The start of the Currie Cup more or less coincided with the arrival of the B & I Lions and it has certainly been full of disruptions from Covid-19 to looting and an enlarged Springbok squad. The Griquas and the Pumas made the most of the absence of the best players in the country. The Pumas narrowly missed out on a spot in the semifinals. Jimmy Stonehouse was visibly disappointed by the final performance of the Mpumalanga based outfit.
South African rugby fans would agree that the Western Province produce great rugby players, but their provincial team haven't been producing the results. Could it be time to bring an a coach like Johan Ackermann or Brendan Venter. Evan Roos has been a standout player for Western Province and I think that it won't be very long until we see him in the green and gold. Even though there is plenty of talent across the field for the men from the Cape, they have been very inconsistent. The Bulls have left the South African rugby public stunned at the talent which they have managed to bring back to our shores, coupled with a bunch of outstanding youngsters. Elrigh Louw is just one player who is virtually storming down the door of Jacques Nienaber's office from the eighthman position. The Bulls talent and depth all across the park will be too much. The Bulls should win comfortably by about 12 points.
The Griquas have been expertly coached by former Sharks player Scott Mathie, but it will be a mountain to climb for the men from Kimberley in Durban. George Whitehead and Eduan Keyter have been on top form, but it is up front, in the engine room, where I believe that the Griquas will come up short. The Sharks have a lot to offer with Phepsi Buthelezi, Lionel Cronje and Curwin Bosch leading the line. They seem to be a more settled and cohesive squad. Even in an empty stadium, I think the Sharks at home will win this one by about 10 points.