Blue Bulls face Currie Cup bruiser in Kimberley

Currie Cup log leaders, the Blue Bulls, travel to Kimberley this
weekend where they face a potentially difficult away fixture against the
Griquas side, while second placed Golden Lions make the trip to Mpumalanga
to face the Pumas in Nelspruit.

Griquas are still searching for their first win, but the Blue Bulls travel to
the Diamond City with the full knowledge that a visit to Kimberley is always
a testing, bruising affair for any visiting team.

After suffering their first loss in three matches against the Blue Bulls last
Saturday in Pretoria, Western Province on Friday face a stern challenge
in Bloemfontein against the Free State Cheetahs.

In the remaining fixture the Eastern Province Kings will be hoping to continue
with their recent improvement when they host the Sharks in the Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The Kings lost by two points against
the Pumas in round three after giving good account of themselves especially
during a spirited second half display.

Golden Lions head coach, Johan Ackermann, has made several changes to
his team for the Pumas clash. There is however major concern regarding
the fitness of their captain, Jaco Kriel, who sustained a quadriceps injury
in the captain’s run on Thursday morning.
Wing Kobus van Wyk is back in the Western Province starting line-up for
Friday’s Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs at the
Free State Rugby Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kick-off is at 19h10. The defending
champions will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to the Blue
Bulls and Van Wyk’s inclusion is one of three changes to the starting line-up.

The Cheetahs, who lost to WP by six points in the rain two weeks ago, bounced
back to form last weekend with a bonus point victory over Griquas, sending a
clear warning to WP that a tough challenge awaits them in Bloemfontein.

The return of lock Giant Mtyanda to the Pumas run-on side is the only
change for their clash against the Golden Lions in Nelspruit on Friday.
The Mpumalanga side face a difficult examination against the in-form visitors
in this battle which starts at 19h00.

Kwagga a menace at breakdown

Golden Lions flanker Kwagga Smith proved his worth last year already as an impact
player of note, often coming off the bench to make some telling turnovers. Now
a more regular starter, he has repaid the faith of coach Ackerman, with even
more stellar performances at the crucial breakdown area where he is a real menace
with his ball poaching abilities. On Friday night he returns in Golden Lions
colours to the province where he starred as a schoolboy for HTS Middelburg and
Pumas’ Under-18 Coca-Cola Craven Week sides in 2010 and 2011.

Profile summary of Albertus “Kwagga” Smith
Date of birth: 11 June 1993
Place of birth: Lydenburg
High School: HTS Middelburg
Height: 180cm
Weight: 80kg

Represented the Pumas at the 2010 and 2011 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week tournaments.
Moved to the Golden Lions in 2012 and starred in their Under-19 team. A
Member of the Junior Springboks at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in
France. After playing for the Lions at Under-21 level, he made his Springbok
Sevens at the end of year in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa won their home
leg of the World Series in Port Elizabeth. Has represented the Springbok Sevens
in 16 World Series tournaments so far and was also a member of the team that
won the Sevens gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Made his
Cup and Currie Cup debut for the Lions in 2014.
A round-up of the most important team news:

Western Province – Big wing Van Wyk comes in for Dillyn Leyds on th

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