European Campaigns and Currie Cup Brain Drains
Final Whistle #38
So the Rugby Championship came to a close last week with two magnificent comeback victories from Australia and New Zealand. Wit the Southern hemisphere’s premier international tournament done and dusted we are left to get our rugby kicks from domestic action.
That’s not altogether a bad thing as there are a host of southern hemisphere tournaments entering their final few weeks as well the European Champions and Challenge Cups getting underway.
Boks are back
It will be quite strange to see more ‘Boks involved in the European domestic stuff than the Currie Cup. SARU’s decision to rest contracted players for the Currie Cup means we won’t see a host of internationals turn out for their provinces. This is a massive blow to the Lions and Sharks who could use a few reinforcements to take on champions elect, Western Province.
We will still get to see the likes of Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux on a rugby field this month as the duo will be turning out for the Sale Sharks and London Wasps.
This is a bit left field but I would also recommend keeping an eye on how Johan Goosen and Morne Steyn perform in Europe as Rassie Erasmus may look at adding the duo to his end of the year touring squad. Both men are plying their trade in France with Steyn performing well for Stade Francais and Goosen starting to get back to his best with Montpellier.
Anyway here are your tips for the coming weekend:
Western province -8.5 v Bulls *************Just check this line has drifted
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