Currie Cup clashes

2014-09-19 00:00


The Lions secured an important win over log leaders Western Province last weekend and can now begin an assault to top the log going into the final four rounds. They face a dark horse in the Pumas for the first and only time this season. Coach Johan Ackermann has called on his charges to tighten up on defence, where they lapsed in the final moments of last weekend’s game. Considering the Pumas direct approach up front and ranging backs out wide, they certainly can’t let anything slip. The team looks much the same as last week except that lock Martin Muller comes into the side for the injured MB Lusaseni.

Lions team (15-1):

Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe (c), Stokkies Hanekom, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco van der Walt, Ricky Schroeder, Willie Britz, Kwagga Smith, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, Ruan Dreyer, Akker van der Merwe, Schalk (FS) van der Merwe

Replacements: Willie Wepener, Jacques van Rooyen, Julian Redelinghuys, Derick Minnie, Warwick Tecklenburg, Mark Richards, Howard Mnisi.

The men from Mpumalanga have made a huge statement this season and continue to do so. They sit third on the Currie Cup log, just one point behind the Lions. Tonight’s clash, should they win, will see them move into second and if they keep it there a home semi final will be theirs. They are unbeaten at home and there is no doubt coach Jimmy Stonehouse will aim for that. The coach was very unhappy with an uncharacteristically poor performance last week where they lost to the Griquas. However he has gone for continuity in selection and asked his charges to cut back on simple errors.

Pumas team (15-1):

Coenie van Wyk, Jerome Pretorius, JW Jonker, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosko Specman, Justin van Staden, Dylon Frylinck, Renaldo Bothma, Uzair Cassiem, Corne Steenkamp (c), Lubabalo Mtyanda, Frikkie Spies, Vincent Koch, Swys Du Toit, Corne Fourie.

Replacements: Frank Herne, DJ Terblanche, Marius Coetzer, Jaco Bouwer, Reynier van Rooyen, JC Roos, JW Bell.


Province are licking their wounds after their first loss in the regular Currie Cup season in two years. However the loss came at the hands of a very good

Lions outfit and Province conceded that they were poor on defence and made some hasty decisions while they were in the lead. The loss may be a blessing in disguise, as coach Allister Coetzee alluded to this week. The “unbeaten” tag is gone and they can just get down to business. They have unfortunately lost flank Siya Kolisi to injury, but Sikhumbuzo Notshe has come in to fill the void. Province should be too strong at home, but will have to be up to the task as the Griquas are as hard as the diamonds in Kimberley.

Province team (15-1):

Cheslin Kolbe, Kobus van Wyk, Juan de Jongh (c), Jaco Taute, Justin Geduld, Demetri Catrakilis, Louis Schreuder, Nizaam Carr, Michael Rhodes, Sikhumbuszo Notshe, Manuel Carizza, Jean Kleyn, Brok Harris, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: Neil Rautenbach, Oliver Kebble, Pat Cilliers, Ruan Botha, Rohan Kitshoff, Godlen Masimla, Kurt Coleman.

The Kimberley outfit may not have performed as they would have hoped this season, but are now riding the crest of a two-match winning wave. They have a tough task going to Cape Town, but much like the Pumas, they are not to be underestimated. They will need to work exceedingly hard to crack the best defence in the competition, but they have shown they are not short on hard running players. As has been Province’s way, the Griquas will have to cut out errors which the hosts notoriously pounce on. The return of fullback Gouws Prinsloo has been a boon to the side and he kicked them to victory last week.

Griquas team (15-1):

Gouws Prinsloo, Ederies Arendse, Jona­than Francke, Doppies la Grange, PJ Vermeulen, Francois Brummer (c), Tian Meyer, Burger Schoeman, Ruaan Lerm, Marnus Schoeman, Hugo Kloppers, Hilton Lobberts, Maks Van Dyk, Martin Bezuidenhout, Steph Roberts

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Janro van Niekerk, Jonathan Adendorf, Carel Greeff, Abraham Griesel, Dean Grant, Danie Dames.


The Kings’ woes have continued this season having lost all six of their games thus far. The side have been plagued by injury, the worst being captain Luke Watson’s concussion, which has ruled him out of the competition. Without their talisman, who was impressive in the opening rounds, the Kings’ inexperience has shown. They have not been pushovers though, and have been competitive in most of their games. But that lack of experience has cost them, as have unforced errors and lapses in defence. They are playing for pride now, but they have a chance to get their first win as they host the Cheetahs at home.

Kings team (15-1):

Siviwe Soyizwapi, Siyanda Grey, Ronnie Cooke, Shane Gates, Ntabeni Dukisa, Gary van Aswegen, Kevin Luiters, Paul Schoeman, Devin Oosthuizen, Shaun McDonald, Darron Nell, Steven Sykes (c), Tom Botha, Martin Ferreira, Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: Albe De Swardt, CJ van der Linde, Steven Cummins, Stefan Willemse, Tobie Botes, Dwayne Jenner, Scott van Breda.

The Cheetahs are on the cusp of a top four finish and a spot in the semi-

finals, but they need to win this weekend. There were concerns at the beginning of the tournament of a serious player drain, but the Cheetahs have looked formidable and their running game has been exciting to watch. They snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat last week, but will fancy themselves against a struggling Kings outfit. The return of Lappies Labuschagne has been a welcome relief and live wire scrumhalf Sarel Pretorious has been their danger man. Given that their forwards provide a good platform, the Cheetahs have a backline that can run circles around most other sides.

Cheetahs team (15-1):

Clayton Blommetjies, JP du Plessis, Joubert Engelbrecht, Francois Venter, Raymond Rhule, Willie du Plessis, Sarel Pretorius, Lappies Labuschagne, Neill Claassen, Tienie Burger, Francois Uys, Henco Venter, George Marich, Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: AJ Coertzen, Rudolph Botha, Brendon Groenewald, Vincent Jobo, Shaun Venter, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, AJ Coertzen.


The Bulls host the Sharks in what could be the clash of the weekend. Having lost their captain Deon Stegmann after his red card last week, the Pretoria outfit will have to rally together but they have plenty of leaders in their midst. Loftus is a stronghold and the Bulls always come out firing at home. They will likely stick to their tried and tested kicking game that is set up by their hardworking forward pack. They have been good in that regard and their lineouts and scrums have gone from strength to strength in the last few games.

Bulls team (15-1):

Ulrich Beyers, Sampie Mastriet, William Small-Smith, Burger Odendaal, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Rudy Paige, Jono Ross (c), Jacques du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Werner Kruger, Callie Visagie, Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Bongi Mbonambi, Morne Mellett, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Engelbrecht, Piet van Zyl, Tian Schoeman, Jesse Kriel.

Although they are still fourth on the Currie Cup log, the Sharks need to get a good result this weekend. Their draw last weekend was disappointing, but they made huge strides in improving their discipline and cutting out errors. They also attacked with purpose and just fell short due to small errors and one or two wrong decisions. This weekend will be a different story because of the Bulls’ tendency to kick and chase. However the Sharks welcomed back Lwazi Mvovo after Springbok duty and he is solid under the high ball and dangerous on the counter-attack.

Sharks team (15-1):

SP Marais, S’bura Sithole, Paul Jordaan, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo, Lionel Cronje, Conrad Hoffmann, Tera Mtembu (c), Etienne Oosthuizen, Jacques Botes, Marco Wentzel, JC Astle, Lourens Adriaanse, Kyle Cooper, Dale Chadwick.

Replacements: Franco Marais, Danie Mienie, Johan Meyer, Khaya Majola, Cameron Wright, Tim Swiel, Tonderai Chavhanga.

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