Cheetahs vs Griquas
The matches between these neighbors always produce tight contests and this match will be no exception. Cheetahs being the bigger union always sign players from Griquas but this season the away side has hung onto their players. This is the reason they are in third place on the log while the Cheetahs are currently last on the log. Griquas will try to break their duck as they have never beaten the Cheetahs at home. This will be their best opportunity as they have had a week’s rest while the Cheetahs played three days ago. The Griquas team will again be led by their inspirational captain Ruan Steenkamp. He has been a beast for this Griquas team and it’s his carries that give the team the go forward ball that they thrive on. This will be an exciting contest as both the teams love running the ball. The team that makes any errors in attack will be punished as there are great counter attackers on both sides. Accuracy will be paramount.
TIP: The Cheetahs have persisted with Reinhardt Fortuin at flyhalf. This is the most baffling decision as they lost all their matches earlier in the season with Fortuin at 10. When they replaced him with Brendon Thomson they went on a winning run. Since Fortuin is back they haven’t won a match. The Griquas have no such problems at 10 and have the leading point scorer of the competition in George Whitehead. He has had the most remarkable season guiding the underdogs Griquas to the brink of the semi-finals. His game management is the best in the Currie Cup and if he can control this game then Griquas will win. The bookies have the Cheetahs as favourites but I’m going for the upset Griquas win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 3.00, Playabets 2.85 and Sunbet 2.55
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Cheetahs vs Griquas
- In the last five matches there have been four wins for the Cheetahs and one for Griquas.
- The Cheetahs have never lost at home to the Griquas.
- Griquas won the last match between the sides 31-10
Latest results for both teams
Cheetahs lost their last match against the Sharks 38-31 while Griquas lost their last game against the Bulls 56-33.
Both these teams will be chasing the bonus point victory so you can expect plenty of tries in this match. These teams are great on attack but weak in defence. The team that can defend better will win this match. The scrum of Griquas looks to have the edge over the Cheetahs and also the forward pack of the visitors looks stronger. The player that is arguably the player of the season is Eduan Keyter. The Griquas flyer is the top try scorer in the competition and has shown pace and power in all the matches. He has beaten the most defenders as well and if the Cheetahs are to have any chance of victory they will need to find a way to keep him quite. The Griquas have more to play for therefore I’m predicting a tight Griquas win by 3 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Craig Barry, 13 David Brits, 12 Siya Masuka, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Reinhardt Fortuin, 9 Ruan Pienaar (captain), 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Junior Pokomela, 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Jean Drosté, 4 Victor Sekekete, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Marnus van der Merwe, 1 Cameron Dawson.
15 Ashlon Davids, 14 Eduan Keyter, 13 Chris Hollis, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Enver Brandt, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Hanru Sirgel, 7 Luyolo Dapula, 6 Ruan Steenkamp (captain), 5 Cameron Lindsay, 4 Stefan Willemse, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Alandre van Rooyen, 1 Nqobisizwe Mxoli.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Griquas victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Griquas handicap :
The complete odds on the Griquas handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+6.5) 1.90
Sunbet (+5.5) 1.87
Playabets (+5.5) 1.82
Predictions and Odds in details
The Griquas have shown resilience in all their matches this season until their last match against the Bulls were they were well beaten. I’m certain they will be looking to bounce back against their closest rivals. The Cheetahs have been poor this season but the man that has stood out in their team is Ruan Pienaar. He is the glue that holds this team together especially in attack and his contest with opposite number Stefan Ungerer will be one to look out for. The Griquas have unearthed some great young talent like Keyter and Hanru Sirgel. Sirgel has amazing pace for a flank and has great awareness in finding gaps in the defence. He will once again be a key player in this match. The returns for punters are great on the Griquas upset victory but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the Griquas on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+6.5) 1.90, Sunbet (+5.5) 1.87 and Playabets (+5.5) 1.82
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