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Super Saturday

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If you have anything planned for today, cancel it!  Apart from the Currie Cup final there is a massive amount of rugby on television today which we have opened this thread for you to follow the games and comment on.

Kuun cited

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The Vodacom Blue Bulls flanker Derick Kuun will attend a SARU judicial committee in Cape Town on Tuesday at 14h00 after being cited for foul play during an Absa Currie Cup Premier Division game against The Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Matfield error cost Blue Bulls

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Blue Bulls captain Victor Matfield definitely made an error of judgement in Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against the Sharks, two former Springboks believe.

WP 31, Cheetahs 7 – SF 2

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Western Province continue their quest to end a barren period without a major trophy in nine years when play host to the Currie Cup specialists, the Cheetahs, in a semifinal at Newlands on Saturday.

Sharks 16, Blue Bulls 12 – SF 1

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Coaches tend to give away as little as possible before big play-off matches, but if you listen (or read) carefully, they drop plenty of hints.

The Desperate v. The Confident

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Okay, so after all the chest beating and Yo-Mama insults, let’s get down to business and look who is set to play in the final of this year’s Currie Cup.

Lambie back at 10 for Sharks

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Sharks coach John Plumtree called back some big guns but also made some surprising ommissions for his side semi-final clash in Durban on Saturday.

Naka questions WP scrum

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The Free State Cheetahs are questioning the legality of Western Province’s scrumming tactics ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal and have e-mailed André Watson and Mark Lawrence about it.

Ricky starts, Jean back at 12 for WP

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WP coach Allister Coetzee predictably moved Jean de Villiers back to inside center for the semi-final clash against the Cheetahs this weekend at Newlands.

Blue Bulls bench Bok Spies

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Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has included Springbok eighthman Pierre Spies and flank Deon Stegmann in his list of replacements for Saturday’s Currie Cup semi-final against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Spies, Stegmann fit to start

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If the Vodacom Blue Bulls needed a massive boost ahead of their Absa Currie Cup semifinal against the Sharks on Saturday, they certainly got one.

Fourie out, Januarie gets another start

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Springbok centre Jaque Fourie may be out for the season, while Ricky Januarie is expected to keep his place in the Western Province starting line-up for Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal against Free State at Newlands.

Mossie out of semi’s

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Jaque Fourie’s foot injury is more serious than initially anticipated and is likely to force him out of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semi-final at Newlands.

Schalk is tired of losing

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“Tired of losing” should hardly be the refrain of a Western Province rugby player at the moment, but when it comes to Currie Cup semifinals at Newlands, it is strangely enough the case for Schalk Burger.

Fourie escapes ban

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Vodacom Western Province hooker Deon Fourie was on Monday found not guilty of foul play at a SARU judicial hearing held in Cape Town.

Kick-off times for all games this weekend

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There will be a number of semi’s and even a final played this weekend, here are all the kick-off times.

Tuesday D-day for Stegmann, Spies

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Vodacom Blue Bulls loose forwards Deon Stegmann and Pierre Spies will know on Tuesday whether they will be given the green light to play in Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup semi-final against the Sharks in Durban.

WP’s Fourie cited

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UPDATE: NOT GUILTY
Vodacom Western Province’s hooker Deon Fourie will appear before a SARU Judiciary Hearing after he was cited for foul play during Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup Premier Division game against The Sharks on Saturday.

WP 33, Sharks 21

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Strap yourself in for a rip-roaring ride as the Currie Cup league stages come to a dramatic end – with the last match of the weekend set to decide the final standings.

Griquas 36, Blue Bulls 48

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With nothing left but pride to play for, Griquas coach Dawie Theron hopes his battered charges can find it in them to get up for one more big Bull-fight.

Lions 27, Pumas 34

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While the Lions will be keen to keep their slim play-off hopes alive, the Pumas are determined to use their encounter as a trial run for the forthcoming promotion-relegation series.

Botha out for rest of the season

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The Blue Bulls confirmed that they will be without the services of hooker, Gary Botha for the rest of the season.

Lambie at 15, Pretorius at 10 for Sharks

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The Sharks travel to Cape Town this weekend to take on Western Province in the final pool match of the Currie Cup ahead of next week’s semi-finals with top spot already buttoned down but a good performance wanted for continuity.

Jean wings it

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Springbok centre Jean de Villiers will play on the right wing for Western Province in their Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

Matfield back to lead Blue Bulls

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke had no hesitation in naming all his available Springboks in the starting line up of the Blue Bulls team to play Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday in the final pool game of Absa’s Currie Cup competition.

Botha out for rest of season

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Chances are the Blue Bulls will be without the services of Gary Botha for the rest of the season.

Loftus nips AfriForum protest in the bud

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Loftus Versfeld stadium manager Hugo Kemp reaffirmed on Sunday what the Blue Bulls Company had warned earlier in the week when he commented on AfriForum’s alleged attempt to use the venue as a platform to promote their smear campaign against Currie Cup sponsors Absa.

Spies, Guthro out of Griquas clash

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Vodacom Blue Bulls number eight, Pierre Spies, has been ruled out of Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley.

Van Velze out for the season

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Regular Vodacom Blue Bulls no 8, Gerrit-Jan van Velze, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Absa Currie Cup competition due to a thumb injury.

Cheetahs 43, Lions 37

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It’s do-or-die in Bloemfontein for both the Cheetahs and the Lions, as both sides must win on Saturday to ensure that their Currie Cup semifinal fates remain in their own hands.

Blue Bulls 36, WP 32 FT

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Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke and his Western Province rival Allister Coetzee will put their friendship aside for a few hours on Saturday to resolve one of the most fiercest and long-standing Currie Cup rivalries in South African rugby.

Leopards 6, Sharks 63

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With the Sharks having already secured their place in the 2010 Currie Cup play-offs, it is now all about ensuring they finish top of the standings in order to play at home in the semifinals and, possibly, in the final too.

Kanko gets 1 week

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The Sharks No 8 Ryan Kankowski has been suspended from all forms of rugby for one week after he was found guilty of foul play during Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup game against the Xerox Lions in Johannesburg.

ABSA’s tune a bit off-key

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So Superwoman Mario Ramos decided to join the party (or should I say circus) on the issue of transformation in rugby by claiming some moral high ground saying that they (ABSA) calls the tunes…

WP change two

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Vodacom WP coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday announced his team to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Loftus in Pretoria on Saturday.

Gurthrö back for Blue Bulls

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World Cup winning Springbok prop Gurthrö Steenkamp will make a first start for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup competition when they take on Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Currie Cup Review, Week 12

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The Xerox Lions kept their Absa Currie Cup Premier Division semi-final aspirations alive following their thrilling 22-20 victory over The Sharks at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

SWD, EP secures play-off spots

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The SWD Eagles secured a place in next month’s Absa Currie Cup promotion/ relegation games following their 57-28 victory over the Valke at Outeniqua Park on Friday.

Lions 22, Sharks 20

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CURRIE CUP LOG UP TO DATE

The Lions may find the Sharks in a very unforgiving mood when the two teams go head-to-head in the match of the week, as the Currie Cup competition enters the home stretch.

WP 48, Griquas 32

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Under normal circumstances you would expect Griquas to provide Western Province with a stern challenge, even at Newlands.

Botha replaces Chili

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Gary Botha is back as captain and hooker for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in their Absa Currie Cup clash against the Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday.

WP picks first choice line-up

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Allister Coetzee is not taking any chances against Griquas this Friday as he picked his strongest available 22 for the match.

Rugby 365’s team of the week

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The rugby365.com Currie Cup Team of the Week has several familiar faces has the competition’s top performers produce the goods week in and week out.

Currie Cup review – Round 11

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Six teams are still jostling for semi-final places in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup as the Premier Division competition enters its final three weeks of league fixtures.

ABSA backtracks over ‘quota’ statements

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Following the uproar over apparent comments ABSA, the title sponsor of the Currie Cup, made last week regarding black representation in Currie Cup team it which even saw AfriForum getting involved, it seems they are backtracking.

Blue Bulls 24, Lions 21

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Trans-Jukskei derbies, between the Blue Bulls and Lions, are never games of ‘touch rugby’, but there will be extra measures of desperation and determination when they go head-to-head on Saturday.

Pumas 10, WP 62

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UPDATE: GRIQUAS 29, LEOPARDS 20
Western Province this week paid the Puma the ultimate compliment. They named their best available team for the Currie Cup Round 11 encounter in Nelspruit on Friday.

Blue Bulls unchanged for trans-Jukskei Derby

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Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke named an unchanged side for Saturday’s vital Absa Currie Cup clash against the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

Wikus back for Lions

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A former Loftus Versfeld hero will make his make his return to Currie Cup rugby on the field in a Lions jersey on Saturday.

WP make 5 changes

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Western Province will go to Nelspruit for their Absa Currie Cup match against the Pumas on Friday night with a side that features five changes from the one that beat the Leopards 59-17 at Newlands last week.