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Currie Cup 2011: Round 8 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 1 Sep 2011 at 08:30
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It’s time to get the second half of the Currie Cup season underway and with each side having already played every other once, we should now have a somewhat better indication of form to guide our predictions.

Pumas v Lions

Jimmy Stonehouse’s lads have flattered to deceive this season, proving competitive in every game they’ve played (bar one) yet ultimately failing to notch up even a single win. Despite a strong showing against the Lions in round 1, I don’t see them putting up more than token resistance against John Mitchell’s pace-setting side, who are only getting better as the season nears its business end. Lions to win by 15.

Pumas: 15. MJ Mentz, 14. Wilhelm Hendrik Loock, 13. JW Jonker, 12. Tian Carel Meyer, 11. Deon Scholtz, 10. Coenie van Wyk, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Rudi Mathee, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Dawie Steyn
Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. De-Jay Terblanche, 18. Willem Serfontein, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Martin Sithole, 21. Tiaan Marx, 22. Johan Jackson

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

Griquas v Western Province

Griquas did well to draw at Newlands in the first-round match between these sides and also handed Free State a bloody nose in their fixture last week in Kimberley. They’ll fancy their chances against a Province side that has been inconsistent this year. That said, Province moved themselves up to second spot in the log last weekend and will be keen not to drop out of home semi-final contention this week. Both sides have yet to be confirmed, but my feeling is that Griquas will find it a little too high a hurdle to knock over two big teams on successive weekends. Province to win by 5.

Griquas: (from) Forwards: Ivann Espag, Steph Roberts, Lourens Adriaanse, Ryno Barnes, Simon Westraadt, Hendrik Roodt, Frikkie Spies, Martin Muller, Justin Downey, Davon Raubenheimer, Jonathan Mokuena, Marnus Schoeman, Leon Karemaker.
Backs: Sarel Pretorius, Marnus Hugo, Riaan Viljoen, Earl Rose, Hanno Coetzee, Matthew Rosslee, Jean Stemmet, Wilmaure Louw, Dusty Noble, Rocco Jansen, Rudi Vogt.

Western Province (TBA)

Leopards v Cheetahs

The Leopards are nowhere near as weak as you’d think this year, but like the Pumas, have failed to do any real damage to any of the big teams, despite their promise. Expect them to have a young-ish Cheetahs team under pressure, but watch the visitors pull away in the second half as their superior class shows through. Cheetahs by about 10 points.

Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Hoffman Maritz, 13 Jovan Bowles, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whesley Moolman, 8 Morné Hanekom (captain), 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Siya Mdaka, 5 Brad Mockford, 4 Brendan Snyman, 3 Stefan Bezuidenhout, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Moller, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Roan van Heerden, 19 Juan Pretorius, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Clayton Durand.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Smit.

Blue Bulls v Sharks

The big game of the weekend sees the Sharks head down to Loftus, where they’ve enjoyed decent success of late in the Currie Cup. They’re coming off the back of a poor performance against the Lions and will look to bounce back with a more entertaining game plan this week. Their opponents have struggled so far, but have now put together a run of three wins and will be full of confidence now that they have a fair few of their Bok squad players back. Based on talent, the Sharks should walk this, but going on recent form, I’m afraid I see the Bulls winning by around 7.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Juandré Kruger, 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 Arno Botha, 20 Francois Brummer, 21 Francois Venter.

Sharks (TBA)


8 Comments

  • Ag snot Rob, Sharks with 20 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.09.11 09:06:17 by Franshark Reply
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  • Got Sharks to win as well. But then again I can’t buy a grand slam point. 😳

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.09.11 13:07:11 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Comon Rob… We shouldn’t walk it. According to the talent, we should be able to take this one in our sleep man! 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.09.11 13:07:37 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • Where is the WP squad? 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.09.11 13:08:31 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Sadly I have to agree with Rob. It`ll be a huge upset if the sharks get a result against the bulls this weekend.

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.09.11 13:33:06 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 5) : 😯 whaaaaat 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.09.11 14:29:52 by Franshark Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 4) : On the training field??

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.09.11 14:55:48 by Greg Reply

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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 3) : Yep, and you should have beaten the griquas ❗

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.09.11 14:56:50 by Greg Reply

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