Carling Currie Cup First Division To Continue On Saturday And Sunday

Round six of the Carling Currie Cup First Division will be contested on Saturday and Sunday, with competition for overall league honours and that coveted promotional spot to the Carling Currie Cup Premier Division, for the South African sides, heating up nicely.

The Leopards, last year’s champions, host Eastern Province in Potchefstroom where they are eyeing a third win and EP, in turn, will be aiming to keep the momentum going by netting a fourth win in five matches.

Elsewhere, the Valke and SWD clash in Brakpan with the home side determined to bounce back from their recent 25-15 defeat to the Leopards. SWD, on the other hand, suffered a 40-16 reverse against the Down Touch Griffons in the previous round and cannot afford to lose more ground.

The remaining two matches see the Boland Kavaliers entertain the Griffons in Bredasdorp, while Border Bulldogs will be desperate to break their losing duck when they face the Zimbabwe Goshawks in Mdantsane on Sunday. All matches are set to kick-off at 15h00.

Georgia’s Black Lion is on a bye this week after they were crowned champions of the inaugural Rugby Europe Super Cup last Saturday, courtesy of their 17-14 triumph over Lusitanos 17-14 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Simbas from Kenya is the other team sitting out this round.

On the combined Carling Currie Cup First Division log, which includes the three international teams, the Griffons lead the way with 25 points from five games, and they are followed by the Valke who has 20 points, with EP four points adrift in the third spot.

On the Promotion Barometer, consisting of results between the South African teams only, EP is leading the standings with 15 points after three such games. They are followed by the Griffons, Valke and Leopards, all of them on 10 points. And the SWD Eagles and Boland Kavaliers are not yet out of contention on nine points each.