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Fantasy League update – round 3


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 2 Aug 2011 at 07:14
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Round 3 of the Currie Cup has come to and end and it’s time to have a look at how the various team managers are faring in the Fantasty League over on www.justrugby.net.

A strong round from the aptly named “WP XV” mirrored a great on-field performance from the men in blue and white, as they trounced the Blue Bulls at Newlands. WP XV managed to pip the unfortunate Tallieman by a mere half a point to snag the all-important MVP bonus and win the round, with both teams making great strides on the overall log as a result. Maak die Bulle Almal Bokke still holds the overall lead after 3 rounds, but is now just 20 points ahead of WP XV, with Tallieman third and our round 1 leader, Red Zibearians one place further back in fourth. Hans completes the top five, but the scores are all very close and there’s going to be plenty of movement still.

A number of players performed well in a round where tries came thick and fast, but it was a pair of double-try-scorers, Sharks flanker Jacques Botes and Griquas centre Jean Stemmet who rose to the top, each returning a healthy 25 points to those managers who backed them. WP captain Tiaan Liebenberg came in third, courtesy of the captaincy points he earned in piloting Province to a big win, followed by further two-try heroes in Lions winger Deon van Rensburg and Leopards flanker Philip de Wet. Hands up all those who picked Stemmet and de Wet in their squads last week… what, seriously? Nobody?

French Freddy remains the best player over all, despite a worse-than-average round from him courtesy of two missed conversions and a poor drop kick attempt, all of which cost him points. With 79 points from three games, the Sharks pivot is head and shoulders above anyone else in the competition, with Lions scrumhalf Janno Vermaak, still basking from his hat trick exploits in round 2, in second position with 69. The Lions have made hay against weaker opposition in the first three rounds and have two further players in the top five. Burton Francis is third, with 61 and prop Jacobie Adriaanse in fourth with 53 points. Young Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis completes the top five with his haul of 51 points – not bad given that he’s only started two games.

Injuries, of course, continue to come thick and fast, while some of the best potential point scorers, including the likes of Rob Ebersohn, Jaco Taute, Sarel Pretorius and Conrad Hoffmann, look set to be out for at least another week or two. The big challenge for manager this week, though, will be to cater for a huge influx of returning Springbok players, with no fewer than 23 of the Bok squad released for provincial duty this weekend. A word to the wise, though – don’t get too excited, because we expect the Bok management to recall a fair few of these players after just one round of Currie Cup action, making it very unwise indeed to consider bringing a Pat Lambie or Chilliboy Rallepele at this stage. It would probably be better to wait until the World Cup squad has been finalised before using some of those precious trades to strengthen your squad with internationals.


5 Comments

  • here is the main gamble i see … Elton Jantjies or Burton Francis … here we go …

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.08.11 08:15:53 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 1) : I wouldn’t bother with either… Bulls are gonna thrash you okes this weekend

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.08.11 08:36:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    mmm … im in a bot of 2 minds about this . week 1 after the puma game 1 was down in the dumps .. here we go again syndrome ..

    the following week we killed the Griquas in Kimberly . and i dont believe people saying the Kwas is not a good team . the Lions have not won in Kimberly for 3 years before this one . the Sharks also lost to the kwas last year in kimberly .

    but then we had another weak performance against the Leopards.

    The performance against the Pumas and the Leopards had 1 thing in common . .. it was played at the Coke Tin … For some reason the Lions have Struggled at home the last few years .

    Im not saying the lions will win . but my thinking is that it will at least be a close game .

    either way this is a must win game for both teams . the Lions will want to win . the question is where will the Bulls minds be … on Loftus or in NZL with the WC … ?

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.08.11 09:03:43 by Zibbie Reply
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  • These Griquas players are difficult to include, as they can add points, but you will only ever see that when they play the lower teams..

    I missed out on the tries that came thick and fast, somehow every player that I have did NOT score!

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.08.11 14:38:01 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • i am just going down and down 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.08.11 14:43:55 by rekinek Reply
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