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A round of Currie Cup upsets?

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Before we get down to our Currie Cup previews… the All Blacks appear to be head and shoulders above their Southern Hempisphere rivals at this early stage in the Rugby Championship. – We are massively troubled by Heyneke Meyer’s recent team selections feeling that he has become complacent following reasonable results over weak opposition in …

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Currie Cup and Rugby Championship predictions

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We’ve had hordes of requests to get these predictions out ASAP but have held them back until now for one reason. Last week we were way off on our Springbok prediction but that was following two weather reports, which on Tuesday both stated zero chance of rain in Pretoria for the entirety of the following …

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Our take on Currie Cup thus far

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What to make of the Currie Cup after two rounds of action? – Side – Fixtures Home (H)/Away (A) – Log Points – Lions – Bulls (H) ; Kings (H) – 10 Province – Kings (A) ; Bulls (H) – 10 Sharks – Griquas (A) ; Pumas (H) – 9 Cheetahs – Pumas (A) ; …

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Currie Cup outright preview

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Kick-off for 2014′s Currie Cup is almost upon us with a full set of fixtures scheduled for 9 August. Sportingbet have come to the party by pricing up a market for the overall winner of this tournament. – With that in mind, here’s our take on who has a major shot at the trophy and …

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13 days of Mozambique magic up for grabs

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We all love Superbru! It’s proven to be a tool which resolves all disputes between family and friends as to who had the best idea of what was going on in the weekend’s rugby action.  Well to make the Superbru experience even better Outright Rugby has some great news.  As we also all love Mozambique, …

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SARU awards nominees

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Every year Sportingbet open one of the most entertaining rugby markets around. We’re keenly waiting for it to open! Who will clean up at the South African Rugby Union awards as voted by the public? The winners will be announced 12 February 2014.  - -  Here’s a list of the nominees for each category in alphabetical order: …

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Australia to launch domestic rugby comp in 2014

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Alluded to for years by the Australian Rugby Union, a domestic competition will at long last be launched come August 2014.   This tournament will consist of between 8 to 10 teams representing various geographic regions around Australia. Its purpose will be to develop local talent through a competition similar to South Africa’s Currie Cup …

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7500 Brus!

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As of 9am on Tuesday Outright Rugby’s Superbru November Internationals pool hit the magic milestone of 7500 members!! Thanks a million to everyone that’s been a part of it! – We’d like to remind any Outright Rugby followers who are currently missing out on our Superbru action that 10 days accommodation for four to Jeffs Palm Resort Mozambique is …

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The floral side of rugby?

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The official New Zealand jerseys for the 2014 edition of Super Rugby have been released.  They definitely are loud and bright!  Our personal favourite is the Blues away kit. Kudos to BNZ and Adidas for sponsoring all 5 franchises. Tidy sponsorship across the board

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And that… was a Shark attack!

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Wow! A domestic final that offered test match intensity and physicality. – From the kickoff hosts Western Province appeared shaky and soon fell 10 points behind. Their nerves never really settled which resulted in a high number of unforced errors.They certainly were not in the right space mentally to contest a final. – This match …

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Currie Cup final preview

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It’s time for the Currie Cup final and what could be better than a rematch between 2012′s Currie Cup finalists, this time clashing at Newlands?   Venu: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: Sat 26 October 17:30 (Local) Referee: Jonathan Kaplan Weather: Partly cloudy, breezy and warm. -#- Western Province:  15. Gio Aplon,  14. Gerhard van den Heever,  13. Jean …

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November Internationals on Superbru

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Superbru grows as a phenomenon every day. It has captured the niche between plain viewing and sports betting. It’s structure fosters prediction and banter between non-gamblers who get to show their worth without investing a cent. For those of you that are not aware of how it works in rugby stakes, you simply chose which …

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Province vs Lions Currie Cup semi final preview

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Western Province will be thrilled to have secured top spot on the Currie Cup log by beating the Sharks away from home in round 10. They are also sure to be pleased about facing the Golden Lions in the semis, a side who they recently beat by a comfortable 13 points, as we expected.   Venu: Newlands …

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Griquas vs Pumas promotion relegation Kimberly leg

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Speculation over whether the Currie Cup Premier Division will expand in 2014 should not be allowed to detract from this promotion/relegation series. Premier Division wooden spooners Griquas host First Division champions the Pumas in Kimberley, aiming to prove that they still belong in the top flight of RSA rugby.   Venu: Hoffe Park Stadium, Kimberley. Kick-off: Fri 18 …

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Sharks vs Cheetahs Currie Cup semi final preview

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Downed on consecutive occasions by Western Province on wet home turf (including 2012′s final) the Natal Sharks will now have to do things the hard way if they are to lift the Currie Cup in 2013. Their semi-final opponents the Free State Cheetahs were victorious in round 10, however it turned out to be a …

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Unlocking the Heineken Cup

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As complicated as it is, the Heineken Cup has boasted the best tournament layout of all rugby competitions since 1995. RWC format works on the top two sides from each pool going through to the next round. A side finishing top of their pool then takes on a side that came second in a pre-allocated pool. …

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Golden Lions vs Griquas Currie Cup preview

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In an enthralling, ding-dong battle the Golden Lions fell just short against Western Province last round. Earning five log points against the Griquas would be crucial for the Lions to overtake the Free State Cheetahs on the log should the Cheetahs beat the Blue Bulls this round.   Venu: Ellis Park, JHB. Kick-off: Sat 12 October 15:00 …

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Free State Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls Currie Cup preview

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A full 5 point haul for the Free State Cheetahs would guarantee 3rd place on the Currie Cup log. Conversely, the Blue Bulls have the slimmest chance of making the play-offs should they take 5 log points out of the game, and the Griquas beat the Golden Lions. Are we in for a high-scoring encounter …

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Natal Sharks vs Western Province Currie Cup preview

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There couldn’t be a better close to the log stage of Currie Cup 2013 as the result of the final log fixture, between the Natal Sharks and Western Province, will determine who tops the log.   Venu: Kings Park, Durban. Kick-off: Sat 12 October 19:10 (Local) Referee: Jonathan Kaplan Weather: Warm, overcast and moderately breezy. A small chance of …

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2014 Super Rugby draw analysed

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Every tipster has their own formula for predicting short term results and another for long term markets unless they rely on gut feel alone which inevitably suffers long periods of unsuccessful bets. Without giving away too many trade secrets here are what we consider to be the three major pre-season fundamentals, in order of their …

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Marius van der Westhuizen fails to sink determined Sharks

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With the rub of the green against them at a 90 degree angle the Natal Sharks pulled a rabbit out of the hat beating the Blue Bulls away from home. The better side for the full 80 minutes, the Sharks dominated territory whilst executing the more impressive attacking plays of the two sides, closing out …

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Western Province vs Golden Lions Currie Cup preview

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Two sides with Currie Cup playoff positions at stake will take to a windy Newlands Stadium on Saturday. We expect this Currie Cup clash to be a physical and bruising encounter.   Venu: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: Sat 5 October 14:00 (Local) Sat 5 Oct Aus 22:00 (Syd) Sun 6 Oct NZ 00:00. Referee: Stuart Berry Weather: Cool …

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Griquas vs Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup preview

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The Griquas will be keen to turn around what was by far their worst performance of the tournament, being thrashed by the Blue Bulls last time out. That result did the Free State Cheetahs no favours as they will now have to win both of their remaining fixtures if they are to be guaranteed a place …

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Blue Bulls vs Natal Sharks Currie Cup preview

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After a poor round of Currie Cup tipping we’re keen to get back on the pulse. Both the Bull Bulls and Natal Sharks exceeded our expectations last time out. Because of their superb form we’re expecting some excellent rugby to come out of this spectacle. Venu: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. Kick-off: Fri 4 October 19:40 (Local) Sat 5 …

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Our Currie Cup contenders short list

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With two regular season Currie Cup rounds left most punters are desperate to work out who will top the log as that is the biggest indicator of who is likely to lift the trophy. The way Currie Cup 2013 has panned out we can assume that either the Natal Sharks or Western Province will top the log. …

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Griquas vs Blue Bulls Currie Cup preview

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Closing out  Currie Cup 2013′s round of rounds the Griquas host the Blue Bulls at GWK Park, Kimberly featuring in a contest that will likely determine who takes the Currie Cup wooden spoon for 2013.   Venu: GWK Park, Kimberly. Kick-off: Sat 28 Sept 14:00 (Local) Sat 28 Sept Aus 22:00 (Syd) Sun 29 Sept NZ 00:00. …

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Jake White vs Ian McIntosh vs John Plumtree

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According to a number of publications Jake White has taken the post of Director of coaching at the Sharks. This news of Jake White’s appointment follows his shock exit from the Brumbies which came to light in the past week. We vented in a big way several months ago after hearing that John Smit had …

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Golden Lions vs Natal Sharks Currie Cup preview

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In what we’re billing as the best regular season round of Currie Cup fixtures the Golden Lions take on the Natal Sharks at Ellis Park.  The result of this Currie Cup fixture will have a massive impact on the playoffs regardless of who wins. -#- Venu: Ellis Park, JHB. Kick-off: Fri 27 Sept 19:10 (Local) Sat 28 …

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Free State Cheetahs vs Western Province Currie Cup preview

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Currie Cup round 8 appears to be the most challenging of the tournament thus far to predict all three results. The log is incredibly tight at the top suggesting that no sides can stop to take a breath in Currie Cup round 8′s action.   Venu: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Kick-off: Fri 27 Sept 17:05 (Local) Sat …

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Natal Sharks vs Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup preview

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Consecutive wobbly performances by the Natal Sharks will give the Free State Cheetahs hope that they can get the job done away from home for the second time in Currie Cup 2013. Venu: Kings Park, Durban. Kick-off: Sat 21 Sept 15:00 (Local) Sat 21 Sept Aus 23:00 (Syd) Sun 22 Sept NZ 01:00. Referee: Marius Jonker Weather: Partly cloudy …

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Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls Currie Cup preview

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We look forward to a hard fought trans-Jukskei derby between the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls to close out Currie Cup round 7.   Venu: Ellis Park, JHB. Kick-off: Sat 21 Sept 17:05 (Local) Sun 22 Sept Aus 01:05 (Syd) Sun 22 Sept NZ 03:05. Referee: Stuart Berry Weather: Partly cloudy and cool with a moderate breeze. -#- Golden …

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Western Province vs Griquas Currie Cup preview

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Western Province certainly are the form side of Currie Cup 2013 thus far. They will be hosting the Griquas on a possibly wet Newlands Stadium surface.   Venu: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: Fri 20 Sept 19:10 (Local) Sat 21 Sept Aus 03:10 (Syd) Sat 21 Sept NZ 05:10. Referee: Lourens van der Merwe Weather: Overcast, cold and breezy …

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Historical Currie Cup stats

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Statistically and historically we’ve seen that it’s near impossible to win the Super Rugby tournament finishing lower than second on the log. How do things statistically compare in the Currie Cup? Here are some historical results, stats and analysis. – Since the Currie Cup was converted into a single tier tournament in 2006 (which includes a …

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Griquas vs Sharks Currie Cup preview

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Bottom of the Currie Cup log Griquas host the Natal Sharks in the second Currie Cup fixture of round 6. Both sides narrowly lost in round 5 and will be looking to make amends when they kick-off in Kimberly.   Venu: GWK Park, Kimberly. Kick-off: Sat 14 Sept 15:00 (Local) Sat 14 Sept Aus 23:00 (Syd) Sun …

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Cheetahs vs Lions Currie Cup preview

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Certain to be an entertaining Currie Cup fixture don’t miss this mid-table clash between the Free State Cheetahs and the Golden Lions. Both sides could top the log with a full 5 point haul, however, should the Cheetahs take zero log points out of this Currie Cup fixture, they may even be handed the wooden …

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Blue Bulls vs Western Province Currie Cup preview

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Fans in Pretoria will be ecstatic that the Blue Bulls finally put an 80 minute performance together in defeating the Free State Cheetahs in round 5. Log leaders Western Province will be well aware that they have a major challenge on their hands, playing away in Pretoria for this Currie Cup fixture. Venu: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. …

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Griquas vs Golden Lions Currie Cup preview

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In a hot Kimberly the injury-riddled Griquas will take on a Golden Lions team who are only 5 points off the log leading Natal Sharks. A win for either the Griquas or Golden Lions would stretch their lead over the basement dwelling Blue Bulls.   Venu: GWK Park, Kimberly. Kick-off: Sat 7 Sept 15:00 (Local) Sat 7 Sept …

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Western Province vs Natal Sharks Currie Cup preview

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Taking us to the halfway mark in the log stage of Currie Cup 2013 Western Province host the log leading Natal Sharks in possibly the most highly anticipated Currie Cup clash of round 5. Venu: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick-off: Sat 7 Sept 19:10 (Local) Sun 8 Sept Aus 03:10 Sun 8 Sept NZ 05:10. Referee: Craig Joubert. Weather: Cool and …

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Blue Bulls vs Free State Cheetahs Currie Cup preview

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This fixture against the Free State Cheetahs will likely serve as the Blue Bulls last chance to get into the top rungs of the Currie Cup ladder should the hosts achieve a win. The Cheetahs will be well aware that they are only three victories shy of cementing their place in the Currie Cup semi-finals …

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Sharks mended and moving

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Wins over the Golden Lions, Free State Cheetahs and most recently the Blue Bulls have seen the Natal Sharks to the top of the Currie Cup log. Team                              Points Natal Sharks                  14 Free …

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