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Vodacom Cup quarterfinals 2008 – Head to Head

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Uncategorized on 23 Apr 2008 at 21:38
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The venues and times for the 2008 Vodacom Cup quarterfinals this weekend have been confirmed. Here is a head to head for each match.

SARugby reports that the 2008 draw includes four former Vodacom Cup champions – Griquas (1998, 2005, 2007), the Lions (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004), Free State (2000) and the Blue Bulls (2001). Three other 2008 qualifiers have previously participated in the final – Boland (2001), the Leopards (2005) and the Wildebeest (2006). The only team amongst the eight not to have played in a Vodacom Cup final is Western Province.

Six teams from last year’s quarter-finals have qualified again – the Blue Bulls, Boland, Free State, Griquas, Leopards and Western Province whilst the Lions and the 2006 runners-up the Wildebeest, are playoff newcomers in 2008. Four of the 2008 quarter-finalists played in the Vodacom Cup semi-finals in 2005 – the Blue Bulls, Boland, Griquas and the Leopards.

Griquas and the Blue Bulls contested the 2007 final whilst the Leopards were beaten in the semi-finals.

This year’s winner will win a first prize of R 1 million. The quarter-final matches and match-up’s are as follows:

Friday 25 April
Vodacom Free State Cheetahs vs Boland Kavaliers
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein @ 17h00

The two sides have met ten times in the tournament since 1998 with Boland winning five times, Free State four and one match drawn. Three of Boland’s previous five wins were at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein, including last season’s 36-27 triumph. The two teams ended second and third respectively in the South Section, each winning five of their seven matches.

2007 Free State 27 Boland 36 in Bloemfontein
2006 Boland 20 Free State 34 in Wellington
2005 Free State 20 Boland 10 in Bloemfontein
2002 Boland 24 Free State 24 in Wellington
2001 Free State 26 Boland 17 in Bloemfontein
2000 Free State 65 Boland 17 in Bloemfontein
1999 Free State 15 Boland 17 in Bloemfontein
1999 Boland 34 Free State 10 in Wellington
1998 Free State 25 Boland 33 in Bloemfontein
1998 Boland 33 Free State 22 in Wellington

Friday 25 April
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Xerox Lions
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria @ 18h00

The Blue Bulls and the Lions have a long history of competition in the Vodacom Cup, having faced each other on no less than 14 occasions since the inception of the competition in 1998. This has included three Finals, all won by the Lions. Historically, the Lions have been dominant with 11 wins to the Blue Bulls’ 3. Ironically, the Blue Bulls have yet to beat the Lions in a Vodacom Cup match at Loftus Versfeld.

2007 Lions 17 Blue Bulls 51 in Johannesburg
2006 Blue Bulls 8 Lions 31 in Pretoria
2004 Blue Bulls 40 Lions 41 in Pretoria
2004 Lions 35 Blue Bulls 16 in Johannesburg (Final)
2003 Lions 28 Blue Bulls 35 in Johannesburg
2003 Blue Bulls 17 Lions 26 in Pretoria (Final)
2002 Blue Bulls 27 Lions 63 in Polokwane
2002 Lions 54 Blue Bulls 38 in Johannesburg (Final)
2001 Lions 18 Blue Bulls 33 in Johannesburg
2000 Blue Bulls 14 Lions 20 in Pretoria
1999 Blue Bulls 10 Lions 53 in Pretoria
1999 Lions 48 Blue Bulls 28 in Johannesburg
1998 Blue Bulls 10 Lions 51 in Pretoria
1998 Lions 36 Blue Bulls 20 in Johannesburg

Saturday 26 April
Wildeklawer Griquas vs Platinum Leopards
Absa Park, Kimberley @ 12h10

Defending champions Griquas have won their previous three Vodacom Cup clashes against the Leopards at Absa Park, including the final in 2005. The last time the Leopards won in Kimberley was in 2002. In their eight Vodacom Cup meetings to date, Griquas have won 5 and the Leopards 3.

2007 Griquas 31 Leopards 21 in Kimberley
2006 Griquas 34 Leopards 14 in Kimberley
2005 Griquas 27 Leopards 25 in Kimberley (Final)
2002 Griquas 35 Leopards 41 in Kimberley
2001 Griquas 29 Leopards 28 in Potchefstroom
2000 Leopards 27 Griquas 17 in Potchefstroom
1999 Griquas 37 Leopards 3 in Kimberley
1999 Leopards 33 Griquas 31 in Potchefstroom

Saturday 26 April
Vodacom Western Province vs vs Natal Wildebeest
Newlands, Cape Town @ 14h00

In their eight previous meetings, Western Province and the Wildebeest have met three times at Newlands with the home side winning twice. Overall the Wildebeest have four wins, WP three and one match has been drawn. WP, who finished the league phase unbeaten, are bidding to reach their first-ever Vodacom Cup final in 2008. On current form they will start the match as favourites.

2007 WP 19 Wildebeest 13 in Cape Town
2006 WP 19 Wildebeest 51 in Cape Town
2005 Wildebeest 17 WP 30 in Durban
2002 Wildebeest 32 WP 16 in Durban
2001 Wildebeest 38 WP 38 in Pietermaritzburg
2000 Wildebeest 14 WP 13 in Durban
1999 WP 37 Wildebeest 29 in Cape Town
1999 Wildebeest 27 WP 22 in Durban


  • One last comment before going to bed.

    The only team amongst the eight quarter finalists not to have played in a Vodacom Cup final is Western Province.

    :lol: :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.04.08 21:39:21 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • couldn’t help myself. :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.04.08 21:39:39 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • LOVELY KSA!!! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.04.08 22:12:36 by Villie Reply
    Competition Winner
    VillieCurrie Cup player
  • Gee and I would have said that we are going to klap WP in the Pro20 Final tomorrow, but then they went and rolled over and played dead against the Titans.

    Where do the titans come from? Where did that rugby team come from who they rolled over and played dead for last year? :roll: :wink:

    GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.04.08 06:38:58 by KSA Shark © (FJ!ELN!) Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • 75-14? :-)

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.04.08 06:55:18 by robdylan (Sharks Forever!) Reply
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