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The ABSA Currie Cup is taking shape and it is becoming more clear who will charge for the semi final spots in the next few weeks. The Rugby Championship is all but over but their is still the little matter next week at Ellis Park, Benedict Chanakira look back at the weekends rugby.

Rugby News
Rugby News

 

Currie Cup

We like to blow the situation quite a lot but Lions and Western Province look like they will meet in the final. The Sharks put the resilient Eastern Province side to the sword. The Bulls managed a win but missed the bonus point. The Currie Cup is drawing to an end and the quality of rugby has been high. The Lions will face a real test when they face the Sharks. Should they pass that test we  have our finalists decided! The Sharks remain the only real threat at hand in a quest for a Lions-Province finale. The coming weeks will be pivotal. 

Schalk Burger

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We have made so many age jokes recently.  Yes, Meyer must invest in youth like he did with Mahoje. However the 2004 IRB Player of The Year was the game changer I feel. He was playing out of his skin and it coincided with probably the best 20 minutes of rugby the Springboks have played at Newlands.

Springboks

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What a last twenty minutes.  The Australians put one over the South Africans in the dying minutes in Perth. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. Jean de villiers noted it was part of the plan to kill them at the death. How true that is, we will never know but the Wallabies got blown away with South Africa scoring 20 points in 10 minutes.  Next up, The Rugby Championship and World Champions New Zealand. 

But, what is the Springbok plan? Is Meyer looking to have the perfect blend of youth and experience? A look at displays this season they are edging closer to New Zealand. The gap has closed. Whether that elusive confidence boosting win will be achieved over the weekend we await. Just that missing ingredient missing.  That killer instict. What we know Meyer’s men are within reach!

Willie le Roux

Willie Le Roux
Willie Le Roux

Cut the man some slack. He took the burden of South Africa’s creativity and brilliance. He has brought a new dish to the dinner table. Chips. Some hot and some crispy. A dip in form will only re-energize the man. He will produce the gems soon. Give him time and await the reclaiming of the glory days!

All Blacks

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Champions. Still lost one game under the Hansen era an look like improving every game. Three Championships in a row. Can they avoid defeat in the toughest game of the year this weekend? Its not a dead rubber. A lot more will be on show and the Springboks will have a lot more to gain. Graham Henry believes a loss would aid the World Champions. It allows for reflection. They have made winning a habit.  Its become a culture and they seem well on their way to another undefeated season.