ABSA Currie Cup Preview Vodacom Blue Bulls v Xerox Lions

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Head to head – Vodacom Blue Bulls v Xerox Lions (since 2005):

P: 11 W: 6 L: 5 PF: 263 PA: 238

13/08/2005 Vodacom Blue Bulls 17 Xerox Lions 46 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
15/10/2005 Vodacom Blue Bulls 31 Xerox Lions 23 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria Semi-final
01/07/2006 Vodacom Blue Bulls 39 Xerox Lions 24 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
12/08/2006 Vodacom Blue Bulls 17 Xerox Lions 19 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
07/07/2007 Vodacom Blue Bulls 25 Xerox Lions 11 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
08/09/2007 Vodacom Blue Bulls 22 Xerox Lions 27 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
21/06/2008 Vodacom Blue Bulls 21 Xerox Lions 7 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
08/08/2008 Vodacom Blue Bulls 27 Xerox Lions 30 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
11/07/2009 Vodacom Blue Bulls 19 Xerox Lions 13 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
29/08/2009 Vodacom Blue Bulls 13 Xerox Lions 20 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
31/07/2010 Vodacom Blue Bulls 32 Xerox Lions 18 Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg

Vodacom Blue Bulls’ recent form at home:

• The defending champions have lost only three Absa Currie Cup Premier Division games in the last two seasons at Loftus Versfeld.

• The Vodacom Blue Bulls conceded a 25-23 defeat to the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs in week three of this season’s competition, suffered a 29-23 loss to The Sharks in Pretoria last year and also went down 30-27 to the Xerox Lions in 2008.

• The hosts though have secured victories over The Sharks (40-34), GWK Griquas (39-38), Platinum Leopards (43-28) and the Barloworld Toyota Pumas (38-15) at Loftus Versfeld this year.

Xerox Lions’ recent form on the road:

• The Xerox Lions conceded three away defeats in this season’s competition against The Sharks (48-19), Vodacom Western Province (32-0) and the GWK Griquas (26-20).

• The visitors though defeated the Barloworld Toyota Pumas (33-30) in Witbank and the Platinum Leopards (43-13) in Phokeng.

• The Johannesburg side achieved two away wins against the Platinum Leopards and the Boland Cavaliers in the 2009 Absa Currie Cup.

Additional information:

• The Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter is currently the fourth leading points’ scorer in this season’s competition – 130.

• The Xerox Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies is currently the sixth leading points’ scorer in the 2010 Absa Currie Cup – 99.

• Prop Jaco Engels has played a combined total of 93 Absa Currie Cup games for the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Boland Cavaliers and the Platinum Leopards.

• Vodacom Blue Bulls loose forward CJ Stander captained the SA U20s during this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina and was a member of the Baby Boks’ squad of 2009 in Japan. He also captained the SA Schools team in 2008.

• The Xerox Lions fullback Jaco Taute and flyhalf Elton Jantjies both represented the Baby Boks at this year’s IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.

• Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf Francois Brummer and winger Gerhard van den Heever both competed at the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan for the SA Under-20s.

• Referee Craig Joubert, who took charge of the 2010 Vodacom Super 14 final, will handle this game between the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the Xerox Lions.

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