There are three live Currie Cup fixtures for punters to sink their teeth into this weekend and we take a look at each game from a betting perspective.
Sharks v Griquas – click here to bet
The Sharks opened their campaign with a 35 point loss away to the Cheetahs in Week 1, however they were able to field a totally different side last week at home to the Pumas with many of their Super Rugby players returning. It was a scrappy encounter which the Sharks eventually won 29-0 which was enough to beat the handicap which started at Sharks -25.
The Griquas will consider themselves slightly unfortunate to have lost 48-43 to the Lions in Johannesburg last week and with 10 minutes to go it certainly looked like they were in with a chance of getting the victory. That was their second successive loss as they also went down to the Bulls in a high scoring encounter in Kimberley losing 51-45 in Week 1.
These sides met in Durban in 2016 with the Sharks winning by 22 points in a high scoring encounter.
Sharks -13.5 at 9/10
Griquas +13.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Griquas +13.5 at 9/10.
The Sharks were not particularly impressive in seeing off the Pumas, even though they did win by 29 points and I think that this Griquas side can push them all the way.
Western Province v Pumas – click here to bet
Western Province decided to rest the majority of their returning Super Rugby players last week and they paid the price when they lost to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. It was a game which saw substantial betting movements before kick off with Western Province initially opening favourites but after team selection the Cheetahs assumed that role and duly delivered for the punters that backed them.
The Pumas were very impressive in the opening week of the tournament when they beat the Lions at home but they were no match for the Sharks in Durban last week going down by 29 points and failing to trouble the scorers. Their away form is generally their Achilles heel and their last two games at Newlands have seen them lose by 8 points last year and by 31 points in 2015.
Western Province 1/12
Western Province -19.5 at 9/10
Pumas +19.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Western Province -19.5 at 9/10.
This handicap has shifted out from an opening call of -17.5 and even at -19.5 I am prepared to back the home team as I was not impressed by the Pumas last week and I expect Province to go all out for a big victory and they certainly have the personnel to do it.
Bulls v Lions – click here to bet
The Bulls had a bye in Week 2 and they will be looking to pick up where they left off in the opening week where they beat the Griquas 51-45 away from home. While the bye came very early in the season the Bulls may well have benefitted in having extra time to get used to the way that directive coaching, John Mitchell wants them to play.
The Lions scored a last minute penalty to beat the Griquas by 5 points last week. It was an important win as in the opening week they had gone down to the Pumas 43-36 in Nelspruit.
These sides met at Loftus in 2016 with the Bulls winning by 14 points.
Bulls -9.5 at 9/10
Lions +9.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Handicap, Bulls -9.5 points at 9/10.
I was very surprised that this was not a double figure handicap given that the Bulls will be fielding a virtual Super Rugby side and the Lions are very much a second string outfit their senior players are involved in the Super Rugby Final. I expect the Bulls to win this by some margin.
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change