EASTERN Province and South Western Districts will be chasing their first victories of the season when they clash in the Saru Women’s Interprovincial A section in Oudtshoorn on Saturday (August 15).
Despite not having won any games, EP have proved competitive this season and narrowly missed out on breaking their duck when they went down 15-14 to KwaZulu-Natal in Port Elizabeth a fortnight ago.
Now they will be looking to build on that promising performance as they face an SWD side who have battled all season, scoring only 12 points in their three outings. EP may start as the favourites, but home ground advantage will count as much for SWD as their desire to register their first win of the season.
The only unbeaten teams in the A Section, Border and the Blue Bulls, will square up in what should be a thrilling encounter in East London on Saturday in the penultimate round of pool games.
Two-time defending champions Border have beaten SWD, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Province in the last three rounds, while the Blue Bulls have defeated SWD, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Province.
This weekend, however, the teams will go head-to-head in a match that could prove to be vital for their final hopes and their home final aspirations.
In the other matches in the A Section, KwaZulu-Natal will host Western Province in Durban on Friday (August 14).
In the B Section, meanwhile, the Golden Lions will go up against the Pumas in Johannesburg, the Limpopo Blue Bulls meet the Pumas at the University of Limpopo, and Free State will battle it out with Boland in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
In East London Border will look to capitalise on their solid attack and defence to gain ascendancy against the Pretoria side as they have scored an impressive 23 tries in their first three matches and conceded only four. The Blue Bulls’ defence, however, has also been effective, while they are second on the list of highest try scorers, which could set the scene for a thrilling battle.
The fixtures are:
Saturday: Border vs Blue Bulls, 14.00; SWD vs Eastern Province, Bridgton Sports Grounds, 15.00
Friday: KwaZulu-Natal vs Western Province, Durban, 19.00