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17 Sep 2015
5:03 pm

Traditional Absa Currie Cup rivalry resumes at Newlands


The two most successful Absa Currie Cup teams, Western Province and the Blue Bulls, will resume their fierce rivalry on Friday evening in Cape Town as they cross paths at 7PM at Newlands.

Schalk van der Merwe of the Lions attacks during the Absa Currie Cup match between Xerox Golden Lions and Vodacom Blue Bulls at Ellis Park on August 09, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Picture: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images

Last month in Pretoria, the Blue Bulls’ young guns put their huge attacking potential on display in a 47-29 dismantling of the 2014 champions at fortress Loftus Versfeld. However, the Bulls will be travelling to Cape Town wary of the fact that they have lost all the encounters against their South rivals since 2010 at the famous Newlands ground.

The Bulls’ youth brigade, however, showed in Pretoria that they have scant regard for reputation and they will be especially determined to return back to winning ways after suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend at home to the Golden Lions.

With three more pool rounds remaining after this weekend’s action, the teams will have their eyes fixed firmly on the four available Semi-final spots, which will be staged on 17 October.

In the other clash on Friday, the Eastern Province Kings travel to Nelspruit for their showdown against the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium. The Kings showed great character to register their first win of the season with a 32-24 victory against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Port Elizabeth, despite playing with 14 men for much of the second half.

Only two points separate the teams on the log, and the Pumas (9 points) will in turn be looking to secure their third win of the campaign.

Log leaders, the Golden Lions, meanwhile, will be looking to consolidate their top spot when they meet the Sharks in a 2.30pm kick-off on Saturday in Johannesburg, while the Cheetahs host Griquas in Bloemfontein.

African News Agency (ANA).