By: Bunny (Jacques Nortier)
The hype maybe not that much around the Currie Cup this year as we also move into the play-off stages of the World Cup in England but the week will warm-up towards two great semi-finals this weekend.
In the first match on Friday Western Province will take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus and beside the fact that this match has always been one of the games their supporter’s life for, the Blue Bulls have been a team on the rise this year.
There supporters have been coming back to Loftus due to the way they change not just their attitude but also the way they play and it is great to see.
Both side’s supporters and players will be nervous going into this match as they two teams have been closer than what many believe this year. The Blue Bulls have been playing a much improved and attractive brand of rugby. There back three have been most properly one of the most dangerous back three in the competition but will have to overcome the pressure that is there in play-offs.
Last meeting between the two teams this year defence was Province biggest problem as the Blue Bulls backline ripped them apart in that second half after Province had a confidant lead going into the break.
The Blue Bulls biggest problem the whole year as started and ended at scrum time and this will be a concern for them as Province have been on the other side of the field with one of the best scrumming packs for the past two years in South Africa.
No team in today’s modern game can win games consistently and even more so in a play-offs scenario if you do not have a great scrum to play off. The free for all lottery from referees at scrum time will also cost team’s big time and it has become a very important part of the game.
The one thing that has been constant about Province this year were there inconsistency, almost as the French. They have been much better since Robert Du Preez took over the ten jumper as the team have a much better attacking game which have been with purpose.
We can make all the predictions we want for play-off matches but at the end of the day it is all about the hunger shown on the field by the team who wants it more and execute everything to perfection with some luck sometimes as well.
Who will take it?
It is 50/50 for me as the Blue Bulls have shown they have the talent and they are playing at home with Province who have the experience, players and game to upset the Blue Bulls at home….
So your guess is as good as mine…