Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Currie Cup 2018: Griquas v Free State Preview

Currie Cup 2018: Griquas v Free State Preview

Currie Cup 2018: Griquas v Free State Preview

The Griquas and Free State will go head-to-head in the battle of the cellar-dwellers on Saturday the 15th of September.

The Griquas and Free State will square off on Saturday with both teams looking to bag their first win of the season. The hosts head into this one off a narrow defeat to the Blue Bulls while the Cheetahs make the trip after being hammered by the Lions.

Griquas v Free State XV
Saturday 15 September

Griquas Park

To Win (80 Mins)
Griquas 1/7
Draw 25/1
Free State 

This weekend's hosts put up an almighty defeat last weekend going down 40-45 to the Bulls in Kimberley. Centre. Andre Swarts was the star of the show as he bagged two tries and broke the Bulls defensive line on a number of occasions. The combative midfielder will play a key role for the Griquas again this coming weekend.

The Griquas will need to sure up their defensive line if they are to register their first win of the season. The hosts have conceded a mammoth  149 points from their opening three games and currently have a negative points differential of 49.

Free State
The Cheetahs would have been confident of putting in a solid display against the Lions last week after narrowly going down to the Sharks in Round 3 of the competition. Instead, the men from the Free State were given an absolute rugby lesson as the Lions tore them apart on the way to running out 47-14.

Like the Griquas, the Cheetahs have been extremely porous on defence conceding a whopping 146 from their first four games at an average of 36.5 points per game. They have also struggled with ball-in-hand this term and have only managed to score more than 20 points in one of their fixtures.

Verdict: Griquas 1/7
This should be a high-scoring game with both sides lacking any real defensive structure. My money is on the hosts taking it by seven points or more.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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