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Weekend Rugby Impressions – Currie Cup Final

October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Currie Cup has been won and with it South Africa’s domestic rugby season is something of the past until next year. Apart from the few players taking part in the Springbok EOYT the rest will take a well deserved break until Super Rugby pre-season training starts in mid November.

At the other end of the Currie Cup the Pumas pummeled Griquas to qualify for the Premier Division next year while Griquas are hoping for a boardroom decision to save them.

Western Province vs Sharks: Newlands, Cape Town

Well done to the Sharks, venerunt, viderunt, vicerunt while WP players, coaches and supporters will go looking for veritas in vino.

A key moment that set the tone for the match and WP’s loss was Charl McLeod’s interception when none of the WP speedsters van Heerden, Aplon or Kolbe even attempted to run him in a la Volmink, leaving it all to the slowest guy in the backline, de Allende.

One got the feeling that WP was just going through the motions, perhaps believe the pre-match press that they only needed to turn up to win, while the Sharks showed motivation and intent and outplayed their opponents in virtually every facet of the game.

A well deserved win for the Sharks.

A few standouts:

Pieter Steph du Toit: Deserved man of the match a young monster is maturing and a Bok combination of PSDT and Ysterbed in the not too distant future is something to look forward to.

Cheslin Kolbe: As elusive as a Cape Town pick pocket he can run circle around defenders. The problem is that he eventually runs into traffic and get caught. All flash and little substance he achieved very little on the day. He needs to mature before higher rewards can be considered.

Demitri Catrakilis: A tough day at the office where he primarily got poor ball from his forwards and poor service from his scrumhalf and were under pressure all the time. At least he slotted his kicks.

Pat Lambie: Looks like the Sharks’ blue eyed boy has returned to his pre-Heyneke Meyer game – a good flyhalf whose goal kicking is average to poor. Good for him.


Thank you to everyone who played in my Superbru and Fantasy League pools. With only the EOYT Superbru left it’s good bye to many of you until Super Rugby next year.

Congratulations to the winners and tough luck to Alasdair Fraser who came close in both the Superbru and Fantasy League

Superbru final top 10:

1: Maverick – 43.50
2: Witblitz – 41.00
3: Kitchener – 40.25
4: bighit – 39.92
5: O’Shauns 15 – 39.83
6: Pieta – 39.08
7: Smiley101 – 39.08
8: ALFraser – 38.75
9: Ratte – 37.25
10: Theok – 37.00

Fantasy League final top 10:

1: Gershwin Koen aka Cheating Cheetahs – Global: 33 – Sploggers: 2885
2: Marlon Dauphin aka Angostura – Global: 135 – Sploggers: 2808
3: Alasdair Fraser aka Sweet XV – Global: 203 – Sploggers: 2777
4: Carel Lotz aka Red Muse – Global: 277 – Sploggers: 2756
5: Marius Greyling aka Mnr Muis – Global: 295 – Sploggers: 2751
6: Wayne Amsterdam aka Greatness Inc. – Global: 424 – Sploggers: 2725
7: Radyn van Dewenter aka TEAM RVD – Global: 459 – Sploggers: 2719
8: Kallie Nel aka The Cutting Edge – Global: 539 – Sploggers: 2705
9: Riaan Aspeling aka a1s4s – Global: 1020 – Sploggers: 2641
9: willem le roux aka willem le roux – Global: 1020 – Sploggers: 2641

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 18/19 October

October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

This weekend there will be three important rugby events in South Africa – WP will defend their Currie Cup title against the Sharks at Newlands, Griquas will try to stay in the top domestic competition after a lucky win at home against the Pumas and Heyneke Meyer will announce his EOYT Bok squad.

For the rest, the teams are taking a bit of a break until mid November before starting on their Super Rugby preparations for the 2014 season that kicks off mid-February.

WP vs Golden Lions:

With Gio Aplon and Cheslin Kolbe more elusive than two Cape pickpockets and the Lions attack breaking against the Stormers … um … WP defence like waves against the harbour wall Province recorded a comfortable win to take them through to the final of the Currie Cup.

Barring injuries the Stormers look to be in a good place for next year’s Super Rugby while the Lions have four months to get their bunch of no names ready to make another step up in the world of professional rugby.

Match Review: WP vs Golden Lions Semi Final: A bridge too far

Sharks vs Cheetahs:

The Sharks may not be firing on all cylinders but the Cheetahs spluttered along like they have the whole season. Lambie had his best game since the 2010 Currie Cup final while Frans Steyn, for all his size, was only invisible during the half time interview. Bizzie did his normal thuggy thing which may see the Sharks without their whole Bok front row for the final.

Meanwhile the Cheetahs will be cheering for Griquas in the promo game against the Pumas, hoping they can keep the Griquas players from deserting their Super Rugby franchise partner.

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Weekend Rugby Previews & Predictions – 18/19 October

October 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

The penultimate games of the Currie Cup are on hand and the top teams are in knock-out mode, the winners survive another week, the losers can take a break until the Super Rugby preparations start mid-November.

The bottom team is facing an even more serious task, surviving in the Premier Division, unless SARU votes in December for the Currie Cup Premier Division to be increased to eight teams and it was all just for fun.

Meanwhile back at the ranch:


Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
Overall: 16/30
Success rate: 53.33%

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Pool name: Sploggers
Pool code: sunscost

Sat, 19 October
14:30 – Western Province vs Golden Lions: Newlands, Cape Town – Semifinal

Defence versus attack, a full Super Rugby team versus a team full of Super Rugby rookies. The weather looks good and the field should be dry when unbeaten WP tries to extend that record and, going by the way the Lions tend to fall asleep for 20 minutes per game, they should. Unless the Lions can get an 80 minute game going, then all bets are off. Anything is possible in a knock-out match but WP should win this one.

WP by 9

17:00 – Sharks vs FS Cheetahs: Kings Park, Durban – Semifinal

Two Bok front rows facing each other, the first choice versus the second and the Sharks look to shuffle their backline to bring in their big names – a mistake, I believe, to play Frans Steyn at the cost of Heimar Williams and continuity. At least with Zeilinga not starting we won’t to listen to Andy Capp’s pretentious pronunciation for too long. The Cheetahs haven’t impressed this season but they have the players to cause problems for the Sharks especially now that the Sharks want to play a new backline. But, as I said, the Cheetahs have been unimpressive and that will probably be the case on Saturday too.

Sharks by 7

Friday, October 18 2013
19:10 – GWK Griquas vs Steval Pumas: GWK Park, Kimberley – 1st Promothions/Relegation

Serious stuff, this. The Pumas have been playing well, albeit against weaker opposition, and the Griquas weren’t as bad as their one win suggests, having played a number of teams close with six losing bonus points. Virtually impossible to predict this game but I think Griquas are going to scrape through and the Pumas will have to hope SARU expand the Currie Cup.

Griquas by 5

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Paymond Rhule, Lwazi Mvovo, Cheslin Kolbe, Gio Aplon
Centres: Johann Sadie, Damian de Allende, Robert Ebersohn, Heimar Williams, Juan de Jongh
Flyhalves: Fred Zeilinga*, Marnitz Boshoff*, Elgar Watts*, Elton Jantjies*, Kurt Coleman*,
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Nic Groom, Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach, Louis Schreuder
Loose forwards: Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Deon Fourie, Boom Prinsloo, Keegan Daniel
Locks: Michael Rhodes, de Kock Steenkamp, Franco van der Merwe, Peet Marais, Lood de Jager
Front rows: Jacques van Rooyen, Kyle Cooper, Ruan Dreyer, Wiehahn Herbst, Pat Cilliers

Top 10 try scorers:

Raymond Rhule – 7
Anthony Volmink – 6
Derick Minnie – 6
Jaco Kriel – 5
Elgar Watts – 4
Deon Fourie – 4
Francois Venter – 4
Lwazi Mvovo – 4
SP Marais – 4
Boom Prinsloo – 3

Top 10 point scorers:

Fred Zeilinga – 91
Marnitz Boshoff – 90
Kurt Coleman – 72
Riaan Smit – 68
Elgar Watts – 63
Handre Pollard – 62
Elton Jantjies – 56
Nico Scheepers – 51
Butch James – 43
Francois Brummer – 38

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 12 October

October 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Currie Cup league stages ended on Saturday – the Lions beat Griquas, the Cheetahs beat the Blue Bulls and WP beat the Sharks.

The only real surprises where that Griquas nearly shocked the Lions and that the Cheetahs end third on the log on a technicality due to a SARU Competitions Committee mistake. The last game was always going to be a close affair which could go either way.


Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
Overall: 16/30
Success rate: 53.33%

Golden Lions v Griquas:

Outscoring your opponents four tries to one should mean a more comfortable win and a bigger winning margin but if you gift your opponents 21 penalty points through ill-discipline you only have yourself to blame. Well done to Griquas for making a game of it and not come to Jozi accepting defeat. So, the Lions ended third on the log but because the SARU Competitions Committee accidentally slotted in a regulation in the first place rather than the third the Lions ended fourth. Sharks, WP – no matter. A tough away semi awaits the Lions, which they need to win to progress to the final.

Match review: Golden Lions vs Griquas: More guts than glory

FS Cheetahs v Blue Bulls:

A bunch of talented youngsters playing their hearts out is not enough to beat a settled side of “ou manne”. But I must admit, the Cheetahs All Bok front row was disappointing but the moment of the match must be hooker Adriaan Strauss outpacing a Bok centre to score.

Sharks v Western Province:

“Kicking in the Rain! Kicking in the Rain!” Isn’t there an old song with those lyrics? The rain in Spain … uhm … Durbs .. didn’t make for a nice open running game and the Greek was just slightly better than the Sharks kickers giving WP the win. I somehow think that we would have seen virtually the same game even if there hadn’t been rain, the potential home final spot was just too important to take chances.

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Pumas, 1st Division Champions

October 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Congratulations to the Pumas for winning the Currie Cup 1st Division. Their comprehensive victory over the EP Kings sets them up well for the promotion / relegation matches against Griquas over the next two weeks.

The Lions franchise partners closed off an unbeaten Currie Cup campaign with success and hopefully the Lions coach, Johan Ackermann, has developed a closer relationship with Pumas coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, ahead of next year’s Super Rugby. Not only should Stonehouse be pulled into the Lions Super Rugby coaching staff but a number of Pumas players can help the Lions build depth in their squad.

I always like Renaldo Bothma’s game when he played for the Lions and it would be great to see him back at the Lions. Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, winger Rocko Speckman, fullback/flyhalf Coenie van Wyk and centre Stefan Watermeyer could all be valuable additions to the Lions Super Rugby squad.

Talking of centres, I wouldn’t mind the Lions recruiting Griquas centre, Howard Mnisi.

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Weekend Rugby Previews & Predictions – 12 October

October 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Rugby Championship is over with the Kiwis still king, er .. um .. champions. The Currie Cup enters its last weekend before the play-offs with The Sharks and WP going full tilt for the top spot while Griquas have given up and are resting key players for the promotion relegation matches against the Pumas.

In the middle there’s still a bun fight for the third and fourth spots.


Last week: 2/3
Overall: 14/27
Success rate: 51.85%

Sat, 12 October
Golden Lions v Griquas:15h00 – Johannesburg

With the Griquas resting a number of key players this should be a walk in Ellis Park for the Lions but underestimating their opponents could come back and bite them, especially as the Lions have this irritating habit of going to sleep for 20 minutes during matches. A loss here without a bonus point could see them out of the Currie Cup. Anyway, I don’t see that happening so the Lions should walk this.

Lions by 20

FS Cheetahs v Blue Bulls: 17h05 – Bloemfontein

Was the Blue Bulls good last week or the Sharks cr@p or did the ref help the locals? Was the Cheetahs good last week or the Griquas sh!t or did the ref determine the result? Do the teams play their Boks and will they do more harm than good? Good questions all. Play your Boks, I say! The Boks cannot do more harm than these teams did to themselves during this campaign. On paper the Cheetahs will have the better team with Coenie and Adriaan back and with the dry grass of the Free State it will be like playing on paper.

Cheetahs by 10

Sharks v Western Province: 19h10 – Durban

Okay! This is the main one and a tough one to call. The Sharks will probably play their Bok front row because their Currie Cup front row has been poor. They’ll probably keep Lambie away from the #10 jersey, and the #15 jersey, as Zeilinga and Marais have been doing a great job for them. WP, who do they drop to make way for Etzebeth, Kolisi and Vermeulen and also keep Schalkie? Do they rest the Bok captain and do they really want Juan de Jongh back? After all that I still don’t know who to go with. Eish! OK, flip the coin.

Sharks by 2

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Paymond Rhule, Anthony Volmink, Lwazi Mvovo, Cheslin Kolbe, SP Marais
Centres: Johann Sadie, Damian de Allende, Francois Venter, Robert Ebersohn, Heimar Williams
Flyhalves: Fred Zeilinga*, Marnitz Boshoff*, Kurt Coleman*, Elgar Watts*, Riaan Smit*
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Nic Groom, Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach, Louis Schreuder
Loose forwards: Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Boom Prinsloo, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel
Locks: Paul Willemse, Michael Rhodes, de Kock Steenkamp, Franco van der Merwe, Peet Marais
Front rows: Kyle Cooper, Ruan Dreyer, Wian Herbst, Jacques van Rooyen, Pat Cilliers

Top 10 try scorers:

Raymond Rhule – 7
Derick Minnie – 6
Anthony Volmink – 5
Jaco Kriel – 5
Francois Venter – 4
Lwazi Mvovo – 4
SP Marais – 4
Elgar Watts – 3
Boom Prinsloo – 3
Cheslin Kolbe – 3

Top 10 point scorers:

Fred Zeilinga – 85
Marnitz Boshoff – 75
Kurt Coleman – 72
Riaan Smit – 68
Handre Pollard – 60
Elton Jantjies – 56
Elgar Watts – 51
Nico Scheepers – 51
Butch James – 43
Francois Brummer – 38

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 4,5,6 October

October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

The Boks lost, the Lions lost, a sad day in the Baylion house. Congratulations to the All Blacks for taking the Rugby Championship – again.

In the Currie Cup the top two spots are decided but undecided. The Sharks WP game next week will decide. The next two semi final spots are virtually decided but still undecided as the Blue Bulls and Griquas can still upset the apple cart if they beat the Cheetahs and the Lions.


Currie Cup:
Last week: 2/3
(For some reason I didn’t make a pick for the Cheetahs game and SB defaulted to a Griquas win)
Overall: 14/27
Success rate: 51.85%

Currie Cup:

Blue Bulls vs Sharks:

Only a penalty near the end pulled it through for the Seas Shells in a bashing boring game, which resulted in the now predictable ref bashing from the Shelly fans, but a win is a win and the top of the log spot is still up for grabs next week.

Griquas vs FS Cheetahs:

Didn’t watch the game but maybe I should have rather having a near heart attack during the WP Lions game.

Western Province vs Golden Lions:

WP at their best this season, the Lions at their worst. Out played up front and unable to get their backline working the Lions went for their regular 20 minute siesta just before half time. Waking refreshed they tried to pull it back but too little too late.

Match Review: WP Outclass Lions at Newlands

Rugby Championship:

South Africa vs New Zealand:

It was a case of one team (Boks) changing their game and the other (All Blacks) playing their normal game. Despite pre-match protestation that they weren’t going to chase four tries they probably played into the All Blacks hands by changing to a game plan that’s more familiar to the Kiwis than the Boks. Still, it was an exciting match and the two loosie breaks that lead to Habana’s tries were a pleaure to watch.

Argentina vs Australia:

Didn’t watch but it seems the Wobblies got their sh!t together for a change.

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The Kings – Hijacked!

October 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

After the unions, and specifically the Southern Kings’s “junior” partners, voted against the expansion of the Currie Cup to accommodate the EP Kings I went looking for a post I did in January 2012 on my old blog. To set the scene, the post was written before the 2012 Super Rugby when the Southern Kings were playing warm up matches against the franchises and fielded mediocre sides against the Cheetahs and the Lions.

Well, here it is, unedited, and it might explain, in part, why SWD and Border voted against their “senior” partner.

The Kings, “in the interest of self preservation”, will field a team made up of Border and SWD players when the take on the Cheetahs and the Lions in warm up matches while the team will be made up of EP players for the three games against the Stormers, Bulls and Sharks. Interesting.

While I can understand that playing five games in 20 days against SA’s Super Rugby franchises may be a tough ask of players I cannot help getting the feeling that the Kings is a divided “franchise”. In the past the Kings were nothing more than an EP Kings side under the guise of being a “franchise” with Border and SWD being sidelined in the process. Even the new players signing with the Kings are being signed to EP with the two junior partners losing out.

I would have accepted their “self preservation” and “player rotation” argument if they selected balanced teams made up of players from across the region for these compulsory warm up games against the Super Rugby franchises but at the moment they are showing no interest in integrating Border and SWD into the franchise.

Some might argue that EP, being the strongest union in the region, will always be the senior partner similar to WP/Boland, Bulls/Falcons or Lions/Pumas/Leopards, however EP not only hijacked the franchise, they are also using the franchise’s funding to recruit players for EP rather than for the region. Consider that in recent years, prior to 2011, SWD has consistently outperformed EP in the Currie Cup and it is only since they starting to spend franchise funds to recruit players for EP that they became the “strongest” union in the region in 2011. Even in the Vodacom Cup SWD was on par with EP in recent years.

I question the motives of Cheeky Watson and EPRU, It seems to me that Cheeky Watson and his cohorts have hijacked the Kings franchise for EP and that they have no interest in growing rugby in the Eastern Cape but are looking to develop PE’s rugby base to the detriment of the other unions in the Eastern Cape. Even the franchise name, Kings, was appropriated by EP when they were renamed EP Kings in 2010.

Currie Cup First Division Log Tables:


Boland 10 9 46
EP Kings 10 9 42
Valke 10 4 21
Griffons 10 2 18
SWD 10 3 16
Border 10 3 16



SWD 10 8 39
Eastern Province Kings 10 8 37
Boland 10 5 29
Griffons 10 5 28
Border 10 3 16
Valke 10 1 11



Pumas 10 9 44
SWD 10 7 31
Griffons 10 6 31
Mighty Elephants 10 5 26
Border 10 2 17
Valke 10 0 3



Leopards 10 8 41
Griffons 10 7 32
Eagles 10 5 29
Pumas 10 4 24
Bulldogs 10 4 19
Mighty Elephants 10 2 13



Eagles 10 9 41
Mighty Elephants 10 6 30
Griffons 10 5 27
Pumas 10 4 26
Leopards 10 3 21
Border 10 1 13



Leopards 10 8 43
Kavaliers 10 8 41
Eagles 10 6 31
Elephants 10 3 19
Bulldogs 10 2 13
Griffons 10 2 11


Vodacom Cup Log Tables


South Section

Pampas XV 8 8 37
DHL Western Province 8 7 33
Sharks XV 8 6 31
Toyota Free State 8 4 22
EP Kings 8 6 21
Boland 8 3 19
SWD Eagles 8 3 17
Border 8 1 7



South Section

Boland Kavaliers 7 5 24
Sharks XV 7 5 23
Free State 7 5 23
Western Province 7 5 22
Pampas XV 7 3 20
Eastern Province 7 2 13
SWD 7 2 12
Border 7 0 3



South Section

Sharks XV 6 6 27
SWD Eagles 6 5 23
Free State 6 4 21
WP 6 3 15
Border Bulldogs 6 2 10
Boland Cavaliers 6 1 8
Elephants 6 0 0



South Section

Vodacom WP 7 6 29
Free State 7 5 25
Boland Kavaliers 7 5 24
Wildebeest 7 3 17
SWD 7 3 15
BA Mighty Elephants 7 2 13
Border 7 0 0



South Section

Western Province 6 6 28
Free State 6 3 17
Boland Kavaliers 6 3 16
Mighty Elephants 6 3 16
Wildebeest 6 3 14
SWD 6 2 10
Border 6 1 4



Wildebeest 13 11 56
Valke 13 10 50
Blue Bulls 13 9 45
Lions 13 7 38
Pumas 13 7 37
Cavaliers 13 7 37
W. Province 13 7 36
Cheetahs 13 7 36
Griquas 13 6 35
Leopards 13 7 34
Griffons 13 3 19
Elephants 13 3 18
Bulldogs 13 3 18
Eagles 13 1 10
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Weekend Rugby Previews & Predictions – 4,5,6 October

October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Crucial times this weekend my friends, some real serious rugby on the cards.

The Boks are going out for 4 tries, against the All Black no less, and the ABs want to try and win at the Lions Den for a change, something they’ve only been able to do once in a blue moon.

In the Currie Cup it’s “reg of weg” for the Blou Boelies and the Griquas are staring relegation in the face while the Lions want to show they can defend even though they will be playing with a “lap en pas” backline.

I wonder what the odds are on WP scoring four tries, must be worth while putting a few bucks on that. Not that they will, but if they did I could retire.


Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 12/24
Success rate: 50.00%

Currie Cup:

Friday, October 04 2013:
19:10 – Blue Bulls vs Sharks: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

The restaurants in Pretoria will be serving veal this weekend the way the Sharks have been playing the last two weeks. What’s that? The Blue Calves wiped Griquas? You mean that team in the Groot Gat that is down to playing club players due to injuries and whose coach did a Jake White on them? In the words of Shania Twain: “That don’t impress me much.”

Sharks by 15

Saturday, October 05 2013:
14:00 – Griquas vs FS Cheetahs: GWK Park, Kimberley

Cheetahs by 25

Sorry Griquas but the Cheetahs will finally win a game again.

14:00 – Western Province vs Golden Lions: DHL Newlands, Cape Town

I’ll be at Newlands to watch the Lions take on WP with a patched up backline where CJ van der Linde is going to teach whoever scrums at #3 a lesson but the Lions will get no reward for dominating up front, again. Jaco Kriel is going to score a try, again. WP won’t score four tries, again. The Lions are going to lose, again. Sorry, but with no midfield to speak of and Franco carrying tackle bags at the Boks, the only thing the Lions are going to dominate are the scrums but the scoreboard will be in WP’s favour.

WP by 5

Match Review on Lions Pride

Rugby Championship:

Saturday, October 05 2013:
17:00 – South Africa vs New Zealand: Ellis Park, Johannesburg

This test match can go four ways
– the Boks can win far with a bonus point. But that won’t happen.
– the Boks can win close without a bonus point. That might happen
– the All Blacks will win

OK, three ways. But the way I see it, the Boks will go all out for tries but the gaps will open and they will start to concede tries too, then they will go more defensive trying to save the match and …

In the end I think the Boks will take it, close and without a bonus point.

Boks by 6

Sunday, October 06 2013
00:40 – Argentina vs Australia: Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario

I’m not going to stay up for this one but will be rooting for the Pumas to win.

Pumas by 5

UDT Currie Cup Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Anthony Volmink, Lwazi Mvovo, Cheslin Kolbe, SP Marais, Gio Aplon
Centres: Johann Sadie, Damian de Allende, Francois Venter, Heimar Williams, Robert Ebersohn
Flyhalves: Fred Zeilinga*, Marnitz Boshoff*, Riaan Smit*, Kurt Coleman*, Elgar Watts
Scrumhalves: Sarel Pretorius, Nic Groom, Charl McLeod, Cobus Reinach, Rudy Paige
Loose forwards: Jaco Kriel, Derick Minnie, Boom Prinsloo, Jacques Botes, Keegan Daniel
Locks: Paul Willemse, Michael Rhodes, de Kock Steenkamp, Edwin Hewitt, Peet Marais
Front rows: Ruan Dreyer, Kyle Cooper, Wian Herbst, Jacques van Rooyen, Pat Cilliers

Top 10 try scorers:

Anthony Volmink – 5
Jaco Kriel – 5
Derick Minnie – 4
Lwazi Mvovo – 4
SP Marais – 4
Elgar Watts – 3
Boom Prinsloo – 3
Cheslin Kolbe – 3
Francois Venter – 3
Gio Aplon – 3

Top 10 point scorers:

Fred Zeilinga – 73
Kurt Coleman – 69
Riaan Smit – 68
Marnitz Boshoff – 62
Elton Jantjies – 56
Nico Scheepers – 51
Francois Brummer – 38
Butch James – 37
Elgar Watts – 35
Handre Pollard – 32

UDT Rugby Championship Fantasy league top 5:
* = kicker

Outside backs: Ben Smith, Willie le Roux, Julian Savea, Israel Dagg, Bryan Habana
Centres: Conrad Smith, Christian Lealiifano*, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers, Ma’a Nonu
Flyhalves: Morne Steyn*, Aaron Cruden*, Nicholas Sanchez*, Beauden Barrett*, Felipe Contepomi*
Scrumhalves: Aaron Smith, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ruan Pienaar, Fourie du Preez, Martin Landajo
Loose forwards: Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Juan Leguizamon, Duane Vermeulen, Steven Luatua
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Eben Etzebeth, Sam Whitelock, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe
Front rows: Adriaan Straus, Bismarck du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Charlie Fuamuina, Owen Franks

Top 10 try scorers:

Ben R Smith – 7
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 3
Aaron Smith – 2
Adriaan Strauss – 2
Bismarck du Plessis – 2
Israel Folau – 2
Jean de Villiers – 2
Julian Savea – 2
Kieran Read – 2
Sam Cane – 2

Top 10 point scorers:

Morné Steyn – 81
Christian Lealiifano – 54
Ben R Smith – 35
Aaron Cruden – 31
Nicolas Sanchez – 28
Felipe Contepomi – 20
Juan-Manuel Leguizamón – 15
Tom Taylor – 14
Beauden Barrett – 14
Dan Carter – 12

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Weekend Rugby Impressions – 27/28 September

September 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nothing much happened this weekend, the Lions conceded soft tries to lose, the Cheetahs managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the Wobblies were dire, the All Blacks were good.

The only sort of a surprise was the extent to which the Griquas crumbled in Kimberley.


Currie Cup:
Last week: 1/3
Overall: 12/24
Success rate: 50.00%

Currie Cup:

FS Cheetahs vs Western Province:

Cheetahs had all but won the game by the 55th minute when they let WP back in to eventually scrape through on a Greek drop goal. For all their running WP still struggle to score tries and the Cheetahs to win matches with the result that the unbeaten WP is lying second on the log instead of first and the Cheaters are suddenly only one point ahead of the Blou Boelies.

Golden Lions vs Sharks:

miserable-lionsThe Lions Sharks game delivered the nerve wracking excitement it promised pre-match and must easily rate as one of the most watchable matches of the season. But every week it’s the same old story with the Lions, poor defensive structures at crucial times letting in soft tries. Instead of 8 from 8 they’re 3 1/2 from 8 and 3 losing bonus points and 4 try bonus points is all that is keeping them in the hunt. The Sharks deserved their win, they kept their focus when things were going south for them. On top of that, they’ve started to play some good rugby with young Zeilinga growing with each match.

Griquas vs Blue Bulls:

I didn’t watch the game. Were the Blue Boelies good or was Griquas Super Bad? Anyway, the Bulls are suddenly threatening the Cheetahs for the fourth semi-final spot.

Remaining regular season games:

Sharks to play Blue Bulls (a) and WP (h)
WP to play Lions (h) and Sharks (a)
Lions to play WP (a) and Griquas (h)
Cheetahs to play Griquas (a) and Blue Bulls (h)
Blue Bulls to play Sharks (h) and Cheetahs (a)
Griquas to play Cheetahs (h) and Lions (a)
Rugby Championship:

South Africa vs Australia:

When “at least they prevented the Boks from getting a 4th try for a bonus point” is the best thing you can say about a team then you know that team was cr@p. Yes, the Wobblies are in serious doo-doos. With Australian rugby in serious financial troubles too it doesn’t help that their national side has lost the plot. Meanwhile the Boks will feel they’ve lost out on an opportunity but at least it isn’t all over yet and a bonus point win could still do the trick for the Boks this weekend, as unlikely as that may be. The test at the Lions Den against the All Blacks should be a scrap to remember.

Argentina vs New Zealand:

Ben Smith is on a hot streak with seven tries in five matches (4 tries in his previous 15 tests) and the All Blacks look in unbeatable form. And they managed a 4-try bonus point to make it a bit tougher for the Boks on Saturday. Meanwhile the Pumas will be targeting the Wallabies, aka Wobblies, for a win.