For the second week in a row, Tri-Nations action means that no Currie
Cup matches will be played on Saturday. With 6 games being played this
weekend, there will be more action than last weekend. Border have a
second consecutive bye and North West also sit out this weekend. The
pick of the matches will be a battle to reverse recent defeats between
Natal and SWD, and a match between two teams in the top four of the log:
Blue Bulls vs Gauteng Falcons.
Friday 21 August - Natal Sharks vs SWD Eagles
Two teams which will be trying to reverse recent losing trends. Despite
the absence of many of their Springboks, the home side should be able to
get their season back on track with a win. My prediction? Natal to win
Friday 21 August - Blue Bulls vs Gauteng Falcons
Both sides have impressive records this season, but the Bulls ought to
be strong enough up front to end the Falcons' 4 match winning streak. My
prediction? Bulls to win 26-17.
Friday 21 August - Western Province vs Northern Free State
After a rude awakening against the Falcons, WP will be keen to make use
of this opportunity to rebuild their confidence against one of the
weaker sides in the competition. This will be a chance for WP players to
challenge for permanent spots in the team once the Springboks return. My
prediction? WP to struggle more than expected, but still win 38-15.
Friday 21 August - Eastern Province vs Free State Cheetahs
EP have looked good all season, but have yet to win. The Cheetahs have
not always looked impressive, but have done enough to move to the top of
the log. Expect both teams to confirm their recent form. My prediction?
Free State 34 EP 21.
Friday 21 August - Mpumalanga Pumas vs Golden Lions
The Pumas are rooted to the bottom of the log, whereas the Lions have
been horribly inconsistent this season. The Lions have improved lately,
and should be able to win this one - but the Pumas will not make it
easy for them. My prediction? Lions to win this feline battle 36-22.
Sunday 23 August - Boland Cavaliers vs Griqualand West
Griquas have looked like semi-final candidates all season, whereas
Boland have struggled to play to their potential since the departure of
Nick Mallett (as I say every week ;) ). There is no reason to expect
anything other than a comfortable away win. My prediction? Griquas to
walk it - 45-16.
David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa
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