The ABSA Currie Cup have reach the halfway stage with the eight points separating first and last on the log. Western Province do have the bragging rights for being on top of the log half way through the competition but that means absolutely nothing if you have the first four teams separated only by four points.
Friday 13 September: Cheetahs, Golden Lions
The first match of the weekend will take us to the cat fight between the Cheetahs and the Golden Lions in Bloemfontein. The Lions have been making a habit of winning some close games in the past few weeks and will want to keep building momentum.
The Cheetahs have had an injury fallout in Bloemfontein with Phillip van der Walt and Lodewyk de Jager out of actions for this weekend. On a dry Bloemfontein pitch with two teams always looking at running the ball we, we should have a cracker come Friday.
Free State Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Riaan Smit, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Davon Raubenheimer, 7 Pieter Labuschagné, 6 Johannes Prinsloo (captain), 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Teboho Mohoje, 3 Rossouw de Klerk, 2 Hercu Liebenberg, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Wian du Preez, 18 Freddie Ngoza, 19 Tertius Daniller, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 Piet Lindeque.
Golden Lions: 15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 12 Dylan Des Fountain
13 Robert De Bruyn, 11 Antony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Derek Minnie (C), 6 Warwick Tecklenberg, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Ruan Venter, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 CJ vd Linde
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Jacques v Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Deon Helberg, 22 Ruhan Nel
Saterday 14 Sepetmber: Griquas, Sharks
Kimberley is no easy destination and the Sharks will have to content with a Griquas side that will be playing for survival after another lost last weekend against the Lions.
The Sharks is coming of a disappointing outing last weekend at Newlands and will not want to start slipping after the good start they made this year in the Currie Cup:
Griquas: Steph Roberts, Ryno Barnes (C), Nick Schonert, Rory Arnold, Victor Kruger, Marnus Schoeman , Burger Schoeman , Carel Greeff , Marnus Hugo , Francois Brummer, Rocco Jansen, Howard Mnisi, JP Nel, Nico Scheepers, PJ Vermeulen
Replacements: Matthew Dobson, Brummer Badenhorst, Patrick O’Brien, RJ Liebenberg, Jacques Coetzee, Du Randt Gerber, Gouws Prinsloo
15. SP Marais, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Butch James, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes (captain), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Justin Downey, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Jaco van Tonder
Saterday 14 Sepetember : Blue Bulls, Western Province
This is always one of those games that brings the best out of the two provinces when they meet. Western Province will be hosted by the Blue Bulls who comes off and hardworking win against the Cheetahs.
This is a game both teams will want to win after the first rounds draw at Newlands. Western province will go into this match again as the favourites but it means absolutely nothing once you step onto Loftus to play the 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 (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 David Bullbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 21 Lohan Jacobs, 22 Waylon Murray, 23 Clayton Blommetjies
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 (captain), 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Michael van der Spuy