Vodacom Cup

WP hunt first 2013 win

2013-03-20 20:51
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Cape Town - After a draw and a loss in the opening two rounds of the Vodacom Cup, under pressure defending champions Western Province will be a looking to get their campaign back on track when they travel to Port Elizabeth to face the EP Kings on Friday evening.

WP can expect a tough encounter from the hosts at the NMMU Stadium, who will be looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches, following their draw and win in the previous fixtures. Kick-off is at 19:00.

The second Friday night fixture takes place at Olën Park, Potchefstroom between the Leopards XV and the Falcons.

The Leopards created history last week with their massive 113-3 win over newcomers, the Limpopo Blue Bulls. However, on Friday evening they can expect a much tougher examination from the men from the East Rand, who managed to beat the Golden Lions 27-22 in a close fought affair last weekend.

A win for any of the two sides will temporarily lift them into second spot on the North Section log as the rest of the fixtures are all scheduled for Saturday.

The Sharks XV get the action underway on Saturday when they host the Free State XV at Kings Park in Durban. This fixture always produces entertaining rugby and the Sharks XV will especially be determined to keep their 100 % start to the season intact.

Last season, the Sharks XV won this corresponding match 51-38 in Bloemfontein.

Up north, another intriguing clash is looming at Ellis Park between Golden Lions and arch-rivals, the Blue Bulls.

The Blue Bulls outscored the Golden Lions by 49-10 in the 2012 fixture and the Pretoria outfit will be eager to bounce back to winning ways after going down to North Section leaders, the Pumas, in a nail-biting affair in the previous round.

Four-time champions Griquas travel to Groblersdal for a meeting with rookies Limpopo Blue Bulls. The Limpopo team has found the going extremely tough in its debut season and another busy afternoon awaits against a Griquas outfit that is yet to fire on all cylinders.

The battle of the week in the South Section is undoubtedly the derby clash at picturesque Robertson between hosts Boland Cavaliers and the SWD Eagles.

Last week, Boland won a tough battle against the Free State, while the Eagles lost at home by just five points against the Argentine Pampas. SWD’s two matches have only yielded a single log point so far while Boland - nowadays without the services of former captain Bolla Conradie, who has returned to WP - is unbeaten after a win and a draw.

In the remaining matches of the weekend the Pampas XV entertain the Border Bulldogs in Stellenbosch, while the Pumas will be looking for their third successive win against the Griffons at the Nelspruit Rugby Club.

Round 3 fixtures:

Friday, 22 March

EP Kings vs. Western Province
Kick-off: 19:00
Venue: NMMU Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Leopards XV vs. Falcons
Kick-off: 19:00
Venue: Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom

Saturday, 23 March

Sharks XV vs. Toyota Free State XV
Kick-off: 14:45
Venue: Kings Park, Durban

Golden Lions vs. Blue Bulls
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Ellis Park Stadium

Limpopo Blue Bulls vs. Griquas
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Chris Wiid Stadium, Groblersdal

Regent Boland Cavaliers vs. South Western Districts
Kick-off: 16:00
Venue: Robertson Rugby Club

Pampas XV vs. Border Bulldogs
Kick-off: 16:00
Venue: AF Markötter Stadium, Stellenbosch

 Pumas vs. Griffons
Kick-off: 16:00
Nelspruit Rugby Club, Nelspruit


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