Teams look to gain momentum in Absa Currie Cup Qualifier

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The Leopards and Boland Cavaliers will be determined to build winning momentum in round two of the Absa Currie Cup Qualifier on Saturday after solid starts to the tournament last week with bonus-point victories.

 

Early log leaders, the Leopards, will meet the Hino Valke at Profert Olën Park in Potchefstroom, while the Down Touch Griffons take on the SWD Eagles in Welkom and ORC Griquas host the Boland Cavaliers in Kimberley.

 

The Leopards, who started the competition with an encouraging 45-17 victory against the SWD Eagles, will look to make the most of their home ground advantage and head-start over the East Randers, who had a bye last week.

 

The Hino Valke, however, will be determined to hit the ground running in an attempt to stay within range of the early pace-setters in the competition. With the Leopards showing good form on attack, in particular, the visitors will have to deliver a solid defensive effort.

 

In Welkom, the Down Touch Griffons and SWD Eagles could find themselves in a tight tussle as both teams will want to make up for their disappointing starts to the Qualifier. The home side is expected to draw comfort from their Absa Currie Cup First Division victory at the stadium last season.

 

But the SWD Eagles will be motivated by memories of their heart-breaking two-point defeat against the Down Touch Griffons in last year’s Absa Currie Cup First Division semi-final. With both teams having conceded over 30 points in the opening round of matches, they will have to tighten up their defence to keep alive their hopes of a victory.

 

The ORC Griquas, meanwhile, will be determined to make up for their surprise defeat against Border when they line up against the Boland Cavaliers at Griquas Park on Saturday.

 

The Kimberley side will also look to repeat their impressive run in the Qualifier last season in which they won all of their home games. Boland, however, will enter the match with confidence after winning their opening match against the 2014 Absa Currie Cup First Division champions with a bonus point, which could set the scene for a thrilling clash.

 

The Border Bulldogs, meanwhile, have a bye.

 

Absa Currie Cup Qualifier round two fixtures, Saturday 20 June:

 

Leopards vs Valke

Venue: Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom

Kick-off: 14h30

 

Down Touch Griffons vs SWD Eagles

Venue: HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

Kick-off: 15h00

 

ORC Griquas vs Boland Cavaliers

Venue: Griquas Park, Kimberley

Kick-off: 15h00

 

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