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Currie Cup | Durban
15:00 (GMT) | 10-09-2016
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Stay tuned for more Currie Cup Premier Division action with Rugby 365 as the Pumas host the Blue Bulls at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. This clash will be coming up in the next five minutes.
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FULL TIME: SHARKS 30-38 FREE STATE CHEETAHS
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The Cheetahs move to the top of the Currie Cup Premier Division table with a 38-30 victory over the Sharks. This is the Sharks second loss of the season after losing 34-27 against Western Province last weekend. The Sharks move down to second place on the table with 20 points, while the Cheetahs have 24 points.
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Fred Zeilinga pulls his kick was of the poles but the ball does not go out of play. The Sharks keep the ball alive inside their own half with some good distribution skills but even at this late stage of the game and leading by eight points, the Cheetahs defence is still equal to the task. Wandile Mjekevu knocks the ball forward and that will be the game.
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The Cheetahs are putting in a masterclass at scrum time as they are awarded the penalty for pressure at scrum time and Zeilinga will line one up at poles and look to wrap the game up with a kick at poles from the ten metre line.
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The Sharks concede the free-kick for an infringement at scrum time and the Cheetahs are looking to scrum their way over the line as they choose to go for another scrum on the Sharks ten metre line.
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The scrum goes down on the Sharks ten metre line. Both packs lost their balance at the set-piece. The referee asks for a reset and the Cheetahs will have another attacking scrum on the Sharks ten metre line.
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The Cheetahs look to test the Sharks back three with a chip kick over the defensive line but the ball goes over the dead ball line and the Sharks will have the attacking scrum on halfway.
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Andre Esterhuizen gains some valuable metres for the Sharks with a touchfinder on the Cheetahs 22 metre line. The Cheetahs will have the defensive lineout.
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Ox Nche knocks the ball forward in the lineout as the Cheetahs look to get the rolling maul going and the Sharks will have the defensive scrum on their 22 metre line.
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Curwin Bosch sees his conversion from just outside the 22 metre line bounce off the poles. The conversion is missed and the Sharks trail 38-30 with ten minutes left to play.
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The Sharks lose the ball in the tackle and Blommetjies attempts to make the clearance kick but the kick is charged down and the Sharks charge into the Cheetahs 22 metre line before Thomas Du Toit puts his head forward and crashes over for the try from close range.
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Chiliboy Ralepelle finds his man in the lineout and the Sharks go through the phases with some good pick and goes on their ten metre line.
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Fred Zeilinga continues with his good kicking form as he converts the try from close to the 22 metre line and the Cheetahs now lead 38-25.
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The Cheetahs find Shaun Venter with a good set move from the lineout inside the Sharks 22 metre line and Venter shows and goes and steps inside the tackle before he dots down for the try.
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Curwin Bosch converts the try from the 22 metre line and the Sharks trail 31-25 with 21 minutes left to play.
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There it is for the Sharks! Francois Kleinhans puts in the leg drive and crashes over for the five pointer after some good work from Curwin Bosch in breaking up field.
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and the Sharks set the attacking lineout with a kick which finds touch inside the Cheetahs 22 metre line. Sharks are looking for a pushover try here.
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Fred Zeilinga adds the extra two with the conversion from right in front of the poles and the Cheetahs now lead 31-18 with that converted try.
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Jean-Luc Du Preez is shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle in the build-up to the Cheetahs try and the Sharks will have only 14 players for the next ten minutes.
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Uzair Cassiem crashes over for a pushover try from close range and the Cheetahs now lead 29-18 with the conversion to come.
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Curwin Bosch has his radar on today as he sends the ball sailing through the poles with a penalty kick from inside the 22 metre line and the Sharks now trail 24-18.
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The Cheetahs are blown up for an infringement just inside their 22 metre line and Curwin Bosch will look to increase his points contribution to 18 points in this game with a kick at poles.
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty from just outside their 22 metre line and Ungerer decides to increase the pace of the Sharks attack as he plays quickly and taps and goes before he is brought to ground inside the Cheetahs 22 metre line.
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Fred Zeilinga combines withRyno Benjamin on the wing. Benjamin runs out of space on the wide channels and decides to put a grubber kick in behind the Sharks defensive line.
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Fred Zeilinga converts the try from right underneath the poles and the Cheetahs now have a nine point lead with 32 minutes left to play.
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It is all going horribly wrong for the Sharks at scrum time as again the Cheetahs sends the Sharks scrum tracking back. The ball pops up on the Sharks side and Tian Meyer chases well and collects the loose ball before he dots down for the five pointer.
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The Cheetahs are going through the phases on the Sharks five metre line but the Sharks are equal to the task on defence as they force the knock forward with a good tackle and the Sharks have the defensive scrum on their five metre line.
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The Cheetahs turn down the kick at poles and decide to go for broke as they set the attacking lineout with a touch finder on the Sharks five metre line.
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The Cheetahs put in the shove at scrum time and win the ball against the feed before the Sharks concede the penalty for an offside infringement.
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The flags are raised. Curwin Bosch sends the ball sailing through the poles from inside the 22 metre line and the Sharks now trail by two points with 37 minutes left to play.
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown through Uzair Cassiem and Curwin Bosch will line one up at poles from inside the 22 metre line.
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Curwin Bosch gets the second half underway with a deep kick which travels just short of the Cheetahs 22 metre line. Uzair Cassiem is unable to hold onto the ball from the restart as he knocks the ball forward and the Sharks will have the attacking scrum just outside the Cheetahs 22 metre line.

Half Time

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It looks good and it's over! Curwin Bosch sends the ball sailing through the poles with a penalty kick from just inside the Sharks half and that will be the first half. The Cheetahs head into the break with a 17-12 lead, courtesy of a try from centre Michael van der Spuy and a penalty try. Flyhalf Fred Zeilinga has contributed seven points off the boot, with two conversions and one penalty. The Sharks have 12 points to show for their first half efforts courtesy of four penalties from fullback Curwin Bosch. Stay tuned for the second forty which will follow shortly. HALF TIME: SHARKS 12-17 FREE STATE CHEETAHS
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an offside infringement and Curwin Bosch will look to give the Sharks a morale boosting extra three points just before the break with a kick at poles from just inside the Sharks half.
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Nico Lee shows and goes before he takes the ball into contact as he runs straight and hard at the line from just outside the Sharks 22 metre line.
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The flags are raised! Fred Zeilinga adds the extra three with a kick at poles from right underneath the poles and the Cheetahs now lead 17-9.
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The Sharks are blown up for illegal scrumming and Fred Zeilinga will look to increase the Cheetahs lead with a kick at poles from right in front of the uprights.
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Odwa Ndungane goes down in the tackle and the medical team are attending to him on the field. Ndungane is walking off the field with the medical team and Wandile Mjekevu has replaced Ndungane on the wing. We wish Ndungane a fast recovery and hope to see him back on the playing field in no time.
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Curwin Bosch sees his kick at poles bounce off the poles and go out of play. The score remains at 14-9 to the Cheetahs.
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The Cheetahs are blown up for an infringement deep inside their own half. The penalty is in a good kicking position and Curwin Bosch will line one up at poles from just outside the 22 metre line.
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Fred Zeilinga adds the extra two with the conversion from close range and the Cheetahs now lead 14-9.
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The Sharks look to play with width inside their 22 metre line but Michael van der Spuy makes the interception with a good read on defence and dots down for the five pointer. the Cheetahs now lead 12-9 with the conversion to come.
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The Cheetahs look to manufacture a set move from the lineout on the Sharks 22 metre line as the ball is played to the front of the lineout and back to Torsten Van Jaarsveld but the pass was forward and the Sharks will have the defensive scrum on their 22 metre line.
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The Sharks with some accurate handling skills make their way through the wide channels before they are wrapped up by a good Cheetahs defensive line just inside the Cheetahs half.
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Zeilinga has the distance but he does not have the direction as he sends the ball sailing wide of the poles from the 22 metre line and the Sharks will restart with the 22 metre drop out.
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The Cheetahs are looking for a pushover try as they pick and go from five metres out before Michael van der Spuy throws a pass out wide which the Sharks intercept. The Sharks concede the penalty for going offside and Zeilinga will strike for poles from the 22 metre line.
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The Cheetahs charge down the Sharks attempted exit kick inside the Sharks 22 metre line but the Cheetas commit the knock forward and the Sharks will have the five metre defensive scrum.
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Bosch has his kicking boots on today as he puts boot to ball and sends the ball sailing through the poles from just inside the Cheetahs half. The Sharks now lead 9-7 with that successful kick at poles from Curwin Bosch.
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The Cheetahs concede the penalty for an infringement at scrum time and Curwin Bosch will look to add the extra three with a kick at poles from just inside the Cheetahs half.
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The scrum goes down with both forwards putting in a big effort at the set-piece. The referee asks for a reset and the Sharks will have another scrum on halfway.
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Curwin Bosch has both the distance and the direction as he sends the ball sailing through the poles from the 22 metre line and it is now a one point game as the Cheetahs lead 7-6.
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The Cheetahs are blown up for an infringement on their 22 metre line and Curwin Bosch will strike for poles from the kicking tee.
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Zeilinga converts the try with a kick at poles from right in front and the Cheetahs now lead 7-3 with 11 minutes played.
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Try time! The Cheetahs scrum their way to the line and send the Sharks scrum tracking back and the referee awards the penalty try to the Cheetahs!
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High fives all around for the Cheetahs at scrum time as they win the ball against the scrum before they attack off turnover ball and put in a grubber kick for their backs to run onto. The Sharks defence is at sixes and sevens as they track back and carry the ball over their own line. The Cheetahs have the five metre attacking scrum.
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The referee is not happy with how the two packs are binding in the scrum and the referee asks for a reset. The Sharks will have another defensive scrum on their ten metre line.
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Torsten Van Jaarsveld finds his jumper in the lineout before the Cheetahs look to go through the phases with some carries on the Sharks ten metre line. Some good defence from the Sharks forces the Cheetahs to knock the ball forward and the Sharks will have the defensive scrum just short of their own ten metre line.
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Some quick hands from the Cheetahs gets them moving forward as they send the ball down the wing inside the Sharks 22 metre line. The Sharks win possession with the turnover before they make the exit with a kick up field. Here come the Cheetahs as they counter attack from inside the Sharks half!
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High fives all around for the Sharks at scrum time as they are awarded the penalty for a dominant scrum. Curwin Bosch sends the ball sailing through the poles with the kick from the Cheetahs 22 metre line and the Sharks lead 3-0.
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Blommetjies sends the ball directly into touch from the 22 metre drop out and the Sharks will have the attacking scrum on the Cheetahs 22 metre line.
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The Sharks attack the line and play the wide channels before they put in a chip kick over the Cheetahs defence. The Cheetahs track back and manage to dot the ball down on their own line and Blommetjies will restart with the 22 metre drop out.
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Justin Basson concedes the penalty for the Cheetahs after tackling Philip van der Walt with no arms. Philip van der Walt is carried off on a stretcher and Andre Esterhuizen sets the lineout for the Sharks with a kick which finds touch on the Sharks ten metre line.
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Here we go! Referee Rasta Rasivhenge blows his whistle and Clayton Blommetjies gets the game underway with a deep kick which travels all the way into the Sharks 22 metre line. Philip van der Walt gathers the ball but he is met with a big hit by some rushing Cheetahs defence and Philip van der Walt goes down after being tackled with no arms by Justin Basson.
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Both teams are on the field. Stay tuned as we await referee Rasta Rasivhenge to get the game underway.
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There has been a last minute changes to the Cheetahs starting team as Michael van der Spuy comes into the starting team at inside centre and replaces William Small-Smith.
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Rasta Rasivhenge is our referee. AJ Jacobs and Rodney Boneparte will assist him. Our TMO is Marius Jonker.
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-10: WEATHER: Grey skies welcome the teams onto the field. The flyhalf of both teams and the forward packs will play a big part in determining the end result of the match in these conditions. Expect to see a ball in hand attacking approach from both teams.
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Sharks captain Keegan Daniel has been ruled out of this clash against the Cheetahs. Number eight Philip van der Walt takes over the captains armband and Francois Kleinhans replaces Daniel at flank.
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FORM, FREE STATE CHEETAHS: The Cheetahs remain the only unbeaten team in this year’s Currie Cup Premier Division tournament, with four back to back victories. The Cheetahs find themselves in second place on the Currie Cup Premier Division table with 19 points, however they have a game in hand over the Sharks as the Sharks have played five games. The Cheetahs come into this clash after beating the Eastern Province Kings 57-25 in Bloemfontein last weekend. Today’s game will be the Sharks sixth game and the Cheetahs fifth game.
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FORM, SHARKS: The Sharks come into this clash in first position on the Currie Cup Premier Division table, with 20 points from five games played, which includes four wins and one defeat. The Sharks only defeat of this year’s Currie Cup Premier Division campaign came in a 34-27 defeat against Western Province last weekend.
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TEAM NEWS, FREE STATE CHEETAHS: The Cheetahs have also made minimal changes to their starting team for this clash. There is only one change to the Cheetahs starting XV and that change is at No 8 where Henco Venter has been selected ahead of Niell Jordaan. Scrumhalf Tian Meyer retains the captains armband in the absence of regular skipper Francois Venter who is still recovering from injury.
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This clash is a top of the table match with the Sharks sitting in first place on the Currie Cup table and the Cheetahs are in second position.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365’s live commentary of this Currie Cup Premier Division round six matchup between the Sharks and the Free State Cheetahs from Kings Park Stadium in Durban.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Juan Schoeman
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 3 Thomas Du Toit
  • 4 Ettienne Oosthuizen
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 6 Francois Kleinhans
  • 7 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 8 Phillip van der Walt
  • 9 Stefan Ungerer
  • 10 Inny-Christian Radebe
  • 11 Sibusiso Sithole
  • 12 Andre Esterhuizen
  • 13 Lukhanyo Am
  • 14 Odwa Ndungane
  • 15 Curwin Bosch
RESERVES
  • 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 17 John-Hubert Meyer
  • 18 Jean Droste
  • 19 Khaya Majola
  • 20 Michael Claassens
  • 21 Wandile Mjekevu
  • 22 Rhyno Smith
START LINE UP
  • 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Tom Botha
  • 4 Carl Wegner
  • 5 Reniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Uzair Cassiem
  • 8 Henco Venter
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Fred Zellinga
  • 11 Raymond Rhule
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Nico Lee
  • 14 Ryno Benjamin
  • 15 Clayton Blommetjies
RESERVES
  • 16 Jacques du Toit
  • 17 Charles Marais
  • 18 Justin Basson
  • 19 Niell Jordaan
  • 20 Shaun Venter
  • 21 Niel Marais
  • 22 Michael van der Spuy
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Six

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 14:29

CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION: There are two key fixtures in Round Six of the Currie Premier Division this weekend.

The Golden Lions and Western Province meet in a repeat of last year's Final on Friday, while the Sharks and Free State Cheetahs go head-to-head in a table-topping clash on Saturday.

These matches will take centre stage in what is expected to be a thrilling round, which could see a few changes on the log standings as the final stages draw closer. 

In weekend's other match, the Pumas will be looking for their first win of their campaign when they face the Blue Bulls at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.

*Griquas take on Boland in Kimberley on Thursday.

We look at Round Six's action!

Friday, September 9:

Golden Lions v Western Province
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT)

The clash between the Golden Lions and Western Province at Ellis Park is expected to be thrilling. 

The home team have gone down to their Cape rivals only once in Johannesburg since 2012 and it is expected to inspire them to return to their winning ways after their defeat against the Blue Bulls. 

Western Province, however, come off a morale-boosting victory against the Sharks, which ended the Durbanites' unbeaten run, and they will be aware of the fact that another big scalp could boost their campaign and catapult them into the top four on the log table despite a disappointing start to the season.

Golden Lions head coach Johan Ackermann said he is expecting a big battle up front. 

"They [WP] took a lot of confidence out of the win [34-27 victory over Sharks last weekend].

"I think they took a lot of confidence from their packs' performance and they’ve got dangerous guys on the outside and Cheslin Kolbe at the back, so I think it's going to be a nice high tempo game. 

"Our set-phase has to be good, because with JC Janse van Rensburg [Western Province loosehead prop] and those guys, they are quite solid up front and they've shown that they can contest the line-outs, so that's going to be a big challenge for us. 

"I do believe that is going to be critical. Our set-phase and hopefully our attack will be much more accurate than what it was in the last week or two," said Ackermann.

Meanwhile, Province head coach John Dobson said his team will have to be smart if they are to leave Johannesburg with a win. 

"Our game management has to be extremely sharp," said Dobson.

"The Lions take so much pride in their conditioning and we are playing at altitude, so we have to be a bit smarter."

Prediction: Western Province showed a lot of improvement against the Sharks, but the Golden Lions at home is a different prospect. Expect the Lions to win by at least five points.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Fabian Booysen, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Lourens Erasmus, 4 Jean-Pierre du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Ruaan Lerm / Steph de Wit, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Howard Mnisi.  

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Jurie van Vuuren, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mike Willemse, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jacques Vermeulen, 20 Eital Bredenkamp, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Scott van Breda.

Referee: Jaco Peyper 
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Eduan Nel
TMO: Johan Greeff

Saturday, September 10:

Sharks v Free State Cheetahs
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

The Sharks and Free State Cheetahs will meet in a table-topping clash at Kings Park on Saturday in what is expected to be an epic battle. 

The Free Staters are the only unbeaten team in the series, while the Sharks will look to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last week. 

The hosts have not suffered a defeat against the Free State Cheetahs in the Currie Cup Premier Division since 2011, while their last home defeat against the opposition was back in 2009. 

Interestingly, their last two Currie Cup matches ended in draws. The Bloemfontein outfit, however, won the Currie Cup Qualifier earlier this season 19-13. 

Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane is well aware of what a confident Cheetahs team can do on the field 

"It is going to be tough. They have won four out of four and they have continuity from Super Rugby and it is more or less the same team. 

"It is a top-of-the-table clash and there is a lot at stake and those are the games you want to play. 

"We had a look at what went wrong in Cape Town and I think we learnt a lot from that. We have looked at what we need to fix and what we need to get right and we are looking forward to a tough game against the Cheetahs," said Ndungane.

Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has called for a strong defensive effort from his team ahead of the clash in Durban.

"The Sharks are as dangerous as any other team in the competition - they have a lot to play for," said Smith.

"I know [Sharks CEO] Gary Teichman and [coach] Robert du Preez very well and I know they have set themselves lofty goals this season

"They are in front of their home crowd and will be very determined. 

"Our defence still requires a lot of attention and it is a work in progress. We will also tweak some things in our own game."

Prediction: It will be a close one, but expect the Sharks to return to winning ways with a five-point win.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Khaya Majola, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Rhyno Smith..

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Niell Jordaan, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge 
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Marius Jonker

Pumas v Blue Bulls
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 19.10; 17.10 GMT)

In the final match of the weekend, the Pumas will go flat out to register their first victory of the season when they line up against the Blue Bulls at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. 

The men from Pretoria have been dominant against the Pumas over the years, with their track record showing only two defeats against the Lowvelders in the Currie Cup Premier Division since 1997 – in 2010 and 2001 respectively. 

But earlier this year the Pumas emerged 25-13 victors in the Currie Cup Qualifier, and if they are going to repeat that victory, they will have to deliver a solid performance against the Blue Bulls who have registered confidence-boosting victories against the Golden Lions and Western Province this season. 

Pumas head coach MJ Mentz said his team would like to give their home fans something to cheer about on Saturday.

"The guys are really hungry for a win," said Mentz. "We've worked extremely hard and owe it to ourselves and our supporters. 

"The Bulls are always wary of us at Mbombela Stadium because we've beaten them here several times. 

"It's going to be a hard and physical task but every time we play the Bulls it automatically acts as motivation to up our game."

Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais wants his team to prove to the critics that they are capable of delivering two great performances back-to-back.

"We are playing our most important match of the season, so I am happy to have a side with a fair bit of momentum and consistency in selection," Marais said.

"Consistency is of paramount importance for us at this stage of the season as we are yet to deliver two back-to-back performances of note. 

"The Pumas would have targeted this game as a must-win, but we are also pretty desperate for a second win on the trot."

Prediction: The Blue Bulls have too much quality and will take this one by at least 15 points.

Teams:

Pumas: 15 Williams Devon, 14 Bernardo Botha, 13 Hennie Skorbinski, 12 Marlou van Niekerk, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Emile Temperman, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Wiehan Hay, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Frank Herne, 1 De Jay Terblanche.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Louis Albertse, 18 Stephan Greeff, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Kevin Luiters, 21 Leighton Van Wyk, 22 Ruwellyn Isbell.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7 Nic de Jager, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. 
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Irné Herbst, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Divan Rossouw.

Referee: Stuart Berry 
Assistant referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Marnus Meiring
TMO: Willie Vos

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Cheetahs race to the top

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:51

REPORT: The Free State Cheetahs overtook the Sharks at the top of the Currie Cup standings, after beating them 38-30 in their Round Six encounter in Durban on Saturday.

The Cheetahs outscored the Sharks by five tries to two in a game where the home team relied mainly on the boot of young fullback Curwin Bosch to stay in touch.

The Cheetahs continued to employ their expansive strategy - which is far from being refined, but certainly entertaining to watch.

It was the Cheetahs first Currie Cup win in Durban since 2009 and their victory was based on a powerful performance from their forwards - with the visitors having the upper-hand in the scrums.

The Sharks opened the scoring thanks to an early penalty from Bosch.

But the Cheetahs' forwards were turning in a dominant performance and they were awarded a penalty try after the Cheetahs destroyed a Sharks' scrum five metres from the home team's tryline.

The Sharks' pack disintegrated and referee Rasta Rasivhenge had no hesitation in awarding the penalty try in the 11th minute.

The Sharks retook the lead as the first quarter ended thanks to two more Bosch penalties but the Cheetahs regained the lead in the 28th minute when inside centre Michael van der Spuy charged down a clearance kick from his opposite number Andre Esterhuizen before regathering the ball before crashing over for a converted try.

The visitors extended their lead when another scrum penalty against the hosts saw flyhalf Fred Zeilinga slot a successful penalty kick four minutes before the end of the half.

The Sharks had the final say in the half as Bosch slotted a long-range penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The Sharks opened the scoring in the second half thanks to Bosch's fifth successful penalty kick.

But the Cheetahs' pack of forwards once again played their part as a powerful scrum saw the Sharks' pack fall apart 10 metres from the own line with scrumhalf Tian Meyer kicking a loose ball forward before chasing the kick down to dot down for a converted try in the 48th minute.

Bosch narrowed the gap with yet another penalty, his sixth of the contest, but the Cheetahs struck back almost immediately when flank Uzair Cassiem crashed over for a converted try.

To make matters worse for the Sharks, flank Jean-Luc Du Preez was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle in the build-up to the try.

Despite being a man down the Sharks finally scored their first try when flank Francois Kleinhans muscled his way over from close range as the home team narrowed the gap to 31-25 after 60 minutes.

The Cheetahs reasserted their dominance less than two minutes later when replacement scrumhalf Shaun Venter stepped his way over for a try after a well-worked move from a line-out.

The hosts nabbed their second try when tighthead prop Thomas du Toit powered his way over for a try in the 70th minute.

The scorers:

For the Sharks:
Tries:
Kleinhans, Du Toit
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 6

For the Cheetahs:
Tries:
Penalty try, Van der Spuy, Meyer, Cassiem, Venter
Cons: Zeilinga 5
Pen: Zeilinga

Yellow card: Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks, 53 - foul play, dangerous tackle)

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Khaya Majola, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 Rhyno Smith..

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (captain), 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Niell Jordaan, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Rodney Boneparte
TMO: Marius Jonker

Francois Kleinhans (58min) and Thomas Du Toit (69min)
TRIES
Michael van der Spuy (27min), Tian Meyer (47min), Uzair Cassiem (53min), and Shaun Venter (62min)
Curwin Bosch (59min)
CONVERSIONS
Fred Zellinga (11min), Fred Zellinga (28min), Fred Zellinga (48min), Fred Zellinga (54min), and Fred Zellinga (63min)
Curwin Bosch (4min), Curwin Bosch (13min), Curwin Bosch (19min), Curwin Bosch (40min), Curwin Bosch (43min), and Curwin Bosch (52min)
PENALTIES
Fred Zellinga (36min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
10min
 
DROP GOALS
Jean-Luc Du Preez (53min)
 
 
VENUE Durban
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge