Road to play-offs: Frightening Friday

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 12:04
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The focus will be on the Springboks, but the Currie Cup may well steal some of the spotlight in the next few weeks.

The focus will obviously be on the Springboks and the Rugby Championship, but the Currie Cup may well steal some of the spotlight in the next few weeks.

It is going to get scary, starting with this coming Friday, as the Currie Cup competition heads into the home stretch.

With just three rounds of league action remaining, all six teams can still get into the semifinals - although Griquas and the Blues Bulls will rely on some charity.

In fact they play in a match in Kimberley on Saturday that will definitely knock one of them out of the running.

Then there is the top four, who all go head-to-head on Friday, which will go a long way towards determining home ground advantage in the play-offs.

The pace-setters, the Sharks and Western Province, both travel away this week - the Sharks playing the fast-improving Golden Lions at Ellis Park and WP up against a desperate Free State Cheetahs team in Bloemfontein.

The mathematical possibilities and eventualities are likely to make your head spin, but there is no doubt Friday's fixtures and Saturday's Kimberley showdown will be a great appetiser to Saturday's big Test at Newlands - when South Africa host Australia.

Jan de Koning takes a look at each team's road to a possible place in the play-offs!

1. Sharks
Current position: First
Best possible finish: First
Wort possible finish:  Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus Golden Lions, away
Versus Blue Bull, away
Versus Western Province, at home

2. Western Province
Current position: Second
Best possible finish: First
Wort possible finish: Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus FS Cheetahs, away
Versus Golden Lions, home
Versus Sharks, away

3. Golden Lions
Current position: Third
Best possible finish: First
Wort possible finish: Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus Sharks, home
Versus Western Province, away
Versus Griquas, home

4. Free State Cheetahs
Current position: Fourth
Best possible finish: First
Wort possible finish: Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus Western Province, home
Versus Griquas, away
Versus Blue Bulls, home

5. Blue Bulls
Current position: Fifth
Best possible finish: Third
Wort possible finish: Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus Griquas, away
Versus Sharks, home
Versus FS Cheetahs, away

6. Griquas
Current position: Sixth
Best possible finish: Third
Wort possible finish: Sixth
Remaining fixtures:
Versus Blue Bulls, home
Versus FS Cheetahs, home
Versus Golden Lions, away

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1