Currie Cup semi final race too close to call

Currie Cup semi final race – to close to call Griquas coach Dawie Theron believes that the race for Currie Cup semifinal positions will be one of the closest contests in recent years.

With only two rounds of league fixtures remaining in the competition, one point separates the Sharks (45) and Western Province (44) at the top of the log.

Both teams will be aiming to end the season in pole position to set them up for a possible home final on the October 31.

However, four other teams – G Griquas (38), Blue Bulls (36), Lions (32) and the Free State Cheetahs (30) are also all still in the hunt for a semifinal spot. “There are still six teams that are playing for semifinal positions,” said Theron.

“A lot can still happen. Nobody can write off the Lions and the Free State Cheetahs either. I think we need three or four more points to be secured of a semifinal, so this is definitely going to be a close race for many of the teams.

The Sharks and Province are sitting pretty, but they have played well this season to be in a comfortable position at this stage in the competition.

“The fact that we managed to secure 38 log points also mean that we had to do something right. We’ve got the Blue Bulls next weekend. They’re also in the hunt, so it’s going to be a very interesting couple of weeks.”

WP kept the pressure on the Currie Cup log-leaders, the Sharks, following their clinical 43-3 victory over the G Griquas at a wet and rainy Newlands on Saturday.

While the Kimberley team battled to cope with the terrible weather conditions in Cape Town, the hosts managed to score five tries in this fixture and cement their place in second spot on the log.

“When it rains like this Kimberley, we don’t even practice, so we were definitely not used to these conditions,” said Theron after the match.

“We seriously haven’t seen rain for the last two seasons in Kimberley. Province played well and adapted, but we didn’t. I think we looked like a team that was incapable in the wet. It’s a hard blow for the guys, but it’s also a learning curve for us.”

Prop Brok Harris, fullback Joe Pietersen, flanker Duane Vermeulen, centre Frikkie Welsh and substitute loose forward Pieter Louw scored tries for the hosts at a wet Newlands.

Pietersen kicked four penalties and two conversions while Peter Grant also added one conversion for the Cape side. The points of the match for the G Griquas came thanks to a penalty kick by flyhalf Naas Olivier. “I’m very happy with this performance, I think we put the myth to bed that Province can’t perform in these kinds of conditions,” said WP coach Allister Coetzee.

“We were so clinical in everything we did – our kicking game was accurate, our set-pieces were good and our defence was fantastic once again. We got ourselves into the opposition half of the field and took our opportunities. For me, that highlighted the composure of this side.”

The Blue Bulls secured their position in fourth place on the Currie Cup log despite their 30-27 victory over the Free State Cheetahs at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Both teams scored three tries but crucially failed to secure a four-try bonus point in this match.

Blue Bulls winger Gerhard van den Heever, flanker Dewald Potgieter and centre Wynand Olivier were the try scores for the hosts. Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn converted all three tries and also kicked three penalties.

For the Free State Cheetahs, wingers Fabian Juries, who scored two tries and Lionel Mapoe, crossed the try line for the visitors.

Flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter kicked two penalties and converted all three tries.

The Lions also kept their mathematical chances of claiming an Currie Cup semi final spot alive following their comprehensive 88-15 victory over the Boland Cavaliers at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Willem Alberts and Walter Venter both scored a brace of tr

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