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Currie Cup Round 5: Preview and Predictions


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news, Original Content, Other SA Teams, Sharks, WP on 11 Aug 2011 at 09:36
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ABSA Currie Cup round 5 is upon us, and with a multitude of close encounters expected for this weekend, let’s see how the teams line up, and where do we think the teams will pull through. Last weekend was an absolute abortion as not one team that I thought would win, actually pitched up on the day, so you can all imagine the bloodbath of a SuperBru weekend I had!

 

With the Springboks playing at home on Saturday, the majority of the games this weekend take place on Friday night, with the Griquas vs Leopards game only broadcast online.

PUMAS VS BLUE BULLS, FRIDAY, 17H05, NELSPRUIT

The early Friday evening kick off is in Nelspruit where the Pumas, now the only team in the competition without a win, take on the Bulls that are actually below them on the log, even though they have won a game. The Bulls will have to shake off the rustiness soon and starts winning some matches if they are serious about being in contention come the end of the season. It does not get any easier as the they face a Pumas team that have given a few teams a tight finish, and they will want to get that win that they have been working towards. I predict a scrappy affair with the Pumas again running the Bulls close, but coming undone at the end with the Bulls fielding such an experienced team. Bulls by 12 in the end.

Pumas: 15 Carl Bezuidenhout, 14 Deon Scholtz, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Tian Meyer, 11 MJ Mentz, 10 Ricardo Croy, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Eduan van der Walt, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Marthinus van der Westhuizen, 1 Dawie Steyn.

Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Rudi Mathee, 19 RW Kember, 20 Hendrik van der Nest, 21 Tiaan Marx, 22 Johan Jackson.

Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling.

Replacements: 16 Gary Botha, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter.

GRIQUAS VS LEOPARDS, FRIDAY, 19H00, KIMBERLEY

The second game on this Friday evening filled with rugby, and the game we will not be watching, is what we would usually call the battle of the basement, but Griquas are lying fourth on the log and the Leopards sixth, so this should be quite an interesting match. Griquas came back from being behind at half time to beat the Sharks in Kimberley last weekend, and will be confident heading into this match, eyeing another five points that will push them into third spot on the log. The Leopards though, won their first match of the season against the Pumas last weekend, and will be competitive in a match where they would want to have that winning feeling again. This match should go to the ‘pou-blou’, and with quite some ease at the end, Griquas by 22 points.

Griquas: 15. Rudi Vogt, 14. Riaan Viljoen, 13. Jean Stemmet, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Dusty Noble, 10. Earl Rose, 9. Marnus Hugo, 8. Burger Schoeman, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Jonathan Mokuena (Captain), 5. Martin Muller, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Jean Botha

Replacements: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Ivann Espag, 18. Frederik Albertus Spies, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Matthew Rosslee, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Wilmaure Louw

Leopards: 15 Clayton Durand, 14 George Tossel, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whestley Moolman, 8 Morne Hanekom (captain), 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Philip De Wet, 5 Christo Van Niekerk, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 BG Uys.  

Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Berend Botha, 18 Roelof Van Heerden, 19 Spanner Pretorius, 20 Theo van Wyk, 21 Walter Venter, 22 Jovan Bowles.

WESTERN PROVINCE VS SHARKS, FRIDAY, 19H10, CAPE TOWN

This must be the most exciting game of the day, and will prove to be quite a tough encounter for both teams as they try and bounce back from losses against the Cheetahs and Griquas respectively. Western Province are still without any of the Springbok stars whereas Sharks coach John Plumtree has made a U-turn in his decision to play his Boks off the bench as he has loaded his starting team with released Springbok players. The two packs are quite evenly matched with the a lip smacking head to head in Siya Kolisi vs Marcell Coetzee to look forward to. This may not happen as Ryan Kankowski has been released by the Boks and could be a late change in the starting team, but we can only hope! The backs are of similar stature as well, with the flyhalves for the Sharks being slightly more experienced than Catrikilis, but the Greek has not disappointed so far this season and we expect a massive battle in this position as well. It is going to be a very close game but I do expect Province to take it at the end, by around 8 points.

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Köster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain), 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Marcel Brache.

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Patrick Lambie, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jan Andre Marais, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Marius Joubert.

LIONS VS CHEETAHS, SATURDAY, 19H10, JOHANNESBURG

The one and only Saturday match which will be taking place after the Tri Nations encounter and we have yet another cracking match to look forward to as the unbeaten Lions look to stretch even further ahead at the top of the log. They already have a four point buffer, and with second and third taking each other on this weekend as well, a win here could stretch that even further, even though they have quite a tough couple of weekends with games against Province and the Sharks to look forward to. The Cheetahs are slowly coming into form after a hiccup start that saw losses against the Sharks and a below par Bulls team, but they are making hay as they beat Province last weekend, and are slowly climbing back to where their supporters want them to be. This game will be a close affair yet again, with the Lions continuing their good form and coming away with at least four points.

Lions: Jaco Taute, Deon van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Alwyn Hollenbach, Michael Killian, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Josh Strauss (Capt), Derick Minnie, Baywatch Grobbelaar, Franco van der Merwe, Wikus van Heerden, Jacobie Adriaanse, Bandise Maku, JC van Rensburg.

Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Patric Cilliers, Joe Snyman, Warren Whiteley, Rudy Paige, Burton Francis, Jannie Boshoff.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Smit, 14 Phillip Snyman, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Corné Uys, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Johan Wessels, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.

Replacements: 16 Herkie Liebenberg, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Izak van der Westhuizen, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Nico Scheepers, 22 Philip Burger.



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