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Preview and Predictions – Round 1


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 14 Jul 2011 at 09:24
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It’s the first round of the 2011 ABSA Currie Cup competition and it is time to look at the teams and see if we can predict which way the games will be going.

Its ultra-important to get off to good starts in both the Justrugby Fantasy League competition and the SuperBru pool, so take note of what changes have been brought to all the teams and work your way to the top.

Game 1: MTN Lions vs Ford Pumas

The opening game of this year’s competition and it will be an interesting one to sit and watch. You will gauge two things from this match, being how good exactly this year’s Lions team will be with all their experience, and second being exactly how kak the Pumas are going to be this season. I am predicting a pretty good season from the Lions, with their only player lost to the Bok squad being Elton Jantjies (which is not such a bad thing in the first place). I am predicting a 20 point win for the men from Johannesburg and five points in the bag to take the early log lead.

Lions: 15 Jaco Taute; 14 Dylan des Fountain, 13 Alwyn Hollenbach, 12 Doppies la Grange (capt), 11 Deon van Rensburg; 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak; 8 Josh Strauss, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Baywatch Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pat Cilliers.

Reserves: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Johan Snyman, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Michael Bondesio, 21 Hein Cronjé, 22 Michael Kilian.

Pumas: MJ Mentz; Ashwin Scott, JW Jonker, Pieter Engelbrecht, Deon Scholtz; Ricardo Croy, Shaun Venter; Doppies le Roux, Jaco Bouwer, Corné Steenkamp (capt), Marius Coetzer, Rudi Mathee, Ashley Buys, Pellow van der Westhuizen, Dawie Steyn.

Reserves: Torsten van Jaarsveld, Brett Nel, Boela Serfontein, RW Kember, Tian Meyer, Tiaan Marx, Carl Bezuidenhout.

Game 2: DHL Western Province vs GWK Griquas

The second game and the first real humdinger for the weekend sees a depleted Western Province side take on a Griquas team that is filled to the brim with talented players who have all made name for themselves in the Super Rugby season with the Cheetahs. The Griquas team will not go down easily but I suspect that whatever Province have in reserve will still be too strong for the young Griquas team, especially as they are without playmaker Sarel Pretorius. I predict a close game until the last 20 minutes when Province will dominate and win by 15 odd points.

Western Province: WP: Conrad Jantjies; JJ Engelbrecht, Johann Sadie, Tim Whitehead, Danie Poolman; Gary van Aswegen, Louis Schreuder; Nick Koster, Siya Kolisi, Wimpie van der Walt, De Kock Steenkamp, Hilton Lobberts, Brock Harris, Deon Fourie (capt), Baba Blaauw.

Reserves: Tiaan Liebenberg, Frans Malherbe, Adriaan Fondse, Rohan Kitshoff, Nick Groom, Demetri Catrakilis, Marcel Brache.

Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Richard Lawson, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Monty Dumond, 9 Shannon Rick, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (capt), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.

Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Jean Botha, 18 Frikkie Spies, 19 Jaco Nepgen, 20 Matthew Rosslee, 21 Earl Rose, 22 Fabien Juries.

Game 3: Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Platinum Leopards

The non-televised game of the weekend (and rightly so) is probably the most one sided affair we will see and does not warrant much viewership anyway. The Cheetahs have named a team mix of experience and youth to start the season and will look to continue where they were a few short weeks ago when they beat the Crusaders in Bloemfontein. The Leopards somehow managed to stay in the Premier division after finishing bottom last year, not winning a single game, and I can see pretty much the same results for them. I predict a whopping 30+ point victory for the Cheetahs.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Corné Uys, 12 Andries Strauss (capt), 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Tewis de Bruyn, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Michael van Vuuren, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 PW van Vuuren, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Philip Burger

Leopards: George Tossel; Danie Dames, Joubert Engelbrecht, Charl Weideman, Wynand Willis, Clayton Durandt (capt), Whestley Moolman; Morné Hanekom, MB Lusaseni, Renaldo Bothma, Roan van Heerden, Brendon Snyman, Stoof Bezuidenhout, Gavin Williamson, BG Uys.

Reserves: Stoffel Duvenhage, Bêrend Botha, Thabo Mamojele, Christo van Niekerk, Theo van Wyk, Walter Venter, Hoffman Maritz

Game 4: The Sharks vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ah, the big one for the weekend, the weekly “top-five-teams” match that we all look forward to. It is a replay of last year’s semifinal in Durban, albeit the teams are completely different from the 44 that took part on that day. The few remaining stars will have to get the best out of the backup players around them and forge a victory against the old enemy. The Bulls have not looked that great with their top stars in the team so far this year, and one gets the feeling that without the Matfields and du Preez’s they are just another run of the mill team. I predict a win for the Sharks, although they will keep us in suspense for the most of the match and only pull away in the last 10 minutes.

Sharks: 15. Stefan Terblanche, 14. Louis Ludik, 13. Marius Joubert, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Mark Richards, 10. Frederic Michalak, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Keegan Daniel (Capt), 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Eugene van Staden

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Jan Andre Marais, 19. Francois Kleinhans, 20. Jacobus Reinach, 21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22. Sibusiso Sithole

Bulls: Jurgen Visser, Gerhard van den Heever, Stephan Dippenaar, Stefan Watermeyer, Akona Ndungane, Francois Brummer, Dustin Jinka, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Dewald Potgieter, Derick Kuün, Juandré Kruger, Fudge Mabeta, Rossouw de Klerk, Gary Botha (capt), Corné Fourie.

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Juan Schoeman, Okkie Kruger, CJ Stander, Lohan Jacobs, Marnitz Boshoff, Francois Venter



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