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First Division Preview: Round 10

 Aug 30,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

The Ford Pumas will look to keep in touch with runaway log leaders the Eastern Province Kings when they host the SWD Eagles in a vital Absa Currie Cup First Division Round 10 match at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.

With only four rounds remaining of the new, eight-team competition, the Pumas, on 32 points, are eight adrift of the Kings and in danger of slipping further behind unless they are able to reverse the 22-16 defeat they suffered at the hands of the fifth-placed Eagles in George last month.

In Saturday's other match, the Leopards, who have improved steadily since the arrival of veteran Springbok flyhalf André Pretorius but still find themselves in fourth, 13 points behind the Kings, host defending champions the Regent Boland Kavaliers at Profert Olën Park in Potchefstroom.

The Kavaliers have experienced a nightmare season, with six losses and a draw in their nine games to date – with one of those defeats coming at the hands of the Leopards (23-21) when the two sides met in Malmesbury last month.

Round 10 kicks off on Friday evening with two matches in the Eastern Cape. The EP Kings, with eight wins and a draw thus far, will look to extend their lead at the top of the standings and keep intact their unbeaten record when they take on the sixth-placed Valke at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Valke, with three wins under their belts this season, have once again displayed ample amounts of their trademark never-say-die attitude, but they will have to rely on more than dogged determination if they are to reverse their 37-20 home defeat  to the Kings in Kempton Park last month.

Friday's other match sees the winless Border Bulldogs host the third-placed Griffons at the Buffalo City Municipal Stadium in East London, with Bulldogs fans hoping their side can finally begin their climb up from the bottom of the table against the men from Welkom – who managed to eke out a 29-24 home win when they two sides met in the first round.

Leopards flyhalf André Pretorius has moved to the top of the First Division point-scoring log after Round 9, with 93 points made up of 24 conversions, 13 penalties and 2 drop goals. Just one point behind Pretorius in second place is the Pumas' JC Roos on 92, with EP Kings flyhalf George Whitehead on 91.

Leopards wing Allister Kettledas still leads the try-scoring stakes with eight touchdowns, although he has been joined at the top of the pile by JW Bell of the Valke, with Leopards teammates Danie Dames and Philip de Wet on seven.

This weekend's fixtures – Round 10:

EP Kings  vs Valke

Date: Friday, 31 August

Kickoff: 19:00

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth

Referee: Stuart Berry

Assistants: Christie du Preez, Cobus Wessels

Last meeting: 14 July in Kempton Park (First round): Kings won 37-20

Border Bulldogs  vs Griffons

Date: Friday, 31 August

Kickoff: 19:00

Venue: Buffalo City Municipal Stadium, East London

Referee: Sindile Mayende

Assistants: Lusanda Jam, Loyiso Bosman

Last meeting: 13 July in Welkom (First round): Griffons won 29-24

Ford Pumas  vs SWD Eagles

Date: Saturday, 1 September

Kickoff: 15:00

Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Referee: Joey Salmans

Assistants: Stefan Breytenbach, Stephan Geldenhuys

Last meeting: 13 July in George (First round): Eagles won 22-16

Leopards  vs Regent Boland Kavaliers

Date: Saturday, 1 September

Kickoff: 15:00

Venue: Profert Olën Park, Potchefstroom

Referee: Marius Jonker

Assistants: Jaco van Heerden, James van Oudtshoorn

Television match official: Gerrie Coetzee

Last meeting: 13 July in Malmesbury (First round): Leopards won 23-21

Round 9 results:

Regent Boland Kavaliers 33-36 Ford Pumas

SWD Eagles 7-29 EP Kings

Valke 38-36 Border Bulldogs

Leopards 32-38 Griffons

Round 8 results:

Ford Pumas 38-27 Leopards

EP Kings 57-19 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Border Bulldogs 27-33 SWD Eagles

Griffons 36-39 Valke

Round 7 results:

Griffons 34-67 Ford Pumas

Border Bulldogs 32-39 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Valke 22-47 SWD Eagles

EP Kings 20-12 Leopards

Round 6 results:

Leopards 53-28 Border Bulldogs

Regent Boland Kavaliers 79-26 Valke

SWD Eagles 20-13 Griffons

Ford Pumas 30-30 EP Kings

Round 5 results:

Griffons 10-34 EP Kings

Valke 22-51 Leopards

SWD Eagles 21-21 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Border Bulldogs 18-51 Ford Pumas

Round 4 results:

EP Kings 56-5 Border Bulldogs

Regent Boland Kavaliers 20-23 Griffons

Leopards 68-35 SWD Eagles

Ford Pumas 36-35 Valke

Round 3 results:

Valke 20-37 EP Kings

SWD Eagles 22-16 Ford Pumas

Griffons 29-24 Border Bulldogs

Regent Boland Kavaliers 21-23 Leopards

Round 2 results:

EP Kings 38-15 SWD Eagles

Border Bulldogs 11-33 Valke

Ford Pumas 33-10 Regent Boland Kavaliers

Griffons 41-20 Leopards

Round 1 results:

Regent Boland Kavaliers 20-25 EP Kings

SWD Eagles 46-8 Border Bulldogs

Leopards 32-23 Ford Pumas

Valke 27-37 Griffons

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