Currie Cup 2011: Round 9 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 8 Sep 2011 at 10:03
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With the 2011 Rugby World Cup getting under way this weekend, the Currie Cup will, inevitably, take something of a back seat. That said, there are some interesting match ups ahead in round 9 which can have a big influence on the final log positions. Let’s see if we can pick the winners.

Lions v Griquas

While we might look at this opening game of the round to provide a little spice, I’m afraid there won’t be any. Griquas, despite looking all right on the log, have failed to really live up to the hype this season, with good home wins against the Sharks and Cheetahs tempered by a bad loss against self-same Lions in Kimberley earlier in the season. They’ve had Province on the ropes twice too, but have failed to deliver that knock-out blow and I simply can’t see them upsetting John Mitchell’s side in Joahannesburg this weekend. The Lions are just too good for that at the moment and this could turn into a rout. Lions by 15.

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

Griquas: 15 Rudi Vogt, 14 Rocco Jansen, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Hanno Coetzee, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jonathan Mokoena (capt), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Ivann Espag
Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Matthew Rosslee, 22 Monty Dumond

Sharks v Pumas

This one is just the opposite to the one above! You know that it really shouldn’t be a contest, but somehow you also know that the Sharks will play badly enough to let it be one. Don’t expect a big bonus-point win here, because recent form has shown us that the Sharks simply don’t pitch for these games. Sharks to win by about 12.


Pumas: 15 MJ Mentz; 14 Wilhelm Looch, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tiaan Marx, 11 Deon Scholtz; 10 Coenie van Wyk, 9 Shaun Venter; 8 Doppies le Roux, 7 CornΓ© Steenkamp (capt), 6 Jaco Bouwer, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Subs: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Brett Nel, 18 Boela Serfontein, 19 JP Mostert, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Siviwe Magaba, 22 Johan Jackson.

Western Province v Leopards

Another game with a fairly predictable result and even with a new flyhalf in Dollie, expect WP to have far too much for the poor Leopards. Province to win by 20.

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes 14 Danie Poolman 13 Johann Sadie 12 Marcel Brache 11 JJ Engelbrecht 10 Isma-eel Dollie 9 Dewaldt Duvenage 8 Nick Koster 7 Tertius Daniller 6 Nick Fenton-Wells 5 Quinn Roux 4 Hilton Lobberts 3 Frans Malherbe 2 Tiaan Liebenberg (captain) 1 Wicus Blaauw
Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie 17 Brok Harris 18 Nizaam Carr 19 Siya Kolisi 20 Nic Groom 21 Berton Klaasen 22 Steven Hunt

Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Jovan Bowels, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Clayton du Randt (captain), 9 Westley Moolan, 8 Spanner Pretorius, 7 MB Lusaseni, 6 Robert Kruger, 5 Brad Mockfort, 4 Ruan van Heerden, 3 Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Snoepie Coetzee.
Substitutes: 16 Jacques Moller, 17 BG Uys, 18 Morne Hanekom, 19 Brendon Snyman, 20 Johann Laker, 21 Wesley Dunlop, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.

Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls

This is the big game of the weekend – or at least, it’s meant to be, but you simply never know with the Blue Bulls any more. That said, the Cheetahs have a habit of losing games you’d expect them to win, such as the first round encounter between these two sides, which the Bulls inexplicably won. Despite what the Bulls might say, though, this is a team in trouble, with a captain whose mind isn’t on the job and a coach still not sure about what he actually wants to achieve. They will be better without Kirchner in midfield, but not good enough to beat the Cheetahs. Cheetahs by 7.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 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
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Burger

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouch, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Jurgen Visser


  • Great stuff, Rob I see you gave the Sharks a chance this week πŸ˜‰ , I got it from all sides last week that our own SW-blog predicted a bulls win πŸ‘Ώ

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.11 10:36:19 by Franshark Reply
  • Sharks to actually pitch up and murder the Pumas this weekend!

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.11 10:47:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    I really hope so!

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.11 11:33:06 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 1) :

    im worried .. he backed the Lions to win as well .. the last time he did that we lost πŸ˜›

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.11 11:42:26 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : ditto for that..

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.11 12:02:57 by Franshark Reply
  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : πŸ™‚

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.11 12:03:17 by Franshark Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I agree with you… I think with at least 30 points…

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.11 13:38:39 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Thoroughly exhausted right now. FL and SB for the CC and WC is almost a fulltime job! 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.11 14:49:31 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 8) :

    yea .. im going to hire somebody to do it for me .. hey OP your a student and sit at home all day while doing nothing … πŸ˜›

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.11 15:34:22 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Last week I picked all the away teams, this week I’ll be backing all the home teams. Coincidentally they are all the same teams. 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.11 16:32:38 by JarsonX Reply
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  • hi guys . Derick Minnie’s father passed away. i wish the family good luck and strength for a very hard time ahead

    im not sure if he will be playing but i would think not

  • Comment 11, posted at 08.09.11 23:13:31 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 11) : Our condolences to Derick πŸ™

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.09.11 00:05:20 by JarsonX Reply
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