Rugby 17.8.2018 09:15 pm

Currie Cup wrap: Powerful Pumas impress, Blue Bulls boosted

Jimmy Stonehouse’s troops show exactly why they are considered a dark horse in this year’s tournament.

A wrap of the first weekend's fixtures.

Currie Cup wrap: Powerful Pumas impress, Blue Bulls boosted
Currie Cup wrap: Powerful Pumas impress, Blue Bulls boosted

Currie Cup wrap: Powerful Pumas impress, Blue Bulls boosted

Jimmy Stonehouse’s troops show exactly why they are considered a dark horse in this year’s tournament.

Fit-again Eben really missed his ‘roomie’ Siya
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Fit-again Eben really missed his ‘roomie’ Siya

The Springbok lock, who spent 8 months on the sidelines, also assures that captaincy hasn’t changed the two’s great friendship.
What Rassie expects from his two Springbok ‘babies’
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What Rassie expects from his two Springbok ‘babies’

Damian Willemse and Embrose Papier have both has expectations heaped upon them in being part of the match squad against Argentina in Durban.
Why Mapimpi is ‘No 1’ for Rassie’s Springboks
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Why Mapimpi is ‘No 1’ for Rassie’s Springboks

It says a lot that the winger gets ‘ranked’ by the national coach given that Erasmus doesn’t like that practice.
Rassie’s dual Springbok vision evident in Durban selections
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Rassie’s dual Springbok vision evident in Durban selections

There’s a distinct mix between experienced men that need to guide the team to victory and youngsters being groomed for the future.
Life goes on at Loftus with Mitchell departure imminent
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Life goes on at Loftus with Mitchell departure imminent

All the drama surrounding their outgoing director of rugby has, apparently, been brushed off as the Currie Cup campaign approaches.
Paige puts Bulls humiliation behind him at ‘caring’ Cheetahs
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Paige puts Bulls humiliation behind him at ‘caring’ Cheetahs

While the Springbok dream remains alive, the scrumhalf is now only focusing on being a senior player in the squad.
Springbok guru reveals Malcolm Marx’s one weakness
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Springbok guru reveals Malcolm Marx’s one weakness

And that’s a difficult thing to pinpoint when it comes to a ‘very special player’.
Players cautiously optimistic over Currie Cup’s latest change
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Players cautiously optimistic over Currie Cup’s latest change

South Africa’s rugby’s premier domestic tournament, which starts this week, has been watered down due to endless changes to its format.
‘Flo’ excited to see the beast in Siya unleashed
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‘Flo’ excited to see the beast in Siya unleashed

The experienced flanker’s presence in the Springbok side allows his captain to fulfill a role many believe is better for him.
Springboks don’t want to be ‘selfish’ with overseas-based stars
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Springboks don’t want to be ‘selfish’ with overseas-based stars

Rassie Erasmus has ‘rugby law’ on his side in terms of the availability of men like Willie le Roux, Faf de Klerk and Francois Louw but doesn’t want to abuse it.
Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier
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Jantjies and Mapoe’s signatures make Lions’ picture rosier

Suddenly, there’s a pretty decent core of stalwarts staying till 2019 after the initial doom and gloom of a Super Rugby exodus of players.
Five Springboks to keep an eye on
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Five Springboks to keep an eye on

These are the men who can help shape the latest chapter of Rassie Erasmus’ revolution.
Rassie’s reminder: Whiteley is not Vermeulen
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Rassie’s reminder: Whiteley is not Vermeulen

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to the Springboks’ No 8 jersey…
Etzebeth itching to tackle the Pumas
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Etzebeth itching to tackle the Pumas

It’s been a long wait for the Springboks’ enforcer at lock to make his return to competitive action.
Two good friends now have to fight for a Springbok jersey
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Two good friends now have to fight for a Springbok jersey

The now very much familiar friendly tussle between Faf de Klerk and Ross Cronje is back.
Rassie’s raves over his Springbok newcomers
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Rassie’s raves over his Springbok newcomers

The rookies have certainly received high praise from their national coach.
Lions lose yet another stalwart
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Lions lose yet another stalwart

Depth in the front row is now suddenly becoming a bit of a problem for the men from Ellis Park.
Under-fire Elton has Rassie and Boks’ full backing
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Under-fire Elton has Rassie and Boks’ full backing

The national coach lauds the Lions flyhalf as a player with ‘character’ and can be certain of his place in the Bok setup.
Siya Kolisi handed Springbok captaincy permanently
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Siya Kolisi handed Springbok captaincy permanently

His fine showings in the series against England were clearly telling as Rassie Erasmus announces a fairly settled group for the Rugby Championship.
Lions’ future bright, insists Swys
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Lions’ future bright, insists Swys

The Lions coach remains calm as the franchise braces for a substantial exodus of leading players.
Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine
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Lions player ratings: Only a few rays of sunshine

The men from Ellis Park, a bit predictably, didn’t score high marks in a match where many underperformed.
Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions
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Ruthless Crusaders outclass willing but error-prone Lions

The hosts were full value in defending their title as Swys de Bruin’s men endure heartache for a third year in a row.
Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim
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Crusaders hit back at Lions’ illegal scrum claim

Swys de Bruin had earlier in the week said that the defending champions ‘get away with a lot’ but the Kiwis believe their opponents aren’t exactly squeeky clean.
Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say
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Lions ‘do have a chance’ – What the pundits say

Our experts don’t believe the doom and gloom of other observers regarding Saturday’s Super Rugby final but Swys de Bruin’s men will have to be top notch.
Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018
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Five defining (and lucky) results for the Lions in 2018

Swys de Bruin and his troops have had their fair share of luck in this year’s tournament. In fact, they didn’t even have control over two outcomes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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