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ABSA Currie Cup preview – Round 3

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The Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche will make his 100th Absa Currie Cup appearance on Friday evening when his team take on the Pumas in Durban at 19h00.

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The utility back has scored 52 tries in his Absa Currie Cup career – 34 for the Durban franchise and 18 for the Boland Kavaliers. He has also played in 37 Tests for the Springboks and has scored 19 tries on the international stage.

History predicts that The Sharks will be favourites to win their second consecutive home game in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup after they beat the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban last weekend.

The last time these sides met in Durban, The Sharks defeated the Pumas 34-16 back in 2006.

Meanwhile the Vodacom Blue Bulls host the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday at 17h05 in a repeat of last year’s Absa Currie Cup final.

These sides have played each other on 15 occasions since 2005, with the Pretoria side boasting nine wins over their Bloemfontein opponents.

The Free Staters though have tasted success at Loftus Versfeld, in the Absa Currie Cup final in 2005 and then in a league fixture in 2007.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls though do boast an amazing record in Pretoria. They have only suffered two home defeats during the last two seasons.

In the other Absa Currie Cup games of the weekend, Vodacom Western Province, who are the only defeated team in the 2010 competition, travel to Potchefstroom for their clash against the Platinum Leopards at Profert Olën Park on Friday at 19h10.

WP secured an away victory against the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Week 1 and outclassed the Xerox Lions at Newlands last Saturday.

The GWK Griquas host the Xerox Lions in Kimberley on Saturday in the weekend’s other Absa Currie Cup game.

The Xerox Lions failed to trouble the Newlands scorers last week in their 32-0 defeat to Vodacom Western Province and will be looking to bounce back to winning ways at GWK Park this weekend.

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs

Saturday 24 July 2010

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. Kick off: 17h05

Referee: Pro Legoete (SARRA)

Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (WP), Christi du Preez (EP)

TMO: Shaun Veldsman (Boland)

Head to Head: Vodacom Blue Bulls v Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (since 2005)

P: 15 W: 9 L: 5 D: 1 PF:  377  PA: 344
2005/08/20 Blue Bulls 26 FS Cheetahs 16 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2005/09/24 Blue Bulls 26 FS Cheetahs 22 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2005/10/22 Blue Bulls 25 FS Cheetahs 29 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2006/08/05 Blue Bulls 24 FS Cheetahs 12 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2006/09/30 Blue Bulls 41 FS Cheetahs 31 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2006/10/14 Blue Bulls 28 FS Cheetahs 28 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2007/08/11 Blue Bulls 18 FS Cheetahs 44 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2007/10/05 Blue Bulls 17 FS Cheetahs 29 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2007/10/13 Blue Bulls 06 FS Cheetahs 11 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2008/07/12 Blue Bulls 31 FS Cheetahs 23 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2008/09/20 Blue Bulls 23 FS Cheetahs 05 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2008/10/11 Blue Bulls 31 FS Cheetahs 19 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2009/08/07 Blue Bulls 15 FS Cheetahs 24 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2009/09/26 Blue Bulls 30 FS Cheetahs 27 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2009/10/31 Blue Bulls 36 FS Cheetahs 24 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Blue Bulls’ recent form at home:

  • The defending champions have lost only two Absa Currie Cup games in the last two seasons at Loftus Versfeld.
  • The Vodacom Blue Bulls suffered a 29-23 defeat to The Sharks in Pretoria last year and conceded a 30-27 home defeat to the Lions in 2008.

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs’ recent form on the road:

  • The visitors won four games on the road during last year’s Absa Currie Cup, including their semi-final win over The Sharks in Durban.
  • The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs have defeated the Vodacom Blue Bulls on two occasions at Loftus Versfeld.

Player/match:

  • The Vodacom Free State Cheetahs flyhalf Louis Strydom has scored 722 points in his 101 Absa Currie Cup games to date.
  • Winger Jongi Nokwe has added five tries in four Tests for the Springboks.
  • John Mametsa has played 132 games for the Vodacom Blue Bulls since 2002 and has scored 41 Absa Currie Cup tries in his career for the team from Loftus Versfeld. He added 14 tries for the Vodacom Blue Bulls during the 2007 season.
  • Juan Smith (flank) has represented the Boks in 62 Test matches in his rugby career.
  • Gerrit-Jan van Velze captained the successful Vodacom Blue Bulls side who claimed the 2010 Vodacom Cup. He also previously captained the SA Under-20s in 2008.
  • Skipper Badenhorst has played in 103 Absa Currie Cup games – for the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs, The Sharks, Valke and the Pumas.
  • Vodacom Blue Bulls utility back Jaco van der Westhuizen has played in 32 Tests for the Springboks.

GWK Griquas v Xerox Lions

GWK Park, Kimberley. Kick off: 15h00

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (SARRA)

Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (SARRA), Stefan Breytenbach (Pumas)

TMO: JC Fortuin (WP)

Head to Head: GWK Griquas v Xerox Lions (since 2005)

P: 10 W: 3 L: 7 D: 0  PF: 233  PA: 343
20/08/2005 Griquas 11 Golden Lions 53 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
24/09/2005 Griquas 28 Golden Lions 33 Absa Park, Kimberley
22/07/2006 Griquas 27 Golden Lions 23 Absa Park, Kimberley
16/09/2006 Griquas 32 Golden Lions 34 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
04/08/2007 Griquas 24 Golden Lions 45 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
29/09/2007 Griquas 00 Golden Lions 28 Absa Park, Kimberley
19/07/2008 Griquas 32 Golden Lions 36 Absa Park, Kimberley
13/09/2008 Griquas 20 Golden Lions 41 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
31/07/2009 Griquas 23 Golden Lions 19 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
19/09/2009 Griquas 36 Golden Lions 31 Diamantveld HS, Kimberley

GWK Griquas recent form at form:

  • The hosts, who defeated The Sharks in Week 1, had a mixed season in terms of results in Kimberley during last year’s Absa Currie Cup. They recorded four wins and three defeats at GWK Park including victories over semi-finalists Vodacom Western Province and finalists Vodacom Free State Cheetahs.
  • The GWK Griquas however suffered home defeats against the Xerox Lions and the Vodacom Blue Bulls last year.

Xerox Lions recent form on the road:

  • The Xerox Lions, who suffered a 32-0 defeat to Vodacom Western Province at Newlands last weekend, achieved two away wins against the Platinum Leopards and the Boland Kavaliers in the 2009 Absa Currie Cup.
  • The visitors defeated the GWK Griquas, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Valke and Platinum Leopards in the 2008 competition.

Player/match:

  • The GWK Griquas flyhalf Naas Olivier has scored 567 points in his Absa Currie Cup career.
  • SA Under-20 centre Jaco Taute and flyhalf Elton Jantjies, who represented the Baby Boks at this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina, were involved in the Xerox Lions’ defeat against Vodacom Western Province at Newlands on Saturday.
  • GWK Griquas flanker Gerhard Human is the son of former Eastern Province and Free State player, and former Blue Bulls coach Pote Human.
  • The GWK Griquas lock Hendrik Roodt and No 8 Leon Karemaker have both represented the SA Schools in 2005 and 2003 respectively.

Platinum Leopards v Vodacom Western Province

Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom. Kick off: 19h00

Friday, 23 July 2010

Referee: Sandile Mayende (SARRA)

Assistant referees: Francois Veldsman (Boland), Philip Bosch (EP)

TMO: Gerrie Coetzee (Free State)

Head to Head: Platinum Leopards v Vodacom Western Province (since 2005)

P: 2 W: 0  L: 2 D: 0  PF: 10  PA: 85
31/07/2009 Leopards 07 WP 48 Newlands, Cape Town
18/09/2009 Leopards 03 WP 37 Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom

Platinum Leopards’ recent form at home:

  • The hosts, who conceded a home defeat at the hands of the Xerox Lions in Week 1, recorded only one home victory during last year’s Absa Currie Cup – against the Boland Kavaliers. They defeated the SWD Eagles during the promotion/relegation games.

Vodacom Western Province’s recent form on the road:

  • The Cape side defeated the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs in Week 1 of the 2010 Absa Currie Cup. They also achieved three away victories against the Boland Kavaliers, Platinum Leopards and The Sharks in last year’s Absa Currie Cup.
  • In 2008, Vodacom Western Province recorded two wins on the road against the Boland Kavaliers and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs.

Player/match stats:

  • The Platinum Leopards have never defeated Vodacom Western Province since their introduction into the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division.
  • Vodacom Western Province lock Anton van Zyl played in his 50th Absa Currie Cup match last Saturday against the Xerox Lions. He previously represented the Xerox Lions in 33 games and achieved his 17th cap for the Cape side against his former side.
  • Vodacom Western Province flyhalf Willem de Waal has scored 1250 points in his Absa Currie Cup career.
  • WP and SA Sevens star Fabian Juries has already scored 50 tries in the competition. (Mighty Elephants 39, Free State 7, Griffons 4).
  • Former SA Under-20 flanker Rynardt Elstadt and flyhalf Lionel Cronje both made their debuts for Vodacom Western Province against the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein during Week 1 of the competition.
  • The Platinum Leopards’ Cecil Dumond is the brother of The Sharks flyhalf Monty Dumond.


The Sharks v Pumas

Friday, 23 July 2010

The Absa Stadium Durban. Kick off: 19h00

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (SARRA)

Assistant referees: Tiaan Jonker (Lions), Reuben Rossouw (KZN)

TMO: n/a

Head to Head: The Sharks v Pumas (since 2005)

P: 2 W: 2  L: 0 PF: 116  PA: 30
07/07/2006 Sharks 34 Pumas 16 The Absa Stadium, Durban
01/09/2006 Sharks 82 Pumas 14 Puma Stadium, Witbank

The Sharks’ recent form at home:

  • The hosts who defeated the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban last Saturday, have conceded only two home defeats during the last two seasons in the Absa Currie Cup.
  • Both defeats occurred last season, against Vodacom Western Province and the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs (semi-final).

Pumas’ recent form on the road:

  • The Pumas conceded their first away defeat to the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Week 1, but won all five Absa Currie Cup First Division away games, including the promotion/relegation game against the Boland Kavaliers to qualify for the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division.
  • In 2008, the Witbank side conceded three away defeats against the Platinum Leopards, SWD Eagles and the Border Bulldogs.

Player/match stats:

  • The Sharks captain Stefan Terblanche will play in his 100th Absa Currie Cup game on Friday. He also played in 37 Tests for the Springboks.
  • Utility back Patrick Lambie represented the SA Under-20s during this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.
  • The Sharks’ flanker Jacques Botes will play in his 98th Absa Currie Cup game on Saturday. He has scored 33 tries in his career in this competition.
  • Pumas winger Allistair Kettledas scored 18 tries in 2009 Absa Currie Cup First Division, just one short of Colin Lloyd’s record of 19 in 2006.
  • The Pumas’ Shaun Venter represented the Springbok Sevens during the 2009/10 IRB Sevens World Series.
  • Pumas flyhalf Ricardo Croy is the son of former Western Province League scrumhalf Richard Croy.
  • The Pumas’ Hannes Franklin and Jacques Coetzee represented the Auto & General Lions during the 2010 Vodacom Super 14.

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division log:

P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD

B

Pts

Vodacom Western Province

2

2

0

0

57

11

46

0

8

The Sharks

2

1

0

1

68

68

0

3

7

Vodacom Blue Bulls

2

1

0

1

66

49

17

2

6

GWK Griquas

2

1

0

1

66

67

-1

2

6

Xerox Lions

2

1

0

1

43

45

-2

1

5

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs

2

1

0

1

44

51

-7

1

5

Barloworld Toyota Pumas

2

1

0

1

52

70

-18

1

5

Platinum Leopards

2

0

0

2

45

80

-35

2

2

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8 COMMENTS

  1. This is a good review!

    I hope Cheetahs win with Andries back and that useless c8$t Bosman out. We still need a 9 and 10 though!

    Province on a roll.

    Sharks an interesting prospect.

    But like last year its the KWAS to look out for.

  2. :?:
    Any takers for a prediction on the Kwas vs Lions and Bulls vs Cheetahs games?

  3. funny how the best 9 in the country (after FdP of course) by some is again on the bench…
    :soek:

    23 July – 19h00 Sharks vs Pumas, Durban

    Sharks: 15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Stefan Terblanche (Captain), 12. Patrick Lambie, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Steve Meyer, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Patric Cilliers.
    Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Eugene van Staden, 18. Ross Skeate, 19. Willem Alberts, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Monty Dumond, 22. Andries Strauss.

    Pumas: 15. Carl Bezuidenhout, 14. Ashwin Scott, 13. Shaun Venter, 12. Siviwe Magaba, 11. Allister Kettledas, 10. Ricardo Croy, 9. Jacques Coetzee, 8. Doppies le Roux, 7. Alwyn Bester, 6. Corné Steenkamp, 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Eduan van der Walt, 3. Ashley Buys, 2. Hannes Franklin (Captain), 1. Ronnie Uys.
    Replacements: 16. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17. Dawie Steyn, 18. Willem Serfontein, 19. Jaco Bouwer, 20. Tian Meyer, 21. Elgar Watts, 22. Tiaan Marx.

    23 July – 19h10 Leopards vs Western Province, Potchefstroom

    Leopards: 15. Jean Tiedt, 14. Deon Scholtz, 13. Jovan Bowles, 12. Walter Venter, 11. Dumisane Matyeshana, 10. Neill Jacobs, 9. Michael Bondesio, 8. Riaan Swanepoel, 7. Wilhelm Koch (Captain), 6. Danie Crous, 5. Rynard Landman, 4. Anthonie Gronum, 3. Barend van der Walt, 2. Gavin Williams, 1. Divan Kotzé.
    Replacements: 16. Marthinus van der Westhuizen, 17. Johan Coetzee, 18. Edrich Linde, 19. Reginald Kember, 20. Clayton Durand, 21. Shuaib Samaai, 22. Danie Dames.

    WP: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Fabian Juries, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Paul Bosch, 11. Frikkie Welsh, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynardt Elstadt, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (Captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. JD Moller.
    Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. Martin Muller, 19. Yaya Hartzenberg, 20. Pieter Myburgh, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronjé.

    24 July – 15h00 Griquas vs Lions, Kimberley

    Griquas: 15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Rocco Jansen, 13. Wilmaure Louw, 12. Barry Geel, 11. Bjorn Basson/Richard Lawson, 10. Naas Olivier (Captain), 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Davon Raubenheimer, 6. Wesley Wilkins, 5. Cecil Kemp, 4. Frikkie Spies, 3. Jacobie Adriaanse, 2. Ryno Barnes, 1. Steph Roberts.
    Replacements: 16. Simon Westraadt, 17. Albertus Buckle, 18. Gerhard Human, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Matthew Rosslee, 22. Richard Lawson/Bertus Swanepoel.

    Lions: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Marius Delport, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Michael Killian, 10. Herkie Kruger, 9. Jano Vermaak, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Franco van der Merwe (Captain), 6. Derick Minnie, 5. David Bulbring, 4. George Earle, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. Kevin Buys.
    Replacements: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Wayne Swart, 18. Trevor Hall, 19. Jonathan Mokuena, 20. Chris Jonck, 21. Elton Jantjies, 22. Doppies la Grange.

    24 July – 17h05 Blue Bulls vs Free State Cheetahs. Pretoria

    Blue Bulls: 15. Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Stephan Dippenaar, 12. Stefan Watermeyer, 11. John Mametsa, 10. Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9. Ruan Snyman, 8. Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 7. Derick Kuün, 6. Deon Stegmann, 5. Fudge Mabeta, 4. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Gary Botha (Captain), 1. Dean Greyling.
    Replacements: 16. Bandise Maku, 17. Bees Roux, 18. Juandré Kruger, 19. CJ Stander, 20. Danie Faasen, 21. Francois Brummer, 22. Hayden Groepes.

    Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Corné Uys, 11. Jongi Nokwe, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis de Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith, 6. Hendro Scholtz (Captain), 5. Barend Pieterse, 4. Izak van der Westhuizen, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen.
    Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. Kobus Calldo, 18. Waltie Vermeulen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. JW Jonker.

  4. Thanks for the teams JT, interesting reading…and makes me even more uncertain for the Kwas vs Lions game! :?

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:53 pm:
    Reply to JT @ 6:56 pm:
    Reply to Morné @ 7:39 pm:
    Neig om saam met PappaPiepiemier te stem daar. Redelik seker die Tah’s gaan die Bulle(tjies) op hulle roer gee met Adriaan en Juan. Bulle se 2 Stephans in middeveld werk nie goed nie, 9 ook nie flash en JLP smaak my wil te veel self doen. Bietjie bekommerd oor stAAters se 9 & 10, nou nie juis watwonders, maar darem vir Carse op die bank.

    Jis, Kwas rather strong at their Kby dusthole-agge-rugby pitch. But think the Lions might suprise them, Lions played much more rugby vs WeePee and don’t think Kwas has that type of defence. Herkie Kruger probably better for countering Kwas’ kicking game, Mokuena & Doppies also back on bench.
    Kwas midfield more balanced with Louw at 13 and Geel on 12 methinks.

    Interessante naam op Kwas se spanlys – Bertus Swanepoel. Ploos, is dit die Bertus Swanepoel wat van die Valke af Frankryk toe is?

  5. CC replays were on Foxsports today… watched the WP/Tah’s game… Daniller is playing real good rugby so too Deon Fourie…

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