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Friday, October 08, 2010

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 13

Currie Cup best tries mix - Round 13

Were now getting to the business end of the Currie Cup as the fight for home semi finals heats up this weekend with the Springboks returning to action and the last game of the weekend set to decide the outcome on the final points standings.

The Bulls, who play the Griquas away from home, arent taking any chances as they need to win with a bonus point and hope that both Western Province and the Cheetahs lose. Theyve been lucky enough to call upon returning Bok players Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, Morne Steyn, and Wynand Olivier.

At the top of the table the Sharks are sitting pretty as theyre safe in the knowledge that they cant be overtaken. Theyll travel to Cape Town to take on a Western Province side who need at least three points to secure a home semi final themselves.

"It's crunch time now," said Sharks coach John Plumtree. If you look at our match, it's the pick of the games of the weekend and probably has got the most riding on it."

The Cheetahs are the third team in with a shout for a home semi, so theyll be looking to get a bonus point win over the Leopards then rely on other results to seal their fate.

Its set to be another fiercely competitive weekend, starting tonight as the Lions take on the Pumas in Johannesburg at 7pm and the Cheetahs and Leopards play at the same time in Phokeng. Tomorrow at 3pm the Bulls face the Griquas, and then at 5pm its the Western Province clash against the Sharks from Newlands.

This video is from last weekend's games, featuring some of the best tries of Round 13.

Time: 04:22

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:26 pm | View Comments (20)

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Don Hill October 08, 2010 1:22 pm

I have a feeling that the Sharks would like to beat WP so that they can set up a semi final with them rather than meet the Cheetahs or Bulls at home who have a decent record at Kingspark. Thus I think that WP vs Sharks is the biggest game of the weekend and WP have the most to lose out of all the teams.

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NiWiTa October 08, 2010 1:55 pm

Chill out anonymous - don't see you paying for use of this site the grumpy beggar!

Who is the big number 8 with the affro haircut(cheetahs I think although I have limited knowledge so excuse mistakes). Two great tries for him followed by a shocker of a missed tackle! Still looks a bloody good player.

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Greiffel October 08, 2010 2:03 pm

The anon comment is gone. Had enough of that kind of b.s.

It's Ashley Johnson you're referring to. Toured with the Springboks at the end of last year. Good player

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Anonymous October 08, 2010 2:07 pm

Anyone with any idea of what that song was called?

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Greiffel October 08, 2010 2:12 pm

DJ Champion - Keep on ridin'

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Wolfman21 October 08, 2010 2:46 pm

NiWita - as pointed out by Greiffel - his name is Ashely Johnson. He has been shunted around a bit - good age group player, and the Cheetahs were trying to fashion him into a hooker last year when they had injuries to their backrow, and finally allowed him to play.

Limited chances in the Super 14 this year, but has maintained a high level of form for the last year or so. He is doing what Pierre Spies should be doing - making ground, breaking the line and generally having a good impact all over the field. Hopefully he will get game time in the Super 15 - might be a chance of making the Spingbok end of year touring squad.

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NiWiTa October 08, 2010 2:56 pm

Cheers @Greiffel and @Wolfman21. He has good feet for a big fella, reminds me of big Colin Charvis because of the hair I guess but seems a lot better with the boot...

Hope he replaces Spies - as an England fan (therefore reasonably unbiased as tri-nations goes), I couldn't believe how little impact Spies had considering the hype. Hope this is not deemed unfair but good to let in new blood like Johnson methinks...

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Ted October 08, 2010 3:09 pm

Greiffel - don't let it get you down mate, the vast majority of us love this site and appreciate everything you put into it.

On topic - as usual this is far and away better than any similar mix you might see for English rugby. There are three here that would be try of the season here in England, whenever they were scored.

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Wolfman21 October 08, 2010 3:19 pm

NiWita - I think there might be question marks over Johnson's fitness, and he hasn't had a lot of game time in the Super 14, meaning he has been great in a Currie Cup missing the best South Africans. Obviously not has fault if the coaches won't select him!

I agree about the new blood. Vermeulen, from the Stormers/WP has been good for a while now - an honest, hardworking 8. A lot of people would select him for the Boks.

As a Bulls supporter, I am a very disappointed by Spies. He has all the physical attributes to be fantastic, but lacks the mongrel to dominate people, and also doesn't have the same skill levels as the Italian 8, or Reid, for example.

He has just come off a rehabilitation programme though, so hopefully we don't hear that he can bench press a tractor, but rather that he has developed better ball skills, match awareness, and become a bit angry.

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NiWiTa October 08, 2010 3:39 pm

Fairpoint Wolfman21, "mongrel" is a good word for what Spies seemed to lack this time round.....I'd thought the chap that replaced burger during the lions tour might have been a good replacement (Brussow - or is he just a fetcher).

aaahhh Ted I guess that's me told.. I am going to have to disagree with you...I think there are some good tries in English and Heineken Cup rugby so saying these would "be try of the season" is pretty arrogant. I'd better clock off now so look forward to being told how inferior I am at a later time.... Later N

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Andymo October 08, 2010 3:55 pm

Ashley always impresses me, I wonder if he could get into the boks - to be honest I don't think he's good enough - he might make it on racial "quota's" though.

But he's a genius compared to Spies, the man can't make a half metre off the back of the scrum. All gym and no brains.

This Jantjies player (Lions 10) seems decent enough, just hope they don't try do an Earl Rose - select him at too early an age (once again because of colour), rather let him develop in the CC and potentially some S15.

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Andymo October 08, 2010 4:00 pm

I meant whether Ashley J could get into the Bok starting 15.

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fry October 08, 2010 4:51 pm

Looked like Gio Aplon was delivering a baby there around 0:56.

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Leeners93 October 08, 2010 6:04 pm

sidestep at 3:33 is magic :)

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Anonymous October 09, 2010 5:01 am

Ashley Johnson is a beast. Hope he gets his chance with the Boks soon

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Anonymous October 09, 2010 5:02 am

Unbelieveably Awesome! That video has made me love Currie Cup rugby now!

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Anonymous October 09, 2010 6:03 am

keegan daniel should move to britain he will never get in to the springboks, hes just to small

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Anonymous October 09, 2010 6:05 am

spies seriously needs to be dropped, he's doing a borhtwick/ ryan jones.

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Ted October 09, 2010 11:13 am

NiWiTa - I'm English and a loyal Wasps supporter so I'm not telling you you're inferior, I'm just saying I rarely see this sort of dynamic play in the Premiership. I'll agree with you on the Heinekin Cup - that's a big step up in terms of quality - but when I watch Premiership games these days they leave me rather cold I'm afraid.

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Anonymous October 11, 2010 1:26 pm

Fairpoint Ted - still think London Irish have scored a couple of crackers this season (although against risible defence)...

Right on the Heineken cup though..the recently posted Scarlets tries are magic..you shoudl check them out.

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