Currie Cup 2013: Round 2 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 15 Aug 2013 at 10:06
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Ok, so last week was a little bloody. Own up, how many of you got more than a paltry one out of three right for the week? I certainly didn’t. With no home wins and a draw thrown in to really muddy the waters, the form book is in disarray. Let’s see if round 2 will be any kinder to us.

Game 1: Sharks v Lions (Friday 17h05)

The first game is between two teams of whom much is expected this season; it’s also between two teams that lost at home in round 1. With only 10 games in the round robin phase, a single home loss is a setback; two would be nothing short of disastrous and given that, all the pressure simply has to be on the Sharks and their new coaching team this week. While nobody will admit it, it’s at least theoretically possible that the Sharks may have felt a little too comfortable ahead of last week’s game, given Griquas’ poor record in Durban. There’s simply no chance of any complacency this time around, with the Sharks close to playing for survival in only their second game of the competition. The Lions, on the other hand, performed particularly well against a far stronger Cheetahs tight five and came within a whisker of winning themselves. With the forward packs probably quite evenly matched in this game, it will probably come down to which of the two backlines takes their chances better. The Lions have gambled on Elton Jantjies, a player who has stunned the Sharks in the past, but has also not been in great nick of late. That said, the Lions backs were good last week, while the Sharks’ contingent played very little rugby at all. This should be an exciting game and a close one; we’re backing the slightly more desperate Sharks to record a 5-point win.

Sharks: 15. Odwa Ndungane, 14. SP Marais, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes (Captain) , 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Brynard Stander, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Rayno Gerber, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Tera Mtembu , 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder

Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Robert de Bruyn, 12 Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Guy Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Lambert Groenewald, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Chrysander Botha

Game 2: Blue Bulls v Griquas (Friday 19h10)

This match should probably be the contest of the weekend, with a strong Griquas outfit seeking to shock a second “big fish” away from home, after silencing the Sharks last week. The Kwas win last week was built on a strong tight five showing, good discipline and a kicker who couldn’t miss. The Bulls have suffered a late blow, with tighthead Frik Kirsten forced to withdraw and this change just might hand Griquas a big advantage at scrum time, something on which they’ll be sure to capitalise. The Sharks have conceded that they played into Griquas hands last week, though, opting to keep play close to the fringes, where Griquas defend strongly, rather than exposing their lack of pace out wide. I don’t see the Bulls making a similar mistake and provided their fledgling pack can gain parity (as they did against a far more experienced Western province 8 last week), their backs should be able to win this one for them. I’d love Griquas to prove me wrong, but I see the Blue Bulls winning by 6 points at Loftus.

Blue Bulls: 15 JΓΌrgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 MornΓ© Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Griquas: 15.Gouws Prinsloo, 14.Nico Scheepers, 13.JP Nel, 12.Howard Mnisi, 11.PJ Vermeulen, 10.Francois Brummer, 9.Jacques Coetzee, 8.Burger Schoeman, 7.Jonathan Adendorff, 6.Carel Greeff, 5.Jaco Negpen, 4.Hilton Lobberts, 3.Lourens Adriaanse, 2.Ryno Barnes (captain), 1.Steph Roberts.
Reserves: 16.Matthew Dobson, 17.Nick Schonert, 18.RJ Liebenberg, 19.Leon Karemaker, 20.Marnus Hugo, 21.Du Randt Gerber, 22.Rocco Jansen

Game 3: Western Province v Cheetahs (Saturday 19h15)

The final game of the round sees Province host the Cheetahs; it’s fair to say that neither side was great last week, but with the Cheetahs managing to hold on at Ellis Park, while Province somehow managed to draw against the Bulls at Loftus, it must be argued that Naka Drostke’s visitors should be favourites here. The Cheetahs coach has bemoaned his side’s lack of finishing, feeling that a number of good opportunities simply weren’t taken against the Lions and I must concur that, had it not been for some brain farts on attack, the men from Bloem probably could have and should have scored a somewhat more convincing victory. Province, like the Sharks before them, seemed to really battle with the weighty favourites tag against the Blue Bulls last week and although they started like a house on fire, simply couldn’t maintain the momentum. Allister Coetzee’s men don’t lose many games at Newlands, though and with the Cheetahs carrying a few injured players and battling to find top gear themselves, it’s hard to see this one going their way. Expect Province to win a close encounter by a point or two.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Pat Howard, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 John-Roy Jenkinson, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Oupa Mohoje, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.


  • Sharks by six… I’m going to the game again – and if we lose again I won’t go for the rest of the season πŸ™‚

    I’m giving Griquas the benefit of the doubt against the Bulls. They’ll be racking up enough points in the beginning of the competition to see them reach the semis…

    And go Cheetahs.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.08.13 10:17:18 by SuperEtts Reply
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    After agreeing 100% with Sharksworld last week, and only managing a 33% record, I actually feel very good about only agreeing on 33% this weekend

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.08.13 10:31:49 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Ouens, how doe the team thing on Justrugby work again? I thought last week that only the match 15 that one pick scores… turns out I was wrong!

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.08.13 10:40:25 by R Hayward Reply

  • I agree with all this pics but I will back the Lions to upset the Sharks just because it is my team.
    My superbru:
    Lions by 4
    Bulls by 9
    Stormers by 3
    I hope I can get off the 0% winning record of mine :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.08.13 10:40:52 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Lions with Β±50
    Griques with 12
    Wp woth 2

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.08.13 10:41:11 by Flippie Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 3) : Your whole squad gets point while your starting 15 gets x1.5 and your captain x2

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.08.13 10:41:46 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Flippie (Comment 5) : Heeeeeehaaaaaaaaaa looks like I have to fill up my stock of the Brandy… Lions by 50 I am sure I wount be sober till monday….Cant wait

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.08.13 10:42:51 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Flippie (Comment 5) : Stokkies speel nie en Elton begin!!! Maak daai margin so 40-45 punte minder ou tjom!

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.08.13 10:43:47 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 3) : For my freakin sins I picked Jantjies… and the bastard scores -1!

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.08.13 10:46:42 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 9) : Dude I am a Lion and he is not even in my team….That will teach you… 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.08.13 10:50:31 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @SuperEtts (Comment 9) : I did too. He’ll do better this week…. unfortunately.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.08.13 10:54:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • Lions going to rip the sharks apart with 50Β± points, no hope at all for sharks

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.08.13 10:59:50 by Flippie Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 11) : I dropped him

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.08.13 11:00:57 by SuperEtts Reply
  • @Flippie (Comment 12) : I cant wait to go on pension…. To be able to drink brandy this early in the morning must be the life…. Go Lions

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.08.13 11:10:56 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Do you guy’s think its safe to back the WP? Will it still be wet by Saturday in CPT? If it is then those cat’s cant run…

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.08.13 12:14:40 by R Hayward Reply

  • Haha there you go again Flippie rather go support the Lions please Sharks by -+ 50

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.08.13 12:18:27 by Duncan Betteridge Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 15) : Well it has been raining the whole week so I think the field will be slippery that is also the only reason I picked the WP… The rain will only stop on Saterday. Its gonna be a wet playground.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.08.13 12:22:41 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 17) : ok then WP by 50? πŸ˜‰ 😎

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.08.13 12:25:58 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 18) : 😯 Luckely Gary is my kicker in fantasy leauge. They cant score tries so hopefully all those points will go to my kicker πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.08.13 12:34:12 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • Lions are going to make the poor sharks cry after the match and jantjies going to be the reason for it

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.08.13 13:21:34 by Flippie Reply

  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 19) : i had him last week didn’t go to well i’m going with sceepers

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.08.13 13:34:49 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @Flippie (Comment 20) : You are so right, I’m already pooping my panties for tomorrow night. B-league Sharks don’t stand a chance.

    Might as well get the EP Kings to replace us and get it over and done with. How I wish Brian van Zyl and Plum were still with us.

    I think I’ll sommer start supporting the Bulls because honestly there’s just no more hope.

    etc. etc. etc. doom, gloom, yada, blah-de-blah, flippie for president….. πŸ™„

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.08.13 13:37:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 15) : If it stops raining right now, it will still be wet on Saturday….but the forecast is for more rain tomorrow and Saturday. It is going to be wet.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.08.13 14:00:44 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 23) : Weather forecast for Saturday improving, bulletin by bulletin.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.08.13 15:09:58 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Lassy_lion (Comment 17) : Cheetahs have actually played well in the wet against province of late, and it could actually play into the Cheetahs hands, as they should have the edge in the scrums and lineouts.

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.08.13 16:23:08 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @KingCheetah (Comment 25) : Sharks vs Lions can go either way (all depends if the Sharks pack starts to play from the first wistle or only after 30 min. like they did against GW) but then it should be Bulls and Cheetahs that win. Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.08.13 21:22:31 by JD Reply
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  • So Lourens Adriaanse is joining the Sharks in 2014!

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.08.13 06:07:46 by Rvw Reply

  • @JD (Comment 26) : I am going with WP on that one… Not every team comes down to Newlands and win something in this weather conditions… The wind is very strong at the moment and I just don’t think Cheeters can do it but time will tell….

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.08.13 08:34:39 by Lassy_lion Reply
  • @Rvw (Comment 27) : Wow

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.08.13 09:00:42 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 29) : That is a very good signing for the Sharks….

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.08.13 09:13:43 by Lassy_lion Reply

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