Pretoria - The battle for second place on the Currie Cup log
and the prized home semi-final could be settled in the penultimate round of the
league phase of the competition.
Little separates the second-placed Blue Bulls and Western
Province in third with both sides equal on 29-log points and a slightly
superior points difference giving the Pretoria side the edge.
The Bulls only have three more match points to their Cape
Town counterparts but have a more favourable draw in the two remaining matches
before the playoffs.
Western Province take on the unbeaten Golden Lions in
Johannesburg while the Bulls host the EP Kings with only two victories from
Blue Bulls coach Nollis Marais says his charges still have
their fate in their own hands as long as they came out on top in their two
“We need to win the next two games to ensure we run our own
race and not worry about what the other teams are doing,” Marais said.
“After the Kings match we still need to play the Pumas away
which is a difficult team to beat there.
“We need to make sure we win this weekend and see what
happens from there.”
Marais feels the Kings are a much tougher prospect than
their seventh place on the log may suggest and expects an uphill battle in the
“If you look at the Kings they only had one bad match and
that was the first match they played against the Lions,” he said.
“From there on it was close, so they are a very difficult
side, they are well coached side, they will be very difficult to beat this
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12
Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Arno
Botha, 7 Lappies Labuschagne (captain), 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 RG Snyman, 4 Jacques
du Plessis, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Corniel Els, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Marvin
Orie, 19 Ruan Steenkamp, 20 Ivan van Zyl, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 William Small
Eastern Province Kings:
15 Scott van Breda, 14 Sylvian Mahuza, 13 JP du Plessis, 12
Tim Whitehead (captain), 11 Luther Obi, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Enrico Acker, 8
Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Stefan Willemse, 6 Thembelani Bholi, 5 Cornell Hess, 4
Steven Sykes, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Martin Ferreira, 1 Lizo Gqoboka
Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Schalk Ferreira, 18
Simon Kerrod, 19 Paul Schoeman, 20 Tim Agaba, 21 Dwayne Kelly, 22 Karlo