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Currie Cup | Kimberley
13:30 (GMT) | 07-08-2015
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Join us in an hour when we head to Nelspruit for the second match of Round One - the Pumas against the Sharks
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It all comes to nothing. The home team cough the ball up once more and then WQP launch a late bid for another try. It goes left to Senatle, who is looking for a hat-trick - but he is bundled into touch. the is FULL-TIME here in Kimberley and Western Province started the defence of their title with a full-house five points away from home.
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Griquas have one last chance for a bonus point - a fourth try.
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Now Seabelo Senatla wins a penalty at the breakdown - what next, scrum down at prop?
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Demetri Catrakilis can't add the extra - 43-19
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Now Juan de Jongh gets in on the act - with some great skills from Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla in the build-up
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Demetri Catrakilis adds the conversion - 38-19
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Sikhumbuzo Notshe gets over for the fith WP try after a very patien build-up - a real team try.
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Griquas under the pump as they cough the ball up deep inside their half. They are forced to make plenty of tackles now.
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Ntabeni Dusika adds the conversion and the gap has closed to 19-31
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Ruhan Nel barges his way over for try No.3 - after Griquas' forwards worked really hard and exposed the defence
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Griquas butcher another scoring opportunity as they fail to stay patient inside the WP 22.
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Rynhardt Elstadt will spend 10 minutes in the bin after yet another breakdown offence - repeated infringements.
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Griquas set up another line-out deep inside WP territory, after yet another breakdown offence by the visitors. Referee also spoke to Juan de Jongh about repeated infringements
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Ntabeni Dukisa is just wide with the conversion attempt
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Riaan Viljoen gets Griquas' second try - a maul became a ruck and two phases later Viljoen burst through a couple of tackles!
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From a penalty Griquas set up a line-out inside the WP 22, start a maul and then win another penalty
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Demetri Catrakilis adds the conversion - at 31-7 there appears no way back for Griquas
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Seabelo Senatla gets the bonus-point try - sublime skills and individual brilliance as he kicks ahead and then kicks ahead a second time, before collecting a strolling over
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That becomes a line-out penalty against WP, for playing the man in the air.
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Griquas kick another ball away - some really poor options. They eventually win a penalty inside their 22 , as WP transgress at the breakdown
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Demetri Catrakilis, from 42m out, pushes it just wide
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Griquas penalised for a breakdown offence on their 10m line.
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Riaan Viljoen kicks another ball away on attack and Griquas are driven back to their 22 with a great kick from Juan de Jongh
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Griquas again their own worst enemies - after a good build-up, they cough the ball up just metres from the WP line. If they are just a bit more patient and a lot more clinical they could be a threat in this game.
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Jaco Taute penalised at the ruck for hands in. Griquas finally enjoying a period with ball in hand
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Long build-up by WP ends with a penalty metres from the Griquas line - obstruction by the visitors
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Second half is underway

Half Time

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Griquas have one last dart downfield, but again cough the ball up inside the Province half.That is half-time, with Province firmly in command.
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Griquas win a scrum penalty - that is a turn-up for the books
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Senatla puts the ball down cold with the tryline just metres away. WP is not as clinical as they should be, but still far too good for the home team
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Griquas penalised for illegally stopping a maul, but Demetri Catrakilis misses the target
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Griquas look eager, but far too sloppy - looping passes going to nobody in particular. That is why they are trailing by 17 points
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This time Cheslin Kolbe butchers a try inside the Griquas 22, by holding onto the ball just a touch too long
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Province's defence just too good, although Griquas are just not clinical enough. Another attacking chance wasted by conceding a penalty at the breakdown.
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Demetri Catrakilis slots another conversion - four from four and it is 24-7
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Dillyn Leyds strolls over for a try, after a quick tap by Senatla. Province look switched on and their tempo is too much for Griquas
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Jean Kleyn will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin, after a professional foul - not retreating 10 metres and tackling a player who wanted to take a quick tap
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Demetri Catrakilis adds the conversion - 17-7
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Seabelo Senatle gets his try just two minutes later - Oliver Kebble started the move with a strong burst, followed by strong running from Juan de Jongh, who gave the scoring pass
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Sublime bit of individual skill by Seabelo Senatla, who collects the ball after a chip-'n-chase - the call goes to the TMO, who rules that his foot was in touch a metre from the line.
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Province work their way into the Griquas 22, with the forward very prominent. However, Nizaam Carr is penalised for an incorrect entry at the ruck just metres from the Griquas line
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Demetri Catrakilis slots the penalty - 10-7
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Griquas drop their concentration and a handling error gives WP a scrum deep inside the 22. Scrum penalty to Province
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Gouws Prisnloo adds the conversion - 7-all
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Griquas hit straight back from the restart. A clever line-out move allows AJ le Roux to go over next to the upright.
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Demetri Catrakilis added the extras -7-0
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Nizaam Carr bursts over for the first try of the match. Seabelo Senatla and Cheslin Kolbe were very prominant in the build-up, with the forwards taking it to within metres before Carr's burst
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Now WP kill a promising move with a silly kick. This game is struggling to get going
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The high error rate continues - a forward pass ending what appeared to be a promising counter-attack from Griquas
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Both teams making judicious use of the boot - safety first!
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Griquas not doing much better - early nerves from both teams
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Some very sloppy play by Province in the opening exchange - several passes finding graas instead of hands
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Riaan Viljoen gets the game underway!
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The teams are out on the field - almost game time!
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Hooker Bongi Mbonambi has passed a late fitnees test and will take his place in the No.2 shirt for LWP, with Marius Fourie on the bench
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Griquas have called up Sevens Bok Ruhan Nel and named him in the midfield - where he will oppose Springbok Juan de Jongh
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Western Province, who have a new coach in John Dobson, will field a near Super Rugby backline - with only Damian de Allende missing. Up front, however, they have made a number of changes
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It is a beautiful day here in Kimberley. Plenty of sunshine and the temperature in the lower 20s - perfect for rugby.
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Welcome to Kimberley where we are getting ready for the opening match of the Currie Cup season - Griquas against the defending champions, Western Province
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Western Province
  • 15 Gouws Prinsloo
  • 14 Ederies Arendse
  • 13 Ruhan Nel
  • 12 Michael van der Spuy
  • 11 Ntabeni Dukisa
  • 10 Riaan Viljoen
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 8 Carel Greeff
  • 7 Nardus van der Walt
  • 6 RJ Liebenberg
  • 5 Hugo Kloppers
  • 4 Stephan Greeff
  • 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen
  • 2 Abraham Le Roux
  • 1 Danie Mienie
  • 22 Ngcobo Sandile
  • 21 Jacquin Jansen
  • 20 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 19 Leon Karemaker
  • 18 Jaco Nepgen
  • 17 Stephan Kotze
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Jaco Taute
  • 11 Seabelo Senatla
  • 10 Demetri Catrakilis
  • 9 Nic Groom
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 6 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 4 Jean Kleyn
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 1 Oliver Kebble
  • 23 Charlie Van Jaarsveld
  • 22 Johnny Kotze
  • 21 Kurt Coleman
  • 20 Jano Vermaak
  • 19 Chris Cloete
  • 18 Chris van Zyl
  • 17 Allistair Vermaak
  • 16 Marius Fourie
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round One

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 22:54

In a World Cup year it is understandable that the Currie Cup will get a substantially reduced portion of the spotlight.

However, there is still plenty to be excited about as South Africa' premier domestic competition gets underway this weekend - even with the Springboks playing Argentina in the final round of the Rugby Championship.

It all kicks off with two matches on Friday - Griquas hosting Western Province in Kimberley and the Pumas at hoe to the Sharks Nelspruit.

The most significant feature this season is that six of the eight teams who will do battle for Sir Donald Currie's donation to South Africa, will do so with new coaches at the helm.

Only Johan Ackermann (Golden Lions) and Hawies Fourie (Griquas) remain fro last year.

Nollis Marais (Blue Bulls), Gary Gold (Sharks), John Dobson (Western Province), Franco Smith (Free State Cheetahs), MJ Mentz (Pumas) and Brent Janse van Rensburg (Eastern Province Kings) are all new to the scene.

One of these newcomers, Dobson, said highlighted the breakdown as a key area in this year's competition.

"One of the areas they [referees] are going to focus on is the breakdown," Dobson told a media briefing at his team's Cape Town base.

"They are going to try and move away from 'beaten by the ruck'. As long as your tackler behaves, they will let the stealers get in. They are going to be petty relaxed about the entry.

"If the referees stick to this plan, fetchers will be quite important."

The new Bulls coach, Marais, felt the scrums could be the other area where match officials will play an important role with ho they interpreted the laws.

We look at the weekend's action!

Friday, August 7

Griquas v Western Province
(GWK Park, Kimberley - Kick-off: 15.30; 13.30 GMT)

The defending champions, Western Province, know they will have a massive target on their backs.

However, with four Springboks in the squad and the only one Super Rugby back, Damian de Allende, missing, they certainly field a powerful team. They also have a bench that can make a real impact.

There are may be seven Currie Cup debutants in the WP team - two in the starting team and five on the bench. However, the playing squad includes 13 members of the squad that did duty in last year's Final against the Golden Lions at Newlands last year.

New WP coach John Dobson felt his team is in a catch 22 situation as defending champions. Nothing but another outright win will be good enough.

"I can only mess it up," Dobson said, adding that "winning the competition will be par".

He dismissed the notion that his team is outright favourites.

"The Bulls and Sharks are both looking at it as their Super Rugby redemption.

"The Bulls are desperate, as they haven't made a Currie Cup Final for six years. The Sharks, we know the traumas they went through [in Super Rugby].

"The Lions will be good and Franco [Smith] is doing a great job up in Bloemfontein [with the Cheetahs].

"It is going to be a lot tougher than last year, when there were two clear bolters."

Recent results:
2014: Western Province won 36-12, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 19-13, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 20-19, Kimberley
2012: Western Province won 45-21, Cape Town
2012: Western Province won 25-20, Kimberley

Prediction: Griquas have some serious talent and are a genuine threat the to the visitors from Cape Town. While they may lack the depth of Western Province, a first-round upset is not a distinct possibility. However, we feel Western Province will sneak a late winner - by eight points or less.


15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Stephan Kotze, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Rudi van Rooyen, 21 Jacquin Jansen, 22 Ngcobo Sandile.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Johnny Kotze, 23 Charlie van Jaarsveld.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner

Pumas v Sharks
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 18.00; 16.00 GMT)

Travelling to Nelspruit for your opening match of the season is one of the toughest assignments you can get.

The Pumas are the Vodacom Cup champions and have a settled team - built up over the last few years.

On top of that the Sharks have lost a host of senior players to the Springbok cause.

However, Director of Rugby Gary Gold admits the spotlight will be firmly on the Sharks in the wake of their dismal Super Rugby campaign - where they finished outside the top 10 for the first time in  decade.

"We have to turn things around from Super Rugby, that's our expectation," Gold said.

"No coach can say we want to win everything, but this team are up for it and the expectation is that they give 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time.

"Win or lose, we want everyone to enjoy watching the way we play and know it's a committed team."

Youthful exuberance has its advantages, but Gold cautioned against leaning too much towards a careless approach.

"We have to make right decisions in the right areas of the field," he said.

"With a team like we have, we want to play, but we must be pragmatic and sensible. There will be times when it's on and when it's not, and making the right decisions is that when it's on, we must play. We are going out to play rugby."

The Pumas are also not in the habit of handing out freebies.

"The Pumas pose a huge challenge," Gold said, adding: "They went through the Vodacom Cup practically unbeaten and won their semifinal and Final away from home.

"They're a real good bunch of good, old heads, they have very good coaches and technically they will be good, they will be up for it. They're a big, physical bunch and Nelspruit is not an easy place to go.

"We have a great amount of respect for them, we know it will be a tough, physical challenge."

Recent results:
2014:  Pumas won 32-22, Nelspruit
2014: Sharks won 34-17, Durban
2011: Sharks won 33-20, Durban
2011: Sharks won 23-22, Witbank

Prediction: Like most of the first round matches, this is a tough game to call. The Sharks have enough quality to suggest they can and should win on the road. However, the visitors may be a bit rusty and the Pumas could take the points - by five or less.


15 John-Wessel Bell, 14 Bernado Botha, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Stefan Watermeyer (captain), 11 Rosco Spekman, 10 Juan-Claude Roos, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Lambert Groenewald, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 4 Rudi Mathee, 3 De-Jay Terblanché, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Marius Coetzer, 19 Jason-Colin Fraser, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz.

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen , 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Wandile Mjekevu, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Andre Esterhuizen, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Marco Wentzel (Captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Dave McDuling , 19 Daniel du Preez , 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 SP Marais.
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Renier Vermeulen
TMO: Johan Greeff

Saturday, August 8

Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls

(Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein - Kick-off: 14:15; 12:15 GMT)

Two former Varsity Cup coaches will go head-to-head on the Currie Cup stage - both trying to revive two once proud unions.

Both the Cheetahs, now under Franco Smith, and the Bulls, under Nollis Marais, will look to introduce a more entertaining game to their fans.

However, they also know that winning remains top priority in unions where expectations are at times unrealistic.

Marais, who admitted that he may need more than just a four-week pre-season to introduce his new ideas, said it is vital that the players believe in what they are trying to implement.

"Let's not beat about the bush, we desperately want to win the first match," Marais said, when asked about his team's goals.

The Bulls have made a determined effort to shore up their scrum, one set-piece that has not been on an acceptable standard in recent years.

"The scrums and how it will be interpreted [by referees] remain a concern for me," Marais said, adding that set pieces are always important.

"We've had some injuries at prop, but we have worked very hard. As Dean Greyling said, in 10 years at the Bulls this is the most scrumming he has practiced - what we did in the past five weeks.

"It is a big aspect of the game at present - just look at our Vodacom Cup semifinal, there were 13 scrum penalties."

Smith admitted the Bulls may have a few new aces up their proverbial sleeves.

"There will definitely be something different from them, but they will stick with certain qualities where I believe they will still carry the ball with their physical and big players," the Cheetahs coach said.

"They will certainly make a mind-set shift, I've seen Nollis Marais and David Manuel coaching in the Varsity Cup and they have a look-to-play approach.

"There will be more passes in their game, and they will play with more freedom after they were forced into a building phase."

Recent results:
2014: Blue Bulls won 31-22, Bloemfontein
2013: Free State Cheetahs won 22-7, Bloemfontein
2013: Blue Bulls won 26-10, Pretoria
2012: Free State Cheetahs won 32-18, Bloemfontein
2012: Blue Bulls won 34-30, Pretoria

Prediction: This could be the match of the weekend - an entertaining affair. The Cheetahs have the home ground advantage and that may be enough to help them secure a one-try win.


Free State Cheetahs:
15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Neil Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Gerhard Olivier, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Neil Rautenbach, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Nicolaas van Dyk, 18 Burrie Uys, 19 Hugo Reniel, 20 Tienie Burger, 21 Zee Mkhabela, 22 Fred Zeilinga.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jacques du Plessis, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Nqoba Mxoli, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dries Swanepoel.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Willie Vos

Eastern Province Kings v Golden Lions
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 14.15; 12.15 GMT)

Controversy and the Kings go hand-in-hand. Whether their fans like it or not, off the field there is always something bubbling under the surface.

Whether it is a coach walking out (read Carlos Spencer) over unpaid wages, or players threatening action for the same reason, it has not been the ideal build-up to the start of the season.

However, Lions coach Johan Ackermann believes his team needs to be extra cautious against a side that has some great talent the their line-up.

Despite what some pundits say, he feels the Lions can't ride in the Currie Cup on the back of their impressive Super Rugby performances.

"There are a lot of changes to the team, so we will have to find our rhythm very quickly if we want to play a quality game," Ackermann said.

"All the teams want to do well and play in the Final.

"The Pumas have their own expectations, the Blue Bulls are looking to draw the crowds back to Loftus Versfeld, so it goes with every team.

"That is why I am expecting a very tough and competitive Currie Cup competition."

The Lions mentor said he is expecting teams to be very even and this could be one of the most competitive seasons in a long time.

"All teams will have their own disruptions and we all have to get over that. We have to start from the base level.

"It will serve no purpose to talk of play-offs and finals now, there is simply too much rugby to be played.

"If you are not focussed on Week One, you will be in trouble.

"What has worked very well for us in past years is that we focus on the game we have to play that week and not look too far ahead."

Recent results:
2014: Golden Lions won 41-22, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: There is no doubt that the Lions will start as outright favourites. Some bookmakers are giving the Kings as much as a 15-point start. However, it is a very young Lions team and mistakes could creep in. You still expect the Lions to win, but it may not be by much more than 10 points.


Eastern Province Kings:

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Martin Muller, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Lohan Jacobs, 21 Nicolaas Hanekom, 22 Jaco van der Walt.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha, Francois Pretorius
TMO: Marius Jonker

Compiled by Jan de Koning

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Province off to a flyer

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18:59

REPORT: Western Province got the defence of their Currie Cup title off to a perfect start.

WP scored a bonus-point 43-19 win over Griquas in Kimberley on Friday.

Outscoring the home team by six tries to three - including a brace from Sevens Springbok Seabelo Senatla - they were simply too fast and too clinical for Griquas.

Although the Kimberley outfit briefly threatened in the first half, a quick two-try punch in the second quarter allowed WP to race into a 24-7 lead at half-time.

Griquas had another golden patch midway through the second half, with two tries allowing them to close the gap to 19-31, but another two-try burst by Province in the final 10 minutes sealed the win.

The defending champions showed plenty of promise in their first competitive hit-out of the year.

New coach John Dobson would have been pleased with many aspects of his team's performance, but a bit worried with their discipline - as they conceded a host of penalties and also had forwards Jean Kleyn (first-half) and Rynhardt Elstadt (second-half) sin-binned.

Province shrugged off those yellow cards to score tries on both occasions of being a man down.

No.8 Nizaam Carr opened the scoring in the ninth minute, only for Griquas to hit back almost soon afterwards with a converted try of their own.

A Demetri Catrakilis penalty made it 10-7 after 14 minutes, before Senatla opened his try tally in the 22nd minute - having been denied twice by the TMO beforehand.

WP were not done in the first half, however, as right-wing Dillyn Leyds scored his first-ever Currie Cup try, despite Kleyn being in the bin, the visitors acting fast after winning a penalty in the Griquas 22 - tapping and going left where Leyds cruised over.

The half-time scored was 24-7 to Western Province, the only question being when they would get their fourth try - and bonus point.

However, the second half started a bit on the slow side for the visitors, who did ring the changes throughout the second forty minutes.

Debutant hooker Marius Fourie was first on, right after the break, with Bongi Mbonambi having given a good 40 minutes, but WP had to wait 11 minutes before opening their tally in the second half.

It came, rather predictably one might add, from Senatla - the official Currie Cup Man of the Match using a combination of his pace and footballing skills to rack up his second try and put the defending champions ahead by a comfortable margin of 31-7.

The changes came thick and fast for Province afterwards, with Griquas replying with two tries of their own, but it was the visitors who ended the match on a high through brilliant tries by Sikhumbuzo Notshe and captain Juan de Jongh.

Notshe's try, in particular, was a beauty as virtually every single Province player got in on the act before captain De Jongh straightened and off-loaded to the impressive WP No.7 who crossed unopposed.

De Jongh's try, meanwhile, came off a scrappy base but the captain benefitted from a strong chase by Senatla and himself before dotting down in the left-hand corner to put the icing on the cake for the rampant defending champions.

Man of the match:  Some Griquas players can hold their heads high - most notably Carel Greeff and RJ Liebenberg. However, the real heroes were in blue-and-white stripes - Cheslin Kolbe, Nizaam Carr, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Bongi Mbonambi - to name just a few. Our award goes to Western Province's  Sevens Springbok Seabelo Senatla, who hardly put a foot wrong - scoring two tries, creating another and being involved in the build-up to a fourth. Then he even won a turnover at the breakdown.

The scorers:

For Griquas:
Le Roux, Viljoen, Nel
Cons: Prinsloo, Dukisa

For Western Province:
Carr, Senatla 2, Leyds, Notshe, De Jongh
Cons: Catrakilis 5
Pen: Catrakilis

Yellow cards: Jean Kleyn (Western Province, 23 - professional foul, not retreating 10 metres and tackling a player), Rynhardt Elstadt (Western Province, 61 - repeated infringements, killing the ball at the ruck)


15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Stephan Kotze, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Rudi van Rooyen, 21 Jacquin Jansen, 22 Ngcobo Sandile.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Chris van Zyl, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Johnny Kotze, 23 Charlie van Jaarsveld.
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: JJ Wagner

Abraham Le Roux (10min), Riaan Viljoen (57min), and Ruhan Nel (64min)
Nizaam Carr (8min), Seabelo Senatla (20min), Seabelo Senatla (20min), Dillyn Leyds (26min), Seabelo Senatla (53min), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (71min), and Juan de Jongh (74min)
Gouws Prinsloo (11min) and Ntabeni Dukisa (65min)
Demetri Catrakilis (9min), Demetri Catrakilis (21min), Demetri Catrakilis (27min), Demetri Catrakilis (54min), and Demetri Catrakilis (72min)
Demetri Catrakilis (14min)
Jean Kleyn (23min) and Rynhardt Elstadt (61min)
VENUE Kimberley
REFEREE Jaco Peyper