Week 2 of the Currie Cup season gets going on Saturday and we take a look at all 3 matches and suggest a bet in each.
Golden Lions v Griquas – click here to bet
The Lions went down by 7 points to the Pumas away last week in a high scoring encounter. It was a game in which the lead changed hands several times but in the end this youthful Lions side wasn’t able to get up for the win. They remain without their star players who are involved in Super Rugby action and this game will be curtain raiser to the big semi-final later in the day.
The Griquas went down by 6 points to the Bulls at home last weekend in a match that had 96 points in it. While they lost the game they did beat the handicap which had been set in double figures in favour of the Bulls.
In recent head-to-head clashes the Griquas beat the Lions by 6 points at home last year and the Lions won by 10 points at home at Ellis Park in 2015.
Lions -5.5 at 5/6
Griquas +5.5 at 5/6
Suggested bet: Handicap, Griquas +5.5 at 5/6.
There has been some money for the Lions this week but I actually think Griquas have every chance of getting a victory against a side that they beat in the SuperSport Challenge semi-finals.
Sharks v Pumas – click here to bet
The Sharks play their first home game of the season having lost by 35 points away to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week. Their Super Rugby side was in quarter-final action that same weekend so it was a very young and inexperienced side that took to the field. They should be a lot stronger this week and bookmakers have installed them as 1/12 favourites to win the match.
The Pumas showed last week that they are going to be a tough side to beat at home when they beat the Lions 43-36. They have historically struggled on the road and they will have to rectify this if they have to challenge for the semi-final spots.
The Sharks won 33-10 when these sides met in Nelspruit last year and they met in Durban in 2015 with the Sharks winning by just a point.
Sharks -19.5 at 5.6
Pumas +19.5 at 5/6
Suggested bet: Handicap, Pumas +19.5 at 5/6.
While the Sharks team will be much stronger on paper than the one they put out last week I am sure many of the side will still be feeling the effects of that heart breaking loss to the Lions. The Pumas have a decent looking side and can capitalise and although I don’t think they will win the game I do think they can stay within the handicap.
Cheetahs v Western Province – click here to bet
The Cheetahs will be looking to build on to a strong start to their campaign having beaten the Sharks 47-12 in Bloemfontein last week. There has been plenty of money for them this week with the Handicap opening at +6.5 and is sitting at +3.5 at the time of writing. They are able to field virtually a full strength Super Rugby side and while Western Province are able to welcome back many of their players who were involved in the loss to the Chiefs last week they have also decided to rest all players that are carrying minor injuries and have had a heavy workload during the season.
The Cheetahs beat Western Province by 7 points at Newlands last year and they also won by 7 points the last time the sides met in Bloemfontein in 2015.
Western Province 13/20
Cheetahs +3.5 at 5/6
Western Province -3.5 at 5/6
Suggested bet: Cheetahs win at 13/10.
I suspect that this price will continue to shorten to the point where the Cheetahs may even start favourites for this game. I am confident of a Cheetahs victory and have gone for the outright bet rather than the more conservative handicap play.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change