Currie Cup Round 10 sees the Pumas host Western Province in Nelspruit on Friday, a vital game in terms of the composition of the play offs.
Pumas v Western Province, Friday 15th September, Nelspruit, Kick Off 19:15
Weather Forecast: - Nelspruit
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Shemea Mushiribindi
Television match official: Lesego Legoete
The Pumas just failed to hold on against the Sharks in Nelspruit last weekend, eventually going down 27-25 in a game where they received around 10 points start on the pre-match handicap. The defeat saw the Pumas slip to fifth in the standings, 1 point behind the fourth placed Lions who occupy the final play off berth. There is plenty of log congestion from second to seventh covered by just 9 points but the Pumas have played at least 1 game more than most of their rivals. Last week’s defeat was tough on the Pumas who had also lost narrowly away at the Lions (29-28) in Round 8. Their best performance of the season came at home to the Blue Bulls who crashed and burned 51-15 at this stadium. After this the Pumas have winnable looking games away at the Cheetahs and at home to Griquas and they finish the round robin stage away at the Bulls.
Province put the Cheetahs reserves away at Newlands in Round 9, covering the handicap in a 57-14 victory to move to third on the log. WP are just 3 log points better off than the Pumas but they have played 2 games fewer and victory here will see them move up to second spot. This will be their first away fixture since Round 4 when they lost 44-34 at the Griquas. They also lost 30-17 to a first choice Cheetahs side in Bloem in Round 2 and hence they are seeking a first away win of the tournament. After this Province return to Cape Town for a home game against the Griiquas before their run in takes them to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
In the first meeting this season Province had to come from behind to beat the Pumas 34-19 at Newlands although they failed to land some pretty confident minus handicap bets of around 20.5 points
Recent Head to Head
2017 WP 34-19 Pumas
2016 WP 31-23 Pumas
2015 WP 50-19 Pumas
2014 Pumas 23-37 WP
Pumas: 15 Justin van Staden, 14 Jerome Pretorius, 13 Gerrit Smith, 12 Hennie Skorbinski (captain), 11 Ruwellyn Isbell, 10 Kobus Marais, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Lambert Groenewald, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Mark Pretorius, 1 Khwezi Mona
Substitutes: 16 Frank Herne, 17 De-Jay Terblanche, 18 Cameron Lindsay, 19 Brian Shabangu, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Reynier van Rooyen, 22 Selom Gavor
Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Caylib Oosthuizen, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Werner Kok
Pumas +8.5 points 9/10 WSB
Western Province -7.5 points 9/10 BetXchange
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Western Province still have plenty to prove away from home and whilst I’m leaning to the minus, it’s a tentative call. I’ll settle for a small stake on the handicap and a speculative play on Pumas to lead at half time and Province to run out winners by any sort of margin.
Bet: 3 units Western Province -7.5 points 9/10 BetXchange
1 unit HT/FT Pumas / Western Province 5/1 Sunbet
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