In a weekend that saw another match called off in the Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked due to COVID-19, the Stormers and Sharks has thrown their names in the hat to take the title this coming weekend.
The Bulls are in the inside lane with their final match against the Pumas while the Stormers will travel to Durban to face-off against the Sharks.
The rest of the teams are not in the running anymore.
The Stormers are in second place due to a better points difference than the Sharks who also are only two points behind the Bulls.
There is not a lot of premeditation to decided the winner, in fact their are only two.
The Bulls must loose against the Pumas this weekend which will then see the winner between the Sharks and Stormers take the championship.
That means the Bulls just need a win to take the trophy back to Pretoria.
COVID can also have a say in who gets the trophy. If the match between the Bulls and Pumas gets cancelled due to COVID-19 then the winner of the Sharks v Stormers match will take the trophy.
Current Log Standings:
Carling Currie Cup
|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|
There was just the two matches this weekend, Friday the Sharks beat Griquas in Kimberley and on Saturday the Stormers came out winners against the Cheetahs in Cape Town.
The Stormers made sure they stay in the race after beating the Cheetahs on Saturday 30-13. They did not manage a bonus point but trail the Bulls by only 2 points going into the last weekend of matches.
It was a tight affair in the first half with the home side only leading 13-3 at the break but they left a few points on the field in that first half.
It was one of the better performances from the Stormers as a team and Damien Willemse stepped up big time in this game.
His tactical kicking as well kicking at the poles was the best we have seen from the youngster for a long time.
He showed us his skills as well and was instrumental in Gelant’s try in the second half.
The Cheetahs never really got going and had plenty of opportunities but were unable to convert them into points. Handling errors and poor decision making on attack cost them big time on Satuday.
Although the Stormers were not able to get that fourth try bonus point they did deserve the win as they dominated the Cheetahs for most parts in the game.
DHL Stormers 30 (13) – Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Juarno Augustus, Warrick Gelant. Conversions: Damian Willemse (3). Penalty goals: Willemse (2). Drop goal: Willemse.
Toyota Cheetahs 13 (3) – Try: Rosko Specman. Conversion: Tian Schoeman. Penalty goals: Schoeman (2).
On Friday night the Sharks had to fight till the end to steal the win away from Griquas with a Bosch penalty after the hooter has sounded.
Bosch was again the standout player for the Sharks and his control of the game was again one of his strong points.
The Sharks can count themselves a bit lucky to get the win as some decisions went their way in the final 10 minutes which gave them the opportunity to come from behind.
As with the Bulls match in round 1, Griquas deserved the win but just could not pull it through for 80 minutes.
A minute before the end of the game Tinus de Beer kicked the home side in the lead with a penalty but the Sharkes retained the ball after the restart and forced a penalty for Bosch to win the game.
It was an exciting match to watch with the home side leading 9-7 at the break. They build a 13-point lead in the second half but saw that quickly disappear as the Sharks came back at them in the final 15 minutes.
Tafel Lager Griquas 33 (9) – Tries: Ederies Arendse, Eduan Keyter, Gideon van der Merwe. Conversions: Tinus de Beer (3). Penalty goals: De Beer (4).
Cell C Sharks 34 (7) – Tries: Sanele Nohamba, Manie Libbok, Jeremy Ward, Dylan Richardson. Conversions: Curwin Bosch (4). Penalty goals: Bosch (2).
This weekend matches:
Friday 20 November
19:00 Vodacom Bulls v Phakisa Pumas
Saturday 21 November
16:30 Toyota Cheetahs v Tafel Lager Griquas
19:00 Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers