Round 11: Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 16 Sep 2010 at 14:52
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Round 11 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: Griquas v Leopards

This one can only go one way – pretty much the same way ALL the Leopards games have gone this season. Griquas are hurting after losing to the Cheetahs and Lions in quick succession and will want a big win here to put pressure on whoever loses the game in Tshwane. With a host of Sharks players in their ranks and facing a Leopards team that’s been hit with a fresh wave of injuries, expect Griquas to run riot. Get Bjorn Basson into your Fantasy League starting team. Griquas by 30 or more.

Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Rocco Reginald Jansen, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Danie Burger Schoeman, 7. Justin Downey, 6. Johan van Deventer, 5. Cecil-John Kemp, 4. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3. Jean Botha, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Jacobus Petrus Adriaanse, 18. Edwin Westley Hewitt, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Jean Hermanus Stemmet, 22. Rudi Vogt

Leopards: 15. Hendrik Daniel Petrus Dames, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Kempie Rautenbach, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Dumisani Matyeshana, 10. Clayton Durand, 9. Tiaan Arno Dorfling, 8. Riaan Swanepoel (Captain), 7. RW Kember, 6. Christo van Niekerk, 5. Bradley Peter Mockford, 4. Anthonie Johannes Gronum, 3. Os Van der Walt, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Bennie Geldenhuys Uys
Replacements: 16. Johan Christiaan Oberholzer, 17. Johan Coetzee, 18. Edrich Linde, 19. Victor Hugo Joubert, 20. Charles King, 21. Cecil Dumond, 22. Jovan Bowles

Game 2: Pumas v Western Province

It’s Province’s turn to head into Puma territory, expect this week, it’s the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, where the home side beat the Bulls a few weeks ago. Province are pretty lucky in that they’re again facing the plucky men in grey a week after the Sharks have softened them up and what would otherwise be a tough game for Province, looks to have got a lot easier with a number of injuries in the Puma ranks disrupting their continuity. Still, it will be interesting to see what Uys and Buys do with the WP front row. Province to take this one by 15 points or so.

Pumas: 15. Johan Jackson, 14. Conrad Marais, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Ricardo Croy, 11. Allister Kettledas, 10. Elgar Watts, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp, 5. Eduan Van Der Walt, 4. Andries Kruger, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Ronnie Uys
Replacements: 16. Hannes Franklin, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Dawie Steyn, 19. Willem Jacob Serfontein, 20. Juan Visser, 21. Ashwin Scott, 22. Vainon Willis

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 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 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick KΓΆster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.

Game 3: Sharks v Cheetahs

Ja, like I’m really going to call this one.

What’s that? I have to? Oh, bugger. This one could, of course, go either way and it depends very much on which Sharks outfit pitches up. Going with the heart here and predicting a famous victory for the home side, by about 6 points.

Sharks: TBC

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. Christoffel Philippus Van der Walt, 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. David de Villiers, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. Kobus Calldo, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Willem Petrus (WP) Nel, 18. Izak van der Westhuizen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. CornΓ© Uys

Game 4: Blue Bulls v Lions

What an enthralling game this derby is going to be. Who would ever have thought that it would be the Lions going into this game holding onto a play-off spot by the slenderest of margins, against a Bulls outfit that simply HAS TO win, or else risk missing out on the play-offs altogether. For that reason and that reason alone, I’m calling a Bulls win here. I simply cannot see the Lions, resurgent and all that, having the chutzpah to pull off a win against a CLEARLY desperate Blue Bulls team at Loftus – a feat not even the table-topping Sharks could manage this year. Bulls will win, by 7 points or so. Unfortunately.

Blue Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jaco Pretorius, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Francois Hougaard, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Christiaan Johan Stander, 6. Derick Kuun (Captain), 5. Petrus Johannes Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Gary Botha, 17. Rossouw De Klerk, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Okkie Kruger, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Stephan Dippenaar, 22. Jaco Engels

Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe(c), 4 George Earle, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Reserves: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Wayne Swart, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Wikus van Heerden, 20 JP Joubert, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Marius Delport.


  • The Sharks:

    15. Louis Ludik
    14. Odwa Ndungane
    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. Eugene van Staden
    2. Craig Burden
    1. Patric Cilliers

    Replacements 16. Kyle Cooper
    17. Wiehahn Herbst
    18. Michael Rhodes
    19. Jacques Botes
    20. Rory Kockott
    21. Andre Pretorius
    22. Riaan Swanepoe

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.09.10 14:56:18 by AlienArmy Reply
  • My Picks are pretty much the same. Go Sharks!

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.09.10 14:57:05 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 2) : No, that is the announced team πŸ™‚ hehe…really…

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.10 14:59:08 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @Jarson (Comment 2) : oh, and I know you were referring to the score lines:)

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.10 15:00:42 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 4) : Indeed πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.10 15:03:24 by Jarson Reply
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  • Just wondering about something…and wanted to know what some opinions might be about it…

    I’ve had this convo with my boet around the bar a couple of times, and occasionally we are joined by our good friend Ricky Louw πŸ™‚

    One of my favourite players is Keegan, the guy is just such an amazing player – BUT – I fear he will never get to be a springbok playing as a loosy…there are just to many good 6’s and 7’s out there. The position I have in mind for him might also not make him a springbok, but I think he could be even more of a threat…

    So, he is pretty big, very strong, and properly fast…he has a good step and is a strong defender…so I thought he should have a go at the one position were we need someone…

    Outside center…

    or what do you think, was that Mr. Ricky Louw doing most of the talking πŸ™‚

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.10 15:09:40 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @AlienArmy (Comment 6) : I reckon Keegan could be an awesome 13

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.09.10 15:11:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @AlienArmy (Comment 6) : there are many people on this site that will agree with you, kanko has also been touted here as a possible 13, and I believe they will both do well on the attacking side my concern is the defensive lines and how long it will take either of these guys to adapt to that, centre is an absolutley vital defensive position and as such I would not put either kanko or keegs at centre

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.09.10 15:13:42 by war1 Reply
  • Ricky Louw. Hahaha πŸ˜†

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.09.10 15:23:26 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 9) : I don’t get it… I assume it’s a ref to alcohol?

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.09.10 15:36:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • The brandy in the age old French tradition. Richelieu. Known locally as Richard or Ricky Lou….. Sometimes known to cause headaches and amnesia.

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.09.10 15:50:21 by Tackler Reply

  • @Tackler (Comment 11) : I need to remember that

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.09.10 16:11:34 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) :

    You dirrint know?? 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.09.10 16:12:38 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 13) :

    You know what a Kabamba Floorsie is, dont you? πŸ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.09.10 16:13:09 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 13) : I really didnt

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.09.10 16:19:23 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 12) : I think that is awesome!

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.09.10 16:20:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 15) :

    Ah well, never to old to learn! (I think its a Dutchmen thing…BEFORE ALIEN ARMY et AL get a heart attack – It’s because I am one that I know it! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.09.10 16:20:57 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 14) :

    And THAT is a Redheart and Coke!

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.09.10 16:21:31 by Pink Ice Reply
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  • I often TRY to achieve amnesia with Ricky after the Sharks lose…but when I wake up the Sharks still lost. πŸ™„

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.09.10 16:24:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pink Ice (Comment 17) : No worries, it think it’s mostly bulls supporters who get upset with being called a dutchmen…especially when it is elementary my dear (luke) Watson πŸ™‚

    My brother-in-law is British, so I have been called worse things, haha

  • Comment 20, posted at 17.09.10 06:11:36 by AlienArmy Reply

  • @Pink Ice (Comment 18) : I thought a Vuil Piet?!

  • Comment 21, posted at 17.09.10 09:42:50 by Original Pierre Reply
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