Cape Town - The eight Currie Cup First Division teams will all
have one goal in mind in the second round of the competition this weekend - to
find their form and build momentum early on.
In George on Friday evening, the SWD Eagles and
Border Bulldogs will be hunting their first victories of the season after
kicking off their campaigns with a draw and defeat respectively.
SWD had the upper hand in encounters between the
sides over the last few years, as they suffered only two defeats in the
competition against the East London outfit since 2011. However, the last of
Border’s two wins was last season, while they went down by less than 10 points
in four of the five matches preceding this, which will boost their
The Boland Cavaliers will have their sights set on
registering back-to-back victories when they meet the Leopards in Montagu on
Saturday, but they will face a visiting side driven by the desire to earn their
The Leopards have a solid track record against
Boland, as they have won all their match-ups in the tournament since 2013 with
a score of 45 points in more in all but one of these games. But Boland come off
a morale-boosting bonus-point win in the opening round and they will be
determined to build on that in their first home game.
The Griffons and Valke, meanwhile, will look to build winning momentum after opening up their campaigns with confidence-boosting wins.
Interestingly, the hosts in clashes between these
sides in the last three seasons have emerged victorious every time, while the
sides also met in the 2014 final. Both teams delivered exciting attacking
performances last week, but they also conceded a large number of points.
In Namibia, the Welwitschias will
continue to hunt their maiden Currie Cup First Division victory against Eastern
Province who also want to break out of the blocks.
The last time the sides met was in the Currie Cup Qualifiers last season, with the Port Elizabeth side emerging 31-18 victors. The home team, however, scored 59 points against the Griffons last week despite suffering a seven-point defeat, and they will want to build on that impressive attacking form.
Currie Cup First Division Round 2 fixtures:
Friday, September 1
SWD Eagles v Border Bulldogs
Venue: Outeniqua Park,
Referee: Archie Sehlako
Rodney Boneparte & Francois Davids
Saturday, September 2
Boland Cavaliers v Leopards
Venue: King Edward
Sport Ground, Montagu
Referee: Vusi Msibi
Mpho Matsaung & Jabian Jeftha
Valke v Griffons
Venue: Izak Steyl
Referee: Jaco Pretorius
Johre Botha & Renier Vos
v Eastern Province
Venue: Hage Geingob
Rugby Stadium, Windhoek