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Preview Currie Cup SF – DHL WP v Vodacom Blue Bulls

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In the second semi final this weekend DHL Western Province will host the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Newlands.

It is a repeat of last weeks clash at Loftus and hopefully this week we will get a full 80 minutes in 🤣.

There has been a lot of talked going into the semi final and one huge mistake that people can make, is to think that the Blue Bulls will just lie down and roll over come Saturday.

The Blue Bulls have been embarrassed at Loftus last week more than anything else and they will come hard at Province.

In any-case the Blue Bulls are much better than what they have shown us last week in the rain.

It was more a case of Province adapting to the wet conditions with the Blue Bulls making all the mistakes. These mistakes cost them dearly and Libbok had one of his worst games we have seen the youngster play this year.

The big talking point after last weeks match was the Blue Bulls scrum and rightly so, they were poor.

The Blue Bulls knows what is coming and they will have to man up against the Province pack if they want to have any chance in getting a win.

Both teams have great runners at the back but they need space and ball to do their magic.

Beside the Province pack the Blue Bulls will have to look out for players like Marais and Leyds who has been the two players that have controlled Province on attack this season.

If they are on song on Saturday with players like Petersen, Nel and Willemse it may become a long day at the office for the Blue Bulls.

Defence for the Blue Bulls will have to be huge as no team in the Currie Cup could contain the Province from scoring tries this season.

They earned not just 6 wins this season but also six bonus points scoring an average of 6 tries per game.

There is a lot of excitement around Willemse at ten this weekend and a lot of eyes will be on the youngster to see how he gets on in this crunch game.

Not many believe it, but I think the game will be much closer.

Teams:

Western Province – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 SP Marais, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Michael Kumbirai, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Josh Stander, 23 JJ Engelbrecht.

Blue Bulls – 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Dylan Sage, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (c), 7 Marco van Staden, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Eli Snyman, 4 Hendre Stassen, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: (one to be omitted): 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Frans van Wyk, 18 Conrad de Beer, 19 Ruan Nortje, 20 Nic de Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Tinus de Beer, 23 Franco Naude, 24 Andre Warner

 

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