Cape Town - The battle for the last
available position in the Currie Cup Premier Division will begin on Friday as
six of the seven teams participating in the in the Currie Cup Qualifiers
go-head to-head over the weekend.
The top team on the log table at the end of
the qualifiers, which feature seven rounds of matches, will gain automatic
entry into the Currie Cup Premier Division, while the remaining six teams will
battle it out in the Currie Cup First Division.
It will be between Griquas, who
participated in the Currie Cup Premier Division last season, the Griffons,
champions of the First Division in 2014, as well as the Boland Cavaliers,
Border Bulldogs, Leopards, SWD Eagles and the Valke in the competition.
In Friday’s opening matches, the SWD Eagles
will host the Leopards at Outeniqua Park in George and Border take on Griquas
at the BCM Stadium in East London. In the only match on Saturday, Boland meet
the Griffons at the Malmesbury Sports Grounds.
The clash between the SWD Eagles and Leopards
is expected to be tight as the teams were closely matched in terms of their
attack in the recent Vodacom Cup competition. SWD, however, are expected to
bank on their more effective defence as one of the areas which could give them
Griquas, meanwhile, will enter their clash
against Border as favourites after showing good form in the first half of the
season. They will also draw on their experience gained in last year’s Currie
Cup Premier Division as they look to make their presence felt. Border, however,
will enter the match with confidence after registering a morale-boosting
victory against Boland in their final Vodacom Cup match.
In Malmesbury the battle between Boland and
the Griffons could also come down to the wire as both teams look to make up for
their slow start to the season. The visitors, in particular, will be inspired
by their successful Currie Cup First Division season last year, but they may
have to work hard for an invaluable away-win.
The Valke, meanwhile, have a bye.
Currie Cup Qualifier Round 1 fixtures:
Friday, June 12
SWD Eagles v Leopards
Venue: Outeniqua Park, George
Border Bulldogs v GWK Griquas
Venue: BCM Stadium, East London
Saturday, June 13
Boland Cavaliers v Griffons
Venue: Malmesbury Sports Grounds,