Currie Cup 2013: Round 8 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 26 Sep 2013 at 15:49
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Well, the Griquas team has finally been announced, so let’s get straight into predicting the round 8 results.

Game 1: Cheetahs v Western Province (Friday 5:05pm)

The fourth-placed Cheetahs host high-flying Province and will want to prove they’re a better team than last week’s Durban thrashing would suggest. Naka Drotske, though, has made some rather panicked-seeming changes to his team in the hope of getting a campaign first 80-minute performance out of his charges. Allister Coetzee’s men, on the other hand, appear more settled, calm and collected and it’s hard to see them not walking away with the points. Western Province to win by 4.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Piet Lindeque, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Pieter LabuschagnΓ©, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Freddie Ngoza, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Rayno Benjamin, 22 Willie du Plessis.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Tazz Fuzani, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Josh Katzen, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Demetri Catrakilis.

Game 2: Lions v Sharks (Friday 7:10pm)

Ellis Park has not been a happy venue for the Sharks of late, but the really big challenge for this team will be to replicate the superb performance from last week – away from home. They’ve lost two of their key forwards, but the men coming up couldn’t ask for a better opportunity to prove to the coaches that they belong in the starting team. The Lions were also convincing last week, without ever really stretching themselves, so their challenge will be to produce their best performance of the season too. Altogether, a mouth-watering contest. We see the Sharks winning by just 3 points, based on a slightly better overall squad.

Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Deon Helberg, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Grant Janke, 22 Ruhan Nel.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Game 3: Griquas v Blue Bulls (Saturday 2:00pm)

Griquas have been forced into changes once more, whilst the Bulls also seem unsure as to exactly what their best team should look like. Don’t expect a high quality game here, that’s for sure. One thing that can be said, though, is that it’s taken almost super-human efforts from tournament’s contenders to eke out narrow wins in Kimberley. This Bulls side simply isn’t good enough to win there. Griquas by 2 points.

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo , 14 Richard Lawson, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Burger Schoeman, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Brendan Pitzer, 18 Patrick O’Brien, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Jean Stemmet

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 HandrΓ© Pollard, 9 Rudi Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten/Dean Greyling, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Ulrich Beyers, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.


  • nice picks although i think the staters should scrape a win or a anther draw for province , but i hope province lose this one

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.13 16:05:19 by sharks4eve2013 Reply
  • I fear a Lions win at Ellis Park.

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.13 16:14:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Agree, although if the Sharks do win I think it will really mean that a corner has well and truely been turned. Im just concerned that we are going to have a nightmare at scrum time with the knock on effects stymieing the back line effectiveness.

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.13 16:21:24 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • I don’t know what to think about the ellispark game… 50/50 there…
    I want the kwaste and the cheetahs to win… Just in case we don’t make it in jhb!

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.13 16:32:03 by R Hayward Reply

  • Got a feeling Kwas are going to put 10 points over the Bulls. Kwas have been oh-so-close in all but their away game against the Cheetahs.

    Sharks vs Lions. Can’t wait! Think the Sharks have a really good opportunity for a bonus point win here but our defence will have to be really good. Lions have the best Points for but the worst Points against. Don’t get me wrong… still think its going to be a close game.

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.13 16:46:40 by gregkaos Reply
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  • All three matches can go either way but the winners will be:



  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.13 17:07:21 by Baylion Reply

  • hello fellow John Smit followers….I’m pretty new at this, but I have been reading the discussions of this site for a long time. Thanks for the inside info admin. #sharks4ever!

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.13 17:13:33 by Eli Reply

  • @Eli (Comment 7) : no problem – welcome!

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.09.13 17:19:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • @ rob well just heard on jacaranda that jake is on his way to the sharks if its true or not will only believe once it come’s from john smith intill then going to wait and see what happens

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.09.13 17:24:57 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 9) : Kakaranda are just picking up the same bullshit story that’s been in every other paper.

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.09.13 17:43:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : ja its sad actually what people will do to sell papers and twist people’s words the same paper that wrote that shit about keegan

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.09.13 18:05:54 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • Come On Griquas !! 😈 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.09.13 19:18:03 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • I just noticed Jafta will be the ref for us tomorrow.
    Advantage Lions . . . πŸ™„

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.09.13 19:29:36 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : that is not good news lets hope he has ome of his better games tomorrow

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.09.13 19:51:11 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) : oh crap, seriously?

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.09.13 20:02:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • I used to rate Jaftha, but then Vd Merwe got a hold of him πŸ™„

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.09.13 08:37:30 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Lions by a 100 at least

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.09.13 09:30:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 13) :
    @sharks4eve2013 (Comment 14) :
    @robdylan (Comment 15) :

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.09.13 10:23:16 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 18) : It’s proven difficult to pay him off… πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.09.13 10:52:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 19) : Would you like the stats on Jason Jaftha handling games involving sharks and Lions?
    I will give them to you anyway, just because I can! πŸ˜€

    Jason has handled a sharks Lions match four times, twice in 2010, once in 2011, and once in 2012. sharks have won two, Lions won two.

    Overall Jason has reffed a Lions game eight times. three at home, five away. Lions won all three home games, and three from the five waway.

    He has refffed a sharks game ten times, six at home, four away. sharks won five of those six at home, and two from the four away.

    Looks pretty even to me!

    The only thing that may concern me from a ref point of view, if I were a shark supporter, is all four games he has reffed between the Lions and sharks have been won by the home team!

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.09.13 11:06:40 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 20) : That’s why I picked Lions on SB, they haven’t lost to the Sharks in CC at Ellis Park since 2009.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.09.13 11:13:39 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 20) : We was robbed!!! (imagine a buck-toothed smiley here)

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.09.13 11:17:07 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : And in 22 games since 2003, the home team has only ever lost four times!

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.09.13 12:00:24 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 23) : Eish so what you are saying is that a Coca Cola park packed with Sharks suppoerters stand a good chance of seeing a loss with no Snoil supporters in sight

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.09.13 12:14:18 by benji Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 23) : Really excited for this game. It has the potential to be the game of the CC. Both teams in really good form. Both having by far the best points difference. Sharks 44. Lions 42. 3rd placed point difference WP is sitting which almost half of what the Sharks/Lions have with 25. Lions have the leakiest defence of all the teams but have more than made up for it in having the best PF.

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.09.13 12:20:43 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 25) : Agreed, hoping for a lot of attacking rugby and praying there are no cards dished out.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.09.13 12:34:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : The Sharks haven’t beaten the Kwas in Kimberly since 2009, yet this year…

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.09.13 12:38:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @benji (Comment 24) : Funny that, sharks can get more supporters at Coca Cola park that at ABSA stadium! πŸ˜†

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.09.13 12:42:43 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 28) : same can’t be said about the snoiL πŸ˜‰

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.09.13 12:46:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 25) : Second leakiest defence, bulls have conceded two more points than us!

    Interesting one, in the log so far, there have been ten points awarded for scoring four tries, bull and griquas one each, sharks and cheetahs two each, and Lions four times!
    Lions have score the same number of tries as bulls and province combined.

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.09.13 12:46:28 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 28) : Shouldn’t be ‘funny’ to a Lions supporter! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.09.13 12:48:34 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 26) : Ja! Lets have no cards please Jafta! Ok well no unnecessary cards. Questionable calls can be left for the citing guys. 15 vs 14 is not enjoyable rugby even for 10 minutes and even if its in favour of the Sharks.

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.09.13 12:48:41 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 29) : Ok, you missed it πŸ˜†

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.09.13 12:48:47 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 30) : So you’re becoming like the tjietas, no matter how many tries you score, the opposition always manages to outscore you :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.09.13 12:49:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : You too πŸ˜†

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.09.13 12:49:46 by Greg Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 34) : Not really, Lions tries scored/tries conceded ratio is 1.35, second best, sharks top with 1.5, province 1.07, the other three have all conceded more tries than they have scored

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.09.13 12:52:22 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 36) : You’re just full of stats aren’t you?
    Rather use the energy to round up ALL the Lions supporters and see if they can outnumber the Sharks Supporters tonight! πŸ˜€

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.09.13 12:55:31 by Pokkel Reply
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  • major difference I’ve noticed between Lions and Sharks fans.

    Lions fans always try to talk themselves into being favourites ahead of the game. Sharks fans tend to do the opposite.

    I wonder why that is?

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.09.13 12:59:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : Nah, working with stats is much easier1

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.09.13 13:00:26 by Greg Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Interesting!

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.09.13 13:01:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 39) : πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.09.13 13:03:00 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 38) : Lions fans are more used to being disappointed, we handle it so much better πŸ˜†

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.09.13 13:03:56 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 30) : Ok I’m giving up of the stats thing now. I see conflicting sites now showing different tables.

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.09.13 13:04:27 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Weii – the Sharks did it!!! YAY

  • Comment 44, posted at 30.09.13 21:39:26 by [email protected] Reply


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