This weekend the Currie Cup round robin stages come to an exciting end, with the Sharks having secured a home semi-final already, the other three spots are up for grabs.
On the Currie Cup log the Sharks are on top of the table with 47 points followed by Western Province on 32 points. In third place are the Cheetahs on 31, fourth place the Lions on 30, Blue Bulls on 27, Pumas and Griquas on 26 but the Griquas have played all their twelve matches, they not in action this weekend.
Friday – Blue Bulls vs Pumas 19:00pm
Saturday – Sharks vs Western Province 15:00pm
Saturday – Golden Lions vs Cheetahs 17:15pm
Western Province just need to collect four points on Saturday in Durban, it really doesn’t matter how they win, they just need to win. The Blue Bulls on the other hand will be hoping the Lions lose to the Cheetahs without getting any bonus points (tries or within seven) in Johannesburg.
Fans will be happy to see some of their Springbok players back in their respective unions. For the Lions, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee and Malcolm Marx are in the match 23, for the Sharks, Lukhanyo Am returns to midfield at 13, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jean Luc du Preez are on the bench. Cheetahs have strengthen their team with a number of their Pro 14 players, Oupa Mohoje will play 8th-man flanked by Paul Schoeman and Henco Venter, Raymond Rhule is at Full-Back with Mapimpi and Specman making up the back three. Western Province have brought in their big guns following their defeat against the Lions last weekend, Dillyn Leyds and Wilco Louw return after representing the national side against the Allblacks in the Rugby Championship match played at Newlands.