2017-10-16 by Phantom
M1: Western Province v Lions
Although Western Province were full value for their win over table-toppers the Sharks last weekend in Durban, the Lions showed what the firepower the Springbok players brought back to the mix. They were clinical in beating the Cheetahs last weekend to finish third on the log. WP will give the Lions a massive challenge. Semi-Finals are invariably tight but the Lions have the nous to win this.
M2: Sharks v Bulls
The Sharks may not have gone full tilt last weekend and they take on the Bulls who have showed enough improvement in the Currie Cup but have not impressed enough to beat a strong side. The Sharks deserved to top the log. Over the last three months they have played the best and smartest rugby. Expect the Sharks to host the Currie Cup Final.
M3: Bordeaux v Newcastle
Both these teams won in Week 1 of the Challenge Cup but Bordeaux won by 40 points albeit against a pretty moderate side. Newcastle will always be hard to beat when they are at home but the trip to France will not suit them. Expect Bordeaux to win again.
M4: Saracens v Ospreys
Saracens should have too much for Ospreys especially at home. Although Ospreys lift their game when they play bigger teams, they should be found wanting against last season’s European Cup winners packed with international stars trying to play their way into their teams for the home internationals next month.
M5: Montpellier v Exeter
Montpellier have dealt with injury concerns this campaign so they have started a little slowly while Exeter won their opening fixture with a good win. Montpellier will hit their straps the more the season wears on but Exeter look like a formidable side this season so be with the Englishmen.