The first of Saturday’s Currie Cup matches sees the Golden Lions open their campaign in Johannesburg at home to the Pumas
Golden Lions v Pumas, Saturday 13th July, Johannesburg, Kick Off 15:00
Weather Forecast: - Johannesburg
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Jaco Pretorius, Eduan Nel
Television match official: Lesego Legoete
The Golden Lions finished third on the log last season with 4 wins and 2 defeats before they exited the competition away to the Sharks in the semi finals. They finished 9 points behind Western Province, 5 shy of the Sharks and 4 better off than the fourth placed Bulls.
In home games last season the Lions beat the Griquas 62-41 and the Cheetahs 47-14 but they were thrashed by Western Province 65-38.
Future Fixtures: R2 bye, R3 Western Province (a), R4 Cheetahs (a), R5 Blue Bulls (h), R6 Sharks (h), R7 Griquas (a),
The Pumas made a winning start at home to the Griquas last season but their only other win came away at the Cheetahs in Round 6 and they finished in fifth spot, 5 points shy of the fourth placed Blue Bulls. Other matches on their travels in 2018 saw the Pumas lose at the Sharks 28-12 and the Blue Bulls 38-29.
The Pumas had a terrific Super Rugby Challenge campaign this season but they fell at the last hurdle, losing the final 28-13 to Griquas. Jimmy Stonehouse will coach the Pumas who lost a recent warm up game 42-7 to the Blue Bulls but the real business starts here.
Future Fixtures: R2 Griquas (a), R3 Blue Bulls (h), R4 Sharks (h), R5 Western Province (a), R6 Cheetahs (h)
Recent Head to Head
2018 Pumas 21-33 Lions
2017 Lions 29-28 Pumas
2017 Pumas 43–36 Lions
2016 Lions 68-26 Pumas
2015 Pumas 11-41 Lions
2015 Lions 44-27 Pumas
2014 Lions 29-15 Pumas
Golden Lions: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Stean Pienaar, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 James Venter, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Jan-Henning Campher, 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Ruben Schoeman, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Manuel Rass, 23 Jan-Louis la Grange
Pumas: 15 Devon Williams, 14 Morné Joubert, 13 Neil Maritz, 12 Ryan Nell (captain), 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Jacobus Marais, 9 Reynier van Rooyen, 8 Willie Engelbrecht, 7 Hermanus du Preez, 6 Jeandre Rudolph, 5 Stefan Willemse, 4 Le Roux Roets, 3 Marne Coetzee, 2 Marko Janse van Rensburg, 1 Andrew Beerwinkel.
Replacements: 16 Cornelius Els, 17 Wikus Groenewald, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Ashlon Davids, 21 Christopher Smith, 22 Henko Marais, 23 Morgan Naude.
Lions -11.5 points 9/10 widely available
Pumas +11.5 points 9/10 widely available
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Although the result of a recent Pumas warm up would be of some concern I will go with them to stay within this handicap against a Lions side who have lost the services of some key players. The Pumas performed reasonably well on the road last season and coming off the back of a decent Rugby Challenge campaign they might have enough to cause the Lions problems.
Bet: 2.5 units, Pumas +11.5 points 9/10 widely available
Unit Scale (1-5)
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