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DHL Western Province go into a bye week lying in third position on the Currie Cup log at the halfway stage of the competition.

Coach John Dobson’s team have played every team in the competition once this season and have three wins to show for their efforts.

Those three wins all came on home turf at DHL Newlands against the Steval Pumas, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Xerox Golden Lions.

Once they have played each of the other six teams home and away, the top four teams on the standings will go through to the semifinals which will be hosted by the top two.

The squad heads to Hermanus on Monday where they will conduct a training camp, culminating in a coaching clinic in Caledon on Wednesday, after which they will be given some deserved time off to recharge for the second half of the campaign.

Their next match will see the defending champion Toyota Free State Cheetahs visit DHL Newlands on Saturday, September 9. The visitors will be playing two different matches on that day with a Pro14 fixture against Munster in Limerick as well.

The second half of the season will include a home match against Tafel Lager Griquas and away fixtures against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Xerox Golden Lions, Steval Pumas and Cell C Sharks.

After winning their first six consecutive matches, DHL Western Province U19 suffered their first defeat against Vodacom Blue Bulls U19 at City Park on Saturday, going down 22-19 in a close match.

That saw them drop to second place on the standings, with five rounds to play until the top four go through to semifinals.

DHL Western Province U21 came close to starting their campaign with a win, but were edged out by their counterparts from the Vodacom Blue Bulls who clinched a 35-33 victory with a late try at City Park on Saturday.

They will play each team in the competition once, with the top four teams qualifying for the semifinals.

Both teams will also have a bye this weekend and resume their campaigns against Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Friday, September 8.

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