Currie Cup 2013: Round 3 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 22 Aug 2013 at 11:48
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Well, miracle of miracles, we actually got all three results right last week; what’s more, apart from the Sharks recording a slightly bigger win than anticipated, we were close to spot on with the margins as well. Not a bad return, but week 3 will be a lot tougher to get right.

Game 1: Cheetahs v Sharks (Friday 7:10pm)

A real humdinger awaits in Bloemfontein, featuring two sides who have each won once and each lost once. For the Cheetahs, though, this is their first home game; the Sharks will leave Durban for the first time in the competition, making the hosts’ record thus far seem slightly better. The Sharks showed no lack of attacking intent against the Lions last week and put in a very encouraging forward showing, although some aspects of their defence were concerning. The Cheetahs have looked a little disorganised in a number of areas, in contrast, but also have no shortage of try-scoring ability and a strong pack themselves. This one will go down to the wire, but we’re backing the Sharks to take it based on a better bench. Sharks to win by 2 points.

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 Lappies Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Freddie Ngoza, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 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 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Game 2: Griquas v Western Province (Saturday 3:00pm)

Saturday’s first game is another that could go either way. Province have started the campaign well enough, without really being outstanding, while Griquas showed last week that they can occasionally battle for ideas outside of endlessly bashing it up through their strong forwards. Kimberley, though, is a great leveler and should be worth a few points for the home side. Province are disrupted this week too, with a less-experienced man at 10 in Kurt Coleman. I’m going to do the unthinkable here and actually predict a draw.

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

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

Game 3: Blue Bulls v Golden Lions (Saturday 5:05pm)

This is possibly the easiest result to call this weekend. The Lions just don’t strike me as having enough in the upstairs department to record a win at Loftus – and that’s probably a belief thing at this stage. It won’t be a hugely convincing win for the Bulls, but it will be a win all the same. Blue Bulls by 4 points.

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

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


  • Eish!!! Rob, another draw in this years CC? I donno… Also I cant seem to get the thought in my head of the lions loosing 3 in a row…
    I’m thinkin: Sharks by 6, WP by 3 and Lions by 3

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.08.13 11:57:43 by R Hayward Reply
  • The lions need to get the ball to Volmink and Hellberg. Those 2 can be dangerous especially Volmink. They must not make the mistake of keeping it in the forwards with the Bulls.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.08.13 16:41:09 by Caratacus Reply
  • Was i the only one that noticed that jafta had no idea what was happening in the scrums … more resets than before the new rules and so much for putting the ball in straight …. penalties went against the defending team every time

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.08.13 08:52:35 by byron Reply
  • @byron (Comment 3) : Did you hear him tune Wiehan Herbst to concentrate on scrumming properly.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.08.13 09:33:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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