ABSA Currie Cup First Division Preview – Round 6

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The Eastern Province Kings will look to retain their unbeaten record in this year’s expanded eight-team ABSA Currie Cup First Division when they travel to Nelspruit on Friday night to take on the fourth-placed Ford Pumas.

In Friday’s other match, the Griffons, who have slipped from first to third on the table following their first loss of the season last week to the Kings, will play the fifth-placed SWD Eagles in George.

Defending champions the Regent Boland Kavaliers, currently in seventh place with four losses and a draw from their five matches, will be looking for their first victory of the season on Saturday when they host the sixth-placed Valke, with just one win under their belt this year, in Worcester.

The weekend’s final match sees the second-placed Leopards at home to the winless Border Bulldogs, who have just one log point from their five matches to date.

Eastern Province Kings flyhalf George Whitehead tops the First Division point-scoring log after Round 5, with 65 points made up of three tries, 13 conversions and eight penalties. Just behind Whitehead is Griffons wing Reinhardt Erwee on 53, with Valke No 10 Karlo Aspeling in third place on 50.

Leopards wing Allister Kettledas leads the try-scoring stakes with seven touchdowns, followed by teammate Danie Dames with six and Ford Pumas flanker Jaco Bouwer, Valke fullback JW Bell and Griffons flyhalf Tertius Maarman, who each have four.

This weekend’s fixtures – Round 6:

Ford Pumas vs EP Kings

Date: Friday, 3 August

Kickoff: 19:10

Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistants: Rasta Rasivhenge, Stefan Breytenbach

Television match official: Johan Greeff

Last meeting: 4 May 2012 in Nelspruit (Vodacom Cup): Pumas won 40-19

SWD Eagles vs Griffons

Date: Friday, 3 August

Kickoff: 19:10

Venue: Outeniqua Park, George

Referee: Lusanda Jam

Assistants: Christie du Preez, Cobus Wessels

Last meeting: 16 September 2011 in George (Currie Cup First Division): Griffons won 39-27

Regent Boland Kavaliers vs Valke

Date: Saturday, 4 August

Kickoff: 14:45

Venue: Boland Park, Worcester

Referee: Matt Kemp

Assistants: Joey Salmans, Linston Manuels

Television match official: Deon van Blommenstein

Last meeting: 10 September 2011 in Kempton Park (Currie Cup First Division): Kavaliers won 55-28

Leopards vs Border Bulldogs

Date: Saturday, 4 August

Kickoff: 19:10

Venue: Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

Assistants: Lesego Legoete, Sieg van Staden

Last meeting: 26 February 2011 in East London (Vodacom Cup): Leopards won 27-21

Round 5 results:

Griffons 10-34 EP Kings

Valke 22-51 Leopards

SWD Eagles 21-21 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Border Bulldogs 18-51 Ford Pumas

 

Round 4 results:

EP Kings 56-5 Border Bulldogs

Regent Boland Kavaliers 20-23 Griffons

Leopards 68-35 SWD Eagles

Ford Pumas 36-35 Valke

 

Round 3 results:

Valke 20-37 EP Kings

SWD Eagles 22-16 Ford Pumas

Griffons 29-24 Border Bulldogs

Regent Boland Kavaliers 21-23 Leopards

Round 2 results:

EP Kings 38-15 SWD Eagles

Border Bulldogs 11-33 Valke

Ford Pumas 33-10 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Griffons 41-20 Leopards

 

Round 1 results:

Regent Boland Kavaliers 20-25 EP Kings

SWD Eagles 46-8 Border Bulldogs

Leopards 32-23 Ford Pumas

Valke 27-37 Griffons

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