A busy Currie Cup schedule this weekend, with only Mpumalanga Pumas and
SWD Eagles not playing. There are some interesting fixtures scheduled,
as the race for semi-final spots takes on a new dimension as many of the
Tri-Nations Springboks should return to provincial action.
Friday 28 August - Gauteng Falcons vs Natal Sharks
A tough fixture for the Sharks, as the Falcons have shown impressive
form this season. A lot will depend on how many Natal Boks will play in
this game. My prediction? Can I make a two-part prediction please? If
three or more of the Tri-Nations Boks play, Natal to win 33-21,
otherwise Natal to win 29-25.
Friday 28 August - Northern Free State vs Blue Bulls
The Bulls should have no problems winning this game going away. Expect
their promising backline to run riot in the second half. My prediction?
Blue Bulls to take it 63-12.
Saturday 29 August - Griqualand West vs Free State Cheetahs
Two teams trying to bounce back from unexpected setbacks, so victory
will be crucial to both teams' semi-final hopes. Free State will depend
on their returning Springboks to stand a chance of winning this one, but
Griquas are a more settled side, and should manage to win this one. My
prediction? Griquas to win 25-19.
Saturday 29 August - Golden Lions vs Eastern Province
EP are on the crest of a wave after a deserved win against Free State,
and will fancy their chances of upsetting the Lions. This match will be
a stern test of character for either side, but expect the home side to
prevail. My prediction? Lions to win 23-15.
Saturday 29 August - North West vs Boland Cavaliers
Boland have a good opportunity to improve their log position, and in the
light of their fine win over Griquas this past weekend, should have no
problems winning this one. My prediction? Boland to win 39-18.
Sunday 30 August - Border vs Western Province
A crucial match for WP, because Border will punish them if they play
below their best. WP should have some of their Boks back in the side,
and should be able to raise their level of play enough to secure a
comfortable win. My prediction? WP 42-10.
David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa
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