Currie Cup Rugby Review – Week 7

The Golden Lions ended the first round of the Currie Cup Premier Division at the top of the standings after they saw off second placed The Sharks in Johannesburg on Saturday.


It was the Golden Lions’ sixth win from their first seven matches as they moved up to 27 log points, five ahead of Western Province and The Sharks. Just one point behind the two coastal sides are Griquas, who fought back with two late tries to win their central derby against the Free State Cheetahs.


WP and the Blue Bulls had to work hard for their victories in over the Pumas in Witbank and the Leopards in Phokeng on Friday evening.


In the Currie Cup First Division, the EP Kings and Regent Boland Cavaliers have put daylight between them and the chasing pack of teams in a competition that is now truly a two team race.


Leopards vs Blue Bulls


The Blue Bulls won their third consecutive Currie Cup game when they beat the Leopards by 28-20 in a scrappy game that only really got going after the break at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng on Friday evening.


The Blue Bulls could not replicate their good performance from a week ago against Griquas and although they tried hard, they could not score a fourth try for a bonus point. Rather, it was the Leopards who crossed the team from Pretoria’s try line late in the match to close the gap on the score board.


Interestingly enough, the visitors’ three tries were all scored by forwards, Warwick Tecklenburg (flank), CJ Stander (No 8) and Werner Kruger (prop), where they clearly had the ascendancy.


However, Leopards backs George Tossel (fullback), Jovan Bowles (centre), Joubert Engelbrecht (centre) scored their three tries, perhaps indicating that the home team had the upper hand at the back, where the Blue Bulls looked disjointed and just could not get going.


The Blue Bulls were stronger in the lineouts and scrums, but could not capitalise on this as unforced errors at the back cost them valuable attacking momentum. The Leopards did tackle like tigers, but they also conceded a number of penalties on defence.


Unfortunately for the visitors, their young flyhalf, Louis Fouche, had an off night with the boot, slotting only four out his nine kicks at goal. The Leopards’ kickers, Wesley Dunlop and Tossel, fared even worse and were successful with only two attempts from eigth kicks at the posts.


Final Score Leopards 20 (3) Blue Bulls 28 (9)


Scorers


Leopards
Tries: George Tossel, Jovan Bowles, Joubert Engelbrecht
Conversion: Tossel
Penalty: Tossel.


Blue Bulls
Tries: Warwick Tecklenburg, CJ Stander, Werner Kruger
Conversions: Louis Fouche (2)
Penalties: Fouche (3).


Teams:


Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Hoffman Maritz, 13 Jovan Bowles, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whestley Moolman, 8 Morné Hanekom (captain), 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Siya Mdaka, 5 Brad Mock, 4 Brendan Snyman, 3 Stefan Bezuidenhout, 2 Jacques Moller, 1 BG Uys.


Replacements: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Roan van Heerden, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Johan Laker, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Clayton Durand.


Blue Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Zane Kirchner, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Louis Fouché, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Warwick Tecklenburg, 5 Fudge Mabeta, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling.


Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Francois Venter.


Pumas vs Western Province


It perhaps wasn’t their best performance of the season, but Western Province still left the Puma Stadium in Witbank with four v

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