Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by dflew.. » Thu, 03 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Another intriguing weekend awaits us as all 14 Currie Cup teams will be
in action.

Friday 4 September - Free State Cheetahs vs North West
Free State are in desperate need of a win to revive their fading semi-
final hopes, and this is their last relatively easy game of the season.
(Four of Free State's next 5 opponents are currently in the top 6). They
should have little problem regaining their winning momentum in this
match, despite North West's improved recent showings. My prediction? An
easy Free State win: 46-19.

Saturday 5 September - Western Province vs Boland Cavaliers
Western Province are lucky not to have lost more than once this season,
and without Aitken (injured), Skinstad, Rossouw and Williams
(Commonwealth Sevens team), they will struggle against their highly
motivated neighbours. Boland are improving after a slow start to the
season - this is a golden opportunity for them to beat WP and I reckon
they will take it. My prediction? I hope I'm wrong, but Boland will take
it 27-23.

Saturday 5 September - Natal Sharks vs Northern Free State
It looks like the Sharks are on course to peak at the most important
time of the season, and this game will provide an opportunity for Ian
McIntosh rest key members of his squad. My prediction? Sharks on a
feeding frenzy: 63-12.

Saturday 5 September - Blue Bulls vs Border
The Blue Bulls are on track for the semi-finals, and will relish this
chance to face relatively weaker opposition. The Blue Bulls are yet to
face any of last year's semi-finalists, so victory here is essential.
Border have played well recently, but it would be a major surprise if
they even come close to winning this one. My prediction? Bull to win 38-
17.

Saturday 5 September - Eastern Province vs Mpumalanga Pumas
Two sides for whom victories are like hen's teeth, but this is mainly
because of the high quality of the opposition faced so far. Both sides
will see this game as winable, but the home side has looked more potent
all season. My prediction? EP to score their second successive home win
by 35-10.

Saturday 5 September - SWD Eagles vs Gauteng Falcons
Both of these teams stand an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-
finals, and neither team can afford to lose this game. A tough game to
predict, as both sides are very evenly matched. My prediction? Home side
heartbreak as the Falcons sneak in 32-30.

Sunday 6 September - Griqualand West vs Golden Lions
The highlight of the weekend's schedule. Griquas are the form team of
this year's Currie Cup, and are a handful for any team. The Lions have
been steadily improving this season, and will be out to avenge the 57-0
Vodacom Cup Final loss. My prediction? Retribution denied: Griquas to
win 36-25.

--
David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa

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Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by noma » Sun, 06 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Would appreciate it if you could give the scores on this thread as they come
through .

Thanks

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>Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

>Another intriguing weekend awaits us as all 14 Currie Cup teams will be
>in action.


 
 
 

Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by dflew.. » Mon, 07 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> Would appreciate it if you could give the scores on this thread as they come
> through .

No promises! :)

As I'll be away on "business" on Monday and Tuesday, I don't have the time to
compose my usual Results Summary until Wednesday (and similarly for the
preview for next weekend). So for now, I'll just give you the scores for this
weekend:

Free State Cheetahs 89-25 North West
Western Province 25-39 Boland Cavaliers
Natal Sharks 57-03 Northern Free State
Blue Bulls 59-21 Border
Eastern Province 20-18 Mpumalanga Pumas
SWD Eagles 21-21 Gauteng Falcons
Griqualand West 36-16 Golden Lions

Most of my predictions were accurate in terms of picking the winner, except
the Eagles vs Falcons match - which was *even* closer than I thought it would
be! -- David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa

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Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by Deon R. Naick » Tue, 08 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>As I'll be away on "business" on Monday and Tuesday,
>Western Province 25-39 Boland Cavaliers

Howsit David,

Hmm, no comment on the Province-Boland game eh wot? I dont buy that "business"
story .. methinks its just a case of recovering from the post-Saturday trauma.
Hee Hee .. I found the match most humungously funny :-))

Cheers
Deon

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Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by dflew.. » Thu, 10 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> Hmm, no comment on the Province-Boland game eh wot? I dont buy that
"business"
> story .. methinks its just a case of recovering from the post-Saturday trauma.
> Hee Hee .. I found the match most humungously funny :-))

Well I'm back from business... two days in beautiful, lovely and not at all
dusty Midrand </sarcasm>. A great performance by Boland to virtually seal the
game in the first 16 minutes. WP rugby is a bit of a joke at the moment, but
before you get all gloaty-can-we-have-our-Currie-Cup-back-now-please on me,
just let me say how irritating I find your "crawling out of the woodwork
whenever it suits you" attitude to this newsgroup.
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Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by Deon R. Naick » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>just let me say how irritating I find your "crawling out of the woodwork
>whenever it suits you" attitude to this newsgroup.

Tut tut my dear David,

I have been around for the last 3 months have'nt I ? I'll give you a bit of
leeway this time, seeing last Saturdays performance and all ..

Deon

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Currie Cup: Preview for Weekend 4-6 September 1998

Post by dflew.. » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> >just let me say how irritating I find your "crawling out of the woodwork
> >whenever it suits you" attitude to this newsgroup.

> Tut tut my dear David,

> I have been around for the last 3 months have'nt I ? I'll give you a bit of
> leeway this time, seeing last Saturdays performance and all ..

It's funny how your increased output coincides with your team winning. This
time it's been the all-conquering Boks who have kept you here, despite Sharks
losses to Griquas and (ha! ha!) the Golden Lions. Your instant disappearing
act after the demise of the Sharks last season was noticeable to say the
least. We honestly though you were dead. :)

You know precisely what I'm talking about, Deon. That leeway you are offering
me can be placed in an area on your person which is totally unaffected by
solar radiation.

Being a supporter is one thing, Deon, but it sure would be nice to hear you
being gracious in defeat once in a while. So next time the Sharks lose, I'll
be curious to see your reaction. (Yes, I know you probably think they aren't
going to lose any more games this season.)

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