It’s really tight for the playoff places between the top 5 teams in the Currie Cup. The Bulls look safe for a place but the other 4 are all still in with a chance of missing out. The Pumas and Griquas really are off the pace and you have to wonder if that’s what awaits the Cheetahs in future as they are no longer in the Pro 14.
Anyway enough speculation on that front and let’s get into the predictions.
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Phakisa Pumas v Xerox Lions – Xerox Lions by 5
As I said in the intro the Pumas and Griquas are off the pace and so the only question here is what’s the margin going to be?
Well maybe there’s a little bit more to it than that. With the Lions having a mid-week game against the Bulls as it was postponed from last weekend they are going to need to juggle their playing squad. That might open it up for the Pumas, I don’t think so but I do think that it will mean is a smaller margin than some might expect.
Cell C Sharks v Griquas – Cell C Sharks by 15
No such luck for the Griquas, the Sharks won’t be needing to juggle their resources and so it should be a comfortable away win.
Cheetahs v DHL Western Province – Cheetahs by 5
This is a really intriguing game. As I said last week, the Cheetahs will be looking to prove a few points now that have have been cut from the Pro14 to allow the 4 Super franchises to be included. Last weekend they thrashed the Sharks at home and Province will know they are in for a tough game. I’m backing home advantage to be the difference here and keep the Cheetahs in playoff contention.
Vodacom Bulls v Xerox Lions – Vodacom Bulls by 5
The Bulls have lost twice now as they went down to the Sharks last time out. Both those losses though have come on the road. At home they have been perfect so far and with the Lions having to back up from playing at the weekend it’s looking like a home win. There is the disruption that the COVID cases will have caused in the Bulls camp but they have been going so well you have to think that won’t derail them too much.
Record So Far
25 from 32 or 78% so far, another good round getting them both right is pushing me in the right direction.