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Currie Cup 2015: Round 2


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 13 Aug 2015 at 19:15
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Round 2 is upon us and unlike last week, we at least have a little form to guide us in our predictions.

In the first of two simultaneous games on Friday (ha ha – spot the mistake) the Lions host the Pumas at Ellis Park. This game is an early contender for match of the round, I’d say, given how good the Pumas were on home soil in downing the Sharks. The Lions, of course, must be among the early favourites to lift the golden cup and certainly demonstrated then when they dismantled the Kings, away from home, in round 1. The major question to be asked of the Pumas, as always, is whether they can replicate their home form on the road and while Johannesburg certainly isn’t the furthest they’ll have to travel this season, you’d fancy it will definitely be one of their trickier away fixtures.

There’s no reason to suspect that the Lions won’t end up on top after 80 minutes, I’m backing them to win by around 8 points, but the Pumas should be competitive throughout.

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Sampie Mastriet/Anthony Volmink , 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Stokkies Hanekom, 22 Jaco van der Walt.

Pumas: 15 JW Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Juan-Claude Roos, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 De-Jay Terblanché, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jason-Colin Fraser, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz.

The Bulls are at home to Griquas this week and were perhaps the surprise package of the round, scoring a frankly massive win over Free State in a game they were widely tipped to lose. Nollis Marais has kept faith in the same side and they have to start as overwhelming favourites in their first home game. Griquas were surprisingly poor against Western Province and unfortunately aren’t likely to seriously threaten a form team away from home, based on that display.

The Blue Bulls will take this by 20 or more.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dries Swanepoel.

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo,14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Michael Van Der Spuy, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Tian Meyer(captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham Le Roux,1 Danie Mienie
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Rudi Van Rooyen, 21 Clinton Swart, 22 Jacquin Jansen

Province are at home to the Cheetahs, kicking off at 3pm on Saturday and the same sort of logic applies in this match as it did at Loftus; the home side hit form and won an away game by a big margin last week. What’s to stop them running riot against a Cheetahs team that came badly unstuck in round 1? The trend in this round is for the winning teams to remain unchanged, with Province joining the Lions, Pumas and Bulls in naming a largely unchanged starting XV. Free State’s Franco Smith has opted to shuffle his troops a little, picking Fred Zeilinga for a baptism of fire in his first start at flyhalf.

Expect Province to win comfortably, probably by 10-15.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr (vice-captain), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Kobus van Wyk

Free State Cheetahs: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Nicolaas van Dyk, 18 Hugo Reniel, 19 Gerhard Olivier, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Tertius Kruger, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

In the final game, the Sharks are at home to the Kings. Both sides lost last week and will be desperate for some points, but while the Kings appeared outclassed throughout against the Lions, the Sharks did at least recover in Nelspruit after a nightmare first half and showed some glimpses of hope in their second period display. Should they be able to adapt quickly to a raft of injury-enforced changes, expect the home side to have too much for the Kings. That’s assuming they pitch for the game, which hopefully shouldn’t be a problem after last week’s loss.

Sharks will take this by around 9 points, I fancy.

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Wandile Mjekevu, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Andre Esterhuizen, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Daniel du Preez, 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 18 David McDuling, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 SP Marais.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Luther Obi, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Luke Watson (captain), 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Paul Schoeman, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Karlo Aspeling.



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