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October 9, 2013
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Exciting week lies ahead for South African teams as they prepare for their last round of Currie Cup matches this weekend.

Currie Cup News:

-Griquas coach Pote Human decided to rest his vital players for Saturday’s match against the Golden Lions. This is surely a move from the coach to rest his key players for the promotion-relegation match. Human is resting Willie Le Roux, Haward Mnisis, Steph Roberts, Ryno Barnes, Marnus Schoeman, Marnus Hugo and Francois Brummer.

-The Blue Bulls enter a weekend of the impossible as they take on the Cheetahs in their final round. The Cheetahs are five points clear of the Bulls on the log which mean that the Bulls will have to win the Cheetahs with a bonus point try, prevent them from scoring one and win with more than 12 points to secure their spot in the semi finals.

-Jonathan Kaplan will take charge of the table topping match between the Sharks and Western Province on Saturday. Jaco Peyper will handle the Golden Lions and Griquas game with Marius Joker in charge of the Cheetahs v Blue Bulls game

-Adriaan Struass will lead his charges on Saturday against the Blue Bulls on his return from Springbok duty.

Other News:

-Rory Kockott has not sign a deal with Toulon as many expected. Kockott’s contract with Castres runs out in June and his agent said Rory will only make a decision in November were he will play next year.

-According to the IRB website, Poite will not be in charge of any high-profile games for the November Test period. The only game awarded to the Frenchman is a Test between Georgia and Samoa in Tbilisi in Eastern Europe on November 23, where he will aim to get back in the IRB’s good books

- Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has signed a three-year contract extension with Ulster, the Celtic League side announced on Tuesday. Pienaar was previously linked with a move to European Cup champions Toulon, but the 29-year-old, who joined Ulster in 2010, has now extended his stay Ravenhill until 2017.

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11 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:48 am

    “with Marius Joker in charge of the Cheetahs v Blue Bulls game.”

    Joker??? hehehehe

  2. avatar Craven says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Will be interesting to see if Kockott is part of Heyneke’s plans and if they have had any discussions. If they had, might we see Rory head back to SA next year after Superugby?

    If not expect to see him in a Tricolores jersey sooner rather than later.

  3. avatar DavidS says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Rory Kockott has not sign a deal with Toulon as many expected. Kockott’s contract with Castres runs out in June and his agent said Rory will only make a decision in November were he will play next year. – See more at: http://www.ruggaworld.com/2013/10/09/rugby-news-2/#sthash.7Uk3kCDC.dpuf

    Two things

    1. Kockott is by far the best South African scrumhalf playing pro rugby at the moment.

    2. He is a 90% goal kicker so taking him opens up the flyhalf position for experimentation with a Henri Honniball type not so?

  4. avatar Brendon says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    @DavidS:

    Too right. And I think Rory and Lambie even played a good few games together no?

    Will be a smart move.

  5. avatar Craven says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    @DavidS:

    Sounds good.

  6. avatar Sasori says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Has Kocket clamed down….he was a real knobend when he still played in SA… :P

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 9th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    @Sasori:

    Ja, ‘n regte knopgat.

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 2:09 am

    @Sasori:

    All the best scrumhalves in history have been bell-ends (bar maybe FDP)… it’s a pre-requisite…

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I can only take this move not signing a lucrative 3 year contract with Toulon as a sign HM is showing renewed interest again… at least I hope so…

  10. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 2:26 am

    @bryce_in_oz:

    Or it could be the fact Toulon have more half-back depth than the Springboks…

  11. avatar Americano says:
    October 10th, 2013 at 6:15 am

    If RKockett got a go from HM….

    Could that lead to experimentation of Messerschmitt-Willie @ #10?????

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