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The final weekend of the Castle Rugby Championship and the second last round of the ABSA Currie Cup is just some of the rugby fans can look forward too.

Rugby Championship
Rugby Championship

Springboks 27, All Blacks 25 (Live – 17:00 on SS1)

If Saturday’s clash at Ellis Park is even half as good as the spectacle this fixture produced last year, it’ll still rank as one of the best Test matches of the year.

The 2013 Rugby Championship decider was one for the ages as the Springboks and All Blacks went at it hammer and tongs, producing a nine-try humdinger that will be remember as one of the greatest Tests of all time.

Those 80 minutes in the heart of Jo’burg underlined their status as the two best teams in the world, but also left little doubt as to who was top the pile as New Zealand’s superior skills, fitness and self belief came to the fore in the final quarter.

This time around the championship title may already have been settled but interest levels are hardly diminished, for a number of reasons.

Previous Results:

2014: New Zealand won 14-10 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2014: New Zealand won 37-28 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2013: New Zealand won 32-16 at Eden Park, Auckand
2012: New Zealand won 32-16 at Soccer City, Johannesburg
2012: New Zealand won 21-11 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 29-22 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
2010: New Zealand won 31-17 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 32-12 at Eden Park, Auckland
2009: South Africa won 32-29 at Rugby Park, Hamilton
2009: South Africa won 31-19 at Absa Stadium, Durban
2009: South Africa won 28-19 at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2008: New Zealand won 19-0 at Newlands
2008: South Africa won 30-28 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
2008: New Zealand won 19-8 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handrè Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermeulen/Schalk Burger, 7 Tebo Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger/Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Ryan Crotty

Date: Saturday, 4 October
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT, 04:05 NZDT)
Weather:22°C. Partly Cloudy
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant referees: Pascal Gauzere; JP Doyle
TMO: Graham Hughes

 

 

 

ABSA Currie Cup
ABSA Currie Cup

From only showing two Currie Cup games last weekend, SuperSport will give rugby fans two game to pick from tonight at 19:00, Steval Pumas hosting the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Nelspruit and the Cell C Sharks entertaining the Xerox Golden Lions in Durban.

ABSA Currie Cup log after 8 rounds of rugga’s

Currie Cup Log
Currie Cup Log

 

 

Saturday 4th October

Toyota Free State Cheetahs 29, DHL Western Province 34 (Live – 14:00 on SS1)

Table topping Western Province will have to take on a desperate Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday to stay on track for a home semi final spot.

If they claim a bonus-point win against the Cheetahs and the Lions – who are in second place in the standings – lose their match without securing a bonus-point against the Sharks in Durban then the Cape Town-based outfit will achieve that goal.

They can expect a real battle, however, as the home side are desperate for a win as they are trying to secure a spot in the semi-finals.

After eight matches,WP currently top the standings with 34 points and are four points ahead of the Lions while the Sharks are third five points adrift of the men from Johannesburg.

wp vs cheetah

The teams:

FS Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 JP du Plessis, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Willie du Plessis, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Lappies Labuschagne, 7 Neil Claassen, 6 Tienie Burger, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Werner Lourens, 3 George Marich, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (c), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Henco Venter, 19 Vincent Jobo, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 22 AJ Coertzen.

Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (capt), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Oli Kebble, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

Date: Saturday, October 4
Kick-off: 14:00 local
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Marius Jonker
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Rodney Bonaparte
Television match official: Johan Greeff

EP Kings 25, GWK Griquas 45 ( 14:30 )

Griquas and the EP Kings will be playing for lost pride when they face off in Kimberley on Saturday.

As the two bottom-placed teams in the competition both sides have have a point to prove.

Griquas don’t have any real chance of booking a spot in the semi-finals, but more importantly need a bonus point victory over the visitors as they still strive to finish the pool stages among the top six teams and in doing so ensure they remain in the Premier Division of next year’s competition.

The Kings on the other hand have not won a single game thus far in a Currie Cup campaign that can be described as disappointing at best.

Handed their inclusion in the Premier Division by SARU earlier this year, they are yet to prove that they are worthy and will be out to claim their first victory.

The home side come off a tough round of qualifying games which saw them progress to the top tier and coach Hawies Fourie has repeatedly highlighted the fact that noting less that five points will be good enough against the Kings.

ep vs GWK

The teams:

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Wayne Stevens (capt), 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Dean Grant, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Carel Greeff, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Jaco Nepgen, 4 Hugo Kloppers, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Janro van Niekerk.
Replacements: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Simon Westraadt, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 RJ Liebenberg, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Ederies Arendse, 23 Jacquin Jansen.

EP Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Ronnie Cooke, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Tobie Botes, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Devin Oosthuizen, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Steven Cummins, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Albé de Swardt, 17 Charl du Plessis, 18 Darron Nell/Steven Sykes, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Scott van Breda.

Date: Saturday, October 4
Kick-off: 14:30 local (12:30 GMT)
Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley
Referee: Stuart Berry

Friday 3de October

Steval Pumas 6, Vodacom Blue Bulls 37 (Live – 19:05 on SS2)

(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit – Kick-off: 19.10)

The match-up between the Pumas and Blue Bulls will be thrilling as the home team boasts a narrow one-point lead over their counterparts on the log, meaning both sides will desperate to distance themselves on the log table.
The Nelspruit team’s attack has been superior this season with the side scoring 22 tries to only 17 by the Pretoria side, but they have been closely matched on defence with the Blue Bulls conceding 21 tries and the Pumas 20.
These factors combined with the intense pressure on the teams to secure semifinal berths could result in an epic encounter.
Bulls vs pumas
Teams:
Pumas: 15 JW Bell, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 JW Jonker, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Justin van Staden, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corne Steenkamp (captain), 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Frankie Herne, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Uzair Cassiem, 19 RW Kember, 20 Dylon Frylinck, 21 Coenie van Wyk, 22 Jerome Pretorius.
Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques Louis Potgieter, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Morné Mellett, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Wiaan Liebenberg, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tian Schoeman, 22 Jesse Kriel.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Sieg van Staden
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
Cell C Sharks 26, Xerox Golden Lions 23 (Live – 19:05 on SS1)
(Kings Park, Durban – Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT))

In Durban the match between the Sharks and Golden Lions is expected to be equally entertaining with both teams having their sights set on possible home semifinals.
A victory for the Golden Lions will allow them to remain in a comfortable position for a home semifinal, while a win for the Sharks would allow them to close in on the Johannesburg team on the log and keep alive their home semifinal hopes.
The home team will have to deliver a solid defensive effort, in particular, to shut out the Golden Lions who have been the best attacking team this season.
That said the Sharks will take comfort from the fact that they boast the best defence in the competition.
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Teams:
Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Cameron Wright, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Etienne Oosthuizen, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Kyle Cooper/Monde Hadebe, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe/Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 JC Astle, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga.
Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe (captain), 12 Nicolaas Hanekom, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacments: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Mark Richards, 22 Howard Mnisi.
Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Oregopotse Rametsi, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Jason Jaftha

 

 

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  1. Wat ‘n kak uitslag. I thought the lions were unbeatable under Ackerman – I reckon old Mitchell put a lot of good shit into place there even though they didn’t like him

    Ackerman doing uitstekende work – oke was unlucky hot to play more tests for Boks – proper no 4 in the mould of bakkies

  2. Holy crap but that ref sucked…

    The only reason the f**king Sharks won was because he kept awarding them penalties…

    Sharks one try and the rest penalties… WTF was that… affirmative action assistance week?

    Lions three tries and lose the game and the ref sees no Sharks mistakes???

    Well that sucked… maybe next time we get a ref that actually watches both sides…

  3. Legoete must hold the record for average penalties per game – he is even more pedantic than Tappit Henning. He has been “relegated” to linesman before, but that unracial AA thing forced him back in the middle.

  4. I sewar him and Mthembu may as well have started talking to each other in Zulu so maatjie maathie were they chatting to each other…

  5. Gotta watch the drift defense with Handy Pollard running things.
    Frank Hougaard playing VERY well even though I think his try benefitted from a forward pass.
    Serfontaine & Corny Hendricks awesome.

    Does Serfontain make defenders NOT want to tackle him or what?

  6. Puff Hansen knows he has work to do.
    That last game in NZ could have easily gone another way

  7. I said that because I believe it & also for all the Lambie apologists out there.
    Congrats you were FINALLY right.
    My guy though….
    Is Handy Pollard

  8. Agreed Bunny. IDK how you hate on HM.
    If anybody should its me given how ZeeBulls he is. But he has transcended that horrible cross to bear & he is just so great.
    Hopefully his success will be seen as a rebuke of all things ZeeBulls.

  9. No HM changed too quick. That was obvious by the way game changed.
    Its official HM is human

  10. DavidS is tickled pink. He is probably celebrating with a heavy bag & puching it as George Foreman would

  11. Played 45 mins of rugby. Amazed we didn’t see our gatte in the end – but the stats were much better

    Our lineout was abysmal and even worse when Strauss came on – I really don’t see what Matfield brings at all – etsebeth was outstanding

  12. He came out of the line too often and on two occasions it caused tries to be scored. Habana the same.

    That said both second half NZ tries were the result of Adriaan Strauss’ poor throw ins…

    Cab if you paid attention then you would have seen both those throw in losses Strauss threw at Etzebeth so no blame apportionment to Matfield please… that would just be moronic… Mattfield had a huge game defensively and carrying and in the tight phases.

    Pollard was superb.

    Wynne Barnes was his usual split personality self… prior to those last two tries by NZ the Kiwi tight five were incessantly just flopping down on top of the ball sealing it off at every single breakdown despite attempts by our guys to compete… surely at some point some ref will have to look and say uhum what the f**k you can’t do that… McCaw was his usual cheating @$$ self and getting away with it. Messam should have been red carded… a Bok would have been.

  13. In beast etsebeth and bismark – there is the markings if a great tight 5 but jannie and Matfield lower it significantly

    I like the look of that prop who came on – I think if Boks can develop a worldclass tighthead, then with Alberts returning and hougaard and pollard and 9 and 10, I reckon we can win this shebang

    DavidS you are right on Barnes – about as useless as tits on a fish that one

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