With the Rugby Championships done and dusted we shift our full attention to the Currie Cup which goes into it’s final round of matches before the play-offs.
Only the Sharks is at this stage sure of a home play-off spot with the rest that will be fighting it out to secure firstly a play-off spot and hopefully a home semi-final as well.
Here is how the log looks at this stage….
|1||Cell C Sharks||11||10||0||1||332||198||134||47|
|2||DHL Western Province||11||6||0||5||379||288||91||32|
|3||Toyota Free State Cheetahs||11||6||0||5||340||414||-74||31|
|4||Xerox Golden Lions||11||5||0||6||302||378||-76||30|
|5||Vodacom Blue Bulls||11||4||0||7||405||410||-5||27|
|7||Tafel Lager Griquas||12||4||0||8||391||458||-67||26|
This weekend will see the follow teams fighting it out for that last three spots:
Blue Bulls v Pumas
Sharks v Western Province
Golden Lions v Free State
For all the teams except the Sharks we can expect full strength teams with some unions looking immediately on the released Springbok players that are now available.
The Cheetahs have already said that they will use their PRO14 players for their match against the Lions after they have done their medical assessment. The Lions came a day after that and announce that Ross Cronje, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Malcolm Marx and Ruan Dreyer has joined the Lions as they prepare for their important match against the Free State.
Between WP, Blue Bulls, Free State, Lions and Pumas two teams will be left wondering after Saturday and will not make the semi-finals.
The Pumas and WP made life very difficult for themselves when they lost the past weekend against Griquas and Lions and opened the door for the Lions and Blue Bulls to come into the frame. The Free State is also sitting dangerously in the number 3 spot and need at least 2 points from Saturday to stay in the run.
The Blue Bulls will want to make sure with five points from their game otherwise they will start to rely on other teams which is never a good thing to do.
If the Blue Bulls win with bonus point they should have made up the 4 points in the points difference if the Free State lose with two bonus points.
But all these if’s is just not going to do it and they will have to go out full guns blazing to secure a spot among the top four teams.
WP also welcome back some Springboks but they will still be kicking themselves for the poor performance against the Lions last week. They can secure a home semi if they win against the Sharks or they get two bonus points as losers and the Free State lose their match against the Lions.
Here is the lineup for the weekend…