This year’s Currie Cup was initially played down by many fans, saying it’s a watered down competition now and that Super Rugby took away the importance and prestige of one of the world’s oldest rugby competitions…. well, this year’s competition is proving the opposite.
A truly strength vs. strength competition has shown how healthy SA Rugby is at the moment, with the depth and youngsters coming through playing some awesome rugby. Just ask the Bulls how tough this competition still is… seeing that if the Cheetahs manage to beat them this weekend, they will be in a tough spot and most likely will have to fight to keep their place in a promotion / relegation match, most probably against the EP Kings.
From a Western Province fans’ point of view the above situation brings a smile. Can you imagine the Bulls playing in the first division? What a good laugh
Western Province have definitely impressed me with the way we are playing recently. Our defence is still rock solid when we truly need it, but our attacking has got me excited and hopefully we can continue with this style of play and take it into Super Rugby next year. This attacking style, offloading in the tackle, competing at the rucks to get quick ball, our running lines and dummy runners have definitely made WP look like the exciting rugby union it once was known for.
Even though we lost a couple of matches, I’m more confident in the team, that should we go to the Semi’s and Final this year, that we can win it.
I would have liked to see that Demetri Catrakilis remain with WP and the Stormers for next year’s campaign, as he and Nick Groom have been crucial to getting our backline going. Our centre pairing are not simply just taking the ball up, but they are running for the spaces and offloading in the tackle which helps alot in getting go forward momentum and it’s great to watch.
Allister keep with it, you guys are finally on the right track here…
Looking ahead to the match ups of the weekend, here are my Superbru picks for Round 7:
Cheetahs by 10, Lions by 4, Western Province by 9