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Currie Cup | Johannesburg
15:15 (GMT) | 16-09-2017
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Thank you for joining us for this Currie Cup Clash. Stay tuned as we are building up to the Pro 14 game between the Cheetahs and Zebre!
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Bulls get a free kick and they take it quickly and they lose it as Dyantyi runs it to his dead ball line and kicks it out as the Lions get a narrow, but well-deserved win to get them to 3rd in the Currie Cup standings!
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Lions feed then scrum and the Bulls get a good shove on and then the Lions knock it on!
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Bulls on the attack and then they knock it on!!
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Libbok finds touch on the Lions 22.
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Blue Bulls looks to run from their 22 and they managed to get outside their 22 and they win a penalty at the ruck!
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Libbok miss the conversion! !!
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Libbok makes a good break and he is tackled just in time, but the Bulls send it wide and Matthews makes another break and gives to van Zyl and he gives it to Grobbelaar who goes over for the TRY!!
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Conversion is good!!
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Penalty to the Lions off the restart for not rolling away and Davids finds touch on the Lions 10m line and Orie wins the lineout as they set the maul and they drive ahead up to halfway and now up to the 10m as referee signals advantage and the Box kick is chased by Dyante as he gathers and goes over for the TRY with his first touch since coming on!!!
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First penalty kick at goal of the match believe it or not and van der Walt puts the Lions ahead with a point!
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Bulls looking to run from their own half and it works for them, but then the ball is turned over and the Lions look to make amends for the try they just conceded and they work their way up to the Bulls 5m line as referee blows a penalty for offside!
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Boshoff looks to take his side back in the lead and it is over!!
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TRY to Gelant!
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Referee checking for foul play before awarding the TRY!
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Bulls attacking from the lineout and they make some ground in the process and a nice pop pass from van Zyl to Gelant sees him slice open the Lions defence and goes over for the TRY in the corner, but referee will check!
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Gelant make a half break and then spills the ball forward and this time van der Walt clears the ball into touch!
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Free kick for an early shove by the Bulls as they tap and go and then Smith lose the ball in contact and the Bulls look to counter-attack and then the Lions win the turnover as van der Walt clears and kicks back to the Bulls as they attack again!
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Bulls working through their paces in the Lions 22 and then lose it forward and the Lions will have a relieving scrum just outside their 22!
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Blue Bulls opt for the scrum in front of the posts even though they have been under pressure at scrum time and the Lions get the shove on, but they get it back before Smith steals the ball and Janse van Vuuren finds touch for the Lions!
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Great kick by Boshoff as he finds touch in the Lions 22 and the lineout is won by the Bulls, but very sloppy and they are building u here in the Lions 22 working their way up to the 5m line and referee double blows his whistle and gives the Lions a general warning!
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Lions with a power shove again but conceded the penalty for wheeling the scrum and Boshoff finds touch just inside his own half and they win the lineout and bashes it up with their forwards before going wide again and they win a penalty at the breakdown!
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Davids finds touch in the Bulls 22 as Kankowsiki takes and they take it wide, but then Voster lose the ball in contact and the Bulls will have an 8-meter defensive scrum!
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Davids finds touch on the Bulls 10m line and the Lions win the ball and sets the maul and then win a penalty for offside!
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Lineout throw is scew by the Bulls and the Lions opt for the scrum and they win the penalty for collapsing!
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Boshoff goes for the corner again and Smith steals the ball for the Lions as they set it up and the clears up to the 22m line!
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Bulls look to strike again and they are working their way up to the Lions 22 before being pushed back a few meters, but they have a penalty for offside!
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Boshoff looks to convert from out wide and it is over!!
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Penalty to the Bulls for not rolling away! Boshoff opts for the corner and van Heerden takes and they set the maul and then takes it wide as Odendaal takes and sets it up and now they are stretching the Lions defence and Johnny Kotze with his first touch since coming on goes in for the TRY!!
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Scrum to the Blue Bulls and the Lions get a good shove on, but the Bulls get it back and they choose to run it, and they make good ground inside the Lions half
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Great tactical play by Jaco van der Walt as he spotted space in behind and found touch in the Buks 22, Bulls win the lineout and Boshoff clears and it's taken quickly by Volmink as the Lions look to attack from just inside their half, but then Kankowski knocks it on!
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Second half underway through Marnitz Boshoff and the ball is fielded by van der Walt before Davids clears downfield and the Bulls look to counter through Gelant!

Half Time

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Lions win the lineout sloppy, but they have possession before van Vuuren clears and finds Maxwane and he is isolated and concedes the penalty for holding on! The Lions opt for the corner again as the hooter sounds and they set the drive yet again as they rumble forward and is just short as they fail to get the ball out and a collapsed maul is called and that will be halftime! See you back for the second half!
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Davids kicks deep after the restart as Maxwane races down the touchline and is tackled into touch by Mahuza just over the Lions 10m line.
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van der Walt lines up the conversion from out wide and it is away!
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Bulls have possession in their own 22 and the Lions win a penalty for holding on!! Davids finds touch 7 meters out and they set the drive again and they rumble over the line again as captain Jacques van Rooyen goes over for the Bonus point TRY!!!
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Lions win a lineout on a Bulls throw and Voster kicks ahead again as Volmink chases, but the ball just went into touch!
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Great play by Smith to put Mahuza in the smallest of spaces as he Races down the wing, chips ahead over Boshoff, gathers and is tacked just short by Gelant and the Bulls win the penalty for holding on!
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Conversion is good!!
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Davids goes for the corner again and they set the drive and the Bulls counter well and pushing the Lions back, but they keep possession and Voster chips the ball ahead and his centre partner Janse van Rensburg scores is second TRY!!
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Slow ball for the Lions as they set the phases and work it up with their forwards as they shift it wide and then work it back infield again, but the Bulls defence holds very well for the moment as they drive them back for the moment , but the Lions keep on coming Janse van Vuuren snipes and are a meter short and they come back for a penalty!
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Penalty to the Lions off the restart and Davids finds ouch in the Bulls 22. They set the maul and drives forward a good few meters almost to the 5m line as they set their attack!
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van der Walt converts!
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Lions feed the scrum again and they shift it wide and a nice short pass from Voster to Janse van Rensburg sees the Springbok centre stroll in for a great TRY!!
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Lions force a maul off the restart and wins the turnover! Lions feed the scrum and the reset is called again.
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Boshoff adds the extras!
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Boshoff opts for the corner and it is 14 against 14 for now. Bulls set the drive and scores the TRY and it is Jano Venter who gest up with the ball!
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Andries Ferreira will spend 10 minutes in the bin for playing the man in the air!
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Lions lose possession off the restart and the Bulls look to strike back immediately as Venter runs for the corner, but is tackled into touch, but referee brings them back for an offside penalty and they are checking for foul play!
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van der Walt looks to convert from out wide and it is good!
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Lions go for the corner and set the maul again and they drive forward and they score the TRY through Robbie Coetzee!!
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Lions feed the scrum and they are under advantage as they look to take it wide as they set it up with their forwards to win some ground and the Bulls force a maul and blows his whistle and Jannes Kirsten will sit in the bin for 10 minutes!
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Lions opt for the scrum 5ms from the Bulls line just right of the posts and referee calls for the reset due to instability
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Lions go for the corner again 6ms out from the Bulls line and they set the drive and then they lose the ball a meter before the line, but they had a penalty for a side entry and referee warns the team for repeated infringements!
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Orie wins the lineout in the Bulls half and the maul is set as they work up to the 22 of the Bulls and they get it wide, but it is a bad pas to Davids who does well to hand on to possession and they set their attack and win a penalty as the Blue Bulls went off their feet at the breakdown!
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Davids go for the corner again and they set the drive again, but the maul collapses and the Lions lose the ball and the Bulls are on the counter-attack from their own 22 and they work their way to halfway and then concede the penalty for holding on!
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Penalty to the Lions at scrumtime! Davids kicks for the corner and they set the maul as referee signals advantage and the ball goes loose and they come back for the penalty!
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Scrum reset called as both packs go down.
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Mistake by Maxwane in his 22 gifts the Lions a scrum in the Blue Bulls 22 after the restart!
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Boshoff converts!!
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Blue Bulls are in the Lions 2 and they shift it through the hands with short passes and Ruben van Heerden goes over for the first TRY!!
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Bulls looked dangerous on the attack as Gelant broke the line, but his pass is intercepted, but the Blue Bulls get the ball back and they work their way up to the Lions 22!
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Sloppy play by the Lions, but they manage to keep possession despite losing some metres before Janse van Rensburg kicks downfield and Gelant goes on a counter run but is stopped in his tracks!
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Power scrum by the Lions as they demolish the Blue Bulls back and in a relieving penalty! They find touch just inside their own half!
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Fortuin takes and the maul is set and then it goes down and they lose possession, but they were under a free kick advantage for numbers in the lineout. Bulls opt for the scrum in front of the Lions posts.
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Early penalty to the Bulls on the Lions 10m line and Boshoff finds touch inside the Lions 22.
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Shirt kick off by Ashlon Davids and the Bulls have early possession as they work a few phases, but the Lions defence are not allowing them to make any easy meters!
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Egon Seconds blows his whistle and it is Ashlon Davids who get us underway!
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Prediction: The Golden Lions are hitting their straps at the right time in the competition and they will win by 12 points.
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Players to watch- For the Lions: Rohan Janse van Rensburg, have been a sensation throughout the season in Super Rugby and is looking to hit his straps again by finding his best form. The hard and big Centre of the Lions who is just as comfortable on the wing could keep the Blue Bulls defenders busy with his power runs and, speed and his ability to step and create space for those outside him. For the Blue Bulls: Marnitz Boshoff Returns to the union where he made name and became a one test Springbok and will know the ground and conditions very well. His game management will be crucial to the Blue Bulls cause and his Pro 14 experience will be invaluable if he can get good ball on the front foot from his forwards today.
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Today also sees a bit of a homecoming for John Mitchell as he returns to the team he coached to Currie Cup glory in 2011 and for Victor Matfield, a long-term servant of Blue Bulls rugby in Lions colours which could be quite interesting as both coaches have inside knowledge of each other’s teams.
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The Blue Bulls come off a bye and will be fresh heading into this clash, whether they will be match sharp is something time will tell, they have won 4 of the last four clashes between these two sides which should give them some confidence, but if they are not at their absolute best, it could become a tough afternoon for them.
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For both teams the pressure is on as they have an opportunity to move into the top four after Western Province went down to the Pumas last night and the home side will be under more pressure as they will have to win almost every game if they want to have any day in the knockout stage of the competition!
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Welcome to the Currie Cup clash where the Jukskei derby takes place between local rivals the Golden Lions and the Blue Bulls live from Emirates airline park in Johannesburg!
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Blue Bulls
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 2 Robbie Coetzee
  • 3 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 Albertus Smith
  • 7 Cyle Brink
  • 8 Ryan Kankowski
  • 9 Marco Jansen van Vuuren
  • 10 Ashlon Davids
  • 11 Anthony Volmink
  • 12 Harold Voster
  • 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 14 Sylvian Mahuza
  • 15 Jaco van der Walt
  • 16 Peter Jansen
  • 17 Dylan Smith
  • 18 Johannes Jonker
  • 19 Robert Kruger
  • 20 Fabian Booysen
  • 21 Shaun Reynolds
  • 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • 1 Pierre Schoeman
  • 2 Edgar Marutlulle
  • 3 Matthys Basson
  • 4 Ruben van Heerden
  • 5 Aston Fortuin
  • 6 Nick de Jager
  • 7 Jannes Kirsten
  • 8 Jano Venter
  • 9 Ivan van Zyl
  • 10 Marnitz Boshoff
  • 11 Sibahle Maxwane
  • 12 JT Jackson
  • 13 Burger Odendaal
  • 14 Duncan Matthews
  • 15 Warrick Gelant
  • 16 Johan Grobbelaar
  • 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen
  • 18 Tim Agaba
  • 19 Marco Van Staden
  • 20 Piet van Zyl
  • 21 Manie Libbok
  • 22 Johnny Kotze
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round 10

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:11

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The scramble for places in the top four on the Currie Cup log will heat up even more this weekend as the countdown to the end of the pool stages intensifies with only five rounds of matches remaining, including this weekend.

In the weekend's first match on Friday, the Sharks travel to Kimberley to take on Griquas before Western Province face the Pumas in an intriguing encounter in Nelspruit later on the same day.

The big match of the weekend is on Saturday with the Golden Lions hosting the Blue Bulls in Johannesburg.

The Free State Cheetahs have a bye in Round 10.

We take a look at all the Round 10 action!

Friday, September 15:

Griquas v Sharks
(Kimberley Park, Kimberley - Kick-off: 17.00; 15.00 GMT)

In the first match of the weekend on Friday in Kimberley, the Sharks will be determined to register their eighth victory of the season when they meet Griquas, while the hosts will be desperate to bounce back after four successive defeats.
The KwaZulu-Natalians have a solid track record against their Kimberley counterparts with the side having won five of their last six matches dating back to 2013. 

However, they will be wary of the fact that Griquas have toppled them a few times on their home patch. 
The Sharks team shows five personnel changes, with prop Juan Schoeman and hooker Franco Marais starting a new-look front row, while wing Odwa Ndungane and centre Marius Louw have also been handed starts.
Griquas also made five changes, which includes George Whitehead starting at flyhalf, while prop Stephan Kotze and lock Jonathan Adendorf are drafted into the run-on team.

"We chatted about how tough this fortnight of matches was going to be, especially since we were up against two teams who play an abrasive style of rugby," said Sharks head coach Robert du Preez.

"Our players showed a lot of character to grind out a win against the Pumas and the positive contribution from our bench has to be applauded.  

"The Griquas will follow a similar approach and are always difficult at home. Discipline is going to be important.
"We are proud of the fact that we're undefeated in seven matches. Despite this achievement, there is still so much more that this team is capable of. 

"We are entering the business end of this competition and it’s time for us to take our performances up another gear. The hunger and passion amongst this group of players is evident and the players need to translate that into a complete performance."

Recent results:
2017: Sharks won 41-3, Durban
2016: Sharks won 46-24, Durban
2015: Sharks won 45-20, Kimberley
2014: Griquas won 21-18, Durban

Prediction: The Sharks lost a few players to injury, but they will still have too much firepower for Griquas. The Sharks to win by 10 points.


Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen (captain), 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Renier Botha, 8 DeWet Kruger, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Janse van Vuren, 4 Jonathan Adendorf, 3 Stephan Kotze, 2 Abraham le Roux, 1 Nicolaas Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Sintu Manjezi, 19 Shaun McDonald, 20 Tiaan Dorfling, 21 Andre Swarts, 22 Eric Zana.

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Jean Droste, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Hyron Andrews, 19 Wian Vosloo, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Inny-Christian Radebe

Referee: Anselmi Federico (Argentina)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Mpho Matsaung
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

Pumas v Western Province
(Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit - Kick-off: 19.15; 17.15 GMT)

Friday in Nelspruit will mark a very special occasion for two Springbok loose forwards when Western Province No.8 Nizaam Carr reaches his 50th Currie Cup cap, and Pumas replacement loose forward Hilton Lobberts could make his 150th first-class appearance if he gets a run off the bench. 
The Pumas will look to end their eight-year losing run against the Capetonians in the competition when they cross paths at the Mbombela Stadium.

Both sides have struggled to build winning momentum this season, but with the visitors within range of working their way into second place on the log standings, and the Pumas still in the running for a possible place in the top four on the log, it promises to be an exciting clash.
Adding to the hosts' motivation to win, they come off back-to-back defeats by two and one point respectively, while the visitors will want to build on their morale-boosting 57-14 victory over the Free State Cheetahs last week.
In the Western Province team prop Michael Kumbirai replaces Wilco Louw who joined the Springboks in one of three personnel changes, with wing Seabelo Senatla and prop Jacobus Janse van Rensburg also starting.
The Pumas, in turn, made five changes, which sees the return of centre Gerrit Smith, scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer and lock Hugo Kloppers in the run-on team.

Western Province captain and lock Chris van Zyl said he was wary of the Pumas' powerful pack.

"The Pumas have a really sufficient mauling system and they are a real danger at the breakdown," Van Zyl told reporters.

"Throughout the week we have been working on those two factors. I feel like we have to curb that early in the game to prevent it from becoming a problem as the game progresses."

Recent results:
2017: Western Province won 34-19, Cape Town
2016: Western Province won 31-23, Cape Town
2015: Western Province won 50-19, Cape Town
2014: Western Province won 37-23, Nelspruit

Prediction: This is a really tough one to call. We will give it to the Pumas by five points or less


Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Brian Shabangu, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Selom Gavor.

Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Caylib Oosthuizen, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Werner Kok.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Shemea Mushiribindi
TMO: Lesego Legoete

Saturday, September 15:

Golden Lions v Blue Bulls
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

The Golden Lions will be hunting their third successive victory on Saturday when they take on the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. 

The Pretoria side have won three of the last four match-ups between the teams since 2014, although the Golden Lions won their last two home games, meaning it could be a thrilling clash.
The visitors, however, will have to hit the ground running as they come off a bye, which the hosts will want to capitalise on. 

Fit-again Blue Bulls centre Burger Odendaal returns to captain the side in one of seven changes, which also sees Warrick Gelant reclaim the No.15 jersey and flank Nic de Jager and No.8 Jano Venter being included in the loose trio. 
The Golden Lions, in turn, made only one personnel change to the starting team as lock Andries Ferreira returns following the birth of his child, while a notable inclusion on the bench is that of prop Dylan Smith, who last played in March due to injury.

Golden Lions head coach Swys de Bruin is well aware of John Mitchell's pedigree as a coach. 

"We will have to be sharp," said De Bruin. "It will be an interesting game. 

"We all know about Mitchell's coaching experience. However, Mitchell and myself are not on the field, it's the players that will be doing the job."

Meanwhile, Mitchell said his squad is still a work in progress ahead of the clash in Johannesburg.

"We used the bye week to further work on the aspects we need to improve on and grow as a team," Mitchell said. 

"There are a couple of fundamentals that we need to change and that will never be achieved overnight. I am pleased that we did make some good progress, but that will obviously be tested this weekend against an opponent that has found some rhythm and momentum in the last couple of matches."

Captain Odendaal was also happy to be back for the Blue Bulls in time for Saturday's clash.

"We have suffered some injuries and that was not conducive to our momentum, but that is rugby for you," he said. 

"I am happy to be back and looking forward to give my best. The team prepared well, but it is taking baby steps at this stage. The important thing is for us to show some improvement and progress."

Recent results:
2017: Blue Bulls won 54-22, Pretoria
2016: Blue Bulls won 31-17, Pretoria
2015: Golden Lions won 36-28, Pretoria
2014: Blue Bulls won 36-26, Pretoria

Prediction: The Golden Lions are hitting their straps at the right time in the competition and they will win by 12 points.


Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Janse van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain).
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Shaun Reynolds, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 John Jackson, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic De Jager, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Matthys Basson, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Damon Murphy
TMO: Willie Vos

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Lions edge Bulls in thriller

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 15:00

MATCH REPORT: The Golden Lions continued their resurgence in this year's Currie Cup when they edged the Blue Bulls 36-33 at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Both teams scored five tries in the match and the win helped the Lions leapfrog Western province into third place in the Currie Cup standings.

The Blue Bulls dominate play in the early stages of the game and they were camped inside the Lions' half for large periods before big lock Ruben van Heerden found himself in space in the Lions' 22 to sprint in for the first try. Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff converted the score for a seven-point lead after eight minutes. 

However, it did not take long for the home side to find their rhythm and after sustained pressure inside the Bulls' half, Jannes Kirsten was given a yellow card for repeated infringements (collapsing the maul).

The Lions took full advantage of the extra man with hooker Robbie Coetzee scoring a try after a powerful driving maul inside the Bulls' 22. Jaco van der Walt converted the try to level the scores in the 20th minute.

It was then the turn of the Lions to be reduced to 14 men when lock Andries Ferreira was shown yellow after he took an opponent out in the air.

In almost identical fashion, the Bulls took advantage of the penalty to set up a line-out in the Lions' 22 and after a short maul, it was Jano venter who broke off to go over for a try, which Boshoff converted.

However, one once again the Bulls could not hold onto the lead for long as the Lions easily found a way past their defence when Rohan Janse van Rensburg was put into space by centre partner Harold Vorster to run in for a try.

A few minutes later the centre pair combined again when Janse van Rensburg gathered a neat chip kick from Vorster in the Bulls' 22 to dive over for his second try. Van der Walt converted again and the Lions were 21-14 in front after 33 minutes.

The Lions were in full control after that score and they increased their lead a few minutes later when captain Jacques van Rooyen scored a try after another powerful driving maul inside the Bulls' 22.

At half-time, the Lions were leading 26-14.

The Blue Bulls needed to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that when replacement Johnny Kotze was put into space in the Lions' 22 to score in the corner in the 46th minute. Boshoff converted the try from a difficult angle to reduce the deficit to five points. 

The Bulls dominated large periods of the second half without reward, but that was until the 66th minute when fullback Warrick Gelant burst through the Lions defence and evaded a few defenders to score his side's fourth try. Boshoff, from a tight angle, put the visitors in front with the conversion with 13 minutes left on the clock.

Van der Walt managed to put the Lions back in front with a penalty in the 70th minute before replacement Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a fantastic try a few minutes later, which Van der Walt also converted.

However, the Bulls were not to lie down and they hit back with a Johan Grobbelaar try. However, Manie Libbok could not add the two extra points with the conversion.

The Bulls had one final chance to win the game late on but they lost possession in the strike zone, which handed the Lions the win.  

Man of the match: The award goes to centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg for scoring two excellent tries and being a handful for the Blue Bulls' defence throughout the match. 

The scorers:

For Golden Lions:
Tries: Coetzee, Janse van Rensburg 2, Van Rooyen, Dyantyi
Cons: Van der Walt 4
Pen: Van der Walt

For Blue Bulls:
Tries: Van Heerden, Venter, Kotze, Gelant, Grobbelaar
Cons: Boshoff 4

Yellow cards: Jannes Kirsten (Blue Bulls, 18 - repeated infringements, collapsing the maul); Andries Ferreira (Golden Lions, 21 - foul play, dangerous tackle)


Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Janse van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain).
Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Shaun Reynolds, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi.

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 John Jackson, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic De Jager, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Matthys Basson, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman. 
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22 Johnny Kotze.

Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Damon Murphy
TMO: Willie Vos

Robbie Coetzee (18min), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (25min), Rohan Janse van Rensburg (31min), Jacques van Rooyen (36min), and Aphiwe Dyantyi (71min)
Ruben van Heerden (6min), Jano Venter (21min), Johnny Kotze (46min), Warrick Gelant (65min), and Johan Grobbelaar (74min)
Jaco van der Walt (19min), Jaco van der Walt (26min), Jaco van der Walt (32min), and Jaco van der Walt (73min)
Marnitz Boshoff (8min), Marnitz Boshoff (22min), Marnitz Boshoff (47min), and Marnitz Boshoff (66min)
Jaco van der Walt (69min)
Andries Ferreira (20min)
Jannes Kirsten (17min)
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Egon Seconds