The final action in the Currie Cup this weekend sees Western Province host the Blue Bulls in Cape Town and the betting suggests we are in for a close contest.
Western Province v Blue Bulls, Saturday 28th November, Cape Town, KO 19:00 (South African time)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni, Divan Uys
TMO: Rasta Rasivhenge
Weather Forecast – Cape Town
With the Stormers Super Rugby Unlocked season now completed Western Province start the Currie Cup 4 points shy of the Bulls. The Stormers won 4 and lost 1 of their completed SRU matches and last week's scheduled visit to the Sharks was cancelled due to Covid protocols.
Their only defeat came away to the Bulls where they crashed and burned at Loftus in Round 4, trailing 39-6 when the threat of lightning caused an early finish with around 17 minutes still on the clock and the result stood.
That aside the Stormers were foot perfect in Cape Town beating the Lions and the Cheetahs and 4 of their Currie Cup matches will take place on home turf.
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
Bulls (h), Lions (a), Pumas (h), bye, Griquas (h), Cheetahs (a), Sharks (h)
The Bulls clinched the Super Rugby Unlocked title when they completed a 21-5 home win over the Pumas last week. They finished that tournament 4 points better off than the Stormers and the Sharks but they will have to travel for 4 of the 6 Currie Cup matches.
The Bulls only SRU defeat came in Round 2, 19-17 to the Cheetahs in Bloem where they missed a late conversion attempt that would have levelled the scores
In Currie Cup 2019 the Bulls had a poor season, finishing with only the Pumas below them in the standings with 2 wins and 4 defeats whilst WP were just 1 place and 4 points better off and also missed the play offs.
Bulls SRU Results
R1 Griquas (h) won 30-23, R2 Cheetahs (a) lost 19-17, R3 Sharks (h) won 41-14, R4 Stormers (h) won 39-6, R5 Lions (a) won 30-25, R6 bye, R7 Pumas (h) won 21-5.
Blue Bulls Currie Cup Fixtures and Results
Western Province (a), Cheetahs (h), Sharks (a), Griquas (a), Lions (h), bye, Pumas (a)
Western Province: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements (from): 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Kwenzo Blose, 19 Neethling Fouche, 20 David Meihuizen, 21 Chris van Zyl, 22 Jaco Coetzee, 23 Marcel Theunissen, 24 Godlen Masimla, 25 Tim Swiel, 26 Ruhan Nel
Blue Bulls: 15 David Kriel, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Stedman Gans, 12 Cornal Hendricks, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Sintu Manjezi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Marco Jansen van Vuren
Recent Head to Head
2020 Pretoria Bulls 39–6 Stormers (Tries 5-0)
2020 Cape Town Stormers 13-0 (Tries 2-0 )
2019 Cape Town Stormers 24-23 (Tries 3-2 )
2019 Pretoria Bulls 40–3 Stormers (Tries 4-0)
2018 Cape Town Stormers 29-17 (Tries 4-2 )
2018 Pretoria Bulls 33–23 Stormers (Tries 5-3)
2019 WP 20-5 Blue Bulls
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
WP 21/20 Betway, Playabets
Draw 25/1 WSB
Blue Bulls even money BetXchange
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
When I priced this game up on Sunday night I had Western Province as -3.5 point favourites. The Stormers impressed in the recent SRU home win over the Cheetahs and Willemse is in great form at 10.
It will be a battle but I am happy to make an early call on Western Province.
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