Currie Cup Results: 13-14 August 1998

Currie Cup Results: 13-14 August 1998

Post by dflew.. » Tue, 18 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Currie Cup Summary for "Weekend" 13-14 August 1998

Not the busiest Currie Cup weekend, with the Tri-Nations test taking
precedence on Saturday. Not a brilliant weekend for my predictions
either, with only 3 out of 5 winners successfully picked. Once again the
Currie Cup games were either not on TV or conflicted with my oh-so-busy
social life, so I have no first-hand info on these games.

Thursday 13 August - Free State Cheetahs 27-23 Mpumalanga Pumas
A brave second-half fightback earned the Pumas a narrow-loss bonus
point, while Free State moved to top position on the Currie Cup log by
taking maximum points from this game. The closeness of this result
underlines the fact that Free State are still playing some way below
their best without their Springboks, as well as the relative improvement
in the Pumas' fortunes of late.

Friday 14 August - SWD Eagles 29-32 Blue Bulls
I don't have any info on this game - if anyone can post a brief match
report, I'd be grateful. Each team scored 5 tries, and only a Hannes
Venter penalty goal seperated these two sides.

Friday 14 August - North West 25-14 Northern Free State
WP discard flyhalf Pieter van Vuuren starred in North West's second win
of the season, scoring 20 points (6 penalties and a conversion) to make
the difference in a game in which North West were outscored by 2 tries
to 1.

Friday 14 August - Gauteng Falcons 17-13 Western Province
WP's 17 match winning streak in the Currie Cup came to an abrupt end, as
the Falcons prevailed in a tough, physical match. Controversy marred the
game when WP centre Christian Stewart retaliated against Johan le Roux
after an alleged biting incident. The Falcons successfully disrupted the
Province pack, with lock Wayne Boardman picking up the Man of the Match
award for the victors.

Friday 14 August - Boland 29-19 Eastern Province
A return to form for Boland with a convincing win at home.

Currie Cup Log after 14 August 1998

                                Points   Tries Bonus Log Pts  Current
Team                P  W  D  L   F   A   F   A  Pts  Pts Diff Form
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Free State Cheetahs 5  4  0  1  174 115  25  9   6    22   59  3 wins
Blue Bulls          5  4  0  1  198  87  31 10   5    21  111  3 wins
Griqualand West     5  4  0  1  195  78  28  9   3    19  117  3 wins
Gauteng Falcons     5  4  0  1  108  97  13 15   1    17   11  4 wins
Golden Lions        5  3  0  2  142  75  19  9   4    16   67  2 wins
SWD Eagles          5  3  0  2  140 123  17 15   4    16   17  2 losses
Western Province    4  3  0  1  128  75  18  8   3    15   53  1 loss
Natal Sharks        4  2  0  2  101  75  14  9   4    12   26  2 losses
Boland Cavaliers    4  2  0  2   79  96  12 12   1     9  -17  1 win
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
Northern Free State 5  1  0  4   87 153   7 17   2     6  -66  3 losses
Eastern Province    5  0  0  5  110 154  13 21   3     3  -44  5 losses
Mpumalanga Pumas    5  0  0  5   69 170   6 23   1     1 -101  5 losses

Preview for Weekend 21-23 August to follow.
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David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa

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