Clock ticking in Currie Cup

2012-09-14 15:13

Johannesburg - As the Currie Cup moves into the second round this weekend there are only five matches left for teams to cement a place in the playoffs in October.

With little separating the sides in the shortened version of the competition, more intense battles are expected, as well as greater desperation to find consistency.

Log leaders Western Province know full well their time at the top of the table could be fleeting as they prepare to take on the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

While the Capetonians rule the roost in terms of their position on the log, they are equal on points with both the Golden Lions and the Sharks.

The Sharks, however, have one over Province after beating them in their last two encounters.

The last time the two sides met, the Durbanites beat their coastal counterparts by a mere two points.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said this week their rivals had shown improvement since they last played, which would make for a difficult clash.

"Everyone has got better since then but it’s still tricky to pick the winners and the losers in this competition," Plumtree said.

"Province have their strengths and so do we. It will be a tough contest."

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee echoed Plumtree's sentiments and felt his charges needed break the perceived stranglehold the Sharks had over them.

"It is going to be tough in Durban and looking at the results of the past it seems they have our number," Coetzee said.

"We'll have our work cut out to be victorious there, especially as they have so many quality players in their line-up."

The Blue Bulls should be the most desperate of the six teams as they find themselves in a precarious position at the bottom of the log.

They will travel to Kimberley -- deemed one of the most hostile of venues in the country -- in an effort to find their groove against Griquas.

To make matters worse, the Northern Cape side have been in superb form, dismantling two of the top teams -- the Sharks and Lions -- in successive matches.

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar said he expected Griquas, two points above them in the standings, to throw down the gauntlet as they hoped to secure a place among the playoff contenders.

"You will see a Griquas side coming out hard because they are in the same position as us," Pienaar said.

"A victory would allow them to push for a semi-final spot, while a defeat could place them under pressure.

"They have a pretty straight-forward approach and that involves dominating up-front in the scrums and mauls, and they played fantastic attacking rugby against the Lions."

In the other match of the weekend, the Lions travel to Bloemfontein where they face the Free State Cheetahs.

The Lions will hope to build on the confidence they picked up from last weekend's emphatic victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

The Cheetahs, on the other hand, will look to make up for last week's squandered victory over Western Province.

Interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann said his side was wary of a well-balanced Cheetahs outfit.

Both sides would like to cement their places among the top teams, with a battle of attrition on the cards.


  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-14 15:17

    Naas se die CC word nie in September gewen nie maar ek die CC word in die halfeind verloor.....vra maar die wp.......................

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-09-14 15:31

      Die promosie/relegasie game wag vir julle grootbekke!! W.P. groete uit Pretoria

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 15:36

      @eugene Soon you'll be 12yr cupless. What a record, can't see that ever being broken

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-14 15:39

      Dr Death, jy is vroeg vandag. Het die babelas jou uit die bed gejaag?

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 15:56

      @fake Stirrer Net normale opstaan tyd in Vancouver, 7am hier. Thanks for asking

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-14 16:47

      Hahaha, Andre, ek sal nie so groot bek wees as ek jy was nie. Gelukkig het WP darem nog nooit uit die Currie Cup uit geval nie, soos wat met die Bulle gaan gebeur.

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-09-14 17:28

      ek is taamlik seker naas het nooit enigeiets van september gese nie.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-09-14 20:42

      @eugene.vandermerwe, Sorry maat Andre kan jou nie antwoord nie. Sy vrou gee hom elke dag R1 sakgeld en die Portugees op die hoek laat hom toe om net 1 x email vir 50 sent te stuur, daarom skryf hy net een opmerking en verdwyn......(Dit is 10 sent goedkoper as die railway bar se internet) met die ander 50 sent koop hy tissues. Ja sulke pienkes waarmee hy sy trane elke Saterdag afvee. Andre, gaan bou nou klaar aan jou duiwehok en vlieg duiwe!!!!! O ja Saterdae kry hy n special en mag hy 1 x email verniet stuur. So more sien ons 2 x mails van die negatiewe mannetjie. Blou. johnny, asb kry jou pa nou onder beheer.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-14 21:28 Currie Cups for the toothless Cape Clowns (aka WP)... ...11 years... ...and counting... ...Ha ha ha ha ha ha...!!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-14 15:29

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

  • randy.solomons1 - 2012-09-14 15:55

    Say what you want haters... atleast we know we are playing good rugby... if we don't win the Curry Cup atleast we are back to playing WP Rugby... which is enjoyable least of all by the BB's who got a 42 - 6 hiding and are now sitting flat on their asses at the bottom of the table. I will die a Province fan... cup or no cup!! suck on that Bulls

      lean.sadie - 2012-09-14 17:16

      Goo WP, Gooo Bokkeee, and then Go proteas in the T20 WC. Lets make it a good few weeks.......

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-14 21:21 Currie cups for the toothless Cape Clowns... ....11 years... ...and counting... ....,ha ha ha ha ha ..!!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-09-14 15:59

    Paddy Power bets are odds on that the Blue Bulls will be playing 1st Division Rugby next year.And Bulls fans just do you know,SWD Eagles,Valke and Boland Cavaliers will all be waiting or for you lot in there.So enjoy the slide!

      lesbeen - 2012-09-14 22:52

      Only way the \bulle\ will end up there is if the EP \queens\ beat them in a promo game... And Watson's eskimos can't even beat a baby seal with a club!!! \r\n\r\nThat might save the bulls from a second round in the b-section?

  • claude.felbert - 2012-09-14 16:42

    A win this weekend by the Sharks or Western Province should see that team end up top the round robin log going into the play-offs.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-14 17:00

      No sh*t Sherlock.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-14 17:01

      Great story. Compelling, and rich.

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 17:16

      @claude But we all know and agree that WP will choke once again, for the zillionth time come the play offs WP= JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-14 17:18

      Read what Claude is saying. He is not saying that the team that wins the game will top the log at teh end of the weekend he is saying that the winner of this game will probably top the log at the end of the season. I am a Sharks supporter but I have to be realistic. All three of our wins this year were "lucky" wins coming from behind and our two losses were to the teams currently at bottom of the log. The main thing they have got going for them in the second half of the competition is that they will be playing most of their games at home - rather important when you play against teams like Grikwas.

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 17:27

      @alfred Nothing about your win against WP was lucky, you totally outplayed the cupless idiots

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-14 17:47

      Apart from the Cheetahs game I would classify those wins as 70 minutes of mediocrity and 10 minutes of brilliance - not how you want to win your games. Craig Burden was a huge factor in those wins and unfortunately he is now the official bag carrier for the Springboks. Looking at the way WP have played their last two games they might not be cupless for long.

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 18:08

      @Alfred Mark my words fatso, WP will be 12 yr cupless by end of the season

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-14 21:41

      ....the toothless Cape Clowns, aka WP, will CHOKE again in the semi's... always.... ...champion chokers..! ......ha ha ha ha ha ha ...!!

      lesbeen - 2012-09-14 22:56

      Uh umh... Are we forgetting the current champs and 2nd place side in the compo? If they beat the 'states on the weekend, they might be top his week and end the round robin on pole?

  • stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 18:52

    @fake stirrer Net die antwoordjie asseblief, geen opstelletjies. Hier's bietjie hulp vir oubaas se honne: Die formaat van die CC is in 1939 verander om spanne in 'n finaal te laat meeding (nie net top of the log wen nie) Sedert dan: NTvl/Bulls 20-WP 9 BWA HA HA, Dus dubbeld! So as jy dan nie die Ntvl wenne onder Buurman wil aanvaar nie oor hy spelers getrek het gaan ek nie die Goue jare van die WP aanvaar nie oor 3 du Plessis broers van OP getrek is, Gert Smal van Wes TvL gelok is, Theuns Stofberg van NTvl ens ens. Sien jy hoe belaglik jou redenasies is!

      tokolos.bloutokkie - 2012-09-14 20:16

      Hey "Dokter", gaan paar met jou sussie jou stuk gemors.

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 20:38

      Skitterend Tokolos, goue sterretjie vir jou oubaas se honne

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-14 21:16 Currie bekers vir die haasbek Kaapse Klopse... ...11 jaar... .....miskien volgende jaar... Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ...!

      lesbeen - 2012-09-14 23:01

      Manne, as geskiedenis iets beteken het, was die Leeus nog in die Super 15... As enigste SA-span (na die bulle natuurlik) en 3de mees suksesvolle CC span... Maar dit beteken absoluut tokkol? Die jaar se CC is woes interesant en enige span kan nog semis maak!! Is dit nie wat n kompetisie great maak nie? Sub-standaard kompetisie se gat! Die jaar sien ons nog n classic CC!!! \r\n\r\nLong live the Currie cup!!! - 2012-09-15 06:39

      No comments in the results column

  • solliebc - 2012-09-14 20:07

    Die dag as WP onderaan die log moet lê, sal ek nooit oor ander spanne iets te sê hê nie. Ek sal maar liewer my mond hou.42-6.

      stirrer.stirrer.5 - 2012-09-14 20:37

      @sollie As my span 11 jaar laas die CC en nog nooit die Superbeker gewen het nie sal ek verseker my stink bek toehou en nederig van die aardbol af verdwyn

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-14 21:11 Currie cups for the toothless Cape Clowns... ...11 years... ..and counting... ...ha ha ha ha ha ha ...!

      lesbeen - 2012-09-14 22:43

      Nee regtig... Tot die arme Lions het beter gedoen die afgelope 12 jaar... En dis n prestasie wat niemand wil verbeter he nie! Siesa!!!

      solliebc - 2012-09-14 22:58

      Ag toe nou julle bloeddruk, ek wil nou nie hê julle meisies moet 'n beroerte kry nie.?

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-15 07:39

    maybe the top 4 teams and the kings should play super rugby

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