This weekend’s rugby fixtures

Rugby Championship

All teams on a bye

Currie Cup

30 Aug Golden Lions v Western Province Ellis Park, Johannesburg 19:10
31 Aug Free State Cheetahs v Griquas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:00
31 Aug Sharks v Blue Bulls Growthpoint KINGS PARK, Durban 17:05

ITM Cup

 28 Aug Wellington v North Harbour Wellington 7:35 pm (NZ Time)
 29 Aug Canterbury v Waikato Christchurch 7:35 pm (NZ Time)
 30 Aug Counties Manukau v Tasman Pukekohe 7:35 pm (NZ Time)
 31 Aug Auckland v Bay of Plenty Auckland 2:35 pm (NZ Time)
 31 Aug North Harbour v Northland Albany 5:35 pm (NZ Time)
 31 Aug Southland v Taranaki Invercargill 7:35 pm (NZ Time)
 01 Sep Wellington v Manawatu Wellington 2:35 pm (NZ Time)
 01 Sep Otago (RS) v Hawke’s Bay Dunedin 4:35 pm(NZ Time)

Top 14

 30 Aug Stade Francais v Biarritz 20:50
 31 Aug Clermont Auvergne v Toulouse 15:00
 31 Aug Bordeaux-Begles v Castres 18:30
 31 Aug Racing Metro Paris v Oyonnax 18:30
 31 Aug Montpellier v Brive 18:30
 31 Aug Bayonne v Perpignan 20:30
 31 Aug Grenoble v Toulon 20:35

 

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Currie Cup Preview – Its Crunch Time!

This weekend marks the end of the regular season of the 2012 Currie Cup and with only two places left in this year’s play offs and 2 points separating 3rd and 6th place, it’s all or nothing for the last four provinces in the world’s oldest rugby competition!

With the new and improved smaller Currie Cup competition involving only 6 teams as opposed to the past number of 8, this weekend’s results could leave any one of the teams ranked 3rd – 6th with a semi-final spot or unbelievably, face a promotion/relegation battle at the end of the year.

The table topping Sharks (30pts) and the second place Golden Lions (28pts) have already qualified for the semi-finals, leaving Western Province (20pts),the Griquas (20pts), the Cheetahs (18pts) and the Blue Bulls (18pts), the in an almighty scrap for a bight at this year’s cherry.

Currie Cup Log (after Round 9)

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BPts Pts
1 The Sharks 9 6 0 3 250 230 20 27 18 6 30
2 MTN Golden Lions 9 6 0 3 256 229 27 24 23 4 28
3 DHL Western Province 9 4 0 5 236 211 25 23 17 4 20
4 GWK Griquas 9 4 0 5 247 271 -24 28 30 4 20
5 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 9 3 0 6 253 269 -16 24 28 6 18
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls 9 4 0 5 230 262 -32 19 29 2 18

Fixtures:

Friday12th October:

Sharks vs GWK Griquas – Mr Price Stadium, Durban, KO 19:10CAT

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Jandre Marais, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick. Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Peet Marais, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

GWK Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts. Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Wesley Wilkins, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Richard Lawson.

Prediction: While the Griquas have played some fantastic rugby this season, one has to think that the Sharks at home will be a force to be reckoned with. This match will be a close one, but with their Springbok reinforcements off the bench in the last quarter of the game its difficult to see how the Griquas can win this. Sharks by between 7 -10.

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Saturday 13th October:

Western Province vs The Free State Cheetahs – Newlands, Cape Town, KO 17:05 CAT

Western Province: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Marcel Brache, 22 Gio Aplon.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe. Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Ryno  Benjamin.

Prediction: With all the Springbok power back in the Western Province idea and the injuries to the Cheetahs this SHOULD be one way traffic, however the Cheetahs will not give up until the final whistle has gone. In the cauldron of Newland WP will probably get the win, but as many Province fans have experienced in the past – chicken counting is extremely dangerous! Western Province by between 5 – 7.

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Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls – Johannesburg, KO 19:10 CAT

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Andrew James (captain), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde. Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Whestley Moolman, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Lionel Mapoe.

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Juandré Kruger, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellett. Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 CJ Stander, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Dean Greyling

Prediction: The Lions are resting all of their star players as they have already qualified for the semi-finals, the Bulls are playing all of their Springboks – you do the maths… Blue Bulls by between 10 -15.

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Let us know your predictions in the comment section below!

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Currie Cup: Injuries force Griquas shuffle

The Griquas needed to make three changes ahead of their make or break match against the Sharks on Firday in Durban.

JP Nel has been removed from the squad due to a finger dislocation sustained during the 37-21 victory over the Golden Lions last weekend. Nel underwent surgery last week and will not return this season.

The other changes are, Veteran Walter Venter will start in the midfield in Durban pushing Richard Lawson to the bench and back up lose forward Wesley Wilkins returns from injury to replace Jaco Nepgen who drops out of the squad.

It is all or nothing for the Griquas this weekend with a victory putting them into the Currie Cup play offs for the first time in over ten years.

Griquas travel to Durban to take on the Sharks on Friday, KO 19:10 CAT (18:10 BST)

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Griquas: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Rynard Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Wesley Wilkins, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Richard Lawson.

Rugby Fixtures

 

Rugby Championship
6.10.2012 17:00(CAT) South Africa New Zealand Soccer City, Soweto
7.10.2012 01:10 (CAT) Argentina Australia Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario
Currie Cup
5.10.201215:00 (CAT) Blue Bulls Western Province Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
6.10.201217:05 (CAT) GWK Griquas Golden Lions GWK Park, Kimberly
6.10.2012 19:10 (CAT) Free State Cheetahs The Sharks Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

Currie Cup: Injuries force Cheetahs to get creative

With the news that the Cheetahs Springbok flank Heinrich Brussow has been ruled out for the season on top of the injures to countless other lose forwards in the squad as driven coach Naka Drotske to move lock Francois Uys to flank ahead of their home match against the Sharks on Saturday.

Loose forwards Heinrich Brussow, Juan Smith, Frans Viljoen, Lucas Floors, Phillip van der Walt and Hendro Scholt have all been ruled out of selection due to injuries.

Uys moves to blind side flank with Carl Wenger taking his place at lock and Pieter Labuschagne moves to the open side in place of Brussow.

The rest of the starting line-up is unchanged with consistency being the name of the game for the Cheetahs in this must win match.

The Cheetahs host the Sharks on Saturday, KO 19.10 CAT, (18:10 GMT)

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Phillip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 AJ Le Roux, 17 Brummer Badenhorst, 18 Waltie Vermeuelen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis du Bruyn, 21 Phillip Snyman, 22 Phillip Burger.

Rugby fixtures: September 28th -29th

Rugby Championship
Sat: 17:00 CAT South Africa Australia Loftus Versfled, Pretoria
        01:10 CAT Argentina New Zealand Estadio Gigante de Arroyita, Rosario
Currie Cup
Fri:  19:10 CAT Sharks Blue Bulls Kings Park, Durban
Sat: 14:00 CAT Western Province Golden Lions Newlands Stadium , Cape Town
        14:00 CAT Cheetahs Griquas Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein