The battle lines have been drawn for this weekend’s top of the table final in the Currie Cup First Division at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
These two teams are so familiar with each other that after two encounters in the group stage of the competition, we still haven’t seen a winner. The first game in Nelspruit ended in a 30-all draw and the second one in PE 26-all.
Suggesting a favourite for this one would be to close to call, but the Pumas could feel they might have the upper hand, or let’s say the ability to dethrone the Kings.
Last time these two sides met in an all-to-play-for pressure match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium back in 2010, they played for promotion/relegation status in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup.
In that game the Pumas thumped the Kings 46-28 in front of a record crowd of 48 000, a record unlikely to be broken.
This time round there’s more pressure on the men from PE, to show the rugby public they’ve outgrown the First Division, to convince the rugby public they deserve a spot in the Premier Division, to convince the rugby public they won’t be a total disgrace in the Super Rugby competition.
But probably the one they will be focused on is to win the final for their captain Luke Watson who was leading from the front the whole season and did extremely well with a team who’s got no big names. Watson broke his foot in last Friday night’s semi final against Leopards, where the Kings were victorious 50-27.
Whichever way it goes, you can be sure it will be a close and exciting game with both teams having everything to play for.Tweet