Currie Cup 2012: Round 8 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 27 Sep 2012 at 12:57
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Only three rounds left to go – and it’s still as tight as a very tight thing at both ends of the Currie Cup log. Let’s have a look at this weekend’s action.

Sharks v Blue Bulls

The first game takes place at Kings Park on Friday night and sees both teams desperate for a win – but for very different reasons. In beating the Cheetahs at Loftus last week, the Bulls have finally lifted themselves off the bottom of the log and are now out of the relegation zone, at least temporarily. Their decent home form, though, has been tempered by an inability to win away and should they succeed in Durban, it would be their first win of the season anywhere other than Loftus. The Sharks botched a golden opportunity to claim top spot in losing to the Lions last week and will be under pressure to stay clear of the chasing Western Province. Plumtree’s mena re clinging to second spot by a single log point and won’t want to drop out of the home play-off spots by losing their first game at home this season. We expect the Sharks to be too strong for the Bulls this week and to win by around 8 points.

Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Louis Ludik , 10. Meyer Bosman, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Pieter Dixon, 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Julian Redelinghuys, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Lubabalo Mtembu, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Marius Joubert, 22. Sibusiso Sithole

Blue Bulls: 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Louis Fouchè/Lionel Cronjè, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Mornè Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongo Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjè/Willie du Plessis, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Cheetahs v Griquas

For the first time this season, we have a scheduling clash, with two Currie Cup matches kicking off at exactly the same time. In the one sure to be less-watched, Griquas will chase a somewhat unlikely victory in Bloemfontein in the hope of managing to stay in the play-off race. The men from Kimberley suffered a big setback last week in getting nothing at all from their trip to Newlands and another heavy loss here could see them all of a sudden right back in the danger zone. The Cheetahs have been atrocious this year, but were also one of the only sides to actually win in Kimberley and with Sias Ebersohn back at flyhalf, should have their neighbours’ number. Cheetahs to win by 5.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Raymond Rhule, 12 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Carl Wegner, 19 Hendro Scholtz, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Andries Strauss.

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 Janro van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Matt Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 JP Nel.

Western Province v Lions

The big game of the weekend will see most neutral observers hoping that Province, in third, can upset the first-placed Lions, in so doing preventing the latter from building up an unassailable lead at the top of the table. Both sides have been disrupted after good wins last week and it remains to be seen whether the loss of Gio Aplon for Province – or that of Elton Jantjies for the Lions – proves more telling. The men in the hooped jerseys came very close to an upset win in Johannesburg in the first round, so it’s probably safe to give them this match. Province to win by around 3 points.

Western Province: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Patrick Howard.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Deon Van Rensburg, 22 James Kamana


  • YES YES YES! So psyched for this one! Sharks-Bulls is the match I look forward to the most every season. I don’t know why but ever since I started following rugby in 2006 (the first time I was in South Africa) this was the most entertaining to watch. The rivalry (not a long-lasting one just yet) is amazing.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.09.12 13:07:52 by TRF_Ezequiel Reply
  • Same picks as me 😉 My Superbru form is not to bad this year.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.09.12 13:08:17 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : thanks for reminding me

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.09.12 13:30:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • If given enough space, this Sharks back-line can do some serious damage.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.09.12 14:05:56 by Jr88 Reply

  • The Lions have come a long way since the close call at the Coke-tin!!! We’ll nail this one, we are building momentum this week… Climaxing in the final….!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.09.12 14:16:12 by blesbeer Reply

  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) : My Currie Cup superbru picks has been horrible! It’s great, because it means most games have been really close, which keeps things interesting.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.09.12 14:32:08 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) : Btw Rob –

    I like the Like buttons! 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.09.12 14:33:17 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 6) : Horrible? I have a 1/3 record for every weekend but one!

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.09.12 15:02:08 by Die Kriek Reply

  • @Die Kriek (Comment 8) : I’m up and down I got one perfect weekend, a couple 2/3, mostly 1/3 and one 0/3.

    Really bad.

    I just can’t say who will win.

    My picks for this weekend is


  • Comment 9, posted at 27.09.12 15:15:55 by Letgo Reply
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  • Haha I see Sharksworld got some facebook tendencies now, now just to add a dislike button 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.09.12 15:38:31 by KingRiaan Reply

  • I would go for Cheetah win, Sharks win, draw for last game but WP will prob win

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.09.12 16:08:34 by Dunx Reply

  • @KingRiaan (Comment 10) : we did that already and then took it out 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.09.12 16:12:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 7) : and I like too…

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.09.12 16:45:27 by Franshark Reply
  • No mobile like 🙂

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.09.12 16:48:07 by Franshark Reply

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