Currie Cup round 7: Preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 25 Aug 2011 at 15:14
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The 2011 Currie Cup reaches its halfway mark this weekend, with the teams moving into reverse fixtures against opposition they have already played once, from next week. Let’s see if we can pick the winners this time around and also see how the finalisation of the Bok World Cup squad has affected the various lineups.

Pumas v Western Province

The Pumas are licking their wounds a little after their hammering at the hands of Free State last week and have been forced to make a number of changes, as a result of injury. Province have had no notable returnees whatsoever as a result of the Bok cull and despite being short of a few injury casualties themselves, should win this one comfortably. Province by 15.

Pumas: 15. MJ Mentz, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. JW Jonker (Captain), 12. Tian Meyer, 11. Wilhelm Loock, 10. Coenie van Wyk, 9. Hendrik van der Nest, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Siphiwe Sithole, 6. Jaco Bouwer, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Eduan Van Der Walt, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Michael de Neuilly-Rice
Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Brett Nel, 18. RW Kember, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Tiaan Marx, 21. Johan Jackson, 22. Siviwe Magaba

Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Steven Hunt, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Nizaam Carr, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Hilton Lobberts, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg (Captain), 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Quinn Roux, 19. Tertius Daniller, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Marcel Brache, 22. Danie Poolman

Leopards v Blue Bulls

Despite being made to look very good by the Sharks last week, the Leopards really don’t have the firepower to trouble the Bulls, who are starting to rediscover their mojo and will want to build on a great home win against Griquas last week. The blue squad has been strengthened by plenty of Bok discards in the tight five and three-quarter line and the Bulls should beat the Leopards by 20 points at least.

Leopards: 15. George Tossel, 14. Hoffman Maritz, 13. Jovan Bowles, 12. Joubert Engelbrecht, 11. Vainon Willis, 10. Wesley Dunlop, 9. Whestley Moolman, 8. Morne Hanekom (Captain), 7. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6. Siyabulela Mdaka, 5. Bradley Mockford, 4. Brendon Snyman, 3. Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2. Jacques Moller, 1. BG Uys

Replacements: 16. Marius Fourie, 17. Dewald Coetzee, 18. Roan van Heerden, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Johann Laker, 21. Henry Skorbinski, 22. Clayton Durand

Blue Bulls: 15. Jurgen Visser, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Zane Kirchner, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Gerhard van den Heever, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. CJ Stander, 7. Arno Botha, 6. WarwickTecklenburg, 5. Fudge Mabeta, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha (Captain), 1. Dean Greyling
Replacements: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Rossouw de Klerk, 18. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19. Jono Ross, 20. Dustin Jinka, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Francois Venter

Griquas v Cheetahs

Griquas, despite being at close to full strength, took a real smack from the Bulls last week and will want to show that they are still Currie Cup contenders, when they face the Cheetahs at home. The visitors are a little stronger than last week, with Ashley Johnson back in tow and were in sublime form against the Pumas at home even without him. I have a funny feeling about Griquas this week, though – they’ve been very inconsistent but on their day, they can beat anyone. I’m calling an upset here, with Griquas to win by about 5.

Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Riaan Viljoen, 13. Jean Stemmet, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Dusty Noble, 10. Earl Rose, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Kevin Stevens, 18. Frikkie Spies, 19. Marnus Schoeman, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Hanno Coetzee, 22. Wilmaure Louw

Cheetahs: 15. Riaan Smit, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Corné Uys, 11. Cameron Jacobs, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Johan Wessels, 5. Izak van der Westhuizen, 4. Francois (FS) Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Coenie Oosthuizen
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Marcel Van Der Merwe, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Johan Goosen, 22. Philip Burger

Lions v Sharks

The game of the round is undoubtedly the clash at Coca Cola Park, which will see the winner emerge as log leader after the first half of the season. The Lions have only slipped up once so far, losing a close match against Western Province at Newlands last week, while the Sharks have played in fits and starts, but have mostly got the result – if not always in the style they wanted to. I see Plumtree’s boys having just a little too much class for the Lions here, but if they play like they did against the Leopards last week, the Lions will win at a canter. Crossing fingers and hoping for the best, I say Sharks by 6.

Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Joshua Strauss (Captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Wikus van Heerden, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Jacobie Adriaanse, 18. Johan (Joe) Snyman, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Warren Whiteley, 21. Doppies la Grange, 22. Burton Francis

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (capt), 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Adrian Jacobs


  • 2 the same and 2 different :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.08.11 15:23:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Sharks by 15 – yep – if they can engage the clutch and find 5th gear they can win this game big… This game is CC season defining stuff… If Lions pip The Sharks (my favourite to win and retain the cup) then I say Lions will go all the way…

    Sharks have a good looking team – well balanced – too potent… Hopefully…

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.08.11 16:38:31 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • And also to my friends on Sharksworld – I am sorry I have been so patchy in my physical and electronic appearances – have had to undergo massive change work wise and been more busy than a poppie after a Loftus Boks victory… I would like to think that I am now back for good, and look forward to eventually meeting the likes of Ben and Ice whom I feel I have let down…

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.08.11 16:41:24 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I dunno, I see the Lions taking this one, Sharkies have been a little too patchy to have my vote against the log leaders.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.08.11 17:05:01 by CapeShark Reply
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  • @CapeShark (Comment 4) : Yes, its easy not to back The Sharks in this game from a logical perspective, The Lions are cooking with gas, and have a continuity within the squad that cannot be underestimated… They will be up for this one. But my head and heart say Sharks this weekend… Either a blowout, or a very close game…

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.08.11 17:17:20 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • I like rob backing the opposition of the Lions !!! works every time 😈

    but on a more serious note : will be a hard game . very close !!!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.08.11 17:33:16 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 6) : I hope for an entertaining game… An nothing is as much entertaining than a sharks win. 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.08.11 17:39:52 by Franshark Reply
  • Looking ahead to the business stages my heart will always be a shark but if the lions are wouldnt bother me.they need something to kickstart their revival..

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.08.11 17:53:39 by shaniboi Reply

  • Much worse Lions teams has beaten much better Sharks teams and further in the Superxv a better Sharks side played to a draw against this Lions side

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.08.11 22:36:24 by Mutley Reply
  • All 4 my picks are the same I’m worried. 🙂

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.08.11 04:10:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : I hve 3 the same 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.08.11 09:05:03 by Franshark Reply
  • Sharkies upset victory :)but an epic ,close nail biter

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.08.11 11:49:30 by Talent Reply
  • Don’t feel the need for a whole arti, and not sure where to put this, but Nizaam Carr has been ruled out of the WP game, he is replaced by Tertius Daniller and Wimpie van der Waldt comes onto the bench in Danillers place.

    Doubt that’ll affect too many fantasy leaguers.

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.08.11 13:14:06 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 13) :

    Thanx molls..

    Any idea why? And where is Kolisi, also injured?

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.08.11 13:28:27 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 14) : yup a hamstring injury. There’s a bunch of injuries this week, only Fenton-Wells survived from the loose trio from last week (Kolisi, Pieter Louw and Carr all injured).

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.08.11 13:45:00 by molly Reply
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  • Josh Strauss Rulled out of the clash against the Sharks for the weekend. Whiteley takes his place in the Starting XV and Jaco Kriel comes onto the bench.

    Revised Lions team: Jaco Taute, Deon van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Alwyn Hollenbach, Michael Killian, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Warren Whiteley, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar (captain) , Franco van der Merwe, Wikus van Heerden, Patric Cilliers, Bandise Maku, JC Janse van Rensburg. Replacements: Martin Bezuidenhout, Jacobie Adriaanse, Johan Snyman, Michael Rhodes, Jaco Kriel, Doppies La Grange, Burton Francis.

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.08.11 19:00:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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