Currie Cup clashes

2014-10-10 00:00



The Kings have one last match to salvage pride and notch up a single win having lost all nine of their matches so far. They had their best chance to earn a win last weekend against the Griquas but it seemed that the task of beating them in Kimberley was a step too far. It must be said that they have been marred by injury this season but still had plenty of firepower to earn at least a couple of wins. They are at home for their final game and there is no better chance of finally coming right. They will have to dominate the set-piece against the Pumas and sharpen up on defence.

EP KINGS team (15-1): Scott van Breda, Ronnie Cooke, Tim Whitehead, Shane Gates, Siviwe Soyizwapi, Gary Van Aswegen, Tobie Botes, Tim Agaba, Devin Oosthuizen, Paul Schoeman, Cameron Lindsay, Darron Nell (c), BG Uys, Martin Ferreira, Simon Kerrod.

Replacements: Edgar Marutlulle, Charl du Plessis, Lizo Gqoboka, Steven Cummins, Thembelani Bholi, Jaco Grobler, Ntabeni Dukisa.


The Pumas started the season with a bang and were up to third place on the log before letting it slip with three losses in the last three games. Coach Jimmy Stonehouse will no doubt be frustrated as his side had an opportunity to get into play-offs. It is a long shot, but if the Bulls and Cheetahs lose without getting bonus points, the Pumas could move into fourth place. They have a good chance to end the season on a high note although they have to travel to Port Elizabeth. They should be strong enough to knock the Kings over but it will be a big battle in the set-piece.

Pumas team (15-1): Coenie van Wyk, JW Bell, JW Jonker, Stefan Watermeyer, Rosko Specman, Justin van Staden, Reynier van Rooyen, RW Kember, Brian Shabangu, Corne Steenkamp (c), Lubabalo Mtyanda, Marius Coetzer, Vincent Koch, Frank Herne, Corne Fourie.

Replacements: Swys Du Toit, DJ Terblanche, Frikkie Spies, Uzair Cassiem, Dylon Frylinck, JC Roos, Jerome Pretorius.



The Lions’ discipline let them down last weekend when they went down to the Sharks in Durban. This weekend’s match is no pushover and the Lions are well aware that losing to the Cheetahs will see them drop down to third on the log if the Sharks beat Western Province. They will still back themselves to beat the Cheetahs at home. Their set-piece has been strong all tournament and they managed to disrupt the Sharks’ lineout which has been dominant in the past few rounds. If they can bully the Cheetahs pack, the Lions should run away with a good result before the playoffs.

Lions team (15-1): Marnitz Boshoff, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Howard Mnisi, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco van der Walt, Ross Cronjé, Warren Whiteley (c), Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Franco Mostert, Martin Muller, Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.

Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Willie Britz, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Mark Richards.


Rory Duncan’s men had a slow start to the competition but have built up a head of steam and only narrowly lost their last three games against the top three sides in the competition. The most dramatic being their 34-29 loss to Province last weekend. The Cheetahs have had some standout performers in flyhalf Willie du Plessis, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and Lappies Labuschagne but they are bolstered by the return of three Springboks to their pack. Trevor Nyakane, Lood de Jager and Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje will add some fire power that will be needed to quell a very strong Lions pack.

Cheetahs team (15-1):

Clayton Blommetjies, AJ Coertzen, JP du Plessis, Joubert Engelbrecht, Raymond Rhule, Willie du Plessis, Sarel Pretorius, Lappies Labuschagne, Teboho Mohoje, Tienie Burger, Francois Uys, Lood de Jager, Trevor Nyakane, Torsten van Jaarseveld (c), Caylib Oosthuizen.

Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, George Marich, Henco Venter, Neil Claassen, Shaun Venter, Pieter-Steyn de Wet, Maphutha Dolo.



With a home semi-final safely in the bag, it seems that Allister Coetzee has chosen to rest his best players in the last week before the play-offs. It is a bold move considering that the Sharks could book a home semi-final but Province cannot be usurped from their top spot and if they win their semi, they are guaranteed a home final. The decision also gives Coetzee a chance to take stock of his larger squad and perhaps one or two new faces will put up their hands to be considered for the knockout phases. Keep an eye out for the exciting centre combination of Michael van der Spuy and Patrick Howard.

Western Province team (15-1): Dillyn Leyds, EW Viljoen, Patrick Howard, Michael van der Spuy, Devon Williams, Kurt Coleman, Louis Schreuder, Sikhumbuszo Notshe, Rynhardt Elstadt, Rohan Kitshoff, Gerbrandt Grobler, Jurie van Vuuren, Brok Harris (c), Tiaan Liebenberg, Oliver Kebble.

Replacements: Neil Rautenbach, Justin Ackerman, Gavin Annandale, Anton van Zyl, Pat O’Brien, Godlen Masimla, Chevandre van Schoor.


The Sharks have named a very strong side to take on Province this weekend and have chosen to thrust Cobus Reinach into the starting line up after his return from Springbok duty. They will go into the match knowing if they can still earn a home semi-final — as the Lions and Cheetahs match will finish earlier. Nevertheless a win is on their mind as they look to build continuity going into the knockout stages of the Currie Cup. With centre Paul Jordaan out after surgery on his hip, S’bura Sithole has shifted to outside centre and Tonderai Chavhanga is back on the wing.

Sharks team (15-1): SP Marais, Tonderai Chavhanga, S’bura Sithole, Andre Esterhuizen, Lwazi Mvovo, Lionel Cronje, Cobus Reinach, Tera Mtembu (c), Etienne Oosthuizen, Jacques Botes, Marco Wentzel, Stephan Lewies, Matt Stevens, Monde Hadebe, Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: Franco Marais, Dale Chadwick, Lourens Adriaanse, JC Astle, Khaya Majola, Conrad Hoffmann, Fred Zeilinga.



The Bulls are sitting in fourth place going into the final round and have a good chance to salvage a season that had its fair share of ups and downs. Having won five and lost four, they will be looking to restore pride and book their place in the semi-finals. They have been given a huge boost with the return of young Springbok flyhalf Handrè Pollard (bench) and prop Marcel van der Merwe (starting XV). However, the Bulls are already carrying momentum after crushing the Pumas last weekend.

Bulls team (15-1): Ulrich Beyers, Akona Ndungane, William Small-Smith, Burger Odendaal, Bjorn Basson, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Piet van Zyl, Jono Ross, Jacques du Plessis, Deon Stegmann (c), Grant Hattingh, Paul Willemse, Marcel van der Merwe, Bongi Mbonambi, Morné Mellett.

Replacements: Callie Visagie, Werner Kruger, Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, Wiaan Liebenberg, Rudy Paige, Handré Pollard, Jesse Kriel.


The men from Kimberley are out of the running for the semi-finals and will be playing for pride tomorrow night. One cannot say the Griquas did not excite this Currie Cup and they were especially dangerous in the opening rounds. Depth in key positions and a lack of accuracy on defence cost them at times. Their pack will have to be up to the task, as the Bulls scrum has been explosive this season. However the Griquas may fancy themselves at lineout time and they have a very solid rolling maul.

Griquas team (15-1): Jacquin Jansen, Danie Dames, PJ Vermeulen, Jonathan Francke, Ederies Arendse, Francois Brummer, Tian Meyer, Ruaan Lerm, Jonathan Adendorf, Marnus Schoeman, Jaco Nepgen, Hugo Kloppers, Maks van Dyk, Martin Bezuidenhout, Simon Westraadt.

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Wesley Cloete, RJ Liebenberg, TBA, Rudi van Rooyen, Dean Grant, Doppies la Grange.

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