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The last remaining play-off place in the 2015 Currie Cup is a straight fight between the Cheetahs and the Sharks. By a quirk of the fixture computer, the two sides go face to face on Saturday on the final day of the regular season. The Cheetahs having just a two point advantage over their visitors, thereby creating a straight winner take all contest in Bloem.
Having suffered a 70+ point humiliation the week before, the Cheetahs came back last weekend to secure a stunning 37-37 draw in Nelspruit against the Pumas, which effectively ended the Pumas hopes of a play-off spot, and also enabled the Free State Cheetahs to keep their noses in front of the Sharks, who themselves ended a three match losing streak by beating the Griquas in Kimberley by 45-20.
Whoever comes out on top in Saturday's shootout, will face a trip to Johannesburg to face the Lions. Not much of a reward it would appear for the successful side. The Cheetahs having suffered that humiliation on home soil just two weeks ago, while the Natal Sharks have been beaten home and away already this season by the Lions. Saturday will be the first meeting of the teams in 2015. In 2014's tournament, the Sharks won a narrow home victory, but the game in Bloem ended 30-30, ending a significant run of wins for the Sharks in meetings of the two.
Posted: 13th September 2014
Half way through the regular season and unbeaten Western Province top the Currie Cup table comfortably and look assured of their place in the end of season play offs. Five other sides are very much in the mix up for the other three spots available. The Griquas and the Eastern Province Kings looking like the only two sides to be out of the running as we go into the second half of the 2014 season.
Two of the teams chasing Western Province face each other at the Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein on Saturday, with the Free State Cheetahs playing host to the Natal Sharks. The home side is in fifth position, just two points and one place behind Saturday's visitors, which effectively makes the outcome worth double points in the chase for the top four. When the sides met in Durban in Round 3, the Natal Sharks sneaked a tight match by 19-16, with the two teams scoring a try apiece.
Last week saw the Cheetahs beaten by the second place Pumas 17-31 in Bloemfontein, while the defending champions the Sharks suffered a second consecutive loss, falling to a last gasp drop goal against the Griquas, the final score being 18-21, after a late try from prop Thomas du Toit's looked to have earned the hosts a draw.
Posted: 17th September 2011
On Saturday, September 17th, the Currie Cup will be holding their next match, this one in Bloemfontein and held at 15:00 local time. The match-up is between the Free State Cheetahs and the Natal Sharks and right now the Free State Cheetahs have played nine matches, and have walked away with a win four times so far this season. That gives them 25 points and they will take the fourth place in the Currie Cup standings. The Natal Sharks are third on the standings. They have also played nine games, and won seven of them. They have earned thirty one points.
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