Mountain looming for Currie Cup stalwarts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Original Content on 17 Sep 2012 at 08:11
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There were a number of very interesting developments over the last weekend in a Currie Cup season that has not been short of excitement to date.

While much of the talk will focus on Western Province’s multiple brain-fart induced implosion at Kings Park, the reality is that in losing an away game to another “top tier” side, they didn’t really do all that much harm to their own tournament prospects. It was the other two weekend losers, the Cheetahs and particularly the Blue Bulls, who appear to be facing a far trickier run in with just four matches left to play.

Who would ever have thought that we’d see a Currie Cup log featuring those two sides at the very bottom, when the likes of the not-quite-Super-Rugby Lions, Bok-bereft Sharks and never-fancied Griquas soar above them? Thanks to this year’s long-overdue strength-v-strength format, though, there’s no place to hide in a very evenly-matched Currie Cup competition and with the spectre of a relegation battle against the in-form Kings looming, things could very quickly go from bad to unthinkably worse should the Cheetahs and Bulls not get their houses in order.

Griquas seem to have finally awoken from the strange slumber that saw them lose their first three games and have now won three on the trot. They’ve got a few big away clashes remaining on their calendar, but have the momentum and should they be able to pull off a shock win at Newlands this week – given that Province are going to have to ask each of the groundsmen to have a run at loose forward – they should manage to cement their place in the top four and maybe even challenge for a home play-off game. To do that, though, one fancies they’ll need to beat one or both of the Sharks and Lions too, whom they play in their two last fixtures.

Right now, it’s definitely last year’s finalists who are looking like the side to beat, with the Lions looking to increase their stranglehold on top spot by beating their Durban rivals in Johannesburg this Saturday – as they’ve now done many times in succession. Whatever the result there, though, one fancies that the Sharks will be there or thereabouts when the semi-finalists are decided.

For the Bulls and Cheetahs, though, at least one won’t be and there’s a good chance that both could miss out. While the Bulls have been poor this season, they’ve only lost once at home and with a run of two games yet to come at Loftus, they could recover sufficiently to sneak into fourth. The Cheetahs have lost at home twice and will need to find a way to beat a number of teams – including Province and the Bulls – away if they’re to turn things around.

Whatever the case, though, one fancies that this weekend’s bottom-of-the-table clash at Loftus represents a final shot at redemption for one of the sides. The one that loses though, is facing a one-way trip to Currie Cup oblivion.


  • Oh please can the Bulls finish last?

  • Comment 1, posted at 17.09.12 08:39:23 by KingRiaan Reply
  • @KingRiaan (Comment 1) : yeah bring on the bulls, we’ll smash pine pienaar’s pretenders in the promotion/relegation playoffs!

  • Comment 2, posted at 17.09.12 08:45:28 by Megatron Reply
  • Dont know if i agree with the Lions being the team to beat . This CC is very open and i believe any team can win on any day . Personally ATm the game that worries me most as a Lions supporter is the trip to die groot gat …

    Not to comfortable with the Shartkies this weekend either …

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.09.12 08:54:08 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Go Cheetahs!!! 😈

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.09.12 09:00:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : good victory on Friday,captain Luke got a hattrick,hate him or love him. He still a good player

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.09.12 09:01:19 by Ludz Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 3) : you okes at the moment have the best pack and the backline is on fire and the scary thought,Jaco Taute isn’t even starting,it’s safe to say you okes are the team to beat

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.09.12 09:03:39 by Ludz Reply

  • Bulls last for sure would be great

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.09.12 09:09:04 by Dunx Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 6) :

    Luckily its a short comp .. if we get lots of injuries we are screwed ..

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.09.12 09:30:59 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 2) : Now I will pay good money to see that match. Can you just imagine the uproar? No Lions in next years SupeRugby and no Blue Bulls in the CC

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.09.12 09:52:30 by KingRiaan Reply

  • This is(for me) one of the most important week for the Sharks, we have to shake this lions winning spree over us in the coke tin, also with 2 more games after that at home we could cement our place at the top of the log if we win this one….

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.09.12 10:39:17 by Franshark Reply
  • Sounds good to me bye bulls

  • Comment 11, posted at 17.09.12 10:42:02 by balllllars Reply

  • @Riaan… Don’t get ahead of urselves!!! If you played the bulls now, they would whip u with their weakend side. Be carefull, its a long and hard road ahead… Ask me, I’m a Lions supporter and we can tell you exactly how tough it is in the top tier!! To win the b-section or the CC is one thing, to compete at Super level is quite another… Learn to crawl first, then attempt to down a team like the Bulls… Win the B-section and make sure you move up, then take it one step at a time?

  • Comment 12, posted at 17.09.12 13:44:24 by blesbeer Reply

  • I`m worried about this weekend as well. Lions seem to have our number at the moment.
    Luckily they still have to go to KY . . . 😈

  • Comment 13, posted at 17.09.12 15:38:17 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pierre… KY? Wanted to suggest that the bulls might want to switch to KY, because they are in for a hell of a time… But I assume you mean Kimberly? Hehe…

  • Comment 14, posted at 17.09.12 16:37:45 by blesbeer Reply

  • We shouldn`t get ahead of ourselves yet.

    WP have a lot of home games to come while we still have to go to Bloem and Jhb . . . 🙄

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.09.12 09:16:05 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Exactly how many times have we written the Bulls off and how many times have they bounced back like nothing has happened?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.09.12 09:37:49 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply

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