Currie Cup Results for Weekend 21-23 August 1998

Currie Cup Results for Weekend 21-23 August 1998

Post by dflew.. » Tue, 25 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Currie Cup Results for Weekend 21-23 August 1998

Defeats for Free State, Gauteng Falcons and Griqualand West this weekend
means that all but two sides (Blue Bulls and Western Province) have lost
more than once this season. An overdue first win for Eastern Province
and a return to form for Boland provided the main highlights for this
weekend, although on a personal note they meant that I only predicted 4
of the 6 winning teams correctly.

Friday 21 August - Natal Sharks 15-14 SWD Eagles
Natal's Currie Cup quest is back on track with this narrow victory
thanks to 5 penalty goals from center Gavin Lawless. SWD were
competitive throughout and scored the only try of the match, although
there appeared to be a forward pass in the move leading to *** Tommie
Webb's touchdown. This defeat is a serious blow to the Eagles' semi-
final aspirations, while Natal can take heart from this well-deserved
victory.

Friday 21 August - Blue Bulls 27-22 Gauteng Falcons
The return of Casper Steyn (and more importantly his reliable
goalkicking) proved to be the difference between these two in-form
sides. The Falcons managed to outscore the Bulls by 3 tries to 2, but
five penalties from Steyn kept the home side far enough ahead. A setback
for the Falcons, who drop to sixth in the Currie Cup log, while the
Bulls, with their fifth win in six games,

Friday 21 August - Western Province 31-7 Northern Free State
WP's fitness levels were questioned after running out of steam to "draw"
the second half 7-7. Not a satisfactory result for the champions, but
the return of their Springboks may provide the spark for the more
difficult part of their campaign starting in September.

Friday 21 August - Eastern Province 20-7 Free State Cheetahs
EP's season of hitherto unfulfilled promise has finally yielded a
positive result, as their motivated side dominated this game against the
depleted and off-form Cheetahs.

Friday 21 August - Mpumalanga Pumas 21-44 Golden Lions
A good victory for the Lions, thus maintaining their push for a semi-
final spot. The Pumas surprised the visitors in the first half (and
managed to lead 21-19 at half time), but a solid second half from the
Lions saw them through to their third successive victory.

Sunday 23 August - Boland Cavaliers 17-13 Griqualand West
Tigerish defence saw Boland deny the rampant Griquas side in this tough
match. Two fine tries by Boland center Riaan van Jaarsveld were the
highlight of the game. Griquas flyhalf Gaffie du Toit had a poor game,
missing two conversions and knocking on several times. Boland's vastly
improved form was most impressive, and they may yet upset more fancied
teams this year.

Currie Cup Log after 23 August 1998

                                Points   Tries Bonus Log Pts  Current
Team                P  W  D  L   F   A   F   A  Pts  Pts Diff Form
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Blue Bulls          6  5  0  1  225 109  33 13   5    25  116  4 wins
Free State Cheetahs 6  4  0  2  181 135  26 11   6    22   46  1 loss
Golden Lions        6  4  0  2  186  96  25 12   5    21   90  3 wins
Griqualand West     6  4  0  2  208  95  30 11   4    20  113  1 loss
Western Province    5  4  0  1  159  82  23  9   4    20   77  1 win
Gauteng Falcons     6  4  0  2  130 124  16 17   2    18    6  1 loss
SWD Eagles          6  3  0  3  154 148  18 15   5    17   16  3 losses
Natal Sharks        5  3  0  2  116  89  14 10   4    16   27  1 win
Boland Cavaliers    5  3  0  2   96 109  14 14   1    13  -13  2 wins
Border              5  2  0  3  103 186  10 25   1     9  -83  1 win
North West          6  2  0  4   84 234   8 39   0     8 -150  1 win
Eastern Province    6  1  0  5  130 161  15 22   3     7  -31  1 win
Northern Free State 6  1  0  5   94 184   8 22   2     6  -90  4 losses
Mpumalanga Pumas    6  0  0  6   90 214   9 29   1     1 -124  6 losses

Preview for weekend 28-30 August 1998 to follow.

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David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa

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