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Currie Cup | Kimberley
17:00 (GMT) | 23-09-2016
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Thank you for joining us for this exciting Currie Cup clash!! Please join us again tomorrow at 16:30 as we build up to the clash between the EP Kings and Golden Lions!
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Du Preez slots the conversion and that will be it. Griquas are almost certainly out of the Currie Cup semi's and WP fight to live another week!!
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50 points up for WP as they counter attacked off a Griquas mistake as they chipped the ball and Kok got it and passed to du Preez who got the ball to his backs and Zas cracked the pace on to finish for Western Province!!
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Robert du Preez slots the penalty!
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Penalty to WP after no release in the tackle by Griquas. Du Preez to stretch it to a 14 point lead and seal the game for his side!
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Swarts nails the conversion!
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Try to Jonathan Adendorf after a few pick and drives giving Griquas a slight chance to make a comeback!
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Griquas on the verge of scoring after making good meters with ball in hand, but Zas managed to intercept, but he lost it forward and Griquas now have an attacking scrum 5m out fro the WP line!!
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Griquas have a penalty outside the WP 10m line. They find touch just outside the 22 to set the lineout!
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Robert du Preez slots it again!
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Power scrum by WP as referee played advantage and Vermaak went on a run. WP hard on the attack and Carr powers over the line to score the try!!
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WP won the lineout and set a maul. They went forward and Griquas penalized for swimming. WP kicked for touch a few meters out and set a maul, but then got a short arm penalty for accidental obstruction. Scrum to Griquas in their 22.
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A knock on off the restart by Griquas and WP gets a scrum and won a penalty off it to kick for some territorial relief.
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Robert du Preez steps up for the kick and he has nailed it!
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Scrum to WP after a knock on by Griquas. Vermaak feeds and WP gets a great scrum and win a penalty off the scrum and for offside and they will look to extend their lead through the boot of du Preez
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Griquas managed to win the scrum and they kick the ball away. Fielded by Kolbe and now WP will look to attack.
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Knock on by Zas as he almost intercepted the ball. Griquas will get the scrum feed in their own half.
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Swarts line up the kick and it is away to the right
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Griquas are back on the attack and they win a penalty. They opt for the kick at goal
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Great kick from Duvenage who saw space behind the Griquas defence and got the lineout 5m's from the Griquas line. Griquas won the lineout and then won a penalty as the WP backline went offside.
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Robert du Preez makes no mistake with the conversion this time!!
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What a try from WP as they attacked from their half and JP Smith broke the line and offloaded to Mbonambi who got to halfway. Great interplay between forwards and backs led to Kok who went over for the try!!
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Conversion is missed
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Great set up off the scrum as Kolbe drew the defence and finds Jones Who went over for the try!!
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WP managed the force the turnover after the restart as Griquas failed to exit. Scrum to WP in the Griquas 22.
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Penalty to Griquas as WP slowed the ball down at the breakdown. Andre Swart lines up the kick and makes no mistake!!
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Penalty is good!
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WP attacking in the Griqus 22. referee is playing advantage and Griquas have been warned and is warned again due to all the red zone penalties. Du Preez to kick for goal.
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Griquas have a scrum in their half. 2 resets have been called as there is no stability.
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Second half started by Elgar Watts. ball is fielded by Zas who is tackled immediately and du Preez finds touch on their 10m line.

Half Time

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Robert du Preez gets the ball from Duvenage after Carr fielded it off the restart and kicks it into touch as the teams head to the change rooms. We will be back for the second half!
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Robert du Preez slots the penalty!!
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WP have a penalty for offside and they opt for the posts. Du preez to line up
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Swart lines up for the conversion and makes no mistake!
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The WP mistake led to a great Griquas attack as Andre Swart went over for the Griquas 3rd try after they put it through the hands!!
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Scrappy from WP as they lose the ball backwards off the restart and then into touch as Griquas have a lineout in the WP half and won it to set the maul!
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Rob du Preez nails the conversion!!
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Pick and go's from the WP forwards gets rewarded as Mbonambi went over for the try!!
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WP set the maul and Griquas and referee plays advantage. WP lost the ball and referee blows for the penalty. du Preez kicks for touch 5 meters out
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Kolbe knocked on and Griquas have a scrum, but they conceded the penalty and du Preez get WP n the Griquas 22
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Conversion is good by Swart!
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WP failed to field a high kick and then conceded a penalty. Van Rooyen took it quickly and he forced his way over!!
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Conversion is good!
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Countter attack by WP as Griquas coughed it off in the WP half and they countered as Jones made a good run and gave it to de Jongh who got the try!!
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Griquas were on the atttack, but then made the mistake and Kolbe pounced on it. du Preez kicked it and failed to find touch and Griquas are back on the attack!
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Ball fail to emerge from a ruck and Griquas have a scrum in the WP 22 as they were going forward. Great attacking platform for the home side!
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Mark called by Kolbe and he taps it and kick it out to halfway to set the lineout
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Swart missed again and it is another let off for WP
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Lineout to Griquas in their half as WP looked to attack off a turnover ball but Kok stepped into touch , Watts gives chip and they fail to gather, but they have a penalty as the WP backline was offside. Swart to kick
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Breakdown penalty to Griquas as Jones went over the ball off his feet and Swart will step up for the kick and it is well short and away
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Griquas have possession and are back on the attack! Taking play to WP and making great meters with ball in hand!
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Swart adds the conversion!
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Griquas finally get reward for their early pressure as they took it through the hands and JW Jonker went over for the try!!
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Swart's boot is instrumental so far a he spotted space behind the WP defence and get a great touch finder. WP won the lineout and managed to clear for touch.
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Penalty to Griquas as Zas held on too long. Referee gives 10 extra meters as Duvenage did not leave the ball. Griquas won the lineout, but then conceded a penalty at the maul.
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Griquas were on the attack 5 meters from the WP line, but lost the ball forward an du Preez managed to get the ball away ddownfield
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Slight forwward pass from Griquas gifts WP a scrum on halfway. Great platform to attack from and run their way into the Griquas half, but Griquas get a free kick and opt for another scrum!
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Slight forwward pass from Griquas gifts WP a scrum on halfway. Great platform to attack from and run their way into the Griquas half!
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Prediction: It is the game of the weekend and there is a lot riding on the result. Griquas are a tough nut to crack at home and they will be highly motivated for the occasion, but we think Western Province will sneak it by less than five points and with a four-try bonus point.
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Players to watch for Griquas are backs AJ Coertzen and Clinton Swart. Coertzen has great counter attacking ability and know how to exploit a weakness in the opposition defence to create mismatches and have a good boot on him as well. Swart is the general in the midfield who can dictate play and ease pressure off his flyhalf, and also have a very accurate boot for poles and general tactical play. Players to watch for Western Province are Huw Jones and Werner Kok. The Scotland international have been in superb form for the men from Cape Town. His ability to create something out of nothing, break defence lines wide open and a deadly step makes him key in the Province attack and Kok have also been outstanding for Province since making the switch from 7’s rugby. He has speed and is rock solid on defence as well as his attacking runs makes him a valuable player for Province.
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Western Province however have two Springboks back in their side in the shape of hooker Bongi Mbonambi and 2014/2015 captain Juan de Jongh. Bongi’s return will boost the Province pack especially in the hooking position where they have many injuries. Juan will provide stability in the midfield, especially on defence, which is an aspect of Province’s game that has fallen away as of late leaking very soft tries throughout the season.
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Griquas have won all of their home games so far this season, while they will be determined to bounce back from their first defeat in five matches last weekend to the Blue Bulls, which means Province will have to be on top of their game to be the first team to win in Kimberley this season.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Steph Roberts
  • 2 Abraham Le Roux
  • 3 Stephan Kotze
  • 4 Hilton Lobberts
  • 5 Wandile Putuma
  • 6 Wendal Wehr
  • 7 Sias Koen
  • 8 Jonathan Barry Janse van Rensburg
  • 9 Rudi van Rooyen
  • 10 Elgar Watts
  • 11 Ederies Arendse
  • 12 Clinton Swart
  • 13 Johnathan Francke
  • 14 Jacobus Jonker
  • 15 Adriaan Coertzen
RESERVES
  • 16 Marius Fourie
  • 17 Devon Martinus
  • 18 Jonathan Adendorf
  • 19 Jason Fraser
  • 20 Renier Botha
  • 21 Andre Swarts
  • 22 Eric Zana
START LINE UP
  • 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
  • 2 Mbongeni Mbonami
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Jan de Klerk
  • 5 Chris van Zyl
  • 6 Rynhardt Elstadt
  • 7 Kobus van Dyk
  • 8 Nizaam Carr
  • 9 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 10 Robert du Preez
  • 11 Leolin Zas
  • 12 Huw Jones
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 14 Werner Kok
  • 15 Cheslin Kolbe
RESERVES
  • 16 Mike Willemse
  • 17 Alistair Vermaak
  • 18 JP Smith
  • 19 Dave Ribbans
  • 20 Jurie van Vuuren
  • 21 Jano Vermaak
  • 22 Johnny Kotze
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round Eight

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:01

IN THE SPOTLIGHT It will be a decisive weekend for the seven Currie Cup Premier Division teams in the hunt for possible semifinal berths and those in with a chance of earning home semifinals as well.

A handful of teams will enter their matches in the Currie Cup this weekend knowing that a defeat could deal a killer blow to their hopes of advancing to the play-off stages, while for some of them, bonus-point victories could bolster their home semifinal hopes.

For the Blue Bulls, in particular, their clash against Boland in Wellington on Friday will mark their final throw of the dice in the competition for now, as it marks their final pool match. This means they will have to wait until the pool stages concludes next week to know their fate in the competition.

We take a look at Round Eight's action!

Friday, September 23:

Boland v Blue Bulls
(Boland Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

In Wellington, Boland will go in search of their third victory of the season when they line up against the Blue Bulls. 

The Western Cape outfit defeated the Pretoria side 35-26 in the Currie Cup Qualifiers, but they will be tested this week as the Blue Bulls come off back-to-back victories against Griquas, the Pumas and Golden Lions. 

The Pretoria side has won all 10 matches between the sides since 1996, with their scores in seven of these matches being 50 points or more. 

Adding spice to the clash, it will mark the Blue Bulls' last pool match. While a bonus-point victory with a big points' difference could catapult them into second place on the log standings with a chance of securing a home semifinal, a defeat could see them lose out on a semifinal berth completely. 

"If we get four points, I think that we will definitely be in the semifinal," said Blue Bulls head coach Nollis Marais
 
"If we get five points we qualify for a home semifinal depending on what happens between the Sharks and the Golden Lions, so for us at the moment, it's just making sure that we get the four points and making sure we get into a semifinal, because if we lose on Friday we might miss out totally. 
 
"Obviously we are not going down to Boland to lose, but that's also a permutation. For us, it's go for the win and then go for the five points and then see if we can get a spread on the game as well." 

Marais added: "For me, I don't want players to chase scores this weekend. I want players to go for the win, play how we want to play in the Final and make sure that we stick to what we are doing well at the moment.

"I think the bonus-point will come if we stick to the things that we are doing well and then hopefully it works out for us to get a home semifinal, which will be great."

Prediction: The Blue Bulls will have too much class for Boland and they will win by 15 points at least.

Teams:

Boland: 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Logan Basson, 13 Gerrit van Wyk, 12 Christopher Bosch, 11 Danwel Demas, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9. Marnus Hugo, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Keenan Cronje, 5 Joubert Horn, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Basil Short, 2 Clemen Lewis (captain), 1 Stephanus Wessels. 
Replacements: 16 Francois Esterhuyzen, 17 Enoch Mnyaka, 18 Francois Hanekom, 19 Wayne Wilschut, 20 Hanno Kitshoff, 21 Gerhard Jordaan, 22 Robbie Louw.

Blue Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Bjorn Basson, 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 Roelof Smit, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Lizo Gqoboka. 
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Martin Dreyer, 18 Jason Jenkins, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Andre Warner, 21 Joshua Stander, 22 Divan Rossouw.

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Aimee Barrett
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Pumas v Free State Cheetahs
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 18.40; 16.40)

The Pumas will face a challenging task against the Free State Cheetahs in Nelspruit, as they attempt to deny the visitors from extending their winning run to seven matches. 

In turn, the Pumas will be looking for a change of fortunes after suffering six straight defeats. 

Interestingly the hosts have had an edge over Free State Cheetahs recently, with the side winning the Currie Cup Qualifier and both matches in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division, while they drew 37-37 in the competition last season. 

However, given the Free Staters solid form this season, with the team scoring the second highest number of tries and leaking only 13 in six matches, the Pumas will be tested. 

Pumas head coach MJ Mentz said that he was happy with the attacking ability showed by his side in the 23-31 away loss to Western Province, but they will have to make improvements in defence to counteract the explosive Cheetahs. 

"We'll be looking to strike a better balance between attack and defence this week. 

"The Cheetahs pose a huge attacking threat and love to run the ball from their own half, so it's vital that we make our one-on-one tackles. 

"The guys are definitely more confident after their performance in Cape Town so we’ll be carrying that positivity into the game too," Mentz said.

Meanwhile, Free State Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith will be wanting his team to fine tune their game ahead of the play-offs.

"I am still not totally happy with our defence and we are giving a lot of attention to our work in the tight phases. We are looking to correct the little things.

"The Pumas are playing their last match at home and they were unlucky not to win yet this year. I think it will be very important for them to get a win [in front of their home fans] so we are expecting a tough match on Friday.

Prediction: The Pumas have struggled all season, while the Cheetahs are the form team in the competition. The Cheetahs will win with a 15-point margin.

Teams:

Pumas: 15 Heinrich Steyl, 14 Ruwellyn Isbell, 13 Hoffman Maritz, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Jean-Paul Lewis, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Kevin Luiters, 8 Renaldo Bothma (captain), 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Brian Shabangu, 5 Jannie Stander, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Louis Albertse, 2 Frank Herne, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 DeJay Terblanche, 18 Jeremy Jordaan, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Emile Temperman, 21 Devon Williams, 22 Tyler Fisher.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Nico Lee, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandre Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Armandt Koster, 19 Tienie Burger, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 William Small-Smith.

Referee: Lesego Legoete
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Johan Greeff

Griquas v Western Province
(Griqua Park, Kimberley - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT)

The clash between Griquas and Western Province is expected to be thrilling with an eye on the semifinal stages. 

Griquas are currently in fourth place on the log table with 19 points, only one point ahead of Western Province with two matches remaining. 

The Free State Cheetahs, Sharks and Blue Bulls, however, are above them on the log, meaning a defeat for either team could deal a huge blow to their semifinal hopes. 

Griquas have won all of their home games so far this season, while they will be determined to bounce back from their first defeat in five matches last weekend. 

Boosting their motivation, they will have the support of almost 300 former players who will attend the match as part of the union's 130-year anniversary celebrations. 

Western Province, meanwhile, come off a victory against the Pumas, but with three victories in six matches, they will be under pressure to find their form to keep alive hopes of advancing to the semifinal for their eighth successive season. 

The Cape side is targeting 10 points from their final two games to ensure their spot in the last four.

"If we want to get into the top four we need 10 points," said Western Province assistant coach Russell Winter.

"If we get nine points then it all depends on the Sharks and Lions game [Round Nine] and obviously we don't want to leave it there.

"We want to go all out and get our 10 points and 10 points is enough to get us in and that is what we are going to play for. 

"Obviously we want to win the games first, but if we want to guarantee our spot in the semifinals we need 10 points." 

Prediction: It is the game of the weekend and there is a lot riding on the result. Griquas are a tough nut to crack at home and they will be highly motivated for the occasion, but we think Western Province will sneak it by less than five points and with a four-try bonus point.

Teams:

Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Jacobus Jonker, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Wandile Putuma, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacement: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Jason Fraser, 20 Renier Botha, 21 Andre Swarts, 22 Eric Zana.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 Dave Ribbans, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Marius Jonker

Saturday, September 24:

Eastern Province Kings v Golden Lions
(Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth - Kick-off: 17.10; 15.10 GMT)

In Port Elizabeth, the EP Kings will face the sixth-placed Golden Lions, who find themselves fighting for survival in the competition. 

The hosts have not won a match this season, and they will throw everything at the Johannesburg side. 

However, the Golden Lions are expected to target the clash for a bonus-point victory as the EP Kings have struggled on defence this season. 

Should the visitors suffer a defeat, it could dash their semifinal hopes. The teams registered a 35-35 draw in the Currie Cup Qualifiers, but they have won all of their Premier Division matches against the EP Kings dating back to the 1996 season, which should boost their confidence as they look to bounce back from their defeat against log-leaders, the Free State Cheetahs. 

Lions head coach Johann Ackermann believes their match against the Kings is a perfect opportunity to make up for lost points during their campaign.

"We let it slip a bit in the games that went past," said Ackermann. "If we didn't win, we missed out on the bonus-point, so the next few weeks are going to be important, but we can only control Saturday [match against the Eastern Province Kings].

The points are up for grabs, but it's not going to be easy. We play them [Eastern Province Kings] down there [Port Elizabeth] and they've shown a lot of heart and a lot of intent in this Currie Cup, so we have to go out and be quite clinical. The guys know what to do and we must just get back to those structures."

Albertus Smith has been named captain of the Golden Lions team for the encounter and the 23-year-old is determined to lead by example.

"It's a huge honour for me to lead the team and I think I'm not going to do something out of the ordinary," Smith told reporters on Thursday. "I'm just going to play my game and lead by example and Ross Cronje [scrumhalf] and Howard Mnisi [inside centre] are going to help me with the plays and everything and we going to do it together as a team."

Prediction: If the Golden Lions find their rhythm it could get ugly in PE. Expect the Golden Lions to win by 25 points at least.

Teams:

Eastern Province Kings: 15 Johan Tromp, 14 Alcino Izaacs, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Ricky Schroeder (captain), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Brandon Brown, 6 Luke van der Smit, 5 Sebastian Ferreira, 4 David Antonites/Tazz Fuzani, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Justin Forwood. 
Replacements: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Vukile Sofisa, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Vince Jobo, 20 Vian van der Watt, 21 Lungelo Gosa, 22 Johan Greyling.

Golden Lions: 15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Antony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Albertus Smith (captain), 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 Jean-Pierre du Preez, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.    
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Andries Coetzee.

Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni 
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Egon Seconds
TMO: Christie du Preez

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Province move into play-off zone

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:53

MATCH REPORT: Western Province overcame a resilient Griquas, winning 52-31, to move into the top four on the Currie Cup standings.

The six tries to four victory keeps alive the play-off hopes of last year's beaten finalists - Western Province.

Western Province went to Kimberley to play Griquas on their night of celebration. Western Province knew what they needed  and they knew what to expect. They needed five points and they expected a hard encounter. They got both.

They went to Kimberley, knowing that Griquas would throw all they had into this special occasion, that added to their chance of a knock-out place in this year's Currie Cup.

South Africa's second oldest union, the first holders of the Currie Cup, were celebrating their 130th birthday. A great number of former players were there in their striped blazers or blue shirts - men like Mannetjies Roux, Tos Smith, Dave Brits and Daan Badenhorst. André Markgraaff, a former player with a great love for Griquas and an ardent supporter, handed out the Griquas jerseys and gave them a pep talk in the changeroom before the match.

Steph Roberts was qualified to be one of them but he was playing, and it was his 165th match for Griquas, the most capped Griqua ever.

There was a big crowd in the field where the birthday present to supporters was free entry.

In the end Western Province's three best weapons put them on the hard road to victory - their scrum, their driving and their fast, free backs.

Griquas went out with zest and dominated most of the first half. They kept possession better than the visitors did and kept great pressure on them as they played through aggressive phases and chased accurate kicks. Even though Western Province came back as the zest waned a bit, the difference in the possession for the half was 69% to Griquas, 31% to Western Province. And at the end of that half, Griquas led 21-17, three tries to two.

That Griquas scored three tries against a well-organised, determined defence speaks volumes for the home side's attacking zeal.

Western Province kicked off deep as usual and Clinton Swart hoofed the ball down for a line-out five metres from the Western Province goal-line, a massive kick. A free kick and two penalties had Griquas roaring on attack. They went through numerous phases till they went wide left where flank Wendal Wehr had an overlap. Cheslin Kolbe brought him down a couple of metres from the Western Province line where JW Jonker snatched up the ball and plunged over for a try which Clinton Swart converted. 7-0 after 10 minutes.

Griquas were soon attacking again but Clinton Swart missed two difficult penalty attempts. But Griquas were still laying siege to the Western Province line. They were inside the Western Province 22 when lock Wandile Putuma tried a foot pass to his backs which went instead to Juan de Jongh, the Western Province outside centre. De Jongh gave to Huw Jones who raced down the left touchline and then played inside to De Jongh who had an easy run to the posts. The only players near him were team-mates Jones and Kolbe. That made the score 7-all after 24 minutes.

It was not long before Griquas had the lead back. Scrumhalf Rudi van Rooyen kicked a perfect up-and-under. Swart grabbed Kolbe, drove him back and won a turnover off him. Griquas were close and when Western Province were penalised Van Rooyen tapped and forced his way through Werner Kock to score and Griquas were 14-7 ahead after 28 minutes.

But in scoring the try Griquas lost Van Rooyen to a head knock. Soon after they would also lose Clinton Swart to a head knock in a clash with Jones, and then JW Jonker, telling injuries all of them.

A penalty gave Western Province a five-metre line-out. They attacked with Jones and then Du Preez, Nizaam Carr and Wilco Louw till Bongi Mbonambi managed to get over. 14-14 after 32 minutes.

Griquas kicked off. Under pressure Carr dropped the ball and after 10 phases André Swarts, on for Clinton Swart, ran through Kolbe and over for a try. 21-14 three minutes before half time, time enough for Robert du Preez to goal a penalty.

Western Province won the second half 35-10 as their forwards took control and tries came.

Du Preez and André Swarts exchanged penalties and from a scrum well in from touch Western Province went left where speedy Kolbe was at flyhalf and his long, fast skip pass found Kok who raced over to score. Western Province led 25-24 after 51 minutes.

From the kick-off Western Province ran and in a flamboyant mixture of forwards and backs they raced downfield till Du Preez passed to energetic Kobus van Dyk who scored. 32-24 after 53 minutes.

Western Province won a Griquas scrum and then a Griquas line-out as they got more and more on top.

Du Preez kicked a penalty goal and then Western Province won a Griqua scrum and the visitors bashed at the line till Carr smashed his way over for a try, and suddenly the score was 42-24 with 10 minutes to play. But still the Griquas fought on. From a scrum they bashed at the line and forceful Jonathan Adendorff forced his way over for a try near the posts. 42-31.

With two minutes to play Du Preez kicked a penalty goal and then the game finished with some thrilling running as Kok fielded a Griqua chip at his own 10-metre line and the ball went left to Leolin Zas on the half-way line and the speedster turned it on, racing downfield and then going on a speedy diagonal to score at the posts and so the final score was 52-31, but it was not soft and easy.

Man of the Match: Huw Jones sparkled brightest in this evening match. He was fast, strong and skilful.

The scorers:

For Griquas:
Tries:
Jonker, Van Rooyen, Swarts, Adendorff
Cons: Swart 2, Swarts 2
Pen: Swarts

For Western Province:
Tries:
De Jongh, Mbonambi, Jones, Kok, Carr, Zas
Cons: Du Preez 5
Pens: Du Preez 4

Teams:

Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Jacobus Jonker, 13 Johnathan Francke, 12 Clinton Swart, 11 Ederies Arendse, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Wandile Putuma, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Steph Roberts.
Replacement: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Jonathan Adendorff, 19 Jason Fraser, 20 Renier Botha, 21 André Swarts, 22 Eric Zana.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Mike Willemse, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 Dave Ribbans, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Marius Jonker

Jacobus Jonker (9min), Rudi van Rooyen (26min), Andre Swarts (35min), and Jonathan Adendorf (75min)
TRIES
Juan de Jongh (24min), Mbongeni Mbonami (32min), Huw Jones (50min), Werner Kok (52min), Nizaam Carr (70min), and Leolin Zas (79min)
Clinton Swart (10min), Clinton Swart (27min), Andre Swarts (36min), and Andre Swarts (76min)
CONVERSIONS
Robert du Preez (25min), Robert du Preez (33min), Robert du Preez (54min), Robert du Preez (70min), and Robert du Preez (80min)
Andre Swarts (48min)
PENALTIES
Robert du Preez (39min), Robert du Preez (45min), Robert du Preez (65min), and Robert du Preez (78min)
 
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VENUE Kimberley
REFEREE Jaco Peyper