Its round 2 of the 2014 instalment if the Absa Currie Cup and we give you all the lineups and our thoughts – By Clayton Saville
Sharks vs Pumas – 15 August 19:00 Durban
The Sharks will be looking to making a point at home after so nearly coming unstuck against a spirited Griquas team in Kimberly last week, having lead comfortably for most of the game while also playing against 14 men due to a Jonathan Francke red card in the 7th minute the Sharks had a torrid time in the final quarter eventually winning by 7 after a Zeilinga penalty in the final seconds of the game.
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Tonderai Chavhanga, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Tera Mtembu (captain), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 JC Astle, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Johan Meyer, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Lionel Cronjé.
The Pumas will be on a high after an opening victory against the Cheetahs. Jimmy Stonehouse has a well drilled unit and has made only one change to his starting line up which see’s Giant Mtyanda coming in at number 5. The Pumas will try and take the physical game to the Sharks in the hope of unsettling the Currie Cup champs while Stonehouse will insist that his team maintains strict discipline.
Pumas: 15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Jerome Pretorius, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Frikkie Spies, 3 DeJay Terblanche, 2 Francois du Toit, 1 Vincent Koch.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Uzair Cassiem, 20 Rosco Speckman, 21 JC Roos, 22 Heinrich Steyl.
Western Province vs Blue Bulls – 16 August 14:00 Newlands
The North vs South derby will kick off slightly earlier than usual due to the Springbok game at Loftus later the afternoon and both coaches will be hoping to be in a good mood whilst catching the premier teams game.
Allister Coetzee’s charges ended the game against the EP Kings on a comfortable enough score line but the reality was less so, the young DHL WP squad were rattled in the first 40 by a motivated Kings squad making their first Currie Cup appearance in 15 years and Luke Watson ended up as MOTM for the losing team. WP, possible frustrated by Jaco Peyper’s decisions got drawn into a large amount of niggle and cynical play and saw 3 yellows for their efforts. The silver linings are that new captain Juan de Jongh would take some valuable experience from that fixture and the performances of Pat Howard and Demitri Catrakilis.
Western Province: 15. Cheslin Kolbe,14. Kobus van Wyk,13. Juan de Jongh (captain),12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Demetri Catrakilis,9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain), 2. Stephan Coetzee ,1. Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach , 17. Brok Harris, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Jaco Taute
The Bulls took a proper pasting at the hands of cross town rivals The Lions last week going down 41 – 13 but that counts for nothing when these teams face off. There is a huge amount of pride at stake here and both teams traditionally stand up for this fixture no matter the previous weeks result, Frans Ludeke was happy with certain elements of his teams display against the Lions and no worked hard on execution during the week, he will be depending on Deon Stegmann to lead a new look loose trio to secure as much clean possession as possible.
Blue Bulls:15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.
Golden Lions vs EP Kings 16 August 14:30 Johannesburg
The Lions are on a high after dismantling the Blue Bulls last week. The sheer brutality of the display has placed them as first up favourites to win this years’ competition and it’s hard to argue. They will be without talismanic fly half Marnitz Boshoff for the rest of the season but the performance of the team as a collective is enough to have you believe they should absorb the loss without too much fuss. Johan Ackerman will be looking to collect a full house of points playing at home and will be leaning on his loose trio to provide the team with the platform to do so.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee,1 Schalk van der Merwe
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenburg, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Albertus Smith, 22 Howard Mnisi.
Carlos Spencer believes his team can travel to Joburg and collect a valuable away in if they play the way they train . He has stated that the Kings will have to nullify the industrious Lions loose trio if they are to achieve their objectives. He believes the lessons learnt in the 35 – 16 loss to Western Province in the tournament opener will provide some good insight for his charges and has named an unchanged starting line up for this fixture with the only change being Steven Sykes coming onto the bench.
EP Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Luke Watson (captain), 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 David Bulbring, 4 Steven Cummins, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka/BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Albe de Swardt, 17 CJ vd Linde, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Aidon Davis, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Ntabeni Dukisa.
Free State vs Griquas – 16 August 15:00 Bloemfontein
The Central Union derby is not something you hear often in south African rugby circles but this fixture should have some spice to it.
Both teams come off 7 point losses and will feel that give or take a few decisions they could have won their respective games. Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan has reinstated Elgar Watts to the flyhalf position and has placed Jean Cook in the number jersey and is using the home fixture as an opportunity to get the season on the right track. Duncan is confident playing at home will have the desired effect on his squad and that they have worked well on rectifying their mistakes made in their warm up against the Kings and last weeks loss to the Pumas.
Cheetahs: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Kevin Stevens.
Replacements: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Rudolph Botha, 18 Niel Claassen, 19 Waltie Vermeulen, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Willie du Plessis, 22 JP du Plessis.
The Griquas will be feeling bullish about their chances against the much fancied Cheetahs, having played much of last weeks match with 14 men they acquitted themselves really well against the visiting Sharks. Hawies Fourie will look at their performance at the breakdown as the main reason to feel confident as his team consistently turned over opposition balls up field and in the red zone.
Griquas:15 Nico Scheepers, 14 Edries Arendse, 13 PJ Vermeulen, 12 Wayne Stevens (captain), 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Carel Greeff, 7 RJ Liebenberg, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacements:16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Nicolaas van Dyk, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Burger Schoeman, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Marais Schmidt, 22 Jonathan Francke.