Who will fall for the Currie Cup derby? – The citizen
It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the Highveld Currie Cup fight between the Bulls and Lions at Loftus on Saturday, with both sides preparing for their final United Rugby Championship (URC) pool games in the UK next weekend.
The Bulls take on the Scarlets and the Lions take on the Dragons, with both games taking place in Wales, which raises the question of who the two sides will go to for their Currie Cup clash.
The Bulls have largely made their URC stars available for the Currie Cup, which sees them as the best tabletop players today, however, just one mistake could see the hot-chasing Cheetahs replace them at the top.
The Lions have only recently started facing a number of URC players in their young and inexperienced Currie Cup squad and have seen their game improve dramatically as they pushed the Griquas and Cheetahs all the way in of their last two games.
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The Bulls game against the Scarlets will definitely be preferred as they battle to finish in the URC top four which would give them a home semi-final.
It means they could name a Currie Cup side without their URC stars against the Lions for the second time this season.
In that opener, the Bulls still emerged with a crushing 40-10 victory at Ellis Park, with them still far too strong for the young Lions.
However, this weekend could be very different as the Lions could look to continue to bolster their Currie Cup squad with URC regulars in a bid to smash their duck in the competition.
They have suffered nine defeats and are desperate for a win, and with the Dragons game not vitally important as the Lions are not in contention for a URC quarter-final spot, they could be happy. to support their URC players in the Currie Cup and then have them face the Dragons as well.
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Lions coach Mziwakhe Nkosi, however, admitted after their match against the Cheetahs that they were beholden to senior management decisions on who they could use.
“We are at the mercy of Ivan (van Rooyen, URC Lions head coach). Ivan has to decide who can and who can’t play and we’ll take it from there,” Nkosi said.