Unbeaten log leaders GWK Griquas return to Absa Currie Cup Premier Division qualifying action on Saturday when they host the Valke at GWK Park in Kimberley.
The Griquas enjoyed a bye the past weekend following their narrow win over the Steval Pumas in a friendly last Wednesday. This break allowed the Leopards to close the gap to just one point at the top of the standings.
The Leopards moved to 17 league points after their massive 70-25 victory over the Down Touch Griffons, and GWK Griquas (18) will be looking to collect the maximum points from their home match against the fifth placed Valke to maintain their slender lead. SWD Eagles are third on 15 points, followed by the Boland Cavaliers (12), Valke (10), Down Touch Griffons (8) and Border Bulldogs (2).
The final round of matches will take place next weekend.
The Valke gave the Boland a lot of trouble before the Cavaliers could finally clinched their match last week in Kempton Park, thereby serving notice they will be no pushovers in Kimberley.
Coach Robert du Preez’s free-scoring Leopards face a difficult task at Wellington against the Boland. The Leopards were in rampant mood last weekend when they posted a runway victory over the Griffons. A Lively match is expected because both teams have exciting backs.
The Leopards backline probably have the edge and the Boland defence will have to be solid to keep out the attacking threats of Junior Springbok wings Luther Obi and Sylvian Mahuza as well as fullback Hoffman Maritz. Former Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius will captain the Leopards in the No 10 jersey.
Boland and SWD Eagles have both played five matches, and although out of contention, the Cavaliers will be looking to finish the qualifying campaign on a high note in front of their home supporters.
This clash kick-off at 14h30 and will be televised live on SuperSport1. The Eagles have a break this weekend.
Border Bulldogs entertain the Valke in the BCM Stadium in East London on Friday evening (18h00). Last placed Border came close to victory in their previous two matches and they will be desperate to register their first win of the competition.
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Qualifying fixtures – Round 5:
Friday 11 July 2014
Border Bulldogs vs Down Touch Griffons
Venue: BCM Stadium, East London
Saturday 12 July 2014
Boland Cavaliers vs Leopards
Venue: Boland Stadium, Wellington
Live on SuperSport1
GWK Griquas vs Valke
Venue: GWK Park, Kimberley
Top points scorers
Jaun Kotze (Valke) 63
Andre Pretorius (Leopards) 47
Eric Zana (Boland Cavaliers) 45
Masixole Banda (Border Bulldogs) 33
Top try scorers
5 – Norman Nelson (Down Touch Griffons), Sylvian Mahuza (Leopards)
4 – Eric Zana (Boland Cavaliers), Carel Greeff (GWK Griquas), Dwayne Kelly (SWD Eagles), Juan Language (Leopards), Luther Obi (Leopards), Marnus Schoeman (GWK Griquas), Riaan Arends (Valke).