2017-08-14 by Phantom
M1: Western Province v Lions
Some of the non-Springbok Lions’ players who were given last week off will return but that may not be enough to beat Western Province who were clinical in the first half against the Bulls at Newlands last weekend. The Lions conceded a 20-odd point lead to the Sharks last weekend and one wonders how much of an affect that will leave.
M2: Bulls v Cheetahs
The Bulls did fight back valiantly last weekend but went down to Western Province while the Cheetahs lost their first Currie Cup match in two years when beaten by Griquas. The Cheetahs will also have an eye on the Pro 14 which starts soon so the Bulls are expected to take out a narrow win.
M3: Australia v New Zealand
Even though Australia produce better when they play New Zealand. Even though Australia are at home, this will be one-way traffic. New Zealand will win this and win this well.
M4: South Africa v Argentina
If South Africa can confirm their improvement from the French series, they will be hard to beat in Port Elizabeth. There seems to be some continuity in the camp. Argentina could not beat a second-string England side at home in June. Also, if the Jaguares performance in Super Rugby is anything to go by, Argentina may have lost a bit of spark since last season. South Africa may battle initially but perhaps pull away to win cozily.
M5: Griquas v Pumas
Griquas should win this after winning two matches last week. They defeated Western Province in a thrilling encounter before they upset the Cheetahs. The Pumas beat the Lions early in the tournament but the Lions had a very weak side due to Super Rugby commitments. Griquas could win this well a week before they have a bye.