The Vodacom Cup team preview of Round 4

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Vodacom Cup Preview – Round Four

The traditional north-south derby featuring the Vodacom Blue Bulls and the DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday (16h30) spices up the action in the 2011 Vodacom Cup as the competition enters round four.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls, current defending champions, started the season on a few low notes and are still winless after three matches. They lost to the Pampas XV (27-22), Boland Cavaliers (20-17) and the Sharks XV (30-19).

However, when it comes to playing against DHL WP at home, the Pretoria team have easily seen off previous challenges from the Cape side. The Bulls won in 2002 (60-33), 2005 (35-11), 2006 (45-35) and in 2009 (36-16).

Of their last six matches at Loftus Versfeld, DHL WP have won only one. That was in 2008, when the Cape side snatched a 37-35 win over their northern rivals.

In one of the other big games of the weekend, two of the five undefeated teams in this year’s Vodacom Cup – GWK Griquas and the Pampas XV – will go head-to-head as they continue to build momentum in this season’s competition when they meet up in Kimberley at the Diamantveld Hoërskool on Friday at 15h30.

The Pampas XV defeated the defending champions (27-22) in Potchefstroom last Saturday, and previously claimed the scalps of the Lions (15-9) and the Griffons (52-29). The hosts have been in rampant mood and have comprehensively defeated the Boland Cavaliers (42-25), Border Bulldogs (84-9) and the SWD Eagles (33-0) in their matches played this season.

The Sharks XV are currently leading the South Section log with 15 points and will be aiming to retain their status as one of the undefeated teams in this year’s competition when they travel to Johannesburg for their clash against the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday at 14h40.

In the other Vodacom Cup games for the weekend, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs are in Windhoek on for their match against Namibia’s Welwitschias at the Hage Geingob Stadium (16h00), while the Valke host the EP Kings in Vanderbijlpark at 15h00.

Vodacom Cup Round Four Fixtures:

Friday 18 March 2011

  • 15h30  GWK Griquas v Pampas XV at Diamantveld Hoërskool, Kimberley
  • 19h00  Ford Pumas v Border Bulldogs at Puma Stadium, Witbank

Saturday 19 March 2011

  • 14h40  Golden Lions v Sharks XVs at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg
  • 15h00  Tasol Solar Griffons v Boland Cavaliers at North West Stadium, Welkom
  • 15h00  Valke v Eastern Province Kings at Izak Steyl Stadium, Vanderbijlpark
  • 16h00  Welwitschias v Toyota Free State Cheetahs at Hage Geingob Stadium, Windhoek
  • 16h00  Platinum Leopards v SWD Eagles at Mafikeng
  • 16h30  Vodacom Blue Bulls v DHL Western Province at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 

Vodacom Cup Logs (as at 17 March 2011)

North Section:

P W D L PF PA PD TF TA B Pts
GWK Griquas 3 3 0 0 159 34 125 24 3 3 15
Ford Pumas 3 2 0 1 79 84 -5 9 10 1 9
Golden Lions 3 1 1 1 59 43 16 6 5 2 8
Leopards 3 1 0 2 76 90 -14 9 10 2 6
Tasol Solar Griffons 3 0 0 3 83 112 -29 10 16 4 4
Vodacom Blue Bulls 3 0 0 3 58 77 -19 7 10 2 2
Valke 3 0 0 3 59 208 -149 9 32 1 1
Welwitschias 3 0 0 3 26 128 -102 3 20 0 0
South Section:
P W D L PF PA PD TF TA B Pts
Sharks XV 3 3 0 0 122 50 72 19 6 3 15
Eastern Province Kings 3 3 0 0 101 45 56 12 5 1 13
Pampas XV 3 3 0 0 94 60 34 12 7 1 13
DHL Western Province 3 2 1 0 160 41 119 24 4 2 12
Toyota FS Cheetahs 3 2 0 1 128 79 49 17 9 4 12
SWD Eagles 3 1 0 2 67 106 -39 10 15 2 6
Border Bulldogs 3 1 0 2 49 127 -78 5 18 1 5
Boland Cavaliers 3 1 0 2 55 91 -36 7 13 0 4

Vodacom Cup Leading Points’ Scorers:

Player Team T C P D Total
Lionel Cronje DHL Western Province 3 13 2 0 47
Tiaan van Wyk Tasol Solar Griffons 0 9 5 0 33
Jacobus de Kock Sharks XV 5 3 0 0 31
Ricardo Croy Ford Pumas 1 4 5 1 31
André Pretorius Golden Lions 0 4 6 1 29
Rudi Vogt GWK Griquas 1 10 1 0 28
Louis Strydom Toyota FS Cheetahs 0 11 2 0 28
Monty Dumond EP Kings 1 5 4 0 27
Dauw Steyn Platinum Leopards 1 2 6 0 27
Corné Uys Toyota FS Cheetahs 5 0 0 0 25
Wesley Wilkins GWK Griquas 5 0 0 0 25

Issued by SARU Communications

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