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Currie Cup | Johannesburg
15:15 (GMT) | 14-10-2017
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Andries Coetzee adds the extras
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Robert Kruger intercepts a loose ball and jogs over the line to score the final TRY
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The ball is ran back and forth by both teams. The Cheetahs have it at their 22 now
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The hooter sounds as the Cheetahs take it over the half way. The referee awards the visitors a penalty and the ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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The hosts give away a penalty and Stapelberg kicks it into touch at the 5. They take the throw and Paul Schoeman makes it over the line to lessen the score gap. TRY
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The Cheetahs have it outside the 5 of the hosts now as they look for any sort of consolation. The referee halts play for a penalty to the Lions
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van der Walt secures the extras
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They squander possession and the Lions make quick work of the counter attack, sending Albertus Smith over the line to put the game to bed with another TRY
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The Cheetahs move the ball forward to the half way and it's tackled into touch for a away team throw
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Scrum to the visitors at their 22
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The Lions maneuver themselves forward with intimidating pace. They make it over the line but the referee says forward pass at the 22
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Scrum to the hosts around the half way after the reset
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Van der Walt adds the extras
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The Lions push forward inside the 22 of the Cheetahs. Marx gets it and carries towards the 5 before offloading to Skosan who runs over the line to put the Lions further ahead
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Scrum to the hosts around their 22
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The Cheetahs carry forward nut again loose it forward as they edge deeper into the Lions half
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Penalty to the Cheetahs in the throw and they kick into touch at the half way
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The Cheetahs carry it forward to the 22 of the but loose it forward in contact. They scrum at their 22 and give it to Janse Van Rensburg who speeds to the 22 of the away side before the ball is tackled into touch
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Scrum to the Cheetahs at their 10
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Dyantyi picks up a loose ball and turns on the acceleration and goes all the way from the Cheetahs 10 to score a try. The referee looks to the TMO for a possible knock-on and the try is disallowed
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The ball moving between both sets of players around the mid field
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Scrum to the hosts at their 22
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Line-out to the Lions and they make a hash of another throw. The ball is lost forward in contact
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They give away a penalty inside the 5 and the ball is cleared into touch at the home team 10
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The Cheetahs have it at the 5 now and win a penalty for a Lions player being offside. They take it quickly and look to catch the hosts off gaurd
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The ball is cleared and the visitors make their way forward yet again
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The Lions holding the Cheetahs back with a strong defence
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Line-out at the 10 taken and the Cheetahs steal it then come again
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The visitors make their way to the 5 of the hosts only to be foiled in a counter ruck. The ball is cleared into touch for a Lions throw
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The Cheetahs manage to make it to the 22 but loose it in touch. Line-out to the hosts at their own 22
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The Lions hold them at their 10
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The Cheetahs have it after a throw around the mid field. They work hard to make some ground forward inside the 10 of the hosts
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Van der Walt takes it and puts on 3 points
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The Lions win a penalty from the scrum and set up for a kick at goal
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Scrum reset
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The Cheetahs give away a penalty from the kickoff and the Lions have a half way line scrum
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Van der Walt secures the extras
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Brink gets it along the wing and powers his way over the line to score a TRY
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The Lions are driven back after a clearance but they press forward again
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The Lions win the scrum and the hosts kick into touch at the 5
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The Lions showing good form to hold off the Cheetahs in the early minutes after the kickoff. They make their way forward with strength and send van der Walt over the line. The referee confers with the TMO and says knock-on by the hosts
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The referee blows his whistle and the second half is underway

Half Time

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Penalty to Cheetahs in the throw and the ball is kicked into touch at the home team 10. Penalty to the Cheetahs and the referee sounds his whistle for HALF TIME
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The Cheetahs give away a penalty and the Lions flyhalf kicks into touch at the 22 of the away team
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The visitors manage to leave their half and progress to the 22 of the hosts
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22 meter restart for the Cheetahs. They tap and go then look to play their way outside of their half again
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The Cheetahs working their way out of their half after the restart kick
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Stapelberg adds the extras
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Mapimpi intercepts a loose pass and sprints to the opposite side of the field to score the Cheetahs' first TRY
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The Lions take it to the 10 of the Cheetahs
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Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Lions for a foul in the line-out
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Andries Coetzee kicks it into touch while on the counter. Line-out to the away team inside the Lions 10
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The Cheetahs have it at the half way after the reset
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Van der Walt takes his kick and adds 3 more
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Penalty to the Lions at the 10 of the visitors
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Cheetahs kick forward and rally their troops to contest and gain some territory. The Lions grab it out the ruck and clear
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The ball is cleared and the Lions have a throw at the 10 of the away team
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Penalty taken by the Lions and the Cheetahs manage to hold
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The Lions taking some crunching tackles. They send it out wide to Skosan again who rushes forward and makes it over the line. The referee refers to the TMO and says no try, but penalty to the Lions at the 5
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The referee calls play back for an advantage and the Lions put it into touch at the 5 and have a line-out
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The hosts maneuver the ball to the wing at the 5 of the Cheetahs and look for a cross kick but put it into touch
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Scrum for the Lions at the 10 of the Cheetahs
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The Cheetahs win a penalty at their 10 and kick into the dead ball zone
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The Cheetahs make it to the 22 of the hosts after the reset. Rhule carries it into the danger zone but the home team turnover and run it to the opposite side of the field
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He takes it and reestablishes the 7-point lead by adding 3 points
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Van der Walt lines up a kick at goal
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The Lions work hard to get to the edge of the 22. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the hosts
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Scrum reset
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The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty to the Lions. Scrum at the away team 10
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The Lions struggle to make it into the 22. The Cheetahs turnover and attempt to play their way out of danger
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Lions around the mid field
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Line-out taken and the Lions turnover then kick forward fro Skosan to chase
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The Cheetahs win a penalty after the restart kick and the ball is sent all the way back into touch at the Lions 10
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Stapelberg takes his kick and he puts his team on the board with 3 points
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The ball kicked forward and the Cheetahs run it forward. They make it to the hosts' 10 and win a penalty
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Scrum at the 22 reset
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Scrum to the Lions as the ball is lost forward after the reset kick
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Jaco van der Walt secures the extras
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They move the ball along the 5 and Coetzee gets it at the edge of the pitch and somehow makes sapce for Skosan to sneak in outside him and go over the line to score a TRY
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The Lions win a penalty early in the first half and kick into touch at the 5 of the Cheetahs
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The referee blows and the game is underway
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The players running out the tunnel now
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The Free State Cheetahs made wholesale changes to their side with Pro14 coach, Rory Duncan, resuming the head coaching duties as the European competition enjoy a two weeks break, which sees hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld lead the side, Springbok Raymond Rhule start at fullback and Springbok Sevens playmaker Rosko Specman on the wing.
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The Golden Lions bolstered their team with Springboks as they recalled fullback Andries Coetzee, wing Courtnall Skosan and scrumhalf Ross Cronje among six personnel changes to the starting team, while hooker Malcolm Marx has been named on the bench following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.
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The Free Stater's have won the last three outings between the sides, which included a narrow 30-24 victory against the Gauteng outfit in August, but they lost the three matches prior to that, which will boost the home team's confidence.
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Welcome to Johannesburg, where the Lions will host the Cheetahs
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Golden Lions
Free State Cheetahs
START LINE UP
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 2 Robbie Coetzee
  • 3 Jacobie Adriaanse
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Marvin Orie
  • 6 :\Len Massyn
  • 7 Cyle Brink
  • 8 Albertus Smith
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Jaco van der Walt
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Harold Voster
  • 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Malcolm Marx
  • 17 Dylan Smith
  • 18 Rhyno Herbst
  • 19 Robert Kruger
  • 20 Hacjivah Dayimani
  • 21 Marco Jansen van Vuuren
  • 22 Ashlon Davids
  • 23 Sylvian Mahuza
START LINE UP
  • 1 Charles Marais
  • 2 Torsten Van Jaarsveld
  • 3 Johannes Coetzee
  • 4 Justin Basson
  • 5 Reniel Hugo
  • 6 Paul Schoeman
  • 7 Henco Venter
  • 8 Teboho Mohoje
  • 9 Tian Meyer
  • 10 Ernst Stapelberg
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 12 William Small-Smith
  • 13 Nico Lee
  • 14 Rosko Specman
  • 15 Raymond Rhule
RESERVES
  • 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 17 Jacques du Toit
  • 18 Reynier Bernardo
  • 19 Junior Pokomela
  • 20 Shaun Venter
  • 21 Ali Mgijima
  • 22 Luther Obi
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PREVIEW: Currie Cup, Round 14

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:16

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Currie Cup Premier Division semifinal race will come to a dramatic end this weekend as five teams battle it out for three remaining play-off spots, with a number of potential scenarios to spice up the weekend.

To add to the competitive nature of the round, spectators will see the return to action of several Springboks involved in the recently completed Rugby Championship.

The Sharks are guaranteed of hosting one of the semifinals next week after earning the top position on the log, while Western Province, the Free State Cheetahs, the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls will go head-to-head for the other home semifinal as the competition reaches the business end. 

The Pumas are also still in the running to finish in the top four, although they will have to travel if they do manage that.

Western Province, who are currently in second place on the log, may need only a victory in Durban achieve this feat as they boast a one-point cushion and a comprehensive points' difference over the third-placed Free State Cheetahs, but this would require toppling log-leaders the Sharks in Durban. A defeat, in turn, could dash their semifinal aspirations completely.

The Golden Lions, meanwhile, will host the Free State Cheetahs in Johannesburg in the final pool match on Saturday, meaning these teams will know exactly what they need to do to finish in second place and in the top four respectively by the time they take to the field. 

We take a look at all the Round 14 action!

Friday, October 13:

Blue Bulls v Pumas
(Loftus Versfeld. Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT)

The Blue Bulls and Pumas will kick off the round in Pretoria on Friday and both sides will be desperate for a victory to stay in contention for a play-off spot, as a defeat without a bonus point for either Western Province, the Free State Cheetahs or Golden Lions could see the winning team through to the top four.

The Mpumalanga side won only one of the last six fixtures between the teams, with that victory being a morale-boosting 51-15 victory in August, which is sure to inspire the visitors.

The Blue Bulls named an unchanged starting side for the clash, with the only new face among the replacements being Travis Ismaiel, who replaces the concussed Ulrich Beyers.

The Pumas, meanwhile, made five personnel changes, most of which were injury-enforced, which sees fullback Gerrit Smit, wing Selom Gavor, flanks Chris Cloete and Nardus van der Walt, and lock Jannie Stander earn starts.

"They Pumas are still in contention to make it into the semis and also have everything to play for. This will make for a very competitive match," said Blue Bulls coach John Mitchell. 

Blue Bulls captain Burger Odendaal agrees.

"They gave us a good hiding when we played them earlier in the season, but that was the start of the turn-around for us. We are confident that we are progressing into a competitive squad and that we can put together the performance needed to stay in the competition. It will be nice if we can have a decent crowd to spur us on as well," Odendaal said.

Recent results:
2017: Pumas won 51-15, Nelspruit
2016: Blue Bulls won 41-14, Nelspruit
2015: Blue Bulls won 25-24, Nelspruit
2014: Blue Bulls won 37-6, Nelspruit

Prediction: The Pumas will fancy their chances after smashing the Bulls earlier in the tournament. However, the Bulls are at home this time and they have improved since then. The Bulls will win by 12 points.

Teams:

Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 John Jackson, 11 Johnny Kotze, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Tim Agaba, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Conraad van Vuuren, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Jano Venter, 19 Johannes Prinsloo, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Travis Ismaiel.

Pumas: 15 Gerrit Smit; 14 Selom Gavor, 13 Jerome Pretorius, 12 Hennie Skorbinski, 11 Ruwellyn Isbel; 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer; 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Nardus van der Walt, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Jannie Stander, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Frankie Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Francois Kleinhans, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Gerrie Labuschagne.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Jaco Pretorius
TMO: Lesego Legoete

Saturday, October 14:

Sharks v Western Province
(Kings Park, Durban - Kick-off: 15.00; 13.00 GMT)

The action will continue at Kings Park on Saturday where the Sharks take on Western Province, and while the home team will be determined to build winning momentum after a bye last week, the visitors will give everything to book a home semifinal.

The KwaZulu-Natalians have had a solid season and are currently on a winning run of 10 matches, while the opposition comes off a disappointing defeat against the Golden Lions, which they will be determined to bounce back from to ensure that they finish in the top four and find their rhythm ahead of the knock-out stages.

The home team pipped Province 21-20 in Cape Town earlier in the season, meaning it could be a nail-biting clash.

The only change to the Sharks run-on team is the return of centre Lukhanyo Am in place of Tristan Blewett, while the bench has been boosted by Springboks Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jean-Luc du Preez.

Western Province welcomed back Springbok wing Dillyn Leyds and prop Wilco Louw to their starting line-up, with the only other change being the inclusion of flank Jaco Coetzee in the loose trio.

"The last thing you want to do is go into a semifinal having lost the last game, but for us, winning isn't all we’re focussing on, but rather, getting better from two weeks ago when we played the Lions," explains Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane. 

"We want to make sure we keep improving. We already have a guaranteed home semifinal, so there isn't any pressure on us this weekend, but we want to go out and play well, to keep improving."

Meanwhile, Western Province captain Chris van Zyl says they that will be looking to put in a better performance against the Sharks this time.

"I think we have learned quite alot from that specific game here at Newlands," said Van Zyl.

"The one thing that was poor that day was our general game management - playing too much in our own half and also our kicking game lacked a bit there and they dominated us territorially."

Recent results:
2017: Sharks won 21-20, Cape Town
2016: Western Province won 34-27, Cape Town
2015: Western Province won 37-27, Durban
2014: Sharks won 28-20, Cape Town

Prediction: WP will be going all out to get an important victory, but the Sharks have been in good form all season and they are at home. The Sharks will win by five points or less.

Teams:

Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.            
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Tristan Blewett, 22 Jacobus van Wyk.

Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Ruhan Nel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Werner Kok, 22 EW Viljoen.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Willie Vos

Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs
(Ellis Park, Johannesburg - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 GMT)

The grand finale to the pool stages between the Golden Lions and Free State Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday is expected to be equally thrilling.

The Free Stater's have won the last three outings between the sides, which included a narrow 30-24 victory against the Gauteng outfit in August, but they lost the three matches prior to that, which will boost the home team's confidence.

The Golden Lions bolstered their team with Springboks as they recalled fullback Andries Coetzee, wing Courtnall Skosan and scrumhalf Ross Cronje among six personnel changes to the starting team, while hooker Malcolm Marx has been named on the bench following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship.

The Free State Cheetahs made wholesale changes to their side with Pro14 coach, Rory Duncan, resuming the head coaching duties as the European competition enjoy a two weeks break, which sees hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld lead the side, Springbok Raymond Rhule start at fullback and Springbok Sevens playmaker Rosko Specman on the wing.  

Lions head coach Swys de Bruin believes the Pro14 would have had a positive effect on the Cheetahs heading into Saturday's clash. 

"The fact that they [Cheetahs] played Pro14 counts in their favour," said De Bruin.

"They played different brands of rugby. I must say it is a very interesting that you can play in two competitions, Pro14 and Currie Cup. If they make the Currie Cup Final, they will have to back their next best again because then they are playing Pro14 again, so it is a very interesting."

Meanwhile, it is all systems go for the current Currie Cup Champions in defending the title.

"This is an extremely important game for the Free State Cheetahs. We will be pushing as hard as we can to get results," said Duncan. 

Captain Torsten van Jaarsveld added: "We aim to perform to the standard that we played in Pro14." 

Recent results:
2017: Free State Cheetahs won 30-24, Bloemfontein
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 55-17, Bloemfontein (semifinal)
2016: Free State Cheetahs won 37-29, Bloemfontein
2015: Golden Lions won 43-33, Johannesburg

Prediction: The Golden Lions have a number of Springboks back and they will be tough to beat. However, the Cheetahs players have been playing tough Pro14 matches and they had to lift their game. The Cheetahs will win this by seven points or less.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Robert Kruger/Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Sylvian Mahuza.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Raymond Rhule, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Teboho Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Jacques du Toit, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Luther Obi.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO: Johan Greeff

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Lions knock Cheetahs out

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:00

CURRIE CUP MATCH REPORT: The Golden Lions knocked out the defending champion Free State Cheetahs in an exciting conclusion to the league stages of the competitions.

The Lions, who welcomed back a handful of their Springboks, eased to a 44-17 win over the Pro14 version of the Cheetahs at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The result means the Lions move up to third place on the standings and will travel to Cape Town - where they will meet Western Province in one of the semifinals.

The other semifinal will be between the table-topping Sharks and the fourth-placed Blue Bulls in Durban.

The Cheetahs, who finished fifth, will have a bye next week - before return to the Pro14 in a fortnight.

* For the semifinals and kick-off times. CLICK HERE!

With only one spot in the semifinals up for grabs and possibly another by permutation, both teams were desperate for the win in what was essentially a 'quarterfinal'.

The Cheetahs started the game with their Pro14 line-up, which is on a two-week break from the Northern Hemisphere competition.

Only Sergeal Petersen and Francois Venter were not considered due to injuries.

The Lions strengthened their squad with Springboks Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan and Ross Cronje in the starting line-up with national team hooker Malcolm Marx on the bench.

The Lions turned down an early attempt at poles opting for a line-out and the decision was a good one as the Lions spread it wide for left wing Skosan to score the easiest of tries in the fourth minute. Flyhalf Jaco van der Walt added the extra two points.

Cheetahs flyhalf Ernst Stapelberg and Van der Walt exchanged penalties for the Lions to lead 10-3 after 18 minutes.

Van der Walt added another three almost on the half-hour, but the Cheetahs struck back against the run of play on 35 minutes. With the Lions on the attack, Cheetahs left wing Makazole Mapimpi intercepted the ball to speedily cover all of 70 metres to score under the posts at the other end. Stapelberg added the extras from the tee and it was 13-10 to the Lions at half-time.

Soon the restart, the Lions got their second try of the game when strongly-built flank Cyle Brink powered his way up the left flank to score in the corner. Van der Walt kicked the difficult conversion and then added another penalty and the Lions led 23-10 through 50 minutes.

The Cheetahs launched a number of attacks, but numerous handling errors at crucial moments cost them dearly.

Skosan put the result beyond doubt for the home side with 10 minutes remaining as replacement Marx off-loaded for the flyer to ease his way over the tryline for his second try of the game. Van der Walt kept his 100 percent record from the kicking tee in the match by slotting the conversion.

Flank Kwagga Smith secured the bonus-point try following good supportive play and Van der Walt landed the extra two points to finish with a personal tally of 17.

Cheetahs flank Paul Schoeman did manage a consolation score for Stapelberg to convert just before the hooter.

But the Lions had the last laugh as replacement Robert Kruger intercepted to score his team's fifth try with time already up on the stadium clock.

Man of the match: Rosko Specman, Ernst Stapelberg, Teboho Mohoje and Retshegofaditswe Nche put in admirable performances for the Cheetahs. However, the Lions' Springboks were at the forefront of the home team's dominant display - Andries Coetzee, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Harold Vorster (a non-Springbok), Courtnall Skosan, Ross Cronje, Albertus Smith (Sevens international), along with other non-Boks like Cyle Brink and Len Massyn all outstanding. However, our award goes to the Lions' Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx - who put in another monstrous performance when he came on early in the second half.

The scorers:

For the Golden Lions:
Tries:
 Skosan 2, Brink, Smith, Kruger
Cons: Van der Walt 5
Pens: Van der Walt 3

For the Free State Cheetahs:
Tries:
 Mapimpi, Schoeman
Cons: Stapelberg 2
Pen: Stapelberg

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Albertus Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Len Massyn, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Rhyno Herbst, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Marco Jansen van Vuren, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Hacjivah Dayimani.

Free State Cheetahs: 15 Raymond Rhule, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Teboho Mohoje, 7 Henco Venter, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Johan Coetzee, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld (captain), 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 17 Jacques du Toit, 18 Rynier Bernardo, 19 Junior Pokomela, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Ali Mgijima, 22 Luther Obi.

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Stephan Geldenhuys
TMO: Johan Greeff

Courtnall Skosan (2min), Cyle Brink (45min), Courtnall Skosan (69min), Albertus Smith (75min), and Robert Kruger (82min)
TRIES
Makazole Mapimpi (34min) and Paul Schoeman (78min)
Jaco van der Walt (3min), Jaco van der Walt (46min), Jaco van der Walt (70min), Jaco van der Walt (76min), and Andries Coetzee (83min)
CONVERSIONS
Ernst Stapelberg (35min) and Ernst Stapelberg (79min)
Jaco van der Walt (17min), Jaco van der Walt (28min), and Jaco van der Walt (50min)
PENALTIES
Ernst Stapelberg (7min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Johannesburg
REFEREE Rasta Rasivhenge