The Sharks travel to Kimberley to meet the Griquas for their final match of the regular Currie Cup season and the visitors are looking to secure home advantage in the play offs.
Griquas v Sharks, Saturday 13th October, Kimberley, Kick Off 15:00
Weather Forecast: - Kimberley
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Ben Crouse, Jaco Kotze
Television match official: Lourens van der Merwe
The Griquas have only the Cheetahs below them in the standings but with 6 points worth of daylight over the Bloemfontein side they will avoid the wooden spoon. Their only win in 5 matches came at home to the Cheetahs (52-24) and they ran the Blue Bulls close in their other home fixture before going down 45-40. Last time out Griquas were beaten 38-12 at Western Province.
The Sharks still have an outside chance of topping the log but they would need a 5 pointer here and then hope Western Province return from their visit to Loftus empty handed in the game to follow. Their hopes of collaring Province for top spot were severely dented when they lost 50-28 to the log leaders at Newlands 2 weeks ago. That is the Sharks only loss of the tournament so far but their other away fixture was far from convincing as they battled to hold off a second string Cheetahs side in Bloemfontein. The Sharks come into the weekend program in second spot and 4 points clear of the Blue Bulls and hence they need to take some sort of points return from this game in order to secure the home semi final rather than rely on results elsewhere.
Recent Head to Head
2017 Griquas 22-40 Sharks
2017 Sharks 41-3 Griquas
2016 Sharks 46-24 Griquas
2015 Griquas 20-45 Sharks
2014 Sharks 18-21 Griquas
2014 Griquas 24-31 Sharks
2013 Griquas 24-25 Sharks
2013 Sharks 30-32 Griquas
2012 Sharks 42-3 Griquas
2012 Griquas 22-15 Sharks
Griquas: 15 AJ Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Kyle Steyn (captain), 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Conway Pretorius, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuuren, 4 Sintu Manjezi, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 Khwezi Mkhafu, 1 Devon Matinus
Substitutes: 16 Liam Hendricks, 17 Nicolaas Oosthuizen, 18 Jonathan Janse van Rensburg, 19 Eital Bredenkamp, 20 Louis Venter, 21 Stephan Janse van Rensburg, 22 Edwin Sass
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Robert du Preez, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 JJ van der Mescht, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Grant Williams, 21 Marius Louw, 22 Kobus van Wyk
Griquas +14.5 points 9/10 BetXchange
Sharks -12 points 9/10 GGGaming
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Given the Sharks have been far better in Durban than they have when travelling home advantage in the play offs looks crucial in terms of their outright chances. It’s long odds against them catching Western Province but in the circumstances I can see them covering this handicap.
Chris's Bet: 6 units (1 to 10 scale) Sharks -12 points 9/10 GGGaming
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