Currie Cup 2012: Round 1 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 9 Aug 2012 at 12:57
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“Die Currie Cup kom weer” as the guys in the Cape like to say, although how they would know is beyond me, since they haven’t won the trophy since some time last century. Anyway, it is most definitely Currie Cup time again and we have three matches to look forward to this weekend.

Blue Bulls v Griquas

Friday night kicks off with Pote Human’s Griquas heading to take on Pine Pienaar’s Blue Bulls at Loftus. The Bulls side has been ravaged by Bok call-ups and looks, frankly, a little experimental. Griquas, on the other hand, have shopped judiciously during the off-season and look to have a strong squad. What’s more, the bulk of the Griquas team have been training together a lot longer, given the lack of Super Rugby competition and they typically start very well in this competition. I’m afraid I see an upset coming here, with Griquas to prevail by 5 points.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Clayton Blommetjies, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Jan Serfontein.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux; 14 Luzuko Vulindlu, 13 JP Nel, 12 Stephan Watermeyer, 11 Rocco Jansen; 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Jacques Coetzee; 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Jonathan Adendorff, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Rayno Barnes (capt), 1 Stef Roberts.
Substitutes: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 Marnus Hugo, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Wilmaure Louw.

Golden Lions v Cheetahs

Saturday’s first match sees the Cheetahs head down to Lion country, where they’ll face a team beset by internal politics behind the scenes, but despite all that, always a tough proposition on the field of play. The Cheetahs look a very useful side, but then again, so do the Lions and I think this one is going to end up being very close as a result. In this first round, we have no relative form to go on and with each side having won their respective home match in Super Rugby, it’s probably a pretty save bet to back that trend. Lions to take it, by around 4 points.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Derick Minnie, 7 Joshua Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC van Rensburg (captain).
Substitutes: 16 Francois Du Toit, 17 CJ Van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Guy Cronje, 22 Ruan Combrinck.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Rob Ebersohn (capt), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Waltie Vermeulen, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman

Western Province v Sharks

The awesome thing about the 6-team Premier Division this year is that you are guaranteed three strength-v-strength contest each week and while it’s probably not completely accurate to talk of this match-up as the “big game” of the weekend, it’s nevertheless a crucial one which will be watched closely by both sets of fans. The weather is expected to be ghastly and the Sharks will be carrying a few tired bodies after all their travels of late. That said, though, Province have hardly named the sort of side to send shivers of dread throughout the Currie Cup firmament and my feeling is the more experienced Sharks could – and should – take them, if they’re up for it. Sharks to win by around 3 points.

Western Province: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Deon Carstens.
Substitutes: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 JC Kritzinger, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Damian de Allende.

Sharks: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Sbura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean Deysel (capt), 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Rosco Speckman


  • Hangover or just piss poor journalism or an attempt of a joke?

    “The Biulls side has been ravaged by Cok call-ups and looks”

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.08.12 13:24:26 by LionsinPTA Reply
  • Sharks forwards look a lot stronger than province…and our backline is good enough to represent us in superugby…Sharks will take it by around 10 points.

    Du plessis won’t get a hand on Jordaan this weekend…keen to see Sithole stretch his legs too.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.08.12 13:56:21 by JJR Reply
  • looks like a good game to watch, but it may take a few weeks to settle? Do we have a long term solution at scrumhalf, as in are we building up reinach and is hoffman over his injuries?

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.08.12 14:15:45 by Dunx Reply

  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 1) : not pulling any punches, are we? Thanks for helping with the quality control, though… always appreciated. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.08.12 14:24:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @LionsinPTA (Comment 1) : @robdylan (Comment 4) : possibly an amalgamation of kak and Bok.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.08.12 14:30:00 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 5) : well yes – if I’d thought that far, it probably would have been quite funny 🙂

    In reality, it was a combination of trying to type too fast and hitting the wrong key 🙂 Piss poor, I’ll agree, but I hope I never get accused of “journalism” again :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.08.12 14:31:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • The Sharks have just returned from New Zealand, their fourth flight in as many weeks, most of their squad is called up to national, the ones left will be tired as hell, and people here back them to beat WP at Newlands. By 10 points no less! I know a supporters job is to always look for victory but give us some credit guys.

    I’m backing the Hoops to take this one by 5 points.

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.08.12 14:33:43 by Leviathan Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : Lol, you seem to be a notch or 2 up from the poison dwarf 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.08.12 14:34:08 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 7) : where did we say we’ll win by 10 points?

    You Stormers boys have GOT to start learning to win your games on the field on Saturday, rather than on the blogs on Thursday 🙂

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.08.12 14:37:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : second commenter. and as for learning to win, well we only lost three of our SR games, I’d say thats a good start.

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.08.12 14:41:58 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 10) : true that…now just for the games that can actually hand u a trophy!

  • Comment 11, posted at 09.08.12 14:48:06 by Ice Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 8) : Sometimes I feel that the troll-like comments only serve to drag me further down towards his level!

  • Comment 12, posted at 09.08.12 14:52:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Leviathan (Comment 10) : did you notice that the semi-final was one of them? :mrgreen: 😀

  • Comment 13, posted at 09.08.12 14:53:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) : luckily the only troll that stays is Mega and he is quite likeable after a bit sometimes on the odd occasion when he isn’t being derogatory, mean, nasty or just plain spiteful 😀

  • Comment 14, posted at 09.08.12 15:17:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • Rob

    May I remind you WP have the JP du Plessis factor. I suggest you increase the points by 25! 😉

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.08.12 15:29:20 by wpw Reply
  • Similar to the Earl Rose factor the Lions had in recent years. 😀

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.08.12 15:30:54 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : don’t forget we have Viljoen at flyhalf. If he is on form that is ok but if he bombs he can singlehandedly lose the game.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.08.12 15:35:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 17) : I’m sticking my fingers in my ears and not listening to that 🙂

  • Comment 18, posted at 09.08.12 15:38:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • A few things to ponder for next season…
    1. Lambie must play 10!!!

    2. The Keegan, Coetzee, Kanko backrow was lethal and I truly feel Alberts should not crack this unit…maybe at lock but not these guys

    3. Whitehead/Jordaan 12/13 combo was magnificent in my opinion – BEST CENTRE COMBO IN YEARS. they will grow even more in the Currie Cup together and I truly believe they are our BEST AVAILABLE COMBO and this includes Frans. The combination of pace and game reader was exceptional.
    If Steyn were to make my team he would have to push at fullback. AND IF LUDIK CONTINUES IN THIS FORM that will not be an easy task..

    4. Finally and most importantly in my opinion – WE NEED A BETTER 9. – people who believe Mcleod should have had a Bok call up are kidding themselves. as evident in Rob’s weekly player ratings – he is nearly always the worst performing back…WHERE IS RUAN PIENAAR?? 🙁

    keen to hear your thoughts and opinions

  • Comment 19, posted at 09.08.12 15:46:04 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) : Pienaar is in Ireland until 2014.

  • Comment 20, posted at 09.08.12 15:54:37 by lostfish Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) : surely that’s not a serious question? I mean, we all know where Ruan Pienaar is… he’s hardly hiding.

  • Comment 21, posted at 09.08.12 16:01:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 18) : I hope I am wrong. Who are the junior flyhalves?

  • Comment 22, posted at 09.08.12 16:16:29 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 22) : Fred Zeilinga, Gavin Hauptfleish, Rob du Preez…

    Some talent, for sure, but plenty of rawness too

  • Comment 23, posted at 09.08.12 16:40:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) i agree fully and that has been a problem in sa recently is the lack of growing great scrumhalves. We need to get running scrumhalves with a boot. someone who doesnt throw their hands up every single ruck.

  • Comment 24, posted at 09.08.12 17:08:52 by Dunx Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 11) : Well when you guys win one of those let me know. Seriously though, sorry about the final, just an off day for a great team.

  • Comment 25, posted at 09.08.12 18:03:53 by Leviathan Reply

  • @pienaar111 (Comment 19) : Nice copy & paste job! It’s CC time, stop stressing about SR

  • Comment 26, posted at 09.08.12 23:28:13 by Die Kriek Reply

  • guys please…Im sure u can tell by my screen name that I kind of follow Pienaar so I know where RUAN PIENAAR is ok. S-A-R-C-A-S-M 😉

    @Die Kriek…ja i know but I just dont think I can stand losing a 5th final!!

    And I believe we have the depth to take this currie cup!!! GO BOYS GO

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.08.12 02:11:26 by pienaar111 Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Me? Never, just know that you have better standards or does MS Word have better standards…… 😈

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.08.12 08:40:09 by LionsinPTA Reply

  • Bulls

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.08.12 10:42:06 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I’m very sure Mega is keohane!!!

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.08.12 13:16:14 by CLASSIC SHARK Reply

  • @CLASSIC SHARK (Comment 30) : I beg you – nay, implore you – not to start making idle speculative comments about megatron (or any other user) ‘s real identity.

    I know exactly who is he is, but that’s between him and me… nothing to do with anyone else.

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.08.12 13:27:46 by robdylan Reply
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