Preview: Currie Cup Semi-Final Sharks vs Blue Bulls
Two quality games ahead this Saturday.
Let’s have a gander at the first one.
Can the Blue Bulls beat the Sharks and make it to their 8th Currie Cup Final in the last 10 years?
Will we get 2 more views of the Sharks cheerleaders?
Let’s have a closer look…
Now on to the game…
Sharks vs Vodacom Blue Bulls – ABSA Stadium, Durban
The Sharks topped the table with one game still to play and have been impressive throughout the season, barring their loss to the Griquas in round 1. They have scored the most tries this year and will be looking for more of the same come Saturday.
They were however somewhat outplayed by a psyched up WP side last weekend and worryingly for them were overpowered in the scrums and at the breakdown. How much of this was down to missing players and a lack motivation/bad day at the office remains to be seen but they will not need any more motivation than a possible home final.
Players to watch:
Lwazi Mvovo – Try machine extraordinaire. A great finisher, who deserves a Bok call up but can he handle the pressure?
Patrick Lambie – Mr round baby face. Has had a superb season although has played more of an open game, which may not be the best option versus the Bulls.
Willem Alberts – His battle with Danie Rossouw and later, Spies will be immense. This guy is near impossible to stop when he gets going. Word has it he once locked himself out of his house. So he walked through the side wall only to find his wife preparing his dinner of 3 chickens, in the kitchen. Oh how they laughed.
The Bulls started slowly this season and needed to string together a few critical victories to make the top 4 teams and edge out a resurgent Lions team (next year, you watch!). They have conceded the most tries of the teams in the semis but have recently been boosted by the return of most of the Springbok side, including Bakkies headbutt Botha.
The Bulls have already won the Vodacom Cup and Super 14 and have far more recent experience of playing in Semis and Finals, can they achieve the tri-factor? I believe they can.
Players to watch:
Francois Hougaard – Purple boots and mullet are go! Crisp service, quality kicking and solid in the big games.
Bakkies Botha – Will be keen to prove to South African fans and possibly himself that he can be as effective without breaking the laws and opposition faces.
Chilboy Ralepelle – has gone from strength to strength this year, which coincided with more game time and staying injury free. Huge game for the Bulls hooker.
All in all the Blue Bulls seem to be favourites for this game but they do have a poor record at ABSA stadium. If the Sharks can front up to the Bulls big pack, they definitely have a good chance. Either way this is going to be a cracker with not much in it.
Kick Off: 2:30pm
Prediction: Bulls by 3-7.