Currie Cup First Division Preview – Round 6

The Eastern Province Kings will look to retain their unbeaten record in this year’s expanded eight-team Currie Cup First Division when they travel to Nelspruit on Friday night to take on the fourth-placed Pumas.

In Friday’s other match, the Griffons, who have slipped from first to third on the table following their first loss of the season last week to the Kings, will play the fifth-placed SWD Eagles in George.

Defending champions the Boland Kavaliers, currently in seventh place with four losses and a draw from their five matches, will be looking for their first victory of the season on Saturday when they host the sixth-placed Valke, with just one win under their belt this year, in Worcester.

The weekend’s final match sees the second-placed Leopards at home to the winless Border Bulldogs, who have just one log point from their five matches to date.

Eastern Province Kings flyhalf George Whitehead tops the First Division point-scoring log after Round 5, with 65 points made up of three tries, 13 conversions and eight penalties. Just behind Whitehead is Griffons wing Reinhardt Erwee on 53, with Valke No 10 Karlo Aspeling in third place on 50.

Leopards wing Allister Kettledas leads the try-scoring stakes with seven touchdowns, followed by teammate Danie Dames with six and Pumas flanker Jaco Bouwer, Valke fullback JW Bell and Griffons flyhalf Tertius Maarman, who each have four.

This weekend’s fixtures – Round 6:

Pumas vs EP Kings
Friday, 3 August
Kickoff: 19:10
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistants: Rasta Rasivhenge, Stefan Breytenbach
Television match official: Johan Greeff
Last meeting: 4 May 2012 in Nelspruit (Vodacom Cup): Pumas won 40-19

SWD Eagles vs Griffons
Friday, 3 August
Kickoff: 19:10
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Referee: Lusanda Jam
Assistants: Christie du Preez, Cobus Wessels
Last meeting: 16 September 2011 in George (Currie Cup First Division): Griffons won 39-27

Boland Kavaliers vs Valke
: Saturday, 4 August
Kickoff: 14:45
Venue: Boland Park, Worcester
Referee: Matt Kemp
Assistants: Joey Salmans, Linston Manuels
Television match official: Deon van Blommenstein
Last meeting: 10 September 2011 in Kempton Park (Currie Cup First Division): Kavaliers won 55-28

Leopards vs Border Bulldogs
Saturday, 4 August
Kickoff: 19:10
Venue: Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistants: Lesego Legoete, Sieg van Staden
Last meeting: 26 February 2011 in East London: Leopards won 27-21

Round 5 results:
Griffons 10-34 EP Kings
Valke 22-51 Leopards
SWD Eagles 21-21 Boland Kavaliers
Border Bulldogs 18-51 Pumas

Round 4 results:
EP Kings 56-5 Border Bulldogs
Boland Kavaliers 20-23 Griffons
Leopards 68-35 SWD Eagles
Pumas 36-35 Valke

Round 3 results:
Valke 20-37 EP Kings
SWD Eagles 22-16 Pumas
Griffons 29-24 Border Bulldogs
Boland Kavaliers 21-23 Leopards

Round 2 results:
EP Kings 38-15 SWD Eagles
Border Bulldogs 11-33 Valke
Pumas 33-10 Boland Kavaliers
Griffons 41-20 Leopards

Round 1 results:
Boland Kavaliers 20-25 EP Kings
SWD Eagles 46-8 Border Bulldogs
Leopards 32-23 Pumas
Valke 27-37 Griffons

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