Live!!Sharks Vs Western Live Currie Cup Final 2017
Watch Currie Cup Final Live, Stream, Online, TV Coverage, How to Watch Currie Cup Final Live, Full HD Quality Video from here Cape Town – Defending Currie Cup champions, the Free State Cheetahs, will kick off the 2017 season on Friday, July 21, when they host the Sharks in Bloemfontein.Click for all the 2017 Currie Cup Premier and First Division fixturesThe opening round of action in the Currie Cup will also see the Blue Bulls, last year’s runners up, travel to Kimberley to take on Griquas on Saturday, July 22, while the Pumas will host the Golden Lions in Nelspruit on Sunday, July 23.
Western Province will have a bye in the first round.The Currie Cup First Division, which will be contested by the Griffons, Valke, Leopards, Boland Cavaliers, Border Bulldogs, Eastern Province, SWD Eagles and Welwitschias, starts in the last weekend of August.
The semi-finals in the Premier Division are scheduled for the weekend of October 21 and the final – as well as the finals of the Provincial Under-19 and Under-21 competitions – will be on Saturday, October 28.The First Division semi-finals are on October 14 and the final on October 20.
“The recent changes to the Currie Cup format are hugely exciting and the countdown has now truly begun to what promises to be another thrilling competition of high-class South African provincial rugby,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
“Returning to a seven-team Premier Division format, with all teams facing each other home and away, will bring about a more intense, strength-versus-strength competition, and the fact that we’ve re-introduced a promotion challenge series between the winner of the First Division against the last-placed Premier Division team, will add to the excitement.”
Roux explained the decision to start the Currie Cup earlier than originally planned and to do away with the proposed midweek matches: “The opening rounds of the Currie Cup overlap with the Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs, but that is a decision that was taken following a recommendation by the Franchise Committee to Exco as to the scheduling of the competition.
“One of the positive outcome of the constitutional changes made last year was to streamline our governance processes and put unions closer to the decision-making process. The CEOs of the premier Division teams were central to deciding on the format of the Currie Cup.
“As the Premier Division will be played by seven teams over a double round of matches, it was difficult to fit all of the encounters into the existing playing window. The Franchise Committee’s recommendation was to bring the kick off of the competition forward – even though there may be an overlap with Vodacom Super Rugby playoffs for some teams.
“They preferred this model to playing multiple midweek matches, which had also been on the table. The franchise teams that are likely to be affected have factored it into their planning.”
They didn’t contest a single ruck‚” Lions assistant coach Swys de Bruin noted sagely about last week’s clash the visitors won 27-10 in Durban.De Bruin believes not much can be read into last week’s contest.
The Sharks‚ he argues‚ will be a different beast at Ellis Park.“I expect them to attack the breakdown with everything they’ve got and that they will attack our set piece.“I don’t think Robert (du Preez‚ the Sharks coach) wanted to show anything. We didn’t want to show much either‚” said De Bruin tacitly‚ admitting that they too have bigger fish to fry.
If the Sharks were hiding their true colours‚ it doesn’t seem to bother the Lions.Coach Johan Ackermann is of the firm belief that their blue print‚ no matter what‚ will again be put to operational use.“The players are like race horses‚” said Ackermann.“They’ve been groomed and drilled to play in a certain way.
“If you challenge them to change that it will be unfair on them. I want them to play with freedom. That’s where I trust Jaco (Kriel) to make the right decisions‚” said Ackermann.They have a full throttle approach which is likely to test any visiting team‚ especially in a game with a 2.30pm kick-off.The hosts have the added advantage of having progressed to last year’s final. They are more accustomed to walking the play-off tightrope.
“Hopefully the guys will understand the pressures that goes with a play-off‚” said Ackermann.You get one shot at it. If you don’t do things well you’re out.”The knowledge that all the work that you’ve put in over the months could come to nothing. We have to tap into that experience when we need to.”The Lions have named an unchanged squad from the one that won last weekend. They opted to leave Rohan Janse van Rensburg on the bench.
“Rohan is a Springbok and a fine player‚” said De Bruin.“He was injured. Harold is on form and is equally good.”It doesn’t matter who starts‚ this is just a natural process. Rohan will come off the bench‚ something he does very well.”In a game like this it will perhaps take a while before a winner becomes apparent and a player like him can make a difference.”
Ackermann is aware that the game could potentially be his last game before he takes up a contract with Gloucester.Defeat is a prospect too ghastly to contemplate.“I don’t think I get the time to think about it‚” said Ackermann.“There is so much happening.Cape Town – The Cheetahs have thumped the Sharks in the opening game of the Currie Cup season, running out easy 47-12 winners in Bloemfontein on Friday night.
The defending Currie Cup champions scored two tries in the first half through flanker Uzair Cassiem and centre Francois Venter with flyhalf Niel Marais adding a two conversions and a penalty.The Sharks replied through a converted try by centre S’bura Sithole but at the break, the Cheetahs lead 17-7.
In the second half, it was all the home side who added further tries through Reinach Venter, Raymond Rhule, William Small-Smith and Zee Mkhabela. Marais converted two and added two further penalties.The Sharks added a consolation try at the death from replacement, Bandisa Ndlovu but it was the Cheetahs who again proved they will be a force to be reckoned with during this year’s Currie Cup.
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rosko Specman, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Niel Marais, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Neil Jordaan, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Charles MaraisSubstitutes: 16 Ox Nche, 17 Reinach Venter, 18 Rynier Bernado, 19 Chris Dry, 20 Zee Mkhabela, 21 JW Jonker, 22 Cecil Afrika
15 Courtney Winnaar, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 S’bura Sithole, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Ilunga Mukendi, 10 Bernhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Rowan Gouws, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Wian Vosloo, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Mzamo Majola
Substitutes: 16 Andrew du Plessis, 17 Thierry Kounga, 18 Tyler Paul, 19 Bandisa Ndlovu, 20 Cameron Wright, 21 Brandon Bailing, 22 Inny Radeb