WP v Griquas
Night time at Newlands
WP v Griquas at 19h30 on Saturday, at first I looked at the time of this fixture and was a bit confused. Then I realised that the Kings were playing at 15h00 and Sharks at 17h15. Griquas are not a night team, sure they have lights in Kimberly, but they traditionally play during the daylight hours.
WP has been called wrong by Oracle for just about every game in the Currie Cup this year. Last year I did OK on WP, especially calling them correctly in the away final at Kings Park. This handicap opened up at around the twenty four mark and was snapped up immiediately.
Boks Set to Be Back at Newlands
WP get a couple of Boks back for this clash, I am of the opinion that they don’t really need them, WP have smashed the opposition that has come their way, first the Cheetahs in the pool, then the Pumas away and last week the Lions. I have lost a packet opposing WP and this week I have hopefully and finally learned my lesson.
Griquas have done OK too, losing the plus to the Pumas first up. Losing the next plus to the Lions, although they scored forty odd points. Then losing the game but beating the plus v Bulls. Lastly beating the minus and the game v Cheetahs last week. Effectively the Griquas have beaten two of the four handicaps laid out for them.
Three for Three
WP have beaten all three handicaps and certainly look the business, although they have not played the Sharks or Bulls. This tournament is however far from over and we can expect the Boks to play towards the end of the campaign. Whether the Boks playing in the tournament will make too much of a difference is anyone’s guess.
There will be those out there that remember the Lions v Sharks game in 2011, the Sharks arrived with a Bok laden squad and got thumped. Yours truly was interviewed on Good Hop FM on Mark Keohane’s Saturday morning show and they laughed at me when I told them you could take Lions minus ten with confidence.
The inherent problem with the Boks joining late is twofold. Firstly they may just be tired after a long Super Rugby campaign linked onto a gruelling Rugby Championship run, then they are asked to play with the mugs in the Currie Cup, secondly they don’t know the team that well, and or they are not familiar with the game plan. Whatever it is, it is definitely not a case of a Bok heavy team will win. I have watched this movie before and I know how it ends.
Whats the Price?
WP has been priced up at a reasonable -30.5 and I am of the opinion that tis WP team is riding a decent wave that has some way to go. At night in Cape Town I have no other option than to back WP at a bigger minus.
Kick off is scheduled for 19h30 GMT +2 on Saturday at Newlands. The referee for this game will be AJ Jacobs (SA), Click here for the Weather in Cape Town and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #WPvGRI
Call: WP -35.5 at 15/10 for 2 units
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