The final action in Round 2 of the Currie Cup comes from Johannesburg where Lions clash with Western Province.
Lions v Western Province, Saturday 5th December, Johannesburg, KO 19:00 (South African time)
Referee: Griffin Colby
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen and Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Marius Jonker
Weather Forecast – Johannesburg
The Lions Super Rugby Unlocked campaign was severely impacted by Covid outbreaks with 1 in their camp which led to the cancellation of a home game against the Cheetahs and another in the Pumas squad which led to another home fixture going the same way. However last week they had a slice of fortune as their opening Currie Cup match away to Griquas saw them fight back from 17-3 down at one stage in the first half to take a 20-17 lead just before play was halted due to the weather after 47 minutes and the result stood.
That was the Lions first action since Round 5 of SRU, a tournament which also delivered a win over the Griquas alongside narrow defeats to the Bulls in Joburg (30-25) the Sharks in Durban (19-16) and the Stormers in Cape Town (23-17).
Lions SRU Results
R1 Sharks (a) lost 19-16, R2,Stormers (a) lost 23-17, R3 Cheetahs (h) cancelled, R4 Griquas (h) won 61-31, R5 Bulls (h) lost 30-25, R6 Pumas (h) cancelled, R7 bye
Lions Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
R1 Griquas (a) won 20-17 (shortened to 47 mins, R2 Western Province (h), R3 Cheetahs (a), R4 Sharks (h), R5 Bulls (a), R6 Pumas (a), R7 bye
Western Province were the subject of betting support for last week's Currie Cup opening match at home to the Bulls. Although the Bulls were reduced to 14 men Province, who led 10-5 at half time, were pegged back late on and eventually went down 22-20.
The aforementioned defeat saw Province finish the round in third spot in the standings, 3 points behind the Sharks and 7 shy of the Bulls.
In Super Rugby the Stormers completed 2 narrow wins over the Lions, in Joburg in the original tournament and in Cape Town in Unlocked.
Stormers SRU Results
R1 bye, R2 Lions (h) won 23-17, R3 Pumas (a) won 42-37, R4 Bulls (a) lost 39-6, R5 Griquas (a) won 39-6, R6 Cheetahs (h) won 30-13, R7 Sharks (a) cancelled
Western Province Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
R1 Bulls (h) lost 22-20, R2 Lions (a), R3 Pumas (h), R4 bye, R5 Griquas (h), R6 Cheetahs (a), R7 Sharks (h)
Lions: 15 Tiaan Swanepoel; 14 Stean Pienaar, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Courtnall Skosan; 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Ross Cronjé; 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Sti Sithole.
Replacemets: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reinhard Nothnagel, 20 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 21 Roelof Smit, 22 Morné van den Berg, 23 Dan Kriel
Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 John Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements – from: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Johan du Toit, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Tristan Leyds, 24 Jaco Coetzee, 25 Kade Wolhuter, 26 Rikus Pretorius
Recent Head to Head
2020 Cape Town Stormers 23–17 Lions (Tries 2-2 ) (SRU)
2020 Johannesburg Lions 30–33 Stormers (Tries 4-4 )
2019 Johannesburg Lions 41–22 Stormers (Tries 6-3 )
2019 Cape Town Stormers 19–17 Lions (Tries 1-2 )
2018 Cape Town Stormers 23–26 Lions (Tries 2-4 )
2018 Johannesburg Lions 52–31 Stormers (Tries 8-4 )
2017 Cape Town Stormers 16–29 Lions (Tries 1-4 )
2016 Johannesburg Lions 29–22 Stormers (Tries 2-1 )
2019 WP 28–30 Lions
2018 Lions 35-68 WP
2017 WP 19-5 Lions (semi final)
2017 Lions 29–20 WP
2017 WP 39-3 Lions
2016 Lions 58–32 WP
Lions 13/10 at Hollywood
WP 9/10 at Gbets
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
I think the loss of Gelant at 15 is massive for WP and although I think Willemse now shifts to his best position I have little faith in Swiel at 10. WP would hve been disappointed to let the 14 man Bulls come back to win the game last week and the camp does not look happy or settled.
The Lions are a team that keep coming at you and if they can avoid being dominated in the scrum I think they win this and the 13/10 is too juicy to resist.
Bet: 5 units Lions win at 13/10 at Hollywood
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