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Currie Cup Preview – Mouth-watering top of the table clash

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There is only the one Currie Cup clash this weekend with the Springboks playing in PE and it is a top of the table clash between Province and the Sharks at Newlands.

Both teams have great this season and arguably one of these two teams will lift the trophy next month.

They are the only two in the competition who remain unbeaten with only points difference at this stage separating them.

The Sharks and Province have been the best defensively in the competition with the Sharks missing the fewest tackles with Province just behind them. Province have been the best dominated in tackles with the Sharks just behind them.

As one of the best attacking game with the Golden Lions this year, we can see how coach Dobson brought back that good old flair we used to see from Province in years gone by.

Both coaches have selected strong sides and although we have not seen much supporters at this years Currie Cup matches we hope that the Cape Town supporters will come out to see what we believe will be a classic.

Dobson will have mixed feelings to welcome back Ruhan Nel from the Springboks. Nel was a surprise call up last week to the Boks but was send back to Province on Thursday.

Nel has been inspirational in the way Province attacking game have step up so to have him back for this big clash will be a huge benefit for Dobson.

It will be good to see how Augustus will match up against Springbok Dan Du Preez this weekend as well. Augustus have been really good and have been growing in the responsibility Dobson given him in the number eight jumper.

Du Preez himself looks to be back to his best as he had one of his best matches last week against the Lions. It was good to see the big man stepping it up and getting back the form that made him a Springbok.

The Sharks will have a great front row this weekend in Oosteguizen(Off the bench), Chiliboy and Thomas Du Toit. We can expect some fireworks in the scrums between these two teams.

This match will decide who will end on top at the end of it all and both teams will want that advantage going into the playoffs.

So if you are in Cape Town make your way to Newlands on Saturday to witness what should be a cracker.

Teams:

Western Province – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 SP Marais, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Cris Massyn, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (c), 1 Juan Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Ruben van Heerden, 19 Luke Stringer, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Leolin Zas, 22 Aphelele Fassi.

 

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