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Currie Cup reaches climax

2012-10-12 15:01

Johannesburg - The league phase of the Currie Cup will reach a nail-biting climax this weekend, with the final playoff spots likely to be determined only after the final match on Saturday.

With all six teams still in with a shout for a semi-final berth, there will also be a battle to stay off the bottom rung of the ladder in order to avoid the promotion-relegation decider against the EP Kings.

The Sharks and Golden Lions have both secured home-semi finals, leaving the other four teams to battle it out for the last two available spots.

Title holders the Lions have the luxury of resting some of their key players for their Jukskei derby against the Blue Bulls at home on Saturday.

Interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann, however, warned the Bulls this week that complacency could lead to their downfall as the title holders look to establish some momentum ahead of the playoffs.

“If we want to win the competition we will have to be able to beat anybody,” Ackermann said.

“So if we beat the Bulls on Saturday and we have to play Province or Cheetahs (in the semi-finals), and we beat them, we then play the Sharks down in Durban (in the final).

“If we want to lift the cup we will have to beat one of those three sides, so that is what it boils down to.”

The Lions will also keep their fingers crossed that the results in other matches work in their favour, to ensure a home final in a fortnight’s time.

“Obviously it would be great if things could work out that we had a home final,” Ackermann said.

The Bulls, buoyed by the return of a number of Springbok players, will be desperate to secure a semi-final spot with a victory over the defending champions.

Lying bottom of the standings ahead of the last round of fixtures in the league stage, the Pretoria outfit will also need valuable points to avoid a relegation battle.

Earlier on Saturday, the Free State Cheetahs, lying second from bottom in the table, possibly have the biggest challenge in an effort to reach the semi-finals when they square up against third-placed Western Province in Cape Town.

While the Cheetahs have been strengthened by the return of captain Adriaan Strauss and Coenie Oosthuizen, Province boast a side brimming with Springbok players.

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Comments
  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-12 15:08

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB :)

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-12 16:45

      Dit sal cool wees

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-10-12 18:53

      Just wondering why they say the bottom side will meet the Kings in a promo-reg match??? Have they done away with semis and finals in devision 1, or have the Kings been given the title???

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-12 15:20

    What a weekend of Rugby this will be, the most dramatic end to a CC season ever!!! When was the last time that ANY of the sides in the CC can still make it to the playoffs? My predictions, Griekwas VS Sharks Sharks by 7+ FS VS WP WP by 10 Bulls VS Lions Bulls by 12+

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-12 15:28

      It is very a brilliant end to the CC. I have always said that this is one of my favourite tournaments. Great to see the young talent coming through in SA. I have to say that I don't think that your predictions are wrong, but there are going to be no easy games. Sharks forever!!!!!!!!

      andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-10-12 16:15

      Vissie wil jy nou 'n Bulls ondersteuner word?

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-10-12 15:25

    go wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwpppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-12 15:26

    2012 Currie Cup Champs : Proooooooovince!!!!!!!

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-12 15:54

      ...maybe next year... ...or the year there after... ...or after that....

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-12 15:28

    Go Cheetahs, Go Bulls, and last but not least... Goooooo Sharks!!!!

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-12 15:33

    Province will klap any team any day whaat whaaat!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 19:27

      Ja well that is exactly the kind of stupidity that gives WP supporters a worse reputation than already established

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-12 15:33

    WP het n beter kans om pregnant te raak as om die beker te wen.

  • nicholas.fraser.509 - 2012-10-12 15:38

    I am a Lions and always will be so here is my Malema I want a home Final so want the Lions to Win, but i would also like the Bulls to be in the semi's (this way there wont be any comments from the bulls saying the Lions only won because they didnt have to play them in the semi's However I would love the Bulls to end last so that the can play Kings and smack six types of K*K out of them. That should show SARU that there is no way they should have been given a chance in S15 if they cant even make top domestic rugby.

      dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-12 15:44

      Kings sal die Bulle opd0nner van alle kante af.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-12 16:17

      dieter Die kings kan nie eers agteroor donner nie

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 19:28

      It's not "I am a Lions" - it's "I is a Lions" or "I are an Lions" The Kings have not won anything yet. Although we all know those games in the 1st division are rigged in the Kings favour

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-12 15:47

    Griquas and Cheetahs to miss out, unless WP and Bulls have another bad day at the office?

  • brendon.g.lambert - 2012-10-12 15:52

    To all the two tone kooperasie shirt wearers, I do admire your optimism but Lions by 6

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-12 16:00

      ...Cheeths by 7 against the Cape Clowns..

  • Brad - 2012-10-12 15:57

    Dream results for this weekend: Sharks win Cheetahs win without BP Bulls lose without BP.

      Brad - 2012-10-12 15:58

      Sorry...I mean Cheetahs lose with a BP.

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-12 17:19

      Cool results Raven

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-12 18:00

      ....and then WP Clowns to lose against EP Jokers.... .....He he he he he he...!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-12 19:39

      Dream results this weekend: Jean De Villiers retires from rugby Jantjies kicks 10% and goes to WP to become a choker Taute announces he is going to the Sharks Bulls smash the Lions and injure all significant players Danie Roussouw announces he told Toulon to stuff it and has signed with the Bulls King Heyneke makes an appearance at Ellis Park with a crown on his head and blesses me with a wave of the hand

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-12 22:12

      maczie, jy is seker baaaaie vaak as jy sulke stront kwytraak. Jy lewe sowaar in n droomwereld. o ja, vergeet..... bul supporter! Toemaar ons verstaan.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-12 16:16

    The pressure on the Bok flyhalf contenders to perform makes the climax to this currie cup even better. The added pressure of having their every move scrutinised is going to bring out the very best or worst in them and have remarkable effects on their teams. Certainly one of the best CC seasons I've watched.

  • Flaffie Vermaak - 2012-10-12 16:45

    whaahaahaahaa SHARKS en wp gan final toe en SHARKS wen kla nie een van die anne spanne gan wen nie kry dit asb

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-12 17:18

      Jy wens flaffie

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-12 18:32

      ...Bulls against Lions final...

  • leon.lemaitre.9 - 2012-10-12 19:08

    Het nog nooit soveel strontpraatjies in my lewe gesien. Kyk maar net watter ondersteuners praat soveel gaggas, WP en Bulle, het wragtig niks oorspronkliks of snaaks te se, klink of hulle almal gesuip is LEEUS BO!

  • carla.croft.77 - 2012-10-12 20:11

    Blou Jonnie, pls finish the brandy and Coke and sit on the bottle..... Or go work on your bottle blue car with the large exhaust pipes in the garage!

  • martin.botha.5264 - 2012-10-12 20:23

    1st Semi - Sharks v Bulls (all the Boks will play) 2nd Semi - WP v Lions Final - Sharks v WP Result - Sharks CC Champs Anyone fancy a wee bet?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-13 15:41

      @martin I'd bet you. Bulls vs Sharks final Bulls CC Champs

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-10-14 09:10

    ....and the G-Spot lies in Durban. BLACK.WHITE.DYNAMITE

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