The focus will be on third and fourth spots on the Currie Cup logs this weekend, as three teams chase semi-final positions, with lots of permutations at play as the league phase of the competition concludes.
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Also in the Currie Cup Premier Division, an intriguing battle is on the cards between the Cheetahs and Bulls in Bloemfontein for first spot on the log, while Griquas, the Pumas and Sharks will fight it out for the two remaining semi-final places.
Going into the weekend’s round of crucial matches, holders the Bulls lead the standings on 47 points. They are followed by the Cheetahs in second on 43 points, Griquas third (31 points), Pumas fourth (27 points), Sharks fifth (26), WP in sixth place (15) and the last-placed Lions (15).
The team from Johannesburg, however, have completed their 12 league fixtures and have a bye this weekend.
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In the first of two Friday matches, Western Province host the Sharks from 16:00 at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, with the home side fighting for pride and their KwaZulu-Natal opponents seeking a big win to remain in contention for the top-four.
The second clash kicks off at 18:00 in Nelspruit, where the Pumas host Griquas. Any win for the Kimberley outfit will consolidate third place, while the Lowvelders must win and hope things go against the Sharks in Stellenbosch.
With the Bulls and Cheetahs secured as the two top-seeded semi-final hosts – their match in Bloemfontein kicks off at 17:45 on Saturday – WP can have a direct say in who fills the two remaining playoff places, although they are out of the running themselves.
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Currie Cup Premier Division match information:
Friday, 10 June
Western Province v Sharks
Venue: Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Pumas v Griquas
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Saturday, 11 June
Cheetahs v Bulls
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Referee: Cwengile Jadezweni