Currie Cup 2012: Round 4 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 30 Aug 2012 at 08:30
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Last week threw up a few unexpected results and with the exception of Griquas – and to a lesser extent Western Province – who are already in a bit of trouble, the teams all appear to be very closely matched, both in terms of form and log position. Let’s run the rule of the round 4 action.

Lions v Griquas

The Lions did very well to squeak their game against Province last week and bounced back well in that game after a tame loss to the Sharks in round two. The trophy-holders are right up at the top of the log and will want to beat Griquas with a bonus point on Friday night in order to consolidate their position. They’ve made a few unnecessary changes to their side, though, which may disrupt them a little; that said, Griquas themselves seem to be chopping and changing at will in the hope of stumbling upon a winning combination. The Lions have received a boost with the likely availability of Elton Jantjies for the rest of the season and we don’t see them losing too many games with him in tow, particularly not in Johannesburg. Lions to win by 12.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Joshua Strauss, 3 CJ Van der Linde, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: 16 Callie Visagie/Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 Deon Helberg.

Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynhardt Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Matthew Rosslee.

Sharks v Cheetahs

The Cheetahs have been forced into a bit of a late re-shuffle given Johan Goosen’s Bok call-up, whereas for the Sharks, it remains to be seen whether Keegan Daniel (and, in fact, new addition Piet Dixon) will be drawn straight into the action this week. Given relative form, though, one would have to say that the Cheetahs might even be slight favourites going into this game; if the Sharks can tighten up on defence, though and continue to improve their intensity up front, they should be able to sneak a win against a side that never looks quite as good with Sias Ebersohn at pivot. Key will be the Sharks’ ability to shut down danger men Sarel Pretorius and Raymond Rhule, with the former, in particular, having scored many tries against them whilst playing for Griquas in years gone by. The loss of Gossen, coupled with home ground advantage, should see the Sharks take this one by around 3 points.

Sharks: TBA

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Barry Geel, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sis Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lucas Floors, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Ryno Benjamin.

Western Province v Blue Bulls

The traditional North-South derby brings the weekend to a close, with Western Province holding home ground advantage and, to be fair, little else against a Bulls side that played bloody well against the Sharks last weekend. While the visitors have lost only replacement loose forward Arno Botha this week, Province have the usual slew of injuries and Bok call-ups to contend with, leading to a massive eight changes to the side that lost in Joburg last week. As the only one of the “big five” to have suffered a home loss – as well as the only one to have failed to beat any of the other big teams so far, Province are under pressure and you’d fancy that they really, really need a win against the Bulls this week in order to stave off looming disaster. The Bulls, although playing well at home to date, were beaten badly in their only away game of the campaign and we’d like to think that even despite all the home side’s disruptions, the uncertainty of playing at Newlands may just be enough to undo them, given their lack of experience. We’re backing Province to win a squeaker, by 2 points, but it could just as easily go the other way.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Deon Carstens.
Replacements: 16 Steven Kitshoff, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Damian de Allende, 22 Kurt Coleman.

Blue Bulls: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 CJ Stander, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Dawie Steyn.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Cornell Hess, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Rudi Paige, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Jurgen Visser.


  • I backed the Bulls. If they can win against the Sharks, they must be very good. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.12 08:49:48 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 1) : when the Sharks committ 32 handling errors? :). That’s not much of a bar…

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.12 08:57:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • It would be great to have Keegan back and starting, our loose trio lacked a little balance without him (and the others).


  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.12 08:57:58 by Letgo Reply
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  • I picked Bulls to beat WP. But looking at my Superbru standings, nobody should listen to me, second last in our group.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.12 09:03:36 by Bite me Reply

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  • A little insight into the good form some of the Sharks players have been having, including Luis, Keegan and JP. This is Luis’s testimonial. This isn’t advertising, just thought this information would be interesting for Sharks fans.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.12 09:11:10 by jackal Reply

  • One interesting thing, if Keegan gets added to the team, will he take over the captaincy or will Deysel be kept as skipper for the rest of the Currie Cup?

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.12 09:19:02 by KingRiaan Reply

  • Lions

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.12 09:32:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KingRiaan (Comment 6) : Very good question. Personally I’d give Keegan the armband

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.12 09:33:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 8) : It’s a difficult situation to be in. But I do think that Keegan’s experience should help the boys a lot. How awesome will it be for him to go on and lift the Cup since he has been dropped from the Boks in favor of big dumb oxes?

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.12 09:49:10 by KingRiaan Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 9) : That would be a marvellous ‘upyours’! Especially if we continue playing Sharks rugby all the way. Show Heyneke what passing, running and offloading can do

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.12 10:07:05 by Die Kriek Reply

  • I think for the currie cup Deysel must remain with perhaps giving Keagon the vice, there is still a chance he could be pulled back to the bokke. Hopefully lambie & burden will be released for game time.

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.12 11:13:09 by Dunx Reply

  • I think it’s only right if Keegan takes over the captaincy if he is back with us long term

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.12 11:33:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Dunx (Comment 11) : I doubt we’ll get Lambie back… Burden perhaps once Chili is fit again

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.12 11:40:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • Little worried about the wp/bulls encounter.

    WP desperately need a win, but if the Bulls get a result at newlands the rest of us are in trouble.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.08.12 16:54:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Apart from the “bulle” beating the ckokers… I’m ok for another GSP this week… Return final in my books this year! And we must all back the Lions to give SARU a HUGE middle finger? Even if we only reach the final.. With HM selections, the best players are still competing the CC?

  • Comment 15, posted at 31.08.12 00:21:33 by blesbeer Reply

  • Ok so its Lions, Sharks, WP on to Superbu then

  • Comment 16, posted at 31.08.12 09:26:01 by Bakmister Reply

  • @blesbeer (Comment 15) : Correction, the best players aren`t playing at all . . .

  • Comment 17, posted at 31.08.12 13:31:18 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : They’re carrying tackle bags, and warming benches…..the best game plans, well now those you’ll find in this year’s CC, even the Bulls are looking to play expansive rugby, which means even Pine Pienaar realised that the kick and puke game plan belongs to the Boks and the archives. 🙄 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 31.08.12 15:00:54 by FireTheLooser Reply


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