Vodacom Cup Preview – Round Seven

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It’s the penultimate round of Vodacom Cup league matches and while a few teams will struggle to make the quarter-finals, it’s make or break for seven provinces.

At the top of the respective logs, GWK Griquas and the Pampas XV will be aiming to maintain their status as the leading teams in the North and South Sections, but for last year’s finalists, another defeat could be costly.

The Vodacom Blue Bulls, current defending champions, travel to East London where they will be aiming for their third successive victory after four defeats when they take on the Border Bulldogs on Friday at 19h10.

The team from Pretoria are on 11 log points and are in joint fourth position on the North Section log with the Platinum Leopards, who are in action against the Sharks XV on Saturday at 16h45.

Last year’s runners-up, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs, are currently in fourth position on the South Section log, four clear of the SWD Eagles, and host the Tasol Solar Griffons in Bloemfontein on Saturday at 15h00.

GWK Griquas play the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth at 19h00 on Saturday. They are currently in first place on the North Section log with 22 points and are one point clear of the MTN Golden Lions.

The Pampas XV, along with DHL Western Province the only two undefeated teams in the competition, host the Valke at the Fanie du Toit Stadium in Potchefstroom on Saturday at 15h00.

The Argentineans (27) are currently two points clear of their Cape rivals on the South Section log after six matches. DHL Western Province, who have won five and drawn one game this season, take on the Ford Pumas at DHL Newlands on Saturday at 14h40.

DHL Western Province have scored the most tries during this season’s competition, with 36, as well as the most points (259) following their six matches played this season. The GWK Griquas are in second position after having scored 34 tries and 233 points.

In the other Vodacom Cup matches of the weekend, the Boland Cavaliers host the Welwitschias at the Boland Stadium in Wellington on Friday at 16h00, while the MTN Golden Lions travel to George to take on the SWD Eagles at 19:00 on Friday.

Vodacom Cup Weekend Fixtures:

Friday, 8 April 2011:

16h00  Boland Cavaliers v Welwitschias at Boland Cavaliers, Wellington

19h00  SWD Eagles v MTN Golden Lions at Outeniqua Park, George

19h10  Border Bulldogs v Vodacom Blue Bulls at Buffalo City Stadium, East London

Saturday, 9 April 2011:

14h40  DHL Western Province v Ford Pumas, DHL Newlands, Cape Town

15h00  Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Tasol Solar Griffons at Clive Solomon Stadium, Bloemfontein

15h00  Pampas XV v Valke at Fanie du Toit, Potchefstroom

16h45  Sharks XV v Platinum Leopards at Mr Price Kings Park, Durban

19h00  Eastern Province Kings v GWK Griquas at Grey High School, Port Elizabeth

Vodacom Cup Logs (as at Thursday 7 April 2011):

North Section
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA B Pts
GWK Griquas 6 4 0 2 233 105 128 34 8 6 22
MTN Golden Lions 6 4 1 1 130 87 43 13 10 3 21
Ford Pumas 6 4 0 2 198 161 37 24 19 2 18
Vodacom Blue Bulls 6 2 0 4 140 142 -2 18 16 3 11
Platinum Leopards 6 2 0 4 157 179 -22 21 22 3 11
Valke 6 2 0 4 135 300 -165 19 46 2 10
Tasol Solar Griffons 6 1 0 5 130 273 -143 15 40 5 9
Welwitschias 6 0 1 5 86 211 -125 10 33 2 4
South Section
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA B Pts
Pampas XV 6 6 0 0 210 129 81 24 15 3 27
DHL Western Province 6 5 1 0 259 71 188 36 8 3 25
Sharks XV 6 4 0 2 216 103 113 31 12 5 21
Toyota FS Cheetahs 6 3 0 3 197 174 23 25 21 5 17
SWD Eagles 6 2 0 4 135 213 -78 21 29 5 13
Eastern Province Kings 6 4 0 2 190 85 105 24 9 4 11
Boland Cavaliers 6 2 0 4 153 171 -18 21 22 3 11
Border Bulldogs 6 1 1 4 98 263 -165 12 38 1 7

Vodacom Cup – Leading Points’ Scorers:

Player Team T C P D Pts
Lionel Cronje DHL Western Province 4 20 6 0 78
Coenie van Wyk Ford Pumas 3 11 9 0 64
Tiaan van Wyk Tasol Solar Griffons 0 14 8 1 55
Nicolas Sanchez Pampas XV 0 12 10 0 54
Guy Cronje Sharks XV 1 15 6 0 53
Louis Strydom Toyota FS Cheetahs 0 15 5 1 48
Earl Rose GWK Griquas 1 14 2 2 45
Jaco van Schalkwyk EP Kings 0 10 7 1 44
Kobus de Kock Sharks XV 7 4 0 0 43
Andre Pretorius MTN Golden Lions 6 9 1 0 42

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