We pick the weekend winners

Game, set and match for the home sides in all three Currie Cup log deciders this weekend say the Bookies and Bru’s. Agree? Take in our preview before making your SuperBru picks.

The line-up:

Friday, 13 October

19h00 – Blue Bulls v Pumas

  • Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
  • Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
  • Assistant Referees: Rasta Rasivhenge & Jaco Pretorius
  • TMO: Pro Legoete

Saturday, 14 October

15h00 – Sharks v Western Province

  • Venue: Kings Park, Durban
  • Referee: Jaco Peyper
  • Assistant Referees: Stuart Berry & Archie Sehlako
  • TMO: Willie Vos

17h15 – Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs

  • Venue: Emirates Airline park, Johannesburg
  • Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
  • Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs & Stephan Geldenhuys
  • TMO: Johan Greeff

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Our picks:

Blue Bulls by 16

WP by 3

Lions by 5

What the Bookies say:

Blue Bulls (1/8) over Pumas (5/1)

Sharks (3/10) over WP (5/2)

Lions (1/3) over Cheetahs (11/5)

The SuperBru Community picks:

Blue Bulls by 8

Sharks by 7

Lions by 8

Expect a feisty weekend as five teams battle it out for three remaining playoff spots in a thrilling finish to the pool stages. To add some spice, several Boks are back from Rugby Champs duty.

The Sharks are guaranteed a home semi after earning top spot on the log, while Western Province, the Cheetahs, the Lions and Blue Bulls go head-to-head for the other home semi-final. The Pumas could sneak a spot in the top four, but they would need to travel.

A victory could do it for WP, currently in second place, as they boast a one-point cushion and a comprehensive points-difference over the third-placed Cheetahs, but this would require toppling the log-leaders on their home turf. Lose, though, and they could miss out completely! With so much to play for, and given the Sharks dominant position, we are predicting the upset.

The Lions host the Cheetahs in the final pool match, meaning these teams will know exactly what they need to do by the time they take to the field. And with a plethora of PRO14 players back, the Cheetahs might also be a good call for the upset! That is if you can work with Raymond Rhule at fullback!

The Blue Bulls and Pumas get things going in Pretoria on Friday and both sides will be desperate for a victory to stay in contention for the playoffs. A defeat without a bonus point for any of WP, the Cheetahs or Lions could see the winning team at Loftus through to the top four.

The Mpumalanga side have won only 1 of the last 6 fixtures between the teams, with that victory coming in August. This will no doubt inspire the visitors, but this is a very different Bulls side under John Mitchell, and we do not see them stumbling at home. They have named an unchanged starting side, with the only new face on the bench being Travis Ismaiel, who replaces the concussed Ulrich Beyers.

Great to see the likes of Lukhanyo Am, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jean-Luc du Preez, Dillyn Leyds, Wilco Louw, Andries Coetzee, Courtnall Skosan, Ross Cronje and Malcolm Marx back in action for their Currie Cup sides. It will certainly up the ante in an already tasty weekend of domestic rugby.

All the best with those predictions…

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- All Out Rugby Staff Writer