Tank’s weekend predictions

The Boks get a good Braaiday weekend off after smashing the Fijians and Namibians, with just the tricky little Samoan encounter left next Friday morning in the group stages of the World Cup …

This weekend sees the one fixture all of New Zealand seem to be obsessing about, with the French taking on the home side. I actually think it will be a bit of a letdown with the All Blacks being far too good for this yo-yo French side …

Fiji vs Samoa should be good fun, even if just for the double haka, and rib rattling tackles – expect to feel those here in South Africa!

My World Cup weekend predictions:

England v Romania: England by 36
New Zealand v France: New Zealand by 16
Fiji v Samoa: Samoa by 14
Ireland v Russia: Ireland by 28
Argentina v Scotland: Argentina by 7
Wales v Namibia: Wales by 18

Locally the Bulls have a tough task in keeping alive their Currie Cup semi-final hopes when they travel to Johannesburg to face the table-topping Golden Lions.

In Cape Town, Western Province host the resurgent Johan Goosen blessed Cheetahs in a tricky encounter for the home team, after the side from Bloemfontein crushed The Sharks last weekend.

In the two other games of the weekend, Griquas travel to Durban to face The Sharks, still hurting from their defeat in Bloemfontein last week, while both the Pumas and the Leopards will be aiming for their second victory of the season in Nelspruit.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Pumas v Leopards, Nelspruit – 15:00
Referee: Pro Legoete
5 August 2011: Leopards won 27-15 in Potchefstroom

My prediction: Pumas by 4

Pumas: 15. MJ Mentz, 14. Wilhelm Hendrik Loock, 13. JW Jonker, 12. Siviwe Magaba, 11. Johan Jackson, 10. Coenie van Wyk, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Christo le Roux, 7. Jaco Bouwer, 6. Corne Steenkamp (Captain), 5. Marius Coetzer, 4. Willem Serfontein, 3. Brett Nel, 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1. Dawie Steyn
Substitutes: 16. Pellow van der Westhuizen, 17. Michael de Neuilly-Rice, 18. Eduan Van Der Walt, 19. JP Mostert, 20. Hendrik van der Nest, 21. Dewald Pretorius, 22. Carl Bezuidenhout

Leopards: 15 George Tossel, 14 Hoffman Maritz, 13 Charl Weideman, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht (captain), 11 Jovan Bowles, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Johann Laker, 8 Robert Kruger, 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Philip de Wet, 5 Bradley Mockford, 4 Brendon Snyman, 3 Berend Botha, 2 Gavin Williamson, 1 Jean Rossouw
Substitutes: 16 Marius Fourie, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Juan Pretorius, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Liam Slatem, 21 Wynand Willis, 22 Clayton Durand

Sharks v Griquas, Durban – 19:10
Referee: Jason Jaftha
5 August 2011: GWK Griquas won 43-33 in Kimberley

My prediction: Sharks by 18

Sharks: 15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Sibusiso Sithole, 13 Marius Joubert, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Eugene van Staden, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Adrian Jacobs, 22 Louis Ludik

Griquas: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Dusty Noble, 13 Wilmaure Louw, 12 Matthew Rosslee, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Earl Rose, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Jonathan Mokuena (captain), 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Justin Downey, 5 Frikkie Spies, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Ivann Espag
Substitutes: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Steph Roberts, 18 Leon Karemaker, 19 Marnus Schoeman, 20 Hanno Coetzee, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Rudi Vogt

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Golden Lions v Blue Bulls, Johannesburg – 15:00
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
6 August 2011: Lions won 36-27 in Pretoria

My prediction: Blue Bulls by 4

Golden Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 James Kamana

Blue Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Gerhard van den Heever, 10 Louis Fouche/Francois Brummer, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Dewald Potgieter, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Gary Botha (captain), 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Rossouw de Klerk, 18 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Dustin Jinka, 21 Francois Brummer/Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Jurgen Visser

Western Province v Free State Cheetahs, Cape Town – 17:05
Referee: Stuart Berry
6 August 2011: Cheetahs won 28-22 in Bloemfontein

My prediction: Cheetahs by 5

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14  Danie Poolman, 13  Johann Sadie, 12 Marcel Brache’, 11  JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Tertius Daniller, 6 Nick Fenton-Wells, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4  Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg (captain), 1 JD Moller
Substitutes:  16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Nizaam Carr, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Heinrich Steyl

Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss.

Absa Currie Cup First Division

Boland vs EP Kings
Date: Friday, 23 September, Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Boland Park, Wellington
Referee: Marius Jonker
12 August 2011: EP won 23-18 in Port Elizabeth

Griffons vs Border
Date: Saturday, 24 September. Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: North West Stadium, Welkom
Referee: Joey Salmans
12 August 2011: Border won 26-21 in East London

Valke vs SWD
Date: Saturday, 24 September. Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
Referee: Quinton Immelman
12 August 2011: SWD won 24-15 in George

Enjoy people. I will be teaming up with my Cheerful Chunky mates to take on The Toad in Noordhoek in a Braaiday potjiekos competition  … They have promised me a good stock of Black Label, and given that the day starts with the All Blacks vs France game at 10h30, they will actually be lucky to actually see a potjie from us …

That said, I really do hope to make it up to the Green Mile on Saturday afternoon, where Ikeys will be taking on Vics … A victory for the blue and whites will see them take the league title for the first time since 1974!!

Cheers
Tank

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