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Stat attack! Frans Steyn, Steven Kitshoff dominate Currie Cup stats

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Rugby World Cup 2019 winning Springboks Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) and Steven Kitshoff (Western Province) showed why they are rated among the best players in the world by dominating the overall stats at the completion of this year’s regulation matches in the Currie Cup.

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According to the SA Rugby website, Steyn (73 points) not only scored the most points after the league matches were dust and dusted, he also made 40 ball carries, topping the list with Kitshoff, as well as another experienced campaigner, Willem Alberts from the Lions.

STEYN LED THE KICKING STAT CATEGORY

Steyn also held sway in kicking accuracy, with a 93.55% success rate in slotting his 29 penalty goals and conversions from 31 attempts at goal.

KITSHOFF RANKED IN THE TOP 5 IN SEVERAL STATS

Kitshoff yet again underlined his value at the breakdown, with the Springbok prop ranking in the top five among tackles made and ball steals.

Eduan Keyter (Griquas) topped the try-scoring list with four tries, while Ali Mgijima of the Pumas and the Cheetahs’ Jeandre Rudolph topped the list for tackles made with 62 apiece.

Rudolph, who joined the Free Staters earlier this season, also topped the lists for ball steals and breakdown turnovers.

The semi-finals of the Currie Cup will be played next weekend and it remains to be seen whether any player will attempt a drop goal, as none of them were scored in regulation play.

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Carling Currie Cup stats:

Most points
73: Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) – 15 penalties, 14 conversions
63: Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions) – 3 tries, 16 penalties
56: Curwin Bosch (Sharks) – 10 penalties, 13 conversions
44: Tim Swiel (Western Province) – 12 penalties, 4 conversions
40: Morné Steyn (Bulls) – 10 penalties, 5 conversions

Kicking accuracy
Frans Steyn (Cheetahs) – 93.55%
Morné Steyn (Bulls)-  88.24%
Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions) – 84.21%
Curwin Bosch (Sharks) – 82.14%
Ginter Smuts (Pumas) – 80.00%

Most tries
4: Eduan Keyter (Griquas)
3: Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions)
3: Gideon van der Merwe (Griquas)
3: Daniel Maartens (Pumas)
3: Marco van Staden (Bulls)
3: Willie Engelbrecht (Pumas)
3: Bongi Mbonambi (Western Province)
3: Yaw Penxe (Sharks)
3: Courtnall Skosan (Lions)
3: Marnus van der Merwe (Cheetahs)

Ball carries
40: Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
40: Willem Alberts (Lions)
40: Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)
39: Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)
38: Tiaan Swanepoel (Lions)
35: Darrien Landsberg (Pumas)
34: Marvin Orie (Lions)

Linebreaks
3: Ali Mgijima (Pumas)
3: Berton Klaasen (Griquas)
3: Siya Kolisi (Western Province)

Offloads
8: Luther Obi (Pumas)
7: Damian Willemse (Western Province)
7: Rikus Pretorius (Western Province)
7: Clayton Blommetjies (Cheetahs)

Most tackles made
62: Ali Mgijima (Pumas)
62: Jeandre Rudolph (Cheetahs)
60: Daniel Maartens (Pumas)
55: Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
53: Andisa Ntsila (Cheetahs)

Total ball steals
4: Jeandre Rudolph (Cheetahs)
3: Gideon van der Merwe (Griquas)
3: Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
3: Daniel Maartens (Pumas)
2: Ox Nche (Sharks)

Breakdown turnovers
9: Jeandre Rudolph (Cheetahs)
8: Gideon van der Merwe (Griquas)
5: Steven Kitshoff (Western Province)
4: Daniel Maartens (Pumas)
4: Jaco Visagie (Lions)

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Siya Kolisi explains where it all went wrong for WP

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Western Province captain Siya Kolisi has attempted to explain his emotions in the aftermath of the Cape side crashing out of the Currie Cup.

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WP were eliminated 19-9 ell have been the final ever rugby match played at Newlands.

The Stormers and WP are due to make the Cape Town Stadium their new home later in the year.

“It’s a horrible feeling,” Kolisi explained in the post-match press conference.

“With the build-up that we had, only to perform like that, we only have ourselves to blame.

“There was no rhythm at all, we couldn’t get going. They won all the small battles. It’s tough to pinpoint one thing. When they had opportunities, the took them. We were camped in their 22 and couldn’t score.”

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Siya Kolisi, however, made no excuses for WP’s performance.

‘It really is the worst feeling ever, but the way it happened makes it even worse,” Kolisi added.

‘It’s really not the way we trained and spoke about the match this week. It’s horrible. We were well prepared but we didn’t deliver when it mattered.”

Kolisi returned to the WP starting line-up for the match after missing the team’s two previous clashes due to Covid-19.

The Sharks will play the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Saturday’s final.

The Bulls beat the Lions 26-21 in their semi-final.

Jaco Peyper will referee the match.

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Latest rugby news | Jaco Peyper to blow Currie Cup final

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Jaco Peyper will join a select group of referees who have taken charge of five Currie Cup finals on Saturday when the Bulls welcome the Sharks to Pretoria for the grand finale of South Africa’s flagship domestic competition.

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The spectacle at Loftus Versfeld will kick off at 15:00 and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

Peyper will have Assistant Referees AJ Jacobs and Griffin Colby in support on either side of the field, while Marius van der Westhuizen will serve as the Television Match Official (TMO).

Another experienced match official, Rasta Rasivhenge, has been named as the reserve referee for the match.

Only four referees have held the whistle in five or more Carling Currie Cup finals. They are André Watson (7), Jonathan Kaplan (6), Steve Strydom (6) and Freek Burger (5).

Peyper first took charge of a Currie Cup final in 2012 and four years later he struck a golden stretch, taking charge of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 finals respectively.

This will mark Peyper’s first Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld after having been the man in the middle in finals in Durban, Cape Town, and Bloemfontein previously.

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Currie Cup final match information:

Bulls v Sharks

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021

Time: 15:00

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs and Griffin Colby

TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen

Reserve Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge

TV: SuperSport Grandstand and Rugby

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Stage set for Currie Cup final: Bulls to host Sharks at Loftus Versfeld

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The Bulls will host the Sharks in the first Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld since 2009 after the teams held their nerve in testing semi-finals on Saturday to be the last sides standing.

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The last time these teams met in the final was in 2008, with the Sharks clinching the coveted trophy with a 14-9 victory in Durban.

The table-topping Bulls guaranteed their home final with a 26-21 victory against the Lions in the first semi-final in Pretoria, with a brace of tries by former SA Schools wing Stravino Jacobs, and a solid kicking performance by experienced flyhalf, Morné Steyn, steering them to victory.

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Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch, meanwhile, was instrumental in the Durbanites’ 19-9 victory over Western Province in Cape Town, earning a full house with the boot as kicked three penalty goals, a drop goal and a conversion for a personal tally of 14 points.

The Currie Cup final will play out at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, 30 January.

Kick-off time will be confirmed in due course.

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BULLS V LIONS

SCORERS

Bulls

Tries: Stravino Jacobs (2), Johan Grobbelaar

Conversion: Morné Steyn

Penaltiess: Steyn (3)

Lions

Tries: Willem Alberts, Wandisile Simelane, Burger Odendaal

Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3)

WP V SHARKS

SCORERS

Western Province

Penalties: Tim Swiel (3)

Sharks

Try: JJ van der Mescht

Conversion: Curwin Bosch

Penalties: Bosch (3)

Drop goal: Bosch

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