Defending champions, the Down Touch Griffons, will meet the SWD Eagles in the second semi-final on Saturday, October 3, at the HT Pelatona Projects Stadium in Welkom. The two winners will meet in the final next Thursday, October 8.
Both play-off matches are repeats of last season’s semi-finals. The Griffons edged the SWD Eagles by two points in a 45-43 thriller in Welkom last year, while the Leopards lost 31-24 to the Valke in Potchefstroom. The Griffons clinched the SA Cup trophy and the First Division title thanks to a nail-biting 23-21 win in October last year in Welkom.
This season the Leopards swept all aside before them in their march to the top of the standings, amassing the maximum 50 league points along the way and scoring 431 points, inclusive of 62 tries.
However, they will be wary of the Valke, their conquerors in last year in Potchefstroom.
Just last Friday the Valke made the Leopards fight for a victory before the log leaders eventually ran out 36-29 winners in a tense affair.
The Griffons lost their last league encounter 27-21 against the SWD Eagles last weekend in George and the 2014 winners will be determined to turn the tables when the two sides meet this coming Saturday, this time in Welkom.
The Eagles, coached by former Springbok Bevin Fortuin, have display good form of late and they surged up to third place on the final log thanks to some impressive victories. The Griffons, however, probably have a slight edge due to their home ground advantage, but they can brace themselves for a tough outing.
– African News Agency (ANA).