Currie Cup Teams Round 9


Sharks – 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronjé, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper/Monde Hadebe, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Monde Hadebe/Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 JC Astle, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga.

Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe (c), 12 Stokkies Hanekom, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.


FS Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 JP du Plessis,13 Francois Venter,12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lappies Labuschagné, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Werner Lourens, 3 George Marich, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 19 Henco Venter, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 AJ Coertzen.

Western Province – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Michael van der Spuy.


Griquas – 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (c), 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hugo Kloppers, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Subs: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Simon Westraadt, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Ederies Arendse, 22 Jacquin Jansen.

EP Kings – 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Steven Cummins, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Albé de Swardt, 17 Charl du Plessis, 18 Darron Nell/Steven Sykes, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Scott van Breda.


Pumas – 15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosco Speckman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (c), 5 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Uzair Cassiem, 19 RW Kember, 20 Dylon Frylinck, 21 Coenie van Wyk, 22 Jerome Pretorius.

Blue Bulls – 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (c), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jesse Kriel.


Western Province remain unchanged for Currie Cup final (team sheet)

The DHL Western Province team for the 2013 Absa Currie Cup Final (v Sharks) is as follows:

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Jean de Villiers (vice-captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Pat Cilliers
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Frans Malherbe
17. Brok Harris
18. Michael Rhodes
19. Schalk Burger
20. Nic Groom
21. Kurt Coleman
22. Juan de Jongh

Blue Bulls and Province tweak teams (team sheets)

The Bulls made three changes to the team that rocked the Cheetahs last weekend.Lions Fixtures

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar had this to say: ‘We did well last weekend and would like to build on that momentum,’ said Bulls coach Pine Pienaar. ‘As we had no real injuries, it made sense to play with the same group of players, but I have made some tweaks that I believe will create the necessary spark for us.’

Alistair Coetzee is pleased with the way his team put away the Sharks.

‘We have a winning culture and I’m pleased with that. Whether we get the bonus point or not, there’s a belief to never give up and lose games,’ said Coetzee.

‘I’m pleased with where we are after the first round. We had two draws and three wins but this competition is far from over. It’s so close, so we have to make sure we put the foot on the accelerator in the second half [of the season].’

Injury to regular captain Deon Fourie means that De Kock Steencamp will lead the side. UWC lock Taz Fuzani makes his Currie Cup debut and will look to use his size and power to give the men in hoops the go forward they need against the old rivals. Michael Rhodes moves to flank from lock.

Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (c), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies.

Western Province – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 De Kock Steenkamp (c), 4 Taz Fuzani, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Michael van der Spuy.


Schreuder back at 9 for one-change Western Province (team sheet)

Western Province team to play the Sharks:

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Damian de Allende
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Kurt Coleman
9. Louis Schreuder (vice-captain)
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Rynhardt Elstadt
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Michael Rhodes
3. Pat Cilliers
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Scarra Ntubeni
17. Brok Harris
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Rohan Kitshoff
20. Nic Groom
21. Gary van Aswegen
22. Michael van der Spuy

Referee: Craig Joubert

Western Province Squad for first Currie Cup match

The DHL WP squad preparing to face the Blue Bulls (26):

Forwards (13):
Scarra Ntubeni
Stephan Coetzee
Steven Kitshoff
Alistair Vermaak
Pat Cilliers
Brok Harris
Gerbrandt Grobler
De Kock Steenkamp
Ruan Kitshoff
Deon Fourie (captain)
Michael Rhodes
Rynhardt Elstadt
Nizaam Carr

Backs (13):
Louis Schreuder
Nic Groom
Gary van Aswegen
Tim Swiel
Kurt Coleman
Berton Klaasen
Damian de Allende
Pat Howard
Ryan Nell
Gerhard van den Heever
Ederies Arendse
Cheslin Kolbe
Gio Aplon

Preview: The Currie Cup Final

It’s the one we have all been waiting for, the 2012 Currie Cup final and what a final it promises to be. The rematch of the 2010 final between the Sharks and Western Province in Durban and both teams are hungry for that hollowed trophy. While both teams are laden with Springboks, the Sharks are strong favourites. But rule out WP at your peril, this young side are desperate to prove they have what it takes to rule nation.

Last week’s results:

Sharks 20 – 3 Blue Bulls

Golden Lions 16 – 21 Western Province

The Sharks have included all their Springboks in the starting team for Saturday’s final. Last week Sharks coach John Plumtree turned some heads by not including all of his Boks in the starting team but rather allowing them to rest after a gruelling Rugby Championship. This decision may well have paid off already as their opposition has lost three of their Springboks to injury over the last two weekends of Currie Cup rugby. The front Springbok front row of the Beast Mtawarira, Craig Burden (uncapped Bok) and Jannie de Plessis return to the starting side with the impressive Kyle Cooper and Wiehahn Herbst dropping to the bench. The second row comprises of Steven Sykes and Anton Bresler with Willem Alberts swapping with Jean Deysel on the flanks. The back line remains the same, however Odwa Ndungane comes onto the bench after recovering from injury.

Western Province has decided to run with rookie Center Damian de Allende at inside centre over Currie Cup vice-captain Marcel Brache who has held the position for most of the season. This is the only change to the starting line-up that beat the Lions with a last gasp try in last weekend’s semi-final. Coach Alistair Coetzee made it clear that de Allende was preferred over Brache in this instance for the physicality that he brings to the table, making this a “horses for courses” decision. Deon Fourie will continue as captain after re-committinbg his future to WP this week and the team comprises of 7 international players (6 Springbok and 1 Canadian) as well as 6 U21 players.


There are three must watch matchups this weekend which I believe will determine the result of the game, they are as follows:

Keegan Daniels vs Duane Vermuelen: Daniels will want to prove that he is better than the man who took his place in the Springbok starting side, but Vermuelen will have other plans – starved of trophies and glory Duane will play like a man possessed. Much will be decided by how these two control the break down.

Jannie du Plessis vs Steven Kritschoff: The master vs the rising star, set pieced will play a massive role especially of mother nature does what she has been promising and brings a storm to the Final. If Kritschoff can withstand the pressure WP will have a great base to work from at scrum time.

Cobus Reinach vs Nic Groom: Two of the most exciting young players in the Currie Cup, both hungry to prove that they deserve a place in the Super Rugby squad, but neither have ever played in a match of this magnitude… who will cope with the pressure? We will see of Saturday.


2012: Sharks won 43-27 in Durban
2012: Sharks won 25-23 in Cape Town
2011: Western Province won 15-10 in Durban
2011: Sharks won 21-19 in Cape Town
2010: Sharks won 30-10 in Durban


The Sharks are strong favourites of course, but in a final you just never know. Both teams have had their share of losses in major finals. The Sharks were beaten by the Chiefs in this year’s Super Rugby Final and they lost to the Golden Lions in last year’s Currie Cup Final. Western province have come top of the log (or their abouts) in Super Rugby in the last couple years but have been unable to convert that position into silverware, losing to the Bulls in the 2010 Super Rugby Final and being knocked out at the Semi-Final stage in the last two years (this year by the Sharks). They also lost against the Sharks in the Currie Cup Final back in 2010 and will be looking for revenge.

This will be a close one, the wet weather will help WP stem the attacking flair of the Sharks, but at Kings Park the Sharks have been unstoppable throughout this year. HOWEVER, it seems that 11 years without a trophy has mad WP hungrier than ever and the underdog tag will only help them in the build-up, I think we are in for an upset here! Western Province to win by 3 points.


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

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

The Sharks host Western Province in Durban for the Currie Cup Final on Saturday, KO 17:00 CAT (16:00 BST)

Bulls vs Western Province (teamsheets)

Blue Bulls – 15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Louis Fouchè, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Dewald Potgieter (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morne Mellett/Dean Greyling.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Lionel Cronjè, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

WP – 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 JJ Gagiano, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Pat Howard.