Richard Ferguson

The race just got interesting


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content, WP on 26 Sep 2011 at 09:30
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Western Privince went down to the Cheetahs at Newlands this past Saturday after they started the game quite sluggishly, being down 24 – 6 at half time. This is nothing new for Province, after their slow start against the Bulls the week before, where they lost at Loftus, and were even given a scare against the Leopards, after they took an early in that game three weeks ago.

The problem for Province now is that they face two tricky away fixtures to contend with, playing the Sharks in Durban this weekend and the Lions at Coca Cola Park the week after. This would not have been a problem had the Bulls lost this weekend, but the Bulls are very much in the game now as they have an easy run in to the play-offs.

The Bulls face both the Pumas and the Leopards at home in the next three weeks, with a trip to Kimberley to face Griquas their trickiest hurdle. Should we assume normal service and the Bulls pick up at least 8 points against the smaller unions at Loftus, they will be battling with Western Province for that fourth spot.

The task of finishing fourth is becoming more difficult each week as Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is losing players to injury on a weekly basis, with the flyhalf position being the most worrisome after Greek-God Demetri Catrakilis injured himself a few weeks ago. On Saturday against the Cheetahs, another influential Province player was stretchered off the field, with Nick Koster now in doubt for the game against the Sharks this weekend.

I hate making predictions too far in advance, but signs are there that the major team to miss out on a semi final this year will not be the Blue Bulls.


24 Comments

  • Interesting….. Hope its not us.. πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.11 09:35:22 by SharksRTB Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 1) : no need to be negative… we’ve got a reasonably benign run-in now, with our two big games at home.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.11 09:54:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can we admit that writing the Bulls off a few weeks ago was little more than wishful thinking?

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.11 09:54:57 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) :

    Writing the Bulls off is always something that occurs from the heart, and not with the head..

    Wishful thinking indeed..

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.11 09:59:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Lions to pip sharks to top spot, by one point, maybe only points difference, cheetahs comfortably third, and bulls fourth. province about 4 points off the pace :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.11 10:04:56 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 5) :

    The Lions will have to push a bit after this game, two games that can go either way coming up over the next few weeks..

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.11 10:06:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) : it always is…

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.11 10:07:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : tell you what, if the Cheetahs beat the Lions, which I’m not ruling out, then all of a sudden everything is WIDE open again

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.11 10:07:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Dont put it past the Cheetahs to finish in top spot..

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.11 10:09:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Looks like the wheels on the WP-bus are seriously wobbling.

    Though to be fair, imo they did as well as could be expected this season.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.11 10:11:30 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) :

    With the Under 15 team they have had at their disposal, they have done very well.

    And their depth going into the Super Season will come in handy..

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.11 10:16:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : They are still going to be a tough proposition for the Sharks next weekend.

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.11 10:17:13 by war1 Reply
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  • Cheetahs might just win it. 😯

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.11 10:18:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 12) : Who isn’t these days? πŸ˜‰ 😈

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.11 10:18:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : Are you also joining that bandwagon?

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.11 10:24:16 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 15) : The cheetahs bandwagon? Not yet.

    Still have a first class seat on the Lions bandwagon. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.09.11 10:29:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • The home games the Sharks have against WP and the Lions will determine their season! The Sharks arent good against the smaller teams but should beat the Leopards away-if they dont then they should just pull out the competiton!

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.09.11 10:48:58 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 16) : No, the ‘Sharks are useless’ bandwagon.

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.09.11 10:51:57 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 18) : Wasn’t aware there was one for that. πŸ™‚

  • Comment 19, posted at 26.09.11 11:02:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 19) : It’s mostly fair weather Sharks fans on it though.

  • Comment 20, posted at 26.09.11 11:08:04 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 20) : Then of course there’s us “slightly overcast with moderate breezes” weather fans, who sit on the “the standard of play dished up by the Sharks, given in theory the talent at their disposal, is completely unacceptable” bandwagon.

    So, in short, the Sharks are not useless, but their general play is crap. And the Lions were unstoppable. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 26.09.11 11:34:45 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 13) :
    @Culling Song (Comment 21) :
    Lions are still unstoppable, they just had a little rest! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 22, posted at 26.09.11 11:38:25 by Greg Reply

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  • @Culling Song (Comment 21) : Nice one. The Sharks were terrible until the lights went out but then slowly start to pick their game up and finished well on top.

  • Comment 23, posted at 26.09.11 11:55:21 by war1 Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 22) : we have to keep things interesting at the bottom of the table … 😈

  • Comment 24, posted at 26.09.11 12:44:22 by Zibbie Reply
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