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ABSA Currie Cup 2014: Round 1 Preview and Predictions


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 7 Aug 2014 at 15:14
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Right, enough of this Super Rugby nonsense…. it’s time to rediscover our caveman (or whatever the latest ad campaign is about) and get stuck into the real thing. The Currie Cup is back, baby and it all kicks off this weekend with four games on the table.

EP Kings v DHL Western Province – Friday at 19h10

Wow, a R10 prize to the first person who can tell me when last EP played a premier division Currie Cup match…. it certainly has been a long time since the likes of Adri Geldenhuys, Pote Human and Deon Kayser terrorised all comers in the black and red hoops. Luke Watson leads his newly-promoted troops to do battle in what used to be the big coastal derby in days gone by. Western Province are weakened and have included a lot of debutants in their 22, but you’d fancy there is still enough collective experience there to see off the challenge of the Kings, who are pretty much all on debut, if you think about it. There will be a contrast of styles on display, I’m sure, with EP wanting to run everything and WP no doubt reverting to the dour defensive game that sees them very hard to beat. With just that bit too much class in their team, though, we see Western Province taking this one by around 7 points.

EP Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka/BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 CJ vd Linde, 18 Darron Nell, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa.

DHL Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (capt), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers (v/capt), 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Subs: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Jean Kleyn, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Patrick Howard

GWK Griquas v Cell C Sharks – Saturday at 15h00

The Sharks get their title defence under way on yet another concrete Kimberley pitch, against a team licking their lips at the thought of yet another upset. While the hosts have the benefit of some continuity and have a more battle-hardened pack, the Sharks have themselves named a useful looking 8 and a backline chockful of dangerous runners with pace. We foresee an open game, with both defences tested to the limit and a strong likelihood of bonus points for both sides. The Sharks have that little bit more class, though and we think they’ll prevail, but it won’t be by much. Sharks to edge a high-scoring affair by 3 points.

GWK Griquas: 15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Marais Schmidt, 22 Edries Arendse.

Cell C Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Tonderai Chavanga, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu (captain), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Marco Wentzel, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 JC Astle, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Hanco Venter, 22 Lionel Cronje

Xerox Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls – Saturday at 17h05

Hmm, another tasty Jukskei derby. Let’s not forget that the Lions stuffed the Bulls in the corresponding Super Rugby fixture to finally consign the latter to also-ran status in the play-off race this year. Ludeke and his boys will be breathing the fire of revenge, but I fancy Ackermann’s Lions to not lose too many games at home this year. The Bulls are quite strong on paper, but I just don’t see them rolling this Lions team at the second attempt. Lions to win by 5 points.

Xerox Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Jaco van der Walt, 22 Howard Mnisi.

Vodacom Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Jono Ross, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.

Steval Pumas v Toyota Free State Cheetahs – Saturday at 19h10

Finally, we get to see the Pumas in action against the big boys. This one is not going to go well for the visitors, I fear, who are looking very thin up front. The first upset of the 2014 Currie Cup happens in Nelspruit, with the Pumas scoring a comfortable 12 point victory over the Cheetahs. You read it here first.

Steval Pumas: 15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jerome Pretorius, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (captain), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 Dejay Terblanche, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Vincent Koch.
Replacments: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 19 Uzair Cassiem, 20 Sinoyuvo Nyoka, 21 JC Roos, 22 AN Other.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter (v/capt), 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Neill Claasen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Torsten van Jaarzveld (capt), 1 Kevin Stevens
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Bees Roux, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 JP du Plessis



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