Tackler Reply

  • Sharks squad has been announced 😎 Lambie will be starting at flyhalf.

  • Comment 18, posted at 05.08.10 14:53:16 by Jarson Reply
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  • Yikes… 5 of my FL squad aren’t even playing this weekend. Not as easy as it looks this game 👿

  • Comment 19, posted at 05.08.10 15:24:57 by CS Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 10) : I wouldn’t treat the Lions lightly, this game will be hard fought, there is a helluva lot of bad blood between these two teams, and of all the classic derby games, this one is usually immensely physical and robust, somehow the Lions switch on when it comes to The Sharks, there is pride, individual pride, coach pride (2 x Kiwi & mates), there is poaching (pun intended) – this game is the game of the weekend, then obviously WP & Griquas. Sharks by 7 > 12, but will be ugly.

    Does anyone want to do some blogger bets, I will put down R500 – closest prediction wins the pot, moderators to control. Just a suggestion, hope I am not transgressing?

  • Comment 20, posted at 05.08.10 16:28:18 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 20) : I wont put down money, I’m too broke to take chances 😳 but I can make a prediction.
    Sharks 27 – 15 Lions

  • Comment 21, posted at 05.08.10 17:45:45 by Jarson Reply
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