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CC Final – All starts with the dark-art


It is a cliche but finals are won and lost with the big men upfront and with two packs who has been performing well this Currie Cup season we can expect fireworks.

One name that pops up is Thomas du Toit who at 22 looked like an option for Coetzee in the Springbok team. This final will be one of the biggest games in Du Toit career so far as he has much to proof for inclusion into the end of year tour.

Although Du Toit has played both sides of the scrum will lo0k to settle at the number 1 jumper. That will setup a good contest between him and fellow young star Wilco Louw.

Louw has taken his game forward this year at a massive rate and looks also set to make the number 3 jersey his own in the Bok-team. Du Toit have high regard for Louw and believe he is one of the best scrummagers in the country at the moment.

Du Toit, a old Paarl Boys High product moved to Durban in 2014 so it is always personal for him when they play Province.

“It will always be a similar situation when we play Province. It’s not necessarily a grudge match, but it’s definitely personal,” Du Toit explained to Sport24

“I think that is going to make all the difference for me in changing my mindset and getting ready for this game. There’s a bit of nervous excitement going on. I’m super excited for this weekend. Playing Province is always going to be a special moment … playing in a final, a semi-final or a normal game … it’s always going to be a cracker.”

“Scrumming against Wilco is something that I’ve done a few times. It’s nice to have a friend that you scrum against. We’ve become very close through SA U-20s and now at the Bok camp,” said Du Toit.

“I know him from athletics as well … we were always friends. The props and the front row always stay together … the cauliflower brotherhood.”

With guys like Ross Geldenhuys, Franco Marais, Thomas du Toit from the Sharks and Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg you know the clash will be big come Saturday.

The two teams have also two of the better locks in the competition with JD Schickerling for Province and captain Ruan Botha for the Sharks. The other huge talking point will be the loose forwards where the Sharks have the quality of the two Du Preez twins against Carr, Coetzee(if fit for the final) and Notshe.

As a true forward I just hope the backs don’t mess it up in the final

WP and Sharks suffer injuries before final


With the semifinals dusted this weekend Province and the Sharks have suffered injury blows.

They will meet this Saturday in Durban for the Currie Cup final and already EW Viljoen and S’bu Nkosi will not be playing.

Western Province coach John Dobson has confirmed that centre EW Viljoen will not take part in next week’s Currie Cup final against the Sharks. Viljoen started at outside centre against the Golden Lions, but  he sustained a hamstring injury and was replaced by Werner Kok.

Dobson have a few option for the injured Viljoen with SP Marais and Craig Barry back from injuries. Province also has another casualty in flank Jaco Coetzee but replacement Sikhumbuzo Notshe was again a star for his side when he came on.

Sharks star S’bu Nkosi suffered a suspected dislocation of his elbow in Saturday’s semi-final against the Blue Bulls. It is uncertain how long Nkosi will be sidelined at the moment.

Nkosi was making good progress this year and it was expected that he would have been included in Coetzee Springbok squad for the November test series, but now looks like he will have to wait till next year to make his debut for the Springboks.

Province book a date with Sharks in final


Province booked a spot into the final against the Sharks next week with a 19-5 victory over the Lions.

It was Province with the first points as Du Preez got an early penalty over for a 3-0 lead with in minutes of the match.

It was the Lions that scored the first try and showed their class early on with a perfect drive over the line.

This gave them a 5-3 lead as the two teams went at each other. WP made the most play throughout the first half with the Lions to defend for most of the time.

Province took the lead through another penalty from Du Preez to make the score 6-5.

The Lions had few attacking opportunities as they played most of the half in their own half.

Province at the end scored a try to take it to 13-5 just before halftime although the try looked like a double movement from Louw.

The second half saw a bit more attack from the Lions but Province defence were able to stop them every time.

With the pressure from the Lions, Province could get points on the board every time they got a chance with penalties from Du Preez.

It was not pretty as both teams tried to dominate upfront which cause a lot of penalties at the breakdown.

At the end it was just too far for the Lions to come back from a 19-5 lead and Province made sure that they will meet the Sharks in next weeks final.


Western Province – Try: Wilco Louw. Conversion: Robert du Preez. Penalties: Du Preez (4).
Golden Lions – Try: Jaco van der Walt.


Sharks book home final


The Sharks started very well as they Blue Bulls made some nervous decisions being made in own twenty-two.

The Sharks quickly went into a 14-point lead with two tries in the first few minutes. It did not look good for the Bulls but they did come back with a try and a two penalties to bring the scores to 14-13.

The Bulls lost also a man to the bin for some silly play and where put under huge pressure from the Sharks.

That pressure amount to mistakes and the Sharks third try of the match to take the lead to 21-13.

The Blue Bulls tried all they could, but another mistake gave the Sharks another try just before halftime to lead at the break 28-13.

The Bulls did come back in the second half but the Sharks were every time able to hit back.

Flyhalf Curwin Bosch was on target with all four conversions and as well as two penalties and a drop goal for a personal haul of 17 points.

The Blue Bulls replied with three tries by prop Pierre Schoeman, scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl and centre Burger Odendaal.

Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff added all three conversions as well as two penalties.

The Sharks will host the winner of Saturday’s second semi-final between Western Province and the Golden Lions in Durban next Saturday.


Sharks – Tries: Lukhanyo Am, Kobus van Wyk, Louis Schreuder, Ruan Botha. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4). Penalties: Bosch (2). Drop goal: Bosch.
Blue Bulls – Tries: Pierre Schoeman, Ivan van Zyl, Burger Odendaal. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (3). Penalties: Boshoff (2).



Griffons 2017 First Division Champions


The Griffons did the double on Friday when their U20’s and senior side were crown champions of 2017.

It was two great matches from the Northern Free State union and they deserve all that comes there way.

The U20 Griffons team beat the U20 Limpopo Blue Bulls in their first division final early the afternoon with 29-22.

The Senior side got off to a flying start leading at one stage the Leopards 22-0 but it was a comeback from the Leopard that made the home crowd silent for 30 minutes in the middle of the match.

It was almost as if they fell asleep while the Leopards took the lead in the 50 minutes 31-25.

The Griffons then played how we expected them to do as they played all season and just took the game away in the last twenty minutes of the match scoring tries at will.

The Leopards had no answer to the tries being scored from all over the field.

At the end the Griffons won the game 60-36 and well deserved of a great season.

Next week they will take on Griquas for a promotion relegation match.


Griffons – Tries: Duan Pretorius, Juan Kotze, Tertius Maarman (2), Sherwin Cupido, Neil Claassen, Vince Maruping (2). Conversions: Kotze (5). Penalties: Kotze (2).
Leopards – Tries: Jimmy Mpailane, Gerhard Nortier, Gene Wilemse, Dane van der Westhuizen, Gideon van der Merwe, Jacques Rudolph. Conversions: Nortier (3).

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Preview Currie Cup Semi – WP v Golden Lions


The second semifinal will be as excited as the first when Province host the Golden Lions at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

This is going to be a battle within a battle but again as with the Sharks v Blue Bulls game, it will be decided by the pack of forwards.

Both teams have had a good year upfront but we also see some Springboks returning to the front rows that will make this battle even more special for those who love the dark-art of rugby.

Ruan Dreyer have come under heavy pressure due to the penalties he has been give away in the scrums both in Super Rugby and for the Springboks. He will be out there to prove himself and it will be no easy task.

The Lions front row with Dreyer, Marx and Van Rooyen will face-off against JC Janse van Rensburg, Bongi and Wilco Louw.

We can expect a huge battle upfront in the scrums and lineouts.

But the magic we expect from the backs.

Both teams have brilliant players who love to run with the ball and create space. Between the two sides we have no less than 6 internationals with most of them coming from the Lions.

The Lions have last week shown that with their star players back in the team that they did not lose any of their attacking skills from Super Rugby.

This game will be a close affair and the winner will be the one that makes the less mistakes as both teams have the ability to use mistakes of the other team to attack and score tries.

Province coach have decided to pick Leyds at fullback and keep Du Preez at the number 10 jumper with the exciting Willemse that will play of the bench.

Hang on to your heads as these two semifinals will be crackers.

Predictions: My head keeps saying that the Lions will have to much for Province but on the day Province can demolish any team. I will go with Lions with 5 points.


Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Damian Willemse

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (c)
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith,18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 22 Ashlon Davids, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Preview: Currie Cup Semi – Sharks v Blue Bulls


It is Currie Cup semifinals time and the time of the competition when the standard just goes up. The first semifinal will be from Durban where the Sharks will host the Blue Bulls.

The Sharks have been the inform team in the Currie Cup this year and coach Robert Du Preez have picked a very strong side as they aim to go all the way this year.

Win the semifinal this weekend against the Blue Bulls and the Sharks will have the luxury of hosting the final in Durban.

The Sharks have some of the most dangerous backs in the country and it will be good to see Van Wyk, Am, Louw and Nkosi going at it with ball in hand.

Add to that a very much improved Curwin Bosch and you have a back line of Super Rugby quality. Bosch have come a long way this year through Super Rugby, his first taste of Bok-rugby and most important Currie Cup rugby.

He has been great with ball in hand and with the boot, both for the uprights and to put his team on the front foot. The Sharks will want Bosch to be on top of his game this weekend.

In the forwards the Sharks have also had the bragging rights from most teams this year starting with their front row in Thomas du Toit, Marais and Ross Geldenhuys.

Du Toit must be so close to make Allister Coetzee end of year group and have been one of the best this year.

The Du Preez twins will also start this weekend which will add so much forward momentum for the Sharks. The Sharks bench are also quality from start to finish.

Micthell took over the Blue Bulls side in the Currie Cup and have worked hard to change the mindset and game of the team.

It took a while but they have finally shown the last few weeks how much they have improved as a side in this years Currie Cup.

What is the most promising for Mitchell is his youngsters that made the step up this year. It was always going to be a process for the Blue Bulls and they have come a long way to challenge the Sharks this weekend in the semifinal.

The Sharks will be looking out for guys like Gelant, Ismaiel, Odendaal and van Zyl who all had great matches leading up to the semifinal.

The one place were one feel the Blue Bulls still falls short is with their pack. They will have to stand up this Saturday and give it their all if they want to beat the Sharks.

This match will be decided by what the forwards do upfront and how many tries the exciting backs on both sides will score.

Prediction: This is madness as knockout rugby is not for the gambler anymore. On paper and on form the Sharks should take this by 10.


Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman,18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Odwa Ndungane

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Burger Odendaal (c), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin/Jannes Kirsten, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle,  1 Pierre Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Jannes Kirsten/Eli Snyman, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Duncan Matthews, 23 Jon-Roy Jenkinson.

Lions pick strong squad for semi’s


Golden Lions coach Swys De Bruin has kept the changes to his squad to the minimum as they face Province this weekend in the first semi-final.

Sylvian Mahuza was called up to the squad with Hacjivah Dayimani dropping down to the age-group teams. Springbok Dreyer has been added to the squad as the Lions aim to upset Province in Cape Town this weekend.

The Lions will have the U19, U20 and senior teams playing in semifinals this weekend showing the strength of the union.

Players like Hacjivah Dayimani, Bradley Thain, Jan-Louis La Grange, Jo Hanko de Villiers, Len Massyn, Madosh Tambwe, Manuel Rass and Rhyno Herbst, all still U21, have all played a massive role in the Lions campaign.

Springboks Coetzee, Janse van Rensburg, Skosan, Cronje, Dreyer and Marx will all be in action this weekend against Province.

Golden Lions squad: Andries Coetzee, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco van der Walt, Ross Cronje, Albertus Smith, Cyle Brink, Len Massyn, Marvin Orie, Andries Ferreira, Jacobie Adriaanse, Robbie Coetzee, Jacques van Rooyen, Malcolm Marx, Ruan Dreyer, Dylan Smith, Rhyno Herbst, Robert Kruger, Marco Jansen van Vuren, Ashlon Davids, Sylvian Mahuza.

Can the Griffons do the double?


The Down Touch Griffons Currie Cup First Division and SA Rugby U20 Championship teams will look to replicate the form that earned them back-to-back titles last season in a rewarding day for the union when they host their respective finals at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom on Friday.

In the Currie Cup First Division final – sponsored by Nashua and DirectAxis – the Down Touch Griffons take on the Leopards in a match that marks the team’s first home final since 2014, and the second successive final between the sides, while the Griffons U20’s will meet the Limpopo Blue Bulls.

The Down Touch Griffons’ senior side come off a solid season in which they suffered only one defeat – and that was in their final pool match against the Border Bulldogs after they had sealed the top spot on the log – while the Leopards, who hosted the final for the last two seasons and secured a morale-boosting away win against the Hino Valke in the semi-final, won five of their eight league games.

The teams have been closely matched on attack and defence this season, with the Down Touch Griffons scoring 57 tries and conceding 269 points to the 51 tries scored and 267 points conceded by the Leopards throughout the competition, setting the scene for a nail-biting clash.

Their round-robin match was also hard-fought with the Welkom side registering a narrow six-point victory in Potchefstroom. Spicing up the clash, the Down Touch Griffons beat the Leopards 44-25 in last season’s final – but the Leopards won the three outings prior to that, one of which was in Welkom.

The Currie Cup First Division final will be preceded by the SA Rugby U20 Championship final between defending champions, the Griffons, and the Limpopo Blue Bulls, making it a significant day for the home union.

The Griffons U20 side finished the pool stages of the competition as the top team with 13 victories in 15 matches and then defeated Boland 42-15 in the semi-final to book their final berth, while the Limpopo Blue Bulls won 10 of their matches and overpowered SWD 55-15 in the semi-final in George. With each side having won one of their two pool matches, the final is expected to be gripping.

Fixtures (Friday, 20 October):

Currie Cup First Division Final – Down Touch Griffons v Leopards

Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
Kick-off: 16h00
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Referees: Mente Paul & Mpho Matsaung
TMO: Johan Greeff

SA Rugby U20 Championship Final – Griffons v Limpopo Blue Bulls

Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
Kick-off: 13h30
Referee: Aimee Barrett
Assistant Referees: Paul Mente & Mpho Matsaung
TMO: Johan Greeff

Bulls can upset the inform Sharks


The Blue Bulls may not have had the perfect season in Super Rugby nor Currie Cup but changes are looking very good for the Pretoria base side to upset the favorites for this years Currie Cup title, The Sharks this coming Saturday in Durban.

Someone mentioned it over the weekend that nobody would really like to face the Blue Bulls in the semi finals this coming weekend and you can be sure that Robert Du Preez would have taken note of the danger that his side face this weekend against a hugely improved Blue Bulls side from what we have seen four weeks ago.

The Blue Bulls have been the most improved side the last month and they are looking like a fit and happy team under the coaching of Mitchell.

Their attacking play has been much talked about the lats couple of weeks and that can be a key for them comes Saturday. Add that the experience of Mitchell as a coach and one that have won the Currie Cup before with the Lions, it could be just what they needed to upset the Sharks.

Confidence is as much important than ability and skill and it is something the men in Blue will have plenty of going into the game. The interaction between forwards and backs and the speed on attack has been impressive from the Bulls.

With the former All Blacks coach being the master of turning ordinary sides into championship stock, it will come as no surprise that the men in blue will confidently tempt fate by seeing themselves as finalists for the second year running.

Mitchell is confident that his side can beat the Sharks this weekend and that the Bulls have nothing to lose than to go full out against the Sharks.

If we do present ourselves with a chance to get a step closer. What happens in the round robin is irrelevant, isn’t it? So we will start again and that is the great thing about finals. I will be using all my experience in that situation to prepare us as well as we can. It is always handy to have that experience as well and when the time comes we will give it a good crack,” said Mitchell.

We are expected Micthell to keep his same side when he announce it on Thursday.

The Sharks and Blue Bulls semi final will start at 17:15 on Saturday

Griffons book Currie Cup First Division home final


The Griffons will face arch-rivals, the Leopards, in their second successive Currie Cup First Division final next Friday after they fought their way through to the top two in thrilling semi-finals this past weekend.

The home final for the Griffons will mark their first since 2014, while they will participate in their third final in four seasons on Friday.

The Leopards, meanwhile, will battle it out in their third consecutive final, but this time it will be on foreign territory after having had the luxury of hosting the last two in Potchefstroom.

The Griffons, who suffered only one defeat this season, produced a solid display against the Boland Cavaliers in Welkom, which saw them dominate in almost every facet of the game, with the performance earning them a 32-21 victory.

The defending champions, who led 20-8 at the break, scored four tries to two by the visitors, while flyhalf Gaun Kotze kept the scoreboard ticking with his accurate goal-kicking for a personal total of 12 points.

The Leopards, meanwhile, held on for a narrow 26-23 victory against the Valke in Brakpan. The Potchefstroom side started the clash strongly as they scored three tries and converted two, while they limited the hosts to a solitary penalty goal in the first half for an encouraging 19-3 lead.

The Valke, however, fought back with intent after the break to score two tries, one of which was scored by flyhalf Warren Potgieter, who added two conversions and two more penalty goals to take his tally for the match to 18 points.

The fourth try by the Leopards in the second half, however, was enough to see them through to the final.

Griffons 32 (20) Boland Cavaliers 21 (8)

Griffons – Tries: Khwezi Mkhafu, Neil Claassen, Cody-Anthony Basson, Tertius Maarman. Conversions: Gaun Kotze (3). Penalty Goal: Gaun Kotze. Drop Goal: Gaun Kotze.

Boland Cavaliers – Tries: Elgar Watts, Sergio Torrens. Conversion: Divan Nel. Penalty Goals: Divan Nel (3).

Valke 23 (3) Leopards 26 (19)

Valke – Tries: Andries Schutte, Warren Potgieter. Conversions: Warren Potgieter (2). Penalty Goals: Warren Potgieter (3).

Leopards – Tries: Loftus Morrison (2), Juan Language, Gene Willemse. Conversions: Gerhard Nortier (3).

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Rampant Lions secure semi final spot


Lions ensured a semi final clash with Province next week at Newlands after beating Free State 44-17 on Saturday.

The Lions had a great start againt he Free State and put huge pressure on with great interplay between forward and backs.

The took not long to get over for their first try with Skosan at the end of some freat hands in the corner.

The Lions quickly extend the lead with a penalty to 10-0 with the Free State getting on the board with a penalty of their own.

The Lions kept the presure on and played in the Free State half but were shocked with an intercept try from Mapimpi which reduced their lead to 13-10 after 39 min.

The second half it was just Lions as they took their opertunities and the Free State never really had enough time on the ball.

The Lions run tries and dominated play in almost every aspect of the match with their backline running into space with some great handling.

It all started with a strong run down the line by Brink. That made the lead just to much for the Free State to catch up.

The Lions were not finished with Springbok team mates Marx and Skosan combining to send Skosan over for his second of the match after a great break by Marx and even better offload to Skosan.

Two more tries where scored by the Lions with Kwagga Smith going over as well as Kruger after the hooter.

This ensured a showdown next week against Province in the semi’s


Golden Lions – Try: Skosan (2), Brink, Smith, Kruger. Conversions: Vd Walt (4), Coetzee. Penalties: Vd Walt (3).
FS Cheeteahs – Tries: Mapimpi, Schoeman. Conversions: Stapelberg (2). Penalty: Stapelberg.

Province secure home semi with win over Sharks


The game only got alive in the second half as Western Province secured a win and booked their place in the play-offs for a home semi-final next week.

Province eventually won the game 31-20 after trailing the log leaders 13-3 at the break and looked out of it.

They created enough changes in the first half but too much senseless kicking and handling errors kept them from getting more than the solid penalty in the first 40 minutes.

The Sharks looked like a well-oiled machine in that first half dominating the scrums and put Province under pressure.

They were the first to score with a penalty from Bosh who again control the Sharks from 10.

They were also the first to score a try through Louw who took the perfect line after some hard work from their forwards.

Bosch ended the half with a massive 40 meter drop goal which took the Sharks to 13-3 at the break.

The second half was much better for Province as they dominated time on the ball and took their changes. It was Du Preez who took the first step for them with a great try early in the second half.

This made the Sharks lead only 13-10.

Dup Preez was yet again on the end of a perfect move from the backs from a lineout for Du Preez to score his team and his second try of the match.

This gave Province the lead and they never gave it up again.

The Sharks did not get back in the game and made to many mistakes on attack. Province extended their lead with a try from Duvenage who snipped around the breakdown after a breakout from Province.

The game was all but lost for the Sharks at this point but Province had one more in then to secure a bonus point when Schickerling burst over moments later.

This made the score 31-13 with minutes to go. The Sharks did score the last try through Van Wyk but it was far too little too late as Province took the win.



Tries – Louw, Van Wyk

Penalties – Bosch

Drop – Bosch

Cons – Bosch(2)

Western Province

Tries –Du Preez(2), Duvenage, Schickerling

Penalties – Du Preez

Cons – Du Preez(4)

Try fest at Loftus as Blue Bulls beat Pumas


The Blue Bulls showed on Friday night that are a contender to lift the Currie Cup trophy in a few weeks time when they ran in eight tries to beat the Pumas 52-32.

That gave them a bonus point and almost assured a place in the semi-finals next week. Their faith is left in the match later on Saturday between the Golden Lions and the Free State Cheetahs.

The only way the Blue Bulls will be knocked out is if the Lions win and the Cheetahs gets two bonus points for a loss.

The Blue Bulls were full value for their win and whee playing some sensational rugby which also show off their handling skills with players running into space.

The Pumas was first to score and get on the board with a try from Jannie Stander but it was immediately counter with one from the Blue Bulls when Marutlulle ran like wing down the line to score in the corner.

The Pumas was successful with a penalty to take the lead again but the Bulls came back yet again when Ivan van Zyl score their next try.

The Blue Bulls started to dominate the later part of the half with two great tries from Gelant and Ismaiel to end teh half the stronger.


Gelant’s five-pointer was a superb individual effort where he stabbed a grubber kick through which he regathered before crossing the whitewash.

The second half went the Blue Bulls way with Van Staden and Odendaal scoring for the them before Engelbrecht got one over for the Pumas.


That did not stop the Blue Bulls momentum with Ismaiel again visiting the Pumas goal line and Jackson scoring not long after that.

The Pumas never gave up and scored a late try by Gavor and Herne but it was not good enough against the Blue Bulls on the night.

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Marutlulle, I van Zyl, Gelant, Ismaiel 2, Van Staden, Odendaal, Jackson
Cons: Boshoff 6
Yellow Card: Schoeman

For Pumas:
 Stander, Engelbrecht, Gavor, Hearne
Cons: Marais  3
Pens: Marais 2
Yellow Card: Cloete

Preview – Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs


Now this is going to be a cracker and a great way to end the regular season of Currie Cup this weekend.

The Free State and Golden Lions have pulled in the Calvary for this match as it is a must win situation for both teams. The luxury they do have is that they will know exactly what needs to be done when they kick off at 17:00 on Saturday to make the play-offs.

The Lions have had a disappointing season this year but  one can understand it when you take that they have not had the used of their top players who was either playing for the Springboks, in Japan or are injured.

To top that they lost their inspirational coach, Ackerman with De Bruin coming in after two games in the season to start a rebuild process with allot of junior players. Last week against Province these same youngsters showed how much they have progressed this season under De Bruin with the come from behind win.

De Bruin have pulled in his big guns for this home match as they have to put it all on the line to get into that play-offs. Fans will be happy that Springboks Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Ross Cronje have all been included in the starting fifteen. Marx will make his impact felt of the bench on Saturday as well.

The Free State also did not hold back in picking almost their whole PRO14 team for this clash. The PRO14 is taking a break fo rthe next two weeks as the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup starts in Europe.

This is a strong Cheetahs team as they go full out to qualify and stand a chance to defend their title next week.

This looks like it is going to be a classic match between these two side which have seen often when they do meet. The Lions have a slight advantage playing at home but this Cheetahs side have been playing some great rugby in the last few weeks in the PRO14 and have improve a hel of a lot on their defence.

The Lions have a brilliant backline on paper with some major game breakers in this side the only worry is that they have not played together as a team nor as combinations for many weeks and this can disrupt the flow and momentum of the team.

No matter what the result I expect a classic so hold on to your hats…

Prediction: The most difficult one of the lot this weekend but I have to look at the Cheetahs for the win as they are a well gelled team playing some good rugby in a PRO14 which is much higher standard than the Currie Cup, Free State by 5 points


Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Robert Kruger/Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Sylvian Mahuza

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Raymond Rhule, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Teboho Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Jacques du Toit, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Luther Obi

Preview: Sharks v Province


Over the last few years the coastal derbies has become almost the same as the old north versus south one’s when Western Province and the Sharks clash in Currie Cup or Super Rugby.

This weekend we have Province traveling up the coast to face the top side in the Currie Cup this year, the Sharks, in Durban. One can just hope that the weather is not to bad for both teams to give us a great clash.

The Sharks have been above the rest this season with the rest scrambling for places in the play-offs. Since the week 1 defeat the Sharks suffered against a full strength Cheetahs side while their top players were fighting it out in the Super Rugby play-offs, the Sharks have not lost a match.

They have swept most teams off the field this year as coach Robert Du Preez is busy building a create culture and team in Durban.

The Sharks have the perfect balance in their team with one of the strongest packs combined with great backline players that can run the game and a great 10 that control the game when it is tight.

If their is one team that can really challenge the Sharks it has to be Western Province which have a similar team setup with a great pack and exciting backs.

The problem for Province is however that they are more inconsistent than a 16 year girl. For some unexplained reason as well, Dobson have decided that young and exciting Damien Wilemse must play fullback rather than the pivotal position of flyhalf.

This match will be won and lost upfront, with two good packs taking each other on. Du Preez decided to use his best players for the match as the Sharks prepare for whoever they face next week in the semi-finals.

Ruan Botha will captain the Sharks from number 5 with Dan Du Preez at eight and his brother Jean-Luc playing of the bench hoping for a huge impact in the second half from the Springbok.

At the back Am is back to pare up with Louw and Nkosi and Ndungane on the outside. I have been massively impressed with April at fullback as he brings another great attacking opportunity to the Sharks from deep.

This is something Province will have to take note off as they played a very dull and dumb kicking game last week against the Lions which cost them the game. Senseless kicking from Province will result in tries for the Sharks with guys like April, Nkosi and Ndungane at the back.

Province also welcomed back some Springbok in Wilco Louw and Leyds. With names like Leyds, Senatla and Willemse at the back, province have the ability to attack from deep with power and speed. They will have to be on top of their game as the Sharks have been the best defensive team in the competition this year.

Robert Du Preez will pull over the Province jersey against his dad team on Saturday and they will need him to have a great game if they want to stand any change in winning this match.

The Sharks is not playing for more than keeping the winning momentum in looking forward to next weeks semi-final with Province wanting this win to secure their home semi-final.

It should be a cracker and we hope the teams brings it on Saturday.

Prediction: Both teams are potential Cup winners and it all depends who win that mini battles but I have to go with the home side by 7 just because Province have been so inconsistent in what they have done this year


Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Jacobus van Wyk

Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen


Lions pull their Boks in for Free State clash


The Golden Lions are boosted by a couple of returning Springboks for their Currie Cup showdown with the Free State Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Lions, currently in fourth position on the log, need a win to ensure that they progress to the tournament semi-finals.

Springbok fullback Andries Coetzee, scrumhalf Ross Cronje and wing Courtnall Skosan have all been included in the starting line-up for the match, while hooker Malcolm Marx takes his place on the bench.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.


Golden Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Robert Kruger/Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Jansen van Vuren 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Sylvian Mahuza

Leyds and Louw back for WP


Springboks Dillyn Leyds and Wilco Louw both return for Western Province in their final league game of the Currie Cup against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Both players featured for the Springboks against the All Blacks in an epic Test at Newlands last week, but are back in the blue and white hoops this week as Western Province look to secure a semi-final place.

Louw is at tighthead prop, alongside Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg in the front row, while Leyds features on the wing, with Ruhan Nel moving to inside centre to partner Huw Jones in midfield.

The only other change to the starting line-up sees Jaco Coetzee on the flank for the coastal derby which kicks off at 15:00 at Kings Park on Saturday.

Western Province coach John Dobson said that his team will be going all out to secure a playoff place.

“We know that we need to raise our game as a team this weekend and the players will be going  flat out to deliver the result,” Dobson said.

“It will be a major challenge to go to Durban, but one that we have embraced as a team.”


Western Province

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen

Free State pick strongest side possible for Lions


Raymond Rhule will start at fullback for the Free State Cheetahs in their crucial Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Cheetahs are currently third on the log, and a victory would guarantee them a spot in the semi-finals.

Rhule’s inclusion as the last line of defence is an interesting one given his well-documented defensive struggles against the All Blacks in South Africa’s 57-0 loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this year.

The in-form Makazole Mapimpi, meanwhile, will start on the left wing after having had an extended run with the Cheetahs PRO14 team.

“This is an extremely important game for the Free State Cheetahs. We will be pushing as hard as we can to get results,” said coach Rory Duncan.

Kick-off on Saturday will be at 17:15.

FS Cheetahs

15 Raymond Rhule, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Oupa Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justoin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais

Substitutes: 16 Ox Nche, 17 Hacques du Toit, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Ali Mjijima, 22 Luther Obi

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Sharks pick strong side for WP clash


The Sharks will close out the pool stages of this year’s Currie Cup competition when we host Western Province at Kings Park this Saturday afternoon andLukhanyo Am returns to the side from injury.

With home ground advantage for next weekend’s semi-final already all sewn up, the Sharks don’t need a result to maintain their status as log leaders.

Western Province come into the match having suffered an unexpected 29-20 defeat to the Lions last week which has put into jeopardy not only hosting a semi-final as runner-up in the pool stages, but the very real threat that a loss could knock them out of the next round completely.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez is clearly not taking this match lightly, having selected his strongest possible side.

Am returns from injury to take his place at centre, with Tristan Blewett shifting to the bench, in the only change to the team that defeated the Lions two weeks ago.

On the bench, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jean-Luc du Preez return from Springbok commitments, while Louis Schreuder is back after missing the Lions match, due to a family reasons and Kobus van Wyk is over the injury that side-lined him.

“The last thing you want to do is go into a semi-final having lost the last game, but for us, winning isn’t all we’re focusing on, but rather getting better from two weeks ago when we played the Lions,” said wing Odwa Ndungane.

“We want to make sure we keep improving. We already have a guaranteed home semi-final, so there isn’t any pressure on us this weekend, but we want to go out and play well, to keep improving.”



15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’bu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Kobus van Wyk

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Preview: Blue Bulls v Pumas


It is all or nothing for the Blue Bulls and Pumas when they face off this weekend at Loftus in their last round of Currie Cup match before the play-offs.

Both teams will want to go out and secure full points to ensure that they are still in the running for this years Currie Cup and we expect some great matches in all the Currie Cup fixtures this weekend.

Blue Bulls coach Mitchel have said this week it is about progress and growth for them but we know that nothing beat it to be in the reckoning when the Currie Cup trophy is up for grabs. This year it makes it even more excited with the teams so closely match with only the Sharks that have stand really out above the rest.

The Blue Bulls and Pumas will put their best team forward this weekend with the Blue Bulls that have shown so much improvement with their young side this season after a terrible start. They have become a dangerous outfit in the later stages of the competition with their back-line scoring tries from anywhere on the field.

Their biggest problem has been their defense letting through almost as much tries than what they have scored this season and all is still not 100% in their tight-five.

This is the areas where the Pumas will look to challenge the Blue Bulls and will want to make a huge impact with their pack which has given most teams some problems this season.

Both teams have good halfbacks and if it comes down to kicks they do have the boots to kick that vital one’s over.

With more emphasis this season on attack by most teams we can expect that this will be a match where we will see plenty of tries as both team will be gunning for that win and bonus points, more so the Pumas.

Even at Loftus the Blue Bulls will need to pitch up with a Puma team that have upset most teams this season.

Something that caught my eye this last couple of weeks from the Blue Bulls was their conditioning, they look much fitter and they play for 80 minutes so the Pumas will have to bring it all for the full match.

Prediction: This is a great start to the weekend rugby and I do believe the Blue Bulls have the team to beat the Pumas specially their backs, allot will depend on the tight-five and the set pieces but I give this one for the Blue Bulls by 10 points.


BULLS: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (c), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Travis Ismaiel

PUMAS: 15 Gerrit Smit, 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbel, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jannie Stander, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Khwezi Mona
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Gerrie Labuschagne

It is Currie Cup crunch-time


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….

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
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
6 Steval Pumas 11 4 0 7 316 319 -3 26
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 CronjeCourtnall SkosanAndries CoetzeeMalcolm 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…













Cheetahs to use PRO14 players against Lions


The Toyota Cheetahs are having a two week break from the PRO14 with the European Championship starting this weekend. With that in mind the Cheetahs Currie Cup side are fighting for survival in to defend their title and are facing the Golden Lions this weekend for a place in the play-offs.

With only the Sharks assured at this stage of a place in the playoffs it is all for one for this weekend.

The current log standings shows that any team from number 6 to number 2 on the log still have to fight for that last three playoff spots.

The Lions currently at number four on the log needs to win against the Cheetahs to secure a playoff spot with the Blue Bulls and Pumas just 3 and four points behind them.

Here is the current log standings:

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
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
6 Steval Pumas 11 4 0 7 316 319 -3 26
7 Tafel Lager Griquas 12 4 0 8 391 458 -67 26


The defending champions will start with the best available team when they play against the Xerox Golden Lion.

The Free State said their vision and objective was still to keep the Currie Cup in the Free State so will treat this game as a final.

Players will be assess this week and a final decision on the team will be taken from the full Cheetahs couching team which includes Franco Smith (Director of rugby), Rory Duncan, Corniel van Zyl, Daniel Human, Charl Strydom and Dave Williams.

Defending the Currie Cup is a high priority for the Cheetahs

Second half comeback seals it for Griquas


Griquas came back in the second half to beat the Pumas 38-35 in Nelspruit on Saturday

It was a big game for both teams but it was the Pumas that took their changes better in the first half and make the lucky bounces bounce their way.

From the start they put pressure on the Griquas and scored their first of four tries within the first 4 minutes of the game.

Griquas struggled to get into the game and made to many mistakes on attack with some great defensive structures from the Pumas.

The Pumas extended their lead throughout the first half and had their bonus point secured with more than 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Griquas only managed a penalty in the early exchanges but got over for their first try just before the break to make the score 28-10.

Griquas had the perfect start with a great try from their own half to make the lead of the Pumas only 28-17.

Griquas start to the second half was great as they took the advantages that came their way and got their third try from an intercept close to their own line to make the lead of Pumas only 4 points.

It seems the Griquas was the only team that came out after halftime as they kept scoring points and Pumas left to making crucial errors.

With their bonus point try the Griquas got to 24 just 4 points behind the Pumas but Pumas found their first try of the second half and stretch the lead again to 35-24.

With pressure mounting Griquas made a crucial play to score the try of the match and the lead of 37-35 with minutes left.

Griquas kept the pressure on and stayed in the Pumas half to win the game with one of the memorable come backs this year.


Steval Pumas

Tries – Engelbrecht(2), Marko Janse van Rensburg, Hennie Skorbinski, Frankie Herne,

Penalties –

Cons – Kobus Marais(4)

Tafel Lager Griquas

Tries – Kyle Steyn, De Wet Kruger, Wendal Wehr, Arendse, De Wet Kruger

Penalties – George Whitehead(1)

Cons – George Whitehead(4)


Blue Bulls stay in hunt for play-offs with win over Free State


It started as a must win game for the Blue Bulls and they showed from the start that they wanted to go out for the full 5 points on offer in the game.

The Blue Bulls are starting to look like a really good team as they do the basics right and have some slick handling which gave them allot of go forward ball.

It was Van Zyl who took a quick tap and put the visitors on the board with 7-0. The Blue Bulls looked very dangerous every time they got their hands on the ball.

The Free State, although starved from the ball did took their opportunities and scored three tries of their own in the first half.

Although the Blue Bulls already had the bonus point in the bag by halftime they will be disappointed that they only led by 4 points after dominating the match for most of that half.

The second half as with the first belong to the Blue Bulls as they dominate play and keep ball in hand. The kept the scoreboard ticking over and the Free State was stretch on defence for most of the match.

What has been impressive from the Blue Bulls was the way they scored their tries and how most of the team was involved of most of their tries.

Although the Free State came back during the second half with some tries of their own the Blue Bulls looked always as the one that will score more tries on the night.

With this win the Blue Bulls stay in the hunt for a play-off spot.


Free State Cheetahs

Tries – Greef, Maartens(3), Jansen van Rensburg

Penalties – Petzer

Cons – Petzer(3)

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Tries – Van Zyl, Odendaal(3), Gelant(3), Matthews, Grobbelaar, Gaba

Penalties –

Cons – Boshoff(5), Jantjies (2)


Currie Cup Preview


It is almost play-off time in the Currie Cup of 2017 with at this stage only the Sharks assured of their place in the play-offs

In all respect every team in the competition still have a shot in making it to the play-offs but this weekends results will end the hopes for a few teams if they lose.

Here is a look at the current standings:

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Cell C Sharks 11 10 0 1 332 198 134 47
2 DHL Western Province 10 6 0 4 359 259 100 32
3 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 10 6 0 4 304 350 -46 30
4 Xerox Golden Lions 10 4 0 6 273 358 -85 25
5 Steval Pumas 10 4 0 6 281 281 0 24
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls 10 3 0 7 341 374 -33 22
7 Tafel Lager Griquas 11 3 0 8 353 423 -70 21

Friday match will be more important for the Blue Bulls than the Free State with the last minute lost last week for the Blue Bulls against Western Province. It seems that the Blue Bulls are starting to find there rhythm with their new coach and young players he has put his trust in this Currie Cup season.

The Blue Bulls almost like the Springboks are playing an much improved and attractive game but still need time to develop.

This should be an win for the Blue Bulls as they are coming up against a very young Free State side who has most of their senior players playing in PRO14 this year.

Although the Free State have surprise many the last two weeks, one have to except that the Blue Bulls may be to strong for the men from Bloemfontein.

A win for the Blue Bulls will keep them in the race but a lost will surely end their hopes to make the play-offs so we can expect a Blue Bulls side that will come out fighting for 80 minutes.

It will be a great start to the weekend rugby and a game that should not be missed.


Free State Cheetahs –15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Ali Mgijima, 12 Lloyd Greeff, 11 Vuyani Maqina, 10 Robbie Petzer, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Nicolaas Immelman, 6 Chris Dry (c), 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Dennis Visser, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Johan Kotze.
Subs: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 18 Andrew Kuhn, 19 Jeremy Jordaan, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 JP Smith, 22 Stephan Janse van Rensburg.

Blue Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (c), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle,  1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Boom Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

This will be one of the better match-ups this weekend as the Pumas and Griquas will fight it out in Nelspruit. As the two smallest unions in the Currie Cup they have fight way above their abilities this year and although the Griquas have stumbled a bit in the middle part of the season they are playing some good old Griquas rugby again.

With two wins the lats two weeks Griquas will want to go to Nelspruit on Saturday and play not just for log points to keep their slight hopes alive to get into the play-offs but also to revenge the defeat they suffered at the hands of the Pumas at home earlier in the season.

They Pumas have been absolutely brilliant this year and almost unbeaten at home so it will be no easy task for Griquas to come and beat them on Saturday.

There have been some great players standing up for both teams this year and unions that have always produced talent and Springboks we can expect some of these players to wear the green and gold in years to come.

Both teams have been unpredictable on attack and have a great pack of forwards to lay the foundation to play the attacking game they have this year.

This is expected to be a close one so definitely worth while watching if you cannot make your way to the stadium.


Pumas – 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smit, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (c), 11 Ruwellyn Isbel, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Subs: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Theo Maree/Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Selom Gavor

Griquas – 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Jonathan Francke, 11 Kyle Steyn, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 De Wet Kruger, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 FP Pelser, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Stephan Kotzé, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Subs: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Marius Fourie, 18 Jonathan Adendorff, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Shaun McDonald, 21 Renier Botha, 22 André Swarts.

Sitting second on the log does not mean that Western Province is by all means safe in getting their spot in the play-offs as they have to travel to Johannesburg this weekend to face a always improving Golden Lions side.

Although the Lions have been well beaten last week in a wet and bizarre match in Durban they have found some form and playing a much better brand of rugby than the start of the season.

Western Province have been one of the more exciting teams this year but they have blown hot and cold throughout the season which is a problem when you get to this stage of the season. They have some quality players in their team and will be a huge effort from the Lions on Sunday even if they are playing at home.

The Lions have lost allot of players to the Springboks, Japan and to injury which make their squad a very young and inexperienced side. It took a while for them to get going this Currie Cup season but anyone writing a Lions side off these days will eat their hat.

The Lions are currently in forth spot on the log but have the Blue Bulls, Pumas and Griquas chasing them for that play-off spot and winning against Western Province will make it much easier for them to get that play-off spot.

This game should be a great entertaining match-up and one that will definitely be worth while offering up your Sunday afternoon snooze.


Golden Lions – TBC

Western Province – TBC

Griquas run away against Free State


Griquas was able to run riot against the Free State on Saturday when they beat them 59-24.

Griquas have been playing to stay out of the relegation match at the end of the season for a few weeks now and non-more important that against the Free State on Saturday.

They started the match well creating opportunities early on putting the Free State under huge pressure forcing them into mistakes and penalties.

The host was first to score with a great try from Sias Koen which Whitehead converted. This gave them a 7-0 lead.

The Free State did not sit back and immediately hit back with a try of their own after a first one was disallowed.

They soon took the lead with their second try as they got over the Griquas defence.

With the Free State leading 14-7 Griquas also hit back with two quick tries to take the lead back.

With 21-14 lead, they extended the lead through Whitehead with a penalty but Free State got three points back just before halftime.

This gave the Griquas a 24-17 lead at the break.

The Free State had the better start to the second half and were the one that put the pressure this time on the host.

They were rewarded with the first try of the second half with Africa the man over and level the score again at 24-all.

Both teams tried their best as the launch attack on attack but defences were good enough to hold them out.

It took some brilliant play from Griquas to take the lead again when Kruger went over for the lead of 31-24 after 54 minutes.

The Griquas team worked hard to stay in the Free State half and they got the opportunity to drive from a lineout which they did to extend their lead to 38-24.

The Free State did not stand back and tried to fight back but the Griquas defence was brilliant at times especially in their own twenty-two.

It was Griquas who got over the line again with a brilliant try which saw almost all the players handle the ball and a lead of 45-24.

With Griquas controlling the game the Free State had no answer conceding tries and yellow cards in the process.

Griquas was able to score two more tries before the end of the match to win the game 59-24.


Griquas – Tries: Koen, Meyer, Wehr, Kruger, le Roux, Brandt, Pretorius, Coertzen. Conversions: Whitehead (5), Swarts (3). Penalty: Whitehead.
FS Cheetahs – Tries: Dweba, Dry, Mkhabela. Conversions: Petzer (3). Penalty: Petzer

Sharks beat Lions in wet Durban


For the second week in a row the Sharks came out winners in a wet Durban when they beat the Golden Lions 24-10 on Friday.

The match was temporary suspended in play with stormy conditions in Durban but it was the Sharks that more better again in the wet pouncing on the Lions mistakes.

Bosch opened the scoring for the Sharks with a penalty with Thomas du Toit that extended the Sharks’ lead with the game’s first try after picking up and diving over from a few centimetres out.

Bosch extended the lead with yet another penalty landed another penalty before the match was suspended due to fears of lightening strikes. When it resumed, no points were scored and at half-time, the Sharks were 11-0 up.

This was a commanding lead in the conditions and the Lions found it difficult to control the ball making just too many mistakes.

Lions full-back Jaco van der Walt scored his side’s first points through a penalty before Bosch canceled it out with one of his own.

Sharks Keegan Daniel was sinned binned prior to these penalties but the Lions could not capitalise on it.

Bosch was again on the board with another penalty before winger Odwa Ndungane pounced on a loose ball in the air which a Lions player lost, sold a dummy and went over in the corner.

With only a few minutes remaining, Bosch showed his class with a cooly-slotted drop goal.

One minute before the final hooter, scored through Anthony Volmink who gathered the ball and dotted down. Van der Walt nailed the conversion, but the Sharks would not be denied their 24-10 victory.

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Tries: Du Toit, Ndungane
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 3
Drop goal: Bosch
Yellow card: Daniel

For Golden Lions:
Try: Volmink
Con: Van der Walt
Pen: Van der Walt

Currie Cup Preview


The Currie Cup is moving into the last few matches before the playoffs and we can expect things to heat up. I must say that I quit enjoyed last weekends Currie cup matches as the teams produce a higher standard of play.

The Sharks already qaulified for the playoffs and it is now between a few others to fight it out for the other three spots.

Here is the current log standings….

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Cell C Sharks 10 9 0 1 308 188 120 43
2 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 9 6 0 3 280 291 -11 30
3 DHL Western Province 9 5 0 4 313 214 99 27
4 Xerox Golden Lions 9 4 0 5 263 334 -71 25
5 Steval Pumas 10 4 0 6 281 281 0 24
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls 9 3 0 6 296 328 -32 20
7 Tafel Lager Griquas 10 2 0 8 294 399 -105 16

The last three spots for the semi’s can still be taken by five teams with only Griquas looking who will not be able to fight it out with only three games to go.

This weekend sees another few great match-ups coming our way and we start on Friday already with the Sharks and Golden Lions fighting it out.

Now you don’t need a semi final spot to make this a classic and with the Lions still have to fight for a place in the play-offs we can expect a great match-up. One just hope the weather plays it part so that we can see these two exciting teams giving it a full go.

It has not been a great start for new Lions coach De Bruyn nor the Lions but we can thank SARU in a way for that with the Currie Cup starting in the Super Rugby Play-offs already. It is no excuse with the Lions having a brilliant group of young players that will grow as they get more game time but it would have helped the Sharks, Stormers and Lions if the Currie Cup was better structured this year.

The Sharks have been the inform team this year with Robert Du Preez building a group of players that can take on the best in Super Rugby next year.

Their forwards have been impressive and with great ball the backs were able to play a most exciting game throughout the season. It is always said that the mark of a great team is to win even if you have an off day and that is exactly what the Sharks have done this season.

After the poor start to the season Swys and his troops have founded their winning ways again with the Lions playing the brand of rugby that we used to. Janse Van Rensburg has been a star for the Lions of late and is getting back to his best again.

His partnership with Vorster has clicked into gear and the Sharks will have to sharp to keep these two speedsters at bay. Jaco van der Walt is also back to his best and with Mahuza and Dyantyi their started to form a formidable back three.

Curwin Bosch is one of the players in the Sharks setup that will give the Lions allot to think about. The young flyhalf were great in the wet last week and have dominated the game well. He was also a standout in the Super Rugby playoff between the two teams and will be key to the Sharks team.

The Sharks is not anymore just a forward pack that can dominate but have some if not the best backs in the country at the moment. With the try-scoring machine of Nkosi defence will play a vital role in this game.

Nothing against the other match-ups this weekend but this is for me the game of the weekend in the Currie Cup.


Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tristan Blewett, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’bu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements:16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Inny Radebe, 22 Rhyno Smith.

Golden Lions: 5 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (c).
Replacements: 16 Sti Sithole, 17 Pieter Jansen, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Bradley Thain, 22 Anthony Volmink/Stokkies Hanekom.


We talk about the Jukskei River  derbies and the North versus South but we sometimes forget about the big clash in middle earth when the Cheetahs and Griquas take each other on.

These are normally the game we live for and brings out the best when arch-rivals clash in a game of rugby and at the end of the day the reason why we love this game so much. Griquas have had most properly the worst season in years and the players and coaches will be first to admit this.

Some decisions have also not always gone their way but mostly they have not been able to put constant performances together to stay in the hunt of the play-offs. Only a miracle will help them get into the play-offs and we normally do not see allot of that in the game of rugby.

This means they will be playing for pride in their last few Currie Cup matches which makes it very dangerous for any team facing them now as they have nothing to lose.

The Griquas normally do not lie down long and against Free State we can expect that the guys will give it their all on Saturday.

The Cheetahs started like a house on fire this year but had to settle for a very young team to continue after the PRO14 started. They have slipped a bit but had a good win against the Pumas last week at home which keep them in the hunt of that final spots.

The team has grown allot and one of the best things looking at them this Currie Cup season is the fact that they just never give up no matter what the scoreboard say.

The Free State always have some exciting players in their team and this match-up against Griquas will hopefully spark the two teams into a higher gear.

The match will be another classic and one not to miss on Saturday.


Griquas: TBA

Free State: TBA

The people for the the south and north will tell you that you do not get much bigger than when The Blue Bulls and WP play each other and this Sunday the two enemies clash at Loftus.

This is a big one for both and slip-ups will cost teams dearly in this late state of the season so we can expect the normal full go at each other.

The Blue Bulls are almost at a stage in the season that they cannot afford to lose anymore games and a loss against WP will not just hurt the ego but also the change to get a play-off spot. The race on top of the log is tight for that final three spots and we can be assured that both teams will go full tilt on Sunday.

With so many personal and player changes this season so far the Blue Bulls have struggled and they have only showed us in patches how good they can be. Luckily for them we have again this year a WP team that blows hot and cold and can not dominate week in an week out.

The most disappointing aspect of WP rugby at the moment and it has been for a few seasons, they just cannot put two or three good wins together. It has been the same at the Stormers and something that will make coach Dobson want to pull out the hair he no longer has.

Both teams have some exciting youngsters that brings that so-called x-factor and supporters and coaches have expected much more from their players.

Mitchell is busy building a team and culture with the Bulls and it seems to take a bit longer than what the fans expected but this late in the season will be a good indication against a very good WP team.

The match will be again one of that matches where no inch is given and we can expect the two teams to have a full go, hopefully they will be able to produced one of those classic matches from years gone by.


Blue Bulls: TBA

Western Province: TBA



Province back to winning ways


Western Province secured a comprehensive 55-27 bonus-point victory over the Griquas at Newlands in Currie Cup action on Saturday.

The home side scored seven tries, including three match-ending scores late in the second-half after the Griquas picked up a costly yellow card.

George Whitehead slotted a penalty kick for the away side to open the scoring before the mercurial Western Province fly-half Damian Willemse levelled the scored with an effort of his own.

Whitehead landed another three pointer before a 12th minute interception from Griquas winger Ederies Arendse saw him sprint half the length of the field to score. His effort was made even more impressive by the fact that he outsprinted Sevens star Seabelo Senatla before Whitehead converted.

After 19 minutes, WP flanker Cobus Wiese crashed over from five metres out to score a converted try. A powerful line-out drive saw the hosts score again, this time Chad Solomon dotting down from the tail end of the maul. Dillyn Leyds sent a lofted ball to Sevens star Werner Kok in the 33rd minute and Kok did well to beat two remaining defenders to score and make the half-time score read 24-13 to Province.

Kok scored again through a clean break 40 seconds after the restart and secured the home side’s bonus point. Province prop Wilco Louw was then sent to the sin bin for leading into a tackle with his shoulder in the 50th minute.

Griquas scrum-half Renier Botha scored a converted try two minutes later. Dean Muir scored a try for the hosts before Griquas forward Abraham Le Roux was yellow carded.

Following this, WP scored a further 3 tries, including a double for reserve forward Caylib Oosthuizen, and secured an impressive 55-27 victory.

Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Werner Kok, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Johan du Toit, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Ruhan Nel

Griquas: 15 Eric Zana, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Kevin Kaba, 7 Sias Koen (c), 6 De Wet Kruger, 5 Sintu Manjezi, 4 Jonathan Janse Van Rensburg, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Devon Martinus.
Replacements: 16 Abraham Le Roux, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Shaun McDonald, 19 Conway Pretorius, 20 Christiaan Meyer, 21 Christopher Bosch, 22 Adriaan Coertzen

The scorers:

For Western Province:
Tries: Wiese, Solomon, Kok 2, Du Toit, Oosthuizen 2
Cons: Willemse 4, Du Preez 3
Pens: Willemse 2
Yellow Card: Louw

For Griquas:
Tries: Arendse, Botha, Kruger
Cons: Whitehead 3
Pens: Whitehead 2
Yellow Card: Le Roux

Bosch and Nkosi stars in Sharks win


The Sharks earned a hard-fought 18-5 win over the Blue Bulls in rainy conditions at Kings Park Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Sharks fly-half Curwin Bosch was the star of the show as he created Nkosi’s try and slotted a monstrous, match winning drop-goal late in the second half.

The home side scored the game’s first try after two minutes when a perfectly weighted Curwin Bosch cross-kick to the left was gathered by newly Bok-selected winger Sibusiso Nkosi who went in for his eighth try of the Currie Cup season.

The Sharks scored their second in the 17th minute when scrum-half Michael Classens sent a long ball wide right to Keegan Daniel, who snuck over for a converted try. The Sharks led 12-0 at half-time.

Ten minutes into the second, Blue Bulls lock Ashton Fortuin grabbed a loose ball from a five meter scrum to dive over for a try. Bosch landed a penalty minutes later to extend the Sharks’ lead to ten points.

In the 72nd minute, Bosch landed a sensational drop-goal from almost 50 meters out, making it necessary for the Blue Bulls to score two tries to win the match.

As it turned out the Sharks ran out comfortable winners while the Blue Bulls were unable to secure a losing bonus point.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries: Nkosi, Daniel
Con: Bosch
Pen: Bosch
Drop goal: Bosch

For the Blue Bulls:

Live Match Centre – Saturday


It was an exciting Friday night matches and plenty of surprises coming as well. We had wins from the Cheetahs, Benetton, Ulster, Glasgow and a good Currie Cup win for the Free State over the Pumas.

We have a great line-up on Saturday for you to keep you glued to your TV Screens.

Saturday Matches:

Currie Cup: 

Sharks v Blue Bulls

Western Province v Griquas


Connacht v Cardiff

Kings v Zebre

Scarlets v Edinburgh

Currie Cup








Sharks: Tries – Nkosi

Blue Bulls:  






























Free State fight back to take win against Pumas


The Free State Cheetahs had to work hard to come from behind more than once to beat the Steval Pumas 33-32 on Friday.

The Free State showed early on how desperate they are for a win as they tried to dominate the Pumas and move the ball around.

Handling has been a major problem for them this season and prevented them from scoring early on. Their mistakes also gave the Pumas time on the ball and getting out of their half.

It was the Pumas that scored first with a penalty and lead the Free State 3-0.

The Free State finally got their phases and handling together to score the first try of the match under the stick and the lead of 7-3.

It took not long for the Pumas to hit back with their first try as well.

No one really dominated for extended periods of time but it was the Cheetahs that scored their second try through Africa after a lineout from the Pumas that went bad.

Just before the break the Pumas scored their second try and went into halftime with a 15-12 lead.

The second half followed the same trend as the first with both teams trying to get ball do the working but handling errors stopping most of their chances.

It was the Pumas that quickly pulled away with a penalty and a try to lead 25-12 but the Free State quickly scored two tries to take the lead back.

They did not have the lead long as the Pumas again got in their half and scored their bonus point try.

With minutes to go the Free State had the better of the game and ball and scored the winning try with Pelzer going over for his second try.

The Pumas could not get back after that and had to concede the game to the host 33-32.


Free State Cheetahs : Tries – Robbie Petzer(76′) Robbie Petzer(64′) Reinach Venter(61′) Cecil Africa(26′) Zee Mkhabela(15′), Penalties – None, Cons – Robbie Petzer(77′) Robbie Petzer(65′) Robbie Petzer(62′) Robbie Petzer(16′)

Pumas: Tries – Justin Van Staden(68′) Willie Engelbrecht(48′) Jerome Pretorius(35′) Frankie Herne(24′), Penalties – Kobus Marais(57′) Kobus Marais(11′), Cons – Kobus Marais(69′) Kobus Marais(50′) Kobus Marais(25′)


Live Mach Centre Friday


We have a couple of games this evening with the Currie Cup clash between the Free State Cheetahs and Steval Pumas kicking it off this weekend.

PRO14 has it’s normal share of Friday night matches and the important one for us will be the Cheetahs taking on Leinster in Bloem.

We have some great matches which can be followed on Supersport and for the the others we will keep updated throughout the weekend as it happens.







Tries: William Small-Smith,Torsten Van Jaarsveld, Ox Nche, Obe

Cons: Stapelberg(2)

Penalties: Stapelberg (4)


Tries: Barry Daly(3)

Cons: Ross Byrne(2)

Match Report

Cheetahs gets bonus point win over Leinster








Tries – Billy Twelvetrees, Ollie Thorley(2)

Penalties – Billy Burns

Cons –  Billy Burns(3)


Tries – Perry Humphreys(2)

Penalties – Ryan Mills








Tries – Braam Steyn

Penalties – Marty Banks,  Ian McKinley(2)

Cons – Ian McKinley


Penalties – Sam Davies, Dan Biggar

Match Report

Benetton with a great win over Ospreys







Tries – Scott Cummings,  Nick Grigg, Lee Jones, Leonardo Sarto

Penalties – Finn Russell(3)

Cons – Finn Russell(4)


Tries – Chris Farrell,  Rory Scannell

Match Report

Warriors stun Munster







Tries – David Shanahan,  Nick Timoney(2), Jacob Stockdale,  Wiehahn Herbst, Peter Nelson Stuart McCloskey

Cons – Brett Herron,  Peter Nelson(4)


Tries – Will Talbot-Davies, Dane Blacker,  Rhys Buckley

Penalties – Dorian Jones(2)

Cons – Angus O’Brien, Dorian Jones

Match Report

Ulster to good for Dragons

Currie Cup






The scorers:

Free State Cheetahs:

Tries: Mkhabela, Afrika, Reinach Venter, Robbie Petzer(2)

Con: Petzer(4)



Tries: Frankie Herne, Jerome Pretorius, Willie Engelbrecht, Justin Van Staden

Con:  Kobus Marais(3)

Penalties: Kobus Marais(2)

Match Report

Free State fight back to take win against Pumas

Saturday Matches:

Currie Cup: 

Sharks v Blue Bulls

Western Province v Griquas


Connacht v Cardiff

Kings v Zebre

Scarlets v Edinburgh


Currie Cup Preview


We saw some great matched last week and even though no one could have enjoyed seeing the Springboks one need to acknowledge the brilliance of the All Blacks.

We also saw the Cheetahs register their first Pro14 win and the Currie Cup with the normal surprises.


The Currie Cup kicks off with a Friday afternoon match and two matches on Saturday.

Here is the current standings:

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Cell C Sharks 9 8 0 1 290 183 107 39
2 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 8 5 0 3 247 259 -12 25
3 Xerox Golden Lions 9 4 0 5 263 334 -71 25
4 DHL Western Province 8 4 0 4 258 187 71 22
5 Steval Pumas 9 4 0 5 249 248 1 22
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls 8 3 0 5 291 310 -19 20
7 Tafel Lager Griquas 9 2 0 7 267 344 -77 16

Friday 17:30

First up the Free State Cheetahs host the Pumas in Bloemfontein after a great win over Province last week in Nelspruit. With the Cheetahs fielding a much weaker team than earlier in the season this will be one the Pumas will want to win.

With only five points between number two and number six on the log teams will be eyeing a play-off spot.

This match will go a long way for both teams to points some points ahead of the play-offs and one both will want to win. The Cheetahs was the early leaders in the Currie Cup but the inclusion in the Pro14 has force them to look very deep to field their Currie Cup team.

AT this stage it looks very difficult for them to reach the play-offs but as we have seen so far anything can happen in this years Currie Cup.

The Pumas have made impressive progress over the last few rounds, with important wins over Griquas, the Blue Bulls and Western Province lifting them to now lie level with fourth-placed WP on 22 log points.

Free State have made a host of changes to the side that last went into action against WP, with Clayton Blommetjies providing a boost at fullback, but the Pumas will come into this contest with every right to feel confident of snatching another memorable win.


Pumas – 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (c), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Subs: 16 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Fancois Kleinhans, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Selom Gavor.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 114 Vuyani Maqina, 13 Ali Mgijima, 12 Lloyd Greeff, 11 Cecil Afrika, 10 Robbie Petzer, 9 Zee Mkhabela, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Chris Dry (c), 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Dennis Visser, 3 Erich de Jager, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Gert Coetzee.
Substitutes: 16 Reinach Venter, 17 Andrew Kuhn, 18 Jeremy Jordaan, 19 Nicolaas Immelman, 20 JP Smith, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Stephan janse van Rensburg.

Saturday 15:00

Take nothing away from the other three matches but this will surely be the game of the weekend as the high flying Sharks take on the Blue Bulls in Durban.

The Sharks have been on a great roll and have even won matches that they normally have lost. They have a great game at the moment and dominate most packs which give them a great foundation to give their backs a run.

The Sharks have a difficult run in this year with their Currie Cup ending with the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions and WP but are sitting nicely on 39 log points with their closest rivals on 25.

The Sharks have a great set piece, great defence and have scored plenty of tries which makes them favorites to lift the trophy this year.

The Blue Bulls on the other hand have been struggling with their defence and against a very good Sharks backline it does not look good this weekend.

The Sharks have all their available Boks in their side this weekend where Blue Bulls coach Micthell opted to go without the his Boks.

The only way the Blue Bulls will win this match is to dominate a great Sharks pack and have a their defensive structures a 100%.



Sharks – 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 S’bu Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Tera Mtembu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Rhyno Smith.

Blue Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (c), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic de Jager, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Handre Pollard, 22 Ulrich Beyers.

Saturday 17:15

The last Currie Cup match this weekend see us moving to Newlands with Province hosting Griquas. Province have been inconsistent to say the least this season with one great and one bad performance throughout.

Just as you think they have hit their strides they come and put a poor performance like last weekend against the Pumas together. Province have some exciting players in their squad this year but have not been able to keep momentum.

The same can be said about Griquas who has been great at times bit then almost in the same breath as bad.

With play-offs looming around the corner they will want to start peaking at this stage of the season.


Coach John Dobson suggested that the high error-rate was a ‘freak aberration’, but conceded that the result was a blow for Province’s ambitious playoff hopes.


Dobson has been able to bolster the side with the inclusion of Springboks Dillyn Leyds, Damian de Allende and Wilco Louw, and they will be targeting a comfortable bonus-point win against low-lying Griquas, who have managed just two wins all season.


Western Province – 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Werner Kok, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (c), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Johan du Toit, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Ruhan Nel.

Griquas – 15 Eric Zana, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Tertius Kruger, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Renier Botha, 8 Kevin Kaba, 7 Sias Koen (c), 6 De Wet Kruger, 5 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Devon Martinus.
Subs: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Shaun McDonald, 19 Conway Pretorius, 20 Christiaan Meyer, 22 Christopher Bosch, 23 AJ Coertzen.


WP run Free State of the park


Western Province was just to good for the second string Free State side when thy beat them 57-14 on Saturday.

The home side dominated from the outset and totally bamboozled their opponents.  WP eventually outsocred the men from Bloemfontein nine tries to two with the Cheetahs’ five-pointers scored in the game’s closing stages.

Ramone Samuels scored WP’s first converted try of the game after he collected a great offload in the tackle from Ruhan Nel.

The home side scored again in the 10th minute after another impressive offload in the tackle – this time from EW Viljoen – went to Craig Barry who sprinted and dove over in the left hand corner.

Jaco Coetzee scored the home side’s third try after collecting a loose pass in the middle of the paddock to run in under the posts. JD Schickerling then scored the bonus-point try for WP after collecting a pass from Barry who instigated the move that saw plenty of impressive offloads and support play for the Province team.

A fifth WP try followed shortly afterwards – scored by Huw Jones, who showed great pace to out-sprint the Cheetahs outside backs down the left touchline. Wilco Louw scored the sixth try of the first 40, powering over from the base of a ruck from a few centimeters out which secured the home side a 36-0 lead at half-time.

Ten minutes into the second half, Samuels scored his second after stealing the ball and breaking down the blind side.

Coetzee also scored his second after 63 minutes by collecting an offload and crashing over the line from five meters out.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe got in on the scoring act after picking up and diving over the line off the back of a monstrous WP scrum on the five meter line.

The Cheetahs finally got onto the scoreboard in the 71st minute when Daniel Maartens showed a great step, pace and a hand-off on his way to scoring a try which Ernst Stapelberg converted.

Marnus van der Merwe scored another consolation try in the 81st minute, making the final score 57-14 to Western Province.

The scorers:

For Western Province:
Tries: Samuels 2, Barry, Coetzee 2, Schickerling, Jones, Louw, Notshe
Cons: Willemse 3, Du Preez 3

For  Cheetahs:
Tries: Maartens, Van Der Merwe
Cons: Stapelberg 2

Lions get important win in Kimberley


The Golden Lions claimed their second win in a row when the got a bonus point win over Griquas in Kimberley on Friday night.

With the worst start for the Lions in a few years almost every match has become a playoff match for them if they want to make the play-offs next month.

An away win against Griquas in Kimberley is as good as gold these day and the bonus point just added that little extra for the Lions on Friday.

Cyle Brink opened the scoring for the Golden Lions with Jaco van der Walt converted as the away side took a 13th minute 7-0 lead. Not long after that Harold Vorster was yellow-carded and Kwagga Smith burst over for the visitors from the back of a rolling maul despite their numerical disadvantage.

Lions lead was 14-0 after 23 minutes which made it difficult for the Griqaus from the start of the match.

The Lions got another try with five minutes to go in the first half to make the lead at the break 24-0.

The teams struggled to get past the others defence with the first try score 18 minutes after the break. Just after Smith sacrificed himself in preventing a try and was sin-binned, Kyle Steyn broke finally broke through the Golden Lions defence as George Whitehead converted.

From the re-start, the home side had their second in as many minutes courtesy of dazzling skills from their backline.

Eric Zana was the main instigator as his break got the Griquas upfield before finding Ederies Arendse who in turn passed to captain Adriaan Coertzen who slithered his way past a couple of defenders and executed a brilliant finish. Whitehead added the extras to make the score 24-14.

Soon after, Van der Walt stretched the Golden Lions’ lead to 27-14 but Whitehead responded with a penalty of his own to cut the deficit back to 10.

Rohan Janse van Rensburg put the icing on the cake and secured the bonus-point as he collected an expertly weighted kick upfield to race through and dot down. Van der Walt added the extras as the final whistle was blown with the Golden Lions running out 34-17 winners.

The scorers:

For Griquas:
Tries: Coertzen, Steyn
Cons: Whitehead 2
Pen: Whitehead

For Golden Lions:
Tries: Brink, Smith, Van Vuren, Janse van Rensburg
Cons: Van der Walt 4
Pens: Van der Walt 2
Yellow Cards: Vorster, Smith

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Sharks leave it till the end against Pumas


The Cell C Sharks got a hefty scare in Nelspruit as they had to come from behind to extend their lead on the top of the Currie Cup log.

They scored a match winning try with four minutes to go to seal a important away win against a very good Pumas side in Nelspruit. It is never easy to travel to Nelspruit and get a win and that is exactly what they did.

Willie Engelbrecht took a lovely break from the Pumas 10-meter lineout which ended in Isbell finishing for the perfect start for them.

An penalty a few minutes later extended the lead with Bosch slotting one over himself to get the Sharks on the board.

The Sharks got better as the half went one and with a great scrum they were able to send Nkosi over the line for their first try of the match.

The Sharks took the lead with their second try of the match after a great run from Ruan Botha before passing to Ward to go over which Bosch converted and gave the Sharks a 15-8 lead.

It started to go bear-shape after that for the Sharks as they lost Akker van der Merwe with a yellow card just before halftime.

Just before the halftime whistle the Sharks lost another man with a yellow card for a no-arms tackle.

The Pumas took advantage of the yellow cards and were first to score after halftime which made the scores level again at 15 all.


Soon after, the Pumas had their third try and it was a beautiful team move. Great work from Chris Cloete as he showed good pace to outstrip Ward and get the offload away to Hennie Skorbinski who had a clear run to the line.

From the five-metre lineout, the Sharks set up the driving maul and charged over as Wian Vosloo emerged from the melee with the ball. April added the extras to bring the deficit back to three. with 12 minutes to go.

But the Pumas were to be denied as the Sharks completed a thrilling comeback. April was the creator-in-chief as he broke the line before producing an excellent offload flick out of the back of hand to find the pacy Rhyno Smith who capped off a great try and a remarkable comeback.

The scorers:

For Pumas:
Tries: Isbell, Lewis, Skorbinski
Cons: Marais 2
Pens: Marais 2

For Sharks:
Tries: Nkosi, Ward, Vosloo, Smith
Cons: Bosch, April
Pen: Bosch
Yellow Cards: Van der Merwe, Paul

Sharks beat Cheetahs to go top of the log



As expected the Sharks made easy work of the Cheetahs on Saturday when they played in Durban beating them 45-15.

The Sharks was in control from the start and the Cheetahs just hang on in the second half with two tries of their own to make the score a bit more respectful.

The Sharks also overtook the Cheetahs on top of the log with the win and many teams will now try and topple the Cheetahs as they are competing in both the Currie Cup and PRO14.

The Sharks dominated for large periods and eventually outscored their hapless visitors seven tries to two.

The home side held a comfortable 24-3 lead at half-time thanks to tries from Lukhanyo Am, John-Hubert Meyer, Inny Radebe and Louis Schreuder with Ryno Eksteen slotting a penalty for the Cheetahs during this period.

The home side were gradually taking control of proceedings and in the 23rd minute Meyer got over the try-line after running onto a pass from Schreuder close to the Cheetahs try-line.

And on the hour-mark Radebe pounced on a loose ball inside the visitors’ 22 before beating a defender and crossing the whitewash.

Just before half-time, Sibusiso Nkosi set off on a barnstorming run down the left-hand touchline before offloading to Schreuder who dotted down in the corner.

The Sharks continued to dominate after the break and in the 48th minute Marius Louw stepped past several defenders and dotted down shortly after coming on as a replacement.

And on the hour-mark it was more of the same as Garth April, Franco Marais and Jeremy Ward all handled the ball before Lubabalo Mtembu offloaded to Nkosi who cantered in for his second try.

To their credit, the Cheetahs did not surrender and in the 66th minute Marco Mason crossed for their opening try after a 30 metre sprint.

The Sharks struck back shortly afterwards when Nkosi crossed for his second try – after April and Mtembu combined brilliantly in the build-up – although a late Luther Obi try added some respectabilty to the final score for the visitors.

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Am, Meyer, Radebe, Schreuder, Louw, Nkosi 2
Cons: Radebe 3, April 2

For Free State Cheetahs:
Mason, Obi
Con: Mason
Pen: Eksteen

Lions get much needed win over Pumas


The Golden Lions were able to break their losing streak when they won against the Pumas on Saturday at home 29-28.

It seems that the norm in the Currie Cup this year is to have all the ability to attack but do not really care about defence. The Lions defensive structures have put them into trouble plenty of times in this years Currie Cup and against the Pumas it was no different.

The won the game because the outscore the Pumas with five tries to four and earned much needed log points as they have been slipping away the last couple of weeks.

The Lions are still at the bottom of the log but the win will give their young players the confidence to take on the second part of the season.

The home side made a terrific start and opened the scoring in the first minute courtesy of a Ryan Kankowski try after Ashlon Davids laid the groundwork with a telling break in the build-up.

Davids failed to convert but it did not take long for the visitors to respond – Stefan Ungerer barging over after taking a tap penalty deep inside the Lions’ 22.

Kobus Marais added the extras but the Lions regained the lead when Ruan Dreyer got over the whitewash after bursting through a tackle from Jerome Pretorius close to the Pumas’ try-line.

The topsy turvy nature of this encounter continued and in the 17th minute the Pumas did well to wheel a Lions scrum and win possession. Ungerer gathered the loose ball and offloaded to Lambert Groenewald who powered his way over the try-line.

The Lions did not take that lying down and on the half-hour mark Marco Jansen van Vuuren got over for their third try after the ball went through several pairs of hands in the build-up.

Davids slotted his first conversion and seven minutes later, he delivered a pin-point cross-field kick which Madosh Tambwe gathered before diving over for the Lions’ bonus-point try.

That gave the Lions a 22-14 lead at the interval and shortly after the restart things went pear-shaped for the visitors when Pretorius received a yellow card for a high tackle on Manual Rass.

But despite their numerical disadvantage, the Pumas narrowed the gap in the 54th minute when Groenwald crossed for his seond try after gathering a well-timed pass from Ungerer.

The Lions responded shortly afterwards when Rohan Janse van Rensburg broke past a couple of defenders before scoring his side’s fifth try.

To their credit, the Pumas did not surrender and after a fantastic kick from Ungerer, the ball bounced nicely for Pretorius who got a pass out to Ruwellyn Isbell and he had an easy run-in under the posts in the 67th minute.

The Pumas suffered another setback in the 73rd minute when Hugo Kloppers was sent to the sin bin for a cynical foul on defence and although the final 10 minutes was a tense affair, the Lions held on for their narrow win.

The scorers:

For Golden Lions:
Kankowski, Dreyer, Jansen van Vuren, Tambwe, Janse van Rensburg
Cons: Davids 2

For Pumas:
Ungerer, Groenewald 2, Isbell
Cons: Marais 4

Blue Bulls back to winning ways


The Blue Bulls found their mojo as a hat-trick from full-back Manie Libbok secured the Blue Bulls a tight 44-42 win over the Griquas at Loftus Versveld on Friday.

It was all Blue Bulls for that first 50 minutes with the scoreboard kept ticking over but the Griquas came back and almost sneaked a win at the end.

The home side opened the scoring with an impressive converted try. A cross kick from fly-half Marnitz Boshoff was plucked out of the air by winger Rabs Maxwane who timed his run to perfection.

Boshoff also past his 1000 points in first class rugby with the conversion as he got his first start back at Loftus where it all begone for him a few years ago.

Griquas fired back with a converted try of their own courtesy of a great pick up and sprint by winger Ederies Arendse. The away side scored again soon after. Scrum-half Christiaan Meyer intercepted an attempted long pass and showed a clean pair of heels to dive in for his converted try.

The Blue Bulls pillar defence was again questionable and Griquas took full advantage of it.

Blue Bulls prop Dayan van der Westhuizen showed impressive strength and an eye for a gap to score the game’s next try. Boshoff converted to level up the scores yet again at 14-14. He followed this up with a penalty after 19 minutes to give his charges a slender lead.

Libbok showed unbelievable speed to score a solo converted try after collecting an up an under after 24 minutes but minutes later, Griquas backs down the right saw the ball land in Arendse’s hands yet again. He stepped hard off his right foot and scored a converted try.

Boshoff continued his fine kicking form with another critical penalty to take some pressure off of the home side.

Griquas hooker Wilmat Arnoldi was sin binned for a dangerous tackle but the home side didn’t capitalise on this.

Libbok stunned the Loftus faithful with another staggering solo effort. Starting from his own 22, he stepped and outpaced three Griquas defenders after just 40 seconds into the second 40 for a converted, bonus point try.

He gothis hat-trick a minute later with a well timed run onto a pop pass.

Griquas reserve forward Wandile Putuma scored a converted, bonus point try after a hard, low run towards the whitewash.

Adriaan Coertzen benefitted from an impressive long pass to score another converted try and reduce the home side’s lead to just six points with ten minutes remaining.

But reserve Blue Bulls fly-half Tony Jantjies landed a 79th minute penalty to end the Griquas hopes of a comeback, with Coertzen’s converted try after the final hooter a consolation in a 44-42 win for the Blue Bulls.

The scorers:

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Maxwane, Van der Westhuizen, Libbok 3
Cons: Boshoff 5
Pens: Boshoff 2, Jantjies

For Griquas:
Tries: Arendse 2, Meyer, Putuma, Coertzen 2
Cons: Swarts 3, Whitehead 3

Match Centre – Currie Cup and PRO14


We have the PRO14 starting today with the Cheetahs and Kings joining the Celtic competition which include countries of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and South Africa from this season on.

The Currie Cup also continue with three matches this weekend as the Rugby Championships takes a break

Friday 1 Sept 2017




 42   19



Tries: Peter Nelson(75′) Peter Nelson(53′) Louis Ludik(41′) Charles Piutau(33′) Stuart McCloskey(30′) Alan O’Connor(27′) Tommy Bowe(19′), Penalties: John Cooney(56′) John Cooney(9′), Cons: Peter Nelson(76′) John Cooney(31′) John Cooney(28′)


Tries: Sergeal Petersen(50′) Makazole Mapimpi(21′) Clayton Blommetjies(16′), Penalties: None, Cons: William Small-Smith(23′) William Small-Smith(18′)




 34   3



Tries: Jean Kleyn(49′) Andrew Conway(35′) Alex Wootton(31′) Darren Sweetnam(27′) Tyler Bleyendaal(14′) Jean Kleyn(9′), Penalties: None, Cons: Tyler Bleyendaal(50′) Tyler Bleyendaal(10′)


Tries: None, Penalties: Marty Banks(20′), Cons: None




10   20



Tries: Josh Navidi(36′), Penalties: Jarrod Evans(48′) Cons: Jarrod Evans(37′)


Tries: Chris Dean(57′) Blair Kinghorn(12′), Penalties: Duncan Weir(52′) Duncan Weir(28′), Cons: Duncan Weir(59′) Duncan Weir(13′)

Currie Cup



44   42



Tries: Manie Libbok(44′) Manie Libbok(42′) Manie Libbok(26′) Dayan van der Westhuizen(16′) Rabs Maxwane(4′), Penalties: Tony Jantjies, Marnitz Louis Boshoff(2) , Cons: Marnitz Louis Boshoff(6)


Tries: Adriaan Coertzen(82′) Adriaan Coertzen(71′) Wandile Putuma(62′) Ederies Arendse(28′) Christiaan Meyer(14′) Ederies Arendse(11′), Penalties: None, Cons: George Whitehead(3)Andre Swarts(3)

Saturday 2 September 2017

Currie Cup



29   28



Tries: Rohan Janse van Rensburg(55′) Madosh Tambwe(37′) Marco Jansen van Vuren(30′) Ruan Dreyer(13′) Ryan Kankowski(3′), Penalties: None, Cons: Ashlon Davids(2)


Tries: Ruwellyn Isbell(69′) Lambert Groenewald(51′) Lambert Groenewald(17′) Stefan Ungerer(6′), Penalties: None, Cons: Kobus Marais(4)




45   15



Tries: Sibusiso Nkosi(70′) Sibusiso Nkosi(61′) Marius Louw(49′) Louis Schreuder(40′) Inny Radebe(29′) John-Hubert Meyer(24′) Lukhanyo Am(10′), Penalties: None, Cons: Garth April(2)  Inny Radebe(3)


Tries: Luther Obi(72′) Marco Mason(67′), Penalties: Ryno Eksteen, Cons: Marco Mason





22   13



Tries: Keelan Giles(79′) Ma’afu Fia(41′) Keelan Giles(3′), Penalties: James Hook(21′), Cons: Sam Davies(79′) James Hook(42′)


Tries: Carlo Canna(70′), Penalties Carlo Canna(2), Cons: Carlo Canna



16   39



Tries: Penalty Try, Penalties: Gavin Henson(3), Cons: Gavin Henson


Tries: Cathal Marsh(76′) Dan Leavy(66′) Jordan Larmour(47′) Jamison Gibson-Park(23′), Penalties; Ross Byrne(2) Cons: Cathal Marsh, Rob Kearney,  Ross Byrne



57   10



Tries: Steffan Evans(78′) Johnny McNicholl(74′) Hadleigh Parkes(70′) Emyr Phillips(63′) Jake Ball(51′) Rhys Patchell(47′) Leigh Halfpenny(23′) Johnny McNicholl(9′), Penalties: Leigh Halfpenny, Cons: Rhys Patchell(4)  Leigh Halfpenny(3)



12   18


Preview Currie Cup Round 8


The Currie Cup is in the second round of matches as we work our way to the final and the log have some good reading for some teams and not so good for others.

The Blue Bulls have struggled on and off the field being the biggest losers in the last couple of weeks.

Here is how the log looks at the moment before this weekend matches.

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 6 5 0 1 218 157 61 25
2 Cell C Sharks 6 5 0 1 178 121 57 24
3 DHL Western Province 6 3 0 3 189 151 38 17
4 Steval Pumas 6 3 0 3 174 180 -6 15
5 Tafel Lager Griquas 6 2 0 4 186 226 -40 14
6 Vodacom Blue Bulls 6 2 0 4 214 232 -18 13
7 Xerox Golden Lions 6 1 0 5 164 256 -92 10

The Stormers have a bye this weekend and if the Pumas can pass the Golden Lions on Saturday they will move into third spot on the overall log.

First up will be the Blue Bulls that will host Griquas at Loftus.


Losing four of the six they played this season does not make good reading for a team that is suppose to be running for top spot in this competition.

Injuries have been cruel to the Blue Bulls this season and they off the field problems did not help but with Mitchell in charge of the Currie Cup now as well they cab build this team of talented youngsters.

Griquas had a good middle part of the first half of the season but lost to the Pumas last week in Kimberley and they will want to get back on the bus to make sure they are their at play-off time.

Both teams attacking stats looks great but it is at defence where they lack consistency. The Blue Bulls have also struggled in the set pieces this year and something that needs to be corrected if you want to be competitive in any competition.

Although the Bulls should be favorites at home the Griquas have shown that they can beat the bigger unions and we expect a great contest on Friday night


Blue Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 JT Jackson, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Shaun Adendorff, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Aston Fortuin, 3 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Tim Agaba, 20 André Warner, 21 Tony Jantjies/Tinus de Beer, 22 Franco Naude/Stedman Gans.

Griquas – 15 AJ Coertzen (c), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Tertius Kruger, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Koch Marx, 10 Andre Swarts, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 FP Pelser, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Replacements:16 AJ Le Roux, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 De Wet Kruger, 20 Renier Botha, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Eric Zana.


They must be one of the most disappointing teams this year in the Currie Cup as they have struggled with only one win out of six outings.

Swys de Bruin is now the head coach and are building his own team after Johan Ackermann left for the UK. It is not so much that they have not played good rugby but rather that they have been good only in certain times of the matches.

Swys troops will have to start winning matches though if they want to have any say in the play-offs.

Defence seemed to have been the biggest problems for all the struggling teams this year and the Lions are in the same boat.

The Pumas on the other hand have strike the right cords of late and come of a great win against the Blue Bulls in Nelspruit.

The problem have been for them traveling and they will have to be on par on Saturday.

They have a great forward play and they will want to dominate the Lions who have struggled in some sense with their pack this season.

Whatever happen this is going to be great game with so much on to play for.



Golden Lions – 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Manual Rass, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Fabian Booysen, 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (c).
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Branco du Preez, 22 Jaco van der Walt.

Pumas – 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 Jean-Paul Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Kwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Brian Shabangu, 20 Chris Cloete, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Neil Maritz.


The Cheetahs will struggle when they have to take on the Sharks on Saturday which will clearly be a second string team.

The Sharks will feel that they were in the same boat in round one when their Super Rugby team was still playing in the Super Rugby play-offs.

The Cheetahs would have come into this game as some kind of favorites if you look at the log but with so many players from this weekend playing in the PRO14 one can expect them to slide down.

The Sharks have been on a upward curve from that first round lost and picked up a vital away win last week at Newlands.

To be honest this will be a one sided affair and the Sharks to win by plenty



Sharks – 15 Inny Radebe, 14 Tythan Adams, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Lukhanyo Am, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Wian Vosloo, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Marius Louw, 22 Garth April.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Reinhardt Erwee, 14 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Ryno Eksteen, 9 JP Smith, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Chris Dry (c), 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Nicolaas Immelman, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Gert Kotze.
Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Andrew Kuhn, 18 Sibabalo Qoma, 19 Ntokoza Vidima, 20 Daniel Maartens, 21 Dian Badenhorst, 22 Marco Mason.


WP take a breather


DHL Western Province go into a bye week lying in third position on the Currie Cup log at the halfway stage of the competition.

Coach John Dobson’s team have played every team in the competition once this season and have three wins to show for their efforts.

Those three wins all came on home turf at DHL Newlands against the Steval Pumas, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Xerox Golden Lions.

Once they have played each of the other six teams home and away, the top four teams on the standings will go through to the semifinals which will be hosted by the top two.

The squad heads to Hermanus on Monday where they will conduct a training camp, culminating in a coaching clinic in Caledon on Wednesday, after which they will be given some deserved time off to recharge for the second half of the campaign.

Their next match will see the defending champion Toyota Free State Cheetahs visit DHL Newlands on Saturday, September 9. The visitors will be playing two different matches on that day with a Pro14 fixture against Munster in Limerick as well.

The second half of the season will include a home match against Tafel Lager Griquas and away fixtures against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Xerox Golden Lions, Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks.

After winning their first six consecutive matches, DHL Western Province U19 suffered their first defeat against Vodacom Blue Bulls U19 at City Park on Saturday, going down 22-19 in a close match.

That saw them drop to second place on the standings, with five rounds to play until the top four go through to semifinals.

DHL Western Province U21 came close to starting their campaign with a win, but were edged out by their counterparts from the Vodacom Blue Bulls who clinched a 35-33 victory with a late try at City Park on Saturday.

They will play each team in the competition once, with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals.

Both teams will also have a bye this weekend and resume their campaigns against Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday, September 8.

Good and Bad news for Blue Bulls


Sometimes the saying goes it needs to get really crappy before it can get better and this seems true to the Blue Bulls at the moment.


They just seemed not to be getting over the injury ghost that have grabbed them this year.

The lost against the Pumas last weekend also added Boom Prinsloo and  Abongile Nonkontwana for this weekend as they struggle in this years Currie Cup on and off the field.

They have been on the wrong side of injuries the whole season but they did received some good news in the return of  wings Duncan Matthews and Jade Stiglingh and flank Shaun Adendorff have overcome their respective injuries and will be available for selection against Griquas.

Cheetahs snatch win over Lions


Surely the Cheetahs mind is all on the PRO14 starting next week and they would have loved to got a in over the Golden Lions.

Sergeal Petersen scored an 81st-minute try as the Free State Cheetahs snatched a 30-24 win over the Golden Lions

It was the Lions that scored first dominating from the kick-off and went into a 7 point lead but the Cheetahs came back immediately to level the score with just 5 minutes gone.

That gave the Cheetahs more confidance and they started to enjoy field posision as well putting the Lions under huge pressure.

They also dominated in the scrums but handling let themselves down.

The Cheetahs struggled but one could have understand that with so many changes to the starting lineup.

The Lions lost Fourie for 10 minutes after a dangerous tackle send him to the bin but the Cheetahs only manged to score 3 points while he was off.

The Cheetahs took a 13-7 lead at the break after yet another penalty just before halftime.

Both teams could not provided the spark and is was Dayimani who provided just that in the 47 minute.

Not long after that Booysen scored to give the Lions an eight point lead.

The Cheetahs came back with another penalty and the combination between Afrika and Specman to score another try.

The Lions got a penalty through Van der Walt but Petersen score in the last minute to give the Cheetahs the win.


Free State Cheetahs – Tries: Gerhard Olivier, Rosko Specman, Sergeal Petersen. Conversions: Robbie Petzer, William Small-Smith (2). Penalties: Petzer (3).
Golden Lions – Tries: Andries Ferreria, Hacjivah Dayimani, Fabian Booysen. Conversions: Jaco van der Walt (3). Penalty: Van der Walt.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Rosco Specman, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robbie Petzer, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Niell Jordaan (c), 7 Gerhard Olivier, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Subs: 16 Ox Nche, 17 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Jasper Wiese, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Rayno Benjamin, 22 Cecil Afrika.

Golden Lions – 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Janse van Vuren, 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacques van Rooyen (c), 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Corné Fourie.
Subs: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Bradley Thain, 21 Stokkies Hanekom, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Yellow card cost Province against Sharks at Newlands


The Sharks caused a mini upset when they beat Province at Newlands on Saturday 21-20.

Province versus Sharks will always be a tough one and this one was no different as both teams were coming off some great wins the last few weeks.

Every point on the log will be vital to secure that home semi-final spot and these two teams showed that.

It was the Sharks with the first points on the board with a penalty try after Province sacked the driving maul close to the line.

This gave the Sharks a 7-0 lead after just 2 minutes.

Province hit back with one penalty and two tries to take the lead 17-7 after dominating play. It was Jones who spark an attack deep within their own half and ended it off to get Province on the board.

The second Province try was really poor Sharks defence and exteded their lead.

The Sharks came back with some silky skills of their own to score their second try and reduced the lead to only 17-14 which was the score that they went into the break.

Province were first to put on some points in the second half through a penalty to make the score 20-14 after 45 minutes.

The Sharks dominated most of the play in the second half with Province just making to many mistakes on attack.

A yellow card cost Province big time as they gave away their lead with 3 minutes to go as the Sharks scored a converted try to lead 21-20.

The Sharks were able to keep ball in hand at the end and secure a improtant away win over Province.


Western Province 20 (17)

Tries: Huw Jones, Jaco Coetzee

Conversions: Damian Willemse (2)

Penalties: Willemse (2)

Sharks 21 (14)

Tries: Penalty try, Franco Marais, Inny Radebe

Conversion: Radebe


Currie Cup Round 7 Preview


The Currie Cup is moving along to round 7 this week and we have again some exciting clashes this weekend as the teams starting to shape up.

Here is how the log looks after Round 6

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Toyota Free State Cheetahs 5 4 0 1 188 133 55 21
2 Cell C Sharks XV 5 4 0 1 157 101 56 20
3 DHL Western Province 5 3 0 2 169 130 39 16
4 Tafel Lager Griquas 6 2 0 4 186 226 -40 14
5 Vodacom Blue Bulls 5 2 0 3 199 181 18 13
6 Steval Pumas 5 2 0 3 123 165 -42 10
7 Xerox Golden Lions 5 1 0 4 140 226 -86 9

With the Cheetahs on top of the log we can expect that the rest will be pressing hard for that semi final spot.

Our “Friday Night Lights” game this weekend will be the Blue Bulls traveling to Nelspruit to face the Pumas who has been improving the last couple of weeks.

The Blue Bulls have made some management changes this week with John Mitchell taking over from Nollis as head coach which will have plenty of Bulls fans looking for an improved performance. We all know that one cannot change your ways around in one week but their are some expectation that Mitchell must now safe Bulls rugby.

The Pumas will be an difficult one for Mitchell and his men as it is firstly never easy to go to Nelspruit and win and secondly the Pumas have been getting better and better with each game they played the last couple of weeks.

It is not so much that the Blue Bulls have been losing badly it has been more a case that they just give more points away than what they score themselves, which makes it difficult to understand why they kept their defensive coach Pienaar but send Nollis on a forced vacation.

Whatever happened in the boardroom this week will mean nothing and the Blue Bulls just need to win this one.


Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smith, 14 JP Lewis, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (c), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius 1 Kwezi Mona
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Chris Cloete/Brian Shabangu, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Kobus Marais

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 JT Jackson, 11 Kefentse Mahlo, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nic de Jager (c), 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Boom Prinsloo, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Abongile Nonkontwana, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutllule, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Clyde Davids, 19 Jano Venter, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Johnny Kotze

Next up will be Province that will host the Sharks in cape Town Saturday afternoon. This will defenitly be one of the matches this weekend to look forward to as both teams have been playing some great exciting rugby of late and both have been winning.

The Sharks have been with the Cheetahs the form team so far this season and they are looking set to make a stamp on the Currie Cup this year. They have been playing an exciting brand of rugby and dominated most teams so far with their strong huge pack.

This will be a huge clash on Saturday as the two teams have a similar approach to the game. The battle will start and end up front with these two and the back will enjoy the spoils that come their way as both teams have game-breakers at the back.

The scores have been high in the last couple of weeks were these two teams have been involved and Province have made some huge improvements since losing their first couple of matches.


Western Province: TBA

Sharks: TBA

The Golden Lions sits at an unfamiliar place when you look at the log and after a very disappointing start to the Currie Cup the Lions needs a very good win against the Cheetahs to stay in the race this year. They are stone last on the log with 7 log points after 5 matches and a win will bring their campaign back on track.

The Cheetahs have been with the Sharks the trend setters this year so far but many believe them to slip away in the following weeks as they start their first Pro14 campaign on the 1 of September. The Lions have been struggling but were the only team that had to play two weeks without their Super Rugby squad available at the start of the season. Their coach also only joined them in week four which surely did not help but their mistakes have been their biggest problem this year so far.

They are coming off a huge lost against Province last week away from home Swys and his men will want to bounce back and bounce back good against the Cheetahs.

Bot teams tend to want to run the ball and it can be one of those classic Lions v Cheetahs clashes if they two teams can fix their handling mistakes this weekend. Griquas showed a few weeks ago the only way to stop the Cheetahs dangerous backs is to close down space as quickly as possible and the rest will come.

A must win for the Lions and the Cheetahs to stack up as much points as possible before the Pro14, makes this one to look forward to


Lions: TBA

Cheetahs: TBA

Injury blow for Blue Bulls


In a week where there Currie Cup has been shown the door and put on forced leave the Blue Bulls troubles does not stop just there.

Irne Herbst, Shaun Adendorff and Burger Odendaal all suffered knee injuries during the Blue Bulls’ match against Free State on Saturday.

The Bulls conceded a late try as they slumped to a dramatic 41-40 defeat against the Cheetahs at Loftus. And to add insult to injury, three of their first-choice players were injured.

In a press release, the Bulls confirmed that Odendaal is likely to miss their next match against the Pumas. Herbst and Adendorff went to see specialists on Monday because their injuries are more severe.

‘With regards to Herbst, this has been a recurring problem for him and a decision regarding the rest of his season will be made in due course,’ read the Bulls statement. ‘Adendorff and Odendaal will in all likelihood not be available for selection this week.’

In some better news for the Pretoria-based side, utility back Ulrich Beyers, loose forward Boom Prinsloo, fullback Warrick Gelant and wing Duncan Matthews are expected to retain to full fitness in time for their next game.

Meanwhile, wing Travis Ismaiel and flank Roelof Smit will still be sidelined for at least two to three weeks and Jaco Visagie is a week away from his return to action.

Province run Lions off their feet


It was a great victory for Western Province over the Golden Lions when they run them of their feet on Friday with a 39-3 win.

Province had to do the hard-work first before they could reap the rewards in that first half with an enormous defensive performance.

It was the Lions that did all the play in the first 15 minutes but could not get pass the defence of Province.

With a lead of 22-3 one would not have said that if you looked at the stats of that first half. The Lions had their chances but made mistakes on attack and some poor handling cost them points on the board.

With Province on the backfoot Jones charged down a kick inside Lions twenty-two and scored the first try.

Their second came after a quick take from Vermaak with some brilliant hands send Wiese over in the corner for their second and his first for Province.

The Lions got a penalty over but it was Province who had the last say in the half with some brilliant play from Leyds to send Jones over for his second try.

That gave them a comfortable lead at the break.

The yellow card that the Lions got just before halftime cost them dearly as Province scored two quick tries to extend their lead to 34-3 after 50 minutes.

The tries were scored by Senatla who picked up a kick from Viljoen and Vermaak that scored in the corner after a break away from the kick-off for Province.

The Lions again made most of the play but great defence from Province kept them out every time. Must say the handling from Lions was very poor on the high standard we normally see from them.

It was Province that ended the game as they did the first half with a brilliant try which was made by Leyds again and Senatla to round off.

This gave Western Province a 39-3 bonus point win over the Golden Lions.


Western Province – Tries: Huw Jones (2), Cobus Wiese, Seabelo Senatla (2), Jano Vermaak. Conversion: SP Marais, Damian Willemse (2). Penalty: Willemse.
Golden Lions – Penalty: Jaco van der Walt.