Currie Cup Rugby Preview – Week 12

The Lions will have to continue their recent form at Coca-Cola Park and defeat The Sharks on Saturday (17h05) when these sides meet up in this crucial Currie Cup week 12 clash in Johannesburg.

The hosts have enjoyed a successful four-match winning streak at home during the last few weeks in this season’s competition. Their last defeat in Johannesburg was back in week four when the Blue Bulls recorded a 32-18 victory at Coca-Cola Park.

However since then, the Lions clawed their way back into semi-final contention following a string of home results against the Western Province (46-28), Free State Cheetahs (30-26), Griquas (40-49) and the Platinum Leopards (45-22).

The Johannesburg side are currently in fifth position on Currie Cup log with 31 log points. This match against the log-leading The Sharks is their second last home game of the season.

They travel to Bloemfontein next weekend for their Friday evening clash against the Free State Cheetahs who are also in the hunt to qualify for next month’s playoffs.

The hosts the Pumas in their final league fixture of the season.

The Free State Cheetahs are at home this weekend and will be aiming to secure maximum points from their clash against the Pumas at Park on Friday at 19h00.

The Bloemfontein side (32) are currently one point clear of the Lions on the Currie Cup Premier Division log. They are however also one point behind the third-placed Blue Bulls who are on the road this weekend.

The defending champions like the Free State side will also be intending to maximise their opportunity to achieve crucial log points when they take on the bottom of the log Platinum Leopards in Potchefstroom on Saturday at 15h00.

The Platinum Leopards has conceded the most points in the 2010 Currie Cup – 474; and have also conceded the most tries – 67.

Meanwhile The Sharks could cement their right to host an Currie Cup semi-final while Western Province could go one step closer to book themselves a home playoff match if both these sides secure victories in the 2010 competition this weekend.

Western Province host the Griquas, who are also still in contention to compete for a final-four spot, at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday at 19h10.

The Sharks and WP have been the best attacking sides in the 2010 Currie Cup. Both these sides have scored 47 tries. The Cape outfit has accumulated 407 points from their 11 games this season while the log-leaders have notched up 388 from the same number of games.

Province though will have to defeat either the Blue Bulls (Pretoria) or The Sharks (Newlands) to claim that vital home semi-final game.

The defending champions, pending on WP results could easily still host a semi-final if they secure a hat-trick of victories against the Platinum Leopards, Western Province and the Griquas.

Lions v The Sharks

Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
Saturday 25 September 2010. Kickoff: 17h05
Referee: Jason Jaftha (SARRA)
Assistant referees: L Jam (AR1), C du Preez (AR2)
TMO: S Veldsman
Head to Head: Lions v The Sharks (since 2005)
P: 12 W: 3 L: 9 PF: 196 PA: 292
16/07/2005 Lions 16 Sharks 22 The Stadium, Durban
23/06/2006 Lions 22 Sharks 33 The Stadium, Durban
19/08/2006 Lions 22 Sharks 21 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
30/06/2007 Lions 14 Sharks 7 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
01/09/2007 Lions 3 Sharks 21 The Stadium, Durban
13/10/2007 Lions 19 Sharks 12 The Stadium, Durban
26/07/2008 Lions 11 Sharks 16 The Stadium, Durban
27/09/2008 Lions 20 Sharks 34 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
11/10/2008 Lions 14 Sharks 29 The Stadium, Durban
15/08/2009 Lions 19 Sharks 30 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
03/10/2009 Lions 17 Sharks 19 The Stadium, Durban
07/08/2010 Lions 19 Sharks 48 The Stadium, Durban

Lions’ recent form at home:
– The hosts secured home victories against the Griquas

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