Currie Cup 2017 Betting Preview, Round 8

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Round 8 of the Currie Cup gets going this weekend and we take a look at all of the action starting with Friday night’s clash between the Blue Bulls and the Griquas.

 

Blue Bulls v Griquas – click here to bet

The Bulls get the ball rolling as we enter the second half of the tournament and they badly need a boost after a 51-15 train smash away to the Pumas a week ago. The Bulls were favourites for that game but it ended in a fourth successive defeat and only the Golden Lions are below them in the standings. The Lions were the only victims for the Bulls at Loftus so far but that 54-22 win came in only their second outing of the season and they haven’t visited the winners enclosure since.

The Bulls can look back on a 51-45 win over the Griquas in Kimberley in Round 1 for encouragement and they have had the wood over this opposition in each of the last 8 meetings. However the Griquas are now 1 point better off in the standings and on their day they have been too good for Western Province in Kimberley and the Cheetahs in Bloem. Griquas are fresh from a bye last week.

Betting

Blue Bulls 4/10

Draw 25/1

Griquas 2/1

Handicap

Blue Bulls at -6.5 at 9/10

Griquas +6.5 at 9/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet:  Griquas +6.5 at 9/10

The Bulls have made wholesale changes from last week’s line up but the Griquas have had a break and will be targeting another scalp

 

Golden Lions v Pumas – click here to bet

At the half way stage of the tournament the Lions have managed just the 1 win and they can be found at the bottom of the log. It’s a blessing that only 2 sides have shown any sort of consistency as the Lions are only 5 points off the fourth play off spot, currently occupied by their opponents here. The 1 win came at home to the Griquas where the Lions survived a late fight back and they threw away a match winning lead at home to the Sharks where a red card sparked a second half collapse. There was encouragement last week where the Lions were only overhauled by a late Cheetahs try in Bloem.

The Pumas could prove to be the surprise package of the tournament and last week they made a real statement in thrashing the Bulls at Nelspruit. They edged out the Lions 43-36 in the first meeting this season whilst their only win on the road came in Kimberley against the Griquas.

Betting

Golden Lions 1 / 3

Draw 25/1

Pumas 5/2

Handicap

Golden Lions -8.5 points at 9/10

Pumas +8.5 points at 9/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet: Golden Lions -8.5 points at 9/10

The Pumas come into the game on a real high but needs must for the Lions who get the vote to cover the handicap.

 

Sharks v Cheetahs – click here to bet

The Sharks come into the game in second spot on the log but if they win here they will replace the Cheetahs at the summit.  After beating Western Province 21-20 at Newlands last week the Sharks price in the betting to win the tournament outright was cut to 13/10 and given they have played only 2 home games in the first half of the tournament, they look highly likely to land a home semi final. The Sharks have reeled off 5 wins since losing their first match of the tournament to this opposition in Bloem. The scoreline on that occasion was 47-12 but the Sharks had a number of seniors playing Super Rugby at the time and they fielded a youthful side. The 2 home games saw the Sharks beat the Pumas (29-0) and the Griquas (41-3)

The Cheetahs may be defending champions and 1 point clear at the top of the log but their season is set to take on a very different complexion. The first choice players are in Europe for the first 2 matches of the Pro-14 and with resources at a premium, it’s no surprise they have drifted to 8/1 to retain the trophy they won last season.

Betting

Sharks 1 / 33

Draw 40/1

Cheetahs 12/1

Handicap: 

Sharks -28.5 points at 9/10

Cheetahs +28.5 points at 9/10

Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change

Suggested bet: Sharks -28.5 points at 9/10

This is a good time for some of the Cheetahs youngsters to make a name for themselves but the Sharks will want top spot and although the handicap is a big one, the home side could well cover it having conceded just 3 points in 2 earlier home fixtures.

 

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