ABSA Currie Cup 2014: Round 3 preview and predictions

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 21 Aug 2014 at 13:16
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Well, I’m now at 7/8 for the season, having paid the price for backing Griquas against Free State. Won’t make that mistake again!

Let’s look at round 3.

Steval Pumas v GWK Griquas (Friday at 19:10)

Despite plenty of pride and bluster, Griquas have been poor so far this year. While the Pumas may not have won too many fans with their post-match comments in Durban, they remain formidable at home and should take care of the Kimberley pretenders. Pumas to win by 9 points.

Steval Pumas: 15. Heinrich Steyl, 14. Ruwellyn Isbell, 13. JW Jonker, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. Jerome Pretorius, 10. Justin van Staden, 9. Reynier van Rooyen, 8. Renaldo Bothma, 7. Uzair Cassiem, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4. Frikkie Spies, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Swys Du Toit, 1. Corne Fourie
Replacements: 16. Frank Herne, 17. DJ Terblanche, 18. Marius Coetzer, 19. Jaco Bouwer, 20. Dylon Frylinck, 21. JC Roos, 22. Rosko Specman

GWK Griquas: 15. Francois Brummer, 14. Ederies Arendse, 13. Jonathan Francke, 12. Wayne Stevens (Captain), 11. PJ Vermeulen, 10. Dean Grant, 9. Tian Meyer, 8. Carel Greeff, 7. Ruaan Lerm, 6. Marnus Schoeman, 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Jonathan Adendorf, 3. Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Steph Roberts
Replacements: 16. Ryno Barnes, 17. Maks Van Dyk, 18. Hugo Kloppers, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Abraham Griesel, 21. Doppies la Grange, 22. Niel Marais

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Eastern Province Kings (Saturday at 15:00)

Talk of flu ravaging the EP camp this week doesn’t appear to have born out in the team selection, but only time will tell what sort of effects the team will be feeling. The Bulls have been nothing other than shit, squandering 70% possession to concede a hammering at Newlands after being killed by the Lions a week before. They cannot be that bad a third week in a row and will want to maintain their home record for the season. Expect the Kings to run out of puff as the Bulls bounce back in something approximating style. Bulls to win by 12.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15. Jesse Kriel, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. William Small-Smith, 12. Burger Odendaal, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Tony Jantjies, 9. Rudi Paige, 8. Jono Ross, 7. Jacques du Plessis, 6. Deon Stegmann (captain), 5. Grant Hattingh, 4. Paul Willemse, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Werner Kruger, 18. Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19. Wiaan Liebenburg, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Joshua Stander, 22. Ulrich Beyers

Eastern Province Kings: 15. Scott van Breda, 14. Ronnie Cooke, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Shane Gates, 11. Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10. Gary Van Aswegen, 9. Kevin Luiters, 8. Luke Watson (Captain), 7. Paul Schoeman, 6. Stefan Willemse, 5. Steven Sykes, 4. Darron Nell, 3. Tom Botha, 2. Edgar Marutlulle, 1. Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16. Michael van Vuuren, 17. Charles Marais, 18. Steven Cummins, 19. Thembelani Bholi, 20. Jaco Grobler, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Siyanda Grey

DHL Western Province v Xerox Golden Lions (Saturday at 17:05)

The amazing thing about last week’s Newlands derby is that Province weren’t actually very good at all, yet sill scored a 30-point win over the useless Bulls. They conceded way too much territory and possession and would have been in a lot more trouble had the Bulls finished better. The Lions will finish better. The will bully Province up front and make that dominance pay on the scoreboard. Lions to win by 10 points.

DHL Western Province: 15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh (Captain), 12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nick Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Stephan Coetzee, 1. Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Jaco Taute

Xerox Golden Lions: 15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Lionel Mapoe, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Willie Britz, 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Derick Minnie (Captain), 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk (FS) van der Merwe
Replacements: 16. Akker van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Jaco Kriel, 20. Albertus Smith, 21. Guy Cronje, 22. Howard Mnisi

Cell C Sharks v Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Saturday at 19:10)

These games can always go either way…. there’s something about Sharks/Cheetahs clashes that tends to completely mess with the form book. That said, the Bloem boys haven’t won in Durban for a while and hopefully won’t do so this week, since they’re rocking up with a 22 that is most definitely not as good as the Sharks’. The Durbanites will use their superior set piece (scrum in particular) to force scoring opportunities and will hopefully look for a way to finish those off, while not providing broken field ball to the dangerous Cheetah runners. Seems simple? Sharks by 8? Who knows….

Cell C Sharks: 15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Sโ€™bura Sithole, 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Tonderai Chavhanga , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 9. Cameron Wright , 8. Tera Mtembu (Captain) , 7. Francois Kleinhans , 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Marco Wentzel , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Matt Stevens , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Thomas du Toit , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Stephan Lewies / Johan Meyer , 20. Conrad Hoffmann , 21. Heimar Williams , 22. Lionel Cronje

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Jean Cook, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Dolph Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens
Substitutes: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 George Marich, 18 Henco Venter, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 JP du Plessis


  • Must say I like the Sharks team just would play Heimar at 12.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.08.14 13:31:21 by JD Reply
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  • Same predictions this side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.08.14 13:31:35 by vanmartin Reply
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  • And that would be just the team not the reserves.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.08.14 13:35:08 by JD Reply
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  • This is the one week in the currie cup where no team is a clear favorite and all the matches can easily go either way.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.08.14 13:35:21 by Zandman Reply
  • Ooft. Pretty daunting for any team in the CC to have to deal with likes of Thomas and Lourens coming off the bench.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.08.14 14:07:15 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 5) : Not forgetting Conrad the Hoffmann ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.08.14 14:15:41 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.08.14 14:22:28 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well, well, well. No Visser and no JJ. It’s a start in the right direction. Ross, Kruger en Greyling still there though.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.08.14 15:41:23 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 6) : that’s if he doesn’t get injured just arriving at the stadium. Great EO back where he belong,now we talking and Rob you could not be more diplomatic about those Bullarinas now could you,still give the Kings a chance

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.08.14 15:43:34 by benji Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 8) :
    Just no balance in the team:
    Plenty carriers but no grafters in the T5
    Unbalanced loose trio
    Backline with plenty strike runners but no playmakers

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.08.14 15:45:28 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 10) : Have to agree. It seems that they started to throw the dead weight out, but have forgotten it takes more than 15 individuals to win, rather 1 balanced team. I know – cliche.

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.08.14 15:57:27 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • It’s Rugby Saturday!!!! Rugby from 15h00 untill 23h00!!!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.08.14 00:09:19 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 12) : Actually starts even earlier than that, ITM cup at 06:30, new zealand/aus at 09:00 and under 21 game (bulls/leopards) at 12:30, before the first Currie Cup game at 15:00!

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.08.14 08:50:48 by Greg Reply
  • Do you guys know whats happened to Prinsloo at the Griquas?? Thought he was playing really well last [email protected] Fish (Comment 10) : How would you balance the team out??Is the blindside loosie who played for the Kings still in Pretoria maybe he might be a useful Shark @7?

  • Comment 14, posted at 22.08.14 09:18:49 by Chippa Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 14) : he’s injured

  • Comment 15, posted at 22.08.14 09:42:41 by robdylan Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 14) : yeah, Bholi looks a talented player.

  • Comment 16, posted at 22.08.14 09:43:12 by robdylan Reply
  • I went for the home teams this week.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.08.14 10:10:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @robdylan(Comment 16): Ja,he is a tough boy and pacey as well,he might fit into a high tempo game that I’d like us to play in SR with [email protected],Willem 7 and Marcel 6

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.08.14 10:26:36 by Chippa Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 18) : bud, to reply to a comment, just click on the little arrow

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.08.14 10:31:59 by robdylan Reply
  • @Chippa (Comment 14) :
    Not sure they have the personnel to get that right.

    They dont have any props who are any use on defence and at the rucks – so maybe go to Maku as a starter, even though Mbonambi is a better individual player.

    Hattingh and du Plessis are basically clones – I dont think they can afford to carry both in the team while they lack any mobility in the loose trio (Ross is a hybrid and not a stand-out link, carrier or ball-stealer). Pick one and either find a proper 5 or alternatively, find a proper 8 and have Ross at 7.

    Not sure how to fix that backline – they should certainly find a 12 that the rest can play off; Odendaal plays like a 13 in my view. I dont think he and Jantjie will combine well. Maybe play Stander (a natural 10) at 12.

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.08.14 10:37:14 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : Odendaal plays like a 1 in my view.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.08.14 10:38:23 by robdylan Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : Odendaal’s passing game is not up to standard. Beyers and the u/21 player Ruhan janse van rensburg were somehow leapfrogged, but are better suited at 12 than him.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.08.14 10:55:51 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 22) : they should play WSS at 12 rather, until he breaks again.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.08.14 11:00:15 by robdylan Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 20) : The quality of wings that get picked when Basson and Akona are injured is rather low. Compared to whenever WP/stormers introduce a backline player. And that is after guys like Visser came up north from Cape town.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.08.14 11:04:06 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : That would mean jumping the pecking order and heaven forbids that should happen.

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.08.14 11:07:29 by Blue Centurion Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 22) :
    But Stander is also big enough to play at 12, and he can not only be a distributor, but an alternate option to Jantjie on both attack and defence.

    @Blue Centurion (Comment 24) :
    At CC level your stocks should be fine. Any of Beyers, WSS, Kriel, etc could get away at wing at this level. Bigger than most opposition wings and all pretty quick.

    Not sure what the thinking is up North at the moment.

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.08.14 11:14:45 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt withdrew due to injury.

    Stokkies Hanekom to start at flyhalf, Lionel Mapoe moves to 13 and Courtnal Skosan come in on the wing

    15. Andries Coetzee
    14. Courtnall Skosan
    13. Lionel Mapoe
    12. Harold Vorster
    11. Ruan Combrinck
    10. Stokkies Hanekom
    9. Ross Cronje
    8. Willie Britz
    7. Warwick Tecklenburg
    6. Derick Minnie
    5. Franco Mostert
    4. MB Lusaseni
    3. Ruan Dreyer
    2. Robbie Coetzee
    1. Schalk van der Merwe

    16. Armand van der Merwe
    17. Jacques van Rooyen
    18. Martin Muller
    19. Jaco Kriel
    20. Guy Cronje
    21. Kwagga Smith
    22. Howard Mnisi

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.08.14 14:27:50 by Baylion Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : eish. Advantage province?

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.08.14 14:30:38 by robdylan Reply
  • I wonder if Stokkies have ever played flyhalf after school

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.08.14 14:30:55 by Baylion Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 28) : I’d say so Rob

    Interesting that Ackers didn’t go with Guy at 10, or even Andries Coetzee

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.08.14 14:32:03 by Baylion Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 27) : Goal kicking could be a problem…

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.08.14 14:48:10 by SheldonK Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 31) : I see Ruan Combrinck will take over the goal kicking duties. Got a good boot not sure about his accuracy

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.08.14 15:34:40 by Baylion Reply
  • @Baylion (Comment 32) : Ah ok, cos i dont think ive ever seen Stokkies kick the ball, not even a grubber!

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.08.14 15:46:12 by SheldonK Reply

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