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WestProvThe 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:

 

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:

 

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

 

Team News:

 

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.

 

Betting Angle

 

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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Lots of rugby eyes will be on Eden Park on Saturday – the second Bledisloe Cup match after the Wallabies spilt All Black blood in Perth last Saturday.

It’s the Wallabies chance to win the Bledisloe Cup for the first time since 2002.

The trophy is named for Lord Bledisloe, governor of New Zealand, who donated the huge cup in 1931.

It is interesting that there are South African referees for each of the two international matches being played at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand – Jaco Peyper and Aimee Barrett-Theron.

International

Bledisloe Cup

New Zealand vs Australia at Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
Television match official: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Friendly/Warm-up

Italy vs Russia at San Benedetto Del Tronto
Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Sean Gallagher (Ireland)

South Africa vs Argentina at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Pierre Brousset (France)
Television match official: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

France vs Scotland at Allianz Riviera, Nice
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)

Wales vs England at Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Alexandre Ruiz (France)
Television match official: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)

Victoria Cup

Uganda vs Zambia
Referee: AJ Jacobs (South Africa)

Kenya vs Zambia
Referee:

Women

New Zealand vs Australia at Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Aimee Barrett-Theron (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Amelia Luciano (USA), Local

World Cup Qualifiers

Round 2
Kenya vs Uganda at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan
Referee: Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

Madagascar vs South Africa at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan
Referee: Saudah Adiru (Uganda)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

Round 3
Madagascar vs Uganda at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan
Referee: Ashleigh Murray (South Africa)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)

South Africa vs Kenya at Bosman Stadium in Brakpan
Referee: Precious Pazani (Zimbabwe)
Assessor: Alhambra Nievas (Spain)
Assessor: Robert Davies (Wales)

Under-18 International Series

Round 2 at Paarl Gymnasium

SA Schools A vs Wales Under-18
Referee: Paul Mente (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Local
Television match official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans (South Africa)

SA Schools vs Argentina Under-18
Referee: Manuel Bottino (Italy)
Assistant referees: Adam Jones (Wales), Local
Television match official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans (South Africa)

England Under-18 vs France Under-18
Referee: Griffin Colby (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Adam Jones (Wales), Local
Television match official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans (South Africa)

Round 2 at Hugenote High School, Wellington

SA Schools A vs Argentina Under-18
Referee: Manuel Bottino (Italy)
Assistant referees: Local
Television match official: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

France Under-18 vs Wales Under-18
Referee: Morné Ferreira (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Local
Television match official: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

SA Schools vs England Under-18
Referee: Adam Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Manuel Bottino (Italy), Local
Television match official: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)

Under-19

Friendly

Leinster vs Coventry at Donnybrook Stadium
Referee: Chris Busby (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Correll (Ireland), John Carvill (Ireland)
Assessor: David Wilkinson (Ireland)

Domestic

Ireland

Women’s Interprovincial

Munster vs Ulster at Irish Independence Park
Referee: John Flynn

Leinster vs Connacht at Donnybrook Stadium
Referee: Grainne Crabtree

Under-20

Leinster vs Ulster at Donnybrook Stadium
Referee: Paul Haycock

Under-19

Munster vs Connacht at Thomond Park
Referee: Cillian Hogan

Leinster vs Ulster at Donnybrook Stadium
Referee: Richard Horgan

New Zealand

Mitre 10, Week 2

Northland vs Auckland at Northland Events Centre, Whangarei
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Boris Jurina, Stephen Ball
Television match official: llew Smart

North Harbour vs Counties Manukau at QBE Stadium, North Harbour
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant referees: Ryan Borthwick, Kyle Lagerwall
Television match official: Jonathan Paterson

Hawke’s Bay vs Wellington at McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Frank Murphy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Dan Jones (Wales), Hugh Reed
Television match official: Mark Johnson

Manawatu vs Taranaki at Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Referee: Dan Jones (Wales)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Mark McEwan
Television match official: Carl Baker

Otago vs Southland (Ranfurly Shield) at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant referees: James Doleman, Stuart Curran
Television match official: Rob Wells

Canterbury vs Tasman at Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant referees: James Munro, Carl Johnson
Television match official: Dave Rumbles

Bay of Plenty vs Waikato at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Referee: Dan Waenga
Assistant referees: Sam Fellows, Cam Russell
Television match official: Shane McDermott

South Africa

Currie Cup Premier Division

Griquas vs Western Province at Griquas Park
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge 
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Jaco Kotze
Television match official: Lesego Legoete

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