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Currie Cup 2013: Semi-final preview and predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 17 Oct 2013 at 12:18
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This just got real! Only two games this weekend, both of them knock-outs, both of them crucial. Let’s see…

Game 1: Western Province v Lions (Saturday 2:30pm)

Of the two games, this one is the easier to call. While the Lions can never be written off, they simply haven’t produced enough consistent performances this season to suggest they can challenge Western Province; after all, Province come into this match off the back of no losses in 10 outings; the Lions, on the other hand, have lost half of the games they’ve played and in particular, conceded a bonus point win to a weaker Province side at Newlands just a fortnight ago. Being a semi-final, this game hopefully won’t be one-sided, but it’s really hard to see the Lions coming close. Western Province to win by 8 points.

Western Province: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jean de Villiers, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Michael Rhodes, 19. Schalk Burger, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Juan de Jongh

Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Andries Coetzee, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (capt), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Substitutes: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Robert de Bruyn.

Game 2: Sharks v Cheetahs (Saturday 5pm)

The second game ought to be much closer, with the vastly-strengthened Cheetahs sure to provide far sterner opposition to the Sharks than they did during the previous meeting between these sides. On that day, the Sharks won 50-26 in what was hands down their best performance of the season; they’ve not come close to replicating that form in recent weeks, though and will need to produce a far more clinical wet weather display this week than they did during their last outing. The Cheetahs are an unknown quantity in the sorts of conditions they’re likely to face in Durban. Worryingly for the home side, the addition of key Bok beef in Coenie Oosthuizen and Adriaan Strauss is sure to bolster them on the drive and shore up the set pieces that were their Achilles heel during the last encounter. Whichever side thus manages to control territory better in this wet weather game will emerge victorious. It’s really hard to foresee a big win for either side, but I feel the Sharks will squeak it based mostly on home ground advantage and not much else. Sharks to win by 3 points.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Kyle Copoer, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Heimar Williams

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (capt), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Oupa Mohoje, 19 Freddy Ngoza, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Johan Goosen, 22 Rayno Benjamin



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