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Currie Cup 2013: Round 9 preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 3 Oct 2013 at 13:42
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Only two rounds to go and the semi-finalists are starting to separate themselves out. It’s starting to look as though the Sharks and WP are the main contenders for top spot at this stage, but both will need to win their games this weekend against tough opposition to set up a last-round decider at Kings Park.

Game 1: Blue Bulls v Sharks (Friday 19h10)

So, the question here, is how much can we really read into the Bulls’ 50-pointer in Kimberley? I think there’s little doubt by now that the Sharks are a quality side, given results in the second round, but question marks must remain over the home side, given that they’ve hardly looked the part this season apart from that magical 40 minutes against Griquas last week. They say a side is only as good as their last game, though and if the Bulls are as good as their last half, then they’re a bloody good team indeed. The Sharks do appear to be holding most of the aces here, though, with a fit, rested Jacques Botes and Jean Deysel, together with Marcell Coetzee on the bench, sure to make a telling impact. The Bulls have the bulk up front, though and have some deadly backs if given space; my money is on the Sharks to have too much firepower overall, though, with their halfbacks in particular proving decisive. Sharks to win by 8 points.

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

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Butch James, 22 Louis Ludik

Game 2: Western Province v Lions (Saturday 14h00)

The Lions really do need to smuggle a win here if they’re to stand any chance of a top-two finish. One feels, though, that they really did blow their big chance in losing at home alst week and are unlikely to have the defensive game necessary to prevent a Province win. WP to edge this by 5 points.

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 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.
Subs: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Schalk Burger, 19 Josh Katzen, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee , 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Lionel Cronje, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Subs: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Kobus de Kock, 22 Deon Helberg

Game 3: Griquas v Cheetahs (Saturday 14h00)

Well, the scheduling geniuses have put this one on at exactly the same time as the Province game, meaning there’s a pretty good chance that NOBODY will watch it. Both of these sides are in a downward slump at the moment and with Kimberley being a great leveler, you can never rule out a Griquas win. That said, the home side have just suffered too many disruptions this season and with nothing to really play for anymore, I can’t see them winning. Cheetahs to prevail by somewhere around 10 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 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Dalton Davis, 3 Nico Pretorius, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts
Subs: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Rory Arnold, 19 Patrick O’Brien, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Du Randt Gerber, 22 Jean Stemmet.

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Piet Lindeque, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Teboho Mohoje, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Philip van der Walt, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Joubert Engelbrecht.



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