Western Province vs Griquas
Western Province welcomes Griquas to the Cape Town Stadium for this match in the Carling Currie Cup. The home team are in 6th place on the table with 13 points while the visitors are in third position with 26 points. Western Province lost their last match 33-10 against the Lions which ended any slim hopes they had of advancing to the playoffs. They will be particularly disappointed with the loss as they dominated possession in the game but struggled to get over the tryline. Western Province have only won two of their ten matches this season.
TIP: This can be partly blamed on the fact that they had to split their teams between the Currie Cup and the URC. Their home record has been just as poor as they have only won one match at home, losing in the last three at home. Griquas shocked the league leading Cheetahs in the last round as they thrashed them 46-18 to hand the Free State team their first loss of the season. The bookies have the Griquas as favourites and I am also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.60, Playabets 1.63 and Sunbet 1.60
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Western Province vs Griquas
- The Griquas have won the last three matches against Western Province.
- The home team have won four of the last five matches between the sides
Latest results for both teams
Western Province lost 33-10 to the Lions in their last match while the Griquas beat the Cheetahs 46-18 in their last match.
The bonus point victory has taken them into the top four and they now lead the fifth placed Sharks by 4 points although the Durban side has a game in hand. Griquas will be confident coming into this match as they have a full strength team to choose from and they have won the last three matches against Western Province. A win for the Griquas in this match coupled with a loss for the Pumas will guarantee their spot in the playoffs. Western Province will be playing for pride as they cannot reach the playoffs but the younger players in the team will be keen to show their worth in this match. I am predicting a Griquas win by more than 8 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Ebenezer Tshimanga, 10 Timothy Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Junior Pokomela, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Nama Xaba (captain), 5 Adre Smith, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Sazi Sandi, 2 Jacques van Zyl, 1 Ali Vermaak.
15 Ashlon Davids, 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Sango Xamlashe, 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Alex-Zander Du Plessis, 9 Johan Mulder, 8 Sibabalo Qoma, 7 Hanru Sirgel, 6 Niel Otto (captain), 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Johan Retief, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dube.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Bulls victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Griquas handicap:
The complete odds on the Griquas handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (-4.5) 1.91
Sunbet (-4.5) 1.89
Playabets (-4.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in detail
Griquas know that a win will almost certainly secure their semi-final berth but they will need to improve their performance away from home. We are backing Griquas for the win as they will be the more desperate side. Western Province has shown very little on attack therefore the Griquas defence will be able to handle them quite easily. The Griquas on the outright win offer poor odds therefore I suggest the visitors on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (-4.5) 1.91, Sunbet (-4.5) 1.89 and Playabets (-4.5) 1.81
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