The final action in Currie Cup Round 10 sees the Golden Lions host the Blue Bulls in Johannesburg on Saturday
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Saturday 16th September, Johannesburg, Kick Off 17:15
Weather Forecast: - Johannesburg
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Damon Murphy
Television match official: Willie Vos
The Lions beat the Griquas 34-17 in Kimberley last weekend and they moved into the play off picture, currently residing in fourth spot. With just 9 points covering second to seventh there is plenty of scope to either improve on that or fall out of contention but the Lions are starting to put it together as regular starters have gradually returned to their line up. The Lions most recent home game saw them edge out the Pumas 29-28 and their only other success this season was also of the narrow variety, a 48-43 home win over the Griquas back in Round 2. Looking ahead the Lions visit the Sharks and then host Western Province and the Cheetahs and they have been cut to 3/1 in the outright betting with WSB.
The Bulls return from a bye and although they are in sixth spot, they are just 2 points behind the Lions and they have at least 1 game in hand on all the other sides bar Western Province. In Round 8 they held on to edge out Griquas 44-42 at Loftus, a game which they led by a 20 point margin at one stage. Away from home this season the Bulls started with a win at the Griquas (51-45), they went down 45-34 at Western Province and they were crushed 51-15 by the Pumas in Nelspruit, a defeat which led to John Mitchell taking over as coach.
Back in Round 3 the Bulls hammered a largely second string Lions side 54-22 at Loftus, scoring 8 tries to 4.
Recent Head to Head
2017 Bulls 54-22 Lions
2016 Bulls 31-17 Lions
2015 Bulls 28-36 Lions
2014 Bulls 36-26 Lions
2014 Lions 41-13 Bulls
2013 Lions 35-26 Bulls
2013 Bulls 23-62 Lions
Golden Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Ashlon Davids, 9 Marco Janse van Vuren, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Jacques van Rooyen (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Fabian Booysen, 21 Shaun Reynolds, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi
Blue Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Duncan Matthews, 13 Burger Odendaal (captain), 12 JT Jackson, 11 Rabs Maxwane, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Jano Venter, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Nic De Jager, 5 Aston Fortuin, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Matthys Basson, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 18 Tim Agaba, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Manie Libbok, 22 Johnny Kotze
Lions -7.5 points 9/10 WSB
Bulls +8.5 points 9/10 BetXchange
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
The Lions have the momentum and the fact they still have little margin for error if they are to make the play offs sways me to the home team here. The Bulls may have won their last match at home to the Griquas but they just held on and I don’t see that as a corner turning result.
Lions minus is the pick.
Bet: 6 units Lions -7.5 points 9/10 WSB
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