It is the second round of matches this weekend in the Carling Currie Cup with Griquas and the Pumas kicking it off on Friday.
The Sharks has a bye this weekend on Saturday the Lions host Western Province and at Loftus the Bulls take on the Cheetahs.
Currently the Bulls are still leading the pack with the Sharks in second place.
Current Log Standings:
|2||DHL Western Province||12||7||3||2||37|
|3||Cell C Sharks||12||7||3||2||35|
|7||Tafel Lager Griquas||12||0||11||1||8|
The two Saturday matches is building up to be massive clashes both being played in the Highveld.
Griquas must be one of the unluckiest teams as their match was called off just as the Lions took the lead in the second half to take the win.
This weekend they face the Pumas side that beat them in Kimberley a few weeks ago, so plenty to play for come Friday.
The Pumas have been up and down the whole season so far and one thing Stonehouse will want from his men is better consistency and it will start by beating Griquas in Nelspruit.
The two teams match up nicely and it is always a great match when they meet so Friday night should be an entertaining match to watch.
With injuries coming into play at this stage with the fact that some players have moved to other franchises, it has been a struggle for both side to keep continuity in selection.
This match will be live on SuperSport at 19:00 on Friday so do not miss this one.
Prediction: Griquas has build nicely the last couple of games and we expect them to upset the Pumas at home with a win by 8
Pumas – 15 Tapiwa Mafura, 14 Luther Obi, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Ali Mgijima, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Devon Williams, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Willim Engelbrecht, 7 Darrien Landsberg, 6 Phumzile Maqondwana, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (c), 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 Simon Westraadt, 1 Dewald Maritz.
Replacements: 16 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 17 Ignatius Prinsloo, 18 Brandon Valentyn, 19 Daniel Maartens, 20 Chriswill September, 21 Tiaan Botes, 22 Wayne van Bank, 23 Liam Hendriks.
Griquas – 15 James Verity-Amm, 14 Daniel Kasende, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Zak Burger (c), 8 Johan Momsen, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Cyril Velleman, 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Hendrick Luus, 1 Nqobisizwe Mxoli.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Andrew Beerwinkel, 18 John-Roy Jenkinson, 19 Mzwanele Zito, 20 Carl Els, 21 Theo Maree, 22 Andre Swarts, 23 Enver Brandt, 24 Zandre Jordaan, 25 Ewan Coetzee, 26 Ashlon Davids.
With the Bulls on top of the log, they have become the marked team in the competition and week in and week out they will face the rest trying to knock them off the top.
This weekend sees the Cheetahs coming to Pretoria to face the Bulls. They are the only side that have beating the Bulls so far this season and we expect a massive clash on Saturday afternoon.
Jake White has made a few changes to his side that beat Province last weekend, with the most notable change, the return of Morne Steyn at flyhalf.
Steyn has been playing some of his best rugby this season for the Bulls and has been brilliant. He will partner up with Ambrose who gets a chance to start.
Arendse have been moved to fullback with Kriel going to the wing. On the other side Jansen van Vuren gets a start this weekend.
Manjezi will get his first start for the Bulls this weekend after some great performances off the bench in recent weeks. We also see Van der Merwe and Steenkamp starting in the front row with Wessels, Nyakane and Nortje covering form the bench.
There will be a debut for Marius Potgieter when he gets a run from the bench.
The big clash will surely come from the two packs and we can not wait to see how this shape up. The Bulls struggled somewhat last weekend against Province and it will surely be something the Cheetahs will try and explore.
The Bulls have been massive this whole year on the ground and punishing teams with turnover possession. The battle on the ground will be massive and an area the Cheetahs will have to pitch up for if they want to upset the Bulls at Loftus.
Both side have great backlines and if they get the chance we should see some great tries in the game.
Morne Steyn is massive for the Bulls and if he is on song it may become a long and unpleasant afternoon for the men from Bloemfontein.
The game kickoff at 16:30 and it is live on SuperSport
Prediction: At Loftus we have to go with the Bulls by 5
Vodacom Bulls: 15. Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14. David Kriel, 13. Stedman Gans, 12. Cornal Hendricks, 11. Marco Jansen van Vuren, 10. Morné Steyn, 9. Embrose Papier, 8. Duane Vermeulen (C), 7. Arno Botha, 6. Marco van Staden, 5. Walt Steenkamp, 4. Sintu Manjezi, 3. Marcel van der Merwe, 2. Johan Grobbelaar, 1. Gerhard Steenekamp.
Replacements: 16. Corniel Els, 17. Jan-Hendrik Wessels, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Ruan Nortje, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Ivan van Zyl, 22. Chris Smith, 23. Marnus Potgieter.
Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Howard Mnisi, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Victor Sekekete, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Kutha Mchunu, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Boan Venter.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Cameron Dawson, 18 Erich de Jager, 19 Chris Massyn, 20 George Cronje, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 William Small-Smith.
The Lions will have taken a lot of motivation from their win against Griquas last weekend as they face Western Province this weekend.
The Lions had a few games called off during Super Rugby Unlocked due to COVID protocols and winning their round 1 match was a must to stay in the hunt.
A few injuries for both sides have forced their coaches to make changes to their sides for the weekend.
It was a huge blow for Province when the news broke that Gelant will be out for a long time. He has been the form player so far for the Stormers and Province and his presence will be missed.
Dobson had decided to bring in Swiel at ten for this weekend and move Willemse to fullback.
In the midfield Province was exposed last weekend by the Bulls and Springbok Sevens start Nel has been given the nod to start with Du Plessis in the midfield.
They will come up against Wandisile Simelane and Burger Odendaal which make this one of the key battles in this game.
Swiel will have Godlen Masimla next to him at nine. The Lions will also have a new halfback combination in Cronje at nine with his captain Jantjies at flyhalf.
Like always it will be a massive battle in the set pieces. For Province it is again an all Springbok front row in Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi and Steven Kitshoff.
They will come up against the likes of Ruan Dreyer, Jaco Visagie and Sti Sithole.
This game will be live on SuperSport at 19:00 on Saturday.
Prediction: Difficult to go against the Lions at home, but Province have a better team on paper overall for us. The bench looks much better and we give this one to Province by 7
Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel, 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (c), 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Roelof Smit, 22 Morne van den Berg, 23 Dan Kriel.
Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Tristan Leyds, 24 Jaco Coetzee, 25 Kade Wolhuter, 26 Rikus Pretorius.
Here is the Full Schedule:
Friday 4 December 2020
Pumas v Griquas 19:00
Saturday 5 December 2020
Bulls v Cheetahs 16:30
Lions v Province 19:00