Round 9 of the Currie Cup gets going on Friday and we take a look at all 3 matches from a betting perspective.
Pumas v Sharks – click here to bet
The Pumas are currently sitting in 5th place sitting just outside of the semi-final qualification spots. They started 10 point underdogs away to the Lions last week but only ended up losing by a point, 29-28. This will be their 4th home game of the season having beaten the Bulls and Lions and lost to Western Province.
The Sharks currently sit top of the Currie Cup Log and they are 5/6 favourites to win the tournament – click here for outright betting. They hammered a 2nd string Cheetahs side by 30 points in Durban last week. The Sharks have beaten the Lions, Western Province and the Bulls on the road this season, losing only to the Cheetahs in their opening match when they were fielding an under-strength side.
These sides met in Durban earlier in the season with the Sharks winning 29-0 and the Sharks won this fixture 33-10 last season.
Pumas +8.5 at 9/10
Sharks -8.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Sharks -8.5 at 9/10.
The Pumas have been playing some great rugby particularly at home but the Sharks look worthy Currie Cup favourites and have a very settled team and I expect them to win this one going away.
Griquas v Golden Lions – click here to bet
Friday’s late kick-off sees 6th place Griquas hosting the bottom of the table, Lions in Kimberley. Griquas are coming off a narrow loss to the Bulls 44-42 at Loftus last week. Their home record has been mixed this season with a victory over Western Province but narrow defeats to the Bulls and Pumas with the latter result extremely disappointing as they started firm favourites.
The Lions had to hold off a spirited Pumas fight back to beat them by a single point in Johannesburg last week. The Lions are still looking for their first away victory of the season having lost to the Cheetahs, Western Province, the Pumas and the Bulls.
These sides met earlier in the competition with the Lions winning 48-43 in Johannesburg and Griquas won this fixture by 6 points last season.
Golden Lions 12/10
Griquas -2.5 at 9/10
Golden Lions +2.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: The Golden Lions to win at 12/10.
There has been a lot of money for the Lions this week and the handicap opened at +5.5 and is sitting at +2.5 at the time of writing. They have named a strong looking side and I am expecting them to win this game and to get back into Currie Cup semi-final contention.
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs – click here to bet
The final Currie Cup match of the weekend takes place on Saturday and sees the 4/1 second favourites for the tournament, Western Province taking on the Cheetahs in Cape Town.
WP go into this round in 4th position, 8 points behind their opponents but with a game in hand. They are coming off a bye week, having lost to the Sharks at home by a single point two weeks ago. It was their first home defeat of the season having previously beaten the Lions, Bulls and Pumas at Newlands.
The Cheetahs are once again forced to field a B team as their senior side are in Pro 14 action. They started 30 point under-dogs to the Sharks in Durban last week and that was the final margin of defeat although the Sharks did look capable of winning by 50 points at one stage. They had won their previous 2 away games against the Pumas and Bulls.
The Cheetahs beat an under-strength Western Province side 30-17 in Bloemfontein earlier this year and last season they beat Western Province by 7 points in Cape Town.
Western Province 1/33
Free State Cheetahs 12/1
Western Province -29.5 at 9/10
Free State Cheetahs +29.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Western Province -29.5 at 9/10.
The Cheetahs youngsters showed plenty of spirit last week but in the end they were badly beaten by the Sharks and some of the initial enthusiasm many of them showed on making their Currie Cup debut may have waned. Western Province are coming off a bye and will be chasing a bonus point victory and I expect them to win this comfortably and hopefully by more than 29 points.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change