2011 Currie Cup: Round 12 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 29 Sep 2011 at 07:33
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It’s a big round this week, with all but one of the lined-up fixtures set to have a real impact on the final log positions. Let’s see how the teams line up for the third-last round of Currie Cup action.

Blue Bulls v Pumas

While the Pumas have given the Bulls – along with most other sides – plenty to think about so far this year, you have to fancy that now that Pine Pienaar’s men have the scent of a semi-final berth in their nostrils, they’re unlikely to stumble in this fixture. The Bulls have been far from convincing this season, but did very well to tackle the Lions into submission last week and have a core of experienced players who should see them through here. Bulls to win by about 12.

Blue Bulls: 15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Wynand Olivier, 12. Francois Venter, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Louis Fouche, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. CJ Stander, 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. Warwick Tecklenburg, 5. Juandre 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. Dustin Jinka, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Jurgen Visser

Pumas: 15. MJ Mentz, 14. Wilhelm Hendrik Loock, 13. JW Jonker, 12. Siviwe Magaba, 11. Johan Jackson, 10. Coenie van Wyk, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Willem Serfontein, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1. Dawie Steyn
Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Brett Nel, 18. Eduan Van Der Walt, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Hendrik van der Nest, 21. Dewald Pretorius, 22. Carl Bezuidenhout

Cheetahs v Lions

Saturday’s first game will have a massive bearing on the semi-final permutations. Should the Lions win, they’ll all-but-cement their home semi-final prospect. Should they suffer another loss, though, they suddenly become very vulnerable, with both the Sharks and Cheetahs set to close in on them. For the Cheetahs, a win here could catapult them right into home play-off contention and with the Bloem boys in red-hot form and playing at home, you ahve to back them to rack up another win. Cheetahs by 5, for my money.

Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Rayno Benjamin, 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 (FS) Uys, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Adriaan Strauss (Captain), 1. Marcel Van Der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Boom Prinsloo, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Andries Strauss

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 (Captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Cobus Grobbelaar, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Michael Rhodes, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Jacobie Adriaanse, 18. David Bulbring, 19. Warren Whiteley, 20. Burton Francis, 21. James Kamana, 22. Dylan Des Fountain

Leopards v Griquas

Poor old Griquas just haven’t quite managed to get it together this year and with only 4 wins and a draw in 11 starts are only nominally still in contention for a play-off spot. They’ll need a good five-point haul here and also hope that the Bulls and Province lose all the rest of their games, something which isn’t really looking all that likely. The Leopards will provide stern opposition at home too, so while I expect a Griquas win, it won’t be a big one. Griquas by 6.

Leopards: 15. Hofmann Maritz, 14. Jovan Bowles, 13. Charl Weideman, 12. Joubert Engelbrecht (captain), 11. Vainon Willis, 10. Wesley Dunlop, 9. Johan Laker, 8. Robert Kruger, 7. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6. Philip de Wet, 5. Bradley Mockford, 4. Brendon Snyman, 3. Dewald Coetzee, 2. Gavin Williamson, 1. Jean-Jacques Rossouw.
Replacements: 16. Marius Fourie, 17. Alfred Wauts, 18. Christo van Niekerk, 19. Siya Mdaka, 20. Spanner Pretorius, 21. Liam Slatem, 22. Clayton Durand.

Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Dusty Noble, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Matthew Rosslee, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Riaan Viljoen, 9. Marnus Hugo, 8. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 7. Justin Downey, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Ivann Espag
Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Steph Roberts, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Leon Karemaker, 20. Sarel Pretorius, 21. Hanno Coetzee, 22. Monty Dumond

Sharks v Western Province

The major talking points ahead of this match have to be the Sharks’ somewhat patchy form of late and the frankly horrendous injury count which has prompted Western Province coach Alistair Coetzee to claim that he now only has “22 fit players” in the entire province. With the Sharks comfortably enshrined in second place, their rustiness and lack of cohesion notwithstanding, you have to back them to get a result against a Province side that has lost badly in both its last two outings and is now grimly clinging on to fourth spot. Coetzee has been forced to name a number of his backline regulars – including star centre Johann Sadie – on the bench, since he feels they’re not up to 80 minutes at this stage, further weakening his outfit. Sharks to win comfortably, by about 10 points.

Sharks: TBA

Western Province: 15. Heinrich Steyl, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Berton Klaasen, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg (Captain), 1. JC Kritzinger
Reserves:16. Deon Fourie, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Tertius Daniller, 19. Nick Koster/Pieter Louw, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Johann Sadie, 22. Conrad Jantjes


  • When has the Sharks ever won comfortably? I can think of only a few occasions. We like to keep it interesting. Just when it looks like we will run away with a game, we will gift the opposition a few points, or just come out a completely diffirent team in the second half, or something like that. 🙂

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.11 08:05:41 by Letgo Reply
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  • You’re right though, we SHOULD take this one comfortably.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.11 08:06:28 by Letgo Reply
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  • The Cheetahs to win against the Lions I like that, the Lions always plays better as the underdogs.

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.11 08:14:42 by Mutley Reply
  • Can’t anyone create a sharksworld app for smartphones 🙂

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.11 08:44:11 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : I remember the Sharks winning comfortably against the Hurricanes in ’96 (courtesy of Henry Honiball), and against the Highlanders at around the same time (courtesy of Henry Honiball gifting Gavin Lawless 50 points). Since then… not so much.

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.11 09:01:26 by Culling Song Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 5) : I think you can also call our final win against WP 2010 CC, comfortable…especially for a final!

    But aside from Honiball and LAMBIE 🙂 , I don’t remeber anything else either.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.11 09:27:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • The truth below…

    Jaco Taute would be a better option at fullback for the Springboks.

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.11 09:41:26 by hendrikp Reply

  • My picks are most likely going to be the same 😎

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.11 10:38:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • If we look at the remaining fixtures, the Sharks could finish on top of the log again.

    Lions have some difficult fixtures to come here. They might lose this weekend in Bloem, they`ll probably get a result against province in Jhb and then they have to travel to Dbn.

    That final round robin match could decide the top log position.

    If we pull ourselves together and play like we did against the bulls in our first outing we can win this.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.11 10:55:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Winner of Cheetahs vs Lions will win this Currie Cup IMO.

    The Lions really have to win it considering that’s virtually their S15 team playing in a competition resembling the Vodacom Cup, and they can’t call on players like Heinrich Brussow to strengthen their team.

    I’m backing the Cheetahs to take it. Would like to see Andries Strauss come back into the starting line-up to strengthen that midfield a little bit, and I haven’t seen enough of Cameron Jacobs to make a fair assessment on him, but they look easily the best when the pressure comes on.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.11 11:01:07 by hendrikp Reply

  • If we don’t klap province then we are kak..shÀrks should win with a bonus point..

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.09.11 11:32:46 by shaniboi Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    Brave call to say Cheetahs or Lions..

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.09.11 11:53:40 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) :

    I’d almost put it all on the Cheetahs. Don’t think the Lions have enough quality in their side. Backing the Cheetahs to do something special in the Super 15 as well. They’ve never had this sort of talent before, and if they keep Brussow fit they’re going to push hard to qualify for play-offs considering the Bulls will be much weaker and then Lions a non-contender.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.09.11 12:01:26 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) :

    Plus rookie flyhalves tend to win Currie Cups. Don’t ask me why 😆

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.09.11 12:04:04 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 13) :

    And the Cheetahs have a decent set of players from Griquas to call on.. A shame Sarel Pretorius has moved on..

    But the likes of Vogt, Downey, Mokuena, Raubenheimer etc will add depth

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.09.11 12:05:03 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 14) :

    So in Province’s case, 12 rookie flyhalves (one for each weekend so far) doesn’t cut it?

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.09.11 12:05:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) :

    They won’t call up any of those except Raubenheimer (who has signed with the Cheetahs) unless there is an injury crisis. Definitely will take Lourens Adriaanse as 4th prop, and maybe Rayno Barnes.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.09.11 12:09:30 by hendrikp Reply

  • @mbay-shark (Comment 4) : what you want it to do, boss?

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.09.11 12:22:41 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 15) :

    I feel for Jonathan Mokuena as well. He’s had some excellent seasons, but no one seems interested in him for Super rugby. There was a time when he should’ve been starting at the Lions.

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.09.11 12:33:01 by hendrikp Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : Now will be a good time to post the weekend sharks team. Come on Rob stop holding back 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.09.11 12:36:05 by mbay-shark Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 19) : Didn’t he pick up an unfortunate long term injury at the wrong time during his short stay with the Lions?

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.09.11 12:49:22 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 21) :

    Did he? Unfortunate.

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.09.11 14:13:22 by hendrikp Reply

  • @hendrikp (Comment 10) :

    ‘competition resembling the Vodacom Cup’

    i agree

    Basson and Kirchner should be playing Vodacom cup . so to Bosman . but your being hard on a few other guys

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.09.11 15:05:55 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @hendrikp (Comment 7) :

    ahh something i can agree with !!!!

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.09.11 15:07:11 by Zibbie Reply
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