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Currie Cup | Kings Park, Durban
15:05 (GMT) | 15-08-2015
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The Kings hold onto the ball from the scrum and they break out of their own 22 after some good interplay. Obi takes the ball up, but he is tackled well. Play is stopped for suspected foul play. It is just a penalty. The Kings have a line-out near halfway. They go wide, but cannot find a way through the Sharks defence. Obi nearly evades his tackler before it is turned over. The ball cannot come out of the ruck and that is the end of the game. FULL-TIME: Sharks 33-25 EP Kings
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The Kings steal the line-out and they will get a scrum 5m from their own tryline after the Sharks lost the ball forward at the set piece.
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Esterhuizen takes the ball up from the scrum and he is just a metre short. The Sharks get another penalty and they opt for the line-out again.
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The Sharks win a scrum penalty and they opt for a 5m line-out. The Sharks form the maul and they are over the line, but are held up. They will get a 5m scrum.
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The Sharks are back on the attack after the Kings could not find touch from the penalty. They go wide and Williams is tackled back. Jordaan makes his way towards the Kings 22 and the Sharks will get a 5m scrum after Obi collects Cronje's kick and dots down in his own in goal area.
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The Kings lose a line-out just outside their 22. The Sharks go wide before Cronje sends a cross kick and Obi takes it well in the air. Play is stopped for a TMO decision and Ndungane gets a yellow card for taking Obi out in thair.
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Acker goes short side from the scrum, but the ball is lost forward. Cronje kicks and Van Bread takes it over the tryline and the Sharks will have an attacking scrum 5m from the Kings' tryline. It is a big shove from the Kings and they get the penalty
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Du Preez loses the ball forward from the line-out and the Kings have a defensive scrum on their own 10m line.
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The Kings have an opportunity with a line-out on the Sharks 22m line. They make their way into the Sharks 22 with Du Plessis making some good metres. The ball is lost and teh Sharks counter with Van der Walt. Ndungane kicks and somehow the ball goes into touch.
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Pietersen adds the extras and the Sharks lead 33-25
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After a reset at the scrum, The Sharks go short side and Jordaan is put into acres of space down the touchline. He swerves inside and out and he makes his way over the tryline!
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Van Breda kicks straight out on the full from his 10m line and the Sharks will get an attacking line-out. The home side goes wide but the Kings look to have turned it over. However, there was a knock on and the Sharks have an attacking scrum on the Kings' 10m line.
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The home side make their way towards the Kings' 22 with Du Toit making some good metres. The Sharks go wide and Esterhuizen is tackled five metres short. They go wide again but it is a forward pass as Pietersen thinks he got the try. Play is brought back for a Sharks penalty. Pietersen converts the penalty and the Sharks lead 26-25
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The Sharks have the ball now on halfway and they go wide. They go out into touch and the Kings have a line-out on their own 10m line. Acker kicks and the Sharks run it back.
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Claassens' kick is charged down and after a phase the Kings get the penalty and they will go for the three points with what looks like an easy kick for George Whitehead. He converts it and the Kings are back in front - 25-23
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Pietersen misses the conversion, but the Sharks lead 23-22
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The Sharks win a penalty at the scrum and Cronje gives his team a line-out 5m from the Kings' tryline. The Sharks form the maul and they drive over for the try! It is a second for Du Preez this season!
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It is poor throw by the Kings at the line-out and Claassens finds the tryline open in front of him. He is tackle 5m short. The Kings get a scrum after an accidental offside by the Sharks. the Kings decide to run it but they lose the ball forward and the home team will have an attacking scrum
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The Sharks get a free kick from the scrum and take it quickly. They make their up to halfway before Cronje finds touch in the Kings' 22 after a great kick.
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The away team keeps the ball close before George Whitehead loses the ball forward and the Sharks will have a defensive scrum near their own 10m line.
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After a brief kicking frenzy, Pietersen takes the ball out of the air with a good catch. as the Sharks find themselves in the Kings half. The Kings turn it over and Acker sends a high ball. George Whitehead runs the ball back after a Cronje kick
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George Whitehead misses the conversion, but the Kings lead 22-18
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The Kings, from a scrum in their own half go on the attack again and Grey is in space down the touchline. The kings, now in the Sharks 22 go wide again and Acker finds space and dives over for the try!
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George Whitehead adds the extras and the score is now 18-17 to the Sharks
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The kings goes wide from he scrum and Du Plessis is through two tackles. After another phase the ball finds its way to Sykes who bashes his way over for the try!
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Obi is taken out in the air at the restart and the Kings get a penalty. George Whitehead gives his team a line-out 15m from halfway. The Kings form the maul before Watson chips. The Sharks kick through Ungerer and the ball goes dead and the away team will have an attacking scrum on the Sharks' 10m line.
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SECOND HALF: Lionel Cronje starts the second half

Half Time

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The Kings get a free kick at the scrum and Agaba takes the ball up. Willemse takes two defenders with hime before Tim Whitehead is nearly through a gap. The Sharks get the ball back after a loose pass and the kick it out. From a line-out inside the Sharks 22, the KIngs lose the ball forward on attack and the home clears again. The Kings, ,with one last attack from a line-out in the Sharks half, go wide, and Agaba makes his way to the tryline. The Kings get the penalty and Van der Walt is yellow carded
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The Kings go for the scrum from the penalty and Agaba breaks free and scores his team's second of the game! Van Breda hits the poll trying to convert and at HALF-TIME the Sharks lead 18-10
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The Kings form the maul before Watson breaks free. Acker sends a high ball and the Kings get the ball back after a knock on. Tim Whitehead looks for a gap, but is well marked. The Sharks turn it over and Cronje kicks deep. Van Breda returns it with interest. The Kings get the ball back and George Whitehead's shocker of a kick goes dead and the home team will have a scrum on their own 10m line.
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The Kings steal the line-out before the Sharks turn it over and Du Preez is in space. He gives the ball to Ungerer who cannot get his kick in and the Kings clear. The Sharks take a quick throw and they go on the attack before Esterhuizen looses the ball.
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George Whitehead kicks deep from the scrum and after a Sharks' return, Whitehead kicks and finds touch near halfway.
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The Sharks go wide from the line-out before Mjekevu lose the ball forward and the Kings will have a scrum near halfway.
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Williams takes the ball up to the Kings 22 from the line-out, but the Kings turn it over. The ball goes out into touch and the Sharks will have an attacking line-out deep inside the Kings' half.
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Willemse takes the ball up from the line-out for the Kings before Van Breda sends a high ball. The Sharks get a penalty on their own 10m line and Cronje gives his team a line-out near the Kings' 22.
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The Kings get a penalty at the scrum and George Whitehead gives his team a line-out near halfway.
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The Sharks go wide from the line-out before Deysel is in a bit of space. The home team make their way into the Kings' 22 and the away team will have a scrum 5m from their own tryline after Sharks could not get the ball out of the ruck.
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After a kicking exchange and two marks, George Whitehead finally finds touch and the Sharks will have a line-out in the Kings half
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Pietersen converts the penalty and the Sharks lead 18-5
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The Sharks win the penalty at the scrum and Wentzel wants the three points.
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The Sharks take a quick line-out and they get the penalty as well and Cronje gives his team a line-out near halfway. Ungerer is put under pressure at the line-out before Cronje sends a high ball and Van Breda loses it forward in his 22.
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The Kings have the ball on the Sharks 10m line and Acker kicks and finds touch 5m from the Sharks tryline.
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The Sharks steal a Kings line-out and the home team is back on the attack. The kings get the ball back on their own 10m line before Acker sends a high ball. The home team runs the ball from their 22 before a loose pass goes into touch.
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Pietersen adds the extras and the Sharks lead 15-5
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The Sharks are back in the Kings half and they go wide and Cronje is through a gap and the flyhalf scores the second try for his team!
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Pietersen cannot add the extras but the Sharks lead 8-5
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Watson takes the ball up from the restart before George Whitehead finds touch just outside his 22. The Sharks win the line-out and they form the maul before Cronje sends a cross kick, which Esterhuizen gathers and he dives over for the try!
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Van Breda cannot add the extras and the Kings lead 5-3
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The Kings win a penalty and they take it quickly before the Sharks turn it over and Cronje kicks down field, The Kings run it back and George Whitehead throws the dummy and his through the gap for the try!
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The Kings go back on the attack from the restart and they are in the Sharks 22 before the ball is lost forward. The Kings get another opportunity with a line-out 10m from the Sharks 22. They form the maul before Watson breaks free. Tim Whitehead breaks through a tackle as the away team makes their way into the Sharks 22
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The Sharks will have a defensive scrum on their own 22m line after a Kings' knock on. Watson wins the ball on the ground for his team and they make their way into the Sharks 22 before George Whitehead's kick is too far for Van Breda as it goes dead.
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Pietersen, from 40m out, converts the penalty and the Sharks lead 3-0.
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After a reset at the scrum, The Sharks get the penalty at the next put in and Pitersen will for the three points from 40m out
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The Kings have the ball on halfway before George Whitehead kicks. After a Cronje kick, Whitehead's next kick is too far and it goes dead. The Sharks have a scrum on the Kings 10m line.
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Scott van Breda misses the penalty and the score remains 0-0
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Luke Watson gets the ball from the restart and the Kings get the game's first penalty with the Sharks not rolling away.
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Van der Walt takes the ball up from the start before Ungerer sends a high ball. George Whitehead's kick is too far and the Sharks dot the ball down in their in goal area
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KICK-OFF: George Whitehead gets the game under way!
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It is a clear day in Durban with a high of 25
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For the Eastern Province Kings wing Siyanda Grey received an early birthday present when he was included in the matchday-23 for the Durban clash. Grey, who turns 26 on Sunday, replaces Sylvian Mahuza on the wing and he is the only change to the PE-based side that lost 51-14 at home to the Golden Lions last weekend.
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Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel returns to the Sharks starting team, with centre Paul Jordaan also making a welcome return to the team. Odwa Ndungane is also back, on the right wing. Jean-Luc du Preez makes way for Deysel, while his twin-brother Dan comes in for Khaya Majola. Juan Schoeman will scrum at loosehead and Thomas du Toit at tighthead.
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Welcome to Durban for live coverage of Round Two of the Currie Cup with The Sharks taking on the EP Kings at Kings Park.
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Joe Pietersen
  • 14 Odwa Ndungane
  • 13 Wandile Mjekevu
  • 12 Heimar Williams
  • 11 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 8 Philip van der Walt
  • 7 Daniel du Preez
  • 6 Jean Deysel
  • 5 Marco Wentzel
  • 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
  • 3 Thomas Du Toit
  • 2 Monde Hadebe
  • 1 Juan Schoeman
RESERVES
  • 22 SP Marais
  • 21 Paul Jordaan
  • 20 Michael Claassens
  • 19 Francois Kleinhans
  • 18 Dave McDuling
  • 17 Gerhard Engelbrecht
  • 16 Franco Marais
START LINE UP
  • 15 Scott van Breda
  • 14 Siyanda Grey
  • 13 JP du Plessis
  • 12 Tim Whitehead
  • 11 Luther Obi
  • 10 George Whitehead
  • 9 Enrico Acker
  • 8 Tim Agaba
  • 7 Stefan Willemse
  • 6 Luke Watson
  • 5 Cornell Hess
  • 4 Steven Sykes
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 2 Martin Ferreira
  • 1 Schalk Ferreira
RESERVES
  • 22 Karlo Aspeling
  • 21 Kevin Luiters
  • 20 Jacques Engelbrecht
  • 19 Paul Schoeman
  • 18 Simon Kerrod
  • 17 Lizo Gqoboka
  • 16 Edgar Marutlulle
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Preview: Currie Cup, Round Two

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:26

The Currie Cup competition continue to fly under the radar, but for those who bother there will be another healthy serving of entertainment.

Trans-Jukskei rivals the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls will look to maintain the early pace they set by putting 50 points past their respective opposition last week.

The Lions have a slightly more testing outing when they host the Pumas in Johannesburg, while Bulls will look to continue their early-season try-scoring form when they host Griquas 50-odd kilometres north in Pretoria.

Ellis Park will be where the attention will be focussed in the two Friday games - as the Pumas also opened with an impressive first-round win, over the Sharks.

At Loftus Versfeld on Friday the Bulls will have to guard against complacency when they face a Griquas team looking exhausted after coming through a demanding qualifying tournament and injuries beginning to mount.

Western Province, the defending champions, also need to guard against complacency when they host the demoralised Free State Cheetahs team in the first of the two Saturday games. New Cheetahs coach Franco Smith could not have wished for a worst start to Currie Cup career than the 19-57 loss they suffered at home last week.

Another new face on the Currie Cup coaching scene, WP mentor John Dobson, will hope for better fortunes when he makes his first appearance at Newlands.

In the final fixture of the weekend the Sharks face a beleaguered EP Kings team in Durban - both looking for their first win of the season after very disappointing starts to their respective campaigns.

We look at all the weekend's matches!

Friday, February 14

Golden Lions v Pumas
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10)

The Pumas, more than any other team, will have some real insights into the inner workings of the Golden Lions.

Not only are their Super Rugby partners, but a few of their players featured regularly for the Johannesburg-based outfit in Super Rugby.

Pumas coach of coach MJ Mentz will not waste the valuable input players such as Springbok training squad member Francois de Klerk, prop Corne Fourie and centre Stefan Watermeyer can provide.

However, he felt the Lions will have a few aces up their proverbial sleeves.

"Players who were involved with the Lions - Faf [Francois de Klerk], Corne [Fourie} and to a lesser extend Stefan [Watermeyer] - will know a lot of the Lions' strengths and weaknesses and also their game plan," Mentz said.

"I suspect the Lions will change things for this game," he said, adding: "Johan Ackermann is a wily coach.

"Yes, we know what type of game the Lions want to play and can play."

The Pumas, despite an impressive win over the Sharks last week, will need to cut out the errors that contributed significantly to the period when the Sharks got back into the game.

And the Lions will also ask some serious questions of their pack.

"Their loose forwards - with players like Jaco Kriel and Kwagga [Albertus] Smith - move very quickly around the park and get to the breakdown in double-quick time.

"We have to find a way to neutralise that strength.

"The Lions play an expansive game and enjoy taking it from side to side. They will attempt to run us ragged.

"We all know the Lions can score tries from anywhere on the park, so our defence will have to be spot on.

"It is something we worked on all week."

The Lions made just one change for their first home match - Springbok Sevens flyer Sampie Mastriet is bracketed alongside Anthony Volmink. The rest of the team that beat the Eastern Province Kings on Saturday in Port Elizabeth was left unchanged.

Mentz has named an unchanged side.

Recent results:
2014: Golden Lions won 29-15, Johannesburg
2011: Golden Lions won 34-20, Nelspruit
2011: Golden Lions won 31-27, Johannesburg
2010: Pumas won 34-27, Johannesburg
2010: Golden Lions won 33-30, Witbank

Prediction: This is going to be a close affair - a hardened Pumas team giving the youthful Lions outfit a good run for their money with a late score sealing it for the Lions - by seven points or less.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Sampie Mastriet/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.

Pumas: 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 Marius Coetzer, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 De-Jay Terblanché, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jason-Colin Fraser, 19 Jaco Bouwer, 20 Reynier van Rooyen, 21 Justin van Staden, 22 Hoffmann Maritz.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Oregopotse Rametsi
TMO: Johan Greeff

Blue Bulls v Griquas
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10)

The Bulls will look to continue their stampede against a Griquas team that is looking very vulnerable this year.

Whether he was just being courteous or genuine meant it, is hard to say, but Bulls captain Pieter Labuschagne dismissed Griquas' [19-43] loss to Western Province as "misleading".

"They do have a solid team and enjoy an expansive game," Labuschagne told rugby365, adding that the Kimberley-based outfit has some good experience as well.

"Griquas will also bring a physical game."

The Bulls captain, who said they will look to continue with the expansive approach that saw them run six tries past the Cheetahs last week, felt they need to improve their handling.

"We will grow as a team, as the competition progresses - last week was only the start," Labuschagne said.

"We want to play a game of high quality, but we are not there yet," the captain said, adding that they have plenty of room for improvement.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais retained the same starting line-up which won in Bloemfontein last weekend for. He only one change to the bench, where fit-again prop Dayan van der Westhuizen replaces Nqobisizwe Mxoli, who returned to the Under-21 side. Griquas also welcome back fit-again Springbok Hilton Lobberts and fellow flank RJ Liebenberg.

For Griquas Springbok Sevens utility back Ruhan Nel moves from the midfield to the wing. Jonathan Francke comes in at centre, while Nel replaces Ederies Arendse in the No.14 jersey.

Recent results:
2014: Blue Bulls won 46-12, Pretoria
2013: Blue Bulls won 15-9, Pretoria
2013: Blue Bulls won 52-10, Kimberley
2012: Blue Bulls won 35-20
2012:  Griquas won 49-34, Kimberley

Prediction: You would have to be a staunch supporter to put any money on Griquas, after last week's opening salvos. Griquas will give the Bulls a run for their money for the first hour, before the men from Pretoria will produce a few late scores and win by about 15 points.

Teams:

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 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Rudolph Snyman, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 Dries Swanepoel.

Griquas: 15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Michael Van Der Spuy, 11 Ntabeni Dukisa, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Carel Greeff, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 RJ Liebenberg, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham Le Roux, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Ewald Van Der Westhuizen, 18 Jaco Nepgen, 19 Leon Karemaker, 20 Rudi Van Rooyen, 21 Clinton Swart, 22 Jacquin Jansen.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Sindile Nqcese, Archie Sehlako

Saturday, August 15

Western Province v Free State Cheetahs
(Newlands, Cape Town - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

Western Province coach  John Dobson is hoping Cape Town's notorious cold front - with its accompanying winds and wet conditions - give them a break.

The much-talked about expansive game that delivered six tries against Griquas in Kimberley last week will have to be put on the back burner if the rain and gusts arrives in mid-afternoon.

Dobson hopes the cold front holds out till later in the evening.

"We have worked on some plans if the rains comes down during the game," Dobson told a media briefing in Cape Town.

"We are fine either way.

"We are keen to develop the style of rugby we played last week, but you can't do that in the wet at Newlands."

The WP coach described the Cheetahs' 19-57  loss to the Bulls last week as a "complete aberration" - pointing out that the Bulls made only 11  errors and the Cheetahs 30.

"I am not reading too much into it," the Province coach said.

Dobson named an unchanged starting line-up, but lock Jan de Klerk and back Kobus van Wyk come in on the bench.

The Cheetahs' new flyhalf recruit Fred Zeilinga will make his first start for the Bloemfontein side, after taking over the No.10 jersey from rookie Niel Marais - who has dropped out of the match squad completely. Former Western Force flyhalf Sias Ebersohn is back in Bloemfontein and he will provide cover for Zeilinga.

Recent results:
2014: Western Province won 34-29, Bloemfontein
2013: Western Province won 15-14, Cape Town
2013: Western Province won 29-27, Bloemfontein
2012: Western Province won 36-15, Cape Town
2012: Western Province won 29-22, Bloemfontein

Prediction: Western Province is an established and settled group, even with a number of Springboks away on international duty. The Cheetahs always have a chance of an upset, but we feel  WP will win by at least 10 points.

Teams:

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 (vice-captain), 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 Jan de Klerk, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Kobus van Wyk

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Adriaan Coertzen, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Johannes Prinsloo, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Nicolaas van Dyk, 18 Hugo Reniel, 19 Gerhard Olivier, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Tertius Kruger, 22 Sias Ebersohn.

Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Willie Vos

Sharks v Eastern Province Kings
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

It is too early in the season to start speaking of desperation, but neither team showed anything in the opening week that suggested they could be contenders for the title.

The Kings were never rated anyway, but the Sharks - given the disaster that was their Super Rugby campaign - will require a massive step up if they are to chase away the circling vultures waiting to pick pieces off a decaying carcass.

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold said that they have enough time to salvage the season.

"From our point of view, it's still early days," Gold said.

"I'm happy with some of the performances of some of the youngsters," he said of players like Monde Hadebe, Thomas du Toit, Juan Schoeman and Dave McDuling.

Then they also have veteran Springbok Michael Claassens waiting on the fringes.

"There is lots to be positive about, but obviously it's a very disappointing result first up.

"There's lot of work to do and we'll just stay in the fight."  

The Kings have issues of their own - especially their malfunctioning set pieces.

With the scrum being a major issue, Kings coach Brent Janse van Rensburg opted for a five-forwards-two-backs split on the replacement bench - allowing him an additional front row player on the bench.

"We have focused on our scrums to make sure we fix what the problems were and we know we have to focus on the scrum as a united effort," Janse van Rensburg said.

Captain Luke Watson acknowledged the Sharks were a good side, but said they were looking forward to the opportunity to give an improved performance this week.

"The Sharks have a strong set piece and big backs, so it will be a tough match," Watson said.

"The Lions game was a bit of a wake-up call, but we know what areas we have had to work on and hopefully we will come back a bit more polished this week."

Sharks loose forward Jean Deysel returns to the Sharks starting team, with centre Paul Jordaan also making a welcome return to the team. Fit-again Odwa Ndungane is also back, on the right wing and replaces the injured Sibusiso Sithole. Injured flank Jean-Luc du Preez makes way for Deysel, while his twin-brother Dan comes in for Khaya Majola. Juan Schoeman will scrum at loosehead and Thomas du Toit at tighthead.

For the Eastern Province Kings wing Siyanda Grey received an early birthday present when he was included in the matchday-23 for the Durban clash. Grey, who turns 26 on Sunday, replaces Sylvian Mahuza on the wing and he is the only change to the PE-based side that lost 51-14 at home to the Golden Lions last weekend. The was a late injury-enforced change, with Paul Schoeman replaced on the bench by Thembelani Bholi.

Previous result:
2014: Sharks won 53-24, Durban

Prediction: There awaits a long season for the EP Kings if last week is the standard they are at. Even an under-performing Sharks team should put them to the sword and win by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Wandile Mjekevu, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Andre Esterhuizen, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Daniel du Preez, 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 18 David McDuling, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 SP Marais.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Phillipus du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Luther Obi, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Luke Watson (captain), 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Karlo Aspeling.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni,  Tahla Ntshakaza
TMO: Christie du Preez

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

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Sharks sneak past brave Kings

Sat, 15 Aug 2015 17:01

REPORT: The Sharks were forced to come-from-behind to secure maximum points with a 33-25 victory over the EP Kings in Durban.

The home side found themselves trailing by four points early in the second half before a Paul Jordaan try and the reliable boot of Joe Pietersen, who contributed 13 points on the night, saw the Durban side over the line.

The Kings could have had the led early in the contest, only for Scott van Breda to miss his penalty attempt, however, Pietersen had his radar locked in the seventh minute when he slotted a penalty to hand the home side the lead.

The Sharks were being pinned inside their 22 and the pressure paid off for the Kings when George Whitehead showed some individual brilliance to grab the opening try of the match in the 12th minute.

The Sharks hit back with two tries of their own in the space of two minutes when first, Cronje placed a well-judged cross kick that saw Andre Esterhuizen leap above van Breda to grab the ball and dot down before Cronje went from provider to scorer. The flyhalf rounded off a well-planned backline move.

Pietersen managed to slot one of the conversions as the home side led 15-5 after 18 minutes.

The Sharks began to stamp their authority on the match and extended their lead to 13 points when Pietersen slotted his second penalty in the 25th minute. However, some ill-discipline in the dying second cost the home side dearly.

Philip van der Walt was sent to the sin bin for intentionally slowing down the ball two metres from his try line. The Kings opted for a scrum and Tim Agaba made the extra man count after he broke off the back of the scrum to reduce the deficit to just eight points at the half-time interval.

It was one way traffic in the opening minutes of the second half as the Kings grabbed two quick tries through Steven Sykes in the 44th minute and Enrico Acker in the 47th minute, respectively - the latter securing a four-try bonus point for the visitors. Whitehead added one conversion to hand the Kings a 22-18 lead after 48 minutes.

The lead changed hands on numerous occasions from that point as the Sharks hit back through when Daniel du Preez bagged a try after a dominant maul from a five metre line-out in the 55th minute.

Whitehead regained the lead for the Kings in the 58th minute when he slotted a penalty but those points were cancelled out by Pietersen in the 62nd minute when he slotted a penalty of his own to hand the home side a slender one point lead.

The Sharks extended their lead to eight points with 14 minutes remaining in the encounter after Jordaan swerved his way through the Kings defence to grab the bonus point try before Pietersen added the extra points.

The home side survived a late Kings surge to walk away with a fairly unconvincing victory.

Man of the Match: For the Kings, Tim Agaba was a menace all over the park and gave the Sharks all sorts of headaches while George Whitehead kept his side in the contest after taking over the kicking duties. Andre Esterhuizen made some good metres with every carry while Paul Jordaan made a massive impact off the bench to grab the winning try. However, our award goes to Daniel du Preez, whose excellent work-rate saw him stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries: Esterhuizen, Cronje, du Preez, Jordaan
Cons: Pietersen 2
Pens: Pietersen 3

For EP Kings:
Tries: Whitehead, Agaba, Sykes, Acker
Cons: Whitehead
Pens: Whitehead

Yellow cards: Philip van der Walt (Sharks, 40 - professional foul, slowing down the ball), Odwa Ndungane (Sharks, - dangerous tackle, taking the player out in the air)

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Wandile Mjekevu, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Andre Esterhuizen, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Daniel du Preez, 6 Jean Deysel, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 18 David McDuling, 19 Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 SP Marais.

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Scott van Breda, 14 Siyanda Grey, 13 Phillipus du Plessis, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Luther Obi, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Enrico Acker, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Luke Watson (captain), 5 Cornell Hess, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Simon Kerrod, 19 Thembelani Bholi, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Karlo Aspeling.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni,  Tahla Ntshakaza
TMO: Christie du Preez

Andre Esterhuizen (15min), Lionel Cronje (17min), Daniel du Preez (55min), and Paul Jordaan (66min)
TRIES
George Whitehead (12min), Tim Agaba (40min), Steven Sykes (44min), and Enrico Acker (47min)
Joe Pietersen (18min) and Joe Pietersen (67min)
CONVERSIONS
George Whitehead (44min)
Joe Pietersen (7min), Joe Pietersen (25min), and Joe Pietersen (62min)
PENALTIES
George Whitehead (58min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Philip van der Walt (40min) and Odwa Ndungane (73min)
 
 
VENUE Kings Park, Durban
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen