As the Premier Division of the Currie Cup moves into its fourth round, it’s pretty much an open race for any of the six teams to take top honours for next week. Last week the Bulls were sitting pretty on the top of the log and after last Saturday they find themselves at the bottom. With only four points separating top of the log Western Province on 10 and bottom of the log Blue Bulls on 6, another interesting weekend of rugby awaits us.
It will be another tough weekend for the two top teams to keep their spots, and in a competition where the log points are close you really can’t afford to slip up. Western Province managed to take an early lead with 2 wins from 3 games and 1 draw. Province has had to work hard for their wins, beating both the Cheetahs and Griquas with a single point after drawing with the Bulls in the first round. They will face a Lions team oozing with confidence after ripping the Bulls to pieces at their beloved Fortress Loftus last weekend.
The Sharks also had to fight hard for their victories, with 2 wins and 1 loss from their 3 games. They started their campaign with a disappointing loss to the Griquas at home, but started to look slightly better with victories against the Lions and Cheetahs. They have been struggling since 2010, which is also the last time they won the Currie Cup. They have a well balanced team with plenty of experience mixed with youth and potential Springboks in the making. They face a youthful Blue Bulls team at home, who will be looking to make amends after their loss against the Lions.
In Bloemfontein the Griquas will square up against the Cheetahs, both teams have 1 win and 2 losses with the Cheetahs on 3 bonus points and the Griquas on 2. The Cheetahs beat the Lions in their opener, but lost to Province and the Sharks. The Griquas managed to beat the Sharks in Durban, but were unable to do the same when they faced the Bulls at Loftus and Province at home only picking up bonus points for losing within 7.
With the results being so close over the last three weeks and a few teams still finding their momentum, its not impossible to have yet again another leader after the weekend. Possible log standing after the weekend: 1 Sharks 2 Cheetahs 3 Western Province 4 Lions 5 Griquas 6 Blue BullsTweet