Currie Cup Rugby Preview – Week 6

The Blue Bulls will be hoping that their recent form against Western Province continue as they aim to secure their fourth victory of the 2010 Currie Cup when these sides meet in South Africa’s traditional north/south derby at Newlands on Saturday (17h05).

The defending champions have secured eight wins over Province in their last 12 matches which included a 21-19 semi-final victory over the hosts during last year’s Currie Cup semi-final played in Cape Town.

These sides played each other on six occasions at Newlands since 2005 with both teams achieving three wins during the last five years.

However Western Province have been the form team of the competition this year as they are currently the only undefeated side after five games.


The hosts have conceded only 50 points which includes six tries at an average of 10 points per game and boast the best defensive record in the Currie Cup.

WP, who are also in first position on the log, have scored the most points (203) in this season’s competition and the most tries – 23 to date.

The Blue Bulls on the other hand have conceded 130 points from their five Currie Cup games in 2010, which include defeats against The Sharks (34-28) in Durban and the Free State Cheetahs (25-23) at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

In Johannesburg the pressure will also be on the Lions this weekend when they host the Free State Cheetahs at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday at 15h00.

The hosts are facing the threat of conceding their fifth consecutive defeat in this year’s Currie Cup. They have only secured one victory in this season’s competition – a 43-13 win over the Platinum Leopards in week one.

The Free State Cheetahs who recorded a 45-30 win over the Pumas in Witbank last Saturday will be out to continue their excellent form on the road in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Bloemfontein side defeated the Blue Bulls (25-23) at Loftus Versfeld in week three of the competition. They have however conceded home defeats against WP (25-11) and The Sharks (25-13) earlier in the season.

Meanwhile The Sharks who are currently in second position on the 2010 Currie Cup log will be aiming to strengthen their position as the front-runners of this season’s competition when they take on the Platinum Leopards in Phokeng outside Rustenburg on Friday at 19h10.

The Durban side are currently in second position on the log with 21 points and are only two behind WP. While the Cape side are also the leading try-scoring team in this season’s competition to date, The Sharks have notched up 22 five-pointers from their five games – one less than Province.

The Platinum Leopards on the other hand have yet to win a game in the 2010 Currie Cup. They have also conceded the most points (206) and tries (27) after five games.

In the other Currie Cup Premier Division match of the weekend, the Griquas will be out to return to winning ways at Park when they host the Pumas in Kimberley on Friday at 19h00.

The hosts enjoyed an excellent home run in this season’s competition after they defeated the likes of The Sharks (20-34) and the Lions (26-20) earlier this season.


However they were outclassed by Western Province last Saturday when the log-leaders comprehensively recorded a 50-3 victory in Kimberley.

The Pumas who defeated the Platinum Leopards (37-32) in their only victory of the 2010 competition are currently in seventh position on the log and will be desperate to achieve their second win in the competition.


Western Province v Blue Bulls
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town. Kick off: 17h05
Friday, 13 August 2010
Referee: Marius Jonker (SARRA)
Assistant referees: M Mdashe (Valke), M van Zyl (WP)
TMO: S Veldsman (Boland)
Head to Head: Western Province v Blue Bulls (since 2005)
P: 12 W: 4 L:

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