The final action in Round 1 of the Currie Cup comes from Newlands, Cape Town on Saturday where Western Province clash with the Blue Bulls.
Western Province v Blue Bulls, Saturday 13th July, Cape Town, Kick Off 17:15
Weather Forecast: - Cape Town
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Jabian Jeftha
Television match official: Joey Klaaste-Salmans
Province start their bid to go one better than 2018 with this home fixture against a Bulls side who took them to extra time in a Newlands semi final last season which WP eventually edged 35-32. A week earlier Western Province had led the Bulls 34-7 at half time of a Round 8 clash at Loftus which was subsequently abandoned due to torrential rain.
Province won all 6 of their matches in the 2018 regular season to top the log 4 points clear of the Sharks. Home fixtures in the round robin delivered wins over the Cheetahs 32-0, Griquas 38-12 and the Sharks 50-28.
Western Province finished the 2018 regular season with a points difference of +163 and were favourites heading into the play offs. However following that epic semi final encounter with the Bulls they were subsequently turned over by the Sharks (17-12) at Newlands in the final. John Dobson is coach for the Currie Cup campaign.
Future Fixtures: R2 Sharks (a), R3 Lions (h), R4 bye, R5 Pumas (h), R6 Griquas (a), R7 Cheetahs (a),
The Blue Bulls finished fourth on the log last season with 3 wins and 3 defeats against their name before they gave Western Province a mighty scare in the semi finals. In the round robin stage Bulls road trips saw them start with a 34-12 win over the Cheetahs in Bloem before a 26-10 loss to the Sharks and 40-45 win at the Griquas.
Pote Human continues as the coach and Burger Odendaal will captain the side. In a recent warm up the Bulls beat the Pumas 42-7.
Future Fixtures: R2 Cheetahs (h), R3 Pumas (a), R4 Griquas (h), R5 Lions (a), R6 bye, R7 Sharks (h),
Recent Head to Head
2018 WP 35-32 Blue Bulls (semi final, extra time)
2018 Blue Bulls 7-34 WP (abandoned at half time, result stands)
2017 Blue Bulls 45-46 WP
2017 WP 45-34 Blue Bulls
2016 Blue Bulls 36-30 WP (Semi final)
2016 Blue Bulls 45–26 WP
2015 Blue Bulls 18-23 WP (semi final)
2015 WP 29-14 Blue Bulls
2015 Blue Bulls 47-29 WP
2014 WP 31-23 Blue Bulls (semi final)
2014 Blue Bulls 18-23 WP
2014 WP 41-17 Blue Bulls
Western Province: 15 SP Marais, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Craig Barry.
Blue Bulls: 15 Divan Rossouw, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Wian Vosloo, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Ruan Nortje, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Simphiwe Matanzima
Substitutes: 16 Johan Grobbelaar, 17 Matthys Basson, 18 Conraad van Vuuren, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Dylan Sage
Western Province -5.5 points 9/10 WSB
Blue Bulls +7.5 points 8/10 Sunbet
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
An interesting betting heat to finish the first round and slight preference is for the Bulls on the plus handicap. Although Province dominated the regular season in 2018 they ran out of steam for the play offs and I’m not overly convinced they should be outright favourites this time around.
Wins at Newlands for the Blue Bulls in recent times are hard to find but gut feel is the start they have been allocated by Sunbet (at slightly reduced odds) is enough given the line is currently 5.5 with some books.
Bet: 2.5 units Blue Bulls +7.5 points 8/10 Sunbet
Unit scale 1-5
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