Round 6 of the Currie Cup concludes in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon when the Golden Lions host the Sharks
Golden Lions v Sharks, Sunday 18th August, Johannesburg, Kick Off 14:00
Weather Forecast: - Johannesburg
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Christopher Allison
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman
The Lions suffered a first defeat of the tournament last week and it was something of a surprise as they tripped up 31-26 at home to the Blue Bulls. There was a fair degree of confidence in the Lions to cover a -7.5 point handicap last week but they came up short. The Lions still finished the round in second spot, level on points with the Griquas who they visit next week in the final round of the regular season.
Late comebacks were the hallmark of the Lions earlier results. In Round 4 they trailed 19-0 in the first half (19-7 at half time) away to the Cheetahs but hit back to win the game 24-22. In Round 3 the Lions came back from 21-7 down at half time to beat Western Province 30-28 in Cape Town and in Round 1 they came back from 37-21 down with 20 minutes to go to beat the Pumas 38-37 in Johannesburg.
In the outright betting the Lions are 4/1 with Sunbet to lift the trophy.
Future Fixtures: R7 Griquas (a),
The Sharks kept their hopes of defending the title alive with a 27-20 home win over the Cheetahs last week. That victory saw the Sharks finish the round in fifth place, 2 points behind Western Province and the Cheetahs and 5 shy of the Lions and the Griquas. Defeat here would likely end their hopes but a win would see them right back in contention with a vist to the Blue Bulls to come.
In Round 3 the Sharks relinquished a 17-9 half time lead away to the Pumas, eventually going down 27-20. In Round 2 they edged out Western Province 32-27 in Durban and they started with a 37-13 home dfeat to Griquas.
In the outright betting BetXchange are offering a top price of 15/1 for the Sharks to lift the trophy.
Remaining Fixtures: R7 Blue Bulls (a),
Recent Head to Head
2018 Sharks 37-21 Lions
2017 Sharks 24-10 Lions
2017 Lions 31-47 Sharks
2016 Lions 28-16 Sharks
2015 Lions 26-18 Sharks
2015 Sharks 16-31 Lions
2014 Lions 50-20 Sharks (semi final)
2014 Sharks 26-23 Lions
Lions: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Manuel Rass, 11 Stean Pienaar, 1o Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (captain), 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Len Massyn, 6 James Venter, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sti Sithole
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Nathan McBeth, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Marnus Schoeman, 22 Dillon Smit, 23 Duncan Matthews
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jeremy Ward (co-captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Tera Mtembu (co-captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Phepsi Buthelezi, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Dylan Richardson, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Rhyno Smith, 23 Leolin Zas
The Betting - Handicap
Lions -4.5 points at 9/10 widely available
Sharks +4.5 points at 9/10 widely available
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
The Sharks are battling to stay in play off contention and the Lions will want to secure their place ahead of an of awkward trip to Kimberley in the final round of the regular season so it's all to play for and I see it being close.
The home side have been involved in so many games that have gone down to the wire and I'll pin my hopes on that trend continuing and go with either side to win by 7 points or less and the draw is running for me as well.
Bet: 2 units, either side to win by 7 points or less including the draw at 14/10 with Sunbet
(Unit scale 1-5)
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