The first action in Round 6 of the Currie Cup comes from Kimberley on Friday night where the Griquas host Western Province and after last week's results WP are the new favourites to lift the trophy.
Griquas v Pumas, Friday 16th August, Kimberley, Kick Off 19:00
Weather Forecast: - Kimberley
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Jaco Kotze
Television match official: Lesego Legoete
Griquas sat out Round 5 but they remain top of the log with 15 points, ahead of the Golden Lions on points difference. After this clash Griquas finish the regular season at home to the Lions and their aspirations right now are not just to reach the play offs but to host them.
In Round 4 Griquas started as underdogs away to the Blue Bulls but they came away with a 37-15 victory, scoring 4 tries to 2 to earn what could prove to be a valuable bonus point.
The only blemish on the Griquas record this season is a 68-14 hiding at the Cheetahs in Round 3. Earlier results saw them beat the Pumas 37-29 in their only home game so far and they started with 37-13 win away to the Sharks.
In the latest betting to lift the trophy Griquas have been trading at a top price of 7/1 with Hollywoodbets
Remaining Fixtures: R7 Lions (h),
Western Province gave themselves a timely boost with a 45-14 home win over the Pumas last week. They ran in 7 tries on their way to easily covering a minus handicap which had been set in the mid teens. Province finished the round in fourth place with 12 points, level with the third placed Cheetahs who boast the best current points difference.
In earlier results Province came unstuck at home to the Lions in Round 3 where a late converted try saw them go down 30-28, a game they led 21-7 at the break.
That was a second successive defeat for WP who also lost 32-27 to the Sharks in Durban in Round 2. Their other win this season came in the opening round where they pulled away from the Blue Bulls in the second half of a home fixture to win 20-5
in the outright betting Western Province have catapulted to the top of the boards and at the time of writing they can be backed at 18/10 to lift the trophy with WSB
Remaining Fixtures: R7 Cheetahs (a),
Recent Head to Head
2018 WP 38-12 Griquas
2017 WP 55-27 Griquas
2017 Griquas 44-34 WP
2016 Griquas 31-52 WP
2015 WP 33-15 Griquas
2015 Griquas 19-43 WP
2014 WP 36-12 Griquas
2013 Griquas 19-20 WP
2012 Griquas 20-25 WP
Griquas: 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Michal Haznar, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead (captain), 9 Zak Burger, 8 Neill Jordaan, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Zandre Jordaan, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Khwezi Mona.
Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 Johan Momsen, 19 Gideon van der Merwe, 20 Chriswill September, 21 Chris Smit, 22 Bjorn Basson, 23 Ruan Kramer
Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 John Schickerling, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Chad Solomon, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Erasmus, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Damian Willemse, 23 Edwill van der Merwe
The Betting - Handicap
Griquas +9 points 9/10 Sportingbet (tie in play)
Western Province -7.5 points 9/10 WSB
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
With the strength of the Province line up affected by Bok call ups this is a real opportunity for Griquas and the current best plus looks good enough to me. With the exception of the visit to Bloemfontein Griquas have done nothing wrong, they have won matches where they have been given given a bigger start on the handicap than is on offer here and whilst Province also have plenty riding on the outcome, I go with the plus.
Bet: 3 units Griquas +9 points 9/10 Sportingbet (tie in play)
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