The final action in Round 5 of Currie Cup rugby is a bottom of the table clash between Griquas and Free State Cheetahs in Kimberley on Saturday.
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs, Saturday 15th September, Johannesburg, Kick Off 17:15
Weather Forecast: - Kimberley
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Jaco Kotze, Nico Schmahl
Television match official: JJ Wagner
Griquas went down 45-40 at home to the Blue Bulls in Round 4. It was their first home fixture of the tournament and they fell well behind in the early stages before launching a comeback which saw them take the lead in the second 40 minutes. A win would have revived hopes of a top 4 finish but it wasn’t to be their day and they have now lost all 3 of their matches so far.
In earlier games Griquas more than held their own in the first half of their visit to the Golden Lions in Round 2 and even went into the break with their noses in front before the Lions hit back to run out 62-41 winners. Griquas began their campaign away to the Pumas in Nelspruit and they were well beaten 42-19.
Griquas picked up 2 bonus points last week and they now have 3 log points, 1 point and 1 place better off than their opponents here.
Griquas Remaining Fixtures:
22 September Western Province (Cape Town)
13 October Sharks (Kimberley)
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The Cheetahs went down 47-14 away to Golden Lions last week and they are also without a win. They have played 4 games and avoiding the wooden spoon is now the only realistic target which gives this game more significance. Aside from running the Sharks close (lost 33-29) in Bloem in Round 3 they have finished well beaten with earlier results including a 34-12 home defeat to the Bulls and a 32-0 hiding away to Western Province at a rain swept Newlands.
Cheetahs Remaining Fixtures:
22 September Pumas (Bloem)
Recent Head to Head
2017 Griquas 59-24 Cheetahs
2017 Cheetahs 25-30 Griquas
2016 Cheetahs 63-26 Griquas
2015 Cheetahs 44–24 Griquas
2015 Griquas 9-31 Cheetahs
2014 Griquas 25-36 Cheetahs
2014 Cheetahs 34-27 Griquas
2013 Griquas 21-52 Cheetahs
2013 Cheetahs 40-20 Griquas
Griquas – 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn (c), 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Eital Bredenkamp, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 4 Wandile Putuma, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Wilmar Arnoldi, 1 Liam Hendricks.
Subs: 16 AJ le Roux, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 FP Pelser, 19 Wendal Wehr, 20 Zak Burger, 21 Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Christopher Bosch.
Free State Cheetahs – 15 Adriaan Carelse, 14 Ali Mgijima, 13 Carel-Jan Coetzee, 12 Tersius Kruger, 11 Vuyani Maqina, 10 Ernst Stapelberg, 9 Rudy Paige (c), 8 Stephan Malan, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Louis Conradie, 3 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Johan Kotze.
Subs: 16 Kevin Stevens, 17 Jannes Snyman, 18 Stefan van Schalkwyk, 19 Nardus Erasmus, 20 Luigy van Jaarsveld, 21 Dian Badenhorst, 22 Ryno Eksteen.
Griquas -14.5 points 9/10 widely available
Cheetahs +14.5 points 9/10 widely available
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
The Griquas have tended to concede tries in quick succession in patches of their 3 defeats so far but having run up 40 points or so away to the Lions and at home to the Bulls they have proved they can be handful on attack.
Staying focused defensively is a concern but I like the minus here. Some -10 at 9/10 for the home side with GGGaming (credit to them for early prices) attracted attention on Monday but with that snapped up and 14.5 now the mark on most books I’ll go with a home win by 13 points or more at Sunbet’s 8/10.
Bet: 5 units Griquas -12.5 points 8/10 Sunbet
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