Leopards vs Cheetahs, Currie Cup, Saturday 3rd September, Olen Park
|Cheetahs to run over the Leopards here|
To Win (80 Min)
Leopards (+16.5) 9/10
Cheetahs (-16.5) 9/10
There are 7 different handicaps available at Hollywoodbets.net!
Much has been made of the Leopards improved showing in 2011. They have covered the handicap in all but one of their encounters thus far, but I can’t see this continuing against the Cheetahs. Leon Boshoff has developed a decent squad who seem incredibly keen to run the ball at any given opportunity. The men from Potch must be given credit for the way in which they have restricted the bigger unions, but as we hit the halfway mark in Currie Cup 2011, their depth is being tested. Their performance against the Bulls last weekend wasn’t as close as the scoreboard reflected, with the Bulls failing to convert the huge amount of territory and possession into points. The Leopards had to make a massive amount of tackles to stay in the game, but eventually it took its tool, and they were unable to hold the Bulls back for the full 80 minutes.
The Currie Cup is the only trophy that means anything in Bloemfontein. It’s as simple as that. Naka Drotske knows this more than anyone, having experienced success both as a player and coach, he will have no problem getting his players to realise this. The Cheetahs come into this fixture on the back of a defeat to Griquas. The way in which they fell apart in the last ten minutes would have been worrying for management, and one could assume that some harsh words have been spoken to the squad. Expect a big performance from the visitors as they will be looking to get their campaign back on track.
The big talking point has been the inclusion of school boy prodigy, Johan Goosen, getting his first start for the Cheetahs at flyhalf. Goosen is known for his big boot and excellent running game and should fit perfectly into the Cheetahs set up. If his performances for the Baby Boks are an anything to go by, this boy is the real deal.
Hennie Daniller returns at 15 and Phillip Burger gets a rare start on the wing.
The Leopards have made two changes to their run on side, with a switch at scrumhalf and hooker.
15 George Tossel, 14 Hoffman Maritz, 13 Jovan Bowles, 12 Joubert Engelbrecht, 11 Vainon Willis, 10 Wesley Dunlop, 9 Whestley Moolman, 8 Morné Hanekom (captain), 7 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6 Siya Mdaka, 5 Brad Mockford, 4 Brendan Snyman, 3 Stefan Bezuidenhout, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 BG Uys.
Replacements: 16 Jacques Moller, 17 Dewald Coetzee, 18 Roan van Heerden, 19 Juan Pretorius, 20 Robert Kruger, 21 Hennie Skorbinski, 22 Clayton Durand.
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Pieter van Zyl, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Francois Uys, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Smit.
VERDICT: Cheetahs (-19.5) 13/10
The Leopards will have to pull out all the stocks to keep the score difference within 20 points. This seems to be one of those fixtures where you have to search for some value. Looking through the different markets, the only one that really sticks out is a Cheetahs try as the first scoring play at 26/10. I’m confident the Cheetahs will cover all the handicaps this weekend and the -19.5 looks to be where the shrewd money is at 13/10.